"Master of None" (season 1-2 on Netflix)
The first season of comedian Aziz Ansari's "Master of None" was universally praised. The response from critics on the newly released Season 2, however, is that it's even better -- which means you definitely shouldn't miss it.
"Glow" (Season 1 on Netflix)
Netflix's comedy heads back to the 1980s for the historic formation of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show, hitting on some ridiculous situations as a group of women with no wrestling experience try to come together to make something amazing. "Glow" sports a hysterical cast, and its first season is a quick binge that's totally worth the investment.
"The Handmaid's Tale" (Season 1 on Hulu)A dystopian world that subjugates women is the setting for "The Handmaid's Tale." The dark series' focus on the feminist struggle of Elizabeth Moss feels especially poignant in today's political climate.
"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (season 1 on Netflix)
Netflix's adaptation of the children's book series is a blast, featuring great performances from a variety of visiting stars, from Joan Cusack to Don Johnson. They're all led by a hilariously evil Neil Patrick Harris.
"Ozark" (Season 1 on Netflix)Think "Breaking Bad" but if the whole family was in on the crimes, and you've got an idea of what "Ozark" is like. It follows a money launderer as he's forced to head from Chicago to Missouri and make big moves to keep a drug cartel off his back. The first season is a tense crime drama, and among the best shows on Netflix.
"Rick and Morty" (Seasons 1-2 on Hulu)Dark and ridiculous, "Rick and Morty" might be animated, but it's definitely not for children. The Adult Swim cartoon is about Rick, an often-drunk super-scientist, and his grandson Morty, who accompanies him on ridiculous adventures. With the third season airing now on Adult Swim, it's a great time to get caught up on the first two.
"The Man in the High Castle" (season 1-2 on Amazon)
What if the Nazis had won World War II? The newly released second season of "The Man in the High Castle" takes us back to an alternate universe where the U.S. is divided between Japan and Germany.
"Travelers" (season 1 on Netflix)
Time travelers from the future walk among us in "Travelers," executing secret orders in order to change the future. This Netflix show has some cool ideas about dealing with the pressures of saving the world.
"Shut Eye" (Season 1 on Hulu)
Hulu’s latest original series is about grifters in the Los Angeles psychic reading business. But then Jeffrey Donovan takes a blow to the head, and suddenly he might actually be seeing the future. The machinations and dark humor pile up as he and his family try to get out from under the thumb of their crime lord bosses.
"The Expanse" (Season 1 on Amazon)
Syfy's return to space opera is like "Game of Thrones," but with interplanetary travel. Mixing a murder mystery and a Cold War conspiracy story, "The Expanse" is full of zero-gee special effects and characters flying around the solar system, trying to prevent a war that could end humanity. The first season is available to stream on Amazon, while the second season recently wrapped up on Syfy.
"The Path" (Season 1 and 2 on Hulu)
Things are spiraling out of control in the cult known as Meyerism in Hulu’s drama, which just started its second season. Aaron Paul loses his faith and tries to get out, leaving behind his family of believers. Oh, and Hugh Dancy is an unhinged cult leader who’s losing control and murdering folks.
"Santa Clarita Diet" (Season 1 on Netflix)
Drew Barrymore is a suburban realtor who suddenly dies, then comes back with a taste for human flesh in Netflix’s gory comedy. Not quite a zombie, she struggles to carry on life as usual with her husband, Timothy Olyphant, as they find themselves killing their neighbors to keep her fed so she won’t go full evil.
"Bosch" (seasons 1-3 on Amazon)
Amazon's police procedural follows a troubled cop as he struggles to solve a decades-old child murder. Amazon has three seasons at the ready right now, with a fourth season confirmed on the way.
"Love" (season 1-2 on Netflix)
The Judd Apatow-produced "Love" looks into the funny relationship of the mismatched couple Gus and Mickey. With two seasons available on Netflix, you've got lots of relationship comedy to check out right now.
"Luke Cage" (season 1 on Netflix)
The latest installment in Marvel's street-level universe (which also includes "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones") stars Mike Colter
as a bulletproof hero bringing justice to Harlem. Besides action and social commentary, it has the best soundtrack of any superhero series ever.
