10 Highly Rated Shows On Netflix That Are Worth A Watch

There are a lot of good TV shows on Netflix but what’s the best Netflix original series? Depends on who you ask. Comic book superheroes, zombified sitcoms, Lupin - the streaming platform kind of has it all. So, if you’re trying to figure out exactly which original show to watch next but you’re struggling to narrow down your queue, here’s a great place to start with a look at a ranked list of the 10 best Netflix series right now.

10 Highly Rated Shows On Netflix That Are Worth A Watch

One of the problems with finding something to good watch on Netflix is the sheer quantity of content on there. You may get suggested the same old things, but there are all these other shows that are stellar, but lesser-known. Check out these shows on Netflix that have high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. 

1. Lupin - 95%

IMDb Ratings - 7.6/10
First episode date: 8 January 2021
Language: French
Directors: Louis Leterrier, Marcela Said
Genres: Thriller, Drama, Crime film, Mystery
Starring - Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Vincent Londez

This French series is a retelling of the tale of master thief Arsène Lupin and stars Omar Sy in the lead role. You might have heard of this character earlier because there's also a famous manga written about it, as well as an animated film.

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2. When They See Us - 96%

IMDb Ratings - 8.9/10
Program creator: Ava DuVernay
Language: English

In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet labelled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. The cast is full of Emmy nominees and winners, including Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, and Blair Underwood. Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the four episodes.

This crime drama miniseries tells the heartbreaking story of how five young black men were accused of a heinous rape and assault in New York and put on trial with little to no evidence. It's a reimagining of a true story and takes place in 1989.

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3. The Crown - 91%

IMDb Ratings - 8.7/10
First episode date: 4 November 2016

Starring the inimitable Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II, this show follows her rise, as well as the inner workings of the royal family and the many characters associated with them, from an ageing Winston Churchill to Prince Phillip.

4. Glow - 89%

IMDb Ratings - 8.0/10
Alison Brie (of Community fame) stars as an out-of-work actress in 1980s LA, who finds a new chance at fame courtesy women's wrestling. This comedy-drama is full of heart, friendship, and support for the underdog.

5. Dead To Me - 93%

IMDb Ratings - 8.0/10
First episode date: 3 May 2019

Christina Applegate plays a woman grieving her husband, who was killed in a horrible accident. Her efforts at coping are as strange as they are funny, and made more watchable still by the addition of Linda Cardellini, her best friend who has some secrets of her own.

6. Unorthodox - 95%

IMDb Ratings - 8.0/10
Initial release: 26 March 2020
Director: Maria Schrader
Adapted from: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Languages: Yiddish, German, English

This German-American drama miniseries is the first Netflix series to be primarily in Yiddish and is based on Deborah Feldman's autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. It follows a young girl who flees her strict and ultra-orthodox Jewish community following an arranged marriage.

7. The Last Kingdom - 96%

IMDb Ratings - 8.4/10
First episode date: 10 October 2015
Adapted from: The Saxon Stories
Production locations: Hungary, Wales

This British historical fiction series is based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories novels. There's Vikings, gritty battles of epic proportions, and underlying tales of loyalty and deception. What else does one need?

8. On My Block - 97%

IMDb Ratings - 8.0/10

First episode date: 16 March 2018
Network: Netflix
Program creators: Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, Lauren Iungerich
Languages: English, Spanish

This teen comedy-drama follows the lives of four highly distinct but close-knit friends navigating the ups and downs of life in high school, as well as the challenges Hispanic and Black adolescents face in LA.

9. One Day at a Time - 94%

IMDb Ratings - 8.2/10

First episode date: 6 January 2017
Final episode date: 16 June 2020

This show is a remake of a 1975 sitcom of the same name and follows a Cuban-American family lead by a single mother raising her three children with the help of her own mom and a building manager who also becomes an invaluable friend.

10. Alias Grace - 93%

IMDb Ratings - 7.8/10

Director: Mary Harron

This Canadian miniseries is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same name which itself is a true story. It follows Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and the domestic servant who is convicted of the murder of her employer and his housekeeper in 1843 and sentenced to life in prison.