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The 7 Best Netflix Shows You Don’t Watch

We all want to watch the best Netflix shows, and we do it – to paraphrase Bo Burnham – “all the time.” But the truth is that Netflix does not allow you to get the most out of your account. Why is this? Well, if we had to sum up the Netflix problem in one word, it would be “discovery”.

I can personally confirm that finding great shows you enjoy on Netflix is ​​not easy. The service loves and I don’t know why, recommending me what I’m not interested in. And that means getting the most out of your monthly Netflix bill often means taking risks. What if you, like us, are risk averse? Oh, and then there’s Netflix’s habit of canceling shows early in their run, which gives people less of a reason to want to try a Netflix show in its first season.

So, I’ve done the work of digging through the (mostly recent) Netflix archives to find things we truly believe 1) deserve to be watched and 2) didn’t get enough color from the entire Netflix community. Not all of them are for everyone, since I chose from categories (legal drama, supernatural for young people) that even I’m not a fan of. But then I really watched the shows to make sure they were really good and not crap.

Our selection includes several single-season gems (including one that deliberately ended after just one walk), a reality show that may have many more added soon, a great animated series that just aired for the second time, and a well-established Canadian sitcom.

Okay, and I can hear some of you from miles away. Yes, you have already seen one of these shows. But if you’ve seen them all? Well, consider us impressed because these are gems that are not being noticed and need to reach a wider audience.

Maid (2021)

I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended Netflix’s maid so many times that some of my friends are fed up with it. That’s why I’m putting it at the very bottom of this list – it’s not exactly a show that wasn’t known about. Star Margaret Qualley even received Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe and Television Critics Association nominations for her portrayal of Alex, a single mother on the run from emotionally abusive husband Sean (Nick Robinson). Broken and out of a job, Alex is also responsible for her young daughter, Maddie (Railia Nevea Whittet).

However, Alex finds a job as a maid. Although she quickly realizes how demanding this industry is. She even finds housing through a shelter for victims of domestic violence. But soon even her family proves difficult as her own mother Paula (Andie MacDowell, Qualley’s real mother) takes Sean’s side. The court system is also not in her favor. All the while, Alex is dealing with a trauma inherited from her past that she keeps to herself.

If this all sounds like overkill, that’s probably why the Maid went unnoticed. Utterly tense and a little hard to take in, Maid practically turns the audience off. However, once you’ve finished The Maid, you’ll be more glad you watched it than happy it’s over. Phenomenally played and filmed with the same close-up angles that made The Bear absolutely unforgettable. The Maid is definitely one of the best shows on Netflix that you don’t watch.

Genre: Drama
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes)
Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
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Illegitimate Son and the Devil Himself (2022)

Another victim of the show’s overly long title, The Bastard and the Devil Himself is a young adult adaptation that doesn’t seem to have received as much promotional support from Netflix – and subsequently sleeps under the radar. Nathan Byrne (Jay Lycurgo) is a titled bastard who is unfortunate enough to be the illegitimate son of the “World’s Most Dangerous Blood Witch”, which puts him right at the center of the war between the Blood Witches and the Faerie Witches. .

However, things get much more interesting when the leader of the Fairborn Witches Soul (Paul Ready) arrives in town. Not only does the drama pick up pace, but Soul’s daughter Annalize (Nadia Parks) comes with him, becomes the new kid at school, and finds chemistry with Nathan. The scene where they meet at a house party showcases the instant chemistry between them.

The situation will become even more dangerous for Nathan as he is destined to take over on his upcoming birthday. For those looking for a series where teens face supernatural challenges older than their age, Illegitimate Son and the Devil Himself is a good shout out. -HTC

Genre: youth supernatural drama
Seasons: 1 (8 episodes)
Score on Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
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The legal eagles meet with quirky optimism when autistic Korean lawyer Woo Yeon-woo (Park Eun-bin) defies the odds. The series may start from her youth, but it mostly focuses on Yeon-woo’s life working at a prestigious law firm, where her garrulousness, quirky behavior, and fascination with whales seem a bit out of place. Luckily, Yeon-woo has friends inside who are watching over her.

Each episode offers well-constructed court cases in the style of a weekly drama, but the show’s true strength lies in its subplot with Jun-ho (Kang Tae-oh), the office heartthrob that Yeon-woo loves. While it has shown some signs of popularity on Netflix worldwide, the series still appears to be below the buzz level in the US and other regions. Oh, and since we live in a post-Squid world, watch the subtitled version, not the dubbed version: the dub… not the best.

