How do you find new things to watch on Netflix?

There are some shows that will be pushed onto your Netflix dashboard as a result of the algorithm ‘matching’ you to things based on what you’ve watched before. And then there are the new releases that are widely promoted within Netflix because they have mass appeal, big budgets,
and everybody’s talking about them.

But that’s not all there is to Netflix. There are TONS of films and shows on Netflix, hidden gems that aren’t so widely promoted and are easy to overlook.

For this post, I crowdsourced from my fellow Netflix Stream Teamers (Netflix’s own UK blogging panel), and my friends and family to find out their favourite Netflix shows that no one is talking about, but should be!

Here is our list of Netflix shows that you might not have heard of, but are well worth a watch:

FOR THE KIDS

Beth at Twinderelmo says:

My girls would tell you Daniel Tiger. They absolutely LOVE it but I’d never heard of it before

Netflix says:

Daniel Tiger is targeted at preschool-aged children; it teaches emotional intelligence and human respect.

We say:

The Wiggles – Our toddler absolutely loves this Australian music-based show. It’s one of the only things on TV that keeps him engaged from start to finish.

Netflix says:

The top band for preschool kids, The Wiggles, entertains tots with spirited music, simple choreography and whimsical adventures.

We say:

Ultimate Beastmaster – it’s Netflix’s answer to Ninja Warrior, and our 7 and 5 year old LOVE IT.

Netflix says:

In this intense obstacle course series, elite athletes from the U.S. and other countries compete for cash prizes, individual glory and national pride.

FOR THE REST OF US

Michelle says:

Australia’s cheapest weddings. Hilarious and great TV if you are a fan of Don’t Tell the Bride, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and the likes.

Netflix says:

Couples on a tiny budget try to ensure that the day of their wedding turns out to be the magical experience they always dreamed it would be.

Samantha from Porridge and Parenting says:

Godless – It’s absolutely amazing yet no one seems to be talking about it! It’s got an all star cast too, Jeff Daniels is incredible in it.

Netflix says:

A ruthless outlaw terrorizes the West in search of a former member of his gang, who’s found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.

I can personally vouch for Godless, too. The first few episodes are slow going but builds to a perfectly executed season climax. Hands up who developed a little crush on Roy Goode?

Godless

Mandi from Hex Mum Plus 1 says:

Frontier seasons 1 and 2. Only negative was the seasons were way too short!

Netflix says:

Jason Momoa stars as Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade

Grant from Looking For the Postman says:

The Meyerowitz Stories is hilarious and touching.

Netflix says:

Grudges and rivalries abound as three adult siblings converge in New York to contend with their prickly artist father — and his fading legacy.

Donna from What the Redhead said says:

Jane the Virgin is hilarious.

Netflix says:

After vowing to remain chaste until marriage, Jane Villanueva learns she’s pregnant due to a medical slip-up and has to rethink her future.

I totally agree with Donna on this. Jane the Virgin is my go to easy viewing show, and whoever writes the storylines about parenting a baby is SPOT ON.

Sam says:

Big Mouth is really funny. On first glance, you might think this is a comedy about male puberty, but it’s actually very balanced with the female side of puberty, too – all treated with the same irreverent tone.

Netflix says:

Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.

Sam also says:

The Battered Bastards of Baseball. I liked that it captured the essence of what sport should be about. Anyone who likes sport will like this.

Netflix says:

The colorful true story of the Portland Mavericks, a scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s

Naina says:

Seven Seconds is addictive viewing.

Netflix says:

A Brutal Look At The Politics Of An American City. Seven Seconds is a Netflix Original crime drama series that follows the people involved in investigating the death of a young black boy and the boy’s family as they reel after the loss.

Dan says:

Love. It’s a bit like Girls. Also made by Judd Apatow. It is pretty good!

Netflix says:

A chance encounter puts two unlikely souls on a romantic collision course in this sharp new comedy from Judd Apatow and friends.

What about you? How many of these shows had you heard of before? What’s your favourite lesser known Netflix show? 

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for this. Just gone through and added a few to my list and instantly stared watching “Big Mouth”. For a parenting comedy you have to have to have to watch “The Let Down” series and also the film Delivery Man both on Netflix now x x

  2. We just finished Wild Wild Country and cannot recommend it enough. It’s a documentary, but so well filmed. And frankly, the events are almost so far from the realms of belief that you sort of forget it’s a documentary and think it’s a film!

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