If you haven’t tried Netflix, you’re missing a lot. There are a lot of hit shows on the streaming site that allow you to binge watch during the weekends or on holidays. Here are our top 40 selections of what you should watch now.
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In any game or sport, if there are winners, there are definitely losers as well. This documentary series by Netflix shows the runner-ups and the could-have-beens of various sports around the world. This docu-series compiles interviews, archived video footage and even animations to explore and explain what happened behind the scenes. If you like watching real people with real experiences, this show is the one to add to your list.
House of Cards
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This Netflix drama is an adaptation of a BBC miniseries shown in 1990, under the same title. It is the first web TV series that received Emmy Award nominations, and was also nominated (and won) at the Golden Globe Awards. “House of Cards” is a political drama which initially focused on Frank Underwood, but was later changed when the character’s actor, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct a couple of years ago. The drama runs for six seasons, with the final season released just last November 2018.
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One of the series that propelled Netflix originals forward, “Stranger Things” is not a show to miss. The story revolves around strange events that happen in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, where a boy has gone missing and a strange girl with incredible abilities appears. This science fiction horror flick is set in the ‘80s, with the set and style reminiscent of styles by Stephen King and Steven Spielberg.
Orange is the New Black
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Another popular Netflix original, “Orange is the New Black” depicts the lives of women in a penitentiary. The sharply-written comedy/drama will make you laugh and make you think at the same time. Although the characters are your typical stereotypes, complications are added here and there which will make you realize there is more to each one than what you initially perceive them to be. This is Netflix’s most watched show, and has received several nominations and awards.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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If you are looking for a show that is relentlessly positive and will put you in a good mood, then “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a great choice. The story revolves around Kimmy Schmidt, who was recently rescued from the clutches of a doomsday cult. Hoping to live a new life without being seen as a victim, she moves to New York City, where she constantly gets awe-inspired by the modernity of it all.
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Now running on three seasons, “Marvel’s Daredevil” is a treat for the Marvel fans out there. Matt Murdoch, a blind lawyer, turns into a nighttime vigilante with the use of heightened senses. He focuses his superhero activities in the New York City neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen. This series received 99% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes for its first season, 80% on its second, and 96% on its third. That makes this show certified fresh.
13 Reasons Why
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Based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name, “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of teenager Clay Jensen discovering the underlying reasons for Hannah Baker’s suicide. Clay discovers a box of cassette tapes recorded by his friend before she decided to end her life. Because of its heavy themes revolving around suicide, the series shows a card warning about the content before each episode. The series has received mixed reviews from critics and viewers.
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If you want to know more about the lives of British royalty, “The Crown” is a must-watch. It is an accurate depiction of the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The first season focuses on her marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The second season covers the Suez Crisis to the birth of Prince Edward, while the third season will cover the time of Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana Spencer. The series has already won awards from the Screen Actors Guild awards.
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If you are looking for a heart-pounding psychological thriller, “You” is an awesome choice. It is a story of obsession with Joe Goldberg, the manager of Mooney’s bookstore located in New York, enamored with Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer and graduate of NYU. He uses technology and social media to stalk his prey, get rid of obstacles between them and make their possible romance bloom. This drama series received a 93% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
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In an age where almost anything is possible, audiences are looking for a different take on the science fiction genre. Luckily, “Travelers” fits the bill. Originally a co-production between Canadian channel Showcase and Netflix, “Travellers” production responsibilities have rested solely on Netflix’s shoulders since the third season. The show is about a group of time travelers who take over the consciousness of people that are on the verge of dying. Their mission is simple: to prevent events that will result in the Earth’s destruction. It is a science-fiction show that is almost devoid of the extreme technology typical of sci-fi shows (no laser guns or flying cars in this one).
