In light of Hulu adding all 180 episodes Sienfield has ever made, we think its definitely time for Netflix to add a few gems. Hulu closed this $160 million dollar deal and the show has been available for streaming since last Wednesday. While Hulu only serves about 9 million households compared to Netflix’s 40 million, we think the new Seinfield addition will definitely push those numbers higher as more subscribe. According to ListenFirst Digital Engagement Ratings (DER), Hulu gained 1.4 million engagements on digital (with Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter seeing massive increases in engagement) in the 5 days leading up to its release.
With that said, Netflix could probably beef up its show list sometime soon. We’ve made a list of television shows that we’re surprised Netflix doesn’t have already. Check out our list of gems that have probably been up for debate already but we think these should be added pronto! It’s long overdue.
1. Martin (1992-1997)
Martin was one of Fox’s highest-rated shows in the 90s during its five season run and although most Martin fans have seen almost every episode, they never get old. You would think its hard to find the same jokes funny but it seems as if they get even better with time. We were reminded of the impact of this show with Big Sean’s recent video “Play No Games” paying homage to the household name. From the 90s fashion and unbelievably funny jokes characters would crack on each other, Martin was one of the best shows we had while growing up. It’s time Netflix.
2. Hey Arnold (1996-2004)
Who doesn’t love this mature 4th grader and his cool bedroom everyone wishes they had in grammar school? He lived in an inner-city boarding house with his grandparents and several other corky fellows. He also had a very diverse friend group and we saw what it was like for a young kid facing what it sometimes seemed like were “adult problems.” Nonetheless, we learned a lot from Hey Arnold growing up and his chill persona attracted us to this very important show. Apparently the show got so popular on Netflix that they switched it to DVD only but we’d like to stream it again.
3. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)
We were pretty lucky to have both the Fresh Prince and Martin for a period of time. They’re two different kinds of funny and if you were looking for the family kind this was it. In addition, the situation he landed himself in was pretty sweet in the long run. Who wouldn’t want to move into a mansion in Bel-Air and add some flavor to the neighborhood? And even through the major Aunt Viv change, we still love the Fresh Prince.
4. Sister, Sister (1994-1999)
We’ve seen many twins in the industry and Mary Kate and Ashley had the movie game on lock with their many adventures across the globe. However, Tia and Tamera Mowry took the cake for what might be the best show starring both twins together. Separated and adopted at birth in the show, the two find themselves back together after 14 years. We see the problems they face as the two families attempt to mesh after being apart for so many years. Pretty funny stuff. We need it Netflix!
5. Smart Guy (1997-1999)
Although it was canceled after three seasons it was cool seeing the 10 year old boy genius outsmart his older brother and best friend. He was transferred from elementary school to high school at the age of 10 and was actually able to manage! We don’t know if we could’ve done it so it was interesting to see it portrayed in a television show. Taj’s show didn’t last as long as his sisters Tia and Tamera but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining.
6. Famous Jett Jackson (1998-2001)
We don’t know how many black teenaged secret agents there were on television around this time or even now for that matter so this is definitely a show to remember and revisit. It was basically a show within a show and those lines blurred as it went on. There were even cameos from Hayden Christensen, Britney Spears, and Destiny’s Child in their younger years. Netflix, do it for the late Lee Thompson Young. RIP
7. Cousin Skeeter (1998-2001)
Could you imagine your puppet cousin moving in with you and your family? Sounds crazy and it was but it didn’t take away from the fact that it was still funny. A young Megan Good was also a part of the show as Bobby’s (played by Robert Ri’chard) friend and sort of crush. Some say the show was ahead of its time and they might be right. It would be awesome if Netflix could add this low-key 90s comedy.
8. Even Stevens (2000-2003)
Even Stevens was another 3 season show following the lives of two corky siblings who constantly clash while living in suburban Sacramento, California. A Young Shia LeBeouf played a rude and immature youngster with a lawyer and State Senator for parents. Clearly his character caused a lot of trouble for the family and himself and while some might think the show wasn’t that good, we think its needed on Netflix.
9. Flavor of Love (2006-2008)
Last but not least, Flavor of Love. Flavor of Love was like a “turnt” version of The Bachelor and a much more entertaining version of it as well. Flavor Flav, of Public Enemy, and his bodyguard “Big Rick” searched long and hard for three season and still didn’t find the one. From the absurd nicknames given to women and the crazy things they did for “love” Flavor of Love has to be the g.o.a.t of VH1 shows. It was to the point that all other shows similar to it that came along after didn’t amount to it at all.
We know we didn’t mention a lot of shows so hit us up with ones we missed. And if you see this Netflix, get to it!