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Netflix has too many options for the average person to practically browse (including 113 brand new shows premiering in 2020 alone). So we’re here to recommend the best shows currently available on the streaming service for US viewers.
From the Netflix original hits like “Stranger Things” to their best-syndicated series like “Great British Bake Off” and more, there’s something for everyone.
Keep reading to see the 101 best TV shows you can watch on Netflix:
Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the service monthly, so the availability of titles below may change. This list was last updated on July 16, 2020.
1. “Mindhunter” (Netflix)
Following the real-life story of FBI agents in the 1970s who were cataloging and identifying serial killers for the first time in bureau history, this drama series elevates the “true crime” genre into something much more chillingly realistic (without losing its keen sense of style).
2. “Schitt’s Creek” (PopTV)
Showrunner (and series) star Dan Levy has created one of the best comedies on television right now. The small-town comedy shtick gives way to fantastic character development and heart-melting romantic subplots.
(If you want to watch the final season on PopTV, read our guide on how to stream new episodes here.)
3. “The Good Place” (NBC)
If you haven’t yet watched this genius series about a terrible woman who finds herself mistakenly in heaven, aka the Good Place, then we strongly recommend you fixing that oversight.
“The Good Place” will keep you on your toes with twists and turns in the storyline, and you’ll be hard-pressed to pick just one favourite character by the time you finish your binge.
4. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
The phenomenal cast, score, and vibrant supernatural storylines in Netflix’s original sci-fi drama exemplifies what the streaming service does best: reel you in and keep you hooked.
5. “Chef’s Table” (Netflix)
“Food porn” may be an overused term, but there is almost no other way to properly explain the beautiful and gratifying episodes of “Chef’s Table.”
The series follows a different acclaimed chef per episode and explores their ethos and craftsmanship. Every hour-long episode builds up to a gorgeous visual explosion of immaculate and mouth-watering plates of food.
6. “Grand Designs” (Channel 4)
This British series follows a different homeowner per episode as they try to build their dream home from scratch.
Since the production team is there from the start, each “Grand Designs” episode can sometimes span years as they check in with the progress of the home. The final reveal at the end is often astounding and brings together the riveting before-and-after home makeover model with DIY drama.
7. “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
“Russian Doll” follows Nadia as she gets stuck in a loop of her own 36th birthday in New York City, a bleak but hilarious premise that’s brought to life fantastically by cocreator and star Natasha Lyonne.
The neon-lit New York setting and bizarre-but-compelling plot of a woman dying again and again in a strange loop will have you instantly hooked.
8. “Jeopardy!” (ABC)
Netflix has syndicated several “Jeopardy!” tournaments that are a delight for any trivia nerds out there.
Whether you’re an existing “Jeopardy!” fan or have never tuned into the show before, the episodes are a perfect 20-minute dose of TV for when you’re not sure what else to watch.
9. “Big Mouth” (Netflix)
“Big Mouth” is weird. And great. The raunchy, R-rated animated series may not be for everyone, but you should at least give it a shot.
Beneath all the realistic and relatable grossness about puberty and sex and masturbation, there is a lot of heart and thoughtful sex-positive messaging and all the quick, off-kilter humour you handle.
10. “Maniac” (Netflix)
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill deliver a phenomenal performance as Annie and Owen, two strangers drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for their own reasons.
The show is set in an alternate-universe version of New York City, and strikes a perfect balance between magical realism, absurdity, and pseudo-futurism. It’s lovely, and one of Netflix’s most underrated original series.
11. “Dark” (Netflix)
“Dark” was Netflix’s first original German series, we recommend watching it with the original audio and subtitles (not the dubbed version Netflix defaults to).
This show requires a lot of attention with three different time settings and inter-generational family drama and time-travel to boot, but it’s one of the best supernatural TV shows the streaming service has ever produced.
12. “The End of the Fxxxing World” (Netflix)
“The End of the Fxxxing World” is distinct for its style, humour, and heart. The show takes a surprising set of turns after opening with a very dark pronouncement.
