The 49 best Netflix shows to watch in June 2023

Peter Sutherland looks concerned in The Night Agent, one of the best Netflix shows
The Night Agent is the latest smash hit TV show on Netflix. (Image credit: Dan Power/Netflix)
Best Netflix shows: May 2023 update

Tom Power, entertainment reporter

Our May 2023 update sees the return of 1899, Peaky Blinders and Sweet Tooth, and the additions of Black Mirror and Queer Eye to our best Netflix series guide. We've also updated other entries, such as our Heartstopper one, with new information about their next installments.

Searching for the best Netflix shows to stream? You've come to the right place.

In this guide, you'll find a selection of the 49 greatest TV series on the world's best streaming service. That includes major hits like Stranger Things and Wednesday, as well as licensed shows, such as Arrested Development and Seinfeld. Handily for you, we've listed our entries by genre, too, so you can simply locate your favorite kind of TV show (using the navigation bar to your left) and begin streaming your next binge-worthy series.

Well, that's if you haven't cancelled your Netflix subscription in support of the ongoing writers' strike, anyway. You can learn more about which Netflix shows have been impacted by the industrial action in our writers' strike hub, too.

But we digress. Here are the best Netflix series to stream as of May 2023.

Best animated shows on Netflix


Vi prepares to do battle in Netflix's Arcane TV show

Arcane is one of Netflix's greatest series of all-time. (Image credit: Netflix/Riot Games)

Developed by Riot Games, Arcane is set in the beloved world of League of Legends (LoL). Set before the events of the fan-favorite MOBA, Arcane follows Vi, Jinx, Jayce, and other characters as they embark on their respective journeys towards becoming the heroes and villains of Riot's multiplayer game.

With its all-star cast, beautifully unique visuals from French studio Fortiche Productions, and a tale that's built on explosive action and heart breaking narratives, Arcane isn't just a show that services LoL fans. No matter if you're a diehard fan or a relative newcomer to the franchise, it'll wow you in equal measure. And, with a Arcane season 2 coming in 2024, there will be more awesome story beats and animation for fans to check out soon.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman talks to a man in his Netflix series

BoJack Horseman is one of those classic adult animated shows. (Image credit: Netflix)

Yes, Bojack Horseman is hilarious. Yes, it’s the best thing Will Arnett has done since Arrested Development. And yes, it should be the next thing you watch if you are into anthropomorphic comedy about a once great TV star who has fallen on hard times. Its authentic and sensitive portrayal of depression and other mental illnesses, though, is what sets this apart from traditional animated comedies

For those who are worried it may be too dark for them, fear not – there's loads of slapstick humour, word play, and stunning animation to keep everything balanced.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

The main characters in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners walk in a line towards the camera

Edgerunners brilliantly delivers on the adult animated series front. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 videogame, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an anime spin-off series that delivers gratuitous violence, high-octane action, and mature themes in spades. The 10-episode series comes from Studio Trigger, a Tokyo-based studio whose other fan favorite works include Little Witch Academia, Star Wars: Visions, and Kill la Kill

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a majestic looking show packed with fraught relationships, frenetic and brutally gory set-pieces. Its thought provoking material also asks what it means to be human in a sci-fi dystopia riddled with immeasurable sociopolitical issues.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Love, Death & Robots

Two robots sit at a diner cafe table in Love, Death & Robots volume 1

Love, Death & Robots is a great R-rated animated anthology show. (Image credit: Netflix)

Like most (if not all) anthologies, the quality of Adult CG animated anthology Love, Death and Robots varies between episodes. But taken as a larger work, this show has a lot to give. The ideas vary wildly between comedy, horror, action, and drama, with a dark touch at its heart – what happens if a home-cleaning unit starts trying to kill its owner? What happens if a yoghurt tries to secure world domination? Sometimes, an episode is as simple as a woman being on the run from a killer after witnessing a horrible murder.

The episodes are super short, so you'll fire through it in a weekend if you can stomach the good and bad (though mostly bad) things that happen to its eclectic cast of characters. And, if you're keen to learn our thoughts on each entry, this handy ranked list of every Love, Death and Robots story should be top of your agenda.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Best comedy shows on Netflix

Arrested Development

Members of the Bluth family stare at each other in Arrested Development

Arrested Development isn't leaving Netflix after all. (Image credit: Netflix)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia can't be beaten for longevity in the TV sweepstakes (apart from The Simpsons, anyway), but Arrested Development more than competes for the "funniest but cringiest sitcom show on Netflix" award.

Starring the likes of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, and Portia de Rossi, Arrested Development follows the Bluths, a wealthy by dysfunctional family as they navigate the perils of, well, life in hilarious fashion. You'll be crying laughing as you hide behind your couch cushions at the wince-inducing capers the Bluths get embroiled in.

