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Best Shows to Watch on Netflix Now

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A couple of other fresh releases from network and pay TV will become available to stream in August. We've pulled a few of the more notable options here for you. Regardless of your taste, Netflix's diverse offerings are sure to have something that fits the bill. 

September is here. It's officially time to trade our beach days for binge days in front of the TV or computer catching up on some of the latest offerings from Netflix. The provider is rolling out several new seasons of some of television's most popular shows. So if drama's your poison you're in luck, and if comedy is more your speed, worry not, you've got plenty of options.

In addition to playing catch-up with all the TV we've missed before the newest seasons start, it's always fun to revisit some old favorites. Netflix will begin streaming some movies we know and love, and we've got a couple of recommendations to get you started. 

(For great Netflix shows that are already out, see The Best Online-Original TV Shows.)

Across The Universe

Across The Universe - Trailer

This musical film from visionary director Julie Taymor (known, sadly, as the woman behind the disaster-prone Spider-Man Broadway show) tells the story of Jude, a young man who leaves Liverpool to find his American GI father. It's as much about a time (the '60s and '70s) as it is about a man. Visually stunning and impossible to ignore due to the 34 Beatles tracks sung throughout, it's a fascinating, flawed, but deeply watchable project. 

Bones, Season 9 (Sept. 16)


When it comes to procedural television, no other show does it like Bones. Each episode of Season 9 follows the same formula as the seasons that have gone before it: Bones are found and Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), along with her team and FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), get to work solving the case with a mixture of forensics and old-school investigatory work. In Season 9, however, the character’s personal lives take center stage when Booth and Brennan get married.

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Coyote Ugly

Coyote Ugly - Trailer

Ah, the guilty-pleasure watch to end all other guilty-pleasure watches! Piper Perabo stars as Violet, a songwriter hoping to make it big in New York City. Violet winds up working as a table-dancing waitress at a rough club — based on the real-life Coyote Ugly Saloon in the East Village — where she makes friends for life as well as a love connection.

Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder - Trailer

If you've got a Tom Cruise marathon planned, don't forget to add this 1990 race-car drama to your list. Cruise plays an up-and-coming driver who falls hard for a redheaded neurosurgeon (Nicole Kidman) when an accident on the track brings him to the hospital where she works. Robert Duvall and Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride) also star. 

New Girl, Season 3 (Sept. 16)

New Girl Season 3 Teaser "They're Back" (HD)

Season 3 finds this killer Fox sitcom hitting its comedic stride. This ensemble-driven millennial equivalent of Friends kicks into high gear in its third season. Jess and Nick (Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson) navigate the perils of dating each other while also being roommates. The inimitable Schmidt (Max Greenfield) juggles two girlfriends rather than choose either woman, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) begins a bizarre (but hilarious) relationship with a cat. Also, fresh off the cancellation of his (ridiculously underrated) latest sitcom, Happy Endings, Damon Wayans Jr. returns to the apartment and the show in the role he played in the pilot — Coach.

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Parenthood, Season 5 (Available now)

Parenthood - Saying Goodbye to a Cherished Friend (Episode Highlight)

Life with the Braverman family continues to be touching, tough and highly relatable in the fifth season of this drama from NBC. Christina (Monica Potter) forges a political career now that she's cancer-free. Joel and Julia (Sam Jaeger and Erika Christensen) struggle through marital woes, and a new little Braverman joins the happy (if angsty) clan.

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Parks and Recreation, Season 5 (Sept. 26)

Parks and Recreation Season 5 Trailer

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person watching Parks and Recreation on NBC cannot be unhappy. Three cheers for the misadventures of Indiana’s pluckiest politico Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). The future of the series was unknown as its fifth season began, leaving its writers scrambling to tell as much story as possible in case the show was canceled. Thankfully, it wasn’t, and we still reap the benefits of a season that includes a wedding, a lawsuit, a trip to Washington D.C., Jerry's "retirement" and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) becoming a father.

Scandal, Season 3 (Sept. 16)

Scandal "More Cattle, Less Bull"

This highly addictive drama by Shonda Rhimes airs on ABC, and Season 3 is coming to Netflix. Kerry Washington returns as political "fixer" Olivia Pope. Season 3 begins with Olivia dealing with her own scandal as her identity as the president's mistress is leaked to the press. We learn more about Mellie, the first lady (Bellamy Young), and the events of the past that have deeply changed her, and more information is revealed about the mysterious "Operation Remington" plot.

Trailer Park Boys, Season 8 (Sept. 5)

Netflix - Trailer Park Boys - Season 8 Trailer [HD]

This mockumentary cult classic out of Canada already has seven seasons under its belt (all available now on Netflix) and their next two will be available for streaming only on Netflix. The show follows three friends who live in the Sunnyvale trailer park in Nova Scotia. The setup for the documentary aspect is delightful. When one of the boys learns from a psychic that he’s going to die soon, he begins to chronicle his everyday life in the hopes that it will serve as a warning to others.

The Walking Dead, Season 4 (Sept. 29)

Comic-Con Trailer: The Walking Dead Season 4

Season 4 of the popular zombie drama from AMC continues following the story of one-time Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). At the end of Season 3, Grimes gave up leading the group of survivors to live a (somewhat) quiet life. But with walkers being a part of his reality, this was bound to be more complicated than he had hoped. With the prison refuge in ruins and the group scattered, the plotline splinters, with each episode tracking a different faction as they make their way to what they hope will be safety.

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    williamanderson , July 5, 2014 4:08 AM
    How I Can DOWnLoad NetFLix? From WHich SIte IT Is Been DOWNlOaded?
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    Murissokah , August 4, 2014 9:23 AM
    How I Can DOWnLoad NetFLix? From WHich SIte IT Is Been DOWNlOaded?

    Hope you are kidding. Netflix is a service, you cannot download it. You can access it through its webpage, which is exactly the name of the service. You have to pay for it, although I believe they still offer a free month for new users.
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    cats_Paw , September 4, 2014 12:29 AM
    Toms hardware and their new covert ads policy :D .
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