We have access to so many unique services with so much great content that it’s difficult to filter through it all. How many times do you go to start a new TV show but don’t know whether it’s worth the time? Every night? Same. When you do settle on one and it’s three seasons long, it throws you – do you really want to spend all that time on a show that might not even be good?
Lucky for you, we’ve plucked 10 of Netflix’s best new shows – and they’re all still in their first season.
End Of The F***ing World
Synopsis: James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.
Why You Should Watch It: A highly unusual coming-of-age story that is hilarious, concerning and awkward. Based on the novel of the same name, when it dropped a few months ago, I binged it in an evening. Moving, but in a really weird way.
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
Synopsis: An unscripted show hosted by Joel McHale, taking an absurdist look at today’s pop culture from news sources around the world.
Why You Should Watch It: Very, very new but a weekly show that you should keep an eye on. The Guy From Community does a good job at landing jokes (most of the time), but more than that it’s a slightly absurdist, largely unscripted take on pop culture that’s pretty refreshing and strange for Netflix. Kind of like a news show, but not horribly sad and boring.
Synopsis: In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.
Why You Should Watch It: This is good, cerebral TV that moves at a deliberately cautious pace. A standout from the last year that has been renewed for a second season, so get involved now.
Synopsis: A young mother tries to find out what’s causing her to have violent tendencies.
Why You Should Watch It: I am still not a thousand percent sure that I *like* this, but The Sinner certainly made me feel something. I constantly wanted to watch the next episode and there’s this weird feeling of dread that hangs over the first half of the short series that made me feel uneasy. Strong performances by the leads, especially Biel.
Synopsis: In 1990s Oregon, members of a high school A/V club clash with the drama club.
Why You Should Watch It: Because you either A) Are a teenager right now or B) Were once a teenager in your life. Thus, you will find something to relate to in this. It’s not revelatory in any way, but it is just really digestible and fun to watch. You can also sate that 90s nostalgia that you no doubt fiend for.
Synopsis: Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to live in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.
Why You Should Watch It: It’s sci-fi, murder mystery and some sort of cyberpunk all melted together with good lead performances. If you’re a fan of films like The Matrix or had even a passing interest in Ghost In The Shell, you’ll find something you like here.
Synopsis: A retired superhero becomes a vigilante for justice.
Why You Should Watch It: What! The synopsis doesn’t enthuse you enough? Okay, it’s a little light on information but Black Lightning is a refreshing take on the retired superhero trope and an all-star turn by Cress Williams as Black Lightning is enough to keep you watching. In the same stable as Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.
Synopsis: A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.
Star Trek: Discovery
Synopsis: Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.
Why You Should Watch It: Well, there isn’t a new Star Wars series on Netflix yet. Also, Star Trek fans seemed to like it.
Synopsis: Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out at a ranch as Frank’s chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico – a town mysteriously made up almost entirely of women.
Why You Should Watch It: Godless takes what you know about Westerns and uses that to its advantages, layering over the top of them an entirely fresh coat of paint. Sometimes it does stick too closely to those tropes and early on it suffers from some pacing issues but it doesn’t feel slow and great performances keep it moving forward at a decent clip.