Once you're hooked on a TV show, there's nothing better than streaming episode after episode. Luckily, these days binge-watching entire seasons of television classics and modern gems alike is entirely possible. But this easy access to entertainment also means we finish our favorite series pretty quickly, and there's nothing worse than enjoying your current obsession only to be greeted with the series finale credits before you're ready. Then you're left hungry for the next set of characters, themes, and stories to jump into.
Thankfully, with the influx of streaming platforms like Netflix, amazing television series are added to your favorite sites every month. To ensure that all our fellow television lovers can indulge, we rounded up the best shows to watch on Netflix for every mood and interest. This way, you'll always have something to watch during the off-season of your go-to series. Find your binge-worthy match and similar shows to keep in mind once you inevitably finish it below.
Here are our picks for the best shows on Netflix to watch right now.
The Vibe: Surreal and intellectual early '90s mystery drama
The Basics: A pretty teen is found dead in a small mountain town, and though it opens with what's now become a pretty expected storyline, this iconic David Lynch series bends into something much more eccentric, surreal, and sinister (complete with an unforgettable, eerie, atmospheric soundtrack).
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Bates Motel and Riverdale
The Vibe: Witty, random, and goofy
The Basics: This self-aware sketch-comedy series is downright hilarious, especially if you love to poke fun at the absurd lifestyles, habits, and trends we tend to accept as normal. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen portray a variety of oddball yet highly relatable characters in the hip city of Portland, Oregon.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Documentary Now!
The Vibe: Feel-good comedy that'll make you laugh out loud
The Basics: No matter how many times you watch this series, the goofy hijinks, engaging relationship arcs, and innovative mockumentary style just never get old. The title speaks for itself, as the show is simply about an office and all the dynamics in it.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The Office (UK version) and Parks and Recreation
The Vibe: Dark, bleak detective saga based on real events
The Basics: Based on the true story of the FBI detectives who delved into the psychology of murderers to come up with standardized profiles in the '70s, this series is definitely not for the faint of heart. Though this show seems pretty slow at first, it picks up, so definitely keep watching.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Criminal Minds and Dexter
Orange is the New Black
The Vibe: Sweet, sad, clever, eye-opening, inspiring, disillusioning, hilarious… clearly complicated
The Basics: A privileged New Yorker is sent to prison when a crime comes back to haunt her. We then step inside the prison walls and meet the cast of women there. It's hard to pin this series down to one thing since it touches on pressing systemic issues while also managing to be funny, touching, heartbreaking, and gripping all at once.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The L Word and Wentworth
The Vibe: Science-fiction horror story meets triumphant and adventurous coming-of-age tale
The Basics: This thrilling series will make you reminisce on your own childhood (if it was anything like a hybrid between E.T., The Goonies, Alien, and Poltergeist, that is). Get to know this group of kids as they set out to find their missing friends in a small town in the '80s.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Hemlock Grove
The Vibe: Quirky romantic comedy
The Basics: This original Netflix series follows two misfits navigating their changing relationship statuses in Los Angeles. If you live in L.A. or have ever dreamt of moving there, you'll fall in love with the Echo Park and Los Feliz neighborhoods even more, which are just as much a character as the rest of the cast.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Easy and Flaked
The Vibe: Disturbing, dystopian, and thought-provoking
The Basics: This anthology show basically puts us in a bunch of thoroughly upsetting but totally imaginable "what if?" situations that will make you think about technology and personhood in a whole new way. You probably won't leave feeling comfortable, or even in agreement, but it still poses a ton of interesting hypotheticals.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The OA and Maniac
The Vibe: Feel-good reality TV
The Basics: A group of confident, kind, loving, and seriously stylish men dubbed the Fab Five spend a week with a person in need of a head to soul makeover each episode. They work together to upgrade their subject's home, cooking habits, hair, style, and confidence, but the show is about so much more than that. It promotes not only self-love but love for everyone—no matter how different from you they may appear at first glance.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The Great British Baking Show and Stay Here
The Vibe: Eerie psychological thriller that also happens to be a period piece
The Basics: A woman who's a convicted murderer is analyzed by a psychiatrist in 19th century Canada. We hear her story and try to discern whether or not she really committed the crime. Just keep in mind that this a miniseries, so try not to rush through it. Based on a true story, this series was adapted from a Margaret Atwood book, so The Handmaid's Tale fans will rejoice.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Peaky Blinders and Godless
Dear White People
The Vibe: Funny, satirical social critique packed with informative wisdom
The Basics: Set on a predominately white Ivy League campus, we get to know a group of students of color as they explore issues of identity and discrimination in their personal, academic, and public lives. This show explores what race is, how it informs our experiences, and how both individuals and institutions resist, internalize, enact, and defy racism in various ways.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Chewing Gum and Atypical
The Vibe: Quiet midlife crisis and family drama meet a neo-noir crime adventure
The Basics: When a high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with lung cancer, he begins cooking and selling meth in the hopes of supporting his family in the time he has left. This show is so popular that its even inspired a film: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Ozark and Better Call Saul
The Vibe: Intense family dramedy
The Basics: Following a family of six children as they try to get by and raise themselves without their mother and with their alcoholic father, this show is both twisted and funny. If you love dark comedy, sarcasm, and plenty of drama, this is the match for you.
