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 (from yesteryear or just released) 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 favorite show, here are the best shows on Netflix.
March 2019 is bringing multiple batches of Netflix Original TV shows, including the second half of Arrested Development's 5th Season, as well as more Santa Clarita Diet and Queer Eye. And what do Netflix subscribers have to look forward to in the future? The full trailer for the third season of Stranger Things has arrived, and it looks to pack just as much nostalgic feelings as previous chapters.
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Coming in under the radar in Netflix's Feb. 2019 releases, this dark, druggy delight subverts a ton of traditions to positive results. A lot of that comes from audiences coming in hopefully-cold, and getting surprised by the show's premise and inner workings, so let's stay spoiler-free. The first thing you should know is that Russian Doll is the funny and emotional the series that Natasha Lyonne (its star, co-creator, writer, and director) has long since deserved, as she's spent most of her career as a co-star and not a lead. Next up, as Todd VanDerWeff pointed out, Russian Dolls goes beyond having a strong, brash female lead, and places men in supporting roles — that aren't quite fleshed out, but help drive the story — typically made for women.
If you ever thought that puberty would become a stale topic for a TV series, you thought wrong. Sex Education, a British Netflix Original series, shakes up the formula with one of TV's most reliable veterans: Gillian Anderson. Yes, that's right, the star of X-Files and Hannibal breathes life into the genre as Dr. Jean F. Milburn, a sex therapist and single mother of Otis (Asa Butterfield), an insanely awkward teen who's having trouble coming to grips with his own sexuality. This is more than just a family sitcom, though, as Otis' classmates — including his best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and local bully Adam (Connor Swindells) — provide tons of tension and drama. And while Otis is beset by trouble from all corners, he's getting help from the most unlikely of sources, including Maeve, the local bad-girl.
Marie Kondo's KonMari method has been politely nudging folks to get rid of the junk in their apartments for years, but it's never been this well presented. In Tidying Up, Kondo's joy for her "life changing magic" is on full display. Some will find it a pleasant, soothing watch that's perfect for before bedtime hours, while others should avoid this. After all, there's nothing to keep you up at night like thoughts of the home renovations you should be doing.
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For once, a modernized update isn't a lifeless, gritty reboot, as She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the best new animated series on Netflix and a ton of fun. Sure, it might start in a dark place — as protagonists Adora and Catra did grow up as orphaned child soldiers — but it doesn't live in that despair. Before you know it, She-Ra and the Princesses embraces everything we love about Steven Universe, from its glowing palette to a strong, winking sense of humor. If show-runner Noelle Stevenson gets the chance to fill She-Ra with the inventiveness she made her name for with the fantasy comic Nimona, this series has a true chance to remake its titular hero for generations to come.
What if you took everything people love about the hit show Riverdale — including its beautiful look, campy fun and dark storylines — but added horror sensibilities and made it even funnier? That's what you get with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a new Netflix original that will have viewers forgetting about the sitcom led by Melissa Joan Hart that was rooted in the same characters. Also, this series benefits from an excellent lead in Kiernan Shipka, who's taken everything she learned as Sally Draper and is applying it to a show with much more room to be weird.
A holiday special debuted on Dec. 14, and a second season is set for April 5. A trailer for the next set of episodes shows an emphasis on how Sabrina's powers are manifesting in small ways that her family and friends have started to notice, along with a ton of Wiccan iconography.
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This four-part series adapts chef Samin Nosrat best-selling book into a joyous adventure breaking down the essential elements of great-tasting food. Not only does the beautifully-shot show encourage audiences to believe in their ability to cook (even if it's not there yet), but it educates audiences on the cultures that spawned these culinary marvels. By the end of the series, you'll not only be starving, but you'll be imbued with a bit of confidence to make the step from the audience to the chopping block. The series has some influence from Anthony Bourdain's work, but could be the start of the new best cooking show on Netflix.
It's time to meet You, your next guilty pleasure binge watch. A thrilling drama, You is the talk of social media these days thanks to how much the show plays with our own addictions to Instagram and other apps. You stars Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) as a bookstore manager named Joe, who falls in love with Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a grad student, and cyber-stalks the ever-loving heck out of her. Co-star Shay Mitchel is earning raves for her performance as Peach, Beck's rich-and-horrible bestie, who feels like a female riff on Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass.