7 Best Netflix Shows You’re Not Watching

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We all want to watch the best Netflix shows, to paraphrase Bo Burnham, “all the time.” But the honest truth is that Netflix does not allow you to get the most out of your account. Why is that? Well, if we had to sum up Netflix’s problem in one word, it would be “discovery”.

Finding great shows you’ll love on Netflix isn’t exactly easy, as I can personally attest to. The service loves, and I don’t know why, recommending things that I’m not interested in. And that means getting the most out of your monthly Netflix bill often means taking risks. And if, you are also like us, you are a bit risk averse? Oh, and then there’s Netflix’s habit of canceling shows when they start airing, which gives people less reason to want to try Netflix shows in their first season.

So I’ve been digging through the (mostly recent) Netflix archives to find things we think are worth watching and 2) haven’t gotten enough kudos from the Netflix community in general. Not all of them are for everyone, as I’ve pulled categories (legal drama, young adult supernatural) that even I’m not a fan of. But then I watched the shows, to make sure they were really good and not duds.

Our picks include a few single-season gems (including one that intentionally ended after just one outing), a reality TV show that could have a ton more added soon, a great anime series that just came out its second run and a well-regarded Canadian sitcom.

Alright, and I can hear some of you from miles away. Yes, you have already seen one of these shows. But if you have seen them all? Well, count us impressed, because it’s the under-the-radar gems that need to appeal to a wider audience.

Maid (2021)

I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended Netflix’s Maid so many times that some of my friends are tired of it. That’s why I put it at the very bottom of this list – it’s not exactly an unadvertised show. Star Margaret Qualley even racked up nominations (Emmys, SAG Awards, Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association Awards) for her performance as Alex, a single mother on the run from emotionally abusive husband Sean (Nick Robinson). Broke out of work, Alex is also responsible for his young daughter Maddy (Rylea Neveah Whittet).

However, Alex finds work as a maid. Although she quickly learns how very demanding this industry is. She even finds accommodation, thanks to a shelter for victims of domestic violence. But soon, even his family proves difficult, as his own mother Paula (Andie MacDowell, Qualley’s current mother) takes Sean’s side. The legal system is not in his favor either. Meanwhile, Alex deals with an inherited trauma from her past that she kept to herself.

If that all sounds a bit much, that’s probably why Maid has stayed under the radar. Completely tense and a little hard to watch, Maid practically pushes the audience away. That said, once you finish Maid, you’ll be more glad you watched it than glad it was over. Acted phenomenally and shot with those same close angles that made The Bear utterly memorable, Maid is definitely one of best shows on netflix you don’t look.

Gender: Drama
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)
Rotten Tomato Score: 94%
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The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself (2022)

Another victim of an overly long show title, The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself is a YA adaptation that apparently didn’t get as much promotional love from Netflix – and then sleeps under the radar. Nathan Byrne (Jay Lycurgo) is the titular bastard, who was unlucky enough to be the illegitimate son of the “world’s most dangerous blood witch”, which puts him right in the center of the war between the blood witches. and the Fairborn witches. .

Things get much more interesting, however, when Fairborn Witches leader Soul (Paul Ready) comes to town. Not only does the drama ramp up, but Soul’s daughter Annalize (Nadia Parkes) goes with her, becomes the new girl in school, and finds chemistry with Nathan. The scene where they meet, at a house party, shows instant chemistry between the two.

Things will only get more precarious for Nathan, as he is destined to rise to power on his next birthday. For anyone looking for a show where teenagers deal with supernatural issues above their age, The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself is a good shout out. -HTC

Gender: Young adult supernatural drama
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Rotten Tomato Score: 92%
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Legal eagles meet whimsical optimism when autistic Korean lawyer Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) defies the odds. The series may start in his youth, but it mostly focuses on Young-woo’s life working at a prestigious law firm, a firm where his chatter, quirky demeanor, and fascination with whales seem a bit out of place. . Luckily, Young-woo has inside friends watching over her.

Each episode features well-constructed legal cases of weekday-style drama, but the show’s real strength is in the subplot with Jun-ho (Kang Tae-oh), the office idol Young-woo loves. Although it has shown signs of worldwide popularity on Netflix, the series still seems to have remained under the chatter in the US and other regions. Oh, and since we live in a post-Squid Game world, watch the subtitled version, not the dubbed version: the voice acting isn’t… the best.