Seasons on Netflix: 5


Danny and Amy stare at each other in Netflix's Beef TV series

Beef is a mesmeric and diabolical comedy on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

The saying goes "revenge is a dish best served cold". In Beef's case, it's a meal best served raw.

This absolutely brilliant comedy-drama stars Steven Yeun (Invincible) and Ali Wong (Paper Girls) as Danny and Amy, two strangers who clash during a road rage incident. Rather than settle their feud amicably, the duo crank up the stakes in hilarious, shocking, and tension-fuelled fashion – a dispute that threatens to spiral out of control, and inadvertently pulls their friends and family into the equation.

Beef has been hailed by critics as one of the best Netflix series in years, with its edgy and adult comedy, wildly amusing set-pieces, and surprisingly moving narrative. Grab some popcorn and watch the pair's lives unravel with us, won't you? And be sure to watch these five vengeful thrillers after you've checked out Beef.

Seasons on Netflix: 1


A promotional image showing the cast of Community

Community is another stellar comedy that's available on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

This NBC comedy favourite is about a community college study group starts as a more conventional show about its ramshackle educational setting, but reaches the next level when it starts experimenting with pop culture parodies and high-concept episodes.

If you're new to the show, keep watching until season 1's action extravaganza 'Modern Warfare', which firmly establishes Community's identity for later years. Some seasons are fantastic (2, 3 and 5), some are just quite good (1 and 6) and one is worth avoiding entirely (4). 

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne's Nadia looks shocked as she board a subway train in Russian Doll season 2

Russian Doll is an underrated and trippy comedy-drama. (Image credit: Netflix)

Orange Is The New Black's Natasha Lyonne stars in this dark comedy as Nadia, a wisecracking New Yorker who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party in a surreal time loop – much like Groundhog Day

With its cynical and witty examination of living and dying, Russian Doll switches rapidly between laugh-out-loud hilarity and devastating sadness, all the while exploring such an existential topic through a sci-fi lens. It's a must-watch and one of the best Netflix shows to date.

Seasons on Netflix: 2


A screenshot from the Seinfeld TV show, which includes some of its main cast members

Seinfeld is one of Netflix's most popular third-party shows. (Image credit: Screengrab)

Seinfeld is a show about friends Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer, and the various preposterous social situations and awkward encounters that make up their lives. Famously known as a sitcom about nothing, it goes against the feel-good underpinning of its '90s contemporaries and insists its characters never learn any lessons.

That means it's still wickedly funny years later. The first two seasons of Seinfeld are a bumpy ride, but from season 4 onwards there's never a bad episode. Check out our best Seinfeld episodes for recommendations on our favorites.

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Sex Education

Two characters stand close to each other and chat in Sex Education season 3

Sex Education is a fantastic British comedy show. (Image credit: Netflix)

Sex Education feels like a beautiful culmination of Netflix’s push for progressive and diverse programming. Set in the picturesque British countryside, it follows the misadventures of the students, faculty, and parents of Moordale Secondary School as they navigate the turbulent waters of sexuality. 

The show has resonated deeply with fans thanks to its balance of heart-warming character work and informative approach to topical issues such as varied sexual identities, gendered power structures, and family dynamics. Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield lead a stellar cast of fresh faces in this unmissable deep dive into the various ways we express ourselves as sexual beings. Sex Education season 4 is currently in development, so we'll be seeing more of one of the best Netflix shows again soon.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Best crime shows on Netflix

Better Call Saul

A close up of Bob Odenkirk's Saul in Better Call Saul

Some say Better Call Saul is better than its Breaking Bad predecessor. (Image credit: Netflix)

How do you follow up on one of the biggest shows in history? This is how. Better Call Saul is a prequel masterclass to the famous Breaking Bad, filling in the murky backstory of the garishly-dressed hustler lawyer, Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman, and gradually crafting characters engrossing, unpredictable, and engaging enough to justify its existence in its own right.

This tale of Jimmy's descent into the criminal, drug-infested circles of Albuquerque takes place eight years before that of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, and is often slower and less action-packed than Breaking Bad.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Breaking Bad

Walter White sits around his piles of money and meth in Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an epic award-winning crime drama. (Image credit: AMC/Sony)

Arguably one of the best TV shows ever made, Breaking Bad is a stunning piece of work that every TV aficionado should stream at least once in their life.

Following Walter White's journey from insipid chemistry tutor to crystal meth criminal overlord is a fascinating watch in its own right, but it's the show's other major players (and how their arcs are affected by Walter's increasingly unhinged state) that make Breaking Bad an instant classic. You'll fall in love with Jesse Pinkman, have a love-hate relationship with Skyler White, marvel at Gus Fring's menacing persona, and wonder what on earth happened to Huell. A spellbinding piece of television that deserves all the plaudits it continues to get.

