The 50 Best Shows On Netflix Right Now (December 2023)

Whether you’ve seen every show on Netflix and need a refresher on shows to watch or you just recently decided the bite the bullet and opt for their new low-cost option, you have hundreds of must-watch shows on the streaming service at your fingertips, ranging from haunted house thrillers to reality shows, to documentary series and high school teachers building their own meth empire. You know, fun stuff.

But with all of the good shows on Netflix, it’s hard to pick which one to binge-watch as the days grow shorter and colder, and the dreariness of everyday life continues. Luckily, we have meticulously chosen the best Netflix shows right now, so all you have to do is narrow it down from these 50. That’s better than choosing from one of the 1,800 best Netflix series, anyway.

Without further ado, here are the 50 best shows on Netflix right now:

Last updated on November 29, 2023.

1. Stranger Things

Year: 2016
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-4: 34 episodes
Created By: The Duffer Bros
Trailer: Watch here

Stranger Things may or may not have singlehandedly sparked the ’80s nostalgia movement, but one thing is for certain: this Emmy-winning show is very big, and for good reasons. What started as an unsettling series about a missing kid turned into a successful sci-fi franchise, complete with its own lore and squishy villains. The series will end with the upcoming fifth season, but it’s already become a certified classic, and now is the time to jump on the bandwagon before everybody probably dies in season five.

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2. The Crown

Year: 2016
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Olivia Colman
Genre: Drama, Historical drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-5; 50 episodes
Created By: Peter Morgan
Trailer: Watch here

The Crown is one of the only shows that the Royals have admitted to watching, or at least, Prince Harry has. The historical drama may not be the most accurate representation of the Royal Family over the years, but by rotating iconic British actors for its a supporting cast that including Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, and Lesley Manville, it’s hard not to get sucked into their familial politics. The series begins in 1947 and spans all throughout Queen Elizabeth II’s controversial reign while exploring the inner workings of the world’s most famous family. Allegedly.

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3. Breaking Bad

Year: 2008
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-5; 62 episodes
Created By: Vince Gilligan
Trailer: Watch here

The hit drama series may have spawned thousands of memes, but it also just happens to be one of the best shows on television. When Walter White is diagnosed with cancer, he turns to a life of drug manufacturing to help pay for treatment and begins to build a gigantic meth empire. While it might not have the same jokes and snazzy suits as Better Call Saul, its predecessor helped set up the intricate Breaking Bad world in all its stressful glory. And once they all return over a decade later for the Better Call Saul finale, it makes the reveal much more satisfying.

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4. Squid Game

Year: 2021
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 9 episodes
Created By: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Trailer: Watch here

It’s rare that a television show can be so violent yet so universally loved, but Squid Game managed to pull it off! Netflix’s biggest hit explores class politics and capitalism with a splash of violence and a whole lot of death. A group of nearly 500 players is required to go through a number of challenges based on children’s games in order to win over $30 million, with deadly consequences if they lose. The show racked up a whopping 14 Emmy nominations and inspired a real-life Netflix reality competition which may not be a good idea, but we’ll see what happens. Season two is expected to begin production in 2023.

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5. Cobra Kai

Year: 2018
Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-5; 50 episodes
Created By: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Trailer: Watch here

Cobra Kai brings viewers back into the world of The Karate Kid, when everything seemed possible, even catching a fly with a chopstick. Don’t try it, it’s not really possible… probably. The series picks up three decades after the original story, with Johnny Lawrence slowly getting back to his karate roots by helping some kids learn how to defend themselves. Sometimes violence is the answer.

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6. The Queen’s Gambit

Year: 2020
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 1; 7 episodes
Created By: Scott Frank, Allan Scott
Trailer: Watch here

In 2020, the whole world collectively decided to learn how to play chess while watching Anya Taylor-Joy dance around in mod clothes with a fun new haircut. The Queen’s Gambit follows an orphaned prodigy as she navigates the male-dominated world of competitive chess and Kentucky during the 50s. You might think chess is boring, but have you ever seen Anya Taylor-Joy play an entire game of chess in her mind? It’s a must-watch limited series.

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7. Ozark

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

Ozark might have ended after its fourth season, but Julia Garner’s performance will likely be celebrated for years to come, so now is the perfect time to dive back into the drama. Jason Bateman’s Marty moves his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years. How hard can that be?! Very hard. But it’s worth a watch.

