Netflix has announced that Seinfeld will be available to stream on the platform from 2021. Yes, that’s a long time away (as we report this in September 2019), but with Netflix losing so many big shows to its rivals it’s clearly keen to keep subscribers interested.
Original Content Will Only Get You So Far
Netflix has been investing heavily in original content. As soon as you open Netflix you’re hit with a wall of Netflix Originals, including movies and TV shows. Netflix’s original programming includes Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black.
However, while original content is great, sometimes you want to watch something you love. Especially the best sitcoms, which you can watch again and again without getting bored. Which is why Netflix has acquired the rights to stream Seinfeld.
Netflix Acquires the Rights to Stream Seinfeld
Seinfeld will be available to stream on Netflix for five years from 2021. This comes after Netflix wrestled the worldwide streaming rights off Hulu, which is the current home of Seinfeld. All 180 episodes will be available to stream, and all in 4K.
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Seinfeld is one of the best sitcoms ever made, which is why so many streaming services want Seinfeld on their platform. Netflix hasn’t revealed how much it’s paid for the rights, but we do know that Hulu paid $160 million for the show back in 2015.
Netflix is facing increased competition from the likes of Disney+, HBO Max, and NBCUniversal, all of which are taking their shows back in house. Which means Netflix is losing Friends in 2020 and The Office in 2021. Making Seinfeld a crucial signing.
People Never Get Bored of the Best Sitcoms
You may wonder why people still watch old sitcoms which aired on TV decades ago. However, between people watching the likes of Seinfeld and Friends for the umpteenth time, and people discovering them anew, these shows are perpetually popular.
Are you planning to kickstart a new phase of your life, or do you need motivating for a new career or relationship? Then why not start by watching these inspiring movies on Netflix.
Movies are more than just popcorn flicks. They can change the way we live, love, and even think. From kids rushing out of cinemas slinging webs from their wrists to adults realizing their greatest fear is holding them back, movies can be uplifting, inspirational, and even motivational.
Why You Should Watch Inspiring Movies on Netflix
Perhaps you’re kicking back on the sofa with the TV remote in hand. Or perhaps you’re checking your Netflix library on your phone or tablet while travelling.
You could binge-watch that comedy series you’ve already seen three times. But wouldn’t it be better to watch an inspiring movie on Netflix that could motivate you to improve your life?
If so, you’ve come to the right place, as we have compiled a list of inspiring Netflix movies.
Starring Robin Williams (Mrs Doubtfire, etc.), Matt Damon (the Jason Bourne movies), and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Avengers Assemble), Good Will Hunting tells the story of an unrecognized genius by the name of Will Hunting (Damon).
Working as a janitor after assaulting a policeman, Hunting finds himself studying advanced mathematics with Professor Gerald Lambeau (Skarsgard). After glimpses of his hidden genius prove frustrating to build upon, Lambeau refers Hunting to a recently bereaved psychologist, Dr Sean Maguire (Williams).
Their relationship is compelling, albeit fractious, but eventually Will finds himself sharing details of his abused childhood, and working through the problems of his life and the walls he has built.
Why you should watch this:
It’s the film that put Matt Damon on the map, and Robin Williams is as amazing as ever. Which explains why the movie won three Oscars. You’ll find more to enjoy here than individual performances, however. Not least Damon’s inspiring performance—he’s arguably never been better.
By the end of the movie, your outlook on how opportunity can change lives will either be completely revised, or reaffirmed.
In Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) is desperate to adapt PL Travers’ much-loved children’s novel Mary Poppins. Mrs. Travers (Emma Thompson), however, is less keen, expecting the the movie maker to produce a trivial cartoon.
Thus begins a back-and-forth tale of persuasion and realisation as Disney and Travers each jet back and forth between the UK and Los Angeles. Interspersed with flashbacks of Travers’ childhood in Australia, it soon becomes apparent (if you hadn’t already realised) that Mary Poppins isn’t what you think it is.
Why you should watch this:
By the time you’ve seen Bert chat with Mr. Banks in the denouement of Mary Poppins, you’ll have been blown away by chalk drawings and chimney sweeps. Yet this is the moment that explains the meaning behind the movie and the preceding book. Mary Poppins didn’t save Jane and Michael—she came to save their father.
Not only is that extra context delivered in Saving Mr. Banks, you also get a wonderful lead pairing in Hanks and Thompson. Then there’s the flashback scenes with Ruth Wilson (Luther) and Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) as Travers’ mother and alcoholic father, respectively.
If anything, Saving Mr Banks is as amusing, heart warming, and feel-good as Mary Poppins itself.
Starring Hugh Grant (Bridget Jones’ Diary), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy/The Mummy Returns), and a young Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), About a Boy is one of several Nick Hornby novels (such as Fever Pitch) that have been adapted to the big screen.
Will Freeman (Grant) spends his life dodging responsibility while living off the royalties of a Christmas song by his father. Living by the mantra, “Every man is an island,” he accidentally finds a connection with Marcus and his suicidal mother, Fiona (Hoult and Collette).
After trying to pass Marcus off as his own to attract women, Will eventually sees the error of his ways. He concludes that “No man is an island.”
