Netflix: 54 best TV shows to watch this week


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Season 2 of Locke & Key arrives this week.


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Netflix has a bulging library of TV shows, and as each week brings new content, it becomes an exercise of sifting through the best of the bunch.

To cut time, you’ll find highlights of new content below, as well as CNET’s full list of best TV Originals on Netflix.

What to watch this week (Oct. 18 to 24)

A couple of major titles hit Netflix toward the end of this week.

Thursday

  • Cowboy Bebop (season 1) — Before Netflix brings its live-action adaptation, follow the adventures of the bounty hunter and his pals in the original anime.
  • Sex, Love, and goop (season 1) — It’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s TV show. Your friends at goop have taken time out to give you insight into how to enhance your relationship and find deeper intimacy.

Friday

  • Adventure Beast (season 1) — This animated adult comedy series follows a zoologist and his assistant on a mission to save wild beasts.
  • Inside Job (season 1) –- This animated series from Alex Hirsch and Shion Takeuchi takes us down into the underground HQ of the Deep State.
  • Locke & Key (season 2) –- The adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic series is back with more supernatural horror.
  • Maya and the Three (limited series) — This animated miniseries follows a princess who must fulfil an ancient prophecy.

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The full list of best Netflix Original TV series

Thriller

Squid Game (2021—)

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There’s a reason Squid Game became one of Netflix’s most-watched programs within a matter of weeks. The South Korean survival drama has everything: high production values, an original premise and superb performances. Centered on a deadly contest of survival, hundreds of players from different walks of life compete for a huge life-changing money prize. While the social commentary on class division doesn’t break new ground, the rest of the components are total winners. The intense drama and action thrills lead to genuinely dark and terrifying places (make sure you’re in the right mindset to embark on this journey). A scintillating triumph. Note: Make sure you’re using the right subtitle settings.

Lupin (2021—)

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If you enjoyed Money Heist, then meet Lupin, another non-English language show with a propulsive action-packed story. This time we’re in France, where professional thief Assane Diop enacts his revenge mission on the man responsible for his father’s death. Inspired by a book about gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, Assane uses disguises, thieving know-how and a good dose of charisma to expose the wealthy and powerful Hubert Pellegrini’s crimes.

Bodyguard (2018)

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Bodyguard broke records when it first aired in Britain, climbing from cliffhanger to cliffhanger at a relentless pace. This might be the definition of the unstoppable binge, not surprising given it comes from the mind of Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio. Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden plays the titular bodyguard, who suffers from PTSD after serving in the Afghanistan war. On top of that, he’s assigned to protect the Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes), whose politics he despises. Taking provocative turns, and crafting one of the best-ever 20-minute opening scenes, Bodyguard is an expert tension-building balancing act.

Dark (2017-2020)

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Germany’s answer to Stranger Things deliberately takes its time before stepping into completely compelling and original places. A sci-fi noir, Dark folds time travel, conspiracies and estranged families into a generation-spanning story kicked off by a child’s disappearance. If those kinds of meticulously-crafted layers are what you’re after in your storytelling, settle in. All three seasons of Dark’s meditative look at time travel and its effect on human nature are waiting to hit you at full force.

House of Cards (2013-2018)

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While Kevin Spacey’s sexual harassment allegations ended up marring this slick, fourth-wall breaking slice of politics’ dark side, it’s still worth watching if you dig power games and the occasional backstabbing. Initially following Spacey’s Frank Underwood, House of Cards’ sixth and final season pivots to follow his wife Claire (Robin Wright) as she takes on more and more power in the Oval Office.

Horror

Midnight Mass (2021)

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