Netflix subscribers have surprisingly diverse tastes when it comes to TV shows. One week, a comedy or drama can be on top of the charts, and the next thing you know, a true crime drama is No. 1 on the most popular shows on Netflix. The show in question this week is American Nightmare, a true story about the police blaming the victims for committing a crime while the real criminal slipped away. Also on tap this week is Champion, a British music drama that premiered last summer in the U.K. and has now found a streaming home on Netflix.
There are still new shows on Netflix coming later this month. But for this week, these are the best shows on Netflix right now. And if neither American Nightmare nor Champion is for you, then you have plenty of other options below.
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Netflix’s true crime documentary, American Nightmare, is aptly named because it’s the true story of how Denise Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, were victimized by both a home invader and the police in 2015. Huskins was kidnapped, and Quinn was almost immediately accused of murdering her and hiding the body.
When Huskins was released, the police then openly accused her of staging the kidnapping. With Quinn and Huskins under intense pressure from law enforcement, American Nightmare revisits how the case was finally broken by a completely different police department, even after the damage had already been done to Huskins and Quinn.
Genre: True Crime
Stars: Denise Huskins, Aaron Quinn
The British drama Champion is literally about the clash of Champions … in the Champion family. Rapper Bosco Champion (Malcolm Kamulete) has been released from prison, and he’s looking to make a comeback. For years, Bosco has relied on his sister, Vita Champion (Déja J Bowens), to do a lot of the heavy lifting in his life, including writing his songs for him.
When Vita decides to go forward with her own music career, it sparks a conflict with her brother and the rest of their family. As Vita’s star starts to rise, Bosco’s fall from grace becomes more pronounced, and not even his sister can pull him out of this tailspin.
Stars: Déja J Bowens, Malcolm Kamulete, Ray BLK
This Is Us
For six seasons, This Is Us was one of the top dramas on television. Now, Netflix subscribers will meet the Pearson family and fall in love all over again. This Is Us embraces nonlinear storytelling, with the present-day storylines focusing on the grownup versions of Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), and Kevin (Justin Hartley), who are collectively called “the Big Three” by their parents.
In the flashback sequences, Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife, Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore), do their best to provide a loving home for all three of their children. There are a lot of heartfelt moments to be had, but also tragedies in the past, the present, and the future that threaten to tear this family apart.
Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson
Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) is gone when the second half of The Crown’s final season begins, and Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) is feeling her own mortality at the start of the 21st century. Now, it’s time for Diana’s sons, Prince William (Ed McVey) and Prince Harry (Luther Ford), to come to the forefront.
This half of the season recreates William’s courtship of Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy), while Prince Charles (Dominic West) finally gets to wed Camilla Parker Bowles (Olivia Williams) as Elizabeth wonders what her legacy will be, and how the royal family will endure. Now that the series is over, you can also go back and check out the best performances in The Crown.
Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Dominic West, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Debicki
My Life with the Walter Boys
Netflix’s teen drama, My Life with the Walter Boys, begins in tragedy as Jackie Howard (Nikki Rodriguez) loses her entire family to a car accident. She also gains a new family when she is taken in by George (Marc Blucas) and Katherine Walker (Sarah Rafferty), who relocate Jackie from New York to live with them in Colorado.
George and Katherine already have seven children of their own, all boys, including Cole (Noah LaLonde), Alex (Ashby Gentry), Will (Johnny Link), Nathan (Corey Fogelmanis), Danny Walter (Connor Stanhope), Jordan (Dean Petriw), and Benny (Lennix James). Adding Jackie to the household is a recipe for tension, even as she tries to recover from her trauma and discover who she wants to be.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Stars: Nikki Rodriguez, Noah LaLonde, Ashby Gentry, Johnny Link, Corey Fogelmanis
Netflix’s hit romantic drama Virgin River follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a former big-city nurse turned small-town midwife who came to Virgin River to give herself a fresh start. And Mel found what she was looking for in the arms of a local man, Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson).
