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  • For US travelers with full passports, time to get a new one Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention, international business travelers: The U.S. government will stop providing extra pages for visas and stamps when your passports fill up. More »

  • Italy police seize 221 toy trains from bribery suspect Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    ROME (Reuters) - Italian investigators have seized 221 toy trains and 126 boxes of collectible stamps from a person suspected of buying them with money amassed through bribes, a finance police document showed on Friday. As well as the trains, police seized 11 toy tracks. The suspect admitted to taking 65,000 euros (45,591 pound) in bribes during an investigation into a system of rigged contracts and favour-trading involving Italy's state-owned motorway operators, the document showed. ... More »

  • FTSE 100 records best weekly performance in one month
    FTSE 100 records best weekly performance in one month Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    By Atul Prakash and Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index edged higher on Friday and recorded its best weekly gain since early October, with Imperial Tobacco gaining on the back of a bid rumour and Royal Mail rising for a second day after results. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended 0.1 percent higher at 6,334.63 points. It gained 3.5 percent this week, the best weekly performance in more than a month. More »

  • FTSE 100 higher after Royal Mail posts strong earnings
    FTSE 100 higher after Royal Mail posts strong earnings Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The London market has jumped, buoyed by better-than-expected earnings at Royal Mail and further signs of a US interest rate hike next month. More »

  • FTSE boosted by Johnson Matthey, Royal Mail updates
    FTSE boosted by Johnson Matthey, Royal Mail updates Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 rose sharply on Thursday, tracking a rally in global equities, boosted by strong updates from the likes of Johnson Matthey and Royal Mail and a rally in miners. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 81.69 points, or 1.3 percent, at 6,360.66 points by 1229 GMT, with European and Asian markets also higher after the U.S. Federal Reserve said that the U.S. economy was strong enough to raise rates in December but would proceed with caution thereafter. Top riser was Johnson Matthey, up 9.3 percent after the world's biggest maker of metal catalysts for car emission control devices announced it would pay 305 million pounds to shareholders as a special dividend after selling two businesses. More »

  • Royal Mail profit plummets 30% - Parcel delivery business grows but letters …
    Royal Mail profit plummets 30% - Parcel delivery business grows but letters … Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Royal Mail's profit fell by almost a third in the first half of the company's 2015-16 financial year. Royal Mail is focusing on parcel deliveries as companies such as Amazon and ASOS have increased the pressure on delivery time in that sector. Reported pre-tax profit was £116m in the six months to 27 September 2015, down 30.5% from the number in 2014. More »

  • Royal Mail Posts 30% Fall In Six-Month Profits
    Royal Mail Posts 30% Fall In Six-Month Profits Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Royal Mail's first-half profits have fallen 30% to £116m - hit by redundancy costs and falling revenues. It blamed higher transformation costs - saying profits would have been flat but for a £94m hit over the six months to 27 September as it continued to make efficiencies and 3,000 staff left the business - a portion of them through voluntary redundancy. Revenue fell slightly compared to the same period last year, with 4% growth in UK and European parcels offsetting a 4% decline in UK letter revenue. More »

  • Royal Mail sees lower operating costs for full year
    Royal Mail sees lower operating costs for full year Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Britain's postal firm Royal Mail said it expected underlying operating costs for its UK letters and parcels business to be at least 1 percent lower for the full year after it posted flat revenue for the first half. Royal Mail, privatised in 2013, said on Thursday it had delivered a "resilient" performance in the six months ended September 27, in a competitive trading environment. More »

  • Post Office Boss Delivered To Morrisons Board
    Post Office Boss Delivered To Morrisons Board Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The chief executive of the Post Office will this week be delivered to the board of Wm Morrison amid efforts by the UK's fourth-biggest grocery retailer‎ to improve its fortunes. Sky News has learnt that Paula Vennells, who has run the vast Post Office network since 2012, is to be named as a non-executive director of the Bradford-based chain. Ms Vennells is an experienced retailer, having held senior marketing roles at Dixons and Argos before joining Whitbread, the Costa Coffee owner. More »

  • Post Office aims to fill customer service gap left by banks with new current …
    Post Office aims to fill customer service gap left by banks with new current … Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    An Post has seen its business impacted by a movement away from cash payments. More »

  • Royal Mail chief faces 'health and safety' challenge over driverless …
    Royal Mail chief faces 'health and safety' challenge over driverless … Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Royal Mail boss Moya Greene faces a "health and safety" challenge from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) after she mooted the idea of introducing a driverless van service in the future. The union, which represents more than 110,000 Royal Mail workers, told IBTimes UK the chief executive should concentrate on tackling "real resourcing issues" within the FTSE 100 firm. "While the CWU has always supported the sensible use of modern technology, the issue of driverless trucks clearly raises a mass of practical and health and safety issues for our members, for consumers and the wider public," a CWU spokeswoman said. More »

  • Ministers Line Up Backing For New Export Push
    Ministers Line Up Backing For New Export Push Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Ministers will unveil a fresh trade promotion drive on Monday backed by corporate giants including British Airways, HSBC and Microsoft‎, even as scepticism grows over the credibility of a £1tn Government export target. Sky News understands that more than 20 companies and lobbying groups have signed up as sponsors of Exporting is Great, a ‎UK Trade and Investment initiative. Banks including ‎the UK's five largest high street lenders, BT, Royal Mail, Sage and Virgin have all signed up as sponsors of the project, which comes amid deep concerns about Britain's export performance. More »

  • Man convicted in 1985 mail bomb arrested on parole violation Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man convicted of sending a mail bomb that exploded at a western Pennsylvania post office three decades ago has been arrested on a parole violation after apparently living in the woods after failing to return to a halfway house, authorities said. More »

  • beats 3Q profit forecasts Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The El Segundo, California-based company said it had profit of 42 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses and non-recurring costs, came to $1.14 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street ... More »

