Just because I don’t have cable doesn’t mean I don’t still watch a ton of TV and movies. Netflix streaming might be one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. I’ve gotten to watch so many things I probably never would have found by flipping through the channels. Technically, some of these are TV shows, but the title was getting ridiculously long.
In no particular order, here are 12 movies or TV shows you may not have in your Netflix cue that I think you should definitely add today. These are all things I would watch again in a heartbeat.
- An Idiot Abroad— Do you like to laugh until you cry, snort obnoxiously, and otherwise make a fool of yourself while watching TV? An Idiot Abroad is one of the most hilarious travel shows ever created. Featuring the lovable buffoon, Karl Pilkington, egged on by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this show follows Karl’s adventures around the world. He’s a reluctant traveler put into awkward situations. You will not be able to hide your amusement.
- Seven Up Series— The Seven Up Series begins in the sixties and follows a group of English children from various backgrounds. The filmmakers have gone back every seven years to interview the same original kids. I’ve watched the first three in this series, and they release 56 up a few years ago. If you have an interest in sociology, I recommend this series of TV documentaries.
- The IT Crowd— It took me a little while to open up to this show. I find a lot of BBC comedies have excessive amounts of shouting. Once I let myself be okay with it, I found this nonsense of this show rather endearing. It follows a couple of hapless IT workers as they attempt to solve some of the most ridiculous problems at their company. Stick with it. You’ll love it.
- Firefly— I’ve talked a million times about Firefly, but I find there are still too many people who haven’t watched it yet. There are only 13 episodes of this witty sci-fi drama. It’s like a nerdy verbal dessert. Get on board!
- Luther— If you don’t have a crush on Idris Elba yet, you really need to get your act together. Luther is a gripping BBC crime series with a deeply complex main character, gritty suspense, and a delicious nemesis turned side kick character. I can’t get enough.
- Beginners— This is a quietly heartbreaking film about family, love, and coming out at in your golden years. So much anguish and joy and wonder. Get ready.
- In Bruges— This movie is one of the most complex crime dramas I’ve ever seen. It is at once hilarious, whimsical, and heartbreaking. It’s got everything from dwarf druggies to fat American tourists. Also, Colin Farrell. Enough said.
- The Virgin Suicides— Directed by Sofia Coppola, watching this film is like being in a dream. The style is ethereal, and the story seems to skirt around the edges of reality. With music by Air, and a signature performance by Kirsten Dunst, this movie will make you feel wonderfully strange.
- Long Way Round— Ewan McGregor and friend Charlie Borman take a trip around the world on motorcycles in this BBC series. It starts off a bit slow with the preparations for the trip, but they have some unforgettable experiences along the way. It’s a unique way to see the world.
- Long Way Down— This is the sequel series to Long Way Round. This time the guys travel from Scotland to South Africa on motorcycles. Both series are worth a watch.
- The Intouchables— This French film portrays the relationship with a rich quadriplegic and his inner city, black caretaker. It’s an inspiring relationship for both of the men as they get to see the world from a different perspective. It’s one of those movies that just makes you feel good about life.
- Dogtown and Z-Boys— This documentary reveals the birth of skateboarding as we know it and gives an amazing glimpse of California in the 70’s. We have such a unique culture in this country. This film gives and excellent portrayal of something that feels deeply American.
As of the time this post was published, all of these movies and shows are currently streaming on Netflix. I wanted to mention two more things I love that are no longer available on streaming. Surely, you haven’t ditched your DVD player just yet. Make sure to check out Safety Not Guaranteed, starring Aubrey Plaza, and Stargate Universe, which was tragically cancelled by the Syfy Network. Both were extremely wonderful.
That should keep you busy through the holiday breaks and beyond. Try something new, kids. It’s gonna be awesome.