Release Year: 2015
Creator: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
Starring: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Maurice Compte, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie, Luis Guzman
Narcos has only been available on Netflix for a brief time, but don’t waste any more time by not watching this story chronicling the life of Pablo Escobar and his rise up from a petty smuggler to the world’s most prolific cocaine drug kingpin. Wagner Moura is spectacular as the charismatic, powerful, persuasive, intimidating and ruthless killer/wannabe Colombian politician and I wouldn’t be surprised if he garners some recognition on the awards circuit.
One of the DEA agents tasked with taking down is Steven Murphy (Holbrook) who also serves as the narrator and I love that element of the show, just as I did with other shows you’ll see later in these rankings. This is his biggest role to date in his career and he did it justice. His partner is Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal who plays Javier Pena and if you loved him in GoT, you’ll like him in this.
I’m trying not to be a prisoner of the moment because I’m fresh off viewing the first season but this show needs to be the next show you start binge-watching. The true test of this show and whether it moves up or down on this list will be subsequent seasons and if it can sustain this momentum.
Next: Bates Motel