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The best Netflix shows and original series to watch now (September 2022)

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Once upon a time, Netflix was nothing more than a streaming hub for other studios’ movies. The company eventually began making its own movies and shows, and now Netflix’s original programming is what sets it apart from the competition.

Sorting through thousands of Netflix Originals can be daunting. That’s why we put together a list of the best shows on Netflix streaming right now. We’ll update this post throughout the year as new shows start streaming on Netflix and others get removed.

Arcane (2021)

(L to R) Mia Sinclair Jenness as Powder, Hailee Steinfeld as Vi in Arcane.
(L to R) Mia Sinclair Jenness as Powder, Hailee Steinfeld as Vi in Arcane. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adult animation
  • Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Katie Leung, Kevin Alejandro
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions.”

Watch now on Netflix


Arrested Development (2003-2019)

Arrested Development is streaming on Netflix.
Arrested Development is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett
  • Number of seasons: 5

Synopsis: “It’s the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”

Watch now on Netflix


Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Nickelodeon
  • Genre: Fantasy, Kids animation
  • Cast: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “With the Fire Nation on the brink of global domination, a young girl and her brother discover a 12-year old Airbender who reveals himself as the Avatar. Will this irresponsible kid accept his destiny in time to save the world?”

Watch now on Netflix


Bee and PuppyCat (2022)

Allyn Rachel as Bee in Bee and PuppyCat.
Allyn Rachel as Bee in Bee and PuppyCat. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Teen TV, Adult animation
  • Cast: Allyn Rachel, Kent Osborne, Alexander James Rodriguez
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “On a charming magical island, the impulsive Bee and her furry pal get up to all sorts of adventures while working for an intergalactic temp agency.”

Watch now on Netflix


Better Call Saul (2015-2022)

  • Genre: Crime drama
  • Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
  • Number of seasons: 5

Synopsis: “This Emmy-nominated prequel to Breaking Bad follows small-time attorney Jimmy McGill as he transforms into morally challenged lawyer Saul Goodman.”

Watch now on Netflix


Black Mirror (2011-Present)

A scene from Black Mirror season 4.
A scene from Black Mirror season 4. Image source: Jonathan Prime / Netflix
  • Genre: Sci-fi thriller, British
  • Cast: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
  • Number of seasons: 5

Synopsis: “This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.”

Watch now on Netflix


BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)

BoJack Horseman is streaming on Netflix.
BoJack Horseman is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Sitcom, Adult animation
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s, 20 years later. He’s a curmudgeon with a heart of…not quite gold…but something like gold. Copper?”

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Borgen (2010-2022)

  • Genre: Political drama, Danish
  • Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Pilou Asbæk
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “A shocking turn of events puts Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish prime minister’s seat as her country’s first female leader in this landmark drama.”

Watch now on Netflix


Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

  • Genre: Crime drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
  • Number of seasons: 5

Synopsis: “A high school chemistry teacher dying of cancer teams with a former student to secure his family’s future by manufacturing and selling crystal meth.”

Watch now on Netflix


Bridgerton (2020-Present)

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Rege-Jean Page, as Simon Basset and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in episode 108 of Bridgerton. Image source: Liam Daniel/Netflix
  • Genre: Romantic drama, Period piece
  • Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews, Lorraine Ashbourne
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.”

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Castlevania (2017-2021)

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A scene from Castlevania season 3. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Horror anime
  • Cast: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.”

Watch now on Netflix


Cheer (2020-Present)

  • Genre: Docuseries, Competition reality series
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “This gripping docuseries follows the ups and downs of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad as they work to win a conveted national title.”

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Chef’s Table (2015-Present)

  • Genre: Docuseries, Food & travel
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “In this Emmy-nominated series, meet culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts.”

Watch now on Netflix


Cobra Kai (2018-Present)

Cobra Kai season 4 is streaming now on Netflix.
(L to R) William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
  • Number of seasons: 5

Synopsis: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the Karate Kid films.”

