The 59 Best Shows on Netflix (July 2022)

What to watch on Netflix? Try out our picks at the best series currently on Netflix!

by @kasey__moore
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Welcome to your July 2022 guide to the best shows currently streaming on Netflix in the US. Below, we’ll walk you through our top 59 TV picks that every Netflix subscriber should watch whether you’re new to Netflix or a longtime subscriber. We’re going to continue expanding this list throughout 2022 with the idea to get to 100 of the best shows in the near future.

We’ll be taking you across a spectrum of different genres in this list covering action series, drama series, comedy series, and others too. There are a few notable exceptions to this list too. For one, we’re only covering series that are primarily spoken in the English language. That’s not to say there are not a bunch of great foreign titles on Netflix but we’re just keeping this list manageable at 50.

Of course, 50 shows don’t really do the service justice as there’s a library full of series to check out but we had to try. Treat this list as a great starting point if you’re brand new to Netflix.


59. The 100

Seasons Available: 7
Network:
The CW
Genre:
Sci-fi
Show status:
Ended

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If you like most of the premises of Syfy content but think they’re poorly executed then, The 100 could be for you.

Produced by The CW, it’s about humanity’s last attempt to inhabit the earth after it was ravished by war. The struggling space colony sends down 100 child criminals to see what exactly the earth is like and whether it can sustain life.

After ending after seven seasons, we can thoroughly recommend this series as it maintained its excellent characters and edge-of-your-seat plots throughout.


58. Gotham

Seasons Available: 5
Network
: FOX
Genre:
Superhero series
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: Warner Bros. Television

Gotham is one of the last remaining Fox shows on Netflix, and we’re glad it’s one of the best. This series rewinds the clock on the Batman universe and returns us to Bruce Wayne’s childhood.

The series’ main focus is on a young James Gordon who is discovering the notorious younger criminals you come to love in the Batman universe. The realization of the world is fantastic and it’s great to see an otherwise glossed-over perspective. It provides a lot more substance to the villains’ backstories.


57. Gilmore Girls

Seasons available: 7 + Netflix Limited Series
Network:
The WB / Netflix
Genre:
Comedy
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: Warner Bros. Television

Starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, this comedy series that aired in the early 2000s is beloved to this day and is one of the last remaining comedy series that remains on Netflix. With over 150 episodes in the main series and the additional episodes that Netflix produced there’s a lot to dig into here.

The dramedy series follows a single mother and her teen daughter living in the sleepy town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.


56. How To Get Away With Murder

Seasons available: 6
Network:
ABC
Genre:
Detective drama
Show status:
Ended

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Viola Davis stars as a law professor teaching at a university to find her next employee to take with her into the profession of being a criminal defense lawyer.

The show’s title comes from Viola’s class; essentially teaching the kids how to avoid getting caught in the eyes of the law.

It comes from super-producer Shonda Rhimes (who is now producing Netflix content) and while the series certainly doesn’t maintain its high caliber writing through all six seasons, the early seasons are well worth the price of admission.


55. Arrow

Seasons available: 8
Network:
The CW
Genre:
Superhero series
Show status:
Ended

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This wasn’t CW’s first array into the superhero genre but it’s by far the best. Following rich playboy Oliver Queen, he turns to a life of heroism after his boat was lost to the sea. Similar to Batman, he vows to rid the city of criminals only armed with his bow and arrow.


54. Lost in Space Netflix Original

Seasons available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Sci-fi
Show status: Ended

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Although Lost in Space features plenty of flaws, the planet-hopping sci-fi series presents a neatly packaged show with a great beginning, middle, and now end.

The show itself is a reboot of the series from the 1960s and features stand-out performances from Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, and Maxwell Jenkins.


53. Anne with an E Netflix Original

Seasons available: 3
Network: CBC / Netflix
Genre: Period Drama
Show status: Ended

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Adapted loosely from Anne of Green Gables, this series headed up by Moira Walley-Beckett tells the story of an orphan whose passions leads her to find an unlikely home.

