Netflix is notoriously mum on viewership numbers, but the Netflix Top 10 TV shows list at least gives us some idea of what's working for the streaming service and what isn't. The Netflix Top 10 list of TV shows for Friday, June 18 adds three new shows to the list, and I hope you like action. The zombie drama Black Summer, which I highly recommend for fans of all things INTENSE, debuts at No. 6. Near the end of the list are the anime Record of Ragnarok (No. 8) and Black Lightning (No. 10), which just dropped its final season on Netflix. Manifest stays at the top as the calls for Netflix to rescue it from cancellation continue.
But of Netflix's Top 10 TV shows, which shows are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 TV shows list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix's Top 10 movies, as well as Netflix's overall Top 10 list. If you're looking ahead, here are the best shows to watch on Netflix in June.
Based on Netflix's Top 10 TV Shows for Friday, June 18
For fans of: Doomed flights, twists and turns, Lost | Is it good?: It'll keep you on your toes
A flight that was presumed missing for five years finally lands, and its passengers reintegrate into society, only to discover that there's a much deeper mystery going on that they work to uncover. (Yesterday's rank: 1)
For fans of: Animal-human politics, the end of the world | Is it good?: Give it a shot even if you're over dystopian fantasies
Yeah, yeah, it's another post-apocalyptic show, but this one is kind of adorable? Sweet Tooth, based on the DC comic, is set in the aftermath of a viral outbreak (again, yeah, yeah, but give it a chance) that decimates most of the world's population as a wave of animal-human hybrid children are born. Our hero is Gus, a young half-deer half-human boy, who was raised in the woods by his father and goes on an adventure to find his mother in the American West while evading idiot humans who have an irrational fear of things they don't understand. It's a charming story with an indie-folk vibe that's all of sudden way too relevant. (Yesterday's rank: 2)
For fans of: Cult sitcoms, giving moms their due | Is it good?: It's fun!
Much like Schitt's Creek, Workin' Moms is a Canadian sitcom that really found its audience when it premiered on Netflix. Catherine Reitman's comedy about four working mothers just trying to get through the day is now in its fifth season, and the show is exploring everything from life after maternity leave to equal pay in the office to dealing with troubled teens. (Yesterday's rank: 4)
For fans of: Mashed vegetables, pacifiers | Is it good?: For babies, sure
Colorful objects, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger kids who get screentime. (Yesterday's rank: 5)
For fans of: French crime, watching people pull off heists | Is it good?: It's very entertaining and easy to get through
Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop, a man who is essentially a French Bruce Wayne if Batman were more of a cat burglar than dark knight. Diop starts the series trying to steal a valuable necklace from the Louvre with a grand heist as part of a revenge plot against the wealthy family responsible for the death of his father several years prior. From there, the heists and trickery get even more fun, and are always performed under the guise of being the good guy. (Yesterday's rank: 4)
For fans of: Intense no-cut actions sequences, life and death situations | Is it good?: It's awesome (for the right person)
Not all zombie shows are built the same, and this spiritual spin-off of the goofy Z Nation focuses on the gritty life-or-death situation of a small group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. It's intentionally minimal on plot (and at times dialogue), letting the action -- frequently told in long takes with no cuts and some athletic cameramen -- tell the story. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
For fans of: Supernatural cops, hell puns, the mind of Neil Gaiman | Is it good?: It's a fun time
Talk about divine intervention. The first half of Lucifer Season 5 finally brought God (Dennis Haysbert) to Earth in one hell of a midseason finale cliffhanger. Part 2 finds Lucifer (Tom Ellis) dealing with those daddy issues, but as usual, the show is having plenty of fun along the way. The eight-episode second half of the season also features a musical episode (guest starring Debbie Gibson!) and the return of Eve (Inbar Lavi). And if you binge the season so fast that you need more, here are other shows that all fans of Lucifer will love. (Yesterday's rank: 6)
For fans of: Bloodsport's kumite, fighting video games | Is it good?: It's OK, it does what it does
Not much to chew on here. This Netflix original anime is an adaptation of the manga, in which gods review whether humans should exist every 1,000 years. This time around, they decide humans should be eradicated, but the humans are given one last chance to prove their worth in one-on-one battles against gods in an arena. Fight! (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
For fans of: Lady cops, Bad Boys | Is it good?: No, but it has Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union's character from the Bad Boys film franchise gets spun off because why not? The action-comedy was Spectrum's first original scripted series when everyone was making original series, and it was canceled after two seasons because really, who is watching Spectrum original series? Anyway, Union is joined by Jessica Alba as they wisecrack their way through cases as a couple of tough female cops. (Yesterday's rank: 7)
For fans of: Black superheroes, CW shows | Is it good?: It's pretty decent
The CW's show about a Black superhero who comes out of retirement to fight a gang (and other bad guys) is the first DC series to have a Black lead. Unlike other superhero shows on The CW, Black Lightning has a major focus on the family, as Black Lightning's job clashes with his role as a husband and father. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)