Best Netflix shows of the year so far
Netflix is starting to release a bunch of new shows, and so we’ve added several big Netflix shows to the running list of the best Netflix shows of the year so far.
Obviously, Shadow and Bone is the show everyone is talking about. It was just released on the streaming service around the end of April, and we have to imagine viewers will keep talking about it for the next couple of months.
Right now, there are 13 Netflix shows worthy of being named the best Netflix shows of the year.
As new Netflix shows are released, we’ll update the list to make sure that you can stay up to date with all the new Netflix shows coming in the new year.
This year is going to be a big one for Netflix. There are so many new Netflix shows on the way this year. We don’t know all the titles yet; those will be announced over the next few months. But, if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you should be really excited about the Netflix shows on the way.
In 2020, there were so many interruptions to production and production schedules. This has caused Netflix, and all networks and studios, to push back the release dates for a lot of big shows. Many Netflix shows were supposed to be released in 2020 and they’ve been pushed to 2021.
So, prepare yourselves for a big year for new Netflix shows.
Let’s get the list started with one of the newest Netflix shows, Fate: The Winx Saga.
*UPDATED: Saturday, April 24, 2021*
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Fate: The Winx Saga
Fate: The Winx Saga just premiered on Netflix on Friday, Jan. 22, and it’s one of the biggest shows we’ve seen on Netflix so far this year.
Fate: The Winx Saga is based on the animated series of the same name created by Iginio Straffi. There are some notable changes with the Netflix series, including some that fans are not too happy about concerning whitewashing of characters.
The series stars Abigail Cowen, Danny Griffin, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Elisha Applebaum, Freddie Thorp, Precious Mustapha, Sadie Soverall, Eliot Salt, Theo Graham, and Jacob Dudman.
It tells the story of the students attending a fairy school, Athalea, in the Otherworld. So, it’s about a magical school and there are monsters trying to kill them. I’m all in on stories like this.
The show has a few flaws, but fans of teen shows and movies and fans of the fantasy genre will like this series. There’s a lot of drama and angst, and that’s positive!
Stay tuned for more information about the new series.
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Best Netflix shows of 2021: Tribes of Europa
Created by Philip Koch
Starring Emilio Sakraya, David Ali Rashed, Melika Foroutan, Oliver Masucci, Robert Finster, Benjamin Sadler, Ana Ularu, Jeanette Hain, Michaël Erpelding, James Faulkner, Johann Myers, Klaus Tange, Sebastian Blomberg, Jannik Schümann, and Alain Blazevic
Tribes of Europa premiered on Netflix on Feb. 19, 2021, and it’s an instant hit on Netflix, especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi shows.
The futuristic series is set in the 2070s. A divided, apocalyptic Europe has become warring tribes. Three siblings from one tribe are separated in the conflict, according to Netflix.
This series is a German original series, and we highly recommend checking it out as soon as you can and if you’re a fan of the genre. We’ve seen some really good shows come out of Germany recently with Barbarians of late 2020 and Dark, one of the most successful Netflix shows of all time.
We have not heard if Tribes of Europa is coming back for season 2 or not. We’re hopeful that it will happen, but Netflix has not given the renewal yet. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Stay tuned for news about Tribes of Europa season 2!Next: No. 11
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Ginny and Georgia
Created by Sarah Lampert
Starring Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca, Jennifer Robertson, Felix Mallard, Sara Waisglass, Scott Porter, and Raymond Ablack
Ginny and Georgia is Netflix’s new family drama about Ginny and Georgia, a daughter-mother duo, trying to make it in a new town. The series follows Ginny’s struggles in high school, relationships, growing up, and more.
The series premiered on Feb. 24, 2021, and it’s off to a great start on the streaming service.
The series has a few major flaws, including its treatment of its biracial lead, played by Antonia Gentry, and some of the scenes fail to do justice to the issues portrayed in the series.
Netflix annnouncedGinny and Georgia is renewed for season 2. The signs for a Ginny and Georgia season 2 renewal were good pretty much the whole time.
Overall, the series was well-received by viewers and it’s popping up on the list of the daily Netflix Top 10, a ranking of the most-watched shows and movies of the day.Next: No. 10
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4
Technically, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 4 is a Netflix show from 2020. But, because the series was released on the final day of 2020. So, we’re counting it as a 2021 release. I mean, that’s when the vast majority of viewers are going to watch the series anyway.
Chilling of Adventures of Sabrina part 4 is the final season of the hit series. Netflix canceled the series prior to part 4’s release because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 5 was already in the works and we were finally going to get that Riverdale crossover that we’d been hoping to see since the show premiered on Netflix in October 2018.
I don’t want to spoil what happens, but there is an ending. We don’t know how good fans will feel about it, but it’s an ending.
We wish this series was coming back for another season, but it’s a great time for fans to watch the new episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The cast is so fantastic. They make the series worthwhile for me.
Check out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina now!
Flip the page for more of the best Netflix shows of 2021 so far.Next: No. 9
Best Netflix shows of 2021 so far: Dad Stop Embarrassing Me
Created by Jamie Foxx and Jim Patterson
Starring Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Kyla-Drew, Porscha Coleman, Jonathan Kite, and Heather Hemmens
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me was released on Netflix April 14, 2021. The new Netflix original series reunited Foxx with the showrunner of The Jamie Foxx Show, Bentley Kyle Evans.
The multi-cam sitcom is one of the most popular Netflix shows of April so far. The series tells the story of Brian Dixon (Jamie Foxx) and his family as he tries to make a bond and also be a good parent to his daughter, Sasha (Kyla-Drew), after the death of Sasha’s mother.
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me should be renewed for season 2 shortly at Netflix. We haven’t heard anything about the next season yet, but it seems inevitable. The show is solid, the cast is even better, and people are watching. Throw in the fact that there’s more to this story, and well, Dad Embarrassing Me is in a really good spot to pick up a season 2 renewal.
We’ll let you know more about the future of the series when we find out.Next: No. 8
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Disenchantment season 3
Disenchantment season 3 premiered on Netflix on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
Fans waited so long to watch the new season of the hit animated Netflix original series. The first season was added to Netflix in August 2019. The second season premiered in September 2019, so we were expecting to see season 3 on Netflix in the fall of 2020. Well, that didn’t happen, obviously.
Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio and more actors voice the main characters in the series, which was created by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.
Disenchantment is set in the kingdom of Dreamland and follows Princess Bean, voiced by Jacobson, and her two companions, Elfo, an Elf voiced by Nat Faxon, and Luci, her personal demon, played by Eric Andre.
Disenchantment season 4 is already in the works at Netflix. It was renewed for a fourth season before the season 3 premiere.
Hopefully, we don’t have to wait more than a year to see Disenchantment season 4. With the COVID-19 pandemic, though, it’s certainly possible that could happen again.
Stay tuned for more news about Disenchantment season 4! Fingers crossed we see the new season in early 2021 at the latest.Next: No. 7
Best Netflix shows: Lupin
Lupin is the first French Netflix original series to crack the daily Netflix Top 10.
Lupin tells the story of Assane Diop, played by Omar Sy, who is trying to avenge his father. He and his heists are inspired by the famed Arsene Lupin, the gentleman thief. The series was created by George Kay and François Uzan. Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, and Vincent Londez also star in the series.
This show is so good. I loved it, and I can’t wait to see more. There are only five episodes in the first part released on Netflix earlier this month. Luckily, I won’t have to wait too long to see the more new episodes of Lupin.
The first season of Lupin is split into two parts. We’ve only seen half of the first season’s story so far! Lupin season 1 part 2 has been confirmed to be coming to Netflix in 2021.
With how popular, I think Lupin season 2 is very likely to happen! Stay tuned for more news about the future of the series.Next: No. 6
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Firefly Lane
Created by Maggie Friedman
Starring Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson, Beau Garrett, Ali Skovbye, Roan Curtis, and Yael Yurman
Firefly Lane is one of the most popular Netflix shows of the year so far. The Netflix original series is based on the book of the same name by Kristin Hannah. It’s the first book of a two-book series.
The series has an incredible cast with great chemistry. Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke are really, really good together in this show.
The series tells the story of two friends, Tully (Heigl) and Kate (Chalke), through the decades starting when they were teenagers. As adults, their lives are much, much different than they once were, and they are both trying to move on from various things that have happened to them.
Firefly Lane has not been canceled or renewed for season 2 on Netflix. I have no doubt that this show will be renewed for season 2 at Netflix; it’s just a matter of time. There’s so much potential with this show, and we should see Netflix renew the series in the next couple of weeks.
We’ll let you know when Firefly Lane is renewed for season 2. Stay tuned for more news about the series.Next: No. 5
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Who Killed Sara?
Created by José Ignacio Valenzuela
Starring Manolo Cardona, Ginés García Millán, Carolina Miranda, Claudia Ramírez, Eugenio Siller, and Alejandro Nones
Who Killed Sara season 1 premiered on Netflix back in March 2021, and it’s been one of the most popular Netflix original series of the year so far.
The Mexican series tells the story of Alex, a man who served nearly two decades in prison for the murder of his sister. We learn quickly that Alex was framed, basically, by a powerful family. When Alex is released from prison he sets out to take revenge on those responsible for his sister’s death and his prison sentence.
Interestingly, Who Killed Sara has already been renewed for season 2 AND Who Killed Sara season 2 is coming to Netflix very soon.