It’s well-acted and produced and one of the best co-productions in Netflix history.

Sadly, the show was unceremoniously canceled which led to the biggest revival campaign in history but sadly, those efforts have led to nothing. Although its sad to see the story left unfinished, what’s there is still worth a watch.


52. The Witcher Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 2
Network: Netflix
Genre: Fantasy
Show status: Ongoing

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Adapting very popular novels is no easy task but Netflix is investing heavily in The Witcher which clearly has its eye on the fantasy crown that is still held by the likes of The Lord of the Rings and of course, Game of Thrones.

Henry Cavill plays Geralt, a famous hunter known for slaying monsters. His world is disrupted after being introduced to Yennefer and later, Ciri.

While the series will hopefully climb our list over time, there’s sadly too much holding it back from realizing its true potential right now.


51. Orange is the New Black Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 7
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Prison Drama/Comedy
Show status:
Ended

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The creator of Weeds took up the project of Orange is the New Black after reading Piper Kerman’s account of her time in prison. While most elements of OITNB are based on Piper’s experience in jail, the show has grown its own identity with an amazing and diverse cast, allowing the creators to tell some excellent stories in Litchfield.

While you could certainly argue that the consistency of the series is mixed (with season three particularly standing out as a low point) the series is one of the longest-running Netflix Originals in history and is an easy binge and a show that can be frequently revisited.


50. Designated Survivor Netflix Original

Seasons available: 4
Network:
ABC/Netflix
Genre:
Drama
Show status:
Ended

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You’ll find a number of Netflix revivals on this list and Designated Survivor is among the best of them. The series stars Kiefer Sutherland who plays a government official who unexpectedly becomes the President of the United States after a terrorist attack on the Capitol.

The early seasons are intense and some of the best network TV the 21st century had to offer and although Netflix’s revival season left way too much left on the table to provide a satisfactory ending, there’s enough here to keep you engaged and worth a recommendation.


49. Longmire Netflix Original

Seasons available: 7
Network:
A&E / Netflix
Genre:
Drama
Show status:
Ended

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This crime thriller was bought by Netflix after the series faced the ax on A&E. It’s such a good job they did, as it’s one of the best crime thrillers on Netflix. With its final season due in 2017, it’ll be good to see how they give a sendoff to this fantastic series. The series follows a sheriff who moves town after the death of his wife but sadly, he can’t quite shake his past.


48. Alias Grace Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 1
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Period drama
Show status:
Ended

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This cross-production between CBS in Canada and Netflix is absolutely exemplary. Creating a perfect aesthetic and casting fantastic actors and actresses, this limited order run series perfectly adapts the Margaret Atwood story without losing any of the key details of the true story based on Grace Marks case in 1843. This series set a new bar for limited order runs.


47. Maniac Netflix Original Miniseries

Seasons Available: 1
Network: Netflix
Genre: Drama
Show Status: Miniseries

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Picture: Netflix

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in this indefinable sci-fi/drama which sees the pair enter multiple stories in dream states. It’s stylish, interpretive, and perfect for a Netflix binge. The only other network that could’ve possibly greenlit this would be HBO.


46. Wentworth

Seasons available: 7
Network:
SoHo / Showcase
Genre:
Prison drama
Show status:
Ongoing

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Picture: SoHo / Showcase

For the long-term observers of this post, they’ll know that Orange Is The New Black used to reside around the number six spot.

Sadly, with OITNB falling off the wagon and facing an identity crisis in recent years, it’s down to Wentworth to pick up the pieces, and boy does it do a good job.

The gritty Australian drama features a women’s prison that’s one of the roughest and toughest prisons you could imagine. It’s a thrilling watch and far better than Netflix’s own women’s prison drama.


