Sure, Netflix may already have an algorithm for recommending shows based on those you’ve watched, but we can’t say that it’s the most precise. Plus, with the sheer number of programmes available on the streaming platform alone, it can be pretty overwhelming to pick out your next flick.
Thankfully, Avenue One has done the legwork and helpfully compiled a list on the shows you should check out based on your current favourites. Grab some snacks, settle in, and get ready to binge!
1. If you loved Brooklyn 99
Try: The Good Place
If witty, light-hearted comedies are right up your alley, then The Good Place is the one for you.
Featuring the ever-charming Kristen Bell along with Ted Danson, the show is about a woman, Eleanor Shellstrop, who wakes up in the afterlife known as The Good Place (basically, a heaven like Utopia setting) in reward for her good behaviour.
The catch? Eleanor doesn’t actually belong to The Good Place, with her presence being a mistake on the system’s part. Hijinks ensue when she attempts to conceal it from the other residents and, consequentially, tries to become a better person so she can stay in her new home.
The Good Place season 1 and 2 is currently available on Netflix.
2. If you loved Orange Is The New Black
GLOW — or, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that is— has everything you could want in a high stake, girl-powered drama: relationships fraught with tension and complexity, lovable characters, and compelling story lines. Oh, and professional wrestling, of course.
Taking place in the 1980s, lead Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) is a struggling actress who stumbles upon an audition for a women wrestling programme, where she has to act alongside a cast of 12 other misfits and her former best friend, Debbie (Betty Gilpin), which, naturally, leads to its fair share of ups and downs. The drama is delicious, as is the focus on female friendships and characters.
Glow seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix.
3. If you loved Arrow
Try: Black Lightning
Who doesn’t love a good superhero plot? If you enjoyed Luke Cage, The Flash, or Supergirl, trust us when we say Black Lightning is right up your alley. Featuring real world issues, villains that are actually terrifying, as well as fascinating character dynamics, Black Lightning is more than just a typical superhero flick— it’s pure heart.
The show kicks off with high school principal, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who decides to don his superhero suit again as Black Lightning after his daughters’ land in a spot of trouble with a local gang. It goes from there.
Black Lightning season 1 is currently available on Netflix.
4. If you loved Orphan Black
Try: Black Mirror
Masterfully suspenseful, tension filled, and at times downright terrifying — that’s Black Mirror for you. Each episode is a standalone on a different concept that has to do with our modern, technology-driven world: think cloning, artificial intelligence, and even online dating culture (yup, we’re talking about Tinder).
Standout episodes for us definitely include White Bear (S2E2), Nosedive (S3E1), San Junipero (S3E4) and Black Museum (S4E6).
Black Mirror season 1-4 is currently available on Netflix.
5. If you loved Gossip Girl
C’mon, who doesn’t love scandalous dramas featuring complicated family dynamics (the Hallmark of any iconic Korean drama, really), long-kept secrets, and of course, money? Think about it: Gossip Girl would probably have been half as interesting if Chuck Bass couldn’t afford to buy out anyone who crossed him.
Luckily for you, Dynasty follows two of America’s wealthiest families who feud constantly over their respective businesses and children. Things all come to a head when Steven Carrington (James Mackay) gets engaged to Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), angering his daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies).
Dynasty season 1 is currently available on Netflix.
6. If you loved Ricky & Morty
Try: BoJack Horseman
Sharply satirical and full of black humour, BoJack Horseman is definitely one to watch. Sure, it had a bit of a rocky start according to critics, but the show really found its footing in season two and has now been renewed for a fifth season.
The show follows BoJack Horseman — a former sitcom star now faded into obscurity — attempting to restart his career with the help of his friends and agent.
*Do note, though: that while it may be an animated series, the show makes plenty of references to sex, drugs and alcohol, so it’s definitely not one for the little ones to watch.
BoJack Horseman season 1-4 is currently available on Netflix.
7. If you loved Reign
Try: The Crown
Opt for The Crown if you’re a fan of historical dramas. It has all the necessary elements for a great period piece, after all: impeccable cinematography, captivating performances, and well-crafted story lines (along with stunning ball gowns, of course).
The Crown focuses on the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from her wedding in the year 1947 to present day, addressing her time of reign and the many challenges that come with it.
The Crown seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix.
8. If you loved Boys Over Flowers
Try: Reply 1997
There are some great K-Drama offerings on Netflix as of now, but if you have a particular fondness for high school dramas (and pretty boys, obviously) try out Reply 1997. The series received rave reception amongst audiences and critics alike, leading to a whole extended Reply TV series focusing on a different a cast and time period each season.
The drama focuses primarily on high school student Sung Shi-Won (Jung Eun-Ji), who is shown to be at her high school reunion. The timeline alternates between past and present, exhibiting the changes in their friendship group and lives as a whole. It’s sweet, nostalgic, and has a love story in there that is sure to make you smile.
The full season of Reply 1997 is currently available on Netflix.
9. If you loved The Rain
Try: The 100
Sci-fi meets dystopian hell-scape in The 100. Sure, the first episode may play out like a teenage melodrama (complete with an unnecessary love triangle!) but the show quickly evolves into a nuanced, complex drama on issues of morality, survival, and war.
We follow our leads onto the Ark, a space station where the remaining members of the human race exist after radiation destroys earth. After many years have passed, it is deemed liveable again, though there is no way to tell except by sending out a 100 expendable prisoners to test it out first, with Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) leading the charge.
The 100 seasons 1-3 is currently available on Netflix.
10. If you loved How To Get Away With Murder
Try: The Good Wife
The courtroom drama and intrigue of How To Get Away With Murder is magnified ten-fold with The Good Wife. This critically acclaimed series has had seven whole seasons, and for good reason— its impeccable performances from the cast coupled with its sharp, smart writing makes it a classic in its own right.
The Good Wife kicks off with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) resuming her career as a defence attorney after the events of a public sex and corruption scandal involving her husband.
The Good Wife seasons 1-7 is currently available on Netflix.
11. If you loved The Vampire Diaries
Try: Teen Wolf
Fill the void The Vampire Diaries left (after nine long years!) with Teen Wolf, another supernatural drama about — you guessed it! — werewolves. Don’t let its relatively innocuous title fool you, though: the show is chockfull of soul-crushing character deaths, well-executed horror themes, and intriguing story lines. And if you were wondering were breakout star Dylan O’Brien ever got his start, well this is it!
Teen Wolf follows high school student Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) after he has been bitten by a werewolf, leaving him to navigate the various complicated pack dynamics with best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and love interest Allison Argent (Crystal Reed).
Teen Wolf seasons 1-6 is currently available on Netflix.