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Netflix has been around for so long that it was in existence before streaming boxes and devices. For example, the original Roku was built with Netflix in its consideration, and as platforms have been released, Netflix has ensured a top quality app complements it. If you want to keep it simple, you can watch Netflix on your browser, but it’s also available on a range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and more.
If you want to read one of the most in-depth Netflix reviews on the market, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve looked at the best shows on Netflix, drawn up a guide to the various plans, offered an introduction to the user interface and more. This Netflix streaming review will educate you on one of the best streaming services around.
Pros and cons
- No commercials. There’s nothing worse than watching your favourite TV show or movie and having an advert interrupt you part way through. With Netflix, you pay the monthly subscription and get immediate access to the content library.
- Downloadable content. If you’re going on a long journey or commute on public transport which doesn’t have access to WiFi, it can be handy to have a collection of your favorite films or series downloaded onto your phone.
- Various membership plans. Netflix understands that streaming isn’t ‘one size fits all’, so you can go with basic, standard or premium. If you’re on a modest budget, you can go for the basic plan. If you have a family and want to give them all access, you can stream Netflix on four screens at once with the Premium plan.
- Content library varies according to location. You may be excited to read a news article revealing your favorite show or movie is now available on Netflix, only to discover it’s available for subscribers living in a different part of the world.
- Rotating content. Because licensing deals expire, people run the risk of getting into a TV series or bookmarking a movie to watch later, then being disappointed to find that it’s been removed from the content library.
- Data cap. If you don’t have unlimited data on your mobile phone or tablet while you’re using Netflix, you may find that the streaming service uses it all up rapidly.
Types of content available
You can view a vast library of content on Netflix. These are split into movies and TV shows.
To view the TV shows available on Netflix, navigate to the Series tab on the menu bar. There’s a whole host of genres you can choose from: action & adventure, anime, British, classic & cult, comedies, crime, docuseries, drama, horror, international, K-drama, kid-friendly, LGBT, mysteries, reality, romance, sci-fi & fantasy, science & nature, Spanish-language, stand-up & chat shows, teen shows, thrillers and more.
You can view TV shows which are popular on Netflix, or pick up where you left off with shows you’re already partway through. Alternatively, you can look at what’s trending now, or see which shows you’ve bookmarked on My List to watch later. Additional sub-menus include award-winning TV programs, Netflix Originals, women who rule the screen, top picks for you and more.
If you want to settle in for a night of movies, Netflix is a great selection. There’s such a huge range of options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Navigate to the Films tab on the menu bar, and pick a genre. Alternatively, enter a title or actor into the search bar if you’re looking for something specific. Genres available for movies include: action, anime, comedies, crime, documentaries, family features, musicals, rom-coms, sci-fi and sports.
You can continue watching movies you haven’t finished yet, see what’s trending now or what you’ve earmarked to view at a later date. Alternatively, more sub menus on your screen could include crime dramas, hidden gems, romantic independent films and critically-acclaimed films.
Top Netflix TV shows and movies
Stranger Things – Set in a small Indiana town in 1983, this series begins with Joyce Byers’ son, Will, going missing. A terrifying investigation is launched into his disappearance, and this leads to the discovery of secret government experiments, supernatural creatures and an incredibly unusual girl.
Black Mirror – This unique TV show features dramas which are completely stand-alone and discuss paranoia about technology and a collective unease about the world as it exists today.
The Crown – This popular royal drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II, starting from when she was a princess and moving through her journey to become the British monarch with husband Prince Philip at her side. The cast includes Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies.
The Irishman – Set in the 1950s, this movie sees truck driver Frank Sheeran get involved in crime as a hitman with Russell Bufalino and his crime family based in Pennsylvania. He gets more and more entangled, going to work for the powerful Jimmy Hoffa.
Grace and Frankie – After spending a lot of time as rivals, Grace and Frankie have their worlds turned upside down when they find out their husbands are in love with each other. Instead of continuing to compete against one another, the two ladies learn to rely on each other instead.
Lucifer – Feeling bored in his role as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer goes against his father (God) by giving up his throne and going to Los Angeles. While there, he runs a nightclub called Lux and gets tangled up in a murder case with Detective Chloe Decker.
Making A Murderer – Steven Avery spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and filed suit against Manitowoc County, along with several people who were involved in his arrest. However, he found himself behind bars again shortly after, accused of another murder. Columbia graduate students read Avery’s story and took it on as a documentary.
Orange Is The New Black – Piper Chapman’s past suddenly comes back to haunt her when she is sentenced to time in a women’s prison in Connecticut for associating with a drug runner 10 years previously.
Jessica Jones – This series explores the life of Jessica Jones, one of the darker characters from the Marvel franchise.
The Ranch – Colt, played by Ashton Kutcher, goes home to his family’s ranch in Colorado after the failure of his football career. His plans to run the family business alongside his father prove more difficult than expected, and he also finds himself torn between two women.
Mindhunter – FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench work to understand serial killers by understanding what goes on in their heads. The two agents are at the top of their game by developing the profiling of modern serial killers.
XOXO – Six strangers experience their lives colliding together during a night featuring romance and chasing dreams when a young DJ is presented with the opportunity to perform at a festival.
The Fundamentals of Caregiving – After experiencing a personal tragedy, a writer retires and becomes a caregiver for a disabled teenager. When they go on a road trip, their coping abilities are put to the test.
TAU – A woman is trapped inside a hacker’s house and subjected to his experiments. She tries to hack the computer program running the house in order to escape.
Bird Box – A mysterious force is wiping out the population, and the only thing people know is that if you see it, you die. Survivors have to avoid facing this force, which takes the shape of their worst fears.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – A human child is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. He learns the rules of the jungle from a bear named Baloo and a panther called Bagheera. But he soon stumbles across his human origins, plus a formidable enemy.
When you first load up Netflix, you will be asked which profile you want to use. This is where you will have access to multiple screens if you are on the premium plan.
Once you are through to the main page, you will have a bar at the top next to the Netflix logo where you can navigate to series, films, recently added titles or your list. The My List feature allows you to bookmark content for future viewing.
When you click through to the series and films pages, there will be a drop down menu at the top where you can choose the genre you want a selection to come from. There are also rows of titles on offer, based on sub sections such as your list, a Continue Watching bar, recommendations based on recent titles you’ve watched, trending titles and more.
When you click on an individual title, you will be able to see a whole host of information. Below the title will be a percentage match based on how well it fits in with your viewing habits, so you’ll know if you’re likely to enjoy it. There is also the release date, the motion picture content rating, a short summary of the title, a fact about it, the genres it fits into, the main cast and a thumbs up or down icon. You can also add it to your list, or simply press play.
How to watch
People watch Netflix on a range of devices. You may wish to use this streaming service on your tablet or smart TV, in which case there will most likely be the option to download the Netflix app. If your TV doesn’t have the app, you can purchase a streaming device to act as the middleman. Alternatively, you can simply use your laptop or desktop, or even your video game console.
Streaming devices compatible with Netflix include Android TV, Nvidia Shield, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV and Fire TV. Netflix can be browsed using the video game consoles PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Compatible mobile devices include Android, iOS – that is, iPhones and iPads – and Windows phones. Finally, if you want to use a smart TV or Blu-Ray player, virtually every brand is compatible, including Sony, Sharp, LG and Samsung. If you want to double check before buying a device, check out the Netflix site for a comprehensive list.