You’ll find yourself rooting for both protagonists – James and Alyssa – as they search for purpose in this weird world and find it in one another.
13. “I Am Not OK With This” (Netflix)
Cocreated by the same director from “The End of the Fxxxing World,” Jonathan Entwistle, “I Am Not OK With This” shares the similarly pitch-perfect sense of style and musical tone.
The cast is all fantastic, and it’s another short binge-watch series you wish you could spend more time falling in love with.
14. “The OA” (Netflix)
One of Netflix’s most divisive series, “The OA,” was cancelled last year after just two seasons.
Though incomplete, the story told in the first two seasons of “The OA” is worth experiencing for yourself. It’s one of the most compelling, unique, and earnest shows on Netflix, and tells an unparalleled story about the power of believing in one’s self and in selflessness.
15. “The Baby-Sitters Club” (Netflix)
This new family-friendly series is already a smash hit among critics. It’s one of just three Netflix shows with a 100% “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes this year.
Bringing the beloved book series onto the screen (and with timely updates for a 2020 audience), it’s a perfect binge-watch for all ages.
16. “Lovesick” (Channel 4/Netflix)
“Lovesick” is funny, endearing, at times raunchy, but above all extremely heartwarming and well-written. If you’re looking for an entertaining love story to binge on Netflix, start here.
17. “Special” (Netflix)
Ryan O’Connell is the co-creator and star of the Netflix original “Special,” a comedy series about a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who is trying to break out of his patterns.
All eight episodes are under 20 minutes, making it a quick watch, and you’re guaranteed to be left wanting more.
18. “Parks and Recreation” (Netflix)
Whether you’ve seen this sitcom dozens of times already or have yet to experience the magic of Leslie Knope’s indefatigable optimism, “Parks and Recreation” is a perfect weekend binge-show.
19. “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” (Netflix)
Watching “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson” is like watching a fever dream of the best absurdist sketch ideas a table of comedy writers has spent years honing.
It’s strange, hilarious, off-kilter, and packed with an incredible cast of stars you know from movies, “Saturday Night Live,” and more.
20. “The Office” (NBC)
Prepare to cringe at Michael Scott’s wildly inappropriate sense of humour, but fall in love (maybe for the third or fourth time) with the goofy and endearing employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
21. “Glow” (Netflix)
Based on the real 1980s women of G.L.O.W. (“Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”), this Netflix comedy is both funny and endearing.
It’s the kind of show you’ll find yourself bingeing without meaning to, and you may even shed a tear or two over the more poignant (and stunningly written) storylines. Plus, there’s incredibly choreographed wrestling!
22. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Like “Mad Men,” this peak TV drama is one of the best complete series available to stream on Netflix.
It won’t be a stress-free binge, but you will have the pleasure of watching some of the best writing, directing, and acting ever seen in the last decade of television.
23. “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Acclaimed by critics, and believed by some to surpass “Breaking Bad” when it comes to quality, this spinoff series is another fantastic choice for Netflix subscribers.
24. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Grey’s Anatomy” is chock-full of intriguing hospital cases, juicy sex and relationship subplots, and the signature witty dialogue which helped catapult Shonda Rhimes into TV-creator fame.
25. “American Vandal” (Netflix)
“American Vandal” is the perfect mockumentary. Following a team of teenaged investigators trying to get the bottom of the low-stakes crime of vandalism (“Who drew the d—-?”), the first season of “American Vandal” is a searing satire that will leave you breathless with laughter.
26. “The Great British Baking Show” (BBC/Channel 4)
Netflix’s curated collection of this wholesome reality baking competition has found fame for good reason. It’s absolutely lovely.
Every season is worth watching for the educational recipe challenges and gorgeous amateur baking creations, but we recommend starting with “Collection One” and “Collection Three” for the best cast of reality-show characters we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.
