There are so amazing shows on Netflix these days, it’s hard to keep track. There are also plenty that aren’t worth your time no matter how bored you might be during your weekend off. Quite frankly, deciding what to binge-watch next can become a bit overwhelming.
We’ve already offered one list of shows on Netflix you had no idea you should be watching, but now we’re here with even more. Whether you prefer a light-hearted comedy or a serious crime drama, there’s something you’re bound to be excited to curl up on the couch and watch in your pajamas for a solid weekend.
We’re here to help you comb through the hundreds of shows available to Netflix subscribers for the gems that are worth losing hours – even days – of your life to. Here are some underrated shows
These are 15 More Shows On Netflix You Didn’t Know You Should Be Binge-Watching. Be sure to let us know which of these you plan to watch next!
There is no other binge-worthy TV series quite like Netflix’s GLOW. GLOW is hilarious, inspiring, and totally addictive. The quality of the show shouldn’t be surprising, though, considering that it’s produced by Jenji Kohan. It comes from writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, with Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann serving as executive producers.
Set in the 1980s, the comedy-drama series follows struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) who finds herself at an audition for a women’s wrestling program, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (aka GLOW). It’s campy, funny, smart, and a perfectly good way to spend the weekend.
The series stars Alison Brie as Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder, Betty Gilpin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan, Sydelle Noel as Cherry “Junkchain” Bang, Britney Young as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade, and Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia.
14. The Good Place
The Good Place isn’t a Netflix original, but thank your lucky stars that you have the chance to binge the first season of this comedy series because of its recent arrival to the streaming service.
Created by Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation), the NBC comedy stars Kristen Bell and Ted Dansen. The premise? When Eleanor Shellstrop dies and sent to the afterlife, she’s mistakenly sent to “The Good Place” (aka Heaven) rather than “The Bad Place” (aka Hell) where should have ended up. In an effort to make sure no one finds out, she works to become the kind of person that would have deserved to go to “The Good Place.”
Also not a Netflix original, this comedy-drama series is underrated and under appreciated. iZombie is loosely based on the comic book series of the same name, and it was developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW.
Like the name suggests, iZombie is centered on a zombie who just wants to live a normal life. When Olivia “Liv” Moore is transformed into a zombie, she soon discovers that she can use her appetite for brains to help solve murder cases.
iZombie stars Rose McIver as Liv Moore, Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux, Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, Robert Buckley as Major Lilywhite, and David Anders as Blaine DeBeers.
Funny, honest, and difficult at times, Netflix’s Love follows the romantic relationship of an unlikely pair — Micky Dobbs and Gus Cruikshank. The romantic comedy series, which comes from Judd Apatow along with married couple Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust, has received generally favorable reviews from critics. It stars Gillian Jacobs (Community), Paul Rust, and Claudia O’Doherty.
A lot of what makes this series feel so real? Some parts of this love story are inspired by Arfin and Rust’s own relationship.
Though the experience of binge-watching this one might be a bit frustrating at times, it’s totally worth it, and these are characters you can’t help but be invested in.
One of the newest Netflix originals, Atypical asks the question, “What does it mean to be normal?” The show follows a teenage boy named Sam (Keir Gilchrist) as he deals with typical teenage issues — dating, trying to fit in, and so on. But because Sam has autism, some of these things don’t come quite so easily for him.
This is a character we need to see more of on television, and with excellent performances, Atypical is definitely worth a weekend binge. In addition to Gilchrist, the series stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, and Michael Rapaport. It’s written by Robia Rashid.
10. Dear White People
Sometimes, a movie just isn’t enough time to tell a story. Sometimes, that story needs to be told as a television series instead.
Arguably one of the best Netflix originals, Dear White People is as important to watch as it is entertaining. The comedy-drama series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, follows a group of diverse students as they experience discrimination at a predominantly white Ivy League university.
Dear White People is created and produced by Justin Simien and stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson.
Each 30-minute episode, with the exception of the season finale, focuses on one particular character. You can catch up on this one quickly as well, since only one season is available right now on Netflix. The series has been renewed for a second season.
9. Happy Valley
If you’re looking for the kind of show you really, really can’t stop watching once you start, look no further than British crime drama Happy Valley. (This is yet another reason to be thankful that Netflix exists. Count your blessings, kids.)
Happy Valley stars Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant in a small town whose world is turned upside down when the man she believes is responsible for the death of her daughter is released from prison.
Rest assured, Happy Valley isn’t your typical cop drama, though it certainly does have some of those familiar elements. And with only six episodes available on Netflix, it makes for a perfect Saturday binge-watching session.
8. W/ Bob and David
Listen, you’re just not going to go wrong with the return of comedy duo Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Chances are, you know Bob Odenkirk best from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and you probably know David Cross best from Arrested Development. Before those shows, however, the two actors starred on the sketch comedy, Mr. Show.
W/ Bob and David reunites the two stars for a hilarious, albeit quick, comedy binge. Unfortunately, there are only four episodes, but each one is incredibly well done.
Will there be more episodes in the future? According to David Cross, yes, but there’s no telling when we’ll get them. Cross stated in an interview, “We will absolutely do some more of that at some point. It’s really tough. Bob and I really want to do it, Netflix would like us to do it again, everybody’s on board. It’s just a matter of scheduling, and Bob’s got a very strict, specific schedule with Better Call Saul.”
7. Anne with an E
Based on the classic 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne with an E is another Netflix gem.
The series follows Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly sister and brother. It’s a story most everyone is already familiar with, and it’s one that’s been re-told many times. However, this new version feels much different (and darker) than others we’ve seen, and it’s absolutely unforgettable.
With timeless themes and emotional storytelling, not to mention Anne’s strong spirit, Anne with an E is a must watch.
Eric McCormack is returning to our screens soon thanks to a revival of the beloved sitcom Will & Grace, where he stars as Will Truman, but if you want to see him in a wildly different role, take some time to check out the sci-fi series, Travelers. Created by Brad Wright, Travelers is a co-production between Netflix and Showcase.
Travelers follows a group of operatives sent back in time to prevent society’s collapse. Eric McCormack leads the group as Grant MacLaren. And sure, there are plenty of other time-travel series you could be watching instead, but this one is definitely unique.
If you were a fan of the ever popular crime drama series Breaking Bad, then chances are, you’re going to love the Netflix original series, Ozark.
Created by Bill Dubuque, Ozark stars Jason Bateman as financial planner Marty Byrde who has been laundering money for a drug kingpin. When things become more complicated, he suddenly has to move his family to The Ozarks, where he runs into conflict with a local drug dealer.
While it’s a treat to see Jason Bateman in this kind of role, it’s also exciting to see Laura Linney starring in the series as Byrde’s wife, Wendy. Other cast members include Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jordana Spiro, Jason Butler Harner, and Esai Morales.
4. A Young Doctor’s Notebook
This hidden Netflix gem is surprisingly captivating, darkly funny, and completely bizarre. A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a British import is based on the collection of short stories of the same name written by Mikhail Bulgakov.
It stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as the same character — a younger version and older version of a doctor in 1917 Russia.
Yes, Harry Potter is the younger version of Don Draper in this scenario, and that should be enough to make anyone want to watch. Having Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliff on screen together is just a wonderful thing to watch.
3. The Crown
The Crown also happens to land at #3 on our ranking of Netflix original series, and it lands at that spot with good reason. The series tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II, beginning with her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.
The Emmy nominated series is well-written with incredible performances by a stellar cast. The Crown stars Claire Foy, John Lithgow, Jared Harris, and Matt Smith.
So far, there are only ten episodes available on Netflix, and a second season is scheduled to be released in December.
By the way, it’s a good idea to ahead and get invested now, because the plan is for this series to last six seasons, covering the entire life of Queen Elizabeth II. This is a binge that is definitely worth your time.
2. One Day at a Time
While comedy might not be the first thing you think of when you think about turning on Netflix for a Saturday of binge-watching, there are plenty of smart comedies to choose from for just that purpose. One Day at a Time is another one.
The Netflix original sitcom is a modern reboot of the classic 1970s series of the same name, with Norman Lear as one of its executive producers. It stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, a recently single Army veteran raising her children with the help of her mother.
One Day at a Time is fun and genuine, and at times, emotional. It’s also easy to catch up on since there’s currently only one season on Netflix. Don’t worry, though. It’s already been renewed for a second season.
1. Grace and Frankie
The cast of Grace and Frankie alone is enough of a reason to give this Netflix original series a chance. How could you possibly go wrong with a cast that includes Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston? Add to that, the series is created by Marta Kaufman, who is best known as the co-creator of a little show called Friends.
If you’re looking a comedy series that’s witty, funny, and full of heart, look no further. More importantly, Grace and Frankie features strong women supporting one another (despite their drastic differences) when they’re lives change dramatically with no warning.
How exactly do their lives change? They find themselves having to lean on one another after their husbands both leave them… for each other. Coping with that and the way it changes their families, makes for a complex story you won’t be able to stop watching.
Which of these shows on Netflix will you start binge-watching next? Are there any others you would add to the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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