37 Netflix Shows Every Parent Should Binge-Watch

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We know “Netflix and chill “doesn’t mean what it used to, thanks to life with kids, but when you’ve got the time to wind down after the kids are in bed, click off the Disney+ and click on these adult shows on Netflix that are sure to keep you awake no matter how tired you are—at least through several episodes. From hilarious comedies to heart-pumping thrillers, here’s what we’re binge-watching on Netflix right now.


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Unbelievable

Based on a true story with shocking attention to detail, “Unbelievable” follows two police investigations: one that goes terribly wrong and one that gets it right. Show runners include Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as badass female detectives who comes together to solve a rape case.

Cheer

With two seasons of the most cheertastic flips and drama, “Cheer” is an easy watch that will give you a new appreciation for these athletes. TW: Season two discusses topics of sexual abuse.

Get Organized with The Home Edit

Yes it’s a show about organizing and yes, you will want to edit your home immediately after watching. With two seasons, celebs and normal parents like us, we still can’t get enough of Joanna and Clea.

Worst Roommate Ever

You’ll never complain about your own roommates (aka your kids) after watching Netflix’s new show. With everything from a murdering granny to a squatter that steals cats, there’s something for everybody in the first season’s five episodes.

Bad Vegan

Sarma Melngailis was once the queen of vegan cuisine, until she met a man who tore her world apart. This stunning four-part documentary follows her demise and rise to fugitive status.

Pieces of Her

One of our favorite adult shows on Netflix, the brilliant Toni Collette plays a mother whose secrets catch up with her in this thrill-a-minute show based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel. 

Virgin River

The perfect romantic-yet-not-too cheesy drama is entering its fourth season soon. While you wait, you can catch up on all of the other three and learn about what Mel and Jack are up to in the small town of Virgin River.

Inventing Anna

Julia Garner, who you may (or may not) recognize as Ruth from Ozark plays Anna Delvey, a German heiress who isn’t an heiress at all, but rather a criminal mastermind who manages to get people to fund her Anna Delvey Foundation and her lavish lifestyle. 

The Witcher

Follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a riveting and well-built monster hunter for hire as he journeys toward his destiny in a fantasy-based world people are often the scariest beasts of them all.  

Bridgerton

You’ve probably already binge-watched season one, but in case you didn’t know, season two is out now! And if for some reason you’ve missed this steamy drama set in Regency-era London, narrated by the incomparable Julie Andrews and produced by the also incomparable Shonda Rhimes, you’ve got two seasons to binge-watch. You’ll be instantly hooked on this show based on the bestselling book series.

 

Call the Midwife

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This beloved adult show on Netflix is in its eleventh season and you can catch up to the tenth season on Netflix right now, so it should solve the “what to watch” conundrum 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 the 1950s  and 1960s East London.

Good Girls

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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. Season four just dropped in early March, 2022. 

 

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.

The Crown

Can’t get enough of the Royal family? The four seasons of 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. 

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 two seasons of romance and adventure finding Emily on every corner.

Ozark

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 four phenomenal seasons.

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. Season 2 is set to come out in late summer of 2022. 

Grace and Frankie

Don’t miss this fun adult show on Netflix! 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 this hilarious series that will final season in April of 2022. 

Grey’s Anatomy

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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 their Seattle hospital’s many ups and downs.

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.

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 with news that a third one is on the way!

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.

Hollywood

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

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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

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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.

Outlander

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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.

Pose

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.

Ratched

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

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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 adult show on Netflix is a docu-series that 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 of all three seasons. Then come May 27, tune into season four!

Workin’ Moms

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There are five seasons of this hilariously relatable mom-com exploring life as a working mom, following friends as they balance the impossible chaos of motherhood and returning to work. Once you’ve binged all five, set your calendar for May 10, when season six drops in the U.S.

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