Why you should watch this:
From saving the life of a suicidal mother to dealing with bullies, and melting the icy walls of a millionaire slacker, About a Boy will leave you feeling better about everything, every single time. There’s a great soundtrack, too, written and performed by Badly Drawn Boy.
Essentially the biopic of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), the film explores his life, career, and debilitating illness amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or motor neurone disease).
After being given two years to live while researching his thesis on black holes, Hawking carves out the most remarkable career possible, becoming a world-renowned physicist. He achieves this despite his steadily worsening condition, which eventually results in the end of his first marriage.
Including the impact of his groundbreaking book A Brief History of Time, The Theory of Everything is the closest we’ll get to knowing Professor Stephen Hawking.
Why you should watch this:
Professor Hawking achieved so much under unimaginable physical hardship. How can anyone not be inspired by this?
William Kamkwamba fixes radios in his spare time while not at school or helping his family. But when crops fail and famine strikes, he feels he must act. Kamkwamba devises a way to build a windmill-powered water pump using the electrical engineering skills he has learned at school.
Overcoming opposition from his friends and family (who largely doubt the practicality of the plan), Kamkwamba eventually harnesses the wind.
Why you should watch this:
The impact William Kamkwamba’s actions had on his people is incalculable. Who among us can say we’ve been able to save our community in such a way? There was nothing accidental about this—the technology was there, Kamkwamba just saw the opportunity, and overcame adversity.
In 1992, Eastern Europe was wracked with internal military conflict as former communist state Yugoslavia fell into civil war. With a soccer tournament scheduled for the summer, there was no way that Yugoslavia could realistically put together a team. Disqualified as a result, Denmark found themselves preparing for a tournament when they should have been on the beach.
No one expected much from the latecomers, yet manager Richard Moller Nielsen believed Denmark would win. Summer of ’92 tells the story of how Nielsen dealt with the press, players, and the Danish Football Association.
Why you should watch this:
This isn’t about the soccer. It’s about taking the opportunity, embracing it, and running with it. Sure, be prepared, but overcome the opposition with passion and drive. Note that this movie requires subtitles for non-Danish speakers.
Inspired by the title of the ex-Beatle’s fourth solo album, this 2011 documentary was directed by Martin Scorsese. It basically follows Harrison’s life from Liverpool, via the Beatles, and beyond, with contributions from friends and family. Much of the footage is previously unseen; it’s clear, however, how much he was loved by so many.
Why you should watch this:
It’s George Harrison. More reasons? OK: you cannot spend any time watching Harrison or listening to his music without being moved in some way. It doesn’t matter if it’s the magic of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, or his clarity in recalling the Beatles’ LSD experiments.
And if none of that gets you, remember that Harrison’s faith kept him going after someone attempted to murder him.
Be Inspired by These Inspiring Movies on Netflix
It isn’t every day you get the chance to sit down and choose from such a selection of uplifting movies.
Sure, you might prefer a shooter; Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible is always a strong option. But instead of the crash-bang-wallop of beating bad guys, why not kick back with a movie that has the capacity to change lives?
After all, if you’re ready to be inspired, these movies could change your life.
Netflix has launched a mobile-only streaming plan. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available in India. Still, with more people streaming exclusively on their smartphones, this seems a sensible option to offer users in other countries. Fingers crossed.
Netflix Offers Mobile-Only Streaming
Netflix announced its mobile-only subscription in a post on the Netflix Media Center. The company cites the fact that “Our members in India watch more on their mobiles than members anywhere else in the world- and they love to download our shows and films.”
Netflix’s mobile-only streaming plan will cost INR 199/month, which is a little less than $3/month. It allows users to stream one SD 480p stream on one smartphone or tablet. And there’s no option to cast (or mirror) the content to your TV.
Not doubting that Netflix did their homework before deciding to do a mobile-only plan. Just can’t understand what demographic watches ONLY on mobile but also has a debit/credit card, AND is willing to pay for online content.
Netflix’s new mobile plan is in addition to the three existing plans in India. The Basic plan is priced at INR 499/month, Standard at INR 649, and Premium at INR 799. The latter is actually one rupee cheaper than it used to be, which is a saving of less than two cents.
As previously mentioned, Netflix’s mobile-only streaming plan is currently only available in India. However, if it persuades subscribers to sign up to Netflix, the company could decide to expand the subscription tier to other countries in the future.
Streaming Movies on Your Smartphone
India has over 1 billion mobile users, many of whom use their devices for all of their entertainment needs, both at home and on the go. Which is why Netflix has chosen to launch its mobile-only streaming plan in India first. And we suspect it will be popular.
The BBC isn’t just news and sports. Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen countless high-quality dramas and comedies air on BBC One as well as BBC Two and BBC Four. These BBC shows are excellent and easily rival what you’d find on AMC and HBO.
British programming has a different feel to what you may be used to, but if you’re willing to cross that bridge and try something new, you may fall in love with what the best BBC shows have to offer.
Sherlock is a modernized take on the renowned detective story series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are perfectly cast as Holmes and Watson, and the entire show is so stylish and entertaining that one can’t help but be drawn in and enthralled.
Each season only has three episodes, but each episode is basically a 90-minute feature film that covers the material in one or two of Doyle’s stories. There’s a lot to love about this show, including the surprising-but-inevitable twists and turns that made Sherlock Holmes such a hit in the first place.
Peaky Blinders stars Cillian Murphy, also known as “that guy from the Christopher Nolan films,” who plays leader of the Peaky Blinders gang in post-WWI Birmingham (England) and attempts to avoid the investigations of a ruthless detective played by Sam Neill.
But that premise doesn’t do the show justice. It presents a richly interwoven narrative with lived-in characters who span multiple storylines. If you’re looking for a gritty and grounded period drama, it doesn’t get better than Peaky Blinders.
Peaky Blinders is a strong contender for best BBC series on Netflix.
The Last Kingdom is an historical fantasy show like you’ve never seen. It’s like Game of Thrones with its political intrigue in a medieval setting, but grounded in reality and not as stylized or embellished as other historical fantasy shows like Rome or The Tudors.
This show takes place in the 800s when England wasn’t yet England and when the Saxons were at war with the Danes. The story follows Uhtred, a Saxon by birth but raised by Danes, who wants to reclaim his homeland but is often caught in the conflicts of both sides and is never quite sure to whom his allegiance should belong.
It’s one of my favorites and easily one of the best BBC shows on Netflix.
North & South is a four-part miniseries (more like a mega-movie, if you ask me) that tells the story of a woman who moves from southern England to a factory town in northern England during the 1850s and falls in love, but struggles to assimilate.
While there’s nothing particularly original about an “outsider meets hostility and resistance” story, North & South is a winner due to how much attention it pays to production design, atmosphere, and most importantly, its characters. Execution is everything with TV shows, and North & South nails it.
Happy Valley is anything but happy. This small-town crime drama centers on a police sergeant who’s depressed and grieving the suicide of her teenage daughter. When the man responsible for it is let out of prison, she grows obsessed with tracking him down and demanding justice.
This is drama in the truest sense, and it’s elevated by the intricate web of characters and relationships that drive the central conflict in Happy Valley. A wonderfully written show, though a bit hard to get into if you aren’t in the right frame of mind to enjoy it.
Call the Midwife follows a group of midwives in poverty-stricken London during the 1950s and uses the setting to explore various hard-hitting social and economic issues like miscarriages, abortions, prostitution, birth defects and disabilities, prejudice, and more.
Despite the weight of its themes, Call the Midwife has enough levity to avoid being a depressing mess of a show. In fact, it’s surprisingly hopeful and optimistic on the whole, which just makes it that much more of a must-watch!
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell takes place in an alternate 1800s England where magic has been dead for hundreds of years and only two magicians—the titular characters—are able to tap into that power. It’s an entertaining miniseries that builds to a satisfying conclusion, and makes you wonder why miniseries aren’t more popular.
If nothing else, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a fun journey to a not-so-long-ago England propped up by strong performances. Definitely worth a watch as it’s one of the best BBC miniseries on Netflix.
Tired of murder mystery shows where criminals are dumb, cops are dumber, and impossible cases are solved and tied off with a neat bow in one episode? Then this is the show for you. The Fall is a slow-burning, methodical crime drama that shows what might actually happen if a smart detective pursued a clever serial killer.
Gillian Anderson delivers one of her best performances as Stella Gibson opposite Jamie Dornan’s murderous Paul Spector. This is a must-watch if you prefer your criminal justice television shows to be more than just mindless entertainment.
Bodyguard is a crime drama and political thriller that isn’t afraid to take its time when exploring story beats. It centers on a police sergeant, who suffers from PTSD from his time as a war veteran and finds himself assigned as bodyguard—“principal protection officer”—to a politician whose politics don’t align with his own.
The show has its share of political and social commentary, but its main draw is its expertise at being a grounded but intense psychological thriller. Performances are great all around, especially by Richard Madden, who you may recognize as Robb Stark from Game of Thrones.
Doctor Foster is a thrilling family drama about Dr. Gemma Foster, a practicing physician who begins to suspect that her husband is having an affair. All of the signs are there, but they’re just vague enough to make her wonder if her gut instinct is right—and as the obsession grows, her life begins to unravel.
It teeters into melodrama at points, but it’s engaging and gripping all the same. Suranne Jones’ performance is enough reason on its own to give this series a try.
Netflix has announced seven new shows for children coming to its streaming service soon. All of the shows are original productions, meaning you won’t be able to watch them anywhere else. The shows are all aimed at preschoolers aged between two and six.
Programming for Preschoolers
Netflix announced the new original kids’ shows in a post on the Netflix Media Center. Referring to Netflix’s “commitment to deliver high quality, age-appropriate content for kids ages 2-6 everywhere,” Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix, said:
“With high-quality, age-appropriate programming for kids at every age and stage, we want to help young people find and connect with the stories and characters they love on Netflix. We are also here to empower parents to find the shows that are just right for their families during whatever time they feel is appropriate to enjoy entertainment.”
Netflix’s New Shows for Kids
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DreamWorks Dragons Rescue Riders (2019): This is a CG animated series based on the popular How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The show follows twins who use their dragons to rescue other dragons.
