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There is, arguably, no other streaming service that has completely altered the landscape of media consumption to the same degree as Netflix. It is hard to deny the fact that Netflix has forever changed the film and television industry. In fact, before Netflix even began dabbling in the video streaming game, they were already rewriting the rules of how people access movies. Many people claim that Netflix, back when they simply provided a movie rental service that delivered DVDs to people’s front doors, singlehandedly resulted in Blockbuster going bankrupt.
The streaming behemoth wasted no time in creating a reputation as one of the few hallowed online institutions that would create new subcultures. If you were to make a list of the sites that have had the greatest impact on modern society, what would you say? Facebook? Twitter? Google? Amazon? Yes, surely, all of those sites make the shortlist, but Netflix would also have to be included in order for that list to have credibility.
One of the first streaming platforms to break into the mainstream, Netflix even altered the common language that we use when talking about television. There was no such thing, for example, as a “binge-worthy” show before Netflix. Then, of course, there is a sly way to discuss a potential hookup when you ask someone if they want to come over to “Netflix and chill.” That is how synonymous with watching TV and movies Netflix has become … it’s grown to the point of being used as shorthand for watching shows.
One of the reasons that Netflix has grown to become the king of all premium streaming services is the fact that they always have a huge library of shows and movies available. For only $10 a month, Netflix subscribers can watch thousands of hours of content. In fact, there is so much content on Netflix that it can be hard to figure out what to watch.
How many times have you gone through this process … you sit down, turn on Netflix, and try to figure out what you want to watch … so, you scroll, and you scroll, and you click, and you click, you weigh out a few options, maybe watch a few trailers, and you keep on scrolling. Before you know it, an hour or more has passed. And you still have yet to settle on what you want to watch. You also have not even skimmed the surface of everything that Netflix has to offer. The hard truth is that you just spent the same amount of time it would have taken to watch a movie just trying to find the right movie to watch!
This is a testament to the variety and the immense size of Netflix, surely – which, by the way, is always growing, thanks to the fact that Netflix keeps putting out high-quality original content – but it can also be frustrating. I have often wished that I had a simple and easy resource to help cut down on the amount of time it can take to browse Netflix. Sure, there are always recommendations from friends, but I, for one, always end up forgetting everything people recommend to me the very minute I sit down at a loss for what to watch. It’s a weird phenomenon, but it’s true.
So, what are we to do in these moments? Well, there is a subreddit that, it turns out, can be of some assistance (of course there is!). I have found that turning to r/Netflixbestof (the best of Netflix) when I cannot settle on what to watch has been helpful every single time.
What is Netflix Best Of, you ask? Believe it or not, it is exactly what it sounds like … A subreddit dedicated entirely to discussing the best movies and shows on Netflix … a community of fellow Netflix lovers who post their favorite binges of the moment and discuss some of the more popular titles as well. It’s a great way to not only discover new shows or movies that you maybe did not even know were on Netflix, but a way to get in touch with likeminded people to discuss the shows you can’t get enough of as well.
Netflix Best of was created shortly after the first r/Netflix subreddit went live. R/Netflixbestof was founded on April 12, 2010, and it has amassed a very large community of users in the last decade. Today, Netflix Best Of is comprised of 1.8 million members, with between a few hundred and a few thousand people actively online at any given time.
Well, as I mentioned before, Netflix Best is the place to go if you are looking for the best of Netflix. People here post about their favorite shows, favorite movies, discussions about what they are currently binging, debates, requests for recommendations, user reviews of titles, etc. Basically, if it has to do with discussing the movies and shows that are currently on Netflix, this subreddit is the place to do it.
You can post with a question, a recommendation, a review, a request, or a controversial opinion (about a show or movie on Netflix). Or you can partake in the thrilling discussions that take place in the comments sections (anyone who is even slightly familiar with Reddit will know well how entertaining these can be, no matter what subreddit you happen to be on). You can also, of course, upvote or downvote posts based on their quality, or award people with gold and other digital accolades (should you be a premium member of Reddit) to incentivize people in r/Netflixbestof to raise the bar when it comes to the quality of their posts.
Netflix Best Of is fun and (mostly) civil community of Netflix lovers. One of my favorite things to do here is to read people’s unpopular opinion posts, such as “Ozark is so boring!” It’s just fun for me to see how seriously people take these discussions; there is so much passion that people harbor for certain shows and movies. Trust me; there is seldom a dull moment on these posts.
Suggestions that I have for r/Netflixbestof
My main takeaway from this subreddit, criticism wise, is that I do not feel as if the moderators are doing enough to stoke community engagement. Many subreddits have moderators that host weekly polls and pinned official discussions, maybe AMAs and other fun community activities, but Netflix Best Of does not seem to have much in the way of this kind of engagement at all. This is baffling to me, too, especially since a Best Of subreddit seems to naturally lend itself to polls and fun little games like Survivor (where people vote on which parts of a series to eliminate week after week).
The other thing that I would suggest r/Netflixbestof do would be to set up a flair system. Users have taken to doing so on their own, but if the different types of posts could be tagged, it would make browsing the community so much easier. Furthermore, the moderators have not listed the rules of the subreddit anywhere. Not that I am a huge stickler for rules or anything, but I at least want to be able to know what the etiquette of a certain subreddit is before posting to it. So, adding some basic guidelines, I think, certainly couldn’t hurt this subreddit’s cause.
Lastly, Netflix Best Of is not customized at all. Even the icon for the subreddit uses the default Reddit community icon. Plenty of subreddits out there put time and effort into how they present themselves, adding subtle little quirks that really make for a fun experience overall. The moderators of Netflix Best Of seem to be doing the bare minimum.
But, hey, at least the community self-moderates, and the result is a very useful subreddit for finding new shows and movies, discussing Netflix content, and requesting recommendations based on descriptions of what you are looking for.
At the end of the day, if you aren’t a Reddit snob (like I apparently am [who knew?]), r/Netflixbestof is one of the best resources for easily and quickly find your new favorite show or movie on Netflix. It is also a great place to partake in fascinating debates and discussions about the shows and movies you know and love. Or feel free to help a fellow member out with a recommendation. Whatever the case may be, you’ll be able to make the most of Netflix with r/Netflixbestof.