Can You Match These Netflix Descriptions to the Show or Movie?


By: Jane Andrews

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When Netflix was founded in 1997, it looked very different than it does today. The internet and streaming media were still in their infancy, so the business started its success story as a mail-order movie-rental service. The concept was really cool — instead of schlepping to the video store to get a movie on DVD or VHS (yes, we had to leave the house to rent movies back in the day), subscribers could receive DVD rentals in the mail. There were no due dates, late fees or shipping costs — your monthly membership included an unlimited number of rentals that you could watch and return at your leisure. It's no wonder the innovative company gave Blockbuster a serious run for its money.

Cut to the late 2000s, when data speeds and bandwidth technology had significantly improved, and Netflix began to offer videos on demand via the internet. DVD sales and rentals began to decline while the service's membership grew, and by 2013, the company reportedly had more than 29 million streaming customers. The rest is home-entertainment history.

If you can't get enough of everything this streaming giant has to offer, we challenge you to prove it with this quiz. You'll be asked to identify the show or movie from its official Netflix description — are you up for the task? Let's find out!

"Love, laughter and the best friends you could ask for. Just like real life. But with really nice apartments." Can you guess the sitcom?

While "Friends" became one the biggest hits in TV history during its 1994 to 2004 run on NBC, the smash sitcom was embraced by a brand-new generation of fans thanks to its availability on Netflix.


Do you know which irreverent TV comedy this summary is describing? "When a wealthy family is forced to find out how the other half lives, the adjustment isn’t exactly a smooth one."

This half-hour comedy, which was created by (and stars!) comedian Eugene Levy and his son Daniel, originally aired on the Canadian CBC Television network. It's filmed in Toronto and Ontario, and the majority of the cast is Canadian.


"Family. Power. A young woman rises to rule an empire amid the challenges of the modern age." Which historical drama is this referring to?

"The Crown" was inspired by the 2006 film "The Queen" and the 2013 play "The Audience," which were both created by screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan. It follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s until the present day.


What creepy Netflix original movie is this write-up about? "Stay silent. Stay alert. Stay blindfolded. As a terrifying forces lies in wait, a mother leads her children on a harrowing journey."

According to Netflix, this Sandra Bullock thriller — which was based on a book of the same name — was watched by a record-breaking 45 million accounts during its first week of release.


"He's got a bright future — and no clue what to do with it. A seductive older woman has some ideas …" What famous 1960s film is this description referring to?

A young Dustin Hoffman starred in this 1967 coming-of-age classic about a disillusioned college graduate. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won one for Best Director (Mike Nichols).


"Lies. Revenge. Everyone at Liberty High has something to hide … and the truth is about to come out." Can you identify this Netflix series?

Based on a 2007 novel of the same name, this dark teen drama first dropped in March of 2017. It was highly popular and critically acclaimed (though no stranger to controversy for its portrayal of suicide) and went on to run for a total of three seasons.


Can you guess which true-crime documentary this blurb is about? "Evidence may have been planted. A suspect might have been strong-armed. Two men behind bars fight to save their lives."

Released in December of 2015, this wildly popular Netflix original about the possibly innocent convict Steven Avery dropped a second season in 2018. It's also won four Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.


"She only looked out for number one in life. Now that she's dead, she's going to have to do a lot better." What quirky comedy is being described here?

When "The Good Place" premiered on NBC in the fall of 2016, it was an instant ratings and critical hit. But it became even more popular when Netflix began streaming the show's first two seasons in 2019.


"Strange sightings. Government secrets. Fearless kids. And a dark force that turns a small town upside down." Do you recognize this supernatural Netflix series?

"Stranger Things" became a Netflix phenomenon when it first started streaming in 2016. It has since aired two additional seasons and has a fourth (and final) season currently in the works.


What dark '80s comedy is this write-up referring to? "Vicious words, deadly pranks and pretty little suicide notes. Welcome to the most popular clique in school."

Starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as star-crossed high school sweethearts with a twist, "Heathers" became an instant cult classic when it was released in 1988. It has since spawned an off-Broadway musical.


