The heist series climbing the Netflix charts
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The heist series climbing the Netflix charts

Many internet users are familiar with the ‘Florida Man’ memes. Used to comically highlight how out there some residents of ‘The Sunshine State’ are, the memes have just been bolstered by one of Netflix’s unexpected offerings of the year, Florida Man, which debuted on April 13th.

Quickly climbing the streaming site’s charts, it might be one of the year’s best surprises. Blending the kooky character of the state with an intriguing heist story, there’s a lot to love about the new show. 

A synopsis for the show reads: “When a struggling ex-cop (Edgar Ramírez) is forced to return to his home state of Florida to find a Philly mobster’s runaway girlfriend, what should be a quick gig becomes a wildly spiralling journey into buried family secrets, and an increasingly futile attempt to do the right thing in a place where so much is wrong. Florida Man, from creator Donald Todd, is a wild odyssey into a sunny place for shady people.”

Alongside Ramirez, the cast includes the likes of Anthony LaPaglia, Abbey Lee, Otmara Marrero, Lex Scott Davis, Emory Cohen, Clark Gregg, Isaiah Johnson, Paul Schneider, and Lauren Buglioli, meaning we’re not short of excitement as viewers. Displaying the seamless blend of comedy and drama, creator Donald Todd is best known for the hit 2000s series Ugly Betty and the family drama This Is Us. He knows how to draw the two aspects together.

Florida Man is currently sat at fifth in Netflix’s weekly charts and has been watched for 26.19 million hours during its first seven days, which is not bad going at all. I should expect to see it higher on the chart this time next week. But for now, I advise those who haven’t already delved into the fictional weirdness of Florida to do so immediately.