Oldies-But-Goodies: 5 of My Favorite Netflix Rediscoveries

Bird Box, You, Sex Education, and so many other Netflix originals have been all over social media. Like, OMG, Penn Badgley is such a HOT stalker… but, seriously, what about all of the great forgotten movies and shows on the streaming platform? Here’s a list of five oldies-but-goodies to watch when you get tired of all the new movies on the block.

1. Good Will Hunting

What’s better than Matt Damon and Robin Williams starring in a heartfelt drama with perfectly formed Bahstan accents?! That’s right, nothing. This story about love, friendship, and self-acceptance is perfect for a rainy day when you really want to feel something other than stress. Also, once you realize the math professor was one of the dads in Mamma Mia… you can’t go back.

2. Sherlock

If you’re looking for a binge-worthy TV show, here it is. We’ve all heard of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but you’ve never seen them like this. Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect oddball detective who takes every case scarily seriously. Nothing gets by him. Watch as the seemingly unmatched pair solve London crimes that eerily lead to much bigger problems. Get ready for some dark, witty humor coming from 221b Bakers Street.

3. The Andy Griffith Show

So, you’ve never heard of The Andy Griffith Show? Huh, that’s odd. It’s not like it’s a classic black-and-white show, aired in the 1960s, that remains deep in the depths of Netflix…not at all. All jokes aside, this show will take you back to the good ole’ days of slapstick comedy at its finest. Follow Andy, the town sheriff, as he completes his daily duties. As always, something is bound to run amuck, whether it be his son, Opie, or the deputy (and his cousin), Barney.

4. A Cinderella Story

I believe in love at first sight, especially after 14-year-old me watched this movie for the first time. What’s a better way to get away from Netflix originals than watching the ultimate nostalgic movie? I can’t think of one! So grab your gals (who undoubtedly also loved watching teen heartthrob, Chad Michael Murray) and settle in for a movie night filled with cringey moments of young love and a really long California drought.

5. Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Monty Python & The Holy Grail was repressed, UNTIL NOW. Netflix recently put the fan-favorite on the streaming site and it was the best decision they could have made. This weird, mish-mash of humor set in medieval times is inexplicable­––just ask anyone and everyone who’s seen it. It’s a must-see for anyone new to the genius of Monty Python, and a must-see-again for anyone who needs a reminder.

Next time you’re sitting at home or in your dorm, mindlessly scrolling through Netflix, desperate for something to watch that’s not on the Popular on Netflix or Trending Now list… you know where to look.


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