The Top 10 Netflix Series Right Now (Including a New #1 Show)

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If you’ve already binge-watched hits like Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias, Emily in Paris and Dead to Me, you’re probably looking for more of the best shows on Netflix. Luckily, the streaming service has a ton of movies and shows to choose from in its top-rated section, which ranks popular titles based on what’s trending. The best part? The list is updated daily, making it an ideal place to find new suggestions (like Obliterated).

From Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife to Squid Game: The Challenge, keep reading for the top ten Netflix series and our own editor's pick of the week.

Editor’s Pick of the Week: All the Light We Cannot See

  • Who’s in it: Aria Mia Loberti, Louis Hofmann, Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: World on Fire
  • Genre: War drama

The series follows a blind girl in Paris who connects with a German soldier during World War II thanks to a radio broadcast. Their relationship takes a dramatic turn when the German is told to target her.

The story is based on Anthony Doerr’s best-selling book, All the Light We Cannot See. Since its release in 2014, the war novel has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and even won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1. Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife

  • Who’s in it: Paolo Macchiarini
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Dr. Death
  • Genre: True-crime documentary

If you loved Dr. Death, you need to watch this three-part documentary about medical transplants gone awry. The story revolves around Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, a world famous surgeon who created a revolutionary stem cell procedure. Although he’s praised for his groundbreaking achievements, there’s one caveat: His patients keep dying.

The documentary is a must-watch for anyone who loves scandalous investigations. The story is told from the perspective of his former paramour, NBC news producer Benita Alexander, who fell for the surgeon before realizing he had crafted an artificial facade.

2. Obliterated

  • Who’s in it: Nick Zano, Shelley Hennig, Terrence Terrell
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: The Hangover
  • Genre: Raunchy comedy series

The raunchy comedy follows a group of armed forces members who assemble to disengage a bomb that is set to destroy Las Vegas. The question is: Can they find the real bomb before it’s too late? Oh, and did we mention they’re obliterated from partying too hard when they get their assignment?

The show is created by the masterminds behind Cobra Kai, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Cast members include Nick Zano (Melrose Place), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Terrence Terrell (Giants), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Alyson Gorske (Shrinking) and Kimi Rutledge (Shrill).

3. Squid Game: The Challenge

  • Who’s in it: 456 players
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Squid Game
  • Genre: Reality competition series

The competition series follows contestants as they compete in a variety of Squid Game-inspired events, including the Red Light/Green Light competition. Unlike the scripted show, the players don’t actually die when they’re eliminated. Instead, each contestant is wearing an ink pack on their chest, which explodes when/if they fail.

The show is inspired by the original series, which premiered in 2021. The best part? The winner will receive the biggest cash prize in reality TV history: $4.56 million.

4. Young Sheldon

  • Who’s in it: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber
  • How many seasons: 5
  • For fans of: The Big Bang Theory
  • Genre: Family comedy

Meet Sheldon Cooper, a gifted boy who’s trying to find his place in the world. He has a hard time fitting in with other kids due to his advanced learning abilities, but he’s determined to change that. Meanwhile, his parents are trying to raise a boy they don’t understand.

The series is a prequel to The Big Bang Theory and reveals how Sheldon becomes, well, Sheldon. The spin-off is narrated by Jim Parsons, who portrays the adult version in BBT.

5. Virgin River

  • Who’s in it: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence
  • How many seasons: 5
  • For fans of: Sweet Magnolias
  • Genre: Soapy drama series

Based on the popular book series by Robyn Carr, the show follows a nurse practitioner named Mel Monroe, who moves to a small town for a fresh start. Although she’s ready to establish a new life for herself, she soon realizes that her past can only stay buried for so long.

There are five seasons currently available to stream on Netflix. Although season five premiered in September 2023, the network just released not one, but two holiday episodes on November 30 (hence the sudden rise in popularity).

6. A Nearly Normal Family

  • Who’s in it: Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, Björn Bengtsson, Lo Kauppi
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Big Little Lies
  • Genre: Swedish drama based on a book

The plot revolves around a mother, a father and their teenage daughter. Their family dynamic is somewhat strained because keeping secrets from one another has become all too familiar. However, they’re forced to band together when the daughter is arrested for murder.

The Swedish series is based on the best-selling book by M. T. Edvardsson (translated to English by Rachel Willson-Broyles). It’s a must-watch for anyone who’s looking for a gripping, edge-of-your-seat tale that will have you itching for more.

7. First Wives Club

  • Who’s in it: Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau
  • How many seasons: 3
  • For fans of: Sex and the City
  • Genre: Comedy based on a book

You know the story, which follows a group of women who band together amidst relationship and marriage problems. They navigate the New York City dating world, develop a sisterhood and seek revenge on those who've wronged them.

First Wives Club is based on the 1992 book by Olivia Goldsmith and subsequent movie, which starred Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. The series originally premiered in 2019 on BET+ before making its way to Netflix.

8. The Crown

  • Who’s in it: Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Elizabeth Debicki
  • How many seasons: 6
  • For fans of: Bridgerton
  • Genre: British drama

The Crown is rising in popularity after Netflix debuted the first half of season six. The new episodes take place in the ’90s and early ’00s and cover Princess Diana's final days before her passing. (FYI, part two will premiere on December 14.)

The drama series offers a dramatized look at the British royal family, beginning with Queen Elizabeth’s early reign and exploring all the marriages, divorces and drama that followed. While it’s not 100 percent accurate, it’s a must-watch for royal aficionados.

9. School Spirits

  • Who’s in it: Peyton List, Milo Manheim, Spencer MacPherson
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: A Nearly Normal Family
  • Genre: Teen mystery drama

The teen drama is like a cross between Russian Doll and Never Have I Ever, following a teen girl who's investigating her own death in the afterlife. She embarks on an investigative journey to find answers, all while adjusting to her new life in high school purgatory.

The drama series features a talented young cast, including Peyton List, Milo Manheim, Spencer MacPherson, Sarah Yarkin, Kristian Ventura and Nick Pugliese.

10. Matt Rife: Natural Selection

  • Who’s in it: Matt Rife
  • How many seasons: 1
  • For fans of: Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid
  • Genre: Stand-up comedy

If you’re looking for a good laugh, be sure to tune into Matt Rife’s brand-new comedy special. The comedian discusses his childhood, social media trolls and his obsession with crystals.

The comedian has self-produced three other comedy specials, including Only Fans, Matthew Steven Rife and Walking Red Flag. He also has a recurring role on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out.

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