Recently, Netflix has been on their game with TV shows. Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards…you know the ones. While those shows may be fantastic, they’re on a ton of other lists, and I like to not do what everyone else says. So here are 5 shows that are on Netflix (both Netflix Originals and not) that won’t make you ill:
I lied. This one may make you ill. But only because this show is about showing what happens if we let technology or ways of thinking go too far. Each episode focuses on something different. One of them is about an implant behind your ear that records everything your eyes see, another is about a cartoon character than takes over the world, and another is almost like social media in real life, where you rate someone after you interact with them. It’s a suspenseful series, and there are three seasons currently on Netflix right now. You don’t have to watch these in order since there is no linear correlation between the episodes, which is nice, and they’re about an hour long each, so it’s like a short film. A very thoughtful and smart show.
If you know me personally, you know that I am a HUGE fan of this show. It is animated, which for a lot of people is kind of a turn off, and I get it. Not everyone likes South Park, or Family Guy, or The Simpsons, I get it. But this show is not any of those shows. It plays out like a regular TV show, so there’s a storyline and a horse as the main character. Yep, a horse. Half of the characters are human, while the other half are anthropomorphic animals.
BoJack is a washed up, middle-aged, alcoholic, 90’s sitcom has-been who has been searching for some sort of happiness in his life, but hasn’t found it yet (so basically, Bob Saget). The show goes to some pretty dark places, but somehow manages to come back around to a punchline. It’s a smart show, and for a cartoon, it gets very real in some spots that make you go, “How can an animated show make me feel these things?”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
HUSH. I don’t want to hear your little comments about how this show is “sooooo 90’s” or how you “can’t stand the special effects,” this show is great and you cannot tell me otherwise…okay, it has its flaws and yeah, the special effects aren’t the best, but WHAT A FUN SHOW. I mean, come on. Buffy is like one of the OG vampire hunters in the entire world, and not only that, she’s played by Sarah Michelle Geller, who is a total babe and does a fantastic job at killing all sorts of baddies. Not to mention, she’s backed up by Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) and Nicholas Brendan, who provide hours of hilarious quips. Oh, let’s not forget David Boreanaz (Bones) who plays the broody Angel, and even got his own spin off show.
This show is just pure fun, and seriously, once you get past the whole 90’s thing, it’s not as bad as you think.
No, not like the game. Like the historical explorer that the game is named after. This show is about the early years of Marco’s life as an explorer in the court of Kublai Khan, who was the leader of the Mongol Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. I enjoyed this show because of how little I know about the Mongols and that culture (not saying that watching this show is like reading a textbook or anything). The show (according to some Mongolian viewers and experts) has a lot of historical errors, but it has also been well received for its accurate portrayal of Mongolian culture. Who knows? Maybe you’ll learn something while watching this show. It too is a Netflix Original Series.
Y’know, the show with Frodo and the Australian man in the dog suit. That one. It’s great. It’s about a guy named Ryan (Elijah Wood) who sees his neighbor’s dog, Wilfred, as a grown man in a dog costume, but no one else does. The two of them go on a bunch of adventures, with Wilfred pushing Ryan more and more out of his comfort zone. To me, Wilfred is trying to help Ryan accept his own reality, which is ironic considering he imagines Wilfred as a human. The show can be crude and toes the line here and there, but overall, it’s an enjoyable watch with plenty of things to laugh at.
There you have it! 5 of my favorite shows that are on Netflix right now. Commence the binge watching!