No longer do we have to wait weeks between new episodes, or buy a series one painstaking season at a time. Netflix makes it possible to find a great TV show and stream the entire run, from start to finish — possibly even in one sitting, depending on how many snacks and beverages you have handy. If you're ready for a new favorite show, here are some of the best shows you can find on Netflix.
Marvel's The Defenders is the superhero team-up series based around everybody's favorite Netflix-based heroes ... and Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist (even his fellow Defenders don't take him seriously). As is often the case with crossover specials, a major crux of the story is how our favorite disagreeable heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) struggle to get along and not beat each other into the city's pavement. While you should watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage before Defenders, you don't need to watch Iron Fist first, as this series serves as a better introduction to that character than his own show did.
Women's wrestling -- heck, all pro wrestling -- has historically been laughed at, and called a side-show. Netflix original Glow looks to flip the script on how this predetermined spectacle is viewed, by showing how a group of misfit actors and wanna-be celebrities (portrayed by Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Britney Young and others) went from nobodies to the stars of the hit 1980's program GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Podcaster and comedian Marc Maron also stars, as aspiring film director Sam Sylvia, who can't stand any of his performers.
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Possibly the most grim and grizzly of Marvel's Netflix shows, The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, the first actor to ever nail the role of Frank Castle, which he did in the second season of Daredevil. This series follows the story of that season, but its opening episode provides enough exposition that you won't need to watch Daredevil if you haven't already (though you should). While some familiar faces from the Marvel's Netflix programs return in Punisher, it's more of a stand-alone chapter. The early word from critics is that the show succeeds in its storytelling ambitions, though its early episodes aren't the smoothest introduction.
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While we won't spoil the recently-released second season of Stranger Things, we can say that Netflix's popular nostalgic fantasy series has already been renewed for a third season. So break out the stove-top popcorn and sit down for the addictive tales of Dustin, Mike, Lucas and Will, the four youths who keep finding themselves in the center of supernatural predicaments. Marvel at the wondrous abilities of Eleven, laugh at the dry wit of police chief Jim Hopper and find the joy in Winona Ryder's over-the-top performance.
Even superheroes can fall for the wrong man. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) works as a private eye, but her full-time profession might as well be "alcoholic" after an abusive relationship with a manipulative supervillain known as the Purple Man (David Tennant). When a mysterious murder occurs in Hell's Kitchen, Jessica might be the only one who can get to the bottom of it.
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Daredevil represents the dark side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Avengers take down supervillains and win glory, it's folks like Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who fight for the little guy. Lawyer by day and masked crime-fighter Daredevil by night, Murdock takes on corrupt landlords, dirty cops, murderous vigilantes and, of course, a few mystical ninjas for good measure.
Everyone has had a story about an unexpected opportunity for love in his or her life, but not everyone has the presence of mind to sing about it. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Nora Bunch: a New York City lawyer who packs up and leaves for California, only to find her first love living nearby. Naturally, the whole cast makes the situation into a musical revue.
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