12 Netflix Originals You Can’t Miss In 2016

If you’ve seen any of Netflix’s original programming already, you’ll probably agree that we do indeed live in the second Golden Age of Television, and these upcoming renewals and premieres are not exempt!

NOTE: This is just a selection from our list of Netflix original programming.

Feb 19 – Love
March 11 – Flaked
March 4 – House of Cards (season 4)
March 18 – Daredevil (season 2)
April 1 – The Ranch
April 1 – Lost & Found Music Studios
April 15 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season 2)
May 5 – Marseille
May 6 – Grace and Frankie (season 2)
June 17 – Orange Is The New Black (season 4)
July 15 – Stranger Things
Aug 12 – The Get Down

TBA – Bloodline (season 2)
TBA – Jessica Jones (season 2)

List of all Netflix Original Programming

If you love Netflix, then you should definitely check out their original programming. Between their highly acclaimed dramas, stand-up comedy specials, animated comedies and kid’s shows, there’s something for everybody on the most popular online streaming site.

Below is a complete list of all Netflix original programming.

NOTE: This document may change from time to time as Netflix cancels plans and adds new programming.

Comedy/Drama
Fuller House
Love
Flaked
The Ranch
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Marseille
Grace and Frankie
Orange Is The New Black
Stranger Things
The Get Down
House of Cards
Marvel’s Daredevil
Lost & Found Music Studios
Hemlock Grove
Marco Polo
Bloodline
Sense8
Narcos
Master of None
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
W/ Bob & David

Animated
BoJack Horseman
F is for Family

Kids/Family
Turbo FAST
Richie Rich
VeggieTales in the House
All Hail King Julien
Project Mc2
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
Dinotrux
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show
Popples
Care Bears & Cousins
Dawn of the Croods

Continuations

The Problem Solverz
Arrested Development
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Killing
Trailer Park Boys
DreamWorks Dragons
Longmire

Specials

Trailer Park Boys: Live in F**kin’ Dublin
Trailer Park Boys: Swearnet Live
Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole
Bojack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
Ever After High: Spring Unsprung
Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland
A Very Murray Christmas
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In Austin
Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes

Docu-series
Chef’s Table
Making a Murderer
Russell Peters vs. the World

Documentary

Art of Conflict
The Zen of Bennett
The Short Game
The Square
Mitt[18]
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Mission Blue
Print the Legend[19]
E-Team
Virunga
My Own Man
The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Hot Girls Wanted
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Tig
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Stand-up Comedy

Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same
Craig Ferguson: I’m Here to Help
Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Russell Peters: Notorious
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
Jim Jefferies: Bare
Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me
Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats
Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot
Ralphie May: Unruly
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden
Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible
Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
Chris Tucker: Chris Tucker Live
Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time)
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy
Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
Brent Morin: I’m Brent Morin
Mike Epps: After Dark
Tom Segura: Mostly Stories

Films

Beasts of No Nation
The Ridiculous 6

‘Satisfaction’ Goes From Polyamorous To Psychedelic

The best show on USA just got better, with mind-expanding experiences ranging beyond visits with your local Buddhist to discuss interpersonal relationships and into the vastness of psychedelic experiences.

This may be the only show on television that actually deals with what is happening with modern day “fuck-it” America. People these days are trapped within the capitalist system, pushed beyond their own expectations and into a realm of opportunism. This show actually visualizes the world how it is… with the help of really good looking characters who don’t have financial problems.

Polyamorism isn’t new and it isn’t a paradigm shift in itself, but it’s a lifestyle finally affecting a big enough portion of the population that the entertainment industry can actually make a buck off of it. That isn’t to say that this show exists purely to capitalize on the trend, just the opposite. The trend enabled a television network like USA to feel no shame running with it to appease a portion of their audience. I happen to fall into that demographic and I’ve been pleasantly engaged in a TV show that doesn’t rehash the same old laundry list of cliches that other shows follow. Instead, we have a story line involving a spectrum of morality spanning genders, generations, and genie-like wish fulfillment. That may be the dividing line between the show and reality, that what you see in ‘Satisfaction’ is very much a fantasy — but how far from real life can it be?

