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The 50 best shows on Netflix in September 2023

Not every Netflix original series gets to go out on its own terms, but the hit comedy Sex Education is coming to a proper end this week with the release of the fourth and final season. That’s why we’re welcoming it back to our roundup of the best shows on Netflix. And it shouldn’t be too long before Sex Education is once again one of the 10 most popular shows on Netflix.

This week’s other new addition is the fifth season of New Amsterdam, a medical drama that has now come to its conclusion. That makes it the perfect binge-watch after the summer of Suits, as new fans will have a lot of episodes to enjoy.

Are you having trouble keeping up with what’s new on Netflix? We’ve got our finger on the pulse of Netflix to help you keep track of the greatest series you can stream, as well as the most intriguing new arrivals. And we’ve narrowed down those options to 50 for our latest update to the best shows on Netflix right now.

We’ve also rounded up all the best movies on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, the best shows on Amazon Prime, and the best shows on Disney+ because we take our streaming seriously. Watching while traveling abroad? Use a Netflix VPN to access your country’s catalog from anywhere in the world.

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Sex Education

The cast of Sex Education.

Netflix’s breakout comedy hit, Sex Education, is back for its fourth season as Otis (Asa Butterfield), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), and their friends adjust to their new school, Cavendish Sixth Form College. It’s a big change from their days at Moordale, and Otis is particularly unsettled by the way that Eric goes off to join the popular students. Even Otis’ talents as a sex therapist may not be needed at such an open and accepting school environment.

Meanwhile, Otis’ longtime crush, Maeve (Emma Mackey) is off at school in the U.S. and charting her own academic path. But will Otis and Maeve be able to find their way back to each other before they take the next step in their lives?

Genre: Comedy
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells
Seasons: 4

New Amsterdam

The cast of New Amsterdam.
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NBC’s medical drama New Amsterdam has come to an end, and the show’s fifth and final season has now arrived on Netflix. The series stars Ryan Eggold as Max Goodwin, a doctor who doesn’t like red tape getting in the way of treating patients. So when Max takes over New Amsterdam Medical Center, he puts in place a number of changes that are designed to help both the doctors and the patients.

Season 5 begins with Max trying to come to terms with the end of his relationship with Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman), while also attempting to welcome his new colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Wilder (Sandra Mae Frank), into the fold. This is the season that will determine Max’s destiny in medicine, and what kind of legacy he’s going to leave behind.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims, Tyler Labine
Seasons: 5


Band of Brothers

The cast of Band of Brothers.

War is hell, and Band of Brothers never lets the viewers forget the high price that it takes on the men who fought through the darkest days of World War II. This epic miniseries is a dramatization about the real-life exploits of Easy Company, one of the army’s Parachute Infantry Regiments, during the war. Easy Company’s story begins in 1942, and flows through the invasion of Normandy and other European battles before the focus shifts to the Pacific and a potential campaign in Japan.

Billions’ Damian Lewis has a starring role as Major Richard “Dick” Winters, and you’ll see a lot of familiar faces in this miniseries. But don’t get too attached to anyone. Not everyone in Easy Company will make it through to the other side of the war.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Damian Lewis, Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Dale Dye, Rick Gomez, Scott Grimes, Frank John Hughes
Seasons: 1

Dear Child

The cast of Dear Child.

At first glance, Dear Child appears to be a lot like the movie Room, as Lena (Kim Riedle) escapes from captivity alongside her daughter, Hannah (Naila Schuberth). Lena disappeared over a decade ago, but her parents, Matthias (Justus von Dohnányi) and Karin Beck (Julika Jenkins), are adamant that she isn’t their daughter. And yet Hannah is almost the spitting image of their missing daughter.

It falls to police investigator Aida Kurt (Haley Louise Jones) to sort out this mystery. What Aida finds is that there was much more to Lena’s abduction than she could have guessed, and she may be able to keep history from repeating itself.

