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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VIRGIN RIVER – Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea; Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER – NETFLIX (c) 2020 /

Virgin River

Seasons: 5

Developed By: Sue Tenney

Starring: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Jenny Cooper, Lauren Hammersley, Annette O’Toole, Tim Matheson, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Grayson Gurnsey, Sarah Dugdale

What more can be said about the enchanting charms of Virgin River? It’s the kind of show you pop on at night or a lazy Sunday afternoon and curl up with like a good book. By no means is it must-watch, zeitgeist essential viewing television that will change the face of pop culture. That’s a tall order for any series, but it happens. Still, Virgin River will feel just the same for fans of feel-good, guilty pleasure programming with romance and drama to spare.

Based on the series of novels by Robyn Carr, Virgin River centers on a nurse practitioner and midwife who leaves her traumatic past behind for a new life in a remote Northern California town. Once in Virgin River, she finds community but not without struggle. The series has attained cult favorite status, and its third season which debuted early this past July did not disappoint. Now, fans cannot wait to see what will happen next!

Like any Netflix original, Virgin River won’t be for everyone, but if you have been sleeping on it, here’s your wake-up call.

Virgin River season 5 began on Sept. 7, with Christmas episodes debuting on Nov. 30! Netflix also announced it renewed the show for season 6!

Verdict: WATCH