Gender: Drama
Seasons: 1 (16 episodes)
Rotten Tomato Score: 100%
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Impasse: Paranormal Park (2022)

Netflix loves its animated comedies, but it doesn’t promote them all as much as, say, Big Mouth. That’s why we have to show some love to Dead End: Paranormal Park, a beautifully animated series that just so happens to make a good showing (as in well, and without much, in order to normalize it). Drawing comparisons to beloved Gravity Falls, Dead End is about a cast of younger characters who seem unfazed by the chaos around them. In fact, they love it.

The team is led by Barney (Zach Barack), a transgender gay teenager who is having trouble at home because, surprise, a certain older family isn’t always supportive. Supported by his adorable dog Pugsley (a fawn pug), Barney is soon employed at Phoenix Parks, a Dollyland-like amusement park, where his aloof neighbor and lab partner Norma Khan (Kody Kavitha) is also hired. There they meet and befriend a millennial demon named Courtney (Emily Osment), and the two (along with Pugsley) discover a world of mystery to solve. Filled with emotion and voice, Dead End is not Dead End.

Gender: Animated comedy
Seasons: 2
Rotten Tomato Score: 100% (no ranking from season 2)
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Kim’s Convenience (2016 – 2021)

Kim’s Convenience revolves around the Kim family’s store of the same name in Toronto, Canada. The store is run by parents Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Umma (Jean Yoon), who always seem at odds with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang). Oh, and Marvel’s own Shang-Chi, Simu Liu, is on the show as estranged son Jung. Appa and Umma might seem a bit too old-fashioned at first to many, but they’re traditional sitcom parents in that they mean well and want the best for their children.

One of those shows that went on for five whole seasons without sparking a ton of conversation, Kim’s Convenience is partially under-recognized because it hails from the CBC – the same Canadian broadcasting company that gave us Schitt’s Creek, which n just blew up once it hit Netflix.

Gender: The comedy
Seasons: 5
Rotten Tomato Score: 100% (Season 1; Seasons 2-5 have no score)
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On the Edge (2021)

Apparently taking its name from the Pedro Almodovar film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, On The Verge tells how life after the age of 40 is hell for four friends (played by creator and co-screenwriter Julie Delpy, co-writer Alexia Landeau, Elisabeth Shue and Sarah Jones). Probably under the radar for many, especially those who aren’t looking for the rare shows about middle-aged women, On The Verge is also distinctly French, which can appeal and repel different audiences.

Each of its main characters proves to be entertaining and interesting, such as clothing designer Ann (Shue), who seemingly has an endless supply of edibles. Yaz (Jones) is a stay-at-home mom who wonders how she became the token non-white member of her group of friends. Ell (Landeau) lives several struggles at the same time, with three children, each from a different father. And Justine (Delpy) is an excellent chef and restaurateur trying to write a cookbook while her unemployed husband doesn’t make it easy. These characters may face some particularly unique situations that come at the cost of their relatability, but each actress is keen to make her arc compelling.

Gender: Drama
Seasons: 1 (12 episodes)
Rotten Tomato Score: 60%
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Old enough!

Netflix made a smart move by importing 20 episodes of Old Enough!, an incredibly cute and improbably structured reality show from Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV. So old enough! turns out to be a hit for Netflix, we’re likely to see a lot more of it, as the show has been on the air for 30 years in Japan. How could such a show be an off-the-radar gem? Well, old enough! is a reality show about kids running errands, so it’s not about the double crosses you get on dating shows or Survivor. It also doesn’t have one-season arcs such as the wholesome Great British Bake-Off.

That said, at Tom’s Guide we love Old Enough! because it’s the most soothing show on TV — the stakes are surprisingly low. Here, children aged 2 to 5 are sent on chores and errands, often pushing them around the world, with only their memory and a film crew. One kid goes shopping, another has to juice, and some of them are a little bored doing that homework. Some, however, pursue their challenge with the exuberant energy of a child with someone to prove.

While it’s not the kind of show that will have you gossiping about its online competitors, Old Enough! Earn a spot in our queue and our “stimulating TV” list by getting the little things right. We love how the narrators take things a bit seriously, noticing some kids setting records for the show. –HTC

Gender: Reality show
Seasons: 1 (20 episodes)
Rotten Tomato Score: 100%
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