30 best Netflix Shows set outside the US

Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center
Photo credit: The Crown/Netflix/Alex Bailey. Acquired from Netflix Media Center /
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21. Shadow

Perhaps seen as some sort of replacement for the lost Marvel shows, Shadow is a gritty, somewhat realistic superhero drama set in South Africa. After Shadrach Khumalo is struck by lighting, he loses the ability to feel pain. Of course, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t experience injury, his receptors don’t work, basically. While this is an ultimate edge in fights against those he’s waged war on, it could also be an extreme downfall. His battle for justice in the underground criminal world of Johannesburg is reminiscent of a Luke Cage or The Punisher series.

It’s certainly not fair to compare non-Marvel shows to those wildly successful series, but also, there are not many other superheroes shows to compare to. At least until Disney+ launches. However, Shadow doesn’t get as dark as Frank Castle would in The Punisher and tries to navigate the brutality of the crime. Khumalo, taking on the Shadow persona, is a former cop whose daughter is murdered by the violent criminals of this underworld.

Although the Marvel series are in another ballpark, it’s still fair to say this series underwhelms at times. In its defense, it is the first South African series to air on Netflix thus far, so it may be safe to assume that a learning curve is in play. Netflix isn’t one to keep non-profitable ventures, but typical the financial decision comes around season two or three.