  • Couch bound? Here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Netflix
    Couch bound? Here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Netflix Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed. Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly-curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows. Related: Best movies streaming on Hulu | Best movies streaming on YouTube Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Note: For a complete list of everything coming to Netflix, as well as what’s going away, take a look at our comprehensive monthly breakdown. New for November 2015 Master of None (November 6) Created by and starring comedian Aziz Ansari, Netflix’s  Master of None concerns the everyday life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to navigate the twists and turns of adulthood while making a living for himself in New York City. Reportedly based somewhat loosely on Ansari’s own life, the show even features the former Parks and Recreation actor’s real life mother and father as Dev’s parents in the show. Even if you haven’t dabbled in Ansari’s prior work (you should; he’s absolutely hilarious) Master of None is sure to please with its witty dialogue, multidimensional cast of characters, and relatable storylines. It appears Netflix has struck gold, once again. Marvel’s Jessica Jones (November 20) With the massive success of Daredevil’s first season already in the books for Netflix, Big Red decided to tap into yet another Marvel character with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter hops into the virtual shoes of the titular Jessica Jones, a semi-troubled young woman who possesses a particularly enhanced set of powers which make her a menace to criminals. Alongside Ritter are David Tennant as the mysterious and evil Kilgrave, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Carrie Ann Moss as a hard-nosed lawyer named Jeri Hogarth. Not just for comic book fans, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a wild good time. With Bob and David (November 13) Bob Odenkirk and David Cross team up yet again for the Netflix-exclusive sketch comedy show, With Bob and David. Much like their HBO series Mr. Show with Bob and David, the show plans to feature the over-the-top, yet wildly hilarious, comedy stylings of the show’s billed duo who also serve as the show’s creators and writers. Though Odenkirk has made it clear this pseudo-reboot won’t feature a similar structure as Mr. Show, Netflix’s latest comedy should be heavy on the kind of outrageous spoofs and hilarious writing fans of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk have come to expect. Next Page: Drama Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Drama Mad Men Set in New York in the 1960’s, Mad Men follows one of the city’s most prestigious ad agencies on Madison Avenue. The agency is doing well, but as the industry grows the competition begins to stiffen. The agency tries to survive in a time when everything, including the ad industry, is undergoing a radical shake-up. The two protagonists are the enigmatic Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a self-made executive who’s childhood seems to always get in the way of his happiness and ultra-terse Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss), a former secretary who works her way up the corporate ladder. Breaking Bad Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. To secure his family’s finances before he dies, White uses his chemistry background to cook and deal premium blue meth. His partner is former student, and burn-out Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). It’s teeming with moral consequences and family issues, and fittingly, as addicting as the crystal meth Walt produces in his beat-up van in the desert. House of Cards The Netflix-produced series is one of the best political dramas since The West Wing. The show revolves around protagonist Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the U.S. Senate Majority Whip who uses every political secret and inch of his clout to dethrone enemies and leverage his way to the top. His alliance with environmental lobbyist Claire (Robin Wright) is arguably one of the best alliances on TV, brilliantly showcasing just how the two characters are willing to go to beat their opponents and catapult — or destroy —approval ratings. Bloodline This one has family melodrama written all over it: the Rayburns have a slew of secrets that unravel when family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) arrives home during his parents’ 45th wedding anniversary. The show is narrated by John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) the middle brother and Florida Key’s detective who instantly clashes with Danny’s lawless ways. Bloodline debuted in March of this year and received immediate positive reception. So much, in fact, that Netflix has already signed on for 2016. The West Wing Quite possibly the best political drama of all time, The West Wing follows fictional President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his staff as they fight various personal and political battles, through his two terms as president. Critics and people close to the White House praised the show for its accuracy and the Aaron Sorkin’s razor sharp dialog, and even now, the show lives on through multiple Twitter Handles for several West Wing characters. Still, Netfflix offers all seven seasons. Friday Night Lights Director Peter Berg’s Friday Night Lights never excelled in terms of viewership, but it was frequently lauded for its deep characterization and emotional portrayal of heartland America throughout its five-season run. The series is based around a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillion, Texas, and as such, it frequently deals with family troubles, drugs, racism, and the swath of problems students encounter growing up. It’s not so much the acting that renders it sublime — though, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are standouts — but the realistic writing and accompanying cinematography. We only wish Billy Bob Thornton could have made the crossover from Berg’s film of the same name. Bates Motel While cable network A&E is best known for its bevy of reality shows, its foray into thrilling drama with Bates Motel is as impressive as anything in its lineup. The show follows the lives of Norma and Norman Bates some time prior to Norman’s infamous turn in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho. After Norma’s husband passes, she sets out for the fictional city of White Pine Bay, Oregon with Norman where they purchase a small hotel to begin anew. As expected, things begin to unravel mere days after arriving at said hotel, with each move made by Norma and Norman setting the stage for the latter’s eventual fondness for butcher knives and showers. Heroes With the NBC series Heroes Reborn set for 2015, it’s time for a rehash. The original story revolves around a group of ordinary people who discover they posses superpowers, like the ability to read minds or regenerate. Of course, there are several “non-gifted” individuals who attempt to kill off all the gifted. The show has the feel of a comic book, with a strong focus on the visual and major plot arcs that span entire seasons and give birth to smaller more nuanced personal stories. Halt and Catch Fire AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, another period piece in the same vein as the network’s smash hit Mad Men, takes place in Texas during the technology boom of the 1980s. The show centers around former IBM sales executive Joe MacMillan, Cardiff Electric engineer Gordon Clark, and programming whiz Cameron Howe as they navigate the tumultuous landscape of the personal computer revolution. Headlined by superb writing, brilliant acting, and a unique inside look at one of the most influential eras in human history, Halt and Catch Fire has binge-worthy written all over it. Damages Glenn Close and Rose Byrne star in this legal thriller which features all of the same twists, turns, and storytelling which made  Law & Order a bonafide hit. Though, instead of featuring one case per episode like the Dick Wolf classic,  Damages tackles just once case over the course of an entire season. During its successful five season run,  Damages garnered heaps of critical acclaim due to its expert use of nonlinear storytelling, along with superb performances from its star studded cast; it’s not the least bit surprising the show was a mainstay at the Golden Globes and Emmy’s during its tenure. Rectify How would you handle readjusting to life after being wrongfully imprisoned for 19 years of your life? Sundance TV’s Rectify addresses this quandary as it follows the life of Daniel Holden. Convicted and sent to death row as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, new evidence vacates Holden’s original trial, setting the stage for his return home to Paulie, Georgia. Now in his late 30s, Holden attempts to rekindle relationships with his family and friends, something not easily accomplished for someone whose name had been denounced for so long. The House of Cards Trilogy (BBC) Set after British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s resignation, the original  House of Cards features as much backstabbing and morally corrupt political drama as its current day, Netflix-only counterpart. Similar to the Kevin Spacey-starring drama,  House of Cards concerns a Chief Whip of Britain’s Conservative Party who attempts — at all costs — to slither his way to the seat of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Ian Richardson and Diane Fletcher star as the infamous power couple Frank and Elizabeth Urquhart, bearers of a black heart, twisted moral compass, and insatiable need for immense control. With a gripping storyline and incredible performances from the show’s impressive cast,  House of Cards Trilogy is a wildly fun ride, even if you’ve seen the remake. Dancing on the Edge Dancing on the Edge takes place during 1930s London and follows the ups and downs of a local black jazz band. After scoring a gig at the legendary Imperial Hotel, the band becomes an instant success and starts playing shows for many of London’s elite, including the Royal Family. Before any of the members have a chance to take a breath, the group’s star power soars to astronomical levels. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Angel Coulby, and John Goodman star in this period piece which garnered heaps of critical acclaim for both its storytelling, as well as the performances of its actor, when it aired on BBC Two in 2013. A Young Doctor’s Notebook Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this British dark comedy about a Russian doctor who recounts a period in his life where he worked at a tiny village hospital. The show constantly shifts between a present-day version of the doctor (played by Hamm), and a version of the doctor some 16 years prior (Daniel Radcliffe). As the story unfolds, viewers get an up-close and personal look at his humble beginnings during the Russian Revolution, as well as how he became wildly addicted to morphine – and how it ended up ruining his life. Based off book of short stories of the same name, A Young Doctor’s Notebook is gripping drama that begs to be binged. Narcos The latest Netflix-produced piece of content to grace subscribing TV sets is Narcos, a chronicled take on the story of Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. With its fast-paced style of storytelling, brilliant acting, and the fact the show was filmed on-location in Colombia, the series appears to be yet another impressive win for the massive streaming company. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura plays the role of the iconic Escobar, while Boyd Holbrook fills the shoes of DEA agent Steve Murphy, the one tasked with tracking and killing Escobar. If you’re a sucker for such dramas as House of Cards or Breaking Bad, you’ll no doubt want to dive into the cocaine-filled world of Narcos. Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and Taraji P. Henson star in this science fiction drama about an ex-C.I.A agent who’s recruited by a mysterious man to fight violent crimes. By using an advanced AI system called “The Machine,” the duo sniffs out various persons of interest before they can cause serious harm. This CBS-airing show features the production expertise of Jonathan Nolan — the lesser-known Nolan sibling — and J.J. Abrams of, you know, Fringe, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame. With 90 episodes under its belt, Person of Interest is the perfect companion piece for the changing season (i.e. the onset of rainy days). iZombie (October 6) A morbid, yet mildly funny, take on the tried-and-true procedural cop drama, iZombie concerns the life of a recently zombified medical student who takes up a job with a local Coroner’s Office so she can eat its stock of brains. After enjoying a few delicious meals of local gray matter, Liv (our zombie medical student) soon realizes she absorbs the memories of each brain she consumes. In light of this shocking discovery, she uses her newfound power to help the police solve mysteries surrounding these people’s deaths. Based off a DC comic book series of the same name, iZombie is a refreshing take on a genre that is no doubt starting to dry up. Next Page: Comedy Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Comedy Master of None (November 6) Created by and starring comedian Aziz Ansari, Netflix’s  Master of None concerns the everyday life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to navigate the twists and turns of adulthood while making a living for himself in New York City. Reportedly based somewhat loosely on Ansari’s own life, the show even features the former Parks and Recreation actor’s real life mother and father as Dev’s parents in the show. Even if you haven’t dabbled in Ansari’s prior work (you should, too, he’s absolutely hilarious) Master of None is sure to please with its witty dialogue, multidimensional cast of characters, and relatable storylines. It appears Netflix has once again struck gold. BoJack Horseman Netflix’s original, animated comedy features voices from some of the brightest stars on TV today (i.e. Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul). Comedian Amy Sedaris also lends her voice in this raucous show about a washed up, fictional horse who attempts to reignite his stagnant celebrity career. Ridiculous in all aspects, BoJack Horseman is good for some hearty laughs at the expense of the commonplace celebrity lifestyle. Let’s just say it’s a show about horsing around (pun intended). How I Met Your Mother This CBS sitcom ruled television sets for over eight and a half years, attracting a host of viewers who all wanted an answer to the same question: Who is the mother of Ted Mosby’s children? Over the course of nine seasons, How I Met Your Mother dangled this question in front of its viewers while also providing some hearty laughs by way of its supporting cast. American Pie alum Alyson Hannigan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall funny-guy Jason Segal, and the always hilarious Neil Patrick Harris join Josh Radnor in this hilarious comedy. Archer Archer isn’t your average animated series. It’s like a hybrid between Arrested Development and every spy flick ever. The show whirls around I.S.I.S., an international spy agency filled that deal with global crises. Considering the spy agency is essentially a pressure cooker that is Sterling Archer’s mother, Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), and Arher’s ex-girlfriend, Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), most events are just opportunities to screw-over co-workers. The show is a tad cynical, with rapid-fire dialogue and characters unlike anything else on Netflix. Arrested Development After his father is imprisoned for accounting fraud, Michael Bluth finds the assets of the family-owned business frozen. By default, he’s responsible for holding his dysfunctional family together as they all wig out. The show unfolds as the formerly wealthy Bluth family recoils from the shock of bankruptcy. Despite receiving much critical acclaim the show was dropped after the third season due to low ratings. Even so, the writing and a talented cast make the it a comedy you can’t miss — especially since Netflix recently revived it for a fourth season. Louie The show follows Louie through his everyday life. But somehow the finished product is unlike pretty much everything else on television (and Netflix). It’s a bit like Seinfeld in that it mirrors the real life of its lead star-director-writer-editor and doesn’t have much of a plot. Similar to real-life, Louis is a comedian and divorced father of two girls. The show incorporates stand up scenes and shows Louie attempting to find comedy in his life. It’s a comedic masterpiece that you’ll simply have to watch for yourself. Netflix has three seasons. 