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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, it’s still worth digging into for its exploration of friendship and city living between toucan Tuca and songbird Bertie.

10. The Great British Baking Show

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.

13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads


When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.

If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
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Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask

Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag

Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie

We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron

Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch

At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set

At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
Entertainment Earth

You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

Buy it: EntertainmentEarth

10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch

Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug

Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.

If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
Wrebbit 3D

Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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16 Priceless Treasures We've Lost Forever

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jeanyfan, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Steven Spielberg is known for crafting such masterpieces as Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List, and Jurassic Park. With such a long and acclaimed film career, it probably wouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Spielberg got his start behind the camera at just 17 years old when (with the help of his friends and his high school marching band) he directed his first feature-length film, Firelight.

What's that? You've never seen Firelight? Well, you're certainly not alone; sadly, just under four minutes of the original footage remains. After screening Firelight for around 500 people, the young director sent a few of the film reels off to a producer for review. When the budding director later went back to retrieve his film, he discovered that the producer had been fired—and his movie had vanished.

Firelight is just one example of the many priceless items that have disappeared from history. On this episode of The List Show, we're rediscovering all sort of treasures—from writing by Ernest Hemingway to natural landmarks—that have been lost to time (or circumstance). You can watch the full episode below.

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