It’s the weekend, or a sick day, or just a regular Tuesday night, and you need to binge-watch something. You don’t just want it, you need it. Where to begin? Fear not — we’re here to help. Below you’ll find an ever-expanding recommended list of TV shows available on Netflix, curated by us TV-obsessives. The mix covers a myriad of genres, lengths, countries of origins, and much more, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all excellent. If you want the full monty, peruse our picks for the best series and TV shows on Netflix right now below.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix, best sci-fi shows on Netflix, and best fantasy shows on Netflix.

Editor's note: This article was last updated on January 6th to include Kaleidoscope.

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2022-present)

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Created by: David E. Kelley

Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole

The Lincoln Lawyer is everything a great legal drama should be: suspenseful, compelling, and unpredictable. Anchored by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo’s excellent performance as Mickey Haller, a skeptical yet optimistic criminal defense attorney as well as a recovering addict who runs his practice out of his town car, The Lincoln Lawyer is a solid adaptation of the Michael Connelly novel of the same name. Other standouts include Neve Campbell as Maggie McPherson, Halley’s first wife and a criminal prosecutor. If you’re looking for a sleek, sophisticated series, The Lincoln Lawyer is sure to deliver. - Taylor Gates

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Kaleidoscope (2023-present)

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Creator: Eric Garcia

Cast: Paz Vega, Giancarlo Esposito, Jai Courtney, Peter Mark Kendall

From the intriguing mind of Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men), Kaleidoscope is a brand-new criminal anthology series that explores the heist genre in a clever new way. Fascinatingly presented, Kaleidoscope is a story of an elite crew of master thieves determined to break into an unbreakable vault for the score of a lifetime. Set across 25 years, Kaleidoscope uniquely allows audiences to piece together the puzzle however they wish, with eight immersive episodes that can be watched in any order. Starring Paz Vega, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jai Courtney, by the end of Kaleidoscope’s first season, the dots will be connected, but the results will vary. – Yael Tygiel

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The Witcher: Blood Origin (2022-present)

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Creator: Declan De Barra

Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Lenny Henry, Nathaniel Curtis, Dylan Moran

A prequel series set over a thousand years before the hit action-filled fantasy drama The Witcher,The Witcher: Blood Origin comes from creator Declan De Barra (Iron Fist) and explores the elusive Elven world where seven outcasts reluctantly unite against an unjust and power-hungry empire. StarringMichelle Yeoh(Everything Everywhere All At Once), Lenny Henry (The Rings of Power), and Nathaniel Curtis (It’s A Sin), The Witcher: Blood Origin reveals the creation of the very first Witcher, leading to unprecedented events that altered their universe forever, intertwining the worlds of monsters, humans, and elves. – Yael Tygiel

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Harry & Meghan (2022-present)

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Created by: Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday

Harry & Meghan is a six-episode documentary series that allows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Suits) to reveal details about their lives. Exploring their story from the beginning, Harry & Meghan allows the high-profile couple to share intimate moments branching from the intricacies of their initial courtship. Featuring exclusive commentary from their famous friends like Tyler Perry, Serena Williams, and Abigail Spencer (Timeless), Harry & Meghan also allows historians, journalists, and royal experts to weigh in on the controversies they’ve endured throughout their relationship. A deeply personal window into the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry & Meghan is an honest glimpse at their lives. – Yael Tygiel

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The Recruit (2022-present)

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Creator: Alexi Hawley

Cast: Noah Centineo, Katharine King So, Alexandra Petrachuk, Vondie Curtis-Hall

Noah Centineo (Black Adam) stars in The Recruit, an explosive and stunt-filled new series from Alexi Hawley (The Rookie: Feds). Centineo plays a newly hired CIA lawyer who finds himself stumbling headfirst through a dangerous web of international espionage. Hawley’s signature humor reverberates through the thrilling series, allowing Centineo to brush off his teen heartthrob status and emerge as a skilled action star. The Recruit features an experienced supporting cast, including Angel Parker (The Rookie), Vondie Curtis-Hall, Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), and the hilarious Colton Dunn (Superstore). With all the building blocks of an exciting spy-adventure series plus a stellar cast, The Recruit is sure to become a favorite. – Yael Tygiel

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Blood & Water (2020-present)

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Created by: Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute

Cast: Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Gail Mabalane

A fascinating drama series from South Africa, Blood & Water focuses on a pair of teen girls at an elite private school who believe themselves to be long-lost half-sisters. Attempting to prove their relationship, these teens uncover family secrets, including that one of them was abducted at birth. With an enticingly mysterious premise and gorgeous, talented stars like Ama Qamata and Khosi Ngema, Blood and Water promises a tempting story in the genre of Pretty Little Liars,Ringer,or The Lying Game. By highlighting Cape Town, supported by colorful costuming and cinematic shots, Blood & Water is a fantastic soapy series with three seasons already available to binge. – Yael Tygiel

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1899 (2022-present)

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Created by: Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar

Cast: Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau

Combining elements of period drama, mystery, and sci-fi, 1899 is an epic German series that follows a group of European migrants traveling to New York City by boat at the turn of the century. From one of the first female doctors in the UK to a Parisian elite, a pair of mysterious Chinese women to a pretend Portuguese priest, it’s an eclectic bunch, and watching them go on their journey offers a viewing experience full of intriguing suspense. – Taylor Gates

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Wednesday (2022-present)

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Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane

If you’re craving something creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, look no further than Wednesday. Focusing on a teenage Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), the show follows her as she attends Nevermore Academy, a school for supernatural creatures – something she’s not too thrilled about. However, her role quickly turns from mere student to detective, as there is a string of mysterious murders only she can help solve. The Addams Family has endured for generations for a reason, and Wednesday puts a refreshing spin on our familiar characters. Ortega’s performance is particularly impressive, and it’s fun to see Christina Ricci back in a different role, too. – Taylor Gates

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Warrior Nun (2020-present)

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Created by: Simon Barry

Cast: Alba Baptista, Toya Turner, Thekla Reuten

Based on the comic book character by Ben Dunn, Warrior Nun follows a young woman named Ava (Alba Baptista) who wakes up one day with a halo in her back. Even stranger, the halo gives her special skills and the ability to walk for the first time since being paralyzed 10 years ago. With these new powers, Ava gets pulled into a group of badass nuns who fight off evil. Combining mythology and theology with some truly impressive action, Warrior Nun is sure to delight fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the like. – Taylor Gates

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From Scratch (2022)

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Creators: Attica Locke, Tembi Locke

Cast: Zoe Saldana, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler, Judith Scott

Inspired by Tembi Locke's memoir, From Scratch tells the story of a Texas woman (Zoe Saldana) whose world shifts when she heads abroad to Italy. With a turbulent love story at the center, From Scratch’s eight-episode run delicately infuses the limited series with art, sweeping shots of gorgeous architecture, and picturesque landscapes. The scenery alone will draw viewers into this romantic adventure of love, compromise, and determination. Showrunner Attica Locke brings out a moving performance from Saldana as well as her Sicilian love interest, co-star Eugenio Mastrandrea. – Yael Tygiel

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Inside Man (2022)

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Created by: Steven Moffat

Cast: David Tennant, Stanley Tucci, Dolly Wells, Lydia West

Created by Steven Moffat, the mind behind hits like Sherlock and Doctor Who, Inside Man stars his previous collaborator David Tennant as a local vicar named Harry Watling and Stanley Tucci as Jefferson Grieff, a death row inmate who gets leeway due to his talent for solving mysteries. After a series of events finds Harry in trouble, their two worlds collide. Inside Man shows two very different men thrown together and the unexpected repercussions of that. Its performances and central mystery make for a compelling watch. – Taylor Gates

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

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Created by: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Lize Johnston, Kevin Keppy, Kate Minicucci, F. Murray Abraham

The mind behind The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, and – most recently – Netflix’s new Pinocchio, Guillermo del Toro is one of the most brilliant and influential people in horror. Cabinet of Curiosities is an anthology series curated by him featuring eight unique stories that celebrate and comment on the genre. From a mysterious storage unit to a Salem graveyard, a dead body found in the woods to a lotion with strange effects, each tale is creepy, original, and thoroughly entertaining. – Taylor Gates

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The Watcher (2022)

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Created by: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan

Cast: Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Isabel Gravitt, Luke David Blumm, Jennifer Coolidge

