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Best Netflix shows: The Sandman and 29 other great series to stream in the US

Tom Sturridge's Morpheus sits in a chair against a pale blue background in The Sandman, one of the best Netflix shows.
The Sandman is the latest entry in our best Netflix shows list. (Image credit: Netflix)

It's time to update our best Netflix shows list. Every week, we bring you the biggest and best TV series available on the world's biggest streamer. That way, you'll always have something new to watch when the weekend arrives.

The latest entry in our best Netflix shows list is The Sandman, a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's seminal (and subversive) comic book series. It's taken 33 years for a live-action Sandman project to be roused from its slumber but, finally, Gaiman's dream has finally been realized. And no, we're not sorry about all these clichéd and Sandman-inspired anecdotes.

If The Sandman doesn't sound like it'll appeal to you, you shouldn't worry. Below, we've compiled a list of 29 other top-tier series on Netflix, catering to every genre fan, so you'll find something worthy of your time. From sci-fi horror and comedy, to thrilling drama and animated fare, there's bound to be a new that'll pique your interest. Although, as we pointed out recently, there may be the odd bad egg in our guide because, well, Netflix pumps out so much below-par content these days, some of which – such as teen drama First Kill – are canceled just weeks after launching.

But we digress. Here are the 30 best Netflix shows available for US viewers as of August 5, 2022.

The Sandman

Dream and Johanna Constantine share a private conversation in episode 3 of Netflix's The Sandman

The Sandman is a perfect example of making a faithful TV adaptation of a beloved comic book series. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Sandman is a stunning example of how a beloved comic book series – or any reading-based material – should be adapted. As we noted in our spoiler-free Sandman review, it's a "remarkably authentic adaptation" of Neil Gaiman's wonderfully dark (and hugely successful) graphic novels, even if some of its creative deviations "are likely to irritate long-time fans". Be sure to read our in-depth chat with Gaiman, The Sandman's showrunner, and its cast to find out how they realized a dream 30-plus years in the making, too.

Based on Gaiman's iconic works, The Sandman tells the tale of Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), aka Dream/the titular Sandman, who is one of seven immortal beings called the Endless and who rules over the Dream Dimension.

When Morpheus is unwittingly captured by an amateur occultist in 1916, though, he's imprisoned on Earth for over a century and stripped of the three items that give him his powers. Eventually escaping, Morpheus returns home – only to find his kingdom has fallen into disrepair and, save for a few loyal inhabitants, completely deserted. So begins his journey to retrieve his magical vestments and restore his realm to its former glory.

The Sandman's story may sound pretty basic and dull, 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. If its first season performs as well as Netflix hopes, expect it to become the streamer's next major hit.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Keep Breathing

Melissa Barrera's Liv tries to get a signal on her mobile phone in Netflix's Keep Breathing TV show

Keep Breathing has proven to be popular despite its derivative plot. (Image credit: Netflix)

Keep Breathing stars Melissa Barrera (In the Heights) as Liv, a lawyer who becomes marooned in the Canadian wilderness when her plane crash lands and leaves her the sole survivor of those on board. With nothing but her wits and survival skill set to rely on, Liv simultaneously battles to stay alive and fight off her inner demons – and hope that rescue isn't too far away.

As a limited series set in the survival drama genre, Keep Breathing doesn't do anything that reinvents the TV category it's positioned in. Clearly, though, it's doing something right – Barrera's great performance aside, Netflix susbcribers flocked to watch this mediocre and critically-panned show in their droves. We don't expect it'll maintain its upward trajectory for much longer, mind you.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Resident Evil

Ella Balinska's bloodied Jade sits against a wall as zombies try to break into a building in Netflix's Resident Evil TV show

Netflix is the latest studio to try and create a critically acclaimed live-action Resident Evil production. (Image credit: Marcos Cruz/Netflix)

Set across two timelines – the show's present day setting of 2036, plus flashback sequences occurring in 2022 – Resident Evil follows Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) as she searches for her lost sister Billie (Adeline Rudolph) amid another zombie apocalypse. The duo were separated during the early days of the outbreak, which was caused by the Umbrella Corporation's new antidepressant – Joy – that contains the T-virus, the man-made mutagenic that turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies. Oh, and other living creatures into all kinds of horrifying monsters.

