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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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New for February 2016
Better Call Saul
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul takes fans of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad back to the New Mexico desert for a look at Saul Goodman’s origin story. Before Goodman became the quirky, crooked lawyer Walter White played like a fiddle, he was Jimmy McGill, an aspiring lawyer who just couldn’t seem to keep his hands clean. The show is set six years prior to the events of Breaking Bad, and moreover, throws out the convention that a spinoff must pale in comparison to its source material. It also proves Gilligan and company remain at the top of their game.
From the comedic brilliance of Judd Apatow comes Love, a Netflix-exclusive sitcom about what it’s like to really date in the 21st Century. Starring Community alum Gillian Jacobs and stand-up comic Paul Rust — who also co-created the show — Love centers primarily on these two stars as they attempt to facilitate a loving relationship despite their laundry list of differences. From the exhilaration of new love, the awkwardness of growing up, and everything else a new relationship throws at 20-somethings, Apatow pulls no punches with Love. Netflix has also already signed the show on for a second season, so something had to have worked, right?
Available February 19
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Though adaptations of the infamous Lizzie Borden seem to be on the rise as of late, Lifetime’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles stands out because of one crucial component: Christina Ricci. Perhaps starring in the role she was born to play, Ricci deftly portrays the alleged murderer months after her acquittal. Along with her sister Emma, Borden attempts to begin life anew while faced with a tainted reputation. As expected, this feat is much easier said than done. Rife with outrageous fantasy and a wicked sense of humor, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is a bloody good time.
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (February 5)
Comedian Hannibal Buress — known for his roles in Broad City, 30 Rock, and just comedy in general — partnered with Netflix to release his latest stand-up special, Comedy Camisado. Filmed at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Buress tackles everything from the rampant racism among babies and the controversial scandal surrounding Bill Cosby, to just how blind Stevie Wonder really is. As is the case with literally anything Buress does these days, you’ll be laughing from start to finish. Netflix strikes comedy gold yet again.
Available February 5
When Netflix announced its intention to revive Full House (aka one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms of all-time), many weren’t sure how the streaming service would treat the source material. Well, wait no longer Tanner family addicts, as Netflix’s Fuller House hits Netflix this February and picks up after the death of D.J. Tanner-Fuller’s husband. Now the mother of three sons and a practicing veterinarian, D.J. moves back to her famous family household in San Francisco and enlists the help of the tried and true family to right the ship during a particularly rough patch in her life. Hats off to Netflix for coercing most of the original cast, sans the Olsen twins, to reprise their now-iconic roles. It’s safe to say that a return visit to Full House just wouldn’t be the same.
Available February 26