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Netflix Rules of the Road


As an avid Netflix user, I have watched a great number of television shows and movies. Often people find themselves in a post-series rut, unable to find a new show to obsess over and binge watch. I have been there.20040209_NETFLIX

Other times I have heard complaints that Netflix lacks any sort of quality entertaining shows and movies, and that is false. It only requires a minimal amount of effort to make your next series choice, but I have found a method to make your decision simpler.

If you are a new Netflix user, or searching for your first series commitment, here are some tips/ suggestions:

  1. When searching for a show to watch, think about your favorite genres:
    1. Comedy
    2. Drama
    3. Crime
    4. Medical
    5. Reality
    6. Sci- Fi/ Fantasy
    7. Horror/Grotesque
  1. Here are some suggestions for various shows I have viewed in entirety and would recommend to family and friends:
    1. Comedy Series:
  • That ’70s Show
  • The Office
  • Scrubs
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Ugly Betty
  • Freaks & Geeks*
  • Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23
  • New Girl
  • The League
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Arrested Development

* This is a coming of age show, but it is satirical, recreates awkward situations with the struggles of high school and growing up, and is overall humourous.

2.2. Drama Series:

  • House of Cards
  • Breaking Bad
  • Lost
  • Pretty Little Liars*
  • Gossip Girl
  • Dexter

2.3 Crime Series:

  • Criminal Minds
  • Law & Order: Various spin-offs
  • Bones
  • Dexter
  • The Following
  • The Killing
  • Pretty Little Liars*

*Pretty Little Liars qualifies as both a drama and crime series, it is mostly dramatic but includes elements of criminal evidence and analysis.

2.4 Medical Series:

  • Scrubs
  • Bones
  • House

2.5 Reality Series:

  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Cake Boss
  • Toddlers and Tiaras

2.6 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Firefly
  • Supernatural

2.7 Horror/Grotesque Series

  • American Horror Story
  • Criminal Minds
  • Bates Motel

If you are a frequent Netflix  user, and you find yourself struggling to find a new series once you have finished one, here are some suggestions:

  1. When searching for a show, think about what genres you enjoy watching:
    1. Take into account what type of show you previously watched. I find it best to alternate show genres in order to avoid boredom with a series.
    2. The best pattern to follow is to alternate a lighter series, like a comedy, fantasy, or reality series, with a more serious series, such as a drama, crime, medical, horror, or sci- fi series.
    3. When you start a series, wait until you have watched the first 10- 15 episodes, or the first season, to decide whether or not you will continue watching.
      1. Often, shows use the first season to build the plot and create backgrounds for the characters. If you like where the show is headed or you are curious, stick with it. If you lack any if all interest in the show, it is a waste of your time.

Finally, I would like to recommend my top ten shows to those who are interested in some more popular or unique series:

  1. Orange is the New Black
  2. Criminal Minds
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. That ’70s Show
  5. The Office
  6. House of Cards
  7. Dexter
  8. Arrested Development
  9. Ugly Betty
  10. The League


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