Table of Contents
- Best TV Shows Hidden on Netflix
- Magic School Bus
- The Returned
- The Inbetweeners
- Chill with Bob Ross/Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
- The Twilight Zone
- The 4400
- Dark Matter
- Schitt’s Creek
- Forensic Files
- Wynonna Earp
- Degrassi: Next Class
- The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018
- 10 under-the-radar TV shows to scare you senseless this Halloween
- TV Critics Give Their Under-The-Radar Picks
- Get Your Binge On With 14 Of The Best New Shows On Netflix Right Now
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Next In Fashion
- The Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow
- Sex Education
- Spinning Out
- Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
- The Witcher
- V Wars
- The Confession Killer
- The Crown
- 13 underrated Netflix series you need to start watching right now
- 13 underrated Netflix series to start watching now
- 13 Criminally Underrated Netflix Shows That Deserve Your Undivided Attention
- 15 underrated shows to watch on Netflix in 2019, including One Day at a Time, The Magicians, and more!
Best TV Shows Hidden on Netflix
Editor’s Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what unknown classics are being added to Netflix.
Updated for February 2020.
You can see a complete list of new Netflix releases here.
Netflix almost always knows what you want to watch.
The streaming services algorithm works hard to take your viewing preferences and find more just like it. Still even with all that math, some shows are bound to fall by the wayside. There is just so much content on Netflix that some of it is hidden from view.
So here we’ve compiled the best “hidden” TV shows on Netflix. Go beyond the algorithm and find something a little more obscure. Some may be from the distant past, distant countries or even just little known, under-appreciated wonders.
Magic School Bus
Recapture the excitement of seeing the VCR unit being rolled in to your 5th grade classroom.
Also watch it just to confirm that Arnold removing his helmet in outer space wasn’t just a half-remembered fever dream.
Smallville sent off a chain reaction of TV properties that sought to show the early years of popular fictional icons. In some ways, current CW shows like The Flash represent the natural conclusion to the phenomenon.
But of all the post-Smallville properties, the BBC’s Merlin is undoubtedly among the best. For some fans, Colin Morgan’s depiction of the legendary Merlin is the definitive one.
Ignore the bad taste left in your mouth by the American remake, the French original Les Revenants is the real deal.
further reading: The Best Hulu Shows You Haven’t Streamed Yet
Horror is subjective and I don’t think The Returned would claim to being outright terrifying but with its dull colors, muted soundtrack and sweeping shots of lonely, fog-filled French countryside, it’s about as creepy as poignant as television can be.
The Inbetweeners would have at one point been too high profile for this list. For several years it was a mainstay of Netflix’s “Popular on Netflix” lists. Now that time has passed, however, The Inbetweeners has retired peacefully to Netflix purgatory. If you haven’t yet seen it though you’ve got to wade into purgatory to check it out.
further reading: The Best Comedy Movies on Netflix
The Inbetweeners is one of the best high school* comedies ever. It captures everything that’s important about being a teenage boy: the awkwardness, the confusion, the pain, the gutbustingly hilarious and the occasional…VERY occasional triumph.
*Or primary school or college or whatever high school is called in the U.K.
Did you know Andy Samberg starred in a BBC sitcom about a weed-smoking American hippie who marries into a conservative British family of great wealth and privilege? Me neither!
And I know every word of “Lazy Sunday!” Cuckoo will soon be getting its own American adaptation starring Michael Chiklis and Cheryl Hines. Get in on the ground floor now and stick around for an inspired bit of casting in season two.
Chill with Bob Ross/Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
In the transition from traditional TV to streaming TV culture, it originally seemed that the low-maintenance, non-scripted “weird” public shows of our childhood wouldn’t make the cut.
further reading: The Best Action Movies on Netflix
Thankfully that’s not the case as Bob Ross and his happy trees are now available as background noise to keep our heart-rates down and our brains full of easily-manageable art.
British writer/actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having a moment now thanks to her brilliant Amazon series Fleabag. It’s Netflix, however, where one can find her television debut: Crashing.
Crashing, which debuted only six months before Fleabag, is another wonderfully hilarious and emotionally fraught six-episode journey this time about six twenty-somethings as they squat in an abandoned hospital under the guise of being its “property guardians.” Crashing is an excellent introduction to moving on and finding the best shows on Netflix
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is an all-time television classic for good reason. Join Rod Serling each episode for a new tale of mystery, horror and woe.
further reading: The Best Horror Movies on Netflix
Whatever you do, however, do NOT drop your glasses.
USA Network’s The 4400 had one of the cooler sci-fi premises on television. In the pilot episode, a ball of light mysteriously appears over the mountains of Washington and promptly deposits 4400 previously missing people back to Earth.
further reading: The Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix
The 4400 have been missing from various time periods dating back to 1936 and none of them have aged. The 4400 was technically cut short four seasons in but there are still 44 excellent episodes on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. Also you get to check out recent Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in an early role.
Hostages comes from Israel and it’s just a tiny bit intense. Four masked men storm the home of the Danon family and demand that matriarch surgeon Yael botch her upcoming routine surgery on the Israeli Prime Minister, killing him. If she doesn’t follow through they’ll kill her whole family.
further reading: The Best Documentaries on Netflix
Is that sounds familiar it’s because there was an American remake of the same name on CBS in 2013. Definitely go with the original.
Perhaps the only thing better than a good science fiction story is a good science fiction mystery. Canada’s Dark Matter has an amazing premise. The series begins with six people suddenly waking up from stasis pods to find they are aboard a ship called Razza, cruising through outer space.
