As far as we’re concerned, there are two key periods in modern life when it comes to the world of television: B.N. (before Netflix) and A.N. (after Netflix). Although the service has been focused on offering television shows and movies to stream instantly since 2007, who can even remember life without Netflix? Remember getting home too late for your favorite TV show? Remember having to wait every week to watch the next episode? We do, and not with much fondness. Now, there are endless options — and with the release of highly anticipated Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, we wanted to update you on exactly what’s available.
The only potential pitfall of our favorite streaming service? Too many damn options! Evenings once spent arguing in the aisles of Blockbuster have been replaced with endless scrolling, when all you want to do is melt into your couch for 30 minutes. So, where to start?
Let’s break down the main two categories of Netflix — classic TV shows they’re licensed to stream, like Grey’s Anatomy and Sherlock, and Netflix originals, like Dead to Me, The Crown, Ozark, Russian Doll, or Stranger Things. Whether you’re looking to binge-watch reruns of a show you’ve known and loved or looking for a new story to grab you, Netflix has your back.
With all of this very good TV available to stream whenever you want, why make things more complicated? We took the guesswork out of your next night in front of the TV (so, tonight) and rounded up all the TV shows that are essential viewing and worth binging ASAP. Enjoy, and don’t forget the popcorn.
A version of this article was originally published in July 2015.