Fans and critics have praised Lance Reddick's performance as Albert Wesker, while its Easter eggs, other references, and enjoyable action sequences have been fun to see. However, it's packed with derivative plot points and numerous genre clichés, so don't expect it to stick around on our best Netflix shows list.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Umbrella Academy

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

The Umbrella Academy is a great superhero series on Netflix. (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 own superhero original. 

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. Season 3 has landed on the streaming service, bringing an end to its near two-year hiatus owing to the pandemic. Read our spoiler-free review on the show's third season before diving in.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Peaky Blinders

Tommy Shelby with glasses looking afar from side angle in Peaky Blinders season 6

Peaking Blinders' final season has landed on Netflix US. (Image credit: BBC)

After originally airing on BBC One in the UK, Peaky Blinders makes its sixth and final appearance on Netflix US.

Loosely based on the real-life Peaky Blinders gang that menacingly patrolled the 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.

The sixth season holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) – the same as seasons 2 and 3 do – so expect a rip-roaring finale to one of the best British shows of recent years. A movie, rather than a seventh season, is thought to be in its pre-production phase, so we won't be saying goodbye to Tommy and the gang just yet. Still, this is the end of an era for the series on TV, so enjoy it while you can.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Stranger Things

Max levitates in the air to the shock of her friends in Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix shows of all time. (Image credit: Netflix)

Stranger Things is a brilliant homage to '80s pop culture. Leaning heavily on 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.

Season 4 is available to stream in its entirety now. In our spoiler-free Stranger Things 4 review, we called it "a hugely ambitious gamble" that's full of "absorbing, action-packed, and horror-fuelled entry that's bursting with revelations aplenty". Read our season 4 part 2 ending explainer to find out how Stranger Things' latest entry sets up its fifth and final season, too.

There's no word on when season 5 may start filming. Regardless, it's a more than deserving addition to our best Netflix shows article, and we're sure you'll agree.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Love, Death & Robots

A screenshot of the Jibaro episode in Love, Death and Robots volume 3

Love, Death and Robots is a great R-rated anthology series to stream on Netflix. (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 the heart of the series – 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 this entire series in a weekend if you can stomach all the good and bad (though mostly bad) things that happen to its eclectic cast of characters. Love, Death and Robots offers some of the best sci-fi thrills on Netflix, so it's worth checking out if you're a fan of animation.

If you wish to weigh up your opinion of every episode against ours, this handy ranked list of every Love, Death and Robots story should be top of your agenda. We won't be sad if you don't agree with us, honest.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Heartstopper

Joe Locke's Charlie scowls as he heads to school in Heartstopper on Netflix

Heartstopper is a wonderful teen romance show available now on Netflix. (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 shows 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 sometimes emotional tale about self-discovery, friendship, teen love, and queerness. And, based on its 100% certified fresh rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) – it also holds a ridiculously high 98% approval ratings among general audiences – it seems that Heartstopper is worth the hype. Two more seasons are on the way, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Russian Doll

Nadia looks uneasy as she stands on a subway train in Russian Doll season 2

Russian Doll is one of the best Netflix shows we've ever seen. (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. 

The show's second season sees Nadia and fellow time-traveler Alan (Charlie Barnett) finding themselves able to travel through time, rather than being endlessly trapped in the past experiencing the same day over and over again.

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

Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk's Saul struggles with the heat in Better Call Saul on Netflix

Better Call Saul is a worthy spin-off to Vince Gilligan's acclaimed Breaking Bad series. (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. Better Call Saul season 6 Part 1 is available to stream in full now, while Part 2 started airing on July 11. The show's final episode lands on August 15, so you've got time to binge watch the whole series before the last entry arrives.

