Some of them wowed the critics and are still rocking it on Rotten Tomatoes, but some of them are forgettable drags that are best left in the garbage heap of streaming history. Here’s twenty-five of each for your reading pleasure.
Hit: Feel Good
in "Feel Good," Mae Martin stars as Mae, a stand-up comedian adjusting to life in London. She starts a new relationship and struggles with sobriety. The fresh, funny series is much-loved, with a one-hundred percent critic rating and an eighty-four percent from the audience. It's an intimate portrait of addiction and love that is at once sweetly charming and uncomfortably complicated.
As Paula Vázquez Prieto wrote for La Nación: “The series progresses with a nigh-perfect rhythm and manages to deal with the complexity of its character...with an amazing equilibrium between anguish and irreverence. The series is still running currently, and a second season is all but assured.
Flop: Brews Brothers
When two competitive and very different brothers, Adam (Mike Castle) and Wilhelm (Alan Aisenberg), come together to try and keep their brewery afloat, it sounds like a good setting for an eight-episode show, but critics and audiences both found the show lacking for a number of reasons.
While you may likely get some laughs, they end up feeling few and far between, and as the season goes on a sense of sameness and boredom begins to set in. Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic says: “There are some laughs here and there, and indeed some pretty outrageous situations.” However, the series never does anything special. With what it's given.
Hit: Dash and Lily
"Dash and Lily" lets us see two teens fall in love with only the help of a notebook. The main characters, played by Austin Abrams and Midori Francis, dare each other to complete tasks in New York City. It's a delightful teenage rom-com that even has a healthy dash of holiday cheer for a movie that is perfect for watching during a Christmas break.
Audiences and critics both loved this film, which has cynical Dash and optimistic Lily learning that they have more in common than they might think. Writes Kevin Fallon for The Daily Beast: “It's about nice people who deserve happiness experiencing kindness when they need it and falling in love. It's cute, people! We deserve this!”
Flop: Spinning Out
Drama series "Spinning Out" has Kaya Scodelario as figure skater Kat Baker, setting her sights on the Olympics while trying to balance her love life and family. This soapy drama features an oft-neglected sport, figure skating, but many critics didn't think that it focused on the sport enough. Audiences, however, ended up enjoying it.
Critics gave it a fifty-nine percent, while the audience gave it a ninety-one. It ends up sometimes being more melodramatic than meaningful. It might not stick the landing, but it has all the makings of an addictive watch, which for some people could even turn it into something more painful – there was something there.
Hit: The Queen's Gambit
Anya Taylor-Joy shines as Beth Harmon, an orphaned gal who focuses so much on chess that everything else starts to fall away. Based on a book by Walter Tevis, the story also follows Harmon as addiction and loss start to take their toll.
Though only a miniseries, it's received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, thanks in part to Taylor-Joy's electric performance in the lead role. “[I]t's one of the year's best series,” says RogerEbert.com's Allison Shoemaker. The series has already ended, but there's nothing so binge-worthy as a mini-series as captivating as this one. This queen rules.
Flop: The Goop Lab
When Gwenyth Paltrow started her Goop store, she attracted all kinds of people who don't understand health or nutrition. Seeing as how she's famous, the stores got big. Then, Netflix gave her a show. "The Goop Lab" has revealed the truth behind Paltrow's Goop: there isn't much. It explores therapy, products, and services, but it peddles little more than pseudoscience.
Paltrow's charm is the only thing holding this show afloat, but anyone who hasn't already drunk the Kool-aid is sure to turn it off – whether from boredom or disgust – after an episode or two. The show's inaccuracies and wild claims are just the start.
Hit: Da 5 Bloods
With a singular, propulsive vision, Spike Lee delivers another high-octane film. In "Da 5 Bloods", a group of Vietnam vets returns to the country where they lost their innocence in order to find the remains of their former squad leader, Norman Holloway (played by the deceased Chadwick Boseman).