27. “Cheer” (Netflix)
Learn about the inner-workings of competitive cheerleading (which is far more strenuous than you’d likely imagine) and the heartwrenching ways these young people have found purpose in the sport.
28. “Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance” (Netflix)
Using puppetry combined with new CGI technology, “Age of Resistance” transports you to a different world and time.
The first season is a wonderfully written fantasy adventure tale featuring an impressive ensemble of Hollywood stars who lent their voices to the puppeted characters.
29. “Unbelievable” (Netflix)
“Unbelievable” is a Netflix original series based on the real reported events of a serial rapist investigation found in a Pulitzer-prize winning article published by ProPublica in 2015.
The show’s narrative begins with a deeply upsetting portrayal of assault, but builds to one of the most cathartic television finales we’ve ever seen. This is absolutely one of the best Netflix originals ever made.
30. “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
The new “Fab Five” – Tan, Antoni, Karamo, Jonathan, and Bobby – and their transformative “heroes” are the stars of this beloved reboot series.
It’s a reliable dose of solace and heart and comfort among the many bleaker options on Netflix.
31. “Sherlock” (BBC)
Set in contemporary London and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, this take on Sherlock features creative storytelling and phenomenal performances.
Plus, Andrew Scott’s rendition of Moriarty is one of the best TV villains we’ve ever seen.
32. “Arrested Development” (Fox/Netflix)
“Arrested Development” is another show that has shakier later seasons, but the early episodes are hilarious and worth a watch anytime.
If you’re looking for a comedy, start here.
33. “Our Planet” (Netflix)
Specifically framed as a “never-before-filmed look at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants,” the series doesn’t shy away from pointing out how climate change has affected the Earth’s inhabitants.
34. “Feel Good” (Netflix)
“Feel Good” is the kind of perfect, short show you can binge in an afternoon and feel, well, good about.
Telling the autobiographical story of comedian (and recovered addict) Mae Martin as she falls in love and tries to balance her mental health, it’s funny and earnest and endearing and raw all at once. Don’t miss this one.
35. “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix)
“Never Have I Ever” is one of Netflix’s newest original series, and it’s by far one of the best shows the streaming service has put out in 2020.
It’s a fresh coming-of-age story that respects teen girls’ exploration of sex and relationships, all while balancing a touching tale of grief, loss, and family divides.
36. “When They See Us” (Netflix)
Director and writer Ava DuVernay created this four-episode miniseries for Netflix, all based on the real criminal investigation of five teenagers of colour, labelled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a sexual assault they had no part in.
The miniseries is one of the most powerful and gutting dramas ever made for Netflix.
37. “Making a Murderer” (Netflix)
“Making a Murderer” was Netflix’s first major documentary hit, charting the true-crime story of a woman’s murder and the two men who were imprisoned afterward.
It’s riveting, harrowing, and remains one of the best nonfiction series to come from the streaming service.
38. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” (Netflix)
Last year, this Netflix reality-obsession came gliding into our lives. If you haven’t already, throw on “Tidying Up” and absorb Kondo’s best advice for finally de-cluttering that room or space that no longer “sparks joy” in your life.
39. “Twin Peaks” (ABC)
The first two seasons of “Twin Peaks” (which aired in the early ’90s) are streaming on Netflix, and make for an extremely satisfying mystery-horror-camp watch.
40. “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” (Netflix)
If you need a palate cleanser, Samin Nosrat’s short and sweet documentary series “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is a gorgeous and gratifying look at how the four main elements of any great dish are used around the world.
Nosrat’s take on the well-tread ground of food documentaries is educational, earnest, and light-hearted in a way that sets it apart.
41. “The West Wing” (NBC)
Another one of the better modern classic dramas streaming on Netflix right now, “The West Wing” is a good throwback to serialized political drama (that would be unrecognizable to anyone who only knows US politics as they have operated in the last six years).
42. “Gentefied” (Netflix)
Charting the timely issues of gentrification in Los Angeles with plenty of heart and wit, “Gentefied” is one of the best new comedies of 2020.
