The 10 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now

Emma Mackey and Asa Butterfield get a lesson in Sex Education.
Emma Mackey and Asa Butterfield get a lesson in Sex Education.
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You’ve got all the time in the world on your hands right now, don’t you? Sure, quarantine may be loosening its restrictions in some states, but that doesn’t mean we’re all immediately running out to grab tacos and margaritas with our BFFs this weekend.

Staying indoors is still the modus operandi right now. Besides, sometimes sitting in one position and watching TV for hours on end while Netflix repeatedly asks you “are you still watching?” feels good. But like most things these days, it often feels like there are too many options to choose from and it’s hard to know what’s worth your time. Allow us to run through a cross section of the best TV shows to get into on Netflix right now.

1. Never Have I Ever (2020-)

Believe the hype about this charming dramedy from Mindy Kaling and Louie Lang about a young Indian American girl dealing with high school and grief, which is told with tons of fun storytelling quirks. After a traumatic year, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is focused on reinventing herself, resulting in exactly the sort of show you want to sink into, laugh, and feel things with. The genre may have many offerings on the streaming service, but this one is definitely worth your time. Plus, the John McEnroe narrative device is a hilarious treat.

2. Grand Designs (2010, 2017)

If you’re a fan of extreme do-it-yourself-ing, Grand Designs is the show for you. British TV presenter Kevin McCloud follows people who decide to take on self-building their homes, often to grand extremes, with little-to-no experience—but a hell of a lot of gumption. Taking place over the course of years, you really get to experience the whole journey—sometimes decades in the making—of people dreaming their ideal homes into existence, warts and all.

3. The Midnight Gospel (2020-)

The Midnight Gospel might not be for everyone, but what better time than now to try expanding our horizons beyond the dimensions of traditional thought? If any of that intrigues you, then this spacecast—which is like a podcast, but in space—hosted by multiverse-traveling Clancey may be for you. Trippy animations give way to interviews with a host of people whose names you probably know on a host of topics from drug use, ceremonial magic, death, spirituality, theories on our reality, and so much more.

4. Sex Education (2019-)

If you haven’t started digging into this delightful series, what are you waiting for? Now is exactly the time to turn on something funny, idealized, and in some ways totally retro, with Gillian Anderson playing a sensualist sex therapist mom to boot. Enter: Sex Education. Asa Butterfield stars as her son, Otis, an awkward teen grappling with his mom’s work and the skills he inherits from living with her who then teams up with schoolmate Maeve (Emma Mackey) to help better the sex lives of his fellow students. (For money, of course.) The ensemble series that unfolds is equal parts earnest, hilarious, raunchy, and distinctly both British and American in its sensibilities, creating a fun universe in which to live. With two seasons on the streamer, you’ve just found your next mini-binge.

5. Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)

You need the Rose family in your life right now. Whether you watched the series before or never got on board with the hype—if you need a mood enhancer, Schitt’s Creek is the answer. A well-heeled but down-on-their-luck family of L.A. types are forced to live in a motel in the titular town they bought one time as a joke, and goes on a journey from semi-unlikeable and out-of-touch weirdos to earnestly vulnerable and hilariously lovable weirdos. It’s a wonderful transition to behold. Starring Eugene Levy and his series creator son Dan Levy alongside Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek will make you laugh, cry, feel things, and surprise you every step of the way.

6. Ugly Delicious (2018-)

Chef David Chang’s grub-obsessed travel series ends up being so much more than food porn, though there is definitely plenty of that. Sharing meals, sights, and conversations with celebrities, critics, and fellow chefs alike, Chang manages to achieve something similar to what Anthony Bourdain did without being a carbon copy. Chang also talks far more vulnerably about his own life, as the second season throughline focuses on the birth of his first child. At times perfectly sentimental and other times raucous, Ugly Delicious is an excellent watch.

7. Ozark (2017-)

It took awhile for Ozark to really get the hype, but it feels almost Breaking Bad-ian how the series has taken off in its recently released third season, thanks especially to star Laura Linney bringing the fire. The show is slow, dark, and full of criminal acts, but if you’re in the mood for a slow burn drama, this is it. Emmy winner Jason Bateman directs and stars alongside the aforementioned Linney as parents of a family forced to relocate themselves—and their cartel money laundering operation—to the Ozarks region of Missouri. The show also landed an Emmy for costar Julia Garner. What more do you need to entice you?

8. Lovesick (2014-2018)

You might have passed this show by when it came out under its original name, Scrotal Recall. But let us tell you something: Lovesick is an antidote to what ails you. It all starts when Dyan (Johnny Flynn) has to let his former lovers know that he has a sexually transmitted disease. What comes next is a dressing down of each of those relationships, one by one, and their absolute worst moments. Rounding out the cast are his two friends Evie and Luke (played by Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings, respectively). Lovesick is a heartfelt romp into relationship dysfunction and the things we do for love and intimate connection.

9. Tuca & Bertie (2019-)

Most people have already seen, loved, and raved about BoJack Horseman, but not enough of them tuned into the single season of Tuca & Bertie from the animator of the former. Lisa Hanawalt’s relatable yet delightfully whimsical series, drawn in her signature style, featured some of your favorite performers, like Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, who led a voice cast that included Richard E. Grant, Reggie Watts, Steven Yuen, Awkwafina, Isabella Rosselini, Tessa Thompson, Laverne Cox, Tig Notaro, and more. Though it was canceled after its initial run on Netflix, it's been picked up for a second season on Adult Swim that's set to air in 2021.

