Netflix Year in Review: 17 best Netflix Originals of 2017

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Alias Grace – Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Netflix
Alias Grace – Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Netflix /

17. Alias Grace

Netflix produces a lot of material and, consequently, some great shows are bound to slip under the radar. I would definitely count Alias Grace in this category. It was an excellent dramatic – albeit slow-paced – watch, and short enough for a good weekend binge. I watched all six episodes in one sitting to get the full Grace Marks experience.

Alias Grace is an adaptation of the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. You may recall that Atwood also wrote the novel on which the award-winning Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale is also based. Both shows share some very similar themes, so if you liked Tale, then you’ll probably be able to appreciate Grace.

This show is loosely based on a true story, which is an element sure to give you the creeps by the end of the series. The series follows Grace Marks, a young Irish woman who moved to Canada and found a job as a maid. Despite her otherwise unremarkable life, she was accused at sixteen years old of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Kinnear’s housekeeper and assumed mistress, Nancy Montgomery.

Following a controversial conviction, Marks was imprisoned for 29 years for the gruesome crimes. Did she commit these murders or didn’t she? The answer will not come easy.

Watch Alias Grace to get your fix of a strong female lead, complex storytelling, and a good spook before you go to bed. Those patient enough will find this historical drama simply riveting. This show isn’t widely known, but it’s sure to please.