28 Netflix Shows Every Parent Should Binge-Watch

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Whether it’s a Netflix and nursing kind of night or you just need to wind down after you’ve tucked your kids into bed, a binge session of your new favorite show is the perfect solution. A study conducted by Netflix found that nine out of ten moms feel that watching TV and movies alone is valuable “me-time,” so we found the best shows on Netflix to binge watch when you need some time to yourself. From silly comedies to political thrillers, there’s something for everyone. Pop that popcorn and scroll down to see the list.

Behind Her Eyes

If you love a good thriller, you’ll gobble up this twisted series about a single mom who starts an affair with her psychiatrist boss at the same time as she befriends his mysterious wife.


Steamy Victorian scandal, narrated by the incomparable Julie Andrews and produced by the also incomparable Shonda Rhimes. Need we say more? You’ll be instantly hooked on this show based on the bestselling book series.

Call the Midwife

This nine-season show will keep you occupied for days. Based on the best-selling memoir, Call the Midwife stars Vanessa Redgrave and follows a new midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent in 1950's East London.

Cobra Kai

30 years after Karate Kid, the feud between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is still alive and well. This hit series, which checks in on the rivals all grown up, finds Johnny and Daniel raising a new class of karate masters in their own dojos.

The Crown

Can’t get enough of the Royal family? This intriguing look at the reign and romance of Queen Elizabeth II will more than satisfy. It certainly doesn't hurt that it stars the Oscar-winning Olivia Coleman as her royal highness. 

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

True crime fans will love this deep dive into the mysterious disappearance of a young girl staying at Los Angeles’ gritty Cecil Hotel. This docu-series investigates the mysteries and myths surrounding certain infamous locations across the country.

Dead to Me

This dark and twisty mystery about a grieving widow and her new BFF (starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) will suck you in instantly, and you won't be able to stop watching till you reach the shocking end. Luckily there are two seasons to keep you entertained.

Emily In Paris

An ambitious 20-something lands her dream job as a marketing exec in Paris. The city of love does not disappoint with romance and adventure finding Emily on every corner.

Firefly Lane

Based on the bestselling book by Kristin Hannah, this series follows the ups and downs of a friendship that spans decades. Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as best friends Tully and Kate, the show tracks their unbreakable bond from the first day they meet as teens into their adult lives.

Ginny and Georgia

In search of a fresh start, single mom Georgia moves her kids Ginny and Austin to the North. Unfortunately, secrets from Georgia’s past come back to haunt and threaten to make their new lives all but perfect.

Good Girls

What happens when a picture-perfect, stay-at-home mom breaks bad? Good Girls. Part Weeds, part Breaking Bad, this series is a dark, but fun fantasy escape that will draw you in from the first episode. The first three seasons are available to stream now.

Grace and Frankie

Two enemies become fast friends when their husbands leave them... for each other. Grab a glass of wine and settle in for plenty of laughs with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for the six-season series.

Grey’s Anatomy

Meredith Grey is here for us in a big way––for 16 seasons on Netflix! You can definitely get your McDreamy fix as you follow the cast through plenty of ups and downs at their Seattle hospital.


Hit-maker Ryan Murphy has created another winner in this Post-World War II saga that follows a group of aspiring young stars trying to make their way in Tinseltown.

The Great British Baking Show

Mouthwatering cake pops and canapes served up with some friendly competition make this series a must watch for any home baker (or cookie-lover) looking for inspiration. 

History of Swear Words

Tuck those young ears into bed and get a history lesson in every swear word you avoid during the daylight hours. Hosted by Nicolas Cage, this hilariously entertaining docu-series features historical experts, as well some favorite foul-mouthed comedians, like Sarah Silverman, who dive into the origin and culture behind the most popular swear words.

The Last Dance

This riveting docu-series featuring unaired footage chronicling the rise of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, will have you on the edge of your seat.

New Girl

If you’ve already binged Friends a dozen times, it’s time to check out this seven-season series about a quirky crew of twenty-something pals. Even if you've watched it before, you’ll fall in love with Jess all over again.


Based on the New York Times best-selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon, this epic show follows the saga of Claire, an English nurse in WWII, who finds herself suddenly flung back in time to Scotland in 1743.


Take a vacation to the Ozarks with Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and their entire money-laundering, drug-running family. Just be warned, you won't be able to stop pressing play on the next episode until you've gobbled up all three phenomenal seasons.


It’s hard not to get instantly drawn into the world of New York City’s LGBTQ balls in the mid-’80s. The incredible Billy Porter stars along with an incredible cast who bring this mesmerizing world to life.

The Queen’s Gambit

The intriguing world of competitive chess will immediately grab you thanks to the tantalizing portrayal of a female chess champ, Beth Harmon, by Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy. You’ll follow her pursuit of the championship title, from the orphanage where she grows up to the frigid streets of Moscow, and all of her loves and loses in between.


Yet another spectacular series by TV King Ryan Murphy. If you love all things creepy and kooky, then you won’t want to miss this dark and twisted origin story of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Schitt’s Creek

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation brings us this gem. The show follows the uber-rich Rose family who find themselves out of cash and living in a cruddy hotel in a town they bought named––you guessed it––Schitt's Creek. You can binge all six seasons streaming now on Netflix.

Song Exploder

If you’re a music fan, you’ll love getting an inside look at how your favorite tracks came to life. This docu series features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with some of the biggest names in music from Dua Lipa to Lin Manuel Miranda. 

Space Force

Missing The Office? Steve Carrell leads the Space Force in his newest workplace comedy. There are plenty of laughs for all, no matter which side of the aisle you stand on, Star Wars or Star Trek.

Stranger Things

From the mysteries of the Upside Down to '80s references at every turn, this expertly crafted series is unlike any other on television, despite feeling comfortingly familiar. Stranger Things will grab you from the start and refuse to let go till you've watched every single second. Get caught up before the next season drops.

Workin’ Moms

This hilariously relatable mom-com explores life as a working mom, following four friends as they balance the impossible chaos of motherhood and returning to work.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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