The 50 Best Netflix Original Series Right Now (June 2024)

Netflix changed the game when they shifted from mailing something called “DVDs” to sending the shows straight to our TV back in 2007. They changed it again when they made it clear that they weren’t content to stream other production companies’ movies and TV series — aiming a moonshot at making their own original programming in the hopes that they’d become a dominant studio as well as the spot where you can binge old episodes of Frasier. Make their mark, they did. Within only a few years, they became a powerhouse of original programming, due to a massive budget and the ability to say yes to some unusual ideas that became top Netflix series.

Here are the 40 best original Netflix series you can watch right now.

Last updated on May 29, 2024.

50. Parasyte: The Grey

Year: 2024
Cast: Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, Lee Jung-hyun
Genre: Sci-fi, drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season (6 episodes)
Created By: Yeon Sang-ho, Ryu Yong-jae
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Netflix has cranked up their South Korean production following the Squid Game phenomenon, and this live-action manga adaptation — which differs starkly from its source material although it appears to remain loyal to the same universe — pulls out the sci-fi stops as well. The series follows mysterious parasites who begin falling from the sky to inhabit hosts and start rampantly committing murder, yet the potentially greater threat to humanity is whether they can come together to react.

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49. Masters of the Universe: Revelation & Revolution

Year: 2021
Cast: Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Chris Wood, Sarah Michelle Gellar
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Rating: TV-PG
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Kevin Smith
Trailer: Watch here

If you’re enjoying X-Men ’97, Kevin Smith refreshed the classic He-Man cartoon with the follow-up series Masters of the Universe: Revelation and Revolution. With Mark Hamill voicing the iconic villain Skeletor, the new series catches up with He-Man as he continues to protect Eternia from evil. Whether it be Skeletor or a new threat in the form of Hordak, the classic muscle-bound hero is back for an all-new adventure that balances equal parts nostalgia and ground-breaking animation that plays to fans both new and old.

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48. Sweet Tooth

Year: 2020
Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Adeel Akhtar, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Jim Mickle
Trailer: Watch here

In this adaptation of Vertigo comic, Sweet Tooth focuses on Gus (Christian Convery), a 10-year-old human-deer hybrid who’s forced out of hiding when hunters discover his wilderness home. In this post-apocalyptic world, a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity as children start being born with animal characteristics. As so often happens, blame is placed on these innocent hybrids who most live in hiding or be rounded up. However, Gus finds an ally in Big Man (Nonso Anozie) as the two chart this perilous world together to find Gus’ mom in this endearingly sweet and captivating series.

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47. Ginny & Georgia

Year: 2021
Cast: Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Sarah Lampert
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In the dramedy Ginny & Georgia, 30-year-old Georgia and 15-year-old Ginny move to a quaint Massachusetts town where Georgia hopes to escape her troubled past and protect her nine-year-old son Austin. However, Georgia’s attempts to find love and escape her old ways prove harder than she thought as her sins from the past come back to haunt her as well as some new sins that put everything she loves in even more danger.

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46. The Gentlemen

Year: 2024
Cast: Theo James, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito
Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Guy Ritchie
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In this spinoff of the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name, The Gentlemen centers on Edward “Eddie” Horniman. (Theo James) as he unexpectedly inherits his family estate and the title of Duke of Halstead following the passing of his father. However, Eddie soon learns that his new wealth and title come with a considerable number of headaches thanks to the weed-growing operation that makes considerable use of his family land. In irreverent Guy Ritchie style, Eddie must carefully navigate this new world of duplicitous gangsters if he wants to keep his home and his neck.

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45. Ripley/em>

Year: 2024
Cast: Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn
Genre: Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season (8 episodes(
Created By: Steven Zaillian
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Everyone remembers Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Andrew Scott is fully shaking off his “Hot Priest” days to don Tom Ripley’s grifter duds. This limited series is, of course, based upon Patricia Highsmith’s series of novels, and Scott’s incarnation of the character takes a job in the 1960s that sets him on the deceit-filled path to murder.

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44. Sex Education

Year: 2019-present
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Conor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Mimi Keene, Aimee Lou Wood, Patricia Allison, Tanya Reynolds, and Mikael Persbrandt
Genre: Comedy, Sex Comedy, Drama, Coming-Of-Age
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 24 episodes
Created By: Laurie Nunn
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After three seasons, this sweet, raunchy comedy hasn’t lost a step. What started as the story of an awkward boy, embarrassed that his mother is a sex therapist, giving sex advice to his classmates has morphed into a gorgeous ensemble of people reaching out to touch someone. Anderson is a phenomenal anchor, of course, but the young cast is outstanding, and the writing manages to navigate the thorniest issues with grace and massive laughs. The show continually proves what our great-grandparents always said: life is tough and sex is funny.