Genre: Thriller, Drama
Stars: Kim Riedle, Naila Schuberth, Sammy Schrein, Hans Löw, Haley Louise Jones
Seasons: 1

Who is Erin Carter?

Evin Ahmad in Who is Erin Carter?

Who is Erin Carter? You will find out very quickly in Netflix’s new crime thriller, as an unassuming teacher living in Spain, Erin Carter (Evin Ahmad), breaks up a robbery with shocking skill and speed. Unfortunately for Erin, that means people are going to be asking some very uncomfortable questions about how she could do any of that. Erin’s daughter, Harper (Indica Watson), and her husband, Jordi (Sean Teale), want to know about her past as well.

More alarmingly, the surviving robber seems to have recognized Erin from a life she left behind. And now that Erin has exposed her hidden skill set, she can’t hide in plain sight any longer.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars: Evin Ahmad, Sean Teale, Indica Watson, Denise Gough, Douglas Henshall
Seasons: 1


David Stakston in Ragnarok.

Superhero fans are so used to seeing Thor in Marvel’s movies that it’s easy to forget that these myths and legends existed long before the comic books came along. Netflix’s Ragnarok offers a new take on the concept as a local high school student in Norway, Magne Seier (David Stakston), discovers that he is the reincarnation of Thor. And some of Thor’s enemies are living in his town as the wealthy Jutul family — and they are the ones who are severely polluting the city and making it unlivable.

In the third season, Magne has to continue fighting the Jutul without his hammer, and he’s on the verge of alienating the allies he’s made along the way. But Ragnarok looms for the reborn Norse gods as the series heads toward its conclusion.

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Stars: Adam Price, Simen Alsvik, Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, Christian Gamst Miller-Harris
Seasons: 3


The cast of Painkiller.

You may notice some similarities between Netflix’s Painkiller and Hulu’s Dopesick, but that’s because they are essentially telling the same story. Painkiller is a dramatization of the rise of OxyContin and the subsequent opioid crisis that still has its grip on this country. Uzo Aduba stars as Edie Flowers, a U.S. Attorney who has been tasked with taking down Richard Sackler (Matthew Broderick), the owner of Purdue and one of the men personally responsible for this mess.

Broderick’s performance is particularly notable because he portrays Sackler as a man without even a trace of humanity. He simply doesn’t care about anyone else. But viewers may find themselves caught up in the stories of addicts like Glen Kryger (Taylor Kitsch), and the real-life testimonials of families who have lost someone to opioids.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Sam Anderson, Taylor Kitsch, Carolina Bartczak
Seasons: 1

The Lincoln Lawyer

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The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 began with Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) taking a brutal beating, and that’s also where part 1 of the season left us. Season 2 part 2 picks up from there as Mickey finds himself in quite a bind. His new client Lisa Trammell (Lana Parrilla) is facing murder charges that may land her in prison for life. And the evidence that she may have done it keeps piling up.

To make matters worse for Mickey, he’s falling hard for Lisa. But a true crime podcaster named Henry Dahl (Matt Angel) seems determined to get between them so he can exploit Lisa’s story for his own gain.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson
Seasons: 2


Two young men staring lovingly at one another looking at a pamphlet abbot Paris in a scene from Heartstopper.
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In the first season of Heartstopper, Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) found himself drawn to his fellow student, the popular and athletic Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), even though all outward indicators made Charlie believe that Nick was straight. But it turns out that Charlie’s instincts were right all along.

Season 2 picks up with Charlie and Nick in a relationship even though the latter is having some extreme difficulty coming out to his friends and teammates. And more challenges lie ahead for the couple from the toxic people who are still in their lives.

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Stars: Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney
Seasons: 2

The Witcher

Henry Cavill in The Witcher.

Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) now know who’s been pulling their strings in the Continent, but that knowledge might not be enough to save them as The Witcher returns with the final three episodes of season 3.