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8. BoJack Horseman

Year: 2014
Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris
Genre: Animated, Dark
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 77 episodes
Created By: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Trailer: Watch here

BoJack Horseman might seem like a light-hearted take on a horse and his various adventures, but it’s much more than that, though he is a horse. BoJack is a former sitcom star who went a little too hard in the ’80s and now lives a washed-up life in the hills of Hollywood. The animated series blends dark humor with actual real, gut-wrenching moments that have made it a cult favorite.

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9. Wednesday

Year: 2022
Cast: Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Fred Armisen
Genre: Horror-comedy, Mystery, Teen
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 1; 8 episodes
Created By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Trailer: Watch here

Wednesday might only have a few months under its belt, but it’s quickly becoming a sure Netflix hit. After being streamed over 1 billion (!!) minutes in its first month, the series shows no signs of slowing down, and fans are hopeful for a second season. The series, based on the 1991 film The Addams Family and features contributions from Tim Burton, follows Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams who has some creepy tendencies as she heads to Nevermore Academy, where things are not as they seem, and the dances are wonderfully elaborate. It’s the weird girl representation the world has needed for decades.

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10. Better Call Saul

Year: 2015
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 63 episodes
Created By: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Trailer: Watch here

Not only was it UPROXX’s favorite show of 2022, but some would argue that Better Call Saul is almost better than its flagship series Breaking Bad. The show follows Jimmy McGill’s early days of sketchy shenanigans that lead him to be the world’s (second) best lawyer, and eventually the scheming Saul Goodman. The series just wrapped up this year, so now you can watch the award-winning show without worrying about future spoilers.

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11. The Walking Dead

Year: 2010
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus
Genre: Horror, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-11; 177 episodes
Created By: Robert Kirkman
Trailer: Watch here

The Walking Dead just wrapped up its monumental run on AMC after over a decade of narrowly escaping those creeper zombies. Based on the popular graphic novel series of the same name, the TV series brought zombies back into the cultural zeitgeist, and while it didn’t work for everyone (ahem, World War Z) the ensemble cast became a staple to 2010 cable… before streaming became the next big thing. With various spin-offs and upcoming sequel shows, now is the time to dive into the dystopian classic.

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12. Bridgerton

Year: 2020
Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews, Lorraine Ashbourne
Genre: Period Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 16 episodes
Created By: Chris Van Dusen, Julia Quinn
Trailer: Watch here

Bridgerton is now a Netflix staple, and for good reason: the series has helped boost the “regency-core” trend that you probably saw all over TikTok in 2021. The show, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, follows the prestigious Bridgerton family in Regency-era London as the eligible young women prepare to be paired off with some charming (and not-so-charming) men. There’s a ton of sex, drama, and, most importantly, shameless gossip. Come for the ornate dresses, stay for the passionate love speeches. It’s got something for everybody!

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13. The Sandman

Year: 2022
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 11 episodes
Created By: Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, Allan Heinberg
Trailer: Watch here

After years in development, The Sandman finally came to life on Netflix in 2022, following Dream/Morpheus’ fantastical journey through various worlds. Based on the legendary comic book, The Sandman showcases just how fantastical Netflix shows can be when they have the right team behind them. Along with some curious encounters that include Mark Hamil as Pumpkinhead, the series also became a massive hit for doing the impossible: treating its fans with bonus episodes! The series was also renewed for a second season, so we know it won’t be a “once in a century” type of situation.

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14. Maid

Year: 2021
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 10 episodes
Created By: Molly Smith Metzler
Trailer: Watch here

Margaret Qualley plays Alex, a young mom fleeing an abusive relationship who attempts to start over by taking a job as a house cleaner. The series, which uses the best-selling novel of the same name as its source material, is a heartbreaking but realistic representation of young parents and abuse victims, and Qualley plays the part with such raw emotion mixed with dark comedic moments, she is not hard to root for.

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15. Narcos/Narcos Mexico

Year: 2015
Cast: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook
Narcos Mexico: Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Scoot McNairy
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 30 episodes
Created By: Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
Trailer: Watch here

The very real story of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartels stars Pedro Pascal as a DEA agent who is set on bringing down Pablo Escobar in the late 1970s. The series also inspired Narcos: Mexico, a companion show that explores the Mexican drug war in all its mustached glory, with Diego Luna leading the Guadalajara Cartel. This was before he single-handedly revitalized the Star Wars universe in Andor. Of course, the series shows off great performances from its leads, but even more important, we have these timeless promo photos that will go down in history.

