Article By: Tara Elsa
While quarantine has caused most people to spend a majority of their time at home, it has allowed some people more time to watch the newest shows and movies. Since quarantine started, Netflix has released a lot of new content for its viewers. Here are some of the new Netflix shows.
In October 2020, Netflix released a documentary called Deaf U. The story follows a group of friends that attend Gallaudet University. The entire documentary is in American Sign Language (ASL); although, some people chose to sign and talk. All of the students are either Deaf or hard of hearing. The story is quite interesting because it gives the audience a sense of the culture of Gallaudet University and the Deaf community. It follows the different relationships going on as well as the different social classes (e.g. the Elites) students are put into based on how many generations their families have been Deaf and whether ASL was their first language. The one-season series consists of eight short episodes and is a great watch.
The Queen’s Gambit, released on Netflix in October 2020, is another great show. Beth Harmon, the main character, spends some of her childhood in an orphanage where they use tranquilizers on all of the children. The audience gets to follow Beth’s journey through her childhood, where she falls in love with chess and gets addicted to the tranquilizer pills, and into her adulthood, as she struggles with addiction while rising to fame for her incredible chess playing. Not only is this show very entertaining but it also highlights the struggles of addiction. This show is so well-done and entertaining for both teens and adults.
One of my favorites right now is a short series called Self Made. Self Made is based on the real-life story and life of Sarah Breedlove, more famously known as Madam C.J. Walker, and her journey to becoming the first self-made female millionaire. The story takes place in the late 1800s and the early 1900s when she begins using a hair growth product; she decides she wants to make and sell her own hair growth product to other Black individuals. Her goal is to make other women feel empowered at a time women weren’t socially allowed to have a voice in important matters or create and run their own businesses. The show highlights the hard work of Madam C.J. Walker, but it also shows the discrimination Black women faced during that time in America. This show is inspiring and beautifully told, and I highly recommend watching it.
If you’re interested in magic and mystery, then Fate: The Winx Saga is for you! This six-episode series is full of excitement, magic, and fairies. The story follows a girl named Bloom who has to navigate her life at a new school, in a different world, and with stronger powers. Bloom tries to uncover all the mysteries in Alfea, also known as the Otherworld, where many of the fairies go to school. The right amount of magic, romance, and mystery make this a great show.
With the extra time spent at home during this quarantine, catching up on the latest Netflix shows and movies is certainly fun. Next time you’re scrolling through Netflix, check out Deaf U, Queen’s Gambit, Fate: The Winx Saga, or—my favorite—Self Made.