There's no doubt about it that Netflix has some great shows online. How to Get Away With Murder, Gotham, and the new season of Doctor Who were all recently added and there are the Netflix originals like Daredevil which are also top notch. But it can be difficult browsing through Netflix to find new things to watch when so much on Netflix is just so bad (I'm looking at you, Return of the Killer Tomatoes). The rating and the summaries can both be pretty misleading so sometimes you just don't want to risk it when you are looking for something new to watch. So here are five TV shows on Netflix worth checking out if you haven't already.
Shut Up and Let's Go
When the teenaged band Eye Candy are transferred out of their failing, lower-class school to a rich prep school, they quickly make enemies with the classic rock band, Strawberry Fields, who are looking to put them in their place. Eye Candy's leader, Byung-hee finds his muse, Soo-ah, at the school. However, his right-hand man, Ji-hyuk, thinks she's just stuck-up and shallow.
Soo-ah is doing everything she can to keep the fact that her father is bankrupt a secret. Unfortunately she finds out she's living right next door to Eye Candy in the wrong part of town, and some of her father's enemies are looking for her.
This Korean drama is pure escapism and it's a lot of fun. The plot tends to be on the dramatic side, but the writing is good. I love the characters a lot, especially Ji-hyuk and Soo-ah. There are subtitles to read, so this isn't recommended for slow readers but it's a great show to check out for those looking for some teenage romance.
Columbo is a disheveled and friendly homicide detective that gives off the appearance of a dimwit until he's solved the case. Each episode is movie-length and begins by showing the murder. The rest of the episode shows how Columbo figured out who the criminal is.
This show is a classic. It's one of the best detective shows that came out of the 19th century, in my opinion. Even though there are some tells that it's a little formulaic-- everyone has a maid, and you should never trust anyone wearing gloves inside-- it's always entertaining to see how Columbo pieces it all together and then traps the criminal. This was a really popular show with several movies following it as well, so it's hardly obscure, at least with older folks. But those around my age would probably overlook it when searching for something new, and they definitely shouldn't. It's a smart and well-written show that's funny and no matter how many episodes you watch, you still think "Burn!" (or whatever your equivalent is to that) whenever Columbo finally shows his hand to the criminal.
This show definitely got the short end of the stick when it was taken off the air after only two seasons (ending in 2009). It's about a police officer who is back on the force after being wrongly imprisoned for over a decade for a murder that is still unsolved. Now he's a detective with a multimillion dollar settlement, trying to solve the murder that put him in jail in the first place (off the books, of course) and working with a new partner with a dark past to solve current crimes.
Charlie Crews is a fantastic protagonist. It's always interesting to try and guess what he's thinking and even though he's very funny, he has a dark side to him as well. How could you not after spending that long in jail? He's more focused on finding justice in the innocent than going by the book and he has lost faith in the legal system. His partner, Dani Reese, is just as fascinating because she is a recovering drug addict. They both have great chemistry with each other and it makes the show even more entertaining on top of the already intriguing plot. It's definitely a good show to check out, especially if you're a fan of mysteries and cop shows.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Those looking for a quick escape from reality will like Alfred Hitchcock Presents. These half hour episodes are all self-contained stories full of mystery, murder, and deceit. Some episodes are better than others, but all of them are worth watching at least once. The stories and production style are both great and the episodes can get addictive fast. Each story pulls you in quickly and keeps you engaged until the half hour is up. It's like having a book of short stories (like Tales of Mystery and Terror, for instance) in TV show form and it's fun to watch anytime. With Halloween coming up, some of these episodes can be especially fitting, like "Into Thin Air" where a young woman woke up one day to find her mother missing and the hotel she was staying at claiming to have no recollection that they were ever there.
For another show full of pure escapism and teenage angst, Dance Academy is a hidden gem as well. Small-town girl Tara Webster pursues her dreams of becoming a professional dancer by enrolling into the National Academy of Dance, full of competitive and elite dancers.
The plot is hardly original and Tara is definitely not a complex character (but her best friend Kat is), but the show is still a lot of fun anyway. The writing isn't horrible and the love stories are addictive. Those who are fans of Gossip Girl and the Step Up movies will definitely like this Australian high school drama. Actually, anyone who likes high school romance should check it out. It's a lot of fun and a great stress reliever.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 17, 2017:
Columbo is certainly at the top of my list. I love watching re-runs of this on TV.
Kara Skinner (author) from Maine on October 22, 2015:
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 22, 2015:
Love Columbo and Hitchcock. Great overview of some quality Netflix programs.