Monday, September 19, 2016

Top 25 TV shows currently streaming on Netflix

Arrested Development season 4 poster
By Kenny Howell

Netflix keeps adding great TV to fill your binge watching urge, so let's take a look at the best the streaming surface has to offer right now.

Arrested Development (2003-) - Probably my favorite comedy of all-time, all four seasons of the Bluth family are available now.

30 Rock (2006-2013) - Also a contender for my favorite comedy, Tina Fey's series was consistently good over its 7 seasons, all of which are available.

Documentary Now (2015-) - The new season just started but get caught up on the first season of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's sometime hilarious, often spot on spoof of documentaries.

The West Wing (1999-2006) - Maybe the last great major network drama, Aaron Sorkin's look inside the White House was just about perfect.

Freaks and Geeks (1999) - From the gone to soon category, this dramedy that only lasted one season was probably the best look at high school life ever put on TV and spawned the careers of tons of stars like James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.



Rectify (2013) - The final season of the criminally under seen drama is about to start, so get caught up on the first three seasons about a man who gets off death row.

The Returned (2012-2013) - One of the best first seasons of any TV show, this French (don't watch the American version) drama about dead people who wander back into their town is fantastic.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-) - Essentially an extension of 30 Rock, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy has the manic joke pace of their previous work. It is about a young woman who was held in a bunker, and when she gets out, decides to head to New York City.

Mad Men (2007-2015) - My best TV show of all-time, this story of Don Draper and the Madison Avenue advertising agencies is the most nuanced, terrific show I have ever seen.

The Office (2001-2003) - The British version that inspired the American version is about perfect over its two seasons and Christmas Special. First few seasons of the American version are also good.

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) - An extension of The Office essentially, this comedy ended up being better over its run. Maybe the best cast of any comedy.

Love (2016-) - A Netflix original that is extremely promising. Paul Rust's first season of a couple falling in and out of love was quite good. Interested to see where it goes from here.

Daredevil (2015-) - My favorite of the Netflix Marvel partnerships, the tale of Matt Murdock, blind lawyer by day, blind crime fighter by night.

Louie (2010-) - It appears this series may be done, but it isn't official yet. As it is, there are five great seasons of a show that is essential Louis C.K.

Portlandia (2011-) - I don't think this is the funniest of sketch shows, but there is something about the nature of the show that is infectious and makes you smile.

Friday Night Lights (2006-2011) - Just about perfect drama about high school football in Texas that appeals to football and non-football fans alike. Great cast that was able to bring in new talent when the original cast graduated and moved on.

Broadchurch (2013-2014) - Amazing first season of the detective story about a child's murder. Second season went in a different direction with the court case.

Lost (2004-2010) - I was the person that liked the Lost finale. This was event TV watching, as each week deepened the mystery and kept you hooked.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013) - Also event TV, the story of Walter White, chemistry teacher turned meth dealer was a descent into hell week after week.

Stranger Things (2016) - Not perfect, but just fun throwback to 1980s horror and sci-fi films.

BoJack Horseman (2014-) - Had a decent start, but BoJack Horseman has turned into a brilliant comedy over seasons two and three. Animated show about a horse that used to be an 80s sitcom star.

The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) - If you don't like The Andy Griffith Show, you also don't like joy and happiness. Still funny and delightful after all these years.

The Wonder Years (1988-1993) - Much more than nostalgia for the 1960s, the coming of age story of Kevin Arnold was great.

The In-Betweeners (2008-2010) - Lends a lot to The Office as far as style of humor, but it is still funny all on its on. Follows some nerdy kids as they navigate the final years of school.

Master of None (2016-) - Aziz Ansari's comedy was a surprise, deftly taking on issues like Hollywood's use of minorities, and the horrible treatment of women in day to day life.

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