Since the release of House of Cards , Netflix has stayed at the forefront of the original content streaming game.After all, it basically invented it.Today, Netflix has an enormous lineup of award-winning comedies, dramas, documentaries, and so much more.There’s an original for everyone and, every so often, the streaming giant puts out something that literally everybody is talking about.(Did you hear “Red Light, Green Light” enough in 2021?) But with so many great original options, it can be tough to find the ones most worth your time.To help you out a little, we’ve rounded up the best Netflix original series that you can stream right now.
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Emily in Paris (2020) 56% 58% 7.0/10 Genre Drama, Comedy Created by Darren Star Cast Lily Collins, Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Seasons: 2 tv-ma watch on Netflix watch on Netflix Emily in Paris defies logic.Despite modest reviews, it was a surprise nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2021 Emmys.
The series follows Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) as she takes a new job at a Paris firm to provide an American perspective.
As Emily navigates being a foreign national, she finds love and adventure at every turn.The series returned for a second season in December 2021.
Collapse Read more The Witcher (2019) 68% 53% 8.2/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure Created by Lauren Schmidt Cast Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix One of Netflix’s most successful series to date is also one of its most ambitious.Based on the video game franchise and book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is steeped in mythology and history and yet seems to move much more naturally than a fantasy contemporary, Game of Thrones .
The series follows a link of destiny formed between a monster hunter (a witcher) called Geralt of Rivia and princess Ciri, a young woman who was cast from her home when it was razed by an enemy force.Following protagonists Geralt, Ciri, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, the story moves across multiple timelines until merging by the end of the season.As Geralt hunts terrifying beasts and tries to find acceptance in the world, his relationship with the equally misunderstood Yennefer and the lost princess Ciri may be his ultimate hope.Collapse Read more Squid Game (2021) 93% 69% 8.1/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Mystery, Drama Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk Cast Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-yeon Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix An acquisition from South Korea, Squid Game hit Netflix like a bolt of lightning, quickly becoming the most-watched show the platform has ever hosted.The viral sensation took off largely through social media and word of mouth by captivating and horrifying audiences with its sadistic premise.A cadre of ultra-wealthy elites round up desperate people and offer them the chance to become rich beyond their wildest dreams simply by competing in a few children’s games.
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You (2018) 92% 75% 7.7/10 Genre Mystery, Crime, Drama Created by Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble Cast Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, Saffron Burrows Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Originally a Lifetime show, You quickly caught the attention of Netflix, which acquired the rights to air season 1 as an original and make future seasons itself.Good thing it did, as Netflix’s platform gave You new life, so much so that most people don’t even know that it originated on another channel.Penn Badgely is sickeningly charming as a sociopath who will do absolutely anything for love.And as his crushes become obsessive, he soon finds himself extremely, irrevocably deep into the personal lives of the women he admires.Collapse Read more Sex Education (2019) 96% 79% 8.3/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Laurie Nunn Cast Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Asa Butterfield plays the son of a renowned sex therapist — played by X-Files star Gillian Anderson — who finds himself thrust into a similar role with his teenage classmates, who are all either having or trying to have sex, but rarely enjoying it.
The show debuted in January 2019 to positive reviews and was renewed for a second season just a month later.Wonderfully acted by a fantastic cast, the British series also stars Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, and Kedar Williams-Stirling, but it’s worth seeing just for Anderson’s performance as the loving, no-filter mother of Butterfield’s character.Collapse Read more Big Mouth (2017) 99% 86% 7.9/10 Genre Comedy, Animation Created by Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Andy Goldberg, Nick Kroll Cast Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Fred Armisen Seasons: 5 tv-ma watch on Netflix watch on Netflix If you can handle a little bit (OK, a lot) of potty humor, you should enjoy Big Mouth.The animated series follows two seventh-graders, Nick and Andrew (series creator Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, respectively), as they struggle with their burgeoning sexuality, represented by a grotesque, crass “hormone monster” (also voiced by Kroll), whose base desires cause turmoil and frustration for both boys.Their friends Jessi (Jessi Klein) and Jay (Jason Mantzoukas) also struggle with puberty to varying degrees, as does Andrew’s crush, Missy (Jenny Slate/Ayo Edebiri).On its surface, Big Mouth is quite crude, but that humor belies the show’s nuanced, relatable exploration of adolescence and physical maturation.
The series deftly handles the difficulties of middle school life, including common misconceptions held by kids about their sexuality and their bodies.Collapse Read more
Digital Trends streaming roundup New on Netflix this month Best movies on Netflix Best shows on Netflix Ozark (2017) 81% 67% 8.4/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Mark Williams, Bill Dubuque Cast Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Jason Bateman has had as interesting a career as anyone in the limelight.
He burst onto the Hollywood scene in the early 1980s as a young heartthrob, starring in stuff like Teen Wolf Too and The Hogan Family before experiencing a major career renaissance in the late aughts with shows like the brilliant comedy Arrested Development .Ozark marks a different look for Bateman than many have seen, as he plays a financial planner-turned-money launderer who relocates his family to the remote Ozark mountains in Missouri to avoid attention from the law.Unsurprisingly, the law finds him anyway, and Marty (Bateman) must scramble to stay afloat while paying off debts to a Mexican cartel.
Laura Linney is awesome as Marty’s wife, who gets caught up in the scheme, and Julia Garner is particularly good as the odd local girl Ruth Langmore.Though Ozark will naturally draw comparisons to Breaking Bad , its scope isn’t nearly as grand (yet), but Bateman seems to improve with each passing episode.A fourth season is slated for 2022.Collapse Read more
Stranger Things (2016) 93% 75% 8.7/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama Created by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer Cast Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Seasons: 3 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix This throwback sci-fi series set the world ablaze in the summer of 2016, igniting a bonfire of nostalgia while simultaneously telling a gripping story that gets more exciting with each episode.When 12-year-old Will Byers goes missing in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, his mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder, in a comeback performance), thinks she’s losing her mind, believing that Will has been taken by supernatural forces.Meanwhile, Will’s friends work to find and rescue him, with the help of a mysterious young girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who appears seemingly out of nowhere.The mystery gets deeper and darker as the show goes on, while more and more members of the Hawkins community get drawn into the creepy tale.
Few shows have been as willing to let children drive the story, and Stranger Things is better for it.The show is a clear homage to Spielberg coming-of-age films and ’80s horror, and superb performances across the board make this a must-watch.Season 4 is on the way 2022.
