I often feel like the big movies and TV shows get all the love, and these interesting non-fiction bits that are off on the fringe are ignored. So with that in mind, here are three awesome, and slightly offbeat, shows that you may have missed watching on Netflix:
Category: Fascinating and Mind Bending
Okay, so apparently this was a big deal when it first came out on TV a while back, but I completely missed it when it first aired. Each episode a masked magician shows the secrets behind the popular stage magic tricks. Secrets no magician is supposed to share with the public. First they show the trick being performed, and then they walk you through step by step and show how it was actually pulled off. You can see the tricks behind how a magician can saw a woman in half, make an elephant disappear, and transform a lady into a tiger — and that’s just the first episode.
My hubby was watching this series without me. No big deal right? Then one night he called me into the room to show me a trick that he thought was particularly neat and I couldn’t tear myself away. I would tell myself I am only going to watch and see how they do just one trick… okay make that two.. okay make that entire episode… well maybe just one more. I seriously can’t stop watching this show. It is totally riveting. It also has given me a new respect for the woman who perform as the magician’s stage hands. Those ladies do some seriously crazy stuff, much of which isn’t readily obvious to the audience.
There are 2 seasons on Breaking the Magician’s Code streaming right now on Netflix, for a total of 18 fascinating episodes.
Category: Relaxing and Educational
I mentioned this one once before but I feel it bears repeating — Bob Ross is on Netflix! There is something entrancing about watching this guy paint happy little trees. I have fond memories of watching Bob Ross on PBS when I was a kid, and now my own kids are enjoying watching him on Netflix. My children find him fascinating and my husband finds him soothing. While technically you could be watching this to learn to paint, the reality is this currently ranks as my husband’s favourite: “put it on after work so I can doze off on the couch” show.
There are 26 episodes of Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere currently available on Netflix. It’s listed as “Collection 1” so I’ve got my fingers crossed that there are more episodes to come.
Category: Interesting and Almost Edible (also Available Only on Netflix)
Title: Chef’s Table
Did you guys watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi? It’s not on Netflix right now, but I watched it maybe a year back. For those of you that missed it, this was a phenomenal documentary about an 85-year old sushi master. My husband and I both enjoyed it so much that we watched it twice. Seriously fascinating stuff. Anyroad, I’m mentioning it because what first drove me to want to watch Chef’s Table was the fact that it was created by David Gelb, the man behind Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I figured another food based documentary from the same creator was bound to be good (and heck yeah, I was right).
In this Netflix exclusive series of documentaries each episode tells the story of one chef. These are world-class chefs, who run restaurants around the globe. The chefs tend to have quirky and passionate personalities, and very interesting stories behind how they got to be where they are today. It provides a unique glimpse into the kitchens, the cuisines, and the minds, of top chefs around the world. The pacing on these documentaries can be a bit slow at times, but overall it’s interesting stuff and well worth the watch.
There are currently three seasons available to watch, Chef’s Table Seasons 1 & 2, and then Chef’s Table France (a.k.a Season 3, which just premiered on Sept.2nd), and I believe there’s a fourth season in the works.
If you’re looking for a few more suggestions from the Documentaries section check out this list of “gamer” themed Netflix shows that I published over on And She Games.
What about you folks? What oddball things do you watch on Netflix?
|Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and as such I will be providing thoughts and suggestions about what’s currently showing on Netflix. As always my words and opinions are my own.|