Hello Ninja (2019): This is a CG animated series following Wesley and his best friend Georgie who visit an enchanted ninja world. It’s based on the picture book of the same name by N.D. Wilson.
StarBeam (2020): This is a CG animated series which depicts the adventures of Zoey. Zoey is a second-grader who can transform into a superhero called StarBeam by calling out, “It’s time to shine!”
DreamWorks Go, Dog. Go! (2020): This is a CG animated series based on the classic children’s book by P.D. Eastman. As the name suggests, this show follows a dog called Tag Barker and her adventures in Pawston.
What-To-Doodles (2020): This is a CG animated series with an educational bent. It follows a team of young creatures as they teach children what to do in “everyday social experiences and firsts”.
Izzy Bee’s Koala World (2020): This is a non-fiction series that follows 11-year-old Izzy Bee, better known as the Koala Whisperer. Alongside her veterinarian parents, she rescues and rehabilitates koalas.
Emily’s Wonder Lab (2020): This is a live-action STEAM series showing acclaimed science communicator Emily Calandrelli demonstrating “lively experiments and entertaining activities” for children.
The United States of America has its fair share of great comedy shows, but the British take on the genre is an altogether different experience. If you want to indulge in the UK’s eccentricities, awkwardness, and wit, here are the best British comedies on Netflix.
After the success of The Office, a lot was resting on Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s next major venture. Could the comedians deliver a series that was the equal to the mockumentary that arguably changed the TV landscape?
Fortunately, Extras proved that they weren’t one-hit-wonders. In fact, some corners of the internet think Extras is even better than The Office.
Andy Millman tries to get fame and fortune, working his way up from being a supporting artist to getting his name in lights. Along the way, he mixes with the stars and discovers they’re not as brilliant as Hollywood paints them. It’s a who’s who of the big screen, with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Samuel L. Jackson, Daniel Radcliffe, and David Bowie all playing twisted versions of themselves.
This show is barmy. You may already know its leading man, Greg Davies, from his role as Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners. He’s the ideal choice for Ken Thompson, a man driven to the edge by his son-in-law, played in the first season by Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg.
When Thompson’s daughter, Rachel (Tamla Kari, then Esther Smith) returns from her gap year, she brings along her new husband, Dale, a loud, laissez-faire American who brings out the worst in the uptight family unit he finds himself in.
Cuckoo gained a lot of press for its second season after Samberg proved too busy to film more episodes. Twilight star Taylor Lautner subsequently replaced Samberg as Dale’s illegitimate son.
If you’re not a fan of medical procedure shows… then Green Wing is still for you!
Yes, it’s set in a hospital, but it doesn’t focus on gory storylines. It instead revolves around the lives of its core cast, which includes Tamsin Greig (Black Books), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Stephen Mangan (I’m Alan Partridge), and Sally Bretton (Not Going Out).
The series was born from the juxtaposing idea of making a sketch show with a more sitcom-like structure. Green Wing is a surreal show with a strong array of characters you’ll warm to.
Ever wonder what Brits think Hollywood is really like? Episodes takes that notion, adds in Friends star, Matt LeBlanc, and questions “the American dream”.
Greig and Mangan play married writing team, Bev and Sean, who dream of hitting the big time in the US. After their sitcom wins a BAFTA, they’re sent to America to remake it, albeit with LeBlanc unsuitably cast as the lead.
The whole cast is strong, but LeBlanc really makes this worthwhile. He’s very happy to tear down any idealized version of himself people may have, and instead poke fun, transforming his good nature into a hideous distortion.
If you’re searching for shows like Doc Martin—the ever-popular series that’s sadly now missing from Netflix—then Last Tango in Halifax is a strong contender.
Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) are former childhood sweethearts whose lives went in very different directions. Now in their 70s, they get back in touch and discover that their love for each other is still there. They form the anchor for the narrative, which veers off to explore the experiences of their families, as mindsets clash and societal boundaries butt heads.
. After Life, though, hasn’t suffered the same fate as Daredevil, Sense8, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Its first season was such a success, a second was quickly commissioned.
It’s a typical Ricky Gervais premise: Tony’s world is sent upside-down by the death of his wife. This makes him look at life in a different way; he’s now determined to say and do whatever he feels like, regardless of it hurting others. In response to this, his family and friends attempt to turn him into a better person.
It’s a grim topic, but dealt with well through dry humor and an endearing, dissonant optimism.
And now for something completely different… If you really want to take a trip through the looking glass, Monty Python is for you.
You’ll probably have seen the franchise’s films, notably Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). If so, you’ll know what you’re in for from the original TV series. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin wonderfully satirize the British establishment through this surreal sketch show.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and remains a milestone in TV history.
Many classic sitcoms like Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, The Thin Blue Line, and Only Fools and Horses were broadcast on the BBC. And one of the reasons it’s such an important institution is its ability to make fun of itself. W1A is a prime example of that.
The series began as Twenty-Twelve, a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary about organizing the London 2012 Olympics. The spoof proved so popular, the BBC used the same strong cast—including Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), and Jason Watkins (Nativity!)—to joke about its own branding, jargon, and high-profile disputes.