They have no memories of their lives prior to being cast out into space. They assume the monikers One through Six and go about trying to discern why they ended up with those pods and contend with the challenges of this whole stranded in outer space thing.
Schitt’s Creek is more than just a funny title but damn, that title is funny. Schitt’s Creek (I’m going to type it as much as possible by the way) reunites Christopher Guest alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara as the patriarch and matriarch of the wealthy Rose family.
further reading: The Best Comedy TV Shows on Netflix
After a corrupt business manager takes off with all their money, the Ross’s are left with only one asset: the small town of Schitt’s Creek that they bought as a joke. The family moves in to the little town and learn to make do with predictable results.
Imposters is a thrilling, fun dark comedy from Bravo that hits all the necessary beats for a fun TV show. It stars Inbar Lavi as a conwoman named Maddie whose M.O. is to sedcue rich men and women, rob them for all they’re worth and head on her merry way.
That is until three of her old marks team up to take her down. Bravo may not be best known for its original scripted programming but something this light and fun deserves a spot on television and on our list.
Again, we all love true crime stories and Forensic Files has all but mastered taking real life violent crimes and translating them into entertaining half-hour chunks that celebrate the science behind the justice system.
further reading: The Best Shows Hidden on Amazon Prime Video
The show premiered directly after the O.J. Simpson trial and is one of the reasons that forensic science is so popularly accepted today.
SyFy’s Wynonna Earp has every that a genre show needs to create a passionate, bordering on obsessive fanbase. There are undead outlaws, daughters of legendary gunslingers, and most importantly: rippling same-sex sexual tension.
Melanie Scrofano stars as Wynonna Earp, a great-great granddaughter of legendary cowboy lawman Wyatt Earp. In the present day, she is tasked with battling “revenants,” which are the reincarnated outlaws her great-great grandfather killed. Wynonna Earp is a fun entry into the underutilized supernatural Western genre.
Degrassi: Next Class
Much like there should always be a Stark in Winterfell, there should always be a Degrassi on Netflix. This latest iteration is the fifth in the Canadian high school drama franchise and follows a group of youngsters as they navigate through the perils of youth.
further reading: The Best Romantic Movies on Netflix
Granted, there has never been a school as devastating busy and dramatic as Degrassi High but there are lessons to be had all the same.
THE MAGICIANS — “Home Improvement” Episode 408 — (Photo by: Eric Milner/SYFY — Acquired via NBC Media Village
14. The Magicians
Cast: Olivia Dudley, Jason Ralph, Summer Bishil, Stella Maeve
Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Ralph) after discovering that the magic he has long been a fan of is actually real. He is accepted into a school of magic, Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, where he’s excited to be trained as a magician.
Why you need to watch: Have you ever wanted to learn more about the world of magic, it’s possibilities, and miss Harry Potter? The Magicians is for you! This series is for the fantasy-genre fan in your life! If you miss Harry Potter, watch The Magicians as it offers a similar feel but is more adult.
Even though it’s not a Netflix original (seasons air on Syfy first), it’s still an underrated gem you’ll find on the streaming giant. We believe The Magicians deserves a larger audience, and though all episodes go to Netflix once a season is finished airing on Syfy, it’s just about lost and forgotten among other content.
We don’t blame you for not catching The Magicians before, but now there’s no excuse not to catch up on all the episodes. Summer is the perfect time for a long binge-watch on Netflix. Three seasons are currently available to stream. Season 4 arrives soon as the fifth season will debut on Syfy later this year.
At Rotten Tomatoes, the seasons have fresh scores from 74% to 100%. Upcoming seasons means that, if you love it, there’s more where that came from! Both fans and critics praise The Magicians for featuring a brilliant cast and fun special effects. The story is intriguing and is the perfect series to add some mystery into your life.
The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018
At this point, it’s a cliché to complain that there’s too much television and not enough time to watch it all. But the fact that it’s a cliché doesn’t make it any less true. The stories about how overwhelming this era of “peak TV” feels began years ago, and the number of shows in production has only continued to increase. But what really hammers the point home isn’t the growing list of everything we watch in a year, but the even longer list of everything we’ve been meaning to get around to.
It’s impossible to even keep up with the existence of all the new shows, let alone actually watch them. Even as someone who literally spends two-thirds of the day in front of a TV, and obsessively tracks premiere dates on three separate calendars, I’ve still been caught off guard when logging onto Netflix and seeing a trailer for the second season of a show I’d never heard of. (Sick Note has been duly noted; I’ll get around to it in 2020.) On one hand, it’s wonderful to have so many options, especially when those options mean more diverse creators and stories. But on the other hand, it means that so much good stuff goes completely overlooked.
Did you know Facebook Watch aired a teen drama starring “lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko? Or that Audience Network has a comedy about polyamory that’s going into its fourth season? Have you checked out Cartoon Network’s utterly infectious Craig of the Creek, featuring voice actors ranging from Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews to My Favorite Murder’s Karen Kilgariff? Did you ever get around to YouTube’s Cobra Kai, a surprisingly good series based on The Karate Kid?
Fortunately, the holidays mean there are slightly fewer new shows airing than usual, which buys us some time to catch up (doubly true if you’re avoiding your family.) If you’re looking for a few to check out, here’s a handy list of the best overlooked shows of 2018.