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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020) 85% 76% 7.5/10 Genre Documentary, Crime Created by Eric Goode Cast Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Tiger King , perhaps Netflix’s most absurdist and absurdly popular docuseries to date, could not have arrived at a more apt time in history.As the entire world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, people spending their entire lives at home suddenly needed something to watch.A hero nobody asked for emerged: Joe Exotic.Exotic is a mulleted, gun-toting, country-singing polygamist who operates one of the most notorious roadside big cat zoos in Oklahoma.
As such, he’s styled himself the Tiger King.This seven-part series centers primarily on Joe, but it takes a dark, chaotic spin in the world of big cat trading, introducing us to kingpins, con men, cult leaders, and other megalomaniacs who have become obsessed with the mystique and danger of owning tigers.Their ultimate enemy: animal activist, cheetah print enthusiast, and sanctuary owner Carole Baskin, who has dedicated her life to ending the big cat trade.Things get dark and weird fast.In September it was announced that the pandemic-popular show will be returning for a second season beginning November 17.Collapse Read more Midnight Mass (2021) 89% 74% 7.2/10 Genre Mystery, Drama Created by Mike Flanagan Cast Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix It’s not quite Halloween yet, but The Haunting of Hill Hous e creator Mike Flanagan has a new supernatural horror story on Netflix: Midnight Mass .Within the show, Zach Gilford plays Riley Flynn, a young man who once fled from his hometown in disgrace.
Years later, Riley returns to Crockett Island just as Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) triggers a religious revival among the townsfolk that coincides with events that could only be described as “miraculous.” However, there’s more to Father Paul than meets the eye, and something wicked this way comes for Riley and everyone he’s ever loved.Collapse Read more Hit & Run (2021) 80% 7.1/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime Created by Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin, Lior Raz, Avi Issacharoff Directed by Mike Barker, Neasa Hardiman, Rotem Shamir Cast Lior Raz, Kaelen Ohm, Moran Rosenblatt Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Hit and run accidents tend to be tragedies that strike without warning.But in Hit & Run , Segev Azulai (Lior Raz) comes to believe that the death of his American wife, Danielle (Kaelen Ohm), was no accident.When Danielle’s killers flee Israel and return to America, Segev follows them on a mission of revenge.Segev enlists his former lover, Naomi Hicks (Sanaa Lathan), to help him get to the truth.But as events spiral out of Segev’s control, there are very few people he can trust and no one who can save him except himself.Collapse Read more The Chair (2021) 85% 7.2/10 Genre Drama, Comedy Created by Amanda Peet, Annie Julia Wyman Cast Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor Seasons: 1 tv-ma watch on Netflix watch on Netflix Sandra Oh isn’t Killing Eve anymore, but she does have a new show on Netflix called The Chair .In it, Oh portrays Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first woman of color to chair Pembroke University’s English department.
It may be a prestigious position, but it throws Ji-Yoon into the fire as she deals with proposed layoffs, a badly outdated curriculum, apathetic students, and deeply troubled members of her department.At home, Ji-Yoon is challenged by her adoptive daughter, Ju Ju (Everly Carganilla), and she soon finds that there are too few hours in the day to be both an educator and a parent.Collapse Read more Firefly Lane (2021) 47% 57% 7.4/10 Genre Drama Created by Maggie Friedman Cast Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Firefly Lane is the story of Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke), two women who have been friends for more than half of their lives.Through a constantly time-shifting narrative, we see young Tully (Ali Skovbye) and Kate (Roan Curtis) bonding as teenagers, as well as a stint in the ‘80s when both Tully and Kate worked as TV reporters.In the present, Tully is a famous talk show host, while Kate is going through a divorce and attempting to restart her career after 14 years.There are some mysteries to solve as the narrative slowly unfolds, but the friendship between the two women feels genuine in every era of the show.Collapse Read more Never Have I Ever (2020) 95% 80% 7.9/10 Genre Comedy Created by Lang Fisher, Mindy Kaling Cast Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison Seasons: 2 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Inspired by Mindy Kaling’s childhood, this comedy series focuses on Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a first-generation Indian American girl growing up in modern America.While Devi wants to improve her status at school, her community and emotions don’t exactly make it easy.
Never Have I Ever is a familiar concept but packed with refreshingly funny and original characters and themes.Collapse Read more
Lupin (2021) 97% 7.5/10 Genre Action, Crime, Drama Created by George Kay Cast Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop, a new character inspired by the classic French thief Arsène Lupin in this modern update that has strong Sherlock vibes.After an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family, Diop sets out to avenge his father using every ounce of cunning he has.A gentleman, thief, and master of disguise, Diop uses his charm and craft to outwit his enemies and pursue his quest for vengeance.
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I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019) 98% 7.9/10 Genre Comedy Created by Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson Cast Tim Robinson Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix You might love I Think You Should Leave .You might hate it.You probably will not be indifferent to it.Tim Robinson stars in this sketch comedy series that is about as weird as sketch comedy gets.
The general premise: Tim Robinson and a guest target someone and ridicule them or make them feel so uncomfortable that he or she is forced to leave.It’s not as cut and dry as that though, with many everyday scenarios like sitting next to someone on a plane or a first date getting the sketch treatment resulting in some truly extraordinarily weird and uncomfortable yet hilarious interactions.Collapse Read more Sweet Tooth (2021) 98% 78% 7.9/10 Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Jim Mickle Cast Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix After The Great Crumble wreaked havoc on the world, mysterious babies began being born.These “hybrids” — part human, part animal — are feared and hunted by humans who suspect they’re created by the virus unleashed during The Great Crumble.
A sheltered, hybrid deer-boy named Gus (Christian Convery) has lived peacefully in his secluded forest home when he unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner called Jepperd (Nonso Anozie).Jepperd doesn’t fear Gus; instead, he takes Gus under his wing as they venture across the post-apocalyptic country in search of answers.Based on the beloved DC comic book series by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth is an epic tale that’s suitable for fantasy fans of all ages.Collapse Read more Master of None (2015) 93% 87% 7.4/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang Cast Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix If you’ve never seen an episode of Master of None , you might be surprised to see star/creator Aziz Ansari depart from his trademark style of comedy — namely, loud, ridiculous, and goofy — and try on an outfit that looks new, but somehow feels broken-in.
The show follows Dev Shah (Ansari), a not-so-famous actor living in New York (then, later, Italy), who is simply trying to get by.Master of None offers a unique and honest take on comedy that’s less reliant on punch lines and more situational — it’s Louie, with a millennial twist.
