These Movies & Shows On Netflix Are Worth Watching

Some movies and TV shows you have repeatedly watched on Netflix — and that's understandable since you really can't ever get enough of Friends episodes. But other movies and TV shows you have ignored on Netflix. Yet again, this is understandable since Netflix's catalog is impressive and at times, overwhelming. Still, just because it's understandable does not mean it's acceptable; there are movies and shows that you are guilty of scrolling past on Netflix repeatedly. Luckily, this list is here to help you remedy your streaming laziness problem.

Maybe you have been planning to watch that show for years. Or maybe you didn't even know that movie existed. Yeah, yeah — I've heard all those excuses before because I've said them too. However, I also know for a fact that sometimes your eyes just glaze over the plethora of titles available on Netflix and you enter default mode as you select Gilmore Girls again for the 100th time. So whether you've been procrastinating watching a classic film or just were unaware of a TV series that's totally worth watching, it's time to broaden those glorious streaming horizons and step out of your comfort zone.

Netflix's scheduling is always changing, but here are 17 movies and shows that are available on Netflix right now that you should make the time to watch — for real.

1. BoJack Horseman

If for nothing else, watch this Netflix original animated series about a washed-up horse actor — yup, that's the premise, don't judge — to pick out all of the awesome actors lending their voices.

2. Moana with Sound

With Disney's new animated film Moana hitting theaters on Nov. 23, watch this restored 1926 "docufiction" film, which had the name first. It highlights Samoan culture and will impress you visually — especially considering it's an astounding 90 years old.

3. Piku

Have you noticed how many Bollywood films are on Netflix, but don't know where to start? Check out Piku — this 2015 comedy-drama that deals with constipation — but I promise there's much more to it than that!

4. Trailer Park Boys

Netflix has an unholy amount of Trailer Park Boys available, from the original series, to the Netflix reboot, to comedy specials, to movies. I was reluctant to watch — and trust me, it can be offensive — but this Canadian mockumentary has officially won me over. You'll be drinking liquor and cursing like Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles before you know it.

5. On Golden Pond

If you're into Oscar stats, then you already know that both Katharine Hepburn and Peter Fonda won the Best Actress and Best Actor statues for their roles, so you know they're worth watching.

6. Real Husbands of Hollywood

If you have a love-hate relationship with reality TV, then Kevin Hart's BET series making playful fun of shows like The Real Housewives has got you covered.

7. A Trip to the Moon

It's only 15 minutes long, so you can make time for this silent French film from 1902 (in color and with music on Netflix). Plus, next time you see the iconic image of the man in the moon from the movie on someone's wall, you'll actually know what it's referencing.

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color

On the other end of the French film spectrum is this three-hour-long 2013 film about a relationship between two young women. You've probably heard about it even if you haven't watched it since it was critically acclaimed, but also because of its notably graphic and notably lengthy lesbian sex scene.

9. Planet Earth

You have seen clips of Planet Earth since it premiered in 2006, but it deserves you sitting down and watching all 11 breathtaking episodes.

10. Fruitvale Station

This film was also adored by critics in 2013 and it's based on the true story of the shooting of Oscar Grant. You can watch Michael B. Jordan lead this powerful — and socially important — film.

11. The Endless Summer

Another movie with an iconic poster that you have surely seen around. If you have never watched this surfing documentary, bask in the summer sun and waves this winter.

12. The Spoils of Babylon & The Spoils Before Dying

Didn't catch these two ridiculously quirky spoof miniseries when they originally aired on IFC? Let Will Ferrell's Eric Jonrosh lead you into his dramatic world.

13. Trainspotting

With Trainspotting 2 going to be released before you know it, make sure you've seen the original '90s film beforehand.

14. Cheers

Did you know all 11 seasons of Cheers are on Netflix?! Well, now you do, so you're required to watch this sitcom gem.

15. Carousel

This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will make you want to sing and dance. And cry, like most definitely cry, during the classic and moving song, "You'll Never Walk Alone."

16. Documentary Now!

IFC loves its weird, and you can enjoy Bill Hader and Fred Armisen bizarrely pay homage to notable documentaries in this series even without having seen the original docs they are parodying.

17. Club de Cuervos

Netflix's first Spanish-language TV series about the humorous and dramatic power struggles over a Mexican football club was critically praised, so don't let the subtitles scare you away.

So no more excuses! Next time you see these titles, give them a chance.

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