The 12 Best TV Shows to Stream on Netflix Right Now

Asa Butterfield stars as Otis Milburn in Netflix's 'Sex Education.'
Asa Butterfield stars as Otis Milburn in Netflix's 'Sex Education.' / Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020

For millions of subscribers, the Netflix prompt asking if you're still watching is an unequivocal "yes." The streaming service has more content than ever. If you've already binged perennial favorites like Seinfeld, Breaking Bad, and The Crown, check out these other shows worth your downtime.

1. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

The drama of small-town Texas high school football is captured in this series starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. It was the second time NBC tried adapting author Buzz Bissinger's book, which also inspired a 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton: When the network couldn't get the rights, they aired a 1993 take-off, Against the Grain, with a young Ben Affleck as the quarterback.

2. Grey's Anatomy (2005-Present)

Ellen Pompeo leads a sprawling cast in one of the most popular primetime medical dramas in television history. As Meredith Grey, Pompeo navigates hospital politics and personal upheaval. All 18 current seasons are streaming, with the 19th premiering on ABC in October.

3. 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 Dylan (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 (Antonia Thomas) and Luke (Daniel Ings). Lovesick is a heartfelt romp into relationship dysfunction and the things we do for love and intimate connection.

4. Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

Gina Rodriguez stars in this winning CW comedy about a young woman forced to reconsider her future when she becomes pregnant after being mistakenly artificially inseminated.

5. Crashing (2016)

A pre-Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge created and co-stars in this ensemble comedy about a group of disenfranchised twentysomethings who become live-in guards for an abandoned hospital and find themselves getting a little too close for comfort. It's perfect for when you need a single-season, six-episode mini-binge.

6. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel star in this mother-daughter dramedy that never fails to win audiences over. Aside from work as an extra in 1998's Rushmore, NYU student Bledel had no acting experience before being cast as Rory Gilmore.

7. Money Heist (2017-2021)

This Spanish-language drama has gotten raves for its suspenseful and original take on the heist genre. Instead of swiping cash, this group of thieves breaks into the Royal Mint of Spain to print it themselves. The show is among the most popular non-English titles on the service worldwide.

8. Dirty John (2018-2020)

This true-crime anthology series explores two wayward romances, including a very suspicious John Meehan (Eric Bana) and, in season 2, the vengeful Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet).

9. Sex Education (2019-present)

If you haven’t started digging into Sex Education, what are you waiting for? The delightful coming-of-age series is funny, idealized, and in some ways totally retro—and features Gillian Anderson as a sensualist sex therapist mom to boot. 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.

10. Derry Girls (2018-2022)

This (dark) comedy pits teen angst against the backdrop of The Troubles in Northern Island circa the 1990s.

11. The Midnight Gospel (2020-present)

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 that sounds intriguing, then this spacecast—which is like a podcast, but in space—hosted by multiverse-traveling Clancy Gilroy 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 including drug use, ceremonial magic, death, spirituality, theories on our reality, and so much more.

12. The Good Place (2016-2020)

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson headline this charming NBC sitcom about a woman (Bell) who finds herself dearly departed and in an afterlife that throws more surprises at her than she ever had on Earth.

A version of this story ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2023.