Want to Binge? The 39 Best TV Shows on Netflix, Right Now!

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| LAST UPDATE 01/24/2023

By Scarlett Adler
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There’s a time for work, there’s a time for play, and most definitely a time for Netflix. The streaming giant realizes this, too, proof of which is the new additions to its platform to match your every mood. And because they keep upping their game, it’s getting harder and harder to say no to the next thumbnail. But we’re not going to lie.

It can be hard to decide which show to binge on next. We hope you find comfort in our list below, compiled after hours and hours of binge-watching. While the best shows described below do not pertain to one genre, year of release, or even language, they guarantee a good time! Happy binging!

Kaleidoscope (2023)

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Kaleidoscope is an American heist drama that keeps you hooked until the end. This miniseries tells the story of master thief Leo Pap and his crew as they plan an ambitious, multi-billion dollar robbery. Along the way, they encounter obstacles like betrayal, greed and threats.

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Its unique shuffled order elevates Kaleidoscope from other heist TV series in its genre. Without revealing any spoilers, each episode will take you on a magnificent ride full of surprise and cinematic delight, sure to leave you wanting more!

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Wednesday (2022)

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Wednesday Addams is back, and she's crazier than ever! The titular character of the famous American coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror streaming series Wednesday is played by Jenna Ortega with a supporting cast including Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, and more. In this on-screen adaptation of the classic comic strip by Charles Addams, Wednesday is up to her neck in monster mystery when she enrolls at a new school.

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With four out of eight episodes directed by none other than Tim Burton himself and him also serving as executive producer, the show promises to bring plenty of spooky thrills and laughter. So if you're looking for an intriguing Netflix binge-worthy watch, check out Wednesday!

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Ginny & Georgia (2021)

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Ginny and her family embark on an exciting adventure as they look to make a new life in a picturesque New England town. As teenagers, Ginny and her siblings may not know the roots the family attempts to put down, but their mother undoubtedly has big dreams.

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While their new home promises many opportunities and fresh possibilities, it’s also guaranteed to provide plenty of challenges along the way. From exploring newfound relationships between neighbors/family members to potentially facing old adversaries from years spent running, it looks like this little family is about to have quite an entertaining – unpredictable ride!

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Fauda (2015)

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Fauda is an enthralling Israeli television series developed by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, taking inspiration from their IDF experiences. It first aired in 2015, telling the gripping story of Doron and his Mista'arvim unit as they sought out Hamas terrorists known as 'The Panther'.

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Filmed during the 2014 conflict between Gaza and Israel, season one was well-received, leading to Netflix picking up international streaming rights. Since then, we've seen a second and third season, with the third set in the Gaza Strip airing in 2019/2020.

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Dead to Me (2019)

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Jen and Judy meet after tragic circumstances – Jen’s husband was killed in a hit-and-run and Judy has just lost her fiancé eight weeks ago. They find an unlikely connection at the support group where they meet, which soon blossoms into a full-blown friendship. But there is much more cooking under the surface.

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Jen discovers some information that could lead her to the truth behind her husband’s death and enlists Judy’s help in the journey. But dark secrets are rising, and Jen may not like what she finds. Dead to Me offers an A-cast performance delivered by Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini and James Marsden, so you can expect the weekend to pass by.

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Elite (2018)

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Samuel, Nadia and Christian watch their lives turn upside down when their public school collapses. To save face, the builder offers to pay for their education at an exclusive private school. The new environment is a world apart from what they’re used to – both for good and bad.

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The three cross new challenges as the rest of the students treat them like second-class citizens. But when a horrific murder occurs, these three are prime suspects. But could either one of them make such a drastic move? Find out, when you watch Elite.

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Riverdale (2017)

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Bringing the favorite comic book gang of teen Archie Andrews and his friends into a dark murder mystery was possibly one of the greatest TV show ideas of all time. Archie’s days are spent between his dreams of pursuing his passion for music and his reluctance to leave his hometown and friends, especially his best friend Jughead Jones.

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But as characters get included in the story, the town finds itself stuck with the tragic murder of Jason Blossom. As the gang finds themselves caught in the web of investigations and lies, they realize they might be the only ones who can solve it.

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Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

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From the imagination of Guillermo del Toro comes 8 stories that can make your blood curl. Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities features horror stories that can make you lose sleep, which should be satisfactory to testify to the man’s magic in showcasing genre-defining horror shows.

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With a rich combination of dark humor and gleeful pleasure, it’s a must-watch for old-school horror fans. We would recommend this show only to true horror fans because not everyone can have the capacity to stomach these stories. All in all, it’s a hell of a ride.

