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Original Films

  • 6 Underground
    • The world is a mess, with global politics falling apart and terrorists essentially running countries. So a team of six people, lead by an eccentric billionaire, decide to take matters into their own hands.
  • Anon
    • In a future where everyone had implants that record everything they see and hear, what happens when people find ways to spoof the feeds, to disappear entirely? We take a look at the film to see just how well it depicts this future.
  • Apostle
    • A man goes to an island to find his kidnapped sister. Waiting for him there, though, is a strange cult, a nature goddess, and a mystery that might just claim his very soul.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
    • Hey, remember Crouching Tiger? That awesome wuxia epic of love, loss, and killer sword fights? Did you ever wonder why they never made a sequel? Well they did, and it sucked. Let's see why.
  • Enola Holmes
    • Younger sister of the famous SHerlock, Enola has to go on her own mission to solve a mystery when her mother goes missing.
  • Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
    • In this lackluster anime reboot, humanity has fled from Earth only to come back thousands of years later to try and defeat Godzilla and reclaim their home. Meanwhile, we all struggle to care.
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
    • A cop is on thee hunt for a serial killer, one that he thought he'd killed years earlier, but decade after decade she keeps showing up, almost as if my magic or some kind of freaky science.
  • The Night Comes for Us
    • A brutal, over-the-top martial arts film, The Night Comes for Us promises no-stop-action and bloody-good fights. But does it deliver?
  • The Old Guard
    • Over the centuries, an elite group of immortal warriors has banded together to fight the battles that need fighting. But when a wealthy tech-magnate sets his sights on the band, it's hunt or be hunted for the fate of humanity.
  • The Titan
    • Earth is dying. To save humanity, a new kind of human is needed. Enter genetic engineering. Let's explore this movie and see if the astronauts it invents are really up to the task.
  • Velvet Buzzsaw
    • Art people are so weird, right? So what if you juxatapose a horror movie against the hoity-toity art world? I guess that's a setup that someone wanted to explore.
  • The Wandering Earth
    • The biggest blockbuster China has ever produced, this film proposes a future where the only way to save teh Earth is to blast it out into space, like a giant spaceship. It's... not really a great idea.

Marvel Television on Netflix

  • Daredevil
    • He's a blind lawyer with superpowers (enhanced senses and an amazing skill at fighting) taking on the darkest parts of the city... and himself. Let's all wallow in the darkness with Daredevil
  • Iron Fist
    • Part of the Netflix corner of the MCU, Iron Fist debuted in 2017 and quickly became known as the worst series in the stable. What went wrong with the first season, and was that assessment really fair?
  • Jessica Jones
    • The second series from the MCU to come out on Netflix (after Daredevil, this show exchanged mystical powers and blindfighting for hard drinking detective noir. And, for the first season or so, it really worked.
  • Luke Cage
    • Part of the MCU, Luke Cage has been working to clean up Harlem and fight thee threats, both homegrown and supernatural, that just keep coming to his part of NYC.
  • The Punisher
    • Spun-off from the second season of Netflix's Daredevil, this series follows Frank Castle as he wages a one-man war against the criminal element in New York.

Comedy Series

  • American Vandal
    • A (fictional) true-crime series about outcast kids and crimes at their school. When a serial vandal strike, the show is there to ask the hard-hitting question: "Who did the dicks?"
  • Arrested Development
    • This is the story of a television show too smart and funny for the time it came out in, and the creators and producers that wouldn't let it die even after it being off the air for years and years.
  • Disenchanted
    • After The Simpsons and Futurama, fans of Matt Groening were dying to find out what genre he'd tackle next. And the answer was: Fantasy. We explore the series to see what works and what might need improvement.
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
    • After the cancellation of The Soup, Joel McHale took his clip-show format to Netflix to take another stab at a regular series. Sadly, it only lasted one season. Let's explore the show to see what happened and why it didn't catch on.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters
    • Two teenage twins, Blair and Sterling, get mixed up with a bounter hunter, Bowser, and end up finding a real knack for catching criminals on the run in this lighthearted action-comedy.

