Netflix has a ground of content. As many. Sifting through all the streaming TV shows can cause chronic indecision, leaving us scrolling through Netflix’s main page just trying to choose something to watch. Instead of getting overwhelmed by rewatching a Netflix OG classic stranger things, The Queen’s Betand The crownHere’s a suggested strategy: watch only good Netflix shows.
Of course, knowing which ones are good takes time. Let’s carry some of that burden and list the best new Netflix original series released in the last 12 months.
1. Bridgerton Season 2
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Yes, technically a second season of a hit show isn’t exactly “new,” but BridgertonThe clever anthology format ensures that each season has its own main character, love interest, and a completely unique story. Season 2 focuses on Anthony Bridgerton, Daphne’s older brother and 9th Viscount Bridgerton. Anthony’s search for a perfect and suitable wife goes completely off the rails when he meets the Sharma sisters: sweet and suitable Edwina and argumentative and difficult Kate. The drama, love triangles and of course the music are all in great shape for a slightly raunchy and still fun British romance period piece. — Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: Bridgerton Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.
2. Heart stroke
Speaking of adorable Brits falling in love, Netflix also debuted Heart stroke, a charming queer teenage love story based on the webcomics and published works of Alice Oseman. Located in a school for boys, Heart stroke tells the story of Charlie, an anxious gay ex-11th, and his lingering crush on classmate Nick. Cute? Yes. Funny? Yes too. Hulu fans Love, Victor will definitely see the call. — A
How to watch: Heart stroke is now streaming on Netflix.
3. we are all dead
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This South Korean series from Lee Jae-kyoo and Kim Nam-su follows a zombie outbreak that begins in a high school and then ruthlessly spreads throughout the city. As zombie thrillers go, the action and gore are spectacular, presented with polished cinematography and exceptional production design. Chun Sung-Il’s writing follows constantly unfolding narratives and new character combinations, so the survivalist side of the drama never goes out of style. Through it all, our anchor is Hyosan High School, ground zero of the outbreak, where a dwindling group of students fight to survive and escape. A zombie apocalypse can be pretty terrible, but living it with a crush that won’t kiss you even on the verge of death? Brutal. — Proma Khosla, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: we are all dead is now streaming on Netflix.
Murderville is not so much a parody as a cleverly experimental work of comedy that plays with our expectations of mystery solving by adding the spontaneity of improvisation. With Will Arnett’s steady hand guiding each episode and the energy shifts brought by each clueless new celebrity guest, Murderville carefully divides its time between hard-to-follow viewers clues and leaving them gasping with anticipation and laughter as they watch to see which talented performer breaks character next. —Adam Rosenberg, Senior Reporter
How to watch: Murderville is now streaming on Netflix.
5. squid game
Do we really need to recap? Netflix’s South Korean Super Hit squid game landed on the service in mid-September and exploded like no other, breaking the record for most-watched Netflix show all time (the record has since been broken by Esoteric). Its dystopian premise, in which indebted civilians compete in death-death versions of schoolyard games for money, is as dark as it gets, but squid gamethe candy-colored aesthetic of makes murderous procedures much scarier. I squid gamea clever satire that denounces the loss of individual humanity in dying capitalism, which for some strange reason has resonated with millions of people around the world. —A (*)
How to watch: squid game is now streaming on Netflix.
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It would have been so easy for Netflix’s League of Legends TV show Esoteric just “agree”. No one expects big things from video game adaptations in the first place, and is counting on the global appeal of Lol was always going to be an option for the creators of the series. That’s all to say thatyou Esoteric didn’t have to go as far as it does, but it does. The results are spectacular. Esoteric takes the premise and lore of League of Legends and simply makes it the backdrop for an utterly gripping story of family, betrayal, inequality, and the generational cycle of violence. Its animation is also beyond next-level, with a unique combination of 3D and 2D that’s as impressive during action sequences as it simply sets the stage for the show’s quieter moments. So thank you for slapping so hard, Esoteric. Season 2 is going to be great. — A
How to watch: Esoteric is now streaming on Netflix.
Cry over Gus’ story.
Greedy was a surprisingly fantastic addition to the Netflix lineup this year, and its big bet on childlike wonder has paid off. Even though it takes place after a deadly virus has decimated the human population and caused the collapse of civilization (yikes), Greedy is more of a fairy tale told from the perspective of one of the other side effects of the apocalypse – a human-deer hybrid named Gus, whose father protected him from the worst of the world until the shelter became untenable. Gus’s journey through the world he barely knew existed is a beautiful coming-of-age story with a talented supporting cast and a seamless cute-to-eerie rapport. -A
How to watch: Greedy
is now streaming on Netflix. 8.
High on the Hog: How African-American cuisine transformed America A long list of hit titles proves that Netflix knows how to make a great cooking show. But High on the porkis really more than that. In this superb four-part docuseries, food journalist Stephen Satterfield follows the journey of African cuisine through West Africa and the United States. It’s a celebration of culture and cultural preservation that not only inspires, but inspires viewers to appreciate the complex origins of food and family tradition as part of our global history. — Alison Foreman, entertainment reporter
How to watch:
is now streaming on Netflix.
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Love is Blind: After the Altar
Two women and a man standing in front of a bar clinking glasses together.
Love is blind: after the altar. Episode 14, Celebrations and clashes. Pictured: (LR) Francesca, Giannina and Damian. vs. Courtesy of Netflix 2021 Credit: Netflix We always look forward Love is blind Season 2 to send a new batch of sexy singles to Netflix’s infamous dating ‘pods’. Fortunately, while we wait, we have Love is Blind: After the Altar — a juicy three-episode reality event that follows contestants who appeared on the show two years ago. Almost every cast member from Season 1 returns, with major life developments and personal news to share. See who managed to do it and who, well, didn’t. (Plus, a very dramatic crossover event with an actor from Too hot to handle
sparks an all-time great reality TV storyline starring Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers…) – A F How to watch:
Love is Blind: After the Altar is now streaming on Netflix.
ten. Masters of the Universe: RevelationMasters of the Universe: Revelation
it is above all nostalgia, but it is also much more than that. Kevin Smith’s sequel to the classic ’80s cartoon series (which owes its existence to a toy line) peddles the idea that even the things we remember most fondly from childhood can live on in news and updates. They can change as the world changes. Just like in He-Man’s Eternia: the magic may be fading, like in this new story, but new faces and new ideas are still waiting in the wings to save her. — AR How to watch:
Masters of the Universe: Revelation is now streaming on Netflix.
A man and a child are seated in front of a piano.
The friendship between Bill and Ju Ju is a highlight of “The Chair”. Credit: ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX The chair isn’t without its flaws, but you get a lot for little with this clever dramedy from creators Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman. Set on the campus of the fictional University of Pembroke, Season 1 ofThe chair
follows English department chair Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she grapples with a scandal involving her fellow teacher and lover (Jay Duplass). A choppy pacing and confusing messages around cancel culture make for a flawed, but worthy binge, with six episodes in just three hours. — A F How to watch:
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