In season 5, the entire town of Virgin River was threatened by an out-of-control fire. Now that things have calmed down for the final two episodes of the season, it’s time for Mel and Jack, as well as their family and friends, to celebrate the holidays together.
Stars: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Jenny Cooper, Lauren Hammersley, Annette O’Toole
Omar Sy headlines Lupin as Assane Diop, a criminal who models his methods on the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. While Assane has a lot of style, he doesn’t always consider how his life of crime will affect his estranged wife, Claire (Ludivine Sagnier), and their son, Raoul (Etan Simon).
This season, Assane is desperate to reunite with Claire and Raoul. Before he can do that, he will have to deal with a new enemy who is directly targeting his family. And this time, the gentleman thief may be out of options.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Antoine Gouy
Band of Brothers
War is hell, and Band of Brothers never lets the viewers forget the high price that it takes on the men who fought through the darkest days of World War II. This epic miniseries dramatizes the real-life exploits of Easy Company, one of the army’s Parachute Infantry Regiments, during the war. Easy Company’s story begins in 1942 and flows through the invasion of Normandy and other European battles before the focus shifts to the Pacific and a potential campaign in Japan.
Billions’ Damian Lewis has a starring role as Major Richard “Dick” Winters, and you’ll see a lot of familiar faces in this miniseries. But don’t get too attached to anyone. Not everyone in Easy Company will make it through to the other side of the war.
Stars: Damian Lewis, Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Dale Dye, Rick Gomez, Scott Grimes, Frank John Hughes
Who is Erin Carter?
Who is Erin Carter? You will find out very quickly in Netflix’s crime thriller as an unassuming teacher living in Spain, Erin Carter (Evin Ahmad), breaks up a robbery with shocking skill and speed. Unfortunately for Erin, that means people will be asking some very uncomfortable questions about how she could do any of that. Erin’s daughter, Harper (Indica Watson), and her husband, Jordi (Sean Teale), also want to know about her past.
More alarmingly, the surviving robber seems to have recognized Erin from a life she left behind. And now that Erin has exposed her hidden skill set, she can’t hide in plain sight any longer.
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars: Evin Ahmad, Sean Teale, Indica Watson, Denise Gough, Douglas Henshall
You may notice some similarities between Netflix’s Painkiller and Hulu’s Dopesick, but they essentially tell the same story. Painkiller is a dramatization of the rise of OxyContin and the subsequent opioid crisis that still has its grip on this country. Uzo Aduba stars as Edie Flowers, a U.S. Attorney who has been tasked with taking down Richard Sackler (Matthew Broderick), the owner of Purdue and one of the men personally responsible for this mess.
Broderick’s performance is particularly notable because he portrays Sackler as a man without even a trace of humanity. He simply doesn’t care about anyone else. But viewers may find themselves caught up in the stories of addicts like Glen Kryger (Taylor Kitsch), and the real-life testimonials of families who have lost someone to opioids.
Stars: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Sam Anderson, Taylor Kitsch, Carolina Bartczak
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer season 2 began with Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) taking a brutal beating, and that’s also where part 1 of the season left us. Season 2 part 2 picks up from there as Mickey finds himself in quite a bind. His new client Lisa Trammell (Lana Parrilla), is facing murder charges that may land her in prison for life. And the evidence that she may have done it keeps piling up.
To make matters worse for Mickey, he’s falling hard for Lisa. But a true crime podcaster named Henry Dahl (Matt Angel) seems determined to get between them so he can exploit Lisa’s story for his own gain.
Stars: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson
It says a lot about Suits’ enduring popularity that the show has been at the top of Netflix’s most-watched charts despite ending four years ago. The series follows the unlikely partnership between prominent attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), and a brilliant con man, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Harvey is so impressed by Mike’s legal knowledge that he hires him on the spot to be his associate despite knowing full well that he never went to law school.
