Netflix Review 2021

Netflix has the most popular on-demand content than any other streaming service, but it’s also the priciest
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Netflix has ruled the streaming service industry despite new companies, like Disney+, joining the on-demand streaming game.

Netflix’s on-demand library holds the most content with 100,000 fantastic originals along with some of the best TV shows and movies.

We don’t like the price tag on the monthly subscription of Netflix, but you do get what you pay for.

Let’s get into the details to find out if it’s the service for you and your family.


  • Great mix of movies and shows

  • Tons of high-quality originals
  • Easy-to-use interface


  • No live TV or sports
  • Price on the higher side

How much does Netflix cost?

The price of one or two movie theater tickets

Netflix has three simple plans to choose from: Basic for $8.99, Standard for $13.99, and Premium for $17.99.

And Netflix barely raised its prices, but there’s no better price than this to watch hours upon hours of great entertainment. Prepare to find yourself binge-watching more often than not.

How much does Netflix cost?
PlansPriceSimultaneous streamsHD viewingMore info
Basic$8.99/mo.*1NoView Plan
Standard$13.99/mo.*2YesView Plan
Premium$17.99/mo.*4YesView Plan

*Data effective 8/25/2021.

The Basic Plan is $8.99 a month, perfect for the money-savers, but you won’t get to watch Outer Banks in high definition (HD). And it’s also a plan made for one since you can only stream one device at a time.

If you want HD and plan to share an account with your roommate or your significant other, then the Standard plan at $13.99 a month is the way to go.

But if the whole family wants to watch their own Netflix movie or show on their device, then the Premium Plan for $17.99 a month will have your family set.

Also, your Netflix account allows you to create five profiles. So you won’t have to worry about getting your child’s suggestions of Surf’s Up or iCarly getting in the way of your browsing experience.

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What is Netflix Ultra?
Netflix Ultra refers to ultra-HD (also called 4K) resolution. Traditional HD starts at 1920×1080 pixels, but ultra-HD has twice that many pixels! Users in the US can get this ultra-HD content with the Premium Netflix plan. If you live in Europe, you can sign up for Netflix Ultra, which costs a little more than Premium.

Can you rent DVDs from Netflix?

We know it’s hard for the younger generation to understand . . . but some people out there are still ordering physical DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

Currently, almost three million people are using Netflix’s DVD-by-mail rental service.

Maybe grandma and grandpa would like this plan and could choose from a catalog of 100,000 DVD and Blu-ray titles.

Plans range from $8–$12 depending on if you want to be able to rent one or two discs at once.

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What content does Netflix have?

Netflix has over 15,00 diverse titles that will make you laugh it up or cry it out. And its on-demand and kid-friendly content earned it our Editor’s Choice.

Netflix has new, old, and original content in a variety of genres, such as comedy, documentaries, crime TV drama, romance, sci-fi and horror, reality, and action.

Your eldest son will be able to watch Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, your toddler will be entertained with lots of animated movies like Madagascar 3, and you can watch The Irishman or Riverdale.

Netflix TV shows include the following:

  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Outer Banks
  • New Girl
  • Chicago MED
  • Virgin River
  • NCIS
  • Bridgerton
  • Shameless
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Quantico
  • Heartland
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Shameless
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Netflix movies include the following:

  • Life As We Know It
  • Home Again
  • Twilight
  • Five Feet Apart
  • The Terminal
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • The Karate Kid
  • 2012
  • Star Trek
  • Pineapple Express
  • Valentine’s Day

If you want to learn more about the kids content on Netflix and its excellent parental controls, head on over to our best streaming services for kids piece. Netflix won the No. 1 spot for the best service for your little ones.

Which originals does Netflix have?

Netflix is top-notch when it comes to originals. Why? Because Netflix produces content with famous directors, producers, and actors.

And wow, they make for some great TV shows and movies. So great that lots of Netflix’s original titles become popular and known. Current popular Netflix originals include the following:

  • Fatherhood (with Kevin Hart)
  • Yes Day (with Jennifer Garner)
  • Resort to Love (with Christina Milian)
  • Sweet Girl (with Jason Momoa)
  • Virgin River (with Martin Henderson and Alexandra Breckenridge)
  • Lucifer
  • The Ranch (with Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott)
  • Cobra Kai

Netflix also announced in January, that the streaming service will be releasing a new original movie each week for the rest of 2021. Here’s a list of some highly anticipated Netflix originals:

  • Red Notice (with Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson)
  • The Harder They Fall (with Regina King and Jonathan Majors)
  • Thunder Force (with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy)
  • Bruised (with Halle Berry)
  • Escape from Spiderhead (with Chris Hemsworth)

Does Netflix have premium channels?

Unfortunately, you’ll have to go elsewhere for your HBO or SHOWTIME. Just get HBO Max through its own app, and you’ll get all of HBO’s original series on top of HBO Max’s new originals.

Does Netflix have sports?

Netflix is an on-demand service and doesn’t provide live TV channels. But you can find binge-worthy sports series and movies.

Netflix includes the following sports content:

  • The Last Dance
  • Last Chance U
  • The Playbook
  • Conor McGregor: Notorious
  • Greater
  • Miracle
  • The Last Whistle
  • All American
  • The Carter Effect
  • Undefeated
  • Full Count
  • Amateur

If you’re interested in a live TV streaming service with lots of sports channels, check out our top streaming services for sports. Just make sure to put together an awesome man cave before you start streaming.