Another mystery thriller show from Ryan Murphy and frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, The Watcher is based on a true story of a family who starts receiving threatening letters after moving into their new home. The series stars an A-list cast, including Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale as the parents who move in, Margo Martindale and Richard Kind as their less-than-welcoming neighbors, and Jennifer Coolidge as a real estate agent Watts’ characters knows from her past. The show can be as comedic as it is creepy, making for a fun watch. – Taylor Gates

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The Midnight Club (2022)

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Created by: Mike Flanagan, Leah Fong

Cast: Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone

From creator Mike Flanagan – the great mind behind The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, among others – The Midnight Club is another excellent horror series. The show follows a group of eight young hospice patients who meet up every night to tell spooky stories. One night, they make a pact that the first one of them to die will communicate with the others from beyond the grave. When this happens, mysterious occurrences begin. Flanagan is known for combining horror with heart, and The Midnight Club is no exception, giving the audience as many emotions as it does jump scares. – Taylor Gates

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The Empress (2022)

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Created by: Katharina Eyssen, Lena Stahl

Cast: Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant

A steamy period drama in the vein of Bridgerton, The Empress revolves around Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau), the Empress of Austria who ruled at the end of the 19th century. An unconventional ruler, she marries the man that was intended for her sister. And that’s just where the complications start. Things get even more complex as she has to navigate meddling family members and politics. Romantic and intriguing, The Empress is a historical series worth a watch. – Taylor Gates

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Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022)

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Created by: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan

Cast: Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, Richard Jenkins

Society has a fascination with true crime and serial killers, and Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most obvious examples of this. From countless documentaries to the 2017 film My Friend Dahmer, there’s been a lot of media out there depicting the infamous murderer. This series, however, attempts something of a twist by retelling the tragedies from the victims’ points of view. Chilling and well-made, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story focuses more on systemic failures than sensationalizing the crimes, which is a refreshing – and important – change. – Taylor Gates

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Fate: the Winx Saga (2021-present)

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Created by: Brian Young

Cast: Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt

Based on the beloved Winx Club animated series, Fate: the Winx Saga takes a darker, more mature approach to the franchise. The story focuses on Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a fire fairy who enrolls at a magical boarding school. There, she makes friends with other magical beings and learns more about her past – and must work with them to defeat an ancient enemy that threatens Otherworld. Offering a compelling escape into a magical world, Fate: the Winx Saga makes for a solid addition to the teen fantasy genre. – Taylor Gates

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Cobra Kai (2018-present)

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Created by: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan

A sequel to the original Karate Kid movies, Cobra Kai is a martial arts dramedy that the whole family can enjoy. The series takes place 34 years after Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) was defeated by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in the All-Valley Karate Tournament. Now in his 50s and working as a handyman, Johnny has been suffering from alcoholism and depression; however, after defending a local neighborhood kid (Xolo Maridueña) from a bully using his old moves, Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo to help him and other local children learn to protect themselves. Through this, Johnny rediscovers his purpose – and reignites his rivalry with Daniel. – Taylor Gates

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Devil in Ohio (2022-present)

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Created by: Daria Polatin

Cast: Emily Deschanel, Sam Jaeger, Gerardo Celasco, Madeleine Arthur

Based on the novel also by Daria Polatin, Devil in Ohio is a limited thriller series full of suspense and mystery that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat. The series stars BonesEmily Deschanel as Dr. Suzanne Mathis, a psychiatrist at a hospital in the suburbs of Cleveland. She forms a connection with a patient named Mae (Madeleine Arthur), a teen girl who has escaped from a cult, and invites her to stay with her until she can find a foster home – something that disrupts the lives of Suzanne’s family. Slick and addictive, Devil in Ohio will keep you guessing throughout all eight episodes. – Taylor Gates

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Echoes (2022-present)

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Creator: Vanessa Gazy

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Matt Bomer, Karen Robinson

Michelle Monaghan pulls double duty in Echoes, a terrifyingly mysterious thriller about twins (Monaghan) who spent their entire lives secretly swapping places with each other. Now adults, the culmination of their deceptions begins to unravel when one sister disappears and chaos ensues. Creator Vanessa Gazy crafts an alluring puzzle for audiences to piece together as the schemed and choreographed lives of these women fall apart. Supporting Monaghan’s intense performances is the exceptional Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol), who must deal with the disarray, along with chameleon Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek) as the diligent sheriff. – Yael Tygiel

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