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Best TV shows on Netflix: The top 40+ shows you need to binge

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of TV shows available on Netflix? Here are our top picks to get you started.

From political drama to ’80s inspired sci-fi to the best superhero TV shows around, Netflix has been consistently knocking it out of the park since launching globally.

In no particular order, here are our 42 top Netflix TV shows in the US.

1. Unbelievable

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever

Based on true events, this powerful and unflinching show revolves around a series of sexual assaults that took place in Washington and Colorado. After a teen reports a rape and then recants her story, her life changes forever. Three years later, two detectives join forces to follow the evidence that might finally lead to some answers.

This critically acclaimed miniseries is based on the 2015 news article An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Sometimes heartbreaking, other times infuriating, but ultimately just a tiny bit hopeful, Unbelievable tells the stories of survivors with care and gravity. In the era of peak TV, it’s easy to overlook this initially bleak offering, but it’s worth watching.

2. The Politician

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton

Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series is just as outrageous and soapy as you’d expect. The story of The Politician follows Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, who has known since age seven that he’s going to be president of the United States. First, however, he needs to jump through some hoops including navigating the most treacherous political landscape of all, Saint Sebastian High School.

The series is uneven at times, but one thing’s for sure: Murphy knows how to please his loyal band of followers. The Politician is quirky, funny and dark sometimes all at the same time. If you’re after an entertaining binge, you can’t go wrong with this one.

3. Mindhunter

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

This thrilling Netflix series, based on true events, follows FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who start interviewing dangerous killers in order to better understand what goes on in their heads. Based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the show is based on the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, which was just coming together in the ‘70s.

Slick and chilling, Mindhunter is one of Netflix’s most addictive original shows, featuring a tremendous cast and showing us how now common terms like serial killer first came to life. If you’re into crime shows, you don’t want to miss this one.

4. La Casa de Papel

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Miguel Herrán, Paco Tous, Pedro Alonso

Known in English as Money Heist, this Spanish Netflix original revolves around an elaborate heist that takes place over several days at the Royal Mint of Spain. A group of thieves take hostages and lock themselves into the facility, all part of an elaborate plan to escape with millions of euros.

Melodramatic and highly addictive, this drama is the kind of show best enjoyed binged, so there’s no wonder it made its way onto Netflix’s generous library of foreign content. Soon after, it even became the most-watched foreign series on the service. If you don’t mind subtitles, you’ll be in for a delicious and twisty tale of manipulation and revolt.

5. Dark

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Ella Lee, Angela Winkler

An intricate mystery-drama, this German series is sure to appeal to Stranger Things fans. The disappearance of two children from a small town leads to the exploration of the sinful past of the establishment and the fractured relationship between four families as they struggle to figure out what happened to the kids.

Tense and beautifully crafted, this tale reveals itself slowly, keeping the viewer engaged every step of the way. You’ll be glued to the screen, eager to discover all the secrets this deeply troubled town worked so hard to bury. In the end, your patience will be rewarded. And then some.

6. When They See Us

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome, Marquis Rodriguez

Created, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay, this powerful miniseries exposes the breakdown of the criminal justice system during the infamous Central Park Five case. It follows five teens from Harlem who become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack.

Stirring and immersive, When They See Us puts a lot on emphasis on what the boys and their families endured over their decades-long ordeal, shining light on all the ways in which the system failed them. Turns out, justice truly can be blind.

7. Dead to Me

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

A darkly funny exploration of grief, Dead to Me follows Jen, a sardonic widow who recently lost her husband and is determined to solve the crime. She meets Judy, an optimistic free spirit, at a support group, and the two become unlikely friends. As they bond, Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life.

Dead to Me is a terrific character study of two complex women with a complicated relationship, with both Applegate and Cardellini delivering nuanced performances. It’s an unpredictable and absorbing show, with occasional humor and tons of suspense meant to keep you on the edge of your seat. In short, it’s a story best enjoyed binged.

