The 20 Most Binge-Worthy Netflix Dramas To Catch Right Now

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Everyone likes to zone out for a good ‘Netflix and Chill‘ session and with the endless options, it can be overwhelming to figure out which new series to start on next.

Whether it’s a K-drama flick, a melodrama, or a dose of reality tv—ahead, we round up the best shows on Netflix that are completely binge-worthy.

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1. If you like Shtisel: Unorthodox

Starring Shira Haas, Jeff Wilbusch and Amit Rahav, Unorthodox is a story about a young woman who leaves her ultra-orthodox Jewish community in New York City to start a new life in Berlin. In pursuit of self-determination, she struggles between finding her own way as her past catches up with her.

2. If you like The Witcher: The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom season four has been trending in the top five programmes on Netflix. Set in the late 9th and early 10th century, the show focuses on the Saxon and Danes’ battle for England. Season four starts a few years into Edward’s reign with the young King still living in the shadow of his father, Alfred. Will we see a truce between the two sides?

3. If you like Glow: Spinning Out

Spinning Out follows Kat Baker, who has her competitive skating career threatened by a devastating fall. While she seizes the opportunity to pursue her Olympic dreams, she first battles her personal demons and faces drama both on and off the ice.

4. If you like Godless: Peaky Blinders

Season 4 returns to see the Shelbys grapple with the 1929 stock market crash. Polly, Arthur and Michael spent six months in prison following their arrests in the third season. As if that weren’t hard enough, Tommy is confronted by new threats to his power from younger family members and fascist rivals.

5.  If you liked Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet: Living With Yourself

Imagine if you were replaced by… yourself? Miles Elliott is a man struggling in life. He undergoes a novel spa treatment that promises to make him a better person, only to learn he’s been replaced—literally—by a better version of himself. The American comedy-drama stars the one and only Paul Rudd—now we wouldn’t mind living in a world with two of him running around.

6.  If you liked Making A Murderer: Unbelievable

You may need to prepare the tissues for this one. This American miniseries is inspired by real events. A teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth.

7. If you like Rivederdale: 13 Reasons Why

The final season of 13 Reasons Why drops today on Netflix. The controversial show returns as students of Liberty High School prepares for graduation. Season 4 unveils the choices they are forced to make life-changing and heartbreaking choices about how their past will impact their future.

8. If you like The King of Kong: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

The world has fallen in love with Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, con men, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.

9. If you like Netflix’s The Get Down: When They See Us

Perhaps more prolific now then ever, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of colour, labelled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989—when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident—the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

10. If you like Netflix’s The Sinner: Dead To Me Season 2

Season 2 of this hearty dark comedy-meets-drama continues from the cliff-hanger of first season’s murder of Steve Wood (James Marsden). One noteworthy thing from the series is Christina Applegate’s depth in her character portrayal and how she deals with grief. This is, after all, the role that led to her receiving an Emmy nomination.

11. If you like My Holo Love: Itaewon Class

Something is about to shake up the local food scene on the vibrant streets of Itaewon. We see ex-convict Park Sae-ro-yi whose life has been turned into turmoil after he gets expelled from school for punching a bully and his father is killed in an accident. Following his father’s death, he works towards and eventually opens a bar-restaurant DanBam in Itaewon. Going up against the most powerful conglomerate in the industry, underdog Park Sae-ro-yi and his band of determined misfits seek to take over Itaewon and turn their ambitious dreams into reality. Starring Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, and Kwon Nara, this K-drama is based on the popular webtoon of the same name.

12. Control Z

When a hacker begins releasing students’ secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover his/her identity. Put on your subtitles because this Mexican teen drama web television series created by Carlos Quintanilla Sakar, Adriana Pelusi and Miguel García Moreno is certainly worth it!

13. If you like Maid in Manhattan: Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker chronicles the iconic rags-to-riches story of a trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who became America’s first female self-made millionaire. Heartwarming, uplifting and inspiring – the four-part limited series based off true events delves deep into how Walker managed to overcome the odds and built a revolutionary brand that found nation-wide success in the early 1900s.

14. If you like Netflix’s Love Is Blind: The Circle

For those who are hooked on watching reality tv, The Circle is the ultimate competition-based reality series you should be binging on Netflix. It’s as if Big Brother got a massive new update except the twist is that contestants stay in an apartment without seeing each other face-to-face (instead, communicate via The Circle social networking app) and are playing to win a grand price of US $$100,000.

15. If you like Atelier: Followers

If you’ve been tracking all the latest J-dramas, Followers is definitely a Netflix hit you should catch. The 9 episode-long series follows the intersecting stories between Rimi Nara (Miki Nakatani), a popular photographer, and Natsume Hyakuta (Elaiza Ikeda), an aspiring actress, living in the glamorous city of Tokyo. Plus, there’s even guest appearances by iconic Japanese celebs like Kiko MizuharaNaomi Watanabe and Rola to name a few.

16. If you like The End Of The F***ing World: I Am Not Okay With This

Sydney (Sophia Lillis) seems like your average teenage girl navigating the complexities of high school, family drama and her sexuality – except she’s not the typical girl you’d imagine herself to be. Discovering an onset of mysterious superpowers after her father passes away, watch on to find out how Sydney tries to come to terms with who she’s become and how she handles challenges she faced in her youth. If you need any more convincing on why you should watch this YA indie series, it’s brought to you by same people who produced Netflix’s Stranger Things and directed British series The End of the F***ing World.

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17. If you like Netflix’s Narcos: Ozark

For those who love crime-filled dramas, it’s time for you to start streaming Netflix’s Ozark. Struggling to keep their family afloat after a money-laundering scheme for a top Mexican drug cartel goes wrong husband and wife, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) move up to the summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri. In attempts to start afresh with a family-owned casino, the Byrdes get entangled with the local criminals in the area.

18. If you like The Chronicles Of Narnia: Locke & Key

Step into the fantasy world of Locke & Key, that begins when the Locke siblings and mother move into their late father’s peculiar family residence, the Keyhouse. The Locke family soon discovers that their new abode is not what it seems, finding magical keys that give them a vast array of mysterious powers and abilities.

18. If you like Descendants Of The Sun: Crash Landing On You

Netflix’s Crash Landing On You is the K-drama soap everyone’s been raving about and for all the right reasons. Romance ensues when South Korean socialite Yun Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) ends up stranded in the demilitarised zone in North Korea after a paragliding incident to find help from a handsome, elite North Korean military officer, Ri Jeong Hyeok (Hyun Bin). Get ready to shed a tear and have a good laugh while watching this stunning Korean masterpiece.

20. If you like Netflix’s Cheer: Dare Me

Inspired by Megan Abbott’s mystery novel, Dare Me follows the gripping story between two best friends, Addy (Marlo Kelly) and Beth (Herizen Guardiola), involved in competitive high-school cheerleading and how their lives begin to change after the arrival of new head coach, Coach Colette (Willa Fitzgerald).

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