30 Rock Is it too early to declare 30 Rock a comedy classic of the highest caliber? It’s only been a couple years since its series finale aired, drawing to a close the story of the head writer of a sketch-comedy series (Tina Fey) and her oddball group of colleagues-friends. Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Krakowski help round out the cast, but it’s Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of corporate executive Jack Donaghy that makes it all worthwhile. Eh, I guess we’re calling it a classic. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia If Seinfeld and Trailer Park Boys had a baby, and that baby sniffed a lot of glue, it would grow up to be a TV show that’s something like It’s Always Sunny. The show centers around “the gang,” a group of friends who co-run an Irish pub in South Philadelphia. Narcissism and vanity run rampant in the comedy that usually involves ousting one member of the group and blackmail or fraud. Netflix has nine of the seasons, and moreover, Frank Reynolds (Danny DiVito) has the best hair on TV. Portlandia Given Digital Trends is headquartered mere blocks from the show’s namesake Portlandia sculpture in downtown Portland, sometimes the deadpan humor — nearly always done at the expense of Portlanders — is so dead-on it hurts. Even so, the show represents a landmark success considering you’ll laugh more than you’ll wince as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein guide you through their version of Portland, which is only slightly zanier than the real thing. Its scripted, but the two stars leave plenty of room for improvisation and cameos. Parks and Recreation What started out as a sitcom done in the typical, post- Office mockumentary style turned into something truly amazing. It’s a hilarious study of the comical residents of Pawnee, Indiana. The show centers on public servant Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), an excitable mid-level official in the Parks and Recreation department, along with a team that diligently works to make the city of Pawnee a better place for everyone. The cast is filled with the biggest names in comedy including Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and Rashida Jones. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kimmy Schmidt, portrayed by Ellie Kemper of Bridesmaids fame, is one four women rescued from an underground bunker where she was imprisoned alongside a polygamist cult leader. She then goes to work as a nanny for a socialite, Jane Krakowski, in the bustling streets of New York City. Although the sitcom’s premise doesn’t exactly scream “hilarious,” it’s blanketed with Tina Fey’s comedic timing, often coming off as a spiritual successor to 30 Rock. Watching Kemper haphazardly adjust to the foreign complexities of the modern world, such as emojis and hashtags, is more than inviting — even if she does occasionally exhibit some PTSD from her 15 years underneath the Indianian soil. Orange is the New Black Based on a true story, this Netflix original comedy follows Piper Chapman as she goes from comfortable middle-class living to an all-female prison as a result of a drug-related crime she committed a decade prior. The show is based upon the real-life Piper Kerman, who wrote a memoir based on her money-laundering years and subsequent time in jail. The drama is often funny, with hilarious interactions between cell mates, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get heavy. Netflix currently offers both season, with a third season slated for 2015. Bob’s Burgers Let it be known that Tina Belcher, the eldest daughter on Bob’s Burgers is one of the most hilarious and likeable characters on TV right now. The show follows the Belcher family as they navigate the woes of running a family burger joint. After watching a few episodes you get the sense that times are tough for the Belchers. The restaurant falls victim to a fire, rodent infestation, and street lamp crashing on the entrance. But staying in the black is always secondary to the hilarious dialogue between family members. New Girl Zooey Deschanel plays the quirky Jess in this Fox comedy about a woman who moves into a loft in L.A. with three guys she meets online. While Jake Johnson’s Nick character serves as the second lead behind Deschanel, it’s performances from Max Greenfield (Schmidt) and Lamorne Morris (Winston) who steal the show. This single-camera sitcom perfectly blends elements of drama into its comedic writing, and remains one of the wittiest shows on TV. To top things off, it even created its own drinking game called “True American;” what other show has this on its resume? Californication While David Duchovny’s alcoholic, drug-dependent, sex addicted character in Californication seems an eerily similar rendition of who he is in real life, Showtime’s hit drama is formally labeled a work of fiction. Nevertheless, this Tom Kapinos-created dramedy focuses on Hank Moody, a hedonistic author who struggles with the ability to make just one good decision, while also trying to fix the broken relationships he has with his ex-wife and daughter. Duchovny is fantastic as Hank, while the rest of the series’ cast is as colorful as Moody’s eyes after a weekend bender. Grace and Frankie The Netflix-exclusive comedy,  Grace and Frankie, hails from legendary TV producer Marta Kauffman — of  Friends and  Veronica’s Closet fame — and stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the series’ leads. This comedy deals with Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) shortly after they find out their husbands — played perfectly by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen — fell in love with each other and intend to leave their wives to start their own life. Now, the two divorcees must figure out how to live in the same house and support each other without for one another’s throats. Expertly written and hilariously acted,  Grace and Frankie is an outstanding addition to Netflix’s already impressive lineup of programming. Saturday Night Live (The 2010s) It’s had its fair share of ups and downs, but there’s nothing quite like a good episode of  Saturday Night Live. With Netflix recently serving up streaming access to the hit sketch show’s 2010-era run, viewers have access to a bevy of Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Fred Armisen-starring episodes. Although it may never quite live up to ’70s and ’80s  SNL, there’s no shortage of laughs, awkward moments, and outrageous cameos sure to please any fan of the series. Moreover, no matter if a certain week’s host ended up bombing or not, the musical guests routinely provided performances worth the price of admission. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Fans of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer won’t want to miss Netflix’s eight-part prequel series featuring all the same wild gags and over-the-top hilarity of its source material. Despite many of the actors from the original going on to enjoy super-stardom, the show somehow retained each member of the original cast, while also adding a slew of new and hilarious cast members. Although it might feed off the 2001 movie’s cult status to garner viewers,  Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp bears plenty of its own unique comedy and outrageous scenes to stand out of the shadow of the original. Moreover, since it’s a Netflix-exclusive, each episode released on the same day so this has binge-worthy written all over it. Maron Similar to shows like Louie or The Jim Gaffigan Show, Maron takes viewers on a pseudo-fictionalized journey through comedian Marc Maron’s life. While the premise centers around his popular podcast program, the events surrounding each podcast – along with what happens to Marc outside of his show – are wildly sensationalized. Few comedians match Maron’s wit, cynicism, and downright original comedy, so even though it feels like a show that’s been done so many times before, it hardly feels stale or repetitive. You’d be hard-pressed to find another show with as many laugh-out-loud moments as Maron. It’s that hilarious. The Inbetweeners This British sitcom follows the life of Will McKenzie, a witty teenager who’s just recently transferred to a private school following the divorce of his parents. While there, McKenzie becomes friends with three other boys attending the institution, and goes on to fall victim to a series of pratfalls every high school student has experienced in one way or another. From failed sexual encounters and bullying, to a rocky home life and bonding with friends, The Inbetweeners shies away from no touchy subject, though it’s the four main characters who ultimately make the show such an absolute pleasure to watch. With three six-episode seasons and two feature-length movies taking place in the world of The Inbetweeners, this is one of the most successful British comedies of the last several decades. The League Though FX’s riotous comedy The League centers on six friends who participate in a fantasy football league together, an understanding of fantasy sports is actually not necessary to grasp the show’s humor. Though each episode features some sort of football-related joke peppered in over the course of the 30 minutes, the episodes typically revolve around various ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in. Whether it’s Taco’s invention of the offline social network My Face, or the group traveling to Vegas for their annual draft, there’s no shortage of outrageous hijinks and ridiculous behavior. With Bob and David (November 13) Bob Odenkirk and David Cross team up yet again for the Netflix-exclusive sketch comedy show, With Bob and David. Much like their HBO series Mr. Show with Bob and David, the show plans to feature the over-the-top, yet wildly hilarious, comedy stylings of the show’s billed duo who also serve as the show’s creators and writers. Though Odenkirk has made it clear this pseudo-reboot won’t feature a similar structure as Mr. Show, Netflix’s latest comedy should be heavy on the kind of outrageous spoofs and hilarious writing fans of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk have come to expect. Next Page: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Sci-Fi Star Trek: The Next Generation For those of you unacquainted with perhaps the most popular sci-fi television series of all time, there’s not much we can say, other than Netflix all seven seasons of Star Trek: Next Generation. Created in 1987, 21 years after the original series, the shows follows the exploits of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his space-faring crew upon the new USS Enterprise. Despite Netflix’s omission of the rest of the Star Trek library and Paramount’s decision to end the show prematurely before the final season, there’s still 187 episodes lined with Romulans and the Borg, not to mention a entire world of adventure with which to expand your cult-classic knowledge. After all, it did manage to live long and prosper. Doctor Who Considering there are 26 seasons of Doctor Who, it’s not surprising it’s the longest running Sci-Fi TV show of all time. Netflix has all seven seasons of the 2005 remake, and like the 1963 version, the remake follows an eccentric and super-intelligent scientist (David Tennant) as he travels through time and space to thwart various evildoers. Sure, there’s the classic Doctor Who nostalgia that factors into the show’s appeal, but at its core, it’s the time-travel component that remains the most fascinating part of the show for modern viewers. The Walking Dead If you’ve ever watched a gut-wrenching zombie flick like Dawn of The Dead and found yourself wishing there was more than a couple hours to watch, then The Walking Dead is what you’ve always wanted. AMC’s zombie-centric show is based on Robert Kirkman’s series of graphic novels of the same name, following sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who finds himself in an abandoned hospital and amasses a band of survivors. Zombie’s aside, there’s plenty of human-to-human and interpersonal drama as well. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fully entrenched in all things Marvel, director Joss Whedon brings the incredibly popular superhero universe to the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show revolves around Clark Kregg’s character, Agent Coulson, who mans a team of superhero agents responsible for investigating unusual events and enemies. Though the show involves characters not typically seen in the big Marvel movies, it does still share continuity with the long list of past and future Marvel films. Black Mirror Each episode of Black Mirror tells a single story, with a theme of modern and near-future technology that runs through each unnerving tale. It’s often compared to The Twilight Zone for its episodic nature, and just like the classic series, some of the stories will leave you only able to sit and stare at a blank television, wondering what you just watched. Beyond all of the thought-provoking, mind-bending, and world building, the acting and aesthetic is smart and nuanced, and will leave even the best spoiler guessers out there reeling from the sharp twists and turns in every episode. Fringe From the imaginative minds of J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman comes Fringe, a paranormal, science fiction thriller reminiscent of Chris Carter’s brilliant X-Files (see below). Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble highlight this impressive cast, which also features The Wire alum Lance Reddick and a special appearance by Leonard Nimoy. It ran for an even 100 episodes and consistently pushed the envelope in terms of outrageous storylines, alternate dimensions, and eerie mysteries. X-Files At their core, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder are fundamentally different. Mulder believes in aliens, Scully does not, yet the two FBI agents investigate cases relating to paranormal activity. The show is immensely satisfying because somehow the duo always manage to solve the mystery, no matter how bizarre. Despite initially garnering a cult following, the show transformed into a ’90s classic because — let’s be real — who doesn’t believe in aliens? The show even inspired everything from Lost to Fringe, garnering it even more acclaim. Arrow Yet another television show drawing from the pages of popular comics, CW’s Arrow takes its influence from the DC Comics character, Green Arrow. Actor Steven Arnell tackles the lead as playboy billionaire Oliver Queen, who soon takes up the role of the Green Arrow to subdue crime in the fictional setting of Starling City. Netflix offers the first two seasons of this highly regarded show, while new episodes of its third season currently air on the CW. Sense8 From the — sometimes — brilliant science fiction minds of Andy and Lana Wachowski comes  Sense8, a sci-fi drama concerning eight strangers who suddenly find themselves strangely connected to one another. After enduring an awakening of sorts, these strangers now have the ability to communicate and share knowledge and skills with one another. A much different take on the sci-fi genre and one featuring a diverse lineup of characters,  Sense8 continues to show Wachowski’s and J. Michael Straczynski’s incredible knack for dense storytelling. Next Page: Action/Mystery Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Action/Mystery Marvel’s Jessica Jones (November 20) With the massive success of Daredevil’s first season already in the books for Netflix, Big Red decided to tap into yet another Marvel character with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter hops into the virtual shoes of the titular Jessica Jones, a semi-troubled young woman who possesses a particularly enhanced set of powers which make her a menace to criminals. Alongside Ritter are David Tennant as the mysterious and evil Kilgrave, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Carrie Ann Moss as a hard-nosed lawyer named Jeri Hogarth. Not just for comic book fans, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a wild good time. Sherlock Not all adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic novels are good. Thankfully, Sherlock is terrific right out of the gates. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the leading role in the show, which serves as a modern reimagining of Sherlock’s London exploits. Charm and elementary brain work come standard, but unlike most past renditions of the crime-drama, many criminals manage to outwit Holmes. Still, Cumberbatch delivers a Sherlock that is surprisingly brawny and moody, with a dependable Watson (Martin Freeman) to match. Sons of Anarchy Everything about this show is excellent, from the writing and acting to the cinematography and sets. You wanna know what’s not great? Their business practices. The show encapsulates a conflict between motorcycle gang leader Clay and his step-son, Jax. Clay, the old-fashioned club president, wants to preserve the gang’s risky and often aggressive methods for turning a profit while Jax wants a better life for his new son. You’re exposed to the lives of the bikers along the way, along with their inevitable encounter with the law and rival factions. Daredevil The latest Netflix-produced show to strike gold, Daredevil brings the Marvel Universe to the small screen in a big way. While movie adaptations of Marvel’s blind lawyer-by-day, blind crime-fighter-by-night never quite lived up to expectations, Drew Goddard’s episodic version garnered near universal acclaim. Charlie Cox — who plays the iconic Daredevil — headlines an impressive cast which also features Vincent D’Onofrio and Rosario Dawson. Gritty, expertly produced, and packed to the brim with action, Netflix’s Daredevil is one you won’t want to miss. Luther The BBC’s Luther revolves around John Luther (Idris Elba), a brilliant but troubled English police detective, and his cases. It’s similar to Sherlock in many ways given Luther’s detective work is always a bit unorthodox, except the reveals a grittier London than Sherlock. Elba’s character is crude and unrelenting, and surprisingly, he often finds himself establishing bonds with criminals and taking the law into his own hands. He’s a shoot-from-the-hip kind of character, with his biggest threat being the bureaucracy of his very own unit. Broadchurch When an 11-year-old boy is killed, the coastal town of Broadchurch is subjected to the onslaught of media attention. At only eight episodes, this British show is easy to binge in a weekend, with twists and turns that will keep you watching. David Tennant stars as the head investigator of the murder and finds himself dealing with high emotions and high stakes on his search to find the person that would do an unthinkable act. Lost The J.J. Abrams-produced cliffhanger that is Lost begins with a group of plane-crash survivors on a mysterious island. The show follows the lives of the survivors as they cope with the fact they’ll never return to society. The show introduces an interesting psychological twist as they adapt to the island, revealing other island inhabitants, otherworldly forces, and time travel along the way. The show is fairly abstract, yet remains grounded enough to keep viewers engaged and remain arguably one of biggest binge-watching shows of all time. Dexter Showtime struck gold in 2006 with Dexter, a blockbuster show featuring a main character who doubles as both a serial killer and a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Metro PD. If this twist isn’t enough to already hook you, Dexter chooses only to kill people he deems worthy of deserving to die (i.e. rapists, child molesters, murderers of the innocent, etc.). As gripping as it is interesting, Dexter is quite the wild ride across its incredible, eight-season run. Marco Polo If you want all of the violence, nudity, and drama of Game of Thrones but prefer the Netflix binge-watching format, their new original series Marco Polo is worth a look. The series recounts a dramatized version of the titular explorer’s time in Kublai Khan’s court, a brutal ruler whose character shines as both a leader in battle and a conflicted soul. It’s a little slow initially, but the character development and action sequences make the early drudgery worth it. Graceland USA Network’s latest off-the-wall cop drama  Graceland centers around a rookie FBI agent who’s assigned to move to sunny Southern California to join an undercover team of fellow FBI, DEA, and ICE agents. While the team’s goal of ridding the SoCal streets of hard drugs and violence seems straightforward, the fact the agents all live in a recently confiscated drug house gives this show a particularly unique wrinkle. If you liked USA’s other cop dramas — see  Burn Notice, Psych, Monk, etc. — you’ll no doubt enjoy taking a stroll through  Graceland. Transporter: The Series Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen’s popular Transporter franchise inspires this TNT-broadcasted episodic take on the Frank Martin universe. Though while noticeably void of Jason Statham’s likeness, Transporter: The Series does feature all the raucous action of the original films. English actor Chris Vance steps into Franks shoes as the freelance courier-for-hire who possesses a particular set of skills necessary to get him out of any sticky situation. Like the movies, there’s a lot of fast driving, punches to the neck, and damsels in distress; it’s not revolutionary but it’s a ton of fun. The Flash (October 6) Not content with Marvel hogging the spotlight for comic book-themed TV shows and movies, DC comics entered the fray with 2014’s surprising action show, The Flash. After awakening from a nine month coma stemming from a horrible lightning accident, protagonist Barry Allen realizes he now possesses the power of super speed. Bestowed with this super human ability, Allen assembles a capable team of allies to help him fight crime and rid the streets of all evil doers. If you like comic book-based programming, you don’t want to miss The Flash. Next Page: Reality TV/Documentary Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Reality TV/Documentary TED Talks: Best of TEDx TED Talks are a series of educational and highly informative documentaries that consistently feature commentary from industry-leading experts, renowned academics, and otherwise smart people. Each episode runs about 15 to 30 minutes long and, for the most case, involves a pretty refined focus. You can scan through different lecture series, each of which broadly encompasses a particular theme or topic. This series has some TED Talk gems including What’s Wrong with your Pa$$word and Own your Body’s Data. Departures It often said that life is more often about the journey than the destination. Departures, a Canadian travel series, takes the aforementioned sentiment to heart throughout the course of several seasons. The series stars high-school friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach, chronicling their adventures and then challenges they face while skirting the globe. The show isn’t known for its high-production value or portrayal of iconic locations, but more so, providing insight into culture as seen through the eyes of a couple of 20-year-old dudes who drop their agendas and decide to trudge off the beaten path. Nonetheless, the cinematography is tastefully done, whether the hosts are climbing the tallest mountain in the south Atlantic or drinking a couple beers on the side of the road. Top Gear If you like cars, motorcycles, or basically anything with an engine, you’ll love Top Gear. The British version has been on air since 2002, giving the hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May) full reign to try to wreck a Toyota Hilux and race a slew of dilapidated vehicles from Miami to New Orleans, among other automobile-centric tests. The show is pretty much the best thing on Netflix for motor enthusiasts and those with a need for speed, so much so we have an entire article outlining the ten best Top Gear episodes. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Carl Sagan’s thirteen-part TV series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, remains a watershed moment in science television despite being more than three decades old. Fortunately, the 2014 reboot presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson is just as enchanting, detailing the latest revelations regarding time and space within a series of 45-minute installments. The show touches on everything from the first steps of evolution and the impact of paleogeography to electromagnetism and the irreparable consequences of global warming. Religion isn’t an option. Planet Earth Just in time for Earth Day 2015, Netflix partnered with the BBC to offer streaming of its smash-hit documentary series, Planet Earth. Over the course of 11 episodes, Planet Earth takes viewers to all corners of the globe, allowing them to see Earth as they’ve never experienced before. From the depths of the open ocean, to the jungles of Uganda, this docuseries sheds light on the most fascinating areas of the world. Moreover, Life presenter David Attenborough superbly narrates Planet Earth’s globe-spanning expedition. ESPN’s 30 for 30 There’s nothing really like 30 for 30. Netflix has been issuing the sport documentaries under the umbrella 30 for 30 and ESPN Presents since 2010. The documentaries which chronicle spectacular sport stories has endured over the past few years mostly because of the range of storytelling. 30 for 30 doesn’t only go “in-depth” on famous athletes. Some of the best episodes are of the lesser known athletes and trials they endured. Ken Burns: The National Parks — America’s Best Idea As the lauded winner of two Emmy Awards, one for outstanding writing and the other for outstanding non-fiction series, director Ken Burns’ latest documentary is a testament to our nation’s most prestigious and breathtaking sites. It’s essentially a historical presentation chronicling the formation of the parks and the democratic motives behind it, one with fantastic celebrity narrations from the likes of Tom Hanks and Josh Lucas. The PBS documentary may come off like propaganda at times, but the beautiful cinematography alone is enough to fill you with a deeper admiration for the parks and people fighting to preserve them. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown CNN may not be particularly known for its ace reporting and unbiased perspective when it comes to politics, but it’s far tougher to put a spin on food coverage. In Parts Unknown, American chef Anthony Bourdain scours regions of the globe — from the Bronx and Tanzania to Shanghai and the Mississippi Delta — for lesser-known cuisine and local delicacies rarely offered in mainstream America. It’s a captivating examination of different cultures and customs, and though Bourdain often comes off as rather dry and a bit abrasive, his knowledge of food and the way he addresses heartbreak and hardship is phenomenal. And no, the Los Angeles episode from season one is still not available… Bill Nye the Science Guy Bill Nye’s sensational educational program Bill Nye the Science Guy quickly became a household and classroom staple when it debuted back in September of 1993. During its nearly five year, 100 episode run, Bill Nye taught a wide range of natural science topics aimed at educating youngsters about everything from the Earth’s core to how the brain works. Nominated for 23 Emmy’s — and winners of 19 — Bill Nye the Science Guy easily holds up as well today as it did when it aired some 20 years ago. Death Row Stories The first season of CNN’s  Death Row Stories consists of just eight episodes, but packs a serious punch by examining and questioning America’s death penalty. Each episode tackles a different capital murder case, each chock full with their own fair share of peculiar evidence, egotistical prosecutors, and questionable convictions. With interviews from those who’ve lived on death row, as well as up close and personal accounts from the people who knew each case best,  Death Row Stories is a startling look at the state of the U.S. legal system. The First 48 Collection Fans of  Homicide: Life on the Street or HBO’s  The Wire will no doubt want to check out A&E’s superb — though, slightly controversial — series,  The First 48. Each episode of the show gives viewers an inside look at real-life homicide investigations, from a variety of different viewpoints. The First 48 also shows how detectives utilize a wide range of advanced tactics, such as forensic evidence and witness testimony, to apprehend the suspects of each case. You won’t get a closer look at the way detectives do their job, and this fact alone makes The First 48 gripping television. House Hunters International Collection A spin-off of the aptly-titled HGTV show  House Hunters, House Hunters International chronicles various couples as they set out to find a new home. Because this version is the international variety, the show finds abode-searching individuals in country’s like France, Thailand, Portugal, and everywhere in between. It’s particularly fascinating to see the different kinds of houses specific to different regions, and also incredibly fun to drool over some of the more expensive homes. Human Planet Like Planet Earth, Human Planet presents viewers with an in-depth look at nature, humanity, and its impact on each other. Instead of viewing the different ways environments adapt and grow, this episodic series examines the relationship between humans and the world around them. The show looks at the various ways humankind has adapted to life in nearly every environment on Earth, such as shark calling in Papua New Guinea, herding reindeer in Norway, or hunting tarantulas in Venezuela. Each gorgeous locale comes packed with an equally interesting story told by the show’s narrator, though it’s arguably Human Planet’s cinematography that truly makes this show an addictive pleasure. Over the course of the eight-episode season, Human Planet presents more than 100 different stories making it one of