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Bridgerton

Best Netflix shows: Golda Rosheuvel's Queen Charlotte stands proud in Bridgerton season 2

Bridgerton is one of Netflix's most popular TV series of all-time. (Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

This bold and sexually-charged Netflix period drama, based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels, has quickly become the talk of the ‘ton’. It follows a coterie of young socialites as they navigate a season of balls, betrothals, and betrayals in 1813 London – and 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, and 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, though, particularly in its troublesome treatment of sexual assault in one unfortunately memorable episode in season 1.

Still, its inclusion in our best Netflix shows list is a necessity. A spin-off, based around Queen Charlotte, has recently been announced (opens in new tab), too, while filming has begun on season 3 (opens in new tab).

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

A screenshot of a thrilling Grand Prix race in Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 4 on Netflix

Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a thrilling sports docuseries on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

Offering unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a petrolhead's dream. The supercar TV series provides an in-depth peek behind the curtain on the biggest moments and flashpoints in the F1 world, including drive bust-ups and the ongoing race to become the most dominant F1 construction company in the world.

Drive to Survive won't appeal to everyone. But, for those who want even more high-speed action and drama to go alongside F1's yearly Grand Prix circuits, it's a show that shouldn't be missed. Before you start revving those engines, though, check out our thoughts on why sports docuseries should never be scripted. You can expect more F1 coverage on Netflix in the future, too, if the streaming giant acquire the global rights to livestream the competition.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Vikings Valhalla

Harald Hardrada battles some Anglo-Saxons in Vikings Valhalla season 1 on Netflix

Vikings Valhalla is a decent historical drama available to stream on Netflix (Image credit: Netflix/Bernard Walsh)

Set 100 years after the events depicted in the 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.

Valhalla follows the rise of three legendary Vikings – Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), Harald Hardrada (Leo Suter) and Freydis Eiriksdottir (Frida Gustavsson) – as they become embroiled in the increasingly geopolitical and religious battles taking place in 11th Century England.

Netflix's surprise sequel doesn't really reinvent much of what viewers will have previously seen. But, if you were a fan of Vikings' historical drama, regular clashing of metal, and study of character and sociopolitics, Valhalla is worth checking out. And so is our chat with the show's cast, which contains some intriguing information about how Valhalla differentiates itself from its predecessor.

The show's first season, comprising eight episodes, is available to stream in full now. Season 2 has finished filming (opens in new tab), while a third season will begin production later this year.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Murderville

Will Arnett's Terry Seattle talks to Kumail Nanjiani in comedy improv series Murderville on Netflix

Murderville hilariously worked its way onto our best Netflix shows list. (Image credit: Lara Solanki/Netflix)

Based on a BBC Three TV show called Murder in Successville, Murderville follows Will Arnett's eccentric detective Terry Seattle as he looks to solve a new murder-mystery case in the series' six episodes.

The major twist on the comedy whodunit show, though, is that Arnett's Seattle teams up with a new celebrity in each episode. Aside from a brief rundown about the case that they need to solve, Seattle and his guest star partner (and the show's supporting cast) have no script to read from, either. In order to solve the crime, then, they must improvise – a situation that bears plenty of comedy fruit for viewers to lose themselves in.

With plenty of household names starring in the show's first season – Conan O'Brien, Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani, and Sharon Stone are among the guests who appear – fans of improv and murder-mystery tales are sure to lap this up.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Ozark

The Byrde family looking menacing in Ozark on Netflix

Ozark is one of the best Netflix crime dram shows around. (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. Ozark season 4, divided into two parts, officially closed out the series.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Cobra Kai

Johnny Lawrence berates one of his students in Cobra Kai on Netflix

Cobra Kai is a great karate-focused drama to watch on Netflix. (Image credit: Courtesy of 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. Season 4 is available now and, as one of the best Netflix shows around, you won't want to miss it. The show's fifth season arrives on September 9 (opens in new tab).

Seasons on Netflix: 4

The Witcher

Geralt of Rivia stares menacingly into the camera in The Witcher season 2

The Witcher is still one of the best Netflix fantasy shows around. (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. 

