TV Recommendations: Netflix Originals
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TV Recommendations: Netflix Originals

I've watched 42 Netflix originals so you don't have to.

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TV Recommendations: Netflix Originals

Since my family got Netflix years ago, I've entertained myself by watching many of the shows it has to offer. I know how tedious it can be to choose what you want to watch next, so I'm here to help. I've given each show I've seen (excluding reality tv) a score out of 10 along with some additional information. Hopefully this may help ease your Netflix viewing woes. (Update: I have tried my best to include trigger warnings for shows I remember deal with sensitive topics at some point. I'm sure I forgot some though, so please make sure to look them up if you are concerned before watching)

1. One Day at a Time

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(Trigger Warning: depression, PTSD, anxiety-related disorders, substance abuse disorder) 3 generations of the Alvarez family live in the same apartment, and lots of hijinks ensue, especially with their building manager Schneider.

Number of seasons so far: 3 (on Netflix but 1 more on Pop)

Score: 10/10- This show is so relevant and so hilarious.

2. The Umbrella Academy

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Based on a comic book, this show is the story of the lives of 7 adoptive siblings who each have their own unique power.

Number of seasons so far: 1 (upcoming season July 31)

Score: 8/10- A pretty solid show, I've just forgotten stuff about it but did remember how annoying some of the main characters are.

3. The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia

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A teen genius moves in with her uncle so she can work at NASA, and she learns all about being a normal teen along the way.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 9/10- It might not be the most relatable, but it's still super good.

4. The Society

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All the teenagers in a town come back early from a school trip and discover they're the only ones left.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 10/10- The concept is just so intriguing, a modern day Lord of The Flies.

5. Sweet Magnolias

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3 lifelong best friends juggle their families, love lives, and careers in a small South Carolina town.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 4/10- I do not understand the hype behind this show. The acting isn't very strong, and I don't feel like a lot happens, but it still has some good parts.

6. Trinkets

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(Trigger Warning: addiction) 3 girls from drastically different social circles at school become friends after meeting at Shoplifters Anonymous.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- I can't remember much, but I know I enjoyed it, and it's a great girl power show.

7. Mr. Iglesias

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This show has comedian Gabriel Iglesias as a teacher at an underfunded high school trying to make a difference in his students' lives.

Number of seasons so far: 1 (upcoming season premiered today)

Score: 9/10- Insanely funny and rejuvenates the classic teacher sitcom.

8. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Based on the well-known Archie comic, this show is the life of teen witch, Sabrina Spellman, but it's much darker than the sitcom from the 90s.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 9/10- It's amazing but can get weird fast.

9. Girlboss

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This show is based on the real life story of the creator of the fashion brand Nasty Gal.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- I truly liked this one; it was funny and featured a strong female character who made lots of mistakes.

10. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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After 7 seasons of the original Gilmore Girls, this 4 part mini-series shows us how the town of Stars Hollow is living in 2016.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 4/10- Listen, I just finished the original series, and this doesn't hold a candle to it- feels very stale and awkward.

11. No Good Nick

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A teenage girl pretends to be a long lost relative of a family, so she can seek revenge on them for what they did.

Nubmer of seasons so far: 2

Score: 8/10- I love a good family sitcom, and this one's unique premise made it fun to watch.

12. Stranger Things

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I think most people know what this one's about- a group of kids in Hawkins, Indiana discover some freaky stuff when their friend goes missing.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 10/10- Obviously, it's a great show; I think the whole world knows that.

13. When They See Us

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The real life story of the Central Park Five.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 10/10- Every human being on the planet needs to watch this show. It's so well done and so heartbreaking. My heart still aches for those 5 boys.

14. GLOW

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Taking place in the 80s, this show is about the production of the television show Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 7/10- A really fun concept and features a strong cast of lots of female characters who are all remarkably different plus some awesome 80s nostalgia.

15. The Politician

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(Trigger Warning: suicide) This star-studded production is about one teenage boy's quest to presidency, starting with him winning his high school election.

Number of seasons so far: 1 (upcoming season June 19)

Score: 9/10- This show is so over the top, but I love everything about it.

16. I am Not Okay with This

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A teenage girl who already has to deal with a lot, now has newfound superpowers on her plate too.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 5/10- I just felt bored when I watched it if I'm being honest, but the acting was good.

17. On My Block

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(Trigger Warning: PTSD) A group of friends struggle to grow up in their inner city of Los Angeles, dealing with everything from family problems to gangs.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 7/10- The character of Jamal carries this show on his back, and it wouldn't be half as good without him.

18. Spinning Out

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(Trigger Warning: bipolar disorder) Two sisters, one an up & comer and the other fading out, compete in the cutthroat world of ice skating, while one of them and their mother battles bipolar disorder.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 10/10- This show deserves another season; It's absolutely excellent.