Seasons on Netflix: 5


Leo Pap and his crew stare at their plan for a heist in Netflix's Kaleidoscope TV series

Kaleidoscope is a choose-your-own-adventure-style crime drama. (Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix loves experimental content – and Kaleidoscope is the latest entry in the streamer's burgeoning back catalog.

Kaleidscope stars Giancarlo Espositio (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad) as Leo, a criminal mastermind who leads a team of no good-but-lovable individuals in a heist 25 years in the making. The twist? Viewers are randomly assigned an order to watch Kaleidoscope's episodes in, giving you a unique, non-linear experience. Will you solve its engrossing puzzle before you reach its final episode?

Once you're done, be sure to check out our Kaleidoscope ending explained article for the lowdown on each character's fate, the possibility of a second season, and more.

Seasons on Netflix: 1


Two detectives interrogate a prisoner in Mindhunter on Netflix

Mindhunter season 3 isn't going to happen. (Image credit: Netflix)

David Fincher is no stranger to Netflix, since he directed the first ever episode of House of Cards, but Mindhunter is Fincher going ... well, full Fincher. It's based on John Douglas' book of the same name and charts the life of an FBI profiler whose job it is to track serial killers. It's set in the '70s and, later, the early '80s, and sees its trifecta of lead characters interviewing famous serial killers in often tense encounters.

Fincher is extremely hands-on, too, directing four episodes of season one and three of season two. Unfortunately, season 3 is almost certainly not happening, so don't expect more episodes at any point.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Money Heist

A group of criminals prepare to breach a door Money Heist Part 5: Volume 1

Money Heist is another brilliant foreign language Netflix series. (Image credit: Netflix)

Don't let the strangely goofy name put you off. Money Heist, or La Casa del Papel as it's known in Spanish-speaking countries, is a thrilling heist drama about a group of criminals. Brought together by an enigmatic figure called The Professor to rob the Royal Mint of Spain, Money Heist is full of dense characterization, big twists, and career-making performances in an unusual and clever heist show that'll grip you right away. 

While it's been a huge hit with Spanish-speaking viewers, Money Heist has found a big audience in English-speaking nations, too. Whatever you do, though, make sure you switch the default dub off and listen to the original Spanish audio with subtitles. It'll add to the viewing experience, trust us.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 (divided into five parts)


A screenshot of the Byrde family outside a house in Ozark

Ozark is one of the best crime shows on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix's Breaking Bad-esque family crime thriller was popular before the pandemic – then the arrival of a new season in 2020 seemed to supercharge interest in the show. 

Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial advisor who drags his family to the Missouri Ozarks in order to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, and keep a cartel boss off his back. Laura Linney plays his wife, Wendy, who arguably develops more than any other character over the course of its twist-heavy run. It's not always an easy viewing experience, but Ozark is a solid prestige drama with a great ensemble cast.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Peaky Blinders

Tommy Shelby points a gun at someone in Peaky Blinders season 6

Peaky Blinders is one of the best UK original shows of recent years. (Image credit: BBC)

Loosely based on the real-life Peaky Blinders gang that menacingly patrolled the UK's streets in the late 19th and early 20th century, the show largely follows the exploits of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), the ambitious and cunning leader of the Shelby family. 

The series charts the rise and fall of the Shelbys as they navigate the changing landscape at home and abroad, trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities while simultaneously tackling global issues including the prohibition era and the rise of fascism in the 1930s. Expect a rip-roaring finale to one of the best British shows of recent years. A movie is thought to be in its pre-production phase, so we won't be saying goodbye to Tommy and the gang just yet.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Best drama shows on Netflix


Anthony Bridgerton seems sad as a trio of women look on in Bridgerton season 2

Bridgerton is an extremely popular period drama. (Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

This bold and sexually-charged Netflix period drama, based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels, follows a coterie of young socialites as they navigate a season of balls, betrothals, and betrayals in 1813 London. Oh, and they attempt to outmanoeuvre the mysterious Lady Whistledown, whose ‘gossip sheets’ are able to make or break a debutante’s reputation overnight.

It’s largely a blast, with sharp screenwriting, costumes, and backdrops bursting with colour, as well as playful covers of Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande on period-appropriate instruments. Its diverse casting is a relief, too, underlining Bridgerton’s willingness to modernise and shake up an often stuffy genre. It’s not all smooth sailing, particularly in its troublesome treatment of sexual assault in one unfortunately memorable episode in season 1. Still, is inclusion in our best Netflix shows list is a necessity. 

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the show's first spin-off, is also available to stream now on Netflix.

Seasons on Netflix: 2 (plus the Queen Charlotte spin-off)

Cobra Kai

Daniel, William, Chozen, and Amanda stand in a line staring at something off screen in Cobra Kai season 5

Cobra Kai is one of Netflix's most beloved shows. (Image credit: Netflix)

Once a YouTube original, Netflix snapped up the rights to Karate Kid continuation TV show Cobra Kai and turned it into a smash hit. Set 34 years after Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) was defeated by Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), the former opens the Cobra Kai dojo once more to teach a new generation of kids how to fight. This sparks Johnny and Danny's old rivalry, and the action spins out from there.

