More and more television networks are taking shows off the air to make room for new ones. Television shows cycle out to allow new ideas and creators to shine. However, not all new shows make it to major networks, when current shows get picked up for more and more seasons, such as “Supernatural,” which is on its eleventh season. In the past, new show ideas that either didn’t make it to the network or were turned down just disappeared into the archives. Thanks to popular streaming service Netflix, however, shows are getting picked up,
and more creators are moving to Netflix with new ideas.
Netflix is known for their original dramas, and “Between” is added to that list. A small town is shocked when a mysterious disease kills anyone over the age of 22, leaving the young adults of the town to fend for themselves. Not only do they have to fight for their own survival in a Lord of the Flies-esque plot, but they also have to fight for their town while the government is trying to quarantine them in their hometown prison. “Between” has one season available for streaming and stars “iCarly” and “Sam and Cat” star Jenette McCurdy, and also stars Jim Watson and Ryan Allen.
Not limiting themselves to US-based drama, Netflix added “Peaky Blinders” to its drama list as well. A violent English street gang is causing mayhem in the streets of Birmingham, England in 1919, and gang leader Tommy Shelby is at the helm. When faced with an Irish police chief set on bringing them down, blood will run in the streets of England until a winner is crowned. “Peaky Blinders” has two season available for streaming. This show stars “Batman Begins” alumn Cillian Murphy.
Netflix also knows how to lighten the mood with original comedies. “Grace and Frankie” follows two friends who think they have the perfect retirement planned out, until their husbands declare their love for each other. Now the two best friends reinvent their lives living with each other. “Grace and Frankie” stars acting legends Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.
If sarcastic and slightly rude comedy is more up your viewing ally, then Netflix caters to you too. “Wilfred”, starring Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings series, shows Ryan, a depressed man with a crush on the girl next door. Their paths cross when she asks Ryan to pet sit for her. Unbeknownst to her, there’s one hiccup; Ryan sees her dog as a human in a dog suit who talks to him. Ryan is the only one who sees the “dog” for who he really is-or is it all part of his delusion? Netflix hosts four seasons available for streaming.
For children and family viewing,
the creative team at Netflix has come up with a few cartoons that would please children of any age. Sometimes those ideas are completely original, and sometimes they take already existing franchises and reimagine them. Such is the case with “Dragons” Race to the Edge”. Dreamworks Pictures and the creator of the amazingly popular “How to Train Your Dragons” movies bring Hiccup and Toothless on a bigger adventure in this Netflix-only series.
Similar to the cartoon series “Monster High”, Netflix hosts “Ever After High” as well. In this fairy tale high school, there are the Royals and the Rebels, each group the children of either fairy tale royalty or good, or villains. Those lines blur when children of the tale stars choose their own destinies, date outside of their social circles, and compete to be the fairest in the land.
All these and more are currently available for streaming.

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