With just 10 episodes clocking in around 30 minutes each, it’s a fun and engaging binge-watch.
43. “Kim’s Convenience” (CBC)
Following a Korean-Canadian family who owns a shop in Toronto, “Kim’s Convenience” is a smart and fun sitcom-style series with a lot of heart.
The short episodes make it a fast watch, though you’ll quickly find yourself lost in the humour and pitch-perfect performances.
44. “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC)
“Halt and Catch Fire” made it onto many notable critics’ top lists for the last decade, and the entire series is now streaming on Netflix.
The fictional show spans through the ’80s and into the ’90s as the computer revolution changes the world with one piece of technology at a time.
45. “Jane the Virgin” (The CW)
With nonstop plot turns and captivating performances, “Jane the Virgin” is precisely the kind of show made for binge-watching when you want your heart to feel a little warmer.
The series begins with Jane (a virgin, in case you hadn’t put that together yet) getting accidentally artificially inseminated – and things only get more twisty and dramatic from there.
46. “Pose” (FX)
Inspired by the documentary feature “Paris is Burning” (which is also currently on Netflix), “Pose” tells the story of the 1980s ball culture with a piercing look at the discrimination faced by the LGBTQ and drag community.
The phenomenal ensemble cast, detailed set design, and gorgeous costuming make “Pose” well worth your time.
47. “Black Mirror” (BBC/Netflix)
“Black Mirror” is the best dystopian content Netflix has to offer. It’s an anthology series, which means you can pick just the best-of-the-best if you don’t feel like watching every episode.
We recommend starting with “Be Right Back” (season two), “USS Callister” (season four), and “San Junipero” (season three) if you want to dip a toe in.
48. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW)
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” traces the story of Rebecca Bunch, played by the series’ co-creator Rachel Bloom, as she decides to leave her successful New York City life to follow an old summertime fling to California.
The episodes include musical numbers, so truly what’s not to love?
49. “On My Block” (Netflix)
This coming-of-age comedy/drama tells the story of a group of teenage friends entering high school in a Los Angeles neighbourhood and navigating all the thrills and pain of the new experiences that come with growing up.
50. “Sex Education” (Netflix)
Starring Asa Butterfield as Otis, an “inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist,” the show takes a turn when Otis decides to start an underground “sex therapy” club for his classmates.
“Sex Education” is weird (in a great way), heartfelt, and a must-watch.
51. “Next in Fashion” (Netflix)
If you enjoy reality competition shows, particularly ones centered around fashion design challenges, “Next in Fashion” is a new can’t-miss series.
The contestants are fabulous and each weekly challenge produces some stunning new designs.
52. “Billy on the Street” (TruTV/Fuse)
Honestly, who doesn’t want to watch a grown man sprinting around the streets of Manhattan and yelling trivia or quiz questions at strangers (who sometimes yell back)?
Billy Eichner’s highly specific brand of comedy is simply the best.
53. “Dexter” (Showtime)
Love or hate how the series finale shook out, you can’t deny that “Dexter” paved the way for the kind of anti-hero now sprinkled around most TV series.
It’s worth revisiting if you’re in the mood for some over-the-top murder drama.
54. “Derry Girls” (Channel 4)
A quick and entertaining binge, “Derry Girls” is a sitcom set in the ’90s in Northern Ireland.
Though American audiences may need to turn on captions while adjusting to the Irish accents, the extra effort is well worth it. “Derry Girls” has been hailed by critics as a pitch-perfect series about young women navigating their teen years.
55. “Last Chance U” (Netflix)
“Last Chance U” is a Netflix original docuseries that will often leave you feeling gutted. The show follows community college football players who are trying to establish stability and success in their lives after growing up in under-served communities.
The documentary crew has an intimate level of access to the lives of these compelling young men and the adults influencing their lives.
56. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (CBS)
Whether you’ve been a “Star Trek” fan for decades or are thinking about visiting this iconic cast of characters for the first time, watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is never a bad idea.