Narrated by Doctor Who’s David Tennant, W1A also features a number of celebrity cameos, including controversial novelist Salman Rushdie, actor Samuel West, and mathematics whiz Carol Vorderman.
What Are Your Favorite British Comedies on Netflix?
If you’re searching for funny British shows on Netflix, there’s something here for everyone. Hopefully, you’ll invest in a few and use them as entry points for other great British comedies, such as Are You Being Served?, As Time Goes By, and Fawlty Towers.
Netflix costs less than cable, but it’s still a bit expensive. A year of Netflix’s “Basic” plan is $108, and a year of “Premium” Netflix costs $192. Thankfully, you can reduce your subscription fees with a few simple tricks.
Share an Account With Family or Friends
Netflix doesn’t care if you share your account. In fact, the company’s CEO has made it clear that all forms of account sharing are welcome (you can even share an account internationally). And you know what that means—free Netflix!
Well, it’s only free if you can bum an account off of a friend or family member. If not, splitting the costs of an account between a few friends is a suitable compromise.
If you want to share an account with friends, you should probably go with the $13 a month “Standard” plan or the $16 a month “Premium” plan. Netflix’s “Basic” plan only allows you to stream on one device at a time, while the “Standard” plan allows up to two screens and the “Premium” plan allows up to four screens. If you manage to split the “Premium” plan between four friends or family members, you’ll only pay $4 a month for Netflix. That works out to a savings of about $60 (or more) per year.
Here’s a bonus: With the Premium plan split four ways, everyone will get Netflix in 4K! With the Standard plan, both people only get HD. And, with the Basic plan, only one person gets SD—who wants that in 2019?
Netflix used to have a handy “pause” feature. Basically, you could halt your service (and your monthly fees) for a while without fully canceling your Netflix subscription. Obviously, this is a useful money-saving feature. And unsurprisingly, you can reap the same benefits by simply canceling your account when you aren’t using it.
Sure, it sounds like a hassle, but it really isn’t. Netflix wants users to come back, so it makes the signup process as quick and easy as possible. It’s like restarting a Facebook account; you enter your email address and password, and Netflix will ask if you want to restart your subscription. It’ll even remember your card info, so you don’t have to type it in again.
Keep in mind that this money-saving trick is only useful if you go for a month (or more) without Netflix. Also, your account shuts down a month after your last payment—not the day that you cancel. If you cancel in the middle of a month you’ve already paid for, try to enjoy those last few weeks of Netflix that you’ve already paid for.
Rotate Your Streaming Subscriptions
If you’re signed up for too many streaming services, you can cut costs (without missing out on shows) by rotating your subscriptions. It’s a little unorthodox, but think of it this way—instead of spending $288 for a year of both Netflix and HBO GO, you could spend just $144 by strategically switching between services.
Think of it like crop rotation. When farmers practice crop rotation, they’re making the most of their land by focusing on a different crop for each season (it’s also good for the soil, but that doesn’t fit our analogy). Strawberries may grow best in the summer, while squash can grow in early fall. Similarly, HBO GO had all of Game of Thrones Season 8 in May, and Netflix will have the new season of Stranger Things in July.
Again, don’t forget that streaming services end a month after your last payment, not the day that you cancel. When rotating subscriptions, this can work in your favor. Instead of waiting until the last day of the month to cancel your Netflix account (or forget to cancel entirely), you could cancel as soon as you sign up. This means you only commit to a single month.
We love 4K. It’s great, and we wish that more streaming services would commit to high-resolution video. But at the end of the day, your “Premium” 4K Netflix account may be a slight waste of money (unless you’re sharing it between friends, of course).
First, ask yourself if you’re watching Netflix on a 4K TV or monitor. If not, you don’t need a 4K plan. Now, check your internet speeds. Netflix requires a download speed of at least 25mbps for streaming content, and even then, the service may stream to you in 1080p if your TV or computer is on a wireless (as opposed to a wired ethernet) connection.
If you have a great internet connection and a 4K TV or monitor, then there’s only one thing that you should really worry about. Only some of Netflix’s shows stream in 4K. HDReport has a handy list of 4K shows and movies that are on Netflix, and there’s a chance that your favorite shows (The Office, for instance) aren’t on that list. If you find yourself fixating on Netflix Originals (which are in 4K, don’t worry), then consider bumping down your service to the “Basic” or “Standard” tiers when your favorite shows aren’t in season.
If you want to save a few bucks on a year-round Netflix subscription, then keep an eye out for discounted Netflix gift cards. This is an old trick, and it doesn’t work as well as it used to. Heavily discounted Netflix gift cards are hard to find, and you can no longer subscribe to Netflix through 3rd party sources like iTunes (iTunes gift cards are almost always on sale).
Instead, you’ll have to buy secondhand Netflix gift cards on a website like Raise or Cardpool. Just know that, in doing this, you’ll only save about $5. And, for those small savings, you’re accepting a possible hassle: your third-party gift card may have problems, and you’ll need to deal with the gift card site’s customer service.
