Ah Netflix, we love to hate you, but for your 25th birthday, we at Gizmodo decided to celebrate you. Although you may have knocked out some of our favorites before their time (you seriously will for Archives 81?), you have blessed us with some of our favorite content. As staff, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Netflix shows from the past and present to toast you. So thank you, Netflix. Here is what you have done for us.
I think you should leave
Tim Robinson I think you should leave is a well-made sketch comedy. The show’s humor just doesn’t stop, as each episode features a handful of absurd, cringe-worthy sketches starting with an insignificant event before spiraling off into wonky and weird territory. Created by Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin, the show also features cameos from actors like Vanessa Bayer, Patti Harrison, Cecily Strong, Steven Yeun, Tim Heidecker, and Bob Odenkirk.
David said: “I think you should leave is the funniest sketch show in production. Tim Robinson is a maniac, and he’s the perfect vehicle for his quirky, goofy humor. And it keeps getting better every season.
At the start of a global pandemic, Netflix dropped a gem: External banks. The teen adventure drama tells the story of a young working-class man named John B whose father goes missing while searching for treasure off the coast of North Carolina. John B then sets off in the footsteps of his father to find him and the treasure with his friends. There’s a turf war between rich kids and poor kids, family drama and melodramatic romance, but somehow it manages to stick on the landing.
Kevin said: “I started watching External banks in April 2020 when there was nothing to do but sanitize your groceries, stay indoors and watch Netflix. He has a lot of heart, but he’s also crazy crazy. I was also living in South Carolina at the time, so I was able to live out my dream of a summer on the South Coast amid self-isolation.
Bojack Rider is a Netflix favorite featuring the titular anthropomorphic horse voiced by Will Arnett, who is a failed actor who starred in a ’90s sitcom, looking to find his way back into the spotlight. The animated series has a star-studded voice cast, featuring Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul, and is known for its humor juxtaposing its existential themes.
Isaac said, “It’s a rare example of how to create a beautifully introspective show against an absurd backdrop…perhaps that’s why he managed to tackle such heavy subject matter in the first place.”
The Dragon Prince
Two half-brothers and an elf must help end a thousand-year war between humans and magical creatures while raising a baby dragon in The Dragon Prince.
Kyle said, “I love it because it’s the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender that doesn’t get as much attention, mostly because the animation in the first season is pretty goofy. “
daredevil kicked off the MCU’s foray into television with the introduction of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer played by Charlie Cox, who moonlights as a masked vigilante. The release of daredevil was an unprecedented move for Marvel, which flirted with the TV format with Agents of Shield, but Netflix let the studio go darker and grittier in its retelling of this New York superhero.
Linda said: “The first season of daredevil became my whole personality for about 6 months. Besides the great acting, it really felt like it gave fans the grit that the MCU lacked. The story felt lived in and every decision felt truly fantastic. Charlie Cox did an amazing job and the writers were really at the top of their game. »
DEAD LOVE + ROBOTS
Look no further for an example of an anthology show done right (looking at you American Horror Stories). DEAD LOVE + ROBOTS explores a host of different genres and topics as each episode tells a self-contained narrative. From a refrigerator containing a miniature version of humanity to a completely silent exploration of conquistadors being slaughtered by a Puerto Rican mermaid, each episode has its own unique style.
Passant said: “The show offers a perfect, bite-sized glimpse into twisted realities and displays an insane level of creativity and talent from various animation teams (it’s also great to watch when you’re stoned).”
The show that we no longer present. breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who develops inoperable lung cancer. Realizing that he and his family will live up to their medical debts, White and former student Jesse Pinkman decide to start cooking and selling crystal meth.
Artem said: “I watched the pilot for breaking Bad on AMC and didn’t continue it until it landed on Netflix. This was the 2nd show I really watched and caught up to in the 3rd season. Netflix really helped bring the show to a wider audience.
master of nothing
master of nothing premiered on Netflix in 2015 as Aziz Ansari’s foray into poignant scripted drama with a dash of humor. master of nothing follows former commercial actor Dev Shah as he navigates life on the residue of his time as the face of Go-Gurt. Now an adult, Dev and his pals navigate sex, dating, racism, sexuality, and coming of age in New York City. Although it may seem like a cheap counterfeit of happy endings, new girl, how I Met Your Motheror any adult sitcom from the 2010s, there’s a ton of heart and soul-searching.