If you love Karate Kid, this show is a lot of fun, and both its leads are in surprisingly great condition considering they're each performing fight stunts in their fifties. It's truly one of the best Netflix shows around and it'll end with a sixth season.

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Evan Peters' Jeffrey Dahmer stands up in court in Netflix's horrifying drama series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Dahmer makes for an incredibly unsettling watch. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on true events, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a truly unsettling watch.

The shocking crime biopic dramatizes events where infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely murdered 17 innocent victims – and got away with doing so for nearly 15 years, despite the increasingly desperate and vociferous pleas of those who knew what he had done.

Unsurprisingly, it's a very grim and deeply disturbing miniseries. Evan Peters delivers a discomforting performance as Dahmer, with the show's supporting cast equally captivating as the individuals swept up in this macabre tale of human cruelty, dereliction of duty, and broken sociopolitical systems.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Ginny and Georgia

Georgia looks and smiles at a stony faced Ginny in Ginny and Georgia on Netflix

Ginny and Georgia season 2 has proven popular among viewers. (Image credit: Netflix)

How would you react to finding out that your mother is a murderer, especially if you're a teenager who's trying to figure, well, everything out about life? That's the basic premise of Ginny and Georgia, a dark comedy-drama series that's proven to be one of the most popular Netflix shows of 2023.

It's a show often weighed down by the scope of its ambition, but it's nonetheless entertaining to watch. Ginny and Georgia's multidimensional characters, plus the show's underlying themes, help it to stand out from similarly positioned series. One to try out if you're a fan of You or The Gilmore Girls.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Outer Banks

A screenshot of five cast members standing in Outer Banks season 3 on Netflix

Outer Banks has become a surprisingly big hit for Netflix. (Image credit: Jackson Lew Davis/Netflix)

Outer Banks wasn't expected to do much on Netflix when it originally debuted in April 2020. However, the teen mystery drama series has become a major hit for the streaming giant, particularly among 18-25 year olds.

It's easy to see why, too. Its attractive cast, intriguing synopsis (and subsequently interesting story arcs and character development), and thrilling action-adventure sensibilities have helped it become a Netflix mainstay. Unsurprisingly, given its popularity, a fourth season has already been greenlit.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Squid Game

An official screenshot from Netflix's Squid Game TV show

Squid Game is one of Netflix's biggest hits ever. (Image credit: Noh Juhan)

Squid Game is Netflix's biggest TV show ever, breaking all kinds of records that even Stranger Things can't beat. This South Korean drama comes from the mind of director Hwang Dong-hyuk, and follows a group of indebted citizens invited to risk their lives in a mysterious survival game. 

Like Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite before it, Squid Game plays on the concept of class division as a catalyst for violence, satirizing reality television by having 456 contestants duke it out in a series of child-friendly games with deadly twists. It definitely leans on tropes first established by Battle Royale (which itself inspired The Hunger Games series), but this show is nonetheless an original and exhilarating way to while away your evenings. 

Squid Game season 2 in currently in development, as is a satirical series (from original creator Hwang Song-hyuk) about its actual development, so one of the best Netflix series of all-time will return in multiple capacities.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Crown

Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry pose for photographs in The Crown season 5

The Crown is a hugely popular but controversial series. (Image credit: Keith Bernstein/Netflix)

This wildly popular show charts the British Royal Family's history throughout the late Queen Elizabeth II's seven-decade reign. At £100 million for its first two seasons, it was one of the most expensive TV series ever made, which means there's enough pomp and ceremony to keep those pining for a Downton Abbey replacement happy.

The Crown season 5 sees Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West take center stage as Diana and Charles – and controversially explores the breakdown on their relationship, as well as the gripping drama surrounding the British Royals. It's as engrossing as ever, and six seasons are planned in total. Imelda Staunton will play the late Queen Elizabeth in the series' final season, as she does in season 5, in one of the best Netflix shows ever made.

Seasons on Netflix: 5

The Lincoln Lawyer

Mickey Haller talks to someone on the phone as he heads into a courtroom in The Lincoln Lawyer TV series

The Lincoln Lawyer was a surprise hit in 2022. (Image credit: Lara Solanki/Netflix)

Based on Michael Connolly's 2008 novel series, The Lincoln Lawyer stars Manuel Garcia-Ruffalo as Mickey Haller, a defence attorney (and recovering addict) who picks up legal cases across Los Angeles from the back of his Lincoln Town car.