The End of the F***ing World
Despite being championed by nearly every television critic I know, The End Of The F***ing World (their stylization) is one of the shows that just prompts blank stares when mentioned. It doesn’t help that it’s tough to sell. The series follows 17-year-old James (Alex Lawther), who thinks he might be a psychopath. He goes on a road trip with his classmate Alyssa (Jessica Barden), planning to murder her by the end of it. A lighthearted romp! Of course, it goes deeper than its premise. The series, which originally aired on the UK’s Channel 4 and is based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name, is pitch-black fun, and a twisted romance that’s both whimsical and violent. It’s a show that makes viewers care about its screwed-up, unlikable leads, and it depicts teenage misanthropy and being on the cusp of adulthood in a thought-provoking way. Plus, it’s wonderfully short: eight episodes, all under half an hour long. It’s the rare show with a perfect, satisfying ending. A second season has been ordered, but in the right hands, that could work, too.
Where to watch it: Netflix
Sorry for Your Loss
Speaking of hard sells, this one has a triple whammy: it’s a Facebook original, it has a depressing title, and it boasts an equally depressing premise. Sorry for Your Loss stars a magnificent Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh, a writer who was recently widowed and is trying to piece her life back together. The show’s primary sell is “It’s about grief,” which doesn’t sound like much fun on paper. But the result is a surprisingly engaging, remarkably well-written mediation on the different, less-celebrated ways to grieve. Leigh’s grief isn’t expressed in the typical solitary crying that TV often relies on. Instead, she’s seen through a combination of numbness and anger. She’s angry at her deceased husband Matt, at her husband’s brother, at the “perfect” widow in her grief group (who Leigh calls the Jackie O. to her own Courtney Love), at her desperate-to-help family (including The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran as her sister), and, of course, at herself. Matt’s death isn’t just explored through Leigh, but through other characters who knew him, allowing the show to trace the ripple effects one person has on the world. It’s occasionally darkly funny, and by the end of the short first season, it’s also pretty cathartic.
Where to watch it: Facebook Watch
One of Hulu’s first original series ended its four-season fun a few months ago, but that’s just a better reason to check it out. (At least you’ll be assured that it stuck the landing.) The half-hour dramedy, which began its run as a fun look at the weirdness of casual dating (especially online), quietly became one of the most interesting, introspective relationship series on TV. Anchored by siblings Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie (Michaela Watkins), Casual never hesitated to dig into its uncomfortable interpersonal relationships, but it always managed to do so with humor. And it remained fully committed to having its characters grow and evolve realistically, right until the very end.
Where to watch it: Hulu
The buzz around Schitt’s Creek has been slowly growing as it prepares to begin its fifth season next month, yet it’s still one of the most undervalued programs on television. Granted, it’s hard to find Pop TV, where it originated, but fortunately, the first four seasons are streaming on Netflix, which is a blessed match, since the show works even better in marathon form. The key to Schitt’s Creek is to fully immerse yourself in its world and simply enjoy its fairy tale-esque approach, as the show embraces its titular weirdo town much like NBC’s underrated Trial & Error embraced its similarly weird setting. The comedy follows the Rose family (which consists of Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy) as they go from riches to rags and end up in the small town of Schitt’s Creek, forced to adapt while refusing to fully compromise themselves. The show is funny, queer, and silly, but it’s also appealingly warm. The writers seem to truly love their characters and want to see them happy. That shouldn’t make a show stand out, but it does.
Where to watch it: Netflix
On My Block
Much of On My Block functions like adolescence: it’s awkward, uncomfortable, off-balance, with plenty of ups and downs. But it’s also immensely charming as it follows a group of high schoolers in South Central Los Angeles. Even in an increasingly color-conscious environment, it’s a rare showing. It’s a teen sitcom with a group of diverse kids at the forefront, rather than having a character of color lazily thrown in to round out the cast. The series deftly weaves together typical teen fare like crushes and parental expectations with the realities of everyday crime and gang violence. (Oddly, there’s also a Goonies-esque treasure hunt thrown in.) It feels lived-in from the very beginning; it doesn’t take long for the creators to warm up to the characters and root for them. By the end of the first season, when everything comes into focus, it’s clear it was worth the ride.
Where to watch it: Netflix
Detroiters isn’t just one of the year’s most overlooked comedies; it’s one of the year’s best comedies, period. It’s a comedy for those who rolled their eyes at the dead seriousness of Mad Men, for those who appreciate loving references to Detroit culture, for those who frequently rewatch sitcoms to catch the jokes they missed the first time, and for those who simply want to laugh about life for half an hour. The comedy follows two best friends and business partners (played by real-life BFFs Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson) as they make low-rent ads for local businesses. It’s small-stakes comedy that results in big laughs, and it’s one of the most entertaining and genuinely joyous shows out there.
Where to watch it: Comedy Central
Of all the shows on this list, Loudermilk is going to be the toughest to find since Audience Network basically only exists on AT&T U-verse and DirecTV Now. That’s a shame because Loudermilk (and a few of Audience’s other shows, such as You Me Her) is a nice, weird little comedy that’s just offbeat enough to be interesting. Rob Livingston stars as Sam Loudermilk, a grumpy recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor. It’s yet another blend of comedy and drama, propelled by its humorous approach to bleak storylines. Even Will Sasso’s role as Sam’s best friend / roommate goes surprisingly deep, especially when their friendship takes a dark turn at the end of the first season. Loudermilk is notable for providing an honest exploration of addiction, even when it gets a little weird.
Where to watch it: Audience Network
United Shades of America
For the first two seasons of W. Kamau Bell’s brilliant comedic docuseries, the loudest reactions came when he interviewed people who hated him and his community: season 1 opened with Bell talking with members of the KKK, while in season 2, he made headlines for including an interview with white supremacist Richard Spencer. But what stands out most, especially in season 3, is when he simply talks to people who rarely get to speak for themselves, such as the people who live at the border of the US and Mexico or members of the disability community. Bell approaches each episode with a mixture of genuine curiosity and lightheartedness, frequently weaving in his signature comedic style. But most importantly, he actually listens, and he knows when to turn off his comedy instincts and get serious. It’s an insightful look at people and places outside of our familiar comfort zones, but it never gets too preachy.
