The 10 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now
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.