Netflix Will Now Cancel Your Account Unless You Use It

If you pay for Netflix but don’t actually use the streaming service, you should probably cancel your subscription. After all, that’s several dollars leaving your account each month for nothing. Just like a gym membership for people who no longer work out.

However, even if you don’t cancel your own Netflix you may have it cancelled for you. This is because Netflix has announced it’s going to start cancelling inactive accounts automatically in order to stop people spending money on something they don’t use.

Netflix Cancels Inactive Accounts

In a post on the Netflix Media Center, Netflix announced that it’s going to automatically cancel the subscriptions of people not using their accounts. Inactive accounts represent “less than half of one percent” of its userbase, or “a few hundred thousand”.

Netflix considers an account inactive if it hasn’t been used for two years. Or, if you’re a newer subscriber, for one year since signing up. And anyone with an inactive account will be asked to confirm that they want to keep their membership.

“You know that sinking feeling when you realize you signed up for something but haven’t used it in ages? At Netflix, the last thing we want is people paying for something they’re not using…”

— Eddy Wu, Product Innovation at Netflix

This will be done by email and in-app notifications, which will begin appearing this week. If you see one you’ll need to confirm that you want to keep your Netflix subscription or Netflix will automatically cancel it. Saving you a few dollars each month.

Netflix insists that it’s easy for lapsed users who have their memberships cancelled to restart them again. And the company will be happy to have you back. If you rejoin within 10 months of cancelling, your profile and watchlist will still be as you left them.

How to Renew Your Love for Netflix

We’re big fans of Netflix here at MakeUseOf. So, the notion that you can’t find anything to watch on Netflix is beyond us. Still, maybe you’ve got better things to do than binge-watch endless TV. In which case, Netflix is doing you a massive favor here.

However, if the threat of Netflix cancelling your account makes you want to take a fresh look at the streaming service, check out our exhaustive guide to Netflix. It contains tips and tricks, tutorials and troubleshooting, and recommendations of what to watch.

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Netflix will cancel your subscription if you haven’t watched anything in the past year

Inactive accounts on Netflix represent less than a half of one percent of its overall member base so this move should not affect the company's bottom line by much.

5 Ways to Watch Netflix and Still Learn a New Language

Have you ever thought about practicing the language you are learning with Netflix? Netflix streams to more than 190 countries around the world. While most of the content is in English, the streaming platform also supports 22 languages that include Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Binge-watching could be a great way to pick up a second or third language and learn how it is spoken colloquially. Or, you could improve your English too.

The language learning Chrome extensions below help stack a self-improvement habit on top of your Netflix fixation. Just note that not all content has the same number of languages supported by subtitles.

Language Learning with Netflix: Netflix Study Pack for Languages

LLN (or Language Learning with Netflix) is one of the more complete tools for the purpose. The Chrome extension displays two subtitles at the same time. The first one is the native language of the show, and the second is the language you are trying to learn. This visual pairing allows you to compare and absorb new words and the way they are spoken.

You can control the playback speed with the Chrome extension. Slow them down (or pause) to study at your own pace. But the best feature is the vocabulary highlight that grays out less common words to study later.

The pop-up dictionary is an extra aid. Use it to understand the meaning better and also hear it’s correct pronunciation.

The Language Learning Chrome extension comes with this catalog of movies and TV shows with high-quality subtitles.

Download: Language Learning with Netflix for Chrome (Free)

Mate Translate: Learn With Netflix’s Subtitles

Study 103 languages with Mate Translate

Mate Translate proves again how valuable Netflix’s subtitles can be for learning any language. The main app is a text & speech translator available across multiple platforms including Android and iOS. The Netflix specific browser extensions are there for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Edge.

Mate Translate can translate 103 languages. As you watch a streaming show, just click on a word or a phrase. The translation is displayed in the player and you can use any synonyms, phonetic transcription, and the speak-out feature to learn pronunciation too.

Save the words in categorized lists to practice them later. You can also export the word lists to a spaced repetition app like Reji to review them at intervals.

Download: Mate Translate for iOS ($14.99)

Download: Mate Translate for Chrome | Opera | Firefox | Edge (Free, in-app purchases)

Download: Mate Translate for Mac+Safari ($29.99)

Subtly: Become Fluent With Translations

Subtly also works like the Netflix extensions above. Like them, you can translate the words or phrases and learn a new language with the context of what’s happening in the scene. Watch a show and then revise with the vocabulary list it helps you build up.

Use Subtly and translate English subtitles into 11 languages: Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and Turkish.

Subtly is gradually being improved to include more languages. Also, you can look forward to its future as it tries to bring in other streaming platforms like Amazon, Hulu, and Showtime for a wider platter of choices.

Download: Subtly for Chrome (Free)

eJOY: Improve Your English Fluency

English Translations

Urban Dictionary is always a big help with slangs. After all, Street-speak is a part of many Hollywood movies (Pulp Fiction, anyone?) and it could just help you grab the little nuances that make any language colorful.

An extension called SUFLI is a bit buggy. So my search took me to eJOY which is like a full-featured English translator for your browser. Use it to get definitions of words, English idioms, common phrases, slangs, and collocations.

It also works with YouTube, Udemy, Coursera, and a few other streaming platforms that support closed captions.

eJOY also has its own shortcut keys that help to speed up translations. You can use it to translate to other languages with the advanced translator, but eJOY is more for improving your grasp on your English vocabulary.

Download: eJOY for Chrome (Free)

Lingvo TV: Learn in Your Browser and Phone

Lingvo is a Chrome extension that works with your phone. It can be any phone with a mobile browser. Start Netflix on your browser and then launch the Lingvo page on your phone’s browser.

Enter the code from your Lingvo Chrome extension on your computer and you can view the subtitle translations on your phone. The source and target language can be configured from the Settings on the mobile app.

Now, you can learn a language on the move while watching Netflix. Lingvo TV also supports Amazon Prime and YouTube.

