While Netflix offers a vast array of TV shows and movies, the model that they use for the service is different to that of the free-to-air TV channels and pay TV. TV shows are offered in full seasons, completely free of advertising and almost always starting from the very first episode, but the most recent season of a show generally won’t show up on Netflix until a year or so after it has finished airing on broadcast or pay TV. If you add your favourite shows to your watch list, Netflix will let you know when a new season arrives. In the meantime, there’s an enormous amount of drama shows, sitcoms, movies and documentaries to discover.
Based on what you’ve been watching (and especially how you’ve rated it – you can rate everything out of five stars) Netflix will start recommending things that you might like, too. It’s like having an entire video library’s worth of content on tap wherever you are.
The exception to this is, of course, Netflix’s collection of first-run shows (and soon, movies) that they’ve produced themselves. These include acclaimed shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bloodline, Sense8, Daredevil and even animated comedy in the form of BoJack Horseman. These shows will always be seen on Netflix first and, in most cases, can’t be seen anywhere else.