The 20 Most Underrated Netflix Shows
“Easy”, “On My Block”, “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and other hidden gems appear on this handy TV treasure map.
Looking for buried treasure? Looking for hidden gems? Looking for entertainment gold? Use whatever digging metaphor you want, but your findings will remain the same: Netflix has good stuff, bad stuff, a lot in between, and you have to dig it all up. still.
Since entering the content production game with “Lilyhammer” in 2012, then breaking through with “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” in 2013, the pioneering streaming service has made thousands of hours of television in dozens of different languages. . From “BoJack Horseman” and “Arrested Development” to “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Umbrella Academy,” the entertainment company once known for sending out DVDs in droves has become a production powerhouse.
Netflix still has strong award contenders in the drama and comedy categories at the annual Emmys (in addition to the streaming service’s handful of Oscar-recognized films). See “Russian Doll”, “Ozark”, “The Crown”, “Black Mirror”, and “The Kominsky Method” among other famous TV titles.
Of course, you already know them. In the flurry of new Netflix TV shows, hit series like “Stranger Things” and “Squid Game” have snowballed into cultural moments that are catching millions upon millions of eyeballs. But, at the same time, many more series have languished in the less crowded areas of Netflix’s catalog, eclipsed by a homepage that’s more algorithm than marquee and ever-faster social media conversation. ready to move faster than you can say “Bridgerton.”
Now, a lot of unknown and/or canceled Netflix shows just aren’t very good. And, arguably, these titles didn’t stand a chance no matter where and how they were made available. Unscripted Netflix is particularly wild territory, with true crime docuseries and dating shows making up a gigantic block of “stuff” available to subscribers.
That said, if Netflix’s 2022 drama business saga confirms anything for a weary audience, it’s that the more-is-more approach can be a lot… for all concerned. By flooding viewers with options over the past decade, the streamer has amassed a seemingly impenetrable mountain of art and there’s no doubt some good projects have been overlooked.
And so, to come back to this archaeologist metaphor, the public must dig. To spur the start of your next Netflix adventure off the beaten path, here are 20 of the most underrated hidden gem TV shows on Netflix (in alphabetical order), from “Brand New Cherry Flavor” and “On My Block” to ” Everything sucks!” and “Alias Grace”.
Note: Series with major awards or huge viewership (as reported by Netflix) have been disqualified as “hidden gems”. The may appear on another IndieWire list.