Shows to Watch on Netflix
Most people have Netflix, but with the vast array of shows available, it's hard for anyone to choose what to watch. Here are some of the most popular and entertaining shows in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, crime, action and adventure, romance, and comedy.
Once Upon a Time- Seasons 1 and 2
ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' is a retelling of various fairy tales. It weaves famous storybook characters together in unexpected ways. Famous Disney and other legendary characters include Snow White and Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Rumplestiltskin, Ariel, the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, Belle, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, and many more. Several of these characters are trapped in a cursed town called Storybrooke, unable to remember their true identities. Emma, Snow and Charming's daughter, must eventually travel to this town in order to help save them from the Evil Queen and restore everyone's memory. People of all ages will love watching the twist and turns of this fairy tale mashup.
Glee- Seasons 1-4
'Glee' is the story of a Spanish teacher attempting to put back together the school's glee club. It follows the high school students' practices and performances as well as their lives as teenagers. Its popularity is due to its talented cast, the catchy old and new songs performed, and the entertaining writing. Glee is seen as a positive TV show that promotes acceptance of others while disregarding the social class rules of high school.
Bones- Season 1-8
Blending forensic science, comedy, and a touch of romance, 'Bones' has been going strong for 8 seasons and is now in its 9th season. It is based on the real life collaboration between the FBI and the Smithsonian. The main characters are a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, and special agent Seeley Booth. They solve cases together by investigating the remains of victims (their bones). The series also focuses on the back stories of the main characters.
Revolution- Season 1
NBC's 'Revolution' is set in a post-apocalyptic world. A band of misfits set out to discover why a world-wide blackout happened 15 years earlier. Society broke down after the downfall of electricity, so warlords and militia took over. Those who escaped from the cities must start a revolution to overturn the make-shift forms of military in order to find their loved ones. The rebels search for a pendant (a USB flash drive) that holds the key to restoring electrical power and will give ultimately give them power over the militia.
Supernatural- Season 1-8
'Supernatural' is a popular show about 2 brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester. They hunt monsters, demons, ghosts, and other creatures. The siblings travel through small towns in a '67 Impala, battling supernatural beings with the help of a fallen angel, Castiel.
Sherlock- Series 1 and 2
A modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories, this widely-viewed show is popular in Great Britain and America. It follows the classic adventures of Sherlock and Dr. Watson, wandering around the streets of London solving murder cases with brilliance and style. Sherlock's deductive reasoning is displayed as he figures out the attributes of people just by looking at them. John Watson is not only his side-kick, but he reacts to him as the audience does with an air of disdain and awe. Sherlock maneuvers himself in and out of dangerous situations with ease, but grits his teeth when faced with normal everyday social occurrences. Fans watch the series with delight, but are quickly disappointed when they realize how few episodes are in one series and how long they will have to wait for another. But 'Sherlock' is most certainly worth the wait.
Doctor Who- Series 1-6
'Doctor Who' is the longest running science fiction show. It first aired in 1963. On Netflix, you can watch classic Doctor Who (1964-1989) or modern Doctor Who (2005-2011, 6 series). Many people start by watching the Ninth Doctor in series 1.
This British show is about an ancient Time Lord known simply as The Doctor. He travels through time and space with various companions, changing history and saving the world. He is not prone to dying, but rather regenerates into a new form of himself (a new actor) when it is deemed appropriate. It is emotional and action-packed with both silly and scary aliens who try to destroy Earth and other planets. It has been loved by many generations and continues to entertain new fans with every new doctor who graces the screen.
Fringe- Seasons 1-5
'Fringe' is about a team in the FBI who uses "fringe" science to investigate unexplained happenings that are related to events in a parallel universe. Mind control, teleportation, and genetic mutation are just a few things explored. Olivia Dunham, a young FBI agent on the team, convinces Peter Bishop, son of a mad scientist, to join her on her investigations.
Dexter- Seasons 1-8
An orphan at only 3 years old, Dexter is taken in by a Miami policeman. He convinces him to channel his thirst for blood by only killing the worst criminals who were never punished by the justice system. He grows up to become a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Dept. What is fascinating about the show is the juxtaposition of Dexter posing as someone with normal emotions in front of peers and family while heartlessly murdering in secret.
Breaking Bad- Seasons 1-5
After being diagnosed with an inoperable form of lung cancer, a 50-year-old Chemistry teacher, Walter White, decides to provide for his family's future by creating and selling meth. He teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, a drug dealer, to make it in the big leagues of the meth business. Breaking Bad's many awards, include 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, Best TV Series- Drama for The Golden Globe Awards, and also named the 13th best-written TV series by the Writers Guild of America.
The Walking Dead- Seasons 1-3
This extremely popular show is based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore. A deputy sheriff, Rick Grimes, is shot by a criminal, sending him to the hospital. Later, he wakes up from a coma to discover it overrun by walkers (zombies). He escapes to find out that his wife and son are missing. Meeting others along the way, he attempts to survive and locate his family. Morality, loyalty, and the future of humanity are questioned in this post-apocalyptic series. Viewers are left on the edge of their seats as they discover if their favorite characters will survive or join the ever-growing crowd of walkers.
Heroes- Seasons 1-4
This science fiction and fantasy series is about characters discovering they have extraordinary abilities. They grapple with what to do with them as the lines of heroes and villains are blurred. This show explores the themes of American comic books, such as love, power, and heroism.
Lost- Seasons 1-6
J.J. Abram's 'Lost' is the widely-acclaimed show that begins when a plane crashes on a mysterious island. The survivors attempt to stay alive and soon discover its strange attributes. Their back stories are told throughout the series in flashbacks. Romance, adventure, mystery, and time travel intertwine in this suspenseful show that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Firefly- 14 episodes
A group of rebels travel together in their ship, Serenity, searching for jobs, but mostly end up finding trouble in this space western. Captain Malcolm Reynolds heads up a crew made up of a pilot and his wife, a mechanic, a companion, a doctor and his child prodigy sister, a pastor, and a few other rag-tag characters who band together in the midst of dangerous situations.
Many believe that this show's run was cut short. The fans of 'Firefly' were overjoyed when the full-length film, 'Serenity', was released. It helped provide a sense of completion to the beloved series. It can be viewed on Netflix as well.
Chuck- Season 1-5
Chuck is a geek who becomes a spy after accidentally downloading confidential government data into his brain. Zachery Levi stars with Yvonne Strahovski costarring as Agent Sarah Walker. Chuck is recruited by the CIA to use the information stored in his brain to stop assassins and terrorists. Sarah poses as his girlfriend as Chuck is swept up into a life of secrets and danger.
Pysch- Seasons 1-6
This clever comedy is about Shawn Spencer, a consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department. He learned how to solve cases by using only his observational skills and instincts. Shawn pretends to be a psychic, dragging along his best friend, Gus, as he solves crimes while spouting out pop culture references and inside jokes.
Drop Dead Diva- Seasons 1-4
A shallow model, Deb, dies in a car crash and goes to heaven, but returns in a lawyer's body. She struggles to fit into Jane Bingham's life as a more intelligent and kind-hearted person. Deb must keep her secret from her fiance' who works in the same firm as she gradually learns how to move on with her life.
How I Met Your Mother- Seasons 1-8
'How I Met Your Mother' is a comedy about a father telling his children a long story of how he finally met the love of his life. It centers around a group of friends in Manhattan: Ted Mosby (the father), Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Barney. This diverse group of friends learn about life and love while experiencing crazy adventures together.