The 50 Best Netflix Shows Ever, According to Critics

From fierce female wrestlers to chilling crimes based on true events, these are the series critics love.

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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 Sono
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

49
Teenage Bounty Hunters

Anjelica 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 Gentefied
Kevin Estrada/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

47
The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon in The Last Kindom
Joe Alblas/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent

46
Medical Police

Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in Medical Police
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

45
Marvel's Daredevil

Charlie Cox in Marvel's Daredevil
David Lee/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

And to see which comic book movie reigns supreme, we're Ranking Every Marvel Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

44
GLOW

Scene from GLOW Season 3
Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

43
Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

And if you loved this show growing up, check out 20 '90s TV Shows You've Completely Forgotten About.

42
The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight Gospel
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

41
Money Heist

Money Heist
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

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40
Castlevania

Castlevania
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

39
Bodyguard

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

More of a Bodyguard movie fan? Here are 17 Movie Soundtracks Every Kid from the '90s Loved.

38
Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders
Robert Viglasky/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

37
The End of the …. World

End of the .... World
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

36
The Haunting of Hill House

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

35
Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

34
Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

33
Love

Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs in Love
Suzanne Hanover/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

32
Sex Education

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

31
Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio in Cobra Kai
Guy D'Alema/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

30
On My Block

Brett Gray in On My Block
Gilles Mingasson/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

29
Unorthodox

Shira Haas in Unorthodox
Anika Molnar/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

28
Dark

Louis Hofmann in Dark
Julia Terjung/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

27
Dear White People

Logan Browning in Dear White People
Lara Solanki/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95 percent

26
Kingdom

Ji-Hoon Su in Kingdom
Juhan Noh/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

25
Special

Ryan 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 Leave
Lara Solanki/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

23
Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi 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 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 Events
Joe Lederer/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

20
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

19
Elite

Elite
Manuel Fernandez-Valdes/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

18
Lady Dynamite

Maria 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 Power
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

16
Russian Doll

Nastasha Lyonne in Russian Doll
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

15
Mindhunter

Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter
Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

14
Lovesick

Antonia Thomas and Johnny Flynn in Lovesick
Brian Sweeney/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

13
Tuca & Bertie

Tuca and Bertie still
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

12
Unbelievable

Merrit Wever and Toni Collette in Unbelievable
Beth Dubber/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

11
American Vandal

Travis Tope in American Vandal
Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98 percent

10
Alias Grace

Sarah Gadon in Alias Grace
Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent

9
Big Mouth

Big 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 Time
Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99 percent

7
Crazyhead

Susan 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 & Schwartz
Jeffery Neira/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

5
Girl/Haji

Takehiro Hira in Giri/Haji
Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

4
Feel Good

Charlotte 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 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 Club
Kailey Schwer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

1
Master of None

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

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent

 

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