Some episodes are funny, while some are sad, but the majority of them feel well-written and natural.Noël Wells and Eric Wareheim ( Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! ) provide some help off the bench, and while the acting can occasionally feel a bit strained (especially in the first season), Ansari’s crisp writing and relatable performances (he won a Golden Globe for his efforts) truly carry the show.Aziz’s real parents also appear as Dev’s parents in several hilarious segments, displaying comedy chops that must be hereditary.A long-awaited third season debuted in May 2021.Collapse Read more Shadow and Bone (2021) 88% 69% 7.7/10 Genre Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Created by Eric Heisserer Cast Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Ben Barnes Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Netflix’s latest sensation is Shadow and Bone , a new fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo’s novels.
The show is set in an alternate world where the kingdom of Ravka is divided by an area of permanent darkness called the Shadow Fold.
On a mission inside of the Fold, Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) discovers that she is a magic user with the power to create light.This revelation changes Alina’s life forever as she is recruited to serve under General Kirigan (Ben Barnes).In her new position, Alina encounters danger, intrigue, and potentially love.Collapse Read more Bridgerton (2020) 88% 75% 7.3/10 Genre Drama, Romance Created by Chris Van Dusen Cast Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Adjoa Andoh Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Every now and then, a Netflix show becomes a cultural phenomenon.At the moment, that’s the role that Bridgerton is filling.This period romance series has already made a star out of Regé-Jean Page for his role as the Duke of Hastings, Simon Bassett.
The show takes place in 1813 as Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) tries to find suitable husbands and wives for her eight children.The breakout relationship in the first season follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon as their friendship grows into love before veering into even more complicated territory.This story is just beginning, and it’s likely to be on Netflix for years to come.
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Love, Death & Robots (2019) 81% 65% 8.5/10 Genre Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Created by Tim Miller Cast Gary Cole, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nolan North, and more Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Love, Death & Robots was actually developed as a reboot for the Heavy Metal animated movie before it landed on Netflix as a cartoon anthology series for adults.In this format, themes of sexuality, morality, romance, and more are explored in vividly executed shorts that vary greatly in terms of visual style.Many notable performers have lent their voices to these shorts, including Gary Cole, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nolan North, John DiMaggio, and more.
The second season of shorts debuted on May 14, with eight new episodes as visually stunning as the first season.Collapse Read more The Irregulars (2021) 79% 60% 6.0/10 Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Created by Tom Bidwell Cast Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Royce Pierreson, McKell David Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has proven to be a remarkably adaptable character in fiction.But in Netflix’s The Irregulars , the Great Detective (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) is missing in action.Consequently, John Watson (Royce Pierreson) turns to the Baker Street Irregulars to solve cases in Sherlock’s absence.
Bea (Thaddea Graham) leads the Irregulars, which includes her sister, Jessie (Darci Shaw), as well as Billy (Jojo Macari) and Spike (McKell David).The team is very capable, but even they aren’t prepared for the supernatural threats they will face.Collapse Read more Ginny & Georgia (2021) 68% 62% 7.5/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Sarah Lampert Cast Antonia Gentry, Brianne Howey, Mason Temple Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Fifteen-year-old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) frequently feels more mature than her 30-year-old mother, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey).Despite their relation, the two women couldn’t be more different.
But after years on the run, Georgia is finally ready to put down roots in western Massachusetts and give Ginny and her younger brother Austin a totally normal life.Unfortunately, Georgia’s past has a way of catching up with her, threatening her newfound life and bringing out a protective side in Georgia.Collapse Read more The End of the F***ing World (2017) 94% 77% 8.1/10 Genre Comedy, Drama, Crime Created by Jonathan Entwistle Cast Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Naomi Ackie Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix One of Netflix’s many outstanding acquisitions, The End of the F***ing World is a British show adapted from the award-winning comic book series of the same name.
The show follows two 17-year-old outsiders, James and Alyssa, on a journey to find Alyssa’s estranged father.
However, James is pretty convinced that he’s a psychopath and believes it’s time to graduate from killing animals to humans.Naturally, Alyssa makes a wonderful target.Collapse Read more The Queen’s Gambit (2020) 96% 8.0/10 Genre Drama Created by Scott Frank, Allan Scott Cast Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Based on Walter Tevis’ novel, this limited series takes audiences into a surprisingly captivating world: Competitive chess in the 1950s.The series follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), a Kentucky orphan who discovers an aptitude for chess when she sneaks away from choir practices to play with the orphanage’s custodian.After her adoption as a teenager, Beth leans into the competitive chess scene, supported by her single, hedonistic adoptive mother.But although Beth is a female superstar in a male-dominated world, she’s haunted by personal demons and plagued by addiction and an obsessive personality.
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Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019) 67% 8.0/10 Genre Documentary, Crime Directed by Mark Lewis Cast Deanna Thompson, John Green Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Canadian Luka Magnotta was many things: A male model, a jet-set traveler, his mother’s pride and joy, and a murderer.When a viral video hits the internet of Magnotta killing two kittens, a group of amateur chatroom buds bands together to track down Magnotta before he can strike again.A manhunt that eventually rises to the attention of proper authorities through several different states and countries, this dark and perplexing crime series takes a dive into even deeper waters of morbidity.A three-part docuseries that’ll have you glued to your screen, Don’t F*** with Cats is not for the faint of heart, but it’s a gripping show from start to finish.Collapse Read more
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) 81% 74% 7.5/10 Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Cast Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Tati Gabrielle, Miranda Otto, Gavin Leatherwood Seasons: 4 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch , the charming sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart? This is not that show.Instead, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina shares its name with a horror comic that modernizes Sabrina’s tales of witchcraft with a much harder edge.Kiernan Shipka stars in the series as Sabrina Spellman, a human/witch hybrid who is just starting down her magical path.
Will she be one of Satan’s chosen? Or will Sabrina find her own way as a witch? It’s not always an easy journey, especially when the forces of darkness threaten Sabrina and her family.Collapse Read more
Cobra Kai (2018) 93% 70% 8.6/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Drama Created by Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, John Hurwitz Cast William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler Seasons: 4 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Originally made for YouTube Red, this series sequel to the Karate Kid franchise has found a new home on Netflix.Picking up thirty years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Cobra Kai finds down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) desperate to find redemption from his epic loss.To do so, he reopens the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with the Karate Kid himself, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who now runs a successful karate dojo of his own.But all is not roses in Daniel’s life, as he struggles to maintain balance and find peace after the passing of his mentor, Mr.
Miyagi.Collapse Read more Peaky Blinders (2013) 92% 8.8/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Steven Knight Cast Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Sam Claflin Seasons: 6 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Although it’s made for the BBC, Netflix distributes Peaky Blinders in the United States as a Netflix original, so it makes this list.
