Netflix regularly rotates movies and TV shows in and out of its streaming lineup, and we track the comings and goings of bigger titles. But there are other titles with less name recognition that rarely leave Netflix's library yet are well worth watching. We've scoured Netflix to bring you some of the streaming service's hidden gems — awesome, if somewhat unknown, movies and TV shows you should definitely check out.
The good word about The Dragon Prince, the latest show from writer Aaron Ehasz (Avatar: The Last Airbender) has already spread around the Tom's Guide offices. While his previous show bore some resemblance to Lord of The Rings, this new project certainly feels related to Game of Thrones (and the show runners don't shy away from jokes to that regard). The show's unique animation style — one half 2D anime, the other half 3D cartoon — flourishes and gives The Dragon Prince a feel that's all its own.
100% Rotten Tomatoes
8.5/10 on IMDb
Stars:Jack De Sena, Paula Burrows, Sasha Rojen
You can easily figure out when someone grew up by learning which toys they love, and it's that deep connection that fuels this documentary miniseries from Netflix. Episodes in the first season focus on the histories of action figures from properties such as G.I. Joe and He-Man, as well as the Barbie and Star Wars phenomenas. Future episodes will cover Transformers, Hello Kitty, Star Trek and LEGO.
When you mix one part Anime with one part Gossip Girl, you get Neo Yokio, a bizarre new Netflix Original that takes place in a futuristic version of New York City. Its protagonist Kaz (voiced by Jaden Smith) is a style-obsessed demon-hunter who's still in mourning over the fact that his ex left him to live in San Francisco. With the assistance of his robot butler (voiced by Jude Law), the prodding of his aunt Agatha (voiced by Susan Sarandon) and the comraderie of his friends Gottlieb (voiced by Desus Nice) and Lexy (voiced by The Kid Mero), he just might make it to the top of Neo Yokio's most eligible bachelors list.
5.9/10 on IMDb
Starring: Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon
The history of video games adapted to other formats is very hit-or-miss, but don't be afraid of Netflix's animated adaptation of the Castlevania franchise. Instead, sit back and enjoy this bizarre -- and at times violent -- thrill ride that explains how Vlad Dracula Tepes became the mythical monster we all know, and re-introduces vampire-hunter Trevor Belmont. Just be warned, at 92 minutes (spread across 4 episodes), this will be over before you can say "I want to suck your blood!"
90% Rotten Tomatoes
8.1/10 on IMDb
Starring: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
While this 95-minute-documentary starts with Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, it's about more than that. The film is intent on analyzing how private money is used to silence voices in the media, exemplified with how Peter Thiel funded the leathery-grapler's legal funds.
88 % Rotten Tomatoes
6.5/10 on IMDb
Stars: Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald J. Trump
The feeling of your dignity slowly eroding as you're forced into work you once thought below you is the creeping feeling at the crux of The Toast of London. The series stars The IT Crowd's Matthew Berry as Steven Toast, a middle-aged stage actor who takes himself far too seriously considering his past and present. Three seasons can be binged on Netflix, and Berry says a fourth is to come soon.
Credit: Channel 4
A cynical look at family life in the 1970s, this hilarious Netflix-original cartoon explores the daily events of the Murphy family. It's filled with all the sexism and hands-off parenting you'd expect of the time period, and it will have you in stitches. The kids run wild, dad's always got a beer handy and mom's got a cute little hobby — er, job. Don't miss out on Sam Rockwell, a series regular, playing a hysterical neighborhood lothario. So far, there's only one, six-episode season, but Netflix has a second in the works.
82% Rotten Tomatoes
8/10 on IMDb
Starring: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long