Our list of the best shows on Netflix that you've probably never seen.
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If you've been a hardcore cable or satellite subscriber and have been flooded with tons of television content over the years then chances are good you've missed a lot of great shows. Or maybe you're looking into Television Cord Cutting so reduce your TV bills.
Either way, Netflix is by far the best option when it comes to streaming content but where do you start? Simple, start with our list of the best of the best that Netflix has to offer. We'll stick mostly to TV series but throw in a few important movies as well.
Trailer Park Boys
This one won't be for everyone, but for those who can appreciate dumb humor and handle a metric-f**k-ton of swearing, you'll fall in love with Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, and the entire gang at Canada's Sunnyvale Trailer Park. That's right, a comedy set in a trailer park with a lot of stereotyping going on.
This one started out as a movie and became a series in 1999 and ran until 2007 when it ended. Netflix then picked it up again in 2014 and has released several new seasons since with Trailer Park Boys Season 11 expected to be released in March of 2017. A variety of Trailer Park Boys movies have been released over the years which are The Big Dirty, Countdown to Liquor Day, and Don't Legalize It.
This movie is from the same cast of Trailer Park Boys that I mentioned above, only this time they're sort of playing themselves. Sort of. Watch Trailer Park Boys through season 7 then watch this movie before watching Trailer Park Boys season 8 to truly appreciate the gang. There's a huge amount of swearing in this comedy as well as both male and female nudity so a family movie this is not!
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
This one hit me out of nowhere. I watched an episode or two years ago and didn't get it. Then started from the beginning and loved it. While the first season is rough, hang in there as it gets incredibly good. It's a situation comedy with a group of 3 guys and a girl that run a bar. Hilarity ensures constantly.
I'd normally not go for an Ashton Kutcher show but this one is good. The Ranch is a little odd at first, especially as you hear a piped in laugh track throughout each episode. But by the third episode it all just makes sense. The comedy and characters here are really funny. The show forces in some serious moments about life on a farm but it's rarely too much. You'll also hear some swearing and jokes aren't really family friendly.
My Name Is Earl
Here's another show I watched 15 minutes of back in the day and didn't get it. Now I'm watching it and love it. Classic characters, great storylines, and lots of dumb comedy.
I always assumed this was some sort of terrible Twilight-type show. You know, lots of teenage girls love it but it actually sucks. Turns out, this is a pretty awesome show for sci-fi fans. It's about two brothers than hunt and kill the supernatural (ghosts, vampires, you name it) but doesn't take itself too seriously.
I knew this show by name but never watched it until recently. I was missing out! Give it some time, the comedy here is second to none as are the cast and characters. Funny stuff for sure. This is another one that has a huge gap between seasons as Netflix re-energized this one years after the original episodes.
How I Met Your Mother
I didn't even know this was a comedy when it first came out. I remember hearing the title and it sounded sappy so I never watched it. Now I have and you should too. Smart and funny, very well written.
Rules Of Engagement
Another one that I didn't know anything about. It's a comedy that focuses mainly on two couples and their friend. Has a bit of a Seinfeld vibe to it, partly since it stars Patrick Warburton who played David Puddy in Seinfeld.
I've seen the reviews on this one, most either love it or hate it. I love it. Something different and funny and not what we normally see from Adam Sandler. It's a movie so you have little to invest and this little to lose in this one.
I'm always surprised at Lost. I never gave it the time of day when it came out, and I'm sort of glad I didn't. You see, it's a pretty complex story that I'd rather watch over months and not years. It's a crazy action and adventure show about a plane crash on a remote island with mysterious things happening all the time. One of my all time favorite shows.
This is a bizarre show for sure. First off, know that while this is a series each episode is completely different. Meaning, the cast and story in each has nothing to do with the others. It's more like a series of mini-movies. Actually, more like a modern day Twilight Zone. Some are strange and weird and sci-fi-like, while others are downright creepy.
Wow! This is an amazing show. It's a modern day Sherlock Holmes with fun and incredibly complex stories and crimes to solve. Pretty much every show left me blown away, it's just that good.
The ultimate car show. Actually, it's more comedy show with cars sprinkled in. This one is fun for the whole family, even if you're not a huge gear head. Or as these Brits say, Petrol Head. Yes, this is another UK show from the BBC and infinitely better than the Top Gear America abomination we got stuck with on our side of the pond. Watch it, love it. Laugh so hard you may "poo a little" and then be saddened when it ends. But good news everyone, the gang is back on their new show The Grand Tour: Staring Clarkson, May, & Hammond which will air on Amazon Prime Video.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
It's a comedy about a girl who was abducted for years and is finally found and released. She's an adult with the mind if a child who lives in New York. Sounds strange but it works.
Seems like comic book shows are a dime a dozen these days but this is a great one. Daredevil is a blind man who is both a lawyer and a superhero with amazing abilities to fight crime. It's a little dark but very well done overall.
Wasn't sure if I'd leave this on the list. It's a great show with a great story and crazy characters (Killgrave anyone?). I enjoyed it a lot overall so it's going on the list but know that some of the episodes feel really long. As if the same thing could have been done in half the time.