While plenty of critics heaped good words on the movie, audiences weren't as convinced “ Da 5 Bloods is the first movie I've seen since lockdown that made me yearn to be in a packed cinema,” says Charlotte O'Sullivan in her review of the London Evening Standard. However, negative reviews stated the movie's length makes it unfocused, slow, and pretentious.
Flop: October Faction
If you found out your parents were part of a secret society that hunts monsters, no doubt you'd think your life is ripe for a Netflix series. However, "October Faction" follows that idea exactly, but the overstuffed plot and haphazard editing left critics and audiences scratching their heads.
Subplots are introduced and left hanging, inorganic characters fail to catch your attention, and the effort of the ten-episode series comes off as half-baked. Audiences were a bit more lenient but at a mere fifty percent score. In her review for Pajiba, Tori Preston couldn't believe her eyes. “[A] major character died on screen, and I couldn't tell until they cut to the tombstone.”
Hit: Queen Sono
Top class spy starts her new mission only to discover shocking information about the man who killed her mother. Pearl Thrust stars as Queen Sono in a South African spy show that wowed critics.
Audiences didn't exactly crown Sono, but plenty still found it enjoyable. With epic action sequences and soapy characters you'll love to laugh at, you might just find this series a delight. As Jazmin Kopotsha wrote for Refinery 29, “ Queen Sono is more than just an appealing spy thriller. It's a fierce, conscious celebration of black Africa and the women at its heart.”
Flop: The Last Thing He Wanted
If we told you a movie starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe had just come out, there's no doubt you'd be interested – there's something there for everybody. But "The Last Thing He Wanted" crashed hard, garnering a mere five percent critic rating. Audiences kinder by an inch with thirteen percent.
This adaptation of the 1996 Joan Didion novel went so wrong it's being called by some the worst movie of the year. When news journalist Elena McMahon leaves her job to fulfill her father's dying wish, the muddled narrative and phoned-in performances take this great novel and turn it into a hot stinker of a film.
Hit: Never Have I Ever
Inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood, 'Never Have I Ever" is a charming look at a first-generation Indian American teenager who is ready for a new school year after a bad freshman year. Expectations from her family, rivalries in school, and attention from her lifelong crush all help complicate things for Devi, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
Critics and audiences both love the series and creator Kaling were pleased to announce the second season not long ago. Though the situations might become a bit stale and predictable, the show always has fun quirks and interesting details that always keep it endearing and fresh.
Flop: Dangerous Lies
When Katie Franklin's elderly employer unexpectedly dies and names her the sole recipient of her wealth, all eyes are on her. Franklin (Camila Mendes) has to prove her innocence, but the movie lands with a thud even during its big moments. Even critics who give it a positive score hedge their reviews in language that makes it clear they're searching for a pearl in a pigsty.
None of the actors shine, the writing is middling at best, and it seems more like a made-for-TV movie than something that might have garnered a bigger release. Though an interesting puzzle and a good idea for a drama-thriller, it fails to keep the audience's attention.
When Elijah (Mamoudou Athie) chooses not to take over his father's barbecue business in favor of training to become a master sommelier, it struck a chord with critics, garnering a ninety-one percent fresh rating. Audiences weren't as kind, handing it a sixty-five percent and citing predictable writing.
However, the actors in the film are being lauded by all, and the interesting take on what is an old idea (a son going against his father's wishes) has been well-received. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite vintage and settle in to watch a movie you might just love. Just like wine, however, it isn't for everybody.
Flop: Coffee and Kareem
This Odd-Couple-esque humor and action movie left viewers perplexed. Critics and audiences alike felt battered by movie references and influences, which kept the film from finding its own place. Katie Walsh of the Tribune News Service called it a “profoundly irritating, cacophonous mess.”