Harvey and Mike’s efforts help the firm win several high-profile cases, even as Mike’s secret threatens to emerge. Meanwhile, Mike catches the eye of Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), an ambitious paralegal with her own plans to advance in the legal world.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres
The dark sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror, is back on Netflix for another twisted season. Each episode has a self-contained story, and the first installment of the sixth season actually targets Netflix itself! Schitt’s Creek‘s Annie Murphy stars as Joan, a woman who discovers that the Netflix of her world, Streamberry, is essentially stealing her life in real-time with Salma Hayek portraying Joan’s fictional self in the original series, Joan is Awful.
As with the previous seasons, series creator Charlie Brooker has attracted a lot of big-name performers to share the small screen in his stories. And each episode of Black Mirror is a mind-bending experience.
Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
Stars: Annie Murphy, Salma Hayek, Aaron Paul, Josh Hartnett, Zazie Beetz
In May, CBS canceled S.W.A.T. after six seasons, only to reverse course and renew the show for a seventh and final season after a massive outcry. Now, the first five seasons of S.W.A.T. are on Netflix, and the show has already jumped to the No. 2 slot for the week. It’s almost like the fans are sending the powers that be a message.
Shemar Moore headlines the series as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, a leader of a Special Weapons and Tactics unit in the Los Angeles Police Department. Hondo has a good reputation with the citizens of his city, but he and his team still face the difficult task of taking down the bad guys without alienating the innocent people who live there. Hondo’s job is also made more difficult by racism and corruption in his own department. Somehow, Hondo has to hold it all together while making time for himself as well.
Stars: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Jay Harrington
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton presented an alternate timeline in which people of color were among Britain’s high society in the early 19th century. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the prequel series that reveals how this timeline diverged as young Charlotte (India Amarteifio) rises to power in 1761 as the wife of King George III (Corey Mylchreest).
Golda Rosheuvel also reprises her role as the older Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton in 1817 as she faces a royal crisis. Charlotte’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, has died in childbirth, leaving the royal family without an heir. And that’s something that the queen will do anything to change.
Genre: Romance, Drama
Stars: Wataru Ichinose, Shota Sometani, Shioli Kutsuna
Keri Russell has played everything from the all-American girl in Felicity to a deadly Russian spy in The Americans. So it seems fitting that Netflix has put Russell in the lead of its political drama, The Diplomat, which plays like Homeland by way of The West Wing. That’s appropriate because series creator Debora Cahn worked on both of those shows.
Russell plays Kate Wyler, a seasoned crisis management expert who is named the new American ambassador to the U.K. as her marriage to Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell) is falling apart. Before Kate can even catch her breath, she is thrust into a high-stakes position when Britain is attacked, and Hal’s decisions appear to undermine her duties.
For more on the Netflix show, be sure to read The Diplomat‘s ending explained.
Stars: Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, Rory Kinnear
If you’ve ever had a moment of road rage, you know that what follows is not usually your best self. In Netflix’s black comedy, Beef, Danny Cho (Steven Yeun) and Amy Lau Nakai (Ali Wong) have a road rage encounter that transforms their lives, and not for the better.
Despite being strangers to each other before the incident, Danny and Amy’s lives become intricately tangled as their mutual rage for each other intensifies. This is not going to end well for either of them, but it’s almost impossible to look away from the carnage they leave in their wake.
Stars: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong
Loudermilk flew under the radar when it originally aired on the Audience Network, but it’s getting a shot at a larger audience on Netflix. The series stars Sex and the City‘s Ron Livingston as Sam Loudermilk, an ex-movie critic and seemingly recovered alcoholic who has reinvented himself as a substance abuse counselor. Sam also has quite a way with words and sharp quips, which is why he’s not exactly known for his good bedside manner with the people in his support group.
Sam is very much a work in progress when it comes to his own life, but he has found some purpose in sponsoring Claire Wilkes (Anja Savcic). Will Sasso also stars as Sam’s sponsor, Ben Burns. There’s a lot of dark comedy in this series, and you’ll laugh a lot if you’re willing to go with it.
