The Best Shows & Movies to Watch on Netflix Now, According to Our Editors
‘Hollywood,’ ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Never Have I Ever’ and more.
If you’re in need of a break from whipping your dalgona coffee or participating in TikTok challenges during self-isolation, our HYPEBAE editors have gathered the best TV shows and movies for you to watch on Netflix right now. Whether you’re looking to lighten up your mood amid these trying times, or you’ve recently become obsessed with the drama and romance genre, the list below has got you covered. From Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher‘s Never Have I Ever to Ryan Murphy‘s Hollywood mini-series, read on and let the binging commence.
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A buzzy new addition to Netflix’s library, Uncut Gems is the brash, sleek and hilarious brainchild of director duo Ben and Josh Safdie. Adam Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a gambling-addicted Diamond District jeweler who continues to make fruitless bets on basketball games. After lending a rare Ethiopian opal to Kevin Garnett (who plays himself), Ratner becomes entangled in a series of increasingly high-stakes bets, eventually entering a three-way parlay that could change everything. Sandler’s comedic skills make for a standout performance complimented by supporting roles played by Julia Fox and Lakeith Standfield. – Alexandra Pauly, Associate Editor
As quarantine limits our dating life to the realm of endless messages and awkward video chats, Love chronicles the ups and downs of Mickey and Gus, a burgeoning couple who both have their fair share of proverbial skeletons in the closet. The Judd Apataow-created series may make you miss the fun of a new relationship but more likely, it will have you consider the upsides of self-isolation, free from the all-encompassing – yet entertaining – drama that often accompanies young love. With three satisfying seasons, the series is a binge-ready option for fans of off-beat romantic-comedy. - Alexandra Pauly, Associate Editor
The Umbrella Academy
Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels by Gerard WayIn, The Umbrella Academy starts off in the year 1989 where 43 children are born around the world to random, unconnected women who weren’t even pregnant the day before. Among the 43, seven – Ben, Klaus, Allison, Luther, Diego, Vanya and Number Five – are gifted with special abilities far beyond the ordinary, who are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves. He then establishes The Umbrella Academy in order to prepare his special children to save the world. However, after a falling out during their teenage years, the siblings part ways. Seventeen years later, all of them reunite to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. On top of that, they also have to deal with the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. – Pauline De Leon, Associate Editor
Korean dramas were never on my radar until a friend of mine recommended that I watch Itaewon Class, so I decided to break that one-inch tall barrier of subtitles and give the show a chance. The Netflix Original series explores the themes of family, love, self-acceptance, class warfare and second chances. What I especially love about Itaewon Class is its diverse cast that features a transgender and a person of color, both represented from a realistic point of view. Each episode runs for about an hour long and is jam-packed with emotion and drama, so try not to finish it all in one day as I did. – Pauline De Leon, Associate Editor
Never Have I Ever
Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s Never Have I Ever follows Devi Vishwakumar, a straight-A sophomore, as she navigates high school, friendships, teenage romance and the loss of a parent. While the storyline may seem familiar, it’s remarkable that the show has chosen to explore the coming-of-age genre through an Indian-American lens. Not only does the 10-part comedy offer much-needed South Asian representation on screen, but it also manages to tell inclusive stories of some other marginalized communities. If you like watching shows that are funny, heartwarming and deeply moving at the same time, you’ll absolutely enjoy this series. – Teresa Lam, Features Editor
While there are plenty of fascinating baking competitions on TV, nothing I’ve seen before is quite as entertaining as Nailed It!. A lighthearted reality series guaranteed to make you fall off the couch with laughter, the bake-off show sees amateur home bakers compete in themed challenges like unicorn cakes and gingerbread houses. Rather than elaborate confections, however, expect to see contestants having meltdowns in the kitchen. The comedic commentary from host Nicole Byer and pastry chef Jacques Torres is just the icing on the cake. – Teresa Lam, Features Editor
Honestly, anyone that doesn’t love the Twilight series is either lying or delusional. There’s no better time to revisit the dreamy love triangle between Bella Swan and werewolf Jacob and vampire Edward, and the baseball scene in the first movie makes the whole thing even better. If you’re looking for movies you’ll be able to fly through over a weekend, the Twilight series is a must. Nostalgia, young love and terrible dialogue – what more can you want? – Tora Northman, Editor
The Chef Show
Cooking is probably one of the most popular categories people are paying attention to at the moment. I’ve definitely been watching more cooking videos and shows on Netflix and YouTube to motivate myself to experiment with different recipes for each meal (plus, it’s soothing to watch). There’s nothing more wholesome than seeing Jon Favreau and Roy Choi, along with different guests in each episode, discuss their love and passion for food. What I also really enjoy about The Chef Show is that you don’t have to watch it in order – each episode is easy to follow even if you don’t have any background context of what happened previously. All you need to do is simply appreciate and witness hearty dishes come to life. – YeEun Kim, Editorial Intern
In classic Ryan Murphy form, Hollywood is an artfully composed narrative that touches on the visceral truths of human relationships, all coated beautifully with a glossy veneer of stunning cinematography and dark humor. Taking place during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Murphy and fellow co-creator Ian Brennan create a fictional world that shows how the power players of Tinseltown control and manipulate the industry, painting a disturbingly realistic portrait of what the Hollywood experience might actually have been like for struggling artists.
The show blends together a mix of fictional characters with fictionalized versions of actual historical figures – Anna May Wong and Hattie McDaniel, to name a few, with Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge coming to life through Camille Washington (according to Murphy). The result is a strikingly relevant commentary of “what may have been” had actors and actresses of color received equal opportunities to their white counterparts. The show, at its core, serves as a reflection of history that ponders what might have taken place behind the closed doors of a post-WWII Hollywood, exploring themes of homosexuality, over-decadence, vulnerability and struggle. – Zarah Cheng, Editor-in-Chief
I’ve always been a fan of the zombie genre, but the selection of television series revolving around the undead throughout the years has been more or less along the same note: The Walking Dead, Black Summer, Z Nation. Then comes Kingdom. This period drama set in Korea’s Medieval Joseon period is unlike anything the category has seen before. The scenes themselves are beautifully cinematic (I find myself sometimes forgetting that it’s actually a TV show and not a film), but the storyline is also intricate beyond what you would normally expect from a zombie show. Along with the ruthlessly diabolical ambitions of the royal family, the plot also touches on themes of class struggle and a complex portrait of the meaning of survival. The show also does not hold back on the blood and gore, which is something that I appreciate. Although Kingdom is definitely not for the faint of heart, each and every episode will have you at the edge of your seat. - Zarah Cheng, Editor-in-Chief
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