On the other hand, some stores do have sales on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and other streaming services’ gift cards occasionally. If you see them on sale at a store you usually shop at anyway, buying them could save you some cash.
We suggest using this method on top of account sharing, but only because it doesn’t work with rotating or pausing subscriptions. When you apply a gift card to Netflix, it eats the entire balance in one go, and you’re stuck with however many months that gift card can pay for. So, a $60 card will get you about six months of Netflix, and you can’t cancel in the middle of those six months.
While adult cartoons used to be limited to a few specialized networks and channels, the genre has now grown massively and moved into the mainstream.
As a result, Netflix has invested in more original animated sitcoms for adults while also snapping up the streaming rights for popular adult cartoons and anime.
The problem with having so many adult animated shows on Netflix to choose from, how do you decide what to watch? Here are the best adult cartoons on Netflix.
Why Adult Cartoons on Netflix?
While animated shows and cartoons are often associated with children, the genre has long had series targeted towards older viewers. These shows are all about blending funny, witty, and thought-provoking depth with a light presentation.
We have handpicked some of the best adult cartoons on Netflix that will both help you laugh and relax, as well as possibly make you question a few of life’s existential quandaries.
1. BoJack Horseman
IMDb Rating: 8.5
This show will: Make you do some deep thinking on your own insecurities and your ways of coping with them.
BoJack Horseman takes the struggles of trying to find your identity in the modern world, but presents it in the whimsical format of a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans live side-by-side.
The show follows fictional 90s sitcom star BoJack Horseman, who grapples with his life as a washed-up actor who has little to show since the cancellation of his TV hit. Still living in Hollywood, you watch as BoJack tries to get back in the limelight while never changing the behavior that made him a pariah in the first place.
The dry, dark comedy of the show creates moments of laughter, but also feelings of pity and disquiet. While the animation is unusual, it doesn’t dull the themes in the show. It is filled with reflections on self-sabotage, the pursuit of fame, and the destructive patterns that can emerge from years of depression.
2. F Is for Family
IMDb Rating: 8
This show will: Remind you to never take the image of the nuclear family or American dream at face value.
Rarely do shows make the protagonist unlikable, while simultaneously making you want to keep watching it. But this is just what F Is For Family does with Frank Miller, a Vietnam veteran raising a family in 1970s America.
While Frank appears to be living the American dream with his wife and three children, it’s immediately clear that this sitcom follows a dysfunctional family grappling with a changing landscape.
The show blends raunchy comedy, 70s nostalgia, and dark moments to create a unique blend of humor. It stands apart from the absurdity of other adult cartoons like Family Guy or American Dad; rather using moments grounded in reality.
IMDb Rating: 8.1
This show will: Provide a fresher, more compelling take on the traditional Dracula tale.
Based on the third video game in the Castlevania franchise, this anime series depicts a world where Dracula has waged war against the human race.
Rather than a simple good guys vs. bad guys story, the show delves into Dracula’s motivations—and the fact that superstitious humans burnt his human wife at the stake for her knowledge of medicine.
Meanwhile, the last member of the vampire-hunting Belmont family teams up with a magic wielder and Dracula’s half-human, half-vampire son to save humans from the vampire lord’s wrath.
4. Big Mouth
IMDb Rating: 8.1
This show will: Remind you about the awkwardness of puberty, while simultaneously making it even more embarrassing.
Created by comedian Nick Kroll, Big Mouth is a Netflix original series that explores the journey and missteps of puberty. While young teens are the central focus of the series, the raunchy humor and inappropriate gags mean that this is definitely an adult cartoon.
Rather than simply focusing on the awkwardness of growing up, Big Mouth takes a fantastical look at puberty by introducing colorful characters like hormone monsters, a shame wizard, and even a few ghosts.
5. One Punch Man
IMDb Rating: 8.9
This show will: Give those tired of traditional anime tropes a new kind of hero to root for.
One Punch Man is a refreshing addition to the anime genre, poking fun at the tropes and common formulas we see in so many series. The show is based on the viral hit manga series of the same name.
What makes the ultra-powerful protagonist Saitama different from other anime heroes is that his immense power, which allows him to destroy any enemy with a single punch, has filled him with existential boredom. However, he continues to trudge along since being a hero is his main hobby.
If you’re a fan of the anime genre, but would like a fresh and hilarious take on the typical superhero story, One Punch Man is a great option.
IMDb Rating: 7.2
This show will: Turn the typical fairy tale on its head.
Disenchantment is a Netflix original from Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. But this time around, the story takes place in a medieval fantasy land and follows the life of a princess who is anything but your typical fairy tale royalty.
While not reaching the cultural phenomenon status of Groening’s other work, the animation is filled with offbeat characters and entertaining, bizarre situations. It’s a generally lighter tone than many of the other adult animations on Netflix, with a tamer 13+ rating.
7. B: The Beginning
IMDb Rating: 7.3
This show will: Keep you guessing on a variety of fronts.
, with B: The Beginning being one of their later additions. The show is a blend of the detective, thriller, and fantasy genres. It follows the hunt for Killer B, a serial killer dolling out vigilante justice.