With a new CBS sequel series about Jean-Luc Picard currently airing, now is the perfect time to experience the TV show that captivated a generation.
57. “The Crown” (Netflix)
With yet another fabulous cast of stars all playing the royal family and significant political figures like Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy, the series brings to life the many twists and turns of the United Kingdom’s history.
58. “Sacred Games” (Netflix)
“Sacred Games” is a critically praised police procedural series set in Bombay, India. With fantastic production and a great ensemble cast, this is one of Netflix’s originals that may have flown under your radar but is worth a watch.
If you like underworld crime drama and thrilling action, “Sacred Games” is an ideal show for you.
59. “One Day at a Time” (Netflix/PopTV)
Netflix original series “One Day at a Time” is filmed in a familiar network comedy style (laugh track and all), and it’s among the most critically acclaimed of Netflix’s 20-ish minute series.
Weaving in storylines of veteran PTSD, immigration, racism, and the everyday struggles of keeping a family unit happy under one roof, “One Day at a Time” is equally heartwarming, inspiring, and hilarious.
60. “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (FX)
FX’s hit 2018 series is a great part of the Netflix catalogue. With a stellar cast including Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, and Edgar Ramirez, “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianna Versace” is beautifully shot and packed with dramatic retellings of a series of real murders.
61. “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” (FX)
Another of Ryan Murphy’s co-created series, “The People vs OJ Simpson” dramatizes the real events of Simpson’s trial in a rich and compelling format.
62. “American Horror Story” (FX)
Finishing up the Ryan Murphy FX shows, “American Horror Story” is another excellent series you can stream right now. Every season revamps the setting/story while keeping the same cast.
Critics especially love “American Horror Story: Coven” and “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
63. “Terrace House” (Fuji Television)
The premise of the show may seem simple and “Real World”-y enough, but “Terrace House” is anything but standard reality television.
The Japanese series has accumulated a devoted fanbase who can’t get enough of the addictive dating-show vibes and distinctly un-American approach to unscripted television.
64. “Documentary Now!” (IFC)
Pulling narratives and themes from your favourite documentary films, this show puts a sardonic and witty spin on a familiar format. “SNL” alums Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers have struck gold with this mockumentary series, and you don’t want to skip it.
65. “The Magicians” (Syfy)
One of Syfy’s longest-running drama series, “The Magicians” has built itself up to a phenomenal run of episodes that are beloved by devoted fans. If fantasy is your jam, treat yourself to a little big a magic with this series.
66. “Tuca and Bertie” (Netflix)
Starring comedians Tiffany Haddish as Tuca, “a cocky, care-free toucan,” and Ali Wong as Bertie, “an anxious, daydreaming songbird,” the show is all about friendship and weirdness.
With great animation styling, brilliant side gags, and short 30-minute episodes, “Tuca and Bertie” is a great one to binge.
67. “Alias Grace” (CBC/Netflix)
While Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become a cultural sensation, “Alias Grace” is another adaptation of author Margaret Atwood’s catalogue that is worth paying attention to.
This miniseries is the highest-rated Netflix drama among critics thanks to the brilliant performances and gripping story of a woman accused and convicted of an infamous 1843 double murder.
68. “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix)
“BoJack Horseman” just ended its six-season run in early 2020 and cemented its place as one of the best Netflix originals made to date.
Poignant, funny, and unwavering with its mission of tackling tough issues head-on, it’s another can’t-miss Netflix original.
69. “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin bring a shimmering warmth to this show about friendship and love. We’d watch these two on-screen for as many episodes as Netflix would deliver (though the series is coming to an end with its upcoming seventh season).
70. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Another of Netflix’s better original comedy series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” charts the story of a woman rescued from a doomsday cult who knows virtually nothing about the real world.
71. “Riverdale” (The CW)
The first season of “Riverdale” is especially fantastic for binge-watching. If you want over-the-top teen drama, murder mystery, and political family intrigue, “Riverdale” will deliver.
