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The best shows on Netflix right now (August 2022)

If you’re looking for a great show to watch, you can find it on Netflix. The streaming service has a huge collection of new and classic shows, and it’s always changing, with new shows coming to Netflix each month. In order to help you decide what to watch next, we look through the entire library every week and update this list of the best shows on Netflix right now.

We’ve also rounded up the best movies on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, the best shows on Amazon Prime, and the best shows on Disney+. Watching from abroad? Use a Netflix VPN to access your country’s catalog from anywhere in the world. Want to watch on the go? Here’s how to download shows on Netflix.  

Never Have I Ever (2020) new

Never Have I Ever
80 %
7.8/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Jaren Lewison
Created by Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher
Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age dramedy about a young woman who, after the death of her father, decides she wants to change her life and elevate her social status. However, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian girl raised in America, finds that her family and friends aren’t fully on board with this renaissance. Considered a standout in a crowded field of coming-of-age dramedies on Netflix, Never Have I Ever delightfully balances the traditional perils of high school like teen romance and popularity with the challenges of grief, being a first-generation American, and finding yourself in a crowd of loved ones. Season 3 of the series premiered on August 12.

Locke & Key (2020) new

Locke & Key
61 %
7.4/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Cast Darby Stanchfield, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott
Created by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite
When the Locke family moves back to their family’s ancestral home after a tragedy, the three children quickly learn that the old house holds plenty of secrets — and danger — when they discover a set of magical keys hidden around the property. They aren’t the only ones who know about the keys, though, and a mysterious entity will stop at nothing to collect them. Based on the comic book series created by  Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, this dark fantasy will keep you guessing from one episode to the next. The series’ third and final season premiered August 10.

The Midnight Gospel (2020)

The Midnight Gospel
82 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Phil Hendrie, Duncan Trussell
Created by Pendleton Ward, Duncan Trussell
Comedian Duncan Trussell and Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward teamed up for one of the most bizarre animated series on Netflix. The Midnight Gospel is partially inspired by Trussell’s podcast, and he stars in the series as a spacecaster named Clancy Gilroy who interviews guests as their worlds undergo an apocalyptic event by using a universal simulation machine. Few topics are out of bounds, and the comedy goes to some very strange and dark places. That’s par for the course for a series that ends almost every episode with an extinction-level disaster. And yet, it’s still really fun.

The Sandman (2022) new

The Sandman
9.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong
Created by David S. Goyer, Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg
Neil Gaiman’s celebrated comic book series comes to life in this adaptation that casts Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, the lord of the world of dreams. When a cruel dabbler in the occult accidentally imprisons Morpheus, it begins a tale that unfolds across multiple generations and through myriad realms and ultimately puts the future of humanity at risk. In development for more than two decades, The Sandman is a project long thought impossible to adapt faithfully, but the series somehow manages to weave together the enthralling stories and powerful themes of Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy saga.

Good Morning, Verônica (2020) new

Good Morning, Verônica
7.5/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Tainá Müller, Klara Castanho, Reynaldo Gianecchini
Created by Raphael Montes
This critically praised Brazilian crime series casts Tainá Müller (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) as a married police secretary with two children whose life takes a dark turn when she finds herself enmeshed in a disturbing conspiracy. The second season premiered in August and continues the dark, twisty thriller.

Surviving Death (2021)

Surviving Death
6.1/10
1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Ansuman Bhagat, Sourav Kumar
Death is the natural conclusion to life, but it still raises a lot of questions for those of us who are still alive. Surviving Death attempts to answer some of those questions by examining near-death experiences, reincarnation, mediums, and whether there truly is life after death. We may never know the actual answers until our time comes, but it’s fascinating to hear what other people think about what lies ahead in the great beyond.

Altered Carbon (2018)

Altered Carbon
64 %
7.9/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Anthony Mackie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Chris Conner
Created by Laeta Kalogridis
An adaptation of a popular cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set a few hundred years in the future, by which point humanity has developed the technology to download a person’s consciousness into computers. People can now transfer themselves into new bodies, called “sleeves,” effectively making themselves immortal — provided they have the money. Into this world steps Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a former soldier who has spent the last 250 years in cold storage. He is back, in a new sleeve, courtesy of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), a wealthy man who wants Takeshi to find the man who killed Bancroft’s previous body. Altered Carbon draws on classic noir elements, as Takeshi explores a grimy city where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda.

Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (2021)

Saturday Morning All Star Hits!
7.5/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Animation
Cast Kyle Mooney, Emma Stone, Beck Bennett
Created by Kyle Mooney, Ben Jones
How to describe this weirdly funny, irreverent, and occasionally disturbing parody of Saturday morning cartoon shows of the ’80s? Co-created by Saturday Night Live veteran Kyle Mooney, the series features a mix of live-action comedy and animation presented in the style of classic cartoon programming blocks from the era. Mooney portrays hosts Skip and Treybor, as well as a long list of other characters in the show, which also features twisted parodies of Denver the DinosaurCare Bears, and other series that ’80s kids will find eerily familiar. It’s one of the strangest shows you’ll find on this list, and certainly not for everyone, but if you get it, you get it.

Sex Education (2019)

Sex Education
81 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Created by Laurie Nunn
This British blend of comedy and drama follows the teenage students at a fictional secondary school (that’s high school for American audiences) as they deal with issues in their personal lives often tied to their awakening sexuality. Asa Butterfield plays the shy, insecure Otis Milburn, who looks at sex a bit differently than his classmates, thanks to his frank, oversharing mother, a sex therapist portrayed by The X-Files star Gillian Anderson. A critical hit that takes a unique approach to this uncomfortable, emotional time in every teenager’s life, Sex Education deconstructs the typical sex comedy trope with a thoughtful exploration of how our feelings and backgrounds shape our relationships to the people around us.

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! (2022) new

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
In 1971, a man hijacked a cross-country airplane flight and then parachuted off the plane with a bag of stolen money. The skyjacking thief’s identity remains a mystery to this day, and presents a fascinating true-crime tale that has perplexed investigators — both professional and amateur — for decades. This four-part series explores the mystery of the infamous thief known only as D.B. Cooper.

The Witcher (2019)

The Witcher
62 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Based on the popular fantasy series, Netflix’s The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), one of the few remaining monster hunters known as witchers who patrol the lands. The first season of the series was a runaway hit for the streaming service, exploring Geralt’s introduction to the cunning sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and the refugee princess Ciri (Freya Allen), whose fate is bound tightly to his own. The second season brings even more bloody battles, complicated characters, and memorable songs — courtesy of the bard Jaskier (Joey Batey).

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020) new

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
7.5/10
tv-pg 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Action & Adventure
Cast Jameela Jamil, Glen Powell, Kausar Mohammed
Created by Zack Stentz
Dinosaur-loving kids who are a little too young for the Jurassic World franchise don’t have to miss out on all of the gasping, screaming, and running with this animated series that manages to be entertaining for all ages. Camp Cretaceous follows young dinosaur expert Darius Bowman (Paul-Mikél Williams), who wins a trip to visit Camp Cretaceous on Isla Nublar with five other kids. Naturally, things go awry, and a dinosaur jailbreak leaves the teens stranded on the island and forced to rely on each other for their own survival.

Alone (2015) new

Alone
8.4/10
tv-ma 9 Seasons
Genre Reality
Alone is a reality show that could probably be called “Real Survivor.” Unlike Survivor, Alone sends its contestants into the wilderness with the bare minimum of survival tools and little or no human interaction. It’s not about forming alliances or trying to trick other contestants — it’s simply about the players getting themselves through the ordeal. They can decide to quit because of medical reasons or other factors (and many do), of course, but at its heart, the series is an authentic wilderness survival competition. Season 8 of the series is the latest to find its way to Netflix.

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

Monty Python's Flying Circus
91 %
8.8/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Created by Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies
These days, we could all use a good laugh. Fortunately, Monty Python’s Flying Circus excels at creating laughter. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam created their legends with this surreal comedy sketch show that refused to obey any rules except its own. The Pythons had such a unique sense of humor that it took a while for American fans to catch on to the British sensation. Now, the series is a classic, and it’s always ready for a new generation to discover it.

The Flash (2014) new

The Flash
75 %
7.6/10
tv-14 8 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Created by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg
In this acclaimed, still-ongoing series based on the DC Comics superhero, Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator who becomes the fastest man alive after he’s struck by lightning in his lab. Grant Gustin portrays Barry in the series, which has enjoyed a long, critically praised run on The CW and kicked off a wide range of spinoff series featuring other DC Comics heroes. Season 8 of the series is the latest to land on Netflix.