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16. Key & Peele

Year: 2012 – 2015
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Genre: Sketch comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 4 seasons (55 episodes)
Created By: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Trailer: Watch here

Before Jordan Peele revealed himself as a master horror director and Keegan-Michael Key popped up everywhere, they sparked endless laughter with this sketch comedy series. Among other things, this duo showed us the ridiculousness of text-messaging confusion and had a ball with creatively-named football players. Hingle McCringleberry remains the stuff of touchdown-dance legends, and this show never fails to serve as a pick-me up when you need to laugh while also feeling like you’re in on all of the jokes.

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17. Dahmer- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Year: 2022
Cast: Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins, Niecy Nash-Betts
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 10 episodes
Created By: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
Trailer: Watch here

Evan Peters’ portrayal of real-life killer Jeffrey Dahmer is positively haunting, but the retelling of these infamous murders tries to focus on the impact that Dahmer had on his victims and their families. The disturbing story is hard to watch and had its fair share of controversies, but it became enough of a success for Netflix to order a second season.

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18. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Year: 2015
Cast:Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-4; 52 episodes
Created By: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
Trailer: Watch here

When you hear about a show that features Jon Hamm as a dim-witted cult leader who imprisoned a bunch of young women in an underground bunker for years, you might not assume that it’s a comedy. But The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a heartwarming one, and it does find its footing throughout the series. This is mostly due to the overly cheery Kimmy, played by Ellie Kemper in what was basically an extension of her character from The Office. But it works! And it also helped bring Tituss Burgess into the spotlight, which is always a good thing.

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19. Master Of None

Year: 2015
Cast: Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie, Aziz Ansari
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 25 episodes
Created By: Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
Trailer: Watch Here

Can a show be considered “coming-of-age” when the leads are in their mid-to-late thirties? Maybe! That’s how Master Of None feels. The acclaimed series focuses on Dev and Denise, two thirtysomethings experiencing the great big world of New York City, where people are always cutting in front of the line at ice cream parlors. But Aziz Ansari’s witty one-liners paired with Lena Waithe’s effortless star powers makes this a must-watch.

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20. Russian Doll

Year: 2019
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 15 episodes
Created By: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler
Trailer: Watch Here

This trippy comedy series is worth it. Helmed by the legendary Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll is a psychedelic experience that is a great example of how shows can (and should be!) pure fun and a little mind-bendy. Lyonne stars as Nadia, a woman who gets trapped in a time loop on her 36th birthday, and becomes faced with her own morality. It’s like the existential version of Groundhog Day, but with much better outfits.

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21. You

Year: 2018
Cast: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, Elizabeth Lail
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 4 seasons
Created By: Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
Trailer: Watch here

Hey, You. Yes, you might think that a show from the perspective of a stalker would be hard to watch, and you would be right. But it’s fictional, so it’s fine! You is based on the spooky novel of the same name, following Joe (later Will, then Jonathan… this man is busy) as a lowly bookstore clerk who happens to dabble in some light stalking and gratuitous violence. But Penn Badgley is just so charming, it’s easy to get sucked into the world of Joe Goldberg and his silly little books. We can only hope that he will eventually have a very satisfying death… just after a few more seasons of creepiness.

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22. Peaky Blinders

Year: 2013
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory
Genre: Drama, Period Piece
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 36 episodes
Created By: Steven Knight
Trailer: Watch here

This gritty period drama has quite a few familiar faces throughout its six seasons, including Tom Hardy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Sam Claflin. In the aftermath of World War I, crime boss Tommy Shelby and his gang as they dodge the police and try to remain undetected while dealing with the turmoil of the early 20th century. Doesn’t Cillian Murphy just have the perfect “I belong in 1919” face?

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23. Schitt’s Creek

Year: 2014
Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 80 episodes
Created By: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy
Trailer: Watch here

Whether or not you’ve seen this well-loved show, you’ve probably seen someone with a Rose Apothecary t-shirt over the last few years. Schitt’s Creek follows the very wealthy Rose family as they suddenly lose their very large fortune and are forced to act like normal people in a small Ontario town which they had purchased decades before. These are very normal problems! But the quirky family will surely tug at your heartstrings every once in a while when they are not screaming at each other.

