4. 3%: Season 1 & 2 – Netflix

Country: Brazil

Genre: Sci-fi series

Creator: Pedro Aguilera

Cast: João Miguel, Bianca Comparato, Michel Gomes, Rodolfo Valente, Vaneza Oliveira, Rafael Lozano, Viviane Porto, Samuel de Assis, Cynthia Senek, Laila Garin, Bruno Fagundes, Thais Lago.

Brazil keeps churning out hit series after hit series, and the highly anticipated 3% is no exception. Netflix just released the second season of the science-fiction dystopian thriller series, but you can and should catch up on the first season while you’re at it. 3% is set in a future wherein the affluent and the poor are starkly divided in the idyllic Offshore and in the impoverished Inland. But every year, the young adults in the Inland are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move to the “better side” through something called The Process, an intensive screening which selects only 3% of the candidates for the exclusive journey. Naturally, large factions of the Inland are dissatisfied with the highly selective Process, and have been building up a revolutionary Cause to fight the system.

It’s a pretty standard premise for a sci-fi series, but 3% offers a gripping ride. Think if The 100, Snowpiercer, and The Hunger Games had a post-apocalyptic baby and you have 3%. It’s got the sexy young 20-somethings of The 100, the class battles of Snowpiercer, and the high-concept rituals of The Hunger Games, but 3% is more than just a pastiche. Compelling characters and intriguing action keep the series going, and season 2 more than lives up to its promising first season.

Watch This If You LikeThe 100, Snowpiercer, The Hunger Games, beautiful young people fighting against the machine.

5. Bride and Prejudice – Hulu

Country: India, U.K.

Genre: Romantic-comedy

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Daniel Gillies, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Indira Varma, Namrata Shirodkar, Sonali Kulkarni.

Bride and Prejudice wears its inspiration on its sleeves — and on its totally cheesy title. An adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and PrejudiceGurinder Chadha‘s (Bend it Like Beckham) Bollywood-inspired version is a surprisingly deft examination of Indian class conflicts and culture shock. Aishwarya Rai dazzles as Lalita Bakshi, the Elizabeth Bennet stand-in who lives in the provincial Amritsar with her parents and three younger sisters. We’ve all read the book and/or seen the multiple adaptations, so we know what happens next: Lalita meets the arrogant Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), a handsome and rich American thrown off by India’s strange and colorful customs. Will and Lalita initially clash, but it takes a wedding, a con man, and a runaway sister to get them to see eye-to-eye.

Bride and Prejudice is the epitome of a guilty pleasure: saccharine and a little silly, with a third act that goes a little off the rails. But it’s buoyed by the charm of its leads, particularly Rai, one of Bollywood’s biggest movie stars and the shining light of this movie. It’s a fun adaptation, and a must-see for any Austenite. I guarantee you’ll have “No Life Without Wife” stuck in your head for days after.

Watch This If You LikePride & Prejudice, the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary, any Jane Austen adaptation, seeing Sayid from LOST dance and sing to a Bollywood song.

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