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Last Updated: March 26th
The past few years have seen a rigorous expansion of stand-up comedy after years of neglect. Hence why there are hundreds of titles in Netflix's stand-up category. Even for budding comedy fans, there's a lot of must-see specials to choose from.
So here are the 25 best stand-up specials on Netflix right now. While they may be ranked, they're all really good and deserving of your time and laughs.Netflix 1. Hannah Gadsby, Nanette
Run Time: 69 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Australian comic Hannah Gadsby and her must-watch stand-up special. Her hour-long set is changing the way we think about comedy, chucking the ironic detachment in the trash and instead, offering up a bit of humor interlaced with moving reflections on life. Most of Gadsby's routine chronicles the joys and hardships of being a queer woman — her childhood in Tasmania, her praise for Monica Lewinsky, her commentary on why sexuality and comedy go hand-in-hand — but she also claps back against the idols of her early life, men like Louis C.K. who've now become the problem. In other words, Gadsby's not holding any punches with this one.Netflix 2. Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Run Time: 67 min | IMDb: 8/10
It's difficult to miss Dave Chappelle while skimming through Netflix's comedy offerings. After all, in less than a year, the Chappelle's Show star and co-creator debuted four — yes, four — stand-up specials on the streaming platform. Depending on who you ask, the latter two specials —Equanimity and The Bird Revelation — are either additional examples of his brilliance or signs of a celebrity rushing to maintain his cultural relevance. The first two, however — Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin — fare much better. This is especially true of Spin, which is regarded by critics and audiences alike as one of Chappelle's better comedy offerings in recent memory. Of course, this is Chappelle we're talking about, so none of these routines are without their share of controversy.Netflix 3. Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King
Run Time: 73 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj uses his Netflix stand-up special, Homecoming King, to weave an intricate and hilarious account of his life as a son of Indian-American immigrants. Sure that means there are plenty of funny cultural learning curves. Minhaj describes how his dad took him to Home Depot instead of Toys-R-Us for his birthday and how he struggled to fit in with a “bunch of Ryan Lochte's” in high school, but what really makes this special stand out is how Minhaj manages to be bluntly honest about the...
Last Updated: March 20th
Live sports might be the last thing keeping streaming options from swallowing cable television subscriptions whole. And those barriers are beginning to fall, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of sports content currently on Netflix. In fact, you should have a long list of good sports movies available to watch should your favorite teams have the night off.
While shows like Glow are great for sports fans looking for a slow burn, the best place to start is movies and documentaries. From Netflix originals to classic documentaries and '90s nostalgia, the Netflix catalog has a little something for everyone. There's even a bit of romance on the list.
Let's take a look at the best sports movies Netflix has to offer.
Related: The Best Action Movies On Netflix Right Now, RankedNetflix 15 The Battered Bastards of Baseball 2014
Run Time: 80 min | IMDb: 8.0/10
Did you know Kurt Russell's dad owned a baseball team? And Kurt played on it? The saga of the scrappy Portland Mavericks is not the most well-executed film on the list, but it's lovingly done and the archival footage carries the day here. If you're curious, in need of a true underdog tale, and want to add a bit of baseball trivia to your brain, this might be for you.Getty Image 14 Iverson 2014
Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7.0/10
This 2014 documentary — which debuted at Tribeca a few years ago — takes a look at the career of former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson and the perception that many had of him. The film is a satisfying nostalgia trip for AI fans but it doesn't introduce a wealth of new footage or offer anything new about The Answer. It's still better than watching him in the BIG3, though.Netflix 13 The Short Game 2013
Run Time: 99 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
This 2013 documentary is a delightful look at a youth golf championship. Chronicling the 2012 championship at Pinehurst, it follows a handful of charming golf proteges from around the world as they vie for the title of best 7- and 8-year-old players in the world. Golf greats like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Annika Sörenstam provide commentary on the difficulty and drama of the game while we watch young golfers deal with the stress of the tournament, parents, and some nitpicky rules. It has its fair share of Sports Parent moments, but the kids are genuinely interesting and full of character.HBO 12 Mascots 2016
Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 5.8/10
Christopher Guest's absurd Mascots features Guest mainstays Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey and Ed Begley Jr. It also co-stars Chris O'Dowd as a mascot called “The Fist,” which is a hockey-playing hand with a six-pack that can give the...
