The 19 Best Miniseries on Netflix To Binge Today

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| LAST UPDATE 11/07/2022

By Scarlett Adler
Best Miniseries on Netflix

Are you looking to binge on a show, but are afraid of your deadlines? Guess what – miniseries might just be the thing you are looking for. Lasting only 3-5 episodes, a miniseries typically finds its base on a real-life story and compresses it into a bingeable series. Here’s what we’ve done – we pored through the Netflix archives with a fine-toothed comb to discover the best mini-series on Netflix.  Sci-fi, true crime, horror – there’s a miniseries in every genre that will blow your mind. Without further ado, here are the best miniseries on Netflix, for you to start binging right away.

True Story

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.4

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Starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes, the duo take True Story from a doubtable series to one that offers much behind the scenes. Kevin Hart plays the role of Kid, one of the biggest celebrities who rose from the bottom to the top of the world. A tour stop by chance has him reuniting with his brother Carlton, and the night meant to be a happy reunion turns out for the worse. Kid has now become the most scandalous celebrity overnight, and his years of hard work threaten to crash down unless he and his brother find a solution together.

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The Serpent

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.6

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Based on true events, The Serpent depicts the story of the local law enforcement agencies trying to bring Charles Sobhraj, nicknamed The Serpent, to justice. Notorious for masquerading as a wealthy gem dealer, he was known to be the most notorious killer in South Asia. Spearheaded by Tahar Rahim, this show has you rooting for both sides – you want Herman Knippenberg (the police officer) to catch the killer, but you also want him to escape. This true-crime story is written masterfully, without losing touch with the original facts. Charles’s depiction and his actions can shake you down to the core with his bloodthirstiness.

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Stay Close

Year: 2021

IMDB: 6.9

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Written by Harlan Coben, Stay Close brings together a photojournalist, a homicide detective, and a soccer mom by tying them to a terrible event from the past. Megan Pierce, played by Cush Jumbo, has a past that her current family and friends are unaware of. But the death of someone from her past forces her to contact people from her previous life so that she can prepare for anyone or anything that threatens to harm her new life. With sharp writing that makes it a hit mystery thriller, Stay Close is a show that you would not mind binging in one sitting.

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The OA

Year: 2016

IMDB: 7.8

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Prairie Johnson is back home after disappearing 7 years ago. Her friends and family are also shocked to know that she is no longer blind. This stirs up interest both among family and local law enforcement, who had been trying to track her whereabouts for yours. But to no success, because she won’t talk about it. The only indication of what she’s been through – the scars on her back which she won’t talk about. A show with a plot that offers much entertainment potential, The OA takes long-format stories and shows that they can be a success among viewers of today.

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The Stranger

Year: 2020

IMDB: 7.3

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Adam Price is a man who seemed to have everything that a happy man could want until a spiral of secrets kept hidden from him until now demolished everything, he believed to be true. In a quest to find the truth about the people closest to him, Adam must ask questions he never thought of before. With the right balance of mystery, pace and a cast that seems perfect for their roles, The Stranger is the rabbit hole a man can find himself falling through when his world shatters and nothing he believed was true remains the same.

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When They See Us

Year: 2019

IMDB: 8.9

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Featuring a star cast of Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, and Blair Underwood, When They See Us is the real-life story of the Central Park Five. Who are they? They are the five young men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and assault charges by the city of New York in 1989. The show takes us back to the start, from the time these boys were questioned all the way through their 25 years in prison for a crime they were innocent of. The most outstanding thing about this show is how the director brings out the sense of hopelessness these boys felt during their time behind bars.

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Behind Her Eyes

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.2

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A mysterious set of games unfolds when Louise, a single mother working as a maid for married couple Adele and David. She starts to have an affair with David but also finds herself becoming best friends with Adele. In her own words, both enjoy being with her than with each other. But this love triangle goes for a toss when Louise finds herself almost losing her mind but can’t point to what is causing it. A show that imbibes an air of mystery in every scene, Behind Her Eyes, is by far the scariest show we’ve found.

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Inventing Anna

Year: 2022

IMDB: 6.8

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What would you do when you find out that the perfect life you see on social media all falls down like a house of cards? Positioning Inventing Anna, the true story of Anna Delvey, who frauded the elite class and banks to give her millions by putting up the perfect image of a socialite. While this sounds too wacky to be true, her scheme worked because of the influence of social media in our decisions, until it all can crash down. Starring Julia Garner, who plays the real-life character of Anna Delvey impeccably, this is one of those shows that reminds you to not take everything you see on social media at face value.

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Clickbait

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.2

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Clickbait is possibly the scariest representation of what can happen when you don't know what you're doing online but keep at it anyway. When Nick Brewer, a man with a wonderful family, close friends and a decent job, is suddenly found missing in connection to an online mystery, his family is baffled. But as they venture out to rescue him, they uncover secrets that are worse than anything they could've imagined. A show that keeps you asking questions, 5 is a stark reminder of how we need to be careful about our usage of the internet.

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Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker

Year: 2020

IMDB: 7.3

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Building on the real story of Madame CJ Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire in the history of the nation, Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker is an inspiring show to say the least. With Octavia Spencer playing the role of Madame CJ Walker, you'll find it hard to find a better portrayal of the real person. The effort put into recreating the exact environment of her growth is impressive, and Spencer manages to take us along on this tough but historical ride - something everyone will remember.

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Unbelievable

Year: 2019

IMDB: 8.4

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The true story behind Unbelievable is something that is heartbreaking but at the same time inspires us with hope to look for the people around us who want genuine good for us. When Marie Adler comes out with a rape accusation but then suddenly recants on it, two detectives suspect something has gone wrong and decide to get down to the bottom of it. While this may be a hard concept to swallow, Unbelievable holds back the curtain to show the hurt of the victim and their rise in a graceful manner. Spectacular is one word we would use to describe it.

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The I-Land

Year: 2019

IMDB: 4.6

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You wake up one day to find yourself getting up from a completely different location. The place where you woke up defies all normal expectations from the world we know. How would you react? Tune your screens to The I-land and join this adventure with 10 people, who are set to find out that the new world they inhabit is far more treacherous than appears at first glance. They must do whatever it takes to survive. An entertaining watch may not be suitable for all audiences, but it’s the perfect weekend binge.

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Godless

Year: 2017

IMDB: 8.3

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Frank Griffin and his crew of outlaws are out for blood – to take down Roy Goode, a former member of their crew who betrayed the gang and absconded. Roy is in the pursuit of safe haven, and he lands up in the ghost mining town of La Belle, where he has found temporary shelter under the roof of widower Alice Fletcher. La Belle is a town governed by women, and when they hear that the notorious Griffin and gang are headed their way, they plan to stop their onslaught once and for all. Godless is by far, one of our favorite shows to watch this season.

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The Eddy

Year: 2020

IMDB: 7.1

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How difficult can it be to run a live music venue in Paris, one of the most happening cities in the world? It is quite the challenge when you look at it through the eyes of Elliot Udo, a jazz club owner who juggles money problems, tensions between the band members and the sudden entrance of his teenage daughter into his life. The Eddy really settles in like the ideal soundstage from a speaker, it gives the audience time to discover what they would want from this. One of 2020’s best shows, we’re still big fans of the way Elliot finds his voice and comes back on stage.

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Maniac

Year: 2018

IMDB: 7.7

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Maniac follows the lives of Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim - two people who meet at the unlikeliest of places – in the final stages of a pharmaceutical drug trial. The three-day-long drug trial holds a personal allure for all 12 subjects who agree to participate in it. But unbeknownst to all of them, this trial that claims to repair anything about the mind and solve all their problems has a shady aura around it. It isn’t long before they come to realize that the miracle drug comes with its set of problems.

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Unorthodox

Year: 2020

IMDB: 8.0

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How far can you run away from the past, until it catches up with you? Esther Shapiro faces this question, as she escapes her arranged marriage in Brooklyn to start a new life overseas. But it doesn’t take too long for her past to catch up with her, delivering an intimate and urgent need to find her own path in life. Unorthodox has a superb cast led by the spectacular performance from Shira Haas, and the details of this exploratory journey are presented in an intriguing coming-of-age format. It is a powerful miniseries – one that will stay on top of your mind for a long time.

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Seven Seconds

Year: 2018

IMDB: 7.7

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The tension between the races in Jersey City reaches the tipping point when 15-year-old black cyclist Brenton Butler is killed in a hit-and-run accident and the police couldn’t care more about getting to the bottom of it. In Seven Seconds, we see the crumbling of a city’s law and order when things are not properly kept in check. The show is an active representation of political and social commentary, brought to life by a stellar cast. Special mention has to be made for Regina King, who molds the show with her performance as Brenton’s mother, Latrice.

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Maid

Year: 2021

IMDB: 8.4

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Maid is a show that shows the stark contrast between the lives of the socially affluent and those who work for them. Alex is a single mother who needs to make ends meet, and so takes up the job of housecleaning. Escaping from her past, Alex deals with what she gets to not get evicted from her home. With a powerful performance from Margaret Qualley, there’s nothing you will not like about Maid, even if the subject matter is complicated, to say the least. The show excels in portraying what poverty really looks like, and in some sense the lives of poor people in America.

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Midnight Mass

Year: 2021

IMDB: 7.7

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Faith can really lift our souls, even the life of a town, as portrayed in Midnight Mass. Riley Flynn comes back to his hometown of St. Patrick’s to find a new priest who commands a religious fervor not before seen in the dying town. While new miracles seem to occur more frequently than before, a whole bunch of mysteries that can’t be explained also crop up along with it. With a deep connection to Gothic tradition, the show succeeds in talking to the primal parts of us that respond to fear and delivers a horror-filled performance meant to be remembered.

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