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The best shows on Netflix right now (May 2022)

Looking for a great show to binge? There’s a good chance you’ll find it on Netflix. The streaming service has a massive library packed with new and classic series, as well as plenty of award-winning shows you won’t find anywhere else. With new shows coming to Netflix all the time, the collection keeps growing, too. With so much to search through, we try to make your decision a little easier by checking the entire library every week and updating 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.  

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Outlander (2014) new

Outlander
76 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Outlander is Starz’s breakout adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping romantic novels, and now the first five seasons are currently available on Netflix. The series follows the time-twisting life — and love — of World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who finds herself transported from 1945 to the Scottish highlands in 1743. She quickly meets and marries Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Their love spans the centuries and even expands into the early days of the American Revolution.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation (2021)

Masters of the Universe: Revelation
72 %
5.4/10
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffany Smith, Lena Headey
Created by Kevin Smith
The classic 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe gets the revival treatment in this animated series developed by Clerks filmmaker and geek auteur Kevin Smith. The show picks up where the original animated series left off and tells a new, darker tale set in the magical land of Eternia. The impressive (to put it mildly) cast of voice talent includes Mark Hamill as Skeletor and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, as well as Game of Thrones actors Liam Cunningham and Lena Headey, Diedrich Bader, Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Root, Henry Rollins, Jason Mewes, Justin Long, Tony Todd, and Dennis Haysbert, among other familiar faces (or in this case, voices).

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.

The Pentaverate (2022) new

The Pentaverate
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Mike Myers, Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key
Created by Mike Myers
It’s been a while since we’ve had a silly comedy featuring Mike Myers playing a host of ridiculous characters, but if you’re a Wayne’s World or Austin Powers fan, you’ll find plenty of laughs in The Pentaverate. The six-episode series is loosely based on a plot point from 1993’s So I Married An Axe Murderer, which introduced the idea of five men who secretly control world events. Not only does Myers play the various members of the secret organization, but he also plays the Canadian journalist looking to expose The Pentaverate to the world. Along with various other recurring and one-off characters played by Myers, the series’ cast includes Ken Jeong, Debi Mazar, and Keegan-Michael Key in supporting roles, along with plenty of surprising celebrity cameos. Sit back, turn off your brain, and laugh along with this one, folks.

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan (2021)

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, War & Politics
Cast Elijah Bender, David Spafford, Nathan Ledbetter
At times, this docuseries about the warring clans of 16th-century Japan feels more like an edgy action film than a traditional documentary, but the six-part series does a masterful job of exploring the political drama and intrigue of the Sengoku period — one of the most tumultuous eras of feudal Japan’s history. The series follows the rise (and, often, violent fall) of several prominent historical figures whose paths shaped the nation at a time when samurai, warlords and powerful families were engaged in a near-constant civil war, and it does so with a combination of historical (and graphic) reenactments and expert commentary. History lessons this deep have rarely been this intense or compelling.

The Umbrella Academy (2019)

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 of 43 children born to women who mysteriously never knew they were pregnant until they went into labor. It turns out they are superheroes, and when these seven children are adopted by an eccentric billionaire, he turns the siblings into a superhero team called The Umbrella Academy. Later, however, the children become estranged from one another and their father. But when they discover he has died, they reconnect for his funeral. Warnings of a pending apocalypse prompt them to band together again to stop it, though it isn’t without clashing personalities and plenty of familial dysfunction.

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
5.2/10
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 %
8.3/10
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
86 %
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.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

The Haunting of Hill House
79 %
8.6/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel
Created by Mike Flanagan
One dark and ominous night, Hugh Crain (Henry Thomas) gathers his children and flees their vast, gothic mansion, leaving his wife, Olivia (Carla Gugino), behind. Olivia dies that night, her death ruled a suicide, and the tabloids run wild with stories of the haunted Hill House. The five Crain children grow up dealing with their trauma in varying ways until a tragedy forces them all back together as adults — and back to Hill House. Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House is a character-driven story that delves into the psychological problems of its many protagonists. It’s no mere family drama, though. In addition to their personal demons, there are some very real ghosts haunting the Crains, and Flanagan orchestrates some intense scares in the first episode alone, building tension but also knowing when to bust out a jump scare.

