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Jessie’s Picks: Top 10 Must-Watch Netflix TV Shows

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:00 am by JESSIE

So it’s back to college for me after a nice long winter recess, and what better way to start off the new semester than to, in our drunken stupors (hey, it’s syllabus week), have an in-depth debate with my fellow colleagues on the best TV shows currently available on Netflix? Of course, everything comes down to subjectivity, but if anyone out there is looking for some top-notch suggestions, here they are! In my humble opinion.

10. Wilfred

Wilfred is an adapted version of an Australian series and is a hilarious sitcom about a depressed man who can somehow talk to his neighbor’s dog. What I love about the writers of this show is that they incorporate elements of humanness and dogginess to Wilfred’s (the dog) persona, which makes him very comical. And c’mon, who doesn’t want to see former-Frodo befriending a human-dog?

9. How I Met Your Mother

To be honest, it took me a couple tries to get into this show, but boy did I become obsessed with it when I did. At first, it took a while for me to actually like and empathize with the characters, which I think is critical in creating any successful TV show. People tend to love Barney the most, and I agree that he’s a key character in the show’s success, but I’m more of a Lily and Marshall fan.

8. Archer

Archer is the epitome of a perfect cartoon comedy for adults. Sterling Archer’s a sexy badass spy with a dgaf attitude, Lana is a hottie, Cyril is a nerdy sex addict, and Malory Archer plays the manipulative mother. The dialogue between the dynamic characters of this show are witty and funny. A must watch!

7. Everybody Loves Raymond

Alright I’ll admit, this is primarily up here for nostalgic reasons. Nevertheless, Everybody Loves Raymond objectively still deserves a spot in this list.

6. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

What makes this show awesome is that the writers/creators are able to take a group of the most obnoxious and immoral individuals, and create a hilarious sitcom about their endeavors. The plot of each episode is unpredictable, and they never fail to be unpredictably funny.

5. TEDtalk Series

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a TV show series per se, but I think it’s still worth a place on this list. If you’re ever in an intellectual mood, or even just bored as hell, give these talks a try. The speakers take complicated topics and are able to translate them into understandable and entertaining material. Granted, you’re not going to become a genius by watching these, as some of the topics are extremely complex issues, but hopefully a few of them will spark your interests and lead you to do some independent research and thinking on your own.

4. Friday Night Lights

As of late, I have been HOOKED on this show, which means I haven’t finished the series yet. The downside of that fact is I’m not able to tell you if this is one of those shows that get ridiculously dramatic as the show progresses and starts to become more of a joke as the writers desperately search for absurd plot twists to keep viewers interested. I’m on Season 2 currently though, and so far so good. This show isn’t just about football; many of the episodes touch on topics of morality, racism, sexism, and such.

3. Louie

I am so glad that this show has been gaining more notice lately, as it is so well deserved! This show is a mix of stand-up comedy snippets by comedian Louis C.K. combined with sketches starring himself as Louie. It’s definitely got essences of Vaudeville-like entertainment as the show doesn’t follow a story line at all, but that’s what makes the show so interesting. Louis C.K. also just has this insane talent to take the most mundane and ordinary topics and make them downright hilarious. Like, literal LOL hilarious.

2. Scrubs

Every once in a while, I just get this intense yearning for new Scrubs episodes (with the original cast members, of course) that I know in my heart cannot be fulfilled. Those are sad days, but I turn them around by re-watching a couple of my favorite episodes! Scrubs has got it all–it’s goofy, funny, witty, and sentimental. The characters are so easy to get attached to, and they each play such an important role in completing the ensemble. This is primarily a comedy, but every once in a while, the episodes can be really thought-provoking and feeling-provoking (like I said, it has it’s sentimental elements). I’ve found myself reflecting on life after watching Scrubs sometimes, and that’s why I love this show.

1. Arrested Development

A. MUST-WATCH. RIGHT. HERE. SERIOUSLY. Arrested Development is arguably one of the smartest, wittiest comedies ever birthed in television history. What I love is that each and every episode has high re-watchability (yup, I think I just made up a word?) value because they contain so many hidden gems and jokes. If you haven’t checked this show out yet, or haven’t caught up, please do and don’t forget to partake in its resurgence on Netflix in May 2013!

Welp, that’s my list of Top 10 must-watch Netflix TV shows. Hope you check some out, and enjoy!

You can follow Jessie on Twitter @jessay92.

    • Archer Fan

      Archer is so damn funny. I can't wait for Netflix to add season 3 already!!!

    • Mr. The Plague

      Arrested Development is hilarious. I loved last week's podcast when you guys were quoting it. "No touching!"

    • Best Show Ever

      I didn't know it was him. Although he was exceptionally quiet in there. You can always tell a Milford man.

    • GOB

      George Michael… Lets deal some drugs.

    • Steve Holt

      Steve Holt!

    • Friday Night Lights is one of my all time favorite shows.

    • thejerd

      Wilfred is definitely on my list of shows to eventually watch…

    • What about Downton Abbey??? HAHAHA

    • Eddie Lacy
    • Han Dinh

      Great article Jessie!! Though I highly disagree with 24 not being on this list

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