The 20 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now – January 2017
Whether you’re taking a sick day, trying to survive a wet weekend, or just feel like a bit of binge watching, Netflix is the answer. If you’re not sure what to watch, Tech Junkie is here to help. We are Netflix addicts and watch whatever we can whenever we can. So if you’re looking for the best shows on Netflix right now, read on!
In no particular order:
20. Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is worth watching even if you’re not a football fan. It was huge on NBC, and now it’s making the rounds on Netflix. Clever, well-written, and well-acted.
19. Stranger Things
Stranger Things is a grab bag of sci-fi tropes. It’s a bit X-files, a bit Aliens, a bit E.T, and even a bit Dungeons & Dragons. It’s also more than a bit good, especially if you’re familiar with 80s sci-fi movies and influences.
Sense8, from the Wachowskis, is exactly what you would expect: rich, undulating, engaging and sometimes a little confusing. It is also excellently written, well executed, and poignant at times.
17. Sons of Anarchy
No Netflix best show list would be complete without Sons of Anarchy. One of the best shows on any platform, this biker drama has great highs and lows, and loves to build the pressure before letting it all out in a gunfight. Well worth watching.
16. The Flash
The Flash is a good way to get a little superhero action without having to deal with formulaic writing and over-the-top action sequences. A spin-off of Arrow, The Flash is nicely done with lots going on in each episode.
15. Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife is an unlikely Netflix hit, but a hit is exactly what it deserves to be. Based in post-war England, this is a period drama done as only the Brits can do them. It may seem banal on paper but it’s curiously engaging, even addicting once you start watching.
14. Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones is a Marvel spinoff that has much more depth than the usual fare. Very well done, and nicely acted, it’s also one of the few domestic TV shows that can do subtext well. If you’re looking for something a little deeper than the norm, this could be it. David Tennant, formerly of Doctor Who, anchors the show as hands-down the most frightening villain in the Marvel screen universe.
13. Mad Men
Ah those were the days! Back when men could drink and smoke at work and everything was much simpler–or maybe not. Mad Men is stylish, perfectly paced, and well-acted. If you’re after something without guns or superheroes, this fits the bill perfectly.
12. Breaking Bad
What is there to say about Breaking Bad that hasn’t been said already? It’s a 21st masterpiece that’s as funny as it is poignant and as entertaining as it is shocking. Everyone should watch it.
11. Better Call Saul
Anyone who has seen Breaking Bad will recognize Saul in this spinoff as a shady lawyer trying to make it good in New Mexico and falling in with the bad guys. It is easily as good as Breaking Bad, which is a nice change for a spinoff and a high bar to clear.
10. Top of the Lake
Top of the Lake is only six episodes but the story feels much longer, in a good way. When a girl goes missing, the family seems to be responsible and the series follows the investigation. It’s very well done on every level.
9. Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation takes a little while to warm up, but once it does this Office spinoff takes on a wonderful personality of its own. It’s humorous, lighthearted, and full of sincerity. It’s a modern day Friends without the bad haircuts.
8. The West Wing
The West Wing is a modern classic, perfect for binge watching. Cleverly done, well-acted, and full of comedic moments as well as dramatic ones, it is Aaron Sorkin at his best.
Dexter isn’t for the faint of heart but it’s clever, darkly funny, and very engrossing. Whoever thought of a serial killer working as a detective is a genius, and Michael C. Hall is brilliant in his role.
6. The Magicians
It’s Harry Potter, but for disaffected Millennials–The Magicians is a more cynical, adult take on the “magic boarding school” trope. Based on a series of popular novels, the series follows a group of grad students as they try to sort out their ennui while exploring fantasy worlds and dealing with interdimensional horrors.
Lost was the best thing on TV for a while. It’s very well written, with great characters, good storylines, nice locations and plenty of mystery. Despite some disappointments, this is definitely binge-worthy watching.
4. House of Cards
House of Cards is the series that made Netflix, not the other way round. Clever, funny, and slick, this is one of the best Kevin Spacey possible to have. If you watch one thing on Netflix, let it be House of Cards.
3. Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie is dark, bleak humor at its best. Edie Falco is a drug addicted nurse trying to hold it together through a dissolving marriage, changes and stresses at work, and coping with middle age. Awesome show.
2. Jane the Virgin
This show is part Days of Our Lives, parts Arrested Development. It’s a hilarious whirlwind of plot twists–starting with the title character, Jane, getting implausibly artificially impregnated–with a surprising amount of heart. Jane the Virgin draws heavily on telenovela tropes, but it can win you over even if you’re someone who thinks Juegos de Fuego is a flavor of salsa.
Luther is another Brit import, and how all cop shows should be. It is dark, gritty, mean and intense. It takes hold of you and doesn’t let you go until it is good and ready to. Luther is an unlikely star of Netflix, but once you watch it you’ll know why.
Or, if you don’t have time for a full series, maybe you should check out one of the 20 best movies on Netflix.