The 15 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now (September 2020)

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Focused on binge-worthy content, the massive Netflix library has hundreds of fantastic options, including original shows, syndicated shows, and movies. It's difficult to decide what to watch next. To help, we hand-picked the best shows on Netflix you can queue up and jump into right now.

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Ratched (2020): Best New Psychological Horror

Sarah Paulson and Alice Englert in 'Ratched.'

Netflix 

IMDb rating: n/a

Genre: Horror, Drama

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Judy Davis, Harriet Sansom Harris

Created By: Evan Romansky, Ryan Murphy

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Ratched dives into the backstory of Nurse Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson), the central villain of the 1962 Ken Kesey novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and the 1975 film of the same name). In the show's debut season, she arrives in Northern California to begin work at a psychiatric hospital that's conducting unsettling experiments on the patients.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, is behind this new show, which looks like a stylish and trippy horror-fest.

Ratched debuts on Netflix on Sept. 18.

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Away (2020): Best New Sci-Fi Drama

Hilary Swank, Josh Charles, and Talitha Eliana Bateman in 'Away.'

Netflix 

IMDb rating: n/a

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Starring: Hilary Swank, Josh Charles, Vivian Wu

Created By: Andrew Hinderaker

TV Rating: n/a

Number of Seasons: 1

Away tells the story of astronaut Commander Emma Green (Hilary Swank), who leaves her family on Earth to undertake a perilous three-year mission to Mars. The series will show the impact the mission has on Green, her team, and their families as they battle the psychological and physical issues that accompany space travel.

Away comes to Netflix on Sept. 4.

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The Umbrella Academy (2019): Best Dysfunctional Superheroes

Ellen Page in 'The Umbrella Academy'

Netflix 

IMDb rating: 7.9

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda

Created By: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 2

The Umbrella Academy just released its second season on Jul. 31, so now's a good time to get acquainted with the Hargreeves family and their peculiar adventures.

When forty-three superpowered infants are all born on the same day to women who previously weren't pregnant, eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of them and turns them into a crime-fighting team called The Umbrella Academy. Many years later, the siblings reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death—and prevent the apocalypse. The unusual premise is helped by an effective soundtrack, gorgeous visuals, and a story that focuses more on character emotions than superhero theatrics (although there's plenty of those, too).

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Chef's Table: BBQ: Best New Show for Foodies

Beef ribs on wood board

Lucas Mosna/Getty Images

IMDb rating: n/a

Genre: Documentary

Starring: A Whole Lot of Meat

Created By: David Gelb

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Chef's Table is infamous for long, loving shots of exquisitely plated food set on white linen cloths while classical music plays in the background. But the documentary series' latest season is tossing that all aside for lots of fire, smoke, and meat. Chef's Table: BBQ follows acclaimed chefs and pitmasters from the U.S., Australia, and Mexico. Grilling meat over an open flame is a cooking method found throughout the world, and the season explores the various ingredients and techniques used around the globe.

Chef's Table: BBQ launches on Netflix on Sept. 2.

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Cobra Kai (2018): Best '80s Nostalgia

William Zabka in 'Cobra Kai'

 Sony Pictures

IMDb rating: 8.8

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove

Created By: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 2

Fans of the '80s movie franchise The Karate Kid will be pleased to know that both seasons of Cobra Kai are now on Netflix. The series originated on YouTube Red. Netflix recently acquired it and plans on releasing a third season at a later date.

Cobra Kai takes place thirty years after the events of the first Karate Kid film. Antagonist Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is now a handyman with an estranged son. When he rescues a boy named Miguel from some bullies, he's inspired to reopen the old Cobra Kai dojo. But doing so places him back into his old high school rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) who's now a successful businessman.

Cobra Kai uses its time jump as an asset, turning a somewhat corny story into an interesting character study of two men who peaked in high school, and how their grudges and failures affect the next generation.