The hard-boiled gangster drama centers on the Peaky Blinders, a notorious gang in Birmingham, England in the 1920s.The Blinders are run by the Shelby family, primarily the second-eldest brother, Tommy (Cillian Murphy).Tommy and his brothers have returned from World War I with distinguished war records but deeply rooted, little-understood trauma that both haunts and informs their everyday decisions.In an England torn by post-war horror, economic depression, and the Bolshevik Revolution on the other side of the continent, the conditions are ripe for crime.
Tommy has every intention to ride this opportunity to the top.
Collapse Read more The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) 87% 63% 7.4/10 Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery Created by Mike Flanagan Cast Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix The Haunting of Hill House was a big hit for Netflix, but that story has been told.Fortunately, Mike Flanagan has reassembled Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Carla Gugino, and Catherine Parker for a new series, The Haunting of Bly Manor .
This stand-alone horror series doesn’t share any continuity or characters with Hill House , but it is loosely based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw .Pedretti headlines the series as Dani Clayton, an American hired to be an au pair in London in 1987.Unfortunately for Dani, Bly Manor holds all sorts of dark secrets.
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Ratched (2020) 61% 50% 7.3/10 Genre Mystery, Drama, Crime Created by Evan Romansky Cast Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest , Nurse Mildred Ratched was the authority figure whose actions proved to be monstrous and vindictive.Ryan Murphy’s prequel series, Ratched , puts Mildred on the marquee with Sarah Paulson ( American Horror Story ) in the title role.But rather than soften Mildred’s edges and make her sympathetic, the show goes all-in on her descent into darkness.If anything, she’s an even bigger monster in the series than she was in the movie or the novel that inspired it.Ratched turns back the clock to 1947, as Mildred makes her mark on a mental health facility while harboring her own hidden agenda.
She does have a human side and occasional moments of empathy.But Mildred’s heart was black long before she became a nurse.Collapse Read more Locke & Key (2020) 73% 61% 7.4/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery Created by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite Cast Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones Seasons: 2 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix It took quite a long time to bring Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key comic book series to television, including failed attempts at Fox and Hulu.However, Netflix found a winning approach to the material, thanks to Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite.
The series follows the Locke family after the murder of their father, Rendell.Nina Locke moves herself and her children into the Keyhouse, the ancestral family home.While exploring their new home, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode discover that Keyhouse lives up to its name with keys that can unlock other worlds and even the mind itself.But a malevolent force wants to claim Keyhouse and its power for itself.This is a perfect Halloween treat for fans looking for TV horror.Collapse Read more
Altered Carbon (2018) 75% 64% 8.0/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Laeta Kalogridis Cast Anthony Mackie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Chris Conner Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Richard K.Morgan’s cyberpunk noir novel, Altered Carbon is, like all of Morgan’s literature, high-concept sci-fi that is sleek and sexy enough for a mainstream audience.No wonder Netflix jumped at the opportunity to adapt it.
This engrossing series is set more than 300 years in the future, in a world where death has effectively been conquered.Technology allows humans to store their entire consciousness on a disc-like device called a “stack,” enabling them to switch bodies practically at will.Once, however, there was a revolution against this immortalization of society, spearheaded by a group called Envoys, who believed true death was the only thing keeping the world from becoming hopelessly corrupt and destructive.Takeshi Kovacs is the only surviving soldier of that group, his mind imprisoned for centuries until wealthy businessman Laurens Bancroft boots him back up, offering to resurrect Kovacs as himself if he’ll do something for Bancroft: Solve Bancroft’s murder.Altered Carbon is complicated and can be difficult to follow, especially when Kovacs moves from Joel Kinnaman’s body to Anthony Mackie’s body between seasons, but it’s deeply provocative and enjoyable sci-fi.Collapse Read more American Vandal (2017) 98% 76% 8.2/10 Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama Created by Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda Cast Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix After 27 cars in the high-school faculty’s parking lot are vandalized with crude phallic images, the school’s resident slacker and class clown is expelled, but when two fellow students initiate a documentary-style investigation into the incident, everyone becomes a suspect in this surprisingly compelling and hilarious series.A satire of true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and Serial , American Vandal is a mockumentary that manages to channel much of the same “Did he really do it?” uncertainty into its story, while also offering a very funny and impressively clever spin on the typical docuseries format.
Much like the true-crime series that inspired it, the first season of American Vandal is packed with narrative twists and turns that keep the audience guessing.
It’s supremely binge-friendly as you push to discover the next revelation in this seemingly minor incident that consumes the lives of the characters involved in it.The first season of the series earned rave reviews, prompting Netflix to commission a second season, which premiered to even more critical acclaim.Sadly, that might be the last we see of the series, as Netflix abruptly canceled it in October 2018 as part of a wave of cancellations of projects Netflix co-produced with other studios.Collapse Read more
Atypical (2017) 87% 66% 8.3/10 Genre Drama, Comedy Created by Robia Rashid Cast Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Michael Rapaport Seasons: 4 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix On its surface, Atypical is a traditional family sitcom that hits all the right charming notes with its coming-of-age narrative and characters who are easy to cheer for despite (or because of) their relatable flaws.
Look a bit deeper, however, and the Netflix Original series about a high-functioning autistic teenager and his family becomes a remarkably thoughtful exploration of what it means to be “normal” in the modern world.Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, the show’s protagonist, whose pursuit of love and the trials and tribulations that go along with it serves as the foundation of the series’ narrative, and shapes the experiences of his family as they try to find the balance between being supportive and allowing him — and themselves — to be independent.
Michael Rappaport and Jennifer Jason Leigh play Sam’s parents, while Brigette Lundy-Paine portrays his supportive sister.Collapse Read more Away (2020) 59% 6.6/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama Created by Andrew Hinderaker Cast Hilary Swank, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix The world’s first manned mission to Mars will be led by an American woman: Emma Green (Hilary Swank).
Emma has worked her entire life for this goal, but as the launch approaches, she must reconcile with her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) at a crossroads in their lives.Working with a team of international astronauts, Emma is more motivated than ever, but the personal dynamics and pain of leaving her family behind create a tension that she can’t control, making her decision to leave Earth an increasingly complex one.
