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Best Netflix shows: 35 fantastic series that are worth binge watching

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Are you on the lookout for the best Netflix shows to watch in the US? Allow us to be your guide. Our list of the best TV series on Netflix US is routinely updated with the biggest and newest shows around, so you'll never be left with nothing to check out.

The latest entry on our best Netflix shows list is Lost in Space. With its third and final season launching on Netflix recently, there's never been a better time to binge all three entries back to back and enjoy one of the better sci-fi shows around.

If Lost in Space doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, though, don't fret. We've hand-picked 34 other top-tier shows for you to watch on Netflix US below, which range from comedies to dramas, and superhero content to horror. So there really is something for everyone.

If you're after something that's not TV show focused, you'll want to check out our best Netflix movies. Alternatively, our best Netflix documentaries offers up plenty of factual entertainment options as well.

But you're here for TV show suggestions, aren't you? Don't delay, then: check out our definitive guide to the best Netflix shows around right now.

Lost in Space

A screenshot of Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson and the Robot in Lost in Space season 3

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Two years have passed since Lost in Space season 2 arrived on Netflix, which means fans of the TV show have had a long wait on their hands for its next instalment. With its third and final season finally being released on the streaming giant, though, there's never been a better time to enjoy all three seasons of the latest adaptation of the original 1965 TV series.

Set in the year 2046, two years after a cataclysmic event almost wiped out humanity, the Robinson family are selected as part of a program to colonize a new planet. That is, until an alien robot breaches their spaceship's hull and they, alongside their fellow pioneers, crash land on a different world and must learn to survive in this harsh, unusual environment.

Lost in Space seasons 1 and 2 were well received overall, so its third entry should be as enjoyable as its predecessors. Expect plenty of sci-fi, drama and underrated humor throughout.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Cowboy Bebop

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Based on the Japanese anime of the same name, Netflix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop follows the adventures of a ragtag group of bounty hunters as they chase down criminals across the galaxy.

Spike Speigel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), Vicious (Alex Hassell) and Ein (dog actors Charlie and Harry) are all back for Netflix's take on Hajime Yatate's anime program. Original composer Yoko Kanno is also back to deliver those jazz-infused earworms to audiences once more.

Critical reception to the show has been mixed so far, with some praising its cast and how closely it sticks to the original narrative. However, criticism has been levelled at how soulless it feels, while others have hit out at the new material that's been incorporated. Still, if you're interested in seeing how it compares to the anime, it's worth a look.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Arcane

League of Legends champion Vi engages in a fight in Netflix's Arcane

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Developed by Riot Games, Arcane is an origins 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.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

You

Penn Badgley in You on Netflix.

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You has returned for a third pandemic-delayed season – 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

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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, all these 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

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It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Not only is Squid Game one of the newest shows on Netflix, but it’s also on track to become its most successful ever. 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 has been confirmed to be in development by its showrunner, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Midnight Mass

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

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The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan returns with a new show, this time 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

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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 heartwarming 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 now confirmed.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 

Manifest

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This mystery drama about a passenger plane that lands years after it took off has proved such a hit on Netflix US that it's saved the show from cancelation – giving it a fourth and final season of 20 episodes. The puzzle box nature of the show means it's a good fit for streaming, and unlike Netflix's own originals, this one clocks in at a lean and snackable 40 minutes per episode. This dense ensemble drama might sound a little Lost-y, but it goes in some pretty different directions by comparison.

You've probably seen it haunting the Netflix charts for months now, but this isn't a bad time to get involved, with more episodes on the way.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Brand New Cherry Flavor

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If you're looking for a weird, wild and definite acquired taste on Netflix right now, no one can argue that new miniseries Brand New Cherry is not that. This '90s-set show is about Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar), an aspiring filmmaker who comes to LA with the intention of making a movie, and pitches to a producer – but it doesn't pan out the way she wants it to. 

We'll leave it there for plot specifics, but you will not guess what happens next. This horror-infused thriller show is clearly just meant to be experienced – stylistically, there's a lot to appreciate, and it might remind you of the works of David Lynch of Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon, in particular). Like we say, this is definitely not for everyone, but by episode 2 you'll know if its...whole deal is for you. Catherine Keener and Manny Jacinto are among those in the supporting cast.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

30 Rock

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This was an unexpected treat. All seven seasons of 30 Rock are now available to stream on Netflix US – which is a nice way to fill The Office-shaped hole in your life. This NBC sitcom is about the behind-the-scenes goings-on of a fictional Saturday Night Live-like sketch comedy show led by showrunner Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), who hires obnoxious movie star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) to give it a shot in the arm.

If that sounds a bit Inside Baseball because it's about the making of a TV show, know that it's broadly enjoyable and genuinely hilarious – it helps that different characters in the show bring their own comedic energy. Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, for example, is a preposterous network exec with clever, smart line delivery, while low-ranking NBC page Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) opens it up to more slapstick and silly humor.

While the show probably peaks around its third season, the whole run is worth watching.

Seasons on Netflix: 7

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson in sketch show I Think You Should Leave, one of the best Netflix shows.

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After a heck of a long wait, offbeat but beloved sketch comedy show I Think You Should Leave returns for another season on Netflix. It won't take you long to binge both seasons – 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

Lupin

Omar Sy stars in Lupin, one of the best Netflix shows.

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The word 'Lupin' might make you think of a million anime movies, and this French series literally uses thief character Arsène Lupin as a point of inspiration for its protagonist. Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, the son of a Senegalese immigrant who was wrongly imprisoned for theft, at the behest of his powerful employer. Decades after his father commits suicide, Assane plots revenge on the employer's family, using 'gentleman thief' skills inspired by the Lupin character. The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier is behind this watchable series – with only five episodes available right now, it won't take you long to get through it. 

Part 2 of the show is available now, and two more are coming in the future.

Seasons on Netflix: 2 (parts, rather than seasons)

Sweet Tooth

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Netflix's latest comic book adaptation couldn't have less to do with superheroes. 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. Sweet Tooth season 2 is officially on the way.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Love, Death and Robots

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Adult CG animated anthology Love, Death and Robots just returned for its second, shorter season of episodes. Like all anthologies, the quality varies between episodes, but taken as a larger work, this show has a lot to give. The ideas vary wildly between comedy 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 no time. Love, Death and Robots offers some of the best sci-fi thrills on Netflix – we just wish there was more of it. If you want to watch just the best episodes, check out our handy ranked list of every Love, Death and Robots episode.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Shadow and Bone

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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. Netflix has confirmed it's making Shadow and Bone season 2, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Bridgerton

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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 color, 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 modernize 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. Given the talent on board, and the generally warm reception, though, we hope the show’s creatives can treat its relationships with a bit more care Bridgerton season 2.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Cobra Kai

Best Netflix shows Cobra Kai

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Once a YouTube original, Netflix recently snapped up the rights to Karate Kid continuation TV show Cobra Kai. 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, with Danny being the show's villain this time, a clever flip of the original film's premise. 

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 3 is now on Netflix, and Cobra Kai season 4 is coming in December, too. 

Seasons on Netflix: 3

The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor

Best Netflix shows: Haunting of Bly Manor

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If you're looking for the best Netflix horror TV show, The Haunting of Hill House is it – followed by 2020's successor series, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Hill House is about a family returning to their old home to reckon with the events that drove them away from it, a story with many genuinely terrifying moments, brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast (including Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas).