8. Special

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, Marie Mindelle, Patrick Fabian, Augustus Prew

Special centers on Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy who is taking his first steps towards adulthood by finally going after the life he wants. The series is based on the memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell, who also writes the series and stars in the lead role.

The show lives up to its name it’s honest, funny and insightful. Special is also quite uplifting, with a great cast and engaging storytelling. As an added bonus, episodes are only 15 minutes long, so you can watch the whole thing during one lazy afternoon.

9. Our Planet

Year of release: 2019

Cast: David Attenborough

Filmed over the course of four years, this eight-part series explores the unique wonders of nature in all its glory. Narrated by David Attenborough, Our Planet focuses on showcasing the remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants in a stunning and captivating manner that will likely keep you glued to the screen.

To put together the series, more than 600 crew members filmed in 50 countries across the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness to the jungles of South America. But besides thrilling viewers with the wonders of Earth, Our Planet also delves into how climate change and men affect the natural world, which often leads to heartbreaking visuals. Proceed with caution.

10. Turn Up Charlie

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, JJ Feild, Frankie Hervey

This fun show centers on a struggling DJ who plots to revamp his career, while simultaneously taking a job as a manny to his famous mate’s daughter and energetic problem child. The little girl is determined to get the attention of her parents in any way possible, so she’s no stranger to driving nannies away with her wild behavior.

The story is pretty cliche, but the cast is charming enough to ensure a smooth ride, with Elba confidently delivering a great performance. Turn Up Charlie also offers some catchy music and a lot of silliness, making it the perfect weekend binge.

11. Queer Eye

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness

A breakout reality hit for Netflix, Queer Eye centers on five queer guys who use their skills to give men and women in need glamorous makeovers. It’s not all about the looks, though the series makes it a point to emphasize just how important confidence and self-love are.

Equal parts zany and emotional, Queer Eye is uplifting comfort television, mainly thanks to its tremendous cast. The Fab Five have great chemistry and never shy away from opening up about their own struggles if the situation calls for it.

12. On My Block

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia

A heartwarming coming of age series, On My Block follows four friends Monse, Ruby, Jamal and Cesar as they face the challenges of adolescence. They live in a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood and have to deal with serious issues like racism and poverty on top of everything else. Moreover, their lifelong friendship is tested when they begin high school.

Honest, awkward and often hilarious, the show was praised by critics thanks to its diversity and masterful storytelling. Add some superb youth acting into the mix and you’ve got yourself a hit.

13. The Umbrella Academy

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige

Funny and compulsively watchable, The Umbrella Academy was one of the most anticipated Netflix shows of 2019. Thankfully, it delivers. On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women. Seven of them are adopted by a billionaire who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his kids to save the world, but the team disbands in their teen years.

Fast-forward to the present day, and the band reunites to solve a mystery surrounding their adoptive father’s death, with a global apocalypse also looming. Talk about responsibilities! The Umbrella Academy is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, offering a memorable soundtrack and a compelling ensemble cast. You won’t regret spending a weekend in the show’s delightful company.

14. One Day at a Time

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, Rita Moreno

This charming Netflix comedy is inspired by Norman Lear’s 1975 series of the same name. One Day at a Time follows Penelope, head of her Cuban-American family and a newly single army veteran. Together with her mother and kids, she navigates life through good times and bad, knowing that her family will always have her back, even when they’re not particularly gracious about it.

Thanks to clever writing and amazing performances, One Day at a Time breathes new life into the family sitcom genre. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll empathize with these people more than you’d expect. The series is a triumph for Netflix add it to your watch list ASAP.

15. Russian Doll

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley

Russian Doll follows a woman who gets caught in a strange time loop, forced to relive the same day. She dies at the end of every night only to wake up unharmed and go through the process all over again.

This series may seem repetitive at first glance, but rest assured Russian Doll is so inventive that it’s impossible to get bored, whether you choose to binge it in one session or pace yourself. Moreover, it only gets more ambitious and complex as it goes on, so we can pretty much bet you’ll be on the edge of your seat. As a nice bonus, Natasha Lyonne is extremely compelling in the main role.

