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New Netflix Series 'Unorthodox' Is Moving Viewers To Tears

New Netflix Series 'Unorthodox' Is Moving Viewers To Tears

Netflix's new mini-series Unorthodox has been wowing viewing since its release, with many saying it's left them in tears.

The four-part series, which landed on March 26th, is loosely based on Deborah Feldman's New York Times bestselling memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.

It tells the story of 19-year-old Jewish woman named Esther 'Esty' Shapiro (Shira Haas), who is in an arranged marriage and part of an ultra-Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City.

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Esty, a budding musician, who feels suffocated in her marriage and pressure to have a baby, decides to escape her world for Berlin, in search of her estranged mother.

Etsy is past of an orthodox Jew community in Williamsburg (Credit: Netflix)
Etsy is past of an orthodox Jew community in Williamsburg (Credit: Netflix)

Esty believes her mother abandoned her years ago to leave the community because she was gay, but later learns her mother was terrorised by her husband's family and Esty was eventually taken from her in rabbinical court.

While in Berlin, Esty befriends a group of friends from a local prestigious music college and discovers new and exciting parts of life that she'd never been exposed to before, from clubbing to fashion and romance.

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A moneyless Esty decides to audition for the music school's scholarship scheme.

Etsy's eyes are opened to a new, exciting life in Berlin (Credit: Netflix)
Etsy's eyes are opened to a new, exciting life in Berlin (Credit: Netflix)

Meanwhile, her husband Yanky Shapiro (Amit Rahav), and his cousin, Moishe Lefkovitch (Jeff Wilbusch), arrive in the German capital determined to find her.

People have been bingeing the series in isolation and many are saying it left them emotional wrecks.

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"For anybody looking for an unsolicited Netflix recommendation, #Unorthodox is absolutely brilliant. Had me and the significant other in tears. Wonderful, and very moving performances," raved one fan.

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"I watched #Unorthodox on Netflix last night and it was brilliant. Such a moving story that actually had me in tears," said a second.

A third enthused: "#Unorthodox on @NetflixUK moved me to tears. What an amazing four hours of television. Highly recommend it."

Esy's husband Yanky Shapiro (Amit Rahav) leaves New York to find his wife (Credit: Netflix)
Esy's husband Yanky Shapiro (Amit Rahav) leaves New York to find his wife (Credit: Netflix)
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Others called Unorthodox one of the best shows on Netflix RN.

"I recommend Unorthodox, it's moving four part limited series of a lady finding her freedom from her ultra Jewish community. Best thing I have seen on Netflix recently," said one fan.

"UNORTHODOX is one of the best series I've seen this year, possibly in my all-time list. Such a mesmerising and heart wrenching story that feels genuine & uplifting," raved another.

"Unorthodox on Netflix is the best series I've watched in ages! I loved it," said a third.

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A fourth agreed: "Unorthodox is one of the best limited series I've seen on Netflix."

Sold yet? We certainly are.

Unorthodox is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.