Genre: Comedy, Drama,
Stars: Ron Livingston, Will Sasso, Anja Savcic, Laura Mennell
In Obliterated, Navy SEAL leader Chad McKnight (Nick Zano) and CIA agent Ava Winters (Shelley Hennig) pull together a team from across the armed forces to stop a terrorist bomb in Las Vegas. Afterward, the team, which includes Trunk (Terrence Terrell), Haggerty (C. Thomas Howell), Paul Yung (Eugene Kim), Angela Gomez (Paola Lázaro), and Maya Lerner (Kimi Rutledge), celebrate by overindulging with drugs and alcohol.
Unfortunately, the team learns too late that the threat is far from over. Now, they all have to sober up quickly or else Las Vegas is going to be wiped from the face of the Earth.
Genre: Comedy, Action
Stars: Nick Zano, Shelley Hennig, Terrence Terrell, Alyson Gorske, C. Thomas Howell
Everybody has a dream in Neon, but it largely revolves around Santi (Tyler Dean Flores), an aspiring reggaeton artist who just had a music video go viral. That’s why Santi and his friends are attempting to use that momentum to push his career to the next level. Vanessa, aka Ness (Emma Ferreira), acts as his manager, while Felix (Jordan Mendoza) is his social media wizard.
Together, this trio thinks they can shake up the reggaeton music world. But it’s not going to be as easy as they hope. There are a lot of hurdles between them and their goal, and their biggest challenge may be staying united.
Stars: Jessie Camacho, Rose Eshay, Daddy Yankee, Michelle Cortés
Netflix’s breakout comedy hit, Sex Education, is back for its fourth season as Otis (Asa Butterfield), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), and their friends adjust to their new school, Cavendish Sixth Form College. It’s a big change from their days at Moordale, and Otis is particularly unsettled by the way that Eric goes off to join the popular students. Even Otis’ talents as a sex therapist may not be needed at such an open and accepting school environment.
Meanwhile, Otis’ longtime crush, Maeve (Emma Mackey) is off at school in the U.S. and charting her own academic path. But will Otis and Maeve be able to find their way back to each other before they take the next step in their lives?
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells
Never Have I Ever
After four seasons, Never Have I Ever wraps up the story of Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her high school trials Season 4 picks up with Devi in a weird and awkward space with her sometimes boyfriend, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), before she potentially finds new love with Ethan Morales (Michael Cimino).
Devi also has to deal with her efforts to get into the college of her choice, find emotional closure for her time in high school, and move past the death of her father. This is where Devi has to choose who she wants to be and what it will take to make her happy as she finally becomes an adult.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison
Tim Burton turns his attention to Wednesday Addams in this spinoff from the Addams Family franchise, Wednesday, which focuses on the elder Addams sibling. Jenna Ortega portrays the title character, who is sent off to prep school after an incident involving a high school water polo team and two bags of piranhas. While attending the school, she soon becomes wrapped up in a series of local murders, all while trying to come to terms with her own destiny and her parents’ legacy.
Stars: Jenna Ortega, Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones
The hit sequel series to the original Karate Kid films, Cobra Kai brings back William Zabka and Ralph Macchio to reprise their respective roles as Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, teenage rivals whose feud has extended into adulthood. Set three decades after the first film’s events, the series has down-on-his-luck Johnny attempt to start a new Cobra Kai dojo, only to have his ambitions reignite his rivalry with Daniel.
Over the course of several seasons, the series has followed the pair as they take on new students, deal with enemies and allies from their past, and eventually face a common threat — all while the teenagers under their care attempt to navigate their own high school trials and tribulations. Season 5 of Cobra Kai premiered in September 2022.
Stars: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
The Brothers Sun
Just a year after winning the Oscar for Best Actress, Everything Everywhere All At Once star Michelle Yeoh is headlining Netflix’s crime series The Brothers Sun. Action fans are going to find a lot to like about this show, which begins with Eileen (Yeoh) living in Los Angeles with her youngest son, Bruce (Sam Song Li), far away from their family’s crime empire in Taipei.