The Lost Pirate Kingdom (2021)

The Lost Pirate Kingdom
6.6/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Derek Jacobi, James Oliver Wheatley, Sam Callis
This six-episode original documentary series explores the people, personalities, and events that shaped the golden age of piracy in the early 18th century — particularly in and around Nassau, Bahamas, where pirates briefly formed their own republic after the War of Spanish Succession. Using a combination of historians’ accounts and surprisingly well-acted (and occasionally quite graphic) dramatizations, the series depicts the rise and fall of such noted pirates as Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch, Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Anne Bonny, and Henry Jennings, among other infamous figures. For anyone interested in the real history behind pirate adventures, this show hits the sweet spot between history and drama in all the right ways.

Mindhunter (2017)

Mindhunter
80 %
8.6/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv
Created by Joe Penhall
Mindhunter flew under the radar during its two seasons on Netflix, but this stylish crime thriller still deserves to find a wider audience. The series is set in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, at a time when the FBI was struggling to understand how the minds of serial killers functioned. Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), take it upon themselves to study these men as they attempt to build the criminal psychology field from the ground up.

Midnight Mass (2021)

Midnight Mass
75 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater
Created by Mike Flanagan
Writer and director Mike Flanagan brings another terrifying limited series to Netflix with this tale set on a small island where the arrival of a mysterious priest and the return of a troubled former resident coincide with a series of miraculous events that might not be what they seem. Although the series isn’t connected to his previous Netflix projects, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly ManorMidnight Mass brings back quite a few cast members from those series, as well as some of his prior, critically acclaimed thrillers. However, it’s actor Hamish Linklater’s portrayal of the enigmatic Father Paul that’s truly something to behold, delivering a performance that truly sells the seven-part story’s exploration of faith, death, and redemption.

Centaurworld (2021)

Centaurworld
7.6/10
tv-y7 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Kimiko Glenn, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty
Created by Megan Nicole Dong
This amazingly clever animated series created by Pinky Malinky artist Megan Nicole Dong is the sort of wonderful pick-me-up you might not realize you need right now. The show follows a brave warhorse who finds herself magically transported to a bright, colorful world of magical creatures blended with other species in one way or another, each with their own special abilities and eccentricities. In order to find her way home to her beloved rider, she must navigate a world full of dangers both serious and silly, and learn to work with a colorful herd of outcasts to save both their worlds. Optimistic, inclusive, and endearing, the series also features an impressive voice cast and lots of Broadway-style musical numbers that make an epic adventure even more so.

Stranger Things (2016) new

Stranger Things
74 %
8.7/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard
Created by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
One of the most popular original series on Netflix, Stranger Things has become a cultural touchstone in the short time since its 2016 debut. The series’ opening sequence lays out its sci-fi aspirations clearly: A scientist flees down an empty hallway, pursued by some unseen force that eventually nabs him as he waits for elevator doors to close; it then cuts to a group of kids playing D&D in a suburban basement. The series is rooted in ‘80s genre nostalgia, from the mysterious creature terrorizing the fictional Indiana town to the secret government agency chasing the group of kids who encounter it. There are pieces of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and John Hughes strewn throughout Stranger Things, and the result is a show that will feel immediately familiar to people who grew up with that source material.

The Umbrella Academy (2019) new

The Umbrella Academy
63 %
8/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman
Created by Steve Blackman
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way, this superhero series follows the lives of seven children born to women who mysteriously never knew they were pregnant until they went into labor. Born with superhuman abilities, the seven children were adopted by an eccentric billionaire who turned the siblings into a superhero team called The Umbrella Academy. After growing apart in later years, the dysfunctional family is forced to reunite when their father dies — kicking off a chain of events that will have them battling one apocalypse after another when they’re not fighting with each other.

Money Heist (2017)

Money Heist
8.3/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Action, Crime, Mystery
Cast Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte
Created by Álex Pina
This Spanish crime drama rocketed to the top of Netflix’s most-watched shows when it was picked up by the streaming service and brought to a global audience, with everyone from professional athletes to Stephen King praising its clever, suspenseful, and visually stunning subversion of the heist genre. The series chronicles a pair of complicated heists orchestrated by a mysterious stranger known only as “The Professor.” The series, which won a long list of awards for its first season, including an International Emmy Award, unfolds from the perspective of a robber whose account occasionally veers into the surreal in order to keep the story rolling along at a captivating pace.

Ragnarok (2020)

Ragnarok
7.5/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Cast David Alexander Sjøholt, Jonas Strand Gravli, Theresa Frostad Eggesbø
Created by Adam Price
This Norwegian series filters Twilight through Norse mythology with its tale of a teenager who discovers he’s the reincarnation of Thor, destined to battle a family of “giants” posing as humans and poisoning the land. Filmed on location in Norway and featuring a talented cast of Norwegian actors, the series blends supernatural fantasy with plenty of melodrama as its teenage characters deal with the usual romantic entanglements along with attempting to stop — or in some cases, bring about — the prophesied end of the world.

