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Best English Web Series: Add these to your watch list

Best English Web Series: Add these to your watch list

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If you are looking for a list of shows to binge-watch or want to know what the world has been watching for the past year, here is a list of the best English web series (with added underrated ones). 

Just know that one small article cannot even begin to accommodate the varied list of web series. So, here we have a small-ish list of shows we think you should watch (or even re-watch). 

The Best web series from 2020

Orange Is the New Black (2013 – 2019) 

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Based on the novel of the same name, this drama series follows Piper, an NYC resident, who spends an odd 15 months in federal prison. It is an attempt to reflect the lives of prisoners, guards, and everyone else associated with them. It discusses topics such as corruption, sexuality, racism, gender, brutality, and systemic discrimination on various grounds.  

The series’ writers and directors have been praised for the humanized portrayal of criminals in a setting that is traumatic, to say the least. It is one of the few storylines that did not dampen throughout its run, where there seems to be a stretch. It has a balance of humor and sensitivity, with the dramatic depiction, say some critics.  

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Peaky Blinders (2013 –) 

peaky blinders

This crime series is set in early 1900s England, right after WWII. Peaky Blinders is a criminal gangster-family, who is being chased down by a detective. The web series follows the family in its attempts to expand across England.

Peaky Blinders has received critical acclaim following the production and plot. Viewers have appreciated and been impressed by Cillian Murphy’s performance and anticipating the next season, which is in the works.  

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Stranger Things (2016 –) 

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This sci-fi supernatural thriller English web series, a Netflix original, has garnered a lot of attention since its release. This Duffer Brother gem has been a viewer favorite, more so during quarantine. There have been 4 seasons so far, all available to watch here. It follows a group of teens and unnatural forces during the 80s in America.  

Clocking in 40.7 million viewers in the first 4 days of season 3’s release, Stranger Things has broken all records at Netflix. Similarly, it received critical acclaim from all. The success of the show followed the child actors’ admirers and increased their fan following by a magnitude.  

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Sex Education (2019 –) 

sex education

This is a comedy-drama original, which centers around the topic of sex, teenagers, and its implications. Set in present-day Wales, the story is filled with the talk’, awkward teenagers, and sexuality. And we all know how curiosity gets the best (or worst) of us.  

Critics have deemed this web series educational for even adults with the storytelling and rendering of the events. The plot and portrayal are something that could resonate with both adults and teenagers. It was reported to have 40 million viewers in under one month of its release. 

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Umbrella Academy (2019 –)

umbrella academy

Umbrella Academy is a team of superheroes, adopted by a billionaire. Their adoptive father is dead and the return of a sibling from the future has put them into action to save the world. They have reunited years later to find the solution to an impending apocalypse, all the while trying to still stick together despite their differences.  

I find it as a mixture of X-men and the MCU, with the world ending and mutants and whatnot. The reason it is on the list even though Netflix recorded high viewership, many still have not watched it. And I think you would have a good time watching it. 

Watch it here on Netflix.  

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018 –) 

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Based on top New York Best Sellers for about 30 years, CIA Analyst Ryan’s character was brought from Ryanverse to the screens. This character is pushed into the field after a desk job. Here he learns several secrets and tries to undo those mistakes.  

If you are a sucker for high-speed action, you should give Jack Ryan a shot, if you haven’t already. John Krasinski’s performance in this web series is remarkable and he blends right in with the story. 

Watch it here on Amazon Prime. 

This is Us (2016 –) 

this is us

This series follows a set of siblings and their parents through different time frames. It is an emotional-romantic-family drama that switched from the present (2016-2020) to their parents’ past (the 1980s). It portrays diversity and love in a beautifully heart-breaking manner, which makes one realize the importance of their loved ones in their lives.  

Critics have appreciated all the seasons so far. Everything from storyline and direction to acting and connect has created a separate fan base for the show, making it something you would not want to miss. Do not forget to hoard tissues and comfort food, because you will need it, my friend. 

Watch it here on Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar.

The underrated web series

Euphoria (2019 –) 

underrated english web series

Euphoria explores the life of Rue, a 17-year-old girl out of rehab, and other teenagers around her. They explore the topics of sexuality, substance abuse, and mental health with as much empathy and candor as possible. The  TV to web series is an American adaptation of an Israeli show with the same name.  

The Sam Levinson show has been appreciated greatly for its authenticity and the stark reality of the American youth and substance abuse problem in the country. Alongside critics have praised the visual representation throughout the series, be it trippy party lights or sunny skies. Though highly graphic and sometimes hard to watch. But this story is something that one should not miss due to the sheer honesty portrayed here. 

Watch it here on Disney+ Hotstar. 

Warrior (2019 – 2020) 

english web series on hotstar

This one is a crime drama series set in the late 19th century. It is the story of a Chinese martial arts prodigy. An immigrant in the US to look for his sister, Ah Sahm gets sold to a criminally active group of people (tongs) in Chinatown. Filled with action, this one packs quite a punch.  

Bruce Lee and his production house developed the idea for this English web series. It one of those underdogs that might seem not so appealing but only until you start watching it. From the acting sequences to cinematography, it is one of the best pieces of work on this list. However, after the last episode and Cinemax canceling all its scripted programming, the season seems to be the end of it all. 

