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10 Shows You Should Be Watching On Netflix

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I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much time watching Netflix as I have in the past year, but I am so thankful that it is available. My days are filled with working on my blog (you can start your own blog with our 5-Day Free Course) with Netflix on in the background. If there were degrees available for Netflix knowledge, at this point I would have earned a PhD. With this knowledge, I am happy to share some of my favorite shows on Netflix.

These are the shows that are available only on Netflix and it is updated for 2021 binge-watching. There are a lot of movies and other series that I have loved on Netflix lately, but they are either no longer available, or not original to Netflix. 

Here are 10 shows you should be watching on Netflix:

1. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer- I grew up in Orange County, Ca. in the 1980’s so The Night Stalker was something I vividly remember. Watching this was both fascinating and horrifying, especially as a parent. 

2. Emily in Paris- This was great for mindless watching. That is not to say that the acting isn’t great and that it isn’t super fun… it just isn’t a show that you will have a dramatic effect on your life the way other ones might. If you want something to unwind to and just sit back and enjoy- this is it.

3. Stranger Things- 80’s sci-fi entertainment at its best! I denied myself this for so long. SO LONG. I thought it was going to be super cheesy and when I tried to watch it when it was first released, I couldn’t get through the first episode. The truth is, it was actually painful to watch because I was seeing it through the eyes of a mother. I revisited it again recently and watched all of the episodes that have been released in just a matter of days and I can’t wait for the next season! 

4. Mindhunter- Set in the 1970s, two FBI agents jump into the psychology of murder and get intimately acquainted with murderers. This had me on the edge of my seat for both seasons and I am still hoping another one is coming soon!

5. DASH & LILY- This adorable series is definitely geared for the younger crowd, think teens and young adults, but it was a sweet little series worth watching for all age groups. It is set at Christmas time in NYC, but don’t let that stop you from watching it year-round!

6. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life- This is a special inclusion because it is an add-on to an original series. If you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls, then be sure to watch that first and then jump right into this one!

7. Sweet Magnolias- Set in the southern town of Serenity, you will feel right at home amongst this group of family and friends sharing all the ups and downs of life.

8. Lucifer- Hear me out on this one because it is not like my other recommendations on this list. Lucifer is funny, witty, and a bit dark-ish at times. But really entertaining!

9. Travelers- A sci-fi mind-trip about humanity and saving the world. Enough said.

10.  Schitt’s Creek- This might be one of my all-time favorite series ever. I actually tried watching it multiple times over many years, but I just couldn’t get into it so I never got past the first episode. I finally made myself watch episode two and that was that… I couldn’t stop. With each passing minute, I fell more in love with the Rose Family and everyone else in Schitt’s Creek.

 Just added! Here are 10 more of the best shows on Netflix. 

This post has been updated from its original publishing in 2014.

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10 Shows on Netflix

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.

34 Comments

  • My husband watches House of Cards and he LOVES it. I don’t watch that many shows, but a few of these are on my list for “someday when I have time”!

  • I actually don’t have Netflix or watch any of the shows you have listed. I’m hearing a lot about Orange is the New Black. I’ll need to see what’s all the hype about that show.

  • When does S2 of Orange is the New Black start!!! I watched all seasons of Weeds.. that was a great series…

  • NETFLIX! I have been watching Shamless and American Horror Story. I tried to get into Orange Is The New Black and I don’t know why I am having a hard time liking it. I think I am going to give it another try.

  • Last fall, I watched 14 episodes of New Girl in one day. (I was unemployed.) I’m obsessed with the show now, as well as The Mindy Project. I really need to get going on Downton Abbey. (We also love a lot of children’s shows on Netflix.)

  • I love Orange is the new black. Also, Drop Dead Diva films where I live!

  • I liked Lie to Me and I love me some Supernatural! I told my hubs we were going to name our second child Dean but she ended up being a girl! Haha! We just started House of Cards and I’ve heard great things about Downtown Abbey!

  • I am dying to check out House of Cards because everyone says it’s so good. I wish I could have a day to just watch a series straight through.

  • We’re always looking for new shows to watch, especially when seasons end on our favorite shows. We’re big fans of Supernatural and I love Downton Abbey! My husband doesn’t care for it…….but, I really wouldn’t expect him too. We’re also of course, MAJOR fans of The Walking Dead. I need to go back and start Dexter from the beginning. So much good TV!

  • oh alaska final frontier’s on netflix? we need to go back to beginning! we have watched it all season!!

  • Ooh cool, thanks for this! I am always looking for new shows to watch on Netflex. I absolutely LOVED Orange is the new black… I can’t wait for the next season. I’m hooked!

  • Yay! So glad to see this post! I finally got Netflix and have been looking for shows to watch.

  • We have Netflix. I’m pretty sure my oldest son watches up to half of those!

  • These are some great recommendations. I have been meaning to watch Down Town Abbey but can’t ever seem to find it in my programming. Maybe it’s time to get Netflix

  • I’ve caught an episode or two of House of Cards – Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are great. My husband swears by Orange is the New Black.

  • I LOVE Sherlock; it’s definitely one of my favorite shows. I keep hearing about this Orange is the New Black, but I haven’t watched it yet. I’m glad I have the Netflix app on my phone, I can watch while I’m waiting for my son’s soccer practice to finish!

  • I honestly haven’t seen any of these. I think Sherlock would be the first I’d watch.

  • I’ve started Orange is the new black but not finished it. Love drop dead diva and downton abbey.

  • I love Parenthood! I hadn’t watched a single episode until last summer when I went on a Netflix binge and caught up to the current season in about a week! I did Pretty Little Liars the same way 🙂

  • We love Netflix! I am just now catching up on Season 1 of House of Cards…I love that show!

  • I love Drop Dead Diva!! I have a few shows I need to catch up on and need to check if they are on Netflix.

  • Oh, I watch Drop Dead Dive and Parenthood! I KNOW I should be watching House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, argh!

  • I want to start watching House of Cards. All of my friends keep talking about it.

  • I’ve seen about half of these. I’m looking for a new series to watch so this is the perfect time. And oh please let it be June for the next season of Orange is the New Black!!

  • I watch so many series that you mention on your list. Doctor Who is my favorite amongst them 🙂

  • I love the show scrubs – hilarious laughs with light life lessons in every show – have to say I found house of cards to be very good but unfortunately also very depressing – all the deceit and cheating hits too close to home for me

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