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.

Kim's Convenience (2016)

Kim's Convenience
8.3/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang
Created by Ins Choi, Kevin White
One of the most popular Canadian sitcoms of all time, Kim’s Convenience premiered in 2016 and concluded its award-winning five-season run in 2021. The show depicts the trials and tribulations of a Korean-Canadian family that runs a convenience store in Toronto and follows the lives and loves of both the family members and various members of their social and professional circles. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon play the family’s father and mother, respectively, while Andrea Ban plays their live-in daughter, and Shang-Chi star Simu Liu plays their estranged son. Heartwarming, hilarious, and surprisingly poignant at times, the series is an ode to the importance of family — both the families we’re born into and the ones we create for ourselves.

You (2018)

You
75 %
7.8/10
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Mystery, Crime, Drama
Cast Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, Saffron Burrows
Created by Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
One of the more controversial recent entries in Netflix’s list of original series, You follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore owner whose dark impulses take control when he becomes infatuated with a customer. Penn Badgley portrays Joe, with Elizabeth Lail playing the woman for which he develops a dangerous obsession in the show’s first season. A surprise hit for Netflix, the psychological drama based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel spawned a successful second season — in which Joe relocates from New York to Los Angeles, and The Haunting franchise actress Victoria Pedretti joins the cast — and then a third season that takes the saga to even darker, bloodier places as Joe balances new responsibilities with his sinister past. Disturbing, tense, and twisted, the series keeps generating plenty of buzz with each new chapter in Joe’s story.

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.

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. (2022) new

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.
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.

Bridgerton (2020) new

Bridgerton
73 %
7.4/10
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.

Alien Worlds (2020)

Alien Worlds
6.5/10
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Sophie Okonedo
When is a documentary not a documentary? When it’s Alien Worlds, a new sci-fi series produced in a documentary style. The show explores four fictional planets and uses input from real scientists to create dramatizations of how life and evolution would play out in those wildly different environments. The creatures and landscapes are all created with CGI, but they are convincing enough that you can almost buy into the illusion that the show is a glimpse of places that have their own rules and reality.

GLOW (2017)

GLOW
82 %
8/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron
Created by Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
The job market isn’t great for aspiring actors, so when Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) answers a call for “unconventional women,” she ends up trying out for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, an all-female wrestling league overseen by washed-up director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Wilder’s former friend Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) also tries out, and Sylvia decides to make the two the center of the league’s story: Eagan the heroic “Liberty Belle” and Wilder as the villain “Zoya the Destroya.” What follows is a raucous story of misfits chasing their dreams, complete with a melange of ’80s tropes, including cocaine parties and hokey montages. Although the pandemic caused Netflix to cancel the series just as filming on the fourth and final season began, the three seasons currently available deliver plenty of laughs, drama, and cheer-worthy moments.

Sweet Tooth (2021)

Sweet Tooth
78 %
7.9/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar
Created by Jim Mickle
This adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s comic book series of the same name is a dark fantasy set in a world where a terrible virus is quickly whittling down the remnants of human society. The show follows a half-human, half-deer boy as he embarks on a cross-country journey to find his mother, accompanied by a mysterious loner who saved him from violent poachers. The series balances the naivety and wonder of its title character, portrayed by Christian Convery, with the harsh world outside the only home he’s ever known.

The Queen's Gambit (2020)

The Queen's Gambit
79 %
8.6/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Anya Taylor-Joy, Isla Johnston, Bill Camp
Created by Scott Frank, Allan Scott
Netflix’s skillfully made adaptation of Walter Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit is the series we didn’t know we needed. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as chess prodigy Beth Harmon, a young woman who is driven to become the very best in the world. Beth’s ability to visualize chess movies in her mind brings the game to life in unexpected ways. However, Beth’s inner demons may stand in the way of her ambition.

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.