The movie had far too much action to allow the characters to do anything that would endear us, and the humor, such as it is, never really lands. With enough reworking, a better movie might have shown itself, but buried underneath the poor filmmaking it was hard for anyone to find something enjoyable here. Some critics have even gone so far as to call the movie racist.
A documentary needs to capture the highs and lows of whatever its subject is, and that's exactly what Cheer accomplishes. Following an inspirational troupe of teens who are more than willing to engage in the tough trials of a competition.
The series follows the coach, Monica Aldama, and numerous members of the team, allowing us a look at their lives and how they prepare themselves. The slow direction and directorial choices are personal and intimate without feeling intrusive, and the six-episode series is sure to be a hit with anyone who is fond of the sport of cheerleading.
Flop: Fatal Affair
Better relegated to daytime television, drama-thriller film Fatal Affair proved to be lazy and predictable. When Ellie Warren (Nia Long) reconnects with her college friend David (Omar Epps), she uses her newfound attraction to him to help her repair her marriage with her husband.
It's earned a mere eighteen percent critic rating, and audiences haven't even been that kind. “One word into a typical line of dialogue, and the audience can mouth the rest of it along with the characters,” writes Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune. Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall called it a “half-hearted gender-flipped remake of Fatal Attraction .”
Hit: The Baby-Sitters Club
When a group of seventh-graders start a babysitting business to earn some extra cash, it throws fans of the classic book series back in time in a great way. Critics love this series, and audiences found it perfectly palatable as well.
Every actor fits their given role perfectly, and the ten-episode season one is bursting with heartwarming moments that not only keep the spirit of the original and much-loved series of books, but also updates the setting for a new generation. It's the kind of show that kids and adults can take their places on the couch and enjoy together. A second season is already in the works, much to the joy of viewers.
"Holidate," starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, proved to be nothing but predictable for critics and audiences alike. The film brings a few recognizable names, but even those don't help the film do anything spectacular.
Roberts and Bracey are strangers who agree to be each others' significant others during the holidays, in order to avoid the constant questioning from relatives and friends. You already know where this is going – the two end up falling for each other. While the principle actors have good chemistry, there's little that the script and directing does that is noteworthy. It's pretty and bright but has little to offer. It's the movie equivalent of Peeps.
Hit: The Half of It
With a personal, unique nature – little more than young love is at risk here – "The Half of It" has delivered a wonderful film that is tender, smart, and funny. When Paul enlists Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) for help winning the affection of his crush Aster, Ellie discovers he isn't the only one who is falling for the girl.
What flaws the movie does have aren't fatal, and delivers an important message, as Roxana Hadadi of Chesapeake Family Magazine writes: “ The Half of It respects its characters and its viewers alike, delivering a love story that finds as much meaning in a platonic relationship as a romantic one.”
All it takes to get Wesley, Brooke, and Kaylie, played by Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Sarah Burns, respectively, on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Mexico is a drunken email from Wesley to her boyfriend. Such is how Desperados starts, but it doesn't really go anywhere else. Tomris Laffly from RogerEbert.com called it “among the most abysmal romantic comedies that came out of this century.”
The ideas are outdated, the comedy fails to land anywhere, and the romance sections, which switches from Wesley's boyfriend to an old flame played by Lamorne Morris in true rom-com fashion, feels fake. Since almost the beginning, the film had no stakes, and neither audiences nor critics enjoyed it.
Hit: The Midnight Gospel
It's an animated series that has an out-of-this-world premise, and even out of this universe. Clancy Gilroy (Duncan Trussel provides his voice) travels to different dimensions to interview guests for his video podcast. Boasting unique, extraordinary animation and touching on a vast swathe of topics, it made for a mesmerizing first season.
It's a mind-bending experience that is not often seen, even in adult animation, and there's something here for almost everyone. From quirky presidents to immortal creatures, this show is loaded with ideas – though some critics say it's overloaded, and say a little more structure might have been nice.
