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The 25 Best Series To Watch on Netflix Right Now

Ali Wong and Steven Yeun in 'Beef'

Netflix has the most extensive catalogue of television shows from all genres and time periods. From full seasons of classic sitcoms like Seinfeld to award-winning faves like Ozark, limited series stunners like Maid to fan-favorites like Stranger Things, we have genuinely been spoiled for choice when it comes to the shows on offer. That said, you can lose a lot of time scrolling through the countless viewing options, so we’ve done the work for you. Here are the 25 best series currently streaming on Netflix.

1. Sex Education (2019-present)

Aimee Lou Wood, Emma Mackey, and Asa Butterfield as high school students in 'Sex Education'

Sex Education became an instant hit when the first season arrived on Netflix back in 2019. This British dramedy series from creator Laurie Nunn follows socially awkward teen Otis and his friends at secondary school as they navigate personal issues—typically involving sex. There are currently three seasons, and despite some cast shake-ups (Ncuti Gatwa left to star in Doctor Who!), the series is returning for a fourth outing soon.

2. Manifest (2018-present)

Jared, Michaela, Zeke, and Drea pose by a car in Manifest season 4

In Manifest, passengers and crew are relieved when their plane lands safely after a turbulent flight, but quickly realize the world has aged five years since they were up in the air, and their family and friends have moved on after mourning their supposed deaths. Now that they are back, the passengers—including siblings Michaela and Ben Stone—race against time to discover what really happened on that flight.

3. Dead to Me (2019-2022)

Judy Hale wears a floral shirt under a dark jacket

Dead to Me centers on the unlikely friendship between two women, played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, and humorously explores elements of loss and forgiveness. When Jen’s husband tragically dies in a hit-and-run, she sets out to find out who was behind the accident. She soon meets free-spirited Judy at a support group, and the pair bond despite their differences. However, Jen is unaware that Judy is hiding a massive secret from her. Outrageous antics ensue.

4. Stranger Things (2016-present)

Sadie Sink as Max and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things.

Four seasons in, and the cast of Stranger Things are bonafide stars in their own right. And it’s easy to see why: The nostalgic sci-fi series has kept us on the edge of our seats with its story of extraordinary forces and mysterious government exploits out to destroy the world, and the group of young friends on a mission to get to the truth.

5. Ginny & Georgia (2021-present)

Ginny and Georgia starring Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey.

Ginny & Georgia is a complex yet witty look at the bond between a young mother and her biracial teenage daughter. After years on the run, Georgia finally puts roots down in an idyllic New England town to provide a safe space for her daughter Ginny and young son Austin. However, it’s not long before her past comes back to haunt her, prompting difficult questions from her daughter, which she must answer or lose her trust forever.

6. Beef (2023)

Amy and Danny transfer their hate for each other towards another jerk in a parking lot.

Created by Lee Sung Jin (Dave, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Beef stars Ali Wong and Steven Yeun as two people unable—or unwilling—to move on after a heated road rage encounter. Our own Madeline Carpou has written extensively about Beef, noting that “every episode manages to expertly weave themes surrounding classism, sexism, new-age petulance and ‘toxic positivity,’ and all kinds of notions regarding race in the western world.”

7. Bridgerton (2020-present)

The Duke and Daphne look hawt.

London’s Regency era has never been so glamorous and steamy. Based on the book series by Julia Quinn and produced by Shonda Rhimes, Bridgerton focuses on the eight Bridgerton siblings‘ journey to finding love. In season 1, we saw Daphne Bridgerton fall for the highly desirable yet rebellious Duke of Hastings. In contrast, the second season saw the eldest and most hard-to-impress Bridgerton sibling, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, fall for Kate Sharma after she arrives from India.

8. Never Have I Ever (2020-present)

Paxton talks to Devi shirtless in Never Have I Ever.

Mindy Kaling is an expert at feel-good comedy, and it’s no surprise that Never Have I Ever has won fans over across the globe. The series, partially based on Kaling’s experiences growing up, follows first-generation Indian-American teenager Devi as she navigates high school, her family, and friendships—all while trying to impress the best-looking guy in school, Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

9. The Witcher (2019-present)

Geralt of Rivia in all his imposing stature, as he is played by Henry Cavill in Netflix's The Witcher

With a talented cast led by Henry Cavill, The Witcher has attracted quite a fan base over its two seasons (and counting). The show follows the journey of the witcher Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a medieval dark fantasy world.

10. You (2018-present)

You. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 410 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

For Joe Goldberg in You, the goal has always been to find true love, but he just can’t escape his terrifying past—or his impulsive desire to kill. His sinister obsession with getting the woman of his dreams often means getting rid of everyone in his way.