Eileen and Bruce’s sheltered existence is shattered when Eileen’s oldest son, Charles (Justin Chien), reenters their lives with word that his father has been gravely injured in an assassination attempt. Now, Bruce is getting a firsthand look at a side of his family that he never knew about. As for Eileen, let’s just say that she’s not afraid to spill a little blood in the name of defending her sons.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien, Sam Song Li, Highdee Kuan, Joon Lee
Fool Me Once
Netflix’s adaptation of Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once features Michelle Keegan as Maya Stern, a former special ops pilot who is reeling from the death of her sister, Claire (Natalie Anderson), and the murder of her husband, Joe Burkett (Richard Armitage). Now, Maya is left to raise her young daughter, Lily (Thea Taylor-Morgan), by herself.
Or so she thought. When Maya spots Joe hugging their daughter in a nanny cam video, she is thrust into a conspiracy that makes her wonder who she can trust. Meanwhile, Maya’s niece and nephew, Abby (Dänya Griver) and Daniel (Daniel Burt), begin their own investigation into their mother’s death. The secrets they discover will lead them back to Maya as they attempt to unravel the twin mysteries.
Stars: Michelle Keegan, Adeel Akhtar, Natalie Anderson, Jade Anouka, Richard Armitage, Joe Armstrong
The title character of Berlin doesn’t let a little thing like death get in the way of a good story. This Money Heist prequel spinoff throws the spotlight on Andrés de Fonollosa (Pedro Alonso), the man who went by Berlin during the early seasons of the previous series. This show adds some new layers to Berlin as he leads his own team of thieves, including Kella (Michelle Jenner), Damián (Tristán Ulloa), Cameron (Begoña Vargas), Roi (Julio Peña Fernández), and Bruce (Joel Sánchez).
What brings this motley crew together under Berlin’s stewardship? A multimillion Euro heist, of course. But even the best-laid plans tend to unravel in the Money Heist universe, and there will be complications ahead.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Stars: Pedro Alonso, Michelle Jenner, Tristán Ulloa, Begoña Vargas, Julio Peña Fernández
The Night Agent
It took The Night Agent less than a day to race to the top of Netflix’s TV series rankings, and it seems likely to make its leads, Gabriel Basso and Luciane Buchanan, into much bigger stars. As adapted for television by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, this intense action thriller follows FBI Agent Peter Sutherland (Basso) after he stumbles upon clues that reveal a Russian mole is working inside the U.S. government.
Realizing that the fate of the country may be at stake, Peter will stop at nothing to unravel the conspiracy and unmask the mole. He also has an unlikely ally in Rose Larkin (Buchanan), a young CEO who has already been marked for death by their mutual enemies.
For more on this Netflix show, check out The Night Agent‘s ending explained.
Stars: Gabriel Basso, Hong Chau, Luciane Buchanan
The Fall of the House of Usher
Horror maestro Mike Flanagan has one last miniseries for Netflix before he heads off to Prime Video. Flanagan’s final bow is The Fall of the House of Usher, a modern adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story and a few other works by Poe. In this incarnation, Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) and his sister, Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell), own a powerful pharmaceutical company, and they’ve passed on their ruthless streak to the next generation.
That is if there is a next generation. An enigmatic woman named Verna (Carla Gugino) may be behind the gruesome deaths of members of the Usher family. Everything that the Ushers have built is crashing down, and there may be something supernatural behind it.
Genre: Horror, Drama
Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Mary McDonnell, Carl Lumbly, Samantha Sloyan
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro curated this collection of short films from some of horror’s most visionary, creative directors and writers. The eight stories in the series’ first season hail from a wide range of filmmakers, including Vincenzo Natali (Cube), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Del Toro himself.
Stars: Ben Barnes, Andrew Lincoln, Rupert Grint
The Midnight Club
Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, turns his attention to young-adult scares with The Midnight Club, inspired by Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name. The 10-episode series follows a group of young, terminally ill residents of a hospice who gather each night to tell each other spooky stories. The members of the “Midnight Club” make a pact that whoever dies first will try to send a message from the afterlife. With Flanagan at the helm of this show, be prepared for big scares.
Stars: Iman Benson, Heather Langenkamp, Igby Rigney
Yoshihiro Togashi’s popular manga, YuYu Hakusho, has arrived on Netflix with a new live-action series. Takumi Kitamura stars as Yusuke Urameshi, a Japanese high school student who meets an unfortunate end when he sacrifices his life to save a child from being hit by a truck. Because of his selfless action, Yusuke gets a chance to return to life if he agrees to become a supernatural detective.
Yusuke’s former rival, Kazuma Kuwabara (Shuhei Uesugi), is greatly affected by both Yusuke’s death and his resurrection. As Yusuke learns more about the demonic activity on Earth, Kazuma may prove to be one of the best allies he has in the fight against evil.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Stars: Takumi Kitamura, Jun Shison, Kanata Hongō, Shuhei Uesugi
Finding a dead body is almost always the start of an investigation, especially in Whitechapel, London. But in Bodies, there’s never been a murder investigation quite like this. The show follows detectives in four different time periods – 1890, 1941, 2023 and 2053 – all of whom have found the same dead body!
Clearly, something very strange is going on, and there’s a conspiracy in play that runs for the better part of two centuries. The only way the various detectives in each year can unravel this mess is if they find a way to collaborate with each other over the vast span of years between them.
Genre: Sci-fi, Crime, Thriller
Stars: Shira Haas, Stephen Graham, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Kyle Soller, Amaka Okafor
The One Piece manga and anime have been incredibly popular for decades, and now Netflix is bringing it to live-action. Iñaki Godoy headlines the show as Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate who has elastic-like stretching powers and grand ambitions of becoming the pirate king if he can locate the fabled One Piece treasure.
As Monkey assembles his Straw Hat Pirates, Roronoa Zoro (Mackenyu), Nami (Emily Rudd), Usopp (Jacob Romero Gibson), Sanji (Taz Skylar), and others join his quest as they head out for high adventures on the open sea.
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Stars: Iñaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero Gibson, Taz Skylar
Neil Gaiman’s celebrated comic book series comes to life in this adaptation that casts Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, the lord of the world of dreams. When a cruel dabbler in the occult accidentally imprisons Morpheus, it begins a tale that unfolds across multiple generations and through myriad realms and ultimately puts the future of humanity at risk.
In development for more than two decades, The Sandman is a project long thought impossible to adapt faithfully, but the series somehow manages to weave together the enthralling stories and powerful themes of Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy saga.
Stars: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Jenna Coleman
Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) now know who’s been pulling their strings in the Continent, but that knowledge might not be enough to save them as The Witcher returns with the final three episodes of season 3.
With Geralt waylaid and fighting for his life, Ciri (Freya Allan) is off on an adventure of her own that may prove to be a transformative experience. But all roads lead back to Geralt as the series faces a turning point and a very, very long wait until the fourth season arrives.
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Drama
Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Eamon Farren
One of the most popular original series on Netflix, Stranger Things has become a cultural touchstone in the short time since its 2016 debut. The series’ opening sequence lays out its sci-fi aspirations clearly: A scientist flees down an empty hallway, pursued by some unseen force that eventually nabs him as he waits for elevator doors to close; it then cuts to a group of kids playing D&D in a suburban basement.
The series is rooted in ‘80s genre nostalgia, from the mysterious creature terrorizing the fictional Indiana town to the secret government agency chasing the group of kids who encounter it. There are pieces of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and John Hughes strewn throughout Stranger Things, and the result is a show that will feel immediately familiar to people who grew up with that source material.
For more info on the final season, check out Stranger Things season 5: Plot, date, and casting rumors.
Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown
Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife
You may feel your blood rising when watching Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife, and that’s a normal reaction. Because once you learn the full extent of medical fraud committed by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, then you should feel angry. Desperate patients put their lives in Macchiarini’s hands for what he told them was a groundbreaking way to perform esophageal transplants. Those men and women lost their lives because Macchiarini’s claims didn’t live up to reality.
This documentary is primarily told from the perspective of Benita Alexander, a TV journalist and producer who was formerly Macchiarini’s fiancée. The titular bad surgeon was apparently a very good liar, and it took time for Alexander to realize that even she had been fooled by his deadly deceptions.
Genre: True Crime
Stars: Paolo Macchiarini, Benita Alexander
Life on Our Planet
Not many documentaries can boast of having Steven Spielberg as a producer and Morgan Freeman as the narrator, but Life on Our Planet is special. Unlike many documentaries, Life on Our Planet isn’t showing viewers the present or the recent history of our species, it’s going all the way back to the beginnings of the Earth, long before humans showed up.
CGI is used for sequences that could never be filmed, including the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, mass extinction events, and the eventual arrival of humans who may yet manage to destroy themselves without any outside help.
Stars: Morgan Freeman
Over three decades ago, John Gotti was essentially the real Godfather and the public head of the Gambino crime family. Everyone knew who he was and what he had done, but the federal government had extreme difficulty making the charges stick. That’s why Gotti was called the Teflon Don.
Get Gotti is a three-part documentary that chronicles how the FBI was ultimately able to bring him down. It also tells the story of what was happening within the Gambino crime family as Gotti tried to hang on to his power and his freedom. The real Gotti may be gone, but his legend lives on.
Genre: True Crime, Documentary
Stars: John Gotti
It’s not an exaggeration to say that David Beckham is one of the most famous sports icons on the planet, even if his fame in America doesn’t match the same intensity it has everywhere else. But given that the documentary Beckham, has topped the list of the most popular shows on Netflix, it’s safe to say that some of that popularity still extends to the U.S.
Beckham runs for four episodes, and it features David and his wife, Victoria Beckham, sharing stories that range from the beginning of his professional career, through some difficult years in their union, and up until his playing days came to an end.
Stars: David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Fisher Stevens
In the world of professional wrestling, very few start out on top. Netflix’s Wrestlers is a seven-episode docuseries that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Ohio Valley Wrestling, a small wrestling promotion that was once a developmental territory for the WWE that trained superstars like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s Dave Bautista on their journey toward becoming some of the biggest names in sports entertainment.
Not everyone will achieve that kind of success. In fact, few do. And the physical toll of performing high-impact moves may not always be worth it for the men and women who dream of making it in WWE or AEW. Regardless, we wouldn’t be too shocked if someone from the cast of Wrestlers eventually reaches that goal. After all, no one ever made it in wrestling without reaching for the stars.
Stars: Al Snow
There are several world-class nature documentaries on Netflix, and the latest addition to that genre, Predators, is all about some of the deadliest hunters in nature. Actor Tom Hardy narrates the series, and naturally, three of the episodes focus on the big cats: cheetahs, lions, and pumas. The remaining two episodes focus on polar bears and wild dogs.
This miniseries offers a rare opportunity to watch these wild creatures facing real challenges to their survival beyond hunting down their next meal. Unfortunately for these magnificent creatures, climate change and natural disasters may prove to be even deadlier than they are.
Stars: Tom Hardy
Our Planet II
After a four-year hiatus, Our Planet is back for another season on Netflix, and it remains one of the most stunningly beautiful nature documentaries on the streamer. David Attenborough returns as the narrator of Our Planet II, which once again explores the impact that climate change has had on the environment and the creatures that live all over the world.
One of the major themes of this season is migration, as animals struggle to find new places to survive and thrive as they deal with both predators and pollution. As in the first season, the visuals are breathtaking and this is a unique look at the world that most people have never seen in person.
Stars: David Attenborough
Star Trek: Prodigy
Netflix has a Star Trek series of its own after rescuing Star Trek: Prodigy from a premature cancellation by Paramount+. This show is geared towards a younger audience than most of the other Star Trek series, but it also has a lot of imagination. The series follows a disparate group of alien teens, including Dal R’El (Brett Gray), Gwyndala (Ella Purnell), Jankom Pog (Jason Mantzoukas), Zero (Angus Imrie), Rok-Tahk (Rylee Alazraqui), and Murf (Dee Bradley Baker).
After discovering the abandoned USS Protostar far from Federation space, Dal R’El and his new friends are inspired to follow the ideals of the Federation and act as the ship’s crew under the guidance of a holographic recreation of Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew). They also have to contend with Gwyndala’s evil father, The Diviner (John Noble), and the real Janeway, who wants the Protostar back so she can save an old friend.
Stars: Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Angus Imrie, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Kate Mulgrew
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
Nearly two decades ago, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels had Harry Potter-like success. However, that success did not extend to the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie that was directed by Edgar Wright. Now, the franchise is getting a second chance in the anime series, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
This time, the story is being retold in O’Malley’s original art style, with Wright executive producing the show. Almost all of the main cast members reprised their roles for this series, including Michael Cera as Scott, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the girl who wins his heart, Ramona Flowers. Unfortunately for Scott, he won’t be able to woo Ramona until he defeats her seven evil exes in battle. And we mean video game style battles to the death, not a game of Parcheesi.
Genre: Anime, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, The Marvels star Brie Larson
Blue Eye Samurai
Sometimes, a show can sneak up on you and become a breakout hit when you least expect it. That’s what’s happening right now with Blue Eye Samurai, Netflix’s unconventional anime series. Logan and Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green teamed up with his wife, Amber Noizumi, to create the series set in Japan’s Edo period when the country was closed off from the world.
Mizu (Maya Erskine) is the titular blue-eyed samurai, a distinctive physical trait that she goes to great lengths to hide in her quest for revenge. Mizu’s skills quickly make her a lot of powerful enemies, even though her greatest secret is that she’s a woman, despite passing herself off as a man. She also tends to leave behind a lot of collateral damage in her wake, because she lets nothing get between her and her deadly goal.
Genre: Anime, Drama
Stars: Maya Erskine, Masi Oka, Brenda Song, Darren Barnet
The first Castlevania anime was a crossover hit for Netflix that appealed to fans of the video games that inspired it, as well as horror and animation lovers. Castlevania: Nocturne, picks up a few centuries later and thrusts the story into the middle of the French Revolution. With Dracula out of the picture, the Vampire Queen, Erzsebet Báthory (Franka Potente), is planning an apocalypse that could bring about the end of the world.
It’s going to take some new heroes to defeat Báthory, including Richter Belmont (Edward Bluemel), Maria Renard (Pixie Davies), and a former slave-turned-sorceress named Annette (Thuso Mbedu). Each of the trio has a personal stake in this conflict, but none more than Richter. A vampire killed Richter’s mother, Julia Belmont (Sophie Skelton), and he wants his revenge.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Stars: Edward Bluemel, Pixie Davies, Thuso Mbedu, Franka Potente
This edgy, high-octane anime series is inspired by the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, but you don’t need to know anything about its source material to appreciate the brutal, bonkers adventure it offers. The series follows a young street kid in the neon- and chrome-filled Night City who falls in with a crew of mercenaries and soon finds himself struggling to hold on to his humanity in a world obsessed with cybernetic augmentation.
You don’t need to know anything about the League of Legends game franchise to enjoy this critically-acclaimed adult animated series set in a steampunk world where magic and technology shape the simmering relationship between a utopian metropolis and the oppressed city in its shadow.
Full of gorgeous animation and compelling characters, Arcane follows a pair of sisters whose tragic childhood puts them on opposite sides of the war to come, set against a stirring, powerful score. Once you dive into the first season, it’s difficult not to see it through to the end in one shot — which is probably why Netflix green-lit a second season premiering sometime in 2023.
For more info on the next season, please read everything we know so far about Arcane season 2.
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Harold Lloyd
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