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Best 25 Shows on Netflix

If you’re hopping on Netflix to look for the latest trending shows, you won’t be disappointed. The streaming giant has invested heavily in original content over the past decade, stocking its extensive library with shows you can’t see anywhere else. With such a wide range of genres, Netflix’s massive library can be overwhelming.

We chose our top 25 picks, which include both personal favorites and the most raved-about hits in recent years. You’ll see everything from high-brow works of art and feel-good family series to animation and international content. Netflix is quick to refresh its content, so we’ll update this list regularly.

‘Better Call Saul’ (2015 to 2022) — Editor’s Top Pick

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“Better Call Saul” earned many awards and critical acclaim. (Image: High Bridge Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Legal crime drama | Length: 6 seasons, 63 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 86

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito

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After seeing “Better Call Saul,” I immediately knew it would jump into my personal Best TV Shows of All Time ranking. The brilliant exploration of morality, legacy, and ethics outshines even its more famed inspiration, “Breaking Bad.” Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is a small-time Albuquerque lawyer fighting against the daunting shadow of his legal shark older brother (jaw-droppingly performed by Michael McKean). When we join Jimmy, he’s caring for his brother, who has developed delusions, stopped working, and won’t leave his house.

The show masterfully unravels the tangled mess of love, resentment, and competition between the two men, as Jimmy gets involved with increasingly shady business in order to make his own name. It’s set slightly before the events of “Breaking Bad,” but the timelines of the two shows overlap, meaning fans will see the return of some of their favorite characters, such as the enigmatic hitman Mike Ehrmantraut (Johnathan Banks) and the calculating, ice-cold Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). The emotionally charged slow-burner is a must-watch for anyone who loves a top-tier TV drama.

Watch “Better Call Saul” on Netflix

‘Beef’ (2023)

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“Beef” is not what you’d expect it to be. (Image: A24)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy drama | Length: 1 season, 10 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 86

Cast: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, Joseph Lee, Young Mazino

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“Beef” is this year’s juiciest new hit that takes a look at unchecked anger and the devastating effect it can have on our lives. When Amy (Ali Wong), a struggling entrepreneur, and Danny (Steven Yeun), a bitter contractor, get caught up in a road-rage incident with one another, it ties them together in the most toxic possible way — a never-ending cycle of revenge with disastrous consequences. As their beef escalates, they begin to unravel the uncomfortable secrets and frustrating complications of each other’s personal lives.

Cathartic, meaningful, dark, and with standout performances by a fantastic Asian-led cast, “Beef” has been called one of the best shows on Netflix since it was released earlier this year.

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‘Arcane’ (2021 to Present)

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You don’t need to play “League of Legends” to watch “Arcane.” (Image: Riot Games)

Rated: TV-14  | Genre: Animated action fantasy | Length: 1 season, 9 episodes

IMDb Rating: 9/10 | Metacritic Rating: N/A

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro, Katie Leung

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In the stunningly animated steampunk city of Piltover, a group of teenage bandits roams the Lanes, the city’s gritty working-class underbelly, causing trouble, fighting other urchins, and occasionally roaming into the sparkling city above to pull off heists. While on a dangerous job in the richest part of the city, they pilfer strange crystals with astounding alchemical power that make them the target of villains and the authorities alike. With their found family shattered and their comfortable world crumbling around them, sisters Vi (Hailee Steinfeld) and Jinx (Ella Purnell) find themselves on opposite sides of a war they never wanted.

“Arcane” offers groundbreaking and stunning visuals with morally complex characters and a cliffhanger that feels illegal. Fans of the show have been eagerly waiting for Season 2, which has recently been confirmed to release on Netflix in late 2024.

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‘Lupin’ (2021 to Present)

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“Lupin” is a unique approach to the fictional gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. (Image: Gaumont Télévision)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Mystery crime thriller | Length: 2 seasons, 10 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 81

Cast: Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Hervé Pierre, Soufiane Guerrab

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“Lupin'” weaves an intricate web of deception, betrayal, and intrigue as it follows the story of Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a modern-day master thief inspired by the legendary French character Arsène Lupin. Assane vows to avenge his Senegalese immigrant father’s unjust downfall and eventual suicide at the hands of a wealthy and corrupt family. The journey takes him into the heart of Paris’ criminal underworld and throws him into an ongoing game of cat and mouse with the law.

