The “net” in Netflix might as well stand for “network.” The streaming service built up a following for its original programming with House of Cards, made us glad that binge-watching isn’t illegal with Orange is the New Black and Mindhunter, and made us unable to l’eggo of Stranger Things.
With so many choices, it’s easy to let things stack up in the queue. A new season of Jessica Jones arrives on March 8, seven seasons of Portlandia are keeping the dream of the 90s alive, and even the Queen likes The Crown, which dramatizes the early days of her monarchy. Whatever you’re into, you’re sure to find something; Netflix also has a wealth of comedy specials and documentaries.
Netflix shows no sign of slowing down; it could spend up to $8 billion this year on original shows and movies. It’s already won over Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, who is producing new shows for Netflix, and American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who will be doing the same in a deal worth up to $300 million.
You might be watching Netflix on the sofa by yourself, but you won’t be alone. Netflix now has more than 117 million members as of December 2017. You’re never far from a fellow binge-watcher.
Getting started is as easy as picking a show and pressing play. However, there are a few tricks that you can use to get the most out of your viewing experience.