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The absolute best TV shows streaming on Netflix right now

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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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There is no shortage of cop dramas on television these days, but Longmire manages to stand out from other procedurals with its rural setting and old-fashioned hero. Set in modern day Wyoming, the show follows Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of Absaroka County. Having lost his wife a year before the show begins, Walt is a bit of a relic, unsure about his place in a world that is rapidly moving past him. What he does have going for him is a knack for detective work, and there are plenty of murders for him to solve in Absaroka. Longmire’s frontier setting is key to its charm. Whereas so many procedurals are set in the crowded streets of cities like New York, the open plains of Wyoming give Longmire a feeling of isolation.

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Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping

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Comedian Patton Oswalt has always had a knack for jumping between social criticism and self-deprecation. On his latest special, Talking for Clapping, that hasn’t changed. What has changed is the comedian’s age. Now a father and ubiquitous comic actor, Oswalt is no longer the hungry up-and-coming comedian; he’s a veteran, moving confidently from topic to topic. As usual, his subject matter delights and outrages in equal measure, whether ruminating on the perils of fatherhood or expressing his frustration trying to keep up with politically correct terminology. Talking for Clapping finds one of comedy’s brightest minds at the top of his game.

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