Netflix is a wonderful resource we all love but with its seemingly infinite library, trying to figure out what to watch on any given night can quickly become overwhelming. Instead of getting distracted by every single new title that you scroll by, we are here to deliver some quality picks to save yourself some time and keep you from experiencing too much anxiety. After all, your free time is a precious resource, so picking what to binge and what to skip shouldn’t feel like a chore. With that in mind, consider the following a curated watch-list that will save you time. This isn’t a comprehensive roundup of everything that’s new to Netflix, just the best stuff busy guys won’t want to miss on their downtime.
Jaws (February 1)
Widely considered the first-ever summer blockbuster, this Spielberg masterpiece remains a masterpiece of excitement, tension, and storytelling. And even though coconuts kill more people per year than sharks, we remain terrified of these underwater dwellers thanks almost entirely to this classic. The two sequels are also available on Netflix but you’re better off just enjoying the original.
Final Destination (February 1)
At this point, we all know the premise: a group of teens manage to evade death after one has a vision and as a result, each of them is killed in increasingly creative ways. Is this a horror classic among the likes of The Shining and Halloween? No, but while the sequels get more and more ridiculous, the first Final Destination is pure entertainment that manages to execute its premise in a way that almost makes you root for death.
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (February 5)
Since Everybody Loves Raymond ended way back in 2005, Romano has mostly stayed out of the limelight (though he did star in the criminally-underrated Men of a Certain Age). Now the comedy legend is returning to his roots and airing his first stand-up special in 23 years.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (February 10)
Minhaj is the latest Daily Show correspondent to get his own critically-acclaimed show, as the first season was praised for offering a less topical perspective on politics than most late-night shows. Now comes the second season, promising viewers more episodes of one of the most thoughtful and hilarious minds in culture, as Minhaj is a true one-of-a-kind comedian who will help you see the world in an entirely different way.
The Umbrella Academy (February 15)
Based on the beloved comic book series, this upcoming Netflix series focuses on a group of gifted orphans who reunite as adults to investigate the mysterious death of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the man who adopted and raised them. The Umbrella Academy looks like it will be a strong contender for the best new show of 2019, as it blends superhero action, family drama, and criminal intrigue.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (February 16)
It can be hard to remember now but there was a time when Steve Carrell was primarily known as a comedic actor instead of Oscar-baiting with a level of shamelessness even Leonardo Dicaprio would find excessive. And while he will forever be remembered as Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scoot, his breakout performance was Andy Stitzer, the titular 40-year-old virgin. Like literally every Judd Apatow movie, 40-Year-Old Virgin is about 40 minutes longer than it needs to be but it remains one of the funniest and raunchiest comedies of the Twenty-First Century.
Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (February 22)
Cooking is hard but you know what isn’t hard? Watching other people cook, especially when you get to see some of the great culinary masterminds reveal insight into their process. Previous seasons have introduced viewers to chefs from all around the world, including Sweden, Argentina, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey. The upcoming season promises fans four brand new episodes of world-class cooking, such as Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan and Italian Butcher Dario Cecchini. Just make sure you have some snacks because this level of food porn pretty much guarantees your stomach will be howling for tasty treats.
Our Idiot Brother (February 26)
Paul Rudd is a national treasure and one of his most underrated performances is in this 2011 comedy, where Rudd plays a Ned, a laid back slacker who ends up in prison after selling drugs to a uniformed police officer. It may not be as laugh-out-loud funny as Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Knocked Up but Rudd delivers a subtly nuanced performance and the rest of the cast, which includes Kathryn Hahn, Zooey Deschanel, and Adam Scott, also do a wonderful job.
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