Flop: A Fall From Grace
If you watched A Fall From Grace, you might end up laughing – unfortunately, the movie is supposed to be a drama. It was reported that Tyler Perry and crew filmed this feature in a mere five days and, regretfully, it shows.
The plot and continuity are all over the place as Grace Waters (Crystal Fox) await trial for the murder of her second husband with a novice public defender (Bresha Webb) in her corner. Its laughable direction and writing becomes so bad it starts to circle around back to good. Gather some friends, get some drinks, and settle in to enjoy a film that is far funnier than it meant to be.
Based on a memoir by Deborah Feldman, "Unorthodox "follows Esther Shapiro (played brilliantly by the young Shira Haas) as she comes to understand she isn't meant to stay in her secluded Hasidic community. This dramatic miniseries effortlessly channels the suspense and trauma – even the danger – of trying to break away from the only life Esther knows.
The mini-series uses a quasi-documentary aspect, which might feel too personal to some, but the delicate tone of the series takes us along without stopping. Critics have given it a ninety-five percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences weren't as kind, though still getting it up to eighty-one percent.
Flop: Hillbilly Elegy
While a flop by critical standards (twenty-six percent), audiences came out of the woodwork to love this film (a remarkable eighty-six percent). Based on a memoir by J. D. Vance, the drama follows a law student who returns to his family and his hometown in the not-so-deep south.
Critics found the movie bland (Wenlei Ma of News.com.au called it a “relentlessly gloomy, often trite, movie.”), but audiences decided they didn't care and went on to laud it. “A well-crafted, believable story,” said one audience member. “I highly recommend this view into a common story that has a not so common result,” another said.
Hit: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
In the sequel to the hit romantic-comedy, Lana Condor is back playing Lara Jean and Noah Centineo is still playing Peter. The two are settling into their new relationship when old flame Jordan Fisher reappears.
While the film is unlikely to convert anybody who wasn't a fan of the first movie, its sincerity and heartfelt emotion is sure to please those who enjoyed part one of this franchise. Critics enjoyed the film, yet audiences found it lacking, citing sequelitis. “Worse than the first, in addition to having a simple and tacky plot.”
Flop: The Letter for the King
When a dying knight pressures Tiuri (Amir Wilson) into delivering a letter to a nearby king, an adventurous series begins. Though the series aspires for fantasy swashbuckling greatness, it never really finds its footing.
The plot is stretched across too many episodes, and the "Game of Thrones" setting without any of the heart-pounding events from "Game of Thrones" means this series doesn't have much to offer. Even with only six episodes, the show runs out of steam too quickly, and both critics and audiences, while not hating the show, decided six episodes was more than enough. For fantasy-loving kids it can be a distraction, but not much else.
Hit: The Old Guard
While it occasionally dipped into melodrama, "The Old Guard" indulged in action that was worth a visit to the Netflix queue. Four immortal mercenaries, led by Andromache (played by female action great Charlize Theron) are hired by the CIA to rescue kidnapped children in South Sudan.
It was more than it seems since the movie not only had tons of intense action scenes, but it could even be seen as a new look at the superhero genre. Theron in particular was lauded: “The Mad Max star delivers a powerful, brooding, sometimes heartbreaking performance which viewers will quickly latch on to,” says Callum Crumlish of the UK Daily Express .
Following a fictionalized version of young psychologist Sigmund Freud, played by Robert Finster, was an odd film for many people, audiences and critics alike. While the film itself neither made waves nor plummeted to awful depths, the issue a lot of people had was because of the strange departure from traditional biopic structure.
Critics were torn about whether or not it was worth it, as the series hovers around fifty percent (“The series isn't terrible, but it's not as good as it could be,” says Hannah Brown of the Jerusalem Post) but audiences were a little more one-sided, giving it a mere thirty-eight percent.
Hit: The Stranger
Richard Armitage plays Adam Price, a man with a happy life and happy wife, despite having just gone through a miscarriage. From nowhere, an unknown woman appears, revealing that his wife faked her recent pregnancy and miscarriage.
