Best TV Shows On Netflix – April 2017
Creator: Russell T. Davies
Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bum Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd, Freema Agyeman, Bill Pullman
A spinoff of long-running BBC series Doctor Who, Torchwood retains some of its predecessor’s campy fun, but also seems to be reaching for the gritty realism that had understandably escaped most sci-fi shows. By the second season, creator Russell T. Davies seemed to realize that Torchwood would be better suited to leave the whimsy for the good Doctor, and let Harkness go to darker places. Like Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, Davies has not only reimagined a classic series, but he’s also used his new extraterrestrial platform to explore human nature.
#7- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Creators: Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz
Network: The CW
Don’t let the name keep you from tuning into this one—creator/star Rachel Bloom addresses it before the theme song’s even over, responding to choruses of “she’s the crazy ex-girlfriend” with lines like “that’s a sexist term” and “the situation’s more nuanced than that.” Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a clever musical-comedy about Rebecca Bunch, a lawyer who turns down a partnership at her New York firm to follow her ex-boyfriend Josh to West Covina, California and try to win him back. Along the way, though, Rebecca learns to address some of the neuroses she’s been carrying around since childhood. Her “crazy” is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always presented smartly and sensitively—never what you might expect from a show called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
#8- Jessica Jones
Creator: Melissa Rosenberg
Cast: Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Rachael Taylor, Mike Colter, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, Wil Traval, Susie Abromeit
After the bar was set to nigh unreachable heights by season one of Daredevil, many wondered how Marvel and Netflix’s sophomore series would fare. However, few can argue that Jessica Jones surpassed expectations, and it certainly lives up to its predecessor in terms of compelling antagonists. David Tennant’s Kilgrave is chilling, yet eerily identifiable, eliciting backhanded feelings of sympathy that leave you questioning whether or not he’s really a bad person, before subsequently reassuring you that he absolutely is. Jessica, on the other hand, gives you an incredibly visceral take on a hard-nosed PI that uses alcohol to deal with PTSD. Not to mention, she also happens to have superpowers. Jessica Jones might not be quite as good as season one of Daredevil, but nothing from Marvel and Netflix has come closer thus far.
#9- Gilmore Girls
Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, David Sutcliffe, Chris Eigeman, Matt Czuchry
Networks: The WB, The CW, Netflix
Gilmore Girls is one of the only shows you can watch with your teenage daughter and your mother and be assured you will all be equally entertained. In addition to the dynamic storytelling, there’s the witty banter and pop-culture references that infuse all the dialogue. Even if you didn’t love the rather flawed A Year in the Life and despised the final four words, you’ll still be happy to see your friends from Stars Hollow again. This show has the tendency to become a part of your life, so approach it with optimistic caution.
Creator: Bill Lawrence
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes
Networks: NBC, ABC
J.D. and the gang give a completely absurd, yet often realistic, look into the world of hospitals. The episodes don’t center around some complex disease; instead, Scrubs is largely character-driven. It was consistently overlooked by the Emmy Awards, and viewership dwindled throughout the seasons. Still, the witty writing and off-beat characters deserved more. In fact, when NBC canceled the show, ABC was confident enough to pick it up for two more seasons (though they were merely a shadow of what the show once was). In its prime, though, it was one of the best sitcoms on TV.