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 are 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, which we compiled after hours and hours of binge-watching. While the 12 shows described below do not pertain to one genre, year of release, or even language, they certainly all guarantee a good time! Happy binging!
And remember - this list will be frequently updated, so you can always come back here and find new recommendations!
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. 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 on an honest yet engaging comedy. Applause is in order for the cast, who are perfectly suited for their unforgettable roles. There's really no question about why this show belongs on this list.
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, escaping from domestic abuse. To support herself and her daughter Maddy, she takes up cleaning houses as a job. The series takes us through her struggles navigating around government red tape, a dysfunctional family, an abusive ex-boyfriend, all while Alex clings onto 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 is a mirror to society, which can be challenging for those at the bottom of the barrel.
Dear White People
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. 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 the 2014 movie with the same title. The lives of all the main characters are well written and played out through a progressive lens that is a sign of the change in our times.
Seinfeld is a show so popular, it's almost impossible to not be familiar with it. Outrageously funny, the sitcom is a look 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. 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.
This show is an unexpected entry on our list. If you incurred the wrath of God and it was on display for the rest of the world to see, how would society react? Based on the web cartoons under the same name, the story is told from the lens of Jin - a man who is tasked with investigating the first of the "wrath cases." In such a world, who is the real terror: God's wrathful monsters or the human beings who will do monstrous things to earn God's favor? In the backdrop, HellBound is a representation of how far people will go for the things they believe in. Suspenseful and heavily rewarding, this show sure has us waiting for the next season!
After Life, starring the famous (or infamous) Ricky Gervais is a tale that touches us. Tony Johnson has just had his world shattered after his wife passes away due to 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. Such a story is not new but watching a man's sadness being recognized and worked upon always has a way of leaving a warm fuzziness inside. Maybe it's the show's reminder that humanity does indeed exist that makes us want to add this show to the list.
Better Call Saul
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. 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 of whom are 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.
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 - who are on the search for their future husbands. Daphne, the eldest of the Bridgerton sisters and the one who is 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. 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 to dissuade the interest of females in Simon. But how will this drama play out in the end? Tune in to find out.
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. Chappelle manages to interlace his world views 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 is proof that taking risks isn't always such a bad thing.
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. 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 keep intersecting again and again - 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 absolutely should not miss this show.
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. 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 edges of our seats, so it's definitely a good time for you to start the show.
Emily in Paris
What would it be like to adjust to a whole new way of living 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. As she struggles to find love and new experiences in this vastly different environment, she embarks on a journey to self-discovery. Let's just say, the adventures she embarks on are as colorful as her designer wardrobe. Tune in!