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The best shows on Netflix right now (October 2022)

Whether you’re looking for a quick binge or a long-term TV commitment, Netflix has plenty of great shows available. The streaming service has a library filled with new and classic series, and with new shows coming to Netflix all the time, there’s something for everyone. To help you decide what to watch next, we look through the entire collection 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.  

This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist (2021)
This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist
70 %
6.5/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
Cast Shelley Murphy, Anne Hawley, Dick Ellis
The March 18, 1990, robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is the largest art heist of all time to remain unsolved. The culprits behind the robbery — which is estimated to involve more than $500 million in stolen works of art — are still unknown, with no arrests made and none of the stolen art recovered. The details surrounding the infamous heist are chronicled in this four-part documentary series directed by Colin Barnicle and co-produced by Barnicle and his brother, Nick. Filmed over a seven-year period, the series features interviews with just about everyone involved with the event in one way or another, from the security guards who let the robbers into the museum to the FBI investigators put on the case, offering a fascinating account of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of both the art world and the world of high-stakes crime.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018)
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
7.8/10
tv-y7 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka
Created by ND Stevenson
Unlike the ’80s cartoon it’s based on, Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power isn’t as interested in selling toys as it is building upon relationships. The series completely reimagines She-Ra’s story to center around Adora and Catra, a pair of orphans raised by the evil Horde army. When Adora finds her power through She-Ra’s magic sword, it sets her against her best friend, Catra, who also happens to be the person she loves the most. This award-winning series broke new ground for animated LGBT themes and characters and has carved out a well-deserved place for itself in the hearts of fans.
Firefly Lane (2021)
Firefly Lane
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson
Created by Maggie Friedman
Firefly Lane pairs lead actresses Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as lifelong friends Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey, respectively, who have accompanied each other through one milestone in life after another. The series chronicles their friendship from childhood through the present day, where Tully is a wildly successful TV talk show host and Kate is a divorced housewife who wants to rebuild her life. Love, life, and friendship lessons ensue, of course.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022) new
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
8.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast KENN
Created by Rafał Jaki
This edgy, high-octane anime series is inspired by the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, but you don’t need to know anything about its source material to appreciate the brutal, bonkers adventure it offers. The series follows a young street kid in the neon- and chrome-filled Night City who falls in with a crew of mercenaries and soon finds himself struggling to hold on to his humanity in a world obsessed with cybernetic augmentation.
Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. (2022)
Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.
5.8/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
Cast Sarma Melngailis, Allen Salkin, Ilze Melngailis
Sometimes a series synopsis is all the hook that’s needed to press Play. This four-part documentary series chronicles the crazy, real-world saga of celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis, who was scammed out of millions by a man she met on Twitter who made her believe he could make her dog immortal. As if that’s not crazy enough, Alec Baldwin even plays a role in the story.
The Imperfects (2022) new
The Imperfects
6.3/10
1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Italia Ricci, Iñaki Godoy, Morgan Taylor Campbell
When a trio of young adults discover that the experimental treatment they’ve been undergoing since childhood has actually give them monstrous abilities, they set out to hunt down the scientist responsible. This series from the creator of The Order casts Morgan Taylor Campbell, Rhianna Jagpal, and Iñaki Godoy as the trio who find themselves with the powers of a banshee, succubus, and chupacabra, respectively, in this clever, supernatural series.
Fate: The Winx Saga (2021) new
Fate: The Winx Saga
6.9/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Abigail Cowen, Eliot Salt, Freddie Thorp
Created by Brian Young
If you’ve never seen the animated series Winx Club on Nickelodeon, then don’t worry. Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action adaptation of that show, but it isn’t dependent upon previous knowledge of the characters or their world. Instead, it’s a reinvention of the Winx storyline with a more YA tone and a much darker take on the material. Abigail Cowen headlines the series as Bloom, a young fairy from Earth who is now on Otherworld and enrolled at Alfea to learn how to control her powers. There’s a definite Harry Potter vibe here for fans who are looking for a magic school fix, and the second season of the series premiered on September 16.
The Great British Bake Off (2017) new
The Great British Bake Off
6 Seasons
Genre Reality
Cast Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith
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 more than 12 seasons in the U.K. New episodes now premiere on Netflix just a short time after they air on Channel 4, so if you can avoid online spoilers, you’re in for a delicious treat from week to week as amateur bakers try to impress the judges and out-bake each other to win the show’s final prize. The most recent season of the series — Collection 10 on Netflix and Series 13 in the U.K. — premiered in September.
History of Swear Words (2021)
History of Swear Words
62 %
6.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Comedy
Cast Nicolas Cage
Regardless of whether you actually use them, swear words are an indelible part of our daily discourse. Plus, it can be fun to cut loose with a couple of expletives. Netflix not only realizes this, but it also embraces it with a six-part documentary series, History of Swear Words. Nicolas Cage is the perfect host for this show, as he examines the backstory and cultural impact of “dick,” “damn,” and a couple of words that we can’t actually repeat here. Actual linguistics experts also chime in for historical notes, while comedians like Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, Jim Jefferies, Nikki Glaser, and more get in on the bleeping bleep-bleep.
Cobra Kai (2018) new
Cobra Kai
70 %
8.6/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Cast Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, 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. Over the course of several seasons, the series has followed the pair as they 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. Season 5 of Cobra Kai premiered in September.
Chef's Table: Pizza (2022) new
Chef's Table: Pizza
1 Season
Genre Documentary

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 and a spinoff (Chef’s Table: BBQ), creator David Gelb added another focused installment: Chef’s Table: Pizza. The series retains the cinematic stylings that made the original Chef’s Table so compelling, with renowned chefs showcasing the best pizza from around the world.

