Stone Smith, Pawprint Staff Reporter

Netflix was started by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California. The company started as a way for people not to get fined for having a late VHS tape. Randolph wanted a company similar to Amazon, so he eventually got Hastings on board with the idea, and Netflix was created.

Netflix is a paid streaming service with many movies and shows to watch. Netflix streams many things like documentaries, anime, T.V. shows, and more; they also have a genre for each film (horror, comedy, romance, etc..) Netflix can be watched anywhere on any device, meaning that someone can watch Netflix on their iPhone during a road trip. However, to watch shows, people will need to pay. The basic plan for Netflix costs $9.99 and allows the subscriber access to 1 screen playing at a time, one phone/tablet can have it downloaded, unlimited movies, T.V. shows, and mobile games. The premium plan costs $19.99 and gives the subscriber access to 4 screens playing at a time, four phones/tablets can have it downloaded, and unlimited movies, shows, and games.

Netflix has made many films and shows that are/was super popular such as Stranger Things, Squid Games, and a Series of Unfortunate Events. Here are some of the best shows and a recap of the shows that Netflix has marked as top 10 in the U.S. (some of these films vary for ages).

10. The Witcher

“The Witcher” is the story about a solitary monster hunter known as Geralt of Rivia, who finds out that humans are sometimes worse than monsters. The series was made on December 20, 2019, by Mike Ostrowski. The Witcher was initially written as a book by Andrzej Sapkowski. The show is a fantasy show based on books and is rated TV-MA (meaning that it is intended for more mature audiences) and contains language, violence, gore, smoking, nudity, and sex.

9. Nickelodeon: That Girl Lay Lay

“That Girl Lay Lay” is a Nickelodeon T.V. show about a young girl, Sadie, who wishes that a digital avatar would come to live and teach her how to stand out more. The show came out on September 23, 2021, by David A. Arnold. The show is a kid’s T.V. sitcom and is rated TV-G (all ages can watch the show)

8. Munich: The Edge of War

“Munich: The Edge of War” is a movie about a group of estranged friends that have become spies and are now divided to steal Nazi secrets. The show was released on December 31, 2021, by Christian Schwochow. Netflix labels this show as British, drama, spy, thriller and based on books and is PG-13 (some strong language, smoking, and brief violence.)

7. Cobra Kai

“Cobra Kai” is a series that shows the characters’ new lives from “Karate Kid.” The show mainly focuses on adult Johnny Larance and his primary student, Miguel Diaz, and how they try to bring back the Cobra Kai Dojo. On May 2, 2018, Cobra Kai was made by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. The show is TV-14 (parents are cautioned/may not be suitable for ages 14 and under) and contains content such as language and smoking.

6. CocoMelon

“Cocomelon” is a series about children’s rhymes. In these episodes, children can learn how to count, learn animal sounds or learn the alphabet. Cocomelon first started on YouTube on September 1, 2006, by a couple in Orange County, California, who wanted to entertain their children. The couple sold the rights to the videos to a company known as Moonbug Entertainment Ltd., which later sold the videos to a media company. The show is rated TV-Y (meant for young children) and is labeled kids music, education for kids, and T.V. cartoons.

5. Cheer

“Cheer” is a documentary series about a cheer squad that had to be perfect, according to their head coach, Monica Aldema. The documentary was made on January 8, 2020, by Greg Whiteley. Netflix rates the series a TV-MA (may not be suitable for ages 17 and under) and contains child abuse references, sexual violence references, language, suicide, and smoking.

4. The Royal Treatment

“The Royal Treatment” is a family film about how a New York hairstylist, Izzy, wants to change the world and how a prince, Thomas, wants to change his life. They eventually meet up, and Netflix asks the question, “will they risk it all?” The film is 1 hour 37 minutes long and is a romantic comedy. The movie was released on January 20, 2022, and is TV-PG (parental guidance is suggested.)

3. Too Hot To Handle

“Too Hot To Handle” is a reality T.V. show competition that brings together a bunch of single people that are “too hot to handle,” and they must win by not doing anything sexual. The series was made by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett and is rated TV-MA (not suitable for ages 17 and under) because there is nudity, sex, and language.

2. Archive81

“Archive81” is a show about how an archivist takes a job that restores damaged videos. The archivist gets sucked into a vortex of a mystery that involves a missing director and a cult. The series was made on January 14, 2022, by Rebecca Sonnenshine. The series is TV-MA (may not suitable for ages 17 and under) due to content such as substances, language, violence, and smoking.


“OZARK” is a series about a family that has to move to the Missouri Ozarks, where the father must get 500 million dollars in five years to avoid a drug boss. The show Is TV-MA (not suitable for ages 17 and under) due to substances, language, sex, nudity, and smoking. Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams made the series on July 17, 2017.