Collapse Read more Black Mirror (2011) 84% 8.8/10 Genre Sci-fi, Psychological Thriller, Dystopia Created by Charlie Brooker Cast Daniel Kaluuya, Wyatt Russell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniel Lapaine Seasons: 5 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix What happens when technology goes too far? That’s not an unreasonable question to ask oneself in 2019, and Black Mirror (originally broadcast on British Channel 4, before being acquired by Netflix) is a wildly entertaining, if depressing, answer to that question.Most of the episodes of this chilling anthology series ponder hypothetical eventualities resulting from the unchecked advancement of technology, often charting courses that are disturbingly well-connected to the way we work and live today.The show’s production value keeps getting better, and the fourth and fifth seasons — produced by Netflix — include a bevy of household names, from Miley Cyrus to Gugu Mbatha-Raw (whom creator/writer Charlie Brooker uses to great effect).The first two seasons — including the epic holiday special White Christmas — are also must-see programming.The series broke new ground in late 2018 with the release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch , a stand-alone movie that features an interactive, “choose-your-own-adventure”-style narrative that broke new ground for the medium.Collapse Read more
BoJack Horseman (2014) 93% 82% 8.7/10 Genre Comedy, Drama, Animation Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg Cast Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie Seasons: 6 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Despite lukewarm reviews for its first season, BoJack improved dramatically and received critical acclaim for the remainder of its run, until it was canceled earlier this year after six hilarious seasons.
The animated show centers around BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), a washed-up ’90s sitcom star (and actual horse-man) trying to find happiness and reclaim his former fame.Anthropomorphic half-breeds are the norm, and the show milks much of its humor by simply playing off stereotypes associated with the characters’ animal halves.The show’s true strength lies in its sincerity, however, as BoJack struggles to deal with his insecurities in a town rife with celebrity and its many vapid failings.Paul F.
Tompkins ( Best Week Ever ), Alison Brie ( Community, GLOW ), and Aaron Paul ( Breaking Bad ) provide excellent voice support in a series that flips from hilarious to depressing with impressive grace.Collapse Read more Chef’s Table (2015) 8.5/10 Genre Documentary, Cooking Created by David Gelb Cast Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura Seasons: 6 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix This documentary web series introduces viewers to top culinary minds across the world, offering insight into the day-to-day experiences and responsibilities of renowned chefs.Each episode focuses on a different restauranteur and blends together personal stories with culinary content to great effect.The show’s traditional documentary presentation can be a bit stuffy at times, and the narratives can be unevenly balanced in favor of emotional backstories, but most viewers should enjoy and appreciate some insight into the wide world of fine dining.
The quality of each episode hinges largely upon the personality of the chosen chef, and some — notably Massimo Bottura in the first season, Dominique Crenn in the second, and the brash Ivan Orkin in the third — are more camera-friendly than others.Still, the series is a welcome departure from the competition-focused cooking shows that dominate cable and network TV.If you like this, Chef’s Table France is also worth checking out.Collapse Read more
The Crown (2016) 90% 84% 8.6/10 Genre Biography, Drama, History Created by Peter Morgan Cast Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Matt Smith Seasons: 4 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Easily the most celebrated British period piece since Downton Abbey , The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II — the still-reigning Queen of England, at 93 years old — across different periods of her life, beginning with her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip of Edinburgh.Reception to the series has been overwhelmingly positive, as nearly every aspect of the show — acting, production value, historical accuracy — has been widely praised.The series’ interesting format sees Netflix recasting the role of Elizabeth and other characters season-to-season; Claire Foy starred in seasons 1 and 2 alongside Matt Smith ( Dr.Who ) and Vanessa Kirby, while Olivia Colman ( Peep Show ) takes the royal reins in seasons 3 and 4, the latter of which introduces Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) to the fray, as the show begins its portrayal of her ultimately tragic story.Netflix plans to produce a total of 60 episodes over six seasons.
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Cursed (2020) 67% 59% 5.9/10 Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Frank Miller, Tom Wheeler Cast Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Based on Thomas Wheeler’s bestselling book of the same name, Cursed reimagines the legend of King Arthur through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman destined to become the Lady of the Lake who bestows the legendary sword Excalibur upon Arthur.In this tale, Nimue and Arthur have a much more nuanced shared history.After her mother’s death, Nimue finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, who is a humble mercenary on a quest to deliver an ancient sword to the wizard Merlin.Through the course of her journey, Nimue discovers she has extraordinary powers of her own, becoming a target of the terrifying Red Paladins and King Uther.
It’s a coming-of-age tale set within a classic story with electrifying action and provocative themes.Collapse Read more Marvel’s Daredevil (2015) 92% 72% 8.6/10 Genre Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure Created by Drew Goddard, Steven S.DeKnight Cast Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix The first in a slew of Marvel shows to hit Netflix over the past few years, Daredevil works largely on the strength of Charlie Cox’s performance in the title role.Cast in a similar vein as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, this series shows a darker side to Marvel Studios’ colorful cast of superheroes.
The blind vigilante spends his days protecting New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen as a lawyer, and his nights doing the same in a much more tangible (and violent) manner.The show’s action sequences are fun, and amiable supporting performances from Elden Henson ( The Mighty Ducks ) and Deborah Ann Woll ( True Blood ) bring some comic relief and heart to the bleak setting, but as usual, the real stars of the show are the villains.Vincent D’Onofrio is excellent as the deranged Kingpin, while Jon Bernthal’s turn as the Punisher — which earned him his own Netflix series — is as convincing as it is visceral.Sadly, the series was canceled by Netflix shortly after the debut of the critically acclaimed third season as part of its efforts to reduce the number of series it co-produces with other studios.Collapse Read more Dark (2017) 95% 8.8/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Crime Created by Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese Cast Louis Hofmann, Karoline Eichhorn, Christian Hutcherson Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix As the only foreign-language entry on our list, Dark would merit some curiosity at the very least, but it’s here not because it’s German, but because it’s awesome.A Stranger Things -esque setup — missing children from a small town, supernatural occurrences, mysterious laboratories — will have you thinking you know what to expect, but trust us, you don’t.The town of Winden lives in the shadow of eternal clouds, lending Dark a more macabre vibe than Stranger Things , which peppers in comic sequences and lots of nostalgia.Dark weaves together multiple storylines amid complex relationships endemic to small-town life, even outside the good, old U.S.
If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted romp or a satisfying romance arc, move on — this is not the show for you.But if you love serious shows with a flair for the dramatic (and a heaping helping of despair), check this one out.Collapse Read more The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) 88% 82% 8.2/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure Created by Jim Henson Cast Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton Seasons: 1 tv-pg Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix More than three decades after Jim Henson first introduced audiences to the magical land of Thra in The Dark Crystal , Netflix returned to the world of Skeksis, Gelflings, and other fantastic creatures with this 10-episode prequel series that chronicles the events leading up to the 1982 film.