With Geralt waylaid and fighting for his life, Ciri (Freya Allan) is off on an adventure of her own that may prove to be a transformative experience. But all roads lead back to Geralt as the series faces a turning point and a very, very long wait until the fourth season arrives.

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Drama
Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Eamon Farren
Seasons: 3


Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht stand next to each other in Suits.
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It says a lot about Suits’ enduring popularity that the show has been at the top of Netflix’s most-watched charts despite ending four years ago. The series follows the unlikely partnership between prominent attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), and a brilliant con man, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Harvey is so impressed by Mike’s legal knowledge that he hires him on the spot to be his associate despite knowing full well that he never went to law school.

Harvey and Mike’s efforts help the firm win several high-profile cases, even as Mike’s secret threatens to emerge. Meanwhile, Mike catches the eye of Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), an ambitious paralegal with her own plans to advance in the legal world.

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres
Seasons: 9

Sweet Magnolias

The cast of Sweet Magnolias shares a tender moment.

There’s not much serenity in Serenity, South Carolina in the new season of Sweet Magnolias. The three women at the heart of the show, Maddie Townsend (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott), and Helen Decatur (Heather Headley), share a special friendship with each other. This season, those bonds are tested as the trio pulls away from each other in anger. But what will it take to bring them back together?

Genre: Romance, Drama
Stars: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, Heather Headley, Logan Allen
Seasons: 3

The Surrogacy

The cast of The Surrogacy.
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Get ready for some soapy thrills in The Surrogacy, the latest Mexican telenovela to arrive on Netflix. The series stars Shani Lozano as Yeni, a young woman who is blackmailed by a powerful couple, Julia (Marcela Guirado) and Carlos (Luis Ernesto Franco), to become their surrogate in defiance of Mexican law.

Over time, Yeni and Carlos start to develop feelings for each other, but when the day of the birth arrives, Yeni is surprised when she is left alone with her disabled son and unaware that her daughter has been kept by the couple. That’s a secret that Julia will do anything to protect.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Marcela Guirado, Leticia Calderón, Luis Ernesto Franco, Fernanda Borches
Seasons: 1`

Black Mirror

Salma Hayek in Black Mirror season 6.
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The dark sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror, is back on Netflix for another twisted season. Each episode has a self-contained story, and the first installment of the sixth season actually targets Netflix itself! Schitt’s Creek‘s Annie Murphy stars as Joan, a woman who discovers that the Netflix of her world, Streamberry, is essentially stealing her life in real-time with Salma Hayek portraying Joan’s fictional self in the original series, Joan is Awful.

But that’s only one of the five new episodes waiting for fans. As with the previous seasons, series creator Charlie Brooker has attracted a lot of big-name performers to share the small screen in his stories. And each episode of Black Mirror is a mind-bending experience.

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
Stars: Annie Murphy, Salma Hayek, Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, Zazie Beetz
Seasons: 6


The cast of Manifest.
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Manifest fans, take a bow. This series would have been a casualty of a network TV cancellation if the fans hadn’t streamed the show in huge numbers on Netflix. Thanks to those efforts, the fourth and final season is now complete on Netflix. And this time, the story has a proper conclusion.

The show follows the passengers on Montego Air Flight 828, whose turbulent journey somehow kept them from landing until over half a decade had passed. Soon after, the passengers band together as they realize that their disappearance and return have a purpose. But every single one of the passengers has a death date, and their time is limited as they attempt to find out why they came back and what they are supposed to do.

For related content, please read Manifest Season 4, part 1 ending explained and Manifest Season 4, part 2 ending explained.

Genre: Drama, Supernatural
Stars: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez
Seasons: 4


The cast of S.W.A.T..
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Earlier this month, CBS canceled S.W.A.T. after six seasons, only to reverse course and renew the show for a seventh and final season after a massive outcry. Now, the first five seasons of S.W.A.T. are on Netflix, and the show has already jumped to the #2 slot in TV for the week. It’s almost like the fans are sending the powers that be a message.

