Netflix and the ability to stream almost anything we want has made it easy to find new things to watch at a moment’s notice, whether we’re laid up in bed or just trying to relax with a new TV show. If you need a new show to watch, here are 20 great picks for binging on Netflix, with comedy and drama and everything in between.
20. The West Wing
There’s never been a political show as good as The West Wing, which remains current even now. The show even had an episode about a Supreme Court Justice dropping dead and the other party refusing to confirm his successor, just like the current U.S. system may be going through right now.
19. The Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian import and mockumentary about a bunch of knuckleheads who live in Sunnyvale Trailer Park in remote Nova Scotia. It has many fans, and even spun off into a movie.
18. Gilmore Girls
The Gilmore Girls is coming back next year with four hour-long specials updating us on the lives of Rory and Lorelei. Revisit their picaresque town Stars Hollow and enjoy the rapid-fire dialogue and charming cast of characters.
17. House of Cards
This Netflix original won a bunch of awards for its acting and writing. It stars Kevin Spacey as an evil President and Robin Wright as his scheming wife.
16. Nurse Jackie
The Sopranos’ star Edie Falco followed that HBO show with a hit for Showtime. All 7 seasons of Nurse Jackie are on Netflix, as it follows the life of a pill-popping nurse with a heart of gold.
15. United States of Tara
If you missed United States of Tara when it was on Showtime, it’s time to catch up. Toni Collette turns in a virtuoso as a woman struggling with multiple-personality disorder. You won’t be able to look away.
14. Once Upon a Time
Netflix doesn’t release ratings but it did say that its most watched program is ABC’s fairy tale retelling Once Upon a Time, which places your Disney favorites into the modern world.
13. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Netflix’s hit The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hails from Tina Fey and is a hilarious exploration of the life of a woman who escapes from a cult and moves to New York City.
12. Black Mirror
If you liked the Twilight Zone and The X Files then you will love Black Mirror, a speculative fiction series from the BBC that has a different cast, different setting and different story each season.
11. A Different World
One of the most influential comedies of the time, A Different World starred Lisa Bonet as she navigated a historically black college. The show managed to be both funny and topical and doesn’t feel dated at all.
10. The L Word
Lesbians, drama, angst, sex: what’s not to love about this over-the-top drama from Showtime?
Longmire is a detective show following a decidedly old-school sheriff of a small Western town as he solves one case each episode.
8. Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is a groundbreaking dramedy that features a diverse group of women living in a minimum-security federal prison.
7. Mad Men
If you haven’t watched Mad Men you missed out on the best show ever about the 1960s. Jon Hamm stars as the creative genius on early Madison Avenue, as he and his coworkers revolutionize advertising.
6. Friday Night Lights
Not many people watched Friday Night Lights when it aired live on NBC but those who did were obsessed with the heartfelt portrayal of a small town in love with high school football.
Rose Byrne and Glen Close made Damages must-see-TV. It’s a legal and political thriller with crazy twists and great acting.
How would you adjust to life if you had been imprisoned for 19 years and are suddenly released from prison? Rectify shows the hard road its protagonist must traverse to reclaim his life.
3. Person of Interest
Person of Interest seems like it could be the same old forensic serial drama, but it actually packs massive surprises you would expect from its creators Jonathan Nolan and JJ Abrams.
2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
There are ten psychotic seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which follows the crazy antics of the owners of Philadelphia’s worst bar.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
It doesn’t matter if you saw the original movie Wet Hot American Summer or not. This prequel follows the days and nights leading up to the final day of camp depicted in the movie. A who’s-who of stars show up to show out.