Whether it’s the weekend, you’re taking a sick day, or it’s just a regular weeknight, and you need to unwind from work: you need a new show to binge.
Lucky for you, Netflix has got you covered. Even if you’ve already binged a hundred shows, you’ve barely put a dent in the streaming giant’s massive library. And there’s new content arriving all the time.
So, let’s talk about what you should be binging this month! I’ve left off some of the more apparent options for now (like Bridgerton and Schitt’s Creek) because they’re already at the top of everyone’s list, and I’m willing to bet you’ve already recently binged these shows. Instead, I picked a few new shows, along with some old favorites, that perhaps you haven’t seen — or at least haven’t seen in a while.
So if you’re ready to start binging, read on!
You can frequently find Ozark at the top of the list of Netflix’s most popular shows, so clearly, this one is worth checking out. Jason Bateman plays a financial advisor who drags his family from Chicago to the Ozarks after getting tangled up with a Mexican cartel. As they open a vacation destination to pay the cartel what they owe, they get deeper into the criminal underworld, and the line between good and wrong gets blurred. If you miss Breaking Bad, this is a good one to binge.
Ginny and Georgia
Netflix’s description of this show seems kind of unassuming: “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.” Several people have compared it to Gilmore Girls, but it’s darker. They’re running double lives filled with scandals, petty social cliques, and more.
It’s completely unfair that GLOW ended up on the chopping block, but there are still two seasons for you to binge. In my opinion, it’s one of the best Netflix originals out there, and it’s a pretty original story. It follows fledgling professional wrestlers, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, who are actually aspiring actresses down on their luck and taking a go at a whole new field. It’s wildly entertaining and features a rad ‘80s soundtrack to boot.
Period dramas are certainly having a moment right now, so if you’re already done with Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, check out The Irregulars. It’s a bit darker, but it’s set against a Victorian backdrop and follows a gang of troubled street teens in London. With hints of the paranormal, the kids solve crimes for the sinister Dr. Watson (yes, that Watson) and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes. Last month, this series landed on Netflix’s top 10 list.
Shadow and Bone
If you’re missing Game of Thrones and can’t wait for the new spinoff/prequel to drop, Shadow and Bone is waiting for you. This fantasy series is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo and introduces us to lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov in a war-torn world. She discovers she possesses the power that could set her country free, but nothing is as it seems and there are dangerous forces at play. Give the series a couple of episodes, and you’ll be hooked.
There’s nothing like revisiting Dawson’s Creek. From 1998 to 2003, it was the quintessential teen soap full of drama, love, and growing pains. Back then, the subject matter of the show was scandalous for 1998. Fans of shows like Gossip Girl might find it a little tame by those standards, but it’s still fun to binge and get wrapped up in the drama. Plus, it’s full of big names like James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams. You’ve got six seasons of Joey, Pacey, Dawson, and Jen to keep you distracted.
Reality shows are a dime a dozen these days, but this social media-focused concept puts an entirely new spin on it. All of the contestants are confined to their apartments, and can only communicate with other contestants via a social media app dubbed “The Circle” — which has private messages, a public news feed, and icebreaker games to stir up drama. Every so often, they have to rank each other, with the low-rankers getting the boot and the winner snagging $100,000. But there’s a catch: some of them may not really be who they say they are, because contestants can catfish.
The Great British Baking Show
I binge a lot of reality cooking shows, but The Great British Baking Show is a good one that just about anybody can enjoy. Where other reality shows can be more cutthroat and lean into petty drama, this one is charming and heartfelt. The series follows a group of amateur bakers who are eager to bake up some sweet treats and prove themselves. Everyone’s upbeat and enthusiastic, plus some of the foods are downright gorgeous. The series has eight seasons for you to devour.
If you need a feel-good comedy that’s easy to digest, Community is definitely worth the binge. It’ll keep you laughing with smart gags and witty humor, but it doesn’t require a lot of brainpower. The friendship between Troy and Abed (Donald Glover and Danny Pudi) is absolutely my favorite part of this series. The first few seasons are the best, but there are six hilarious seasons to keep you entertained for a while.