How to pick a new show on Netflix

Noah Cary

I often come across the universal problem of trying to find the next great thing on Netflix after a series I have been watching ends or there are no new episodes. As I sit there pondering whether to watch “The Blacklist” or “Sons of Anarchy” I know that I have an important decision ahead of me because not only will I be committed to the show for months to come, if I don’t like it, then I am going to keep seeing it on my recently watched and my suggestions forever. 

As I sit in front of my TV knowing that this is my next big life choice, I have an epiphany that the next show I need to watch is “Sons of Anarchy” purely because it originated on FX and not NBC. Though I have no doubt in my mind that “The Blacklist” is a great show, historically local networks just haven’t put up the quality dramas that cable networks have.

I love two types of TV shows, dramas and sitcoms, and I know where to go to find each type of show I love. “Breaking Bad” is one of my favorite shows of all time, along with the “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men,” which all are AMC original series. I also enjoy shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld,” “Community,” “The Office” and “Parks and Rec.” All of these sitcoms aired on local networks like NBC and CBS. 

I know that great sitcoms are not always just on the local channels because “Wilfred” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are FX originals and great dramas like “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy” aired on local networks.

Though it is easy to be biased on a certain series because of the channel it came from, there is no need to worry because every network makes great shows. But next time you are looking for the next best thing on Netflix and you can not decided between two shows that look amazing, consider the network it originally aired, maybe that will help you decide.