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Best TV Shows & Original Series on Netflix Right Now (November 2022)

It’s the weekend, or a sick day, or just a regular Tuesday night, and you need to binge-watch something. You don’t just want it, you need it. Where to begin? Fear not — we’re here to help. Below you’ll find an ever-expanding recommended list of TV shows available on Netflix, curated by us TV-obsessives. The mix covers a myriad of genres, lengths, countries of origins, and much more, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all excellent. If you want the full monty, peruse our picks for the best series and TV shows on Netflix right now below.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated on November 11th to include From Scratch.

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2022-present)

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Created by: David E. Kelley

Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole

The Lincoln Lawyer is everything a great legal drama should be: suspenseful, compelling, and unpredictable. Anchored by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo’s excellent performance as Mickey Haller, a skeptical yet optimistic criminal defense attorney as well as a recovering addict who runs his practice out of his town car, The Lincoln Lawyer is a solid adaptation of the Michael Connelly novel of the same name. Other standouts include Neve Campbell as Maggie McPherson, Halley’s first wife and a criminal prosecutor. If you’re looking for a sleek, sophisticated series, The Lincoln Lawyer is sure to deliver. – Taylor Gates

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From Scratch (2022)

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Creators: Attica Locke, Tembi Locke

Cast: Zoe Saldana, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler, Judith Scott

Inspired by Tembi Locke’s memoir, From Scratch tells the story of a Texas woman (Zoe Saldana) whose world shifts when she heads abroad to Italy. With a turbulent love story at the center, From Scratch’s eight-episode run delicately infuses the limited series with art, sweeping shots of gorgeous architecture, and picturesque landscapes. The scenery alone will draw viewers into this romantic adventure of love, compromise, and determination. Showrunner Attica Locke brings out a moving performance from Saldana as well as her Sicilian love interest, co-star Eugenio Mastrandrea. – Yael Tygiel

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Inside Man (2022)

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Created by: Steven Moffat

Cast: David Tennant, Stanley Tucci, Dolly Wells, Lydia West

Created by Steven Moffat, the mind behind hits like Sherlock and Doctor Who, Inside Man stars his previous collaborator David Tennant as a local vicar named Harry Watling and Stanley Tucci as Jefferson Grieff, a death row inmate who gets leeway due to his talent for solving mysteries. After a series of events finds Harry in trouble, their two worlds collide. Inside Man shows two very different men thrown together and the unexpected repercussions of that. Its performances and central mystery make for a compelling watch. – Taylor Gates

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

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Created by: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Lize Johnston, Kevin Keppy, Kate Minicucci, F. Murray Abraham

The mind behind The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, and – most recently – Netflix’s new Pinocchio, Guillermo del Toro is one of the most brilliant and influential people in horror. Cabinet of Curiosities is an anthology series curated by him featuring eight unique stories that celebrate and comment on the genre. From a mysterious storage unit to a Salem graveyard, a dead body found in the woods to a lotion with strange effects, each tale is creepy, original, and thoroughly entertaining. – Taylor Gates

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The Watcher (2022)

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Created by: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan

Cast: Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Isabel Gravitt, Luke David Blumm, Jennifer Coolidge

Another mystery thriller show from Ryan Murphy and frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, The Watcher is based on a true story of a family who starts receiving threatening letters after moving into their new home. The series stars an A-list cast, including Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale as the parents who move in, Margo Martindale and Richard Kind as their less-than-welcoming neighbors, and Jennifer Coolidge as a real estate agent Watts’ characters knows from her past. The show can be as comedic as it is creepy, making for a fun watch. – Taylor Gates

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The Midnight Club (2022)

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Created by: Mike Flanagan, Leah Fong

Cast: Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone

From creator Mike Flanagan – the great mind behind The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, among others – The Midnight Club is another excellent horror series. The show follows a group of eight young hospice patients who meet up every night to tell spooky stories. One night, they make a pact that the first one of them to die will communicate with the others from beyond the grave. When this happens, mysterious occurrences begin. Flanagan is known for combining horror with heart, and The Midnight Club is no exception, giving the audience as many emotions as it does jump scares. – Taylor Gates

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The Empress (2022)

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Created by: Katharina Eyssen, Lena Stahl

Cast: Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant

A steamy period drama in the vein of Bridgerton, The Empress revolves around Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau), the Empress of Austria who ruled at the end of the 19th century. An unconventional ruler, she marries the man that was intended for her sister. And that’s just where the complications start. Things get even more complex as she has to navigate meddling family members and politics. Romantic and intriguing, The Empress is a historical series worth a watch. – Taylor Gates

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Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022)

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Created by: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan

Cast: Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, Richard Jenkins

Society has a fascination with true crime and serial killers, and Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most obvious examples of this. From countless documentaries to the 2017 film My Friend Dahmer, there’s been a lot of media out there depicting the infamous murderer. This series, however, attempts something of a twist by retelling the tragedies from the victims’ points of view. Chilling and well-made, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story focuses more on systemic failures than sensationalizing the crimes, which is a refreshing – and important – change. – Taylor Gates

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Fate: the Winx Saga (2021-present)

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Created by: Brian Young

Cast: Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt

Based on the beloved Winx Club animated series, Fate: the Winx Saga takes a darker, more mature approach to the franchise. The story focuses on Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a fire fairy who enrolls at a magical boarding school. There, she makes friends with other magical beings and learns more about her past – and must work with them to defeat an ancient enemy that threatens Otherworld. Offering a compelling escape into a magical world, Fate: the Winx Saga makes for a solid addition to the teen fantasy genre. – Taylor Gates

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Cobra Kai (2018-present)

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Created by: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan

A sequel to the original Karate Kid movies, Cobra Kai is a martial arts dramedy that the whole family can enjoy. The series takes place 34 years after Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) was defeated by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in the All-Valley Karate Tournament. Now in his 50s and working as a handyman, Johnny has been suffering from alcoholism and depression; however, after defending a local neighborhood kid (Xolo Maridueña) from a bully using his old moves, Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo to help him and other local children learn to protect themselves. Through this, Johnny rediscovers his purpose – and reignites his rivalry with Daniel. – Taylor Gates

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Devil in Ohio (2022-present)

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Created by: Daria Polatin

Cast: Emily Deschanel, Sam Jaeger, Gerardo Celasco, Madeleine Arthur

Based on the novel also by Daria Polatin, Devil in Ohio is a limited thriller series full of suspense and mystery that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat. The series stars BonesEmily Deschanel as Dr. Suzanne Mathis, a psychiatrist at a hospital in the suburbs of Cleveland. She forms a connection with a patient named Mae (Madeleine Arthur), a teen girl who has escaped from a cult, and invites her to stay with her until she can find a foster home – something that disrupts the lives of Suzanne’s family. Slick and addictive, Devil in Ohio will keep you guessing throughout all eight episodes. – Taylor Gates

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Echoes (2022-present)

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Creator: Vanessa Gazy

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Matt Bomer, Karen Robinson

Michelle Monaghan pulls double duty in Echoes, a terrifyingly mysterious thriller about twins (Monaghan) who spent their entire lives secretly swapping places with each other. Now adults, the culmination of their deceptions begins to unravel when one sister disappears and chaos ensues. Creator Vanessa Gazy crafts an alluring puzzle for audiences to piece together as the schemed and choreographed lives of these women fall apart. Supporting Monaghan’s intense performances is the exceptional Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol), who must deal with the disarray, along with chameleon Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek) as the diligent sheriff. – Yael Tygiel

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Better Call Saul (2015-2022)

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Creator: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks

Set in the Breaking Bad universe, Better Call Saul is a prequel series following criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill before his life-changing introduction to the infamous Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Bob Odenkirk seamlessly slips back into his iconic character in the series, allowing creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould to peel back the layers of the fan-favorite lawman. While a handful of original characters crossover into Better Call Saul, the greatest addition to this story is the underrated Rhea Seehorn(Veep) as she brings Kim Wexler to life. – Yael Tygiel

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The Sandman (2022-present)

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Created by: Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, Allan Heinberg

Cast: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, Patton Oswalt

Based on the comics also by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a grand, time-traveling story that focuses on The King of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), who, after being imprisoned by a mortal wizard for decades, goes on a quest to reclaim his lost items of power and restore his realm called The Dreaming. The series seemingly does the impossible by so faithfully adapting its rich, complex source material and has been praised for its performances and production design. A fantasy horror with depth that will have you asking hard questions – and possibly even make you reach for the tissues – The Sandman is a can’t-miss. – Taylor Gates

