This year, television has offered audiences much-needed escapism from the ongoing pandemic and stay-at-home orders.
For anyone tired of replaying their favorite shows, Variety has you covered with a list of 34 best-rated series on Netflix streaming now. Ranging from comedies to animated series and from old favorites to Netflix originals, one of these picks is sure to become your go-to serotonin-boosting show.
For female-led fares, “The Queen’s Gambit” will blow your mind with the stunning performance of breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy. The period show, set in the 1960s, even set a new record in November as the most-watched limited scripted series on the streaming platform. “The Crown” also follows a strong lead character, Queen Elizabeth II, sharing an intimate portrayal of both her personal and private lives.
Or for feel-good television, watch Canadian sitcom “Schitt’s Creek,” which dominated the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards with a historic nine wins. With the sixth and final season now available on Netflix, the show offers a perfect blend of humor and satire with heartwarming lessons about acceptance, love and how to be better people.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, honest depiction of the 1980s New York ballroom scene, watch “Pose.” The beloved show, which features a cast of predominantly Black and Brown trans women, starring Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore in breakout roles, delves into the struggles and triumphs of various houses as they compete for ballroom stardom and navigate a society that continually sidelines them.
Or, if horror is more your style, opt for the gripping thriller “The Haunting of Hill House.” Jumping back and forth through time, the show depicts a shattered family haunted by the memories of their horrific childhood home. Creator Mike Flanagan followed the miniseries with “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” also on Netflix, which sees Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Carla Gugino return in a separate storyline about a dark estate joined by an all-new cast.
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