The Uncanny Counter (2020)

The Uncanny Counter
8.1/10
1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
Cast Cho Byeong-kyu, Yu Jun-sang, Kim Se-jeong
This South Korean series follows a disabled teenager who finds himself bestowed with superhuman abilities and recruited to battle evil spirits along with a team of secret paranormal hunters. A popular hit that premiered in 2020, the series mixes comedy, martial arts, and plenty of heart as it follows the main character and the small group of fellow “counters” who chase down demons and operate a noodle shop in their spare time. A second season of the series was quickly green-lit and is scheduled for production.

Chef's Table: BBQ (2020)

Chef's Table: BBQ
7.8/10
1 Season
Genre Documentary
Created by David Gelb
The Chef’s Table documentary series may be the spiritual follow-up to Jiro Dreams of Sushi, but it’s quickly taken on a life of its own. After six seasons on Netflix, creator David Gelb has added a spinoff: Chef’s Table BBQ. Only one season of the new show is currently on Netflix, but it retains the cinematic stylings that made the original Chef’s Table so compelling. Get ready to feel hungry as the show profiles pitmasters from the United States, Mexico, and Australia.

Peaky Blinders (2013) new

Peaky Blinders
75 %
8.8/10
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle
Created by Steven Knight
Set in the aftermath of World War I, Peaky Blinders is a crime drama about a British crime family, the Shelbys. After Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) returns from the war, he sets about trying to expand the family’s control of Birmingham, stealing a shipment of guns to give his gang an edge in the world of crime. The show follows Tommy and his family as they move up in the world, butting heads with other crime families and the British government. Peaky Blinders is gorgeously shot, and the story it tells is one of complicated people and muddy morality. Season 6 of the series premiered June 10 on Netflix.

Lupin (2021)

Lupin
82 %
7.5/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cast Omar Sy
Created by George Kay, Marie Roussin, Florent Meyer, François Uzan, Tigran Rosine
French series Lupin is an exciting update on Maurice Leblanc’s legendary gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. In a clever twist, the Lupin stories exist within the world of this show, and they inspire a man named Assane Diop (Omar Sy) to adopt the Lupin persona as his own to avenge his wrongfully accused father. Assane certainly has the skills of a master thief, but pursuing his revenge turns out to be far more dangerous and complicated than he anticipated.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)

Avatar: The Last Airbender
9.3/10
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
When it comes to animated series, few rival Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. The beloved series continues to garner a following more than 15 years after its initial release, likely due to the way it deftly balances child-friendly themes with more sophisticated narratives, ones that revolve around war and the oft-ambiguous line between good and evil. The show is centered on the titular Aang, a master of the elements, and four nations, each of which is named after a different element (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). The main story follows Aang and his companions in their effort to quell unrest and an ongoing feud with the Fire Nation, but the show’s detailed world-building and character development extend well beyond the scope of any one individual. To this day, it’s still considered a masterclass in storytelling.

Pretend It's a City (2021)

Pretend It's a City
77 %
8.1/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Comedy
Cast Fran Lebowitz, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee
Pretend It’s a City is not the first documentary that Martin Scorsese has made about writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz. The first documentary, Public Speaking, came out about a decade ago. Pretend It’s a City takes things even further with a bigger spotlight on Lebowitz herself. Although Scorsese often engages in conversations with his subject, Lebowitz carries most of the spotlight with her occasionally unconventional opinions. She can be a lot to take in, but Lebowitz never shies away from expressing herself.

The Great British Bake Off (2017)

The Great British Bake Off
5 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood
There are many cooking reality competition shows, but there’s only one Great British Bake Off. Although Netflix calls it The Great British Baking Show, it’s the same lovely program that has run for 11 seasons. However, only a selection of episodes from eight seasons are currently available. Regardless, the show still captures the quest of amateur bakers to impress the judges and out-bake each other to win the show’s final prize.

Love, Death & Robots (2019) new

Love, Death & Robots
65 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Tim Miller
This anthology series presented by Tim Miller and David Fincher now encompasses three volumes of critically acclaimed, animated stories that spin out of the show’s three, titular themes. They’re not for kids, but the stories presented in the series each find fascinating ways to explore the topics they tackle, delivered with a standalone, fully-formed vision. It’s free-form, wild sci-fi that you can’t help watching.

Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
8/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
Cast Deanna Thompson, John Green
The title of this 2019 docuseries references one of the unwritten rules of the internet, and it was the violation of that rule that kicked off a far-reaching investigation by amateur sleuths chronicled in the series. After a shocking homemade video depicting animal cruelty began making the rounds online, a small group of self-described “internet nerds” made it their mission to identify the culprit and bring them to justice. Their investigation soon took on a life of its own, drawing them into an even darker story than they anticipated as their efforts brought the authorities — and their own lives — closer to a killer. As fascinating as it is disturbing, Don’t F**k With Cats is a lesson in the power of crowd-sourced investigations and the dangers they pose.

Pose (2018)

Pose
76 %
8.6/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Pose is one of the rare TV dramas that fully embraces its LGBTQ cast, which is essential to the period and premise of the show. The series begins in the late ‘80s and chronicles the lives of several gay and gender-nonconforming dancers in the ballroom culture scene. But the series also takes a hard look at the HIV and AIDS epidemic, which hits the community hard just when the subculture begins to go mainstream in the early ‘90s. It’s truly a TV show like no other.

ULTRAMAN (2019) new

ULTRAMAN
6.8/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Hideyuki Tanaka
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya
The classic superhero tokusatsu series got an animated, modern sequel in this show set years after the original Ultraman’s adventures. The Netflix original series follows the son of the former Ultraman as he discovers his powerful abilities and is recruited to fight a new host of alien invaders threatening the planet. Not only does the show honor the franchise’s legacy, but it takes the story of Ultraman in some bold, new directions that offer a great reminder of why he’s one of the most famous heroes of the genre. Two seasons of the series are available now, with a third and final season on the way in 2023.

The Last Bus (2022) new

The Last Bus
4.9/10
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Family
Cast Laura Crowhurst, Daniel Frogson, Carys John
Created by Paul Neafcy
When a set of robot drones tasked with saving the planet decide that the best solution is to eliminate humanity, it leaves a bus full of brilliant kids as our last, best hope for mankind. This clever, family-friendly series delivers plenty of thrills and laughs as it follows the group of gifted kids on an adventure that has them battling giant robots and their own differences as they attempt to fid their parents and stop a robot apocalypse.

Grace and Frankie (2015) new

Grace and Frankie
58 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen
Created by Howard J. Morris, Marta Kauffman
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin portray this series’ titular, odd-couple duo whose very different lives come crashing together when their husbands — played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — shock them by announcing they’re in love with each other and leaving their wives. The series’ seventh and final season concluded this month, offering fans and newcomers the completed, laugh-filled story of Grace and Frankie’s experience starting their lives over in their 70s.

Ozark (2017) new

Ozark
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Created by Mark Williams, Bill Dubuque
In Ozark, the Byrde family has a knack for getting into overwhelming trouble. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) has a scheme to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel, but when that goes wrong, Marty packs up his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney), and their kids for an abrupt move to the Ozarks — where he proceeds to set up an even more dangerous money laundering operation. In addition to starring in the series, Bateman has also made a name for himself directing episodes, earning a Primetime Emmy Award along the way. The entire fourth and final season is now available, so fans can finally learn how the saga concludes.

Heartstopper (2022) new

Heartstopper
1 Season
Genre Drama, Family
Cast Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Sebastian Croft
Created by Alice Oseman
Two very different teenagers begin to realize their unlikely friendship might be something more in this adaptation of Alice Oseman’s webcomic and graphic novel series. Joe Locke and Kit Connor portray high-strung Charlie and rugby player Nick in this acclaimed, coming-of-age series set at a British grammar school.

Russian Doll (2019) new

Russian Doll
84 %
7.8/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland
Natasha Lyonne brings her signature comedic stylings to this comedy-drama as Nadia, a woman stuck in a time loop who keeps reliving the same day over and over again, each time dying in increasingly freakish ways. She eventually discovers another man going through the same thing, and together, they try to figure out how to get out of the recurring nightmare. Earning four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, the first season of this mind-bending series will keep you puzzled and have you guessing all the way through. A second, time-twisting season premiered April 20 on the streaming service.

Our Planet (2019)

Our Planet
83 %
9.3/10
tv-g 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast David Attenborough
We could all use a reminder of just how beautiful our world is and how close we are to potentially losing the best things about it. Netflix’s original documentary miniseries Our Planet reunites the team behind Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, and The Blue Planet for a fresh look at biodiversity around the globe. The miniseries was filmed in 50 countries and showcases spectacular wildlife imagery while firmly establishing how climate change is affecting these creatures and, in turn, everyone on Earth. Heed the warning while you can.