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24. The Umbrella Academy

Year: 2019
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 30 episodes
Created By: Steve Blackman
Trailer: Watch here

Netflix has had a lot of success when it comes to TV shows based on popular comics, and The Umbrella Academy is the shining star. Based on Gerard Way’s own dark comic (yes, the guy from My Chemical Romance) the series follows an ensemble cast of estranged adopted siblings who come together after the death of their father…and they all have very eclectic superpowers, like the ability to bend reality or mind control, you know, all of that good stuff. The series has been renewed for an upcoming fourth and final season, but Netflix hasn’t ruled out the possibility of spinoff shows.

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25. Suits

Year: 2011
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 9 seasons
Created By: Aaron Korsh
Trailer: Watch here

In Suits, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) uses his photographic memory to talk his way into a job with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), one of the top legal closers in the business. There’s just one small problem: Mike is a college dropout who never made it to law school. However, the two prove to be a dynamite combo in the courtroom, but if Mike’s secret gets out, there could be big trouble for not just both men, but Harvey’s entire firm. Also, yes, let’s address the elephant in the room. The show does star Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry and became a literal Duchess. It’s a neat little factoid, but at the end of the day, Suits is just a damn good legal drama.

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26. Beef

Year:2023
Cast: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 10 episodes
Created By: Lee Sung-Jin
Trailer: Watch here

Road rage has never looked this… full of rage? After a tense parking lot moment between two strangers, their lives each become a chaotic mix of drama, humor, and some light illegal activities. Who among us hasn’t spiraled after buying some home improvement products?

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27. Emily In Paris

Year: 2020
Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 30 episodes
Created By: Darren Starr
Trailer: Watch here

Emily In Paris became one of those “hate to love it” TV shows in 2020 when there wasn’t a lot to watch. But it actually managed to be one of those fun binges because of its quirky lead and French backdrop, plus a glowing endorsement from Peyton Manning. Emily, played by Lily Collins, gets the opportunity to escape her American life and land her dream job in Paris, and who would ever want to pass that up? Season three of the comedy drops this month, so there will be even more Instagrammable croissant moments.

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28. The Night Agent

Year: 2023
Cast: Gabriel Basso, Luciane Buchanan, Hong Chau
Genre: Suspense, Politcal Mysteries
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1; 10 episodes
Created By: Shawn Ryan
Trailer: Watch here

This show has quietly become one of the most-watched Netflix titles on the site. Young FBI agent Peter Sutherland is thrown into the world of wide-scale political conspiracies as he is tasked with investigating a mole in the United States government. In order to protect his peers (and the country) he must go rogue and find out who the traitor is before it’s too late.

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29. Lucifer

Year: 2016
Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 63 episodes
Developed By: Tom Kapinos
Trailer: Watch here

As with most afterlife experiences, it can be hard to make it in Hell, which is why going to Los Angeles is always fun. This is the very watered-down explanation of Lucifer, based on Neil Gaiman’s iconic iteration of the character. Lucifer features the man himself, Lucifer, as he runs a Los Angeles nightclub while also working with the LAPD to solve ominous crimes. After a short stint on Fox, the series was picked up by Netflix, where it acquired a large cult following.

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30. Big Mouth

Year: 2017
Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Maya Rudolph
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 seasons
Created By: Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
Trailer: Watch here

In the wildly raunchy animated series, Big Mouth, a group of teens do their best to navigate puberty as their developing urges and seemingly out-of-control bodily functions throw them curveball after curveball thanks in no small part to the literal hormone monsters on their shoulders. Featuring an all-star comedy cast that includes Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jason Mantzoukas, and the always incredible Maya Rudolph, Big Mouth will have you laughing your ass clear off, so plan accordingly.

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31. Sweet Tooth

Year:2021
Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Stefania LaVie Owen
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 16 episodes
Created By: Jeff Lemire
Trailer: Watch here

Based on the comic book series of the same name, this series follows a young boy named Gus who is living in a majestic post-apocalyptic world where human-animal hybrids roam free. Gus must find a way to survive while also searching for his own place in the world.

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32. The Diplomat

Year:2023
Cast: Kerri Russell, Rufus Sewell
Genre: Poltical Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 8 episodes
Created By: Debora Cahn
Trailer: Watch here

Keri Russell has made her triumphant return to the political drama sphere with The Diplomat,Netflix’s latest series. In this political thriller, Russell stars as the titular diplomat who struggles to maintain the balance between her high-profile job as a UK ambassador and her struggling marriage amid an international crisis. When it rains, it pours, and sometimes you have to deal with both hostile political attacks and hostile partner attacks.