45. Master of None Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 3
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Comedy 
Show status:
Season 3 due out in May 2021

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Aziz Ansari stars in this Netflix Original comedy, which is loosely based on Ansari’s real-life experiences. Like Louie, it’s a collection of magnificent, semi-autobiographic, loosely connected vignettes. It’s a great show about people discovering who they want to be.


44. Shameless (US)

Seasons available: 10
Network:
Showtime
Genre:
Comedy
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: Warner Bros. Television

Another US remake of a British show scores highly on our list of the best TV series on Netflix.

The series that adapts Shameless from the UK has taken us on many strange, and often harrowing trips with the Gallagher family in Chicago.

Not only does the series do a great job in bringing the comedy from its UK cousin, but it also brings plenty of tears: there’s no on-screen family you connect with quite as much as the Gallaghers.


43. After Life Netflix Original

Seasons available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Comedy
Show status: Ended

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Picture: Netflix

Ricky Gervais is perhaps best known for his early work on BBC including The Office and Extras. While Derek was infinitely watchable, it’s After Life that’s some of Gervais’s best work to date.

Not only is After Life full of laughs it’s also full heart which will have you go from crying from laughter one minute to crying with tears the next.

It’s a mature series and a great statement for what’s to come from Ricky who works with Netflix under an overall deal.


42. F is for Family Netflix Original

Seasons available: 4
Network: Netflix
Genre: Animated Sitcom
Show status: Ended

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F is for Family is the second-ever Netflix Original animated show, and is still one of the most unique. The series takes us back to the 1970s when times were simpler, but not for the Murphy family. We follow Frank who works at the airport while supporting his wife and three kids.

Bill Burr provides the headline voice performance and the show continues to gain steam with its fourth season due out in 2020.


41. Supernatural

Seasons available: 15
Network:
The CW
Genre:
Supernatural drama
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: Warner Bros. Television

This long-running show from The CW is about a pair of brothers who follow in their father’s footsteps in hunting down the supernatural whether they be zombies, werewolves or vampires. The show has now been running for over a decade and shows no sign of slowing down, remaining The CW’s jewel in the crown.


40. Arrested Development

Seasons available: 6
Network:
FOX / Netflix
Genre:
Comedy
Show status:
Likely ended

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Picture: 20th Television

One of the smartest TV comedies (only second to Bojack Horseman) returned to Netflix in a less than spectacular manner, but still managed to win audiences back with the remixed season five and now released season six.

The series focuses on the Bluths, a dysfunctional family that’s been put into financial ruin thanks to the head of the family. It’s down to the main character (played by Jason Bateman) to fix all the family’s problems.


39. Big Mouth

Seasons Available: 3 (+4)
Network: Netflix
Genre: Animated Comedy
Show status:
Ongoing

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On paper, this is a sick and twisted series that’s nothing more than profanity-laced crudeness. In practice, it’s exactly that… and it works.

Featuring big names such as Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and many more, the series’ star power alone should be enough to entice.

In the series, we follow teenage friends who are going through puberty, characterized by monsters who seem intent on ruining their lives.

The show was recently renewed for an additional three seasons.


38. Riverdale

Seasons Available: 5
Network:
The CW
Genre:
Drama
Show status:
Ongoing

The CW is mostly known nowadays for producing the myriad of DC shows such as The Flash and Arrow, or its supernatural dramas such as The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Following a different direction, Riverdale is part of The CW’s new wave of shows looking to recapture its teen drama audience by adapting the famous Archie comic for a new audience.

It does so fantastically well with the series being amongst the best the network has to offer. Its engaging storyline and rich and diverse characters are perfectly adapted from the comic books.


37. House of Cards Netflix Original

Seasons available: 6
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Political drama
Show status:
Ended

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House of Cards was one of the first Netflix Originals and is still among the best, despite being somewhat tainted. As you may know, the show’s lead has faced some pretty graphic allegations put against him, putting the show in a somewhat different light.