Like the original film, Age of Resistance features a cast composed almost entirely of puppets, with the Jim Henson Company teaming up with Netflix to produce this visually stunning adventure that follows a group of Gelflings who discover the Skesis’ dark secret and must stoke the fires of rebellion throughout Thra.Collapse Read more Dead to Me (2019) 89% 68% 8.0/10 Genre Drama, Mystery, Crime Created by Liz Feldman Cast Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix When Jen’s (Christina Applegate) husband dies in a tragic hit-and-run, she becomes determined to solve the crime.When she meets optimistic free spirit Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a grief support group, their polar opposite personalities strike up an unlikely friendship.As they bond over wine and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life , Judy realizes that she holds the key to a shocking secret that may destroy Jen’s life.
It may also be the key for Jen to move on with her life, though.Dead to Me is a dark comedy that explores the entertaining sides of grief, loss, and forgiveness.It’s about maintaining your sense of humor in the face of tragedy.Collapse Read more Dear White People (2017) 95% 6.2/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Justin Simien Cast Logan Browning, Brandon P.
Bell, DeRon Horton Seasons: 4 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix After Justin Simien’s 2014 film of the same name earned rave reviews, Netflix commissioned the young director for a multiseason TV series, featuring the same characters (recast) and an altered storyline.The series is about Black students at a predominantly white (and fictitious) Ivy League college, Winchester University, who work to try and find both group and individual identities while carving out a place within the school’s ecosystem.Logan Browning stars as Sam White, a student who runs a radio show titled Dear White People , which causes some controversy among the student body.Thanks to Simien’s expert touch, the show deftly handles the nuances of identity, romance, education, and socialization with plenty of comedic moments, helping to inform viewers of all colors about other points of view without ever seeming judgmental or vindictive.
Collapse Read more Easy (2016) 90% 72% 6.9/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Joe Swanberg Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Amazon Trailer watch on Amazon This anthology series, created by mumblecore hotshot Joe Swanberg ( Win It All ), provides a template for relatable and realistic depictions of love and sex in the 21st century.Despite a star-studded list of performers — including Orlando Bloom, Emily Ratajkowski, and Dave Franco, to name a few — Swanberg manages to make you forget that you’re watching someone famous by crafting characters that are deep, yet not too complicated to fit into a 30-minute window.Each vignette catalogs the struggles of a couple or group of people in contemporary Chicago, where gender roles and language barriers are equal obstacles for people seeking happiness.The show’s brevity prevents most of the stories from reaching any sort of satisfying conclusion, but it’s a sincere collection of not-so-tall tales that most will find familiar and engaging.If you watch all three seasons, there are even some neat callbacks.
Collapse Read more Fear City: New York vs The Mafia (2020) 68% 61% 7.1/10 Genre Documentary, Crime Cast Rudolph Giuliani Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix An intense docuseries on the “Golden Era of the Mob,” Fear City is true crime for gangster movie aficionados.Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the “Five Families” of the New York mafia — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese — had a seemingly insurmountable grip on the city, with their hands in unions, politics, law enforcement, and practically everywhere else.This three-part series from Sam Hobkinson ( Don’t F**k with Cats ) goes deep into New York’s massive endeavor to take down its most formidable mob bosses.Using interviews with law enforcement officials and ex-mafia associates, unearthed surveillance recordings, news footage, and archival material, Fear City paints a terrifying, engrossing portrait of the mob’s brutality, excess, and ubiquity.Collapse Read more GLOW (2017) 92% 82% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch Cast Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A down-on-her-luck actress in the mid-1980s (Alison Brie) finds surprising fulfillment when she joins a low-budget women’s wrestling program run by a seedy, dishonest director (Marc Maron).
Oh, what’s that? You’ve never seen anything like this? Duh.GLOW — which stands for Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling — was a real show in the mid-’80s that featured wrestling (of course), wacky and colorful characters, and crazy comedy sketches.Netflix’s take on it sees the ladies of GLOW battling their issues while trying to come together and produce a successful show.It’s a dangerous premise, but one that works incredibly well thanks to dedicated performances from Brie, Maron, and Betty Gilpin.British rocker Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel, and Britney Young are also excellent in supporting roles.
In August 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, but Netflix then reversed its renewal decision due to the pandemic, in effect canceling the series.
Collapse Read more Godless (2017) 83% 75% 8.3/10 Genre Western, Drama Created by Scott Frank Cast Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Amazon Trailer watch on Amazon Two-time Oscar nominee Scott Frank ( Out of Sight , Logan ) created this Western drama for Netflix, and the miniseries went on to earn a pile of Primetime Emmy Award nominations for its epic, seven-episode story arc.The series is set in a small mining town during the 1880s after a mine accident causes the death of nearly all of the town’s male residents.The remaining women are doing just fine, though, until a gunslinger arrives in town on the run from his former mentor, the bloodthirsty leader of an outlaw gang.The film features Jeff Daniels as the cruel, aforementioned leader of the gang hunting for their runaway member, but it’s Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery and Nurse Jackie vet Merritt Wever who are the show’s real standouts.
They play a pair of pioneer women who don’t need any men to handle their business.Daniels, Dockery, and Wever all earned Emmy nominations for their performances, with Daniels and Wever both winning in their respective categories.The series boasts some stunning cinematography, brilliant dialogue, and compelling action scenes to go along with its strong performances all around.Collapse Read more The Haunting of Hill House (2018) 93% 79% 8.6/10 Genre Mystery, Drama Created by Mike Flanagan Cast Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix This terrifying series from Mike Flanagan, the writer and director of criminally underappreciated horror films Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil , offers a new spin on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name.
It follows a family who moves into an old house intending to renovate it, only to experience one scary paranormal event after another before a mysterious tragedy forces them out of the haunted manor.
The story unfolds through a mix of timeline-hopping explorations of each family member’s experiences at Hill House and how the trauma of those encounters shapes their lives and eventually brings them back to where it all started.
Beautifully shot, expertly paced, and filled with the sort of subtle callbacks that encourage multiple viewings, T he Haunting of Hill House is one of the best horror tales to debut on any screen — big or small — in recent years.Oh, and if you don’t believe us, just consider that Stephen King himself described the series as “close to a work of genius.” Collapse Read more
High Score (2020) 76% 62% 7.4/10 Genre Documentary Created by France Costrel Cast Charles Martinet Seasons: 1 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix The behind-the-scenes stories of the video game industry are widely known to gamers who are deeply immersed in that world.However, High Score still has some surprises for even the most hardcore gamers, with its insightful examination of the industry’s early days as an entertainment art form.From the rise of the arcades, the console wars between Nintendo and Sega, the advancement of 3D graphics, fighting games, and more, High Score is a terrific crash course in video game history.