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006-2007)

  • Genre: Mecha & cyborg anime, Japanese
  • Cast: Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “A high-schooler who’s granted powers to make anyone instantly obedient dons a mask to lead Japan’s rebellion against a long-invading Britannia.”

Watch now on Netflix


Community (2009-2015)

  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “When his bogus law degree is exposed, Jeff Winger goes back to college and forms a study group of outcasts.”

Watch now on Netflix


Crash Landing on You (2019)

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A scene from the Netflix original Korean-language series, “Crash Landing on You.” Image source: Lim Hyo Seon/Netflix
  • Genre: Romantic drama, Comedy, Korean
  • Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea — and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.”

Watch now on Netflix


The Crown (2016-Present)

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Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) in The Crown. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Political drama, British
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “Based on historical events, this series dramatizes the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that have shaped her reign.”

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Dark (2017-2020)

  • Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery, German
  • Cast: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.”

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Death Note (2006)

Death Note
Ryuk the Shinigami in Death Note. Image source: Viz Media
  • Genre: Horror anime, Japanese
  • Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Kappei Yamaguchi, Shido Nakamura
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “When a Japanese high schooler comes into possession of a mythical notebook, he finds he has the power to kill anybody whose name he writes in it.”

Watch now on Netflix


The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2016-2019)

  • Genre: Comedy anime, Japanese
  • Cast: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “High school sophomore Kusuo Saiki swore as a child that he would keep his psychic talents hidden, but his abilities still make his life difficult.”

Watch now on Netflix


Erased (2016)

  • Genre: Mystery anime, Japanese
  • Cast: Tao Tsuchiya, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Aoi Yuki
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Satoru Fujinuma can travel back in time to save others’ lives. When he wakes up 18 years in the past, he has a chance to save his murdered classmates.”

Watch now on Netflix


Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

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A still from the Netflix Korean drama series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo.” Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Courtroom drama, Korean
  • Cast: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang Ki-young
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Brilliant attorney Woo Young-woo tackles challenges in the courtroom and beyond as a newbie at a top law firm and a woman on the autism spectrum.”

Watch now on Netflix


Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019-Present)

  • Genre: Docuseries, Sports & fitness, British
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.”

Watch now on Netflix


The Good Place (2016-2020)

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A still from Episode 413/414 of THE GOOD PLACE on NBC. Image source: Colleen Hayes/NBC
  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “Due to an error, self-absorbed Eleanor Shellstrop arrives at the Good Place after her death. Determined to stay, she tries to become a better person.”

Watch now on Netflix


The Great British Baking Show (2010-Present)

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A promotional still from Season 10 of “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Food & travel, Competition reality, British
  • Cast: Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “A talented batch of amateur bakers face off in a 10-week competition, whipping up their best dishes in the hopes of being named the U.K.’s best.”

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GLOW (2017-2019)

A scene from GLOW on Netflix.
A scene from GLOW on Netflix. Image source: Ali Goldstein/Netflix
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind Orange is the New Black.”

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Great News (2017-2018)

  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “A TV news producer’s ambitions take an awkward turn when her mother rejoins the workforce and snags a job as the station’s newest intern.”

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Hilda (2018-Present)

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Hilda season 2 is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Kids animation, Adventure
  • Cast: Bella Ramsey, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo, Oliver Nelson
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “Fearless, free-spirited Hilda finds new friends, adventure and magical creatures when she leaves her enchanted forest home and journeys to the city.”

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I Think You Should Leave (2019-Present)

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Season Two of Tim Robinson’s sketch comedy series “I Think You Should Leave” is now streaming on Netflix. Image source: Eddy Chen/Netflix
  • Genre: Sketch comedy
  • Cast: Tim Robinson, Andy Samberg, Sam Richardson
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “There is no such thing as an ordinary interaction in this offbeat sketch comedy series that features a deep roster of guest stars.”

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Kingdom (2019-Present)

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A scene from the Netflix special episode “Kingdom: Ashin of the North.” Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Political drama, Korean
  • Cast: Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doona
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.”