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As true-crime shows are getting more and more popular by the day, a parody was bound to crop up and a parody is exactly what “American Vandal” is. Going through the events of vandalism in a public high school, Peter Maldonado, an aspiring documentary filmmaker, takes it upon himself to find the real culprit with the help of his friend Sam Ecklund. It’s a humorous show about high school life depicted in a true-crime style complete with zoom-ins on evidence and blurring of faces.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
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If you’ve seen the movie and have read the books, you would know that the adventures of the Baudelaire children are not only sad and life-threatening; they are also fun and exciting (a bit contradictory but it’s true!). The three kids work through the mysteries of secret societies while navigating their lives being moved from one foster home to another. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a fun show to watch with your family.
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A washed-up celebrity who is half horse and half human navigates life trying to gain back his relevance.It sounds very out of this world but in reality it’s extremely relatable. Being a dark-comedy, “Bojack Horseman” will make you laugh out loud while simultaneously making you cry. This adult cartoon comedy about Hollywood and the life of fame walks you through mid-life crisis, addiction, trauma and depression.. The characters are voiced by Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris and more. It premiered in August 2014 and is now on its fifth season.
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“Black Mirror” is a British science fiction anthology that aims to examine modern societies and its relation with emerging technology. This Netflix original series is often compared to The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling. One of its famous episodes is the interactive full-length film entitled Bandersnatch wherein the viewers can freely choose the way the story will unfold. Often times, the episodes will leave you completely dumbfounded as to what you have just witnessed. Although not for the faint of heart, “Black Mirror” is definitely worth a watch.
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If you are looking for psycho-thriller drama, “Mindhunter” is sure to provide. Still trying to fully understand the influence of Charles Manson nearly a decade after his arrest, this series is set in 1977 during the founding days of criminal profiling and criminal psychology at the FBI. This story revolves around the FBI agents Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) ,Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) – a psychologist, seemingly fighting against their own agency to revolutionize the way criminals are understood.
The Umbrella Academy
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“The Umbrella Academy” is an adaptation of the comic book with the same title published by Dark Horse. The series follows a group of dysfunctional superheroes who were raised together as siblings. Premiering on February 15, 2019, the series achieved huge success and has been renewed for a second season. The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampham, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige.
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“Sex Education” is another fun Netflix comedy-drama series that you need to see. This series stars Asa Butterfield (Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, and Gillian Anderson. The story is about a socially-awkward teen that sets up a sex advice business with his female classmate after unintentionally helping a school bully who is dealing with sexual performance anxiety. In February 2019, it was announced that the series will get a second season.
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If you miss the visual thrill and mind-blowing storytelling of the Wachowski’s (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending), “Sense8” will surely bring that back to you. Written together with J. Michael Straczynski, this Netflix original science-fiction drama series explores the story of eight individuals who can share their abilities, thoughts, and skills with one another. This phenomenon is called “sensates”. This series stars Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Brian J. Smith.
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If you love watching video game-inspired shows, then “Castlevania” might be a perfect fit for you. Released in 2017, the story is about a vampire hunter who picks a fight with otherworldly beings under Dracula’s command in order to save a city. Due to the success of the first season, Netflix has announced the arrival of second season which was released last year. Castlevania stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy), Graham McTavish, and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica).
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“Narcos” is an American crime series based on the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who became rich by producing and selling cocaine. The first two seasons were set and filmed in Escobar’s native country Colombia. Narcos’ first season was released in 2015, the second in 2016, and the third one in 2017. The series stars Wagner Moura (Elysium), Pedro Pascal, (Game of Thrones, The Great Wall), and Boyd Holdbrook (A Walk Among the Tombstones, Gone Girl).
A spin-off series called Narcos: Mexico premiered on November 16, 2018. It is also a Netflix original series.
The Haunting Of Hill House
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If you are into supernatural shows, “The Haunting of Hill House” will give you exactly what you are looking for. This Netflix original show is an American horror anthology series that was released on October 12, 2018. The Haunting of Hill House featured an ensemble cast starring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti as the adult counterparts of the Crain siblings. The second season will be released in 2020.
