Netflix Originals: hit or miss?

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 8, 2019

Netflix has really sprung in the last year by adding lots of new movies and TV shows, but they’ve also added many of their own original works.
One of my hobbies is binge watching Netflix while I eat, so of course I had to see what all the new material was about.
First, a disclaimer: I will be discussing “Friends from College,” “You” and “Nailed It.” If you haven’t seen these shows, don’t read this column because there will be a lot of spoilers.
The first Netflix original I came across was “Friends from College” starring Keegan-Michael Key. This is a show about a group of six friends from college who are being reunited.
The twist is that two of them are married to each other, but Key’s character Ethan is cheating on his wife with one of the other friends, Sam, who is also married to someone outside the group. 
The affair went on for years and Ethan’s wife, Lisa, found out and ended up getting a divorce. 
This was one of my favorite shows of all and the actors play their roles perfectly. I need them to make the next season already. 
Second, “You,” which I’m sure everyone has seen at this point. This series is about a man who is obsessed with a woman. He stalks her, dates her and eventually kills her. 
I liked the plot, storyline and actors, but the production was terrible. Every scene was sunlit and no other light, which is nice, but very unoriginal to use in every single scene. They also had all the cameras set as fish-eye and blurred out. Again, these can be nice shots but become old and annoying to see for every single scene.
Third, “Nailed It,” which is a cooking show where terrible bakers compete against each other at recreating baked goods.
I’ll just start by saying I was not a fan. I love baking shows, so I had to watch it, but the contestants on this show have no common sense with baking even when the recipe is right in front of them. 
They also give the “winner” $10,000 based on who made the best recreation of what they were given. So basically, they give all this money to people for being terrible at baking, which seems like a total waste of time, money and resources.
Nicole Byer is the host and she is way too much of a character to be on camera. I understand that you have to have talent, but she is too loud for my taste. 
She also used the exact same joke for every episode. I have never seen someone be so unoriginal. 
Overall, I enjoyed the Netflix originals. 
I am going to continue this next week with more of my opinions about the 50 shows I plan to watch this week.
I recommend everyone else watch these shows and let me know what you think of them. 
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