11 Netflix originals to binge in October

Photo: Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Jason Ritter.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix
Photo: Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Jason Ritter.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix /
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The House of Flowers: Season 2 – October 18

The House of Flowers is a soapy telenovela style dramedy about a dysfunctional family that is thrown into chaos when the suicide of the patriarch’s mistress reveals their affair. They also own a flower shop. What is kind of unique about the series is that it examines common cultural issues in Mexico, like casual racism and homophobia. One character has to come to terms with her ex-husband coming out as a trans woman and the publication of her bi-sexual son’s three-way sex tape.

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The brilliance of the genre is that the soapy, addictive style of the show draws casual viewers in and then makes them confront these more difficult issues and ideas. One article boldly claimed that The House of Flowers is what would happen if Pedro Almodovar decided to make a telenovela, but we actually have Manolo Caro to thank for this “provocative and unapologetic” series. And if you find yourself hooked after season two, the good news is that it has already been renewed for season three.

Daybreak: Season 1 – October 24

Daybreak is a teenage high school comedy with one heck of a twist – it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which a teenage outcast is searching for his lost love. The world is full of zombies and gangs like any good apocalypse should have, following a nuclear blast on the night of homecoming. The Netflix series stars Matthew Broderick as Glendale High’s principal, Krysta Rodriguez as a biology teacher, and Colin Ford as the outcast teen. The trailer has a very clear tone considering the series is very much a weird mixed genre piece, so you know the kind of thing to expect without giving anything away.

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Broderick’s cheery, prosaic motivational speech is laid over the top of typical high school scenes blending into post-apocalyptic ritual and chaos, giving the already ironic words a darker, more humorous twist. It honestly looks weird and fantastic. Daybreak is based on the cult-favorite graphic novel of the same name by Brian Ralph. As with the series, the graphic novel both subverts and celebrates the zombie/apocalypse genre, looking at an increasingly worn premise from a new and surprising angle.