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33. Midnight Mass

Year: 2021
Cast: Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 7 episodes
Created By: Mike Flanagan
Trailer: Watch Here

While Midnight Mass might not have gotten as much traction as The Haunting Of Hill House or any of Mike Flanagan’s other mesmerizing shows, the ominous series features an unforgettable performance by Hamish Linklater that will go down in Netflix history. Zach Gilford stars as Riley, a young man who returns to his small island town after being released from jail, and he has to slowly readjust to small-town life, while some looming supernatural figure seems to be lurking about. There are jump scares galore, but there is also a touching story about trauma and healing.

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34. The Witcher

Year: 2019
Cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 21 episodes
Created By: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Trailer: Watch here

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s all-encompassing fantasy book series and its subsequent video game, The Witcher follows monster-hunter Geralt and his various tales from the mythical world of The Continent. Henry Cavill famously left the series this year, but he will still be portraying Geralt in the upcoming season three, which will hit Netflix in 2023. And who knows, maybe he’ll come back. He now has some free time.

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35. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Year:2023
Cast: India Amarteilfio, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel
Genre: Romance, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1; 6 episodes
Created By: Shonda Rhimes
Trailer: Watch here

This Bridgerton prequel follows a young Queen Charlotte as she (reluctantly) begins her reign after marrying King George. The newly-crowned royal must navigate her various royal duties while trying to align with the high society of England, which is notoriously unkind to new visitors. In true Bridgerton fashion, the drama is sandwiched between over-the-top sex scenes and orchestral arrangements of your favorite pop songs. It’s got everything!

36. GLOW

Year: 2017
Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 30 episodes
Created By: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
Trailer: Watch Here

One of Netflix’s early original series, GLOW aka The Gorgeous Women Of Wrestling centers on Ruth, a struggling actress who gets involved in the women’s wrestling scene in the late 80s. Full of bright neons and sequin suits, GLOW shows the ladies as they train to become to strongest (and most gorgeous) ladies in the women’s Southern California wrestling circuit, while participating in various shenanigans and spending hours on those updos. While the show never got the ending it deserved, Alison Brie has a good track record for getting movie endings to her former shows, so there is still hope!

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37. Dark

Year:2017
Cast: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 26 episodes
Created By: Baran Bo Odar, Jantje Friese
Trailer: Watch here

What starts as a story of a missing child slowly becomes a mind-bending mystery that spans several generations. Various bizarre occurrences in a small German town are investigated by four local families who discover that their fate and (and world) is at risk.

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38. The Lincoln Lawyer

Year: 2022
Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 15 episodes
Created By: David E. Kelley
Trailer: Watch here

Based on Michael Connelly’s crime novels, The Lincoln Lawyer follows lawyer Mickey Haller as he manages to take cases while working out of the back of his Lincoln town car because, hey, times are tough, and at least it’s not a Tesla. The series was renewed for a second season, which is expected to drop in 2023.

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39. Dead To Me

Year: 2019
Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-3; 30 episodes
Created By: Liz Feldman
Trailer: Watch Here

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star as two hard-headed women both reeling from the deaths of their respective partners, though things might not be what they seem. The duo forms an unlikely bond after meeting in a grief support group, where Applegate’s Jen begins to think that Judy is not telling the whole truth when it comes to her alleged dead husband. The series exhibits the trauma and friendships that can come in the aftermath of death. With Applegate and Cardellini’s undeniable chemistry, it’s a shame that these characters don’t exist in the real world.

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40. The Haunting Of Hill House

Year: 2018
Cast: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 10 episodes
Created By: Mike Flanagan
Trailer: Watch Here

Based on the classic 1959 horror novel of the same name, The Haunting Of Hill House tells the story of the Crain family, both as children and adults, through a series of flashbacks and terrifying childhood memories that took place at the remote home. The family tries to piece together what happened after one fateful summer at Hill House drove the family from the property, and they have been haunted ever since.

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41. Orange Is The New Black

Year: 2013
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-7; 91 episodes
Created By: Jenji Kohan
Trailer: Watch Here

One of the early Netflix hits, Orange is the New Black was the show that made people think, “hey, maybe streaming is going to work!” OITNB introduced viewers to the various eclectic inmates at a women’s prison in New York, where Piper is sent after her drug-running past finally catches up with her. While in prison, Piper encounters different types of friends (and foes) before confronting her former drug partner/lover. And it has a fantastic theme song.

