When it comes to the best shows available to stream on Netflix, it’s hard to choose which one is right for you. Most of us spend more time searching for something to watch, than actually watching it! Here are our top picks for the best shows to binge when you are too lazy to look for anything new.
The Office will be on any of my TV Show lists for obvious reasons. If you’re one of the 5 people in the world who hasn’t seen The Office, you’re in for a treat. The show takes the boring life of working in a modern office and makes it into a worthwhile comedy by throwing in a boss who is completely unaware of how uncool he really is.
I’m sure you all know at least one person who won’t stop talking about The Office or referencing episodes and trust me, once you watch it you will be one of us.
Just watch this cold opening and try not to laugh:
Parks and Recreation
Some may say that Parks and Recreation is the poor man’s Office, but I say NO SIR! I was one of those people who did not give Parks & Rec a chance until they put it on Netflix. Once they did, I was happy I gave it a chance.
Although the series starts off a bit dry, it really picks up in the latter half, and then becomes so much better as the series goes on. If you’re looking for a show that will not only make you laugh but will make you feel good and inspired to be the best that you can be, then Parks & Rec is for you.
Leslie Knope is one of the most ambitious and inspiring television characters you’ll ever see.
Arrested Development (Seasons 1-3)
Let me start off by saying that Arrested Development is not for everyone. The humor has a wit to it that you’ll miss it if you blink. The writing is brilliant the way it ties throw away gags to the major plot at hand. To tell you the truth, the reason I got into Arrested Development as a kid was that it all takes place right here in Orange County so you see a lot of familiar settings.
Arrested Development’s first 3 seasons are the original ones to air before being cancelled and then picked back up ten years later on Netflix. The latter two seasons are good, but they’re just not the same, so I’m only recommending the first 3.
The story follows a popular family in Newport Beach as they struggle with losing their company and fall from grace. Their one responsible son has the task of keeping everyone together, but that proves to be easier said than done.
Master of None
I’ve mentioned Netflix’s Master of None in a couple of past posts, but I can’t give it enough praise. Master of None is a show that is made by and for anyone who grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s. Those people are now adults navigating a world that is much different than that which their parents grew up in.
This series will definitely hit home for anyone who grew up as a minority in the country. Aziz Ansari does a brilliant job of showing what it’s like to grow up Indian-American and highlight the tropes of being non-white in America.
The story is funny, insightful and inspiring, to say the least.
Similar to Master of None, LOVE deals with being a young adult in Los Angeles. Dating, maintaining relationships and struggling to find your passion in life.
Many of us have had relationships like Mickey and Gus, and it is refreshing to see an accurate portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship that goes through the hardships that aren’t always talked about on TV.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
I started watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee when it was on YouTube and I was on a binge of Louis CK interviews. I was so intrigued by the premise that I continued to watch all the other episodes, even if I didn’t know who the guest was.
In case you’ve never heard of it, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a sort of talk show in which Jerry Seinfeld has in-depth conversations with his comedian friends. The catch is that he picks his friends up in a different and unique car in every episode.
There’s something about watching two well-known comedians just…talking. They usually find a random hole in the wall coffee place to sit down and chat about anything from their career to their failures. Some of the episodes get very personal and emotional.
If you decided to skip out on The Office, then at the very least, give Aggretsuko a chance. Aggretsuko is a hilarious animated series on Netflix that follows Retsuko, your average red panda who is just trying to make her way through adulthood in Japan.
Retsuko works a dead end job for an aggravating and sexist pig (he’s literally a pig) and all she wants is just to live a normal life. The only thing is that life isn’t always so easy when your friends are getting married, starting their own businesses or have perfect lives.
What’s Retsuko’s way of dealing with all the stress? Well, she releases her frustrations by singing hardcore metal at her local karaoke spot! It’s Retsuko’s little secret and it’s how she deals with her crazy life.
I’m trying not to judge you if you haven’t at least tried to watch Breaking Bad. The story is exhilarating, tense and emotional all the way through.
The story follows Walter White, an average teacher living in New Mexico who just learns that he has cancer. The only problem is that he is strapped for cash as a teacher, has a disabled teenage son and another baby on the way.
Walter’s answer to his dilemma is to sell meth. Yes, like the drug. How will he do so? He can make it himself of course! He’s a brilliant chemistry teacher who can make the finest meth any drug addict has seen.
This decision sends Walt on a neverending series of bad decisions and close calls that could cost him everything. Even the lives of his family. Did I mention his brother in law is a DEA Agent? Yeah, go watch it now.
Besides being the latest craze in pop culture in the last year, Black Mirror dishes out brilliant episode after episode. It’s an anthology series not unlike The Twilight Zone that deals specifically with situations that can come up in the not so distant future.
Black Mirror takes ideas and situations that humanity is currently facing and puts them on steroids. The scariest part of the show is that every situation they lay before is something that can potentially happen very soon if it’s not already happening!
What are your favorite shows to binge on Netflix?