Master Of None
This comedy stars Aziz Ansari as a typical bachelor who's trying to get his acting career off the ground while trying to find love. Lots of funny bits to it and fun to watch overall.
Parks And Recreation
I'd never even heard of this one until Netflix and it's now one of my all time favorite shows now. It's shot much like The Office or Reno 911 where a documentary crew follows Leslie Knope who's a government worker in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. It's a must watch show.
I avoided this one when it first aired but found it on Netflix and loved it. Anyone who has worked even 1 day in an office environment will appreciate everything about this comedy.
Good and strange sci-fi fun. A group of people find out they have various mind sharing abilities and can connect remotely with others like them. Using their abilities they can take on an evil organization. It's a little slow at first but really good.
Imagine living in a small town and one day finding that a few people who died many years ago were suddenly alive and well. Nobody knows why they returned from the dead. It's a good sci-fi series.
Another sci-fi series with people being returned. This time, those being returned went missing years earlier. Turns out that people from the future abducted them, gave them special abilities, and returned them to present time so they can save the human race.
What a great concept. Imagine back in the height of the space race if we built a huge rocket that could hold hundreds of people. We launch it into space on a 100 year mission to find a new planet to inhabit but nobody else knew about this program at all. I can't say anything else without a huge spoiler so just watch it instead. Unfortunately, it's only one short season so we're left hanging on this one. Here's hoping that Netflix does a season 2 since it was canceled by the networks.
Wet Hot American Summer
What the heck is this? Made back in 2001, follow a group of kids and counselors at a summer camp on the last day of camp. It's all kinds of quirky comedy gold. This is the movie that leads to the series (see below).
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp
Watch the movie (above) first then watch the series. The series is the same idea but was released in 2015 with the same cast but is a prequel to the movie. Funny and strange but I want more.
This is an odd one. We follow the life of Chip who is an alcoholic with a big secret and all sorts of problems. It's slow at first but give it a chance, it's pretty funny in a more subtle way.
Sons Of Anarchy
Follow along on the murdering and crime ridden spree that is The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original or SAMCRO as they're called. It's an outlaw motorcycle game in a small California town. There's a lot of violence, crime, and gruesome death and dismemberment. Not a family show.
This one gets a little weaker and goofy in later seasons but is pretty good overall. It's sort of a modern day Robin Hood who's trying to "save this city". A lot of it is cheesy but still good. They picked the wrong actor to be the Arrow unfortunately. Still worth a watch.
This one takes place in the same "universe" as the Arrow mentioned above. A nerdy CSI type guy gets struck by a lightning / energy charge of some sort from an explosion and develops the ability to move and run at super speed and fights crime now. Cheesy for sure, gets a little to "Dawson's Creek" at times, but still good.
I'd love to see Netflix pick this up and make more episodes. It's sort of a wild west meets Star Trek type show complete with space travel. Good stuff.
Remember the end of Indian Jones where we see the long shot of the warehouse that stores the crate containing the ark of the covenant? Imagine if all of those crates were special and supernatural items with bizarre powers. That's the concept for this sci-fi show. A team collects artifacts with special powers and stores them in their warehouse. Things go wrong along the way.
Imagine a small town that was populated with nothing but Einstein-type eggheads who were given the best science equipment and unlimited funds to develop new technologies. Toss in a sheriff who lacks their IQ but has plenty of street smarts and you have the premise for this sci-fi show that doesn't take itself too seriously.
What the what? I missed this one when it originally aired but enjoyed almost every bit of it on Netflix. Oh sure, they did a "live" episode or two and a few other losers, but otherwise this is top notch. It's a comedy that pokes fun at what it takes to make a TV show. Sort of a behind the scenes look at the making of a Saturday Night Live type show.
The Walking Dead
Brains! We've all heard of this one but maybe you've been skipping it. It's a highly realistic look at a zombie-esque outbreak. There's tons and tons of gore so not for the little ones.
This is the same idea as The Walking Dead but more comedy than anything else. There's plenty of drama to go around but it's also about taking the funny bits of a zombie apocalypse and turning them into a show. Oh, and they'll actually call the "walkers" in this show "zombies" unlike The Walking Dead where that word doesn't exist. There's a lot that doesn't make sense, like how so many things have electricity in a world that's been fully overrun by zombies for years but it's still a good time.
An Idiot Abroad
Send a goofy idiot who's never been from than a few miles away from his home to new lands and cultures and make fun of him along the way. Part travel show, all comedy.
I'm listening! Fraiser is a classic sitcom that follows Dr. Fraiser Crane (from Cheers) who is a psychiatrist returning to his hometown of Seattle where he is a radio talk show host.
Before a nuclear apocalypse destroys the earth we get survivors on space stations. Three generations later, the space stations are running out of air and decide to send 100 juvenile prisoners down to see if the earth is safe. Turns out that the earth has its own survivors and most aren't friendly.
Imagine the ultimate jailbreak that has future cons traveling back in time to change history. A super cop with special futuristic abilities and tech makes the leap back with them and has to stop them. Good sci-fi and time traveling fun.
A group of unrelated people find that they have various superhero abilities. Together they take on an evil company and save humanity. Surprisingly good show.
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