10 New Netflix Shows You Should Be Watching

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.

Nailed It!

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Synopsis: Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part reality contest, part hot mess.

Why You Should Watch It: One of the most endearing TV shows you’ll find on the service. It features a diverse cast both in hosting and in competing and is just genuinely a riot. Watching people bake poorly is the best kind of culinary schadenfreude. Doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t cruel – just great, easy viewing.

Wild Wild Country

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Synopsis: When the world’s most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Why You Should Watch It: Love a true story and this one is exceptionally told. A visceral insight into the way a cult can operate and how it can establish itself. Really an incredible story.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Originally posted in February, 2018. We’ve removed Black Lightning and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale, replacing them with Nailed It! and Wild Wild Country.


    • That depends on how fast Disney get their streaming service up and running, and whether it’s going to be available to people outside the US.

      • They’re planning on their service being released worldwide. As for when, no idea. I wouldn’t expect pre-2020 myself.

  • Worth mentioning, Everything Sucks has not been renewed for a second season. Still worth a look but some people might not want to bother with it, however you can easily watch the whole season in one sitting.

    • What!? That blows! That show was awesome, however you bet your ass Fuller House will insipidly go on and on and on…

    • It does not need a second season, and I am EXTREMELY thankful that it has not ended up with one. It would have recked the ending. Like, the show was perfect. I watched it in one sitting, and it’s amazing.

      Also, suggesting a show should not be watched because it only has one season is a really shitty excuse for not watching it…

  • End of the Fucking World, Altered Carbon, Dark, and (even though i have never likes Star Trek) Discovery are all really worth watching.

    The Good Place is also so, SO much better than its awful trailer makes it seem. How a sassy American sitcom with ethical philosophy as a central theme ever got made is a fucking mystery to me.

    • The Good Place’s creator also created Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Pretty sure people just let him do what he wants at this point.

    • Michael Shur having “The Office”, “Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on his CV probably helped him get it over the line.

  • End of the f-ing world and everything sucks were just fantastic. Mindhunters was very good too. Would love to watch Dark but can’t deal with dubs and better half does cross-stitch while we watch so can’t read the subs. Will definitely give Wild Wild Country a go!

  • I’m totally confused, Star Trek Discovery is not available on Netflix. It’s on CBS All Access. Or am I completely missing something? I refuse to pay for CBS all access just for one show that I have never seen before. HBO’s a different story because Larry David. Oh, and Westworld. Yes, I know, everybody talks about Game of Thrones but really not interested in that. I mean, I know it’s supposed to be really great and all, but I just can’t get interested in it. I know, just hate me now.

  • I’d love it if Kotaku captioned their title image with a description of what the image was, instead of just credit.

    I figure it’s Altered Carbon, but often you just have no idea (when articles are about more than one title).

  • Dark is goddamn superb. My favourite show of last year. Watch it in it’s native language (german) with subtitles though, as the english dub is bland to the point of boredom.

  • It will be interesting to see how/if they progress Altered Carbon in a second season.

    Logically it would be based on the second book – Broken Angels – but you wouldn’t be able to carry any of the existing cast over to the season 2.

    Loved the book, loved the show.

    • The show adapted a hell of a lot of the story into something completely different, but I enjoyed it a lot.
      Still haven’t read the second and third books. I like Kovac as a character.

  • The other books are excellent. I highly recommend them.

    In fact, anything by Richard Morgan is worth a look. Well written, great stories, thought provoking.

  • I started watching the Joel McHale show and while I generally like Joel McHale, the first episode alone was so bad that I couldn’t watch anymore.

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