Best Netflix Series and Shows To Watch Right Now (January 2021)

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Updated: January 11, 2021

Looking for the best shows on Netflix? Look no further, because Rotten Tomatoes has put together a list of the best original Netflix series available to watch right now, ranked according to the Tomatometer.

In our latest update, Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix title Bridgerton joins our list of the best shows on Netflix. The list also includes popular titles like The Queen’s Gambit, Dark, Ozark, The Witcher, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, You, and Dash & Lily.

Read also: The Best Shows and Original Movies on Amazon Prime

To be included in our list of the best of Netflix shows, titles must be Fresh (60% or higher) and have at least 10 reviews. Ties were decided by the number of reviews on each title, and then by the “average rating” (under each season’s “See Score Details”) where the number of reviews were the same. Additionally, series that were saved by the streaming service but did not originate on Netflix are included if the series meets the existing criteria.

We update our list of the best Netflix series regularly, so make sure you bookmark this page to keep up with new additions to the guide.

Is your favorite Netflix title missing? Tell us in the comments. Looking for a movie instead? Check out our list of the best Netflix movies here.

Update: The History of Swear Words and Pretend It’s a City added

Synopsis: The story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative, strong-willed orphan who transforms the lives of those she encounters after being sent… [More]

Synopsis: Ricky Gervais, creator of the original British version of “The Office,” produces and stars in this heartwarming comedy-drama as Derek… [More]

Synopsis: Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are… [More]

Synopsis: From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, RATCHED is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse… [More]

Synopsis: From creator, executive producer, writer and star Katherine Ryan comes The Duchess, the comedian’s debut scripted comedy series which follows… [More]

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Synopsis: Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a… [More]

Synopsis: After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a… [More]

Synopsis: A woman returns to the Spanish island of Ibiza 20 years after her brother’s disappearance to figure out what happened…. [More]

Synopsis: DS Marcella Backland returns to the police force and takes on a murder case involving a serial killer in this… [More]

Synopsis: New York Mafia boss Frank Tagliano testifies against his associates and is relocated with a brand new identity to Lillehammer… [More]

Synopsis: The adventures of the young explorer Marco Polo are chronicled in this drama, which also delves into his relationship with… [More]

Synopsis: Based on the comic book, this drama follows three siblings who return to their family home, only to realize that… [More]

Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes… [More]

Synopsis: Set in the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris, The Eddy tells the story of the owner of a struggling… [More]

Synopsis: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more… [More]

Synopsis: In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures… [More]

Synopsis: An education in expletives: the history lesson you didn’t know you needed. History of Swear Words, hosted by Nicolas Cage,… [More]

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Synopsis: Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the “Five Families” of the New York mafia–Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese–held a powerful,… [More]

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Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first… [More]

Synopsis: A woman regains consciousness in a morgue to discover she has powers which force her to join in on a… [More]

Synopsis: The World War II drama series The Liberator tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march… [More]

Synopsis: A look at strange and often dangerous tourism spots around the world…. [More]

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Synopsis: In the Netflix series LOVE IS BLIND, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what… [More]

Synopsis: Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and Mad Max-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love in… [More]

Synopsis: TV series inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, following the bloodthirsty count as he travels from Transylvania to London in 1897…. [More]

Synopsis: Chains, whips and hilarious quips! For grad student/dominatrix Tiff (Zoe Levin) and her cash-strapped gay best friend Pete (Brendan Scannell),… [More]

Synopsis: Grand Army tunnels into a generation that’s raging and rising. Five students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn… [More]

Synopsis: Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the “Pogues”) in the… [More]

Synopsis: An epic story of love and war, intrigue and betrayal. When Helen and Paris fall in love, they trigger a… [More]

Synopsis: A widower maintains normalcy after the death of his wife until one day, his daughter goes missing, and he begins… [More]

Synopsis: After years of respectable marriage Joy and Alan are going to try doing what’s right for them…. [More]

Synopsis: The 90s high school experience: Desperate, heartfelt, awkward, exciting, and free of smartphones. Set in the real life town of… [More]

Synopsis: A lower level United States Cabinet member is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in… [More]