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The Last Dance (2020)

  • Genre: Docuseries, Sports & fitness
  • Cast: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “This docuseries chronicles the rise of superstar Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, with unaired footage from an unforgettable 1997-98 season.”

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Love (2016-2018)

  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “Rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow.”

Watch now on Netflix


Mindhunter (2017-2019)

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MINDHUNTER is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime drama, Mystery
  • Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
  • Number of seasons: 2

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.”

Watch now on Netflix


Money Heist (2017-2021)

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A scene from the hit Netflix series “Money Heist.” Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime drama, Thriller, Spanish
  • Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.”

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974)

  • Genre: Sketch comedy
  • Cast: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “The Monty Python players make their mark with a winning mix of wit, ingenuity and brilliant timing — and a penchant for mockery and cross-dressing.”

Watch now on Netflix


Narcos (2015-2017)

Narcos is streaming on Netflix.
Narcos is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “The true story of Colombia’s infamously violent and powerful drug cartels fuels this gritty gangster drama series.”

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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

  • Genre: Mecha & cyborg anime, Japanese
  • Cast: Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Fifteen years after the Second Impact, Shinji Ikari joins his father’s group NERV as one of several teenage mecha pilots fighting the monstrous Angels.”

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Our Planet (2019)

Our Planet
A bald eagle swoops to pluck a Pacific Herring from the sea. In spring herring move into shallower waters to spawn and hunters gather for the feast. Image source: Oliver Scholey/Silverback/Netflix
  • Genre: Docuseries, Science & nature
  • Cast: David Attenborough
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Experience our planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.”

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Ozark (2017-2022)

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Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde and Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde in “Ozark.” Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Crime drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.”

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The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

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Anya Taylor-Joy in Netflix’s hit series “The Queen’s Gambit” as Beth Harmon. Image source: Phil Bray/Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.”

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Queer Eye (2018-Present)

  • Genre: Makeover reality show
  • Cast: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “Grab some tissues! An all-new “Fab Five” serve up hip tips, emotionally charged makeovers and heartfelt reveals that bring out all the feels.”

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Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)

  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy
  • Number of seasons: 6

Synopsis: “Suddenly broke, the formerly filthy-rich Rose family is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek.”

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Seinfeld (1989-1998)

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A screenshot from the Seinfeld episode ‘The Contest.’ Image source: NBC
  • Genre: Sitcom
  • Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander
  • Number of seasons: 9

Synopsis: “The “show about nothing” is a sitcom landmark, with comic Jerry and his three sardonic friends finding laughs in both the mundane and the ridiculous.”

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Sex Education (2019-Present)

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Sex Education season 3 is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama, British
  • Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic.”

Watch now on Netflix


Squid Game (2021-Present)

Squid Game is streaming on Netflix.
Squid Game is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Thriller, Korean
  • Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun
  • Number of seasons: 1

Synopsis: “Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”

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Stranger Things (2016-Present)

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Stranger Things season 4 is streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
  • Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown
  • Number of seasons: 4

Synopsis: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.”

Watch now on Netflix


Tiger King (2020-2021)

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Carole Baskin, shown in Netflix’s “Tiger King” Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Docuseries, True crime
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.”

Watch now on Netflix


Top Boy (2019-Present)

  • Genre: Crime drama, British
  • Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Micheal Ward
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “Two seasoned drug dealers return to the gritty streets of London, but their pursuit of money and power is threatened by a young and ruthless hustler.”

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Travelers (2016-2018)

  • Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, Canadian
  • Cast: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper
  • Number of seasons: 3

Synopsis: “A federal agent tracks four people who suddenly seem to possess entirely new personalities, leading to a startling discovery about humanity’s future.”

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The Witcher (2019-Present)

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The Witcher is now streaming on Netflix. Image source: Netflix
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action-adventure
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
  • Number of seasons: 2

Synopsis: “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.”

Watch now on Netflix


We’ll be back frequently with updates to this list as shows join and leave the Netflix library.

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Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.