Thanks to the power of Netflix, people’s favorite shows are never truly dead. The popular streaming service allows users to browse its vast library for some hidden treasures into which audiences can breathe new life. For those who are in desperate need of something new to binge, below are our top suggestions available on Netflix.
“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” (2 Seasons)
Sure it’s a children’s show, but it’s Marvel’s flagship children’s show. The studio that is ruling the box office with its phenomenal super-hero flicks is also responsible for this fun action-adventure cartoon. The series focuses on a young Peter Parker (Drake Bell) joining S.H.I.E.L.D. to lead a team of lesser-known heroes including Iron-Fist, Like Cage, Nova and White Tiger. Joining Spidey in this Marvel cartoon canon are “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” (also available on Netflix) and an upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” cartoon. It’s a sure fire guilty pleasure for any Marvel fan who is willing to go back to their childhood days.
“Mixology” (1 Season)
This short-lived 2014 ABC sitcom is your typical story about a group of young Manhattan singles drinking and getting into strange social situations. What sets “Mixology” apart from the rest is its gimmick. The entire series takes place over the course of one night at one bar. Each episode focuses on a different grouping of the five women and five men that make up the cast and how they relate to each other that ultimately leads to the finale.
“Undeclared” (1 Season)
After striking gold with “Freaks and Geeks,” is it possible that Judd Apatow nailed it again with his next TV venture? Short answer: "No." Long answer: "Almost." While no one would dare consider “Undeclared” better than its predecessor, it’s still miles above most other shows on TV. It focuses on a rag-tag group of college students, and their inability to figure out college life. The series stars some favorites like Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel and is laugh out loud funny all the way though its 17 episodes.
“Helix” (1 Season)
Sure it’s a campy Syfy network thriller, but why should that stop anyone form enjoying it? The show focuses on a group of scientists sent to investigate a potential disease outbreak in the arctic. The show has a little bit of everything including survival, human drama, science fiction and, of course, some zombies. Unlike some of the other series on this list, this show is still limping on. It’s currently between its first and second season, so now is your chance to get on the bandwagon early.
“The Guild” (6 Seasons)
Written by America’s favorite nerdy sweetheart, Felicia Day (“Supernatural, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), “The Guild” originated as a Web series centered on the sitcom-style antics of a group of loveable misfit gamers. For those who are unfamiliar with the gaming world, a “guild” often refers to a group of players who band together their online avatars together to become an unstoppable force in-game. In life, however, Day highlights the romantic and social debacles that plague these people every day. Netflix has it listed as 6 seasons long, however, each season is only one episode long and features a collection of the short Web videos in chronological order. It’s a short undertaking with a big payoff.
“Doomsday Preppers” (3 Seasons)
For those who don’t find sitcoms or dramas to be their particular cup of tea, Netflix has them covered with “Doomsday Preppers.” The reality show features groups of survivalists known as “preppers” who are constantly preparing themselves and their families for various disaster situations. From polar shifts in California and global economic collapses to volcanic eruptions and urban pandemics, Viewers will find themselves scoring along with these extreme survivalists and their over-the-top ways.
“The 100” (1 Season)
Set 97 years after a nuclear holocaust, has destroyed all civilization on Earth. Pronounced “The Hundred,” this science fiction series opens with 12 space stations that hold what’s left of humanity banning together to form one large station called “The Ark.” With scarce resources, all crimes are punishable by death if the person is over 18. Once The Ark’s life supports begin to fail, 100 juvenile prisoners are sent to the planet’s surface to determine if it is habitable since they’re already sentenced to death anyway. This fresh CW series is ongoing but the first season is now available to watch.
“The Birthday Boys” (1 Season)
When he’s not helping Walter White and the rest of Arizona’s criminal element with their legal troubles, “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk is working on his IFC comedy show “The Birthday Boys.” This hilarious sketch show featuring the former “Mr. Show” star and a cadre of fellow sketch performers. It’s worth the time for any comedy fan.
Honorable Mentions: "Comedy Bang Bang," "Red vs. Blue," "Avengers Assemble," "Videogame High School," and "Nikita"