The story is seen through multiple perspectives—the police force hunting Killer B, an investigator with a dark past aiding the search, and Killer B himself. Killer B turns out to have supernatural powers—something that makes him a target for another mysterious group that claims they need him.
There’s mystery on all fronts—including B’s true identity and his connection to investigator Keith Klick.
IMDb Rating: 8
This show will: Give you a new, fluffy, metalhead icon.
Ever wondered what it would be like if Hello Kitty were a death metal icon? Well, you’d get the ultra-cute, ultra-hardcore red panda Retsuko.
Disillusioned by life as an office worker under the boot of a literal chauvinist pig boss, introvert Retsuko finds relief in her late-night death metal karaoke sessions.
The English dub of the series, available on Netflix, even includes English metal songs—so that you can get the full feel of Retsuko’s existential plight and rage.
9. Love, Death + Robots
IMDb Rating: 8.7
This show will: Make you feel everything from disgust to merriment due to the sheer variety of story topics.
Love, Death + Robots is a sci-fi anthology series; with each episode telling a different story from a different director.
This means that each episode varies not only in its chosen animation style. Rather, tone, themes, and other elements contrast starkly across each episode. Stories range from hyper-violent, hypersexual tales to entertaining, cartoonist reflections on the human condition.
There are a few stand-out episodes praised across the board, with a tale for sci-fi lovers of every taste.
10. Red vs. Blue
IMDb Rating: 8.4
This show will: Make you look at video games plotlines and background lore differently.
The long-running web series Red vs. Blue, which uses in-game scenes and characters from the Halo games to parody the sci-fi video game genre, has found a home on Netflix.
The series is shot using gameplay within Halo multiplayer sessions (treating the characters as puppets), with the addition of entertaining voiceovers to drive the story. The humor is extremely dry, but will likely resonate with people who enjoy watching staged gameplay gags.
As the seasons progress, the quality of the voiceovers and graphics improve along with new releases in the Halo franchise.
11. Tuca and Bertie
IMDb Rating: 7.4
This show will: Remind you that unlikely friendships are sometimes the best.
Tuca and Bertie comes from the same team behind BoJack Horseman, but the anthropomorphic animals are where the similarities end.
The show focuses on best friends Tuca and Bertie, voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong respectively. The characters are as different as night and day, which often leads to them enjoying absurd adventures together.
They tackle the challenges of millennial life and being a bird lady in a bird man’s world with all the grace you can expect of maladapted adults.
More Great Shows to Watch on Netflix
Now that you know what the best adult cartoons on Netflix are, you should consider branching out into more genres on Netflix. Luckily, the streaming service has plenty of content to enjoy.
Father’s Day is the perfect time for an indulgent meal, awesome gifts, and, if you’re a family of film buffs, a movie marathon.
If you’ve exhausted your Blu-rays of Die Hard, Taken, and—admit it—Sharknado, Netflix is here to save the day. Grab a couple of drinks, settle down on the sofa with your dad, and enjoy these movies perfect for Father’s Day.
For Dads With Teenage Children.
This 2014 film was an experiment: writer and director, Richard Linklater, set out to make a movie across 12 years, shot as the cast grew up. It even began with an uncompleted script, so the production could evolve to reflect social changes between 2002 and 2013.
Each segment would be written after reviewing the footage from the previous year, so there’s a fresh and adaptive feel. Linklater further considered how the actors were changing, allowing them to work on the screenplay, meaning this is a lovely drama about a family living through the 2000s.
For Dads Who Love Superheroes.
The original Guardians of the Galaxy film was a surprise hit. Marvel had hot properties on its hands like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. But the studio took a punt and gave the world Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot.
This follow-up sees Peter Quill discover his heritage, as an egomaniac, aptly named Ego (Kurt Russell) claims he’s his father. And things all look great… for a while.
It’s a surprisingly emotional (and nonetheless thrilling) instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s more, it’s filled with fantastic songs. If your dad doesn’t hum along to ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky, he’s worse than Ego.
This isn’t the best-reviewed movie on Netflix, but I’ll wager it’s better than you remember (as long as any wagers are purely metaphorical). In fact, it’s an ideal way to while away a Sunday afternoon following a nice slap-up meal.
It’s fun, it’s suitable for the whole family, and it’s got both John Lithgow and David Suchet in it. Seriously, what more could you want?
For Dads Who Love Moving True Stories.
This is one of the most beautiful and stirring movies you’ll find on Netflix. It’s a tough tale to sit through—because it’s true.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) plays Alan Turing, the troubled genius who fought alongside a dedicated team at Bletchley Park to crack the code used by German cyphers. Turing was a key part in the Allies winning World War II. The Imitation Game is so hard-hitting because few realize how the cryptanalyst was subsequently treated in return for his heroics.
This chilling story will stay with you long after the credits roll.
For Dads Who Still Love Disney.
You’re never too old for a Disney film, and this is an uplifting tale… about death.
Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) wants to be a musician, but it’s against the wishes of his whole family. He hopes that an accidental journey to the Land of the Dead will mean he gets the approval of his great-great-grandfather, the legendary singer, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).
It’s as visually stunning as you’d expect from a Pixar movie, and packs a surprising emotional punch. It’s an especially important piece for those with elder relatives with dementia.
