When Netflix launched as a scrappy startup in 1997, few would have predicted that 25 years later, the company would compete with long-established Hollywood film studios and networks in dominating original content and revolutionize the way that people watch shows by introducing the concept of "binge-watching." The then-radical format has transformed popular culture and become the de facto way that the new generation consumes content.
Gone are the days of weekly watercooler chats about that cliffhanger episode; now, people watch an entire season and flood Twitter and Reddit to discuss every single episode. If you don't immediately bingewatch that popular show the first weekend, you're SOL on avoiding spoilers. It wouldn't be hyperbole to state that Netflix has dramatically reshaped the entertainment industry as we know it.
While Netflix's first original show debuted in 2012 (the Stevie Van Zandt-starring Lilyhammer), its next original show in 2013, the highly pedigreed House of Cards, made everyone sit up and take notice. Then in 2016, Sessions first began working with Netflix for a nostalgic show from first-time creators called Stranger Things. The show exploded into a pop culture juggernaut. Since then, Sessions has worked on numerous Netflix originals including Hustle, #BlackAF, Purple Hearts, Day Shift, and the upcoming Me Time. We look back at our relationship with Netflix and these five pivotal titles that turned the tide for the streaming service.