Shemar Moore headlines the series as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, a leader of a Special Weapons and Tactics unit in the Los Angeles Police Department. Hondo has a good reputation with the citizens of his city, but he and his team still face the difficult task of taking down the bad guys without alienating the innocent people who live there. Hondo’s job is also made more difficult by racism and corruption in his own department. Somehow, Hondo has to hold it all together while making time for himself as well.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Jay Harrington
Seasons: 5

XO, Kitty

The cast of XO, Kitty.
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Netflix’s XO, Kitty is a spinoff from the Netflix original film, To All the Boys, and its two sequels. Anna Cathcart reprises her role as Kitty Song Covey, as she steps into a leading role on this series. As the show opens, Kitty is so heartsick about being separated from her boyfriend, Dae (Choi Min-young), that she impulsively changes her life and makes arrangements to go to school in Korea.

However, Kitty finds more than just culture shock when goes through with the move. And making a real relationship with Dae is even more challenging than keeping up their long-distance flirting. This is where the work begins, and Kitty is about to get a real education in love.

Genre: Romance, Drama
Stars: Anna Cathcart, Choi Min-young, Anthony Keyvan
Seasons: 1

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

India Amarteifio as young Queen Charlotte in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
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Netflix’s smash-hit Bridgerton presented an alternate timeline in which people of color were among Britain’s high society in the early 19th century. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the prequel series that reveals how this timeline diverged as young Charlotte (India Amarteifio) rises to power in 1761 as the wife of King George III (Corey Mylchreest).

Golda Rosheuvel also reprises her role as the older Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton in 1817 as she faces a royal crisis. Charlotte’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, has died in childbirth, leaving the royal family without an heir. And that’s something that the queen will do anything to change.

Genre: Romance, Drama
Stars: Wataru Ichinose, Shota Sometani, Shioli Kutsuna
Seasons: 1

Firefly Lane

Two women lay next to each other in a bed in a scene from Firefly Lane.
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Although Firefly Lane received an extended season 2 order, this is the end of the road for Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) and Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl). Their friendship is at the heart of the series, and the show explores their connection at different points in their lives, from their teenage years to middle age in the present.

The second half of season 2 finds Kate and Tully’s bond challenged like never before, as they are forced to spend an extended time apart from each other. There are also secrets that could come between them. Their friendship is a powerful thing, but even that power has limits as the series wraps up its run.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke
Seasons: 2

The Diplomat

Kate locking arms with Austin in a scene from The Diplomat on Netflix.
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Keri Russell has played everything from the all-American girl in Felicity to a deadly Russian spy in The Americans. So it seems fitting that Netflix has put Russell in the lead of its new political drama, The Diplomat, which plays like Homeland by way of The West Wing. That’s appropriate because series creator Debora Cahn worked on both of those shows.

Russell plays Kate Wyler, a seasoned crisis management expert who finds herself named as the new American ambassador to the U.K. as her marriage to Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell) is falling apart. Before Kate can even catch her breath, she is thrust into a high-stakes position when Britain is attacked, and Hal’s decisions appear to undermine her duties.

For more on the Netflix show, be sure to read The Diplomat‘s ending explained.

Genre: Drama
Stars: Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, Rory Kinnear
Seasons: 1


Ali Wong and Steven Yeun lean out of their car windows in Beef.
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If you’ve ever had a moment of road rage, you know that what follows is not usually your best self. In Netflix’s black comedy, Beef, Danny Cho (Steven Yeun) and Amy Lau Nakai (Ali Wong) have a road rage encounter that transforms their lives, and not for the better.

Despite being strangers to each other before the incident, Danny and Amy’s lives become intricately tangled as their mutual rage for each other intensifies. This is not going to end well for either of them, but it’s almost impossible to look away from the carnage they leave in their wake.

