When the weather turns frightful, turn to these top shows on Netflix for entertainment that will outlast the winter.

By Lauren Phillips
February 06, 2020

If January is the month of starting good habits and tackling fresh challenges, February might be the month of letting yourself recover from the prior month’s endeavors—and few methods of recovery are better than watching the best shows on Netflix or new Netflix Originals. The best part of falling deep into a new TV show on Netflix is that you can give it as much or as little attention as you want. If you want a show to watch while you conquer your gym goals, there’s a Netflix show to watch; if you want a gripping thriller to distract you from the current February freeze, there’s a show for that, too.

February 14 might be the day for watching the best romantic movies on Netflix, but the rest of the month is fair game for binge-watching, and Netflix has plenty of top series to keep you occupied. To spend more time watching a show and less time trying to pick one, lean on this list of the best shows on Netflix right now: At least one is sure to fulfill your viewing needs, and if not, there are always Netflix suggestions. (Disney+ is also an option.)

To really fill your month, stick to binge-worthy shows that offer hours and hours of entertainment. (Three seasons or more is a good rule of thumb.) By sticking to longer-running shows, you won’t be stuck without a show to watch while you cook or clean or curl up on the couch for a good while. Consider what kind of viewing mood you want, look into whether a show is a good background show or one that requires your full attention, and start streaming: Peak binge-watching season will be over before you know it.

The best shows on Netflix in February

1
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.

2
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.

3
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—a close-to-perfect way to spend a chilly February weekend, if you ask us.

4
Lucifer

For a bit of suave, dark humor in a dreary February, turn to Lucifer, which follows the fallen angel as he starts fresh in L.A. The devil himself becomes a consultant for the police, and the balance of good-vs.-evil morality concerns and procedural drama (plus a little romantic tension for good measure) will keep you hooked through all four available seasons.

5
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.

 

6
The Walking Dead

Like its titular zombies, this dark series may never die. Nine seasons are currently on Netflix, serving up horror, tears, laughs, and more with each episode following a group of survivors fighting their way through treacherous, zombie-infested territory.

7
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.

8
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.

9
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Part three of this Netflix Original Series arrived on Netflix just last month, making this spooky show officially binge-worthy. Led by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka and with plenty of witchy magic, gore, and horror, this isn’t the Sabrina you may recall—but it’s still a worthy watch, especially if you’re open to a little bewitching.

10
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.

11
GLOW

The GLOW Netflix Original Series is a fictionalized retelling of how the hit Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling came to be in the ’80s. With three seasons, an eclectic cast of characters, and plenty of big hair, it’s got nostalgia and high quality in equal measure.

12
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.

13
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.

 

14
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.

15
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.

16
Orange Is the New Black

The final season of this top Netflix series may have come out in 2019, but fans (and new viewers) can watch this show about life as an inmate of a women’s prison over and over again. As one of the first breakout hits for Netflix’s original programming, this show is sure to fill many an hour whenever you watch it—and you’re to see more than a few now-familiar faces.

17
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.

18
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.

19
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.

20
Grey’s Anatomy

A whopping fifteen seasons makes this one of the best binge-watching shows on Netflix right now. Come for the medical drama, stay for the romantic tension and rotating cast of characters who grow and change a lot over the years of the show.

21
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.

22
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Filled with original songs, mistakes made in the name of love, and plenty of subtle (and not so subtle) cultural critiques, this funny series follows a lovestruck lawyer chasing after an ex-boyfriend. Her move across the country may seem like a nervous break, but in fact it’s a fresh start for her, and the show’s four seasons explore mental illness, true friendships, healthy relationships, and more with its own brand of humor.

23
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.

24
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.

25
Stranger Things

One of the top shows on Netflix since its launch, Stranger Things is now on its third season, with the fourth to come eventually (date TBA). It follows a crew of adorable, slightly nerdy pre-teens as they face unexpected supernatural activity in their unassuming hometown: With nostalgia, mystery, horror, and strong friendships, it’s got something for everyone.

26
Peaky Blinders

A historical show set in 1920s England, this series follows a gang boss and his family as they fight (with outsiders and each other) across five seasons of dark, gritty drama. It’s on the violent side, so weak stomachs will want to skip it, but anyone who does watch will be rewarded with a new favorite show—or at least a highly entertaining binge-watch.

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