It even features the voice actor behind Mario, Charles Martinet, as the narrator who walks us through every episode.Collapse Read more Marvel’s Jessica Jones (2015) 83% 76% 7.9/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama Created by Melissa Rosenberg Cast Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Krysten Ritter shines as antihero Jessica Jones, who rejected her superhero persona after a traumatic experience at the hands of Kilgrave (David Tennant), and now runs her own detective agency.
Like Daredevil , the series is darker and more grounded than Marvel’s cinematic efforts, though it’s missing some of the goofy lighthearted qualities that Daredevil brings.
Jessica Jones is thematically heavier, as the characters deal with topics like rape and PTSD.As with Daredevil , the villain is the sizzle of this first season — Tennant conjures perhaps the best performance of any on-screen Marvel bad guy this side of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.The show’s structure is uniquely suited for the future inclusion of guest heroes; Luke Cage figures prominently in the first season, while season 2 has its own intriguing new characters to build upon.The series came to its conclusion after season 3, however.Both Jones and Cage (along with Daredevil and Iron Fist) featured heavily in Netflix’s crossover series The Defenders .Collapse Read more Lost in Space (2018) 76% 7.3/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama Created by Irwin Allen, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless Cast Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins Seasons: 3 tv-pg Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix The latest adaptation of Irwin Allen’s landmark 1960s sci-fi series, Lost In Space is centered on the Robinson family, which has taken to the stars together, courtesy of a program aimed at finding a new home for humanity.Of course, their craft veers off course and they end up in a new galaxy entirely, which leads — as you might expect — to a series of dangerous scenarios in which the family must work together to survive.
Toby Stephens ( Black Sails ) plays army-dad John Robinson, whose wife Maureen (Molly Parker), is the expedition leader.The kids are played by Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, and Maxwell Jenkins, with support from Parker Posey, Ignacio Serricchio, and others.While it’s the same old take on The Swiss Family Robinson at its core, the series’ special effects, set design, and cinematography are all top-notch, lending a sense of legitimacy to the many perils faced by the Robinsons and company.Perhaps more importantly, the family dynamic — especially with the three children and the robot Will befriends — feels real, turning this from an also-ran space sitcom into a pretty great show.Collapse Read more Lucifer (2016) 86% 49% 8.1/10 Genre Crime, Comedy-Drama, Fantasy Created by Tom Kapinos Cast Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro Seasons: 6 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Lucifer is very loosely based upon the comic book that inspired it, but it has won a devoted fandom.Tom Ellis headlines the series as Lucifer Morningstar, the former Lord of Hell.Lucifer got bored living among the damned and he decided to move to Los Angeles and open his own nightclub.However, Lucifer soon found himself taken with LAPD Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), a woman seemingly immune to his charms.
There is a police procedural baked into Lucifer that isn’t present in the comic.But there’s also a slow brewing love story between Lucifer and Chloe.Lucifer never hides who and what he is, but Chloe doesn’t initially believe him.Now that the truth is definitively out in the open, Lucifer and Chloe face new obstacles in the penultimate season.Collapse Read more Mindhunter (2017) 97% 80% 8.6/10 Genre Drama, Crime Created by Joe Penhall Cast Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Why do we obsess over serial killers? Perhaps it’s because we don’t truly understand what makes them tick.That’s the hook for Mindhunter , a crime drama that is executive produced by David Fincher (Fight Club, Gone Girl ) and Charlize Theron.Jonathan Groff ( Glee, Hamilton ) and Holt McCallany play FBI agents tasked with interviewing and assessing serial killers to build personality profiles that might help solve ongoing and future cases.Aside from Anna Torv ( Fringe ), a largely anonymous cast takes the stage here, as the pair of agents investigates and interviews characters based on real killers from the mid-late 20th century, including one Ed Kemper.
Mindhunter is largely a bleak affair, with a general sense of dread pushed forward by creepy performances and graphic crime scene photos.Still, it’s a curious subject and one which informs the detective work done by characters in modern cop dramas.If you liked Nightcrawler , Zodiac, and Silence of the Lambs , you’ll like Mindhunter.Collapse Read more Narcos (2015) 89% 80% 8.8/10 Genre Crime, Drama Created by Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Cast Pedro Pascal, Matias Varela, Damián Alcázar Seasons: 3 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Yes, Pablo Escobar is played out, and the show takes its fair share of historical liberties.
However, any quibbles with this series can easily be pardoned thanks to some brilliant performances by Wagner Moura (Escobar) and Boyd Holbrook (Steve Murphy), the latter of which is on his way to becoming a bonafide action star thanks to turns in the excellent Logan and The Predator .Narcos details Escobar’s rise to wealth and power as the face behind one of the largest drug cartels of all time, based out of Medellin, Colombia.Moura oscillates between dedicated family man and ruthless kingpin with alarming ease, while DEA agents Murphy and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) work to capture the elusive patron.If you’re unfamiliar with Escobar’s story, this is a riveting (if not wholly realistic) look into the man, and the chaos he wrought upon an entire continent during his heyday.
The third season follows a sister cartel after Escobar’s death (uh … spoilers?).The popularity of the series even led to a spinoff series, Narcos: Mexico , in 2018.Collapse Read more On My Block (2018) 93% 69% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy Created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft Cast Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Jessica Marie Garcia Seasons: 4 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Saying that Hollywood has issues of representation would be the world’s biggest understatement, but with On My Block , Netflix is working to remedy those issues.The show follows four high school freshmen — all people of color — in a witty, relatable coming-of-age story that culminates in some tensely dramatic moments.Monse (Sierra Capri) is a tomboy with deep-seated feelings for one of her close friends, Cesar (Diego Tinoco), who’s trying to balance an unstable home life against the social demands of school and his feelings for Monse.Ruby (Jason Genao) is a whip-smart smooth talker, Jamal (Brett Gray) is a nerd on a quest, and Olivia (Ronni Hawk) is trying to make things work after her family is deported.The series treats ethnic and cultural divides with grace, showing how difficult it is to grow up as a young person of color in America.Collapse Read more Orange Is the New Black (2013) 90% 8.0/10 Genre Comedy, Drama Created by Jenji Kohan Cast Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba Seasons: 7 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix This dramedy was once the crown jewel of Netflix’s original program list — judging by critical reception, at least.
