For the weekend of Jan. 13, Streamline recommends “Black Mirror” in the top Netflix spot for the second time.
The anthology series of horror-esque dystopian stories remains one of the best television shows. Still, over the last week, there’s been a bit of a critical backlash about the show’s fourth season. Some critics claim these new episodes are lacking compared to the previous seasons, which, to be fair, were particularly inventive. But any regression is minimal, and Streamline still very much recommends these episodes.
“The End of the F***ing World” also joins the list. This is already a critical darling, which seems kind of surprising, given its subject matter. The show centers around two teenagers who start to fall in love, but the male character kills animals in his spare time and plans to murder his female companion.
The murder-y stuff is clearly used as a metaphor for puberty ― there’s a shot of the boy holding a knife like an erection while he waits for the girl to return to bed and then slowly lowers it, flaccidly, as he hears her crying in the bathroom. And both characters have a sort of violent chemistry together that makes this an enjoyable watch.
But does the world need a show like this right now?
Netflix didn’t have an ideal night at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. Despite having just about all the great shows these days, Netflix won only one award via Aziz Ansari’s Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series win for “Master of None.” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” dominated otherwise.
For Amazon and Hulu, those shows are basically each company’s only bonafide critical hits these days, while Netflix has a long list of great shows. The company probably doesn’t care too much about these losses, though it’s a frustrating outcome nevertheless.
Although it’s not a fictional show and therefore doesn’t qualify for Streamline rankings, Netflix just debuted David Letterman’s new project, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” on Friday.
The series of interviews starts with former President Barack Obama, so the title certainly lives up to the content. Apparently a new episode will drop on a monthly basis throughout 2018.
In short, Netflix should cast Obama in more of their shows.
Also below the show recommendations ― Streamline includes related reading as well as a list of other shows and movies joining the service this week.
Note: This list only includes shows that debuted their most recent episode less than a year ago. Much like the main list, it prioritizes newness.
And here are the shows and movies arriving on Netflix next week:
- “2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold”
- “Dallas Buyers Club”
- “Katt Williams: Great America (Netflix Original)
- “Rita” (Season 4)
- “Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show” (Netflix Original)
- “Friday Night Tykes” (Season 4)
- “Bad Day for the Cut”
- “Tiempos de guerra” (Season 1, Netflix Original)
- “Drug Lords” (Season 1, Netflix Original)
- “Grace and Frankie” (Season 4, Netflix Original)
- “The Open House” (Netflix Original)
- “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” (Season 1, Netflix Original)