No longer do we have to wait weeks between new episodes, or buy a series one painstaking season at a time. Netflix makes it possible to find a great TV show and stream the entire run, from start to finish — possibly even in one sitting, depending on how many snacks and beverages you have handy. If you’re ready for a new favourite show, here are some of the best shows you can find on Netflix.
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1.Ugly Delicious (2018) — Docuseries — 1 Season
Ugly Delicious allows David Chang, the man behind the Momofuku restaurants (which sling excellent ramen, fried chicken sandwiches and desserts, among other items) to bring his expertise and passion for grub to your TV. Each episode goes deep on a single topic, so you see how pizza is made everywhere from its birthplace in Naples, all the way to a Domino’s. Other episodes focus on subjects such as tacos, BBQ and fried chicken. Do not watch while you’re still hungry, as this beautifully-shot show will have you ordering delivery before each episode’s credits roll.
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2.Riverdale (2017 – Present) — High School Drama — 2 Seasons
The Archie comics may have been dramatic for their era, but they’ve got nothing on this dark, edgy reboot. Love triangles are just the beginning here, as Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends are digging into murder mysteries, biker gangs and drugs. And since this show takes place in the present day, these teens have to survive viral video scandals and insanely high hospital bills. And if its current two seasons aren’t enough, get ready for the spinoff: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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3.The Defenders (2017) — Superhero — 1 Season
Marvel’s The Defenders is the superhero team-up series based around everybody’s favourite Netflix-based heroes … and Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist (even his fellow Defenders don’t take him seriously). As is often the case with crossover specials, a major crux of the story is how our favourite disagreeable heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) struggle to get along and not beat each other into the city’s pavement. While you should watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage before Defenders, you don’t need to watch Iron Fist first, as this series serves as a better introduction to that character than his own show did.
4.Glow (2017 – Present) — Seriocomedy — 2 Seasons
Women’s wrestling — heck, all pro wrestling — has historically been laughed at and called a side-show. Netflix original Glow looks to flip the script on how this predetermined spectacle is viewed, by showing how a group of misfit actors and wanna-be celebrities (portrayed by Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Britney Young and others) went from nobodies to the stars of the hit 1980’s program GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Podcaster and comedian Marc Maron also stars, an aspiring film director Sam Sylvia, who can’t stand any of his performers.
The second season, which launched recently, improves on the first by moving the focus on the show from the training process to how the show stays afloat when ratings are bad and dirtbag TV execs are worse. Actress Kia Stevens, the only main cast member with actual pro wrestling experience, shines especially brightly during episodes where her character reveals her job to her son.
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5.Dark (2017) — Drama — 1 Season
If Stranger Things wasn’t strange enough or dark enough for you, we’ve got the gripping European horror vacation for you. Much like the 80’s-obsessed Netflix Original hit that preceded it, Dark focuses on missing child whose inexplicable abduction has spooky roots. And while Stranger Things is a pleasant, nostalgic romp, Dark will take root in your imagination after it blows your mind, so maybe don’t watch right before you go to bed.
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6.Stranger Things (2016 – Present) — Adventure/Horror — 2 Seasons
While we won’t spoil the recently-released second season of Stranger Things, we can say that Netflix’s popular nostalgic fantasy series has already been renewed for a third season. So break out the stove-top popcorn and sit down for the addictive tales of Dustin, Mike, Lucas and Will, the four youths who keep finding themselves in the centre of supernatural predicaments. Marvel at the wondrous abilities of Eleven, laugh at the dry wit of police chief Jim Hopper and find the joy in Winona Ryder’s over-the-top performance.
Just don’t expect the third season to come any time soon. Reports suggest that Stranger Things Season 3 isn’t due to 2019.
7.The Good Place (2016 – Present) — Comedy — 1 Season
What if you woke up in heaven, but knew you didn’t deserve to be there and had to hide your imperfections? That case of impostor syndrome is at the root of the critically-praised The Good Place, which stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, and is the creation of Michael Schur, the writer and producer best known for his work on The Office (US), Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Season 2 of The Good Place is coming to Netflix on July 28.
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8.Jessica Jones (2015 – Present) — Superhero — 2 Seasons
Even superheroes can fall for the wrong man. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) works as a private eye, but her full-time profession might as well be “alcoholic” after an abusive relationship with a manipulative supervillain known as the Purple Man (David Tennant). When a mysterious murder occurs in Hell’s Kitchen, Jessica might be the only one who can get to the bottom of it. Its second season will focus on unravelling the mystery of how Ms Jones got to be so strong.
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9.Daredevil (2015 – Present) — Superhero — 2 Seasons
Daredevil represents the dark side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Avengers take down supervillains and win glory, it’s folks like Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who fight for the little guy. A lawyer by day and masked crime-fighter Daredevil by night, Murdock takes on corrupt landlords, dirty cops, murderous vigilantes and, of course, a few mystical ninjas for good measure.
10.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015 – Present) — Musical — 3 Seasons
Everyone has had a story about an unexpected opportunity for love in his or her life, but not everyone has the presence of mind to sing about it. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Nora Bunch: a New York City lawyer who packs up and leaves for California, only to find her first love living nearby. Naturally, the whole cast makes the situation into a musical revue.
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11.Better Call Saul (2015 – Present) — Drama — 3 Seasons
A spinoff of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul casts slick, shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) as the central character. Both a sequel and a prequel to the show that inspired it, Better Call Saul reveals Saul’s sordid past as two-bit con man Jimmy McGill and the family drama that led him to pursue ambulance chasing rather than a more noble profession in elder law.
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12.Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) — Documentary — 1 Season
A follow-up to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes command of the Starship of the Imagination in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Dr. Tyson explains how our universe came to be, how humans evolved to take our place in it and what the ultimate fate of the cosmos might be. The show features gorgeous animation about prominent figures in the history of science.
13.BoJack Horseman (2014 – Present) — Animated — 4 Seasons
BoJack Horseman is a hilarious and profound meditation on the nature of depression that just happens to be about an anthropomorphic horse. BoJack (Will Arnett) is a washed-up Hollywood TV star with plenty of money but no real goals or joy left in his life. As his oddball friends urge him on, he realizes that failure doesn’t define him, but neither does triumph make him whole.
14.Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013 – 2018) — Travel/Food — 11 Seasons
Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown brought viewers around the world on grand culinary tours. Exploring everywhere from the Congo (the season 1 finale) to the Mississippi Delta (season 3, episode 7) the series allowed Bourdain to educate audiences about the people and culture that create these delicacies. While the series was meant to be taken off Netflix in June, the streaming service announced it will keep streaming the show for the upcoming months, following fan outcry after Bourdain’s shocking death.
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15. Orange is the New Black (2013 – Present) — Seriocomedy — 6 Seasons
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) realizes she can’t escape the mistakes of her past when she winds up in a minimum-security women’s prison on a drug smuggling charge. Granted, it’s not all bad, as she befriends the quirky inmates and reflects on the bizarre backstory that brought her there. Both funny and insightful, Orange is the New Black is one of the most popular Netflix original series.
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16.The Fosters – (2013 – Present) – Drama – 5 Seasons
In this ABC Family/Freeform drama. Callie and her brother Jude are welcomed into the home of the Foster family after spending much of their lives in foster homes. The rest of the family includes their new parents — Stef and Lena — and a mix of diverse children, both biological and adopted, in this blended-family series geared toward teens. It’s earned critical acclaim and two GLAAD Media Awards for its portrayal of LGBT topics and themes.
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17.House of Cards (U.S.) (2013 – Present) — Drama — 4 Seasons
A remake of the popular UK series of the same name, House of Cards is all about the inner workings of federal politics and just how dirty and deceitful they can get. Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood: an amoral American congressman who will do absolutely anything to gain political power. As the show progresses, Frank becomes more influential and more unhinged. A new trailer for the show’s final season suggests Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood will be taking control of the executive branch, as she’s sitting behind the desk in the oval office, before the words “Hail to the Chief” appear on screen. Kevin Spacey, who was fired following sexual assault allegations, is nowhere to be seen.
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18.Black Mirror (2011 – Present) — Sci-Fi Thriller — 4 Seasons
If you were concerned about technology being a detriment to privacy, sanity and human relationships, then the sci-fi thriller series Black Mirror will only serve to confirm your worst fears. While its first episode, the sexually explicit “The National Anthem” only needs the present day’s social networks to upend the United Kingdom, later episodes — such as “Fifty Million Merits” and the Jon Hamm-starring “White Christmas” — predict how future advances in in-app purchases, reality TV and privacy filters will stunt our future. The series won two Primetime Emmy awards in 2017 for its San Junipero episode, and “USS Callister,” the first episode of its fourth season, proves that the show hasn’t run out of insane mind-bending ideas.
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19.Sherlock (2010 – Present) — Mystery — 4 Seasons
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective comes to life for the 21st century in Sherlock. When Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he takes a room with the brilliant but antisocial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Together, the two must solve bizarre, complicated murder mysteries, protect state secrets and even undermine a criminal empire.
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20.Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015) — Sitcom — 7 Seasons
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is the boss you wish you had. Perpetually chipper and driven, even in the face of her supremely apathetic co-workers, Leslie’s fondest wish in life is to keep the parks in suburban Pawnee, Indiana, running in ship shape. Parks and Recreation takes aim at government bureaucracy, but also a fun, earnest side about how local government can be a positive force.
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21.Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013) — Drama — 5 Seasons
One of the most intense and ambitious shows of the last decade, Breaking Bad is a story about disease and drugs, family and friendship, profit and power, and much, much more. High school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) needs money for his cancer treatment, and realizes he can put his scientific know-how to good use: making methamphetamine and starting an illicit empire.
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22.Mad Men – (2007 – 2015) – Drama – 7 Seasons
While day-drinking lothario Don Draper may think that the Sterling Cooper ad agency revolves around him, Mad Men is more than just its lead. The show also tells the tales of Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway (a creative and an office manager, respectively) who are fighting to climb the ladder of an industry run by men. And while we only saw Don’s daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka) sporadically in the first three seasons, her dramatic arc as a child seeing the worst of her parents, turns her into a regular for the rest of the series.
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23.The IT Crowd (2006 – 2013) — Sitcom — 5 Seasons
“Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?” If you’ve ever tried to explain a simple piece of technology to someone who just doesn’t get it, you know how Roy Trenneman (Chris O’Dowd) and Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade) feel. The two best friends work in the IT department of a big company under their clueless boss, Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), with hilarious results.
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24.Supernatural – (2005 – Present) – Fantasy – 13 Seasons
Now the longest-running American fantasy series of all time, Supernatural is the story of Sam and Dean Winchester. This pair of brothers fights the paranormal, and battles both heaven and hell for a living. There’s an argument to be made that their ’67 Chevy Impala is the true star of the show, but it’s actors are Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who play Dean and Sam Winchester, respectively.
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25.The Office (UK) (2001 – 2002) — Sitcom — 2 Seasons
Ricky Gervais wrote, directed and starred in The Office: a short-lived British sitcom that paved the way for its incredibly popular American remake. Nothing beats the original, though, in which Gervais plays David Brent: a bumbling office manager with an inflated opinion of himself. Brent’s tasteless jokes land him in hot water with his exasperated co-workers, who are almost as idiosyncratic as Brent himself.
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26.The West Wing (1999 – 2006) — Drama — 7 Seasons
Being the president of the United States is arguably the toughest job in the world, unless you’ve got some good friends. In The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his affable senior staff confront problems both great and small, which concern both the American public and their own lives. The show’s a bit more dramatic than real politics, but it’s also more uplifting.
27.Freaks and Geeks (1999) — Seriocomedy — 1 Season
Freaks and Geeks put filmmakers Paul Feig and Judd Apatow on the map, although it’s also a funny, incisive teenage drama in its own right. Brother and sister Lindsay and Sam Weir (Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley, respectively) are both misfits in their Detroit high school. Lindsay’s friends are misfit “freaks” while Sam’s are insular “geeks,” and both have a role to play in the teenage jungle.
28.Frasier (1993 – 2004) — Sitcom — 11 Seasons
Frasier Crane was so funny in Cheers, the only logical choice was to send him to Seattle for his very own sitcom spinoff. Kelsey Grammer stars as the titular character: a successful psychiatrist with a surprisingly zany personal life. As Frasier navigates the perils of family, friends and co-workers, his haughty tastes clash with the more mundane interests of those around him.
29.Twin Peaks (1990 – 1991) — Drama — 2 Seasons
Who killed Laura Palmer? This mystery lies at the heart of Twin Peaks, a small-town drama from visionary filmmaker David Lynch. Kyle MacLachlan plays FBI investigator Dale Cooper as he explores the quiet town of Twin Peaks, looking for clues to a brutal murder of a prominent figure in the community. The show is clever and eerie but features the hallmark Lynch humour and surrealism.
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30.The Twilight Zone (Original Series) (1959 – 1964) — Drama, Suspense — 4 Seasons
If you love Black Mirror, then you should take a look at the series inspired it. Yes, Netflix is streaming The Twilight Zone, the original TV series with seriously thrilling stories, introduced by the stern Rod Serling. Must-see episodes include the shocking and tragic “Eye of The Beholder,” as well as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “Time Enough at Last,” which have been referenced in popular culture for decades.