Genre: Drama/Comedy
Stars: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong
Seasons: 1



Bean and Elfo in Disenchantment.

Matt Groening’s animated fantasy comedy Disenchantment is coming to an end with the final 10 episodes of the series. And Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) needs to act fast and embrace her powers if she wants to save Dreamland from her evil mother, Queen Dagmar (Bad Sisters‘ Sharon Horgan).

Bean’s friends, Elfo (Nat Faxon) and Luci (Eric André), remain by her side as the story heads toward its conclusion. Yet, even their devotion to Bean may not be enough to help her overcome the darkness that is looming over the kingdom.

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry
Seasons: 3


Dwayne Johnson in a promo poster for HBO's Ballers.

It still feels weird seeing an HBO original series move over to Netflix for its afterlife. Ballers plays as if Entourage was rebooted in the world of professional sports. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (before he was Black Adam) headlines the cast as Spencer Strasmore, an ex-NFL player who is attempting to find a new path as a financial manager for pro athletes.

As much as Spencer struggles in his new role, Charles Greane (Omar Miller), has it even worse. Charles is also a former NFL player, but he is forced to question whether he retired too soon when the only work he can find is as a car salesman. Spencer, Charles, and their mutual friends will eventually come together, but there are definite roadblocks ahead as they search for their second act in sports.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Miller, Donovan W. Carter
Seasons: 5


Issa Rae walking with a man in a scene from season 5 of Insecure.

Why is there suddenly an HBO series on Netflix? You can thank David Zaslav for that. Insecure was largely a sleeper hit for HBO during its five-season run. Series co-creator Issa Rae headlines the series as Issa, while Yvonne Orji co-stars as Issa’s best friend, Molly.

Issa and Molly have known each other for years, but they are at very different moments in their lives. Issa has a boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), but the spark has gone out of their relationship. Meanwhile, Molly has extreme dating troubles of her own. The series is built on Issa and Molly’s bond, and their respective struggles with their careers and their love lives.

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell
Seasons: 5

Never Have I Ever

The cast of Never Have I Ever.
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After four seasons, Never Have I Ever is wrapping up the story of Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her high school trials Season 4 picks up with Devi in a weird and awkward space with her sometimes boyfriend, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), before she potentially finds new love with Ethan Morales (Michael Cimino).

Devi also has to deal with her efforts to get into the college of her choice and find emotional closure for her time in high school and move past the death of her father. This is where Devi has to choose who she wants to be, and what it will take to make her happy as she finally becomes an adult.

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison
Seasons: 4


The cast of Fubar.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is headlining Fubar, a new action series that is so True Lies that all it’s missing is Halloween Ends‘ Jamie Lee Curtis and James Cameron. Schwarzenegger plays ace CIA agent Luke Brunner, a man who is ready to retire from the spy life and win back his ex-wife, Tally (Fabiana Udenio). However, Luke is soon forced back into action in order to pull one of the CIA’s best operatives out of a deadly situation. And the operative in question is Luke’s daughter, Emma (Monica Barbaro).

Since neither Luke nor Emma knew about their respective CIA affiliation, the father-and-daughter duo are suddenly at odds with each other. But they will have to team up to take down an international arms dealer, Boro (The Last of Us‘ Gabriel Luna), before he can sell a nuclear device to potential terrorists.

Genre: Action, Comedy
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Barbaro, Jay Baruchel
Seasons: 1


Two men sit on a couch in Unstable.
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Rob Lowe and his son, John Owen Lowe, co-created Unstable (with Victor Fresco), and co-star in the series as a father and son duo, Ellis and Jackson Dragon. Ellis is, shall we say, an Elon Musk-adjacent biotech genius who is spiraling after the death of his wife. But even in the face of emotional devastation, Ellis always has to be the center of attention.

Regardless, Jackson feels the need to help his father through this ordeal even though their personalities are polar opposites. And now Jackson, who is painfully shy and socially inept, finds himself working for his father and thrust into a workplace comedy.