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42. Black Mirror

Year: 2011
Cast: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 27 episodes
Created By: Charlie Brooker
Trailer: Watch Here

What started as a fun anthology series about iPhones by the show’s creator Charlie Brooker, slowly descended into a realistic portrayal of how our world will likely evolve in the next few decades if we keep letting computers rule our lives. But the show has a really great cast, so it’s worth it. Black Mirror takes on just about every technologically-adjacent problem like social media and dating apps and turns it into a slow-burning horror story about the dangers of how these types of things affect our brains. Yes, it’s a bit of a warning that we are a little too reliant on media, but they also have fun little songs, so we can overlook the scary parts!

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43. Black Summer

Year: 2019
Cast: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 16 episodes
Created By: Karl Schaefer, John Hyams
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Along the lines of The Walking Dead, Black Summer starts at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse (don’t you hate it when that happens?) where a group of strangers is forced to work together to survive and make it back to their families. The show is a spinoff of Z Nation and stars Jamie King as Rose, a woman who is desperate to do anything in order to survive and get back to see her young daughter.

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44. Mindhunter

Year: 2017
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Genre: Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-2; 19 episodes
Created By: Joe Penhall
Trailer: Watch Here

Based on the infamous 1995 true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, Mindhunter has the unique ability to make any watcher think that they could, if asked, work for the FBI. They can’t, but Jonathan Groff does a good job of portraying a 1970s special agent who is at the forefront of criminal profiling and tracking down serial killers. Various real-life serial killers are portrayed in the series, bringing a hauntingly realistic layer to the semi-fictional series.

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45. Sex Education

Year: 2019 – 2023
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 3 seasons (25 episodes)
Created By: Laurie Nunn
Trailer: Watch here

Gillian Anderson is a long way from both The X-Files and The Crown as a sex therapist who happens to be quite talented at embarrassing the heck out of her son, Otis (Asa Butterfield), who is dealing with his own coming-of-age journey under more scrutiny than most. Emma Mackey and Jemima Kirke stand out as highlights of this multi-season hit, and somewhere along the way, Anderson’s character also became pregnant. Oh, Mom.

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46. In From The Cold

Year: 2022
Cast: Margarita Levieva, Cillian O’Sullivan, Lydia Fleming
Genre: Action/Drama/Crime
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 1; 8 episodes
Created By: Adam Glass
Trailer: Watch here

The criminally underrated Margarita Levieva (Scandal, The Deuce, Adventureland) portrays a maybe-Russian spy in this role that seems handcrafted for her. She’s fluent in Russian and Soviet-born, after all, and Levieva finally gets to be a leading lady in a project where she can let her no-nonsense and ass-kicking skills fly. There are more than a few gory moments in this one, but the final twist pays off serves as a perfect layup for a second round.

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47. The Watcher

Year: 2022
Cast: Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge
Genre: Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Season 1; 7 episodes
Created By: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
Trailer: Watch Here

Based on the disturbing true story, The Watcher may or may not be a hoax (we will never know) but one thing’s for certain: the show is too much fun, thanks to the weary neighbor characters, suspense, and Jennifer Coolidge. The story goes like so: a well-meaning family moves into their dream home before being sent threatening letters from someone known as “the watcher.” And yes, it is based on a true story… though it’s up for interpretation.

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48. Insecure

Year: 2016
Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 5 seasons
Created By: Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore
Trailer: Watch here

Insecure, the half-hour sitcom from creator Issa Rae, whose previous work includes the web series Awkward Black Girl, follows two best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate love, work, and the African-American experience in their South Los Angeles hometown. Based on Rae’s popular web-series, the show isn’t afraid to delve deep into the characters’, you guessed it, insecurities as life throws everything at them from disinterested boyfriends to societal and racial issues in this critically acclaimed comedy.

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49. 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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50. Selling Sunset

Year:2019
Genre: Reality
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: Seasons 1-6; 56 episodes
Created By: Adam DiVello
Trailer: Watch here

What started as a reality show about an upscale real estate agency has become an internet sensation that almost makes you wish you could afford an infinity pool in your backyard. Almost! A team of brokers do their best to sell the best and brightest (and most expensive) luxury homes in LA while trying to juggle their own personal relationships in this strangely addicting reality show.

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