This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed.
Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly-curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows.
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Often, the best comedy draws on tragedy. Case in point: Lady Dynamite, a new show starring comedian Maria Bamford, inspired by its lead’s experiences dealing with mental illness. Bamford plays a fictionalized version of herself, an aspiring entertainer who must rebuild her career and life after a mental breakdown. In keeping with the show’s subject matter, the pacing is furious, flitting from tone to tone like a mayfly. Bamford is a versatile performer who can deftly adapt to every scene, and she is flanked by a murderer’s row of comedians, including Ana Gasteyer, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt. Lady Dynamite is a mercurial sitcom, funny and troubling from moment to moment.
Netflix’s original programming covers a lot of genres: political thrillers, sitcoms, superhero detective stories, etc. Now, with Chelsea, the service has a talk show. Chelsea Handler, of the late talk show Chelsea Lately, has chosen to produce a talk show that may look like other talk shows but goes to very different places. In addition to the usual actors, pop stars, and comedians that frequent late-night couches, Chelsea features some unexpected guests, such as Presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau and Senator Barbara Boxer. The subject matter naturally veers to more intellectual matters than most talk shows, with guests discussing global issues as much as their new projects. For those tired of the vapid talk shows that clog up network television, Chelsea is an intriguing experiment for the streaming age.