15 Shows Desi's Will Totally Enjoy Streaming on Netflix Right Now
This is a safe space for you to admit that Netflix is totally your BFF. Your day, no matter if it's a sad, long, boring, or lazy one, always picks up when you log onto the streaming service. It's truly comforting.
Why? Because it lets you binge on your favorite movies and television shows without any disturbance. There’s no talking, there’s no listening. It’s just you, your screen, and your food. Of course, there’s food.
The only drawback to the streaming giant is the fact that there are tons and tons of options to weed through when you have to decide on what to watch next. While there are several great options, we made life easy for you by picking the the best shows we know the
1. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Starring: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne-Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Romantic-comedy musicals like “Dil Toh Pagal Hai," "La La Land"
You’ll Love it Because: The CW’s award-winning musical romantic-comedy will remind of you of Bollywood, in a really good way. The show follows Rebecca Bunch, a smart lawyer who is slightly unhinged from reality after she bumps into old flame Josh (Rodriguez), leaves her high-profile job in New York, and moves to his small California town in hopes to win him back. She has to adjust to new friends, a new office, new love affairs, and mainly, to Josh’s girlfriend. Each episode consists of two to three original songs, sung by the cast members and incorporated seamlessly into the storyline. The songs and the plot are unique and hilarious. It’s easy to get attached. Two complete seasons are available on Netflix. PS: South Asian-American actor Parvesh Cheena recurs in season 2 as law student Sunil.
2. “Jane the Virgin”
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Jaime Camil, Brett Dier
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Lighthearted drama, romance, mystery all nicely packaged together like "Desperate Housewives," "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai."
You’ll Love it Because: This show was a breakout mainly because of their strong characters and a delightful mix of genres. Seriously, there is romance, comedy, drama, mystery and it’s all intertwined thanks to Jane Villanueva (Rodriguez), who is engaged to one man but is accidentally artificially inseminated with another man’s baby. I know, it sounds ridiculous on paper. However, the actors do such a solid job that you fall for the show instantly. Mostly, because of it’s focus on the Latina family, the show picks up its twists and turns from the characteristics of a telenovela. It’s all kinds of juicy. Two seasons are available on Netflix, the third one is airing currently on The CW.
3. “The Crown”
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Period dramas about royalty and history like "A King's Speech," "Bajirao Mastani"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s so goddamn grand. Foy, who is deservedly winning all the awards, plays Princess Elizabeth just as she is about to embark on her reign England. She marries Prince Philip in 1947, who [as they keep mentioning in the show] is the dude who let “India go.” In 1951, after the death of her father, she becomes Queen. The first season, available on Netflix, follows her journey as she learns the ups and downs of royalty. The acting is a level higher than you’ve ever seen, as are the sets, so you know you're going to be enthralled.
Starring: Tina Desai, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Naveen Andrews
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Complicated, intriguing science-fiction like "Westworld," "Inception"
You’ll Love it Because: The complexity of this sci-fi drama is unnerving and totally, insanely fun to keep up with. Eight people across the world, including Desai’s Kala Dandekar, a pharmacist from Mumbai, are born on the same day and connected to one another. After a chain of events sets off in the premiere, they can see and feel and hear each other despite the geographical distance. Anupam Kher stars as Desai’s father, Purab Kohli as her fiance. British-Indian actor Naveen Andrews has a recurring role, as well. The mystery that builds up in season 1, which is streaming on Netflix, will hopefully see some resolve in the second season, which comes out in May 2017.
5. “Switched at Birth”
Starring: Katie LeClerc, Vanessa Marano, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Family dramas and a focus on social issues like "Baghban," "The Fosters"
You’ll Love it Because: We see very little of this genre on Hindi TV, or even in American shows. It's one that highlights several important causes while developing relationships and families. That’s why this one stands out. Focusing on two teenagers who discover they were switched at birth, the show explores their lives as their families come together to build a true home. One of the girls is a deaf, headstrong woman, while the other is a complex, inspired artist. The show is enlightening when it comes to ASL, the deaf community and culture. They tackle important issues such as campus rape, culture appropriation, racism, and other social topics. It’s an important show to watch and learn from. FYI, look out for South Asian-American actor
Starring: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook, Mourice Compte
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Anything with cops after gangs, cartels, violence, justice like “Shootout at Wadala," "Sicario"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s the infamous story of Colombia’s drug kingpin during the 80’s and 90’s, Pablo Escobar. There’s a weird, relatable notion to this story for us. Focusing on a country suffering from poverty, on it’s increasing drug problem, on it’s rising gangsters and mafia, “Narcos” is as enjoyable as it is eye-opening. Real-life footage of Escobar and other character show up during the scenes, adding an extra zing to the show. Two seasons are streaming on Netflix, and expect two more to release over the next couple of years.
7. “Master of None”
Starring: Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu, Lena Waithe, Noel Wells
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Comedies that offer a diverse cast and outlook on life like “Blackish,” “Fresh off the Boat”
You’ll Love it Because: It’s the truest portrayal of life as an Asian-American. Ansari, who stars as a struggling actor Dev Shah, brings to the screens his experiences of being in the industry and the stereotypes that come along with living in the US as an immigrant. Dev navigates complex relationships, feminism, understanding grandparents, the depiction of Indians on TV and a lot more in the first season itself, which is streaming on Netflix. The second one will be available later this year. We're already high on anticipation.
