Netflix has been the streaming home of some of the world’s most popular TV series in the past few years. From supernatural fan favorites like Stranger Things and Wednesday, crime dramas like Money Heist, You, and Squid Game to critically acclaimed coming-of-age shows such as Sex Education and The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix has seemingly created smash hits in every TV genre you could think of.
While some of the best TV shows on Netflix are one-off limited series, others have multiple seasons and are still ongoing. So, have any of these made it to the top 10 best shows on Netflix this 2023? Keep reading below to find out.
What are the top 10 best TV shows on Netflix?
Below is a ranking of the most popular Netflix shows around the world as of March 17th, 2023, according to the analytics company FlixPatrol. FlixPatrol’s Netflix TV series rankings are calculated based on the weekly “Netflix Top 10” popularity ranking from the streaming giant itself.
#1 Ginny & Georgia
Created by Sarah Lampert, Ginny & Georgia tells the story of 15-year-old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her single mother, Georgia (Brianne Howey), as they settle into a new life in the picturesque New England town of Wellsbury. The show follows Ginny as she navigates the trials and tribulations of teenage life while her mother, Georgia, juggles a complicated past and an even more complicated present.
People love the Netflix original show because it combines a lot of different genres, including comedy, drama, and romance, into an entertaining and engaging show. Holding a 64% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show was also praised by critics for its honest portrayal of family life, strong female characters, diverse storylines, and great performances.
The show currently has two seasons. Its first season premiered on February 24th, 2021, while its sophomore run dropped on January 5th, 2023. There’s no word yet on whether it’s going to have a third season.
Based on the character Wednesday from the Addams Family by Charles Addams, Wednesday is a coming-of-age supernatural horror comedy series. Starring Jenna Ortega in the titular role, the first season of the show opens with a teenage Wednesday Addams getting expelled from her school after dumping live piranhas into the school’s pool in retaliation for the boys’ water polo team bullying her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez).
Consequently, her parents Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia Addams (Catherine Zeta-Jones) enroll her at their high school alma mater Nevermore Academy, a private school for monstrous outcasts, in the town of Jericho, Vermont. Wednesday’s cold, emotionless personality and her defiant nature make it difficult for her to connect with her schoolmates and cause her to run afoul of the school’s principal Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Christie). However, she discovers she has inherited her mother’s psychic powers which allow her to solve a local murder mystery.
Released on November 23rd, 2022, Wednesday quickly became a global phenomenon and received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for Ortega. In January 2023, the Tim Burton-produced series was renewed for season 2.
You is a psychological thriller co-created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble for television. Based on the popular book series by Caroline Kepnes, the TV series revolves around bookstore manager and serial killer Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) who uses technology and manipulation to get close to the people he targets.
The show has become one of the most-watched series on Netflix due to its suspenseful plot and intense performances from the cast. The series has also received critical acclaim for its dark and twisted take on romance, making it a must-watch series for die-hard fans of psychological thrillers.
Launched on September 9th, 2018, You is currently on its four-season run, which premiered on the streaming service on February 9th, 2023. It’s not clear whether it’s the final season.
#4 Physical 100
Created by Jang Ho-gi, Physical 100 is a South Korean reality competition series with the premise of finding the ideal human physique based on many tests of performance.
The survival reality show starts with 100 competitors, all known for their well-developed physical attributes and physique, who go head-to-head against each other in various challenges (individual and team) called quests that test their strength, balance, agility, endurance, strong willpower, and strategy. With a tournament-like format, losing participants are eliminated after every quest until only one remains to win the tempting prize money of 300 million KRW (around 230,000 USD).
Physical 100 has often been compared to Netflix’s Squid Game, a 2021 South Korean survival drama series, as both shows feature a competition-elimination format.
Physical 100’s season 1 debuted on January 24th, 2023 and ended on February 21st, 2023. Netflix has yet to renew the series for a second season.
#5 La Reina del Sur
La Reina del Sur, a.k.a. The Queen of the South, is a Spanish-language crime drama television series produced by Telemundo and Netflix. Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the series follows Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a young woman from Mexico who rises to power in the international drug trade. She must juggle her various criminal activities with her personal life, including a romance with a DEA agent.
La Reina del Sur has become one of the most-watched TV series in the world due to its gripping plot and intense action sequences. It is also known for its strong female characters, beautiful cinematography, and talented cast.
The show currently has three seasons. The last of which arrived on Netflix on December 30th, 2022.
Created by Eric Garcia, Kaleidoscope is a drama miniseries that stars Giancarlo Esposito as master thief Leo Pap who, together with his crew, attempt an epic heist worth $7 billion. Their plans, however, are undermined by betrayal, greed, and other threats.
