Netflix Hidden Gems

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Netflix Hidden Gems

Stephanie Magana

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Pretty much everyone knows about and has Netflix. Some may think they know it too well, but that may not completely be true. Netflix has a very large selection, so large that it’s almost impossible to find something that doesn’t catch your interest. Sometimes we just happen to brush past things that potentially could have been interesting. Before all of February’s new shows and movies get released, here’s a few great Netflix originals that never got the recognition they deserved.

Bojack Horseman

Sometimes it can be hard not to judge a book by it’s cover. Bojack Horseman is proof of that. Most people don’t even bother clicking on it mainly because it’s a cartoon with a weird art style. Lately it’s been picking up a bit more traction, which is well deserved. This show takes place in an alternate version of Hollywood where humans and human-life animals coexist. The show’s main character is named Bojack Horseman. Bojack is a sad, former actor living in Hollywood. There are also many fun and memorable side characters that you learn to love even more than the main character after a while. One warning for this show is that it get’s really depressing at some parts. It’s a bit lighthearted at the beginning, but after the end of the second season it’s a complete downward spiral. This is one of the rare shows that get’s better with age. The quality goes up every season instead of going down; like most shows do. If you’re planning on watching this show, I wouldn’t recommend watching it with younger kids because the subject matter can get pretty inappropriate and dark.

Master of None

Master of None is a show that was released in November of 2015 on Netflix. The show was co-created and starred in by Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation fame. He plays a man named Dev Shah who is an aspiring actor, most well known for a go-gurt commercial. The show follows him on his journey through adulthood, including his romantic life, his career, and more. It takes place mainly in New York City and Italy.  The show only got two seasons with ten episodes each in the last four years. This show is a lot more lighthearted and innocent than Bojack Horseman, so you can definitely watch it when you’re just in the mood for something casual and fun.

Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is a horror movie based on a short story by Stephen King. The movie was released in 2017 to Netflix. Stephen King adaptations have had a bad reputation for a long time, but with Gerald’s Game, It (2017), and the new highly anticipated Pet Sematary movie coming out later this year, the curse may just be broken.  The story is about a couple, Jessie and Gerald,  who are going on a trip to a secluded cabin to spend some time alone and fix their relationship. After a series of events, Jessie becomes trapped in the cabin with barely any way to escape. The movie gets more and more disturbing and sad as it progresses. This is one of King’s darkest stories that’s been made into a film adaptation. Some would say the way it’s executed is a bit ridiculous, but I thought it created a tense movie to watch.

John Mulaney

John Mulaney is a stand up comedian who has several of his comedy specials on Netflix. These include ‘John Mulaney: New in Town,’ ‘John Mulaney: Comeback Kid,’ and ‘John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous.’ A lot of people don’t give stand up comedians a chance because it requires a bit more patience than a regular movie or television show. Recently though, stand up comedians have been getting more recognition, which is a good thing since there’s no doubt that it requires a lot of hard work and creativity to do. Mulaney’s specials talk about a variety of things like childhood, life as an adult, and more.

These have been a few shows, movies, and more that you may have missed on Netflix over the years. All of them are available on Netflix, and only Netflix, for you to watch.  For that reason, it’s good to give everything a chance when you can, even if it doesn’t seem like something you’d usually like. You may even find out something new about yourself in the process too.

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