8. “New Girl”
Starring: Zoeey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Adorable, goofy romantic-comedies like "How I Met Your Mother," "Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s an out and out circumstantial comedy that builds relationships and romances between our characters. Deschanel plays Jessica Day, a positively quirky teacher who moves into a loft with three dudes, each weirder and sweeter than the next. Simone plays Cecelia Parekh, a model and Jess’ best friend. Together, five of them make for an interesting and loveable cast in this 20 minute sitcom. Simone’s bold and atypical character breaks the mold South Asian actors are cast into.
9. “Black Mirror”
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jimi Mistry, Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Dark cinema that spotlights the growth of technology in our life like "Mr. Robot," "A Wednesday"
You’ll Love it Because: It focuses on technological developments and how they deeply impacts the world we live in. The format of this show is slightly different, with each episode having a different story and different cast. It’s dark. It’s eye-opening. It’s riveting. It’s a boatload of twists and turns. And most probably, it’s our future. Mistry can be seen in the finale episode of season 1, and British-Indian journalist Anita Anand makes an appearance in the season 3 finale. All three seasons are available to stream on Netflix.
10. “Person of Interest”
Starring: Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Basically technology stuff again but in a lighter, crime show avatar like "White Collar," "Special 26"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s a procedural that focuses on the advancement of technology, more specifically artificial intelligence. When computer whiz Harold Finch (Emerson) invents an AI that can be integrated in camera’s to prevent crimes, the government gets involved and he has to fake his death. He hires former CIA operative John Reese (Caviezel) to help stop the crimes “the machine” informs him about. Cue the cops being on their trail, a corrupt police force, relationships, and you’ve got an action drama that’s tough to put down. Aasif Mandvi shows up in an episode of season 4, too, so that’s awesome. All of its 5 seasons are available to stream.
11. “Stranger Things”
Starring: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Government conspiracies meets science fiction like "X-Files," "ET"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s another award-generating machine, seriously. The show, which bagged best drama ensemble at the SAG awards this year, takes inspiration from the 80’s depiction of the horror-drama category. After her boy Will goes missing, Joyce Byers (Ryder) will stop at nothing to find him. Will’s three friends along with their new companion Eleven (Brown) start their own mission to trace him. The town’s sheriff has his own investigation in the case, as does Will’s brother Jonathon. When all of their worlds collide, the reveal is darker and involves a huge government conspiracy interlaced with an alternate dimension's monster lurking around. It’s too stunning to miss. Season 1 is ready for your taking on Netflix.
Starring: Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley
You'll Enjoy This if You Like: Anything to do with supernatural and crime dramedies like "Castle," "Supernatural"
You’ll Love it Because: Zombies! Who doesn’t love some undead people wanting to chomp on the living? Luckily, this show doesn’t have a post-apocalyptic tone like counterparts "The Walking Dead" or "Z Nation." Liv (McIver) a budding surgeon, chooses to work at a morgue after she turns into a zombie. Her boss Ravi (Kohli) is her only ally as she has to let go of her family and friends. This show thrives on its ability to mix humor, romance, and crime into the genre as Liv finds herself trying to figure out the mystery of her existence. Two seasons are ready to go on Netflix, and the third will air in spring 2017 on The CW. Chew on that.
Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Jasmin Al Masri, Johana Brady, Jake McLaughlin
You'll Enjoy This if You Like: Any good spy or action drama with a polarizing female lead like "How to Get Away with Murder," or "Kahaani"
You’ll Love it Because: This one is obvious! Chopra is the first Bollywood actress to lead her own show on an American network. She plays FBI agent Alex Parrish, blamed for the biggest terrorist attack the US has seen since 9/11. The first season is her journey to find the person responsible, and is available on Netflix, while the second see’s her expanding her skills into the CIA and currently airs on ABC. The show is an entertaining mix of “Grey’s Anatomy” meets “Homeland.”
14. “House of Cards”
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali
You'll Enjoy This if you Like: Extremely convoluted and tricky political affairs [yes, the current political scenario counts] like "Raajneeti," "All The President's Men"
You’ll Love it Because: The political drama is rife with cautionary tales about corrupt men who want to run the government. Whether we live in India or in America, we fully understand what that’s like. Spacey plays the anti-hero Frank Underwood, with Wright’s powerfully playing his wife Claire. Together, they scheme and plan to run the country and believe you me, it’s as terrifying as it is intriguing. The slow build up, Frank breaking the fourth wall, excellent characters all make this show unmissable. Sakina Jaffrey brilliantly plays Linda Vasquez, the POTUS’ Chief of Staff, for two seasons. 4 seasons are on Netflix, and the fifth one will show up in May.
15. “American Crime Story: People vs. OJ Simpson”
Starring: Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding Jr.
You'll Enjoy This if You Like: Intense drama in the court room like "The Good Wife," "Pink"
You’ll Love it Because: It’s an illuminating depiction of one of the most controversial trials in America. NFL superstar and actor OJ Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife and her alleged boyfriend. The show navigates through the characters involved in his public trial, including lawyers Marcia Clark (Paulson), Johnnie Cochran (Vance), and Robert Kardashian (Schwimmer). The show is powerful and has won all the awards. I suggest you buckle up for this very intense ride that peels off the layers of the American justice system as season 1 is now on Netflix.