72. “Ozark” (Netflix)
One of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, “Ozark” is great for more crime drama and grim family tensions. A third season is on its way soon, so now would be the time to catch up with “Ozark.”
73. “Skins” (E4)
This British teen drama series not only costars some of your “Game of Thrones” favourites like Hannah Murray (Gilly), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), but is one of the original young-adult shows which explored issues of mental health, teen sex, and substance abuse.
74. “You” (Lifetime/Netflix)
Since the first season dropped on the streaming service, “You” has found a new and fervent fan base.
The series follows Joe (Penn Badgley) as he meets and then stalks a woman in New York City. What follows includes theft, breaking and entering, violence, and … love?
The satirical tone of Joe’s creeptastic persona hits an incredible nuance, to the point where fans are “falling in love” with the stalker, and Penn Badgley has to beg them to stop.
75. “Elité” (Netflix)
“Elite” has it all – teen drama, crime mysteries, romance, shocking twists, and more. This is one of Netflix’s most compelling original international series, and it’s third season just dropped.
76. “Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show” (Netflix)
If you like sketch comedy, then this is a very underrated Netflix original you should watch. It’s self-aware, silly, hilarious, and very bingeable in a single day.
77. “Blown Away” (Netflix)
“Blown Away” is one of Netflix’s original reality show competitions, and it’s by far one of the most interesting made yet.
You’ll learn more about the intricacies of glasswork, find yourself rooting for various artists, and gasp when carefully constructed pieces of delicate glass fall to the floor and shatter partway through the challenge time.
78. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Netflix’s legacy of original TV series began in 2013 with the first season of “Orange Is the New Black.”
Now that this comedy/drama series (based on the real-life story of a woman incarcerated at a federal prison) has come to an end, it means you can watch the entire series from start to finish.
79. “Nailed It!” (Netflix)
“Nailed It!” puts bakers’ talents with fondant, chocolate, and other decorating techniques to the test. Three contestants compete for a $US10,000 prize, but the results are often anything but beautiful.
Typically the amateur bakers wind up creating monstrous versions of the intricate designs they’re challenged to recreate. Which is very entertaining, to say the least.
80. “Babylon Berlin” (Sky1)
“Babylon Berlon” is a dazzling German neo-noir series set in the 1920s. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix now, with the third hopefully soon to follow.
81. “Dead to Me” (Netflix)
“Dead to Me” is a Netflix original series about two women who meet in a support group for people grieving over the loss of the loved one.
With each of its 10 episodes landing around 30-minutes long, “Dead to Me” is built for marathon-viewing. The balance of dark themes and lighter moments and surprising turns will keep you engaged through each chapter of the story.
82. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (Nickelodeon)
Whether you want to revisit the captivating story, or finally see what all the hype is about, now is the time to watch the epic adventure story of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
(Bonus: It’s a family-friendly show, so a great one for parents and kids to watch together).
83. “The Twilight Zone” (CBS)
With more than a hundred episodes of the original series “The Twilight Zone” on Netflix, you have plenty of classic suspenseful and supernatural stories to dive into.
Two episodes from the first season, “And When the Sky Was Opened” and “The Hitch-Hiker,” are often said to be the scariest episodes of this iconic series from the mid-1900s.
84. “The Witcher” (Netflix)
One of Netflix’s newer fantasy adaptations, “The Witcher” weaves between a self-aware satirical tone and a darker medieval drama with magical creatures and political intrigue.
It’s a bit ridiculous, but that’s sort of the point. Either way, we get Henry Cavill doing some awesome sword-fighting and acting while shirtless in a hot tub, so no complaints here.
85. “Gilmore Girls” (WB/CW/Netflix)
This is a story about a close-knit mother and daughter – who are each witty, hilarious, sometimes-mean, and never boring – and their changing lives in a small town.
The series has become a contemporary classic for good reason, and is a joy to experience the very 2000s world of “Gilmore Girls” whether it’s your first or fourth time.