10. The Great British Baking Show (2010-)

Are you really a person living in quarantine right now if you haven’t at least considered watching GBBO, as its fans call it? The competitive baking series filled with nice people trying really hard and doing their best is filled with delightful characters, great bakes, and the sort of gentle British commentary your soul aches for in times of stress and upheaval. It's not like American reality competition shows where the goal is to ridicule or be more dramatic than your competitors; in this case, the goal is to hunker down, try your best, and have a lot of fun doing it if you can.

10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

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This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

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Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

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If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

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Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

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For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

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Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

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The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

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This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

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Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Who Is Enola Holmes? 7 Facts About Nancy Springer’s Hit YA Book Series

Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes in Netflix's Enola Holmes (2020).
Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes in Netflix's Enola Holmes (2020).
Robert Viglaski /Legendary ©2020

For mystery fans searching for female sleuths in the same league as Sherlock Holmes, the pickings are pretty slim. So it’s no wonder that the new Netflix film Enola Holmes has become a breakout hit and rallying cry for young people searching for projects that center around non-male detectives.

Enola is Sherlock Holmes’s much smarter and more worldly teenage sister. Though her name may be lesser known, she’s been around for more than a decade. The film is based on Nancy Springer’s young adult mystery book series, which puts the intrepid teenage detective smack in the middle of the Holmes boys' club. If the movie has left you anxious for a sequel, you might want to pick up the books.

1. The Enola Holmes books bring an old fan theory back to life.

Springer’s six-part book series revives an old fan fiction about a third Holmes sibling. In William S. Baring-Gould’s Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, Sherlock and Mycroft have an older brother named Sherrinford who manages the family estate. While the BBC's Sherlock conjured up Eurus Holmes, their secret sister, Springer’s books predate the hit series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Published between 2006 and 2010, the Enola Holmes books borrow characters and themes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon, but Enola is Springer’s own creation.

2. Netflix's Enola Holmes is largely based on the first book in the series, The Case of the Missing Marquess.

The first Enola Holmes book, 2006's The Case of the Missing Marquess, builds on Baring-Gould’s fan theory. Like Sherrinford, Enola and her mother inhabit Ferndell Hall, the Holmes family’s country estate. Enola meets her famous, semi-estranged brothers for the first time in 10 years after her mother disappears on the eve of her 14th birthday. Following clues involving anagrams and ciphers, she sets off for London to find her missing mother, and proves herself a worthy detective in her own right. The new Netflix adaptation closely mirrors this book.

3. Sherlock Holmes is often Enola Holmes's greatest antagonist.

Sherlock may seem rather open-minded in the Enola Holmes film, but in Springer's series he is sexist to the extreme and largely dismissive of his younger sister. "Thoughtful and imaginative perhaps, but certainly no stranger to the weakness, the irrationality of her sex," Sherlock says of Enola at one point. One of the most arresting aspects of Springer's series is the way the tables are turned on Sherlock: For the better part of the series, he is the bad guy—and Enola stands in great contrast to him.

4. Being a young woman is partly why Enola Holmes is able to regularly best her brothers.

Enola follows in the footsteps of her trailblazing suffragist mother, and disrupts her brothers’ attempts to cart her off to a finishing school. And she knows how to use the trappings of 19th-century womanhood (skirts, bustles, corsets, etc.) to her investigatory advantage. She solves cases that leave her much more experienced brothers baffled. In one instance, the brothers fail to track down some runaways because they don't realize what can be stored in a bustle. They don’t know the languages of fans, sealing-wax, or dangling handkerchiefs either, and thus find themselves being constantly outwitted by Enola.

5. Strong female bonds are at the heart of Enola Holmes.

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Throughout the series, Enola alternates between trying to escape Sherlock and working with him to solve mysteries. In The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, Enola is determined to rescue the missing Lady Cecily—a young woman Enola does not know, but feels a strong kinship with and who is being held prisoner—so she disguises herself as a nun to save Cecily, and try to learn more about her own mother's whereabouts. But her disguise is also a way to evade her brothers and guard her own freedom.

6. Dr. Watson plays a part in Enola Holmes's life, too.

Dr. Watson is very much around in the books. He goes missing in The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, but Sherlock doesn’t have the slightest clue as to where Watson could be. Enola is intrigued by the disappearance, especially when she learns that a bizarre bouquet—with flowers symbolizing death—has been delivered to the Watson residence. Getting involved in the hunt to find Watson could prove to be disastrous to Enola, since she’s still on the run from her brothers, but she’s determined to help and ends up beating Sherlock at his own game.

7. Netflix's Enola Holmes prompted a lawsuit from the Conan Doyle Estate.

Millie Bobby Brown and Helena Bonham Carter in Enola Holmes (2020).Alex Bailey/Legendary ©2020

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most adapted characters in literary history, in large part because the bulk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books about the brilliant detective are in the public domain. Still, that didn't stop Conan Doyle's estate from suing Netflix over Enola Holmes based solely on the fact that the filmmakers dared to give Sherlock some actual, human feelings. Since it wasn't until the later Sherlock Holmes books—the ones that are still copyrighted—that Sherlock started to reveal shreds of his humanity, the lawsuit alleges that the Sherlock seen in Enola Holmes was based on the later, more emotion-prone Sherlock:

"After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the Copyrighted Stories, the Great War happened. In World War I Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-general Innes Doyle. When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy."

The lawsuit is ongoing.