"Catastrophe" (seasons 1-2 on Amazon)
With only six half-hour episodes in each of its two seasons, Amazon’s acclaimed sitcom “Catastrophe” is an easy binge. Co-stars and creators Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are currently writing season 3, which is due on April 28.
"Lady Dynamite" (season 1 on Netflix)
Comedian Maria Bamford
wowed critics with her recent Netflix outing “Lady Dynamite,” a hilarious meta-satire about Bamford’s life and career. Netflix picked up "Lady Dynamite" for a second season, coming later this year; while you're waiting, watch the first season’s 12 episodes.
"Jessica Jones" (season 1 on Netflix)
Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” won audiences and critics over with its rich storytelling, strong female lead, and intense action sequences. Netflix renewed the show for a second season, and Jessica will also show up with Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in Netflix's crossover miniseries "The Defenders." With only 13 episodes so far, it’s still good to get a head start on “Jessica Jones.”
"Better Call Saul" (Netflix, season 1-2 only)
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff may not live up to its predecessor’s status, but with Vince Gilligan
’s writing and Bob Odenkirk
’s acting, “Better Call Saul” is an admirable effort. Though you can't get completely caught up on "Better Call Saul" without purchasing the latest season, the first two are still available on Netflix.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (seasons 1-3 on Netflix)
The Tina Fey
-created, Ellie Kemper
-starring comedy is definitely a must-watch, with three seasons available on Netflix right now. Predicated on the premise that the titular Kimmy escaped being kidnapped and held in a bunker and is now picking her life up where she left off, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is full of ridiculous situations in the vein of shows like "30 Rock."
"Black Mirror" (seasons 1-3 on Netflix)
The darkly, darkly satiric series looks at how technology robs us of our humanity -- or just gives us excuses to abandon it. In the third season, creator Charlie Brooker looks at everything from love ("San Junipero") to war ("Men Against Fire").
"Broad City" (seasons 1-3 on Hulu)
Comedy Central’s hilarious, New York-based sitcom already has 30 episodes under its three-season belt and has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season. Before Season 4 airs on Comedy Central in August, you can watch all of “Broad City” on Hulu.
"House of Cards" (seasons 1-5 on Netflix)
The beloved political drama that stars Kevin Spacey
and Robin Wright
continues through five seasons as the despicable Underwoods continue their quest to take and hold the American presidency. If you're not watching this fan-favorite political drama that's all about backstabbing and (sometimes) actual stabbing, you've got lots of catching up to do.
"The Walking Dead" (seasons 1-6 only on Netflix)
As AMC’s most-watched program, “The Walking Dead” has built a large fan base over the course of its six-and-a-half seasons. While its newest season has yet to be available for streaming, people can watch the first six seasons of “The Walking Dead” for now, on Netflix.
"Portlandia" (seasons 1-6 on Netflix)
The IFC surrealist comedy, starring Fred Armisen
and Carrie Brownstein
, is currently airing its seventh season. In the meantime, though, the rest of the series is available to watch straight through on Netflix.
"The Crown" (season 1 on Netflix)
If you spent the holidays worrying about the Queen of England's health, this is the series for you. It looks at the last days of Winston Churchill, and how Elizabeth II took on the burden of the crown.
"Jane the Virgin" (season 1-3 on Netflix)
The CW’s charming, telenovela-esque comedy has proved itself to be binge-watching candy. If you haven't checked out "Jane the Virgin," you can get lost in the first three seasons available on Netflix.
"Game of Thrones" (seasons 1-6 on HBO Now and HBO Go)
The wait for Season 7 of HBO’s massively entertaining “Game of Thrones” is finally over, but if you're not caught up, there's still six more seasons available on HBO Go and HBO Now immediately. If you stream with purpose, you can catch up to Season 7 as it airs each Sunday.
"Transparent" (seasons 1-3 on Amazon)
’s Golden-Globe-winning dramedy “Transparent” has received acclaim for its wonderful performances, acerbic writing, and sensitive direction. Though its third season is scheduled for this fall (and a fourth season has already been commissioned, “Transparent”’s 20 episodes are available for viewing on Amazon.