Orange Is the New Black received dozens of nominations and awards for its portrayal of an all-female prison.It follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who goes to prison 10 years after smuggling drug money for her girlfriend.The show has been praised for its thoughtful representations of a diverse group of prison inmates, and for exploring issues relating to race, sexuality, and emotion within a controlled, female-dominant environment.
Few programs are willing to dedicate so much time to women, and few combine humor with sincerity as flawlessly.The seventh and final season of the series was released in July 2019.Collapse Read more Russian Doll (2019) 97% 88% 7.9/10 Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama Created by Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler Cast Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley Seasons: 1 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix This critically acclaimed series features Natasha Lyonne as a woman who finds herself stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her birthday and dying over and over again, only to wake up at the same earlier point in the night.Lyonne co-created the series along with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, and the first, eight-episode season received high praise from critics and audiences alike, as well as 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.The show’s setting amid the nightlife of New York City, the colorful characters that drift in and out of the life of Lyonne’s character, and the deep dive it takes into the psychological aspects of her experience make it so much more than just another Groundhog Day story.
Collapse Read more Sense8 (2015) 86% 66% 8.3/10 Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama Created by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, J.Michael Straczynski Cast Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton Seasons: 2 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix A sci-fi drama from some of the genre’s greatest storytellers might seem like an easy win, but there was nothing typical about this groundbreaking show from Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J.Michael Straczynski.The series follows a group of eight individuals from around the world who suddenly find themselves connected mentally and emotionally.
They can experience each other’s lives and draw upon the knowledge and talents they each possess.On the run from a mysterious government agency rounding up these “Sensates,” they must find a way to protect themselves and continue to live their lives, both as individuals and collectively.While the premise might seem straightforward, Sense8 stands out for its diverse international cast and globe-spanning locations that allow them to experience the world through each other’s eyes.As beautiful as the series is visually, it reaches even greater heights with its willingness to explore the world and the human experience through its characters’ hearts, and show the myriad ways we can love and be loved by those around us.
The series was abruptly canceled after its second season due to the high cost of its international filming, but a fan campaign prompted Netflix to greenlight a two-hour series finale that tied up the story’s loose ends.Collapse Read more The Toys That Made Us (2017) 100% 8.0/10 Genre Documentary Created by Brian Volk-Weiss Directed by Tom Stern, Brian Volk-Weiss Cast Donald Ian Black Seasons: 3 tv-14 watch on Netflix watch on Netflix There wasn’t always a toy market that catered to kids and collectors.
Everything changed in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us offers deep dives into the origins of Star Wars toys, Transformers, Barbie, Lego, Star Trek, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.Many of the people who brought these toys to life share the story of their creation, while fans around the world share their collections and their thoughts on the toy lines as well.There are even some occasionally heartwarming moments, including a reunion between two partners who had an acrimonious split several years before.This show is magic, in its own way.And we love it.
Collapse Read more Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016) 8.4/10 Genre Family, Animation, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Created by Guillermo del Toro Cast Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton, Amy Landecker Seasons: 3 tv-y7 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix Created by Guillermo del Toro, Trollhunters ‘ story is fairly run-of-the-mill for a cartoon series (ostensibly for kids), but its masterful animation and voice acting set it apart from contemporaries.When 15-year-old Jim Lake (the late Anton Yelchin) finds a magical amulet, he’s transformed into the Trollhunter, a magical being tasked with the protection of a world of trolls that is hidden beneath the fictional town of Arcadia.Jim must balance his real-life responsibilities with his new identity, battling evil gum-gum trolls and making friends in the process.Superb vocal support is provided by Kelsey Grammer ( Frasier ), Jonathan Hyde ( Jumanji ), and Fred Tatasciore.The series was renewed despite Yelchin’s untimely death shortly after production ceased.Three seasons are currently available and del Toro has indicated that Trollhunters (not to be confused with the film Trollhunter ) is just the first arc of a three-part animated saga he has planned.The first of those three spinoff series, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia is now available to binge, too.Collapse Read more The Umbrella Academy (2019) 83% 63% 8.0/10 Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy Created by Steve Blackman (created for television by), Jeremy Slater Cast Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J.
Blige Seasons: 2 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix It’s a tale as old as time: 43 women give birth on the same day, at the same time, despite not showing any previous signs of pregnancy, and seven of these unique babies are adopted by an eccentric billionaire who molds them into a team of child superheroes known as The Umbrella Academy.
The unusual story follows the group, who disband during their teenage years, only to meet up again when their adoptive father dies.Immediately the crew finds themselves dealing with old wounds and at each other’s throats.They’re forced to throw their differences aside, however, to save the world from ending.
This Netflix series immediately became a hit; it was first released in February 2019, and it’s already approved for a third season.The cast includes Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H.
Min, Cameron Britton, and Mary J.Blige.They are all expected to return for the next season.It’s based on a comic book series with the same name and was created by Gerard Way (from the band My Chemical Romance) and illustrator Gabriel Bá.Collapse Read more
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) 96% 80% 7.6/10 Genre Comedy Created by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock Cast Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski Seasons: 4 tv-14 Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix In a sea of outlandish show concepts, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt continues to stand out.
Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, The Office ) spent 15 formative years in her life trapped in an underground vault with three other women at the hands of a lunatic cult leader.She’s rescued by police, and upon getting freed, Kimmy promptly moves to New York City and tries to adjust to life above ground.
The show, produced by Tina Fey, received 11 Emmy nominations for its first two seasons alone.Critics praised Kemper’s portrayal of the “unbreakable,” idealistic Kimmy— whose sunshine-fueled personality combines with a variety of mental demons hovering just below the surface of Kimmy’s optimistic appearance.The plotlines are brought to a whole new level by the ensemble cast: hilarious performances from Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski ( 30 Rock ), and Carol Kane ( Annie Hall , Taxi ) keep the show interesting.
Every season absolutely doubles down in its wackiness and charm, which was the signature that kept viewers coming back for more.The series returned for its final story arc in January of 2019.Collapse Read more House of Cards (2013) 73% 8.7/10 Genre Drama Created by Beau Willimon Cast Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Constance Zimmer Seasons: 6 tv-ma Trailer watch on Netflix Trailer watch on Netflix An adaptation of the 1990 BBC series of the same name (itself adapted from the 1989 book by Michael Dobbs), House of Cards follows the political exploits and personal dramas of Democratic House Majority Whip, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey).On a cruel quest for power, Frank, along with his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), and their cabinet of congressional conspirators and close contacts steamroll, backstab, and blackmail their way through six seasons of high-minded political madness.Due to allegations of misconduct, Kevin Spacey was removed from the show, with the sixth season focusing on Claire’s ascent to power.Collapse Read more
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