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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Best Netflix shows of 2021
FIREFLY LANE (L to R) SARAH CHALKE as KATE and KATHERINE HEIGL as TULLY in episode 107 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020 /

Firefly Lane

Seasons: 2

Created By: Maggie Friedman

Starring: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson, Beau Garrett, Ali Skovbye, Roan Curtis, Yael Yurman

Welcome to the Heigl-ssance! This one’s simple: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke playing time-jumping best friends? We’re already in without even knowing what exactly is going down between these besties. Heigl has long needed her triumphant return to TV, and after some fits and starts, she’s found a new second act on Netflix that will hopefully stick around… if the people are watching the truly lovable Firefly Lane.

Based on the book of the same name by Maggie Friedman, Firefly Lane stars Heigl and Chalke as Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey, who have been best friends since the 1970s through their formative adult years in the 2000s. Tully has found fame as the host of the daytime talk show The Girlfriend Hour, while Kate struggles to find her footing in the wake of a divorce. Together, they take on the good times and the bad times through thick and thin and for better and worse.

Firefly Lane debuted in February 2021 to, let’s be honest, pretty lackluster reviews. But its middling response didn’t stop the series from topping Netflix’s top 10 ranking and pulling in an audience hungry for some feel-good entertainment.

Fortunately, Heigl and Chalke’s excellent chemistry got the show renewed. Firefly Lane season 2 part 1 came out in 2022, and the finale episodes were released on April 27, 2023.

This one’s a must-watch for fans of the book, Heigl, and modern period pieces.

Verdict: WATCH