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43. The Diplomat

Year: 2023 –
Cast: Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Rory Kinnear, Ali Ahn
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Created By: Debora Cahn
Trailer: Watch here

The Diplomat: Keri Russell isn’t quite an anxiety-provoking spy in this series, but this show does call back her old FX stomping grounds. Here, Russell portrays a career-consumed diplomat who’s also struggling to maintain a complicated marriage. Spy or not, this show still sits squarely within the same meat-and-potatoes, mainstream-appealing arena as the similarly-toned The Night Agent, so expect the binging to happen, along with the nostalgia associated with seeing Russell back on TV.

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42. House Of Cards

Year: 2013-2018
Cast: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Corey Stoll, Kate Mara, Kristen Connolly, Rachel Brosnahan, and Mahershala Ali
Genre: Political Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6: 73 episodes
Created By:
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It’s been ten years since House of Cards debuted on Netflix, marking a huge shift in what used to be a company that mailed you DVDs of The Mask that you promised to mail back. The incisive political drama offered a cutthroat view of rising to the top, remaining an ugly gem even as it dropped its star Kevin Spacey and turned its focus completely on world-class sociopath (and President) Claire Underwood. It’s a cruel show, and watching it in 2023 only makes it seems less fictional.

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41. The Umbrella Academy

Year: 2019-present
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher
Genre: Action, Drama, Superhero, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Steve Blackman
Trailer: Watch here

The adaptation of the bombastic comic book from Gerard Way (yes, the dude from My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Ba continues to unfold in bizarre and fantastical ways. It features a dysfunctional team of supers who were all born of a confounding event wherein 43 women all gave birth at the same time on the same day even though none of them were pregnant. What’s the right response? If you’re eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, you adopt a bunch and see what weird powers emerge. It often follows traditional superhero storytelling with villains, fights, time travel, and the combination of cool powers, but it’s consistently transgressive in vibrant, colorful divergences from the tropes that have been burned into our brains by Marvel.

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40. Godless

Year: 2017
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Merritt Wever, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kim Coates, Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels
Genre: Western, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 7 episodes
Created By: Scott Frank
Trailer: Watch here

We’re in a bit of a Western resurgence, and Godless is a major part of dusting off the old tropes. Released the same year as Frank’s Logan (or Western Wolverine), it takes the genre seriously even as it slyly reinvents the wagon wheel. O’Connell plays an outlaw on the run from his crime lord after stealing his loot, taking refuge in a town populated almost entirely by women following the horrific collapse of a mine that killed all the men. Life is nasty, brutish, and short, and now they’ve got a fugitive from a revenge-hungry bastard heading right for them. Every character could be described as not taking no guff from no one, and everyone in this murderer’s row cast understood the assignment. A stellar series where the premise is simple so that everything else can be complicated.

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39. Griselda

Year: 2024
Cast: Sofia Vergara, Alberto Guerra, Martin Rodriguez
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 episodes
Created By: Doug Miro, Eric Newman, Carlo Bernard, Ingrid Escajeda
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In this gripping biopic series from creators of Narcos, Sofia Vergara delivers a powerhouse performance as Griselda Blanco, the real-life “Cocaine Godmother.” Over six episodes, Blanco’s bloody rise to the top of the drug trade is chronicled from her early life in Colombia to her “Queenpin” days in Miami, Florida where she became so ruthless that Blanco is one of the few people who struck fear into the heart of Pablo Escobar.

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38. 3 Body Problem

Year: 2024
Cast: Jess Hong, Liam Cunningham, Eiza González, Benedict Wong, Sam Bradley
Genre: Science-Fiction, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo
Trailer: Watch here

In this gripping adaptation of the best-selling novel, 3 Body Problem tackles an alien invasion that’s been centuries in the making. As the Earth’s top scientists slowly became aware of the looming threat to humanity, they realize they may be powerless to stop the alien civilization that’s been traveling over 400 light years to squash the planets inhabitants like a bug. From Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, 3 Body Problem is on track to become a TV drama that’s just as irresistible as a journey into Westeros.

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37. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Year: 2024
Cast: Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: TV-PG
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
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In this live-action adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender follows a young boy named Aang as he attempts to master, or bend, all four elements and bring peace to his war-torn world. Aided by his two best friends, Aang sets off on an epic martial arts quest that’s made all the more perilous by the powerful Fire Nation hot on his trail. If you were curious about Avatar, but reluctant to check out the cartoons, the live-action series offers a low-barrier entry point to the beloved franchise.