Based on the hit novel by Harlan Coben, "The Stranger" wasn't perfect, but it had plenty of critics and audiences speaking its praises. Kylie Klein-Nixon from Stuff.co.nz said it's: “A clever, mystery thriller, that doesn't reveal its secrets until it absolutely has to.” While the series is seen as a step down from the original book, it's still a binge-able option for suspense fans who need something to watch.
Flop: The English Game
A six-part miniseries, "The English Game" depicts the early origins of soccer, and its ability to unite players and people from across class lines. Critics found the series middling (Lucy Mangan of The Guardian called it “ Downton Abbey for boys” and “terrible”) but audiences, especially those who are fans of this international sport, were much keener.
While the relationship drama feels wooden and forced, the sections about football itself attracted a lot more attention. An interesting time in history and an interesting story is hindered by some sloppy writing, but this series isn't without its charms if you like a bit of footy.
Hit: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
Is it true crime? Is it a documentary series? Who knows what we know is that almost everyone couldn't help but binge-watch this unique look at the big cat sanctuary business. Add in corruption, crime, and some of the wildest characters that have ever appeared on a series, and you have a hit.
From Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin to all of the smaller names, it's hard to look away from this series, whether or not you want to. Critics and audiences alike found the series mind-blowing, proving that often the reality is stranger than fiction. Both groups have given "Tiger King" around eighty-five percent.
Flop: AJ and the Queen
The “odd couple” idea is at play in AJ in the Queen, which shows famous drag queen RuPaul playing drag queen Ruby Red, finding an unlikely friend and companion in AJ (Izzy G.) while on the road. “ AJ and the Queen can be a lot of fun... But the series is riddled with scripting snags, potentially by virtue of trying to balance camp and commentary in hour-long episodes,” says Ashlie D. Stevens from Salon.com.
While critics have given it a fifty-two percent, audiences have fallen in love with this odd couple, giving the series a ninety percent. “It was funny, campy – but also could be very sad and very sobering at times.”
Hit: I Am Not Okay With This
With winning dark humor and a darling performance by the main actress Sophia Lillis as Sydney, "I Am Not Okay" With This is based on a comic book of the same name that has seventeen-year-old Sydney developing telekinetic powers.
It's full of the awkward charms of adolescence, but also adds on plenty of supernatural twists. There's nothing like struggling at home and at school when you also have to worry about lifting things with your mind. “Netflix's I Am Not Okay With This” is a genre-defying coming-of-age tale that will leave you begging for a second season,” says Karen Rought of Hypable.
Flop: Space Force
Though packed with star power thanks to Steve Carell, John Malkovich, and other big names, "Space Force" fails to deliver, existing somewhere between parody and international drama, which is a blurry, fuzzy zone that left a lot of critics puzzled, though audiences enjoyed it.
Steve Carell's character, General Naird, is rushed into getting boots on the moon, and this series was rushed out in a similar way. It brings grins with shots at humor, but laughter is few and far between. Based on a Trump reveal during his presidency, it lives up to the expectation of a flash-in-the-pan television event that will be forgotten soon.
Hit: Miss Americana
Few musical artists have gotten as much attention during the new millennium as Taylor Swift. Mrs. America showed us an extensive look at her career, from her humble beginnings as a fledgling country music star to her current status as one of the leaders of the pop world.
Lana Wilson's direction draws you in, but most critics cited Swift's revealing interviews to be the biggest parts of the feature. By giving us a glimpse into what it's like living with fame, plenty of juicy details for the Swifty, and a humanizing look at someone that most of us will only ever see on stage.
Flop: Spenser Confidential
To solve the death of his former colleagues, ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) recruits an amateur MMA fighter, played by Winston Duke. "Spenser Confidential" attempts to walk the line between action film, thriller, and comedy, and you may notice three things don't have a single line between them.
