You've been waiting for this moment all day. You just got home from work, you don't have any chores to do, and you can finally enjoy a night in with Netflix. Until, suddenly, you're faced with every viewer's hardest question: what movie or TV show should you watch on Netflix? While the seemingly endless selection may have its benefits, it also comes with one major dilemma. You must figure out what you want to watch — and sometimes you must agree with someone else on what to watch together. Most people have faced this problem at some point, but there's really no need to fear. For your pleasure, I've compiled a definitive list of movies and TV shows for the undecided viewer who needs a little outside help.
The website has everything from canceled television shows to movies from your past, and so a number of Netflix go-tos are always staring you in the face whether you realized it or not. You just need to take a step back from the overwhelming amount of new content and focus on the classics. If you're looking for a comedy, drama, or just a lovable group of characters, Netflix has had your back this whole time.
1. The Office (2005-2013)
Dunder Mifflin is open for business. The show might not be providing us with new episodes, but comedy lovers can grab a cubicle and relive all of the magic anytime they want. With the help of Netflix, the insanity is always welcome and the laughs never end.
2. Forrest Gump (1994)
You won't want to miss another viewing of this Tom Hanks classic so long as it's there for your lazy day pleasure. Forrest Gump is heartwarming, funny, and a daily dose of inspiration. In fact, it may even get you to get off the couch once it's over.
3. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
It's a lifestyle. It's a religion. Before the premiere of Netflix's revival series, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, relive your small town memories by traveling to Stars Hollow. There's never a dull moment when Lorelai and Rory are around.
4. Arrested Development (2003-Present)
Sometimes all you want from your Netflix account is some mindless entertainment, and this is precisely why Arrested Development should be your go-to comedy series. This show will make your daily life feel that much more bearable — especially if you're sitting down with your own delightfully crazy family.
5. Friends (1994-2004)
Who needs friends when you have Friends? Grab yourself a cup of coffee and head to Central Perk with the New York City crew you wish you could call your own. This show just never gets old.
6. A Cinderella Story (2004)
Cinderella's story is a classic one for a reason, but in the story's 2004 interpretation — starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray — a modern twist spruces up the childhood tale in a way that will make you want to watch it over and over again. I don't know about you, but I think it's safe to say that we've all had a Cinderella-moment at one point or another.
7. House M.D. (2004-2012)
With Netflix's 24/7 access to all eight seasons of House M.D., the doctor is always in. You can watch Dr. House take on even the strangest of medical cases anytime you want. So why not make an appointment at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital when you can't decide on what to watch?
8. Mean Girls (2004)
Get on Netflix, loser. You're going to stream Mean Girls. Tina Fey's interpretation of life in high school will bring you back to your youth and make you question your place on the social food chain. Thankfully, with jokes there to alleviate your pain, the trip down memory lane won't be as painful as you might think.
9. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
You can relive the magic of your teenage years with this classic romantic comedy. 10 Things I Hate About You doesn't only include the monologue you've been dying to read to your ex, but it also stars a young Heath Ledger and a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt — Need I say more?
10. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-Present)
Do you ever feel like uncovering a mystery without needing to know an entire character's backstory? If that's the case, then these are your stories. With the help of Detective Olivia Benson, you can take one crime case at a time, one episode at a time.
11. Grease (1978)
There's nothing that watching a musical can't fix. Grab your leather jacket and get ready to rule the school with the love story you can't help but sing-along to. In fact, Grease Live!, FOX's recent rendition of the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John classic, is available on Netflix as well.
12. Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
However, if you're in the mood for a classier kind of throwback, that's where Audrey Hepburn comes in. Breakfast At Tiffany's will have you embracing your inner feminist with the story of a woman who's not afraid to take charge of her life — even when it all seems to be falling apart.
13. Jaws (1975)
Instead of going out for a swim, enjoy the horrors of the ocean in the comfort of your own living room. This 1975 film is sure to turn one boring night in into an edge of your seat adventure.
You can sit back, relax, and get ready to push play. There's always something to watch on Netflix.
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