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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.

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‘Boy Swallows Universe’ (2024)

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“Boy Swallows Universe” is a dysfunctional, relatable coming-of-age story. (Image: Brouhaha Entertainment)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Drama Mystery | Length: 1 season, 7 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 68

Cast: Simon Baker, Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin

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In this new critically acclaimed Australian mystery drama, precocious troublemaker Eli Bell (Travis Fimmel) is coming of age in a seedy suburb of 1980s Brisbane. As he adjusts to his troubled mother leaving his slacker father and taking up with a local heroin dealer, 12-year-old Eli forms an unexpected bond with the new man in his life. When a gang war leads his new stepfather to be kidnapped and his mother to be threatened, Eli takes it into his own hands to go up against Brisbane’s criminal underworld, find his stepfather, and get the money to make his family safe.

Funny, poignant, offbeat, and with powerful performances from Fimmel and nostalgic Aussie favorite Phoebe Tonkin, “Boy Swallows Universe” is a must-watch miniseries that will keep you entertained while hitting close to home.

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'The Diplomat’ (2023 to Present)

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Fans are awaiting the new season of the smash hit “The Diplomat.” (Image: Let's Not Turn This Into a Whole Big Production)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Political thriller | Length: 1 season, 8 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 | Metacritic Rating: 75

Cast: Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi

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If you’re a fan of “The West Wing” or “House of Cards,” you can’t miss the hit political thriller “The Diplomat.” Seasoned American diplomat Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) is appointed as Ambassador to the U.K. amid an international crisis following an attack on a British aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Struggling with her deteriorating marriage and her diplomat husband adding pressure to her high-stress position, Kate sets out to uncover the truth behind the attack that could prevent a full-blown war. Solving the mystery is just the beginning, however, as she then has to pull off a delicate balancing act of forging strategic alliances and convincing the right people of the truth. 

The show has received widespread praise for its clever and complex script, as well as Russell’s performance. Season 1 finished with a shocking reveal and action-packed cliffhanger that has left fans itching for Season 2.

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‘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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‘Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ (2022 to Present)

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Take a chilling look into the mind of one of the world’s most infamous killers. (Image: Prospect Films)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Crime biography | Length: 1 season, 10 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 46

Cast: Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald

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“Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” takes us into the life and crimes of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer (Evan Peters). From an isolated and dysfunctional childhood to his sinister luring of young men to his Milwaukee apartment where he performed macabre experiments, cannibalism, and necrophilia to his eventual death by a fellow inmate in prison, the show blends horror, criminal psychology, and gritty realism to paint a picture of Dahmer’s horrifying acts and the systemic failures that allowed him to evade justice for years.

The series not only focuses on Dahmer’s gruesome killings, but also sensitively highlights the victims’ perspectives often overlooked in true crime. It includes an intelligent and nuanced examination of the societal and institutional issues, including police incompetence and societal indifference, that played roles in the tragedy. The show has been critically lauded and a major hit with true-crime fans, winning both a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy award this year and becoming Netflix’s most-streamed series in its first week.

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‘Wednesday’ (2022 to Present)

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Jenna Ortega gave a performance in “Wednesday” that skyrocketed her to fame. (Image: MGM Television)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Fantasy Mystery | Length: 1 season, 8 episodes

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 66

Cast: Jenna Ortega, Emma Myers, Hunter Doohan

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“Wednesday,” a modern take on the iconic Addams Family character, Wednesday Addams, skyrocketed to Netflix’s most-viewed show when it was released. Created by Tim Burton, the show combines mystery, the supernatural, and dark humor for a memorable and entertaining fantasy. Teenager Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) heads to Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts and supernaturals where her psychic ability seems relatively normal among a sea of werewolves, sirens, and gorgons. Brutal murders and attacks are plaguing the town, seemingly linked to a monstrous creature lurking in the nearby woods. Wednesday, in addition to balancing her new school and social life, becomes embroiled in the mystery, making unlikely friends along the way. A cool gothic aesthetic, witty and macabre humor, unique storytelling, and visual style, not to mention Jenna Ortega's knockout performance, is perfect for original Addams Family fans as well as all lovers of mystery, comedy, and the supernatural.