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The Midnight Club (2022)

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Mike Flannagan has a unique way of portraying horror stories that stay strong in our heads. We are introduced to Ilonka, a star student on her way to her dream college but finds herself ill with thyroid cancer. With her plans brutally torn apart, she enrolls at Birghtcliffe, a hospice for terminally ill teenagers.

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But the Midnight Club – an underground club of resident teenagers who fight against the rules lifts her spirits, even if it is temporary. The club soon unravels horrific mysteries about the origin of Brightcliffe and realizes that their lives are in more precarious situations than what the rumors conveyed.

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Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022)

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Jeffrey Dahmer is a name familiar to most of our parents – he was one of the most hunted serial killers in the United States. But how did he get to the point where killing and eating humans turned into a fun, even highly erotic activity?

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Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is the recreation of his life of receiving and inflicting horrors on the world. Ryan Murphy does a stellar job of storytelling and showing respect for the victims of Dahmer’s murderous deeds. It is not for the faint of heart, because of how closely we can relate to Dahmer’s feelings.

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Diary of a Gigolo (2022)

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Diary of a Gigolo follows the life of Emanuel, a gigolo or young man paid to be an escort, typically for an older woman. But when Emanuel finds himself involved with the personal life of Ana and is ordered to seduce her daughter Julia, so that she can find a way to help Julia get over the death of her father.

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But when Emanuel falls in love with Julia, Ana’s plan turns upside down, and Emanuel quits his job for Julia. But Julia is on a mission – find out how her father died, and nothing can stop her. Emanuel must join her to solve this mysterious death before things go out of control.

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High Water (2022)

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Based on shockingly true events, High Water details the preparations the town of Wrocławia had to make to prepare for the great flood that threatened to destroy the city. Leading the preparation is Jaśmina Tremer, a hydrologist with the facts and the local administration and government officials, right about the time when the local elections are coming.

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The show's beauty highlights everything from the true events – the team's successes and mistakes to secure the city and its people.

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Narco-Saints (2022)

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Kang In-gu is at the end of his wits when he finds him enlisted into a special government program – created to take down the Korean drug lord of South America. Cocaine, guns, and money fuel the lives of the characters in Narco-Saints, until only one, is left standing.

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While many teams have explored the topic, the positioning of a Korean plot makes this a show that works well for us. Based on a true story, the recreation of the world behind the drugs on the streets is apt, bordering close and answering many questions about what we know of this world today.

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The Sandman (2022)

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Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman of the same name, The Sandman is the journey of Morpheus, the king of Dreams, to restore the damage caused to the living world during his imprisonment of 105 years. He returns to his kingdom of the Dreaming and has to recover his powers and restore the balance disrupted by The Corinthian, a nightmare.

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Long thought to be unfilmable, the show delights those fans of the original 10-part series. The show immerses you into another world of magic and philosophy, and those who haven’t read the books will want to read them.

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Most Hated Man On The Internet (2022)

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No one on this earth would keep caring for us like our moms. We'll always be their children, and they'll do whatever it takes to protect us.

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So was the case with Charlotte Laws, who embarks on a mission to take down the famed "King of Revenge Porn" and devil incarnate Hunter Moore, in the Most Hated Man on the Internet.

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Resident Evil (2022)

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Set in 2036, where bloodthirsty mindless creatures run the world, Jade Wesker has only one job - survival.

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In Resident Evil, she survives not just from the infected creatures, but also from a stricken past, the Umbrella Corporation which seems to have sinister connections with her father and the mystery of her sister's disappearance. What lies in store, and far will she run?

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God’s Favorite Idiot (2022)

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone star in this cute series God’s Favorite Idiot. Clark is a simple guy with a job in tech support, cats, a love for music and a recent chance at a relationship.

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But things go a mix when he is suddenly struck by lightning and suddenly turns into the messenger of God. How this turns his life around - that's what will feed your comedic soul.

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Uncoupled (2022)

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Modern dating can seem unnatural or easy to most people until it isn't, as shown in Uncoupled. Michael, played by Neil Patrick Harris, is living the perfect life until his wife of 17 years decides to leave him.

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Devastated, he tries to find comfort in online dating apps, and boy is he in for a surprise. The show is quick-witted, and a perfect dish of dramatic comedy.

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Man vs. Bee (2022)

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The return of Rowan Atkinson on television can only mean good things – and Man vs Bee proves this assumption right. Playing the role of a homeless man looking for work, Rowan hits the jackpot as a house sitter for a very rich businesswoman.

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But this jackpot soon goes for a toss, as Trevor is faced with a mischievous creature you couldn’t have guessed (or could you?), a bee. A tribute to the slapstick comedies of old, we guarantee you won’t have trouble binging Trevor in his underpants, waiting for the bee to make his move.

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The Umbrella Academy (2019)

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Based on graphic novels conceptualized and produced by Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is akin to an imaginative yarn that falls off your dressing table – it will unfurl in ways you couldn’t imagine. The show placed itself in 1989 when 43 infants were born to women who exhibited no signs of pregnancy, even the day before.

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Out of the 43, seven find themselves brought into the family of Sir Reginald Hargreeves and enrolled in the Umbrella Academy. But what is the Umbrella Academy, and how are these seven destined to save humanity from a global apocalypse? You’ll wish you had found this show sooner.

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2022)

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Los Angeles defense lawyer Mickey Haller travels the city, taking on and solving cases in the back of his Lincoln Town Car. The legal drama is played with a splendid cast, satisfying and quirky dialogues and an entertaining binge element.

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The punchy writing lives up to the standard Matthew McConaughey set in his movie with the same title, which is an achievement to be proud of. Relatively new on the block, The Lincoln Lawyer is a fine material for your daily subway ride or the weekend spent lazing at your home.

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)

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The lore of The Dark Crystal is familiar to teens and adults alike, so we were happy when The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premiered on Netflix. When Deet, Rian and Bria discover a way to take back the Crystal from the Skeksis, their world is threatened by the darkening caused by their evilness.

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The show sets itself up for a massive world of exploration, with characters written to reveal just enough about themselves to keep us hooked. It’s not far off to say that this is the fantasy series that will set the standard for future shows.

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Top Boy (2011)

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Set in the drug-riddled area of East London, East Boy follows the lives of Dushane and Ra’Neil. Dushane has just come out of jail but is determined to be the Top Boy among all the drug gangs in the area. Ra’Neil is a teenager who’s just had his mother taken away from him and has to grow up faster than he should.

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The show blends real social commentary with authentic drama, which is an instant hook. You might think we’re raving, but this show may be among the most well-written shows in modern television.

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Dirty Lines (2022)

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First off, this show might throw you off. The idea tends to do that. But Dirty Lines is a hit, we cannot deny it. The idea of a college student finding a job at a phone sex line is fresh.

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But the show is more than about sex, it’s also an honest look into how people feel and relate to sex, and how all our perspectives vary from the mainstream idea. Don’t let the premise throw you off – turn this on and get ready for a treat of a time.

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Glow (2017)

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Alison Brie captured our hearts as Annie in the show Community, and she’s back at it again with Glow. Playing the role of Ruth Wilder, an actress who is out of work and living in Los Angeles in the ‘80s, she finds a way to get back into the limelight through a rather unexpected platform – women’s wrestling.

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Working with 12 other women from Hollywood and a director of infamous repute, she must find a way to shine out of the crowd. We won’t be surprised if you finish the entire show in one sitting, because it is that good.

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The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (2022)

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If you’re an alcoholic who does prescription drugs, is anti-social, and experiences blackouts, how likely are you to trust your version of reality? The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window brings to us Anna, played by Kristen Bell, who is a character as described above, finds herself daydreaming about her handsome neighbor until she sees him commit a horrific murder on one of her usual nights involving intoxication.

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What is the truth, and who is ready to believe her? This show will have you rooting for Anna, even when it can go wrong at any time.

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Vikings: Valhalla (2022)

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We all have a certain attraction to the lore of the Vikings, who are claimed to be the monsters that ruled the seas. Vikings: Valhalla helps us understand why we have this fascination. Tall, strong, bearded men wielded large battle axes that could mow down an entire person in half, men who conquered the seas and influenced Europe tremendously – yes, such a depiction of the past is binge-able.

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While this could be a little too violent for some, the premise and the character development are promising, and we’re glad that more show seasons are coming.

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Sex Education (2019)

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It's been the rage for quite a while now - and for good reasons. Sex Education is a hilarious yet insightful take on the sexual misadventures of several high school students. Otis isn't quite lucky in the "ladies" department, despite encouragement from his friend Eric and advice from his sex-therapist mother, Jean. However, he becomes an unassuming expert at offering dating advice.

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To make things more interesting, Maeve, the high school bad girl, convinces Otis to use his expertise to begin an underground sex therapy clinic for his classmates. The show delivers an honest yet engaging comedy. Applause is for the cast, which are ideally suited for their unforgettable roles. There's no question about why this show belongs on this list.

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MAID (2021)

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Fair warning: have those tissues ready. MAID has become the most popular show on Netflix, beating the Queen's Gambit in a total number of views. MAID is a heart-touching story about the struggles of a single mother, Alex, who escaped domestic abuse. To support herself and her daughter Maddy, she cleans houses as a job. The series takes us through her struggles navigating government red tape, a dysfunctional family, and an abusive ex-boyfriend.

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At the same time, Alex clings to the dream of becoming a writer. Through all the sadness, the series does have its moments of humor where you will find yourself smiling. The show mirrors society, which can be challenging for those at the bottom of the barrel.

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Dear White People (2017)

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Dear White People is a refreshing show that takes a deeper look at today's post-racial world and its failings. And it does it with wit and style. The TV show follows the lives of several Black college students at an Ivy League institution.

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It does a splendid job of putting forward social commentary that is difficult to open up about in today's times. The comedy is based on a 2014 movie with the same title. The lives of all the main characters are well-written and played out through a progressive lens which is a sign of the change in our times.

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Seinfeld (1989)

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Seinfeld is a show so popular, that it's almost impossible not to be familiar with it. Outrageously funny, the sitcom looks into the lives of four friends - the sarcastic Jerry Seinfeld, the neurotic, slow-witted George Costanza, the smart and sexy Elaine Banes, and the crazy neighbor, Cosmo Kramer.

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The show is filled with jokes you won't forget, and it becomes difficult for us to choose a single favorite episode or even a season. Get ready for lots of laughs.

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After Life (2019)

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After Life, starring the famous (or infamous) Ricky Gervais touches us. Tony Johnson shattered his world after his wife died of breast cancer. In a nihilistic sense, he goes about the world doing and saying whatever he thinks, without a care for the world. However, the most touching part of this show is how the people closest to him band around and try to make him a better person.

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Such a story is not new but watching a man's sadness being recognized and worked upon always leaves a warm fuzziness inside. Maybe the show's reminder that humanity exists makes us want to add this show to the list.

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Better Call Saul (2015)

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A spin-off based on Vince Gilligan’s highly successful TV show Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul tells the story of Jimmy McGill - who soon becomes the infamous Saul Goodman we all love from Breaking Bad. Jimmy is a former con artist turned eager lawyer, inspired by his successful brother Chuck.

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The TV show soon has him spiraling into a deep crime web when his practice intersects with the illegal narcotics business run by the Salamanca family and Gus Fring - both prominent characters in Breaking Bad. It is no wonder that Better Call Saul has endless accolades to its name. If you loved Breaking Bad, you’re in for a treat when you tune into this adventure.  

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Bridgerton (2020)

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Bridgerton is a fun-filled yet insightful look into London's Regency era. Based on Julia Quinn's novels, viewers are transported into the competitive world of the Bridgerton sisters, searching for their future husbands. Daphne, the eldest of the Bridgerton sisters and the one described as "flawless" by the Queen, finds herself in a stump when all the eligible men are off courting Marina Thompson - a woman from the Featherington family.

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Eventually, she chances upon Simon, Duke of Hastings, and a man completely uninterested in marriage. They hatch a secret plot to pretend to be engaged to renew the interest of male bachelors in Daphne and dissuade females' interest in Simon. But how will this drama play out in the end? Tune in to find out.

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Chappelle’s Show (2003)

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Dave Chappelle's iconic show changed the face of sketch comedy for generations to come - even though it lasted for only 2 seasons. Characters like Tyrone Biggums and Prince will always remain some of the greatest-written sketch characters of all time.

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Chappelle manages to interlace his worldviews about racism and substance abuse into hilarious bits of conversation about life in the new millennium. While such a thing might be controversial to air in today's political climate, Chappelle's Show proves that taking risks isn't always such a bad thing.

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The Witcher (2019)

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If there was a fantasy saga that you cannot miss in today's age, it's The Witcher. Henry Cavill, the iconic Man of Steel, comes to us as Geralt of Rivia: the famous monster hunter from the Witcher books and video games. Set in the fictional landmass known as the Continent, the show revolves around 3 main characters, Geralt, Princess Cirilla, and sorceress Yennefer.

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The show offers a lot of bloody fights, ugly monsters, and twisted magic that keeps you hooked. The story arcs also promise more development as they repeatedly intersect - while we also get our share of Medieval-age settings and songs. The new season offers a sinister insight into the political dynamics of the Continent, which is why you should not miss this show.

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The Crown (2016)

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Offering the deepest insight into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown is a historical drama that begins with Queen Elizabeth's marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The show takes us through important portions of the Queen's life, showing us how she shouldered the burden of being both ruler and mother to a nation in the middle of a World War.

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The later seasons further show the Suez Crisis of 1956, the end of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and the long-awaited introduction of Lady Diana Spencer to the royal family. The last season has left us on the edge of our seats, so it's a good time for you to start the show.

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Emily in Paris (2020)

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What would it be like to adjust to a new lifestyle after moving to another country? Emily in Paris offers us a view into such a situation, through the eyes of Emily: an American who has moved to Paris for work.

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As she struggles to find love and new experiences in this vastly different environment, she embarks on a journey to self-discovery. Let's say, the adventures she embarks on are as colorful as her designer wardrobe. Tune in!

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