Your PC or TV, and mobile phone need to be on the same network. Once connected via the code, the same subtitles you see on the PC or TV scroll down the mobile screen.

You can select a word and get its meanings in the language of your choice with a tap. The subtitles you tapped on are saved in the app’s history.

Lingvo frees you up a bit more to enjoy the movie on the screen while you tap on the scrolling subtitles on the mobile screen.

Download: Lingvo TV for Chrome (Free)

Netflix Makes It Easier to Learn a New Language

Should you use Netflix to learn a new language? Probably not if you are picking up a second language for the first time because these language learning extensions won’t teach you the grammar and the fundamentals.

However, it is a fun way to learn a language through immersion. If you are already familiar with a language, then go ahead and use Netflix to get more exposure. It might help to build your listening skills too.

Learning a language with Netflix is one of the fun ways to get fluent in a new tongue. But there are other unusual tools too. Here are the best mobile apps to learn Chinese.

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Takedown Notices From Netflix are Skyrocketing, But Are They Legit?

When Netflix had just started offering online video content years ago, piracy wasn’t seen as a major threat.

This changed when the streaming platform transformed itself into one of the biggest content producers, offering a wide variety of exclusive content.

Adapting to this changed reality, the company started working with third-party companies to issue takedown requests. Soon after, it also launched an in-house anti-piracy team and joined several copyright protection groups, including the MPA.

Today, Netflix is a major player in the anti-piracy scene. The company is involved in a wide variety of enforcement efforts, ranging from cease-and-desist letters and lawsuits to DMCA takedown notices.

In the latter category, we noticed an unusual change over the past few weeks. The number of takedown notices Netflix is sending to Google has skyrocketed.

The streaming service started sending these notices in 2016 and over the years averaged roughly 20,000 requests per week, which is fairly normal for a company of its size. However, over the past few weeks his number went up and up, reaching more than half a million reported URLs last week.

The graph below clearly shows a drastic increase towards the end. The first peak this year came in mid-March when 127,000 URLs were reported, a sixfold increase compared to previous weeks. This figure increased to 153,000 then 260,000 and after a temporary dip, went all the way up to 622,000.

It’s unclear what’s behind this 3000% increase in just a few months. Looking more closely at the targeted sites we see that French pirate streaming sites are among the major targets.

For example, Netflix reported more than 100,000 URLs from during the first week of May. This is more than half of the total number of links that were ever reported from the site. We see similar spikes with other domains, including,, and

We asked Netflix for a comment on these increased enforcement measures but, at the time of writing, we have yet to hear back. One possible explanation could be that the company is ramping up its efforts as traffic to pirate streaming sites has increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

That said, there is another viable option as well. In theory, these notices may have been sent by a competing pirate site masquerading as Netflix. We have seen similar abuses in the past, where pirate sites exploit the DMCA to downrank competitors in Google’s search results.

The latter theory is not unlikely. The recent notices seem to generate hundreds of separate “reporter” accounts in Google’s transparency report, which we have also seen in similar abuse cases. Also, they target content that’s not available on Netflix, including Disney’s The Mandalorian and HBO’s Westworld.

On top of that, the requests aren’t phrased in proper English either. “All works on this website is copyrighted for netflix and this website not allowed to share this content,” one reads.

Without an official comment from Netflix, that’s just speculation. But, what we do know is that Google hasn’t flagged any of the submissions as suspect and has removed many of the reported URLs. So whether they are legit or not, the notices have definitely had a major impact on the targeted sites.

From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, torrent sites and more. We also help you to find the best anonymous VPN.


The 10 Best Nature Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

For a variety of different reasons, a lot of us are craving the great outdoors right now. However, not all of us have the time, money, or ability to get away from it all.

So, how else can you explore nature? Well, you can watch nature documentaries, of course. And these are the best nature documentaries currently available to watch on Netflix.

1. The Tigers of Scotland

Don’t let the subject matter fool you! We thought this documentary would be boring based upon the trailer, but after giving it a go, we can thoroughly recommend The Tigers of Scotland.

Clocking in at just under an hour, The Tigers of Scotland is all about the elusive, critically endangered Scottish Wildcat, along with the conservation efforts by local authorities to protect it.

With stunning panoramic shots of the Scottish Highlands, interviews with wildlife experts, and acerbic commentary from the narrator, this film is infused with a dry sense of humor and optimism. It’s equal parts practical, hopeful, and informative.

Watch The Tigers of Scotland on Netflix

2. Pacificum

Pacificum is a Spanish-language documentary about the Peruvian coastline. Weaving together hand-drawn animations with vast aerial footage, it tells the story of the Pacific Ocean. This documentary details the ocean’s prehistoric beginnings to its present state, along with the impact of human expansion on the area.

Beautifully edited and almost ethereal, this documentary’s aerial footage is complemented by a host of experts explaining the importance of the ocean’s influence on the local landscape. Surprisingly—for a documentary about water—Pacificum also shows plenty of footage of nearby deserts, although this divergence does have a point.

As one of the experts explains, these deserts were once oceans; we need to study them to see what may happen to us in the future.

Watch Pacificum on Netflix

3. Dancing With The Birds

Looking for an absolutely hilarious, superbly edited nature documentary that can be finished in an afternoon? Then we wholeheartedly recommend Dancing With The Birds, voiced by an eternally amusing Stephen Fry.

Supremely funny but also informative, this bite-sized nature documentary on Netflix details the absolutely absurd lengths that tropical birds will go to in order to secure a mate. In the words of Fry, the entire show can be summed up as “the pursuit of love is his life’s work, but looking good is only half the story.”

Additionally, if you’re looking for more documentaries with a British influence, you can also check out the best BBC documentaries to watch on Netflix.

Watch Dancing With the Birds on Netflix

4. Mission Blue

Are you looking for a nature documentary that has a political edge to it? If so, we recommend Mission Blue. It follows Dr. Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer and legendary diver, as she tries to educate government policymakers on the state of the world’s oceans.

