The 50 Best Netflix Shows Ever, According to Critics
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We’ve all experienced it: being so overwhelmed by streaming offerings that we spend more time scrolling through options than actually enjoying a new show or movie. Netflix, for one, has an incredibly vast stable of original TV shows, in many languages and of almost every genre you can think of. How are you supposed to choose what to watch next? Fortunately, the site Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates expert reviews, has your back. To help you narrow down your next binge, we’ve rounded up the top 50 shows on Netflix right now, according to critics.

To keep things manageable and mostly fiction-based, we excluded docuseries and reality shows from this list. (We can assure you, however, that the baking fail competition show Nailed It! is worth your time.) Ahead, you’ll find drama, comedy, thrillers, horror, and several combinations of two or more of those things. So read on to learn about the prevailing critical opinion of your favorite Netflix series and maybe find a few acclaimed gems you’ve yet to start. And for more classic TV you loved tuning into, check out The 40 Longest-Running American TV Shows of All Time.

50

Queen Sono

Pearl Thusi in Queen SonoPearl Thusi in Queen Sono
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

49

Teenage Bounty Hunters

Anjelica Bette Fellini and Maddie Phillips in Teenage Bounty HuntersAnjelica Bette Fellini and Maddie Phillips in Teenage Bounty Hunters
Tina Rowden/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

And if you love the teen scene, check out The 20 Best Teen Romance Movies to Make You Nostalgic for Young Love.

48

Gentefied

Annie Gonzalez and Joseph Julian Soria in GentefiedAnnie Gonzalez and Joseph Julian Soria in Gentefied
Kevin Estrada/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

47

The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon in The Last KindomAlexander Dreymon in The Last Kindom
Joe Alblas/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

46

Medical Police

Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in Medical PoliceErinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in Medical Police
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

45

Marvel’s Daredevil

Charlie Cox in Marvel's DaredevilCharlie Cox in Marvel's Daredevil
David Lee/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

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44

GLOW

Scene from GLOW Season 3Scene from GLOW Season 3
Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

43

Carmen Sandiego

Carmen SandiegoCarmen Sandiego
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

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42

The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight GospelThe Midnight Gospel
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

41

Money Heist

Money HeistMoney Heist
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

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40

Castlevania

CastlevaniaCastlevania
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

39

Bodyguard

Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in BodyguardRichard Madden and Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard
Sophie Mutevelian/World Productions/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

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38

Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in Peaky BlindersCillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders
Robert Viglasky/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

37

The End of the …. World

End of the .... WorldEnd of the .... World
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

36

The Haunting of Hill House

Julian Hillard in The Haunting of Hill HouseJulian Hillard in The Haunting of Hill House
Steve Dietl/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

35

Bojack Horseman

Bojack HorsemanBojack Horseman
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

34

Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger ThingsMillie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

33

Love

Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs in LovePaul Rust and Gillian Jacobs in Love
Suzanne Hanover/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

32

Sex Education

Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield in Sex EducationNcuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield in Sex Education
Jon Hall/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

31

Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio in Cobra KaiRalph Macchio in Cobra Kai
Guy D’Alema/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

30

On My Block

Brett Gray in On My BlockBrett Gray in On My Block
Gilles Mingasson/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

29

Unorthodox

Shira Haas in UnorthodoxShira Haas in Unorthodox
Anika Molnar/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

28

Dark

Louis Hofmann in DarkLouis Hofmann in Dark
Julia Terjung/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

27

Dear White People

Logan Browning in Dear White PeopleLogan Browning in Dear White People
Lara Solanki/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

26

Kingdom

Ji-Hoon Su in KingdomJi-Hoon Su in Kingdom
Juhan Noh/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

25

Special

Ryan O'Connell in SpecialRyan O'Connell in Special
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

24

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson in I Think You Should LeaveTim Robinson in I Think You Should Leave
Lara Solanki/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

23

Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in Never Have I EverMaitreyi Ramakrishnan in Never Have I Ever
Lara Solanki/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

22

When They See Us

Jharrel Jerome in When They See UsJharrel Jerome in When They See Us
Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

21

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Louis Hynes and Neil Patrick Harris in A Series of Unfortunate EventsLouis Hynes and Neil Patrick Harris in A Series of Unfortunate Events
Joe Lederer/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

20

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Eric Liebowitz/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

19

Elite

EliteElite
Manuel Fernandez-Valdes/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

18

Lady Dynamite

Maria Bamford in Lady DynamiteMaria Bamford in Lady Dynamite
Beth Dubber/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

17

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

She-Ra and the Princesses of PowerShe-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

16

Russian Doll

Nastasha Lyonne in Russian DollNastasha Lyonne in Russian Doll
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

15

Mindhunter

Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff in MindhunterHolt McCallany and Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter
Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

14

Lovesick

Antonia Thomas and Johnny Flynn in LovesickAntonia Thomas and Johnny Flynn in Lovesick
Brian Sweeney/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

13

Tuca & Bertie

Tuca and Bertie stillTuca and Bertie still
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

12

Unbelievable

Merrit Wever and Toni Collette in Unbelievable Merrit Wever and Toni Collette in Unbelievable
Beth Dubber/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

11

American Vandal

Travis Tope in American VandalTravis Tope in American Vandal
Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

10

Alias Grace

Sarah Gadon in Alias GraceSarah Gadon in Alias Grace
Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent

9

Big Mouth

Big MouthBig Mouth
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent

8

One Day at a Time

Isabella Gomez, Justina Machado, and Marcel Ruiz in One Day at a TimeIsabella Gomez, Justina Machado, and Marcel Ruiz in One Day at a Time
Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent

7

Crazyhead

Susan Wokoma, Lewis Reeves, and Cara Theobold in CrazyheadSusan Wokoma, Lewis Reeves, and Cara Theobold in Crazyhead
Steffan Hill/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

6

Middleditch & Schwartz

Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch in Middleditch & SchwartzBen Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch in Middleditch & Schwartz
Jeffery Neira/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

5

Girl/Haji

Takehiro Hira in Giri/HajiTakehiro Hira in Giri/Haji
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

4

Feel Good

Charlotte Ritchie and Mae Martin in Feel GoodCharlotte Ritchie and Mae Martin in Feel Good
Eric Liebowitz/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

3

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

Jonah Ray in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The ReturnJonah Ray in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

2

The Baby-Sitters Club

Shay Rudolph, Momona Tamada, Sophie Grace, and Malia Baker in The Baby-Sitters ClubShay Rudolph, Momona Tamada, Sophie Grace, and Malia Baker in The Baby-Sitters Club
Kailey Schwer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

1

Master of None

Aziz Ansari and Noel Wells in Master of NoneAziz Ansari and Noel Wells in Master of None
K.C. Bailey/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

 

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