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36. Mindhunter

Year: 2017
Cast: Jonathan Goff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Genre: Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Joe Penhall
Trailer: Watch here

Based on the book of the same name, Mindhunter tracks the real-life creation of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit during the late ’70s. Sparked by the growing emergence of serial killers, this instantly compelling series from David Fincher chronicles the burgeoning practice of criminal profiling and the inner strife it caused inside the bureau. The old guard doesn’t take well to the burgeoning use of psychology to solve crimes, but a rash of high-profile murders spark the need for the Feds to adapt if they want to stop this new breed of deranged killers.

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35. The Night Agent

Year: 2023
Cast: Gabriel Basso, Luciane Buchanan, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Sarah Desjardins, Eve Harlow, Phoenix Raei, Enrique Murciano, D.B. Woodside, and Hong Chau
Genre:Action Thriller, Spy, Conspiracy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 10 episodes
Created By: Shawn Ryan
Trailer: Watch here

This twisty action show shoots straight as an arrow with its concept and its execution. It’s not trying to reinvent the thriller wheel, focused instead on making the chases, fist fights, and gun play as intense as possible while the hard left turns leave audience jaws on the floor. It focuses on FBI Agent Peter Sutherland, a bomb-finding hero who is assigned to the Tippy Top Top Secret “Night Action” unit where he’s tasked with the pulse-pounding job of answering their phone that barely ever rings. Fortunately, when it does, it draws him deep into a potential conspiracy with a highly-placed mole, a powerful tech entrepreneur, and a horrific plot that they will either thwart or maybe doesn’t actually exist. It’s a fun ride that should come with motion sickness meds for as quicks as the twists come.

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34. One Piece

Year: 2023
Cast: Ińaki Godoy, Emily Rudd, Mackenyu, Jacob Romero Gibson
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Eiichiro Oda, Steven Maeda
Trailer: Watch here

In this live-action adaptation of the wildly popular anime, One Piece follows Monkey D. Luffy (Ińaki Godoy) as he lead his tight-knitted crew on a search for the titular treasure that will make him “King of the Pirates.” While Netflix has struggled with its past attempts to bring anime to life, One Piece has been racking up rave reviews and has already been greenlit for a second season thanks to its killer adaptation of the beloved animated series and its colorful characters.

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33. Arcane

Year: 2021-present
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro, Katie Leung, Jason Spisak, Toks Olagundoye, Harry Lloyd, JB Blanc, Reed Shannon, and Mick Wingert
Genre:Animation, Steampunk Adventure
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1: 9 episodes
Created By: Christian Linke, Alex Yee
Trailer: Watch here

It’s Top Siders versus Undercity in this boundary-pushing animation set in the League of Legends universe. Boasting some knockout art style and a compelling story of revenge and magic, Arcane fills in that video game world unforgettable characters and difficult choices. Vi and Jinx are sisters, but they’re caught in a citywide conflict about to boil over, and they’re being pulled in far different directions. Even though represents a potential future for video game tie-in shows, it’s easily accessible to those who’ve never played a minute, and, as she’s proven with the Spider-Verse, Steinfeld is a stellar voice acting talent.

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32. You

Year: 2018-present
Cast: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Zach Cherry, Shay Mitchell, Victoria Pedretti
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
Trailer: Watch here

The hit show that dares to ask the question: “Is it okay for me to like this?” Based on Caroline Kepnes book series, the show stars Badgley as a handsome, charismatic stalker sometimes named Joe who…we’re supposed to root for? It’s gross and manipulative and so, so, so compelling. It’s Talented Mr. Ripley run through the romance ringer where the narrator’s voice in our heads is the man of many names who should really be in prison. The magic of the series is in watching this American psycho get away with following his worst impulses while surrounded by an enthusiastic cast of characters (some of whom are just as bad as he is). The fourth season lands February 9th, and it very well could run as long as “Joe” can. Even then, jail probably wouldn’t put an end to the show’s potential.

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31. Beef

Year: 2023
Cast: Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)
Created By: Lee Sung Jin
Trailer: Watch here

Road rage: it doesn’t pay. Resist it at all opportunities, but do watch this A24 series that made waves as one of the best shows of the year so far. One flip of the bird transforms two dissatisfied lead characters’ lives into sheer madness while Ali Wong and Steven Yeun feed us the full spectrum of human emotions. These two went through virtual hell (and their bodies paid the price) while they filmed this project, which is also a lesson in not eating random berries, no matter what. That’s two valuable life lessons in one show, and somehow, the show delivers an adrenaline-fueled ride share that you won’t be able to stop watching, so carve out some binging time.

