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

Whether you’ve seen every show on Netflix and need a refresher 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 streamer at your fingertips, ranging from haunted house thrillers to workplace comedies, to high school teachers building their own meth empire. You know, fun stuff.

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

Last updated on January 27, 2023.

1. Stranger Things

Year: 2016
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: Season 4: 9 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 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. Squid Game

Year: 2021
Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 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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3. The Crown

Year: 2016
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville
Genre: Drama, Historical drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 5 seasons, 10 episodes each
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 with its rotating cast of iconic British actors, 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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4. Better Call Saul

Year: 2015
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 seasons
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 you have time to catch up before it sweeps the 2023 Emmy awards.

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5. Cobra Kai

Year: 2018
Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 5 seasons
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: 1 season, 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.

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7. Ozark

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

Ozark might have ended this year, 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. The Lincoln Lawyer

Year: 2022
Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
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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9. The Witcher

Year: 2019
Cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Trailer: Watch here

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s all-encompassing fantasy books, 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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10. BoJack Horseman

Year: 2014
Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris
Genre: Animated, Dark
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 seasons
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 series blends dark humor with actual real, gut-wrenching moments that have made it a cult favorite.

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11. The Walking Dead

Year: 2010
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus
Genre: Horror, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 10 seasons
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. Wednesday

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

Wednesday might only have a few weeks 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 show follows Jenna Ortega as the titular teen with 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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13. Bridgerton

Year: 2020
Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews, Lorraine Ashbourne
Genre: Period Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
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 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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14. The Sandman

Year: 2022
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 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, The Sandman showcases just how fantastical Netlfix 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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15. Maid

Year: 2021
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 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, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, 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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16. Dahmer- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Year: 2022
Cast: Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins, Niecy Nash-Betts
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 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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17. Breaking Bad

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

The hit drama 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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18. 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: 3 seasons
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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19. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities

Year: 2022
Cast:Tim Blake Nelson, Sebastian Roché, Elpidia Carrillo
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 8 episodes
Created By: Guillermo del Toro
Trailer: Watch here

Going inside the mind of Guillermo del Toro is not something one should take lightly. His new anthology series Cabinet of Curiosities explores some of del Toro’s favorite stories, directed by some iconic directors including Ana Lily Amirpour, Panos Cosmatos, and Catherine Hardwicke (of Twilight fame). There are eight separate stories touching upon everything from creepy morgues to ghosts, and, most importantly, Tim Blake Nelson.

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20. You

Year: 2018
Cast: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, Elizabeth Lail
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 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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21. Schitt’s Creek

Year: 2014
Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 seasons
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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22. The Umbrella Academy

Year: 2019
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
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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23. Emily In Paris

Year: 2020
Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 3 seasons
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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24. Lucifer

Year: 2016
Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 6 seasons
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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25. 1899

Year: 2022
Cast: Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
Created By: Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar
Trailer: Watch here

Going on long steamship rides in the late 19th century was just inherently a risky feat, and the crew of Kerberos is not immune to the weirdness in the open ocean. 1899 follows the small crew and passengers as they stumble upon an abandoned ship that has gone missing months prior. After one of the sunken ship’s passengers finds refuge on the Kerberos, things start getting strange in this haunting series, and the rest of the ship is desperate to make it to their destination alive. And in the same year, hopefully.

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26. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Year: 2015
Cast:Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 4 Seasons
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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27. Big Mouth

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

Big Mouth is the type of show you wish was around when you were going through puberty. It unabashedly touches on all of those hormonal teenage feelings, as it was inspired by real-life buds Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg. Sure, it gets weird at points, and there is a strange plotline revolving around a pillow, but it’s one of those shows that is always offering new and sometimes gross surprises, thanks to its all-star cast.

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28. Heartstopper

Year: 2022
Cast: Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 1 season, 8 episodes
Created By: Alice Oseman
Trailer: Watch Here

Based on the beloved graphic novel of the same name, Heartstopper is one of those rare coming-of-age shows that actually makes you feel good while you’re watching it. The charming series centers on Charlie, a teen boy who recently came out to his friends and family, as he navigates school and a potential new crush. Production on season two is currently underway, so there are more gushy romance moments on the way!

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29. 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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30. From Scratch

Year: 2022
Cast: Zoe Saldaña, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Keith David
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season, 7 episodes
Created By: Attica Locke, Tembi Locke
Trailer: Watch Here

If you’re looking for something both heartbreaking and optimistic, From Scratch is the way to go, plus there are some great shots of the Italian countryside. Inspired by Tembi Locke’s memoir, the series follows Amy, an American student studying abroad in Italy who falls in love with a Sicilian chef named Lino. Their love story has its tragic ups and downs, but it also shows hopefulness and a ton of Italian food.

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31. Master Of None

Year: 2015
Cast: Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie, Aziz Ansari
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
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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32. Russian Doll

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

This trippy series might be hard to get into, but it’s 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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33. GLOW

Year: 2017
Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
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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34. Supernatural

Year: 2005
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark Sheppard
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 15 seasons
Created By: Eric Kripke
Trailer: Watch Here

Whether or not you have seen an episode of Supernatural, you can probably assume what the series is about based on the context clues provided in the show’s title. Spoiler: there are some supernatural things going on with these guys. The Winchester brothers ride around the country battling various demons, ghosts, and even a few angels, all over 15 (!!) seasons, and the series recently inspired a prequel show, so there is enough binge-able content for several years here.

