Top 5 Best and Worst Netflix Sequels
By Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer
Netflix has found success in sequels in the past few years, but which films and shows deserve a renewal? Keep reading to discover some hidden gems, or to figure out what’s not going on your list anytime soon.
Cricket Fever (2019)
Netflix has diversified its library significantly since it started making its own original content. “Cricket Fever” expands Netflix’s market by diving into the world of sports fans. “Cricket Fever” takes viewers on a journey with the Mumbai Indians, a cricket team in India, during their 2018 season. It serves as a solid documentary and resourceful tool to teach clueless sports fans, like myself, about cricket. This series also offers great insight into life inside India and their sports heroes. You’ll be chanting, “Mumbai...Mumbai!” when it’s all over. I suggest a second season because I’ve grown tired of the same old American sports stories, and Netflix did a great job with this documentary for cricket and non-cricket fans alike.
Sex Education (2019)
“Sex Education” was one of the new originals that I got suckered into watching as soon as it was released and binged the whole season in 24 hours. It’s a quirky, BBC-esque British show that tells the story of high school teenagers battling through puberty and their sexual desires with advice from one of their own — a teenage therapist. The show has its minor flaws, but compared to other Netflix originals, this one ranks near the top.
Dating Around (2019)
“Dating Around” is a short-form reality show focused on a different individual per episode going on multiple blind dates. The main subject can only choose one date to go on a second date with. In each episode, the protagonist is different and varies in age. This show also includes people in the LGBT+ community. In today’s dating app age, these dates are entertaining, cringeworthy, and intriguing to watch. Netflix takes viewers through New York in six episodes with different perspectives, characters, and lifestyles.
I’m excited to see how Netflix continues this series even though it was initially released on Lifetime. The show “You” took off due to the intense marketing by Netflix, making the show a “must watch” to subscribers as a Netflix Original. Considering Netflix’s success with both rom-coms and dark horror stories such as “Black Mirror,” “You” should be right up its alley in becoming a successful franchise for years to come. Considering all the violence and sex scenes, Netflix will have a grand time adding to it since Lifetime had its TV restrictions; the streaming service will be free to do as it wishes.
Nailed It! (2018)
A baking show with a lot of personality, “Nailed It!” has engaging hosts and friendly faces you’ll fall in love with. The contestants bring smiles and laughter as they try to succeed in absolutely impossible cooking, and sometimes non-food related challenges. I hope this show goes on for multiple seasons, as it is fun for the whole family to enjoy!
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Once on my “must watch” list, “13 Reasons Why” has run its course, having gone far beyond the books it’s based on. There is an importance in highlighting issues like mental health, suicide prevention, and bullying, but the “13 Reasons Why” franchise should call it a day and end on a low note.
This show has no plot or true character arc that satisfies viewers by the season’s end. “Insatiable” was a show so absurd that audiences might clamor for more just to be humored by a second season, rather than a quality sequel for a good franchise. The idea that Netflix has renewed it for a second season is utterly ridiculous.
The Perfect Date (2019)
The Netflix Original stars the newest teenage heartthrob Noah Centineo, former Disney Channel actress Laura Marano, and “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes in this actually decent movie. It’s another perfect case where Netflix sets up the story with an innovative backstory and plot, but wraps it up rather quickly, leaving the viewer to wonder what the issues were in the first place. Centineo plays the same archetype in every Netflix movie he is featured in, only this time he’s the focus of the movie as the main character. A quick note: Centineo is good at his roles, but viewers don’t need another movie with Centineo playing the exact same character like in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser.” Considering “The Kissing Booth” got a sequel (see below), be prepared for Netflix to renew this one, or more importantly, see Centineo make another typecast movie as the male love interest.
The Kissing Booth (2018)
Netflix has already announced a sequel for this movie franchise. The first movie was a hit, like most rom-coms are on Netflix, but there is no need for this story to continue. The first movie wrapped up nicely and resolved enough to satisfy the audience — but apparently not. Prepare for “The Kissing Booth 2”…
“Bonding” qualifies under the odd section of Netflix, similar to “Insatiable.” The story centers on a dominatrix, a dominant woman in sadomasochistic sexual activities, and her male assistant in their follies to their job, dealing with the odd tastes and desires of humans (in BDSM) while battling personal issues outside of work. The story and characters are better defined throughout this, but ended with a weird plot twist to allow Netflix to maneuver its way to a second season. The series is not unwatchable, but there is no need for a second season.