On today’s list of the top 10 most popular shows and movies on Netflix is network-style drama The Lincoln Attorneyby David E. Kelley (the spirit behind it Big little liesbut also the spirit behind it Ally McBeal), is still at #1. In fact, the top 5 is pretty much the same as yesterday, with the Rebel Wilson comedy, a movie about comas and cheerleading, still at #2 and the final season of Ozark at #2 3. The only change is the new season of the reality series bling empire (now at #4) and the true crime documentary Our father (#5) swapped places.
But from the Netflix top 10, which series and movies are really worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix top 10 list, walking you through what to consume and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix top 10 TV shows as well as Netflix top 10 movies. We also have recommendations for the best movies on Netflix and the best TV shows on Netflix to watch right now.
Based on Netflix’s top 10 for Tuesday, May 17
For fans of: Network dramas to stream | It is good?: It’s Peak Dad TV
Netflix doesn’t do a lot of network-style drama, so this legal drama from prolific writer-producer David E. Kelley stands out. Long before he became Big little lies Guy Kelley used to dominate the lawyers on TV LA law, The exercise, Ally McBealand Boston Legal, among other. This is his return to the genre. The Lincoln Attorney is based on a best-selling novel series by Michael Connelly, who also owns Det. Harry Bosch, and follows Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Los Angeles defense attorney who doesn’t like defending the guilty. He was previously played by Matthew McConaughey in the popular 2011 film of the same name. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)
For fans of: Adults in high school, comas | It is good?: Nope
Rebel Wilson is back! did you miss her Well, anyway, here’s a movie where she plays a cheerleader who falls into a 20-year coma and wakes up as a 37-year-old woman, ready to graduate from high school. You’d think they’d have it done online or something, but then we wouldn’t have this film, would we? It’s a pretty big stinker, but Sam Richardson is in it, and I love seeing him in stuff. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)
For fans of: The color blue, money laundering | It is good?: It’s the perfect show for people who love this kind of show
Jason Bateman plays a normal-looking guy who moves to the Ozarks with his family after delving too deeply into a money laundering scheme and a drug cartel. It’s Netflix’s blue-tinted response breaking Bad, and the second half of the final season is here. Are the Byrdes finally getting their wings clipped? (Yesterday’s rank: 3)
For fans of: The inner workings of the exorbitantly rich, expensive clothes | It is good?: It is a must-read for any reality TV fan
This reality show, now in its second season, is billed as real life Crazy rich Asians, which isn’t a far-fetched description, except that it doesn’t take center stage with a heartwarming love story. The cast is indeed crazy, rich, and Asian-American, making this a Bravo-style show full of excess and drama. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)
For fans of: 23and I, wicked doctors | It is good?: It’s so disturbing
Netflix produces true crime documentaries faster than you can even say “true crime,” though Our father is particularly chilled, in a Rosemary’s baby sort of. It all starts with a woman taking a DNA test, which tells her that she has dozens of half-siblings and that they are all actually the children of a fertility doctor who has spent years secretly treating patients with his own to impregnate sperm. Gross and terrifying. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)
For fans of: Cult sitcoms that give moms their due | It is good?: It is fun!
Similar to Schott’s Creek, Working Moms is a Canadian sitcom that really found its audience when it premiered on Netflix. Catherine Reitman’s comedy about four working moms just trying to get through the day is now entering its sixth season, and the show explores everything from life after maternity leave to equal pay in the office and how to deal with troubled teenagers. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)
For fans of: When normal people get involved with the cartel, but not with one breaking Bad path | It is good?: Nope
Lucy Hale plays a botanist fighting for her life when she is kidnapped by a drug cartel member and forced to help him on a dangerous journey to his dispensary. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)
For fans of: People stuck in one place with no way of getting out, but in a fun way | It is good?: It’s not as good as in Season 1
It kind of seems The circle just premiered its third season, but in any case it’s already back for a fourth. Netflix’s competition series follows contestants who are confined to their own rooms in an apartment complex and can only communicate with each other via social media. There’s tons of catfishing, tons of poorly kept secrets, and tons of cheesy hashtags. Also this season, Baby Spice and Scary Spice compete under their own catfish profile. Sure, why not? New episodes are released weekly. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)
For fans of: Time travel, sex, history | It is good?: Naturally
Depending on who you ask stranger is either the hottest show on TV or a historical drama with a touch of sci-fi. Or maybe it’s both! In Season 5, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) try to start a life in North Carolina as they and their family prepare for the Revolutionary War. (Yesterday’s rank: 10)
For fans of: The Fyre Festival, sci-fi mysteries on an island | It is good?: They just keep doing the same show over and over again
In this Spanish sci-fi thriller, a group of sexy young influencers go to a rave on a beautiful tropical island where they sip a mysterious drink. They wake up the next morning, everyone else is gone, and they’re trapped in a fortress, monitored by a drone, and recruited into a cult. We get awkward flashbacks too The I countrypossibly the worst Netflix show ever. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)