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Shows like Orange is the New Black: Netflix Dramas

Long gone are the days of the studios' monopoly on quality content. In 2020, Netflix will spend $17 billion on original content compared to $4 billion for HBO. And Netflix lavish spending is producing some quality shows--Netflix won 27 Primetime Emmys in 2019 versus 34 for HBO.

Shows like Revenge: Modern Takes on the Classic Soap Opera

These shows take their inspiration from the classic soap opera formula of focusing on relationships within families, friends, and co-workers, spicing things up with plenty of intrigue, romance, power struggles, personal feuds, secrets and lies, and periodically lapsing into sentimentality and melodrama.

Shows like Away: Recent Astronaut Dramas

The recent dramas (and a few melodramas) focus on NASA astronaut, their interactions with fellow crew members, and the families they leave behind--spoiler alert several of these are more space soap opera than sci-fi space opera.

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