Child Actors Rule Netflix
Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, beware! There's a new competitor for young talent in town. And it's Netflix.
Seriously. Unless you definitely want to enter the world of sitcom, there's no better place for a child actor right now besides Netflix, which is odd, since the closest thing they have to original live-action content for children is the dark, very dark "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
But it's the Child Actors of Netflix who rule all of the original shows for adults currently available on the streaming platform.
The most obvious example comes from the kids of "Stranger Things." The show revolves literally and entirely around them. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) are absolutely fantastic and charismatic actors with a range wider than several Hollywood veterans.
Just like in "Full House," the original show that spun Netflix's "Fuller House," the young members of the cast are responsible for the best moments in the show. Elias Harger's (Max) comedic timing is out of this world. The kid makes me laugh out loud during nearly every single shot that he is in. Truly, the absolute star of the show. Soni Bringas (Ramona) and Michael Campion (Jackson) are also great at capturing a balance between pre-teen angst and childlike softness.
The Get Down
There are several older actors who portray child characters in "The Get Down," but Jaden Smith (Dizzee), Stefanée Martin (Yolanda), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra), and T. J. Brown Jr. (Boo-Boo) are still actual child actors who deserve all of our praises. The show cost Netflix a lot of money, but it was all worth it. The music, the stories, and the performances make it an exciting masterpiece.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
As I mentioned on my spoiler-free review of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," the show's child actors are fantastic newcomers with the talent and grit to match Neil Patrick Harris' intensity as Count Olaf. Malina Weissman (Violet), Louis Hynes (Klaus), and even baby Presley Smith (Sunny) assemble the perfect cast in this dark comedy about their characters' awful childhoods. They have the chemistry of family, the sweetness of children, and the maturity of people who have been through a lot.
One Day At A Time
Last but not least, there are the kids from "One Day At A Time." This show is still out of the loop for a lot of Netflix subscribers, but trust me when I say that it's worth your time. Isabella Gomez (Elena) plays a feminist girl we wish was our daughter and Marcel Ruiz (Alex) is just a great kid overall. Like Modern Family, this show addresses diversity without hitting the audience in the head with themes on themes. It makes situations feel natural (in a sitcom context, obviously). It's just who those characters are.