11. Squid Game (2021-present)

Oh Young-see as Oh Il-nam in Squid Game

South Korean thriller Squid Game is the stuff of nightmares, and it quickly became one of Netflix’s most-viewed series of all time. In the series, which is set to return for season 2, hundreds of cash-strapped contestants compete in a game for a huge financial reward. But the stakes are, quite literally, deadly.

12. Dear White People

Logan Browning as Sam White in 'Dear White People'

Justin Simien expands on his film of the same name with Dear White People. The sharp satire follows students of color at a mostly white Ivy League school and explores racial dynamics, social injustice, and class politics with the help of a brilliant cast led by Logan Browning.

13. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)


No one could have played the role of Walter White better than Bryan Cranston. From 2008-2013, Breaking Bad ruled TV with its story of a high school teacher who becomes a meth king in New Mexico to provide for his family after a fatal cancer diagnosis. Thanks to Netflix, we can now watch this iconic series again from start to finish.

14. Better Call Saul (2015-2022)

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul (2015)

Part of the Breaking Bad franchise, there are six epic seasons following the trials and tribulations of ex-con artist Jimmy McGill. Better Call Saul follows Jimmy as he transforms into the morally corrupt criminal lawyer Saul Goodman and explores the consequences of his time working with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

15. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Nell (Victoria Pedretti) stands in front of an eerie red door in 'The Haunting of Hill House'

The talents of Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Carla Gugino come together beautifully in Mike Falangan’s terrifying masterpiece, The Haunting of Hill House. The series explores the lives of the Crain siblings, who grew up in a famously haunted house. Later, as adults, they reunite in the face of tragedy to confront their terrifying past.

16. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights stars Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, the coach of a high school football team in rural Texas—where football is championed above all else. Along the way, he faces the pressures of leading while also navigating current and former players, his personal relationships, and issues plaguing the small town of Dillon.

17. Ozark (2017-2022)

Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore in season 4 of Ozark

Ozark frequently dominated awards season during its four-season run, and with good reason. The show stars Jason Bateman (also series creator), Laura Linney, and Julia Garner, and centers on a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong.

18. The Sinner (2017-2021)

Bill Pullman and Jessica Biel in season 1 of 'The Sinner'
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Nothing is as it seems when Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates a bizarre new homicide each season. While others give up, Ambrose does everything in his power to get to the bottom of the case, even if that means developing a deep emotional connection with his unnerving suspects.

19. The Good Place (2016-2020)

Kristen Bell

The Good Place stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor, a flawed woman who finds herself in the titular fictional afterlife, but discovers she’s been mistaken for someone else. The comedy follows Eleanor as she enlists the help of an army of new friends to earn her a permanent spot in the Good Place.

20. Maid (2021)


Margaret Qualley is brilliant in the critically-acclaimed limited series Maid as Alex, a single mother who escapes an abusive relationship with her young daughter. From being on seven different forms of government assistance to moving into a women’s shelter and eventually finding life-changing work cleaning houses, she does everything in her power to provide for her child and realize her dream of becoming a writer.

21. Mindhunter (2017-2019)

The cast of Mindhunter looking real professional

Executive-produced by director David Fincher and actress Charlize Theron, this short-lived crime drama traces the creation of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Mindhunter follows agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench as they work with psychologist Wendy Ford to develop criminal profiles based on interviews with serial killers.

22. Russian Doll (2019-present)

Russian Doll on Netflix

In the comedy-drama Russian Doll, Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a young woman who gets caught in a mysterious time loop. The first season follows Nadia as she keeps dying and reliving the same night—her birthday—over and over again, and soon discovers she’s not the only one.

23. The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

The Queen's Gambit still of her thinking at a chess set. (Image: Netflix.)

Anya Taylor-Joy absolutely nails it in The Queen’s Gambit as Beth Harmon, an orphan who becomes the greatest chess player in the world, all while battling her personal demons and addiction.

24. Black Mirror (2011-present)

Jon Hamm looks expectantly at an egg in the 'Black Mirror' Christmas special, 'White Christmas'

Five seasons of standalone episodes (with another on the way) have really made Black Mirror stand out in the television landscape. Each unnerving episode focuses on the unexpected and harmful societal consequences of new technologies. The show features many great guest stars, including Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniel Kaluuya, and Domhnall Gleeson.

25. Unbelievable (2019)


Based on the article An Unbelievable Story of Rape and inspired by a shocking real-life story, Unbelievable stars Kaitlyn Dever as a young woman named Marie who reports a rape—and isn’t believed. Two female detectives, played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, work together to solve the case.

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