11 Netflix original series ready for binging in March 2019

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Dehli Crime Story – March 22

This Indian crime drama is based on the true story of the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman in India which sparked international outrage.

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The actual circumstances surrounding the rape were truly horrific, causing widespread media coverage and forcing India to address its culture of rape and reform its laws regarding sexual assault.

The series is written and directed by Indo-Canadian director Ritchie Mehta (Amal) and stars Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding) as police officer Vartika Chaturvedi.

The seven-part Netflix original series was scrupulously researched over the course of six years and takes place during the aftermath of the rape, from the incident to the final arrests.

Considering how seminal the case was, particularly in the effect it had on Indian society and law, it should be fascinating to see the details of how the crime — which was clearly atrocious but could just as easily have been buried by the media — became the international scandal it was.

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Santa Clarita Diet: Season 3 – March 29

This is such a weird, wacky, grotesque, fun show.

There’s really not much more to say about it except that it is the perfect showcase for Drew Barrymore’s optimistic quirkiness and that the writers seem to just do whatever the heck they want to do without any real regard for viewership or convention — which makes it that much more delightful and popular.

And while the premise and how it is executed is absolutely absurd and over-the-top, that’s often where the most humor comes in.

Things that should be — and really still are — distasteful, disgusting, or disturbing are overdone to the level of absurdity. At that point, you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous it is.

The fact that this Netflix original series is going into its third season is ridiculous enough. And yet there’s something light-hearted and whimsical about it, despite its inherently dark and bloody concept.

The tone reminds me in some ways of a less poetic Pushing Daisies.