In recent years, online streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Hulu, etc. have gained tremendous popularity for varied reasons. The primary reason these platforms became an instant hit is, it could be accessed from anywhere in the world. One does not have to sit in front of the TV to enjoy a show.
The idea of watching television has changed from cable to online streaming services. This is because of its compatibility with mobile devices, laptops, smart TVs, tablets, and Blu-ray players.
All a person needs to have is a network connection, a compatible device, and an account on the respective platforms. Another factor that helped these platforms become popular is that you could stream an unlimited amount of content by paying a reasonable amount annually.
Best Web Streaming Originals of 2019
The original content available is mostly of gripping storylines. It varies from mystery thriller to comedy-drama and everything in between.
Depending on rating and critics’ reviews, we have compiled a list of best web streaming originals on the online platforms.
This Netflix original show has an IMDb rating of 8.8 with mostly positive reviews from viewers and critics. The story is set in November 1983, in a fictional town named Hawkins, Indiana. This science fiction, horror series, has a gripping storyline.
It follows the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byers, as his mother and police investigate. As the story progresses, various supernatural events occur in the small town as the characters try to find meaning to all the events and put an end to them.
The works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and several other movies and video games inspire the series. Acclaimed actors like the Golden Globe-winning Winona Ryder is playing the role of Joyce Bryce, Will’s mother.
It also has David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, and several other talented actors. So far, Stranger Things has three seasons, with a total of 25 episodes.
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The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is an adaptation of the eponymous comic book series. The story tells about a family of adopted siblings who possess a certain superpower. In the series, they reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death.
The story starts in October 1989, when 43 women gave birth simultaneously in different parts of the world. They did not show any pregnancy symptoms until their labor.
Critics have highly praised the cast and the visuals. The cast contains the talented Ellen Page, Aidan Gallagher, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, and others. The first season was released in February 2019 and had ten episodes.
The genre of this series is categorized as black comedy, drama, science fiction, fantasy. The show has an IMDb rating of 8.0.
If you have a penchant towards crime drama and psychological thriller, Mindhunter is the series you should be diving right into.
The story involves two FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. Psychologist Wendy Carr accompanies them. They try to crack the code of how the minds of serial killers work.
This show, set in the late 70s, and early 80s, focuses on the early days of the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit. It stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv on leading roles. This Netflix show has an IMDb rating of 8.6.
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Dead To Me
This Netflix show is categorized as a Black and tragic comedy. It follows the story of the blooming friendship between Jen and Judy. They meet at a therapy group.
Jen is a widow who is coping with her loss via therapy and exercises. While Jen lost her husband, Judy lost her fiancé to a heart attack.
This show is a perfect example of the saying “Opposites attract’. The polar opposite personalities are what bring the protagonists closer as friends.
With an IMDb rating of 8.1, this show has received relatively good reviews. The first season premiered in May 2019 and has Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, on lead roles.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
A story set in the 1950s, it is about a housewife, Midge Maisel. She decides to become a stand-up comedian. Season one in 2017 received positive reviews from the critics. It went on to bag two Golden Globes awards.
With a rating of 8.8 in IMDb, this comedy-drama by Amazon Prime follows the story of Midge and her dream of becoming a comedian.
This series stars Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, on lead roles. Two seasons with 18 episodes are available on Amazon Prime. The third season is set to release on December 6, 2019.
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The Man in the High Castle
It is something that might interest you as it is a dystopian show. Set in a parallel universe, the Axis Powers win World War II. Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan dominate America.
The series follows the assassination of President Franklin D Roosevelt. It initiates a series of development where Germans drop an atom bomb in Washington, D.C. Based on a novel authored by Philip K. Dick of the same name, this show garnered a considerable amount of viewers since its first episode.
It premiered in January 2015. The show stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank. It is all set to release its fourth and last season on November 15, 2019.
This show is categorized under dystopia, science fiction, thriller, and an alternate universe. It has aired three seasons and 30 episodes so far.
For the audience who are interested in the historical drama, this Netflix series is about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The story starts from the Queen’s wedding in 1947 and her life till now. An IMDb rating of 8.7, mainly positive critics, review the show, and it has managed to receive many awards.
The show stars Claire Foy playing the role of the Queen in the first two seasons. Academy Award-winning gem Olivia Colman would replace her in the third season.
The cast also includes Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, and Eileen Atkins. Hans Zimmer composed the enrapturing music in the series.
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The series was first aired on Channel 4 from 2011-2014. However, since 2016, Netflix has been purchasing Black Mirror, making it available on the platform.
Science fiction and psychological thriller series would leave you questioning certain aspects of modern society. All the episodes are stand-alone, focusing on the consequences that new technologies might have on humans shortly.
With a rating of 8.8 in IMDb, the critics received the series positively. It led them to win 8 Emmys in various categories. Accompanied by seasons aired on channel 4, Black Mirror has five seasons so far with 22 episodes.
From Amazon Prime, another American political spy thriller will have you hold your breath with every episode. Based on Tom Clancy’s characters in fictional Ryanverse, this series stars John Krasinski in the lead role.
He plays Dr. Jack Ryan, who is a marine veteran and works for the CIA as a financial analyst. The story revolves around his character as he investigates a large number of funds transferred by a rising Islamic extremist.
The show has an 8.2 rating on IMDb, with Wendell Pierce, Abbie Cornish, and several others joining the cast. So far, it has two seasons and 16 episodes. The music is composed by Game Of Thrones famed composer Ramin Djawadi.
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Netflix is ending the year with one of the most anticipated shows of the year – The Witcher. Henry Cavill is leading the star cast by playing The Witcher in this series.
The Witcher is based on the book by the same name, the story has already see some adoption including in the video games.
The show is about The Witcher, who is a monster hunter and not sure about his role in this world. How destiny brings him closer to his real purpose and will be able to live it?
The show has some good graphics and barring some references, it is able to recreate a magical era. Though it can’t be compared with Game Of Thrones, can be a decent show to end the year with.
With thousands of shows available in the online streaming platforms, it is difficult to put the best web streaming originals in an article.
All of the series mentioned here have garnered positive reviews and good IMDb ratings. Many of these shows have managed to win several awards. That made it easier for them to be a part of the best web streaming originals.
Depending upon the likeness of the audience, there are various other original series available in the streaming platforms.