Birds of Prey (13 episodes) — I added this simply out of my own curiosity, which arose once I found out that Aaron Paul was in the pilot of the series: I want to see it, but I don’t want to pay for it. It’s a legendary show among geeks, who give it mixed to bad reviews, but most people have never even heard of it. I am, however, fascinated by the comic-book show’s mythology: It takes place in a future Gotham, where Batman has been exiled, and three female superheroes — the daughter of Selena Kyler and Batman, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, and the daughter of Black Canary — take up crime-fighting duties. Plus, Mia Sara as Harley Quinn. This, I want to see.
The Middle (82 episodes and counting)– The Middle is one of those really good sitcoms that not a lot of people in our demo watch, simply because there are so many other more buzz-worthy sitcoms on television. There’s nothing buzz-y about The Middle: It’s a modest, low-key, slightly more quirky contemporary version of Roseanne. It’s got a lot of heart, and while it’s not MUST SEE television, it is a perfect time-killing sitcom for Netflix. Plus. Sue Heck is really cute in real life.
Suburgatory (29 episodes and counting) — Like The Middle, Suburgatory is often overlooked when discussing today’s best sitcoms, even though it’s been given the plush post-Modern Family time slot. Suburgatory features some really smart performances, and the show has evolved from comedy to something closer to a half-hour dramedy with a few serialized elements. The show does a damn fine job of mixing comedy and pathos, and every once in a while, a bittersweet moment from the series will spring up and kick you in your ass.
Shameless (24 episodes and counting) — I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that any ongoing drama series doesn’t license its previous seasons to Netflix. How many shows now have gained a huge following on Netflix, which has thus enabled the ratings for the first-runs to rise (see Breaking Bad and Mad Men). It’d doubly silly for Showtime, which — unlike HBO — doesn’t make available it’s back catalogue on demand. Shameless is perfect for marathoning, too: Dramatic, but not too heavy, and it has some addictive qualities to it. Plus, Emmy Rossum disrobes a lot.