“Lupin” is stylish in the way only the French can do, with subtle commentary on race, xenophobia, and class that adds layers of depth and sets it apart from other crime thrillers. Season 3 premiered on Oct. 5.

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‘Squid Game’ (2021 to Present)

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“Squid Game” became a global phenomenon that inspired a reality TV competition series. (Image: Siren Pictures Inc.)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Survival action thriller | Length: 1 season, 9 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 69

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-yeon, Oh Yeong-su

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Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a down-on-his-luck gambler with loan sharks on his tail, is approached by a stranger inviting him to join 456 players, all in deep financial hardship, to participate in a dystopian game. The game’s enigmatic mystery host and their masked team offers the winner life-changing riches, but the losers may just give up more than they bargained for. As the seemingly innocent childhood games turn deadly, alliances are formed, friendships are tested, and the human survival instinct pushes everyone to their limits.

“Squid Game” is tense, brutal, and full of secrets, unveiling the dark underbelly of societal greed, human desperation, and the lengths to which some will go for redemption.

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‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ (2020 to 2021)

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Adapted for modern audiences, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is based on the beloved children’s novel series of the same name. (Image: Walden Media)

Rated: TV-G | Genre: Family comedy drama  | Length: 2 seasons, 18 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

Cast: Malia Baker, Momona Tamada, Sophie Grace, Shay Rudolph

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Based on the beloved book series, “The Baby-Sitters Club” brings together a group of diverse and spirited young girls to form a venture that’s more than just minding kids. As club members take on babysitting jobs, they not only grow their business, but also forge deep bonds with the children they look after, imparting life lessons and learning some of their own along the way. Navigating personal challenges, family dynamics, school pressures, and first crushes, each member brings her unique personality, strengths, and life experiences to the table while the group remains united in their support of one another.

“The Baby-Sitters Club” captures the essence of growing up, reminding us of the timeless beauty of friendship, the joy of youth, and the simple yet profound moments that shape our lives.

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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ (2020)

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Chess has never felt more intense than in “The Queen’s Gambit.” (Image: Wonderful Films)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Coming-of-age period drama | Length: 1 season, 7 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 79

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Marcin Dorocinski

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Beautiful cinematography transports us back to the mid-20th century, where we meet an unusual young woman who dreams of becoming a world-renowned chess champion. Our complex and fascinating protagonist, Beth Harmon (powerfully portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy), is brilliant, flawed, and vulnerable, struggling with her awkward nature, addiction, and self-doubt. As we follow her brilliant and unlikely rise to success in the male-dominated chess world, “The Queen’s Gambit” teaches us our own lessons about love and support, bravery and determination, overcoming our demons, and striving for our full potential.

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‘Bridgerton’ (2020 to Present)

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Secrets and gossip are central to the “Bridgerton” characters. (Image: Shondaland)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Historical fiction romance | Length: 2 seasons, 16 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 73

Cast: Nicola Coughlan, Julie Andrews, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie

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Somewhere in the opulent ballrooms, manicured gardens, and stately homes of Regency-era London, there’s a scandal-maker hiding among the snobby lords and ladies of the ton. The mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown seemingly knows everything: the ingénue Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the brooding Duke of Hastings’ (Regé-Jean Page) ruse to boost her marriage prospects and clandestine love affair, the arrival of the Featherington family’s mystery cousin and her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) working-class opera-singer girlfriend, and many more juicy tidbits. Who is Lady Whistledown and what does she get out of exposing society’s finest?

“Bridgerton” is far more layered than its frilled and gossip-filled façade, offering poignant explorations of sex, innocence, the institution of marriage, the class system, race, feminism, and prejudice for a lavish and fun watch that also leaves you with plenty to ponder.

