At present, not everything in Netflix’s vast library is available for offline viewing (presumably due to restrictions from license holders), but there’s still a hefty selection of television shows and feature length movies that are primed and ready to be downloaded.
Whether you have a long commute that requires something meaty to get stuck into or a quick bus ride where short bursts of entertainment are the way to go, there’s something for everyone in our list of the best Netflix shows and movies to download.
We’re going to continually add more movies and TV shows as they become Available for Download, so make sure to check back regularly!
The perfect series for short commutes, BoJack Horseman will make your emotions run the gamut in a relatively short amount of time (around 25 minutes per episode). Arrested Development star Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up ’90s sitcom star who spends his days in a bitter funk that he just can’t seem to escape. Along with his simple-yet-hilarious houseguest Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) and clueless celebrity hanger-on Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), BoJack just cannot stay out of trouble. On top of everything, complications arise when cat ex-girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack’s memoir. Jumping between hilarity and melancholy with ease, and featuring more pun-tastic animal characters than you can shake a bat at, BoJack Horseman is the best animated Netflix Original series, and one of the service’s best shows in general.
Seasons on Netflix: 3
The Get Down
Epic in scope and bursting with style, The Get Down is an ambitious which counters its long running times (episodes range from 57 to 93 minutes) with an infectious energy that makes it feel like time has flown by. A dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s, The Get Down blends real life footage from the incomparable period, featuring plenty of graffiti-covered trains, burning buildings and a gangs roaming the streets, with the vibrant and wonderfully-recreated scenes from the show. In fact, you could say they’ve been mixed together in true DJ style. From producer Baz Luhrmann (who also directed the feature-length pilot episode, the first six episodes of The Get Down are a roaring good time. We can’t wait for the rest of the season to drop early next year!
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Need something to watch on short trips? The hilarious cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine is certainly an arresting choice. With each episode clocking in at around 21 minutes long, you might even be able to squeeze in more than one adventure with star Andy Samberg and his miraculously good cast, including Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti and Andre Braugher. This lighthearted show follows a group of detectives in a fictional Brooklyn precinct as they approach crime investigations in their own unique way. Breezy and entertaining, Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes commutes more enjoyable than they have any right to be.
Seasons on Netflix: 3
House of Cards
The show that put Netflix Originals on the map, House of Cards is the kind of binge-worthy show that will make you look forward to long trips. Set in the cutthroat world of US politics, House of Cards follows the exploits of ultimate power couple Frank and Claire Underwood as they connive their way into the Oval Office. Gripping from the get-go, House of Cards will constantly leave you wanting more. Thankfully, Netflix has four seasons ready to download, and with episodes between 45 minutes and an hour long, you should have more than enough content for a long plane ride or a month’s worth of train commutes.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Making a Murderer
The true crime phenomenon that captured the hearts and minds of the entire world, all ten one-hour long episodes of Making a Murderer are available to download within the Netflix app. A gripping tale of murder, corruption and injustice, Netflix’s docu-series follows the real-life story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, as they are separately placed on trial for the murder of local woman Teresa Halbach under very fishy circumstances. FIlmed over a ten-year period, the series closely follows both the trials and brings to light certain aspects of each investigation that suggest an incredible amount of corruption in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. One of the most compelling shows you will ever see, Making a Murderer is a prime candidate for offline viewing.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Netflix Original series Stranger Things took the world by storm in 2016, with its utterly engrossing central mystery seemingly forcing an entire generation to park their butts on their couches until the season’s end. Well, now you’ll be able to watch the whole series again from wherever you like, thanks to Netflix’s new offline viewing functionality. A pitch-perfect homage to the Amblin films of the 1980s, with a feel that’s equal parts Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things follows a group of kids as they attempt to find their missing friend. Has he been kidnapped, or is there a more otherworldly explanation for his disappearance? If you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, make it the first series you download to your smart device.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
You’re gonna need a bigger tablet. Why? Because Jaws has been made available for download on the Netflix app! The classic film that gave birth to the summer blockbuster, and made director Steven Spielberg a household name, Jaws is the ultimate shark movie. WIth its bone-chilling musical score from John Williams, and terrific performances from Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw, Jaws has inspired entire generations to stay out of the water. An endlessly rewatchable classic that has stood the test of time, Jaws is the perfect film to download take with you to the beach. Better yet, you could even watch it while on a boat trip…
IMDB Rating: 8.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
One of the most influential films ever made, Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award and Palme d’Or-winning masterpiece Pulp Fiction inspired a legion of copycats and forced the film industry to change the way it approached pop culture. Now available for download on the Netflix app, Pulp Fiction is an ingenious crime anthology with three interlocking parts – one follows two hitmen as they go on a job and experience what may or may not be an act of God, another sees one of those hitmen take the boss’ wife out for dinner with unexpected results, while the third involves a boxer who takes money from said boss to take a dive, but has other plans in mind. Violent, audacious and with little concern to the rules of cinema, Pulp Fiction is the kind of whip-smart classic that can be watched at the drop of a hat. So why not download it now?
IMDB Rating: 8.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Good Will Hunting
The film that made superstars of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting is now available for download on the Netflix app. How do you like them apples? If you answered ‘quite a bit’, then it’s high time you watch this inspiring film again. After solving an astonishingly complex mathematical problem posed by a genius Harvard professor (Stellan Skarsgård), a troubled young janitor named Will (Matt Damon) is offered a second chance at life. Though he is gifted with astounding brilliance, Will has trouble letting go of the pain and bottled-up resentment caused by his tough South Boston upbringing. In an effort to get through to Will, the professor employs the help of his old psychologist friend, Sean (Robin Williams), in the hope that he may provide the breakthrough he so desperately needs to move forward. Featuring the very best performance of the late Robin Williams career, Good Will Hunting is a touching and powerful film that will make even the toughest person tear up.
IMDB Rating: 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
City of God
Looking for something a little more international to download? Consider City of God as your next destination. Based on true events that took place over three decades in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, this incredible film accurately recreates the lively and energetic vibe of Brazil, but also counters it with some truly harrowing scenes of devastating violence (some of which involving young children – you have been warned). In the ‘City of God’, kids brandish firearms and kill each other indiscriminately over petty drug deals. While that might sound like too much to bear, the terrific filmmaking on display from Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund will keep you glued to the screen, as will the film’s authentic performers and compelling story. One of the greatest films of all time, City of God is like Goodfellas scored to a samba beat. If you loved the Netflix Original series Narcos, you should consider City of God a must-see film.
IMDB Rating: 8.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Looking to download a movie that’s filled with really, really, ridiculously good looking people? The hilarious Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander should be your first port of call. There’s a conspiracy afoot! Someone is out to brainwash the world’s number one male model, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), in order to force him to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister at an upcoming fashion show. Now, Derek and his modelling rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson), must team up with Time magazine reporter, Matilda (Christine Taylor), to uncover this conspiracy before it’s too late! The kind of hilarious comedy that only gets better with age, Zoolander is the perfect go-to funny flick for any occasion.
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Source: techradar – Gadgets
The best Netflix shows and movies to download