The 11 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now
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 Breaking Bad and The Crown, check out these other shows worth your downtime.
1. The Great British Baking Show (2010-present)
GBBO, as its fans call it, is a competitive baking series featuring nice people trying really hard and doing their best. It's filled with delightful characters, great bakes, and the sort of gentle British commentary that will soothe your soul. 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.
2. 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 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.
3. Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)
You need the Rose family in your life right now. Whether you watched the six-season 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 LA types are forced to live in a motel in Schitt's Creek, a 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.
4. 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.
5. Babylon Berlin (2017-Present)
Berlin in 1929 is a time of change—and not for the better—in this provocative German drama about a police inspector and police clerk who navigate increasingly hostile surroundings. The series has nabbed numerous German television awards.
6. Money Heist (2017-present)
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 instead. The show is the most popular non-English title on the service worldwide. The fifth and final season will air in two parts later in 2021.
7. Ugly Delicious (2018-present)
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.
8. Tuca & Bertie (2019-present)
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 Rossellini, Tessa Thompson, Laverne Cox, Tig Notaro, and more. Though it was canceled after its initial run on Netflix, it was picked up for a second season on Adult Swim which debuted in June 2021.
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. Never Have I Ever (2020-present)
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.
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 from drug use, ceremonial magic, death, spirituality, theories on our reality, and so much more.
A version of this story ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2021.