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‘Russian Doll’ (2019 to Present)

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Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler co-created “Russian Doll.” (Image: Universal Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy sci-fi drama | Length: 2 seasons, 15 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

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

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Grungy software engineer Nadia Vulvokov (the charming Natasha Lyonne) takes the idea of being stuck in a rut to a whole new level as she relives her birthday night in New York City over and over in an increasingly bizarre time loop. Every time she dies (and boy, does she find some creative ways to kick the bucket!), she’s instantly transported back to the bathroom of her friend’s party. No matter what she does, the result is always the same with no hope for answers — until she meets Alan (Charlie Barnett), her clean-cut polar opposite who’s trapped in the same time loop. Together they dive into a chaotic blend of therapy, quantum mechanics, and an inordinate amount of herbal substances to unravel the mystery of why they can’t seem to stay dead.

“Russian Doll” mixes up a hard-hitting cocktail of witty banter, existential questions, cynicism, and trippy, immersive visuals to give us a hilariously grim puzzle box of a show you’ll want to keep coming back to relive.

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‘Our Planet’ (2019 to 2023)

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Nature documentaries such as “Our Planet” strike up conversations about global warming and its impact on living creatures. (Image: Silverback Films)

Rated: TV-PG | Genre: Nature documentary | Length: 2 seasons, 12 episodes

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

Cast: David Attenborough

Watch the trailer for “Our Planet”

Narrated by the legendary biologist David Attenborough, “Our Planet” is a mesmerizing visual odyssey that takes viewers on a journey to the untouched corners of the world. Traversing 50 countries, this unparalleled docuseries showcases the majesty of Earth’s landscapes and ecosystems in a symphony of color, sound, and motion. From the vast savannas of Africa to the mystical depths of the oceans to the icy realms of the Arctic, the series celebrates the planet’s breathtaking diversity.

Each episode focuses on a different habitat, including frozen tundras, jungles, coasts, deserts, grasslands, the high seas, fresh water, and forests. Interwoven with stunning and seemingly impossible footage is a heartbreaking message about the delicate balance of nature, now imperiled by climate change and unchecked human activity. Beyond cinematic splendor, “Our Planet” is a love letter to Earth and a compelling call to action, urging viewers to recognize our collective responsibility and take steps to preserve our shared, irreplaceable home.

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‘Derry Girls’ (2018 to 2022)

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“Derry Girls” is unhinged in the best way possible. (Image: Hat Trick Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Teen sitcom | Length: 3 seasons, 19 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 86

Cast: Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland

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“Derry Girls” follows the misadventures of four friends growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the violent sectarian conflict that tore the island apart for much of the 20th century. Protagonist Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) is smart and funny with a talent for trouble; her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) is quirky with crazy ideas; their friend Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) is cool, stylish, and brave; and brainy Clare (Nicola Coughlan) is shy and sensitive. Our teen protagonists may be more concerned with failed school projects, secret parties, and disastrous family weddings than civil war, but they’re shaped by their times nonetheless.

“Derry Girls” blends teen drama, ’90s nostalgia, and historical commentary with lessons about the chaos of adolescence, friendship, family, and resilience for a heartwarming and hilarious watch.

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‘Ozark’ (2017 to 2022)

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Jason Bateman delivers an incredible performance in “Ozark.” (Image: MRC)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime drama  | Length: 4 seasons, 44 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 69

Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Julia Garner

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Beneath the serene waters of the Ozark lakes lie secrets far darker than the region’s murky depths. Talented financial adviser Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is forced to flee with his family to the far-flung Ozark highlands of Missouri after a money-laundering job for a cartel goes wrong. Setting up a fresh operation in their new home, Marty delves deeper into the world of money laundering, finding that trust is a rare commodity and betrayal lurks around every corner. With relentless cartel enforcers on their heels and local criminals vying for a piece of the pie, the Byrdes become entangled in a web of criminal intrigue, a world where the line between right and wrong blurs, alliances are ever-shifting, and one misstep could mean the end.