With anemic acting and a paint-by-numbers plot, the film attempts to skate by on Wahlberg's star power alone, but just can't cut the mustard. Though certainly not offensively bad, the film is little more than forgettable. While serviceable, not much more can be said about this film, which was panned by critics and audiences alike.
"Gentefied" follows three Mexican-American cousins as they grapple with gentrification and disillusionment as they attempt to achieve their own version of the American dream. As "Gentefied" juggled numerous topics, it does so with constant good humor and memorable characters.
Critics lauded the series, though audiences weren't as in love with the show, stating that an uncomfortable number of ethnic and racial stereotypes fill the show, along with lots of poor writing and uninteresting storylines. However, general consensus is that the show is a winner, especially for those who are interested in seeing gentrification at work.
Flop: Ghost Stories
The critic scores were bad, but the audience scores are even worse for "Ghost Stories," an anthology series of four short horror films featuring dangerous strangers, spooky children, cannibals, and spirits. Calling the series hit-or-miss is putting it lightly, and there's not much dread or sense of foreboding, which is sure to tank any appreciation from horror fans.
Each of the shorts has a different director, which explains the diverse and confusing styles. A rare positive review by John Serba of Decider even didn't have much to say: “Kashyap's short is brilliant, as overtly disturbing as it is suggestive. The others are imminently skippable.”
Hit: Medical Police
As a parody of both medical shows and police procedurals, "Medical Police" stars Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel as a pair of crime-fighting doctors investigating a deadly virus. Critics and audiences loved the show as a parody of the dramatic hospital shows that have been part of the slate prime-time slate for decades.
The series has the two main characters trying to get to the bottom of the truth behind a powerful disease. “While there are plenty of jokes that fail to land, the pace is fast enough that uncompelling bits don't have time to stink up the joint, and the moments that do work play well,” says Liz Hannon miller of Collider.
Flop: Love Wedding Repeat
The cast gave it their all, but "Love Wedding Repeat" couldn't rise above the script and the forced comedy. Even with names like Olivia Munn and Sam Claflin, this feature film didn't make much of a splash with either critics or audiences.
As Claflin's character Jack is trying to keep his guests happy at his sister's wedding, he's also doing his level best to attract his old crush Dina (Munn). The interesting way the movie is presented, with alternate outcomes from the different scenarios of the same day that stretch out to what appears to be alternative universes, doesn't cover up sub-par plotting and directing.
This anthology series ties together a collection of stories filmed at home during our current year of being trapped at home. It includes a large array of filmmakers including Ladi Ly, Paolo Sorrentino, and Gurinder Chadha. “The isolation, dislocation, and alienation that we've all been experiencing are stock ingredients of science fiction and horror,” writes Demetrious Matheou of The Arts Desk.
The stories range from a crumbling relationship to a man in a nursing home confessing his love to an old girlfriend, and even a Glasgow teen who takes to his imagination to escape the tedium and isolation of daily life.
Flop: The Kissing Booth 2
As far as flops go, sequels are easy pickings, since they're usually made to regain the people who enjoyed the first installment and made to collect eyes and money. Such is the case with "The Kissing Booth 2," which features Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Taylor Zakhar Perez.
This sequel to a well-received teen romantic comedy has been called almost unwatchable by critics, who gave it only a twenty-eight percent rating. Audiences didn't mind it as much, but still only afforded it a forty percent after all was said and done. The high point is King's performance, who does much with what little she is given.
Not many shows reach a certified one hundred percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but this crime thriller with a sharp sense of humor is one of them. Coproduced by Netflix and BBC, Giri/Haji follows a Tokyo detective who travels to London who tries to find his brother, wanted for a Japanese businessman.
He tries to maintain his family's honor and the fragile peace between warring gangs both in the UK and in Japan. With stylish violence and memorable scenes of familial importance, hardly anyone who watched this show didn't find something they loved. Young Aoi Okuyama fills the cast, and she rounds out this part-cop, part-anime, and part-love stories series that is unique as it is enjoyable.
