25 Best Series on Netflix to Stream Right Now

There are more great shows on Netflix than there ought to be. With new series and episodes coming out on a weekly basis, it can be hard to choose something to watch without getting lost in Netflix’s algorithm. So if you’re looking for suggestions of what to watch outside of the streaming platform itself, you’ve made the right decision.

We’ve gathered a list of the best shows on Netflix right now to help you along in your binge-watching journey. You can also check out our list of the best Netflix movies for some great film picks as well.

Umbrella Academy

Netflix just dropped the second season of this fantastic series. The story follows a family of former child heroes who have grown apart and are now in their thirties. But when their adoptive father Sir Reginald Hargreeves dies, they realize they must reunite to save the world.

Total Episodes: 20
Main Cast: Elen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
IMDb Rating: 7.9

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Norseman

According to Viking experts, Norseman is one of the most accurate depictions of what life might have been like for these people. On top of that, the show is absolutely hilarious.

Total Episodes: 18
Main Cast: Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Jon Øigarden
IMDb Rating: 7.8

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The Last Dance

Following the rise of the Chicago Bulls in the 90s with unaired footage, The Last Dance has quickly become one of the best sports documentaries you’ll find. With commentary from Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scotty Pippen, and many others, it’s worth watching. You can also check out our list of the best documentaries on Netflix for more options.

Total Episodes: 10
Main Cast: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen
IMDb Rating: 9.2

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The Politician

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is a high school student from Santa Barbara with high aspirations. Since he was seven years old, he has believed that he is destined to become the President of the United States. The first step to achieving his dream? Winning his High School election. With season 2 now available to stream, The Politician is our top pick for best Netflix series to watch in July.

Total Episodes: 15
Main Cast: Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton
IMDb Rating: 7.5

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Originally from Nickelodeon, this animated series follows the story of Aang, a young boy who has been trapped in ice for over a hundred years. The world has fallen into chaos in his absence, and as the Avatar, he is the only one who can restore the balance between the 4 elements: earth, fire, air, and water. He has many challenges to overcome to do so, but he finds the strength to do so with the help of those who believe in him.

The Legend of Korra will also be available to stream on Netflix on August 14.

Main Cast: Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Dee Bradley Baker
Total Episodes
: 66
IMDb Rating: 9.2

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Queer Eye

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. We’ve also found even more fashion documentaries on Netflix if you’re interested.

Main Cast: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness
Total Episodes
: 17
IMDb Rating: 8.5

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Hollywood

Set in post-World War II Hollywood, this mini-series tells the story of a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers. Each main character faces the dark side of Tinseltown as they struggle to make a controversially progressive movie.

Main Cast: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier
Total Episodes: 7
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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Ozark

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.

Main Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Total Episodes
: 30
IMDb Rating: 8.3

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BoJack Horseman

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.

Main Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
Total Episodes
: 77
IMDb Rating: 8.7

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The Witcher

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.

Main Cast: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra
Total Episodes
: 8
IMDb Rating: 8.3

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The Chef Show

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.

Main Cast: Jon Favreau, Roy Choi
Total Episodes
: 20
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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Castlevania

This Netflix Original Series is based on Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse, the 3rd installment of the video game saga. Though many of the best Anime series on Netflix 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.

Main Cast: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
Total Episodes
: 22
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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Mindhunter

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.

Main Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Total Episodes
: 19
IMDb Rating: 8.6

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Altered Carbon

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.

Main Cast: Chris Conner, Renée Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee
Total Episodes
: 18
IMDb Rating: 8.1

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Sherlock

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.

Main Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Total Episodes
: 15
IMDb Rating: 9.1

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Feel Good

Feel Good follows 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.

Main Cast: Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie, Sophie Thompson
Total Episodes
: 6
IMDb Rating
: 7.5

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Parks and Recreation

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.

Main Cast: Amy Poehler, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman
Total Episodes
: 125
IMDb Rating: 8.6

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The Haunting of Hill House

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.

Main Cast: Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel
Total Episodes
: 10
IMDb Rating: 8.7

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Schitt’s Creek

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.

Main Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy
Total Episodes
: 66
IMDb Rating: 8.4

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GLOW

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.

Main Cast: Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin
Total Episodes
: 30
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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You

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.

Main Cast: Penn Badgely, Amber Childers, Victoria Pedretti
Total Episodes
: 21
IMDb Rating: 7.8

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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.

Main Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
Total Episodes
: 51
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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Love, Death & Robots

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.

Total Episodes: 18
IMDb Rating: 8.6

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New Girl

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.

Main Cast: Zoey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
Total Episodes
: 146
IMDb Rating: 7.7

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Sword Art Online

Taking place in the 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.

Main Cast: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook
Total Episodes
: 50
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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