The show released to little fanfare but went on to become one of the best Netflix shows of 2022. Just like its protagonist, The Lincoln Lawyer has become something of an underdog in the streaming world. No wonder The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 is coming soon – it's one of the best Netflix shows around, after all.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Queen's Gambit

Beth Harmon sits at a chess table in The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit is a stunningly good sports drama. (Image credit: Netflix)

This miniseries is a real treat. While the subject of chess might not sound exciting, The Queen's Gambit manages to weave it together with a tale of self-actualization, romance, and drug abuse. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Beth Harmon, an orphan trained to play chess by a talented janitor, before she challenges the very male-dominated chess scene with her skills. Essentially, her talents land her a slightly better life, but not without a price. 

Even if you don't really know how to play chess, these competitive scenes are exciting to watch, and Taylor-Joy does a great job of bringing to life a character whose exceptional talents hide the fact that she's constantly grappling with addiction. Seven episodes is just the right number and it's easily one of the best Netflix shows ever made.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Top Boy

Micheal Ward's Jamie chats to a friend in Top Boy season 2 on Netflix

Top Boy was brought back to life on Netflix in 2019.  (Image credit: Netflix)

Executively produced by Canadian Grammy-winning artist Drake, Top Boy is a gritty and grounded crime drama about gangs vying for control of London's streets in the show's fictional and escalating drug war. It's an at-times harrowing watch, but one that feels necessary as it shines a spotlight on the drugs trade in London and how similar criminal empires exist across the globe. 

Currently, Netflix only has the rights to the two seasons it's developed, so you'll have to look elsewhere for the two seasons that previously (and exclusively) aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Top Boy's third and final season has been announced, so get caught up on seasons 1 and 2 ahead of its last outing.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Best fantasy shows on Netflix

Shadow and Bone

General Kirigan and Alina Starkov stare at each other Shadow and Bone season 1

Shadow and Bone is a brilliant fantasy series. (Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix has enjoyed plenty of success with its fantasy TV offerings in recent times. Shadow and Bone, then, had plenty to live up to in a genre that also contains The Witcher, but it more than holds its own with an adventurous and twisting plot, investable characters, and lots of drama.

It can take a couple of episodes to get into Shadow and Bone, and there could have been a bit more in the way of action. Once you're hooked by its story and characters, though, it's a world you can easily get lost in – and one you'll want to. Read our Shadow and Bone season 2 review to see how good (or bad) its latest entry is, and then find out how Netflix users are gaming viewing stats to ensure Shadow and Bone returns for a third season.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Sandman

Morpheus stands on a barren landscape, with his magical helm on his head, during a sunset in Netflix's The Sandman TV series

The Sandman is as faithful an adaptation as you're likely to see. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Sandman is a stunning example of how a legendary comic book series – or any reading-based material – should be adapted. Based on Neil Gaiman's iconic dark fantasy works, it tells the tale of Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), aka Dream/the titular Sandman, one of seven immortal beings called the Endless and ruler of the Dream Dimension, who sets out to retrieve his magical items and restore his kingdom to its former glory after 100 years of captivity on Earth.

The Sandman's story may sound pretty simplistic, but it's so much more than that. It weaves a multi-narrative tapestry full of thrilling drama, captivating characters, fantasy-based horror, and rich thematic resonance.  Netflix has renewed The Sandman for a second season.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Witcher

Geralt and Ciri riding Roach in Netflix's The Witcher season 2

The Witcher is a great fantasy series to stream on Netflix. (Image credit: Jay Maidment/Netflix)

The Witcher is a TV adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's best-selling books, which have also been adapted into a series of popular games. Henry Cavill plays monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in a story that spans decades and wars between nations. And, with season 2 uniting him with other fan favorite characters from the novels, The Witcher season 2 was better than the first.

The Witcher doesn't quite feel like 'prestige' TV in the way Game of Thrones tried to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's an enjoyable, funny, action-packed and dramatic fantasy series that'll delight fans and more casual viewers. The Witcher season 3 has finished filming and it'll arrive in June and July 2023 in two parts. However, season 3 will be Henry Cavill's last appearance – he won't return for The Witcher season 4.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Best history shows on Netflix

The Last Kingdom

Uhtred looks down from a lofty perch in The Last Kingdom season 5

The Last Kingdom is a bloody, fictional take on the Saxons era. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories book series, The Last Kingdom is a bloody, fictional take on the, well, British Saxon era. It largely follows Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), but The Last Kingdom's stacked cast of characters reads like a historical who's who. Just try not to get attached to anyone, in case they end up dying.

Overall, The Last Kingdom is a *ahem* bloody great watch. It's visually arresting, packed with magnificent action sequences, multidimensional characters who you'll love (and love to hate), and highly satisfying historical drama for you to lap up through its five-season run. A feature-length film, Seven Kings Must Die, will officially wrap the series up on April 14.

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Vikings Valhalla

A promotional image showing the three main characters in Vikings Valhalla

Vikings Valhalla is back for its second season on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

Set 100 years after events depicted in Vikings, the joint History Channel-Prime Video series, Vikings Valhalla focuses on the final decades of the Viking era, which will culminate in their final defeat during the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Netflix's quasi-sequel doesn't reinvent much of what viewers will have previously seen. However, if you were a fan of Vikings' historical drama, regular clashing of metal, and study of character and sociopolitics, Vikings Valhalla is worth checking out. And so is our season 1 chat with the show's cast, as well as our exclusive season 2 talks with showrunner Jeb Stuart and the series' main actors. Season 3 has been confirmed by Netflix, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Best reality shows on Netflix

Bling Empire

Kim Lee and Christine Chiu try on sunglasses in Bling Empire season 2

Bling Empire will fill the reality TV void in your life. (Image credit: Netflix)

Bling Empire is a reality TV show that follows a number of wealthy Asian socialites who enjoy the lavish lifestyle on offer in one of the US' most prestigious cities. Think of it as a real-life version of acclaimed movie Crazy Rich Asians, and you'll get the idea.

We admit that Bling Empire isn't our idea of a good time, but it must be doing something right (or, rather, be popular enough) to carry on being renewed. The series' first spin-off – Bling Empire: New York – is available to stream now, too. However, Netflix has decided not to renew the main series or its spin-off for more seasons, so this is the end of the line for Bling Empire.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 (4 if you include the New York spin-off)

Queer Eye

The main cast of Queer Eye laugh and smile in season 5

Queer Eye is one of Netflix's best reality TV shows. (Image credit: Netflix)

Few reality TV shows have been as influential in recent years as the eponymous Queer Eye. In the show, the so-called 'Fab Five' – Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness – spend a week of their lives applying their various skills and expertise to help someone improve their life and achieve greater satisfaction in the process.

With a strong focus on earnestness and style, plus its strong representation of the LGBT community and people of color, Queer Eye has had a huge impact on the cultural and sociopolitical landscape. It can feel a tad formulaic at times, sure, but there's a reason why it's endured where so many other reality shows have faltered: it's just really good television. Season 7 lands on Netflix on May 12.

Seasons on Netflix: 6 (plus three spin-offs set in Germany, Brazil, and Japan)

Best rom-com shows on Netflix

Emily in Paris

Lily Cooper as the titular character in Emily in Paris season 2 on Netflix

Emily in Paris continues to perform well on Netflix. (Image credit: Carole Bethuel/Netflix)

This rom-com series is sure to scratch that dramedy itch for fans of a certain disposition. Lily Collins stars as the titular Emily Cooper, an aspiring marketing executive who moves to Paris (how surprising) to provide an American perspective for French marketing firm Savoir. During her stay in the capital, Emily struggles to navigate her work, love, and social lives, all the while dealing with the culture shock of living in a European nation.

Emily in Paris' critical reception has steadily declined with each season, but it remains a big hitter for Netflix. One of the best Netflix shows (for certain viewers, anyway) to load up no matter what time of year it is.

Seasons on Netflix: 3


Charlie and Nick bump into each other in Heartstopper, one of the best Netflix shows

Heartstopper is a teenage rom-com that's full of heart. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on Alice Oseman's graphic novel series of the same name, Heartstopper is a romantic coming-of-age tale that's been hailed as one of the best Netflix series of recent times.

Heartstopper stars Joe Locke as Charlie Spring, a gentle schoolboy who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Kit Connor's rugby-obsessed Nick Nelson. It isn't long before the pair realize that a blossoming romance is developing between them, however, forcing them to confront (and accept) who they are and what they want out of life and a relationship.

It's an empathetic, sweet, relatable, and emotional tale about self-discovery, friendship, teen love, and queerness. Based on its immense popularity, it seems that Heartstopper is worth the hype. Good job that Heartstopper seasons 2 and 3 are on the way, then, isn't it? Season 2 arrives on Netflix on August 3.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Best sci-fi shows on Netflix

Black Mirror

Two characters look at someone off screen in the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror

Black Mirror focuses on a number of topics that hit a little too close to home. (Image credit: Netflix)

Charlie Brooker's seminal sci-fi series Black Mirror has been making us feel incredibly uneasy since its initial 2011 debut on Channel 4 in the UK.

The anthology show, whose episodes are set in numerous near-future dystopian landscapes, feels like a natural successor to The Twilight Zone, with its unsettling and prescient exploration of technology, important sociopolitical issues, deep themes, and starry ensemble casts.

A marvellous series made up of stories that'll occupy your mind for days – San Junipero, Nosedive, and USS Callister are three of our favorites – Black Mirror is a must-watch for any sci-fi fan. And, finally, Black Mirror's long awaited six season will debut later this year.

Seasons on Netflix: 5 (plus an interactive special called Bandersnatch)


Michaela, Zeke, Cal, Olive, and Josh look over some documents in Manifest season 4 part 1

Manifest's final season is only available on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

After its cancellation over on NBC, Netflix picked up the rings to this cult classic sci-fi supernatural series so fans (and the cast) could get story and character arc closure in a fourth and final season.

After their flight experiences some brief but significant turbulence, the passengers on board Montego Air Flight 828 land in New York to find five and a half years have shockingly passed – with their family, friends, and the media presuming them dead.

Given its parallels to another supernatural-style show in Lost, it's unsurprising why Manifest has accrued a devout following since its September 2018 debut. It's full of compelling twists and turns, with Manifest's major players trying to get to the bottom of the mystery behind their disappearances. Season 4 part 1 – comprises 10 episodes – is available now, while part 2 arrives on June 2.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Sweet Tooth

Gus has a light shone on him by Doctor Aditya in Sweet Tooth season 2

Sweet Tooth recently returned for its acclaimed second season. (Image credit: Netflix)

This post-apocalyptic fantasy series is about a half-human, half-deer boy who travels across the ruined world with a hardened protector as he searches for a new life amid the ruins of America. That's the long and short of it, anyway. There's plenty more to like here, but to say anything else would be to spoil its biggest surprises.

If you're in the mood for something that just about counts as warm family viewing but has an edge, don't miss Sweet Tooth. Its first season became a monster hit for Netflix so, unsurprisingly, Sweet Tooth season 2 was greenlit shortly afterwards (it's out now and a third season is coming soon). If you enjoy it, check out Jeff Lemire's wonderful comics that the show is based on afterwards.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Best spy series on Netflix

The Night Agent

Peter Sutherland looks at something behind him in The Night Agent season 1

The Night Agent has wowed Netflix's global fanbase. (Image credit: Dan Power/Netflix)

Released to little fanfare in late March, The Night Agent has become one of Netflix's most-watched TV shows ever. 

Its plot is pretty simplistic. FBI agent Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso) is tasked with manning a White House phone that never rings. That's until, one night, it does so, sending Sutherland on a nationwide mission full of political intrigue and a thrilling conspiracy that goes right to the top of the US government.

So, what's so special about it? Not much, if you ask many critics, but The Night Agent has become Netflix's latest TV show darling, with its suspense-riddled story and captivating characters helping it to amass over 300 million hours viewed in its first two weeks post-release. Little wonder The Night Agent season 2 was greenlit just days after its predecessor's launch. Watch these seven thrilling spy shows while we wait for it to return, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 1


Adam Lawrence looks concerned during an MI6 meeting in Netflix's Treason TV show

Treason is a gripping espionage series on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

Everyone loves a good spy movie or TV show – but what about a family drama dressed up as a espionage thriller miniseries?

That's Treason's calling card. Starring Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Treason tells the tale of MI6 deputy chief Adam Lawrence, who goes on the run with his family when his past catches up with him, which threaten his wife and kids' safety and makes him an enemy of the state.

Treason has enough narrative twists and turns (and other subversive elements) to make it compelling, while its cast are all on great form. It feels a tad undercooked in some areas but, if you're a fan of James Bond movies and other spy-centric productions, Treason will fill that espionage genre void in your life.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Best superhero shows on Netflix

The Umbrella Academy

The Hargreeves family prepare to fight in The Umbrella Academy season 3 on Netflix

The Umbrella Academy is a terrific superhero series. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on the comic books written by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy is Netflix's self-developed superhero original. And it's a fantastic watch to boot.

After 43 babies are born to women who showed no signs of pregnancy, seven are adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who trains them to save the world using their powers. After the family becomes estranged, they are reunited once more when their father dies and are forced to come to terms with their past and the danger that lurks in their future. 

Starring Elliot Page and an amazing ensemble, The Umbrella Academy is flamboyant, dark, and gratifyingly violent: all the ingredients you need for a great superhero series. Read our spoiler-free review on the show's third season before finding out why one of the best Netflix shows is only returning for one final season.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Best supernatural shows on Netflix


The whole crew of the Kerberos stand in its main area in Netflix's 1899 TV series

1899 was unceremoniously cancelled after a single season. (Image credit: Netflix)

An epic, supernatural horror period drama, 1899 comes from the creators of Dark, a criminally underrated sci-fi mystery thriller that might be one of the best Netflix series of all-time (depending on who you talk to).

Dark is given a run for its money with 1899 in the "what the heck is going on!?" stakes, too. It's a spectacularly twisty and turny story, which sees the passengers of a London steamship – the Kerberos – encounter a mysterious ship adrift in the open sea. The plot and character arcs that play out will have you guessing about its wider puzzle right up until its final episode, which is unfortunately its last entry – 1899 was cancelled after a single season.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Lockwood & Co

Lockwood, Lucy, and George look concerned as they stare at something off-camera in Netflix's Lockwood and Co.

Lockwood & Co is a ghoulishly fun supernatural detective show. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on Jonathan Stroud's book series of the same name, Lockwood & Co is a supernatural detective series that's far more thrilling, dramatic, and spooky than it deserves to be.

