This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed.
Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks, on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Based on the lengthy, popular series of children’s novels by Lemony Snicket (real name Daniel Handler), A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire children: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny (Presley Smith). After their parents die in a mysterious accident, the orphans are sent to live with a distant relative, the actor Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). When it becomes apparent that Olaf is only interested in taking their inheritance — and getting rid of them in the process — the children must find a way to expose him and save themselves. As anyone familiar with the books will know, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a dark comedy, one that finds humor in murders, conspiracies, and people who make foolish decisions. Thankfully, Harris’ penchant for theatrics makes the downtrodden tale more than endurable.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
One of the most famous trials in American history gets a dramatic interpretation in this limited series, which follows the trial of former football star O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr), the prime suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman. After a televised high-speed chase that captivated the nation, district attorney Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) brings charges against him, leading to the highly publicized murder trial. The show examines the case from many angles, bringing in the perspectives of the major players in the case, including Simpson, Clark, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta), Rob Kardashian (David Schwimmer), and Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance). Like the case that inspired it, The People v. O.J. Simpson is dramatic, emotional, and ultimately leaves the viewer wondering where the truth lies.