19. Team Kaylie

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A teen reality star has to do community service by helping a group of middle schoolers in their wilderness survival club.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 7/10- This might be meant for younger kids, but I still really liked it.

20. Dolly Parton's Heartstrings

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Each episode is based on a famous Dolly Parton song.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 6/10- Some episodes were a lot better than others.

21. Sex Education

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(Trigger Warning: sexual assault) A UK teen becomes a sex therapist at his school, mirroring his mom's actual profession.

Number of seasons so far: 2

Score: 10/10- Another show that is a must watch, both for the humor and the heart.

22. Gentefied

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This gives us a look at the gentrification that many minority-owned businesses face with the story of 3 cousins trying to help save their grandfather's restaurant.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- It took me a while to get into it, but by the last episode I was fully invested.

23. Green Eggs and Ham

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Based on the classic kids book, this series takes us on a wild adventure along with the characters.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- This was cute, but sometimes it lost my attention.

24. Unbelievable

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(Trigger Warning: sexual assault) Two badass detectives piece together numerous cases of rape over years and towns to one person.

Number of Seasons so far: 1

Score: 10/10- Just like the title, everything about this show is unbelievable. It's so good.

25. Insatiable

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(Trigger Warning: eating disorders) A teen loses a bunch of weight after getting her jaw wired shut from injury and then dives into the world of beauty pageants and crime.

Number of seasons so far: 2

Score: 4/10- There's a reason this show is so extremely problematic, but hey, it's still pretty funny at times.

26. Fuller House

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Much like the original, this series follows a widowed parent with 3 kids inviting her sister and best friend to live with her and help out.

Number of seasons so far: 5

Score: 7/10- The nostalgia alone is a great reason to watch.

27. A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Based on the well-known children's book series, it follows a trio of siblings as they try to uncover family secrets and escape from the evil Count Olaf.

Number of seasons so far: 3

Score: 6/10- I was obsessed when I first started watching, but by the last season, I was getting a little bored.

28. Alexa & Katie

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(Trigger Warning: anxiety-related disorders) Following two best friends through all 4 years of high school, you see the effects of cancer on a teenager, her family, and her friends.

Number of seasons so far: 4

Score: 10/10- I cannot recommend this show enough.

29. Daybreak

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The apocalypse came, but it spared all the young people for some reason, so they now have to survive from each other and the zombie-like monsters the adults have become.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- A great concept that got weird at times.

30. Locke & Key

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When a family moves into their dad's childhood home, they discover keys that can do weird things.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 8/10- It took a while, but this show captured my attention.

31. You

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Joe Goldberg gets a little too attached, and his infatuations turn deadly... a lot.

Number of seasons so far: 2

Score: 9/10- There's a reason everyone's obsessed with this show.

32. Merry Happy Whatever

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A family spends the holidays with their father, and one of them brings their boyfriend home, trying to win the dad over.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 5/10- It was pretty unmemorable, but it was fun to watch around the holidays.

33. Living With Yourself

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A man, unhappy with his life, undergoes a treatment that ends up cloning him.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 4/10- I'm sorry, Paul Rudd. I'm a big fan, but this just wasn't for me.

34. Russian Doll

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A woman dies on her birthday and keeps living the day over and over again.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 5/10- Fairly funny but couldn't keep me fully entertained.

35. Never Have I Ever

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An Indian-American teen strives to have a great school year, including having sex with the coolest guy in school.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 10/10- Mindy Kaling is a genius, and this show is absolutely everything you'd want it to be.

36. Hollywood

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In Post-WWII Hollywood, we get a look at a group of up & comers doing anything to make it big.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 7/10- Listen, it's good, but there's a lot of sex.

37. Outer Banks

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In a town significantly divided by wealth, a group of teens discover their own treasure hunt one summer.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 9/10- Compared to the other soapy teen dramas I've watched, this one is top tier.

38. Space Force

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This satirical comedy pokes fun at the idea of the real Space Force.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 6/10- Some episodes were seriously lacking, but others I really enjoyed.

39. The Big Show Show

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Starring the famous wrestler The Big Show, this series is a family sitcom about his life after retirement.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 8/10- I went into this with low expectations and was actually really impressed.

40. The End of the F***ing World

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(Trigger Warning: sexual assault) Two twisted teens sort of run away together and commit some crimes along the way.

Number of seasons so far: 2

Score: 6/10- I liked the second season better than the first but still got bored easily with it.

41. The Order

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Instead of normal fraternities and sororities at most colleges, this school's society is full of magic and supernatural powers.

Number of seasons so far: 1 (upcoming season June 18)

Score: 5/10- I can't decide how I feel about this one, but I think it could have been much better.

42. BlackAF

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Based on the real life story of Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, this show gives us a look at how his family lives.

Number of seasons so far: 1

Score: 8/10- The first couple episodes didn't hook me, but the last few made me laugh a lot.

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