Netflix announced Who Killed Sara season 2 is heading to Netflix on May 19, 2021. That’s a quick turnaround for a show like this, but we know that fans of the series will be very excited to watch the new season this soon.
Stay tuned for more news about Who Killed Sara season 3. We should hear something about another season of the Mexican series in the near future.Next: No. 4
Best Netflix shows of 2021: The Irregulars
Created by Tom Bidwell
Starring McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari, Harrison Osterfield, and Darci Shaw
The Irregulars premiered on Netflix at the end of March 2021, and it’s definitely one of the best Netflix shows of the year so far. It’s one of my favorite new shows on Netflix in a long time.
The series is a new, fresh take on the tales of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The series focuses on the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street kids in London. They begin investigating crimes for Dr. Watson and stumble upon a more sinister supernatural plot. They must save all of London and the world from this threat.
It’s been reported that The Irregulars has already be renewed for season 2. We haven’t heard the official word from Netflix yet, but that’s not out of the ordinary. We usually have to wait like a month or two from the premiere until Netflix announces a renewal, so don’t get worried if we don’t hear about The Irregulars season 2 for a while.
If the series is renewed for season 2, we could definitely see the new season in 2022. We’ll just have to wait and see how things go.Next: No. 3
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Behind Her Eyes
Created by Steve Lightfoot
Starring Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman, Simona Brown, and Robert Aramayo
Behind Her Eyes premiered on Netflix on Feb. 17, 2021, and it’s already a massive hit on Netflix.
The Netflix original limited series is on the daily Netflix Top 10 and has been since it premiered on the streaming service in mid-February.
The British series tells the story of Adele, who begins an affair with her boss, but then befriends his wife. This show is absolutely wild. If you like a dark, psychological thriller, this is the series for you! We haven’t seen a series like this one on Netflix in a while. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the series nominated for awards later this year.
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that Behind Her Eyes will be renewed for season 2 on Netflix. It’s possible, I guess, but this is a limited series, and where this story ends, it doesn’t quite lend itself to a second season. Netflix could surprise fans, though. They have in the past.
With that said, I think a second season for Behind Her Eyes is rather unlikely. I know fans want to see more, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.Next: No. 2
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Cobra Kai season 3
Cobra Kai is a continuation of sorts of the Karate Kid movies from the ’80s. Ralph Macchio, who played Daniel LaRusso, and William Zabka, who played Johnny Lawrence, are back as rivals 30 years after their epic battle. Now, their kids are about the same age and getting into karate. Things get wild!
Cobra Kai started as a YouTube series before Netflix acquired the show. The third season is the first season as a Netflix original series.
Netflix renewed Cobra Kai for season 4 prior to the third season’s premiere.
Netflix confirmed Cobra Kai season 4 will be released on Netflix in 2021 between October and December. We’ll let you know when we find out more about the new season’s release date on Netflix.Next: No. 1
Best Netflix shows of 2021: Shadow and Bone
Developed by Eric Heisserer
Starring Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, Freddy Carter, Kit Young, Danielle Galligan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Calahan Skogman, Daisy Head, and more
Shadow and Bone is the best new Netflix show of 2021 so far. The hit series premiered on the streaming service on Friday, April 23, 2021.
The series is based on the books of the Grishaverse book series by Leigh Bardugo, starting with the Shadow and Bone trilogy.
The fantasy series follows Alina, played by Jessie Mei Li, a mapmaker for the Ravkan First Army, who enters the Shadow Fold, a very scary place full of monsters. After their skiff is attacked, Alina saves the day with powers she didn’t even know she had. Quickly, Alina becomes the most wanted person in the world and the most important person in Ravka. Under the wing of General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), Alina tries to master her power, which could be the key in saving her country.
This series is so good. You just have to watch it when you have a chance.
Netflix hasn’t officially announced Shadow and Bone season 2, but we’ll likely find out the series is renewed for season 2 in the very near future. Stay tuned!Next: More New Netflix Shows coming in 2021
New Netflix shows are coming soon
Because it’s so early in 2021, we don’t have many new shows to add to the list, but that’s going to change very soon.
There are so many good Netflix shows on the way later this year, and we’ll definitely be adding them to the list.
Netflix also confirmed 2021 release dates for Never Have I Ever season 2, The Witcher season 2, You season 3, Money Heist season 5, Cobra Kai season 4, Sex Education season 3 and more. All those shows will be released in the second half of 2021.
Unfortunately, we’ve received some bad news on Stranger Things season 4. It’s not likely to premiere in 2021. We’re also having some doubts about Ozark season 4 after Netflix did not confirm the season 4 release date for 2021, as the network did for the shows listed above.
Stay tuned for more news about about all the Netflix shows coming later this year.Next: Best Netflix shows coming in 2021