the richest programs streaming on Netflix. The Mind of a Chef By combining travel, food, history, and science into several 20-minute episodes, the creative minds behind The Mind of a Chef have no doubt created a wildly fascinating program fit for casual and binge-watching Netflix fans alike. Those familiar with the work of Anthony Bourdain — who appears on this show’s first season — are likely already accustomed to the tried-and-true formula that makes The Mind of a Chef so good, and those new to the genre are in for a treat. Each episode tackles a different food sub-group such as simple dishes, cooking with rotten food, or rice, while providing viewers and abundance of the historical background and peculiar uses native to each subject. We recommend eating before watching, however, there’s just something about watching someone on TV eat delicious dishes that always has us running to the fridge. Throwdown with Bobby Flay Collection In this particular reality show, celebrity chef Bobby Flay shares center stage each week with a host of renowned cooks, challenging them to a cook-off of their quintessential recipe. With foods ranging from cheeseburgers and pizza to meatloaf and heuvos rancheros, there’s no meal Flay won’t attempt. At the conclusion of each episode, a panel of judges rates each chef’s finished meal and awards one as the ultimate winner. Unsurprisingly, Flay has a number of wins under his belt though it’s typically the chef he challenges who walks away victorious. Barefoot Contessa: Back to the Basics Collection A plain and simple cooking show, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa: Back to the Basics will have you preparing everything from the perfect French dinner party to the best brunch you’ve ever tasted. Not only is Garten a pleasure to watch on screen, the way she clearly leads her viewers through recipes makes it easy for anyone to successfully pull off her recipes. Barefoot Contessa: Back to the Basics is no doubt a perfect companion as you start to plan for all those potlucks, Thanksgiving dinners, or otherwise on the horizon for the next few months. Next Page: Memory Lane Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Memory Lane Columbo Lots of crime shows showcase brilliant, yet asocial protagonists (i.e. the aforementioned Sherlock and Luther). However, Columbo doesn’t follow suite. Columbo (Peter Falk) may be a homeless-looking guy with a cigar hanging out of the corner of his mouth, one with unfailing manners and an underwhelming demeanor, but nothing is farther from the truth. For all his moderate and enjoyable manners, he’s LAPD’s best detective. The show follows Columbo as he investigates the high-profile cases of LA’s rich and entitled. Alfred Hitchcock Presents Film icon Alfred Hitchcock plays host in the classic TV series featuring his namesake. Each episode is a textbook example of how to scare the living hell out of someone, proving Hitchcock’s short films are just as alluring as his full-length. Some episodes represent adaptations of short stories from writers such Roald Dahl, John Cheever, and Ray Bradbury,with notable guest appearances from Dick York and the like. Every story is surprising and horrific, whether a drama or mystery, relishing in Hitchock’s droll sensibilities. Goosebumps never fail. Twin Peaks This cult classic of the early ’90s came from the mind of director David Lynch. After homecoming queen Laura Palmer is murdered, FBI agent Dale Cooper arrives in the small Washington town to investigate. Weirdness ensues, featuring everything from homicidal demons and cryptic dreams to doppelgängers of dead people and an FBI agent who really likes cherry pie and a “damn fine cup of coffee.” Unfortunately, though it was one of the most popular shows of the entire decade, it was never renewed for a third season — that is, until David Lynch decided he would be revisiting the iconic town in early 2016 as part of a limited release on Showtime. Cheers Cheers is a series about a Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” along with the people who hang out and work there. It’s still astonishing to think that nearly every scene in Cheers’ 11 seasons was set in a single bar room, but the show managed to break a bevy of records while it aired, tackling controversial issues such as abortion and homosexuality in its own genre-defining way. Even today, popular culture is littered with references to Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and his iconic bar. And thankfully, Netflix has every season. Cheers indeed. Quantum Leap Quantum Leap may not register with every viewer. After leading a team of scientists into the desert in order to research his theory of time travel, Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bacula) is forced to enter an accelerator before it was ready, subsequently vanishing in the process. He then finds himself in someone else’s body with partial amnesia and a hologram for a partner, who only he can see and hear. Beckett then “leaps” into the body of those needing help, traveling through time and playing a key role in landmark historical events as he does. Oh, boy. M*A*S*H Based on the Oscar winning film, the series follows a rag tag crew of doctors in the Korean War. Classified as a “dramady,” the show is written in a classic sitcom format, but doesn’t shy away from the realities of war. Chief Surgeon Hawkeye, played by Alan Alda, leads an ensemble cast of real characters. Radar, Gary Burghoff, can predict and repeat everything the Commander Officer says and protects his teddy bear. Klinger, Jaime Farr, dresses as a woman so the army will think he’s crazy and discharge him. Then there’s Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, Loretta Swit, who’s no nonsense and doesn’t put up with Hawkeye’s shenanigans. Netflix only has five of eleven seasons, but we hope they’ll add the rest as the year goes on. Freaks & Geeks Freaks & Geeks is about two unique groups of teenagers dealing with high school life in the ’80s. Like the title suggests, one group is labeled as the “freaks” the other as the “geeks.” The show features many now-famous actors — James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, etc. — and helped propel showrunner Judd Apatow to big screen directorial fame. The first season show covers a variety of experiences that define coming of age in America, including drugs, bullying, and more. It was cancelled too soon, but you can still watch all 18 episodes. The Wonder Years At age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated for an Emmy as a Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. It was his for his outstanding portrayal of Kevin Arnold, the main protagonist and focal point of The Wonder Years. The classic show aired for six seasons, following Arnold and those surrounding him as he lurched his way into adulthood during the ’60s. It was both a comedy and a drama much like life, filled with just as much amusement as heartbreak and featuring a memorable cast with which all of us can relate in some way. Saved by the Bell Saved by the Bell, which originally aired from 1989 to 1993, remains one of the most beloved shows of all time, and now Netflix offers all six seasons of the hit show for your streaming pleasure. Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, and Tiffany-Amber Thiessen,  Saved by the Bell centers around a group of high school students who attend a Los Angeles-area high school named Bayside High. While mostly comedic, the show does touch on a range of social issues like homelessness, drug use, and death, giving the show an educational side and sets it apart from much of the programming airing during its time. Next Page: Kids Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Kids Star Wars: The Clone Wars George Lucas’ incredibly popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars first made its triumphant appearance on Netflix last March, which means all 121 episodes are ripe for your viewing pleasure. Set in the years between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars depicts various locales, characters, and battles within the Star Wars galaxy. Moreover, Netflix also streams the series’ companion film, which should quench your sci-fi appetite while you wait for J.J. Abrams’ much hyped Star Wars: The Force Awakens to release. Arthur Based on Marc Brown’s landmark book series of the same name, Arthur really only pales only in comparison to Sesame Street. It’s gained a cult following since it debuted in 1996, with an average audience topping nearly 10 million viewers in the United States alone. Though certainly a kids show, the anthropomorphic aardvark often finds himself in notable parodies of popular shows like The Sopranos and South Park, reinforcing creativity and empowerment in all-too-real situations. It deals with everything from bullying and cancer to asthma and bed wetting, but does so in a humorous and self-referential way that is far too uncommon in today’s modern media. Goosebumps Like author R.L. Stine’s fabled Goosebumps series, every episode of the like-minded The Haunting Hour features a different cast of characters and horror plot line. Sometimes the show deals with clowns, witches, and otherworldly beings, while other times it addresses dark issues of morality that never end well. Either way, the show serves as a great introduction to the world of horror and features celebrity guests such as Christoper Lloyd and Ariel Winter (among others). There’s no gore, sex, drugs, or anything else unwholesome — but we suggest you screen some of the episodes in advance of your kids. Hell, “The Red Dress” episode is enough to keep you up at night. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Forget that Josh Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster, The Avengers, is currently streaming on Netflix for just a moment. The animated children’s show features better visuals than its dated counterparts, plenty of witty dialogue and no-frill action sequences, and a melange of cameos from pretty every character ever featured in the Marvel universe. The tone and style is reminiscent of the early day of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as is the iconic roster that includes the likes of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and other classic heroes. The voice acting is superb, as is the artwork, rendering the show as appealing to kids as it is to adults still engrossed by the classic characters first introduced in the ’60s. Curious George Kids like animals. George is an animal. Therefore, it’s not particularly surprising that most kids enjoy the latest animated show based on Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey’s beloved children’s series. Each episode consists of two short cartoons, each centered around the escapades of George (Frank Welker) and the Man with the Yellow Hat (Jeff Bennett), with a short live-action segment following each story. The series teaches explains math and science concepts in a way they can grasp, while at the same time remaining endearing, innocent, and educational. Moreover, it gives the original animated series a run for its money — unlike the recent animated film featuring Will Ferrell and the direct-to-DVD sequel. The Magic School Bus With the Netflix-honed The Magic School Bus 360° coming to a Netflix queue near you in 2016, there’s no better time than now for your kids to join Ms. Valerie Frizzle (actress Lily Tomline) and the anthropomorphic school bus that shuttles students to impossible locations. It’s an Emmy-winning show heavily rooted in science, examining the human anatomy or the far regions of outer space, providing kids with a general understanding of how everyday facets of our world function. The National Science Foundation provided the bulk of the funding alongside Microsoft, thus giving it a little more merit, while rock legend Little Richard laid down the title theme song. Phineas and Ferb The heralded Phineas and Ferb is one of the kids shows on our list that gets more than one celebrity stamp of approval. Everyone from Ben Stiller to Bob Eubanks enjoys the show, with reviews often praising the creators for their keen sense of wit and well-placed cultural references. It follows two step brothers as they undertake a new project with each new day of summer and continually try to stay a step ahead of their pesky sister, Candace. The running jokes and complex plots make a standout, as does the diabolical Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and platypus-turned-spy, Perry. The metahumor, wordplay, and quick timing make it a lot like Family Guy in many ways (sans the vulgarity). Dinosaur Train Produced with the help of the Jim Henson Company and created by the writer behind Rugrats, the PBS original is unlike anything that came before it. The premise of the show relies on a young Tyrannosaurus Rex that’s adopted into a Pteranodon family, one who then vows to learn everything there is to know about dinosaurs. He and his family ride the Dinosaur Train through various time periods, discovering real-life species with the help of passengers and the train conductor. Each episode is even followed by a live-action segment featuring renowned paleontologist and consultant Scott Sampson, so there’s plenty of detail and further clarification regarding any facts in the show. Danger Mouse The animated British children’s show  Danger Mouse aired for a staggering 161 episodes, and due to its popularity, became the first British cartoon to make the jump to American TV.  Danger Mouse’s premise, which plays heavily off British spy novels like the James Bond franchise, concerns a secret agent mouse who travels the world ridding it of monsters and evil criminals. Danger Mouse’s biggest foe however, is a toad named Baron Silas Greenback and his assistant, a crow named Stiletto Mafioso. With terrific animation — even for a ’80s-era cartoon — and a long list of wacky characters and storylines,  Danger Mouse is heaps of fun for the entire family. Reading Rainbow The legendary LeVar Burton narrates and hosts this educational program geared towards encouraging kids to pick up a book or two outside of school. While the show originally aired from 1983 to 2006, a recently successful Kickstarter campaign — led by Burton himself — assured the show would come back to life, and now those new episodes are ripe for streaming. Featuring a similar format as the classic program, Reading Rainbow finds Burton yet again exploring the world of children’s literature, interviewing a host of interesting guests, and reading excerpts from some of his favorite books. Older audiences won’t help but be captivated by the show’s nostalgia, while the younger crowd will no doubt enjoy taking in this rebooted classic. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood As far as classic children’s programming is concerned, few shows have reveled in as much success as  Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Famous for Rogers’ method of simply having a conversation with his TV friends, the show graced the airwaves for an astounding 31 seasons, and remains considered to be one of the best television programs of all-time. During each episode, Rogers invites the viewers into his humble home, greets them, then educates them on a wide range of topics while often times making use of puppets in his Neighborhood of Make Believe. As anyone who’s ever witnessed Fred Rogers’ brilliance on TV can attest, there just wasn’t — and frankly, still isn’t — anyone on the air who could make someone feel so comfortable. Considering this was a children’s program, this fact alone did wonders for its legacy and allows it to stand the test of time. More »

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  • This little metal cube contains every collectible element on planet Earth
    This little metal cube contains every collectible element on planet Earth Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    If you’re looking for something that’ll please your inner metallurgist, check out the Element Cube — a unique metal cube that contains every collectible element on the planet. For those less interested in metallurgy, the cube is still a remarkable feat of science, as it’s made from no less than 62 of Earth’s 118 known elements, including platinum, iron, gold, and titanium. Through a process called powder metallurgy, the Element Cube, Element Bracelet, and Element Necklace all combine the metals of the world into beautiful polished shapes. Not all of the materials included in the Element Cube are precious metals, but the nature of the elements that occur on earth did have a lot to do with whether or not they were included in the project. Radioactive metals like plutonium were left out, and elements that exist only in gaseous form couldn’t exactly be included in the cube and its accompanying elemental accessories.  The Element Cube and jewelry are all formed by pulverizing 62 different metals into fine powders, then mixing and compressing compressing the combination into whole shapes. Related: German scientists devise ‘phytomining’ technique to extract rare metals from plants The mission of any collection hobby is usually to cobble together a complete set of whatever object you’re collecting — be it stamps, rocks, or even potato chips shaped like US states. But as it turns out, collecting elements isn’t an easy task. Completing a collection of elements can take years, and often requires a hefty bank account. Purists may not sign on to knock off 62 elements in one go with the Element Cube, but even if you’re not a collector, it’s still a pretty cool little object, and showcases the beautiful diversity of elemental science. Creator Cillian McMinn is a designer from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His artistic leanings allow him to believe that the Element Cube is a visually appealing reminder of the complex and intricate aspects of our universe that will please collectors, nerds, and art-lovers alike. The Element Cube is also believed to be the world’s largest alloy, since it breaks records by combining every collectible (non-radioactive) element on earth. Element Cube’s Kickstarter campaign has already been wildly successful, beyond the original £2,500 funding goal – about $3,800. The project has nearly 1,000 backers and has already racked up funding pledges of over $73,000. A pledge of about $30 will score backers an Element Bracelet or Element Necklace, and a pledge of approximately $76 will earn backers a complete Element Cube. With such overwhelming support, it seems like the Element Cube has already accomplished its goal to demonstrate the beauty and fascination of the building blocks that make everything on Earth possible. More »

