Netflix and Chill? Summer 2016 Edition
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Exams are over and the semester has officially ended. Between soaking up the sun this summer and filling your days with fun activities, unwind with these five must-sees streaming on Netflix now.
After leaving her late night talk show hosting gig on E! in 2014, and a two-year hiatus from television altogether, funny gal Chelsea Handler returns to the silver screen with her Netflix documentary “Chelsea Does.” A four-part investigation into the controversial topics of marriage, technology, racism and drugs, the series and Handler are unabashedly frank, characteristically brazen and unexpectedly introspective.
Fans of “Chelsea Lately” will recognize past roundtable members, including Lani Love, Fortune Feimster and Josh Wolf. Highlights of the series include Handler reconnecting with her first love, ranting to Khloe Kardashian about selfie culture, interviewing the family of Walter Scott and smoking pot with Willie Nelson.
With its ridiculously good-looking cast, enthralling storyline and graphic set design, Marvel’s “Daredevil” is arguably the most binge-worthy series on Netflix now. Fans of the first season of this superhero-crime drama were promised two new characters in the second season, which debuted in March. Needless to say, Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yug) and Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher (“Walking Dead” villain Jon Bernthal), make Wilson Fisk look like a teddy bear.
Exploring the complex and often muddled relationship between the law and individual ethics, “Daredevil” is as intelligent as its single-shot fight scenes are arresting. Clearly inspired by the comic books, every episode can be paused at any point to reveal what looks like a cell taken directly from the pages.
Longtime friends and writing partners Bob Odenkirk and David Cross turn sketch comedy on its head with their first aptly titled Netflix original series “W/ Bob and David.” After wrapping “Mr. Show with Bob and David” in 1998, the comedic duo enter a time machine to travel to the present day, only to find it took them precisely sixteen years to get here.
Characters bring with them props, one-liners and other parts of one scene, walk through a door and begin anew in the next. Unlike those of “SNL” and “Mad TV,” each “Bob and David” skit transitions seamlessly into the next, creating one cohesive and hilarious storyline by the end of the episode.
If you haven’t yet fully recovered from finishing “Master of None” in less than a week, Judd Apatow’s “Love” and its perfect driving playlist will undoubtedly expedite the healing process. Though set in the alternate reality of the Hollywood Hills and portrayed by a predominantly white, cisgender cast of quirky characters, “Love’s” themes are universal and will make any 20-something whose participated in modern courtship sigh and admit, “Been there.”
Recovering alcoholic Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and nice guy Gus (co-creator Paul Rust) are newly single, and as the Apatow universe would have it, this freak and geek meet, have awkward sex, and then try to make sense of their feelings. The series examines the role of gender, technology, consumerism and spirituality in young adult relationships, all while somehow managing to cultivate a nostalgia for the present generation.
Comedic powerhouses Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers team up to parody one of sedentary America’s favorite media forms in “Documentary Now!” Each episode pokes fun at hallmarks of the genre including immersive investigative reporting and the use of found footage. If you’re not yet sold, Helen Mirren introduces each episode, Jack Black and Ty Dolla $ign make cameos and Lorne Michaels is an executive producer.
Their commitment to their characters make Armisen and Hader an absolute joy to watch. For example, Hader wears a pair of heather grey sweatpants as a head scarf throughout the entire first episode and Armisen is unflinching in his deadpan deliveries. Together the “SNL” alumni do what they do best—make smart comedy using completely oblivious characters.