5 Things To Watch On Netflix After 'Saturday Night Live'
Season 41 of "Saturday Night Live" concluded over the weekend with Fred Armisen hosting his return back to Studio 8H. The episode was a perfect conclusion to the fantastic season and it reminded fans just how great the show has been over the past four decades.
With guest appearances from Larry David, Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg, the season finale felt exactly like what I imagine my high school reunion will be like. Thanks for coming, guys!
But, sadly, as we all hang up our Gilly wigs and put away our Stefan bobble heads, we're left wondering what there is to watch during the hot months that can produce the same amount of laughs as "Saturday Night Live."
And that's where I come in.
As a fanatic of the show, I've gone through many crippling, WTF-do-I-watch-now phases after a season has ended, and it breaks my heart I no longer have a valid excuse to stay in on a Saturday night (yes, I consider watching "SNL" a valid excuse to not socialize).
With each season finale, I've relied on Netflix's finest, most "SNL"-ish movies and TV shows to get me through the mid-season slumps. And I'm here to share them with you.
Check out the list below to find the perfect filler for your newly laughless Saturday nights.
"Staten Island Summer"
If you look at this movie poster, you should know right off the bat “Staten Island Summer” is “SNL” caliber work because of two words: Lorne Michaels. Michaels, creator of “SNL,” produced this movie written by another familiar name, current "Weekend Update" anchor and longtime show writer Colin Jost.
The movie is a coming-of-age story about a group of lifeguards trying to throw the ultimate summer party. The cast includes other Saturday night favorites like Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Mike O'Brian, Fred Armisen, Will Forte and Kate McKinnon.
It's a witty, “Superbad”-style comedy that's full of teenage stoner humor and hysterical one-liners. Simply put: Jost knows his sh*t.
"Wet Hot American Summer"
If you're really looking for some laughs, everything and anything “Wet Hot American Summer” should be at the top of your list. The movie is a 2001 indy comedy cult classic about a group of teenagers at a sleep-away camp in 1981.
The cast is stacked with the likes of Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni and Molly Shannon, to name a few. Keep in mind, this low-budget movie was made well before Cooper was a sniper and Poehler was an "SNL" legend.
The movie is a satirical parody that combines teenage love, misfits, cool kids and random spurts of sci-fi into one fantastic film.
If that sounds like something you're into… THERE'S MORE.
Last summer the “WHAS” gang got back together at Camp Firewood for a Netflix Original Series called “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
The eight-episode series is a prequel to the original film, which is hilarious because the cast has aged 15 years but plays characters 30 years younger than themselves.
The series features the OG cast with the addition of Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, John Slattery, Chris Pine and Jordan Peele, among others.
And if THAT sounds like something you're interested in… THERE'S EVEN MORE.
Along with the release of the series in 2015, “Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot” was also released on Netflix.
“Hurricane of Fun” is a documentary-style video full of raw footage from the filming of the original movie in 2000. At the time, producers David Wain and Michael Showalter simply set out to make a low-budget independent film with their friends and a bunch of unknown actors.
This hour-long special shows just how special and talented the cast of this movie is, and it's a unique and inspiring look into the making of a comedy movie.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Produced by Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a laugh-out-loud Netflix Original Series.
Ellie Kemper, most known for her roles in “Bridesmaids” and “The Office,” plays Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who spent 15 years hostage in a bunker. The show follows Kimmy on her journey entering the real world in New York City as she learns about everything she missed over the past decade and a half.
Kimmy moves in with flamboyant, wannabe Broadway star Titus Andromedon, played by Tituss Burgess, and the two make a hilariously unlikely duo.
Joined by Jon Hamm, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane, with guest appearances from Tina Fey, Martin Short and Jerry Minor, the show is a wildly original look into the 21st century.
There are two seasons available on Netflix, and the show is as odd and quirky as it is hysterical.
“Cuckoo” is BBC series, and it might not be one you've heard of before.
It's a British sitcom about a family who goes to get their daughter at the airport after a gap year only to find she's been married to Dale “Cuckoo” Ashbrick, an eccentric American hippie character and every parent's worst nightmare.
Cuckoo is played by the love of my young adult life, Andy Samberg, and the Lonely Island member does not disappoint. Samberg's character is Yale dropout who believes he's the world's greatest philosopher and spent his parents' money doing “a lot of drugs I'm not proud of and some drugs I am proud of.”
Think of season one as the British version of “The Office” meets… Andy Samberg. It's genius.
Because of Samberg's busy schedule, however, he was unable to reprise his role in season two. To fill his place? His long-lost love child, played by Taylor Lautner. Yeah, I bet you didn't expect that.
The show is an incredible combination of Samberg's raunchy, unpredictable humor and tasteful yet biting British comedy.
All three seasons are available on Netflix.
"Parks and Recreation"
First of all, if you've never seen “Parks and Rec” and call yourself a fan of “Saturday Night Live,” what have you been doing for the past seven years?
Written by Amy Poehler, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation” is the ultimate TV mockumentary-style sitcom.
The show follows the lives of the members of Pawnee, Indiana's Parks Department over the course of nine wonderful seasons.
Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, a dedicated public servant, along with her colleagues played by Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Retta, Jim O'Heir and Rob Lowe.
“Parks and Rec” combines all the elements comedy fans appreciate: strong characters, a charming cast, a snarky wit and a heartfelt conclusion.
Every season of the series is on Netflix to watch or re-watch all summer long.
And, of course, you can always rewatch old episodes of "Saturday Night Live" -- season 38 is available on Netflix. HAGS, everyone!