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.
New for July
John Mulaney: Comeback Kid
It seems odd that John Mulaney should need to make a “comeback.” A few years ago, the young stand-up’s career seemed poised for a supernova. His résumé included six years on the SNL writing staff and a stand-up special on Comedy Special, and NBC had given him the greenlight for his own sitcom. The sitcom, simply titled Mulaney, bombed with viewers and critics, and Mulaney’s star seemed to dim. That’s a shame, because as Comeback Kid demonstrates, Mulaney is still one of the most talented stand-up comedians working today. Mulaney’s subject matter is oddly light in an age when irony and depression are trendy, but Mulaney delivers his anecdotes with aplomb, making even observations about Back to the Future feel weighty. His observational style may be old-fashioned, but his verve and knack for the rhythm of storytelling is unparalleled in the industry today.
Hell on Wheels
No industry embodies America at its most ingenious and its most rapacious than the railroad. Pushing eastward in the 19th century, the railroad companies had to carve through nature as well as the native populations in their path, and it’s in this violent backdrop that Hell on Wheels sets its scene. The show follows Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier now working as a supervisor for the Union Pacific Railroad. Although the westward expansion is trouble enough, Bohannon has another goal: finding and killing the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and son. Hell on Wheels is pure pulp, perfect for Western fans who find the TV landscape a bit lacking.