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30. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Year: 2015-2019
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Daveed Diggs
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-4: 52 episodes
Created By: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
Trailer: Watch here

After 30 Rock, everyone wanted to know what Tina Fey and Robert Carlock would do next. Their follow-up concept couldn’t have been further from the sketch show writer’s room. It takes a world-class comedic brain trust to turn a childhood victim of kidnapping and sister wife brainwashing into belly laugh gold. Kimmy missed out on her youth, attacked by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) and locked in a bomb shelter with several other women until they’re all rescued as adults. Now, she’s trying to adjust to the modern world with the curiosity and mind of a middle schooler. Fortunately, even though New York City is a hell of a town, she has human firework show Titus and cranky landlady Lillian to guide her toward independence.

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29. Emily In Paris

Year: 2020-present
Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, and Lucas Bravo
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Darren Star
Trailer: Watch here

While shows about men breaking bad and doing crime end up at the top of the Best Of All-Time list, it’s important to remember that delightful things can be the best things, too. Emily is single, she’s in Paris, and everyone on the show is absurdly attractive. It’s a potent foundation for a lot of fun. Maybe there’s a little heartbreak thrown in for good measure, but that’s all balanced out by the champagne and flirtation. Maybe it makes fun of French stereotypes too much (an American tradition since we first forgot we couldn’t have won the Revolutionary War without them), but it’s a quirky romantic spree with postcard cinematography and a plucky lead who owns the spotlight.

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28. Dead Boy Detectives

Year: 2024
Cast: George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, Kassius Nelson
Genre: Fantasy, comic-book adaptation
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season (8 episodes)
Created By: Steve Yockey
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Welcome to another side of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman universe, in which two young detectives discover each other while dead after being born decades apart. They’re BFF ghosts who also happen to have a knock for solving mysteries, particularly when something paranormal is afoot. That’s precisely what they encounter, including witches and the depths of Hell while aiming to help the mortal realm find closure through their investigations with a little Death (hint hint) on the side.

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27. Dead To Me

Year: 2019-2022
Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Natalie Morales, and Ed Asner
Genre:Black Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Liz Feldman
Trailer: Watch here

When Jen’s husband is killed in a hit-and-run, she befriends the free-spirited Judy at a grief support group. Their bond grows through their individual losses, a great sense of a humor, and a helpful lack of knowledge that Judy is the hit-and-run driver who killed Jen’s husband. A sunny black comedy ensues, careening straight through a police procedural and a masterclass in going off the rails in a good way. Applegate and Cardellini are magic together, and the show gets funnier and funnier the tenser it gets.

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26. Bodies

Year: 2023
Cast: Shira Haas, Stephen Graham, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Kyle Soller, Amaka Okafor
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Paul Tomalin
Trailer: Watch here

In the wildly intriguing British drama, Bodies, four detectives in four different time periods find themselves tasked with solving the murder of the exact same body. The fate of Britain relies on them finding the answer in this time-twisty tale. Thanks to Bodies being a limited series, the show wraps up its story by the final episode making it the perfect watch for those who don’t like their mysteries stretched out for season after season.

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25. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Year: 2022-present
Cast: Even Peters, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Niecy Nash, Penelope Ann Miller, and Michael Learned
Genre: True Crime, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 10 episodes
Created By: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
Trailer: Watch here

Debate rages about how shows glorify serial killers and the question of making a true crime dramatization that may harm living victims and their families. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is at the heart of that debate, and while each viewer’s moral mileage will vary, the series is still a powerful showcase of Peters’ acting talent as one of the most famous killers in American history. It’s a gruesome tale, and the deep dive into the muck here pulls zero punches in delivering us perhaps too close into the mind of a monster. Yet it also presents cases of investigative malpractice and police incompetence — a fascinating antidote to the Law & Order worship of quick and perfect actors in the justice system. Monster dramatizes those failures to apprehend Dahmer up through his eventual conviction and aftermath.