Does Netflix have Spanish-language or international content?

If your mom is obsessed with telenovelas like mine, your mama will love Netflix.

Netflix has a Spanish-language genre, and if you (the daughter or son of the telenovela-loving mother who gets lassoed into watching these shows with her) don’t speak Spanish, there are subtitle options.

Netflix subtitle menu

Some Spanish-language series and movies on Netflix are the following:

  • La Reina del Sur
  • Silvana Sin Lana
  • El Dragón: Return of a Warrior
  • All for Love
  • Mariposa de Barrio
  • La Doña
  • Señora Acero
  • The House of Flowers
  • Made in Mexico
  • Nailed It! Mexico
  • Elite
  • Monarca

Netflix’s international content is diverse and unique to an on-demand streaming service. It’s also a nice break from American titles if you’d like to venture off and visit other countries virtually.

Here are some popular international titles you can expect on Netflix:

  • Unorthodox
  • Freud
  • Inside the Criminal Mind
  • Fauda
  • Elite
  • Ragnarok
  • Toy Boy
  • Terrorism Close Calls

Which devices are compatible with Netflix?

Pretty much all devices are compatible with Netflix, as long as you’re connected to the internet. Most mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles allow you to download the Netflix app.

But remember, you can only stream on one to four devices at a time depending on your plan. Here are a few streaming devices to choose from:

  • iPhones and iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Roku TV
  • PS3 and PS4
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Smart TVs such as Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Vizio
  • Blu-ray players such as Funai, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung, Phillips, Sharp, and Sony

Is my internet fast enough to stream Netflix?

Netflix suggests you have at least a 3 Mbps internet connection to stream and 5 Mbps for HD quality while using the app. If you have two simultaneous streams, you will need 10 Mbps for HD quality. (Not sure what internet speed you have? Test it out with our tool.)

If you want uninterrupted streaming, our internet expert, Catherine McNally, has a few internet provider suggestions for you.

Which internet providers are best for Netflix?
Monthly priceDownload speedsLearn more
$34.99$94.99*501200 MbpsView Plans
$50$65100940 MbpsView Plans
$24.99$74.9975940 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 10/04/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.

How does Netflix work?

Netflix’s interface is traditional and easy to use

Open up Netflix, and you’ll be welcomed with a user interface that’s simple, seamless, and intuitive.

Netflix home page

Find your convenient tabs at the top of Home, TV Shows, Movies, New & Popular, My List, and Watch Again.

Scroll down, and you’ll find series and movies categorized by Trending Now, Top 10 in the U.S. Today, Comedies, Relentless Crime Dramas, Action Movies, and more.

One feature we love: when you watch a movie, such as The Other Guys, there will be a category on your homepage of Because You Watched The Other Guys. You’ll find similar movies like Super Bad and Spenser Confidential (a Netflix original featuring Mark Wahlberg).

We also like the search bar. Netflix won’t tell you if a title isn’t available, but it will suggest other movies or TV series similar to the one you want.

Netflix's search bar

Recap: Is Netflix worth it?

There’s a reason Netflix is the most popular streaming service

Recently, Netflix has seen more competition with Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, just to name a few. But there is no other on-demand streaming service that is as well-rounded as Netflix.

You’ll find great movies and shows, incredible original content, and a sleek interface on Netflix. These are the reasons why it has a high price tag among the rest.

And if you’re on a budget but you love Star Wars or Marvel, you’re going to have to make a difficult decision between Disney+ and Netflix.

But Netflix is the best option for families, those who love exclusive content, those who love the idea of 0ver 15,000 titles to choose from, and those who love to binge-watch.

If this doesn’t sound like you or you’d like to see your other options, check out our full review on the best streaming services.

How big is Netflix, really? We did the math.

The longest TV marathon watching session is 94 hours according to Guinness World Records, which honestly, is not that impressive. For those of you who want your name on the hallowed tome that is The Guiness Book of World Records, you can just start watching everything on Netflix right now. You will shatter the current marathon record. It would take you approximately four years, two months, and eight days to watch all of Netflix. Lol.

Infographic with information about the size of the Netflix library
  • If you were streaming 24/7, it would take 4 years 2 months, and 8 days to watch everything on Netflix.
  • Watching all of Netflix would equal 256 roundtrips to the moon.
  • The average user only watches 2% of the Netflix library in a year.
  • Assuming no titles were added or removed and you watched Netflix 24/7, it would cost $662.50 to stay subscribed long enough to watch everything on Netflix.
  • Netflix has more unique titles than Hulu and Disney+ combined.
Number of Unique Titles on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+
Streaming ServiceNetflixHuluDisney+
Number of Unique Titles5,4912,657744


So, how are the next four years of your life looking? If you’ve got some free time over the next four years, your old pal Netflix always has your back. You’ll never need to watch the same thing twice.

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Curious to see how binge-watching all of Netflix compares to other streaming services? Check out our comparison of streaming services by the hour.


We sourced the amount of time it would take to watch all of Netflix’s library from What’s on Netflix and compared the library size of Netflix in hours to data from Cool Cosmos and Variety.

We determined how much it would cost to stream everything on Netflix by using pricing information for the standard subscription tier. To calculate the number of unique titles on each streaming service, we used data from Kaggle.

To calculate how much the average Netflix user streams in a year, we used data shared by Cindy Holland, a Netflix executive regarding the average number of hours streamed per user per day and compared that information to the total runtime of the Netflix library.