One of the cool things about Netflix is the service’s television DVDs; there are enough small screen gems on Netflix that you might not ever venture into the service’s movies, if you’re a more casual viewer. Here are some awesome TV series that are bound to delight your Netflix queue.
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
The odd cult classic comedy series featured two talking robots and a kidnapped janitor that watch crappy B movies and ridicule them endlessly. Insanely funny and smart, the show had a few hundred episodes out before finally being taken off the air. It’s popped up in syndication from channel to channel every once in a while, but for the most part has been off the map in recent years; add it to your queue and laugh your ass off at one of the funniest and most referential comedies ever made.
Arrested Development was one of the smartest and fastest shows on television for its brief duration. It rewards attention in a big way; anyone who watches more than a few episodes (and who has a decent sense of humor and intelligence) will find it completely unique. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of people got into the show when it first aired, and after a few seasons it went off the air, but the DVDs are a great way to get into one of the best sitcoms that has been on television in the last decade or so.
This is one of the rare occasions where a television show’s massive buzz is justified; the Sopranos may be the best drama to hit the TV screen since…well, ever, actually. If you don’t mind enough cursing and blood to make Quentin Tarantino wince, catch up by adding the Sopranos to your NetFlix queue. Be careful, though; you’ll have to budget at least 2 hours a night to the series once it sucks you in.
Another one of HBO’s great series was the somewhat under appreciated Mr. Show with Bob and David. Starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, this sketch comedy series was one of the oddest and most irreverent shows to hit pay cable. Seasons One and Two are hilarious but uneven; however, seasons 3 and 4 are as funny as any sketch comedy show that’s ever been on TV.
NBC’s hit show is worth a second look or two. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, and the misadventures of Michael Scott and the rest of his office are gaining critical and popular praise for a reason; the show’s really, really funny.
Word to the wise, though; if you’re watching this show with anyone else in the room, try not to say stuff like “that’s just like MY office!”. That’s the point.
You might also want to check out the British version of the series.