The age of content has brought forward a dilemma of what to watch and what not since there are a lot of movies and even more seasons ready to be seen. There was a time when the famous adage, ‘You can’t read everything,’ made sense, but now it has morphed into, ‘You can’t watch everything,’ since the arrival of streaming platforms and ever-increasing demand of video content. Amid all this hustle and bustle, where commercial hits are a must-watch to stay up-to-date, sometimes you miss a movie or a series which couldn’t gather enough appreciation through ratings or maybe awards. For this purpose, here is a list of web series which you can binge watch, and we promise that you won’t be disappointed when the credits roll at the end of each of them.
What if someone tells you that Sherlock was played by someone else other than Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr? You’ll say the guy must have not done a good job and that is why no one talks about it. However, with Elementary, Jonny Lee Miller goes deep into the character of Sherlock Holmes, the world famous British detective, and gives the audience an insight into how the resident of the 221B Baker Street moved to America and started a new life there, solving cases now for the New York Police Department.
The show may not boast creative cinematography or a star cast, but if you’re a Sherlock fan and want to learn how the master of problem solving perfected his skills of deduction, then Elementary is the show for you. Apart from Lee, Lucy Liu, known famously for being one of the Charlie’s Angels, portrays a female Doctor Watson. And if someone tells you that Martin Freeman and Jude Law cannot be matched as Sherlock’s helpers, you will have an answer ready for them in the form of Liu.
And if you are a Game of Thrones fan, the show offers more of Natalie Dormer - the very beautiful Margaery Tyrell - who plays two characters at once, in the show. You’ll be amazed to know what two characters these are. The plot revolves around Sherlock coming to America after being sober from drug addiction and finds Dr Watson, who helps him in his rehabilitation. Along the way, Sherlock teaches Watson the art of being a detective as both work together to solve difficult cases. If you want a show to binge on during the holidays, Elementary should be your first choice with six seasons to munch on.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The show’s name may be one of the reasons that people overlooked this entertaining series but the tagline is intriguing as it gets, ‘Everything is connected’, and that becomes apparent only when you reach the climax of the season. This and many other reasons make the case strong for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as an underdog which should’ve gathered more praise than it received. Another reason to watch the show can be to fall in love with the characters in the series. The development of the plot and the eventual development of characters is synchronised in such perfect harmony that you cannot hold yourself from praising the scriptwriters. The tagline serves as the ultimate spoiler, but it also motivates one to literally write down every detail since everything, when it fall into the right place, takes you by surprise and leaves you awestruck too at the same time.
The show’s cast has only two prominent names including lead actor Elijah Wood and an appearance in season 2 by John Hannah, but that doesn’t mean that the acting is sub-par. And if you’re short on time and can’t watch the whole series, just look up Bart Curlish (Fiona Dourif) and eventually you will see yourself hooked on to the show for a good two seasons.
One more series which lost the battle of ratings but is a must-watch is Doom Patrol and there is no dearth of reasons as to why. First and foremost, the outcasts, who are saved by the Chief (Timothy Dalton) through scientific experimentation are as relatable as any fictional characters can be. Not physically and powers wise, but the traumas of the past that haunt them and their hope of somehow going back to fix everything, is the story of every human. The plot revolves around Chief being abducted by a villainous Mr Nobody (Alan Tudyk) while Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), Negative Man (Matt Bomer) and Cyborg (Joivan Wade) try to bring him back.
The story is filled with funny but entertaining phenomena where a street talks and Crazy Jane switches identities where each has a different power, while Elasti-Girl sneaks in and out of places which a sophisticated, former Hollywood actress would die but not visit. Robotman, meanwhile, has his own demons to slay with only a brain in a metal body and Negative Man is still finding it hard to believe that he is alive after a fighter jet crashes courtesy a living, negative energy residing in him, but somehow the misfits and outcasts come together to form a formidable team.
If you’re battling the demons of your past and want to learn to move on, or even if you are bored after watching too many obvious superheroes beat too many obvious villains, then Doom Patrol will serve as the perfect break.