I absolutely love Netflix, and I’ve had an account that features unlimited DVDs per month since 2005, and added instant streaming as soon as it became available. Having a Netflix account has helped me to rein in my budget by allowing me to get rid of cable and it’s three digit bill.
Netflix also allows me to indulge in a secret passion that I expect many readers enjoy as much as I do — binge viewing. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, binge viewing is where you watch several episodes, one right after the other, of your favorite TV shows or movie series. Can you think of a better way to spend a snowy day than inside, curled up on the couch with your family or special loved one, watching your favorite show?
Over the years, I’ve found the following four hidden gems that I can watch via streaming or DVD at Netflix.
Favorite Foreign Film
The Intouchables (2011) is a french foreign film, with subtitles, but you don’t really need them to understand what is happening in the movie, which is based on a true story. The plot centers around a wealthy paraplegic who takes a chance and hires a recent immigrant from Africa, who also has a criminal record, as his caregiver. Together, the two go on an adventure that challenges everything that each of them thought they knew about people, and the world. Watching their story unfold, you will be inspired and will also be challenged in respect to what you think you know about the world, and the people in it. You can view this heartfelt film via streaming, Blu-ray and DVD formats.
Favorite TV Shows
Lilyhammer (Two Seasons: 2012-2013) Is an original TV Series produced by Netflix, just like their House of Cards and Hemlock Grove series. The plot centers around an American gangster, played by musician, Stevie Van Zandt, from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. After turning evidence on fellow mobsters, the gangster asks to be given a new identity and relocated to Lilyhammer, Norway. The show follows his exploits of trying to fit in and adjust in a foreign culture, and the characters he meets along the way. In the first episode, he finds that the town’s chief of police is his new neighbor. Do you think he will really use this opportunity to turn over a new leaf? Watch it to find out! I normally don’t like movies and shows about mobsters, and there is some violent scenes and language that really aren’t my taste, but the show is funny, and I can’t help but laugh. It’s definitely not for younger viewers.
There are other great TV shows available on Netflix, including The Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, The Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, Doc Martin, Leverage, Sons of Anarchy, Inspector Morse, Sherlock, and many more! Shows that are still being produced tend to be 1 season behind what is currently on air.
One of the things that I missed most when I gave up cable, was the channel that played classic movies. Thankfully, Netflix has tons of classic movies available for viewing by streaming or DVD and Blu-ray, including these favorites: The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and my favorite Christmas movie, the original Bishop’s Wife with David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young.
North & South is a British period mini-series based on the popular novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. It stars Daniela Denby-Ashe as a parson’s daughter who moves with her father to a mill town during the Victorian era. Richard Armitage stars as the owner of the mill, and the town’s major employer. The two are attracted to one another at the beginning, but just like Romeo and Juliet, everything and everyone conspires against them and works to keep them apart. It is only at the very end of the mini-series, after a series of trials and tribulations that would have destroyed the love, affection and attraction most would have that the two finally are able to overcome all odds and share a kiss – and I warn you, I think this is perhaps the most passionate kiss I’ve ever seen on film.
While I technically listed more than four programs, I did try to keep my list of favorite hidden gems on Netflix down to four categories. Of course, Netflix has many more hidden gems and great programs than just the ones that I have listed here. If you’ve found other favorites on Netflix, why not share them with me and our readers in the comments section?
If you don’t already have Netflix, you may want to check out this article on Netflix Plans, and learn about the various ways you can get great entertainment on Netflix, or read this article to learn more about Top Sites to Watch Movies Online Free.