Genre: Comedy
Stars: Rob Lowe, John Owen Lowe, Sian Clifford
Seasons: 1

Emily in Paris

Emily wearing an apron and taking a selfie with restaurant patrons in Emily in Paris.
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In this shamelessly fun romantic-comedy series, Lily Collins portrays ambitious marketing exec Emily Cooper, who finds herself in Paris after landing her dream job. Along with acclimating to Parisian life, Emily must juggle the demands of her career, friendships, and burgeoning romance in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

To find out how the last season ended, check out

Genre: Comedy
Stars: Lily Collins, Lucas Bravo, Ashley Park
Seasons: 3


Moosa Mostafa and Jenna Ortega stare at the camera in a scene from Wednesday.
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Tim Burton turns his attention to Wednesday Addams in this spinoff from the Addams Family franchise, Wednesday, that focuses on the elder Addams sibling. Jenna Ortega portrays the title character, who finds herself sent off to prep school after an incident involving a high school water polo team and two bags of piranhas. While attending the school, she soon becomes wrapped up in a series of local murders, all while trying to come to terms with her own destiny and her parents’ legacy.

Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jenna Ortega, Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Seasons: 1

Cobra Kai

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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 2022.

Genre: Comedy/Drama
Stars: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
Seasons: 5

Mystery and Crime

The Night Agent

Peter in a white sweater holding a gun in a scene from The Night Agent.
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It took The Night Agent less than a day to race to the top of Netflix’s TV series rankings, and it seems likely to make its leads, Gabriel Basso and Luciane Buchanan, into much bigger stars. As adapted for television by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, this intense action thriller follows FBI Agent Peter Sutherland (Basso) after he stumbles upon clues that reveal a Russian mole is working inside the U.S. government.

Realizing that the fate of the country may be at stake, Peter will stop at nothing to unravel the conspiracy and unmask the mole. He also has an unlikely ally in Rose Larkin (Buchanan), a young CEO who has already been marked for death by their mutual enemies.

For more on this Netflix show, check out The Night Agent‘s ending explained.

Genre: Mystery
Stars: Gabriel Basso, Hong Chau, Luciane Buchanan
Seasons: 1


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This series from the creator of Dark follows immigrant passengers on a ship traveling to a new continent, who find themselves caught up in a mystery when they encounter a second ship adrift in the open sea. The series’ dark, atmospheric tone, combined with the show’s multilingual approach, makes it a thriller unlike any other. Unfortunately, it was recently announced that 1899 was canceled after one season. Fans can still read our 1899‘s ending explained article to decipher all of the show’s mysteries.

Genre: Mystery/Sci-Fi
Stars: Emily Beecham, Andreas Pietschmann, Lucas Lynggaard
Seasons: 1

Dead to Me

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This Emmy-nominated original series starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini recently returned for its third and final season. A dark comedy that leans into its central mystery, Applegate portrays a widowed real estate agent who befriends an eternally optimistic woman (Cardellini) with some chilling secrets of her own.

Genre: Mystery
Stars: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden
Seasons: 3


Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro curated this collection of short films from some of horror’s most visionary, creative directors and writers. The eight stories in the series’ first season hail from a wide range of filmmakers, including Vincenzo Natali (Cube), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Del Toro himself.

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Stars: Ben Barnes, Andrew Lincoln, Rupert Grint
Seasons: 1

The Midnight Club

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Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, turns his attention to young-adult scares with The Midnight Club, inspired by Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name. The 10-episode series follows a group of young, terminally ill residents of a hospice who gather each night to tell each other spooky stories. The members of the “Midnight Club” make a pact that whoever dies first will try to send a message from the afterlife. With Flanagan at the helm of this show, be prepared for big scares.

Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars: Iman Benson, Heather Langenkamp, Igby Rigney
Seasons: 1


Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in Supernatural.
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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 standalone “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.

