There are 2,265 TV shows streaming on Netflix right now. Some of them are loved by critics. Some of them are loved by fans. All of them are just a few clicks away from your screen. When faced with these kinds of choices, though, how is anybody ever supposed to know just what to watch? Well, that's where our guide comes in. We've combined critic ratings, audience scores, and viewing figures to offer you the definitive list of the must-see shows currently streaming on Netflix US.
Creators: Chris Van Dusen
Stars: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Thompson, Jonathan Bailey
Genre: Historical romance
Our score: 80.8
Seasons one and two of Bridgerton are both nestled safely in the top ten most-watched English-language shows on Netflix. Each season amassed over 600 million hours of viewing in its first 28 days of release. So it should come as no surprise that not only is a third season of the show on the way, but there is also a spin-off coming soon. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the title of the prequel series, and it could be the start of a brand new Bridgerton-verse!
39. From Scratch
Creators: Attica Locke, Tembi Locke
Stars: Zoe Saldana, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler
Our score: 80.8
Zoe Saldana had quite the year in 2022. Not only did she star in Avatar: The Way of Water — which made more than $2.1 billion at the worldwide box office — she also had a Netflix hit with From Scratch. Upon its release, the limited series beat The Watcher to become the most-watched Netflix show of that week. Viewers in 84 different countries spent over 72 million hours watching this tender adaptation of Tembi Locke's bestselling memoir.
38. The Umbrella Academy
Creators: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater
Stars: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Genre: Action, adventure
Our score: 81.0
According to the Nielsen 2022 streaming rankings, The Umbrella Academy was the 13th-most-watched original streaming program of the year. Fans watched 10.5 billion minutes of the super-powered show's 30 episodes throughout 2022. That's over 1 billion more minutes than Amazon's significantly pricier The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Unfortunately, though, the next season of The Umbrella Academy will be the last. “I’m so excited that the incredibly loyal fans of The Umbrella Academy will be able to experience the fitting end to the Hargreeves siblings’ journey we began five years ago,” showrunner Steve Blackman has said.
Creators: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Stars: Jenna Ortega, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hynes White
Genre: Comedy, fantasy
Our score: 81.2
You're reading this list, so there's a good chance you've heard about Wednesday. It became the third Netflix series to post more than 1 billion viewing hours in its first 28 days and quickly — unsurprisingly — earned itself a season-two renewal. Co-creator Miles Millar has promised more of the Addams family next season, too. “We felt like we just touched the surface with those characters and the actors are so amazing in those roles,” Miles Millar told TV Line.