Pot has already been legalized in enough areas that we can really say the U.S. is a cannabis-embracing country without it being based on conjecture. Homosexual marriage is now the law of the land and that means more people are open about, unafraid of, or willing to experiment in sensual liaisons with the same sex. Life in 2015 just isn’t what it was in 1955. Sixty years ago, deviants put lots of grease in their hair and smoked cigarettes in the boys room. Today, deviants are the norm. Nerds are the norm. It’s cool to be a porn star and it’s hip to sell drugs.

Old-school TV is a dying cyber-breed and that may be why USA decided to release this season of ‘Satisfaction’ online. The world that television drama needs to beckon is the world it should draw all of its creative ideas from and for this reason alone ‘Satisfaction’ hits a home-run. Issues that used to be taboo are now more-than tolerated, they’re embraced by the mythology of show creator Sean Jablonski who calls it “a post-modern love story”. Issues of modern-day dating, modern-day parenting and modern-day sexual indulgences are more than commonplace, they’re becoming a standard of living that extends beyond metrosexuality and liberalism and into uncharted TV territory like families without a nucleus, businesses that embrace the black market and, most of all, sex that doesn’t require a written consent form to engage in.

11 Lazy Rainy Day Amazon TV Binges

If you haven’t already dived into the world of Amazon Video, you are seriously missing out. For anyone who refuses to pay the exorbitant costs of cable, most television shows are now streaming online. It puts Netflix and Hulu to the test with its up-to-date television and movie selection, even heralding new original programming worth a gander.

Unlike Netflix, Amazon has a habit of getting the rights to rent out brand new TV shows from other networks shortly after they are aired. This is great for anyone who doesn’t want to pay for cable and wants to get an Amazon Prime account instead. It comes with a 30-day free trial

1. Fear The Walking Dead

This sharp and moving action drama doesn’t take its time to explore the dire effects of a zombie apocalypse, introducing new characters into the realm of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Before the new season comes back around you should check this out!

2. Hand of God

Ron Perlman is a born again judge who’s wrapped up in multiple murders and unraveling the mystery behind his comatose son. What’s not to like? But, seriously, it’s entertaining and short enough to give it a go.

3. Mr. Robot

One of the best new shows on television just got easy to download. This show lives and breathes Guy Fawkes rebellions and brings hacker geekery to primetime…..the right way. Meaning there are no beeps and blips every time someone uses a computer, the computer screen shows actual computerese instead of gobbledygook, and

4. Outlander

Based on a novel, it’s an incredibly well-produced romance novel slash time travelling mystery based on the magical powers of a stonehengey type thing. There’s also a good amount of sexy nakedness. This is a little more for the female audience but carries the guys easily with the sci-fi, blarney beards, 12-foot beer mugs and boobs.

5. Game of Thrones

Whether you’ve been putting it off or just want to catch up before season 6 comes out, Game of Thrones is a sure thing when it comes to action, adventure and magic fantasy lands with dragons and stuff. It’s also a good way to be built up only to be devastated when your favorite character meets a fate you far worse than expected. For some reason this seems to be the successful driving force behind the show, and you won’t stop watching once you start!

6. Orphan Black

Nobody is really ready for this show. It depicts what things might be like if there were a secret experimental cloning organization running around the world doing crazy shit. There are new characters in almost every episode and the old characters never overplay. A must-watch for sci-fi enthusiasts.

7. The Americans

This cold-war era period drama takes spy movie to the next level. The two main characters are masters of disguise, wiretapping, picking locks, social engineering and various other awesome back-stabbing skills they teach you in the KGB. It successfully covers ground that no other movies or TV shows have been willing to cover in recent years, that of the overplayed 80s soviet espionage story….a story we typically only saw the American side of for two decades of action films.

8. American Horror Story

With the new season just around the corner, why not brush up on the hit horror anthology from the beginning?

9. Better Call Saul

If only this show were aired multiple times a year.. Better Call Saul picks up where Breaking Bad left off with the backstory of notoriously crooked attorney Saul Goodman.

10. Justified

A modern day cowboy cop show that ultimately went nowhere but is totally fun to watch.

