Finally, it’s happening: Netflix has announced that you can now download select titles to watch, on-the-go, without any WiFi.
In one game-changing tweet, Netflix introduced a whole new world of options: What do you watch on your off-the-grid vacation, on a never-ending commute, or on a plane without WiFi? And crucially will you finally get through your Netflix queue?
Now that the odds are in your favor, we’ve got some recommendations for you to begin your Download Option journey.
The Rewatch Must-Hits
Parks and Recreation, Season 4
Politics got you down? Turn to Amy Poehler, the tiny town of Pawnee, and how they dealt with ugly politics.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Yesterdays Enterprise”
A taut, action-packed episode with special effects that still hold up. Since most of the story takes place in an alternate timeline, you have the super-fun factor of being able to kill everybody off, yet still have a satisfying, happy ending. -Tech Editor Pete Pachal
Breaking Bad, “Say My Name”
Worth a download for the opening scene alone. Whenever you need a confidence boost while stuck in a bad commute or on the tarmac, just watch Walter White show a group of lethal drug dealers whos boss. -Pachal
Youll laugh ’til you snort, again and again. –Pachal
Meet the Patels
When Ravi Patel broke up with his girlfriend of two years he caved and asked his parents to look into the possibilities of arranged marriage. Patel embarks on a meticulous national and international journey to learn about his family history and find a wife from the same original region in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Remember when a eccentric guy filming Banksy decided he wanted to be the next Banksy, and kind of did? Banksy’s discomfiting doc about Thierry Guetta examines the motivations and merits of street art, and the quest for fame even in anonymity.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Rivers grew to be a comedy icon, but this intimate film describes the career she envisioned and how she fought through the pain of losing friends and a husband during her time in Hollywood. She becomes vulnerable, and even in her later years, haunted by self-doubt but always ready to perform.
Bo Burnham: Make Happy
Burnham’s comedy, like the YouTube videos that thrust him into the spotlight, is fast as lightning and often as illuminating.
John Mulaney: New in Town / The Comeback Kid
His sitcom may not have taken hold, but it lasted just long enough to drive home that Mulaney is nothing if not a brilliant standup. From his Catholic upbringing to concerns about how he walks at night, Mulaney is clean, collected and unfailingly funny.
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden
Months before publishing Modern Romance, an empirical study on how young people date, Ansari turned his observations on the subject into a brilliantly funny (and feminist) routine. This also marks the night we met his parents before falling in love with them on Master of None.