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All the best Netflix shows and movies you can now download

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It’s got all of Star Trek!

Netflix just announced that it’s adding the ability to download TV shows and movies to your Android or iOS devices to watch offline. It’s a big deal for anyone who likes watching movies while flying on a plane or commuting to work on the subway.

It’s not just for Netflix’s own original content: full runs of major network TV series and popular movies are available to download, too, although it doesn’t include the entirety of the streaming service’s catalog.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best shows and movies you can download to binge-watch on the go:

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Where to Watch: Sitting on the diving board at your friend’s boyfriend’s house while waiting to go home

If you missed out on the Stranger Things hype last summer, it’s still not too late to join in. Pro-tip: Barb only shows up in the first two episodes, so that’s all you’ll need for understanding 90 percent of the cultural references people make.

Star Trek / TNG / DS9 / Voyager / Enterprise

Where to Watch: Daily commute (seriously, there’s a lot of episodes)

It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek this year, and now you can watch every episode of all the series of the show anywhere. It’s the perfect time to catch up on the science fiction juggernaut.

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Breaking Bad

Where to Watch: The subway

Perhaps the poster child of the so-called “golden age” of TV, Breaking Bad is a drama that depicts mild-manner chemistry professor Walter White descend into a morally gray world of drug dealing as he struggles to support his family and pay for his cancer treatments.

Parks and Recreation

Where to Watch: Waiting in line at the DMV for your driver’s license

NBC’s quirky comedy about small government and the ongoing antics of the Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation is a modern comedy staple. Skip the short six-episode first season and just skip right to season two, where the show starts to hit its stride.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Where to Watch: Flight to West Covina, California

Perhaps the least appreciated show currently airing on television, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend tackles major issues of depression and love in the guise of a brilliant pastiche of musical theater.

Hot Fuzz

Where to Watch: On the train (commuting from London to Sandford, Gloucestershire)

The second film in the loosely connected Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz is a satirical take on buddy-cop movies with director Edgar Wright’s signature styling and charm that make it one of the best action movies and / or comedies ever.

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The Imitation Game

Where to Watch: In the basement of your grandparent’s house that has no Wi-Fi

The dramatized account of British computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing takes a few liberties with history, but it’s still a fascinating depiction of the efforts to crack Germany’s Enigma code during WWII.

The IT Crowd

Where to Watch: Hiding in a closet while avoiding your boss at work

This British comedy series about the titular IT department of a major corporation satirizes how self-described “standard nerds” fit into the overall corporate structure.

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The Crown

Where to Watch: International flight, preferably to somewhere in the UK

As the saying goes, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” Netflix’s latest big original series focuses on the English monarchy, and the tremendous pressures that the royal position puts on their personal and public lives.