Last Updated: March 26th
In the world established by Joss Whedon's famously canceled Firefly television series which is sadly no longer available on Netflix, the word “shiny” shares a connotation with the word “cool.” So the co-opted adjective is all too perfect for assessing the 15 best sci-fi shows on Netflix streaming right now.
Anything ascribed to the genre of science fiction typically includes elements like imagined futures, advanced technologies, and life on faraway planets whose constellations are unrecognizable to our own, but not everything there is straight sci-fi. Nevertheless, here are the “shiniest” shows that are must watch viewings on Netflix.
Related: The Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix Right NowNetflix Sense8
2 seasons, 22 episodes + 1 Christmas special | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Wachowskis' Sense8 is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally. Like Cloud Atlas, the disparate stories about love and relationships weave in and out of each other. For all its sci-fi flourishes, however, Sense8 is about big, sloppy profound love, and as unwieldy as the series can often be, there's at least one moment in every episode so powerful that viewers can't help but to feel moved by the affection the characters feel for one another. It is sometimes cheesy, and occasionally illogical, but it is also one of the most diverse, multi-cultural, romantic, life-affirming sci-fi series ever. It may require some patience from viewers, but for idealists and romantics, it's a truly special series.Netflix Altered Carbon
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Based on the 2002 science fiction novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon mixes a few great, new ideas with a lot of derivative ones and delivers a series that alternates between frustrating and brilliant. The show is set in a future where everyone's consciences have been downloaded into stacks, which can be transferred into different “sleeves,” or bodies. Theoretically, a person can live forever, unless his or her stack is destroyed; however, in practice, only the wealthy can afford to buy the necessary sleeves to live indefinitely. In this world, Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a former U.N. elite soldier who returns in a different sleeve to work as a private investigator hired by a wealthy man to solve the murder of his own sleeve. The premise itself is fascinating, but the show gets bogged down in world-building before it can establish its characters. There are also a few fascinating wrinkles clones, backed-up consciences, Blade Runner-like androids, but it's a show that, for better or worse, requires viewers' close attention. Unfortunately, the characters themselves are often not worth the attention required. It's a better show on paper than onscreen, but there are...
Netflix is dabbling in more video game franchises. Following the success of “The Witcher,” the streaming service is adapting the “Dragon's Lair” video games into a live-action feature film, with Ryan Reynolds in talks to produce and star.
The news marks one of the more curious video game film adaptations in recent memory. While most movies based on video games utilize popular contemporary franchises, the “Dragon's Lair” heyday was back in the 1980s, when video game arcades were still enjoying their golden age. The original 1983 Dragon's Lair arcade game received considerable attention for its astounding graphics, which boasted full motion video in an era where video game graphics were still mostly limited to primitive pixels.
The “Dragon's Lair” franchise eventually expanded to include a variety of sequels and even a short-lived cartoon series in the 1980s. Though the original arcade game has been ported to practically every major video game console since then, the franchise has essentially lain dormant for decades. Don Bluth and Gary Oldman, who worked on the original arcade game, created a crowdfunding campaign to create a “Dragon's Lair” film several years ago. The campaign earned over $700,000 and the duo still update backers on the project.
Variety reported that Bluth and Oldman are among the producers on the Netflix adaptation, but did not mention the crowdfunding campaign. A Netflix representative did not return a request for comment.
For the Netflix film, Roy Lee will also produce via Vertigo Entertainment alongside Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Jon Pomeroy will also produce, as will Reynolds, through Maximum Effort. Dan and Kevin Hageman are attached as script writers.
Additional details, including plot information, are unknown. The original “Dragon's Lair” game focused on a knight who had to rescue a princess from an evil dragon, who had locked the princess in an evil wizard's castle. The arcade game was released many years before video games were known for having particularly nuanced plots
From “Tomb Raider” to “Warcraft” and the infamous “Super Mario Bros.,” there has been no shortage of video game film adaptations over the years. Though most video game-based films have been critically savaged, film creators have made some strides in recent years. While “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” which Reynolds also starred in and “Sonic the Hedgehog” received middling-at-best reviews from IndieWire's Kate Erbland and David Ehrlich, respectively, the films were nonetheless notable for being the rare adaptations that weren't universally reviled. And they both did quite well at the box office.
Netflix has had more success with...