10 of the Best Cancelled Netflix Originals Still Worth Watching

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It seems the lesson Netflix teaches us is: don’t grow too attached to anything. To make space for new productions, the streaming service has become notorious for axing some of its best series. So, should you invest your time in any of these cancelled Netflix Originals? We’ve scoured the yard and found shows that are still worth watching even though no more episodes are being made. 1. Hemlock Grove Looking for a good scare? Then enter the spooky town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. Two teenage girls have been murdered. But this isn’t one of those typical crime dramas. The suspect…

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It seems the lesson Netflix teaches us is: don’t grow too attached to anything. To make space for new productions, the streaming service has become notorious for axing some of its best series.

So, should you invest your time in any of these cancelled Netflix Originals? We’ve scoured the yard and found shows that are still worth watching even though no more episodes are being made.

1. Hemlock Grove

Looking for a good scare? Then enter the spooky town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania.

Two teenage girls have been murdered. But this isn’t one of those typical crime dramas. The suspect is a boy who might just be a werewolf. With the assistance of a member of the town’s richest family, the lycanthrope must find the secrets at the heart of Hemlock Grove.

Running for three seasons between 2013 and 2015, the show received mixed reviews, but gained a dedicated fanbase similar to that of Twin Peaks. Famke Janssen (The Blacklist), Bill Skarsgård (Deadpool 2), and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2) head an impressive cast.

2. The Get Down

Sadly, this drama only lasted one season. Fortunately, that seems to have been the plan all along, meaning its 11 episodes gives you the complete story.

The Get Down is a nostalgia fix for those wanting to remember the birth of hip-hop and disco music; specifically, this is seen through the eyes of a group of teenagers in the Bronx, New York City. A time-jump splits the season in two, with the second half catching up with the teens a year after Episode Six.

Baz Luhrmann co-created the series, so fans of Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby will know what they’re getting into. Expect stunning cinematography, melodramatic romance, and a great score. Luhrmann planned the story for some 10 years, so this really is a labor of love.

3. Seven Seconds

Here’s another done-in-one-season narrative, albeit more hard-hitting. Seven Seconds is a real tour-de-force.

Peter Jablonkski (Beau Knapp), a white police officer, accidentally hits Brenton Butler (Daykwon Gaines), a 15-year-old African American, with his car. But when his colleagues arrive at the scene, they assume this is racially-motivated and initiate a cover-up.

Seven Seconds isn’t based on a real-life incident, but creator, Veena Sud was inspired by current events. This includes the tale of the real Brenton Butler, who was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and whose confession was reportedly a result of physical abuse.

4. Sense8

There was massive uproar when Netflix axed this science fiction series—so much so that a Sense8 finale was commissioned to appease fans and bring the narrative to a proper conclusion.

Sense8 examines a sudden psychic and emotional link between eight strangers across the world.

The show is created by sci-fi heavy-hitters, Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix; Cloud Atlas), and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5; The Amazing Spider-Man comic). Like all the best sci-fi, the series uses its simple premise to look at global issues: politics, religion, and love. As such, it was praised for its representation of LGBTQ relationships in particular.

5. Marco Polo

When it comes to Netflix’s historical dramas, The Crown is the jewel in the… well, you get the idea. Nonetheless, the streaming service provides further adventure for anyone who thinks the past is a world worth exploring.

Netflix lavished a lot of cash on Marco Polo, yet it only lasted two seasons before the axe fell. Perhaps its slow pace put some viewers off. Still, it built a cult following and explores an era often overlooked.

You’ll know the titular hero’s journey on the Silk Road; this series looks at his time at the court of Kublai Khan (played superbly by Doctor Strange’s Benedict Wong).

6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Looking for a good laugh? The critically-acclaimed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is arguably Netflix’s highest-profile comedy—yet its premise is remarkably grim.

Ellie Kemper stars as Schmidt, a 29-year-old who must readjust to life after being held captive for 15 years by cultist, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Despite this, her cheery personality coupled with the show’s quick wit makes for a joyful experience.

If you watch all four seasons your cheeks will ache from laughing at this, one of those Netflix shows worth binge-watching.

7. Everything Sucks!

We go from a headline-grabbing comedy to a show that’s largely remained under the radar. Everything Sucks! didn’t gain a mass following, but its charm will certainly entice anyone who grew up in the 1990s.

This coming-of-age story doesn’t boast the most original concept. A group of teenagers attending the Boring High School (a fictional institution, located in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon) make a movie about their lives. Complications ensue.

Nevertheless, a likeable cast make this easy watching, and you’ll soon be gripped by their puppy-love antics.

8. Lady Dynamite

As with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the basis of Lady Dynamite is serious. Based on the life of Maria Bamford, who plays a fictionalized version of herself, the series finds the comedian-turned-actor rebuilding her life after suffering from bipolar disorder.

Instead, the situation is mined for comedy value in a similar way to the best British comedies. This results in a feel-good surreal show that remains a solid catalyst for mental health discussions.

It came as quite a shock when Netflix cancelled Lady Dynamite after just two seasons. Then again, it’s always best to leave people wanting more.

9. The Killing

This isn’t a conventional Netflix Original. In fact, it began on AMC, but suffered two cancellations under the network.

It does, however, demonstrate Netflix’s appreciation of its audience, because the company picked up The Killing for a final fourth season to finish the story properly.

The gritty crime drama is based on the Danish series, but relocates the action to Seattle. Here, the body of a girl is found in a car registered to the campaign committee for mayoral candidate, Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell).

10. Lilyhammer

Once more, this isn’t your typical Netflix Original. It’s a great fusion between a crime drama and a black comedy. Lilyhammer premiered on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s main station, NRK1. Its first episode was watched by a fifth of the country’s population, and was swiftly added to Netflix, giving audiences in North America exclusive access to the show.

Lilyhammer is essential viewing for anyone pining for The Sopranos.

Steven Van Zandt is Frank Tagliano, an American Mafia boss who testifies against his peers and is subsequently relocated to Lillehammer, Norway. Across three seasons, his past transgressions catch up with him and his relationships unravel—all in a gloriously deadpan fashion!

Delve Into Netflix’s Back Catalog

You might be aghast at how many series are axed by Netflix, especially when they show so much potential for more.

We’re not really complaining though. Some would say Netflix is right to cancel shows which haven’t gained a considerable following. Better that than eek out stories until they’re thoroughly dead. Regardless, Netflix is still worth the money.

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The Best Kids Shows to Watch on YouTube

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You don’t need to splash out on expensive streaming subscriptions and Blu-rays to keep your kids entertained on long journeys. Instead, check out YouTube. Many of the most popular kids shows of the last three decades have official YouTube channels. The channels offer both on-demand episodes and exclusive content. So, if you’re looking for a way to keep your little darlings out of trouble, keep reading… 1. Sesame Street Sesame Street has been on our TV screens since the late 1960s. It was the first children’s show to use a curriculum to structure its content. There are almost 5,000 episodes…

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You don’t need to splash out on expensive streaming subscriptions and Blu-rays to keep your kids entertained on long journeys.

Instead, check out YouTube. Many of the most popular kids shows of the last three decades have official YouTube channels. The channels offer both on-demand episodes and exclusive content.

So, if you’re looking for a way to keep your little darlings out of trouble, keep reading…

1. Sesame Street

Sesame Street has been on our TV screens since the late 1960s. It was the first children’s show to use a curriculum to structure its content. There are almost 5,000 episodes in the show’s back catalog.

The YouTube channel offers new shorts, songs, games, classic clips, and some full episodes.

2. Masha and the Bear

Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated show that follows the lives of Masha (a young girl) and an old bear who tries to keep her out of harm’s way. The show has been translated into several other languages, including English.

Perhaps surprisingly, a Russian-language Masha and the Bear episode is one of the most-watched videos on YouTube of all time. It’s the only non-music video in the top 20.

3. Peppa Pig

The official Peppa Pig channel offers hours of old episodes, as well as a 24/7 live TV channel that plays continuous Peppa Pig episodes back-to-back.

The channel is easy to navigate. Content is divided into sections such as nursery rhymes, Halloween, reading month, and “When I Grow Up”.

4. Arthur

Arthur started in the mid-1990s. It was an instant hit with kids and adults alike. Although the show is aimed at children aged between four and eight, the storylines have some sitcom elements which give the grown-ups something to chuckle at.

The show is now in its 21st season. The YouTube channel offers a mix of old episodes and exclusive shorts.

5. Powerpuff Girls

Powerpuff Girls is a Cartoon Network classic. It features three kindergarten girls each of whom has a superpower. The show ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2005.

The show won lots of praise for its hidden pop culture references. As an adult, the references make the show fun to re-watch.

6. Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine needs little introduction. Based on a 1946 book, the British show is a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

The early episodes deployed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the narrator, further adding to the show’s appeal.

7. Teletubbies

Another British show that became globally popular is Teletubbies. Aimed at pre-school children, the show features four alien-like creatures playing games and participating in directed learning tasks.

The show proved to be controversial after its release. Some parents said the creatures’ “goo-goo” way of talking could negatively affect young children’s ability to learn languages.

8. Power Rangers

Since its release in the mid-1990s, Power Rangers has been staple viewing for youngsters. Each of the 24 seasons features a new team of rangers who need to overcome their various antagonists.

The channel offers a mix of full episodes, exclusive content, and shorts. There’s even some Spanish-language footage.

9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a 1990s TV show featuring Melissa Joan Hart that was based on the comics of the same name.

The YouTube channel shows the animated show rather than the live show. Purists will enjoy it; the animated series is much closer to the original comic’s canon.

10. Pingu

Pingu is a Swiss stop-motion clay animated show. Thanks to the show’s lack of a real language (Pingu and his family speak “Pinguish”), the show became a worldwide hit.

