11 underrated Netflix shows everyone should watch (2021)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 303 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021
VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 303 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021 /
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COBRA KAI (L to R) RALPH MACCHIO as DANIEL LARUSSO and WILLIAM ZABKA as JOHNNY LAWRENCE of COBRA KAI Cr. CURTIS BONDS BAKER/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Cobra Kai

Like Virgin River, Cobra Kai is a wildly popular Netflix show, so it’s fair to debate whether it’s truly underrated. And, like Virgin River, this pick is more about the perception of the Netflix original series.

The series is a continuation of The Karate Kid movies. Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) are going at it 30 years after their showdown at All Valley. This time, their families are involved, and it’s very personal.

Look, Cobra Kai has some flaws. It’s cheesy and super corny at times, probably intentionally so. But, it also has so much heart, and that’s the thing that Netflix viewers miss if they only watch the trailer or a few episodes.

It is WILD how much you’ll start to care about these characters. And, that’s when the emotional moments and hardships these characters face, but it will hit you right in the feels, pull on your heartstrings, and literally make you cry. I’m not admitting to crying during Cobra Kai, but I will admit to tearing up a few times.

Cobra Kai season 4 premieres on Netflix on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Cobra Kai season 5 is already in the works on Netflix.

—Bryce Olin, Editor

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