Lockdown Living: Top ten web series to watch

As  the majority of the population in several countries are forced to stay indoors due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a significant number of people are turning to digital platforms to keep themselves occupied during these difficult times.

There has been a sharp rise in the demand for web streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon prime, Hot star, Prime flix etc. As more and more web series are becoming quite popular among the millennials, this has opened new avenues for both the actors and film makers. Our favourite movie stars are showing  keen interest in digital space. With the freedom to watch any show within the comfort of our homes, people are becoming more and more addicted to web series than ever before.

Make the most of this quarantine by spending quality time with loved ones- enjoying a few simple pleasures of life such as watching some of the top rated web series at home.

Read ahead as we give you a run down of the most watched English and Hindi web series.

Never Have I Ever

English shows-

1. Never Have I Ever- This coming-of-age American comedy TV show is currently being aired on Netflix. It has joined the list of most viewed shows. The plot of Never Have I ever revolves around an Indian American high school student, Devi Vishwakumar, who wants to change her social status after a terrifying freshman year. This show has been highly praised for breaking Asian stereotypes. It is created by american actress Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. This show also sheds light upon how the main protagonist, Devi copes with the sudden death of her father. This coming-of-age series is inspired by Mindy’s own childhood. Coming to the cast, the main character Devi is played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet is seen as Paxton Hall Yoshida, Poorna Jagannathan as Nalini, and Richa Moorjani as Kamala. After a successful completion of ten episodes, this show has earned number one spot in the list of top shows around the globe. It has become a huge hit that several fans are hungry for season two.

2. White lines- Another popular show on Netflix is White lines. This brand new english thriller series revolves around Zoe Walker, who travels to Ibiza  to investigate the murder of her brother Axel. This thriller series is created b Alex Pina and directed by Nick Hamm, Luis Prieto, Ashley Way and Alvaro Brechner. The main protagonist, Zoe is played by Laura Haddock. The remaining star cast includes actors like Marta Milans, Nuno Lopes, Daniel Mays, Laurence Fox, Jade Alleyne, Rafael Morais, and Juan Diego Botto.

Middleditch and Schwartz

3. Middleditch and Schwartz- For those of you who enjoy watching comedy shows, this series is a must watch. Middleditch and Schwartz revolves around two main characters Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz. This three hour long improv special is indeed a perfect entertaining show with unpredictable twists and hilarious comedy. The comedy duo Schwartz and Middleditch improve every single performance of their based on audience suggestions. They perform at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Each episode sheds light upon various topics like dream job, and parking lot wedding.

4. You-  Currently a trending show on Netflix, You is a psychological thriller. This series was created by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti. Warner Horizon Television in association with A & E Studios and Alloy Entertainment produced this show. The first season of You revolves around a lonely bookstore manager, Jeo Goldberg who falls madly in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck. The story unfolds itself when he starts to develop toxic and delusional obsession. Season 1 features Penn Badgley, Luca Padovan, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell and Zach Cherry. The second season was aired exclusively on Netflix in December last year. This season had a brand new cast- James Scully, Victoria Pedretti, Carmela Zumbado and Jenna Ortega. Coming to the plot of the second season, it revolved around Joe Goldberg, who moves from New York to Los Angeles to start a brand new life. The plot unfolds itself when he meets chef Love Quinn, and he begins to turn violent and obsessed like before. The entire plot is about how Joe struggles to establish a successful relationship with Love. This show has received positive reviews from viewers, and the makers have decided to come up with a third season on Netflix. The third season is all set to be released in 2021, with Victoria Pedretti and Penn Badgley reprising their roles.

Castlevania

5. Castlevania- Castlevania is a dark fantasy and horror show aired on Netflix. This animated show is originally based on the Japanese video game, Castlevania III: Dracula’s curse  by Konami. It is set in Eastern Europe. The plot revolves around the last surviving member of the Belmont clan, Trevor Belmont, who tries to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hands of the Vlad Dracula Tepes. Belmont along with his comrades try to save  mankind from the demon dracula. This interesting series is created by Warren Ellis and developed by Adi Shankar.  This show’s art work is heavily influenced by Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima’s artwork. The first season was premiered on Netflix in the year 2017, followed by a second season in 2018. The show has become quite popular among the young generation, the makers decided to make a third and fourth season. The third season was released in March 2020 and on March 27th 2020, the makers have announced that the show has been renewed for a fourth season.

Hindi shows -

6. Guilty- This hindi-language drama series was recently released on Netflix. Bollywood actress Kiara Advani who’s playing the lead role Nanki Dutta in this show has received good response for her acting. The plot of guilty revolves around the story of a songwriter whose boyfriend is accused of rape. The story unfolds itself on the night of valentine’s day, when Nanki’s boyfriend is accused of rape by a student. The rest of the story revolves around how Nanki investigates what happened on the night of valentine’s day. This show is the first production venture of Dharmatic, which is a digital wing of the Dharma Productions. Along with Kiara, actors Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Gurfateh Singh Pirzada are seen in pivotal roles.

7. Little things- For those of you who love to watch romcoms, this is the perfect web series. Little things narrates the story of a young couple, who navigate through the ups and downs in life. Its all  the day to day life explored through conversation between this cute couple. Mithila Palkar is seen portraying  the lead role kavya Kulkarni, while Dhruv Sehgal is seen as Dhruv Vats. Originally this series was aired on Dice Media, which was then bought by Netflix. The first season was aired in 2016 on Dice Media, second season was premiered on Netflix in 2018 and the third season was also aired on Netflix in 2019.

Bard of Blood

8. Bard of Blood- Bard of Blood is a mystery, suspense, thriller series aired on Netflix. This show features ace bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, Kirti Kulhari, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sobhita Dhulipala and Jaideep Ahlawat. Its written by Mayank Tewari and Bilal Siddiqi. Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. This spy thriller show is based on the popular novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi. The plot follows the story of four Indian intelligent officers, who are part of the Indian Intelligence Wing (IIW). The story becomes interesting when these four officers get captured and are about to be decapitated. This show is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and was premiered last year.

9. Code M- Another trending Hindi language web series on Netflix is Code M. This high intense drama series features Jennifer Winget, Seema Biswas, Tanuj Virwani and Rajat Kapoor. The plot of this show revolves around the story of an Indian Army Lawyer, Monica Mehra who discovers a conspiracy plot during her investigation of a military encounter case.

Sacred Games 2

10. Sacred Games 2- This is undoubtedly one of the best web series in the genre of crime and high intense drama. The plot of this show revolves around a Mumbai Police officer, Sartaj Singh and a gangster, Gaitonde. Sacred Games is created on the novel by the same name written by Vikram Chandra. Directed by ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Coming to the cast, it features renowned actors from the industry- Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Luke Kenny and Sukhmani Sadana. This series even received positive respose from critics for the performances and the script. The first season was premiered in 2018, while the second in 2019.          - Akhila kakarala