Hey there, pal! If you’re currently melting into your couch cushions and/or becoming one with your mattress, just scrolling for something cool to watch before you come down, then wow, you are in the right place. You want a recommendation. We love giving recommendations. What a totally awesome and fortuitous situation.
Netflix has a ton of shows and movies perfect for watching when you’re chilling out. Soothing, colorful, trippy, profound — you name the vibe and the streaming service has something for you. To get you started, we’ve combed through some of our favorite titles to enjoy while vegging out and specified just what mood they’re perfect for. Have an awesome time, buddy. You deserve it.
8. Cooked with Cannabis
Who among us hasn’t lost an afternoon staring at a cooking show, imagining what every dish tastes like? Netflix’s Cooked with Cannabis, hosted by “Milkshake” singer-turned-chef Kelis and cannabis cuisine expert Leather Storrs, adds a competitive edge to the art of weed cuisine as three guest chefs compete for a $10,000 prize. It’s a little low on stakes at times, but is a generally enjoyable watch with plenty of mouth-watering creations to gaze at.
How to watch: Cooked with Cannabis is now streaming on Netflix.
7. Floor Is Lava
Witness strangers yeeting themselves into oblivion with one of Netflix’s best reality shows of the year. Floor Is Lava is exactly the show it sounds like, turning the beloved living room game into a full-scale obstacle course with a cash prize at the finish line. Great casting, fun set decoration, and the warm presence of host Rutledge Wood make this a fun binge to fall into while relaxing.
How to watch: Floor Is Lava: Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.
6. The Speed Cubers
Few things are as charming as watching hobbyists celebrate their unique interests and tremendous talents. In just 40 minutes, Netflix’s The Speed Cubers introduces its audience to the mind-blowing world of competitive speed-cubing and finds a compelling, character-driven narrative at its core. Inspirational yet goofy, this short film offers an excellent bit of comfort content.
How to watch: The Speed Cubers is now streaming on Netflix.
Patrick Somerville’s limited series is without question the most thematically heavy title on this list. So if you want to keep things on the lighter side, make Maniac your last choice. That said, this compelling story of a friendship forged from an interdimensional drug trial is an excellent pick if you’re seeking something visually complex and narratively mind-bendy. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone give astounding performances that are both multidimensional and captivating.
How to watch: Maniac is now streaming on Netflix.
4. Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Let’s be honest: The best time to hear someone talk about being high is when you are also high. Sting, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, A$AP Rocky, and more share their experiences with psychedelics in this bizarre documentary from Donick Cary. Funny and thoughtful, Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics offers equal parts entertainment and insight. As Sting puts it, “I don’t think psychedelics are the answer to the world’s problems. But they could be a start.”
How to watch: Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is now streaming on Netflix.
3. Midnight Gospel
Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward’s The Midnight Gospel is one of many stellar adult cartoons to enjoy while high. Tuca and Bertie, Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, they’re all great. Still, The Midnight Gospel goes further, farther, and faster in terms of visual interest, existential themes, and hypnotizing soundscapes. If you haven’t watched it yet, buckle up and prepare to be changed.
How to watch: The Midnight Gospel is now streaming on Netflix.
2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Look, we don’t put Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on practically every list we curate because we “want” to. We put Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on practically every list we curate because we have to. Edgar Wright’s 2010 triumph combines comic book aesthetics with video game pacing and superhero styling for a truly epic Canadian love story. It’s great to watch whenever, but extra great when you’re open to a “convenient subspace highway running through your head.”
How to watch: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is now streaming on Netflix.
1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
Watching any comedy special you love is a great option for entertaining yourself while high — and Netflix does have a mountain of options to choose from on that front. (Seriously, here’s 24 of the best.) That said, John Mulaney’s 2018 special Kid Georgeous at Radio City will always hold the #1 spot in our humor loving hearts. “There’s a HORSE. In the HOSPITAL.“
How to watch: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City is now streaming on Netflix.
Honorable mention: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s interactive special
If you’re up for a more active viewing experience, consider diving into the delightfully weird Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. This interactive Netflix special adds Daniel Radcliffe to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt family as Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, and Jon Hamm return for another killer Kimmy adventure.
How to watch: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend on Netflix.