It wasn't a great year for Indian originals if some of the items on this list are to be believed. Betaal only garnered a horrid fourteen percent from critics, though most audience members found it much more enjoyable, getting it a seventy-two percent rating.
There was a lot of banking on the success of Betaal, but it too joined the many flops Netflix has produced this year. Despite being a zombie horror series, the show has few scares and not much else. Poulomi Das from Silverscreen India writes: “Even as a gimmick, Betaal is astoundingly banal. It also doesn't help that neither of its protagonists can command a significant emotional investment in them.”
Hit: Immigration Nation
There’s no bigger look at a huge hot-button issue than "Immigration Nation," which is just what it says on the tin. The six-part docu-series was shot over a period of about three years and captures the inner workings of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, as well as activists, lawmakers, attorneys, illegal immigrants, and everyone from longtime residents to military combat veterans who have just moved home.
Of all the originals on this list, this one might have the strangest disparity between the critical score (a sparkling hundred percent) and the audience score at a mere fifty-nine percent, with some stating it’s nothing more than inaccurate propaganda.
Flop: The Wrong Missy
You knew Adam Sandler was going to show up somewhere on this list. This boom-or-bust filmmaker and actor have had a string of busts thanks to his big deal with Netflix, and "The Wrong Missy" is just another offering for the trash heap.
A man accidentally invites a bad date to a work retreat in Hawaii and has to figure out how to make it through without going crazy. Audiences too had to figure out a way to keep their sanity as poor jokes ooze forth, slow and obvious. With a mere thirty-three percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this is even one of the better films that Sandler has produced.
Hit: Blood of Zeus
Netflix has made numerous forays into anime. Some successful, such as "Blood of Zeus" and some not. In "Blood of Zeus," a commoner discovers he is Zeus’s son, and suddenly has the task of saving the world from a demonic army.
Any fan of classic Greek mythology and tales will enjoy this series, as will classic anime fans. Like any soap opera or even the characters from "Game of Thrones," the gods and mortals of this show scheme and plot constantly. With one hundred percent from critics and eighty percent from the audience, this eight-episode series is sure to get your blood pumping.
Flop: The Last Days of American Crime
Few offerings from Netflix have crashed and burn as hard as "The Last Days of American Crime." The idea is a famous team of thieves come together for one last big job, just as the U.S. government is deploying technology that will - theoretically - end crime for good.
Based on a 2009 graphic novel, this movie takes up almost two and a half hours of your life and will leave you nothing to show for it. The story is a mess, the characters are dreadfully boring, the performances themselves are no better, and even the action is a big disappointment. How big? Critics have given it a big, fat, zero.
Hit: Middleditch and Schwartz
Comedy is hard, and improv comedy is even harder. That’s one of the reasons why Middleditch and Schwartz is such an astounding triumph. Actor/comedians Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz spend three episodes of their Netflix special taking random audience suggestions, producing three completely unique episodes of comedy gold.
It’s a masterclass of improv genius, and has the highest score between critics and audience on this entire list - critics have given it a full one-hundred percent, while audiences are just one point down from perfect. Need to laugh? Like watching the best of comedy? There’s no better choice than these two funny friends.
There is no flop worse for Netflix than one that loses them money - and a lot of it. Before "Cuties" even came out, people were canceling their Netflix accounts in droves in attempts not to support a platform that would release something so disturbing. But there’s no violence here, no. Instead, constant scenes of objectifying little girls drove viewers away from Netflix in big numbers, and it’s been reported that the streaming platform has lost somewhere in the market of nine billion dollars.
Despite those who thought "Cuties" brought up good points about the objectification of little girls, it did it by doing the same thing. To Netflix, nothing beats money, and with nine billion less in their pockets, they’re going to be a little less willing to put such crass material on their platform.