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Dragon's Dogma (2020): Best New Video Game-Based Anime

A Pawn raises a hand in greeting in the Netflix anime 'Dragon's Dogma.'

Netflix

IMDb rating: n/a

Genre: Anime

Starring: n/a

Created By: Sublimation

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Dragon's Dogma is based on the cult-classic action role-playing game of the same name from Capcom. It tells the story of Ethan, a man seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. Ethan is the 'Arisen,' a promised hero destined to stop the dragon and a coming apocalypse. He's aided in his quest by a Pawn, human-like beings who live to serve the Arisen and battle the dragon.

Netflix successfully brought Konami's classic video game Castlevania to life. Will it find similar success with Dragon's Dogma?

Dragon's Dogma comes to Netflix on Sept. 17.

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Lucifer (2016): Best Show for a Devilishly Good Time

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) attends an auction in the TV show 'Lucifer'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.2

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Created By: Tom Kapinos

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 5

Based on a DC Comics character created by fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Lucifer chronicles the adventures of the Anti-Christ himself. Bored of life in Hell, he heads to Los Angeles, where he runs a nightclub and consults for the LAPD. Many demon-y hijinks ensue.

While the show's cop procedural format can undermine its fun premise, star Tom Ellis makes a sexy and charismatic Satan. Season 5, which debuted on Aug. 21, sees the Devil square off against his brother Michael, giving fans a double dose of Ellis's charm.

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Somebody Feed Phil (2018): Best TV Comfort Food

Phil Rosenthal delights over a sandwich in 'Somebody Feed Phil'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.1

Genre: Travel Documentary

Starring: Phil Rosenthal

Created By: Phil Rosenthal

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 3

This lighthearted travel documentary chronicles the adventures of Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, as he eats his way around the world with almost childlike delight. In its third season, which recently came to Netflix, Phil samples the bagels in Montreal, commits couscous faux pas in Marrakesh, hangs with a K-pop star in Seoul, and more.

OK, so the show doesn't dive as deeply into the cultures it visits as, say, Parts Unknown, and Rosenthal is the polar opposite of the late Anthony Bourdain. And the theme song will make you cringe every time you hear it. But, Rosenthal is an affable host and, like The Great British Bake Off, Somebody Feed Phil is pure feel-good comfort food.

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Cursed (2020): Best Coming-of-Age Fantasy

Katherine Langford stars as Nimue in 'Cursed'

 Netflix

IMDb rating: 5.8

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård

Created By: Frank Miller, Tom Wheeler

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Based on a graphic novel from Sin City writer Frank Miller, Cursed re-imagines Arthurian legend from the perspective of Nimue, the young woman destined to become the Lady of the Lake.

After her mother's death, she partners with Arthur on a quest to find Merlin and deliver a certain ancient sword. But, since this is a "reimagining," Merlin is a useless drunk and Arthur is a mercenary and a bit of a scoundrel. A few other famous names from the legends make appearances as well and figuring out who's who is part of the fun. Although the show is a little too self-serious, it's an entertaining coming-of-age tale that's entertaining even when you know the direction it's heading in.

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The Witcher (2019): Best Fantasy Action and Adventure

The Witcher

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.3

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action

Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Created By: Lauren Schmidt

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: TV-MA

The Witcher tells the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a Witcher, which is an order of mutated monster hunters. The first season also weaves in stories about Ciri (Freya Allan), a young princess linked to Geralt by a mistake of destiny, and sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), whose origin story is explored most thoroughly of the three.

If you aren't familiar with the source material, The Witcher may confuse you at first. It freely weaves the three main stories together without always making it clear that they aren't actually happening at the same time. The first season ties together nicely though, setting the stage for a massively epic fantasy to come.

