Summer is in full swing, and awards season is right around the corner. This means it’s prime time to check out some of the top Emmy-nominated shows. With Netflix earning an impressive 105 total nominations for 35 original shows, movies, stand-up specials, and documentaries, there’s plenty of quality content on the streaming service that is being recognized for its entertainment value. Among the top nominees are Squid Game, Bridgerton, and Inventing Anna, three shows that represent the expansive variety of content Netflix has to offer.
While you might have your sights set on checking out one or more of these nominated shows in time for the ceremonies in September (why not see what all the fuss is about?), Netflix has other shows worth watching, too. Some were nominated (and won) in previous years and still hold up among the best Netflix original series right now. Chances are there’s a show or two on this list you have been meaning to dive into or might find interesting once you read more about it.
One of Netflix’s most successful series to date is also one of its most ambitious. Based on the video game franchise and book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is steeped in mythology and history and yet seems to move much more naturally than a fantasy contemporary, Game of Thrones. The series follows a link of destiny formed between a monster hunter (a witcher) called Geralt of Rivia and princess Ciri, a young woman who was cast from her home when it was razed by an enemy force. Following protagonists Geralt, Ciri, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, the story moves across multiple timelines until merging by the end of the season. As Geralt hunts terrifying beasts and tries to find acceptance in the world, his relationship with the equally misunderstood Yennefer and the lost princess Ciri may be his ultimate hope.
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