By SRINIVAS VORUGANTI
A web series is designed like a television series, through a series of episodes — except that it’s watched on the web. And while a TV series usually requires big production costs, celebrity TV stars, and large media companies, a web series doesn’t have to have all that stuff. As long as you have a camera and a creative idea for a show, anyone can create their own show for the web.
A web series is simply just a series of video episodes that is released over time in order to tell a story. A lot of creators use popular video sharing platforms like Amazon prime or Netflix to host their shows so that they attract as many viewers as possible.
INDIAN WEB SERIES
IMDb Rating: 8.8
Panchayat is a 2020 Indian comedy-drama web series that premiered on Amazon Video on 3 April 2020. Produced by The Viral Fever, the series chronicles the life of engineering graduate who joins as a Panchayat secretary in a remote village Phulera of Uttar Pradesh due to lack of better job options. The series stars Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, and Biswapati Sarkar.
2. THE FAMILY MAN
IMDb Rating: 8.6
The Family Man is an Indian action drama web television series on Prime Video created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani, it tells the story of a middle-class man secretly working as an intelligence officer for the T.A.S.C, a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency.
The series was announced in June 2018 and showcased at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour held in Los Angeles in July 2018. The Family Man premiered on Prime Video in September 2019. The series has been renewed for 2 more seasons. Filming for season 2 began on November 2019 and is expected to be aired in 2020.
IMDb Rating: 8.5
Mirzapur is an Indian crime thriller web television series on Amazon Prime Video produced by Excel Entertainment. The series is primarily shot in Mirzapur, with some shots in Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Varanasi. It revolves around drugs, guns and lawlessness. It depicts the putrescence, governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.Its first season consists of 9 episodes in total. The series has been renewed for a second season which will release in October/September 2020.
IMDb Rating: 8.4
This thriller explores the lives of ordinary men faced with extraordinary circumstances. As unconventional Crime Branch officer Kabir puts together the pieces of seemingly unconnected deaths of organ donors, it leads him to an unlikely suspect — affable Danny, who seeks an organ transplant for his dying son, Josh. Kabir becomes determined to do whatever it takes to crack the case and deliver justice for the victims’ loved ones.
5. MADE IN HEAVEN
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Made In Heaven is a 2019 Indian drama web television series that premiered on Amazon Video on 8 March 2019. Produced by Excel Entertainment, the series chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan, two wedding planners in Delhi running an agency named Made in Heaven. The series is Amazon Video’s fourth fictional Indian original series and stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
HOLLYWOOD WEB SERIES
1. THE MARVELOUS MAISEL
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s follow-up to Gilmore Girls and Bunheads may be the most impactful Amazon series since Transparent, and it’s got the Emmys to prove it. It’s a brilliant, quick-witted, crowd-pleaser, an exuberant fast-talking comedy with some heft. Set in 1950s New York City, Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, Manhattan) plays Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, the perfect, upper Westside wife who — after her husband leaves her — goes on a bender and finds herself on stage delivering a hilarious, profanity-fueled set in a rundown dump of a club.
The club’s booker, Susie Meyerson (Alex Borstein), takes an immediate interest in her, so while her home life is falling apart, Miriam finds herself trying to build a career as a stand-up comic in an era when females weren’t exactly welcome on that scene. It’s a tremendous series that mixes comedy, feminism, and a little bit of stand-up history into a delightful concoction of laughs, heart and an incredible lead performance from Brosnahan, who will ultimately be remembered for this role the same way Lauren Graham will always be remembered for Lorelai Gilmore.
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Patriot is a difficult show to describe because it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s about a man named John Tavner (Michael Dorman), an N.O.C. (Non-official cover) for the CIA. His cover is as an engineer for a pipe company, a job for which he has little education or experience, and yet, it’s also a job he must maintain in order to complete his mission.
To get a bag of money from point A to point B, which just happens to be what his job in pipe entails: To build a pipe to get a thing from Point A to Point B. But if it were that easy, neither an engineer (in the piping context) or a CIA agent (in the context of the bag of money) would be required.
Patriot is about the complications that arise along the way. There are mishaps; a murder investigation; and human nature and Tavner’s relationships with his brother, with co-workers, and with his father get in the way. After every episode, the intensity of this mission increases.
3. JACK RYAN(tom clancy’s)
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Author Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan in a series of books before Ryan headed to the big screen in several films. Now the former U.S. Marine is featured in an episodic series for the first time, with John Krasinski portraying Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
4. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternative, dystopian world where Germany won World War II. Basically, the East Coast is occupied by the Germans, and the West Coast is occupied by the Japanese, and there’s a no-man’s land in between.
The series sees various characters working to form a resistance against their occupation by collecting “forbidden newsreels” that show the alternate history in which the Allies won the war in an effort to reveal a larger truth about how the world should be. A dark exploration of what it means to be American, The Man in the High Castle is a well-acted, tense, and often violent dystopian thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers guessing.
5. THE BOYS
Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. Based on the comic book series of the same name.
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