STORY BY ELLEN KOESTER
Everyone has their favorite show to binge watch on Netflix, be it “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “Supernatural” or any number of popular shows available on the streaming service.
However, with new content added monthly, subscribers may miss out on some hidden gems. Many high quality shows go unnoticed among the thousands of titles.
“Malcolm in the Middle” aired from 2000-2006, and while it was popular in its prime, its viewership is declining.
Starring a pre-“Breaking Bad” Bryan Cranston before his ‘breakout’ in the dramatic side of TV, this is the perfect comedy, especially for those missing their families back home.
It is a silly comedy focusing on a dysfunctional family told through the eyes of the boy-genius son. The show pushes the boundaries on ‘dysfunctional families’ and viewers will laugh during every episode because of either the shock value or because they find an aspect of family life they can connect with.
While Netflix originals are becoming more popular, Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” deserves a larger audience. This show has a lower viewership since it only started streaming in March 2015. It stars Ellie Kemper as optimistic cult survivor Kimmy Schmidt. Although the premise may sound dark (cults are usually not played for laughs), it is a light and feel-good show.
At one point in the pilot, Kimmy admits to “weird sex stuff” going on in the bunker but it is played off as a joke rather than for drama. Some of the humor falls flat, but there is always a constant stream of jokes coming at the viewers and everyone will find something that tickles their funny bone.
Another show that deserves some attention is the British drama “Peaky Blinders.” This is not a comedy like the others listed; this is a dark, dark drama starring Irish and Romani gangster, Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy and his exquisite cheekbones). Set in the roaring 1920’s, the show follows the criminal expansion of the Peaky Blinder Irish gang.
What sets this show apart is the intelligence of it. Everything happens for a reason and everything ties together in the end.
Besides smart writing, the characters are incredibly intelligent. There are many points in the show where it may seem that Tommy Shelby has met his match but he thinks his way out of every situation. Other captivating characters include the amazing Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory), the creepy Inspector Campbell (Sam Neill of “Jurassic Park” fame) and, last but not least, the terrifying Tom Hardy, who becomes a series regular in season two as Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons.
If one doesn’t already have too much on their watch list, give one of these shows a try. Be aware of addiction. Netflix marathons may seem gratifying at first but can harm the study habits of viewers.