  • Daisy Ridley poses with Star Wars stamp to celebrate movie release
    Daisy Ridley poses with Star Wars stamp to celebrate movie release Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    Actress Daisy Ridley posed with her character's stamp from the Royal Mail's new Star Wars collection. More »

  • Italy privatisation values post office at 8.8 bn euros
    Italy privatisation values post office at 8.8 bn euros Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    The Italian government has valued the post office at 8.8 bn euros in plans for a partial privatisation More »

  • Italian post office sell-off to raise more than 3 billion euros
    Italian post office sell-off to raise more than 3 billion euros Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    By Giuseppe Fonte and Francesca Landini ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will raise nearly 3.4 billion euros ($3.8 billion) from the sale of a minority stake in its post office in a stock market listing welcomed by the government as a vote of confidence for its business reforms. The sale of up to 38 percent of Poste Italiane is the biggest privatisation in a decade in the euro zone's third-largest economy. Demand from investors bodes well for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's efforts to revive state assets sales and reform creaky institutions. More »

  • Man claims severe disability, gets caught using a ladder Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who has filed more than 30 lawsuits claiming to be disabled — including one seeking food stamps for his service dog — pleaded guilty to perjury for claiming under oath that he couldn't walk or hold a glass of water. More »

  • As US Airways flies into sunset, here’s a look back at its innovations
    As US Airways flies into sunset, here’s a look back at its innovations Fri, Oct 16, 2015