The action-packed, one-season show has a total of eight episodes, which can be watched in any order, offering some flashy novelty to viewers who are looking for some interactive storytelling.
#7 Vikings: Valhalla
Created by Jeb Stuart, Vikings: Valhalla is a historical drama that serves as a sequel series to History’s Vikings, which ran for six seasons. Set more than 100 years after the events of Vikings, the series opens in England with tensions between the descendants of the Vikings (Norse or Danes) and native English reaching a bloody breaking point. The Norse also clash amongst themselves over conflicting Christian and pagan beliefs. The beginning of the show depicts the St. Brice’s Day massacre in 1002 and intends to conclude with the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.
It stars Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson, Frida Gustavsson as Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Leo Suter as Harald Sigurdsson, Bradley Freegard as King Canute, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Jarl Olaf Haraldsson, Caroline Henderson as Jarl Estrid Haakon, Laura Berlin as Queen Emma, and David Oakes as Earl Godwin.
Launched on February 25th, 2022, the beloved series was officially renewed for a second and third season in March 2022. The show’s long-awaited second season premiered on January 12th, 2023, while the third one is set to premiere in 2024.
#8 Outer Banks
Created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke, Outer Banks is set in a community in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where there is a stark social divide between wealthy seasonal residents (Kooks) and working-class locals (Pogues). The series follows two conflicting groups of teenagers as they search for a legendary treasure while navigating the area’s social hierarchy.
Starring Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, Charles Esten, Drew Starkey, and Carlacia Grant, Outer Banks has become popular with viewers due to its entertaining storylines, suspenseful plot, and captivating characters. The series has also been praised for its immersive atmosphere and its ability to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks’ 10-episode third season premiered on Netflix on February 23rd, 2023. The show was already renewed for a fourth season.
#9. The Glory
Inspired by a true story, The Glory is a South Korean drama series that tells the story of a former victim of school violence who seeks revenge on her bullies after taking up a job as a homeroom teacher at the elementary school of the bully’s child.
Starring Song Hye-kyo in the lead role and supporting cast members Lee Do-hyun, Lim Ji-yeon, Yeom Hye-ran, Park Sung-hoon, and Jung Sung-il, The Glory is written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Ahn Gil-ho. Despite its very sensitive themes, the show has been well-received by critics.
Joan MacDonald of Forbes praised the award-winning actress Song Hye-kyo for her “nuanced portrayal of Dong-eun” and commended the show’s “unexpected plot twists, veering the story from almost horror to melodrama to murder mystery.” Lakshana N Palat of The Indian Express also applauded Song Hye-kyo’s performance, calling it “one of her finest”. Lastly, Chris Vognar of San Francisco Chronicle described the show as “visually arresting”, “carefully constructed”, and “delighting in every step”.
#10 Til Money Do Us Part
Til Money Do Us Part, a.k.a. Hasta que la plata nos separe, is the only non-Netflix original series that made it to the top 10 Netflix shows of 2023. Produced by RCN Televisión, the Colombian telenovela originally aired on Canal RCN from May 2022 to September 2022.
An adaptation of the 2006 Colombian telenovela written by Fernando Gaitán, the series tells the story of Rafael Méndez (Sebastián Martínez) and Alejandra Maldonado (Carmen Villalobos).
Rafael is an upright and honorable person who devotes his life to selling home goods. He is in a relationship with his neighbor Vicky Pardo (Juliette Pardau). Alejandra (Carmen Villalobos), meanwhile, is a successful businesswoman and supervisor of the Ramenautos car dealership. She is engaged to Luciano Valenzuela (Gregorio Pernía). One day, Rafael and Alejandra are involved in a car accident that sets off a series of events that draw them closer together. Rafael is left with a debt to Alejandra after the accident, and this connection leads to a blossoming romance in spite of their social differences and the objection of their family members and other people around them.
Other must-watch Netflix series
Although not part of the current worldwide ranking for the top Netflix series of 2023, other popular shows that are worth watching on the streaming service include the Netflix original comedy Schitt’s Creek, the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things, Karate Kid sequel Cobra Kai, David Fincher-directed series Mindhunter, Tom Hardy-led show Taboo, Anya Taylor-Joy vehicle The Queen’s Gambit, and the critically acclaimed Ozark starring Jason Bateman and Marty Byrde.
Also worth checking out on Netflix are Sex Education, I Thing You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Money Heist, Squid Game, Dear White People, Sweet Tooth, The Umbrella Academy, Midnight Mass, Bridgerton, Bojack Horseman, True Story, Big Mouth, Arrested Development, Black Mirror, Queer Eye, American Vandal, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Russian Doll, Grace and Frankie, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and The Crown, which stars Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.
Aside from original Netflix content, you can also find great third-party series on the streamer like AMC’s Breaking Bad, which stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Bob Odenkirk.