Dear White People
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“Dear White People” is another Netflix original comedy-drama TV series that you need to watch. Based on the 2014 movie of the same title, the series is about black college students at an Ivy League institution dealing with issues concerning modern American race relations. It has two seasons with 20 episodes per season. Each episode focuses on a specific character, except during the season finales. Dear White People stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, and Marque Richardson.
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“Queer Eye” is a 2018 Netflix original American series. It is a reboot of the series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” that was produced by Bravo. The show is about giving random people a “makeover” or as the hosts call it – “make better”. The new featured Fab Five are Tan France (fashion expert), Antoni Porowski (food and wine expert), Bobby Berk (design expert), Karamo Brown (culture expert), and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming expert). The third season was released on March 15, 2019.
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If you love watching reality-based home improvement shows, you will certainly enjoy this one. Hosted by interior designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate broker Peter Lorimer, the pair travel across the United States transforming short-term rental homes into real money-earning AirBnBs. This show currently has one season with eight episodes. Some of the noteworthy episodes are the fire station in Washington D.C., the houseboat in Seattle, Washington, and the brownstone house in Brooklyn, New York.
Making a Murder
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Following the stories of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, this true-crime documentary series is difficult to watch but nonetheless, extremely interesting. Premiering on December 18th, 2015, “Making a Murder” has won four Primetime Emmy Awards in addition to causing international uproar. With a petition having over 100,000 signatures being sent to the White House demanding the release of both Avery and Dassey, the award winning show resonated with people in ways not often seen from television shows.
Santa Clarita Diet
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Do you love watching zombie-themed movies and TV series? Then you should try watching Santa Clarita Diet! Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, this horror-comedy show is about a suburban mom who became a zombie. Because of this development, her family, especially her husband, has to find a way to ensure that this creepy secret stays hidden. Released on February 2017, Santa Clarita Diet was renewed for a third season, which premiered on March 29, 2019.
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Starring Debby Ryan (Suite Life on Deck), “Insatiable” has been quite the polarizing show during its short existence. Focusing on the story Patty Bladell, a teenager that is constantly bullied for being overweight who goes through a freak accident and loses all her extra weight because of an all liquid diet she was forced to consume. The show has been accused of fat shaming and released to overwhelmingly negative reviews, nevertheless “Insatiable” is still one of Netflix’s most popular shows.
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This Canadian-American action-adventure TV series, “Carmen Sandiego”, is based on the media franchise of the same title created by Broderbund. Released on January 18, 2019, the show incorporates educational elements in order to make every episode more interesting to younger audiences. Starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as the titular character, Carmen Sandiego travels around the globe foiling the evil global organization V.I.L.E.’s plan by stealing from them and taking the item back where it came from. The cast also includes Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, It) as Player, and Rafael Petardi as Agent Devineaux.
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
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“Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia” is a Netflix original computer-animated fantasy TV series created by Guillermo del Toro. The story follows James Lake Jr. who finds an amulet that grants him a passage to a secret world of Trolls and other magical creatures. Starring Anton Yelchin and Emile Hirsch (with Hirsch replacing Yelchin due to the former’s unexpected death), Kelsey Grammer, Charlie Saxton, and Fred Tatasciore, this show will certainly delight audiences of all ages.
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Tired of watching modern day zombie-themed shows? This Korean TV series, named “Kingdom” is a show to watch out for . This period drama is about the crown prince who set out on a journey to investigate the mysterious spread of an undead plague that claimed the current emperor and the townsfolk of nearby provinces. Starring Ju Ji-hoon as the Crown Prince, this series will surely have you hanging on the edge of your seat.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
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If you love watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you will also love watching Jessica Jones. The story follows a former superhero who decided to open her own detective agency. Starring Krysten Ritter as the titular character, this comic book-based neo-noir series will give you a breather while anxiously waiting for the Avengers: Endgame and other shows from Marvel. The cast also includes Carrie-Anne Moss, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Mike Colter, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, and David Tennant.
