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Five Best Television Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in 2021

While every month brings new additions to the Netflix library, it also means that license deals expire and some television shows and movies cease to remain on Netflix. Whether you have yet to watch them or have seen them numerous times before, here are the top five movies/television shows you need to watch on Netflix before it’s too late.

The Office (leaving Netflix December 31, 2020) 

Are you sad? Watch The Office. Are you bored? Watch The Office. Are you cramming for finals? Watch The Office (okay maybe not). Regardless of what you are doing or how you are feeling, watching an episode of The Office makes your day a bit brighter. From the endless pranks to the absurd situations the Dunder Mifflin employees find themselves in, this beloved sitcom is a joy to watch. Taking into consideration all of the memes, GIFs, and merchandise, The Office will always have its place in our cultural conscience. Beginning in 2021, you can watch the show on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock. 

Her (leaving Netflix January 1, 2021) 

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, this sci-fi rom-com follows a recently divorced introverted man who writes love letters for others for a living. He meets his artificially intelligent virtual assistant Samantha and over time falls in love with her. This film attempts to tackle some fundamental questions about humans and human nature. This film is not just a love story, it’s a film about the close relationship with technology and its consequences of real human connection. 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (leaving Netflix January 1, 2021) 

If you’re a fan of Jim Carrey’s work but haven’t watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, be prepared to NOT laugh. Like seriously, this movie is not a comedy at all. Famously known for his over-the-top and always goofy characters, Carrey stands out in his role as Joel, a man who is distraught following a breakup and seeks to have memories of his girlfriend, played by Kate Winslet, removed from his brain. Similar to Her, this sci-fi romance film has a message about how love and pain shapes an individual. 

Back to the Future Trilogy (leaving Netflix January 1, 2021) 

Quite possibly the best movie franchise to watch with the family. Michael J. Fox’s and Christopher Lloyd’s on-screen chemistry as their respective characters is what shines the most from this movie franchise. Even if the sequel and third installments are nowhere near as great as the original film they are fun to watch for people of all ages. The franchise is worth watching before it leaves Netflix.

Nacho Libre (leaving Netflix January 1, 2021) 

Hear me out. Despite Rotten Tomatoes rating of 40 percent, over the years Nacho Libre has become a bit of a cult classic. The movie is about Nacho, played by the multi-talented Jack Black, who lives and works in an orphanage and becomes a luchador (Mexican wrestler) to save it from financial crisis. It’s a simple, uncomplicated storyline and if you accept the movie for what it is you’ll enjoy every minute of it. As the great philosopher Nacho says, “Beneath The Clothes, We Find A Man. And Beneath The Man We Find His… Nucleus.”

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