This April might not include the springy outdoor adventures we all hoped for, but you can still keep yourself entertained (and upbeat) with these good shows on Netflix.

By Lauren Phillips
April 01, 2020
Abc.com

This year has taken a turn: Instead of fitting in the best shows on Netflix into your days between spring activities and festive winter-is-over outings, we’re all stuck at home trying to figure out what to watch during self-isolation. With April 2020 promising more social distancing and the same stay-home advisories, expect to tear through your watch list and then go in search of more good shows to watch on Netflix.

Fortunately, the supply of shows on Netflix is nearly bottomless, so you have plenty to pick from. The real challenge is sticking to the good shows, the ones that will really pull you in and entertain you for hours and hours while you stay at home. This list of the best shows on Netflix focuses on the longer ones—three seasons or more—that promise entertainment for a long time.

Unlike the shows on Netflix to watch when you’re stuck at home, this list of top shows includes the darker, grittier dramas, too, for those who want psychological thrillers to horrify them more than the news does. And if you’re done with TV shows, there are always the best romantic movies on Netflix or Netflix Korean dramas to distract you. If there’s really nothing out there to pique your interest, of course, it may be time to turn to Netflix suggestions—though hopefully one of these top shows will hook you.

The best shows on Netflix in April

1
Scandal

This seven-season show on Netflix follows Kerry Washington as a high-powered political consultant juggling individual clients, presidential campaigns, international crises, and more with the help of her team of multi-talented individuals. Add in some forbidden romance and espionage, and you’ve got an irresistible binge-watch for those dreary days.

2
Ozark

Season three of this top Netflix Original Series is finally out (as of last week), making this show officially bingeable. It follows a financial adviser turned money-launderer who is forced to pack up his family and move to the Ozarks, where he has to clean a huge sum of money for a dangerous cartel leader. Dark, gritty, and full of surprisingly likable characters, it’s a great distraction.

3
Community

Finally (finally!) available on Netflix, this beloved 2010s comedy about a group of students at a community college is one of the best shows to binge-watch. With six hilarious seasons (with the first few being the best, of course), smart gags, witty humor, and more, it’ll keep you entertained for days. It may even inspire a few indoor activities: blanket fort, anyone?

4
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This top TV series (and Netflix Original) makes light of a dark premise: The titular Kimmy has been locked in a doomsday shelter for years with a madman prepper. Set free, she explores the world with irrepressible (and hilarious) glee. If you’re feeling stir crazy, you can watch her experiencing the world outside her quarantine space as preparation for your own antics once social distancing and lockdowns end.

5
Supergirl

Following Superman’s well-meaning cousin, this show (with four seasons currently available on Netflix) is the story of how the beloved Supergirl becomes her own hero. Pop-ins from Superman, the Flash, and other DC heroes help tie the show into the CW’s comic book to TV universe; even if you don’t follow the other shows, this one is an upbeat pick the whole family (especially older kids) will enjoy this April.

6
American Horror Story

What better way to break up real-world horror than with a collection of unrealistic horror stories? Each season follows a new plot and set of characters, so watching the eight currently available seasons of this series is like watching eight terrifying, lengthy movies—the perfect alternative to the news.

7
Grace and Frankie

Two men of a certain age fall in love—with each other. Their respective wives, looking forward to the long years of retirement, find themselves thrown together unexpectedly: Their unlikely friendship and buddy comedy–esque shenanigans keep this adored show upbeat and fun to watch through all five seasons.

8
Good Girls

Come for the big-name stars—Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman as the titular good girls—and stay for the drama, action, and comedy, which seem to come in equal measure through all two seasons currently available on Netflix. (Season three of this top Netflix show is airing now.) You’ll laugh, you’ll feel the pain of being a middle-class mom with a pinched income, and you’ll be shocked at the criminal antics these women get into.

9
How to Get Away with Murder

More cautionary tale than how-to guide, this addictive series on Netflix follows a powerful lawyer and law professor and a select group of her students as they become entangled with various murders and crimes. Sometimes they’re committing the crimes and sometimes they’re defending the criminals in court—all five seasons of this series currently on Netflix keep viewers guessing.

10
Jane the Virgin

Inspired by a telenovela, this melodramatic comedy follows a young woman as she is accidentally artificially inseminated, gets caught in a love triangle, builds a dream career, and more. This series—and its more than 100 episodes—is totally feel-good and charming, with enough cliff-hangers and drama to keep you hooked until the end.

11
Dexter

This bloody tale of a murderous man who analyzes blood spatter by day for the police and gets up to dastardly deeds at night has eight great seasons to watch on Netflix. If the premise doesn’t put you off, you’ll understand why it was so highly acclaimed during its airtime within a few episodes.

12
Mad Men

A few years after its mid-2010s heyday and finale, this excellent TV series on Netflix about a difficult-to-like ad man is still a great watch—it’s never too late to catch up on all seven seasons of ’60s-era philandering and vices.

