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2019: RR’s Top 10 Netflix Shows

Netflix has done greatly in creating awesome contents that it definitely deserves its own category, even after the general one. In no particular order, here a list of what I believe are the top 10 Netflix series.

PS: This list is mostly based off the numerous shows I watched from the numerous offerings of the streaming giants. And, every show here released, at least, one season this year.

Let’s go!


1. When they see us

Bold and uncompromising. Director Ava DuVernay gave the Central Park 5 men a new voice at a time like this and we love her for that.


2. Stranger Things

I truly hope Jim Hopper stays dead. Next!


3. Sex Education

Otis + Maeve = Together forever in my head.


4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This is one show with lots of magic props and spells that still manages to not be in your face. It might not be the biggest hit from Netflix, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.


5. Jessica Jones

The last of the Netflix-Marvel shows, the third season of Jessica Jones ends this corner of the MCU on its own terms, just like its eponymous lead does everything else in her life. Really, what else would you expect from someone who says “Giving a shit sucks”?


6. You

If you thought Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey was charming wait to you see actor Penn Badgley play charming, psychotic murderer, Joe, you’ll love him even more.


7. The Politician

Payton Hobart is wealthy and wants nothing else but to be the President of the United States. Ring a bell?


8. 13 Reasons Why

The show finally grew pass Hannah Baker, but still couldn’t really escape her. I guess she’ll always be a part of the show as long as Clay, Justin, Jessica, and the others live.


9. Money Heist

One of the biggest shows this year, in the side of the world. Another testament to the fact that language isn’t a barrier to enjoy great content.


10. A series of Unfortunate Events

This show is hilariously stupid. Neil Patrick Harris as the wicked Count Olaf is a delight to watch, with his silly disguises and gimmicks. The show is over, so now’s a good time to binge all three seasons, if you haven’t yet.


Honorable mentions: Bojack Horseman and The Witcher

2019: RR’s Top TV Shows

Say what you may about its final season, Game of Thrones still isn’t anyone’s mate. Since 2011, thanks to the show, fans worldwide have been privy to high-quality entertainment, the best in decades, so I’ll be damned if I let one polarizing season mess things up so much I don’t give honor to whom its due:

Game of Thrones is RR’s show of the decade! 👑

(Breathes heavily)

Now that we’re done with that, here are the top 20 TV shows that made 2019 awesome for us.

PS: This list includes miniseries, traditional TV series and web-series, and are arranged in no particular order.


1. Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hulu

This miniseries presented a heartfelt, self-contained story about love and loss. It’s n exceptional watch.


2. Euphoria s1 – HBO

Teen angst has never been well captured as HBO did it with this one. Expect lots of sex, drugs and all other crazy teen stuff.


3. Watchmen – HBO

A lot of people are calling this the show of the decade; for a show that premiered just two months ago, that’s pretty commendable. If you haven’t yet, you should watch Regina King kick-ass the HBO way.


4. When they see us – Netflix

There was a time in America when racial injustice didn’t receive as much backlash as it does today; this show takes us back to those perilous times and how four men eventually got compensated for losing their youthful days to an unjust system.


5. Sex Education – Netflix

Gillian Anderson is sexy and we now know it very much, thank you.


6. Chernobyl – HBO

Although one of the biggest disasters to have occured, not much was known about it; this show’s changed that.


7. The Mandalorian – Disney +

Pedro Paschal is having the time of his life playing really fun characters. Though Mando might not seem like it, he’s been having twice his normal fun since Baby Yoda came into his life.


8. Undone – Amazon Prime

The shooting technic used to create this live-action-animation easily makes it one of the best shows of this year. Then, factor in its strong story and cast performance, you’ve got a big winner.


9. See – Apple TV

If you thought Jason Momoa’s awesomeness had peaked out playing Khal Drogo and Aquaman, wait to you meet Baba Voss, his fiercest yet.


10. The Morning Show – Apple TV

Jennifer Aniston is back on TV as Alex Levy. I can tell you one thing though, she’s no Rachel.


11. Barry s2 – HBO

Bill Hader continues to impress as Barry. He’s on fire and so is his character.


12. The Hot Zone – Nat Geo

Ebola is a disease that’s always wiped out large number of people whenever it reappears. This is a trip to one of its earlier occurrence in history.


13. Evil s1 – CBS

Our current world is inherently evil and CBS has found a way to phone-in to make a truly drama from these happenings. If you didn’t like Mike Colter during his time as Luke Cage, then you should like him here as a priest-in-training.


14. Swamp Thing s1 – DC Universe

Although this show got cancelled, it still remains one of the best things to come out of 2019. It’s a pity its strong story and cast performance couldn’t save it from issues behind the scenes.


15. The Boys – Amazon Prime

What will be said of 2019 if we don’t mention the show that gave us the best instance of what it’d be like if Superman and the rest of the Justice League were evil? Nothin good.


16. How to Get Away with Murder – ABC

The current season 6 might be its weakest, but the love I’ve got for the show just wouldn’t let me not include it on this list. I’m sorry.


17. Fleabag s2 – BBC One

Fleabag is hilarious, entertaining, and mostly educative. It’s obvious a lot of work went into the crafting of this piece of art; great writing, awesome acting, and a very believable world; definitely worth all the hype.