Watch it here on Disney+ Hotstar. 

Schitt’s Creek (2015 – 2020) 

schitt's creek

After watching several stories around the rich in the US, this one explores the implications of and events a rich family would go through if they were to lose all their fortune. Schitt’s Creek is a comedy-drama (now) web series developed as a sitcom for American television. It follows the Roses’ family as they relearn living and adjusting to a new life. 

Besides, the show has great comic timing and performances. It is bound to leave people in a stitch. Above the critics, it does not seem that popular amongst the audiences, leaving us to put it on this list. 

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Love, Death, and Robots (2019 –) 

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Love, Death, and Robots is an animated sci-fi series of 20-ish minutes long episodes. The premise of the show follows all these three components in correlation, though all episodes can be watched as stand-alone. Also, It features dystopian as well as post-apocalyptic eras where there are robots in love, sex and war, and everything in between.  

Even though this 18-episode Netflix original English web series has received positive reviews, there did not seem to be enough talk about it amongst the audiences. Some may label it as lewd and objectionable, but the creativity of the entire thing needs to be appreciated and talk about. It is certainly something away from the mainstream media and plots.  

Watch it here on Netflix.  

Tuca and Bertie (2019 –) 

This, too, is an adult animated English web series. It revolves around the friendship of two bird-women, a toucan and a songbird, who are roommates. It is filled with adult mistakes, work pressure, and a lot of BFF-fun-fights.  

Also, who says adults cannot relate to and enjoy cartoons anymore? Tuca and Bertie ‘addresses adulting anxiety and exalts the joys of friendship’ said a review on Rotten Tomatoes. Add to that two heartily funny females in their 30s trying to navigate through life, this show is a blast. If you are someone who liked the BoJack Horseman, this show might be right up your alley, highly relatable. 

Watch it here on Netflix. 

Space Force (2020 –) 

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This is a workspace comedy-drama that includes a space station, space travel, and a disorganized workforce. A group of scientists, astronauts, and army men are put together by the US Armed Forces to build a US Space Force, from the ground up, to make a name for the country on a global level. Chief characters played by Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Tawny Newsome, and Benjamin Schwartz this one packs amazing comedic timings and punchlines throughout.

Now, the critical reception for Space Force has not been as encouraging some even deeming it cringe-worthy. But it is the cringe and a very Michael Scott-like boss in the entire web series that makes it an unmissable piece of work.  

Watch it here on Netflix. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 –) 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Set in the 1950s, this web series follows Mrs. Maisel on her journey of self-discovery, entertainment, and rivalry after separating from her husband. Set in the glorious city of NYC, Midge’s first-ever comic gig was more of a drunk endeavor when she discovers her potential. Going through her own ups and downs, she comes across love, sorrow, anger, and mistakes. 

From production to performance, this show has shown great potential and received positive reviews from viewers. Although I have not watched Midge’s story, we recommend it should be on your watch list. 

Watch it here on Amazon Prime. 

Undone (2019 –) 

undone

Another animated drama series, this one follows Alma who develops supernatural time-related powers after a fatal accident. She uses these manipulative powers to figure some past events all the while trying to convince her family that she is not mentally unstable. Besides, the 1st season ends with Alma being surprised by an unknown event. The web series has been renewed for another season, but the pandemic has delayed production indefinitely. 

After receiving critical acclaim, the series was rated 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Going into technicalities, the animation is very realistic as the technique used is rotoscoping. Keeping critics aside, this show should catch your attention if you are someone who likes the amalgamation of space, time, science, and comedy.  

Watch it here on Amazon Prime. 

A Very English Scandal (2018 –) 

a very english scandal

This one on the list is inspired by true events. It is a dramatized version of the infamous Jeremy Thorpe scandal in 1976-79 and a 2016 book of the same name. The case revolves around a secret homosexual relationship between a starting politician and an unhinged man during the 1960s, which is a very conservative social environment. 

This story is the perfect reflection of British politics and society at the time, keeping audiences hooked throughout. Whereas, there was criticism from the real Norman Scott as he felt his representation was inaccurate. But I would still recommend this show if you like politics, drama, and retro plot settings. Also, the second version of this English web series is set to start recording this year and it is called “A very British Scandal” based on the controversy and scandal-filled divorce of Margaret Argyll. 

Watch it here on Amazon Prime. 

Tales from the Loop (2020 ) 

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Another sci-fi web series on the list is based on the narrative artbook Tales from the Loop. Loop is an experimental facility in the area which seems to be the source of strange and unnatural activities. Moreover, these activities come to the attention of two children and several other characters as they encounter unusual substances. 

Also, according to critics, it is an amazing depiction of Simon Stålenhag’s work, and one should not miss out on it. The show is a futuristic outlook and seems like ‘exactly what good sci-fi should look like. It also deals with emotions like loneliness, parenthood, and love which is a major upgrade from the common sci-fi plotlines with little to no character development. You should get your hands on it asap. 

Watch it here on Amazon Prime. 

There are so many other classics like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother, and Big Bang Theory that you can get yourself hooked to. Let us know your favorites from this list of English web series and if you agree with our picks. 

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