Better Call Saul (2015) new

Better Call Saul
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Cast Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Created by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan
Bob Odenkirk stars in this Breaking Bad prequel series that heads back to the New Mexico desert for a look at Saul Goodman’s origin story. Before Goodman became the quirky, crooked lawyer Walter White played like a fiddle, he was Jimmy McGill, an aspiring lawyer who just couldn’t seem to keep his hands clean. The show is set six years before the events of Breaking Bad and throws out the convention that a spinoff must pale in comparison to its source material. It also proves creator Vince Gilligan and company remain at the top of their game.

The Dragon Prince (2018)

The Dragon Prince
8.4/10
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Jack De Sena, Paula Burrows, Sasha Rojen
Created by Aaron Ehasz, Justin Richmond
This animated fantasy series co-created by Avatar: The Last Airbender writer and producer Aaron Ehasz and Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond has three award-winning seasons already, with four more on the way, as well as a tabletop game and video game in the works, too. Part The Last Airbender, part The Lord of the Rings, the series follows a pair of human half-brothers and a young elf as they attempt to bring the kidnapped heir to the throne of the dragons home and end a war that’s lasted a thousand years. Full of magical creatures, epic battles, cheer-worthy moments, and plenty of humor for both kids and adults, The Dragon Prince is a saga the whole family will enjoy as they follow the trio’s journey across the land of Xadia.

Bridgerton (2020) new

Bridgerton
73 %
7.3/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey, Charithra Chandran
Created by Chris Van Dusen
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton romance novels have become a buzzy original series on Netflix, thanks to showrunner Chris Van Dusen and mega-producer Shonda Rhimes. This is an alternate history tale focused on the Bridgerton family, as well as their eight children, as they vie for position and romantic matches in London’s high society. In particular, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) is pursued by several potential suitors, even though she may have her eye on Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), the Duke of Hastings. But there are some significant obstacles in their way.

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Formula 1: Drive to Survive
8.6/10
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Created by James Gay-Rees
You don’t need to know anything about Formula 1 racing to enjoy this documentary series that offers an inside look at the drama and high-stakes competition fueling the annual Formula One World Championship. A joint production between Netflix and Formula One, Drive to Survive is credited with igniting (or re-igniting) interest in the competition around the world — particularly in the U.S. Each season of the series chronicles the races, drivers, intense rivalries, and all the highs and lows for teams competing in that year’s competition, with exclusive access to the teams, owners, and managers that makes for plenty of compelling behind-the-scenes moments. Even if you’ve never watched a Formula 1 race before, there’s a good chance you’ll be a fan before the end of the season with Drive to Survive.

Hilda (2018)

Hilda
8.5/10
tv-y7 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Daisy Haggard, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo, Rasmus Hardiker
Created by Luke Pearson
This clever, all-ages animated series follows the adventures of Hilda, a young girl who — along with her adorable “deerfox” named Twig — explores the world in and around the city of Trolberg, where all manner of fantastic creatures keeps things interesting for her and her pals. A collaboration between American, British, and Canadian studios and based on Luke Pearson’s popular series of graphic novels, the show earned heaps of praise (and quite a few awards) when it premiered in 2018, and it received a second season that premiered in late 2020. Infectiously optimistic and loaded with childlike wonder, Hilda is the sort of series that will bring a smile to the faces of both kids and adults.

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Murderville
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Crime
Cast Will Arnett, Haneefah Wood, Lilan Bowden
Netflix gets experimental in this improvisational comedy series that casts Will Arnett as a hard-luck homicide detective who must solve a new murder each episode with some help from a celebrity guest. That concept would be funny enough on its own, but the show brings each guest on without giving them a script, leaving it to them to investigate the clues and determine which suspect is the real killer. Kumail Nanjiani, Sharon Stone, Annie Murphy, Ken Jeong, Conan O’Brien, and Marshawn Lynch serve as trainee detectives in the show’s first, six-episode season.

