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Here are the best shows, movies and anime you should download from Netflix

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Netflix announced today that it was finally allowing subscribers to access certain TV shows, series and specials while offline.

In order to play content while in offline mode, all users have to do is download the film or show they want to watch while connected to Wi-Fi or operating on a 3G/LTE network and wait for it to finish. Then, while in the mobile app on Android and iPhone devices, people can click on the downloads section and pick what they want to stream.

Although there are a number of films and shows that aren’t available — Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm content are not, for example — there’s a pretty substantial library of entertainment to choose from. To help make it a little easier, Polygon has put together a list of the best titles to download right now.


Pulp Fiction — A neo-noir black comedy from Quentin Tarantino that brings together the different storylines of of Los Angeles gangsters, criminals and a mysterious briefcase.

Moonrise Kingdom — An eccentric, coming-of-age story from the mind of Wes Anderson that follows two young lovebirds who abandon their camp to run away together.

Good Will Hunting — The film that earned Matt Damon and Ben Affleck their first Oscar, the movie follows a young genius working as a janitor at MIT and the professor, played by Robin Williams, who helps him to see his full potential.

Wet Hot American Summer — The offbeat, summer camp comedy that was eventually turned into a Netflix original series saw the beginning of many of today’s top comedic talent including Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and more.

Jaws — Steven Spielberg’s classic film about a great white shark that terrorizes a town during one fateful summer.

Boyhood — Richard Linklater’s 12-year epic follows the growth of a young boy into a college student. The film was nominated for multiple Oscars, and Linklater took home the award for Best Directing.

No Country for Old Men — Joel and Ethan Coen’s neo-Western thriller based on Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel, the film follows a Texas welder and Vietnam veteran in a deserted Texan town in 1980.

Hot Fuzz — The second in the Cornetto Trilogy from Edgar Wright, the film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as police officers in a small village where mysterious deaths keep occurring.

Clerks — Kevin Smith’s iconic black-and-white film about two friends who work unfulfilling jobs at video rental and convenience stories.

Trainspotting — Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel follows a group of young heroin addicts in Scotland. The sequel is currently in development.

Reservoir Dogs — Another Quentin Tarantino movie, Reservoir Dogs centers around a group of criminals just before and right after a proposed diamond heist goes incredibly wrong.

Nightcrawler — Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this thriller about modern journalism, obsession and trying to make it in America.

Spotlight — Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Spotlight chronicles the story of the Boston Globe’s pulitzer prize winning investigation into the child abuse scandal being covered up by the Catholic church.

The Fast and the Furious — Does this even need an explanation?

TV shows

Friday Night Lights — One of the best TV dramas in the modern age, Friday Night Lights follows a small, football loving town in Texas and the coach who comes in to shake everything up.

Parks and Rec — The series stars Amy Poehler as political hero Leslie Knope that, quite frankly, we could all use today. Seriously, download Parks and Rec and just watch Leslie Knope’s speeches about the power of good politics again and again.

30 Rock — Tina Fey’s iconic series about the behind-the-scenes world of a fictional Satruday Night Live still holds up a decade after it premiered.

Breaking Bad — The multi Emmy-award winning series from Vince Gilligan may have single handily redefined what audiences should expect out of a TV drama. Binge this entire thing if you haven’t seen it yet.


Better Call Saul — The spinoff of Breaking Bad focuses on the eccentric lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. It’s not as dark as its predecessor, but it’s a great series to dive into.

Gossip GirlGossip Girl is, without question, one of the best teenage dramas of the post-2000 era. It’s up there with The O.C., One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek.

Supernatural — The long-time running series on the CW follows two brothers who are tasked with hunting demons and protecting the world from their evil nature. This show is 12 seasons deep and doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

Twin Peaks — David Lynch’s groundbreaking series from the ‘90s is still as creepy, chilling and oddly sensual now as it was when it first premiered. The show is coming back next year, so it’s a good time to get caught up.


The Flash — If you’re not already watching it, you should be. What the CW has done with superheroes is pretty impressive and Grant Gustin is one of the best Flash’s we’ve ever seen.

Arrow — The show that kickstarted it all on the CW. If you’re looking to start from the beginning, start with this one.

Supergirl — The newest addition to the CW, Supergirl has quickly become one of the most beloved series on the network after a rough start on CBS. The second season is currently on the air, so you can get caught up pretty quickly by downloading the first season.


Attack on Titan — The first season of Attack on Titan is currently available to download. The shoe has risen in popularity and has become one of the most watched in recent years. The second season is slated to be released next April.

Naruto — One of the most popular anime series of all time, Naruto follows a young ninja who dreams of becoming his town’s leader, proving to anyone that he’s more than what he appears to be.

Death NoteDeath Note is currently being adapted by Netflix into a feature-length, live-action film, and it’s not hard to see why. After a teenager discovers a notebook that allows him to kill whoever he wants, however he wants without it being traced back to him, he begins to take out the criminals in Japan. Things start to go awry, however, when the police begin to pice it together.

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Bleach — The series follows a Soul Reaper who’s forced to take on the duty of protecting humans from evil spirits and help guide those departing souls into the afterlife as much as he can.

Kill La KillKill La Kill follows a schoolgirl who is on the hunt for her father’s killer. In the process, however, she has to take on her student council president and her mother’s fashion empire.

Gurren Lagan — The show is a mech anime series, so if you’re into things like Gundam Wing or Gundam Seed you’ll probably enjoy this, too.

Netflix has confirmed to Polygon that it is currently in negotiations with other studios to bring more content available to subscribers for downloading purposes. At this time, however, it’s only what appears on your screen.

Subscribers can choose from a standard-definition or high-definition download, but note that if you opt for the latter, it will take up more downloading space on your phone. Netflix recommends deleting a show or film every time you download a new episode or movie to ensure you have enough room and your device’s storage isn’t too largely impacted.

Allegra Frank, Samit Sarkar and Ashley Oh contributed to this report.

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