With most of us staying indoors for the foreseeable future, the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make that isolation life a little easier, we've rounded up a slew of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.
Grab the snacks and get comfy, here are 20 of the best shows on Netflix.
The Queen’s Gambit
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, this Netflix limited series drama is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius—and yes, it’s an absolute must watch. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
Everyone’s favourite (former) late night show host returns with the latest season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Combining humor, curiosity and in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, this four-episode third season of the Netflix talk show series has an impressive guest list. We’re talking the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Chappelle and Lizzo. While you might think you know all there is to know about your fave celebs, Letterman digs deeper with his signature interview style delivering quotes of gold.
Set in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Distance is an eight-part anthology series that showcases the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and isolation. Each standalone episode is told through a virtual lens and captures the unique emotional experience of being forced apart by circumstance and having no choice but to communicate remotely and rely on technology to maintain any sense of connection. Through these varied and deeply human stories, Social Distance aims to provide some much-needed catharsis during a tumultuous time while also capturing a snapshot of this singular moment in history.
Dream Home Makeover
Ok we’ll admit it, we’re obsessed with anything home reno-related so it’s a no brainer that this new show from Netflix ended up on this list. It’s hosted by Syd and Shea McGee who started documenting their signature interior design style and home renovations on Instagram back in 2010. They’ve since grown their social media presence into a thriving business employing a team of 70 and have clients around the world. Dream Home Makeover melds together the personal side of the McGee’s, what it’s like to raise their two daughters and build their own dream home, along with the day to day of running a successful business. Each episode features one home design project that ranges from budget-friendly living room upgrades to full home renovations where money isn’t an object.
The Haunting Of Bly Manor
From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan comes the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. The Haunting of Bly Manor goes like this: After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.
Emily In Paris
If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, then tune into Deaf U stat. This totally addictive, coming-of-age docu-series follows a tight-knit group of deaf students at Gallaudet University, a renowned private college for the deaf and hard of hearing, in Washington, D.C. As the group of friends navigate the high, lows, and hookups of college life together, their stories offer an unprecedented, unfiltered, and often unexpected look inside the Deaf community. We’re calling it—this is absolutely one of the best new shows on Netflix right now.
From Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) comes this epic thriller that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. In 1947, Mildred (Sarah Paulson) arrived in Northern California seeking employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.
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We’ve LOL’d hard at Katherine Ryan’s stand up special on Netflix and now she’s back as the executive producer, writer and star of her debut scripted series The Duchess. In it, Ryan stars as an uber-fashionable, slightly crazy, single mum living in London with her daughter Olive. Upon deciding she wants to have a second child she considers the men in her life as potential options: there’s current boyfriend Evan (Aussie Steen Raskopoulos), Olive’s dad and former boy band star (Rory Keenan), or a sperm donor. The result is a seriously funny, authentic series that feels like a mash of Flea Bag meets Sex And The City. Yep, it’s absolutely one of the best shows on Netflix right now.
This new Netflix series is getting a lot of attention, for good reason—it’s a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way. The plot goes like this: as American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband and teenage daughter when they need her the most. As the crew's journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex.
Based on the novel from screenwriter Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s the Man) this epic show has just dropped a second season and you’re going to want to devour it. For those who aren’t familiar with Trinkets, the plot goes like this: When three teenage girls find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, an unlikely friendship forms between grieving misfit Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand), mysterious outsider Moe (Kiana Madeira), and Tabitha (Quintessa Swindell), an imperfect picture of perfection. They soon find strength in each other as they negotiate the complicated dilemma of trying to fit in while longing to break out.
Based on the characters from Thomas Harris' novels this truly terrifying series is probably better binged with company (or at the very least in the daytime). The show follows FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) who is recruited by the FBI to help investigate a serial killer in Minnesota. Disturbed by the case, the FBI suggests Graham get checked out by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter—yes that Hannibal Lecter—who is secretly a cannibalistic serial killer. Fascinated by Graham and his ability to connect with psychopathic murderers, Lector (played brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen) forms a calculated and deadly bond with Graham that will push him to the edge. The show also boasts a stacked cast including Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.
Million Dollar Beach House
Say hello to your new guilty please. This Netflix newbie offers a bird’s eye view into the day-to-day life of the Hampton’s youngest and most exclusive group of real estate agents, documenting their private lives and sleek coastline listings. With 2,500 realtors working the Hamptons market, earning a listing is fierce competition. Nest Seekers reps to-die-for, multi-million-dollar properties and not without personal drama between agents. Throughout the series, five brokers hustle from Memorial Day to Labor Day to buy and sell properties for their clients. From appeasing sellers who are unhappy with home staging to cutthroat open houses where agents are going after each other’s clients, Million Dollar Beach House has all the views, all the schmooze, and brokers with a lot to lose.
This docu-series is all about the golden age of video games, when legends—from Pac-Man to Doom—were brought to life. Through ingenuity and sheer force of will, computer pioneers and visionary artists from around the globe spawned the iconic worlds of Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Sonic the Hedgehog, John Madden Football, and beyond. Without rules or roadmaps, players and innovators alike pushed the limits of money to be made, rivals to be crushed, and hearts to be won. This is the story of the brains behind the pixels and how their unmatched innovation built a multi-billion dollar industry—almost by accident.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
If you, like us, devoured Dirty John, you’ll be obsessed with the latest story in the anthology series. In season two, the series will chronicle another true crime tale of twisted love. Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story follows Betty (played by Amanda Peet), who once lived the perfect life in San Diego, California. Madly in love with her college sweetheart, and father of her children, Dan Broderick (Christian Slater), the duo’s relationship made headlines in the late 80s and 90s after a scandalous affair turned deadly. We don't want to spoil anything but let's just say, in this case, there's no moving on after divorce.
Picture this: The Hills meets Million Dollar Listing to create this truly outrageous reality show. Selling Sunset (which is back for season two so catch up) follows all the drama at top real estate firm The Oppenheim Group, where seven of the city's most successful female realtors work under the same roof selling multi-million-dollar properties to Hollywood’s elite. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other. These ladies will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact. Grab a vino, this is one of the best (and easiest) shows to binge on Netflix right now.