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‘Mindhunter’ (2017 to 2019)

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“Mindhunter” is a twisted tour de force that exposes the mind of a killer. (Image: Denver and Delilah Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime Thriller | Length: 2 seasons, 19 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 80

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

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In the late ‘70s, two FBI agents, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) work to pioneer the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI and make criminal psychology a regular part of investigative practice. Seeking to understand the minds of serial killers, their work leads them to conduct disquieting interviews with notorious real-life criminals, offering a haunting glimpse into the darkest corners of the human psyche. As they piece together the puzzle of these murderers, they must confront their own psychological challenges. “Mindhunter” builds suspense and tension, keeping you on the edge of your seat as it explores the thin line between the hunters and the hunted, and leaves you perversely eager to pick apart the pathologies of the most twisted criminals.

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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ (2017 to 2019)

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There are few siblings quite as unlucky as the Baudelaire orphans. (Image: Paramount Television)

Rated: TV-PG | Genre: Comedy Mystery | Length: 3 seasons, 25 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 81

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Pauli Weissman, Louis Hynes

Watch the trailer for “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

Following the mysterious deaths of their parents and the destruction of their home, the three Baudelaire siblings get passed from guardian to guardian, as misfortune follows their every move. Their hardships are perpetuated by the evil theater troupe leader, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), who wants to steal the vast Baudelaire inheritance before genius inventor Violet (Malina Pauli Weissman) comes of age. As dark secrets about their parents' past come to light with each new terrible event, the children must rely on their own wit and cunning to thwart Olaf's wicked schemes and unravel the heart of the mystery.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a complete and true adaptation of the beloved offbeat children’s book series that applies dark humor and intelligence to a fun mystery with universal themes of resilience and self-reliance.

Watch “A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix

‘Stranger Things’ (2016 to Present)

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“Stranger Things” has been streamed over 1 billion times on Netflix. (Image: 21 Laps Entertainment)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Sci-fi horror | Length: 4 seasons, 34 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 74

Cast: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour

Watch the trailer for “Stranger Things”

When young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) vanishes into thin air one night, his friends set out to find him, only to stumble upon Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), a girl with a shaved head, a dark past, and inexplicable powers. As the kids dig deeper into Will’s disappearance, they get hints from Eleven about a sinister alternate dimension called the Upside Down. It’s not just monsters lurking in this twisted mirrored reality — secretive government agents are determined to cover up the truth, no matter the cost. As the lines between reality and the supernatural blur, the residents of Hawkins realize their sleepy town hides secrets far more deadly than they could have ever imagined.

“Stranger Things” is an ode to classic ’80s sci-fi, horror, and coming-of-age films that heaps on nostalgia, suspense, and strangeness in equal measure.

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‘The Crown’ (2016 to 2023)

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The story of Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) delves deeper into the Royal Family’s inner turmoils. (Image: Sony Pictures Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Historical drama | Length: 5 seasons, 50 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 80

Cast: Matt Smith, Claire Foy, Dominic West, Olivia Colman

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“The Crown” gives us a cheeky peek behind the palace curtains, where Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) juggles her royal schedule of waving, wearing fabulous hats, and enduring family drama. Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) is on a midlife crisis tour, Princess Margaret (Lesley Manville) is throwing the best (or worst) parties in town, and the corgis are the ones truly running the show. From monumental historical events to awkward family gatherings, “The Crown” decrees a delightful blend of pageantry, politics, and palace pettiness.

Praised for its lavish production, complex characters, and unflinching look at the British monarchy, the show takes a hotly debated institution and shows it as a human family. Remember, one never binge-watches — one watches with grace and dignity, one episode at a time.

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‘Master of None’ (2015 to 2021)

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“Master of None” won several awards and ranked on top-ten lists during its run. (Image: Universal Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Comedy drama | Length: 3 seasons, 25 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

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

Watch the trailer for “Master of None”

Thirty-something actor Dev (Aziz Ansari) is trying to figure out his life and career in New York City. A jack of all trades, he’s tried his hand at acting, writing, and even pasta-making, but he has yet to find his true calling. He has become a master of one skill: overthinking every decision. From the intricacies of dating in the age of Tinder to the gourmet pitfalls of trying to find the city’s best taco, Dev’s life is a relatable trainwreck of modern conundrums. Surrounded by a cast of friends who are equally clueless and endearing, Dev lives in a world where every choice is a potential existential crisis.

