Burn Notice, Girls, and more underrated TV shows we'd love to see on Netflix in 2024

As Netflix acquires more fan-favorite series from Disney and HBO, these series would make excellent additions to our watch lists.
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One of the founding principles of Netflix, before it got in the original content game, was being able to watch and catch up on shows from other networks from past or present. Whether you have watched Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Breaking Bad, or any number of popular shows on Netflix in the past 10 years, it was always the destination for binge-watching.

Recently, Netflix seemed to wade deeper into those waters than it had in the past few years with the acquisitions of popular, though slightly underrated, shows from past and present. By now, we all know that Suits made quite the comeback thanks to its resurgence in popularity on Netflix, while more shows hailing from HBO, Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Warner Bros., and the like have similarly made deals with the streamer for hit shows like Six Feet Under, Young Sheldon, S.W.A.T., and School Spirits.

Netflix might have its strongest selection of acquired content in a long time, and its getting even better as the streamer brings in favorites like This Is Us, Lost, Reba, among many others from Disney. But what if the streamer continued this trend well into 2024 and made even more deals with the House of Mouse, HBO, and its other streaming peers and competitors?

Jumping off the excellent list of upcoming shows hitting Netflix throughout 2024, we're sharing a list of six more underrated hit shows that should be considered for a Suits-style comeback. From the action series Burn Notice that's in-line with The Night Agent to ABC's forgotten soapy darling Revenge that's just as juicy as Netflix's foreign dramas, these shows should be in the running to burn up our watch lists in the near future!

Burn Notice

  • Seasons: 7
  • Created By: Matt Nix
  • Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Glass, Coby Bell
  • Original Network: USA
  • Where to Watch: Hulu, Amazon Freevee

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: Beyond the fact that fellow USA Network hit Suits exploded on Netflix in 2023 (and another of the network's classics White Collar is coming in 2024), Burn Notice fits right in with the streamer's big boom in the action space. Netflix originals like The Recruit, The Night Agent, FUBAR, and Obliterated were some of the top titles of the past year. There's clearly a high demand for action series to binge-watch!

Burn Notice first premiered back in 2007 and ran for seven seasons and 111 episodes, plus a spinoff movie. The series takes place in Miami, Florida and follows former CIA operative Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) as he attempts to figure out who burned him and works as a private investigator. For as popular as the show once was, it's well overdue for a large scale revisiting. Couldn't you just see Burn Notice being the next throwback show holding space in the top 10 on Netflix?


  • Seasons: 6
  • Created By: Lena Dunham
  • Starring: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jake Lacy
  • Original Network: HBO
  • Where to Watch: Max

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: Every so often, the Sex and the City movies find their way onto Netflix and are always a smash. Likewise, in 2023, Issa Rae's Insecure began streaming on Netflix and opened up the Emmy-nominated series to a whole new audience. Both of the aforementioned romantic dramedy shows share some DNA with HBO's Girls. A group of four women navigating the challenges of career, love, and life in a big city.

Lena Dunham's next television series was recently ordered by Netflix. Too Much won't feature the Girls star in front of the camera, though she will be writing and directing the rom-com, which will star Megan Stalter and Will Sharpe. To gear up for the release of Too Much, Netflix should look to strike a deal with HBO to acquire the polarizing but still favored-by-many comedy series Girls. I do believe that Dunham was right when she said she was the voice of her generation. Girls truly did end up helping define a generation or at least a moment in time for millennials in the early 2010s.


  • Seasons: 4
  • Created By: Mike Kelley
  • Starring: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Connor Paolo, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, James Tupper, Karine Vanasse, Brian Hallisay, Elena Satine
  • Original Network: ABC
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: Primetime soaps peaked with ABC's 2011 series Revenge, which ran for four seasons and ended in 2015. Once upon a time, Revenge called Netflix its streaming home, but its since moved to the Disney-owned Hulu. Even though Netflix and Disney called it quits a while back when the companies ended their movie streaming deal and Disney snatched back the Netflix Marvel series, the companies have seemingly called a truce theses days.

Netflix still has the streaming rights to Grey's Anatomy and recently even added the throwback Ugly Betty. In 2024, the massively popular ABC series Lost will join Netflix's ranks along with a host of other Disney-owned series that have proven popularity. Like Ugly Betty, Revenge is something a little more niche, a cult favorite, but it fits right in with all of the murder mystery, twisty thriller, psychological dramas on the streamer. Who couldn't use more campy drama in their lives? On that note, Netflix should also look into getting Desperate Housewives back, but that's another story.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  • Seasons: 8
  • Created By: Dan Goor and Michael Schur
  • Starring: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller
  • Original Network: Fox/NBC
  • Where to Watch: Peacock

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: It's no secret that Netflix has struggled to launch its own destination sitcom after the endings of such originals as Grace and Frankie, BoJack Horseman, The Ranch, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. However, the streamer has found success in hosting sitcoms from outside its own confines, like The Office, Friends, Seinfeld, New Girl, and The Mindy Project (most of which are no longer on the streamer or on their way out). Andy Samberg's starring sitcom could — and should — be the next Netflix newbie.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been far too underrated after ending on NBC after eight seasons and could use a welcoming streamer that will boost its profile. The cop comedy premiered on Fox in 2013 alongside the aforementioned New Girl and The Mindy Project and ended in 2021 on NBC, where the final three seasons aired. Even though the show hails from NBCUniversal, Netflix has nabbed a few of the company's comedies recently. Also, B99's Melissa Fumero starred in Netflix's criminally undervalued comedy Blockbuster. Netflix owes her one!


  • Seasons: 3
  • Created By: Jeff Eastin
  • Starring: Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Brandon Jay McLaren, Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Serinda Swan
  • Original Network: USA
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: Like Burn Notice, the short-lived USA Network action drama series Graceland slides right in among the streamer's current bread and butter. In fact, its setup is a bit like Netflix's Obliterated, though it's not a raunchy comedy. Compared to other shows from the network, Graceland seems to be a bit more forgotten than the lighter fare, but it's no less worthy of being rediscovered. What better streamer than Netflix for a widespread rediscovery?

Graceland takes place in Southern California, where a group of undercover agents live together in a beach house dubbed Graceland. The series was one of the first USA originals that went in a darker direction rather than its signature "blue sky" programming, though it still straddles the line between action-drama and feel-good. With only three seasons and 38 total episodes, it's a quick but captivating binge-watch. Fingers crossed it's on Netflix's radar in 2024.

Royal Pains

  • Seasons: 8
  • Created By: Andrew Lenchewski and John P. Rogers
  • Starring: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Ben Shenkman, Jill Flint, Campbell Scott
  • Original Network: USA
  • Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video for purchase

Why it would be a good fit for Netflix: Yes, there's a trend on this list and it's the continued USA Network-ification of Netflix. But hey, the streamer started it with The Lincoln Lawyer and the acquisition of Suits. Duh, Burn Notice and Graceland should be in contention because of action shows are hot on Netflix right now, but no one should count out the renaissance of the medical dramedy Royal Pains. It's the quintessential TV equivalent of a beach read.

Royal Pains takes place in the Hamptons and follows the fresh start of a disgraced ER doctor who begins to work as a concierge doctor to the residents of the beachside community. The series followed in the footsteps of Psych, Burn Notice, and In Plain Sight, becoming one of the cable network's top shows. Since it's not currently streaming on NBCUniversal's Peacock streamer, it's a free agent. Netflix, you know what to do!

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