Part nature documentary, part biography, Mission Blue begins with Sylvia’s origins as a young woman working in a male-dominated field. It then follows her all the way up to her appointment as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and her activism work thereafter.

Combining in-person interviews, historical dive footage, and deep-sea exploration, Mission Blue illustrates the overall declining health of ocean ecosystems. It’s definitely one of the best nature documentaries on Netflix.

Watch Mission Blue on Netflix

5. Terra

We almost didn’t recommend this documentary because we were worried it would get too “dark.” However, Terra is so beautifully shot that we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. It also has an important message for us all.

When you first start watching the documentary, you may think that Terra is about deforestation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and nothing but. However, this French film contains so much more.

Beautifully filmed with haunting, panoramic imagery and eerie, forceful music, this philosophical documentary feels like a real-life Fantasia, weaving science, mythology, and religion together as it explains the history of earth’s inhabitants, and the importance of protecting them.

Watch Terra on Netflix

6. Untamed Romania

Looking for a film that is easy on the eyes, pleasant to watch, and not too taxing on the brain cells? Check out Untamed Romania, a nature documentary about the wild spaces in Romania.

As one of the last—and largest—natural habitats left in Europe, Untamed Romania sets out to educate the public about the local wildlife they may have overlooked. It also shows you the stunning landscapes that these creatures inhabit.

From the desolate Carpathian Mountains, to old world forests, to the lazy, curling sprawl of the Danube River; this nature documentary looks like it came straight out a fairytale.

Watch Untamed Romania on Netflix

7. Moving Art

Are you looking for a nature documentary with no stress, no narration, or anything even remotely related to politics? Then check out Moving Art.

Featuring shot after shot of beautiful imagery set to classical music, each episode of Moving Art focuses on a specific sort of subject matter, and is considered its own mini “film.”

From lakes to mountains, to deserts and entire countries (along with their unique ecosystems), Moving Art mixes real-time footage with time-lapses to weave together a story of peace and tranquility. It’s currently one of the best nature documentaries around.

Watch Moving Art on Netflix

8. Chasing Coral

Do you want a documentary that will leave you with an understanding of ecological collapse, but also with the overwhelming determination to do something about it? Check out Chasing Coral, a nature documentary by a former advertiser-turned-climate change activist.

With a tech-savvy crew of camera geeks and coral enthusiasts, the film sets out to record coral “bleaching” and educate the public about rising ocean temperatures. Part Google Street View, part advertisement—all wrapped up into one slick package—this documentary is for anyone who loves coral reefs.

Watch Chasing Coral on Netflix

9. Magical Andes

Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix Magical Andes

Magical Andes is probably the most human-centric documentary on this list, but it still revolves around nature.

A Spanish-language TV series, Magical Andes follows the Andes mountain range from the tip of South America all the way up to the Caribbean. It explores the different environments that have arisen around these geological features, along with the people that have settled there.

Featuring beautiful close-up shots and stunning panoramas, along with intimate, personable interviews from the locals, Magical Andes is perfect for anyone who wants to do some virtual travel.

Watch Magical Andes on Netflix

10. Our Planet

When it comes to the best nature documentaries on Netflix, none can beat Our Planet. It’s a show that aims to celebrate earth’s natural beauty, while also talking about what we can do to protect it in the future.

Using gorgeous footage and soothing narration by David Attenborough, each episode of Our Planet focuses on an important ecosystem and the intricacies of that environment. If you’re looking for a film that has a “classic nature documentary” feel to it with a modern twist, then Our Planet is for you.

Watch Our Planet on Netflix

Other Great Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Now that we’ve dived deep into the oceans and ventured far into the forests, you know about the best nature documentaries on Netflix. So all that’s left to do is watch them.

Are you looking for other documentaries that will take you to faraway places? Then check out the best travel documentaries to watch on Netflix.

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The 10 Best British Crime Dramas to Watch on Netflix

Crime is universal. However, crime drama, specifically its attitude and tone, differs depending on where you live.

Don’t believe me? Compare the American Elementary to the British Sherlock. Both are based on the same source material and both are excellent, but they’re very different from each other. British detective series have a unique tone and style.

With that in mind, here are the best British crime dramas to watch on Netflix.

1. Sherlock

One of the BBC’s most popular dramas stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, the iconic figures created by Arthur Conan Doyle. The show is as addictive as the original books, but takes a different approach to the characters and their world.

This is the Great Detective in contemporary London, with cases riffing off of famous stories. Sherlock immediately gained a huge following when it debuted in 2010 because the amount of love is evident throughout.

It’s most notable for its stunning direction. Initially spearheaded by Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage), its ideas are heady, immersive, and incredibly distinctive.

2. Broadchurch

Broadchurch shows what happens after 11-year-old Daniel Latimer is found dead on the beach of the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch. This horrific murder tears the close-knit community apart. Who would kill a young boy? And why?

This televisual sensation is a genuinely affecting piece, driven forward by a stunning cast that includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman, and Jodie Whittaker. Season 1, Episode 5 is arguably the most moving instalment, beautifully played by David Bradley (the Harry Potter films).

You might have seen the American adaptation, Gracepoint. However, Broadchurch is vastly superior.

3. Ripper Street

Jack the Ripper had a profound effect on London, and especially on its police force. This gritty, thought-provoking drama takes place shortly after the serial killer’s last murder, where we find Whitechapel’s H Division fighting to maintain peace.

The show changed considerably across its five seasons, but kept the same contemplative tone. Never shying away from the shocking truths of 1800s culture, the series frequently uncovered the dark truths lurking beneath the propaganda.

It may be foreboding and bloody, but it’s also a surprising tearjerker. Watch the episode titled “Am I Not Monstrous?” to see a prime example of this.

4. Peaky Blinders

Not all crime dramas are about catching a killer. Some put you on the side of the demons and show you how their brutal worldview affects those around them.

Peaky Blinders is a tour de force which quickly earned a legion of loyal viewers, including high-profile fans like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and the late David Bowie.

Initially set in 1919 and inspired by real events, the show follows rival street gangs as they wage war across Birmingham, England—primarily the titular clan (led by Cillian Murphy’s Thomas Shelby), whose weapon of choice is a switch blade concealed in the brim of their caps.

5. The Five

Jesse Wells goes missing while playing with his brother and three friends. A serial killer admits to Jesse’s murder, but his body is never found. 20 years later, evidence at a crime scene matches Jesse’s DNA, so is he still alive? Four friends reunite to find out the truth.

Though made by British talent including Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger) and Mark Tonderai (Doctor Who), The Five is a fusion of cultures, as it was created by American thriller writer, Harlan Coben.

6. Retribution

The true horror of Retribution is revealed by its UK title: One of Us. Suspicions undermining familial relationships is a key part of most crime dramas, but this four-part story immediately hits you with a brilliant twist…

The brutal stabbing of newlyweds brings together grieving families in the Scottish Highlands. Then a badly-injured man turns up, claiming to be their killer. What should the families do? Will they be better than him, by showing mercy and bringing him to justice? Or will they be guided by the principle of “an eye for an eye”?

7. The Frankenstein Chronicles

Sean Bean doesn’t die in this. Which is surely reason enough to watch this.

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a surprisingly bleak show, even compared to similar series you can watch on Netflix. The investigation begins with the discovery of a corpse in the River Thames. Except this isn’t a normal corpse; it’s pieced together from the bodies of eight missing children.

Someone on the streets of London is trying to create their own patched-together monster in this reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. If you’ve never experienced Frankenstein before, it’s one of the best free audiobooks you can listen to too.

8. Bodyguard

Bodyguard was the TV success story of 2018, and comes from the pen of Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty).

Richard Madden (Marvel’s Eternals) plays PS David Budd, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, assigned to protect the Home Secretary, Julia Montague MP (Keeley Hawes). Budd disagrees with her politics, but must put personal grievances aside when a terrorist plot unfolds around her.

This isn’t just a great thriller: it’ll also be of interest to anyone worried about excessive government surveillance of citizens.

9. Hinterland

Hinterland is a remarkable show; a testament to a production team’s belief in a concept.

It took over two years to raise the £4.2 million (around $5.2 million) budget, and the first season was shot around Aberystwyth, North Wales, across just 124 days—especially surprising considering scenes were filmed twice! That’s because Hinterland was recorded in both English and Welsh, though you’ll only find the former on Netflix.

DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) swaps London for rural Wales, so this program looks stunning. But the murders and disappearances are just as dark as you’d expect. Hinterland is a crime noir that’s as compelling as The Killing, but strangely underrated.

10. Vexed

Let’s end on an upbeat note. Not all crime dramas are gritty and grim. Vexed is a great example of British humor: it finds something to smile about, even in dire circumstances.

Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) is Jack Armstrong, a fairly hapless D.I. paired with professionally-driven partners, played by Lucy Punch and Miranda Raison across its two seasons. The over-the-top situations, with a mix of silly and dark comedy, won’t be for everyone, but is great for fans of The Naked Gun.

And if you’d like to explore similar shows, check out the best British comedies on Netflix.

The Best British Crime Dramas Are Essential

With so much awesome content on Netflix, it’s difficult to narrow down what to watch during a quiet evening in. But missing these shows really would be criminal.

And if you’re having trouble getting to grips with streaming, check out our ultimate guide to Netflix.

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10 Netflix Shows to Watch on a Virtual Date

If you’re going on a virtual date, watching Netflix together is a good option. However, it can be difficult to decide what to watch when Netflix offers so many licensed and original shows.

So, to help you out, we’ve put together this list of Netflix shows to watch on a virtual date. These shows are all light-hearted and easy-to-watch, making them perfect for a virtual date.

1. Middleditch and Schwartz

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are a pair of American comedians—you might know the former from Silicon Valley and the latter from Parks and Recreation. Together in this Netflix original, they hop on stage and improvise an hour of entertainment based on an audience interview.

It’s perfect to watch on a virtual date because it will have you laughing in no time. Afterwards, you could even try to do some improv together. However, be warned that it’s harder than it looks.

2. The Chef Show

The Chef Show is a spin-off from director Jon Favreau’s 2014 film, Chef. In this show, he teams up with chef Roy Choi and together they cook and chat.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the show is more interested in letting you hang out with these likeable personalities and their friends (like Robert Downey Jr. and Seth Rogen) than it is about teaching you how to cook.

You can watch The Chef Show on your virtual date and get inspired to cook something together when you can next meet in person.

3. Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle might be vapid entertainment, but it’s weirdly watchable. In this show, a group of attractive singles spend time together in a sunny resort. The twist is that have to resist one another in order to win a huge amount of money. As you might expect, they aren’t great at following the rules.

This is a fluffy, breezy watch that you can easily commentate on as you watch on your virtual date.

4. Our Planet

The world we live in is an incredible natural wonder, crammed full of amazing ecosystems from the deserts to the jungles. Our Planet is a stunning documentary series presented by David Attenborough, which aims to not only highlight the beauty of Earth, but also the impact of climate change.

Our Planet would go down well on a virtual date for nature lovers. You can both enjoy the jaw-dropping visuals, learn some interesting facts, and chat about pets, nature, and traveling.

If this goes down well, there are other places to watch free documentaries online.

5. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

The concept behind Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee should be clear from the title. The comedians vary from the likes of Zach Galifianakis to Jamie Foxx, who all hop in the car with host Jerry Seinfeld. They grab a drink and roam the streets as they chat and try to make each other laugh.

It’s a very laid back and easy watch, which makes it great to watch on a virtual date. It’s fun to watch two witty people just shoot the breeze.

6. You vs. Wild

You vs. Wild is hosted by Bear Grylls, a man who thrives off trying to survive in the wilderness. This is an interactive Netflix shows which asks you to guide Bear through harsh terrain. Do you scale the cliff or head down to the rocks? Each decision you make will have consequences for Grylls.

This is great fun to watch on a virtual date because you can both decide how you want to guide Bear. You can see your decision play out and debate whether you made the right choice.

7. Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

You might never have seen a full episode of Bob Ross’ show. However, given its cult status, it’s likely that you’ve seen clips of it or stumbled upon images shared online.

In this 1991 show, gentle and softly spoken artist Bob Ross slowly guides you through how to create some seemingly complex, but always stunning, pieces of art.

This is a relaxing show to watch on a virtual date, but you can take it one step further and try to follow along. You can then share your painting with your date and talk about how you found the process.

8. Grand Designs

Grand Designs is a British show fronted by Kevin McCloud. He follows people as they set out to build their dream home, often with unique features or in a remote part of the country.

This isn’t a show that thrives on the drama, though of course things can go wrong during construction. Instead, it’s about the spectacle of the homes people design and build.

Watching Grand Designs could spark some discussion between you and your date about what your ideal home would be.

9. The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show shouldn’t really work, but it makes for superb viewing. It follows a group of contestants in a tent who are baking against the clock to try to impress the judges.

The show is very gentle and twee, with very low stakes, but somehow it manages to hook you in. You’ll be rooting for your favorite person in no time.

When watching The Great British Baking Show on your virtual date, there are lots of moments when you could chat about baking or cooking. If you’re feeling brave, you could both try baking a cake or a loaf of bread as you watch. See who produces the best creation!

10. Glee

Glee ran for six seasons and ended back in 2015, but it still holds up well (if you like cheesy musicals). It tells the story of a group of high school students who join their glee club and explores all of the issues that young people deal with.

While it has some deeper moments, the show has lots of comedy and, of course, lots of songs.

This would be one to watch on your virtual date if you’re both into the performing arts. You could even sing along with the show and/or bust your own dance moves.

The Best Movies to Watch on Date Night

These are some of the best TV shows to watch on a virtual date. We have picked them because they’re really easy to watch. However, they’re also quality shows that are well worth your time.

And if your virtual date goes well enough that you end up getting into a relationship, keep our list of the best date night movies for couples handy for when you want to Netflix and chill.

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10 Netflix Movies to Watch With Mom on Mother’s Day

Most moms love to spend time with their families, and this is especially true on Mother’s Day. So, whether you go out for a big meal with the little ones or just enjoy a glass of wine with the grown-up kids, why not gather around the TV and relax with a movie afterwards. If you can.

Netflix boasts some great movies to watch with mom on Mother’s Day and beyond. The streaming service has movies to make you chuckle, shed a tear, and enjoy the holiday with those you love. And in this article, we list the best Netflix movies to watch with mom on Mother’s Day.

Note: Can’t see your mom in person? Use these ways to watch Netflix remotely.

Netflix Movies to Watch With Mom

You may have a grown child who is starting their own life or a baby who is just beginning theirs. Either way, these films will have you and your mom smiling and laughing together this Mother’s Day.

1. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Genre: Comedy | Rating: R

It might be Mother’s Day, but A Bad Moms Christmas is hilarious for any holiday. Join Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as they do their best to destress for Christmas when their moms show up. This sequel to the 2016 hit Bad Moms is just as enjoyable as the first film.

2. As Good As It Gets (1997)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance | Rating: PG-13

What single mom could pass up time with Jack Nicholson? As Good As It Gets lets you watch a quirky author with obsessive-compulsive disorder become smitten with a single mom played by Helen Hunt. For a cute, romantic comedy, you and mom with both laugh at this one.

3. Wild Oats (2016)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy | Rating: PG-13

It may not be Thelma and Louise, but Wild Oats will let you and mom watch a retired teacher with too much money head to the Canary Islands with a pal for an adventure of their own. That insurance payout of 50,000 accidentally turns into 5 million and the duo does their best to enjoy it.

The movie stars Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Demi Moore.

4. Julie and Julia (2009)

Genres: Biography, Drama, Romance | Rating: PG-13

If your mom loves to cook, then she might also enjoy Julie and Julia. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, a blogger becomes a little bored with her life and decides to embark on a cooking challenge. And cook she does… all of the recipes in Julia Child’s classic cookbook. If you want to watch a simple feel-good movie on mom’s day, check this one out.

5. Fun Mom Dinner (2017)

Genre: Comedy | Rating: R

For something a little less polished, but funny nonetheless, pop on Fun Mom Dinner. Follow four preschool moms for a night on the town. Things may start out innocent enough, but when these mothers get together for a break from the kids, things get a little wild for them and a lot entertaining for you.

6. Otherhood (2019)

Genre: Comedy | Rating: R

If you like watching stressed out moms hang out together for fun adventures, then the Netflix original movie Otherhood is for you. Starring Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman, Otherhood shows what happens when these moms decide to venture to New York City to surprise their sons after feeling neglected on Mother’s Day. And what an experience it becomes!

For more Netflix originals worth watching, check out our list of the best ones.

Netflix Movies to Watch With the Family

Sometimes a funny film that the entire family can enjoy is the perfect way to spend time together. From new beginnings to old classics, these family-friendly Netflix movies will definitely put grins on everyone’s faces.

7. Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Rating: PG

This remake of the 1968 comedy of the same name stars Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo in a Brady Bunch-style flick. As the two single parents prepare to become a married couple, their gaggles of children try to stop the nuptials. The whole family should enjoy watching this humorous film on Mother’s Day.

8. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Rating: PG

Another great Netflix choice for families this Mother’s Day is Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. You know the story; a magical nanny arrives just in time to help a father of three through a hard time. With laughter and fun for all, this return of Mary Poppins is a great family film.

9. Scales: Mermaids Are Real (2017)

Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Rating: PG

Another feel-good family film to watch is Scales: Mermaids Are Real. In this sci-fi fantasy starring Emmy Perry, Morgan Fairchild, and Elisabeth Rohm, a young girl discovers that she will become a mermaid on her 12th birthday. Unfortunately, this also means that she must leave her family and life as an ordinary girl behind her.

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Rating: G

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include at least one classic movie for mom or grandma to enjoy. And Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is certainly a timeless musical comedy. Watch a quirky inventor and his family travel to a kingdom absent of children in their flying car.

From 1968 and starring Dick Van Dyke, this favorite from the old days is sure to be one the matriarchal head of the family will remember fondly.

Pick a Movie and Prepare for Mother’s Day

Hopefully, one or more of these Netflix movies will make its way into your plans for Mother’s Day. Or, if you find a more appropriate film to watch, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

And, as you’re on a mission to make mom feel special on her big day, how about adding a gift? These apps and sites for Mother’s Day gifts combined with this list of gift ideas for geeky moms should provide all of the inspiration you need.

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The Most Annoying Netflix Problems: Here’s How to Solve Them

Netflix is the best TV streaming service around, but it isn’t faultless. You may even be avoiding subscribing to Netflix because of these little annoyances. However, there are fixes available.

Complaints about Netflix include content that keep stopping during playback or that suddenly disappear, bad recommendations for what to watch next, trailers autoplaying by default, and more.

So, in this article, we explain how to solve some of the most annoying Netflix problems.

1. How Do I Delete “Continue Watching” on Netflix?

Delete Netflix viewing activity

If you watch anything for a short time and don’t reach the credits, it’ll show up in your “Continue Watching” list. To get rid of that, go to the Viewing Activity page (Account > Expand profile > Viewing activity).

This page shows everything you have watched, listed from newest to oldest. Click the No symbol (“hide from viewing history”) next to any title to remove it.

For TV shows, clicking the No symbol next to an episode will remove that single episode. A prompt will appear that says Hide series?, which you can click if you want to remove every episode of that series from your Recently Watched list.

2. How Do I Get Better Netflix Suggestions?

It’s hard to take proper control over your recommendations, but there are ways you can influence it. The recommendations are determined by your ratings, the ratings of other members with similar tastes to you, and what you’ve watched.

Netflix used to have a more refined 5-star rating system, but all you can now do is indicate if you did or didn’t like something. However, you CAN do this on any Netflix title, regardless of whether you’ve watched it or not. Which is helpful.

To do this, hover over the title and click the Thumbs-Up or Thumbs-Down icon. This will let Netflix know your opinion and it will be fed into your recommendation algorithm.

Netflix ratings

To see a full list of titles you have rated, go to the Viewing Activity Rating page (Account > Expand profile > Viewing activity > Rating). Here you can adjust or remove any ratings you’ve already given to movies or TV shows.

3. How Do I Reset My Netflix Account Back to Default?

Netflix delete profile

If you want to get rid of everything you have watched so far and reset your Netflix back to its default settings, you need to delete your profile. Go to the Manage Profiles page (Profile icon > Manage Profiles), click the profile you want to reset, and click Delete Profile to confirm it.

This will get rid of your Netflix profile’s entire history, including your My List saves, your Recently Watched list, and your Ratings. You can then create a new profile and start from scratch.

4. How Do I Watch Netflix in 1080p HD or UHD?

Netflix offers different streaming quality depending on what price plan you have:

  • Basic plan: Standard definition (SD)
  • Standard plan: High definition (HD)
  • Premium plan: High definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD) when available

Netflix data usage per screen

On devices like TVs, Netflix will stream at the highest quality that your price plan supports. However, you may need to go to the Playback Settings page (Account > Expand profile > Playback settings) and set Data usage per screen to High if you don’t want the playback quality to drop.

To have the highest quality Netflix stream possible on a computer, grab the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store. If you want to stream in UHD, you can only do so if your computer is powerful enough to support it. You may also need to download HEVC Video Extensions.

5. Why Do Movies and Shows Disappear From Netflix?

Netflix regularly adds and removes various movies and TV shows. That’s because Netflix acquires rights for these titles for a limited amount of time. Once the time is up, Netflix has to decide to renew the rights or to give them up. In some cases, Netflix gives up those rights, so the movie or show is removed from its lineup.

Netflix availability

There are several ways to find out which movies and TV shows are leaving Netflix in the next 30 days. If you have added a title to your My List section, the Netflix app in the US will tell you that the title is expiring soon. For global users, you can check the Details section of any video.

An alternative way to find out what’s expiring is through a third-party site, like the What’s Expiring On Netflix blog. This details the titles that will be removed from the service in the next month.

6. How Do I Share Netflix Recommendations?

It’s easy to send someone straight to what you want them to watch on Netflix. You can copy the URL from the address bar and give it to them. Even if they aren’t in the same Netflix region as you, if that content is available to them then the link will work. Even if the content isn’t available, there are ways to watch everything on Netflix no matter where you live.

Alternatively, in the Netflix app you can tap the Share icon when looking at a title. This will then open a list of apps that you can share that link on, like WhatsApp or Twitter.

7. Why Does Netflix Keep Stopping or Pausing?

Netflix FAST speed test

The most likely reason that Netflix is stopping or pausing is because of your internet connection. The best way to check the speed of your connection is to use, which is Netflix’s own speed test. It’s also available as an app for iOS and Android.

FAST will tell you the highest speeds you can stream Netflix videos at. This may differ from the advertised speed of your internet connection. If FAST shows lower speeds than you were expecting, you’ll need to speak to your ISP; it might be throttling your access to Netflix.

If the speeds seem good, Netflix might be having problems. Check the Is Netflix Down? page to see if there are any official reports or browse social media to see if others are also having trouble.

8. How Do I Reduce Mobile Data Usage on Netflix?

If you’re using Netflix on a smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the settings so that it only works on Wi-Fi, or to force it to use less data by reducing quality. In the Netflix app, go to More > App Settings > Cellular Data Usage.

Here you can choose Wi-Fi Only to never use cellular data or Save Data to reduce the quality of the stream and the amount of data used.

This only affects your Netflix mobile app and not anywhere else you stream Netflix.