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Uncoupled (2022-present)

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Creators: Jeffrey Richman, Darren Star

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas

Uncoupled stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as a middle-aged gay man who gets dumped after nearly two decades of dating and is forced to salvage himself in this new stage in his life. Co-created by Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family) andDarren Star (Sex And The City), Uncoupled is a playful comedy commenting on the relatability of rediscovery at any age. Harris hones his comedic expertise in the series, joined on his journey by a best friend played by Tisha Campbell (Harley Quinn), with appearances from the incomparable Marcia Gay Harden (The Morning Show). Uncoupled is a superb comedy with a stellar cast and a genuine message for viewers of all generations. – Yael Tygiel

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Boo, Bitch (2022-present)


Created by: Tim Schauer & Kuba Soltysiak, Erin Ehrlich & Lauren Iungerich

Cast: Lana Condor, Zoe Colletti, Mason Versaw

Lana Condor never disappoints. Since breaking out in the immensely popular To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, she’s become a Netflix staple – and for good reason. She’s able to breathe life into an array of characters, expertly balancing both the drama and comedy that comes with growing up. Boo, Bitch is no different. She and Zoe Colletti have great chemistry as best friends Erika and Gia navigating high school together and trying to leave their mark before they graduate. There’s just one little complication: Erika dies after getting drunk at a party one night and must figure out how to live as a ghost. Boo, Bitch is a fun coming-of-age comedy with a supernatural twist sure to appeal to fans of shows like Booksmart and Never Have I Ever. – Taylor Gates

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Inventing Anna (2021)

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Creator: Shonda Rhimes

Cast: Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner, Arian Moayed, Katie Lowes

Created by Shonda Rhimes, the force behind Grey’s Anatomyand Bridgerton, Inventing Anna is based on an article in New York magazine that exposed Anna Sorokin: a Russian-born woman who conned the New York City’s elite into believing she was a wealthy German heiress. Julia Garner plays the fascinating scammer to perfection, expertly capturing her bizarre accent and mannerisms. If you’re looking for proof that sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction, look no further than this compelling and entertaining miniseries – Taylor Gates

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Squid Game (2021-present)

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Created by: Hwang Dong-hyuk

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong-su

Squid Game is one of the biggest cultural phenomena we’ve seen in recent years, breaking records left and right when it was released in the fall of 2021. The South Korean series centers around a group of 456 people who risk their lives playing children’s games to win a large sum of money. The catch? The games have a deadly twist, and only one winner will make it out alive. Squid Game’s popularity and critical acclaim are well-earned. Not only is it full of smart, daring writing and excellent performances, but the social commentary it offers on class and society is as searing and relevant as well. – Taylor Gates

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Heartstopper (2022-present)

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Developed by: Alice Oseman (based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name)

Cast: Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Olivia Colman, William Gao, Yasmin Finney

There’s something incredibly warming about the range of queer stories that are premiering in this day and age, and Heartstopper feels like the coziest and warmest among them thus far to date. Oseman, who adapts the original story they wrote for the comic, maintains that same sense of genuineness and empathy in a tale that follows two teens who come to the conclusion that their friendship may, in fact, be something more than merely platonic. There’s romance, to be sure, but there’s a commitment to showcasing the highs and lows of being a teenager, when everything seems so intense and unexplored in terms of emotion and that first major crush, and the only thing stopping you from what might be a game-changing relationship is yourself. – Carly Lane

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Midnight Mass (2021)

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Created by: Mike Flanagan

Cast: Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Kristin Lehman, Samantha Sloyan, Igby Rigney

It seems impossible to say that Mike Flanagan has done the damn thing yet again, but with Midnight Mass, a project that the writer-director describes as his most personal and longest-running plan in the works, he’s probably crafted the closest thing to an original magnum opus. Like his previous adaptations of Hill House and Bly Manor, there are plenty of monsters to provide frights, but similarly, there’s just as much emotional heartbreak wrapped up in the human story, not to mention characters who can be as terrifying as any ghost or as menacing as any vampire. Midnight Mass is a series that’s more likely to make you weep than gasp, but that doesn’t diminish its impact — or its staying power, not only on Netflix but in the annals of horror storytelling, period. – Carly Lane

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