STREAMING SATURDAY: Netflix Brings Gen X’s Teen Years to Life

Netflix has two shows to help members of Generation X relive their teenage years. If you’re ready for something old and something new, then it’s time to get streaming.

We Generation Xers are finally old enough to look back on the 1980s with fondness. And Netflix seems to have its collective finger on the very pulse of this phenomenon. One of the biggest reasons Stranger Things was such a smash hit was its faithful recreation of that golden decade without generating into parody. (Great writing, a captivating storyline, and amazing performances also helped!) If binge-watching Stranger Things has left you craving more 80s nostalgia, there’s another Netflix original and a digitally-remastered classic for you to stream.

The Get Down – Netflix Original
If you came of age during the 1980s, you remember the birth of hip hop. South Bronx, New York was ground zero for this innovative new musical style that combined disco beats with fast-talking rhymes. Hip hop also introduced the world to breakdancing and graffiti art. The emergence of hip hop from the streets of the South Bronx is chronicled in The Get Down. If you ever did a backspin or the helicopter while your boom box kicked out the beat, then you need this show in your life. Here’s a tip: Watch it with your kids so they can learn where their favorite rappers draw their inspiration.

Robotech: The Complete Series
The 80s truly marked the beginning of the Japanese anime invasion, and Robotech was one series that helped lead the charge. This Japanese animated series was light years beyond any American cartoons of the decade, no pun intended. First, it featured real characters struggling with real human emotions and issues, such as love and grief. And the battle scenes were brilliantly animated and very intense. As an added bonus, all of the characters sported four fingers and a thumb! Those who grew up with this awesome series will love the digitally-remastered version is available on Netflix. It’s also entertaining for anyone who likes the idea of humans piloting giant robots to combat alien invaders. (Who doesn’t?)

Netflix has made sure that the eighth month of the year is a great one for streaming, considering everything that’s available this month:

August 1st
The American Side (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
Big Daddy (1999)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination: Team USA (2016)
Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
The Family Man (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015) NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
How to Win The US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)
Masha and the Bear: Season 2 NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
NCIS: Season 13
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

August 3rd 
Beat Bugs: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 5th
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ever After High: Epic Winter NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Little Prince (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)

August 6th
The Confirmation (2016)

August 9th 
Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 4
TRex (2015)

August 10th
St. Vincent (2014)

August 11th
Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

August 12th
Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Project Mc2: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 13th
13 Cameras (2016)

August 15th
Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

August 16th
Let’s Go to Prison (2006)
Our Last Tango (2015)

August 17th
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)
Puffin Rock: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 19th
Bottersnikes and Gumbles: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fearless: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 21st
Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV (2015)

August 22nd
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

August 23rd
Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

August 25th
The Road (2009)

August 26th
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Glitter Force: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once Upon a Time: Season 5

August 27th
Rams (2015)

August 29th
The State of Marriage (2015)

August 31st
Ku’damm 56: Season 1

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.