LeAnn said, “This is one of the most delightful shows to ever air on Netflix…if you don’t factor in Season 3 and Aziz Ansari’s brief fall from grace) Alooora!”
In this sequel to The Karate KidRalph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their Netflix roles Cobra Kai. Zabka plays Johnny Lawrence from the original film who, after being defeated by Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso, has fallen out of favor but decides to turn his life around by opening the Cobra Kai dojo after helping a local boy. Sounds like a terrible reboot leveraging 80s nostalgia? Well, it’s not.
Michelle said: “A sequel to The Karate Kid the movies that Netflix saved from YouTube Red after they collapsed. It’s way better than it has a right to be, capturing enough of the goofy fun of the originals while delving into what it means for these characters to solve all their problems and base all their self-esteem on violence.
No show has chronicled the sweetness of coming-of-age romance quite like Heart stroke, Netflix’s adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name. Charlie Spring is a recently released teenager looking for love among his classmates, eventually settling on popular rugby player Nick Nelson. The series has captured the hearts of critics and audiences around the world.
Gabriella said, “I’m still a sucker for a romantic comedy, then more of a coming-of-age story, and just one of two boys falling in love, plain and simple…it’s uplifting, has great characters and is based on the web super toon by Alice Oseman.
The Queen’s Bet
Anya Taylor-Joy is a woman in a man’s world The Queen’s Bet. The Netflix limited series explored how Taylor-Joy’s Beth Harmon explores the realm of chess as a prodigy in the 1950s and 1960s – navigating a cycle of family trauma and the threatening clouds of misogyny. Critics loved this show for Taylor-Joy’s performance, the costumes, and the miniseries’ ability to make chess thrilling.
Blake said: “Not to be so basic, but I loved it The Queen’s Bet. My brother gave me a chess set for Christmas because I kept texting everyone in the family to play with me.
the witcher is Netflix’s adaptation of the popular video game franchise, and since most video game franchises have royally failed, audiences understandably feared that their hearts would be broken into a million pieces again. Told at different points in time, Henry Cavill plays a witcher – a magically enhanced monster hunter – who is spiritually connected to a princess.
Molly said: “It’s a surprisingly captivating introduction to a huge world. It does a lot of great world-building work while helping a newbie understand what’s going on in a complex fantasy land…and Henry Cavill is SUPER…also the catchiest theme song in the world. Molly also described this as the “ultimate lesbian sword show”.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to the 1982 film The Dark Crystal following three Gelfings on the planet Thra as they inspire a rebellion against their rulers. The show was critically acclaimed but was unfortunately canceled after one season.
Germain said:The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance packed more heart, excitement, drama, and mythology into a single season than most shows in an entire series. And he did it with puppets. Canceled before time, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is – in our minds – one of the best pieces of genre entertainment created in the last decade, period.
crashing into you
Crash landing on you is a South Korean romance about a successful businesswoman who is stranded in the North Korean Demilitarized Zone after being swept away by a storm. There she meets an army captain who helps her hide. One thing leads to another and I think you can guess what happens next.
Jody said, “I discovered this gem of a K-drama during the pandemic when I was just starting to get into K-dramas. At first, I wasn’t too into it. There was this storm scene that had really uh, shitty, CGI and I was suspicious. However, I kept watching and absolutely fell in love with South Korean wife Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) and North Korean captain Ri Jeong-hyuk (Hyun Bin). Yes, you read that right. It’s a North-South love story. I don’t think I’ve ever cried as much as I did with crashing into you, but it was a good ride, full of laughter and tears of joy (as well as tears of grief, let’s be honest). I wasn’t the only one who was addicted to K-dramas – seriously, just look at the number of K-dramas on Netflix – and Netflix obviously knows that they are highly addictive and important to their audience.