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24. Bridgerton

Year: 2020-present
Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews, Nicola Coughlan, Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, Phoebe Dynevor
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2: 16 episodes
Created By: Chris Van Dusen
Trailer: Watch here

Courtship. Is. War. Stamped with the Shondaland pedigree, Bridgerton has the plot of a ’90s teen rom-com in the bodice of a Regency era romance. Oh, and a little Gossip Girl thrown in for good measure in the form of Lady Whistledown’s hand-delivered rumor rag. Festooned with all the gorgeous costuming and set decoration befitting something of its high title, the show focuses on Daphne Bridgerton, a young woman newly presented to society but deemed unworthy of marriage. She strikes up a mutually beneficial deal with the highly sought-after Duke of Hastings, who both agree to pretend to be attached to each other to solve their problems. But will it develop into something real?

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23. Midnight Mass

Year: 2021
Cast: Hamish Linklater, Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Annabeth Gish
Genre: Horror, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 7 episodes
Created By: Mike Flanagan
Trailer: Watch here

Mike Flanagan had tried to get Midnight Mass made since the earliest part of his career, keeping the passion project alive first as a fictionalized novel in his movie Hush, and then using the fake book as an Easter egg in other projects like Gerald’s Game. When he finally got the chance to tell the tale, he nailed it right to the church door. Brimming with his continual obsession with “hauntings,” Flanagan’s series focuses on a declining island where a slew of strange things start happening when a cagey priest rides into town. Pro tip: if hundreds of dead cats show up on a beach after a weird priest shows up, get out of town. At least for a little while. Take everyone who will listen with you.

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22. Orange Is The New Black

Year: 2013-2019
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Dascha Polanco, Laverne Cox, Diane Guerrero
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-7: 91 episodes
Created By: Jenji Kohan
Trailer: Watch here

The original hit is still one of the best Netflix has to offer. Kohan’s Weeds follow-up delved into deeper into the world of crime by jumping inside a woman’s prison. A bit of a Trojan Horse, the show initially focused largely on Schilling’s character — a middle class white woman who was in prison on a kind of fluke — but quickly morphed into an ensemble piece about women from all backgrounds and walks of life. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, the series continually pushed boundaries, utilizing a format which gave us deeper and deeper backstories into dozens of prisoners that layered a tight, complex plot about these people who all had to live together against their own will. They found love, hate, violence, and grace while rattling their cages.

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21. Unsolved Mysteries

Year: 2020 –
Genre: True crime documentary
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 3 (21 episodes)
Trailer: Watch here

This revival recently cracked a cold case with hopefully more to come with this true-crime bread and butter that remains impossible to ignore. These quietly-executed episodes stay compelling like the original while inviting audience participation by anyone who has clues on how to solve these crimes. The ghost of former full-time host Robert Stack looms large, and in the end, this revival feels both fresh and faithful to its predecessor.

20. Master of None

Year: 2015-2021
Cast: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Noel Wells, Lena Waithe, Kelvin Yu, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Naomi Ackie
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Rom-Com
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 25 episodes
Created By: Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
Trailer: Watch here

Dev is a struggle actor whose biggest hit so far is a yogurt commercial, and he’s making his way through the New York City dating scene with mixed results. Luckily, he’s got great friends who love to eat pasta almost as much as he does. It’s a simple, tried-and-true concept maybe masterful by Ansari’s singular comic style, a stellar supporting cast, an unreal list of guest stars, and an experimental vibe that’s willing to send the entire show to Italy for the second season just for kicks. Just like its lead character (and presumably Ansari himself), the series, loosely based on the comic’s love life, is whimsical and, delightfully, can’t sit still.

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19. Russian Doll

Year: 2019-present
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley, Chloe Sevigny
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Urban Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2: 15 episodes
Created By: Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler
Trailer: Watch here

This show is an absolute delight. A harsh-lipped riff on Groundhog Day where a snarky software engineer keeps dying at her 36th birthday party. Honestly, the start of your late 30s can feel that way. She, appropriately, freaks out before using her seemingly infinite lives (all restarting in a bathroom to an infectious Harry Nilsson jam) to figure out what the hell is happening. Then she meets a man experiencing the same thing. The show’s unique blend of comedy, nihilism, and personal tragedy is a tightrope walk of perfection that the whole team manages episode after episode. Like other repeating day stories, it’s about righting wrongs, but Russian Doll does it with both a towering sense of glee and a big middle finger stuck high in the air.

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18. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Year: 2023
Cast: India Amarteifio, Corey Mylchreest, Golda Rosheuvel
Genre:Drama/History/Romance
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes)
Created By: Shonda Rhimes
Trailer: Watch here

Unlike with The Witcher, this spinoff enhances and is arguably even better than the original series. We get a different focus upon Shondaland’s corset-filled, 19th century soap opera of a world when the series travels back in time to take in Charlotte’s origin story as portrayed by India Amarteifio, along with regular visits with Golda Rosheuvel as her present-day incarnation. It’s heartbreaking to know how this couple turns out in later life (Corey Mylchreest steps in as the younger version of King George), but at least we’ll always have that Snorting Habit to bring some relief.

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17. Black Mirror

Year: 2011-present
Cast: Annie Murphy, Salma Hayek, Himash Patel, Michael Cera, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Mara
Genre:Black Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6: 27 episodes
Created By: Charlie Brooker
Trailer: Watch here

For years, Black Mirror has imagined a world emerging from our own, exploring the wonders of social media and technology while gleefully displaying the profound torture it will bring us. The newest series is sure to divide (doesn’t it always?), but the show is pushing its own boundaries and testing limits, especially as it dives deeper into classic-feeling horror. Not only is the very first episode still available to shock your new in-laws with, series 6 features a woman whose crummy life seems to be the basis of a streaming show, a documentary project that turns hard left into true crime territory, a pair of astronauts in orbit using robotic doubles back on Earth, and a one-two punch of horror-tinged tales.

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16. Baby Reindeer

Year: 2024
Cast: Richard Gadd, Jessica Gunning, Nava Mau
Genre: Drama, True(-ish) crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season (8 episodes)
Created By: Richard Gadd
Trailer Watch here

Richard Gadd created and stars in this brilliant (although triggering) project that adapts his one-man stage play about his real-life experience of being raped before landing in a traumatic spiral, where a stalker felt free to insert herself. That’s an oversimplistic description of a nuanced series from the Scottish comedian, who embodies Donny with heartbreaking touches also laced with dark comedy. Gadd has cautioned viewers to cease attempting to unravel the true identities of those who plagued him, and if you haven’t watched this series yet, be ready to feel both horrified and spellbound by how Gadd lays himself bare to the world.

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15. Narcos/Narcos: Mexico

Year: 2015-2017/2018-2021
Cast: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Michael Pena, Diego Luna
Genre: Drama, Crime, Biographical
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes/Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
Trailer: Watch here

There are few outlaw figures in the modern era we’re more obsessed with than Pablo Escobar. The drug lord with the biggest mug shot smile of all time has been the subject of tons of books, movies, and TV shows, but the crime drama Narcos is at the top of the powdery heap. Escobar (played with fantastic intensity by Wagner Moura) faces off against rivals and the DEA while trying to expand his cocaine market dominance through brutal terrorist acts. The show, and its companion series Narcos: Mexico shifts smartly beyond Escobar to explore other drug reigns over a combined 6 seasons of pulse-pounding genius. It’s a good show to watch before you try your hand at the global illicit drug trade because it’ll convince you to take up kite flying or literally anything else.

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14. American Vandal

Year: 2017-2018
Cast: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
Genre: Mockumentary
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2: 16 episodes
Created By: Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda
Trailer: Watch here

The most important question of the last ten years: who drew the dicks? Parodying Serial might have been simple in a sketch comedy kind of way, but the team behind American Vandal went all in to create a full series focused, first, on the drawing of 27 penises on cars in the faculty lot of a public high school and, then, on the truly corruptive act of putting laxative in a Catholic school’s cafeteria lemonade. The temptation to wink throughout both seasons must have been excruciating, but everyone involved never flinches as they treat these sophomoric pranks with the deadly seriousness of overturning a wrongful murder conviction.

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13. The Sandman

Year: 2022 –
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Mason Alexander Park, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Genre: Fantasy, comic book adaptation
Rating: TV-MA
Seasons: 1 (11 episodes)
Created By: Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, Allan Heinberg
Trailer: Watch here

A second season of this series will one day arrive to deliver more breathtaking glory, and Neil Gaiman’s legion of fans will be ready after waiting three decades for this deserving adaptation of his lugubrious comic book series. Tom Sturridge plays Morpheus in all of his angular glory, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste is pitch-perfect as Death. Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer Morningstar is on par with the other Gaiman version rolling around on Netflix (in Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis, obviously), and Patton Oswalt was destined to voice Matthew the Raven. That’s only the beginning of the ensemble cast who really brings it, so enjoy this gorgeous tapestry infused with mythology, which floats in like a Dream. “The Sound Of Her Wings” turned out to be the most beautiful TV episode of 2022, too.

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12. GLOW

Year: 2017-2019
Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Chris Lowell, Sydelle Noel, Kate Nash
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3: 30 episodes
Created By: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
Trailer: Watch here

Way, way back in the 1980s, Ruth Wilder was an inch away from giving up on her dream of becoming an actress. She was broke, cheating with her friend’s husband, and then she was drawn like a moth to the flame of a vague audition. A last chance. If she’d known what it was for, she probably wouldn’t have gone because it was for a rinky dink wrestling show angling for an F- grade from OSHA. Inspired by the real-world creation of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, this show gave a safe place to a dozen weirdos all looking for a tribe. And health work-life balance. Sometimes you only get to pick one. It’s hilarious and heartfelt, unleashing the intense pressure these women are under as kinetic energy in the ring. Plus, any show with a Rocky IV-esque robot with drugs inside it is an automatic winner.

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11. Blue Eye Samurai

Year: 2023
Cast: Maya Erskine, Brenda Song, Kenneth Branagh
Genre: Drama, Animation
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Amber Noizumi, Michael Green
Trailer: Watch here

Blue Eye Samurai has barely been out for a month, and already, it’s rocketed to the top of “Best Of” lists thanks to its groundbreaking animation and a killer tale of revenge. The story focuses on Mizu (Maya Erskine) a female, mixed race warrior in 17th century Japan who charts a bloody path towards a pack of four European men who are illegally hidden inside the country and may have a painful connection to her past. As a woman, Mizu is expected to stay in her place. She’ll do anything but as she gathers allies to her side in this visually stunning animated tale.

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10. Peaky Blinders

Year: 2013 – 2022
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, Paul Anderson
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 6: 36 episodes
Created By: Steven Knight
Trailer: Watch here

This British import’s got a lot going for it – Cillian Murphy’s piercing intensity, a gritty, fast-paced script from creator Steven Knight, lethal 1900s-era Newsboy caps, and Birmingham accents so thick you’ll need to keep the captions on to keep up with all of the drama being spewed about. The story begins in 1919 but it quickly travels through the decades as Tommy Shelby and his rough-cut gang build their Empire in the wake of the First World War. There’s bootlegging, gambling dens, IRA gun-running plots, and, eventually, Nazis taking over Parliament. And we haven’t even made it to the planned movie yet.

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9. Wednesday

Year: 2022-present
Cast: Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Emma Myers, Hunter Doohan, Christina Ricci
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama, Supernatural
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1: 8 episodes
Created By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Trailer: Watch here

The Addams Family has existed for almost a century, and who could have guessed that the morbid family that first graced issues of The New Yorker would one day go viral for a limb-bending dance sequence on a Netflix show? This series is a huge hit because it focuses in on a single member of the family — offering the scene-stealing Wednesday a chance to lead her own YA horror show — and because Jenna Ortega is a blast in the role. She’s creepy. She’s kooky. She’s altogether ooky. Stuff all that into a winning YA formula of a private school for special/weird kiddos, mix in some nostalgia bombs, set it all to a Danny Elfman score, and you’ve got a show that’s more fun than burning down a summer camp.

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8. Ozark

Year: 2017-2022
Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skyler Gaertner, Julia Garner
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-4: 44 episodes
Created By: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams
Trailer: Watch here

Here’s the deal: there are a lot of crime shows on this list. There are a lot of crime shows on television. We love watching people commit crimes — especially big ones that dominate their entire lives and continue on for years and years as they evade capture and death. What makes Ozark special is how the Byrde Family all pull their weight when they have to relocate from Chicago to Missouri to expand a money laundering scheme. It’s miraculous that they kept the plates spinning so fast for four full seasons, performing a circus act of deception and violence that made for hellaciously dramatic television. Bateman (him?) is fantastic in the against-type role, and Linney commands every scene, whether they’re butting heads with low level criminals or the, no kidding, Kansas City Mafia.

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7. The Queen’s Gambit

Year: 2020
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Harry Melling, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Camp
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 7 episodes
Created By: Scott Frank, Allan Scott
Trailer: Watch here

Elizabeth Harmon is so cool that I wish chesswere a real game. All jokes aside, this show is whip smart and turned an ancient game into a global powerhouse of popularity. Starting in her troubled years as an orphan, the limited series, which one 11 Emmys including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she discovers a natural gift for chess and develops it to international acclaim while her home life with adopted parents collapses. A colorful cast of characters flows in and out of her life as she finds a home and a giant mountain of sexism inside the professional chess world. It cruises through the cool styles of the 1950s and 1960s while making chess a sexy clash of big intellects. It’s addictively easy to binge and will have you hooked before you can even Google “En Passant.”

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6. Squid Game

Year: 2021-present
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Heo Sung-tae
Genre: Drama, Survival, Thriller, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1: 9 episodes
Created By: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Trailer: Watch here

It’s easy to see the young woman from Maid being targeted to play the Squid Game. Another series exploring the cruelty heaped upon impoverished people, the South Korean phenom features a group of people all trying to survive a sadistic game show for the pleasure of the wealthiest business people from around the globe. The smirking design of children’s games where you can get shot by a giant doll or tug-of-warred off a high ledge is deviously clever, but the appeal of the show goes far beyond the plot concept. Seong Gi-hun offers us a man to root for, cheering this broken divorcee with a gambling addiction who only wants to get enough money to buy his daughter a nice birthday present. That sweet instinct lures him into a horrorscape of late night fights, fallen friends, and an ever-growing piggy bank of cash.

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5. I Think You Should Leave

Year: 2019
Cast: Tim Robertson, Sam Richardson, Patti Harrison
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
Created By: Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin
Trailer: Watch here

In this hugely viral series, Tim Robinson and crew deliver some of the best and wildest comedy sketches in the entire genre. Robinson’s hilarious earnest delivery is pure gold as I Think You Should Leave showcases an impressive batting average as nearly every sketch is a hit. Don’t take our word for it, just look at the insane amount of memes the series has generated over the years. Even better, episodes are only 15 minutes long, which makes for a perfect quick comedy hit or a binge experience that won’t eat up an entire day.

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4. Cobra Kai

Year: 2018-present
Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, and Peyton List
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-5: 50 episodes
Created By: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Trailer: Watch here

This is the show that may have single-handedly made people stop rolling their eyes when a legacyquel project gets announced. A follow-up to Karate Kid? All these years later? Guess what. It works. So, so well. Even though it stays true to many of the same themes as the original movies (the haves and have nots, pride through humility, waxing both on and off), the show puts its two leads through the paces of midlife crises. Karate isn’t the only answer to their issues, but it gives them an excellent discipline to orbit, and both Macchio and Zabka prove that they should have had much bigger careers in the intervening years.

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3. The Crown

Year: 2016-present
Cast: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies, Jonathan Pryce, Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter, Lesley Manville, John Lithgow, Gillian Anderson
Genre: Historical Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-5: 50 episodes
Created By: Peter Morgan
Trailer: Watch here

It’s hard to overstate the scale of ambition it takes to produce a show about 8 decades of Queen Elizabeth II‘s life. Somehow, through the clatter and acclaim and scandal, Morgan and a seasoned cast have made it happen. At least, they’re five seasons in, up through the 1990s, with still a little ways to go, but so far the results are impeccable. From the ashes of WWII through Thatcher and Princess Diana, the show has been a jaw-dropped that always edged slightly more toward soap opera salaciousness than historical truth. The results are magnificent, crafting a through line of history that offers fascinating context once it lines up with people and places we recognize from our own childhoods and beyond. A peerless life, drawn in lush costuming, high drama, and memorable performances.

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2. Stranger Things

Year: 2016-present
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-4: 34 episodes
Created By: The Duffer Brothers
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Somehow the Duffer Brothers found a Nostalgia Tree and tapped it, letting flow raw, pure nostalgia into a giant tin bucket before dumping it over all of our heads. Naturally, we couldn’t stop asking for more. The series where a group of Dungeons and Dragons-loving kids have their fantasy monster game spill out into real life has evolved since the early days of little science experiment/orphan Eleven telekinetically fighting back against bullies. They’ve grown up a bit, had hearts broken, and explored places as wild as Soviet gulags and the food court at the mall, all while staying true to a wicked 1980s aesthetic that clashes with the muddy hellscape of the Upside Down. It’s a fun ride unafraid to shred Metallica while the monsters close in, and still the best advertisement for frozen waffles.

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1. BoJack Horseman

Year: 2014-2020
Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul
Genre: Black Comedy, Drama, Satire, Surreal Animal Pun Delivery Service
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6: 77 episodes
Created By: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Trailer: Watch here

One of the best (if not the best) television show of the 21st century, it’s impossible to describe the tonal balance of all human emotion to be found in a cartoon show about a talking horse who used to be the star of a wholesome ’90s sitcom who’s trying to claw his way back to relevance in Hollywoo. It is a show about fame, about addiction, about found families, about trust, about life, the universe, and everything. Couched in the colorful world of talking animals and world-class puns, it’s impossibly silly while presenting the depths of depravity of a broken man. No show is as funny or as sad, and beyond its sarcasm and sorrow, several episodes experimented with form in a way almost no other series would dare to even conceive. An absolute all-timer.

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