Just because winter’s over doesn’t mean your love affair with Netflix has to cease. In fact, I oftentimes find myself inside on a sunny day binging Netflix during pretty much any season. If you're looking for the next best show to watch in lieu of seeing the light of day, these are the must see shows on Netflix right now.
The views expressed in this post are mine and don't necessarily represent the views of Marcel Digital as a whole. That being said, these are awesome shows, and I'm sure everyone pretty much agrees with me.
Lost is the show that got people back in to network TV. I may have made that up, but it's sure what it feels like. I'm sure by this point all of your friends have at some point told you, "Oh my gosh, you haven't watched Lost?? You have to literally quit your job right now and go watch it!"
I'd be lying if I said they weren't right.
It's been more than 5 years since the last episode aired and 11 since the series started, but it's never too late to get started on Lost.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure
Netflix Description: After their plane crashes on a deserted island, a diverse group of people must adapt to their new home and contend with the island's enigmatic forces.
Pro: There are more than enough entertaining plot twists to keep you wanting more.
Con: Some of the characters are painfully boring. I’ve found myself fast forwarding through episodes where the main focus is on a character that the show could easily do without.
Lots of people will tell you that The Office lost its luster after Steve Carell left, which is actually pretty true. That being said, the older episodes are absolutely hysterical. If you've watched none of these episodes, give it a whirl. I'm sure you'll be putting your coworkers stapler in Jello in no time.
Netflix Description: This hit comedy chronicles the foibles of disgruntled office workers -- led by deluded boss Michael Scott -- at the Dunder Mifflin paper company.
Pro: If you don’t laugh within 10 mins of the first episode, you may not be a human being.
Con: Once Michael Scott moves to Colorado (spoiler alert), the show gets a little slow. No one can truly fill the spot of the world’s best boss.
DareDevil is the newest sensation from Marvel to hit Netflix. An original show, it showcases a grittier side to the Marvel franchise. If you think superhero shows are for nerds, they are. But this one in particular is for everyone.
Seasons: (Currently) 1
Netflix Description: "Marvel's Daredevil" is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Pro: It’s easy to hate the villain Wilson Fisk, but in a really great way. Fisk does a great job of bringing the show to life.
Con: It gets a little dark as the season progresses. Also, if seeing blood freaks you out, this show isn’t for you.
This show is serious eye candy. If you've never heard of it, you should watch it for the visuals alone. Anything well done that is space-related is a good watch in my book.
Genre: Docudrama, Science & Technology
Netflix Description: In this docudrama, astronauts embark on a dangerous space voyage to explore the inner and outer planets of our solar system.
Pros: You can forget that this didn’t actually happen at times. For being made in 2004, the graphics are amazing. Also, some eye opening stats about our planets are sprinkled throughout this two show series.
Cons: When you come to terms with the fact that this actually hasn’t happened, you’re left wondering what NASA’s been up to since 1969.
Parks & Recreation
Netflix Description: In this droll comedy, an employee of a rural parks and recreation department is full of energy and good ideas but bogged down by bureaucracy.
Watch the trailer on YouTube (they wouldn't let us embed, jerks.)
Pro: The show is very believable that it’s easy to imagine yourself at the parks and recreation department. Only you’ll never have coworkers as quirky as them.
Con: The first episode is almost unbearingly boring. Power through, you’ll be happy you did.
Freaks & Geeks
It's a shame this classic only made it for one season. It seriously has an insane cast and is one of the funnier coming-of-age comedies out there. Just watch the first episode and see how many recognizable faces there are. Trust me.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Netflix Description: A group of high school students in 1980 faces various social struggles. Lindsay rebels and hangs out with a crowd of burnouts for starters.
Pros: James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and more…
Cons: The show can be a bit slow/spotty at times.
ESPN’S 30 For 30: Youngstown Boys
If you like sports (and even if you don't), these 30 for 30 documentaries are awesome. There are a ton of different episodes spanning a ton of different interesting stories in the sports world. Like seriously a ton. One of them is about scandals in figure skating.
Seasons: One of many 30 for 30 episodes. If you like this, I recommend watching other 30 for 30 episodes on Netflix.
Netflix Description: This edition of the documentary series looks at the rise and fall of two Ohio State alumni: running back Maurice Clarett and head coach Jim Tressel.
Pros: ESPN did an excellent job of uncovering the step by step breakdown that lead to Maurice Clarett’s life breakdown. There was more than meets the eye and ESPN exposed the full story.
Cons: Not much of a con here if you’re a sports fan. Obviously, if you don’t like sports than this isn’t for you.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Yay science! You can't go wrong with Bill Nye the Science Guy. If you didn't grow up with him, it might not hold the same nostalgia for you, but the entire show is bonkers and they guy honestly looks like he doesn't age. Like, ever.
Netflix Description: Host Bill Nye gets kids fired up about science, sharing his enthusiasm for all its branches, from astronomy to complex ideas about genetics.
Pro: Nostalgia for any 80/90’s kid. Perfect if you need something on in the background to fall asleep to.
Con: It's a kids show. I wouldn’t recommend taking this too seriously if you’re above the age of 12.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Netflix Description: Four narcissistic friends run a Philadelphia bar where their juvenile behavior brings situations from uncomfortable to hysterically horrible.
Pro: There are multiple moments that you won't see coming that will literally make you break out into tears laughing. You’ll grown to love the cast and accept their odd day-to-day lives.
Con: The show can get pretty gross at times. If weird humor isn’t for you, this show may not be either.
Marcel Digital Office Honorable Mentions
- Breaking Bad
- Prison Break
- Family Guy
- American Dad
- House of Cards
- Orange is the New Black
- Gilmore Girls
- American Horror Story
- Doctor WHo
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Bobs Burgers
- 3rd Rock From the Sun