More Shows to Like This to Stream on Netflix: Weeds and Californication
The Vibe: Feel-good nostalgia
The Basics: This show is basically a modern-day fairytale about the heartwarming relationship between a single mother and her daughter in an idyllic Connecticut town. If you loved this show as a teen, rewatch it on Netflix now, and don't forget the four reunion episodes.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Parenthood and Jane the Virgin
The Vibe: Quietly pensive, gripping, and poignant
The Basics: If you love period pieces and haven't taken a deep dive into this series, you're in for a treat. This show invites us inside New York's most prestigious advertising agency as we take a look at the people who work there over the course of the '60s.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The Crown and The Tudors.
The Vibe: Family portrait with dry, oddball humor
The Basics: What happens when a spoiled, out-of-touch, and dysfunctional family goes from filthy rich to bankrupt overnight? Well, with the likes of Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and David Cross (just to name a few) making up the cast, you can expect endless clever banter and goofy hijinks.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Schitt's Creek and BoJack Horseman
The Vibe: Intense, violent, and gritty crime drama
The Basics: If you love period pieces rife with crime, tune into this series about the Colombian drug trade in the '80s. It's based on real events as law enforcement tries to take down Pablo Escobar and his empire.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Bloodline and Outlaw Bikers
The Walking Dead
The Vibe: Gritty drama based on a comic book series
The Basics: The Walking Dead is about life after the zombie apocalypse. A group of survivors must search for a secure home, but they realize that their own fear can be more deadly than the zombies themselves.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Black Summer and The Mist
The Vampire Diaries
The Vibe: Romantic, supernatural teen drama
The Basics: A beautiful orphaned teenager (played by Nina Dobrev) falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire stuck in a teen boy's body in The Vampire Diaries. Once the vampire's brother comes back to town, trouble ensues.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Legacies and The Originals
The Good Place
The Vibe: Light-hearted and humorous
The Basics: A self-absorbed woman (played by Kristen Bell) makes it to heaven, but soon learns there's been a mistake in The Good Place. Good thing it's never too late to change.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The Ranch and Grace and Frankie
The Vibe: A hilarious sitcom you can watch over and over again
The Basics: Three men and three women live in the same New York City apartment complex in the 1990s. These 20-somethings must navigate their careers, friendships, and love lives in Friends.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Young & Hungry and Frasier
That ’70s Show
The Vibe: Groovy, baby
The Basics: Suburban 1970s teens experience growing pains in this comedy. Plus, That ’70s Show is the set on which power couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher met.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Cheers and Big Mouth
The Vibe: Romantic and dramatic
The Basics: This hospital drama follows young doctors in Seattle. Grey’s Anatomy is all about the relationships they make and the patients they help. (Plus, the show was more likely than not your college roommate's inspiration for getting into the medical field.)
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Dynasty and Northern Rescue
American Horror Story
The Vibe: Scary and gruesome
The Basics: Think a horror movie, but in TV show form. Each American Horror Story season has an equally spooky theme, ranging from insane asylums to freak shows.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: The Haunting of Hill House and Slasher
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
The Vibe: Cool, smart, and rebellious—just like Anthony Bourdain
The Basics: Follow the late chef Bourdain around the world to sample cuisines and learn about life. The CNN show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a must-see if you ask us.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Chef's Table and Ugly Delicious
House of Cards
The Vibe: Thrilling and dramatic
The Basics: Follow America's first female president in the Netflix original production House of Cards. There are themes of greed, corruption, manipulation, and betrayal.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Designated Survivor and Secret City
Making a Murderer
The Vibe: Suspenseful and infuriating
The Basics: This documentary show was filmed over 13 years and it will have you on the edge of your seat. It's the true story of a man who was accused of a murder that he may not have committed.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: I Am a Killer and Inside the Criminal Mind
The Vibe: Scenic and dazzling
The Basics: Explore our planet with the nature documentary series Planet Earth. Travel from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean in this must-see show.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Planet Earth II and Blue Planet
Santa Clarita Diet
The Vibe: Humorous horror
The Basics: Santa Clarita Diet is about married realtors with a teenager daughter who live in, well, Santa Clarita, California. Suddenly, wife Sheila (played by Drew Barrymore) begins to crave human flesh.
More Shows Like This to Stream on Netflix: Daybreak and Everything Sucks