46 best Netflix shows to watch (and 13 shows you should skip)

Here's the Netflix shows we think are worth watching and the few that are better off skipped.
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Obliterated. (L to R) Kimi Rutledge as Maya Lerner, Paola Lázaro as Angela Gomez, Jade Bender as Sarah in Obliterated. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /


Seasons: 1

Created by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald

Starring: Nick Zano, Shelley Hennig, Terrence Terrell, Alyson Gorske, C. Thomas Howell, Eugene Kim, Paola Lázaro, Kimi Rutledge

On Netflix, 2023 has been the unofficial year of action shows. Between The Night Agent’s overnight success and Arnold’s comeback in FUBAR, even the carried-over success of 2022’s Noah Centineo starrer The Recruit, binge-watchers were looking for action, and they got it from Netflix. The streaming service continued to deliver up until the end of the year with the Nov. 30 release of the action-comedy Obliterated.

The series comes from the team behind Cobra Kai, who also worked on titles such as American Reunion and Harold & Kumar (that’s important to note for the tone of the show). A departure from that particular Netflix series, Obliterated centers on an elite team that was put together to stop a terrorist attack in Las Vegas. Once they stop the bomb, they party a little too hard, but when they learn the job isn’t over yet, they rally through the drugs and alcohol to save the day.

Obliterated will not be for everybody. It’s crass, raunchy, staunchly R-rated and then some, showing graphic violence and nudity and leaving very little to the imagination. Some people can get on board with that thematically, but others likely won’t be able to get past the slightly dated 2000s sensibility the show carries. This show is definitely not comparable to The Night Agent, The Recruit, or FUBAR in this respect.

The best aspect of the series is its cast, specifically Shelley Hennig, who positively steals the show as the leading character and leader of the elite team. But beyond Hennig and the overall entertaining fast-past action, it’s best to leave Obliterated off your watch list if you aren’t up for foul language, in-your-face violence, and some stomach-turning sequences. Watch at your own risk, but feel free to skip if this doesn’t sound like it’s quite your speed.

Verdict: SKIP