From pasta pilgrimages in Italy to navigating the complex algorithm of texting etiquette, “Master of None” hilariously captures the art of adulting when no one really feels like an adult — making it a must watch for anyone who has ever felt lost or unsure about their future.

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‘Narcos’ (2015 to 2017)

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“Narcos” takes us into the dark and unsettling world of history’s most famous drug cartel. (Image: Gaumont International Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Biography Crime Drama | Length: 3 seasons, 30 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 77

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

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The rise and fall of the infamous narcoterrorist and drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), is poignantly documented in this acclaimed Netflix series. Starting as a small-time black marketeer, the ruthless and persuasive Escobar discovers cocaine from an exiled drug chemist, beginning his first foray into the drug trade. Growing in power and political influence, Escobar developed his Medellín cartel into a business making billions a year by causing suffering and death for those at the bottom of the ladder. On his trail is earnest DEA agent, Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), who puts his family and life at risk in order to capture the elusive villain.

Colored by an intense and gritty portrayal of the drug trade, exploration of morality and justice, and incredible acting and writing, “Narcos” is a can’t-miss Netflix original that was enduringly popular enough to spark spin-offs and international adaptations.

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‘Outlander’ (2014 to Present)

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“Outlander” has it all: fantasy, history, romance, war, and political intrigue. (Image: Tall Ship Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance | Length: 7 seasons, 83 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 76

Cast: Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, Tobias Menzies

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“Outlander” tells the story of Claire Randall (Caitríona Balfe), a World War II nurse who, while on her long-overdue honeymoon in Scotland, touches a stone that takes her back in time. Finding herself alone and in danger in the 18th-century highlands, she employs the help and protection of the dreamy warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Now she must survive the past, but if there is any chance of her return, she’ll face a choice between her dashing new love and her sweet, dependable husband back in 1945. Armed with ahead-of-her-time medical training, Claire finds her position as a knowledgeable woman a novelty and a danger in the past. She becomes tangled in webs of political intrigue spanning from the Jacobite Uprisings, to the court of Versailles, to the battlefields of the American Revolution, which always loom as a constant threat to her newfound happiness. This low-magic fantasy epic combines romance, surprisingly accurate history, and globe-spanning adventure for a captivating, steamy escape that will have you binge watching the five seasons currently available on Netflix.

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‘BoJack Horseman’ (2014 to 2020)

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“BoJack Horseman” is an adult cartoon that invites you to have an existential crisis with the characters. (Image: Tornante Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Animated adult comedy | Length: 6 seasons, 77 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 82

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

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Washed-up actor BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) is a moody, narcissistic, whiskey-loving equine who’s stuck in the ’90s, back when he was the lead on the hit show “Horsin’ Around.” Now, in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals intermingle, he spends his days lamenting his lost fame, making questionable life choices, and being relentlessly sardonic. Between existential crises, failed relationships, and rampant substance abuse, he’s trying to make his comeback with the help of a feline agent who can’t get her claws off her phone, a freeloading human roommate, and a ghostwriter who’s trying to pen his memoirs (because nothing says “has-been” like a good autobiography).

BoJack’s life is a carousel of absurdity, where existential crises meet animal puns and self-reflection is just a booze-fueled blender away. Hilarious, dark, and surprisingly profound, “BoJack Horseman” is the most entertained and moved you will ever be by a talking horse.

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‘Peaky Blinders’ (2013 to 2022)

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“Peaky Blinders” features an ensemble cast, including Cillian Murphy, Tommy Shelby, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, and more. (Image: Caryn Mandabach Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Period crime drama | Length: 6 seasons, 36 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 77

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Helen McCrory

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Post-World War I Birmingham, England, is a gritty landscape awash in smoke, secrets, and the ruthless aspirations of the Shelby family. Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is a war hero-turned-gangster with a sharp intellect, an even sharper razor concealed in his cap, and a grand vision for his family’s dominance in the underworld. As his Peaky Blinders criminal empire rises, his network of allies and adversaries expands, encompassing law enforcement, rival gangs, and the British aristocracy. Where power shifts are violent and loyalties are ever-fluid, Thomas must outsmart rivals both inside and outside his empire while battling personal demons from his wartime past.

