Netflix Top Picks: TV-MA Comedies Edition

With so much content on Netflix Instant it is easy for some titles to just get lost in the shuffle, and with Netflix streaming now accounting for the majority of all American internet traffic, someone needs to start sorting this all out. Welcome to Netflix Top Picks, where I will select items from the Netflix Instant service you just have to add to your queue.  This edition is about an often-panned type of TV show, comedies that garnish a TV-MA rating.  Typically these shows are overly raunchy just for the sake of it, or premiering exclusively on channels like HBO and Showtime, these two selections are both funny, occasionally smart and mostly for adults.

Title: Louie
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, TV Comedies
Rating: TV-MA
Run Time: 13 episodes, approximately 22 minutes each
Released: 2010
Created By: Louis C.K.
Starring: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Nick DiPaolo, Todd Barry, Ashley Gerasimovich, Robert Kelly, David Patrick Kelly, Jay Russell, Matthew Broderick, Ricky Gervais
Synopsis: Cranky, loud and always ready to say the wrong thing to the wrong person, stand-up comic Louis C.K. displays his misunderstood warmth in this post-Seinfeld diary of a New York comedian trying to make his mark and raise two daughters alone.
My Analysis: Louie is best described as Louis C.K.’s version of the show Seinfeld, only much less network TV friendly.  Basically the show is a series of Louis C.K.’s  stand-up routines sandwiching a longer, fictional version of the joke.  Louie has some of the best awkward moments in TV, and of course Louis C.K.’s brand of comedy is fantastic if you are into it already.  More or less, if you enjoy any of Louis C.K.’s stand-up specials than you will likely enjoy this sometimes odd but mostly enjoyable series.


Title: The League
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, TV Comedies
Rating: TV-MA
Run Time:  19 episodes, approximately 21 minutes each
Released: 2009-2010
Created By: Jackie Marcus Schaffer, Jeff Schaffer
Starring: Kathryn Aselton, Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Jonathan Lajoie, Alina Foley, Nadine Velazquez, Janina Gavankar, Leslie Bibb
Synopsis: The realities of fantasy football hit home in this semiscripted sitcom about a group of Chicago-based male friends whose annual hobby gives them an excuse to get together and escape their everyday lives. Pete (Mark Duplass) is the reigning champ who drives league commissioner Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) to desperate measures. Others are defense attorney Ruxin (Nick Kroll), plastic surgeon Andre (Paul Scheer) and slacker Taco (Jonathan Lajoie).
My Analysis: A show revolving around a fantasy football league sounds… shaky at best but The League is surprisingly solid.  Featuring a sort of ensemble cast, full of many stereotypical suburban character types, The League is off beat and often quite hilarious.  The first season only runs a total six episodes, making it easy to test out, and it contains some genuine “laugh out loud” moments. Mostly focusing on the relationship of a group of long-time friends transitioning into a different phase of their lives (i.e. being adults), outside of one aspect; the fantasy football league, which seems to draw all of them back to their high school days.


Ok, so we have to admit, not everything is a “top pick” on Netflix Instant.  Sometimes this is obvious, other times not so much.  Whatever the case, What Not To Watch is a segment within a segment that will try to influence you from avoiding something genuinely unpleasant.  In other words, this just isn’t worth the bandwidth.

Title: Toddlers & Tiaras
Type: TV
Genre: TV Shows, Reality TV
Rating: TV-G
Run Time: 44 episodes, approximately 43 minutes each
Released: 2009-2010
Created By: No one willing to admit it
Starring: The absolute worst of humanity.
Synopsis: From “flippers” and feathers to sequins and “sexy babies,” this over-the-top TLC series captures the behind-the-scenes dramas of childhood beauty pageants … and the cringe-worthy antics of hyper-passionate stage parents.
My Analysis: Seriously.  The fact that this show exists in any form is to say the least damning for all of humanity and a coming sign of the apocalypse.  This reality show takes us into the often seedy and disturbing world of childhood beauty pageants, where married gay men in denial, massively obese house wives and women who’s lives were clearly ruined when they got pregnant in or just out of high school force their little girls to dress like prostitutes and dance around on stage for the occasional award and their own sense of failed accomplishments.  You may say I’m being too harsh, to that I would say, “shut up!”  This show is why we can’t have nice things.


Due to Netflix constantly updating and changing the content on their service we cannot guarantee that the content listed in this article will be available for any particular length of time, nor can we guarantee it is available in all regions.  We do make a genuine effort though to never include any item that Netflix has marked with a limited availability.


About Tristan Rendo

I've made movies, written and performed music, and in January of 2011 got bored and started the awesome gaming site you see before you. My gaming roots began with the original NES, and endless hours spent spilling quarters into machines at the local arcade. I have a personal collection of over 200 Nintendo 64 games, and for many years it was the only system I owned. I re-entered the modern generation of gaming consoles when I decided to purchase a 360. I typically prefer the single player experience of games, so I’m usually playing through some single-player campaign, but can occasionally be found doing some damage in Halo Reach.