The channel offers a mix of short episodes and old clips.

11. Garfield

Garfield holds the world record for being the world’s most syndicated comic strip. The TV show follows the same story premise as the comics, as the world’s laziest cat gets up to endless hijinks with Odie the dog.

12. Fireman Sam

Fireman Sam originally ran from 1987-1994 and featured 32 10-minute episodes. It was rebooted in 2003 and again in 2008. The visuals were modernized each time.

Most stories revolve around Sam trying to save local lad Norman from various perilous situations.

The YouTube channel receives a new episode every Thursday.

13. Postman Pat

Postman Pat targets a slightly younger crowd than Fireman Sam. It is written for preschoolers. A typical storyline sees Pat start his daily deliveries, only to be distracted by the issues of one of the villagers. More often than not, he ends up saving the day.

There’s even a spinoff movie. It hit American and British theatres in 2014.

14. Bob the Builder

Sticking with the theme of jobs, next up is Bob the Builder. The preschoolers’ show started life in the U.K. in the late-1990s. Since then, it has been exported to more than 30 countries. In the U.S., the show was dubbed with American actors’ voices.

Bob the Builder is also the only show on this list to have a hit song. The single—called Can We Fix It? after the series’ catchphrase—was the U.K. Christmas number one in 2000 and became the country’s biggest-selling single of the year.

15. Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse is a parody of popular spy fiction like James Bond. The show, which features a secret agent mouse, ran from 1981 to 1992.

The YouTube channel offers content from the rebooted 2015 series. It has modern visuals and tweaked storylines.

16. Count Duckula

Fans of Danger Mouse will instantly recognize Count Duckula. He regularly appears as a villain in the Danger Mouse series, but his character was so popular that a spinoff series was launched.

As vampires go, Duckula is a pretty poor example. He has no fangs and is a vegetarian. His nemesis in the series is Dr. Von Goosewing; the name is a parody of Dracula’s Abraham Van Helsing.

17. Care Bears

The Care Bears started life as artwork for American Greetings to use on its greeting cards. Such was the popularity of the figures, however, that they quickly morphed into the stars of a kids’ TV series.

The bears live in the clouds and travel around the world to perform “missions in caring.” The series has run in various guises since 1985.

18. The Muppets

The Muppets play a key role in Sesame Street, but they also have their own TV series and YouTube channel.

The channel predominantly features short videos with a single Muppet doing the talking.

19. Curious George

Curious George has its roots in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, a book published in France in 1939. As such, it’s the oldest franchise on this list.

The first animated TV series went live in 1980. It ran until the mid-90s. In 2006, PBS rebooted the show; it lasted until 2015.

20. Noddy

Noddy ran for two seasons and 66 episodes between 1998 and 2000. The show focuses on Noah the NODDY Shop (Notions, Oddities, Doodads, and Delights of Yesterday). Each story carries a moral message and a healthy dose of comedy.

The was made in Canada but was a hit in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and much of Latin America.

A YouTube Video for Every Occasion

It’s not just kids who can benefit from the massive amount of content on YouTube. If you’d like a taste of what else is available, check out our articles on the best legal live TV channels on YouTube and the best YouTube Originals.

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10 of the Best Travel Documentaries on Netflix

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Maybe you’ve caught the travel bug. Maybe you have returned home from a big trip abroad and are wondering where to go next. Or maybe you’re an aspirational traveler who partakes in wanderlust, but from the comfort of your own sofa. No matter what your motivations are, Netflix has you covered. In this article we list the best travel documentaries you can watch on Netflix right now. All of which are guaranteed to make you long for a week experiencing new sights and sounds. 1. Expedition Happiness What is life’s purpose? To be happy? But how? In Expedition Happiness, a…

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Maybe you’ve caught the travel bug. Maybe you have returned home from a big trip abroad and are wondering where to go next. Or maybe you’re an aspirational traveler who partakes in wanderlust, but from the comfort of your own sofa.

No matter what your motivations are, Netflix has you covered. In this article we list the best travel documentaries you can watch on Netflix right now. All of which are guaranteed to make you long for a week experiencing new sights and sounds.

1. Expedition Happiness

What is life’s purpose? To be happy? But how? In Expedition Happiness, a couple tries to find out. What is happiness after all? Is happiness a wedding? A loft overlooking a great view of the city’s chaos? A monotonous routine just to maintain a healthy bank balance?

After all, what is the point of living if you do not break the routine. Sit back and stream the Alaskan mountains to the Mexican beaches with the “Loft on Wheels” created by Mogli and Felix with their dog Rudi. Let your soul travel as these three try to figure out what happiness is.

Get to know the ups and downs of executing a moving residence, to make happiness out of an old school bus.

2. Stephen Fry in America

From genre-defining sketch comedy to drama, Stephen Fry has done it all (including providing the narration for some of the best audiobooks to listen to). In this documentary he packed himself into his trademark London black cab for a drive through America.

