Here is the list of best shows on Netflix to watch in the United States. Netflix has much stuff for everyone, but there’s plenty of rubbish padding its catalog of classic T.V. shows everyone has heard about. Our guide to the best T.V. on Netflix U.K. is updated weekly to assist you to avoid the mediocre ones and find the best things to watch.
Netflix adds original programming at such a cool clip that it can be hard to keep up with dramas, comedies, and reality shows are must-sees. And that’s not including all the T.V. series Netflix chooses up from broadcast and cable networks. Below is our regularly updated guide to the 10+ best shows on Netflix in the United States.
Top 10+ Best Shows on Netflix
ABC’s thematic drama never quite found rating success as it always felt like the kind of thing better suited to cable T.V. than the network. The winner of multiple Emmys for Regina King — as well as submissions for Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Timothy Hutton, and Richard Cabral — American Crime, revealed a different story in all of its three seasons, applying much of the same ensemble in different roles each year. It’s a riveting, conversation-starting drama.
American Crime Story
Both emphases of Ryan Murphy’s hit crime anthology series — The People vs. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace are simply available on Netflix. The first emphasis is a flat-out classic with one of the best modern T.V. performances from Sarah Paulson, and the second is pretty impressive in its own right. You can burn through both of certain in a weekend. It’s a show made for binging.
American Horror Story
The multiple seasons of F.X.’s hit show have been a rollercoaster in terms of quality, but strap in and enjoy the ride. The latest outing (Apocalypse) isn’t entirely on here yet but should be before the newest iteration premieres. The other seven are all here. Start with Murder House, which is yet the best of the seven seasons, but almost all of them have exciting beats, especially the 2017 Cult.
The first Netflix series on this list is also one of the best, a brilliant spoof of true crime documentaries that also serves as a thoughtful commentary on teen life in the digital age. The first season — about a vandal who sprays male appendages on all the cars in the faculty parking lot — is arguably funnier than the feces-focused second year, but they both have value. And a lot of laughs. Netflix has axed the play, but there are stories someone else may be involved in picking it up.
Has the current quality of Arrested Development enabled you to forget that the initial three seasons were a pure genius? Don’t let that happen. Move back to watch the quick brilliance of the Bluth family saga, and you may even need to dip your toe in the revival.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Since Ash rode off into the medieval sunset in 1989’s Army of Darkness, several aborted attempts to bring the cynical killer of the undead back to the big screen, but he ended up on the small one, in this three-season wonder from Starz. Bruce Campbell, the actor of Evil Dead 2 and living legend, returns as Ash, as do the trademark practical effects and cheesy humor from the Sam Raimi films. It’s a lot of fun.
When a prequel T.V. series to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho was announced, it sounded like a terrible idea. What more could be said about the life of Norman Bates? However, the A&E series progressed into an insightful and engrossing examination of the debilitating relationship between Freddie Highmore’s Norman and Vera Farmiga’s Norma, his just-as-twisted mother.
Better Call Saul
The prequel to Breaking Bad has arguably exceeded its ancestor in terms of depth and performance. Bob Odenkirk stars as Jimmy McGill, the man who will eventually become Walter White’s attorney. If Walter’s story was about a man going bad, this show is about a man trying to stay profitable. It’s completely one of the best shows of the ’10s, and you can get it now on Netflix before it returns to AMC.
Netflix has been adventurous in its animated programming for adults with hits like BoJack Horseman. This raunchy comedy from co-creators Nick Kroll and John Mulaney is one of its most immeasurable. The voice work in this insightful look at teen horniness is actually complete some of the finest in animation history, with meaningful contributions from Kroll, Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Jordan Peele, Jason Mantzoukas, and the scene-stealing Maya Rudolph.
It’s Charlie Brooker’s world, and we just live in it. The modern answer to The Twilight Zone (at least until CBS All Access revives that show) is one of the most buzzed-about programs of the ’10s. You have to see what all of the hype is about, don’t you? Watch it now before our technological overlords overcome you too.
The first season of this Netflix thriller, nominated for an Emmy in 20115, ushered in the second wave of original series success for the streaming service. The show never quite lived up to that brilliant first year, but there’s excellent work throughout from Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, and especially Ben Mendelsohn. They wholly play members of a Florida family caught up in a web of dishonesty and betrayal.
The wonder Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Drama beginning this year was a Netflix show that most people stateside hadn’t listened to yet. Their friends across the pond sure apprehended what it was as Bodyguard was the biggest hit over there in over a decade. Supporters of tense detective show like 24 and Homeland shouldn’t miss this tight, 6-episode mini-series regarding a guard for a Home Secretary in the United Kingdom.
Any conversation about the best-animated programs on T.V. has to hold Netflix’s Hollywood parody about, well, a sad talking horse. BoJack Horseman is a tricky show to describe to someone who’s never seen it. It’s a goofy, pun-filled program about an over-the-hill T.V. star who happens to be a horse. Still, it’s also an insightful document of mental illness, depression, trauma, and loneliness: all that and a talking dog named Mr. Peanutbutter too.