If you were disappointed by the end of Game of Thrones, it's a treat. 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 show's second outing is even 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 Witcher fans and more casual viewers. Season 3 is currently filming, so we'll be getting more of one of the best Netflix shows in the next 12 months.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Arcane

Vi punches an enemy in Arcane season 1 on Netflix

Arcane was a surprise hit among Netflix subscribers in late 2021. (Image credit: Netflix/Riot Games)

Developed by Riot Games, Arcane is a prequel story set in the beloved world of League of Legends (LoL). Set before the events of the fan favorite MOBA, Arcane follows the likes of Vi (Hailee Steinfeld), Jinx (Ella Purnell) and Jayce (Kevin Alejandro) 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, Arcane will wow you in equal measure. And, with a second season on the way, there'll be more awesome animation and story content to come from one of the best Netflix shows ever.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

You

Penn Badgley's Joe looks out of a window in You on Netflix

You is a thriller show that's worth streaming on Netflix. (Image credit: JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX)

You returned for its third season in October 2021 – this time casting Penn Badgley's obsessive Joe Goldberg as a father, as he settles down with dangerous partner Love (Victoria Pedretti) in the suburbs. Things don't stay normal for long, of course, but we'll let you discover that for yourself.

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, too, despite focusing on a character that's so toxic on paper, it manages to keep you engaged with every beat – no wonder Netflix has renewed it for a fourth season.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld wears a weird looking white shirt in Seinfeld

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

The legendary sitcom is now available exclusively on Netflix. 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. The only disappointment about streaming the show on Netflix is the fact it streams solely in widescreen – but for most people that won't make a big difference.

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Squid Game

A screenshot of the competitors lining up for the next challenge in Squid Game on Netflix

We had to include Squid Game on our best Netflix shows list. (Image credit: Netflix)

Squid Game is Netflix's biggest TV show ever, breaking all kinds of records in 2021 and ensuring that that it'll take a monumental effort from future projects to even have a chance of trying to claim its throne. 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. 

Given the excited furore that has erupted around the show, though, you probably knew that already. 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.

A second season in currently in development, as is a satirical series (from original creator Hwang Song-hyuk) about Squid Game's actual development (per Deadline (opens in new tab)), so one of the best Netflix shows of all-time will return to our screens in multiple capacities soon.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Midnight Mass

Rahul Kohli's Sheriff Hassan explains something in Midnight Mass on Netflix

Midnight Mass is a superb psychological thriller show on Netflix. (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 this 7 episode miniseries. 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

Sex Education

Three members of the Sex Education cast looking shocked during an episode of the hit Netflix series

Sex Education was another big hit among Netflix's global audience when it first launched. (Image credit: Netflix)

Starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield alongside a slew of previously unknown actors, this British comedy is a treat. It's about the students, parents and teachers of Moordale Secondary School, where Butterfield plays Otis, the son of sex therapist Dr Jean Milburn (Anderson). He teams up with Maeve (Emma Mackey) to open their own in-school sex education clinic, and help fellow students out with their various issues.

It's a very empathetic and heart warming show that expertly explores topical issues around sexual identity and gender, and it's really funny to boot. With season 3 now out on Netflix, too, there's no better time to jump in and catch up on this particular show.

Season 4 is currently in development, so we'll be seeing more of one of the best Netflix shows again soon. Just don't expect to see these two characters return for its next outing.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson shouts while lying on a couch in I Think You Should Leave

I Think You Should Leave is a well made sketch comedy show on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix/screengrab)

It won't take you long to binge both seasons of Tim Robinson's latest sketch comedy series – each episode is only 15 minutes long. The basic setup of a lot of its sketches is the same: someone performs a faux pas, then takes that awkward moment to such extremes that it escalates in its strangeness. It's definitely an acquired taste, but then so many of the best things are. 

Episode titles like 'They have a cake shop there Susan where the cakes just look stunning' and 'I need a wet paper towel' only underline the strangeness. 