This blurb is describing an early Netflix original series. Do you know which one? "Piper Chapman doesn't deserve her prison sentence. Of course, every one of her fellow inmates thinks the same thing."

According to Variety magazine, "Orange Is the New Black" has become Netflix's most-watched original series. It first dropped in 2013 and ran for seven seasons, with its final installment dropping in the summer of 2019.


Can you tell us which hit TV show this is about? "The boss is an idiot, the workers are clueless, elaborate pranks and feuds abound. Just another day at the office."

Based on the U.K. comedy of the same name, "The Office" ran on NBC from 2005 to 2013. It's currently the most-watched TV show on Netflix; however, it's slated to move to a different streaming platform in 2021.


"He's a warrior. A superhero. And a good man. But it’s hard for a good man to be king. Doing what’s right will take all his power." Which Marvel blockbuster is this describing?

"Black Panther" was a huge hit when it was released in 2018, smashing box office records and passing the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office sales in just 26 days. According to Forbes magazine, it's the third fastest-grossing movie of all time.


Do you know which of the following films from the Indiana Jones franchise this write up is about? "This time he's after the Holy Grail. But the Nazis and snakes are back, and his dad's not making things any easier."

This 1989 threequel starred Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones, Indiana's estranged father. In its opening sequence, the film features the late actor River Phoenix as a 13-year-old Indiana.


What period TV drama is this blurb describing? "In the 1960s, alcohol and sexual banter was just another day at the office. But the facade is about to crack."

"Mad Men" ran on the AMC cable network from 2007 to 2015. The show made stars out of Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss, who both won Emmys for their performances. It also won four Emmys for Best Drama Series during its run.


Can you guess this meta horror-movie classic? "Creepy phone stalker. Lunatic killer with a ghost face. Everyone's a suspect. But you've never seen horror like this."

Since its release in 1996, "Scream" has become a cult classic. Due in large part to its irreverent, self-referential humor, the movie was credited with reinvigorating the horror genre in the '90s and went on to spawn three sequels, all of which featured original cast members.


"Belly up to the Boston bar where everyone knows your name. The laughs flow as freely as the beer." Do you recognize this old-school sitcom?

"Cheers" ran on NBC from 1982 until 1993. After struggling in the ratings during its first few years, it became one of the network's most popular shows and went on to spend eight of its 11 seasons in the Nielsen top ten.


This documentary is considered the godfather of the true-crime genre. Can you name it? "Chaos and confusion. Family and fidelity. Accusations and affairs. A suspicious death is just the beginning."

This highly bingeable true-crime miniseries was ahead of its time when it first premiered on French TV in 2004. After the show gained traction on YouTube and the Sundance channel, Netflix picked up its original episodes and produced three brand-new installments.


What wacky early-'80s comedy is this write-up about? "Between goofy golfers and a grounds-destroying gopher, working at a country club can drive you a little crazy."

Released in 1980, the cast of this beloved movie is packed with comedy legends, including Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray. Reportedly, Murray improvised the majority of his lines and completed his work in just six days.


Do you know what all-in-the-family crime drama this blurb is describing? "Desperate times call for family unity. Now family night means stacking millions in drug cash inside a cabin's walls."

Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as the money-laundering Marty and Wendy Byrde, this popular Emmy-award-winning show began its run in July of 2017 and became the top-streaming show of that summer.


Can you name this dark, tech-minded anthology series? "The sleek world of tomorrow offers opportunities beyond our wildest dreams. At a price of our worse nightmares."

"Black Mirror" first hit the airwaves in 2011 and ran for two seasons on British television. Netflix began airing the show in 2014 and has since produced three new seasons of high-tech terror. The streaming platform also released the groundbreaking interactive film, "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," in 2018.


This quirky TV show was created by Tina Fey. Can you tell us which one it is? "What’s a Midwest girl to do after she's spent the last 15 years trapped underground? Move to New York City, of course."

Starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, this Netflix original was specifically created for the former "The Office" actress. It was initially slated to run in primetime on NBC, but Netflix bought it instead.


Which classic Quentin Tarantino flick is this blurb describing? "All crime stories have a beginning, middle and end. For two clueless hit men at a diner, it's not the usual order."

Released in 1994, "Pulp Fiction" was Tarantino's second film after "Reservoir Dogs." In addition enthralling audiences and earning critical praise, it won the coveted Palme d'Or prize at that year's Cannes Film Festival. It also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture.


"And now for something completely different: the show that set the standard in dry, satirically surreal sketch comedy." Do you know what classic British show this is about?

This legendary U.K. sketch show debuted in October of 1969 on the BBC but didn't catch on in the U.S. until five years later when it was aired by the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).


Can you tell us which show is being described here? "A dying man makes a desperate bid to save his family. But in the meth trade, there are fates far worse than death."

Arguably one of the best television dramas of all time, "Breaking Bad" aired on AMC from 2008 to 2013. It won a total of 16 Emmy Awards during its run, including Outstanding Drama Series for its final two seasons.


Do you recognize this Netflix original doc? "Free love, deadly schemes and the world's largest collection of Rolls-Royces. Say hello to the new neighbors. (A true story.)"

"Wild Wild Country" tells the unbelievable true tale of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his cult of followers, the Rajneeshees. When they took over a small Oregon town in the early 1980s, things got kind of crazy.


"When lives are at stake, they rise — or shrink — to the challenge. For these two superheroes, it's true what they say: size matters." Which Marvel sequel is this?

Released in 2018, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is the sequel to the 2015 Marvel hit "Ant-Man." The movie was even more successful than the first film, grossing over $622 million worldwide.


Can you identify this beloved late-'90s thriller? "A terrified child who sees ghosts shows his psychologist that nothing is what it seems. Including life itself."

Released in 1999, "The Sixth Sense" held the record for the highest-grossing thriller until 2017 when it was beaten by the movie "It." The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.


What sitcom is this description talking about? "An uber-ambitious public worker lights a fire under her apathetic colleagues. Hilarity is inevitable."

"Parks and Recreation" ran for seven seasons on NBC, from 2009 until 2015. It was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards during that time and made stars out of actors Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza.


"Big hair. Rad moves. And outrageous alter egos. A comedy about the sisterhood that rocked the wrestling world." Can you name this Netflix original series?

"GLOW" follows the fictionalized antics of the real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a women's professional wrestling circuit, during the 1980s. It first dropped on Netflix in 2017 and was renewed for a fourth and final season to air in 2020.


This is another original Netflix series. Do you know it? "Mom craves human flesh. Dad just wants a normal life. A good marriage is all about compromise."

This horror-comedy hybrid stars Drew Barrymore as a suburban mom who turns into a (very human-looking) zombie. Rather than get rid of the matriarch, the Hammond family works together to try and keep her undead tendencies in check.


Do you know what crime thriller this write-up is about? "They'll journey inside the deviant minds of maximum security inmates and formulate a frightening new term: serial killer."

Based on real-life events, "Mindhunter" follows two agents in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Along with a skilled psychologist, they develop the technique of criminal profiling by interviewing notorious serial killers.


What 1990s blockbuster is this about? "Two mismatched government agents vie with an alien hoping to trigger interplanetary war. This is going to get messy."

"Men in Black" came out in 1997 and produced two sequels — "Men in Black II," which was released in 2002, and "Men in Black III," which was released in 2012. It also spawned an animated series in 2001 and a spin-off film, "Men in Black: International," in 2019.


This Netflix original movie is a sequel to a hit TV show. Can you tell us which one it is? "In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future."

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan wrote, directed and produced this follow-up film, which features Aaron Paul reprising his iconic role as the troubled-but-charming Jesse Pinkman.


"A selfish yuppie. The autistic brother he never knew. And a cross-country odyssey that will change everything." What '80s drama is this write-up detailing?

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this 1988 drama cleaned up at that year's Academy Awards, earning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


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