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The Baby-Sitters Club (2020): Best Adaptation of a Beloved Children's Book Series

Alicia Silverstone, Marc Evan Jackson, Aya Furukawa, Xochitl Gomez, Shay Rudolph, Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, and Malia Baker in 'The Baby-Sitters Club'

Netflix 

IMDb rating: 7.6

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph

Created By: Rachel Shukert

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Based on the beloved children's book series of the same name, The Baby-Sitters Club follows the friendship of five middle-schoolers who start their own babysitting service. Kristy (Sophie Grace) is the socially woke club president. Claudia (Momona Tamada) is the artistic and popular vice president. The treasurer, Stacey (Shay Rudolph), is from a well-to-do Manhattan family, while Mary Anne (Malia Baker) is the shy secretary. Dawn (Xochitl Gomez) is the newcomer of the group and serves as the club's alternate officer.

While fans of the book series will undoubtedly delight in seeing a piece of their childhoods in television form, non-fans will find things to like here as well. The Baby-Sitters Club is a faithful adaptation of its source material and all of the main actresses come off as charming and sincere. If you're looking to spend a weekend indoors with the kids, this show will provide some fun entertainment.

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Avatar: The Last Air Bender (2005): Best Beautifully Animated Fantasy Adventure

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon 

IMDb rating: 9.2

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Dee Bradley Baker 

Created By: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko

TV Rating: TV-Y7-FV

Number of Seasons: 3

This beautifully-animated fantasy adventure is essentially a coming of age story as Aang (Zach Tyler), the titular last Airbender, wakes up to a world where his people are long gone and he's the last hope to save the world from a monstrous force.

Joined initially by siblings Katara (Mae Whitman) and Sokka (Jack De Sena), Aang enlists a whole host of new friends, learns new abilities, and comes to terms with what it means to be the Avatar in a world that went without one for so long. Tackling grown-up subjects like free choice, genocide, and totalitarianism, there's a reason this show won a number of Primetime Emmies, Peabody Awards, and others.

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Ozark (2017): Moodiest Crime Thriller

Ozark

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.4

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner

Created By: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 3

In this atmospheric crime drama, crooked accountant Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun when his partner slips up. Rather than accept his fate, Byrde suggests a solution: he'll move to the Lake of the Ozarks and set up a money laundering operation. The deal accepted, Marty heads south with wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two kids.

Like a set of dominos falling one after the other, Marty and Wendy can't help but get deeper and deeper into this mess, even sucking locals like Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) into their wake. In a dangerous world where any slip up could result in brutal death, Marty and Wendy do their best to stay one step ahead of both the cartel and each other.

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Stranger Things (2019): Best Love Letter to 80s Synths

Stranger Things

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.8

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Drama

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder

Created By: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 3

Stranger Things is a deeply atmospheric love letter not just to synths, but to 1980s cinema in general. This Golden Globe-winning series follows a group of young teens as they try to figure out which way is up in a world that no longer makes any sense. When Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) goes missing, his mother (Winona Ryder) and friends ultimately come to the conclusion that he may have been somehow transported to another world.

Meanwhile, another of the teens, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), finds and gives shelter to a young girl (Millie Bobby Brown) who seems to have escaped a nearby military facility. Nicknamed Eleven, she manifests strange powers that may be the key to saving Will. And that's just the beginning, as Stranger Things already has three binge-worthy seasons with another on the way.

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BoJack Horseman (2014): Best Netflix-First Dark Comedy

Bojack Horseman

Netflix 

IMDb rating: 8.7

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie 

Created By: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 6

BoJack Horseman made history as the first Netflix original series to land a cable syndication deal after first appearing on the streaming platform. It's just so good that Comedy Central had to snatch it up for linear broadcast.

In this multi-award-winning animation, former sitcom star BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) is a drug- and alcohol-addicted washout, skating by on his fading fame, and refusing to come to terms with reality as he constantly leans on agent Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris) and biographer Diane (Alison Brie). This is a dark show that just gets darker with each passing season, but sharp writing and a never-ending procession of genuinely interesting animal-headed characters will keep you coming back for more.