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Sweet Tooth

Christian Convery stars as Gus in Sweet Tooth on Netflix

Sweet Tooth was surprisingly popular on Netflix when it was released. (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 – searching for a new life amid the ruins of America. 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. If you enjoy it, check out Jeff Lemire's wonderful comics that the show is based on afterwards. 

A surprising entry in our best Netflix shows list? Maybe but, with Sweet Tooth season 2 officially on the way, it's sure to stick around for a while yet. The show's second entry has wrapped filming (opens in new tab), so we could see it by the end of the year or in early 2023. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Shadow and Bone

The Grisha prepare to fight in Shadow and Bone season 1 on Netflix

Shadow and Bone is one of the best fantasy shows on Netflix. (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 invested in its story and characters, though, Shadow and Bone is a world you can easily get lost in – and one you'll want to.

Filming recently wrapped (opens in new tab) on season 2 of Shadow and Bone is on the way, so be sure to check one of the best Netflix shows around before it returns to our screens.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Crown

Josh O'Connor's Prince Charles and Emma Corrin's Diana engage in conversation in The Crown season 4

The Crown is another popular period drama that's exclusive to Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix/Des Willie)

The Crown was Netflix's first big swing at a British prestige drama, the likes of which normally come from the BBC. The show's enormous budget results in a lavish depiction of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, with numerous big-name actors portarying her across her life. Each season comes with a killer ensemble cast to boot. 

Even if you have mixed feelings about the royal family in real life, this honest-feeling show is well worth watching. The Crown season 4 – exploring Charles and Diana's relationship, and featuring Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher – is available now, and it's as juicy and compelling as ever. Two more seasons featuring Imelda Staunton as the Queen are planned, too, with The Crown season 5 expected in 2022.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit is a thrilling sports drama that all Netflix subscribers should watch. (Image credit: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX)

This seven-episode miniseries was the best Netflix show of 2020 – and 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. Based on the novel of the same name, this adaptation counts Scott Frank as one of its co-creators, who previously made another of the best Netflix shows – the Western drama Godless. 

This is a great Netflix binge watch: seven episodes is just the right number. Well worth watching, and rightly takes up a spot on our best Netflix shows list.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Money Heist

Two gang members point guns at an unknown person in Money Heist on Netflix

Money Heist is one of the biggest TV series to air on Netflix. (Image credit: Tamara Arranz Ramos)

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. With dense characterization, big twists and career-making performances, this is an unusual and clever heist show that'll grip you right away. 

While it's been a huge hit with a Spanish-speaking audience for the longest time, Money Heist has found a big audience in the English-speaking world, too. Whatever you do, make sure you switch the default dub off and listen to the original Spanish audio with subtitles. This series could be the best Netflix show you've not seen yet – and, with all five parts out now, it's the perfect time to binge watch it.

A spin-off called Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area landed on Netflix on June 24. If you're a fan of the Money Heist series, you'll want to check it out.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 (divided into 5 parts)

Mindhunter

A screenshot of two detectives interrogating a witness in Mindhunter on Netflix

Mindhunter is a superb psychological crime thriller that everyone should stream on Netflix. (Image credit: Courtesy of 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, Mindhunter season 3 is on "indefinite hold", but we're hopeful for its eventual return, given that this is some of the director's best work to date. 

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Tom Power
Tom Power

As TechRadar's entertainment reporter, Tom covers all of the latest movies, TV shows, and streaming service news that you need to know about. You'll regularly find him writing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and many other topics of interest.


An NCTJ-accredited journalist, Tom also writes reviews, analytical articles, opinion pieces, and interview-led features on the biggest franchises, actors, directors and other industry leaders. You may see his quotes pop up in the odd official Marvel Studios video, too, such as this Moon Knight TV spot (opens in new tab).


Away from work, Tom can be found checking out the latest video games, immersing himself in his favorite sporting pastime of football, reading the many unread books on his shelf, staying fit at the gym, and petting every dog he comes across.

Got a scoop, interesting story, or an intriguing angle on the latest news in entertainment? Feel free to drop him a line.

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