Genre: Horror/Mystery
Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
Seasons: 1

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

One Piece

The cast of One Piece.

The One Piece manga and anime have been incredibly popular for decades, and now Netflix is bringing it to live-action in a new original series. Iñaki Godoy headlines the show as Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate who has elastic-like stretching powers and grand ambitions of becoming the pirate king if he can locate the fabled One Piece treasure.

As Monkey assembles his Straw Hat Pirates, Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu), Nami (Emily Rudd), Usopp (Jacob Romero Gibson), Sanji (Taz Skylar), and others join his quest as they head out for high adventures on the open sea.

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Stars: Iñaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero Gibson, Taz Skylar
Seasons: 1

Sweet Tooth

Christian Convery in Sweet Tooth.
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Even before COVID, there were a lot of stories about a pandemic devastating the world. Sweet Tooth, based on the comic book series of the same name by Jeff Lemire, is among them. Sweet Tooth is also the nickname of Gus (Christian Convery), a 10-year-old child who is a human/deer hybrid and one of a growing number of hybrids in this strange new world. Nonso Anozie co-stars as Tommy Jepperd, a man who reluctantly becomes Gus’ protector.

Sweet Tooth season 2 is now out and finds Gus as a captive of the fanatical Last Men, who want to sacrifice him and the other hybrid kids in the name of curing the pandemic. Tommy is desperately trying to find and rescue Gus, but it may fall to Gus to save himself.

Genre: Fantasy
Stars: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Adeel Akhtar
Seasons: 2

The Sandman

Tom Sturridge sits on a bench with Kirby Howell-Baptiste in a scene from The Sandman.
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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.

Genre: Fantasy
Stars: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Jenna Coleman
Seasons: 1

Stranger Things

The cast of Stranger Things.

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.

For more info on the final season, check out Stranger Things season 5: Plot, date, and casting rumors.

Genre: Sci-Fi
Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown
Seasons: 4

True crime and Docuseries


Mr. PEC-tacular performs in OVW in Wrestlers.

In the world of professional wrestling, very few start out on top. Netflix’s Wrestlers is a seven-episode docuseries that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Ohio Valley Wrestling, a small wrestling promotion that was once a developmental territory for the WWE that trained superstars like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s Dave Bautista on their journey toward becoming some of the biggest names in sports entertainment.

Not everyone will achieve that kind of success. In fact, few do. And the physical toll of performing high-impact moves may not always be worth it for the men and women who dream of making it in WWE or AEW. Regardless, we wouldn’t be too shocked if someone from the cast of Wrestlers eventually reaches that goal. After all, no one ever made it in wrestling without reaching for the stars.

Genre: Documentary
Stars: Al Snow
Seasons: 1


A cheetah looks at the camera in a scene from Predators.

There are several world-class nature documentaries on Netflix, and the latest addition to that genre, Predators, is all about some of the deadliest hunters in nature. Actor Tom Hardy narrates the series, and naturally, three of the episodes focus on the big cats: cheetahs, lions, and pumas. The remaining two episodes focus on polar bears and wild dogs.

This miniseries offers a rare opportunity to watch these wild creatures facing real challenges to their survival beyond hunting down their next meal. Unfortunately for these magnificent creatures, climate change and natural disasters may prove to be even deadlier than they are.

Genre: Documentary
Stars: Tom Hardy
Seasons: 1

Depp v. Heard

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in a split picture from Netflix's Depp v. Heard.

Everyone loves a storybook romance … but they love a scandal more. Nothing illustrates this more than the fact that Depp v. Heard raced up the charts to become Netflix’s most-watched TV show for this week. This limited series takes a look back at the extremely tumultuous relationship between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. It wasn’t that long ago when they were Hollywood’s “It” couple. Now, they’re continuously at each other’s throats.