Drama Series

  • GLOW
    • Back in the 1980s there was women's wrestling league called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW for short. This semi-fictional series explores that league, and we review it to see if really packs a punch.
  • House of Cards
    • In 2013 Netflix launched a slate of original content, with his Kevin Spacey-starring political thriller in the pole position. A smash at launch, the show continued on through various evil plots and political machinations, but was hobbled in the end by the firing of Kevin Spacey (for being Kevin Spacey and doing all kinds of terrible things in his life). It continued on, so we take a look at the whole run to see how the show sends itself off.
  • The Last Kingdom
    • He is Uhtred, Son of Uhtred, and his adventures have moved permanently to Netflix after first debuting on BBC America. We take a dive into this historical epic about an English lord, raised by Danes, and watch to see if he ever reclaims his honor and his destiny.
  • Mindhunter
    • Set in the 1970s (and after), this series follows a team at the FBI has they begin the construction of a new unit that would interview mass murderers (soon to be dubbed "serial killers" to figure out what drives them... and maybe use that knowledge to catch other killers.
  • Orange is the New Black
    • One of Netflix's first experiments with original content, OITNB focused on the lives and troubles of a group of women in a female prison. Although the series is still going strong, we only checked in on the first season and then never went back.
  • Secret City
    • Set in Australia, this series explores the political turmoil just under the surface of the government. But is the show tense and thrilling, or simply trying to do too much?

Fantasy Series

  • Castlevania
    • It's a war between monsters and heroes as Dracula seeks to take over the lands while the only people standing in his way are an outcast noble, a magical storyteller, and Dracula's own son.
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Cursed
    • A young woman is thrust into the middle of a war between her people, the fae, and the humans when a mad religious sect starts killing all of her kind. But with the help of knights, a magical sword, and her own pluck, maybe she can reshape the Arthurian world.
  • The Haunting of Hill House
    • Years ago, a family moved into a spooky old house. Eight weeks later, most of the fled those very same walls. What happened at Hill House to drive a family away in terror? Let's find out.
  • Lucifer
    • Cancelled by Fox but picked up by Netflix, everyone's favorite devil is back for more delightful adventures. Who doesn't like a sexy little devil with a sense of humor and pipes of gold?
  • Warrior Nun
    • In the battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, one group stands between our world and total annihilation: the Catholic Church and their band of warrior nuns.
  • The Witcher
    • In a land of high fantasy, three heroes -- a girl, a witch, and a witcher -- have to come together to defeat a powerful, evil army and save the world.

Sci-Fi Series

  • Altered Carbon
    • In the future people can live forever by switching skins, their souls and personalities installed on discs that move from body to body. But not everyone likes this immortality (that mostly benefits the rich, of course) and the very foundations of the future could quickly crumble.
  • Another Life
    • An alien artifact lands on Earth sending future-humanity into a real tizzy. Suddenly, the United Space Force throws a crew together to head to the alien homeworld, but their journey, and events on Earth, conspire to make the mission far more complicated than first expected.
  • Black Mirror
    • A British import, this surrealistic anthology series moved to Netflix for its third season, carrying on showing us a world very like our own, but twisted enough to reveal the flaws within.
  • The Innocents
    • With so many superhero shows on television, it takes a lot for a new series to stand out, especially when it's based on an original concept. Does the YA series The Innocents do enough to stand out? Let's see.
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
    • Taking place parallel to Jurassic World, this show follows the first six campers ever to enjoy the delights of the camp attached to the park... right up until all hell breaks loose in the camp proper.
  • Maniac
    • Set in a trippy not-quite future but not quite retro version of our world, we follow two damaged people, Owen and Annie, as they seek help (or maybe just a quick fix) from a weird new drug study.
  • Stranger Things
    • When the U.S. Government starters running weird tests in the middle of Indiana, only a group of kids can stop these evil actions. Set in the early 1980s, Strangers Things is powered by horror, '80s nostalgia, and the magic of being a kid. But can is translate that into a winner series?
  • Umbrella Academy
    • When a whole group of children are all spontaneously born on the same day (to women who, before that day, weren't pregnant at all), one might say it's a little weird. Or you could be a rich industrialist and purchase seven of the kids to raise as your own. Why? So they can be superheroes and save the world, of course.

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