Atypical (2017)

Atypical
66 %
8.3/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy
Cast Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine
Created by Robia Rashid
Keir Gilchrist portrays autistic teenager Sam Gardner in this Netflix original series that follows Sam’s journey through high school and — in later seasons — college, navigating the complicated social situations he’s presented with at school and home. After a shaky first season, Atypical found its groove in its second season and followed that up with a third, critically acclaimed season that saw Sam begin college and deal with an entirely new set of challenges. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport play Sam’s mother and father, respectively, while Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s talented and protective sister. The series wrapped up with its fourth and final season, and all four seasons are now available on Netflix.

Hilda (2018)

Hilda
8.6/10
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.

Midnight Asia: Eat · Dance · Dream (2022) new

Midnight Asia: Eat · Dance · Dream
6.6/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary
The travel documentary genre gets a unique twist in this series that explores some of the interesting things that happen after dark in some of the biggest cities in Asia. From an 85-year-old club DJ to a roving street-cart pub you can only locate through social media, there are plenty of fascinating stories to be found among the night owls of Tokyo, Mumbai, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, and Taipei, six very different cities that share one common trait: They stay alive long after the sun goes down.

Peaky Blinders (2013)

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.

Song Exploder (2020)

Song Exploder
7.4/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast Hrishikesh Hirway
Have you ever wondered what it took to create some of your favorite songs? Hrishikesh Hirway’s popular podcast Song Exploder gets the answers straight from the artists themselves. The TV incarnation of the show is back for a new season on Netflix, with episodes on The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Dua Lipa, and Natalia Lafourcade. Naturally, the first season is also available, with spotlight episodes for R.E.M., Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Inventing Anna (2022) new

Inventing Anna
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Kate Burton
Created by Shonda Rhimes
Producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s AnatomyScandal) has become one of television’s most reliable hitmakers, and she turns her attention to a ripped-from-the-headlines story in this limited series that chronicles the rise and fall of Anna Sorokin (aka Anna Delvey), a young woman who became an Instagram star by convincing a long list of New York socialites that she was a German heiress. Julia Garner portrays Anna in the series, with Anna Chlumsky portraying the journalist who pursued the real story behind this enigmatic influencer who stole millions of dollars by fabricating a life for herself among the city’s wealthy elite.

Community (2009)

Community
74 %
8.5/10
tv-pg 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi
Created by Dan Harmon
NBC never quite knew what to make of Community, but the series found a devoted audience that embraced its hilarious blend of pop culture comedy. Future Marvel directors Joe and Anthony Russo helmed several memorable episodes that earned them a chance to hit the big screen, but the show belonged to its mismatched study group portrayed by Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, and Chevy Chase. Despite several personality clashes, the group becomes a makeshift family, with Ken Jeong and Jim Rash also stealing a lot of scenes as Dean Pelton and Ben Chang. We’re still waiting for a Community movie, but all six seasons are on Netflix.

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.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (2020)

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
tv-y7 3 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Action & Adventure
Cast Karen Fukuhara, Coy Stewart, Deon Cole
Created by Bill Wolkoff, Radford Sechrist
This brilliant animated series that premiered in January 2020 defied expectations in many ways, including the decision to release all three 10-episode seasons in the same year. Created by Radford Sechrist and produced by DreamWorks Animation, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is set in a post-apocalyptic world where giant, mutated animals rule the surface of Earth while humans are forced to live underground to survive. When a young girl named Kipo decides to leave her underground shelter to search for her father, it kicks off an amazing adventure filled with action, emotion, humor, and one of the best soundtracks you’ll hear in an animated series. (A pair of scholarly wolves voiced by GZA and John Hodgman, rapping about the creation of the universe? It’s in there.) Smart, inclusive, and full of cheer-worthy moments, Kipo is the sort of series children and adults can genuinely enjoy together.

In From the Cold (2022) new

In From the Cold
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Margarita Levieva, Ivanna Sakhno, Cillian O'Sullivan
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.

