51 best Netflix shows to watch (and 21 shows you should skip)

Here's the Netflix shows we think are worth watching and the few that are better off skipped.

Griselda. (L to R) Martin Fajardo as Ozzy, Sofia Vergara as Griselda in episode 101 of Griselda. Cr. Elizabeth Morris/Netflix © 2023
Griselda. (L to R) Martin Fajardo as Ozzy, Sofia Vergara as Griselda in episode 101 of Griselda. Cr. Elizabeth Morris/Netflix © 2023 /
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It’s officially a new year, and we can’t believe it! Last year flew by, but luckily, there were so many good Netflix shows released throughout 2023. But there's still so many shows from years past and coming up in the future and so little time. What should you watch first?

Netflix is cranking out so many shows, and it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind. Our team of TV experts at Netflix Life put together a list of the best Netflix shows to watch right now, and we also included a decent collection of Netflix shows you can skip.

If you’re looking for what to watch on Netflix tonight, this is the list for you. We update this list as new Netflix original shows are released. If it’s a hit show, we’re sharing recommendations to watch. If the show is bad, well, it’s going to be a skip recommendation from us!

Let’s get the list started with one of the biggest current hits on Netflix, Griselda.

Griselda

Seasons: 1

Created by: Doug Miro, Eric Newman, Carlo Bernard, and Ingrid Escajeda

Cast: Sofía Vergara, Alberto Guerra, Martin Rodriguez, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Vanessa Ferlito, and Christian Tappan

If you're a fan of crime dramas like Narcos and Queen of the South, then this six-episode limited series about "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco should be a must watch for you. Released at the end of January, Griselda has become a big hit for Netflix and dominated the Top 10 chart since its debut.

Sofia Vergara truly gets to display her dramatic acting chops in the show as the woman who would redefine the cocaine industry in Miami. The show has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, with lots of people praising Vergara's performance specifically. The story follows Griselda's rise in the Miami drug scene as she tries to raise her three kids while also juggling an ever-growing drug empire.

Not long after she starts making big waves, a female detective begins hunting her down and Griselda becomes paranoid that someone close to her might be an informant. It's her paranoia that eventually causes Griselda's downfall and the show chronicles her rise and fall. In real life, Griselda Blanco was murdered by an unknown assailant while in Colombia in 2012.

Verdict: WATCH