Although Netflix is a treasure trove of entertainment, other VOD platforms like Amazon’s Prime Video and Star India’s Hotstar also have some fantastic shows to choose from. There’s so much history, action, romance and drama floating across these services–there’s no reason you should limit yourself only to Netflix.
Go on, watch these handpicked shows on Prime Video and Hotstar:
Watch the real-life rivalry between yesteryear Hollywood divas Joan Crawford and Betty Davis unfold in this fast yet superbly detailed FX show (in pic). The cast is stellar: Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Stanley Tucci. Ryan Murphy’s eight-part series scores high on entertainment, melodrama and at the same time throws light on issues faced by women in Hollywood.
2. Z: The Beginning of Everything
A lot of has been written and documented in history about the literary giant, F Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, are deemed as the first power couple of the Jazz Age. This Amazon Original attempts to unravel the story of their turbulent marriage and professional differences from the lady’s point of view. Apart from the flapper outfits, bountiful of excesses, the series has some fine writing.
3. Man in the High Castle
Based on Philip K Dick’s novel by the same name, this alternate history show tries to look at the consequences of World War II if it had ended differently. Imagine the USA ruled by the Nazis! Packed with high-octane action, the show takes some time to grow on you, but can be highly addictive.
4. Good Girls Revolt
Set in the 60s, and based on real-life incidents, this Amazon Prime takes us to the newsroom of News Of The Week, where journalist Patti Robinson and her colleagues try to seek women empowerment and equality in the male-dominated workspace.
While we binge on the English shows, let us also applaud a Hindi original on Hotstar with TV stars Barun Sobti and Surbhi Jyoti. It is set in the backdrop of a marriage, where we meet our outspoken and carefree protagonists – the bride’s best friend and the groom’s best friend. Over a series of 10 episodes, we unearth their hidden insecurities and follow their love story. It’s a rather realistic take on what could have easily become a sappy soap.
6. Mr Robot
No, the show didn’t simply win the Golden Globe for the Best Drama series. The thriller follows the double life of Elliot – who is a cyber-security programmer by day and a cyber-hacker by night. Rami Malek as Elliot delivers a superlative performance and the writing is backed by brilliant couplets and poetry that give us an insight into Elliot’s dark mind.
7. The Mick
It’s difficult to come across sitcoms devoid of sexual humour. The Mick manages to do the same beautifully. The Hotstar show follows an otherwise unsuccessful, clueless and ruthless lady, Mick, take over baby-sitting duties of her opulent sister’s three spoilt brats, after her sister and her husband are arrested over financial scams. The story is simple and the misadventures are hilarious. This is a must-watch to beat your daily woes.
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