Where to watch it: Hulu for seasons 1 and 2, CNN for the current season
If there were any justice in this world, Claws would be one of the biggest series currently airing, with appearances on multiple year-end best-of lists. But alas, even in its second season, it has continued to slip under most critics’ radar, even though it seems designed to stand out. The colorful, hilarious, absolutely addictive drama plunges viewers into a world that’s as much about a nail salon as it is about organized crime in Florida. Claws is funny and violent, ridiculous and brutal. It’s not uncommon for a choreographed dance sequence to layer upon a shocking murder. The entire show is worth it just for Niecy Nash’s pitch-perfect performance alone.
Where to watch it: Hulu for season 1, TNT for the current season
Take My Wife, Vida, America to Me
While Outlander and Power rightfully get all of the attention, the majority of Starz programming has been wonderful — and generally overlooked — this year. There’s Take My Wife, originally on the now-defunct comedy streaming service Seeso, which was created by and stars queer comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher. The series takes a typical sitcom approach to love, marriage, and work / life balance but with a lesbian couple at the center. And no one dies! There’s also America to Me, a powerful docuseries that focuses on the racial inequality and the imbalance of a public school in the Chicago area by following around an outspoken group of students who candidly share their perspectives. Finally, there’s the beautiful, heartbreaking Vida, which sheds light on queer and / or Latinx communities as it follows two sisters trying to repair their relationship while also dealing with the sudden death of their mother.
Where to watch them: Starz On Demand, the Starz app
10 under-the-radar TV shows to scare you senseless this Halloween
With Halloween fast approaching, the TV viewer’s thoughts shift from the usual prestige drama to things that go bump in the night. While the likes of “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “Castle Rock” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” are among the higher-profile offerings from TV’s ongoing love affair with horror, there are plenty more thrills to be found when you dig a little deeper. Below are 10 recent, under-the-radar favorites from a crowded field.
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“Crazyhead” (Netflix): There are pleasant “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” vibes in this six-episode U.K. import, which centers on a young woman named Amy (Cara Theobold, “Ready Player One”) whose life is upended as she learns she is a seer — that is, she can see demons walking among us. While the face-melting effects and scares remain steady as the series unfolds, what helps “Crazyhead” stand out is a twisted, gleefully raunchy sense of humor, most effective in the sure hands of Amy’s seen-it-all partner and demon-hunting mentor, Raquel (Susan Wokoma, “Chewing Gum”).
Susan Wokoma and Cara Theobold in “Crazyhead” on Netflix (Steffan Hill/Netflix) Advertisement
“Creepshow” (Shudder): This quasi-reboot of the 1982 film by George Romero and Stephen King has kept the campy, comic book-style chills coming since its arrival in September. Over a run that’s seen a boost to the subscriber base for AMC’s horror-tilted streaming service, the series has touched on werewolves, haunted dollhouses and a host of King Easter eggs, keeping the heart of the original intact. While the results carry the same “your mileage may vary” caveat of any anthology series, “Creepshow” may have saved its best for last with a Halloween finale written by King’s son (and fellow horror novelist), Joe Hill.
Giancarlo Esposito in the “Gray Matter” episode of Shudder’s horror anthology “Creepshow.” (Shudder)
“The Enfield Haunting” (Hulu): Capitalizing on a very real sense that there was just something more creepy about the ’70s, this period-set drama out of the U.K. follows in the capable, based-on-a-true-story footsteps of that decade’s “The Exorcist.” The series captures the arrestingly unsettled atmosphere as an evil spirit terrorizes an unsuspecting family’s home, deftly using quiet creaks and dark shadows that grow increasingly hostile. Plus, the already solid cast includes Matthew Macfadyen in his native accent as an initially skeptical paranormal investigator, further illustrating that Tom Wamsgans was cavorting with dark elements long before “Succession.”
“The House” (Hulu): Because not all horror needs to serve as an allegory for social ills, this series honors the genre’s rich history of short, scary stories. Built around a shape-shifting haunted house and those who cross its path, this series should capably fill those windows between knocks at the door from trick-or-treaters, with each episode coming in under 10 minutes. Sure, the acting is uneven, and the humor at times clumsy enough to give it the feel of a low-budget class project running wild, but that too is a tribute to horror’s legacy.
“Kingdom” (Netflix): As in the breathless 2016 film “Train to Busan,” South Korea has a track record of breathing life into the typical zombie story. This series, directed by Kim Seong-hun (“Tunnel”), goes a step further by reinventing the mythology as a period piece, building upon a real-life plague that afflicted Korea hundreds of years ago during the Joseon dynasty. (Except this one raises the dead.) Palace intrigue, corruption and the unwillingness of leaders to make the difficult decisions to help citizens and fend off a systemic threat are all in play for a series that is as haunting as it is timeless.
Netflix’s “Kingdom.” (Juhan Noh / Netflix)
“Les Revenants” (Sundance Now): Not to be confused with “The Returned,” the well-meaning but inferior American version, this import finds new melancholy in the standard back-from-the-grave story. Years after a bus crash claimed dozens of lives in a French Alpine town, its victims suddenly return to their homes unharmed and with no memory of their whereabouts. This upends the lives of those who mourned their losses and kicks off a metaphysical mystery that dives into the town’s troubled history amid an uneasy atmosphere (scored by Scottish indie-rock artists Mogwai) and a bottomless supply of sad yet beautiful French people.
“Lore” (Amazon Prime Video): Never feed them after midnight. Stay on the path. So many horror stories are built on warnings. Add one more for this series, which descended from Aaron Mahnke’s nonfiction horror podcast: Stop watching after the first season. Before being unfortunately retooled, “Lore” offered a mix of Mahnke’s narration and capable reenactments drawn from the real history behind true scary stories and legends, examining what they revealed about humankind in the process. The results were unsettling, thought-provoking and far better than the following season, which did away with the voice-over and, somehow, the series’ charm.
“Marianne” (Netflix): Think of this as the French counterpart to last year’s Halloween hit, “Haunting of Hill House.” There’s no Shirley Jackson source material to this series, but there are enough jump scares and over-the-top twists to fill a Breton village of Hill Houses. Victoire Du Bois portrays Emma, a Stephen King-esque horror writer with a sharp haircut who just ended her bestselling series fueled by a haunted childhood. Except her subject wants a sequel. Though various possessions, bloody murders and even a “Stranger Things”-esque flashback ensue in unraveling Marianne’s curse, what will haunt you most is the wild-eyed Mireille Herbstmeyer as the witch’s first host.
John C. McGinley and Janet Varney in “Stan Against Evil” on IFC. (Kim Simms / IFC)
“Stan Against Evil” / “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” (IFC/Starz): Stand-up favorite Dana Gould flexed his dual loves for classic horror and absurd comedy with “Stan Against Evil,” led by John C. McGinley, whose deadpan aggression hasn’t been so effectively weaponized since “Scrubs.” Stan is the cranky ex-sheriff of a town beset by witches in the IFC series, which walks a similar line between gross and goofy as Sam Raimi’s beloved “Evil Dead” franchise. Speaking of which, those looking to follow more directly in Bruce Campbell’s bloody footsteps will love Starz’s series-length sequel to Raimi’s films, “Ash vs. the Evil Dead.” Both series first aired around the same time frame and lasted three seasons. Coincidence?
“The Terror” (AMC): Halloween doesn’t always come with falling temperatures, but the first season of this slow-building thriller offers its own chills by examining an Arctic expedition trapped amid the nightmare of one another’s paranoia and, of course, a ravenous ice monster that’s hunting them all in the wide-open void outside. Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) joins “Game of Thrones” veterans Ciarán Hinds and Tobias Menzies as part of the series’ doomed Royal Navy quest to find the Northwest Passage. This year’s second season hits a little closer to home by imagining a spirit from Japanese folklore amid the real-life horrors of the United States’ internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
TV Critics Give Their Under-The-Radar Picks
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
The holidays – a perfect time to stay inside, ignore your friends and family and cuddle up to your television set. But there are just so many good choices. You could end up scrolling endlessly through Netflix’s offerings before buckling down with a bowl of popcorn. We called up four of our favorite television critics to ask what shows they saw this year that maybe you haven’t heard of yet but are worth a binge.
First up is chief television critic for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall.
ALAN SEPINWALL: I am recommending “Brockmire,” a really funny, really smart and startlingly deep comedy about baseball, substance abuse and life starring Hank Azaria as a lifelong baseball announcer whose career dies in scandalous infamy when he has an on-air meltdown after he discovers his wife is cheating on him. And he goes traveling around the world, abusing every substance known to man and then attempts to rebuild his career from the bottom up. I love that, A, this show is just scorchingly funny whether you care about baseball or not. It’s incredibly creatively profane and silly and weird. And yet it’s also confronting a lot of real emotional issues at the same time. So you know the old cliche about how you’ll laugh, you’ll cry? You’ll get both of those in this. But mostly, you will laugh an awful lot. Just don’t have kids anywhere within about a 5-mile radius as you’re watching.
LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: I’m Linda Holmes. I’m a pop culture correspondent at NPR, and I host the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. I’m recommending “This Way Up,” which is a comedy that you can find on Hulu. It’s about a woman who comes out of rehab for what they kind of elliptically refer to as a nervous breakdown. And she goes back to – she’s an Irish woman who lives in London. And she goes back to London to try to kind of reassemble her life. She teaches English as a second language. She’s very close to her sister. The main character is played by a comedian, an Irish comedian named Aisling Bea. Her sister is played by Sharon Horgan, who you might know from “Catastrophe” or other projects. It’s a very warm show. I think that if you liked “Fleabag” but you also would accept a similarly constructed show that’s a little more – a little bit less distant and a little more warm and intimate maybe, I would say – I really find it funny. It’s pleasant. It’s likeable. I really like the relationship between the sisters. You don’t necessarily see a ton of really successful shows about siblings. I think it’s a very successful show about sisters.
SORAYA NADIA MCDONALD: My name is Soraya Nadia McDonald. I am the culture critic for The Undefeated. The TV show I’m recommending today is “David Makes Man.” It is the first television show to come from Tarell Alvin McCraney, who is, I think, best known as a playwright and also as the person who wrote the play that ended up sort of being adapted into the screenplay that became “Moonlight.” And there are a lot of very similar thematic beats between “Moonlight” and “David Makes Man.” It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s about friendship, particularly between these two black boys who live in Miami but who have very different experiences because of the chasm in their life that’s defined by class. It’s just a really rich, beautiful portrait of coming of age in a setting that you don’t often really see treated with the compassion and wisdom that Tarell treats the housing projects.