13
Supernatural

This one’s for the serial binge-watchers who never want shows to end. Sci-fi or fantasy fans are probably already familiar with this cult TV show, but anyone can appreciate the sibling dynamics, monster-hunting, mysteries, and enticing horror—and with 14 seasons, there’s plenty of this good show on Netflix to watch.

14
Portlandia

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star in various roles in this sketch comedy set in the crunchy city of Portland. Highly political and completely hilarious, the eight-season run of the show offers a guaranteed pick-me-up, especially if you’re in the mood for a little insanity.

15
The Crown

With the release of season three, The Crown—one of the top Netflix Original Series—is officially binge-worthy. Follow three decades (so far) in the life of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, with plenty of royal intrigue and familial conflict to keep you hooked and eagerly awaiting season four.

16
Breaking Bad

This award-winning series is available in its entirety—all five seasons—for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. The basic plot follows a science teacher who becomes a drug producer and dealer: Predictably, things don’t go as planned.

17
New Girl

For a good show on Netflix that will put you in a good mood with every episode, turn to this playful, upbeat comedy, which follows the titular girl as she moves in with three quirky men. Their seven seasons of shenanigans will keep you entertained for hours.

18
Gilmore Girls

All seven seasons of this sweet mother-daughter series are available on Netflix, and the Netflix Original follow-up (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) lives exclusively on the streaming service. With that in mind, Netflix is the best spot to soak up the witty banter, quirky supporting characters, charming hometown setting, and genuine warmth of this long-running series, which follows the lives of mother Lorelai and daughter Rory.

 

19
Outlander

Based on a beloved, thoroughly researched book series that blends romance and historical action with just a hint of supernatural intrigue, this beautifully crafted TV series is officially binge-worthy, thanks to the December arrival of season 3. The premise is deceptively simple: A 20th-century Englishwoman is magically transported to 1700s Scotland. Her fight to survive her new, dangerous surroundings puts her in the path of a striking young Scot, and the series follows their adventurous life together.

20
The Good Place

What happens after you die? In this show, you have two options: the Good Place or the Bad Place. The first season follows a group who has landed in the Good Place, but it’s not what it seems—and plenty of twists and turns keep the show engaging through the next couple seasons. Filled with humor, good intentions, an irresistible cast, and an unexpected series of philosophical lessons and questions, this thoughtful, sharp top show on Netflix is sweet (and even educational) from the first episode.

21
Parks and Recreation

Escape real-world political drama with a little political satire: This heart-warming comedy follows a well-meaning government employee striving to change the world, one public park at a time. Played by Amy Poehler, Leslie Knope is the lead character you’ll be rooting for from the start, though the entire cast is full of funny, quirky personalities to love and keep watching through all seven seasons.

22
Shameless

For a different kind of family drama, turn to this long-running dark comedy, which follows the perennially down-on-their-luck Gallagher family. Independent of their alcoholic father and absent mother, the clan of equally dysfunctional siblings always seems to make it through whatever trouble they’re facing—sometimes it just takes a little law-breaking first.

23
Schitt’s Creek

A heartfelt riches-to-rags story, this comedy follows the Rose family as they’re forced out of their lives of the rich and famous and into a middle-of-nowhere (and unfortunately named) town filled with unusual characters. They try to rebuild their old lives and find themselves building new ones instead, with mixed results.

 

24
The Office

Rumor has it that this beloved comedy series will be leaving Netflix in 2021: With that in mind, if you haven’t watched it yet, now’s the time to get started on the nine-season binge-watch. One of the most loved shows on Netflix right now, you’ll be glad to be in on the jokes at last.

25
One Day at a Time

A remake of a TV classic, this family-first series follows a newly single mother as she raises her children. Her traditional Latina mother (played by Rita Moreno) takes a starring role as the family faces puberty, young love, life milestones, and more together. With its own passionate following, this three-season series is the perfect settle-in-together-and-watch show.

26
Once Upon a Time

All the fairy tales are true in this long-running fantasy series, which combines fairytale flashbacks with modern-day iterations of beloved storybook characters. Moderately PG, it’s a good show for families to watch together, especially if the weather outside is keeping everyone cooped up indoors.

27
Riverdale

Getting hooked on this dark take on the Archie comics is easy: The first season has enough surprises from its familiar high-school characters to pull you in, and the next few seasons will keep you watching as the show gets darker and darker. Even if the plot gets a little confusing, the good-looking cast and melodrama will keep any casual binge-watcher satisfied.

28
Arrested Development

What’s a wealthy family to do when they lose everything? In this sharp comedy, they try to win it all back: The show follows the most capable sibling as he tries, again and again, to restore his family’s company and wealth, even as his incorrigible mother and dysfunctional siblings seem to thwart him at every turn, intentionally or not.

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