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‘Sweet Tooth’ (2021 to Present)

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The imaginative world of “Sweet Tooth” reflects many of our human biases and societal fears. (Image: Nightshade)

Rated: TV-14 | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Length: 2 seasons, 16 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 77

Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Adeel Akhtar

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In a post-pandemic world with a ravaged population, many children are born as mute hybrids with animal body parts. A lack of understanding of their link to the virus results in the hybrids being hunted and treated with suspicion. Young part-deer hybrid Gus (Christian Convery) lives a sheltered life in the wilderness with his gruff protector, Pubba (Will Forte). Pubba dies when Gus is nine years old, leaving him alone. Gus finds a box he buried beneath a tree with a photograph of his mother and the word “Colorado.” A fire forces him out of his home and attracts the attention of hybrid hunters. He joins with lone traveler Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie) who protects him from the poachers and allows him to accompany him on a journey to Colorado to search for his mother.

The award-winning series is coming to a conclusion this year with its third and final season expected as the summer approaches.

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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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‘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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‘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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‘Anne With an E’ (2017 to 2019)

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“Anne With an E” captures the wonder, pain, and awkwardness of youth in a very relatable way. (Image: Northwood Entertainment)

Rated: TV-PG | Genre: Historical drama | Length: 3 seasons, 27 episodes total

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 79

Cast: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

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A captivating adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel “Anne of Green Gables,” “Anne With an E” breathes fresh life into the story of Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphan with a vibrant imagination and an unquenchable zest for life. In the late 19th century, Anne is thrilled to be adopted to a farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Anne, who always feels inferior due to her red hair and freckles, is hurt to find out the elderly Cuthbert siblings chose her by mistake, intending to adopt a boy to help on their farm. With stunning cinematography and an emphasis on identity, feminism, and belonging, “Anne With an E” offers a modern twist on a beloved tale. The series has been praised for its deep character development, heartwarming narratives, and Amybeth McNulty’s strong performance as Anne. This is a Netflix must-watch for its nostalgic charm, inspiring and relatable storylines, and clever weaving of contemporary social commentary.

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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

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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.

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‘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

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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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'Jessica Jones’ (2015 to 2019)

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The gritty female detective in “Jessica Jones” is not your average superhero. (Image: Marvel Television)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Neo-noir | Length: 3 seasons, 39 episodes

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 76

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

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Former-superhero-turned-private-investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has superhuman strength and the ability to fly, but she isn’t as strong on the inside. Jones is haunted by a traumatic encounter with mind controller Kilgrave (David Tennant), who forced her into a coerced relationship and made her a murderer. Rebuilding her life after escaping Kilgrave's influence, Jessica is the proprietor and only employee at Alias Investigations, a P.I. firm in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. When she’s not solving cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, she’s drowning her demons in alcohol. 

Her nightmares come true when a missing-person case leads her back to Kilgrave and she discovers he is alive and using his manipulative powers for evil once again. This time, she’s going to stop him once and for all — no matter what sacrifices she has to make.

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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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‘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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‘Band of Brothers’ (2001)

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“Band of Brothers” is one the greatest miniseries of all time for its realism, accuracy, and inspiring story. (Image: DreamWorks)

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

IMDb Rating: 9.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

Cast: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ epic World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers” is a monumental achievement in TV history. Premiering on HBO over 20 years ago, it remains a masterpiece of limited-series television. Universally praised for its historical accuracy and deeply human storytelling, the show follows the harrowing experiences of Easy Company, part of the 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Ten episodes chronicle the unit’s journey through some of the war’s most significant and brutal battles, including Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, leading up to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.

An exceptional ensemble cast that includes Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston, meticulous attention to detail, stunning cinematography, and the use of real-life accounts from the soldiers of Easy Company give “Band of Brothers” unparalleled authenticity. The brutal realities of war are juxtaposed with the profound camaraderie such intense experiences generate, offering a moving tribute to the Greatest Generation and the bravery of soldiers throughout history.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ (2000 to 2007)

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“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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