Editors' Picks: Streaming on Netflix

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines | Now Streaming on Netflix

A bleach-blonde, tattooed Ryan Gosling is enough to pique interest in this crime thriller, but his raw performance is what kept our attention. A pervasive gloomy tone adds to the drama of the plot, which also stars big names like Bradley Cooper, Mahershala Ali, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, and Eva Mendes. What we really want to know: Did Gosling and Mendes’ time as co-stars spark their highly secretive relationship?

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook | Now Streaming on Netflix

Just as Jennifer Lawrence began catching fire with the release of The Hunger Games, she starred alongside Bradley Cooper in this heartfelt rom-com, following two people on a journey of recovery and healing. This may be the film that made us fall in love with J. Law’s unapologetic sarcasm and quick wit, and we truly can’t get enough of these two onscreen together—thankfully, director David O. Russell continues to pair them up.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)

The Master | Now Streaming on Netflix

Dare we say this is our favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie by a mile? The character work by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix eases the experience of watching Lancaster Dodd and Freddie Quell steadily fall into the abyss, and Amy Adams' performance foreshadowed her turn in "Sharp Objects," which we consider her artistic breakthrough. The Master is extraordinary modern filmmaking and its entire crew needs to be acknowledged for their technical achievements, including Radiohead guitarist/keyboardist Jonny Greenwood's nerve-shredding score. This movie should forever be available to stream.

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls (2000)

"Gilmore Girls" | Now Streaming on Netflix

We have spent so many hours in Stars Hollow that we secretly feel like an honorary resident of the town. "Gilmore Girls" is our go-to mother-daughter duo and we still celebrate the fact that Amy Sherman-Palladino broke character molds as she created Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. P.S. We're #TeamJess for life and feel like Paris Geller is one of the best supporting characters to ever ascend to the spotlight in a TV show.

Love Is Blind (2020)

"Love Is Blind" | Now Streaming on Netflix

A new spin on love, "Love Is Blind" takes blind dating and arranged marriage to a whole new level with 30 singles eager to find love, guided by couple Vanessa and Nick Lachey. This show will make you laugh, cringe, smile, and maybe even see the importance of vulnerability in finding love. So pour yourself a stiff glass of vino and find out what makes "Love Is Blind" one of the most popular trending shows on Netflix in the U.S. Also, the finale and reunion special kept us on the edge of our seats.

Henry Cavill in The Witcher (2019)

"The Witcher" | Now Streaming on Netflix

"The Witcher" is a must-see series for fans of the fantasy genre. Based on the novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski, “The Witcher” leans closer to Lord of the Rings than "Game of Thrones" on the fantasy spectrum and follows the path of Geralt of Rivia, monster-hunter for hire. Two quick warnings before diving in: the series takes place across three different timelines (think Dunkirk) which may be confusing as many of the characters don’t seem to age, and the second episode contains a song so catchy that you’ll be singing it for weeks, if not months. We might even be humming it right now ...

Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Kate Flannery, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Leslie David Baker at an event for The Office (2005)

"The Office" | Now Streaming on Netflix

Creator Greg Daniels' mockumentary-style show is our favorite rewatch whenever we need a good laugh or something to keep us company while we finish up chores. "The Office," starring series regulars like Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and John Krasinski, brings us into the world of a employees working at a small town paper company. We personally are fans of Season 3 and 4. Wait, also Season 5.

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders (2013)

"Peaky Blinders" | Now Streaming on Netflix

With tightly-paced six-episode seasons, charismatic scene-chewing characters, stylish slow-motion shots, and the suspense of guessing who will make it out alive, "Peaky Blinders" is one of our all-time favorites. Cillian Murphy shines as Tommy, the leader of the Shelby gang who is struggling with PTSD and constantly battling to keep his family together (and alive) as they climb the shaky rungs of the criminal ladder.

Laysla De Oliveira in Locke & Key (2020)

"Locke & Key" | Now Streaming on Netflix

While it may feel a bit like a mashup of "Stranger Things" and "The Haunting of Hill House," Netflix's "Locke & Key" wins points for being both fun and spooky, with standout performances by Jackson Robert Scott (little Georgie Denbrough from It) and Laysla De Oliveira. It's not perfect, but it's a fun binge and a gateway to exploring the wonderful graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Bob Odenkirk and Michael Mando in Better Call Saul (2015)

"Better Call Saul" | Now Streaming on Netflix

As Season 5 of "Better Call Saul" winds its way down, you can get up to speed on the first four seasons on Netflix. As much as we loved "Breaking Bad," Vince Gilligan and star Bob Odenkirk have conjured up a dark character study that is so much more than just a "Breaking Bad" prequel. And we could never say no to more of Gus Fring.

Rachel Bloom in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" | Now Streaming on Netflix

Who doesn't love a good musical? Now how about 62 of them? Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna did the impossible in crafting this hilarious, heartfelt, and catchy series of mini-musicals spanning four seasons. The show uses the heightened framing of a movie musical to talk about the very real issues of modern dating and mental health. And it has a running gag about prophetic butter commercials. Why aren't you watching it already?

Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in The Good Place (2016)

"The Good Place" | Now Streaming on Netflix

We've recommended "The Good Place" before, but we love it too much to overlook it on this list of our favorite streaming picks on Netflix. The show is a testament to human growth and goodness, and it's one of the funniest and most surprising series we've ever seen. If you don't know what it's about, it's best to go in cold and discover the magic of the show for yourself. Trust us, everything is fine.

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