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35. Outer Banks

Year: 2020
Cast: Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, Shannon Burke
Trailer: Watch Here

A North Carolinian vacation hot spot featuring a bunch of teens running around trying to party through the summer while also trying to figure out what happened to their ringleader’s missing dad might not seem like your ideal summer, but these Outer Banks kids seem to be handling it just fine! The mystery is decent enough to keep you on your toes, while also reminding you how much it sucks to be a teenager.

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36. Inventing Anna

Year: 2022
Cast: Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Arian Moayed
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
Created By: Shonda Rhimes
Trailer: Watch Here

When the story of Anna Delvey hit the internet in 2017, many people thought it would make for an entertaining story, but didn’t think much of it, because rich people scam other people all the time. Fast forward to 2022, Inventing Anna debuted on Netflix and suddenly scammers are all the rage! This fictional dramatization (emphasis on both of those words) shows the story from Delvey’s side, as she scammed friends and various New York hotels out of thousands, all in the name of being so VIP.

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37. Dead To Me

Year: 2019
Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
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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38. The Haunting Of Hill House

Year: 2018
Cast: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
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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39. Black Summer

Year: 2019
Cast: Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary, Christine Lee
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Karl Schaefer, John Hyams
Trailer: Watch Here

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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40. Money Heist

Year: 2017
Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 5 seasons
Created By: Álex Pina
Trailer: Watch Here

An eclectic group of thieves collectively decide that they need money and, naturally, as thieves, the best way to do so is to take some hostages into a bank vault and get the police to cooperate with you. That’s how Clive Owen did it, anyway. Money Heist is told in flashbacks and sometimes leads you on with red herrings to keep you guessing who is really in it for the money, and who is in it for… even more money. Over the course of the series, two high-stakes heists play out, thanks to the elusive man on the outside, the “Professor.” Spoiler: he’s not the good type of professor.

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41. Sex Education

Year: 2019
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Genre: Comedy, Coming-of-age
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
Created By: Laurie Nunn
Trailer: Watch Here

Having a therapist mom is already stressful, but when said mom therapist is a sex therapist, things can get… difficult. Especially for a teenage boy, such as Otis, played by Asa Butterfield in the British comedy Sex Education. As Otis navigates puberty and high school, he and his friends are forced to comfort the reality that growing up is hard, but you gotta do it anyway! Even if your mom is always talking about sex.

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42. Mindhunter

Year: 2017
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Genre: Crime
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
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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43. Orange Is The New Black

Year: 2013
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 7 seasons
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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44. The Watcher

Year: 2022
Cast: Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge
Genre: Thriller
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
Created By: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
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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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45. Shadow And Bone

Year: 2021
Cast: Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Ben Barnes
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 1 season
Created By: Eric Heisserer
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Based upon Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novels, this show follows dark forces that plot against mapmaker Alina Starkov who discovers she has a rare ability after unintentionally harnessing the power of light. It happens. Starkov then has to avoid the bad guys in order to master her gift and protect her friends in a war-torn universe.

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46. Black Mirror

Year: 2011
Cast: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 5 seasons
Created By: Charlie Brooker
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What started as a fun anthology series about iPhones 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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47. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Year: 2018
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Miranda Otto
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Teen
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 4 seasons
Created By: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti
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You might be familiar with the cutesy Sabrina series from the late 90s that featured Melissa Joan Hart, and this is quite literally the opposite of that series, only sharing the name (and cat). The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina brings all that dark magic into the Spellman family, as Sabrina has to decide if she should sign her life away to the devil on her 16th birthday. More importantly, she has to decide if she should keep seeing her high school sweetheart, Harvey Kinkle. When you have the devil and teenage boys after your soul, what’s a teenage witch to do?

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48. The OA

Year: 2016
Cast: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij
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This short-lived drama subtly acquired a cult following after premiering in 2016. Brit Marling is Prarie, aka The OA (original angel) who, after disappearing seven years earlier, returns with a slew of new abilities and an important mission. Without telling anyone where she was, she begins to enlist in a group of strangers to help her rescue others like her.

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49. The Rain

Year: 2018
Cast: Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 3 seasons
Created By: Jannik Tai Mosholt, Christian Potalivo, Esben Toft Jacobsen
Trailer: Watch Here

If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic series that doesn’t have zombies, The Rain is the pick for you! It’s rare that a nature-based thriller really sticks the landing (M. Night Shymalan agrees) but The Rain features a virus that spread throughout the world via raindrops, hence the appropriate title. A small group of survivors in Scandinavia band together to survive while also searching for a cure, and safety.

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50. Warrior Nun

Year: 2020
Cast: Alba Baptista, Thekla Reuten, Lorena Andrea
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 2 seasons
Created By: Simon Barry
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Based on the comic book character of the same name, Warrior Nun was initially being developed as a movie, but after realizing that a group of ancient warrior nuns with supernatural powers would likely appeal to most people, Netflix decided that a series was the way to go. Alba Baptista stars as Ava, a young woman who discovers she is a part of a larger destiny that requires her to fight demons. With nuns! Really! Do you need any more reasons to watch this?

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