The Best Netflix Shows and Original Series to Stream Right Now

Netflix has a plethora of great movies you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for something to binge-watch while you’re stuck at home, you need episodes. With so many terrific original shows to choose from, however, it is surprisingly difficult to pick just one series to commit your soul to. Seeing as you shouldn’t have to spend precious free time browsing for the perfect title, we’ve gathered our list of the best shows on Netflix to watch this week.

If you’re looking for more suggestions, we’ve also gathered our picks for the best Netflix movies and travel shows available now to get your Netflix Party started.

The Witcher

Total Episodes: 8
IMDb Rating: 8.3

Based on the popular game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this adventurous series does a good job of filling the void that Game of Thrones left behind. The storyline follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) as he travels around fighting vicious monsters, beasts, and of course, the occasional human. Filled with sorcery, war, and the undeniable performance of Cavill and Anya Chalotra, this is one of the best shows you’ll find today. Though be careful watching these episodes too fast, season 2 doesn’t arrive until 2021.

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Castlevania

Total Episodes: 22
IMDb Rating: 8.2

This Netflix Original Series is based on Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse, the 3rd installment of the video game saga. Though many of the best Netflix Anime series are made to be English dubs, this show was made first and foremost for its American audience. With loads of action, mystery, vampires, and witty one-liners, Castlevania is a must-watch if you’re looking to fill a sci-fi void in your heart.

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Mindhunter

Total Episodes: 19
IMDb Rating: 8.6

True-crime podcasts and true-crime shows are great, but adding a bit of theatrics into the mix never hurt anyone. Mindhunter is a Netflix Original drama based on the true story of a man at the forefront of profiling serial killers. The show follows FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) as he and his team interview serial killers across the U.S. in an attempt to understand why they do what they do.

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The Chef Show

Total Episodes: 20
IMDb Rating: 8.2

This wonderful show all began during the filming of Favreau’s hit movie, Chef. Roy Choi had been brought on as a consultant for the film, and during that time, the two ended up bonding over the cooking process. Throughout the series, the lighthearted food duo travels around the country cooking with celebrities, famous chefs, and more. They also showcase a variety of delicious recipes, taking you step-by-step through the creative process.

The Chef Show is also one of our top picks for the best cooking shows on Netflix right now.

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Altered Carbon

Total Episodes: 18
IMDb Rating: 8.1

If you’re a fan of sci-fi movies and find yourself in need of a fresh story, Altered Carbon is here to deliver that freshness. Set in the future, this Netflix show offers a look into a world where consciousness can be digitized and stored. This allows humans to survive beyond the death of their physical bodies, allowing for something close to immortality. With the second season just dropping earlier this month, now is a great time to start binge-watching this mind-bending fantasy.

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Sherlock

Episodes: 15
IMDb Rating: 9.1

This modern update to an old classic is one of the best crime dramas to find its way to Netflix. The series follows Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) as the eccentric duo expertly solve 21st-century crimes.

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Feel Good

Total Episodes: 6
IMDb Rating
: 7.4

One of the freshest new Netflix series to arrive, Feel Good, follows the recovering addict and comedian Mae Martin as she tries to navigate her own addictive behaviors in both life and love. Though there is quite a bit of drama, this show is still a comedy at its heart and will have you chuckling more than a few times.

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Parks and Recreation

Total Episodes: 125
IMDb Rating: 8.6

This irreverent workplace comedy is centered around Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Indiana Parks and Recreation Department. As someone who takes her career very seriously, she is met with a slew of obstacles from her boss (Nick Offerman) and other apathetic employees in the department. This show is fun, witty, and star-studded.

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Ozark

Total Episodes: 30
IMDb Rating: 8.3

The Byrdes are just an ordinary family living in Chicago with nothing to hide. Except for the father, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), who just so happens to be the top money launderer for one of the largest drug cartels in Mexico. When things go South, Marty and the family are forced to relocate to the Missouri Ozarks.

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The Haunting of Hill House

Total Episodes: 10
IMDb Rating: 8.7

You can only watch those classic horror movies so many times before your bloodthirst demands something fresh. The Haunting of Hill House is a horror/mystery series that follows the lives of a family struggling with haunting memories of their childhood home. The plot jumps between past and present, revealing more and more of the terrors that dwell inside Hill House.

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BoJack Horseman

Total Episodes: 77
IMDb Rating: 8.7

If you’re looking for an adult cartoon comedy that does more than just make fun of itself, Netflix’s Bojack Horseman scratches that itch. The story follows the life of a washed-up sitcom star who made his claim to fame with a popular sitcom from the late 80s and 90s. Bojack (Will Arnett) struggles with depression, addiction, and maintaining relationships in this witty but dark comedy.

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Schitt’s Creek

Total Episodes: 66
IMDb Rating: 8.3

This comedy follows a rich video-store owner Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) as he and his family suddenly find themselves completely broke. They are forced to uproot their lives and regroup to a podunk town called Schitt’s Creek that Rose originally purchased as a joke. Though the first season starts out a bit slow, each short episode expands the dynamic of the characters to new and hilarious heights.

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GLOW

Total Episodes: 30
IMDb Rating: 8.0

This comedy-drama follows the personal and professional lives of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW for short, in Los Angeles during the 1980s. Though this Netflix original series is entirely fiction, it is based on the actual GLOW girls from the mid-80s.

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You

Total Episodes: 21
IMDb Rating: 7.8

This romance thriller gives you an in-depth look into the obsessive and charming mind of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). After meeting a young woman and falling in love almost instantly, Joe is driven to use extreme methods to manufacture a relationship between him and his target, removing every obstacle in his path.

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Master of None

Total Episodes: 20
IMDb Rating: 8.3

Master of None was created by Aziz Ansari and he also stars in it as a 30-year old actor living in New York. Though seemingly based on Aziz’s own life, this show gets surprisingly deep as each episode dives into a different aspect of life, though it is still a comedy at its heart, with hints of humor sprinkled throughout each episode.

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The Office

Total Episodes: 188
IMDb Rating: 8.9

This workplace mockumentary takes place in a mid-level paper company located in Scranton, PA. Led by branch manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the series follows the everyday lives of employees as they humorously make there way through each workday. The Office is one of those shows that you can watch over and over again, so if you haven’t already seen it, now is a great time to start bingeing.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Total Episodes: 51
IMDb Rating: 7.6

After being rescued from an underground bunker where she had lived for the past 15 years, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) moves to New York City to live her life. Wither her unbreakable spirit and overwhelming positivity, she makes new friends and adapts to the world around her. Both hilarious and emotional, this show hits all the right buttons.

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Wild Wild Country

Total Episodes: 6
IMDb Rating: 8.2

This Emmy-winning docuseries follows the growth of a spiritual cult in India as it became a manipulative force in rural Oregon. Wild Wild Country is the story of the Rajneesh and it’s quite hard to look away from. Many of their ideas and lifestyle seem pretty tempting from the outside looking in, and you may even find yourself siding with the cult as this historical documentary unfolds.

Wild Wild Country is also one of our top picks for the best documentaries on Netflix right now.

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Love, Death & Robots

Total Episodes: 18
IMDb Rating: 8.6

This fantastic series isn’t linear, but each animated short is as breathtaking as the last. Each quick story tells an entirely new tale with a different art style each time. Some episodes are meant to be fun, while others are quite thought-provoking.

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Salt Fat Acid Heat

Total Episodes: 4
IMDb Rating: 7.7

Based on an award-winning book, Salt Fat Acid Heat is a four-part docuseries that explores the essence of cooking. Samin Nosrat travels around the world to get a more in-depth look into how salt, fat, acid, and heat play a role in our favorite foods and dishes. This process-based cooking show is unique to Netflix and has quickly become a favorite for those who love making food.

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New Girl

Total Episodes: 146
IMDb Rating: 7.7

After a bad break-up, a quirky young woman named Jess (Zoey Deschanel) finds herself moving into an apartment loft with 3 single men. Though there is already a pre-existing dynamic in place, Jess’s unusual approach to life has everyone in the group adjusting to a new way of living.

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Sword Art Online

Total Episodes: 50
IMDb Rating: 7.6

Taking place in year 2022, thousands of gamers find themselves trapped in a new and fully immersive virtual MMORPG. The series follows Kirito as he becomes one of the strongest players in the game in an attempt to escape. If you’ve ever enjoyed an online RPG game before, this anime series is definitely worth a watch.

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The Great British Baking Show

Total Episodes: 132
IMDb Rating: 8.6

In this lovely little reality show, a group of bakers must attempt three challenges each week in an attempt to impress the judges. Though the bakers are competing against each other for the crown of Britain’s best amateur baker, the contestants are almost always overwhelmingly pleasant and positive. If you’re ever feeling down, The Great British Baking Show is here to cheer you up.

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Queer Eye

Total Episodes: 17
IMDb Rating: 8.6

More than 10 years after the original series went off the air, Netflix decided to reboot the series with an entirely new Fab Five in Atlanta. Rather than just offering fashion tips, recipes, and a makeover, however, the style experts provide apt social commentary to everyone they work with. All in all, it’s an easy show to binge and will likely leave you with a good feeling on the inside.

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Shameless

Total Episodes: 122
IMDb Rating: 8.6

The Gallaghers are an Irish American family doing their best to deal with their alcoholic father Frank (William H. Macy). With the eldest daughter having to handle the role of parent for her five brothers and sisters in the Southside of Chicago, they find themselves in a lot of crazy situations. They always find a way to scrape by and laugh their way through their troubles.

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