In honor of this weekend’s new Netflix release, Stranger Things (which is a fantastic series that I have not included on this list, though it might fit eventually), I have decided to list the top ten shows/movies/programs that I have seen on the streaming service. Now, there might be some on this list that other people have seen in other formats, but these are all great presentations that I actually watched for the first time on Netflix.
#10. The Sheik. There are a lot of great documentaries on the site. I have seen plenty of them including Mick Foley’s I Am Santa Claus and Confessions of a Super Hero. The Shiek tells the story of pro wrestler The Iron Sheik, a colorful character who came from Iran into the WWF.
#9. Pee Wee’s Big Holiday. I was unbelievably shocked that I liked this movie. But I watched this movie in order to review it for the Doc’s Movie Review section of EYG and I laughed throughout. It was a great surprise. It was one of the original Netflix movies filmed
#8. Hush. Another movie, but this one was not a Netflix original. This film had its release at South by Southwest film festival, but had its rights purchased by Netflix. This horror/thriller film is full of great performances and tense moments. I was turned onto this film by YouTube movie reviewer Chris Stuckmann and I had a really good time.
#7. Orange is the New Black. This is the first original Netflix series to make this list. Orange has had four seasons now filled with remarkable performances with a great ensemble cast. The women of the Litchfield Penitentiary have shown us the life behind bars, filled with drugs, sex, gangs, violence and friendship.
#6. House of Cards. How could you go wrong with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright playing a manipulative and power hungry Washington D.C. couple, The Underwoods. Believed to be based on the Clintons, there has not ever been a bigger shock than what Frank Underwood did to series regular Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). I won’t spoil for those who may not have seen it yet, but what exactly are you waiting for?
#5. The Imposter. A documentary that focuses on the story of Frederic Bourdin, a con man from Spain who claimed to be the grown up son of a family in Texas who had disappear years earlier. Telling the story in his own words, Bourdin was tremendously compelling, as was the mystery of what actually happened to the missing boy… a mystery that ha never been solved.
#4. Jessica Jones. The second series from Marvel TV/Netflix’s agreement was groundbreaking. A strong female lead played by Krysten Ritter who suffered from PTSD from her time under the mental control of Kilgrave (David Tennent), but she uses her super strength to be a private detective. Jessica Jones was more than just another super hero show. It was a tale of survivors and the struggles they face.
#3. Freaks & Geeks. Another key to Netflix is they have older movies and television programs available and I had never seen the beloved former TV show that lasted only one season, Freaks & Geeks. So I was able to binge it and I saw why people loved the series. It is a crime that this show from Paul Feig and Judd Apatow did not go longer than 18 episodes. James Franco, Seth Rogan, Samm Levine, Jason Segal, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley among others got their breaks on this show. It perfectly showed high school life during the 1980s. It was brilliant and Netflix gives you a chance to see this great show.
#2. Life of Reilly. This is no longer on Netflix, but it is my favorite “documentary” ever. Charles Nelson Reilly had a one-man stage show about his life, telling these dark and ridiculously funny stories of his life. Reilly tells about his weird family, including his mother who shouted racial insults out the window, his father who had lost an opportunity to work with Walt Disney and the day CNR went to the circus on the day it burned to the ground. “Well, it’s that kind of play,” Reilly said every time the crowd groaned in shock or sadness. Life of Reilly is a story of success despite a background that did not allow such a thing. And it is uproariously funny.
#1 Daredevil. Two seasons of amazing action, drama and perfection. Daredevil is the story of blind attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and his alter ego, The Man Without Fear, Daredevil. Completely wiping away the memory of the less than stellar movie starring Ben Affleck, the Daredevil series had tremendous fight choreography and has, perhaps, the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe villain, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) ever. We also got, in season two, the best cinematic version ever of the anti-hero The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. Daredevil is one of the best super hero television show anywhere… and it is on Netflix.