86. “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
Eva Green stuns in this drama series, which brings together iconic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Grey, and mergers them all in a Victorian London setting.
87. “Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)
If you want a screwball zombie series, “Santa Clarita Diet” is just the ticket. Watching Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant onscreen together simply never gets old.
88. “The Sinner” (USA)
“The Sinner” is another anthology series, and its first season is a phenomenal thriller/mystery. It kicks off with a woman stabbing a man to death at a public beach for seemingly no reason whatsoever – and the subsequent investigation unearths a horrifying story.
89. “Peaky Blinders” (BBC)
From the 19th-century gang premise to the incredible ensemble of actors (which includes Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, and more), “Peaky Blinders” is a violent visual feast.
90. “New Girl” (Fox)
Just a handful of episodes in, you’ll fall in love with “New Girl’s” cast of characters: Jess, Cece, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. The comedy weaves breezily between friendships, will-they-won’t-they romances, and relatable adult struggles.
91. “Everything Sucks!” (Netflix)
After the success of “Stranger Things,” Netflix followed up with an ensemble series set in the ’90s. “Everything Sucks!” has a great soundtrack, awesome cast of young stars, and an engaging story.
It’s still worth watching, even if the series was cancelled before the story could play out with a second season.
92. “La Casa de Papel/Money Heist” (Antena 3/Netflix)
Robbery, tense hostage situations, and strategic crime plots all intertwine in Netflix’s biggest Spanish drama series. The show has gained acclaim overseas, and though the US audience hasn’t fully caught onto the hype, it’s never too late to fix that.
93. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
“The Walking Dead” was one of AMC’s earliest hit series in the 2000s, and its ongoing apocalypse storyline has been met with varying degrees of critical success. But nearly everyone is in agreement that those early seasons make for some of the best horror television ever made.
94. “Weeds” (Showtime)
“Weeds” is the dark comedy series that “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan helmed before moving to Netflix.
Though, like others on this list, the series ended with a divisive final set of episodes, “Weeds” is still one of the best overall completed series you can stream on Netflix right now.
95. “Sense8” (Netflix)
“Sense8” follows a group of characters from various backgrounds who realise they can telepathically experience each other’s lives. It’s visually stunning, and a standout among the sci-fi series Netflix has created.
96. “The IT Crowd” (Channel 4)
All four seasons of “The IT Crowd” are streaming on Netflix, so you can fall in love with the shenanigans of an IT support team made up of three unlikely folks.
97. “Love is Blind” (Netflix)
“Love is Blind” takes the concept of reality show dating to incredible new heights of drama. Strangers are only allowed to speak through closed booths (which means they don’t see one another) before picking someone to get engaged to.
And that’s just the first two episodes. What follows is riveting reality television tracking several couples as they go from strangers to standing at the altar – all within just a few weeks.
98. “Kingdom” (Netflix)
For those in the mood for a period zombie thriller with stunning sets, fight choreography, a little palace intrigue, “Kingdom” should be high on your list.
The second season of this Korean original series just dropped on Netflix, so there’s plenty to dig into.
99. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix)
As the story often reminds you, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is not a happy story. But it is one of the better book-to-series adaptations Netflix has pulled off to date.
The distinct style, great ensemble cast, and tightly written episodes all make for great binge-watching.
100. “Giri/Haji” (Netflix/BBC Two)
“Giri/Haji,” a fantastic detective drama, aired for UK audiences last year, but only came to Netflix at the start of 2020. It’s one of just three Netflix shows that have a 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes so far this year.
101. “Hannibal” (Starz)
The NBC series “Hannibal” was cancelled despite critical acclaim, and has since gained a cult following. Now all three seasons are streaming on Netflix, and it’s already the ninth most-watched item among US subscribers.
Whether you’re in the mood to experience the lush and gorgeously filmed gore of “Hannibal” for the first time, or just want to sink into a familiar rewatch, this is a solid pick on Netflix.
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