Being basic isn’t bad! Netflix releases dozens of new series every year and a handful of them go on to break streaming platform records. Here are some shows on Netflix that have grown to become popular, but you might have skipped out on.

You can even watch some of these hit shows alongside your friends via the Netflix Party add-on! The Google Chrome extension allows you to watch anything on the platform in sync, while also being able to chat about it on the side.

If you’ve decided that mainstream series might be overrated, you can check out shows on the streaming service, like Greenhouse Academy, that aren’t as well known.


Rating: 87% on Rotten Tomatoes

Atypical tells a unique coming of age story that follows 18-year-old Sam. On the autism spectrum, Sam sets out on a journey to gain more independence apart from the rest of his family.

When They See Us

Rating: 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Based on a true story, 5 teens from New York City are wrongly accused of an attack in Central Park. When They See Us shines a light on the injustices that happen within the criminal system.

The Haunting of Hill House

Rating: 93% on Rotten Tomatoes

Flashing between 1992 and present-day, The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of the Crain family and the unexplainable events that caused them to flee their family home.

Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

Rating: 64% on Rotten Tomatoes

This docu-series follows the true story of Canadian murderer Luka Magnotta. Known for posting videos online of torturing kittens, the series is told from the point of view of the internet hunters who were on a journey to track Magnotta down before he murdered Lin Jun.


Rating: 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

Based on the novel written by Caroline Kepnes, You is about bookstore manager Joe Goldberg who becomes obsessed with student Guinevere Beck. He’ll go to murderous lengths in order to keep her happy and safe.

The Circle

Rating: 80% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Circle is Netflix’s new reality show. Contestants are confined to their own apartments in a building where their only means of communication with one another is through a device called ‘The Circle’. They create online profiles in order to intrigue the other contestants, as well as play virtual games in order to keep them from elimination.

Money Heist

Rating: 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

This Spanish original, also known as La Casa de Papel, follows eight robbers who kidnap people as hostages, locking themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain. All the while their professor manipulates the entire crime from another location.


Rating: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Three students with lower-class backgrounds enrol in Las Encinas, a prep school with students from wealthier backgrounds. Channelling Clue, the series follows the investigation of the murder of Marina that takes place at the high school.

The Umbrella Academy

Rating: 75% on Rotten Tomatoes

This series follows superhero siblings who join forces after years apart in order to uncover the reason behind their father’s mysterious death.