EMILY VANDERWERFF: My name is Emily VanDerWerff. And I’m the critic at large at Vox. Today, I’d like to talk to you about “Superstore,” one of my favorite comedies of the 2010s. “Superstore” is about a group of people who work at a big-box store called Cloud 9. It’s obviously a fictional chain. And it’s about sort of the relationships that develop between them, both romantic and friendships. But then it’s also about kind of how they confront all of these political and social issues that have been very important in the 2010s, like immigration restrictions in America and unionization. And it’s just a very interesting take on where we are as a country right now.
You know, I’m not one of those people who watches “The Office” over and over and over again, which I know a lot of people do. This show kind of scratches that itch for me. It has similar character dynamics. It has a really similar sense of humor, which makes sense. Its creator, Justin Spitzer, is an “Office” veteran. But to me, this takes it another level because it really is sort of talking about the world as we know it today and about what it means to be alive in America at this point in time. And I have to say, of the shows that I have recommended to people over the years, this is the one that has the highest success rate of people being like, yes, I really love that.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was Emily VanDerWerff recommending “Superstore,” Soraya Nadia McDonald recommending “David Makes Man,” Linda Holmes recommending “This Way Up” and Alan Sepinwall recommending “Brockmire.” And stay tuned. We’ll have more holiday bingeworthy suggestions coming to you next weekend.
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Get Your Binge On With 14 Of The Best New Shows On Netflix Right Now
The hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends so with that in mind, here’s a sling of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.
In the mix, you’ll find a good batch of thrillers, true crime, anthologies and some insanely good historical drama.
Here are 14 of the best shows on Netflix.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
We’ve been waiting a whole year for the latest instalment of Sabrina and it’s finally here. For those who haven’t had a chance to binge this creepy series, here’s the back story. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a modern and far darker take on naughties hit show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In the latest season we find Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of season. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas. Sabrina can’t live with herself, knowing that Nick made the ultimate sacrifice so with help from her mortal friends, “The Fright Club” Sabrina makes it her mission to free him from eternal damnation and bring him back into her arms.
Next In Fashion
If you were a fan of Project Runway, you’re going to love this high-stakes competition series. In Next In Fashion the world’s best and quietly innovative designers will compete for a chance to become, you guessed it, the next big name in fashion and win a cool $250,000 as well as an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and global style icon Alexa Chung, the show begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.
The Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow
Of all the weird and wacky things Gwyneth has delivered us (her recent vagina-smelling candle topping the list), this might just be our favourite. In this series, the Oscar winner turned wellness guru goes on a curiosity-driven exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics. In each episode, Paltrow and her Goop colleagues explore a range of alternative and to be honest, sometimes crazy, health practices. There’s magic mushrooms, orgasm workshops and exorcisms, and that’s just the tip of the Goop iceberg. While we probably won’t be trying any of these suggestions at home, it’s still an interesting watch.
If you haven’t already binged this hilarious show, we’re actually jealous of you. Sex Education follows the life of Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mum, Jean. In an effort to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school. In season two, which just dropped, Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Hilarious and heart-warming, you’ll devour this one.
When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins. As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he’s performing miracles, the global media become hypnotised by this charismatic figure. Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order. Yep, this one will get you thinking.
Spinning Out follows Kat Baker, a talented, up-and-coming elite figure skater who’s ready to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. However, when she’s presented a second chance as a pair skater, she seizes the opportunity to continue her career and joins forces with skater and resident bad boy Justin. She soon realizes that in order to chase her skating dreams, she’ll have to overcome fractured family relationships, a rocky partnership, and personal demons that threaten to derail everything she’s worked for.
Forget everything you thought you learnt about cheerleading from Bring It On because this docu-series will blow your mind and grab your heart. Cheer follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Texas. Led by the formidable Monica Aldama, this small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000. The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves. You’ll want to keep the tissues close because the back stories of these incredible kids will break your heart.
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
This six-part docu-series goes behind the comedians funny facade and delves deep into his personal life. Hart offers a no holds barred look into his childhood, his turbulent relationship with his family to his rise to fame and his life today. We have to give him major props for opening up about the scandals he’s been a part of too, namely when he was caught cheating on his wife and the fallout from the Oscar controversy. Love him or hate him, you’ll have a newfound respect for Hart’s honesty after watching this.
Grab the popcorn, you’ll devour this sweet series in a day. Soundtrack is a romantic musical drama—but stick with us, it’s worth it—that looks at the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people (mainly lovers and struggling artists Nellie and Sam) in LA through the music that shapes their lives. The show features tracks from Demi Lovato to The Weeknd and stars dancing queen Jenna Dewan. We guarantee this one will get you moving and potentially even shedding a tear or two.
Based on the best-selling fantasy book series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family and it’s going to fill that giant Game of Thrones-shaped heart in your life. Geralt of Rivia (played by Superman Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together.
It seems like Ian Somerhalder just can’t get enough of the vamp life. The former Vampire Diaries star is back but this time he’s on the other side of humanity. In V Wars, Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, the town splits into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of vampires. Swann races against time to try to find a cure, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. This totally binge-worthy series hits screens 5 December.
The Confession Killer
Note: this is not the kind of show you put on in the background, it’s going to require your full attention because it’s absolutely wild. The Confession Killer is about Henry Lee Lucas, who during the early ’80s, confessed to hundreds of unsolved murders. Even with no direct evidence linking Lucas to the crime scenes, he convinced authorities he was their guy thanks to his ability to sketch victims’ portraits while citing brutal details of each attack. The kicker? Journalists began to find problems in Lucas’ timeline, and DNA testing started to contradict his claims. Yep, we said this five-part docuseries was wild! It drops 6 December.
When teenager Marie Adler, played by Kaitlyn Dever, files a police report claiming she’s been sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home, the investigating detectives, as well as the people closest to her, come to doubt the truth of her story. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (played by Emmy winners Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist.Unbelievable is inspired by the real events in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode, Anatomy of Doubt.
Perhaps one of the biggest shows on Netflix, The Crown (based on the award-winning play The Audience) tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. The Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times and the series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
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13 underrated Netflix series you need to start watching right now
Netflix original series are released with such regularity now it can be difficult to keep up—and there are even more coming soon, judging by the Netflix release dates for 2019. Finding the right series to invest in can often feel like an uphill battle. But there are plenty of good Netflix shows that fly under the radar after release, or are canceled too early, or don’t get as much buzz as other, high-profile titles. Here’s a guide to some of the underrated Netflix series you might have missed.
13 underrated Netflix series to start watching now
1) Derry Girls
Lisa McGee’s series about teenagers in Northern Ireland in the ’90s quietly debuted on Netflix late last year, after airing on Channel 4. It’s set against the tail-end of the Troubles, a 30-year period of violent sectarian conflict in Ireland, but political strife isn’t the main focus. That would be the friendship between four Catholic high schoolers, who trade barbs and one-liners with ease as they endure the indignities of being a teenager. —Audra Schroeder
2) The End of the F***ing World
This Netflix original series presents us with a boy named James, who is pretty sure he’s a psychopath. He’s already murdered animals, and now he’s ready to pivot to humans. But when he meets classmate Alyssa and decides she’ll be his first victim, he gets more than he bargained for. The two embark on a road trip, which inadvertently becomes a death trip, and the series deftly balances dark comedy with genuine emotion. —A.S.
3) Chewing Gum
Michaela Coel stars as Tracey in this delightful British comedy about religion, identity, and sexuality. Coel created and wrote the series, infusing it with her own experiences. When she addresses the audience, Tracey hits with humor and truth. —A.S.
4) Grace and Frankie
Can Grace and Frankie truly live apart? That’s the question the Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda-led series is building to in season 5, which also takes “the alternative” into consideration: an alternate reality where Grace and Frankie were never friends. This season also plays with “senior moments,” a failed business idea, and looks at how women of a certain age assert themselves. —Audra Schroeder
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From filmmaker Baran bo Odar and writer Jantje Friese, Dark is a show about several intertwining families in the German city of Winden, and the disappearance of several local children. It’s half gritty crime drama, half supernatural thriller, all modern prestige television. In the tradition of a depressing amount of series about small towns with missing children, Dark is a cross between Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, and True Detective. It manages to squeeze in everything from ’80s nostalgia to warnings about the dangers of nuclear power to philosophical riffs on the nature of time. —Chris Osterndorf
6) Dear White People
Like any heavily followed television show in this new era of “woke” witticisms about the ills of society, Dear White People season 2 had a lot to live up to following its heralded first season, which secured a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fake news, a rising alt-right presence, and some self-realizations took the series in a more nuanced direction. We even got a Candace Owens incarnate. —Danielle Ransom
7) Babylon Berlin
This German-made pre-World War II drama takes viewers back in time to the Weimar Republic in the Golden Twenties. Creators Tom Tykwer, Hendrik Handloegten, and Achim von Borries recreate the atmosphere with stunning detail. With production costs exceeding $40 million, the show is the most expensive German TV series and non-English-language drama series ever. The end result is Cabaret meets crime television. It also offers Americans a dire warning: As the plot progresses, heroes must choose between their morals and nationalism. Babylon Berlin shows us how a progressive nation can crumble when it allows bigotry and intolerance to fester. —Tess Cagle
8) One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is an original series that feels rare in two ways: Rare for Netflix because it’s a pure, top-to-bottom sitcom, and rare for a sitcom because it’s actually good. The series reboots Norman Lear’s popular ’70s series of the same name, which was edgy at the time for portraying a divorced single mother raising two teenage daughters on her own in Indianapolis. In the Netflix version (which premiered in 2017), Penelope Alvarez is a single mom raising two teenage kids, too, but don’t let the soft lighting and gem-toned clothes fool you—the details of her life are closer to the pulse of the modern American family than you’d think. —Christine Friar
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Netflix’s first Polish original series tries out the alternate history formula, à la The Man in the High Castle. While the series is actually set in 2003, the country was shaped by a series of 1983 attacks that united Poland under the Iron Curtain. Across eight episodes, it explores the conspiracies around the bombings and how they tie into the current regime. It’s a dense watch that builds slowly, with plenty of “could it happen here?” moments and stunning production design. —A.S.
10) Lady Dynamite
Lady Dynamite is a layered representation of Maria Bamford’s Hollywood. Fred Melamed plays her soft-spoken manager/therapist Bruce Ben-Bacharach, who tries everything in his power to get her roles. Ana Gasteyer plays her agent, and her comically oversized glasses and manic obscenity are the perfect compliment to Bruce’s people-pleasing. Bamford blunders her way through discussions of race and is talked into hosting a show called Lock Up a Broad. The show mirrors Arrested Development in the way it breaks fourth walls, but when it happens, Bamford addresses us more like a friend asking for advice. —A.S.
11) The Innocents
The Innocents is a unique combination of Scandinavian mystery thriller and teen paranormal romance, starring a 16-year-old girl who discovers she has dangerous shapeshifting powers. Stylishly shot and cleverly written, it’s great for teens and adults alike. —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
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12) The OA
On the surface, you could reasonably view The OA as a Stranger Things copycat: Mysterious girl enlists the help of small-town locals to take down the mad scientist who once held her captive. But the series, written and directed by indie starling Zal Batmanglij, is not only a more mature and dramatic offering than Stranger Things, but arrives with a far broader message and philosophy, one that’s beautifully and mysteriously told through layers of sentiment and spirituality. —Gillian Branstetter
13) On My Block
From Awkward.’s Lauren Iungerich and co-creators Jeremy Haft and Eddie Gonzalez comes On My Block, a series about coming of age in a “rough neighborhood” and all the implications that come with that loaded classification. The four leads, Cesar (Diego Tinoco), Monse (Sierra Capri), Jamal (Brett Gray), and Ruby (Jason Genao), are a close-knit group of friends who find their bond tested as they enter the uncharted waters of high school. Suddenly, the realities of everything from sexual attraction to gang violence are no longer ignorable, and On My Block mines them for equal parts drama and humor. —C.O.
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13 Criminally Underrated Netflix Shows That Deserve Your Undivided Attention
30 January 2018, 21:45 | Updated: 22 May 2018, 16:00
By Nicky Idika
You’re about to be booked on Netflix for the next month.
Netflix is responsible for some of the biggest shows on television right now. From Stranger Things to Orange Is The New Black, the platform is producing hits year after year. But what about the shows that are still brilliant but don’t get quite the same buzz? Here are some of our favourite underrated Netflix shows that definitely deserve your undivided attention.
Travelers imagines a world where highly skilled operatives are sent from the future to occupy the bodies of people on the brink of death in order to change 21st-century events. As far as time travel shows go, this has to be one of Netflix’s most underrated and genuinely engaging dramas.
2) Grace and Frankie
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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are a joy to watch on screen. Netflix is four seasons into the light-hearted comedy and each episode still leaves you with achy cheeks from smiling so damn much. Their chemistry is the stuff of legends and the world deserves at least four more seasons.
3) American Vandal
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American Vandal lampoons the true crime genre in a lighthearted and intriguing way. By the end of the first episode you, too, will be asking, “who drew the dicks?”
4) Friends From College
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Friends From College is so so SO good. The ensemble cast of comedic actors are well matched, genuinely exciting to watch on screen, and fantastic at capturing the comedic and emotional beats of the stories. It feels like one of those rom coms (you know, the ones where the guy is an architect and the girl works in advertising) but actually enjoyable.
Sense8 has had such a dramatic life on Netflix. Canceled then slightly un-canceled. It’s hard to keep up with what’s really going on with Sense8. Either way, the show is really textured, diverse, and visually stunning. If you haven’t already gotten on the Sense8 train, do yourself a favour.
6) Last Chance U
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Last Chance U is a docu-series that chronicles the stories of charismatic, but often misguided, athletes looking to revive their pro-league dreams. You’ll become personally invested in these guys as they try to overcome difficult personal circumstances that have led them away from NFL stardom.
Easy is probably the future of hyper-realistic television writing. The show features vignettes of couples in varying stages of their relationships–from unsatisfied marrieds to couples in the early relationship glow phase. The sex scenes are properly sexy and, like many Netflix shows, it has the pull of established Hollywood names and familiar faces.
Netflix gave viewers a crash course in money laundering via last year’s gripping crime-ish drama, Ozark. Jason Bateman does double duty as director and series lead for this one. Ozark is dark, addictive, and seriously intense viewing.
9) Alias Grace
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Alias Grace will mess with your head 15 different ways. It’s a mini-series, so you can definitely finish it in a day. Just be prepared for the inevitable head-scratching conclusion.
10) Big Mouth
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Netflix’s latest animated coming of age series, Big Mouth, is laugh out loud funny, nostalgic, and even emotional, at times. Think Bojack Horseman (but younger and prepubescent).
11) The OA
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The OA is a fantasy drama that constructs a wonderfully strange universe with The Original Angel at the centre of it. It’s one of Netflix’s weirder projects, but the storytelling at the heart of it is really something else.
Dark was definitely one of the best things Netflix released in 2017. My advice is to watch the series in the original German language with English subtitles. Thank me later.
13) The Sinner
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The Sinner is Jessica Biel’s finest work in years. The whydunnit unravels at an agonizingly slow pace, but the payoff is well worth the wait.
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15 underrated shows to watch on Netflix in 2019, including One Day at a Time, The Magicians, and more!
Any Netflix connoisseur knows that there is more to the streaming giant than Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black. And sure, Netflix has been dishing out some amazing movies, even making a name for themselves in the world of cinema, but not all great content becomes popular. Netflix is also home to several underrated gems you need to be watching.
Even if you are aware of the latest movies and TV shows leaving and entering Netflix each month, a few always slip through the cracks, everyone is bound to miss one or too. And as much as we love Netflix, not everything streaming is worth our time. So how can you know what to watch? That’s where we come in!
Another reason you may not have journeyed beyond the most popular content on Netflix is because you are too busy catching up to all the trending shows and movies. And hey, we don’t blame you! But once you’re all caught up, fight the urge to watch The Office and Friends for the hundredth time and check out something new!
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have a category for “underrated shows to watch,” that defeats a series being underrated. But we are here to happily! We’re bringing you 15 underrated shows to watch on Netflix this year.
From The Magicians, Limitless and Quicksand! Some you may have heard of, but never watched, while others you haven’t, but need to. Get ready to add some new Netflix titles to your queue, it’s going to be a busy summer.
Here are 15 underrated shows to watch on Netflix in 2019: