This is a safe space for you to admit that Netflix is totally your BFF. No matter how your day is going, knowing that this streaming service is there for you is a truly comforting fact.
Why? Because it lets you binge on your favorite movies and television shows without any interruptions. There’s no talking, there’s no listening. It’s just you, your screen, and your food. Because of course, there’s food.
The only drawback to the streaming giant is the fact that there are tons and tons of options to weed through when you have to decide on what to watch next. That’s why we’re here. We made your life a tad bit easier and picked the best Netflix tv shows belonging to different genres. Now you can get straight to pressing play thanks to this handy list.
1. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Starring: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne-Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Romantic-comedy musicals like “Dil Toh Pagal Hai,” “La La Land”
You’ll Love it Because: The CW’s award-winning musical romantic-comedy will remind you of Bollywood in a really good way. Rebecca Bunch (Bloom) leaves her high-profile lawyer job and moves to West Covina, California in hopes of winning back her summer camp ex-boyfriend Josh (Rodriguez).Each episode consists of two to three original and hilarious songs, sung by the cast members and incorporated seamlessly into the story. Two complete seasons are available on Netflix. PS: South Asian-American actor Parvesh Cheena recurs in season 2 as law student Sunil.
2. “Master of None”
Starring: Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu, Lena Waithe, Noel Wells
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Comedies that offer a diverse cast and outlook on life like “Blackish,” “Fresh off the Boat”
You’ll Love it Because: It’s the truest portrayal of life as an Asian-American immigrant. Ansari, who stars as a struggling actor Dev Shah, brings to the screens his experiences of being in the industry and the stereotypes that come along with living in the U.S. Dev navigates complex relationships, feminism, understanding grandparents, the depiction of Indians on TV and a lot more in the first season itself. The second season only gets better. They’re both streaming on Netflix.
3. “The Crown”
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Period dramas about royalty and history like “A King’s Speech,” “Bajirao Mastani”
You’ll Love it Because: It’s so goddamn grand. Foy plays Princess Elizabeth just as she is about to embark on her reign England. She marries Prince Philip in 1947, who [as they keep mentioning in the show] is the duke who let “India go.” In 1951, after the death of her father, she becomes Queen. The first season, available on Netflix, follows her journey as she learns the ups and downs of royalty.
4. “Jane the Virgin”
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Jaime Camil, Brett Dier
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Lighthearted drama and romance like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” with an added touch of mystery all nicely packaged together like “Desperate Housewives”
You’ll Love it Because: This breakout show is a wonderful mix of romance, comedy, drama, mystery. At the center is Jane (Rodriguez), who is engaged to one man but is accidentally artificially inseminated with another man’s baby. I know, it sounds ridiculous but it’s actually quite a revelation. Plus, there are lots of similarities to Indian soap operas. It’s all kinds of juicy. All three seasons are on Netflix.
Starring: Tina Desai, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Naveen Andrews
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Complicated, intriguing science-fiction like “Westworld,” “Inception”
You’ll Love it Because: Ooh, this is one complex sci-fi drama. For real. Eight people across the world, including Desai’s character Kala Dandekar, a pharmacist from Mumbai, are born on the same day and connected to one another. After a chain of events sets off in the premiere, they can see and feel and hear each other despite the geographical distance. Netflix recently canceled it but don’t let that stop you from enjoying two amazing seasons on the streaming service.
6. “Brown Nation”
Starring: Shenaz Treasury, Omi Vaidya, Melanie Chandra, Remy Munasifi
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Honest, hysterical, and quirky family comedies like “Arrested Development,” “Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai”
You’ll Love it Because: You’ll relate to the story in one way or the other. If you’re an immigrant, there’s always a point in your life where you have to struggle to fit in. Well, at least in the show they do it in a fiercely funny way! There’s nothing to not like about it.
Starring: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook, Maurice Compte
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Anything with cops after gangs, cartels, violence, justice like “Shootout at Wadala,” “Sicario”
You’ll Love it Because: It’s the infamous story of Colombia’s drug kingpin during the 80’s and 90’s, Pablo Escobar. Focusing on a country suffering from poverty, it’s increasing drug problem, it’s rising gangsters and mafia, “Narcos” is as enjoyable as it is eye-opening. Real-life footage of Escobar shows up during the scenes, adding an extra zing to the experience. Two seasons are streaming on Netflix, and expect two more to release over the next couple of years.
8. “New Girl”
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Adorable, goofy romantic comedies like “How I Met Your Mother,” “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na”
You’ll Love it Because: It’s an out and out circumstantial comedy that builds relationships and romances between our characters. Deschanel plays Jessica Day, a positively quirky teacher who moves into a loft with three dudes, each weirder and sweeter than the next. Simone plays Cecelia Parekh, a model and Jess’ best friend. Together, five of them make for an interesting and adorable cast. Simone’s bold and atypical character breaks the mold South Asian actors are cast into.
9. “Black Mirror”
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jimi Mistry, Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Dark cinema that spotlights the growth of technology in our life like “Mr. Robot,” “Matrix”
You’ll Love it Because: It focuses on technological developments and how they deeply impact the world we live in. The format of this show is slightly different, with each episode having a different story and different cast. It’s dark. It’s eye-opening. It’s riveting. It’s a boatload of twists and turns. And most probably, it’s our future. Mistry can be seen in the final episode of season 1, and British-Indian journalist Anita Anand makes an appearance in the season 3 finale. All three seasons are available to stream on Netflix.
Starring: Rose McIver, Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Anything to do with serialized crime dramedies like “Castle,” with a hint of “Supernatural”
You’ll Love it Because: Zombies! Who doesn’t love some undead people wanting to chomp on the living? Luckily, this show doesn’t have a post-apocalyptic tone like counterparts “The Walking Dead” or “Z Nation.” Liv (McIver) a budding surgeon, chooses to work at a morgue after she turns into a zombie. Her boss Ravi (Kohli) is her only ally. This show thrives on its ability to mix humor, romance, and crime into the genre as Liv finds herself trying to figure out the mystery of her existence. Three seasons are on Netflix so, chew on that (ha!).
Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Jasmin Al Masri, Johana Brady, Jake McLaughlin
You’ll Enjoy This if You Like: Any good spy or action drama with a polarizing female lead like “How to Get Away with Murder,” or “Kahaani”
You’ll Love it Because: This one is obvious! Chopra is the first Bollywood actress to lead her own show on an American network. She plays FBI agent Alex Parrish, blamed for the biggest terrorist attack the US has seen since 9/11. The first season is her journey to find the person responsible, and is available on Netflix, while the second see’s her expanding her skills into the CIA and currently airs on ABC. The show is an entertaining mix of “Grey’s Anatomy” meets “Homeland.”