Wu Assassins (2019)

Wu Assassins
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
Cast Iko Uwais, Byron Mann, Katheryn Winnick
Created by Tony Krantz, John Wirth
The fight scenes are fast, furious, and frequent in this series featuring The Raid star Iko Uwais, who portrays the last in a long line of supernaturally gifted warriors tasked with defeating powerful warlords who wield elemental powers. Part kung fu saga, part effects-fueled, tokusatsu adventure, Wu Assassins also brings in accomplished martial arts actors Byron Mann (Street Fighter) and Lewis Tan (Mortal Kombat), as well as Vikings actress Katheryn Winnick and Sons of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan. While its story leaves something to be desired, it more than makes up for it with some of the best fight choreography you’ll find in any series out there.

Arcane (2021)

Arcane
9.1/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro
Created by Christian Linke, Alex Yee
You don’t need to know anything about the League of Legends game franchise to enjoy this critically-acclaimed adult animated series set in a steampunk world where magic and technology shape the simmering relationship between a utopian metropolis and the oppressed city in its shadow. Full of gorgeous animation and compelling characters, Arcane follows a pair of sisters whose tragic childhood puts them on opposite sides of the war to come, set against a stirring, powerful score. Once you dive into the first season, it’s difficult not to see it through to the end in one shot — which is probably why Netflix green-lit a second season premiering sometime in 2023.

The Good Place (2016)

The Good Place
82 %
8.2/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy
Cast Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
Created by Michael Schur
Bureaucratic mix-ups can be a nightmare — just ask anyone who has needed to apply for a passport — but on occasion, they can work out in your favor. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself on the good side of a paperwork snafu when, after dying, she ends up in the Good Place, a serene afterlife neighborhood built by a cosmic architect named Michael (Ted Danson). In reality, Eleanor was an abrasive person who only looked out for herself. Now, to avoid being discovered and sent to the Bad Place, she must learn how to behave like a nice person. The Good Place is an upbeat comedy whose unique setting and surprising plot set it a notch above most sitcoms.

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Cobra Kai
70 %
8.6/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler
Created by Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, John Hurwitz
The hit sequel series to the original Karate Kid films, Cobra Kai brings back William Zabka and Ralph Macchio to reprise their respective roles as Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, teenage rivals whose feud has extended into adulthood. Set three decades after the events of the first film, the series has down-on-his-luck Johnny attempt to start a new Cobra Kai dojo, only to have his ambitions reignite his rivalry with Daniel. The first three seasons saw the pair take on new students, deal with enemies and allies from their past, and eventually face a common threat — all while the teenagers under their care attempt to navigate their own high-school trials and tribulations.

Schitt's Creek (2015)

Schitt's Creek
tv-14 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy
Created by Eugene Levy, Dan Levy
Even Netflix couldn’t have predicted that the final season of Schitt’s Creek would sweep the Emmy Awards for comedy in 2020. But this little Canadian comedy surprised everyone by becoming a TV powerhouse, thanks in part to Netflix itself. The father-and-son duo of Eugene and Dan Levy created and starred in Schitt’s Creek for six seasons. The show follows the formerly wealthy Rose family after they lose their fortune and circumstances force them to move to a small town they once purchased as a joke. On the surface, that may sound shallow. But this is a comedy that has a lot of heart to go with its side-splitting moments and unique characters. The final episode even nailed the landing for the series, which is always a rarity.

Waffles + Mochi (2021)

Waffles + Mochi
82 %
7.6/10
tv-y 1 Season
Genre Children's Television, Family
Cast Michelle Zamora, Piotr Michael, Michelle Obama
When good friends Waffles and Mochi decide to leave their frozen home to learn about foods that aren’t served on ice, they find a new home full of friendly people at a supermarket run by former first lady Michelle Obama. The pair work at the supermarket while also traveling around the world on adventures that teach them all about the origins and importance of various foods. As adorable as it is educational, the kid-friendly Waffles + Mochi also features an impressive list of guests from across the spectrum of famous chefs, foodies, and celebrity food experts.

When They See Us (2019)

When They See Us
86 %
8.9/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Biography, Crime, Data
Cast Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams
Created by Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us tells the story of Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk), Antron McCray (Caleel Harris), Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse), Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome), and Raymond Santana (Marquis Rodriguez): Five young Black men who were falsely accused of rape and sexual assault in the infamous Central Park Five case. After serving years in prison, they became known as The Exonerated Five when the real rapist was caught. But the injustices suffered by these men and their families extended far beyond prison walls. It’s a difficult story to relive, but it’s also one that needs to be told.