Genre: Drama
Seasons: 1 (16 episodes)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
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Dead End: Paranormal Park (2022)

Netflix loves its animated comedies, but doesn’t promote them all as much as, say, the outstanding Big Mouth. That’s why we have to show some love for Dead End: Paranormal Park, a superbly animated series that, oddly enough, portrays it right (well, without putting too much thought into normalizing it). Drawing comparisons to the beloved Gravity Falls, Dead End is about a group of young characters who seem undeterred by the chaos around them. In fact, they love it.

The team is led by Barney (Zach Barack), a transgender gay teenager who has problems at home because, surprise, some older family doesn’t always support him. With the support of his adorable dog Pugsley (a fawn pug), Barney soon gets a job at Phoenix Parks, an amusement park similar to Dollyland, where his estranged neighbor and lab partner Norma Khan (Cody Kavita) is also hired. There, they meet and befriend a thousand-year-old demon named Courtney (Emily Osment), and the two of them (along with Pugsley) discover a world of mysteries to unravel. Filled with emotion and voice, Dead End is not Dead End.

Genre: Animated comedy
Seasons: 2
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100% (no second season rating)
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Kim’s Convenience (2016 – 2021)

Kim’s Convenience is centered around the Kim’s family store of the same name in Toronto, Canada. The store is run by parents Appa (Paul Sung-Hyun Lee) and Umma (Jin Yoon), who always seem to be at odds with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang). Oh, and Marvel’s own Shang-Chi, Simu Liu, plays Jung’s estranged son in the series. Appa and Umma may seem a bit too old-fashioned at first, but they are traditional sitcom parents in the sense that they have good intentions and want the best for their children.

Kim’s Convenience, one of those shows that’s been on for five seasons but hasn’t generated much buzz yet, is partly obscure because it came from the CBC, the same Canadian broadcaster that gave us Shitt’s Creek, which just got famous. once it hit Netflix.

Genre: Comedy
Seasons: 5
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% (Season 1; Seasons 2-5 have no points)
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On the Edge (2021)

Seemingly taking its title from Pedro Almodóvar’s film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, On the Verge tells how life after 40 becomes hell for four girlfriends (played by creator and co-writer Julie Delpy, co-writer Alexia Lando, Elisabeth Shue and Sarah Jones). Chances are for many, especially those who don’t watch the rare shows about women of a certain age, On the Edge is also especially French, which can attract and repel different audiences.

Each of its main characters proves to be entertaining and interesting, such as fashion designer Ann (Shu), who has a seemingly endless supply of food. Yaz (Jones) is a housewife who wonders how she became a symbolic non-white member of her group of friends. Elle (Lando) is going through several problems at once, having three children – from different fathers. And Justine (Delpy) is a badass chef and restaurateur trying to write a cookbook while her jobless husband doesn’t help. These characters may be dealing with particularly unique situations that come with their relationship, but each actress does her best to make her arc compelling.

Genre: comedy/drama
Seasons: 1 (12 episodes)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 60%
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Enough adult!

Netflix did the trick by importing 20 episodes of Old Enough!, the incredibly cute and incredibly structured reality show from Japan’s Nippon TV. If old enough! turns out to be a hit for Netflix, we’re likely to see many more as the show has been airing in Japan for 30 years now. How can a show like this be a gem out of sight? Well, old enough! is a reality show about kids going errands, so it’s not the double crosses you get on dating shows or Survivor. It also lacks seasonal arcs, such as the helpful Great British Bake-Off.

However, we at Tom’s Guide love Old Enough! because it’s the most soothing show on television – the stakes are surprisingly low. Here, children between the ages of 2 and 5 are sent on missions and errands, often pushed out into the world with only a memory and a camera crew. One child goes grocery shopping, another has to make juice, and some of them get a little annoyed doing these tasks. Some, however, continue their challenge with the exuberant energy of a child who needs to be proven.

Although this is not a show that will make you gossip about its members on the Internet, it is old enough! earns a place in our queue and on our list of “mood-boosting TV programs” by doing the right little things. We really like how the narrators take things a little seriously, noting how some kids set records for the show. –HTC

Genre: reality show
Seasons: 1 (20 episodes)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
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