9. How Do I Skip Intro Titles While Watching Netflix?


With some shows, Netflix offers a Skip Intro button as soon as the title sequence starts playing. Which is perfect for when you’re binge-watching television on Netflix. But this isn’t a universal feature for all TV series.

For shows where it isn’t available, you can still make it easier to skip. Count the length once, then in the future use the smart fast-forward buttons on phones or keyboard shortcuts on computers.

On mobile apps, you can skip ahead by 30 seconds. On Windows or Mac, you’ll need to use keyboard shortcuts. Press Shift + Right arrow to skip forward 10 seconds. Keeping Shift held down, you can press Right arrow repeatedly until you hit the point you want. If you skip too much, press Shift + Left arrow to rewind by 10 seconds.

10. Has My Netflix Account Been Hacked?

If you suspect someone is using your Netflix without your knowledge, it might be that you’ve left your account logged in somewhere or your details have been compromised.

Go to the Recent device steaming activity page (Account > Recent device streaming activity) to see where your Netflix account has been used and on what devices.

Netflix sign out of all accounts

If there’s something that you don’t recognize, go to the Manage Devices page (Account > Sign out of all devices) and click Sign out to log out everywhere.

Then, sign into Netflix again and go to the Change Password page (Account > Change password) to set a new, secure password.

If you still see suspicious activity on your account, you should contact Netflix to resolve the issue.

11. How Do I Turn Off Autoplay for Netflix Trailers?

Netflix edit profile

One of the most annoying Netflix features are the trailers that start playing when you hover over a piece of content. In fact, this feature can cause some people’s computers to freeze. Happily, the feature can be disabled.

It must be disabled per profile, but once done it applies the change across all of your devices. Go to Manage Profiles, click the profile you want to edit, and untick Autoplay previews whilst browsing on all devices. Finally, click Save.

12. How Do I Stop the Next Episode From Autoplaying?

Netflix autoplay controls

When you finish watching an episode on Netflix, the streaming service is very keen to automatically play the next episode. It only gives you a short window to cancel, otherwise you will be ripped out of the credits and onto the next episode.

Thankfully, you can disable this per profile. To do this, go to Manage Profiles, click the profile you want to edit, untick Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices, and click Save.

Are There Any Other Netflix Problems You Need to Fix?

As fantastic as the streaming service is, you might experience annoying Netflix problems from time to time. Hopefully our list has helped solve your particular issue. If not, feel free to tell us about your problem in the comments below, and we’ll do what we can to help.

As an aside, Netflix is always trying out new features. One such example is variable playback speeds, so here’s how to change the playback speed on Netflix.

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The 12 Best Science TV Shows to Watch on Netflix

Who says you can’t learn while being entertained? From chemistry and physics to the world of wildlife, here are the best science TV shows on Netflix. These educational shows for adults are perfect to watch when you’re stuck at home.

These science TV shows are all available in the US, or by using ones of the VPNs that still work with Netflix.

1. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

It’s eerie. Netflix released Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak at the end of January 2020. Days later, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc across the world. This six-part series is a must-watch in today’s times.

Pandemic seems prescient as it follows scientists, doctors, and activists across the world who are all preparing for the next rapid contagion. They are convinced that a global virus could hit any day, and, in hindsight, we know they were right. As one of them says, “When we talk about another flu pandemic happening, it’s a matter of not if but when?”

The series starts off strong and the first two episodes are a compelling watch. It gets a bit broad and sometimes uninteresting, but then picks up again in time for the last episode.

2. Bill Nye Saves the World

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is back to entertain and educate a new generation of kids (and adults). Nye’s Netflix show spans 25 episodes across three seasons. He explains topical scientific issues, debunks pseudoscience, and does a few experiments along the way. It’s one of the coolest TV series for lab experiments.

While it’s family-friendly viewing, Nye is more snarky and combative than his earlier show. Common Sense Media even advises parents that this series is better suited for teenagers than younger children, as the host pokes fun at people he disagrees with and also handles mature topics like sex.

For teens and adults alike though, it’s an entertaining balance of scientific views and public opinion.

3. Everyday Miracles

Have you noticed how much glass is around you? Every gadget with a screen, the windows, the kitchen; even entire office buildings. Spending more time at home is making us realize how many things we take for granted in daily life.

Everyday Miracles celebrates the wondrous inventions all around us by examining what life was like without them, and the stories of their invention. Materials scientist Mark Miodownik is a bundle of energy, and his enthusiasm about the world around us is infectious. Making this a great educational show for adults and kids both.

This child-friendly BBC show takes one theme for every episode, and explores it fully. For example, there is a wonderful episode on the humble razor blade, and how glass entirely changed how mankind builds everything.

4. Brain Games

The one reason to tune in to the National Geographic channel regularly is Brain Games.

Brain Games explores how the human mind is capable of tricking itself and others. The show’s greatest accomplishment is how it involves viewers and audiences. Often, you will be asked to participate in the ongoing illusion or mind trickery. It’s one of the best TV shows teaching science.

Part of the magic is Jason Silva, a fantastic host who plays both the dupe and the expert, as the situation demands. If you like math, a few of the episodes have fun with numbers. But Brain Games is not great for binge watching. Instead, we would recommend watching one or two episodes at a time.

5. White Rabbit Project

The ever-popular MythBusters is no longer available on Netflix. But the build team behind MythBusters got their own show. Hosts Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara (whom you may have seen before) conduct crazy experiments to test some wild claims.

But first, understand that this isn’t MythBusters. Think of it as an homage at best, and you’ll enjoy White Rabbit Project (WRP). If you’re expecting a spin-off, you’ll be disappointed. WRP has its own style and sensibilities, with each host bringing their own expertise to design grand experiments.

The single 10-episode season sees the team test everything from potential superpowers to intricate heists and thefts. And yes, fans of chemistry TV shows can look forward to cool and crazy lab experiments. It takes a few episodes to warm up to the hosts, but by the end of it, WRP makes you feel like you’re part of the gang.