With that said, House of Cards is a masterpiece of a series with the first couple of seasons being the best political television in history.

The series follows the Underwoods, a ruthless political couple who will do anything to gain power and once at the top, anything to stay there.


36. Heartland

Seasons available: 14
Network:
CBC
Genre:
Drama
Show status:
Ongoing

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Heartland – Picture: CBC

Heartland is a fan-favorite like no other. Hundreds follow our site religiously just to track down when new seasons of Heartland are coming to Netflix, and it’s no surprise why.

The down-to-earth series features storylines that are sure to pull at anyone’s heartstrings, following a family struggling to keep their farm afloat after one of the owners passes away. It’s now up to her daughter to pick up the reigns and continue her mother’s legacy.

Netflix is always a couple of seasons behind when it comes to CBC’s Heartland.


35. Virgin River

Seasons Available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Drama
Show status: Ongoing – renewed through to season 5

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If you’re looking for a drama similar to the likes of Heartland or Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, we wholeheartedly recommend checking out Virgin River.

The fantastic debut drama based on the books from Robyn Carr has been an instant success for Netflix and thankfully, there are more books to be adapted for the future.


34. Grey’s Anatomy

Seasons Available: 18
Network:
ABC
Genre:
Medical drama

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Picture: ABC

The long-running ABC drama shows no sign of slowing down as it still continues to captivate audiences with its engaging characters and impressive casting choices.

The series itself takes you to a Seattle hospital, giving you an insight into the daily life of the doctors and nurses there.

Grey’s Anatomy has scored a number of Emmy’s over the years and continues to come to Netflix on an annual basis.


33. The Walking Dead

Seasons available: 10
Network:
AMC
Genre:
Zombie drama
Show status:
Ongoing

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Picture: AMC

Netflix pays through the nose for each season of the Walking Dead and there’s little question as to why. It’s just brilliant, albeit a bit slow in the middle of each season, which is why Netflix binging is by far the best way to experience the show. Based on the comic books of the same name, it follows Rick and a whole host of other characters as they attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.


32. Russian Doll

Seasons Available: 2
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Comedy
Show status:
Pending

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Russian Doll has all the hallmarks of a great series, borrowing a tried and tested trope of reliving the same day over and over. Unsurprisingly, it delivered.

With Orange is the New Black alumni Natasha Lyonne starring as Nadia, she’s forced to relive the same party over and over, and attempts to break the loop.

It’s funny, smart and a breath of fresh air and absolutely should be on your watchlist.


31. The Kominsky Method

Seasons available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Comedy
Show status: Ended

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Not everyone is a fan of Chuck Lorre’s vast comedy library but The Kominsky Method shouldn’t be clumped with his traditional network TV filler. Instead, it’s an excellent premium comedy with Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin putting in superb performances throughout.

You follow a retired actor turned acting coach who is renowned throughout Hollywood. The show explores his relationship with his best friend.

It’s now complete on Netflix and it’s a great watch from start to finish.


30. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Seasons available: 1
Network: Netflix
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Show status: Canceled

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We didn’t quite know how this title was going to go down given it’s almost been four decades since The Dark Crystal first arrived in cinemas. Thankfully, age has been kind on this title and instantly shoots it up to one of the very best TV series on Netflix right now.

Thanks to a mix of stunning CGI and breathtaking puppetry, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is accessible and can be enjoyed by all ages and creeds (even if you haven’t seen the original). It takes many twists and turns and is one of the most unique productions that can be found on Netflix right now.

Sadly, the show wasn’t chosen to move past season 1.


29. Cobra Kai

Seasons Available: 4
Network: YouTube Premium / Netflix
Genre: Action
Show status: Ongoing

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Picture: Sony Television Pictures

Netflix gave a second wind of life to Cobra Kai which began its life as a YouTube Red or Premium show. The series picked up decades from where the hugely successful Karate Kid movies left off with Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LeRusso reigniting old rivalries.

The series is camp, fun, and easily bingeable making it a perfect addition to Netflix with plenty of faces both new and old keeping you engaged throughout.


28. The Hauntings of Hill House & Bly Manor

Seasons Available: 2
Network: Netflix
Genre: Horror

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When it comes to horror, Netflix has slowly been making headway and that’s largely thanks to its deal with Mike Flanagan, a huge figure in the genre.

The two separate limited series both based on novels are superb entries in the horror space.


27. Narcos / Narcos: Mexico Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 6
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Drama
Show status:
Ended

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This Netflix series has made millions of viewers comfortable reading subtitles, opening them up to a world of international film and TV. The series has morphed since it first came onto Netflix as the first two seasons of the show focussed only on the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The third season and the upcoming fourth season will both focus on other drug lords and drug cartels. The series is well-produced and while it’s often dramatized possibly beyond the truth, it provides a fascinating insight into a world that most are alien to.


26. Better Call Saul

Seasons Available: 5
Network:
AMC
Genre:
Drama
Show status: Ongoing

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Assuming Better Call Saul is just a spin-off from Breaking Bad is a major injustice. For many, Better Call Saul surpasses the original. The prequel provides additional context on the lead-up to the main show with absolutely sublime performances from Bob Odenkirk but particularly Rhea Seehorn.

The show, just like its predecessor, has already racked up multiple awards and was nominated for two Golden Globes. It retains many of the key people behind Breaking Bad, so the series is on par with its sister show.


25. Bojack Horseman Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 6
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Animated sitcom
Show status:
Ended

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Bojack Horseman has been around for several years now, and while it’s probably not the most popular show on Netflix, it’s certainly one of the smartest.

Diving into issues that an animated sitcom wouldn’t usually explore, the show is a true pioneer in its space. It deals with sensitive issues such as mental illness, abortions, and sexuality all in a way that’s comedic and excellently done.

The impressive cast starring Will Arnett, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul makes this show a standout show. It’s not going to be for everyone but for those who like shows with depth, this is for you.


24. Grace and Frankie

Seasons available: 7
Network: Netflix
Genre: Comedy
Status: Ended

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Grace and Frankie currently holds the accolade of being the longest-running show on Netflix. The comedy sitcoms comes from the creator behind the beloved sitcom Friends and naturally has found a big audience the world over helping it achieve that milestone.

In the comedy, you’ll follow two BFFs who have their lives turned upside down following the news their partners have started an affair. It’s some of Jane Fonda’s and Lily Tomlin’s best work and is a delight from start to finish.


23. When They See Us 

Seasons available: Limited Series
Network: Netflix
Genre: Biopic
Status: Ended

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Created and directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us retells the story of the famous Central Park Five. In painstaking detail, the limited series recounts the events of the central park jogger case which led to five teens being wrongly accused of her murder.

Although it’s only four episodes, the series carries the same impact that some can’t manage with 100.


22. Seinfeld

Seasons available: 9
Network: Sony Television / NBC
Genre: Sitcom
Status: Ended

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While Netflix has become a lot lighter in classic sitcoms in recent years after the removal of the likes of Friends and The Office, Seinfeld to many is their quintessential sitcom. Netflix became the exclusive streaming home to the show in late 2021.

There’s not much more to say about this series that hasn’t been said since it aired in the 90s. We follow the misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

If you’re brand new to Seinfeld we actually recommend skipping the first couple of seasons of the show as they are substantially different to the later seasons and harder to get into.


21. The Umbrella Academy

Seasons available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Superhero action
Status: Unknown

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Netflix had big shoes to fill once The Defenders franchise from Marvel came to a close on Netflix. Thankfully, The Umbrella Academy does a fantastic job of getting close to or surpassing dependent on your opinions.

Adapting the comics of Gerard Way, this series follows seven orphans who grow up with superpowers after all being birthed on the same day in unknown circumstances.

We’ve seen the cast grow and evolve over the course of the three seasons with the most recent arriving in June 2022.


20. Manifest 

Seasons available: 3
Network: NBC
Genre: Drama
Show status: Renewed for fourth final season at Netflix

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Making a surprise addition to Netflix in mid-2021, the series went onto shock all by becoming the biggest show on Netflix throughout much of the summer. Its addition was alongside the announcement that NBC had passed on the show.

The drama follows a plane that vanishes and returns 5 years later. It seems to tap into the same mysterious notes that made LOST the cultural hit it was and while it’s by no means a perfect show, it’s infinitely bingeable.


19. Peaky Blinders Netflix Original

Seasons available: 6
Network:
BBC / Netflix
Genre:
Historical Drama
Show status:
Ended but a movie could be on the way.

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Although marketed as a Netflix Original in the US, the series is created by the BBC in the UK. If there’s one thing that the BBC is good at, it is creating a great period drama.

Set in post-World War 1 Birmingham, this gangster series sees Cillian Murphy play the role of Tommy Shelby, the leader of a notorious gang.

The series is a fantastic realization of the historical period and is some of the most gripping TV available. Best of all, new seasons come quickly to Netflix thanks to the aforementioned Netflix exclusivity.


18. Black Mirror Netflix Original

Seasons available: 5
Network:
Channel 4 / Netflix
Genre:
Anthology sci-fi drama
Show status:
Renewed

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Netflix picked up the British series most likely because there’s simply quite nothing else out there like it. The anthology series picks up a new concept usually involving a form of twisted technology to influence the episode and the people in it. More often than not, the stories never result in a happy ending but will leave you with a lot of questions.

The series is created by Charlie Brooker who is, in my mind, one of the smartest TV writers in the game at the moment and with Netflix’s money behind it, the series is constantly reaching new heights.

With that said, the show currently looks to be on permanent hiatus.


17. The Blacklist

Seasons available: 8
Network: NBC
Genre: Crime Drama
Show status: Returning for season 9

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Although the series no longer hits the same heights as the show did early in its lifespan, there are still plenty of reasons to watch The Blacklist on Netflix. James Spader puts in solid performances every single episode.

The show kicks off with notorious criminal Raymond Reddington being captured and begins helping the FBI track down other criminals.


16. The Last Kingdom Netflix Original

Seasons available: 4
Network:
BBC America / Netflix
Genre:
Historical Dramas
Show status:
Ended but returning for movie.

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Netflix is desperate to have something to top HBO’s Game of Thrones. While Netflix’s own Marco Polo failed, the cross-production between Netflix and BBC is definitely giving the HBO series a run for its money.

BBC America canceled its involvement with the show, with Netflix now fully taking up the mantle and the series goes from strength to strength in all areas.

Starring Alexander Dreymon and Emily Cox, this series takes us back to the Vikings era where Alfred the Great must defend his home from the invaders.


15. Castlevania

Seasons available: 4
Network: Netflix
Genre: Animation
Show status: Ended but coming back with new spin-off

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Although we’ve been restrained from including anime on this list in favor of including them in a big separate list we’re making an exception for Castlevania here.

Adapted from the video game series, Warren Ellis put together some of the best animation series in recent memory and even if you’re not a big fan of the anime medium, this provides a perfect entry point for anyone traditionally who would avoid a show like this.

Among the excellent voice cast for Castlevania includes Richard Armitage, Alejandra Reynoso, and James Callis.


14. The Good Place

Seasons available: 3
Network:
NBC
Genre:
Comedy
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: NBC Universal

NBC lost its throne of being the top comedy series producer but The Good Place is doing a good job of bringing back the crown to NBC.

The series is hard to describe properly due to its many twists and turns, but essentially it boils down to a group of humans dying and heading to The Good Place.

The show is smart, insanely funny and if you haven’t watched the first season in a single sitting, it’s probably not the show for you.

The Good Place is carried as a Netflix Original outside the United States but does eventually come to Netflix in the US too.


13. Our Planet Netflix Original

Seasons available: 1
Network: Netflix
Genre: Nature, Documentary
Show status: Ended

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We’ve purposely left off documentary series for this list in the interest of keeping it focused but we are making a special exception for this visual showpiece for Netflix.

Narrated by David Attenborough, this 8-part series takes you around the globe showing off everything Planet Earth has to offer.

It’s Netflix’s best documentary series on the platform and a must-watch for every age group.


12. The Crown Netflix Original

Seasons available: 4
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Historical Drama
Show status:
Ongoing – season 5 coming in November 2022.

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The Crown is a Netflix original that was released in November 2016 and focuses on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The first season starts when she is 25-years-old, recently married and soon to become the Monarch of the British Empire. The show has been praised for its amazing acting, script, and attention to detail.

It’s one of Netflix’s most expensive shows ever produced, with an estimated budget of $156,000,000.


11. Love, Death & Robots Netflix Original

Seasons Available: 3
Network: Netflix
Genre: Animated Drama
Show Status: Unknown

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If you love your anthology series, then Love, Death & Robots needs to be added to your list immediately. The sixteen-episode first season sees us bounce from one story to another with each having a different animation style and substantially different sci-fi-infused story. It’s genre-bending and can be comfortably binged in a single sitting.

The first season is produced by David Fincher which is an added bonus however the second season continues with more fantastic stories that are easily digestible with each clocking in at roughly 10 minutes.


10. Community

Seasons available: 6
Network: NBC
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom
Show Status: Unknown but ended for now

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Community – Picture: Sony Television Pictures

The history of Community is almost as fascinating as the show itself. It saw a lot of bumps in the road on its network but the facts are as follows. Community, at its best, is some of the best comedy on TV. Period.

Following a lawyer who is thrown out due to faking his degree, he settles into a small community college and forms a study group.

It’s smart, engaging, instantly bingeable, and available on Netflix globally!


9. Bridgerton 

Seasons available: 2
Network: Netflix
Genre: Period drama
Show status: Renewed up to season 4 and spin-off

bridgerton top 50 series on netflix

Bridgerton S1 – Picture: Netflix

Netflix needed its own glitzy period drama and it got it in droves with the release of Bridgerton back in December 2020. Adapting the novels by Julia Quinn, Shonda Rhimes demonstrates why she’s become the TV juggernaut that she is with a polished and beloved show that has become one of Netflix’s most-watched shows in history.

With the show’s future locked in and assuming the show’s quality continues on an upward trajectory, we suspect this show could eventually break into the top 5.


8. Lucifer Netflix Original

Seasons available: 6
Network: FOX / Netflix
Genre:
Drama 
Show status:
Ended after 6 seasons

Lucifer

Picture: Warner Bros. Television

The acquisition of Lucifer was one of the biggest and most successful revivals in Netflix history.

The series, which ran for three seasons on FOX, was wildly popular abroad where Netflix carried it. After its shock cancelation due to poor US viewership, Netflix took over the show and the rest is history.

The series is about the devil who moves to Los Angeles to open a club. and ends up forming a relationship with a homicide detective.

It’s a vibrant series featuring plenty of lore, baddies, and great set pieces.


7. Arcane

Seasons Available: 1
Network: Netflix
Genre: Animation
Show Status: Renewed for season 2 coming in 2023

arcane best series on netflix

Picture: Netflix

Arcane is a monumental achievement in the world of animation and storytelling. It’s based on the incredibly popular League of Legends IP which has been slowly expanding into other formats over the last few years. Its expansion into TV is perhaps its best to date.

Reviews have been glowing from critics and audiences alike and for good reason, it’s a masterpiece and it’s only just getting started.


6. Midnight Mass

Seasons available: Limited Series
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Horror

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Picture: Netflix

Mike Flanagan does not miss and the cumulation of his years of work in the horror space are demonstrated in full display in this gripping and thought-provoking series.

The premise of the story is that Riley returns to an island he left behind where strange miracles are taking place with a new priest seemingly behind it all.

Although the pace won’t be to everyone’s liking, standout performances and an ever-unfolding plotline keeps you engaged throughout and demonstrates exactly what a limited series should and can be.


5. Mindhunter Netflix Original

Seasons available: 2
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Crime Drama
Show status:
On Hold

Mindhunter netflix

Picture: Netflix

David Fincher is a master behind the camera and perhaps his finest work was done on Netflix’s Mindhunter. The series is really smart and fascinating to watch.

The show follows two FBI agents who set up a new department within the bureau to study some of the most prolific serial killers in history.

Perhaps the review I most agree with is Dani Di Placido’s on Forbes: he says that the show is so good that it “makes him feel physically sick”. It really is that powerful.

Sadly, the show appears to be on a permanent hiatus.


4. The Queen’s Gambit Netflix Original

Seasons available: 1
Network: Netflix
Genre: Sport, Drama
Show status: Limited series

the queens gambit netflix best tv show

Picture: Netflix

Limited series have become a massive part of Netflix’s own original lineup and without a doubt, The Queen’s Gambit serves as the headline title.

Releasing seemingly out of nowhere, the show tells the story of Beth Harmon who is a chess genius and her story of rising through the ranks of chess while facing her own demons.

It’s almost a perfect series with everything coming together to create a perfect synergy.


3. Ozark Netflix Original

Seasons available: 4
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Crime drama
Show status:
Ended

Ozark - Best Shows on Netflix

Picture: Netflix

Frequently compared to Breaking Bad, it is every bit as gritty, violent, and character-driven. Jason Bateman stars as a financial planner who gets pulled into a money-laundering fiasco, forcing him into debt to a drug lord. With his family in tow, he moves to the Ozarks to put a scheme into action that would repay his debt and save his family.

The writing and direction are fantastic. Another standout is the strong female presence in heavy roles. The result of all of this is the best TV series currently on Netflix.


2. Stranger Things Netflix Original

Seasons available:
Network:
Netflix
Genre:
Sci-fi Drama
Show status:
Ongoing – Renewed for Final Season

stranger things season 4 netflix top 10s

Picture: Netflix

When Stranger Things first premiered on Netflix, it instantly blew everyone away.

The sci-fi series set back in the 80 sees a combination of a conspiracy plot mixed with a murder mystery, mixed with a superhero series, mixed with a monster series and it just works. It takes cues and ideas from movies and series and while you could argue it does nothing particularly new you can’t deny it perfects every element it borrows.

Season 2 saw the series reach new heights at times with the established characters facing a new threat much bigger than the first. It’s a rollercoaster series with fantastic characters and some of the strongest CGI you’ll see in a TV series.

Season 3, which was released in July 2019 broke all of Netflix’s records and is regarded to be the best season of the three.

Once again, season 4 released in May and July 2022 across two volumes and smashed records.


1. Breaking Bad

Seasons available: 5
Network:
AMC
Genre:
Crime drama
Show status:
Ended

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Picture: Sony Television Pictures

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul star in one of the most critically acclaimed series of all time only to be topped by a few HBO hits which sadly aren’t on Netflix.

AMC knocked it out of the park when it gave Vince Gilligan a chance to develop the series which follows a chemistry teacher facing the prospect of an early death unless he develops the funds to fund his cancer treatment.

Although the series is now over, the series legacy will carry on for decades given the stellar performances from the cast, excellent cinematography, and storylines that push the envelope of what a TV series can be.

The 59 Best Shows on Netflix (July 2022)

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Covering Netflix since 2013, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for close to a decade. Resides in the United Kingdom.