Archive 81 (2022) new

Archive 81
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Evan Jonigkeit
Created by Rebecca Sonnenshine
When a film archivist takes a job restoring a collection of video tapes damaged by a fire, he soon finds himself being drawn into a mystery filled with sinister — and possibly supernatural — dangers in this Netflix original series starring Mamoudou Athie (UncorkedCake) and Dina Shihabi (Altered Carbon). The terrifying show is based on the podcast of the same name, with Rebecca Sonnenshine (The BoysOutcast) serving as showrunner, and blends found-footage scares with a story that ratchets up the tension with every episode.

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.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
7.9/10
tv-y7 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka
Created by Noelle 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.

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.

Cobra Kai (2018) new

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.

Shadow and Bone (2021) new

Shadow and Bone
68 %
7.7/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter
Created by Eric Heisserer
Netflix adapted Leigh Bardugo’s popular Grisha novels for this fantasy adventure series set in a world divided by darkness. Jessie Mei Li portrays a young woman who discovers she is a “Grisha” — able to wield magic and create light in darkness — and soon finds herself caught up in a war against powerful forces, both internal and external, in her kingdom of Ravka. Although the series leans into its YA literature roots, it also takes Bardugo’s saga in some new directions, offering plenty of surprises for fans of the novels and earning praise for its spectacular visual effects and fantastic world building.

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
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.

The Witcher (2019)

The Witcher
53 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Cast Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra
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).

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.

Maya and the Three (2021)

Maya and the Three
tv-y7 1 Season
Genre Animation, Family, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Cast Zoe Saldana, Joaquín Cosío, Jorge R. Gutierrez
Created by Jorge R. Gutierrez
This nine-episode animated series created by Jorge R. Gutiérrez is a self-contained story that its creator likened to a Mexican version of Lord of the Rings, and the description isn’t that far off. The series is set in a world based on pre-colonial Mesoamerica, filled with the multitude of gods and heroes that populated the mythology of the indigenous cultures of that era, and follows a 15-year-old girl who embarks on a journey to find the three prophesied warriors who will help her defeat the underworld deities threatening humanity and save the world. Filled with unique, beautiful animation, and colorful characters you can’t help but cheer for (or against), Maya and the Three is an epic adventure everyone in the family will enjoy.

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 that included 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.

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.

Supergirl (2015)

Supergirl
tv-14 6 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood
Created by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg
Melissa Benoist gave the world a hero to believe in — and to cheer for — when she made her debut as Supergirl in this series that made its way from CBS to The CW and ran for six action-packed, heartwarming seasons before concluding in November. The series follows Kara Zor-El, the Kryptonian cousin of the hero known as Superman, as she protects her new home from all manner of threats, both human and extraterrestrial, and occasionally finds herself assisting (or getting assistance from) a wide range of other, familiar costumed heroes.

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.

Narcos: Mexico (2018)

Narcos: Mexico
80 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Scoot McNairy, José María Yázpik, Alfonso Dosal
Created by Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
A companion to the popular Narcos series, Narcos: Mexico chronicles the rise of the Mexico’s illegal drug trade throughout the 1980s. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luna portrays Guadalajara Cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, with Michael Peña playing DEA agent Kiki Camarena. The third and final season of the series premiered in November.

Alice in Borderland (2020)

Alice in Borderland
7.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action, Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Yūki Morinaga, Keita Machida
This Japanese series based on the manga of the same name by Haro Aso follows an aimless gamer named Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) who suddenly finds himself and his two best friends transported to an eerily empty Tokyo where they’re forced to compete in deadly games to survive. A mix of Battle Royale and The Hunger Games with a fascinating mystery and a talented cast, Alice in Borderland earned praise from critics and general audiences alike for its clever first season and was renewed for a second season just two weeks after the show’s Netflix launch. Its underlying premise will keep you guessing, and so will the sense of creeping dread as key characters are killed off — sometimes in gruesome fashion — from one episode to the next.

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.

Never Have I Ever (2020)

Never Have I Ever
80 %
7.9/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison
Created by Lang Fisher, Mindy Kaling
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.

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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