Supernatural (2005)

Supernatural
tv-14 15 Seasons
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Alexander Calvert, Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki
Created by Eric Kripke
The longest-running American live-action fantasy series in TV history, Supernatural follows brothers Sam and Dan Winchester — played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively — as they hunt all manner of ghosts, demons, and monsters across America. Mixing stand-alone “monster of the week” adventures with season-long story arcs that built an impressively deep mythology around the show, Supernatural kept fans coming back for its infectious chemistry and colorful cast that grew as the series progressed. A scripted television series has to be doing something right to run for 15 seasons without being canceled, and Supernatural finally ended its 327-episode run in November 2020 with the sort of satisfying, well-received series finale that few shows receive.

Seinfeld (1989)

Seinfeld
84 %
8.8/10
tv-14 9 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards
Created by Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
Netflix paid a crazy amount of money to secure the streaming rights to Seinfeld, the “show about nothing” created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, which ran for nine epic seasons and is widely regarded as one of the greatest television sitcoms ever made. The series is finally on the streaming service now, and it offers 180 episodes of idiosyncratic escapades revolving around, well … everyday life in New York City. Jerry Seinfeld portrays a fictionalized version of himself in the show, but it’s his surrounding cast that truly stole the show, with Jason Alexander portraying Jerry’s friend, George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing Jerry’s ex-girlfriend, Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards portraying Jerry’s quirky neighbor, Cosmo Kramer. There’s never been anything quite like Seinfeld on TV, and that’s probably why Netflix paid so much money (reportedly around $500 million) to become its new streaming home.

Squid Game (2021)

Squid Game
76 %
8.3/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Cast Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon
Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk
This Battle Royale-style series from South Korea quietly became one of the most-watched shows on Netflix in the first week after it premiered, according to the CEO of the streaming service, giving audiences yet another tale of otherwise average individuals pushed to their limits in a deadly competition filled with familiar games and strange mysteries around every turn. The competitors all want a piece of the competition’s massive prize money, but as the games get deadlier and deadlier, the question becomes: Will anyone survive to claim it?

The Baby-Sitters Club (2020)

The Baby-Sitters Club
87 %
7.4/10
tv-pg 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Cast Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, Malia Baker, Alicia Silverstone, Mark Feuerstein, Xochitl Gomez
Created by Rachel Shukert
Released in summer 2020, this television adaptation of the popular children’s novel series of the same name by Ann M. Martin became an instant hit. Like the books, the series follows five middle-school girls who start their own babysitting business in Connecticut and their adventures as they do so. Each girl has her own unique passion and personality and a different job in the club, from Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), the president who makes it a point to call out social injustices, to the shy Mary Anne (Malia Baker), who serves as secretary. It’s a great show that pre-teens and young teens will love, and nostalgic parents who might have read the book series when they were kids will appreciate it, too.

Dark (2017)

Dark
72 %
8.8/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cast Louis Hofmann, Andreas Pietschmann, Maja Schöne, Gina Alice Stiebitz
Created by Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese
Dark is one of Netflix’s most ambitious sci-fi series to date, but you’ll have to read the subtitles unless you’re fluent in German. Regardless of its original language, Dark presents an engrossing missing children mystery that starts in the present but soon expands into the past and the future as the implications of time travel tear four families apart. The end of the world is also in play, but even the Earth as we know it may not be the only battleground. There are a lot of twists and turns to follow, so you’ll want to pay close attention to this one.

American Vandal (2017)

American Vandal
76 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Cast Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck
Created by Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda
This clever mockumentary series puts a new spin on true crime documentaries, with each season following a pair of high-school friends investigating a crime that isn’t as simple as it initially appears. The first season has friends Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) attempting to get to the bottom of a prank that left crude phallic images painted on faculty members’ cars, while the second season brings the pair to a prestigious private school after an incident of mass diarrhea is perpetrated by a sinister criminal known only as “Turd Burglar.” It sounds ridiculous, but American Vandal also manages to offer compelling storytelling, blending the silliness of the crimes it explores with increasing tension and impressively scripted drama.

Black Mirror (2011)

Black Mirror
8.8/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Sci-fi, Psychological Thriller, Dystopia
Cast Daniel Kaluuya, Wyatt Russell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniel Lapaine
Created by Charlie Brooker
Each episode of Black Mirror tells a single story, with a theme of modern and near-future technology running through each unnerving tale. It’s often compared to The Twilight Zone for its episodic nature, and just like that classic, some of the stories will leave you sitting and staring at a blank television, wondering what you just watched. Beyond all of the thought-provoking, mind-bending, and world-building, the acting and aesthetic are smart and nuanced and will leave even the best spoiler guessers out there reeling from the sharp twists and turns in every episode.

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