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Remember just a few years ago when you had to sit and wait for your favorite TV show or film to come on the TV? It wasn’t as easy as today, and you couldn’t just go online to stream a film or show whenever you wanted. Well, thankfully, all that has changed now. All you need to do in this day and age is to download Netflix on your laptop, tablet device, or smart TV and start streaming whatever you feel like.

This is great, but there’s just one small problem. The Netflix algorithm! This is the tech that the platform uses to suggest you other films and TV programs that you might like. It’s great being recommended things, but it also means that some brilliant TV shows and films will go under your radar, just because they aren’t like the things you have already watched.

Want to change your viewing habits and dig a little deeper into the whole Netflix catalog? Here are some of the best shows and movies on Netflix right now that you might not have seen yet.

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Dallas Buyers Club

This movie took home three Oscars at the 2014 Oscars ceremony and was nominated for a further three. Just in case you missed all the buzz about it back then, it’s worth seeking it out on Netflix and checking it out. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in this real-life story set amidst the AIDS problems of the 1980s. It may sound depressing, but the film is all about survival and has a really big heart at its center.

The Incredible Jessica James

Do you love a good rom-com? If so, then The Incredible Jessica James is the film for you! Jessica Williams is the leading lady and, as it was her first role in a film, she really astounded critics with her fabulous performance. It also stars Chris O’Dowd who you will recognize if you have already seen shows like The It Crowd and Girls. It’s a great movie to watch if you are in ever need of a good giggle. Why not get all the girls around so you can watch it together?!

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Stranger Things

One of the most popular TV shows on Netflix right now has to be Stranger Things. Its first series may have come to an end, but there is plenty of time to catch up with it before its second series is out next year. It’s cast of child actors are fantastic to watch, and it also features the inspiring Winona Ryder.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Ok, so if you check out this list of sad movies, you’ll notice that it includes The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. But that is no reason to give it a miss! It is set during the Second World War and takes place close to a concentration camp. It tells the story of two small friends who strike up a touching friendship, but things quickly take a tragic turn. You’ll definitely shed a tear or two at this film, but you will certainly be glad that you watched it!

The Fundamentals Of Caring

Who doesn’t love a good weepy movie?! Well, I’ve already mentioned The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and now it’s time to mention another one: The Fundamentals of Caring. This film has a vastly different tone from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as it is more of an indie flick, but the ending still packs a punch. The film follows Paul Rudd’s character who decides to retrain as a carer after going through a divorce. Make sure you have the tissues close by!

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BoJack Horseman

Need a bit of a laugh? Then tune into BoJack Horseman! This cartoon isn’t for kids and is very much an adult comedy as it tackles tough subjects such as depression, dementia, and sexuality. It has a very deep meaning to it all, but that doesn’t mean that it loses any of its laughs. The show is set in the semi-fictional Hollywoo and features a cast of humans and animals. There are some really strong actors and actresses lending their voices to the show, including Mad Men’s Alison Brie and Arrested Development’s, Will Arnett.

These are, of course, just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great TV shows and movies that are out on Netflix right now. If you spend some time digging around its catalog, you will definitely find some other gems. Let me know what you find!