Skip to main content

5 best Netflix shows to watch after Thanksgiving

The holidays are often a time when streamers premiere tons of new offerings for eager viewers who find themselves with some free time. For the average Netflix user, though, it can be tough to keep up with which shows are worth catching up with, and which aren’t.

The Thanksgiving holiday offers the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. Once the meal has been eaten, you have plenty of extra time to catch up on the best shows on Netflix that will get you in that holiday spirit. Here are five shows that are definitely worth checking out this Thanksgiving.

Derry Girls

You Should Totally Watch | Derry Girls | Netflix

Set in Northern Ireland during the height of checkpoints and violence in the 1990s, Derry Girls is nonetheless one of the wildest, funniest shows on TV. The series follows a group of teenage girls who come of age at a particularly troubling time in the history of their community.

Derry Girls became a critical darling thanks to its sharp writing and its astonishing central performance, and it manages to be at turns touching and absurd. Few shows on TV feel more carefully calibrated, offering a window into a very specific world and somehow making it universal.


Mo | Official Trailer | Netflix

Mo is one of many creator-driven shows that is inspired by the creator’s real life. In the case of Mo, the show follows a Palestinian refugee who is still fighting for U.S. citizenship as he deals with the many cultures he’s attempting to navigate.

Based on comedian Mo Amer’s real life, the series is told from a distinct perspective but manages to lace itself with plenty of acerbic humor throughout. Mo has only gotten a single season to date, but here’s hoping that they’ll be back for more at some point in the future.


Heartstopper | Official Trailer | Netflix

Heartstopper is, at its core, simply a love story. The series follows two boys whose burgeoning friendship slowly transforms into something more against the backdrop of their lives in high school.

Based on its premise alone, you may not think that Heartstopper is all that revolutionary, except for the fact that it’s still remarkably rare to get a story like this focused on a same-sex relationship. On top of any ground it may be breaking, though, Heartstopper is also delicate, thoughtful, and sweet in the way it chooses to tell its love story.

Better Call Saul

BETTER CALL SAUL Season 1 | Extended TRAILER | AMC Series | HD

Perhaps one of the best prequel stories ever told, Better Call Saul follows Saul Goodman, the lawyer from Breaking Bad, as we learn exactly how he became the lawyer he was on that show. The show unfolds over six seasons, so you may not be able to get to all of it over Thanksgiving, but once you start, you’ll find yourself engrossed in one of the most fascinating legal shows ever made.

If Breaking Bad is all about slow corrosion, Better Call Saul is about the cycles people put themselves through as they try, and often fail, to become better people.

I Think You Should Leave

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson | Season 3 Official Trailer | Netflix

If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’ve likely seen memes from I Think You Should Leave, even if you’ve never seen the actual show. A brilliant, deranged sketch comedy show from the mind of Tim Robinson, I Think You Should Leave is often unafraid of taking bits to their logical conclusions.

Few shows on TV are bolder and more brazen, and while not every sketch lands, the ones that do have a habit of becoming cultural phenomenons. I Think You Should Leave is always surprising and usually great, and it’ll leave you in stitches no matter when you watch it.

Editors' Recommendations

Joe Allen
Joe Allen is a freelance writer based in upstate New York focused on movies and TV.
The 10 most popular TV shows on Netflix right now
Sokka, Katara, and Aang stand in an arena together in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Exploring the thousands of titles on Netflix can be both exciting and overwhelming. Content of all types abounds, from dramas and comedies to reality shows and documentaries. There's even a list to help narrow your decision by letting you see the most popular Netflix shows. That's right. Every week, Netflix releases its list of the 10 most-watched TV shows over a recent seven-day period.

This week, the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is finally on Netflix. Because of the show's popularity, it debuted in the top spot on the top 10 chart for the past week. New additions to the top 10 include the latest comedy special from Mike Epps, a true crime documentary, a fantastic martial arts drama, and the second season of Resident Alien. Below, we have listed the top 10 shows in the U.S. from February 19 to February 25, along with general information about each show, including genre, rating, cast, and synopsis.

Read more
The best British TV shows on Netflix
Jake Whitehall in a car with his father Michael driving, his father looking terrified and Jack smiling in a scene from Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father on Netflix.

The best shows on Netflix come in all shapes and sizes and even hail from various countries beyond the U.S. Not all foreign shows are in a different language, though. You'll find tons of British shows on Netflix that offer an interesting twist to the typical North American story. There's a reason, after all, that so many American shows are based on ones from the U.K. These range from teen dramas to thrillers, and even shows you might not realize have British origins.

From Sex Education to Black Mirror, Top Boy, and Treason, you'll find shows you might have watched already on this list, ones you have been meaning to watch, and maybe a few you hadn't even heard of. The shows span from ones that have been available for multiple seasons, some of which have ended their run, to others that are just getting started.

Read more
3 underrated Peacock shows that are perfect to watch for the winter
Alan Cumming in The Traitors.

The early part of winter is usually defined by friends, family, and the warmth of the holiday season. As the months drag on, though, you’re more and more likely to find yourself looking for ways to spend the coldest part of the year.

If you feel like you’ve already seen all of the well-known and genuinely great shows on Peacock, then you might even be on the lookout for something that’s a little more under the radar. That’s why we’ve put together this list of more underrated shows that are a perfect way to while away the coldest months of the year.
Ted (2024-)
ted | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Read more