Netflix Draws in Viewers with Entertaining Exclusive Content
by Clare Lonergan on Friday, September 30th, 2016
Netflix, the online streaming website, has been producing one great show after another. According to a Forbes article from late September, Netflix has released 60 original series just this year alone, including 30 original kids’ series, two dozen original feature films, and a large span of stand up comedy specials. With this wide range of featured material, Netflix offers even the pickiest TV viewers something to love.
In particular, Netflix has found astounding success in the production of its original series Orange is the New Black and Bloodline. These original series have set Netflix apart from other streaming services, like Hulu or Amazon Prime. Indeed, Netflix’s competitors are scrambling to generate similar success but to no avail. Netflix reigns supreme.
Now established websites in 190 countries, Netflix has also placed an impressive emphasis on global expansion. Its wide reach has expanded viewer bases for practically all of its shows. Netflix currently provides subtitles and translations for various series, creating a global community around watching TV.
In a recent study, Netflix gathered data to determine which of its episodes are “hooked episodes.” An episode is “hooked” if 70% or more of its viewers continue on to watch the rest of the TV season. Ultimately, Netflix concluded that viewers across the globe were drawn to the same storylines and TV series.
According to Forbes, Netflix also found that its viewing trends are connected to relevant current events. For instance, TV shows like Marseille, which is about political fraud, became extremely popular at the time of the presidential election.
Currently, Netflix finds its viewers are hooked on two shows in particular: Stranger Things (Season One) and Narcos (Season Two).
Stranger Things tells the tale of a fictional town called Hawkins, Indiana, from which 12-year-old Will Byers disappears without a trace. Will’s mother searches for her son, while his friends come in contact with a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will’s location. Rotten Tomatoes rated the series at a 95% and lauded, “Exciting, heartbreaking, and sometimes scary, Stranger Things acts as an addictive homage to Spielberg films and 1980s television.” Fans of Stranger Things are desperate for its next season, which was announced to be released in 2017.
At Milton, fans of Stranger Things are raving. Will Pincince (I) is a huge fan of the visual aspects of the show, gushing, “Cinematically, Stranger Things was crazy because basically the entire show was set in the dark, but light turned out to be such a huge symbol throughout the series. It was just a beautiful series.” Isaac Fossas (I), another enthusiast, says, “I really liked the first season of Stranger Things. There were twists and turns in every episode and it kept the audience on the edge of their seats.”
Narcos, another Netflix series on the rise, just released its second season. Narcos revolves around Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his cocaine empire. Narcos is extremely popular at Milton, where fans have found the show to be both fascinating and seemingly realistic. Sam Murray (I) praises, “The setting of Narcos is really cool. I don’t know if it’s actually filmed in Colombia, but it really feels like it is. The overview shots establish the setting really well. The fact that the characters speak Spanish really authenticates the show.”
Sam also enjoys the cultural realism of the show and continues, “Sometimes you watch a TV show set in a Spanish speaking [country], but the characters speak English, which doesn’t really make sense. Narcos doesn’t do that, which is really awesome.” Eshani Chakrabarti (I) states that the show is “shocking and explosive.” The riveting storyline and quick moving plot of Narcos have kept viewers enthralled and excited for future seasons.
Despite the very unique storylines of Stranger Things and Narcos, both shows have proven extremely popular and are great examples of why Netflix’s original content has brought attention to the service.
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