10 New Netflix Shows You Should Be Watching

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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

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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

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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.


Mindhunter

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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.


The Sinner

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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.


Everything Sucks

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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.


Altered Carbon

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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.


Black Lightning

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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.


Dark

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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.

Why You Should Watch It: It's like the anti-Stranger Things but not in the sense that it's bad, in the sense that it's really good.


Star Trek: Discovery

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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.


Godless

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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.



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    The End of the F**king World is honestly my favourite thing Netflix has ever done. I wasn't expecting to really like it, let alone love it. The two leads are just fantastic. Can't recommend it enough.

      I VERY much enjoyed how irregular it was - very well done and I binged in 2 nights. Much like 13 Reasons Why, I sincerely hope they do NOT make a second season - the open ending without closure is something I enjoy.

      I agree it is awesome - but a quick note. Netflix didnt have anything to do with the production of that show. It was played on Channel 4 in the UK (I believe it was Channel 4) and noone really watched it. It subsequently went into the void until Netflix picked it up.

        I knew about the Ch4 involvement, but thought it was done in conjunction with them?

    I've been watching Punisher and struggling to find a reason to continue past ep 6.
    The pacing seems slow and the acting isn't fantastic (the two Homeland Security agents are woeful), really finding it difficult to care about Frank and his meandering storyline.
    Such a shame, I love the Punisher.
    on the other hand, End of the F**king World is a gem. The wife had it on when I was reading and I soon found myself completely engaged by it.
    Now those two kids know how to act.

      I found the Punisher to be an absolutely excruciating "our troops" outing until the last three episodes, at which stage it all goes fucking insane and becomes well worth it.

    Black Lightning has some good moments, doesn't suffer from taking itself too seriously like Arrow.

    Altered Carbon, I can't understand why they decided to bury it under the Cloverfield Paradox lameness. It has it's faults but it's not entirely predictable and totally lacking in tension like CP.

    Dark is superb. My favourite show of last year. BUT....watch it in german language with subtitles. The English dub is pathetic and soulless.

      Definitely watch in German with subs. Excellent show, started out feeling a lot like Stranger Things but it distinguished itself fairly quickly. I really enjoyed it.

      People watch dubs? I always watch something in the native language and subs.

        As do I, but for some reason when I started this series it automatically put it in the english dub. I then found out two of my friends had tried to watch it but the dub put them off.

    So The Joel McHale Show is... exactly The Soup?

      Not EXACTLY - it has Joel McHale...

        I'm not sure if you're being serious or not. The Soup WAS hosted by Joel McHale at one stage. For ages.

          Wasnt being serious at all scruffydog. Was talking about the title, but wrote it (really) poorly. All good :)

    "The Good Place" should be at the top of this list. Gosh I havent laughed so much in ages. "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" should be second.

      yep "The Good Place" is a super fun show.

    I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed Dirk Gently, despite the fact that its only similarity with the books was that one of the characters was named Dirk Gently.

    One of my friends (who is a massive Douglas Adams fan) may have wanted to lynch me for saying something similar to him, but nonetheless I found it quite fun once I forced myself to ignore the books.

      I'm a long-time Douglas Adams fan, and I quite enjoyed Dirk Gently as well, despite the standard American tropes invading the series. The UK did it better, obviously, but the US series is still full enough of zesty zaniness to make things entertaining. It's a slightly different take on the character, but I find that interesting.

        Any Douglas Adams fans worth their salt knows that each incarnation of the books/radio plays/movies/series are all wildly contradictory on purpose.

          Any student of human nature knows that Doug was rationalising author laziness when he came up with that blurb for the Omnibus. We still love him for it.

      Guess it being cancelled means it didnt do overly well?

        Not sure if it was doing well or not, but the cancellation likely had to do with what happened with Max Landis.

          Ah yes that would have the potential to do it.

      I bounced off that one pretty hard. It seems like it's going for late season Doctor Who but not quite finding whatever it is that makes that series compelling.

      Is it worth pushing through a bit longer?

    I would be enjoying Star Trek: Discovery a whole lot more if the Klingons didn't all sound like a seal barking out haiku through a mouthful of porridge.

    I really liked Star Trek Discovery: it is probably one of the best first seasons for a Star Trek series, so I'm looking forward to season 2.

      Agreed, really enjoyed the season, it was strange and feel liks it really should be in the abrams universe and not the prime trek universe. but it was a good ride from start to finish.

      not perfect. they could of left out or delayed the Voq storyline but oh well.

        I like how it came out one week at a time. Gave the show a real watercooler presence

        I also like how they didn't resolve the final episode with time travel shenanigans (which everyone was predicting)

    Altered Carbon is the best Cyberpunk media I've seen in quite a while, but my goodness the women in that show get a raw deal. I'd still be inclined to suggest giving it a try, but if you're having concerns after the first episode, you're probably not going to have good time with the rest

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