Bly Manor, meanwhile, doesn't entirely reach the same scary heights – it's about an American au pair who looks after some widowed children in another giant old house which itself has plenty of spooky goings-on, but it's a gothic romance at its heart, and admirably different to Hill House. Both are worth binge-watching on Netflix.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Crown

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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, first played by Claire Foy, and most recently portrayed by Olivia Colman in season 3, 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: 3

The Queen's Gambit

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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 in The Queen's Job, 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.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Great British Baking Show

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Netflix's range of food shows are world-beating, from The Chef Show to Sugar Rush. This Great British Baking Show, a popular import from the UK, is a long-running favorite, now rolling out weekly in its eighth cycle. It's about a bunch of amateur bakers competing to be the best, with themed weeks to navigate around bread, biscuits and other foodstuffs – it can get dramatic, but it's a deeply comforting show to watch. A massive hit in the UK, US viewers have taken to it, too. This year's hosts are mainstay Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Matt Lucas. 

Seasons on Netflix: 8

The Good Place

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Netflix has all four seasons of afterlife-themed sitcom The Good Place to binge, which is great news since the show is so densely serialized. While the first season is still its strongest – a big twist means that seasons 2 and 3 spend a lot of time treading water – it's one of the funniest TV shows around when it comes to raw joke writing. And the characterization of its four leads – Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason – is the reason to keep watching. 

If you've never seen it before, the show starts with Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) being sent to heaven after her death, despite being a pretty awful person during her lifetime. The mystery of how she ended up there, in a neighborhood under the stewardship of the entity Michael (Ted Danson), is slowly unpicked into a much deeper plot.

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

Best Netflix shows: Avatar The Last Airbender

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Considered one of the great modern animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a world where a select few can 'bend' the elements (fire, water, air and earth) to their will. Aang, a young boy and the last of his people, is the 'Avatar', who will journey to harness all four elements and keep the peace between the nations of his world. It's an anime-infused, beautiful-looking series that's worth checking out, even if you feel like you might be a little too old for a kids' cartoon. 

The sequel series The Legend of Korra is now available on Netflix, too, so you'll have plenty of episodes to get through if it turns out to be your sort of thing. The enduring popularity of the series has led to Paramount Plus announcing that new Avatar shows are in the works. 

Seasons on Netflix: 3

The Umbrella Academy

Best Netflix shows: The Umbrella Academy

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Netflix showed it didn't need to collaborate with Marvel to make a great superhero show, as this quirky adaptation of the Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá-created series of comics proves. In Umbrella Academy, superpowered siblings – the Hargreeves – reunite after their adopted father is murdered, and together face a possible apocalypse. 

With an excellent ensemble cast that includes the likes of Elliot Page and Robert Sheehan, this breezy and fun show almost makes up for the lack of new Marvel content coming to Netflix. The Umbrella Academy season 2 is available now, taking the Hargreeves somewhere else entirely, and it's even better than the first season, and The Umbrella Academy season 3 is coming in 2022, too.

Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Last Dance

Best Netflix shows: The Last Dance

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Released on Netflix after originally airing on ESPN, The Last Dance is the biggest and best sports documentary of the year. With comprehensive access and unseen footage from the time, this eight-part series focuses on Michael Jordan's basketball career, specifically his final season playing for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98. 

The talking heads here include Jordan himself, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, who each discuss their role in the team's unstoppable run. Even if basketball isn't really your thing, the insight here into what made such a successful team is fascinating, as are the unpleasant clashes behind the scenes. It's one of the best Netflix documentaries you can watch right now.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

New Girl

Best Netflix shows: New Girl

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Netflix US hasn't had Friends all year, but if you're missing that sitcom, New Girl is probably its closest relative on the streaming service. With a surprisingly prolific 145 episodes, New Girl (at first) is about Jess (Zooey Deschanel), who moves in with three unusual housemates after her boyfriend cheats on her. Those housemates are Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris).

New Girl can get a little repetitive, especially with that many episodes under its belt, but later seasons are mixed up by the return of pilot episode star Coach (Damon Wayans Jr) and the addition of Megan Fox to the cast when Deschanel takes maternity leave. This is one of the best Netflix shows if you just want something light and fun to have on in the background.

Seasons on Netflix: 7

The Witcher

Best Netflix shows: The Witcher

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Netflix's first big fantasy series is an adaptation of The Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski, which were already 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, though the best parts of season 1 are the monster-of-the-week episodes that see Geralt facing off against a dark creature. These usually have twist endings, too, and they're a treat.

The Witcher doesn't quite feel like 'prestige' TV in the way Game of Thrones tried to be, but that's not a bad thing. This is an enjoyable, funny fantasy series that still looks extremely expensive. With a great supporting cast and a well-drawn world, there's plenty to be excited about in The Witcher season 2, which is finally releasing on December 17, 2021. And if you're struggling to follow the show's unusual time-hopping structure, check out The Witcher timeline to figure it all out.  

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Money Heist

Best Netflix shows: Money Heist

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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 now found a big audience in the English-speaking world, too. A new set of episodes just dropped on Netflix, meaning you've got 31 episodes to watch if you've never seen it before, divided over two separate overarching stories about the same set of characters. 

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 – the first half of the final season is available now, while the final part arrives on December 3, 2021.

Seasons on Netflix: 3 (divided into 5 parts)

Community

Best Netflix shows: Community

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The NBC cult comedy favorite from the co-creator of Rick and Morty has landed on Netflix, and it's picking up an all-new audience about a decade after it originally aired. This sitcom about a community college study group starts as a more conventional show about its educational setting, but Community 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). You'll binge watch it then immediately restart the entire series. Get on it. 

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Ozark

Best Netflix shows: Ozark

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Ozark was hit by comparisons to Breaking Bad early on, for its tale of a seemingly good guy who's dragged into deep criminal activities. But it's a very different beast, not least in its visually distinctive titular setting. By its third season, it's forged its own path as a family drama. 

Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman) moves his family to the Ozarks in Missouri, where he has to launder $500 million for a drug lord who threatens his family, including his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney). This dark, adult series is a dramatic breakthrough role for comedy veteran Bateman, who also directs episodes in each season. You've got to be in the right mood for it, but if you enjoy shows like Fargo, you'll find this a compelling watch.

Ozark is one of the most underrated series on Netflix, and is worth watching just for Wendy's character development and Linney's performance. Ozark season 4, a final 14-episode season split into two, is in the works.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Better Call Saul

Best Netflix shows: Better Call Saul

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Breaking Bad prequel spin-off Better Call Saul has almost been around for as long as its predecessor, with its fifth season airing right now on AMC. You probably caught the first few episodes of season 1 in the wave of hype around Breaking Bad's finale, but it's worth giving later seasons of this spin-off the same level of attention. 

Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman is a steady, delicate character study that brings in a whole ensemble cast of memorable new faces, notably Jimmy's older brother Chuck (Michael McKean). It also gives us more time with Breaking Bad favorite Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and other iconic figures from that series which we won't reveal here. Carrying slightly more dark humor than the preceding series, it's absolutely worth catching up on before it ends in 2021 with Better Call Saul season 6

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Mindhunter

Best Netflix shows: Mindhunter

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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

Stranger Things

Best Netflix shows: Stranger Things

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When it comes to TV and movies, the '80s is the nostalgia decade of the moment. Filmmakers can't get enough of Ghostbusters, shell suits and Sony Walkmans.

Stranger Things is another brilliant homage to this era. Leaning heavily on Spielberg, John Carpenter and Stephen King, 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 brilliant creepy fun.

The third season hit last year and it was fantastic, and each subsequent set of episodes just deepens your investment in these kids' stories and friendships. Season 4 is coming in 2022.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Russian Doll

Best Netflix shows: Russian Doll

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Orange Is The New Black's Natasha Lyonne stars in this dark comedy as Nadia, 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 - it's a must-watch. In June 2019, Netflix announced it had renewed Russian Doll for a second season, which is well-deserved. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1 

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