11. Heroes

When it comes to comic book TV shows, Heroes kept it real through the mid-2000s. The infamous WGA Writers’ Strike in 2007 hurt the development and in turn the ratings of this deeply character-driven superhero petri dish of a story. The production is top-notch, from visual to sound and direction overall, and the narration gives a storybook quality that forces the show to stand out from the others that came before.

I Binge-Watched That ’70s Show And Discovered That I Hate Josh Meyers

Some new characters cast to save a show from certain death do the opposite of said desired result, and Josh Meyers on That 70s Show is a perfect example.

I sometimes look for an old sitcom to put on in the background while I work and recently found myself in a That 70s Show binge. It was fun at first because the laughter sounded like it was a real studio audience. Then the second season hit and it started feeling like a fake audience mixed in with the real one, but at least the show still had decent writing, clever jokes and running gags galore, and the casting and acting worked. It wasn’t until I finally hit the 8th season that I realized why the show was cut short.

That might sound weird because the show wasn’t officially cancelled but concluded in 2006 at the end of the 8th season, but it was pretty obvious why. Sure, season 7 had a big drop in ratings which could have possibly meant that the Wednesday night audience just wasn’t interested anymore, and it could have really meant that the show had already run its course since both Topher Grace (Eric) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) had already decided to pursue film careers exclusively. But you know what REALLY killed the show for me? The new characters, specifically Josh Meyers.

Josh Meyers is the brother of Late Night star Seth Meyers, whom I don’t particularly like either. The two of them have a shit-eating grin forever plastered to their face that brings my hatred of humanity to new heights every time I see them. It wasn’t just that Seth would laugh at his own jokes on SNL which pushed me over the edge, it was that his jokes just weren’t that funny yet his facial expression told a whole other story. He’s marketable, and that’s about it. There’s no artistry, only junior high level humor and the crux of his theatrical presence levitates right on the line of mediocrity. He’s a personality and it’ll probably work for Late Night for years to come, but I hope I never see him in an actual acting role.

Josh, on the other hand, has had a few and I’m still trying to figure out why. In season 8 of That 70s Show he’s the worst addition to a cast I’ve ever seen. While all the other main characters have strong, distrinctive personalities, Meyers’ is virtually non-existent. He looks perfect and only serves as a tool to push the story along. The other more perfect-looking people, Kelso and Jackie, ran archetypes that offset the more normal, geeky characters I grew to love by season 2. These new characters, though? The producers should be ashamed of themselves; Josh Meyers should have been strapped to a chair and beaten for a while before being allowed on set. It would have given him character. He was a terrible replacement for Eric Foreman, but more importantly he was a poor excuse for an actor.

I realized I hated Seth Meyers around the time that he had his brother Josh on Late Night to talk about their family. Guess what? I don’t care about your family. I want to hear about the entertainment industry, that’s why I tune into talk shows like that. It turns out, Seth worked a similar thing into his Weekend Update on SNL a few years ago as well. I looked it up to see if it was funny. It wasn’t. Again, I don’t care about your family, the jokes are only funny to you and your friends, not to me as a viewer. It’s a bigger waste of time than watching a sitcom in the first place. I mean, I’ve already chosen to waste my time and laugh at dumb jokes, but now you’re going to make jokes that only you think are funny and the audience is laughing nervously to? Argh, someone kill their careers please.

So, That 70s Show finally fell apart for me. Only 9 years late, I guess. To be honest, I don’t think I missed anything. Aside from the cultural relevance of helping to push pot smoking into the mainstream throughout the early 2000s, the show’s only real relevance is being the start of four actors’ careers.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Strikes Terror Inside Political Protests

As if zombies weren’t scary enough on their own, Fear The Walking Dead brings about an apocalyptic scenario a little too close to home, screenwriting even the likes of Mr. Robot season 1 haven’t yet covered.

From anarchistic rioting to California blackouts, this past week’s episode took the breakdown of society to a grisly new level by incorporating flesh eating zombies randomly into the mix, and just when you thought the chaos would finally end, we saw a blackout occur over the entire city of Los Angeles as our main cast fled the outskirts of the riots into the safeways of the suburbs.

The postmodern realism interwoven into this prequel leaves little to the imagination and much to be feared if there were to occur a zombie outbreak in the here and now amongst the plethora of disgruntled political groups on the brink of becoming angry mobs. From liberal outrage at racial inequalities to libertarian refusals to disarm, and then to anarchist anti-authoritarian desires to dismember society outright, we’ve seen an ever-increasing phenomenon of protests and riots occurring around the globe. To say the title of this show is on the mark is an understatement.

fear the walking deadPerhaps the scariest part of the riot scene in this weekend’s episode was the cop-on-cop zombie eating clip and one of our protagonists, a teenage boy, grabbing his dad’s attention to it. At this point, the demonstration turns from civilians against cops to an every-man-for-himself all-out riot; so much is happening at once that it’s difficult to even tell the difference between a protester and a zombie, a cop from the flesh-eating undead and a radical from a peacekeeping policeman. A dividing line is always there in a protest, but a zombie riot carries unforeseen consequences and violence that becomes unpredictable and outright senseless. You don’t want to be caught in this sort of unstable environment, and Fear The Walking Dead perfectly captures this sensibility.

Social media has yet to become the feeding frenzy it once was over The Walking Dead, but I give this show another month and a few more episodes of this unnerving beginning to the zombie apocalypse before people realize that it’s a much closer-to-home story than its predecessor.

Patrick Stewart Stars in Starz Comedy ‘Blunt Talk’

Jonathan Ames, the novelist who created the short-lived but critically acclaimed HBO comedy Bored to Death, is trying his might on a new network with the help of Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane in the producer chair. Blunt Talk stars Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men fame as Walter Blunt, a British newscaster whose recent migration to Los Angeles in the hops of climbing the American nightly cable news ladder leads to misguided decisions on and off the air, resulting in calamities and chaos that he must navigate through in order to save his career.

If it sounds cliche, think again.

The same story has been running for a little while under the moniker Episodes, but has failed to live up to the edgy potential that both the millennial and gen-X audience are looking for. Episodes stars a husband and wife team of writers from England who get a shot at writing an adaptation of a show for a U.S. television network only to find themselves drowning in the woes of TV executive back-office antics and the allure of the Hollywood lifestyle. By contrast, Blunt Talk is more about the self-destruction of a talking head hell-bent on becoming America’s biggest news anchor. By teaming MacFarlane and Stewart you have some wackiness that might just spell “entertainment” with a capital E. And let’s not forget the creativity of a writer like Ames. While Episodes proves its on-air right with its dry wit and quirky, saucy story-line, Blunt Talk goes beyond the pale, which can be seen in just the trailer alone.

To watch the trailer, click the video below.

 

Marc Maron Relapses With Painkillers on ‘Maron’ Season Finale

In a sort of unforeseen twist of events, Marc Maron breaks his edge and destroys his chance at a successful TV career on Thursday’s season finale of IFC’s Maron. The episode ends abruptly with the notion that he may have just beheaded his integrity in one fell swoop by taking advantage of the fact that he was prescribed oxycontin for his back pain during the production of a fictional TV talk show he was to host. Are we going to see him come back to IFC next summer? We’ll have to wait and see!

 

Will Smith Reboots Fresh Prince of Bel Air

News arrived today that the classic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be getting a reboot with Will Smith producing. Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment is leading the project with Smith’s long-time collaborator James Lassiter, along with Caleeb Pinkett and Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith all on board for the debut (or re-debut? what do you call that?).

Obviously it’ll be a more modern-day version of the show but retain much of the original spirit from the 90s prime-time comedy. While NBC was the original broadcaster of the series, Overbrook is rumored to be in the finalization process of its series pitch at the moment which means it’ll be making rounds in hollywood over the next few weeks.

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, currently on a TCA press tour, said he’d love to talk to Smith about rebooting the show. This is perhaps the best news for the actor/rapper/producer as, after all, it was NBC that helped kickstart his Hollywood career in the first place. Perhaps Smith hopes to use this reboot to give a boost to his wife’s career as well?

One epic moment after the other

Actor Emilia Clarke has hyped up the anticipation for the Game of Thrones season six, saying it will be “epic” and will have many “shocking” moments. “It’s really exciting. Next season, I’ve said this before, but there are a lot of seasons where you need to [rightly so] kind of need to set the scene. And… Continue reading