"You're the Worst" (seasons 1-2 on Hulu)
The FX comedy about two anti-relationship people (Chris Geere and Aya Cash
) in a toxic romance made a positive impression on critics in its first two seasons, which are currently available to stream on Hulu. There's soon to be even more “You’re the Worst” available soon now that Season 3 has ended, so until then, the show should be a top priority to watch.
"BoJack Horseman" (seasons 1-3 on Netflix)
“BoJack Horseman,” Netflix’s hysterical animated social satire, didn’t do so great in its first season, but made vast improvements when it came back. Now considered one of Netflix's best, you can stream all three "BoJack" seasons right now while we wait to hear when Season 4 will be released.
"Difficult People" (season 1-2 on Hulu)
The darkly comical “Difficult People” made its debut on Hulu at the end of the summer of 2015, impressing critics thanks to the lead performances of Billy Eichner and show creator Julie Klausner. The first two hilarious seasons were enough for Hulu to pick up a third, so it's worth streaming as soon as possible.
"Silicon Valley" (seasons 1-4 on HBO Now and HBO Go)
The fourth season for HBO’s “Silicon Valley” continues its parody of the tech-industry with its loveable band of nerd-entrepreneurs trying to keep their heads above water. Season 4 of the show just wrapped up, so there's plenty of comedy to be had on HBO Go and HBO Now.
"Orange is the New Black" (seasons 1-5 on Netflix)
Most critics called Season 4 the best "Orange is the New Black" season so far. Netflix's acclaimed show continued to tackle some tough issues through its prison inmate humor in Season 5, so there's plenty of "Orange" to watch when you need a deep dive into a show.
"The Good Wife" (seasons 1-7 on Hulu)
Catch up one of the best network dramas ever on Hulu, before CBS All Access premieres its upcoming spin-off, "The Good Fight," on Feb. 19. Juliana Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, who joins her ex-boyfriend's law firm after her disgraced husband, the Illinois attorney general (Chris Noth) is caught in a prostitution scandal. "The Good Wife" is part relationship drama, part legal procedural -- and always surprisingly funny.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (season 1-11 on Netflix)
You should binge on this masterful series as hard as Wade Boggs, according to legend, binged on beer on that one flight. The first 11 season of the absurd dark comedy are available on Netflix, with the 12th recently played on FX.
“The Get Down” (Season 1-2 on Netflix)Baz Luhrmann’s stylish look at the birth of hip-hop in New York City is musical and charged with excitement. “The Get Down” deliver something that’s pretty different from other streaming fare, with its 1970s New York setting and the drama surrounding an emerging, exciting art form.
“Making a Murderer” (Season 1 on Netflix)This intensive documentary series covers the story of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of a rape accusation before being arrested for murder. The sorted story is spread out over 10 episodes, raising plenty of questions about whether Avery is guilty along the way.
“Insecure” (Season 1-2 on HBO Go and HBO Now)Issa Rae channels some hilarious but relatable experiences as she and her friend Molly deal with their own insecurities and flaws in “Insecure.” Season 2 is airing right now, so get caught up and you can start watching along with the show.
"The Young Pope" (Season 1 on HBO Go, HBO Now)Jude Law is the first American pope in HBO's dark comedy about religion, authority, politics and backstabbing. Get lost in the all 10 weird episodes of the mini-series, available on HBO Go and HBO Now.
"13 Reasons Why" (Season 1 on Netflix)High school drama "13 Reasons Why" tells the story of a girl who commits suicide, and the tapes she leaves behind for all the people in her life that drove her to that decision. Delivered like a mystery, the show pulls you from episode to episode to find out what happened to Hannah Baker. Watch the first season on Netflix.
"Big Little Lies" (Season 1 on HBO Go, HBO Now)HBO's scandal- and rumor-fueled dark comedy "Big Little Lies" also became a whodunit as its drama unfolded. Its star-studded cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern. The seven episodes of "Big Little Lies" are available on HBO, making it a quick, high-quality watch.
"Designated Survivor" (Season 1 on Hulu)The story of a reluctant successor taking the presidency after a tragedy that destroys the government is full of positive American idealism. "Designated Survivor" combines a little bit of "The West Wing" with "24" to make something that's extremely watchable, and can be uplifting in the face of the actual news.