Bridgerton alumnus Ruby Stokes stars as Lucy Carlyle, a psychic-skilled teenager who joins an independent ghosthunting start-up – the titular Lockwood & Co – to, well, fight ghosts. Joining forces with the charismatic and mysterious Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman) and socially awkward researcher George Karim (Ali Hadji-Heshmati), Lucy soon discovers that The Problem – the 50-year-old cause behind the emergence of ghouls and spirits – is far more wide-ranging and complex than everyone realizes.

In our Lockwood & Co review, we called it "ghoulishly good fun", adding it's "one of Netflix's better eldritch-tinged TV series". Read our chat with its showrunner and main cast, too, to find out why Lockwood & Co is more than a mere mash-up of Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Ghostbusters.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Midnight Mass

The cast of Midnight Mass, one of the best Netflix shows.

Midnight Mass is a superb supernatural thiller. (Image credit: EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX)

Midnight Mass is about a young man (Zach Gilford) who returns to his secluded island home of Crockett to serve a parole sentence. At the same time, a new priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives just as miraculous events start occurring across the island – leading the whole community to embrace religion in an unprecedented fashion. Something dark, however, lurks beneath the surface of this place.

There's a touch of Wicker Man-esque folk horror to this series, which honestly takes a little too long to start getting scary (three episodes, in fact), but it's well worth binging. Even though some of its discussions around religion are entirely played out, the characterization here is sharp – and Linklater absolutely steals scenes as a new community leader who you don't feel like you can trust. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Stranger Things

The Hawkins gang make a plan to stop Vecna in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2

Stranger Things is the jewel in Netflix's original series crown. (Image credit: Netflix)

Stranger Things is a brilliant homage to '80s pop culture. Leaning heavily on Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King – so much King, in fact – the story revolves around a small town, a group of friends, a missing person, and a dodgy science lab. Writing anything else would give away the myriad twists in a show that is full of creepy fun, superhero-esque action, thrilling mysteries, and devilishly gruesome horror.

Work on Stranger Things season 5 is underway, which will be the mainline series' final installment. It's one of the best Netflix shows ever and, once you're hooked, we're sure you'll agree.

Seasons on Netflix: 4


A close up of Wednesday Addams, with Thing standing on her shoulder, in Wednesday's Netflix TV series

Wednesday is a great, gothic murder mystery show. (Image credit: Netflix)

Positioned as a pseudo-sequel to the beloved live-action Addams Family movies, Wednesday is a gothic, sinister, and comedy-based sleuth-style show that's become the second most-watched Netflix English language show of all-time. Unsurprisingly, a second season is all but confirmed.

Jenna Ortega (Scream VI) stars as the titular character, who must use her quirky skillset to solve a murder mystery plot and a secret concerning her own family at Nevermore Academy, all the while trying to fit in with her classmates and deal with the plight of being a teenager. No pressure, then.

Ortega revels in her role as the antisocial but intelligent Wednesday, though some critics have suggested its teen romance and murder mystery fare are slightly formulaic. Still, it's a terrific watch if you're a fan of The Addams Family, dark comedy, or Tim Burton (who directs the series).

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Best thriller series on Netflix

The Watcher

The titular Watcher stares at the Brannock family's home in their Netflix thriller series

The Watcher was one of the most-streamed Netflix shows of 2022. (Image credit: Eric Liebowtiz/Netflix)

From acclaimed creator Ryan Murphy, The Watcher is the superb addition to Netflix's thriller-centric back catalog.

Inspired by true events, it tells the story of the Brannock family, who begin receiving regular, ominous letters from someone calling themselves 'the Watcher' after the family moves into their new New Jersey home. As they become increasingly concerned about the anonymous individual, sinister neighborhood secrets start to make themselves known, threatening the Brannocks' safety and sanity.

The Watcher is packed with spooky jump scares, taut thriller moments, and foreboding and creeping sense of terror. It's arguably not as strong as some of Murphy's other TV offerings, but its unsettling nature makes for a pleasing rollercoaster of emotions.

Seasons on Netflix: 1


Joe and Love sit on a couch looking pensive and sad in You season 3 on Netflix

You is a thriller that made the jump from Lifetime to Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

You tells the story of Joe Goldberg, a New York bookstore manager who becomes infatuated with aspiring writer Guinevere Beck. What ensues is a toxic behavioral journey where Goldberg removes any obstacle in his way in his pursuit of Beck – a chase that winds up turning Goldberg into a city-jumping, identity-changing individual who constantly tries to escape his past, only to find himself falling into old habits.

Just know that this knotty, twist-heavy and sometimes outrageous show is perfect if you're in the right frame of mind for it. Somehow, despite focusing on a character that's so toxic on paper, it manages to keep you engaged with every beat.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

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Tom Power
Entertainment Reporter

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