18. Doom Patrol s1 – DC Universe

Another DC offering that really surprised me. Just like Legends of Tomorrow, this show knows it’s stupid and embraces it well.


19. Stranger Things s3 – Netflix

Allow your mind to be blow again by Eleven and her crew of merry men and women.


20. Carnival Row s1 – Amazon Prime

No doubt, 2019 was a good year for Amazon. This Orlando Bloom/ Cara Delevingne lead fairytale fantasy also helped make it so.


Honorable mentions: The Crown; Love, Death & Robots; The Terror; Good Omens; Mindhunter s2; Emergence; AHS: 84; Godfather of Harlem; Succession; A discovery of Witches; Stranger Things; Killing Eve s2; The Politician s1; Agents of SHIELD s6; All Rise s1.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Hot Zone’ (2019)

Network: National Geographic

Release Date: May 27

Starring: Juliana Margulies, Liam Cunningham, Topher Grace, et al.

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The Ebola virus is one of the deadliest viruses to hit the human population in recent years. Every new appearance is always more devastating than the previous one.
In 1989, the Ebola virus appears in chimpanzees in a research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and there is no known cure; a U.S. Army scientist puts her life on the line to head off an outbreak before it spreads to the human population.

The show is a true life story based on the 1994 best seller of the same name by Richard Preston, and is one of three shows based on real events to hit viewers’ screen this season – enter Chernobyl and When They See Us.
Julianna Margulies stars as Dr. Nancy Jaax, a military infectious disease expert who becomes concerned about a mysterious outbreak at a primate research facility in Reston, Va. Her husband, Jerry Jaax (Noah Emmerich), also works for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, but is less concerned about the possible virus and more concerned about his wife.

The show juggles between two timelines – present day 1989, where Dr. Jaax has her hands full, and 1976, where her colleague and teacher, Wade Carter (Liam Cunningham), first encountered the deadly virus. Throw in politics and some family drama, and you get yourself an explosive TV drama to binge. But The Hot Zone isn’t just a TV show.

Some elements of realism is lost along the aisle of production, and it’s heavily reflected in some parts feeling cheeky and riddled with unnecessarily accentuated dialogues even when it makes little to no sense. Almost every scene between Carter and Trevor Rhodes (James D’Acry) really fall into this category in the present timeline. And the explanation provided in the sixth episode for this acrimony didn’t cut it for me, thereby making everything that came before it fall flat.

In time of great crisis there’ll always arise a few willing to put their lives on the line for the multitude; Dr. Jaax stands to fill that gap for the people of the United States during the events of this film. We’ve seen this happen multiple times over the years, some lucky and others not so much, like in the case of Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh of the 2014 Nigeria outbreak. Fortunately for Dr. Jaax, she fought the good fight and lived to tell the story, and America will continue to be indebted to her.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘When They See Us’ (2019)

Network: Netflix

Release Date: May 31

Starring: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome, Marquis Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman, et al.

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On the night of April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old female jogger, Trish Meili, gets brutally beaten and raped in Central Park. Five boys of color between the ages of 14-16 are coerced by the police department, spearheaded by over-ambitious Linda Fairstein, into accepting the charges and confessing on tape. This leads to all of them doing time for varying years.

If you ever think of police brutality in recent time, I want you to think of these five boys –Antron, Kevin, Yusef, Raymond, and Korey- and what they went through in the hands of the American justice system skewed to disfavor people of color. The boys were all convicted by juries of charges of rape, assault, and related crimes in two separate trials in 1990. They were sentenced to maximum terms and Korey, at 16, was sent to adult prison.

In four episodes, Ava DuVarnay told the gruesome story of how five boys were robbed off their childhood. It was at a time when innocence wasn’t cared about as much as solving a case irrespective of the gravity of its racial undertone. The series does a good job examining racism, discrimination, and its destabilizing effect. With beautiful, fast-paced, yet soulful writing and terrific acting, Ava and the actors show the effect of imprisonment on loved ones, and the uncertainty of the future for all of them. She does a great job tackling a topic many would ordinarily shy away from.

Social injustice is still a big issue today; although not as bold as in the case of Central Park Five, it still thrives, and must be fought at all cost until it’s eradicated. This miniseries has reopened interest in the case, and sparked numerous conversations over the many ways the case could’ve proceeded differently. I hear there’ve been calls to prosecute Linda Fairstein for malicious prosecution, and I support this call. She’s the sole reason those boys ever did time; if she’d done her job without prejudice, the real, sole perpetrator of the crime, Matias Reyes, would’ve been caught much earlier. And her rise in career and popularity might’ve still happened. For letting little boys suffer that way, in my eyes, she’s as guilty as Reyes, and I think she deserves a cell beside him.

Lest I forget, the police carried out a shabby investigation, but they didn’t act alone, the press were complicit too. If both of these institutions had done their jobs, five children wouldn’t have been forced to grow up without a childhood. No amount of monetary settlement can ever make up for this.

Favorite scene: When Korey begs refuses to answer the prosecutor questions in court. Touching.

Favorite actor: Jharrel Jerome’s Korey. He’s terrific.

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Director: Ava DuVernay

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5