Along with top-tier performances and production, a world of political upheaval and societal change set the backdrop for this powerful tale of boundless ambition, danger, betrayal, and redemption.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ (2013 to 2019)

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It was rare to meet someone who didn’t know the show “Orange Is the New Black.” (Image: Lionsgate Television)

Rated: TV-MA| Genre: Comedy drama | Length: 7 seasons, 91 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 80

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Laura Prepon

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When middle-class New Yorker Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is sentenced for a decade-old drug-money-transportation crime, she finds herself behind bars in Litchfield Penitentiary, far removed from her organic skin-care routine. Prison doesn’t prove easy, as Piper learns the ins and outs of communal soap, monochrome fashion, and mystery meat. Along the way, she hears the stories of Litchfield’s colorful mosaic of inmates — women with fragility, strength, and depth she never expected. From love lost and found to battles against systemic injustices, Piper finds camaraderie and resilience in her fellow women as each of them travels along their own path of transformation.

“Orange Is the New Black” locks in laughter, tears, and sometimes gags as we get an up-close-and-personal view of our justice system and the varied characters who inhabit it.

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‘Black Mirror’ (2011 to Present)

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If you want to feel disturbed, watch “Black Mirror.” (Image: Broke & Bones)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Dystopian sci-fi anthology | Length: 6 seasons, 27 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 74

Cast: Aaron Paul, Miley Cyrus, Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Whittaker

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Chillingly prophetic, “Black Mirror” unveils distorted, haunting images of our not-so-distant futures as we coexist with rapid-fire technology. Each stand-alone episode offers a different dystopian vision of the future, realities where the line between man and machine is blurred and the consequences of our digital obsessions are exposed. From the eerie allure of social media to the dark potential of artificial intelligence and augmented reality, this thought-provoking series dissects the human psyche and proposes impossible possibilities such as reawakening the dead, turning back time, living forever, and synthesizing life — revealing both the potential and threat posed by our creations. With each hauntingly realistic tale, we’re left to ponder the price of a future where our darkest reflections come to life.

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‘The Walking Dead’ (2010 to 2022)

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“The Walking Dead” defined a decade of zombie television. (Image: AMC Studios)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Post-apocalyptic horror drama | Length: 11 seasons, 177 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 79

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride

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Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakes from a coma to find that the dead have risen to reclaim the Earth and the remnants of humanity are in an unending nightmare where the line between life and death is gruesomely blurred. Setting out to find his family and friends, he bands together with a group of survivors navigating the overrun post-apocalyptic landscape. In this desolate new world, the undead aren’t the only threat — the living, driven by desperation and fear, can be just as deadly. Amid the decay of civilization, Rick and his band of survivors must confront their most primal fears, forge alliances, battle both the dead and the living, and hold onto hope in the face of loss and despair.

Suspenseful and complex, “The Walking Dead” is an influential entry in the zombie genre — a layered tale of survival, hope, and the human condition.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ (2000 to 2007)

A teen girl and boy look intensely at each other in this image from Warner Bros. Television.
“Gilmore Girls” became the flagship TV show for The WB.

Rated: PG | Genre: Comedy-drama | Length: 7 seasons, 153 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 78

Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

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In the cozy, coffee-scented New England haven of Stars Hollow, former teen mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her now teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), navigate life’s ups and downs with an unbreakable bond and a shared love for fast-talking wit, pop-culture references, and pizza. Their close mother-daughter relationship is defined by friendship, as we follow them through the joys and challenges of growing up, falling in love, discovering their place in the world, and reckoning with the snobby senior Gilmore, Emily (Kelly Bishop). Surrounded by a quirky tapestry of town residents, from the gruff but lovable diner owner Luke (Scott Patterson) to the eccentric, cat-loving dance instructor Miss Patty (Liz Torres) to Lorelai’s foodie best friend and business partner Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), the duo faces life’s trials with humor, grace, and plenty of junk-food-fueled movie marathons.

The ultimate cozy watch, “Gilmore Girls” is a heartwarming ode to family, friendships, and the simple joys of life.

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