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The best Netflix shows you aren't watching: 10 hidden gems you'll love
Netflix pumps massive amounts of money into its original programming. That has led to some huge, global hits like Stranger Things, Squid Game, The Crown, and more throughout the company’s history. But a lot of Netflix originals fall through the cracks, and some of them are terrific. So, what are some hidden gems on Netflix? We bring you 10 TV shows you may have missed that are worth a second look.
Sadly, the fact that these series are hidden gems means many were cancelled when they failed to attract audiences big enough to satisfy Netflix. Still, that’s no reason not to check them out. And who knows? If enough people revisit cancelled Netflix originals, the streamer may consider revivals. Anything’s possible.
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The best hidden gems on Netflix
Fans of The OA petitioned hard to have this original series renewed after Netflix cancelled it. If you don’t like shows ending on cliffhangers, you may want to skip this one, but it’s well worth it if you ask us. A young woman mysteriously reappears after being missing for seven years. She’s also miraculously no longer blind. Now, she needs help opening a portal into another dimension so that she can help other missing people. What she finds on the other side is a parallel reality that could help her understand what happened to her.
Everything Sucks! is one of the best teen shows around, and it’s one of the best hidden gems on Netflix. Set in the 90s, the show follows a group of kids coping with their outsider status, eventually joining forces to make a movie together. With great performances and a killer soundtrack, it’s a shame Netflix pulled the plug after just one season.
From the creators of The Matrix comes one of the very best shows on Netflix. With a ballooning budget and not enough viewers, Netflix sadly pulled the plug on this amazing series after two seasons. Luckily, fans cried out for more, and the streamer greenlit a feature-length finale to tie up loose ends. The show follows eight strangers from around the globe who all suddenly find themselves sharing a consciousness. Now hunted by a shadowy organization, they have to work together to survive.
The great Christopher Meloni stars in this Syfy comedy-drama, created by comics creator Grant Morrison and mostly directed by Crank co-director Brian Taylor. A disgraced former cop and sometimes hitman starts seeing a blue unicorn named Happy after surviving a heart attack. Happy is the imaginary friend of the man’s estranged daughter, who he says has been kidnapped. Can he become the hero his daughter needs in this madcap cult series?
This western miniseries sees a man betray his boss, a vicious and infamous crime boss. On the run, he seeks refuge in a town populated almost exclusively by women, whose husbands, sons, and fathers all died in a mine collapse. Now, a showdown looms, and the women must decide where they stand. Produced by Steven Soderbergh and featuring a stunning cast, it’s certainly a hidden gem on Netflix.
Brand New Cherry Flavor
Netflix has had some major hits in the horror genre. Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass both come to mind as hugely popular conversation starters. Of course, there are also some horror hidden gems on Netflix, and Brand New Cherry Flavor belongs at the top of that list. The series follows a young filmmaker who travels to LA in the 90s to make it big. There, she’s swept up into a dark world of abuse, revenge, death, and curses.
Living with Yourself
Funnyman Paul Rudd is on double duty in this Netflix original series that came and went relatively quietly. Rudd plays a man who survives a peculiar procedure to make his life better. What it does instead is creates a better version of him to live his best life. Now, with two of himself, he has to find a way to take back control of his life from a man better equipped than him at living it.
Set in the 80s, GLOW chronicles the creation of a women’s wrestling league, based on the real, historical Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Cancelled during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, GLOW luckily managed to have three terrific seasons, exploring the lives of the women in the ring, all of which you can still watch on Netflix.
A docudrama hidden gem on Netflix, Wormwood is a streaming original from documentary film legend Errol Morris. The miniseries explores the mysterious death of a CIA biological warfare scientist in 1953. Initially ruled a suicide, Frank Olson’s death raises some questions. Part of the government’s mind-control experiments dubbed Project MKUltra, Olson may have been a victim of foul play. Combining interviews and dramatic reenactments, Wormwood questions the official story while exploring how we know what we think we know more generally.
Friends from College
Cancelled after two seasons, Friends from College didn’t get much love from critics. While it’s not a groundbreaking comedy by any means, its stellar cast hits some high points, and the show blends comedy and drama intelligently. The story follows a group of forty-somethings, friends since their days at Harvard, navigating mid-life and complicated interpersonal histories in New York.
Those are just a few hidden gems on Netflix you may have missed. Are there any other hidden streaming gems you love that we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments!