If you’re like me, you’ve reached a point where you feel as if you’ve mastered Netflix. There is nothing worthwhile to watch that you haven’t already seen … or so you thought. I have listed my top hidden Netflix gems that never made it mainstream. Whether you’re a Netflix veteran waiting for the next season of your favorite show or a newbie just discovering that happiness can be bought for a mere $8 a month; these four are must-sees.
4. “The Inbetweeners.” This is a British TV comedy. Similar to the more popular shows “Workaholics,” “Skins,” and “Portlandia,” this show features four teenage boys and their struggles to get drunk, get girls, and … well, that’s about it. The lead character, Will Mckenzie (Simon Bird), acts as the naive, mama’s boy and his three friends take him under their wing to teach him the few things they know about being cool. The series appeals to a younger crowd through its modern humor and terms.
3. “Trainspotting.” This 1996 film is dark and bothersome. It does, however, make for great entertainment. The movie offers an up-close look at the lives of young heroine addicts. Although the film will leave you feeling the need to shower and hug your mother, it does have dark humor through some relatable situations. If you are willing to let loose your emotions for an hour and a half, this is a must see.
2. “Freaks and Geeks.” Seth Rogan, Jason Segal, James Franco. If these three names aren’t enough to make you already want to watch it, does the fact that they’re teenagers? No, I don’t mean they’re just playing teenagers. This TV series came out in 1990 before the three stars were… well, stars. The show revolves around the different stereotypes in high school and puts a hilarious spin on the experiences we all went through. It is a coming-of-age series centered around Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and her decision to venture out and join the cool kids or to remain the smart quiet girl she’s always been. This show is a must-see for all age groups.
1. “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” This 1993 movie features young Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio from an angle we haven’t seen them before. Produced before its time, the drama highlights individuality and the differences that make each person unique. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Arnie, a mentally challenged teenager while Johnny Depp serves as the protective older brother. The brother’s morbidly obese mother and lack of a father figure create a concerning environment for the children to grow up in. Similar to “Forrest Gump,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Juno,” and the “Pursuit of Happiness,” the story leaves you rooting for the underdog and appreciating human peculiarities.