We’ve all been overwhelmed by streaming TV choices, only to give up and watch something you’ve already seen. But this curated list of the best shows on Netflix is here to narrow down your choices and help you figure out exactly which titles you want to sample next.
Every high school has its legendary scandals, notorious pranks, and perennial screw-ups. Not every high school has them chronicled in an elaborate docu-series with lavish production values. In this extremely straight-faced mockumentary that’s also one of the best comedies on Netflix, Hanover High senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is assumed to have vandalized 27 faculty members’ cars by spray-painting phallic images on them, and gets expelled for it. When he maintains his innocence, classmates Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) decide to film their own investigation. Season 2 takes them to another state, and another equally juvenile high school “crime.”
Following her work as a writer on Breaking Bad, Moira Walley-Beckett took a wild right turn: she adapted Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 young adult novel into this family drama series. Matthew (R.H. Thomson) and Marilla (Geraldine James)—middle-aged, unmarried siblings living together on their family farm—arrange to adopt an orphan boy to help work the property. Matthew is not quite sure what to do when the orphan who arrives at the train station is Anne (Amybeth McNulty), a wildly imaginative girl. Fortunately, they eventually figure out how to be a family.
In 1929 Germany, Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) is a World War I veteran now working as a police inspector in Cologne. His assignment to unravel an extortion ring in Berlin is complicated by his use of morphine to dull his painful memories of the war; however, his efforts are soon aided by Lotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries), a sometime sex worker at one of the city’s hottest cabarets. Run, Lola, Run director Tom Tykwer is among the creative forces behind the show that debuted in 2017 but remains among the best shows on Netflix right now.