16. Sex Education

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells

Sex Education centers on Otis, a socially awkward and inexperienced high school student who has a sex therapist for a mom. After growing up surrounded by manuals and videos about sex, as well as having to endure multiple tedious conversations with his mom, Otis became a reluctant expert on the subject. To gain status at school, he decides to team up with a whip-smart girl and set up an underground sex therapy clinic for fellow students.

One of the most informative and sweetest teen comedies about sex, Sex Education is an often hilarious, always exciting series that feels fresh and honest. You can enjoy it regardless of age.

17. You

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

You follows Joe, a brilliant bookstore clerk who one day crosses paths with Beck, an aspiring young writer. He develops an unhealthy crush and proceeds to use his Internet and real-life stalking skills to make Beck fall for him. Not only that, but he’s willing to go to great lengths to make sure that the girl he fancies only has eyes for him.

The best kind of unsettling, You is a highly addictive TV show, so make sure you set aside enough time to devour this delicious offering. Both thrilling and trashy, the series will definitely make you think about how you can better protect your privacy, especially online.

18. Tidelands

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Charlotte Best, Marco Pigossi, Aaron Jakubenko, Mattias Inwood

Tidelands is Netflix’s first original Australian series, a moody and sexy tale involving mystery and mermaids. The series follows a former criminal who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she has to investigate further, which includes coming in contact with the Tidelanders, a group of beautiful and dangerous half-siren, half-humans.

Unpredictable and compelling, Tidelands is highly entertaining a fun mix of crime drama and paranormal series. If you like mermaids or mystery, you need to give this one a try.

19. The Kominsky Method

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Nancy Travis, Sarah Baker

Created by Chuck Lorre, The Kominsky Method follows two aging best friends as they navigate the later years of their lives in Los Angeles. One was once a famous actor, currently an acting teacher, while the other is his agent. The two find themselves tackling life’s inevitable curve balls in a city that values youth and beauty above all else.

The Kominsky Method is full of heart and humor, but it’s not a laugh-out-loud sitcom. Instead, it approaches issues like aging and showbiz with grace and emotion. The jokes will make you chuckle every now and then, but the best part about this Netflix show is seeing Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin play off each other on screen. They friendship, although not without drama, rings true, so you’ll be rooting for them both in no time.

20. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch

Magic and mischief collide in this irresistible Netflix original series. A much darker adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the show is based on the classic Archie comics and centers on Sabrina, who is half-human, half-witch. Faced with choosing between the two worlds, she struggles to reconcile her dual nature while also facing up to the dark forces that seem to come after her every chance they get.

Deliciously macabre, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a morbid sense of humor and looks stunning, pulling viewers in from episode one. It’s a manic show that will take you by surprise, sometimes frightening, always entertaining as hell. Enjoy the ride.

21. Riverdale

Year of release: 2017

Cast: KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse

Based on the classic Archie comics, Riverdale follows a group of teens who have a tendency to get into all sorts of trouble. Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead navigate teen life while also dealing with larger-than-life murders and scandals. Turns out, the small town they live in isn’t quite as peaceful as one might assume at first glance.

Atmospheric and fun, Riverdale is highly addictive, proving once again that well-crafted teen dramas will never lose their charm. Rest assured, adults will be mesmerized as well. If the relationship drama doesn’t get to you, the odd mysteries certainly will.

22. The Haunting of Hill House

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Craving some horror? The Haunting of Hill House will be right up your alley. A reimagining of the classic Shirley Jackson novel, this spooky Netflix original show centers on five siblings who grew up in what became the most famous haunted house in the country. They left it long ago, but the memories of what went down there continue to haunt them. Facing a tragedy, they need to reunite and finally confront their past.

Dark and terrifying, The Haunting of Hill House is a smooth blend of family drama and horror thrills, all delivered to you in an incredibly stylish package. Caution: You might end up sleeping with the lights on.

23. Stranger Things

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin

It’s rare to see a show so lovingly dedicated to the 80s. Often TV shows, movies and books lean on nostalgia without weaving them into the narrative in any meaningful way. That’s far from the case in Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers’ sci-fi/thriller/horror isn’t just a love letter, it stands alone as one of the greatest television shows today, thanks to its talented and diverse cast and its gripping season arc.

When young D&D nerd Will Byers vanishes from a quiet, rural town, his family, friends and community band together to bring him back from a mysterious and terrifying world. Each character has a hand to play in finding Will, but their individual journeys are just as important and entertaining to watch.

24. House of Cards

Year of release: 2013

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kate Mara

All the hype you’ve heard about House of Cards is true. The Primetime Emmy Award-winning Netflix-produced show about the devious machinations of US politics is television at its best. It’s conniving, it’s clever and it will change the way you watch the news. Oh, and Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is the antihero you’ve been waiting for since Walter White left our screens.

25. Master of None

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Noël Wells

Master of None is the kind of show that might turn people off in its first few episodes. In place of a traditional, run-of-the-mill season arc, Aziz Ansari’s comedy/drama often runs off in tangents focused on minor characters and sometimes characters that aren’t even part of the recurring cast. While this might seem a little off-track to begin with, some of these episodes are the show’s best.

Ansari’s Dev runs the gamut of work and relationship troubles many have experienced firsthand with hilarious and sometimes devastating accuracy. But where Master of None truly shines is during the episodes that are less about the characters and more about an issue, place or celebration.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, we wholeheartedly recommend it. Ansari’s musings on love, work and life in the city are hilarious, poetic and brimming with heart.

26. Black Mirror

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Hannah John-Kamen, Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell, Daniel Kaluuya

Black Mirror doesn’t follow a traditional format, and feels more like a series of mini movies than a traditional show. Each episode has a different plot, world and cast, but they’re tied together by an overarching theme of technology gone too far. The show is dark, but in the best sort of way.

Brooker’s clever writing and biting satire are complemented by Netflix’s fat stacks of cash, which has helped bring on some huge talent, like Bryce Dallas Howard and Jerome Flynn in leading roles as well as big-name directors like Joe Wright and Dan Trachtenberg. If you like eerie shows, this one’s for you.

27. Orange Is the New Black

Year of release: 2013

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks

OITNB, as it’s affectionately called, is loosely based on the real-life prison experiences of Piper Kerman. Basically, the show can be summarized as follows: WASP goes to prison, thinks it will be fine because she’s white and middle class, turns out she was very much mistaken. The exceptional ensemble cast is what really drives this show, and it’s attracted praise for telling the stories of African-American and Hispanic women, while at the same time criticism for needing a white woman leading the show to do it.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll vaguely wonder about committing a minor crime so you too can go to prison and write about it.

28. BoJack Horseman

Year of release: 2014

Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris

Imagine every live-action character Will Arnett has ever played blended together in one anthropomorphic horse and you have BoJack Horseman. This story of a washed up equine actor seemed at first to be Netflix’s Family Guy or American Dad. However, it’s so much more than that. BoJack is eternally chauvinistic and narcissistic, but unlike most sitcoms or cartoons, Bojack’s character actually goes through a lot of growth and characterisation over its three seasons, thanks to a strong cast of supporting characters like Alison Brie’s Diane, Lisa Kudrow’s Wanda and Paul F. Tompkins’s Mr. Peanutbutter.

It’s not exactly what you would expect from a bizarre comedy about talking animals, but that’s what you get with BoJack.

29. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane

Tina Fey’s new show follows the tale of titular character Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who spent 15 years in an underground bunker thanks to a doomsday cult and is now living in New York City. Her mission? To pursue a normal life. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt might have its hits and misses in the name of making controversial jokes for the sake of it, but its two leads, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, make the watch worth it.

30. Marvel’s Daredevil

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson

While Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage come in at a close second, Marvel’s Daredevil is still the strongest of all Netflix’s superhero shows. That’s thanks firstly to an incredibly strong origin story in its first season and an explosive second season that introduces two of the most interesting characters in the small-screen universe, Punisher and Elektra.

Sure, Jessica Jones is the stronger character here and deserves a good mention on this list, but Daredevil’s perfectly choreographed fight scenes and high-stakes story arcs make it the most engaging out of The Defenders’ respective shows.

31. Sense8

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith

One of Netflix’s first victims, Sense8‘s compelling story of eight mentally connected individuals from across the globe was canceled after its second season, despite growing a large cult following.

It seems as popular as it was, Netflix just couldn’t keep up with globetrotting sensates and cancelled the series in 2017. But you can still stream the show and see for yourself how it gathered such a strong fanbase.

32. Making a Murderer

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Steven Avery, Dolores Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

This groundbreaking Netflix documentary series was filmed over the course of 10 years. It examines the complicated life of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison despite being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. He was fully exonerated in 2003 by DNA evidence. However, a few years after his release, he was accused of murder, found guilty and sent back to prison.

The series was a huge success among true-crime enthusiasts, encouraging numerous debates about the US criminal justice system. It also left viewers looking to find out more about Steven Avery. Is he a psychopath or the victim of corrupt authority figures? Netflix announced a second season, but there’s no word yet on when it will premiere or what events it will cover. Until then, if you’re a fan of complex legal issues, this one is a must.

33. Narcos

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann, Paulina Gaitan

Raw and gritty, this acclaimed series chronicles the real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s. At the same time, it focuses on the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head-on in brutal, bloody conflict. The first two seasons follow the infamous Pablo Escobar, who made billions from the production and sale of cocaine. The third season, meanwhile, picks up after the fall of the kingpin and sees the DEA take on the Cali Cartel.

Narcos doesn’t give you too many characters to root for, but it’s definitely addictive and illuminating, even if you’re already familiar with much of Escobar’s life. The series is stylish and action-packed, with top-notch performances and intense storytelling. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

34. Jessica Jones

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, David Tennant, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

In a television landscape overfilled with superhero shows, Jessica Jones stands out from the crowd due to its focus on the more human aspects of being a super-human. The show follows the titular heroine as she struggles to make it as a private investigator and deals with severe repercussions after being controlled by a villain. It’s more aftermath than origin story, which is a nice change for the Marvel universe.

Jessica Jones is dark and captivating, boasting brilliant performances from both Krysten Ritter and David Tennant. You won’t be blown back by the special effects – instead, you’ll be pulled in thanks to rich character drama and clever storytelling. At its core, the show is a tale of woman confronting the abuser who almost ruined her life, which always makes for compelling television.

35. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Marguerite Moreau, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Zak Orth, Michael Showalter, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Lake Bell

This glorious series is actually a prequel to the 2001 satirical film with the same name, following the counselors and campers at a summer camp in Maine in 1981. With a tremendous ensemble cast and slightly ridiculous premise, the show is absurd and funny. Thankfully, the spot-on jokes appeal to both fans of the original film and newbies looking for an enjoyable weekend binge.

What’s great about the series is that it doesn’t rely solely on nostalgia to draw in viewers. It stands on its own and embraces the silliness that made the original became a cult classic. At the same time, it infuses new life into the premise by offering answers to questions the film raised and seamlessly juggling all members of the huge cast. All in all, it’s a must-watch for any serious comedy fan.

36. Easy

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash

An anthology series, Easy explores several Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of sex, technology and culture. It’s a refreshing take on love in the modern age, featuring a diverse cast and strong performances from everyone involved.

Utterly charming overall, the show paints a comprehensive picture of city life, as it focuses on characters of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and professions. Moreover, they all have different problems, so it’s likely you’ll find yourself in someone over the course of the series. If you don’t, at least you’ll gain some much-needed insight into the human psyche.

37. The Get Down

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits

One of the most ambitious projects to land at Netflix in recent years, The Get Down is a musical drama set in the South Bronx region of New York in the late ‘70s. The show follows a bunch of kids who find themselves at the nexus of the hip-hop, punk and disco scenes. It was very expensive to make, which is probably why Netflix decided not to go forward with as second season. However, the first season of the series is available to stream in all its glory.

The story is universal, and the series as a whole very cinematic. The Get Down is energetic and vibrant. It also benefits from a strong cast and powerful depiction of the political and social environment of the 70s. The tone can be uneven at times, but it makes for a very enjoyable ride. If you’re into musical numbers, you shouldn’t miss this one.

38. American Vandal

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro

American Vandal is an odd little show, but one’s that’s worthy of your attention. A satirical true crime mystery, the series centers on a high school rocked by an act of vandalism. But when the main suspect pleads innocence, an aspiring sophomore documentarian decides to help him out. It’s ridiculous, thought-provoking and ultimately brilliant.

You’ll go into the series expecting to laugh and end up moved by the short, eight-episode first season. The premise may be absurd, but you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the narrative. Moreover, the fact that American Vandal offers a realistic and nuanced portrayal of high school life doesn’t hurt either. It’s both funny and heartbreaking, and that’s a true feat.

39. She’s Gotta Have It

Year of release: 2017

Cast: DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Lyriq Bent, Cleo Anthony, Chyna Layne

This quirky dramedy created by Spike Lee is based on the 1986 film with the same name. She’s Gotta Have It follows Nola, a passionate and outspoken woman in her late twenties who divides her time between three lovers. The show’s fierce female lead is like a breath of fresh air, with Wise delivering a memorable performance. Nola might be juggling a lot, but she’s confident and complex, gifting viewers everywhere with a well-crafted portrayal of a woman who follows her own rules.

Not only that, but She’s Gotta Have It is also sexy and fun. Plus, the series addresses some important issues women face on a day-to-day basis. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the original movie or not. Its TV adaptation raises the bar and works well in the new era.

40. The End of the F***ing World

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley

Based on a graphic novel with the same name, The End of the F***ing World follows two teenagers, James and Alyssa. James is pretty sure he’s a psychopath, while Alyssa is simply looking to escape her home life. She proposes they run away together and he accepts, hoping this will give him a chance to kill her. Not your typical coming-of-age story.

The End of the F***ing World is bleak and addictive, ultimately delivering a very human and sweet story. You might not like the two leads at first, but you’d be surprised with how fast you’ll start caring about them. A highly recommended show for black humor enthusiasts.

41. Altered Carbon

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Chris Conner, Dichen Lachman, Ato Essandoh

Set in the future, this sci-fi series received mixed reviews upon its release, despite being well-received by the public. Which proves once again that critical acclaim and mass appeal don’t always go hand in hand. That being said, Altered Carbon is a whole lot of fun as long as you don’t ask too many questions. Simply bask in all that cyberpunk goodness and enjoy the powerful visuals.

In a society where death is no longer permanent, Takeshi Kovacs is offered a chance to live again, as long as he’s willing to solve an intricate murder. The plot is complex and there are a lot of big ideas floating around, so there’s little chance you’ll be bored during your binge. All in all, Altered Carbon may not be a masterpiece, but it’s a delight for any hardcore sci-fi fan.

42. The Good Place

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto

Once in a blue moon, a show so whimsical comes along that you have to drop everything and tune in immediately. The Good Place is just that kind of show. Hilarious, original, and forking fun. The premise? Eleanor wakes up and finds out that she has died and ended up in an afterlife called the Good Place. Problem is, she wasn’t what you’d call a good person, so she was probably sent there by mistake. As a result, she has to hide her naturally bad habits from those around in order to avoid being kicked out.

The Good Place is a charming comedy about the afterlife. It’s hilarious and lively, it’s weird and subversive, it’s well-written and brilliantly casted. You’ll be hooked from episode one.

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