For Dads Who Love A Classic Quest.
Harrison Ford’s iconic archaeologist has to find the holy grail of treasures: The Holy Grail. Also, familial love and understanding.
In this charming conclusion to the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Sean Connery plays Professor Henry Jones, Indy’s grouchy yet enigmatic father. The pair have great chemistry and Connery makes you like an otherwise gruff character. Steven Spielberg’s productions often mull over estranged parental relationships, notably in E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Hook, and this is one of his finest.
It’s also the best Indiana Jones film, but let’s keep that between ourselves, eh?
For Dads in Touch With Their Emotional Side.
Everyone gets in a rut now and then, and needs reminding of the small joys in life. That’s what this 2018 movie is all about.
The titular character (Ewan McGregor) is now a middle-aged businessman whose childhood dreams have long-since fallen by the wayside. That’s when he gets a visit from someone special who he promised he’d never forget: Winnie the Pooh. Together, they must find their friends in Hundred-Acre-Wood and rediscover the small things that make life special.
For Dads With Young Children.
Rowan Atkinson returns to one of his best-known roles: the bumbling, accident-prone, but well-meaning Mr. Bean. Seconded to Los Angeles, Bean overlooks the transfer of Whistler’s Mother to the Grierson Art Gallery. It starts a chain of events which includes a museum robbery, a fraught family drama, and laxatives.
This is 90 minutes of feel-good slapstick fun that will make kids (and big kids) of all ages smile.
For Dads Who Enjoy Biopics.
Mary Poppins is a classic Disney film that perennially gets shown on TV. But you don’t even need to be a fan of Mary Poppins to enjoy Saving Mr. Banks. It’s the affecting true (-ish) story of P.L. Travers, creator of the magical nanny, and the journey to get Mary Poppins on the silver screen.
This 2013 film details Walt Disney’s initial misunderstanding of Mary Poppins, as Travers’ troubled past and love for her father is slowly revealed.
For Dads Looking for a Relaxed Afternoon.
Starring Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), this is an easy-going Netflix production that’s far from taxing but nonetheless provides a good laugh.
Netflix offers a variety of TV shows and movies in 4K. You can watch these on your PC, but you’ll need the right hardware, internet connection, software, and Netflix subscription. It’s not as easy as streaming Netflix in 1080p HD.
The Hardware You’ll Need for 4K
To stream Netflix in “Ultra HD” on your TV, the only hardware you need is a 4K TV and a 4K-capable streaming box. That’s pretty simple. On a PC, it’s a bit more involved.
You’ll need a PC with a 4K display—that’s 3840×2160 pixels. You can check your display’s resolution by heading to Settings > System > Display and looking at the “Resolution” box.
The display must be capable of running at a 60 Hz refresh rate. It must also support HDCP 2.2. Check the manual that came with your monitor or look at the manufacturer’s specifications online to see if the monitor has this feature. Netflix will only offer 4K streaming on your PC if high-bandwidth digital copy protection 2.2 is available.
Netflix also says your PC needs an Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processor or newer to stream. However, some older processors reportedly work, and many AMD processors will also work. You won’t know until you try. You’ll just need a fast enough processor to handle decoding that 4K content.
You can discover whether your PC has a new enough CPU by heading to Settings > System > About. Look for the “Processor” information under “Device Settings.” To determine the generation, look at the number after the dash. For example, in the screenshot below, “i7-4790″ means we have a 4th generation Core i7 processor.
Minimum Download Bandwidth for 4K
According to Netflix, you’ll also need an internet connection with at least 25 Mbps (Megabits per second) in download bandwidth for 4K streaming. Higher is better.
You can test your internet connection by heading to SpeedTest.net or by using Netflix’s own Fast.com speed test tool.
If your internet connection doesn’t meet this speed, you won’t be able to stream in Ultra HD 4K on any device. Netflix says 5 Mbps will enable standard HD streaming in 1080p, however.
Software Requirements for 4K
Even assuming you have the hardware and internet connection to enable 4K streaming, you have to use the right software. You can’t just head to Netflix’s website in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Netflix won’t stream in 4K with those browsers.
To stream Netflix in 4K on a PC, you have to use Windows 10—you don’t do this on Windows 7. You must use either use Netflix’s website in the Microsoft Edge browser or stream with the Netflix app from the Store.
Even if you’ve got everything else, you can only stream in 4K if you’re paying for the right streaming plan. Only Netflix’s most expensive “Premium” streaming plan offers 4K content.
You can see which Netflix streaming plan your account is using by heading to your Account page on Netflix’s website and clicking “Change Plan.”
The 4K Ultra HD plan is $15.99 per month—$3 per month more expensive than the standard HD plan. However, it does allow for streaming on four devices a month instead of two. Perhaps you could upgrade and share a Netflix subscription with someone?
Even once you’re paying for 4K, you’ll have to ensure Netflix is set to 4K playback. Head to the Account page on Netflix’s website and click “Playback Settings.” Ensure it’s set to “Auto” or “High.”
If it’s set to “Low” or “Medium,” Netflix will use less bandwidth to stream, but it won’t stream in 4K.