6. 100 Humans

100 Humans is kind of a soft sciences TV show, a bit like a psychological version of Mythbusters. The fun and wacky series conducts experiments on a group of 100 anonymous people (only identifiable by their T-shirt numbers). The idea is to answer questions like what do humans find attractive, pain vs. pleasure, and so on.

Science correspondent Alie Ward and comedians Zainab Johnson and Sammy Obeid host each episode. They banter and joke around, interview the contestants and experts, and set up each experiment. To be fair, the experiments don’t always employ strict scientific conditions, so chalk this one up more as fun science than true science.

The first season has eight episodes, with about three to five experiments per episode. Start with episodes where you find the subject interesting. Once you get into the groove, you can enjoy the others too.

7. Explained

Vox Media’s short video explanations were going viral on YouTube. So Vox and Netflix teamed up to make a science TV show to simplify complex topics. Everything is based on hard facts, logic, and science. It’s like a mixture of things you need to know and things you were too afraid to ask about.

Explained focuses on a new topic in each of its 30 episodes, which last about 18 minutes. It imparts facts and data through a combination of animations and infographics that makes it easier to digest. Each episode has a new narrator and features interviews with experts on the topic.

This short science TV show has been such a success that Netflix ordered two spin-offs. The Mind, Explained is a 5-part mini series narrated by Oscar winner Emma Stone, delving into topics like memory and dreams. Sex, Explained is another 5-part mini-series narrated by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae talking about topics like attraction and birth.

8. Our Planet

Is there a better voice to describe the natural world than the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough? Our Planet combines the legendary British natural historian with the team behind some of his previous TV shows, including Planet Earth, The Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet. That alone is reason enough to watch this marvelous eight-part Netflix original series.

Importantly, Our Planet not only looks at wildlife but also how human beings are affecting it. It shines the harsh light on climate change and the human impact on the natural world and all living creatures. The documentary is almost a call-to-arms for us to protect important habitats and do our bit.

Each episode explores a new ecological system, and how it works in different parts of the world. It presents the marvel of life with breathtaking footage captured in a variety of ways.

9. Night on Earth

In the wild, a lot of action takes place after the sun sets. Nocturnal creatures have a much better ability to see and hear in the wild than humans. But modern technology is catching up to provide a never-before-seen look at life after dark.

In Night on Earth, low-light cameras, heat-tracking, and other technologies come together to show what happens in the moonlight. It feels strange but fascinating, and you’ll slowly get used to it. From predator attacks to mating rituals, Night On Earth has all the elements of a classic wildlife show, but with a fresh new palette.

Sometimes, the way the makers have enhanced images feels artificial, but it’s not a dealbreaker. Narrator Samira Wiley and the story-telling team do a good job of entertaining and educating. But the highlight here is not what you hear as much as what you see.

10. Edge of the Universe

Edge of the Universe on Netflix is one the best science TV shows to understand space and the universe

Bill Nye and others try to make science TV shows fun and educational. Edge of the Universe is for science nerds who know their basics, and want to know more.

This three-part series features scientists who explore one aspect of the cosmos in each episode. First, they tackle the question of alien life and habitable Earth-like planets. Next, they look at asteroids and comets, and how they formed the Earth. Finally, they look at the beginning of the universe, and how enormous it is today.

If you have ever wondered about all that lies beyond Earth, this is the TV show you need to watch. It’s a whole new way to see and explore the universe.

11. A Year in Space

Science fiction has often fed us the fantasy that one day, we’ll all be living on the moon or on Mars. But in all of those, our bodies function normally. No one has really thought about what happens to the human body without the Earth’s natural gravitational force. Watch A Year in Space to find out.

Astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year on the International Space Station conducting experiments, and as an experiment himself. His twin brother, astronaut Mike Kelly, was still back on Earth. NASA tested the brothers before, during, and after that year-long period to find out the effects of zero-gravity upon humans.

The 12-part mini-series tracks those 12 months of Kelly’s life aboard the ISS, the longest by any NASA astronaut. It also features interviews with family, friends, and NASA officials and experts, and slowly unravels what Kelly’s year could mean for the future of space exploration and living in the great beyond.

12. Conspiracy

Netflix show Conspiracy dives into the most popular conspiracy theories and challenges scientific thinking

Put on your tin foil hat and have a little fun with this one. The first conspiracy of Conspiracy is whether it’s called Conspiracy or Conspiracies. Because while the title says Conspiracy, the show’s featured image and Wikipedia page both say Conspiracies.

Now, we all know that the internet is full of websites exploring conspiracy theories. But if you value your sanity you don’t want to go trawling through those. Instead, let this 13-episode show tell you about some of the most popular conspiracy theories in different subjects.

Each episode tackles one subject. Like rock’n’roll, for example, which has several conspiracy theories attached to it, such as the rumor of Paul McCartney’s premature death. It’s not all about the theories themselves though. Science is at its best when it questions each aspect of a “fact,” and that’s what this show will make you do.

13. Behind the Curve

Behind the Curve is a must-watch documentary for anyone with a scientific bent. Over 95 minutes, director Daniel J. Clark introduces you to the world of flat-Earthers in the USA and explores the idea of whether it’s actually true.

Scientific temperament requires that you allow your deep-set notions to be challenged, and conduct experiments, observe, and draw conclusions. The documentary asks for an open mind, and talks to experts on both sides of the argument. While it’s no surprise that hard science wins out in the end, the journey is fascinating.

A fantastic scene captures the flat-Earthers conducting a common logic experiment to emphatically prove their point. And there’s an emotional story in the middle of it all, which only heightens the experience. Behind the Curve, more than anything else, teaches us how to think scientifically while maintaining empathy.

From Science TV Shows to Science Fiction Movies

If you haven’t seen any of these science TV shows yet, we would recommend starting with Our Planet. It’s one of the best cinematic experiences among those listed above. But given the current environment, Pandemic may just be the best educational show for adults available on Netflix.

It’s not all about education though, is it? You can love science and still want to be entertained. So we’ve also rounded up the best science fiction movies on Netflix.

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