This docuseries primarily focuses on the defamation trial that played out in open court in 2022. Did Depp really plan to get revenge on his ex-wife? And did Heard leave a very unpleasant surprise in Depp’s bed? Some things only the ex-couple themselves will ever know for sure. But if you’re looking for something salacious to watch, then you’ve found it.

Genre: Docuseries
Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard
Seasons: 1


 Marcus Mariota. Patrick Mahomes, and Kirk Cousins in Quarterback.

In the NFL, the quarterbacks are essentially the rock stars of the league. Netflix’s new sports docuseries, Quarterback, puts the spotlight on three players at that position: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and ESPY award winner Patrick Mahomes, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mahomes just so happens to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and he won his second Super Bowl during the production of this show. But for Cousins and Mariota, they have to fight to maintain their place in the NFL. Both men have been in the NFL for years, and their window to win it all is rapidly dwindling.

Genre: Docuseries
Stars: Marcus Mariota. Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins
Seasons: 1

Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators

A trio of American Gladiators in Netflix's Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators.
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“Gladiators, ready!” While attempts to reboot and revive American Gladiators have stalled, Netflix’s new documentary, Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators, offers a glimpse at the game show sensation that ran for seven seasons from 1989 to 1996. The way the game worked was by recruiting two men and two women to compete against each other in over-the-top obstacles and challenges while the titular Gladiators attempted to impede their progress.

It was a massive hit, but as seen in this five-episode series, the Gladiators faced a number of challenges behind the scenes. This show is a fascinating look at some of the American Gladiators stories that have gone untold until now.

Genre: Documentary
Stars: N/A
Seasons: 1`

Catching Killers

The official poster for Catching Killers.
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Netflix never seems to have any shortage of true crime documentaries. In the new season of Catching Killers, each episode puts the spotlight on four infamous serial killers as well as the law enforcement officials who moved heaven and Earth to find them. There are only four episodes in this season, but the cases are huge. The Railroad Killer, the Zodiac Killer, the DC sniper, and the Olympic bomber each get the spotlight. And once again, these are unforgettable snapshots of humanity at its worst. But they are also stories of resilience as well.

Genre: Documentary, True Crime
Stars: N/A
Seasons: 3

Our Planet II

A scene from Our Planet II.
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After a four-year hiatus, Our Planet is back for another season on Netflix, and it remains one of the most stunningly beautiful nature documentaries on the streamer. David Attenborough returns as the narrator of Our Planet II, which once again explores the impact that climate change has had on the environment and the creatures that live all over the world.

One of the major themes of this season is migration, as animals struggle to find new places to survive and thrive as they deal with both predators and pollution. As in the first season, the visuals are breathtaking and this is a unique look at the world that most people have never seen in person.

Genre: Documentary
Stars: David Attenborough
Seasons: 2


Skull Island

The animated cast of Skull Island.

King Kong is getting his own adult-themed animated series, but he’s not the only star of Skull Island. Instead, the focus shifts to Annie (Mae Whitman), a teenager who has apparently lived on Skull Island for years. Annie soon befriends a pair of shipwrecked teens, Charlie (Nicolas Cantu) and Mike (Darren Barnet). Meanwhile, Charlie’s father, Cap (Benjamin Bratt), has also washed up on the island and encountered Irene (Mrs. Davis‘ Betty Gilpin), a woman who is in pursuit of Annie.

The parallel stories of the survivors eventually converge, as Kong himself comes to the forefront. But getting to Skull Island is the easy part. Surviving is the true challenge.

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Animated
Stars: Nicolas Cantu, Mae Whitman, Darren Barnet, Benjamin Bratt, Betty Gilpin
Seasons: 1

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

David and Lucy look at the Earth from the moon in a scene from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
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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.

Genre: Animation
Stars: n/a
Seasons: 1


A character collage poster of the cast of Netflix's Arcane.
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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.

For more info on the next season, please read everything we know so far about Arcane season 2.

Genre: Animated/Sci-fi
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Harold Lloyd
Seasons: 1

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