Along with the signature sense of humor, you also get to see a new side of Stephen Fry. The genuine curiosity that oozes out of every encounter Stephen has in the United States.

The main question on his mind? How is every American state united and how are they all different from one another? Hop into the black cab and let Stephen explain it all.

3. Somebody Feed Phil

This is hands down the most fun I’ve had watching a food and travel documentary. The way that Phil approaches new food, new places, and new people is a breath of fresh air.

He’ll take you to places you never thought of. Places you’ll end up adding to your bucket list. Here’s a glimpse into what I ended up adding to my list: coffee in Vietnam, vegetarian food in Israel, dragon fruit in Thailand, and hot dogs in Copenhagen, to name a few.

As Phil says, “If you like a dish, go to the source.” Get delighted, get amused, get amazed and definitely get hungry while somebody feeds Phil.

4. Dark Tourist

Not all travel has to be about the beautiful and the serene. If you’re in the market for a slightly twisted travel story, Dark Tourist is for you. David Farrier, a New Zealand based filmmaker and journalist travels around the world looking for unusual and often morbid tourist spots across the world.

This documentary explores a new phenomenon called Dark Tourism. This is where tourists intentionally travel to places associated with death and destruction. A war-torn country? Sure. A dangerous border crossing? Why not. A quick trip around radioactive environments? Don’t mind if I do.

5. National Parks Adventure

The U.S. National Parks Service is more than a 100 years old. That’s more than a century of protecting natural wilderness in the United States.

This breathtaking documentary by filmmaker Greg MacGillivray will make you want to go visit a national park right away. Between the beautiful montages is a story of three artists as they revisit Roosevelt and Muir’s camping trip, where the Parks Service began.

6. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain revolutionized the food and travel documentary genre. And Parts Unknown is his magnum opus. Living life on the edge can be dangerous and one is not always willing to take that risk, yet some risks are worth taking in the name of food.

Ever had a food bucket list to fulfill? Then get into this ride along with Anthony Bourdain who takes you to the parts unknown just to eat. And maybe fall in love. With the food, the people, or life itself.

Eat hungrily and happily with Bourdain with a seemingly innumerable amount of delicacies that the world has to offer. Experience meal after meal from various countries as well as their political issues, while Bourdain feasts on food of all kinds.

7. Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Father-son bonding is a different experience for everyone. When comedian Jack Whitehall was young, he and his father Michael never really had that.

Now, Whitehall wants to bring that spark back by taking a gap year and traveling with his father. Watch as this comedian trades the stand-up stage (the best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix) for a tuk-tuk in Thailand.

What better way to spend time with your parent than by going on a trip. But what happens when you have a slightly grumpy father and you are the overly energetic one? Quite a blast, actually, Watch as this father-son team gets into accidents, goes to odd places, and attempts to open up to one another.

8. The Moaning of Life

In this poignant series, Karl Pilkington takes on the herculean task of figuring out life itself and if he’s cut out for it, now that he’s turning 40.

Experience the reality of life itself with Karl as he tries to contemplate things he has never really given a second thought. Like the need for love, the secret of happiness, and, at the end, death itself.

There are questions about life itself, like why to get married, why to have children, or why do we need to travel? All with a dash of that infamous British humor.

9. Under an Arctic Sky

Who’s really in charge? Nature or humans? The answer may lay under an arctic sky.

Everyone takes meticulously planned trips, but have you ever felt adventurous enough to venture out into the storm and travel on? In this monumental documentary, photographer Chris Bukard and filmmaker Ben Weiland beautifully capture the wrath and serenity of nature.

With freezing temperatures, brutal storms, and three hours of daylight, Iceland is far from being the perfect surf trip. Set out with a brave crew to explore the unknown islands of the north in the midst of the worst storm the country has experience in the past 25 years.

10. Planet Earth II

Planet Earth II in 4K is a breathtaking look at the world we live in.

Experience our own planet all over again with the epic camerawork and cinematography. Live that experience in high definition, as we encounter the wildlife, flora, and fauna with which we coexist.

This documentary series reveals a different perspective of Earth, not only through marvelous cinematography but also with the understanding of nature.

Keep Going With Food Documentaries on Netflix

Travel and food go hand in hand. But what if you’re more of a foodie than a traveler? Now that you know what travel documentaries you should be watching on Netflix why not check out the best documentaries about food. The stories covered come from a pastry chef in New York and a Sushi chef in Japan, amongst others.

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10 Relaxing Netflix Shows to Watch When You’re Stressed

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What do Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and The Americans have in common? Sure, they’re all top-quality shows deserving of all awards that came their way, but they’re also dark, heavy, and difficult to watch when you’re stressed out or have a lot on your mind. Sometimes you just want to come home, plop down on the couch, and watch a palate cleansing-type of show to help you unwind. For that, you’ll want to check out these relaxing Netflix shows. NB: You won’t find any traditional sitcoms or standup comedies on this list. We’re delving into the more unusual corners of Netflix…

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What do Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and The Americans have in common? Sure, they’re all top-quality shows deserving of all awards that came their way, but they’re also dark, heavy, and difficult to watch when you’re stressed out or have a lot on your mind.

Sometimes you just want to come home, plop down on the couch, and watch a palate cleansing-type of show to help you unwind. For that, you’ll want to check out these relaxing Netflix shows.

NB: You won’t find any traditional sitcoms or standup comedies on this list. We’re delving into the more unusual corners of Netflix in search of real relaxation. If you believe laughter is the best medicine then see our articles on the best Netflix sitcoms, overlooked Netflix sitcoms, and the best Netflix standup specials.

1. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Imagine a talk show hosted by comedian Jerry Seinfeld where every guest is one of his comedian friends—and takes place inside a cafe as well as during the car ride there. No scripts. No self-promotion. It’s entirely authentic, genuine, and absolutely hilarious.

Just look at the name of the show, it says it all: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The episodes are about 15 to 20 minutes long, and each one features a vintage car picked by Seinfeld himself to match the personality of the episode’s guest.

It’s the ultimate show for when you want to shut off your brain and just have a laugh.

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2. Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere is basically the same thing as The Joy of Painting, but the episodes are taken from the 1991-1992 seasons of the show, and not all of the episodes are there.

But who cares? Nothing beats the feeling of watching Bob Ross paint up another scenic masterpiece, complete with his soft voice and gentle encouragements. Looking for a show you can fall asleep to? Look no further.

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3. Chef’s Table

Have you seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi? If you did and you liked it, then you really should watch Chef’s Table. Directed by the same person (David Gelb), Chef’s Table is one of the best Netflix documentaries for foodies.

Every episode focuses on the life and cuisine of a world-class Michelin-starred chef, and brings out the human element that’s often missing in food documentaries.

But if that sounds boring, think again. Not only is Chef’s Table one of the most beautifully shot shows, period, it’s deeply engrossing and even inspirational. The hours will melt away as you watch. There’s nothing quite like it.

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4. Explained

While Explained is a Netflix show, it feels more suited for a YouTube series in that every episode is about 15 minutes long, educational, entertaining, and entirely self-contained to a single per-episode topic.

As of this writing, there are Explained episodes for: cryptocurrency, K-pop, esports, the stock market, cricket, the longevity of life, and more. It’s enough to give you a general understanding of a topic’s history and importance, and it’s presented in a mostly unbiased way that’s engaging—and surprisingly relaxing.

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5. The Great British Baking Show

Also known as The Great British Bake Off, this show is perhaps the most wholesome reality TV competition you’ll ever watch (rivaled only by MasterChef Junior).

The Great British Baking Show has amateur bakers face off in a series of elimination rounds until there’s a winner. But the best part is that it’s devoid of the hardcore competitive spirit that props up most American reality shows. It oozes with kindness, humor, and great food. What’s not to love?

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6. Terrace House

Have you ever wanted to watch Big Brother or Real World but without any of the fabricated drama or scripted narratives? Well, that’s Terrace House for you.

Six strangers come together to live in a shared house for a month, with hidden cameras everywhere. But this is a Japanese reality show, and there’s a different culture and atmosphere than what you normally see in American reality TV. It’s soft, it’s polite, and it’s a joy to watch.

The original Terrace House (Boys & Girls Next Door) ran for three years in Japan, but Netflix revived it in 2015 with Boys & Girls in the City. This was followed by the sequels Aloha State and Opening New Doors. Only the Netflix-produced ones are available on Netflix.

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7. Planet Earth

Planet Earth is the third highest ranked show on IMDb. The first show on that list? Planet Earth II.

These two shows comprise the most incredible nature documentary experience currently available. Using state-of-the-art technology, they capture some of the most secret moments in all of wildlife. In the case of Planet Earth II, it’s all captured in 4K.

Each episode took years to produce, and you can tell. There’s a reason why Planet Earth sits atop our list of the best BBC documentaries on Netflix.

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8. Samurai Gourmet

Samurai Gourmet is a lighthearted show that follows a newly retired Japanese man who roams his neighborhood and explores the rich culinary offerings therein.

In a word, Samurai Gourmet is refreshing. Few shows are as easy to watch as this one, and it demands nothing of you.

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9. Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko is a Japanese anime, but don’t let that turn you away. It’s ultra cute, but it’s not a kid’s show. The cuteness contrasts against the main character’s mundane and frustrating office life, as well as her secret love of death metal karaoke.

The episodes are short at just 15 minutes, so you can pop them on whenever you—like the main character—feel like you need to blow off some steam.

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10. Curious & Unusual Deaths

This show is a bit of an oddball on this list, but I back it wholeheartedly.

In each episode, Curious & Unusual Deaths explores three different unusual deaths that actually happened in the past, and investigates how these strange deaths happened. The deaths are often thematically related (e.g. Trapped to Death).