Transformers: War for Cybertron: Siege (2020)
Transformers: War for Cybertron: Siege
7.3/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jason Marnocha, Jake Foushee, Linsay Rousseau
The Transformers: War for Cybertron trilogy gives fans of the long-running franchise a more mature take on the popular “robots in disguise” with a CGI-animated series set in the time before the Transformers found their way to Earth. As the Autobots and Decepticons battle for the soul of their home world, Cybertron, the soldiers on both sides of the war have never seemed more human as they find themselves questioning whether their respective causes are even worth fighting for. The third and final season of the series arrived on Netflix in July 2021, completing this critically acclaimed chapter in the Transformers saga.
In From the Cold (2022)
In From the Cold
6.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Margarita Levieva, Cillian O'Sullivan, Lydia Fleming
Created by Adam Glass
In this series from Supernatural writer and executive producer Adam Glass, a single mother on a European vacation with her daughter finds herself caught up in an international conspiracy when her secret past as a Russian spy is exposed. With impressive action sequences, a compelling story, and a protagonist who’s more than what she appears, In From The Cold is more than just your typical spy thriller — it’s a fascinating, character-driven adventure that doesn’t pull any punches.
Colin in Black & White (2021)
Colin in Black & White
5.5/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Colin Kaepernick, Jaden Michael, Mary-Louise Parker
Created by Ava DuVernay, Colin Kaepernick
Activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick narrates this six-episode series that explores his early life and the experiences that led him to become one of professional sports’ most outspoken critics of racial injustice, ultimately costing him his football career. His fight for social justice continues, though, and the series casts Jaden Michael as a young Kaepernick, with Mary-Louise Parker and Nick Offerman portraying his adoptive parents.
Spycraft (2021)
Spycraft
6.7/10
1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Dylan Berry
Hollywood has glamorized spies for decades, but films and television shows aren’t known for their accurate depictions of real spies. Netflix’s Spycraft aims to change that by taking a documentary approach to its subject matter while breaking down how modern spies conduct their business. Episodes are dedicated to drone warfare, poisons, covert ops, recruitment, and even “sexspionage.” In some ways, being a spy hasn’t changed much at all. But the tools of the trade are only getting more advanced.
Echoes (2022) new
Echoes
5.8/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery
Cast Michelle Monaghan, Matt Bomer, Daniel Sunjata
Created by Vanessa Gazy
In this Australian series, Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone) plays identical twins Leni and Gina, who have been secretly trading lives since they were children. When one of the sisters goes missing, it sets off a series of events that throws both of their lives into chaos.
Mo (2022) new
Mo
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Mo Amer, Teresa Ruiz, Farah Bsieso
Created by Mo Amer, Ramy Youssef
Comedian Mo Amer stars in this series he co-created with Ramy Youssef, portraying a Palestinian man in Texas juggling two very different cultures, three languages, and a pending asylum request that will bring him and his family closer to U.S. citizenship.
We Are the Champions (2020)
We Are the Champions
7.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Rainn Wilson
The thrill of competition is universal, and this Netflix documentary series travels around the world to put a spotlight on some of the strange contests that have developed both passionate fan bases and colorful casts of competitors over the years — or in some cases, multiple generations. Narrated by Rainn Wilson, the series devotes a full episode to each competition — from the dangerous sport of cheese-rolling to the fabulous world of fantasy hairstyling — and explores the communities around each pursuit that keep things interesting. The series’ opening episode is on the aforementioned cheese-rolling, and after watching it, you’ll never look at a wheel of cheese the same way.
The Chair (2021)
The Chair
73 %
7.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Comedy
Cast Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban
Created by Amanda Peet, Annie Julia Wyman
Sandra Oh plays the newly appointed chair of the English department at a fictional, stuffy New England university in this comedy series created by Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman. As the first woman appointed to the position, Oh’s character contends with her place in the institution’s history while simultaneously dealing with a host of other problematic elements — both professional and personal — including stubborn faculty members, institutionalized racism, and her own adoptive daughter. Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban, and Nana Mensah all play supporting roles in a funny, thought-provoking series that explores the issues facing higher education institutions in the modern era.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021) new
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
5.8/10
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Family, Action & Adventure
Cast Yuri Lowenthal
Created by Rob David
He-Man gets back to his kid-friendly roots in this animated series that reimagines the Masters of the Universe lore with a fresh saga set in the mystical, wonderful, and dangerous world of Eternia. Unlike the more adult-themed Masters of the Universe: Revelation, this series keeps things all-ages as it follows Prince Adam’s attempts to protect the world from threats both new and all-too-familiar alongside a ragtag team of outcasts — including more than a few old-school characters given a fresh, new spin. If you’re looking to introduce a new generation to the He-Man universe, this fun series will have everyone shouting, “I have the power!” The show’s third season premiered August 18.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019) new
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.
Murderville (2022) new
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.
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.
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?

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.

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