    On October 16, after Flight 1939 takes off from San Francisco and en route to Philadelphia, US Airways will cease operating as a brand – nearly two years after it merged with American Airlines. It also marks the end of one of the last remaining so-called legacy carriers. Legacy carriers in the U.S. are oftentimes viewed as the dinosaurs of the industry – stuck in their old ways, saddled by politics, and slow to implement tech. And while they may not have the “wow” factor of some new carriers today, they had notable tech moments in their history. As we bid farewell to this storied airline (the modern US Airways is actually a conglomeration of several defunct carriers, each with its own personality), here’s a look back at some of the airline’s achievements toward air travel (and one not so stellar moment in its tech history). Airmail pick-up system US Airways didn’t exist as a brand until 1979, but its history stems back to 1937, when it was first known as All American Aviation and provided airmail service for the U.S. Post Office. AAA developed patents, and one invention saw its planes outfitted with a tail-hook system for picking up mailbags as the plane flew over. During World War II, AAA’s R&D team modified the system that allowed planes to quickly pull spies out of enemy territory. Birth of modern air travel A Douglas DC-9 in Allegheny Airlines livery, a precursor to US Airways. Piergiuliano Chesi / Wikimedia Commons After World War II, All American Aviation changed its name to All American Airways when it switched from being a mail carrier to one that ferried people, as did other airmail carriers. As the airline added larger planes to its fleet, like the DC-3, more and more civilians were now flying around the country. In 1953, All American Airways changed its name again and became Allegheny Airlines. First code-share agreement Piedmont Airlines. Allegheny and Piedmont’s precursor, Henson Aviation, entered into the first code-share agreement. All three airlines would later merge into what is now US Airways. RuthAS / Wikimedia Commons In 1967, Allegheny Airlines entered into a partnership with Henson Aviation (precursor to Piedmont Airlines), which is essentially what is now known as a code-share agreement. This allows one airline to sell seats on a partner’s flight, and vice versa. While this is a common practice today, it was an innovative concept then. Fun, sexy, and affordable James Willamor / Flickr One airline that merged into USAir was Pacific Southwest Airlines, based in San Diego. Popular with passengers, the airline had the slogan, “The World’s Friendliest Airline,” and painted smiles on its planes. Its low fares were popular with people in the military, who dubbed PSA as “Poor Sailor’s Airline.” Its flight attendants’ uniforms included miniskirts. On the tech side, the airline is one of the first to introduce automated ticketing. PSA is considered the first low-cost airline; in creating Southwest Airlines (unrelated), founder Herb Kelleher tailored its business model after PSA’s. No wonder why Southwest is also popular with fliers. Unfortunately, USAir did not carry over this success. US Airways has one of its planes painted in the PSA design scheme as part of its heritage fleet, including the trademark smile. Boeing 737-300 launch Aero Icarus / Wikimedia Commons All-American Airways became Allegheny Airlines, and after deregulation in 1979, it became USAir. The airline was the launch customer for a new generation of Boeing’s 737. By the time Boeing delivered the 737-300 to the airline, in 1984, the 737 family of planes was already the most-ordered aircraft. USAir worked with Boeing to develop the 737-300, which offered higher capacity, increased range, fuel economy, and noise reduction. Although the airline phased out this aircraft from its fleet, the 737-300 is still in operation. Miracle on the Hudson Flight 1549 being lifted from the Hudson River. Spyropk / Wikimedia Commons Who could forget the incredible water landing of Flight 1549, when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York City, and safely evacuated everyone onboard. This, perhaps, could be US Airways’ greatest legacy, thanks to its well-trained crew’s heroic efforts. Twitter fail Since we can’t show you the offending tweet, here’s a lovely photo of a US Airways Airbus A330. US Airways Like most airlines, US Airways used social media to engage with customers. However, an unfortunate incident in 2014 had the company issuing an apology after an explicit photo was accidentally tweeted to a customer. Although the airline was not at fault, it demonstrates the perils of conducting business through social media. More »

  • Britain completes Royal Mail privatisation
    Britain completes Royal Mail privatisation Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    A woman walks past late Victorian wall-mounted Royal Mail post boxes in central London, England, on July 24, 2015 More »

  • Final Royal Mail Sale A 'Disgrace' Says Union
    Final Royal Mail Sale A 'Disgrace' Says Union Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Government has come under fire over the sale of its last stake in Royal Mail, with the postal workers union branding the move a "disgrace". Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the other 1% the Government had left had been gifted to Royal Mail staff for doing a "great job" in helping turn the company's fortunes around. The latest sale meant the Government raised a total of £3.3bn from the public's stake in Royal Mail - a process that proved controversial on value and ownership terms from the start. More »

  • Government sells final stake in Royal Mail for £591 million
    Government sells final stake in Royal Mail for £591 million Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Government has sold its final stake in the Royal Mail for just over £591 million More »

  • Britain sells remainder of Royal Mail stake for 591 million pounds
    Britain sells remainder of Royal Mail stake for 591 million pounds Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The government has sold the remainder of its stake in Royal Mail, earning 591.1 million pounds from its 13 percent holding and opting to gift its remaining 1 percent stake to Royal Mail staff. The government said on Tuesday that it completed the disposal of a 13 percent stake through an accelerated book building process to institutional investors at a placing price of 455 pence. Royal Mail shares had closed at 472.2 pence on Monday, just before the government announced it planned to divest its final stake. More »

  • Government to sell final 14% stake in Royal Mail
    Government to sell final 14% stake in Royal Mail Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The government has initiated a process to sell its final stake of 14% in UK's postal service company Royal Mail, in line with its privatisation strategy outlined by Chancellor George Osborne during the July budget. As of 12 October's (Monday) stock market price, the government's stake in Royal Mail is valued at £660m. While previous share sales of Royal Mail have been to private investors and employees, this time it could be sold to institutional investors such as pension funds. More »

  • Britain to sell remainder of Royal Mail stake Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    The British government said on Monday it would sell the remainder of its stake in Royal Mail , bringing to an end its ownership of a postal service that it started privatising in controversial fashion in 2013. The government said it planned to sell its remaining 14 percent stake in Royal Mail via an accelerated book build, which will open with immediate effect. More »

  • From Amazon to Argos: 7 tips on how to get a job for the Christmas holidays
    From Amazon to Argos: 7 tips on how to get a job for the Christmas holidays Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    From restaurants to retailers and bakeries to delivery services, companies across the UK are hiring temporary Christmas staff with the festive season fast approaching. "Employers already know how many people they'll need for the holiday season, so we recommend starting your search for a role as early as possible," Andy Sumner, managing director of recruitment website, told IBTimes UK. Employers such as Asda, Amazon, Argos and Royal Mail have already said they are recruiting for the holidays. More »

  • Hong Kong post boxes to lose royal British insignia
    Hong Kong post boxes to lose royal British insignia Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Plans by the Hong Kong post office to cover up British royal insignia on historic mail boxes have sparked a backlash from conservation campaigners and accusations of a push to erase the city's colonial past. More »

  • St Albans' sinkhole 'appeared a week ago and injured postman'
    St Albans' sinkhole 'appeared a week ago and injured postman' Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    A giant sinkhole that opened up in a residential street in St Albans, forcing the evacuation of 20 people, first appeared a week ago and injured a postman working on the street, Royal Mail said. More »

  • Postage Stamps Worth More Than £1 Million Pinched In Daring Warehouse Raid
    Postage Stamps Worth More Than £1 Million Pinched In Daring Warehouse Raid Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Postage stamps worth more than £1 million have been pinched from a French warehouse in a “Mission: Impossible”- style raid. More »

  • Spain's Princess Leonor to have her very own postage stamp
    Spain's Princess Leonor to have her very own postage stamp Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Nine-year-old Princess Leonor of Spain, the next in line for the throne, has been honoured with her own postage stamp. The Princess of Asturias will be featured in 310,000 stamps celebrating the Princess of Asturias Awards that will be released in Spain on 2 October. The special stamp collection, entitled "Grand Prizes," will be priced at €1 ($1.12/£0.74) per stamp, according to Spanish magazine Hola. More »

  • IPO seen valuing Italian post office at 8-10 billion euros - sources
    IPO seen valuing Italian post office at 8-10 billion euros - sources Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The upcoming initial public share offering of Italy's post office is expected to value the company at 8-10 billion euros (£5.9-7.4 billion), allowing the government to raise up to 4 billion euros from the partial privatisation, two sources close to the matter said. The treasury aims to list up to 40 percent of Poste Italiane to revive a stalled privatisation process aimed at cutting Italy's public debt pile and helping Prime Minister Matteo Renzi make good on pledges to cut taxes. A successful listing of Poste Italiane will then open the way for the sale of air traffic control operator Enav in the first half of 2016, while the listing of the national railway company is scheduled for the second half of next year. More »

  • Government shutdown could cut off food stamps Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid. More »