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This dystopian, sci-fi thriller based on the novel by the same name is the show to watch if you’re looking for aesthetic and unique settings. Set in the year 2384 in Bay City, San Francisco “future name”, “Altered Carbon” may be as close to a “Blade Runner” TV series as were going to get. With human bodies now referred to as sleeves and people’s consciousness stored on USB like devices that get inserted into the bodies vertebrae, you’re going to be thinking about this one for a while.
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
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“Sierra Burgess is a Loser” is an American teen drama-comedy film that was released on September 7, 2018 on Netflix. The story is a modern version of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. School bully and popular girl, Veronica, gives football star Jamey the number of Sierra, the school loser. What ensues is an unexpected friendship, romance and drama. It stars Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, and RJ Cyler. It was written by Linsey Beer and directed by Ian Samuels.
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“Russian Doll” is another American horror-comedy-drama TV series that will give you the chills and get you laughing while watching it. This Netflix original series, which is produced by Amy Poehler, Leslie Headland, and Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” is about a woman called Nadia who dies repeatedly and relives the same night in a seemingly endless time loop. Released on February 1, 2019, this show stars Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, and Elizabeth Ashley.
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If you are looking for a break from the traditional mainstream storylines, then “G.L.O.W.” is the show for you. This comedy web TV series was created by Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive. The story follows the fictionalization of the gimmicks and characters of the 1980’s professional wrestling scene. “G.L.O.W.” is an abbreviation of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that was founded by David McLane. Starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Brittney Young, and Sydelle Noel, you will find it very funny, highly-entertaining, and surprisingly inspiring.
Friends From College
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“Friends From College” is another comedy series that you need to watch this year. Released on July 14, 2017, this two season series stars Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Fred Savage, and Jae Suh Park. The story follows the tragicomic adventures of 40-year old Harvard college friends as they deal with their dreams and romantically-intertwined lives. With an extremely talented cast, and guests that include Seth Rogan and Kate Mckinnon, we suggest you don’t miss this one.
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Not all animated shows are for kids. If you are looking for one that will satisfy your delicate tastes, then “Big Mouth” is the show for you. This adult animated sitcom was created by Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, and Nick Kroll. The story is about a group of 7th graders, Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney), as they find their way through adolescent issues centered around puberty. The main characters interact with objects and people who are often personified to add humor to these sensitive subjects that most of us have dealt with.
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If you can’t get enough science fiction-themed TV series, then “Dark” might be the show that will finally satisfy your cravings. “Dark” is the first German-language Netflix original series. This show is often compared to Stranger Things. The story is about the disappearance of children in a small German town called Winden. Their disappearance brings to light broken relationships and the dark past of four families that exposes a mystery that spans three generations.
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Bloodline is an American thriller-drama series that premiered on February 9, 2015. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler, and Sissy Spacek, the story follows a family black sheep who threatens to reveal a dark secret. His threat has since put the remaining members of the family’s loyalty to the test. Releasing to positive reviews, critics cited the performances and cinematography as a few of the many reasons to watch this show. Ben Mendelsohn won an Emmy for his brilliant portrayal of the character Danny Rayburn.
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If you miss watching old school sitcoms, “The Ranch” will certainly provide you the entertainment that you are looking for. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliot, and Elisha Cuthbert, this series is set in Iron Ranch in the fictional town of Garrison, Colorado. Released on April 1, 2016, many were surprised to find that this show was not an April Fools joke (just kidding) and because of the success, along with positive reviews of previous seasons, this series has been renewed for a fourth season.
The Kominsky Method
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Another Netflix original comedy series that you should not be missed under any excuse is “The Kominsky Method”. The show premiered on November 16, 2018, and follows an old acting coach in Hollywood who had a brief success of his own. Starring Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Nancy Travis, and Sarah Baker, this show is very poignant, and full of humor and heart. Also, having an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t to shabby.