Despite telling ourselves that we will be incredibly active and productive this summer, it is inevitable that most of us will spend many hours on our favorite site, Netflix. But, with so many TV shows and movies to choose from, many of which can be pretty disappointing, it’s hard to find the true gems. In order to guarantee that you don’t waste your precious viewing time, here is a selection of our top Netflix picks.

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AMCNETWORKS

Movie Comedy: ‘Roger Doger’

Because it was released in 2002, you might not be familiar with Dylan Kidd’s comedy about ladies’ man and successful entrepreneur Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott) who, burdened with his sister’s son (Jesse Eisenberg), decides to help the 16-year-old lose his virginity. An examination of sex and relationships, “Roger Dodger” is more than just your typical teenage boy coming-of-age story. It’s not that well known, but the strong script and riveting performance by the cast make it a must-add to your summer movie list.

Other recommended comedies: “Saved!,” “Zoolander,” “Don Jon,” “Safety Not Guaranteed.”

 

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Movie Drama: ‘Short Term 12’

Although this indie drama is impressive in its own right — winning multiple awards, including three Independent Spirit Award nominations and Audience Awards for a Narrative Feature — what truly makes it stand out is Brie Larson’s nuanced performance as the supervisor of a home for troubled teenagers. Larson, best known for her roles in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “21 Jump Street,” is captivating as a young woman forced to face her own trials while trying to help children, most of whom bear severe emotional scars from parental abuse.

Other recommended dramas: “Tiny Furniture,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Little Birds.”

 

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Documentary: ‘The Imposter’

This film, by British director Bart Layton, seems far more like a horror movie than a documentary, and much more fiction than fact. Yet Layton managed to successfully and engrossingly tell the story of Frédéric Bourdin, a French man who conned a Texas family into thinking he was their lost son. The documentary features both interviews with Bourdin and dramatized re-enactments of what happened, making “The Imposter” that much more impactful and chilling.

Other recommended documentaries: “The Woman Who Wasn’t There,” “The Act of Killing,” “Dear Zachary.”

 

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HOLLYWOODOUTSIDER.COM

TV Comedy: ‘Psych’

Probably one of the more underrated TV shows, “Psych” provides a  new take on the buddy-cop comedy. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) enlists the help of his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill) to work as a psychic for the Santa Barbara Police Department. The twist? Shawn isn’t actually psychic, but he’s able to trick everyone into thinking that he is. With plenty of romance and adventure, it’s a hilarious, unforgettable show that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Other recommended comedies: “Parks and Recreation,” “Orange is The New Black,” “Scrubs,” “White Collar.”

 

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TV Drama: ‘Skins’

This British dramedy, which MTV tried — and failed miserably — to remake in the United States, follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they try to navigate their final years of high school. Only the first season is really spectacular, but you’ll have a chance to see Nicholas Hoult before his Jennifer Lawrence days, and you’ll recognize a bunch of characters from “Game of Thrones,” such as Gilly (Hannah Murray, who plays Cassie Ainsworth in “Skins”).

Other recommended dramas: “Tiny Furniture,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Little Birds.”

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