Despite the morbid subject, Curious & Unusual Deaths is downright fun to watch because the deaths are just so weird. Not to mention how corny the narration is. Every death is wrapped up with a groan-inducing pun, and that just adds to the experience.

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Relax Even More With Netflix’s Slow TV

The “slow TV” fad seems to have come and gone, but you can still find some beautiful slow TV shows on Netflix. Notable titles include Moving Art, Fireplace for Your Home, and Train Ride Bergen to Oslo.

Never heard of slow TV before? To cut a long story short, it’s a kind of realism where the footage is played back in real-time as it was recorded. Using the example above, watching a recording of a fireplace counts as slow TV. It’s devoid of any drama, making it perfect for when you just want to zone out to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

Learn more in our quick guide to slow TV.

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5 Film Recommendation Sites to Find New Movies to Watch or Stream

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The most asked question for the modern multimedia addict is, “What should I watch tonight?” If you’re in the mood for a movie instead of a TV show, these sites will help you find the right pick. And that includes going to the theater too. Largely though, you will be looking for streaming options. Even though Amazon Prime or Netflix do their best to deduce what you want to watch, they won’t always get it right. These third-party sites do a great job of recommending a film based on your tastes, on finding common ground for date night or uncovering…

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The most asked question for the modern multimedia addict is, “What should I watch tonight?” If you’re in the mood for a movie instead of a TV show, these sites will help you find the right pick. And that includes going to the theater too.

Largely though, you will be looking for streaming options. Even though Amazon Prime or Netflix do their best to deduce what you want to watch, they won’t always get it right. These third-party sites do a great job of recommending a film based on your tastes, on finding common ground for date night or uncovering movies you may have missed.

What Movie Should I Watch Tonight (Web): One-Line Descriptions

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Let’s start with a website whose name is the question on your mind. What Movie Should I Watch Tonight (WMSIWT) has been around since 2010, providing quick one-line introduction to some of the most watchable films.

The idea of this site is that there are no bad movies listed on it. Each film is a recommendation from the editor, Kevin Yaun. Yaun’s one-line descriptions take some time to get accustomed to, but once you get what he’s going for, they’re a treat. Take Deadpool for example, which is described as “The superhero of dark humor and spandex.” You can click any movie to view the trailer or follow the Watch Now link to find which streaming service it’s on.

You can also find similar movies by clicking or searching for any film. Yaun’s “Collections” are an excellent way to narrow down choices too, with themes like “road trip movies” or “badass bank robbers”. You will definitely find something to watch with this site.

Flickmetrix (Web): The Best Filters to Find Streaming Movies

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If you use Netflix or Amazon Prime (or both), then Flickmetrix is the best solution to find a film when you know exactly what you want to see. It has a ton of different filters to sort the list of recommended movies.

You can filter movies by their ratings on IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and Letterboxd. You can choose which streaming service you want to watch it on. And there are other options like genres to include or exclude, the year the film was released, or its primary language. Set it all up and you’ll get a neat list of recommended films with essential information, like a short description, the director and the cast, and a link to the trailer.

If the site feels familiar, that’s because Flickmetrix used to be called Cinesift. The name has changed and so has a lot of other things, including the ability to create an account and add movies to your watchlist, or mark them as seen so they don’t pop up again.

Date Night Movies (Web): Find Common Ground Between Two FIlms

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Don’t go by the “Date Night” name. This web app works for any situation where you and someone else can’t decide which movie to watch, and want to find something you will both enjoy.

Add two movies to the app and it will spit out a line of recommendations that are somewhere between the two choices. You can sort this line by source too, if you specifically want something that’s available on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or even if you want to watch a free film on YouTube.

Click on any movie to find out more information about it, like a description or the actors in it. Date Night Movies surprisingly skips mentioning the director, which can be a huge influencer at times.

Movie of the Night (Web): Only One Recommendation

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Once you set your parameters and search, all of the aforementioned sites give you a series of recommendations. That isn’t really helping you quickly figure out something to watch. So Movie of the Night makes it simpler and gives you only one recommendation.

First, pick the genres you are interested in. It’s fine to pick multiple genres. In fact, you will get better results if you do that. Next, say how old the movie can be, and how long it can be. Finally, if you want, add a few of your favorite directors or actors. One other filter lets you choose only English films, and there is an option to skip adult movies. You can skip any of these steps, or use them all.

Click the “Get Recommendation” button and Movie of the Night will give you a single film recommendation, with its description, cast and crew, and a link to its trailer. If you’ve already seen it, click the button again. It’s simple and hassle-free.

Popcornic (Web): Endless Series of New Film Trailers

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If you want to watch something released recently, try Popcornic first. The website plays a series of trailers, one after another, showing films playing right now or released in the past few months. You’re guaranteed something fresh.