Synopsis: After catastrophic earthquakes devastate Japan, one family’s resolve is tested on a journey of survival through the sinking archipelago.
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Synopsis: Based on beloved novel Watership Down and set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure,… [More]

Synopsis: Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his… [More]

Synopsis: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp… [More]

Synopsis: The death of a mother leaves a young woman curious about her identity…. [More]

Synopsis: A Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future,… [More]

Synopsis: Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love,… [More]

Synopsis: A young man leads his oddball family and their real-estate-development business following a securities-fraud fiasco that put the father in… [More]

Synopsis: This documentary series explores the rise of the golden era in gaming, a time rife with competition, innovation and flat-out… [More]

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Synopsis: A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians, cultists, spies, and terrorists — the lives of the privileged,… [More]

Synopsis: As a gifted young football athlete from Bristol, Connecticut, Aaron Hernandez had capitalized rapidly on his promise, playing for a… [More]

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Synopsis: The iconic series UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is back! Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the… [More]

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Synopsis: Love, Death & Robots is a collection of animated short stories that span the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy… [More]

Synopsis: She’s Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and… [More]

Synopsis: A drama about a ruthless congressman and his equally ambitious wife who navigate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C…. [More]

Synopsis: Roam the streets of New York City & the enthralling mind of writer Fran Lebowitz…. [More]

Synopsis: A tenacious detective goes after the people traffickers behind the murder of a Syrian refugee and unravels a conspiracy that… [More]

Synopsis: In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and… [More]

Synopsis: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage team up to protect New York City…. [More]

Synopsis: A documentary series exploring four topics: marriage; racism; technology; and drugs…. [More]

Synopsis: Demostrando ser una mujer con coraje, Kate Ashby decide enfrentarse a su triste pasado. Desde pequeña vivió con una mujer… [More]

Synopsis: In his first concert specials in 12 years, Dave Chappelle is back — with four highly anticipated stand-up comedy specials… [More]

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Synopsis: In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a… [More]

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Adjusted Score: 81.319%

Critics Consensus: Strangely earnest, The Circle at times struggles to find the drama, but those looking for a weirdly compelling social experiment may find themselves more invested than expected.

Synopsis: Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way… [More]

Synopsis: A weekly half hour variety/sketch series starring Michelle Wolf…. [More]

Synopsis: Marie Kondo guides people who are at a crossroads, but willing to tackle the clutter holding them back to spark… [More]

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Synopsis: Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a… [More]

Synopsis: Leading up to his 2019 arrest, mysterious tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades,… [More]

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Synopsis: A man who’s burned out on life and love undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to find that he’s been replaced… [More]

Synopsis: A music-driven drama set in 1970s-era New York about a group of kids in the South Bronx who find themselves… [More]

Synopsis: A family moves into an Ozarks resort community and faces struggles in a new place filled with dirty money…. [More]

Synopsis: Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the… [More]

Synopsis: Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who raises her son Dion (newcomer Ja’Siah Young)… [More]

Synopsis: On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of… [More]

Synopsis: An unassuming San Francisco chef becomes the latest in a long line of assassins chosen to keep the mystical Wu… [More]

Synopsis: Adam Price is a happily married father of two whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger tells him a… [More]

Synopsis: Middle-aged Mary Ann returns to San Francisco and the eccentric friends she left behind…. [More]

Synopsis: A man who is institutionalized lives his fantasy life through his dreams in this comedy series…. [More]

Synopsis: A PTSD-stricken superhero hangs up her costume and opens her own detective agency in this superhero drama…. [More]

Synopsis: Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode… [More]

Synopsis: Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in… [More]

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Synopsis: The antics at a summer camp in Maine are spotlighted in this small screen version of the 2001 film of… [More]

Synopsis: Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for… [More]

Synopsis: Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out… [More]

Synopsis: The Society follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town,… [More]

Synopsis: Two troubled teens run away from home together with nothing but the clothes on their backs…. [More]

Synopsis: THE SPY is inspired by the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria… [More]

Synopsis: When the devil tires of life in Hell, he materialises in the City of Angels, where he aids the LAPD… [More]

Synopsis: Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe… [More]

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Synopsis: Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications…. [More]

Synopsis: From the makers of Insidious, Get Out and Udta Punjab, Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives… [More]

Synopsis: The misadventures of a family in the 1970s…. [More]

Synopsis: Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum… [More]

Synopsis: I Am Not Okay With This is an irreverent origin story that follows a teenage girl who’s navigating the trials… [More]

Adjusted Score: 92.157%

Critics Consensus: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life provides a faithful and successful revival of the quirky, sweet, and beloved series fans fell in love with over a decade ago.

Synopsis: Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through… [More]

Synopsis: From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the… [More]

Synopsis: After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying… [More]

Synopsis: A Wyoming sheriff struggles to cope with his wife’s death as he attempts to move on with his life and… [More]

Synopsis: Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a… [More]

Synopsis: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling… [More]

Synopsis: Two nemeses become bonded jilted wives after their husbands reveal they have been having an affair with each other since… [More]

Synopsis: Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Glen Zipper, CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT is a four-part docuseries that examines the 1986… [More]

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Synopsis: A sketch comedy series written and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross who are also known for their previous collaborative… [More]

Synopsis: This raw, gritty series chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative… [More]

Synopsis: Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb… [More]

Synopsis: Jen (Christina Applegate) is a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder. Judy (Linda Cardellini) is an… [More]

Synopsis: Easy is an anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern… [More]

Synopsis: The sun isn’t setting yet on the once famous Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander. Academy Award® Winners… [More]

Synopsis: Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood is a six-part series exploring the limits of knowledge about the past and… [More]

Synopsis: A tech-savvy young man utilizes modern-day resources to lure a woman into falling in love with him…. [More]

Synopsis: A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison…. [More]

Synopsis: THE DEVIL NEXT DOOR is the true story of John Demjanjuk, a retired Ukrainian-American autoworker living a peaceful life with… [More]

Synopsis: A hard-partying African female spy, assisted by her cohorts from a covert peacekeeping organization, uses her lethal skills to keep… [More]

Synopsis: Created by two Chicano first-gen writers, Gentefied is a half-hour dramatic comedy adapted from the 2017 Sundance digital darling of… [More]

Synopsis: Anglo-Saxons are attacked by Viking forces. Uhtred, born a Saxon but raised by Vikings, finds his loyalties tested as he… [More]

Synopsis: The Midnight Gospel is the story of Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator who leaves the comfort of… [More]

Synopsis: The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and… [More]

Synopsis: Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection…. [More]

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Synopsis: From the inimitable team behind Childrens Hospital, Medical Police follows two American physicians (Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel) stationed at… [More]

Synopsis: Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused… [More]

Synopsis: From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton… [More]

Synopsis: A blind lawyer fights crime by day in the courtroom and by night as a superhero with extraordinary senses in… [More]

Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler…. [More]

Synopsis: High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts… [More]

Synopsis: Rebelling against their buttoned-up Southern community, sixteen-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) Wesley team… [More]

Synopsis: Filmed over four years, Our Planet is an eight-part series that combines the spectacular photography of Planet Earth with an… [More]

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Synopsis: An enigmatic character called The Professor plans something unique when he plots to carry out the biggest robbery in history…. [More]

Synopsis: Inspired by the video game, this medieval fantasy follows the last surviving member of the Belmont clan and his attempt… [More]

Synopsis: Six-part drama spotlights a British Home Secretary and the man assigned to protect her.

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Synopsis: A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving… [More]

Synopsis: A darkly comic road trip tale about two confused teen outsiders…. [More]

Synopsis: It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionized reality television. The series… [More]

Synopsis: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that… [More]

Synopsis: Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin? Around, who has been… [More]

Synopsis: A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a… [More]

Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) seeks redemption… [More]

Synopsis: Documentary series focusing on a murder case in North Carolina…. [More]

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Synopsis: Directed by Greg Whiteley (Mitt, New York Doll, Resolved), Last Chance U is a character driven, gut-wrenching behind-the-scenes look at… [More]

Synopsis: Love follows nice guy Gus (Paul Rust) and brazen wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations… [More]

Synopsis: Meet Otis Milburn — an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded… [More]

Synopsis: Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout hip-hop star in this music competition series…. [More]

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, Flint Town takes an intimate look at the state of policing in… [More]

Synopsis: The eye-opening and transformative four-part docuseries Bobby Kennedy for President utilizes rare and never-before-seen archival footage — much of it… [More]

Synopsis: A coming-of-age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of… [More]

Synopsis: Dark is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double… [More]

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear… [More]

Synopsis: In this period zombie thriller, a Korean prince is sent out on a mission to investigate an outbreak that threatens… [More]

Synopsis: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the… [More]

Synopsis: In this sketch comedy series, Tim Robinson and a featured guest target someone and ridicule them to the point he/she… [More]

Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox is a story about… [More]

Synopsis: A coming-of-age comedy series about the life of a modern first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling’s own… [More]

Synopsis: Depiction of the 1989 case involving “The Central Park Five,” in which five black and Latino teens were convicted of… [More]

Synopsis: A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — and… [More]

Synopsis: A woman who lived in a cult for 15 years starts life anew in New York City in this comedy… [More]

Synopsis: This gripping docuseries follows the ups and downs of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad as they work to win a… [More]

Synopsis: A deep dive into the unsolved murder of a nun and the mysteries that surround her death decades later…. [More]

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Synopsis: Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study, is also… [More]

Synopsis: Based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War,” Netflix’s three-part… [More]

Synopsis: A comedy series based on the life of comedian Maria Bamford that tells the story of a woman’s chaotic life…. [More]

Synopsis: An orphan girl is transformed into warrior She-Ra by a magic sword…. [More]

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that… [More]

Synopsis: Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a… [More]

Synopsis: A reality competition series pits home bakers against each other on a quest for a $10,000 prize…. [More]

Synopsis: A comedy about a man who learns he has an STD and must tell his former sexual partners about his… [More]

Synopsis: When the world’s most controversial guru builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, a massive conflict with local ranchers… [More]

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Synopsis: Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through… [More]

Synopsis: After a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth…. [More]

Synopsis: American Vandal is a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven… [More]

Synopsis: Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases…. [More]

Synopsis: A young Canadian maid is convicted of murdering her employer in the nineteenth century…. [More]

Synopsis: The adventures of two teenage boys are spotlighted…. [More]

Synopsis: A remake of Norman Lear’s classic 1975 sitcom revolves around a Cuban-American family headed by a recently separated military mom… [More]

Synopsis: Black comedy about an unlikely duo of demon hunters…. [More]

Synopsis: Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz bring their two-person comedy show, Middleditch & Schwartz, to a global audience in a collection… [More]

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Synopsis: From birth to brain surgery: This docuseries provides an intimate look at the lifesaving work of four doctors at Lenox… [More]

Synopsis: How the most prolific serial killer in America got caught in a defective legal system…. [More]

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Synopsis: A regular person living in Greece learns of his true identity as a son of Zeus. He discovers his true… [More]

Synopsis: Dirty Money is a thrilling investigative series from Oscar Award-winning director Alex Gibney, which provides an up-close and personal view… [More]

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Adjusted Score: 100.896%

Critics Consensus: A rare and expansive look into the consequences of unfettered power, Immigration Nation is a powerful, harrowing indictment of the current state of American immigration.

Synopsis: In the groundbreaking six-part documentary series Immigration Nation, acclaimed filmmaking team Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau (2017’s Trophy) offer an… [More]

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Synopsis: A Tokyo detective heads to London to find his missing brother, who’s been linked to the Yakuza and accused of… [More]

Synopsis: From James Beard Award-Winning Chef David Chang and Academy Award-Winning Director Morgan Neville comes Ugly Delicious, challenging both our taste… [More]

Synopsis: A whirlwind Holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they… [More]

Synopsis: In this reboot of the cult classic, a human and two robots poke fun at cheesy sci-fi movies…. [More]

Synopsis: A comedian living in London navigates sobriety and a new relationship with her girlfriend…. [More]

Synopsis: A modern take on the beloved series that sees a group of girls run a babysitting business…. [More]

Synopsis: Comedy following the personal and professional challenges that face a 30-year-old New York actor, whose trials range from the immigrant… [More]

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