10 Netflix Shows & Movies to Watch Now - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, February 19, 2016

10 Netflix Shows & Movies to Watch Now

Nick and I are no strangers to the Netflix binge. We've of course seen all of the well-known favorites like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this post is about those lesser-known hidden gems.

Below are the ten shows and movies currently on Netflix that we're crazy about, but not many people have seen (at least in our friend circle). We hope that you'll find something in this list that piques your interest and gets you started on your Netflix binge too!

1. Peaky Blinders - Take everything you know about being cool, roll it into a human being, and you'll end up with Cillian Murphy. Now take everything that could be cool but that you forgot to add in the first time, (turn of the century Birmingham, gangs, whisky, beer, gambling, murder, riots, unions, bare knuckle boxing, mustaches, cool haircuts, etc.) add it together, and you've got Peaky Blinders.  -N

2. Nightcrawler - I remember seeing the trailer for this movie a long time ago and being really pumped to see it. Then it came out, I didn't see it (and I'm pretty sure no one else did either) and it just went away. It's creepy, scary, thrilling, and sad. Lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal gives a performance of a lifetime as a private video footage source for news outlets. The more gruesome the footage, the more news channels will pay, and Jake seems to have a particular knack for catching the good stuff. Watch it more than once - it's awesome.  -N

3. Dear Zachary - When we were first told to watch this, the person who recommended it said, "I can't tell you what it's about, you just have to watch it!" I thought that was the most frustrating and annoying thing ever. That being said, I've watched it, and I'm here to tell you, "I can't tell you what it's about, you just have to watch it."  -N

4. Forks Over Knives - In short, this documentary was the spark that made us completely change our diet and eating habits two years ago. It centers around the health benefits of adapting a whole foods, plant-based diet (no meat, no dairy, no processed foods, etc.) We found this movie truly eye-opening and life-changing. I still like to rewatch it when I feel we've been eating less healthy than we should be. Even if you're not interested in a plant-based diet, it's still 100% worth the watch.  -S

5. Fed Up - Similar to Forks Over Knives, Fed Up is another completely eye-opening documentary about the American diet. This one centers around the INSANE amount of sugar in the food we eat and how it affects our bodies. Narrated by Katie Couric, this documentary was truly fascinating and informative.  -S

6. The Last Five Years - This musical by Jason Robert Brown follows two people, Jamie and Cathy, as they tell the story of their relationship over the last five years (duh.) Jamie tells the story from beginning to end, and Cathy tells it from end to beginning. It has been my all time favorite musical since I first heard it a little over 10 years ago. I've never seen a staged performance of it, but I've listened to the original cast recording over and over and over, obsessively! I was very nervous to watch a film adaptation (starring Anna Kendrick), but it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it and I'm so relieved to not have my favorite thing ever ruined. -N

7. A Long Way Down - I read this Nick Hornby book two years ago and LOVED it. The story centers around four strangers that meet on the night they all decide to end their lives. Instead, they make a pact to live another year and see what happens with their lives. The movie starring Toni Collette and Aaron Paul is funny, charming, sad, and overall a pretty good adaptation of the book. First read the book and then watch the movie!  -S

8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - I love detailed accounts of anything that is considered "the best." Also, I love anything that involves sushi (which is pretty much my only guilty pleasure.) This beautiful documentary gives us an insight into the first sushi-only restaurant to be awarded a three star Michelin Guide Rating, and the master mind behind it, Jiro Ono. The real plot of the documentary kicks in when you realize that Jiro's son will one day have to take over the family business and be the next world's best sushi chef.  -N

9. Soaked in Bleach - I have an unexplainable interest in Kurt Cobain, despite being too young to know of him or Nirvana when he was alive. I don't even listen to Nirvana, but when I saw Soaked in Bleach on Netflix I knew I had to watch it. The movie centers around the private investigator Courtney Love hired to find Kurt days before his death, and tries to unravel the mystery of whether Kurt was murdered or if his death was self-inflicted. The film has a bit of a conspiracy theory vibe to it, yet the people interviewed I found to be very reputable. So it makes you wonder, what really happened?  -S

10. Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 - This show ended way too early, and when you start binging it, you'll find out why. It's like the perfect combination of Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, and... Dawson's Creek? I mean James Van Der Beek plays HIMSELF - what's not to love? Oh, and it starts Krysten Ritter. If you haven't watched it yet, start now.  -S

Have you watched any of these shows before? Share some of your Netflix hidden gems in the comments below!

Sarah & Nick


  1. Thanks for all the recommendations! I've only heard of a few of these so that's perfect :)

  2. i LOVED dont trust the b in apt 23.
    so freaking highlarious!!!!
    and i agree with you that it did end too soon.
    i never caught it on tv but luckily Netflix has it.
    now if we could only get them to maybe continue it....