Atypical revolves around high school senior, Sam Gardner. He loves penguins, art, and biology and just happens to be on the autism spectrum. Follow the Gardner family as they navigate relationships at school and home, while Sam works to gain more independence and life experience in this witty, yet heart-tugging Netflix original series. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream through Netflix on our Rokus.
In this British mystery, a young boy is killed. Set in a small town on a remote island, everyone knows everyone. Each life in this town of Broadchurch is connected, which is why it is such a mystery. The killer is someone you would never expect. There are two detectives on the case, DC Ellie Miller and her boss, Alec Hardy. Both are excessively driven. Alec Hardy is an outsider, who applied for the Head job and got it. Ellie wanted that job, was promised that job but didn’t get it. And she’s angry and bitter about it. It makes the relationship between Hardy and Ellie very stressful at times.
Broadchurch is a fast-paced, in your face, TV series with twists and turns. The Latimers are the family whose son has been killed. They are a family in crisis. Heck, the entire town is in crisis. And the writers have cleverly intertwined three stories in one, which are related to each other. Watching this series will keep you up at night trying to identify the murderer. Check out our list of British Detective Series…Now.
When we meet Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), she’s just been told that following her death, she’s made it into the “Good Place” due to all of the points she accrued through acts of kindness and humanitarian efforts. Eleanor is greeted by Michael (played brilliantly by America’s sweetheart, Ted Danson), an immortal being who gives her a tour of the cheerfully colored neighborhood and introduces her to her soulmate, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), a former ethics professor who agonizes over every decision.
Everything seems perfect—except for one thing: Eleanor doesn’t belong in the Good Place. There’s been a mix-up. She isn’t the Eleanor Shellstrop who worked in third world countries, instead, she’s the Eleanor whose job was to scam people into buying fake medications. In an effort to keep her secret, Eleanor convinced Chidi to teach her ethics to help her blend in by appearing to be a good person.
The Good Place is a fun, laugh-out-loud comedy that will easily brighten your day. We even included it on our list of Feel Good TV Favorites! Check out the first season of The Good Place, and keep season two at the ready so you can immediately binge it after the season one twist.
Ah, the idyllic English countryside. There’s nothing more peaceful—or is there? Lurking beneath the surface, there may be a murderer among us. Sweet and kindly grandmothers, cherubic children, your next-door neighbor Bob—no one is safe from suspicion. It’s up to Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his faithful Detective Sergeant to put the pieces together before someone else meets their untimely demise in the long-running British TV series Midsomer Murders.
Meet Retsuko. She’s just your average red panda accountant, except for one thing. Retsuko has a secret. In order to release all the rage from her humdrum 9-5 job, she performs karaoke death metal. But shh, don’t tell. No one else can know.
Experience Retsuko’s life with her and all her friends in Aggretsuko on Netflix! Check out one of our Rokus to use the library’s Netflix subscription.
The PBS series Craft in America presents artists currently working in the U.S.: furniture makers, blacksmiths, weavers, jewelry makers, glass blowers, and more. Often times, artists have learned their craft from parents and grandparents, and it’s inspiring to see that these traditions can be kept alive from generation to generation—the way other skills such as cooking or gardening can be passed down. If you want an inside look at how a craft object is created—from the materials used, and the design process, to the workshop where it all comes together—you’ll want to check out Craft in America!
Imagine an extremely dark, adult world where Harry Potter meets Narnia, and you’ll pretty much have The Magicians. Based on Lev Grossman‘s book series of the same name, follow a handful of young adults at a magical graduate school of sorts hidden in upstate New York. Their story is not for the faint of heart! In between classes, homework, and bizarre magical field trips, Quentin and his friends learn the fantasy world of a childhood book series is real, along with a bloodthirsty beast who has it in for not only them, but also the rest of humanity.
Watch Season 1 of The Magicians on DVD or borrow a Roku to stream it via Netflix.
After his girlfriend leaves him, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) breaks out of maximum-security prison with four months left in his four-year sentence. Caught (again) by FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the charismatic con man finagles a deal to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals in exchange for his (supervised) freedom. With interesting cases and entertaining banter, White Collar is a comedic crime show that proves life isn’t always black and white.
If you wondered what would happen after the end of Catch Me If You Can, this might be the show for you. We’ve also created a list of movies featuring Criminals We Love—check that out too.
As England moves into the 1960s, Elizabeth comes into her own as queen. We saw this beginning to take form at the end of season 1 (read my review here or Katie’s take here), but after almost a decade and three prime ministers, she’s grown up quite a bit. Royal life is not without its troubles, though, and season two continues with the rocky marriage of Elizabeth and Philip, the scandals of Princess Margaret, and balancing her role as queen and her role as a woman. New conflicts arise with the threat of war in Egypt, public backlash against Elizabeth’s reign, plus the war between progress and tradition.
Tune in to season two of The Crown on Netflix by checking out one of our rokus to see the Kennedys, a bad haircut, Matt Smith’s brilliant beard, and a whole lot of period drama.
For anyone obsessed with Britain’s royal family (like me!), The Crown is a perfect blend of drama and actual history, creating a highly enjoyable television series.
The first season of The Crown covers the years 1947-1955, which includes famous events such as Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip, King George VI’s passing, and Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. But there are also a fair amount of things I had no idea happened in England, like the Great Smog of 1952.
I spent a lot of time after episodes doing research and now you don’t have to; a companion book was released that documents the differences between series and true history.
If you’re waiting on the third royal baby to be born in April or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage in May, this is a fabulous way to pass the time!
Watch season 1 of The Crown on DVD or borrow a Roku to stream it via Netflix. Stay tuned—next week, Jez reviews season 2.