It is time, once again, for a look at television and movies you should be watching on the Netflix streaming service.
This week: A beloved series says goodbye, another installment of a terrible/amazing movie, a comedian prepares for her big Netflix talk show debut and much more.
Parks and Recreation (Available now, Season 7)
The final season of the beloved show highlighting the fictional Pawnee, Indiana parks department is now available. It takes a big leap forward, literally, jumping three years into the future to catch up with all of your favorite characters. Leslie Knope is now the Regional Director of the National Parks service, and she is feuding with former boss Ron Swanson (who might be the greatest television character of all time). There is much to enjoy about this season.
Sharknado 3 (January 22)
If you're the kind of person that enjoys gloriously bad television just for the sake of bad television, the Sharknado series is right up your alley. You've probably heard of it; it's a cultural phenomenon. But even with the massive ratings it pulls on SyFy, it is still amazing that Sharknado 3 was even made. This one stars Mark Cuban as the President of the United States, which should tell you all you need to know. Oh, and the killer sharks somehow make their way into space in this one and attack the space station. Seriously. This was so terrible and yet so entertaining.
Chelsea Does (January 23)
Comedian Chelsea Handler will have a new talk show on Netflix later this year, but for now she has this four-part documentary series to set it up. The show tackles many topics, some of which include marriage, drugs and racism.
With the return of Mulder and Scully for the new X-Files mini-series airing on Fox, what better time to go back and submerge yourself in the weird, wacky and intriguing original series?
If you've never seen the outstanding Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon: what is wrong with you? It flew under the radar during the original airing and was canceled, but a cult following has developed around it over the years. Serenity was something of a love letter to Firefly fans. Just like the series, it is a "space western," and it is wildly entertaining.
Friday Night Tykes
This documentary series focuses on a youth football league in Texas. The coaches and parents are overbearing and, well, just a little bit crazy. It's kinda like those shows focusing on beauty pageant children and their parents, only with brutal football as the center.
I'm including this here because of the wonderful performance of Alan Rickman, who passed away last week. Rickman isn't the only standout performer here, though. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the cast make this space comedy a must-see filled with laughs. As I said with Serenity earlier: if you haven't seen this, what is wrong with you?