It’s a nice leanback experience, going from trailer to trailer to find new films that catch your attention. You don’t have to remember any names, since the History tab tracks every trailer you played. Each movie also offers a link to its Metacritic page, in case you want to see what people had to say about it before putting down your money to go watch it.

Oh yes, for some of the films, you’ll need to go to a movie theater. Others might already be available on some streaming sites, or released exclusively for them. But chances are, you are going to discover something that’s still playing in a cinema near you.

Another Great Choice, and Something for Netflix Fans

Between these sites, you should be able to find a film to watch tonight that you will thoroughly enjoy. One of MakeUseOf’s other favorites for recommendations is A Good Movie To Watch (AGMTW), which we have talked about a few times before, so don’t forget to check that out too.

AGMTW has expanded its scope to include Amazon Prime as well, but for most people, Netflix still remains the king of good video streaming content. If you’re a subscriber, try these ways to find good movies and shows on Netflix.

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What to Watch on Amazon Prime Video in September 2018

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Every month, Amazon makes a bunch of new TV shows and movies available on its Prime Video subscription streaming service. Join us as we look ahead to some of the best new video content to watch in September 2018. Note: Prime Video is only one of the many awesome benefits of an Amazon Prime membership! 1. Ghostbusters I and II It might be a little early for Halloween, but it’s never a bad time to reminisce about 1980s movies. The 1984 original won more plaudits than the 1989 sequel, but both Ghostbusters films are staple viewing for any cinema fan….

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Every month, Amazon makes a bunch of new TV shows and movies available on its Prime Video subscription streaming service. Join us as we look ahead to some of the best new video content to watch in September 2018.

Note: Prime Video is only one of the many awesome benefits of an Amazon Prime membership!

1. Ghostbusters I and II

It might be a little early for Halloween, but it’s never a bad time to reminisce about 1980s movies.

The 1984 original won more plaudits than the 1989 sequel, but both Ghostbusters films are staple viewing for any cinema fan.

2. Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire manages to please both sports fans and romcom lovers with the tale of an NFL agent who has an epiphany about his journey in life.

Tom Cruise plays the lead role.

3. King Lear

King Lear is a 2018 co-production between Amazon and the BBC. It is a modern adaptation of the famous Shakespeare play.

The story takes place in 21st century London and tells the story of the king’s descent into madness.

4. Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle, a romcom which was released in 1993, sees Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play the lead roles.

The movie was nominated for two Oscars and two BAFTAs.

5. Forever

The latest Amazon Original series is Forever. It joins a long list of highly watchable Amazon Original content.

The series follows the lives of Oscar and June. They lead a typical married life until an innocent ski trip develops into an unexpected situation.

Forever goes live on September 14.

6. There Will Be Blood

2007 drama movie There Will Be Blood won two Oscars—Best Actor and Best Picture—and was nominated for a further six.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays the role of Daniel Plainview, an oilman who is ruthlessly trying to exploit the California oil boom around the turn of the last century.

7. Wishenpoof Season 2

Wishenpoof is an Amazon Original kids’ show about Bianca, a young girl who can make wishes come true.

The first season was a critical success; the much-awaited second season goes live on September 7.

More Movies and TV Shows on Amazon Prime Video

These seven new shows and films are the ones that caught our eye, but there are more than 50 new releases scheduled to become available. The highlights include The Usual Suspects, Darkest Hour, and Watchmen.

And don’t forget all the great content that’s already on the service, including the best movies on Amazon Prime and the best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video.

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The Best YouTube Originals to Watch on YouTube Premium

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In 2018, Google split its YouTube Red subscription service into two standalone offerings: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. The YouTube Premium service offers ad-free videos, offline viewing, background playback, all of the YouTube Music features and access to YouTube Originals. What Are YouTube Originals? Much like Netflix and Amazon, YouTube has started creating its own exclusive content. All of this content is available under the YouTube Originals moniker. The shows and movies straddle a wide range of genres and a mix of well-known actors and famous YouTubers. All of the shows are available in any market in which YouTube Premium…

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In 2018, Google split its YouTube Red subscription service into two standalone offerings: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

The YouTube Premium service offers ad-free videos, offline viewing, background playback, all of the YouTube Music features and access to YouTube Originals.

What Are YouTube Originals?

Much like Netflix and Amazon, YouTube has started creating its own exclusive content. All of this content is available under the YouTube Originals moniker.

The shows and movies straddle a wide range of genres and a mix of well-known actors and famous YouTubers. All of the shows are available in any market in which YouTube Premium is available, and they are viewable on all your devices.

To help you get started sorting the wheat from the chaff, here are the best YouTube Originals that you can watch right now.

1. Cobra Kai

Cobra Kai is perhaps the most well-known YouTube Original. The storyline uses the four Karate Kid movies as inspiration.

Taking place 34 years after the first film, the 10-part series follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai karate dojo and the rekindling of the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

Actors Ralph Macchio (LaRusso) and William Zabka (Lawrence) both return to reprise their original roles.

A second season will be available in 2019.

2. Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water is another YouTube Original that draws heavily on a movie franchise.

For those who aren’t aware, there were five Step Up films released between 2006 and 2014. They fall into the dance drama genre.

The YouTube show tells the story of twins Tal (Petrice Jones) and Janelle (Lauryn McClain) as they are forced to relocate to Atlanta due to a family crisis. Once they arrive in their new home, they join a free performing arts school run by Sage Odom (Ne-Yo). It’s described as the most cutthroat school in the city.

You can expect lots of music, lots of comedy, and lots of dark moments across the 10 episodes.

The series’ breakout star, Channing Tatum, serves as an executive producer on the YouTube show.

3. Kedi

What do you get if you place a group of documentary makers in a city with millions of stray cats? The answer is Kedi. It’s the first movie on our list.

It tracks the lives of seven strays in Istanbul. With a healthy dose of melancholic music and a voiceover that’s sure to pull on your heartstrings, it’s a must-watch for cat lovers.

4. Rhett and Link’s Buddy System

Created by comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this absurdist comedy show was arguably the first YouTube Original that became popular with a mainstream audience.

When it launched in early 2017, demand was for the show was higher than demand for several big-hitting series from other streaming providers, including Orange is the New Black, Santa Clarita Diet, The Grand Tour, and The Man In the High Castle.

The story follows the lives of Rhett and Link (playing themselves) as they seek to regain control of their morning chat show from a mutual ex-girlfriend.

5. Scare PewDiePie

If you like Felix Kjellberg’s style of content, you’ll enjoy Scare PewDiePie. The series sees the YouTube star put himself into reality-based horror setups.

We reviewed Scare PewDiePie when YouTube Red first launched, giving it a score of 7/10. Our biggest complaint was the seemingly scripted reactions, but we still found it largely enjoyable.

There’s only one season of 10 episodes. The second season was canceled before its release in 2017 after YouTube decided Kjellberg was too divisive a figure to promote in such a way. However, he’s still the most popular YouTuber going by number of subscribers.

6. Youth and Consequences

Youth and Consequences ticks all the usual boxes for a teenage high school drama.

There’s the school queen struggling to hold on to her status, the ensemble of bullies making crude remarks about everything from sexuality to social class, the ongoing web of love interests, the cliques, and every other high school stereotype you can think of.

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but after its release in March 2018 it quickly shot up to the top of YouTube’s most popular shows.

The first season contains eight episodes. There’s been no official word on a second season.

7. The Keys of Christmas

The Keys of Christmas is the second YouTube Original movie on the list. It offers a modern take on the classic Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol.

The film enjoys an all-star cast, with Mariah Carey, DJ Khaled, Ciara, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso, Melanie Iglesias, and Mike Tyson all playing significant roles.

DJ Khaled and Mariah Carey are the do-gooders; they transport YouTube star Mancuso into a winter wonderland in an attempt to teach him about the true meaning of Christmas.

It’s certainly not a classic film, but it’s a fun and welcome addition to the list of Christmas movies worth streaming.

8. Lifeline

Lifeline takes us into the world of science fiction. The two main protagonists, Conner (Zach Gilford) and Haley (Amanda Crew) work for an insurance firm that has the ability to time travel.

Using their powers, Conner and Haley try to predict their clients’ death by traveling 33 days into the future. They then return to the present day and try to prevent the deaths from occurring.

In some respects, the show feels like Black Mirror. Some of the sub-plots, such as the duo’s slower aging process due to their time travel, are explored in more detail in later episodes.

The series runs for eight episodes. Unfortunately, YouTube has already confirmed that there will not be a season two.

9. Mind Field

Fans of Michael Stevens’ Vsauce channel will be instantly familiar with the premise of Mind Field. The episodes use a documentary-style format, with Stevens discussing various aspects of human behavior.

Each episode contains an experiment which links to the theme of the video. Sometimes Stevens performs the experiment on himself. On other occasions, he uses guests or test subjects.

Experiments have included three days of solitary confinement to test the effect on the brain, making people angry and giving them things to smash up, and asking a group of people to incorrectly answer a question in front of one unwitting participant to test the power of conformity.

10. Single by 30

Single by 30 is a romantic comedy series. Set in Los Angeles, the show starts with two high school students who make a pact to go to the senior dance together if they cannot find a date.

In the aftermath of the dance, they make another pact: They will marry each other if they are both still single by the time they hit 30.

Predictably, they lose touch with each other. But as they approach their 30th birthdays, they reunite after the breakdown of their long-term relationships. They choose to reinstate the old pact, with the series focusing on their feelings for each other as they re-enter the dating world.

Is YouTube Premium Worth the Money?

All these shows are only available to YouTube Premium subscribers. However, some people still might not see the value in subscribing to yet another streaming service.

To help you decide, see our coverage of whether YouTube Premium is worth it and what to know about it. (YouTube Music subscribers can upgrade to YouTube Premium for just $2/month.)

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