The 10 best Netflix TV shows of 2023 so far, ranked
See the top Netflix originals of the year so far based on critics' ratings from Rotten Tomatoes.
The list includes all new seasons of shows that have a 70% or higher score on the review site.
The top shows so far in 2023 include "Full Swing," "You," and "Physical: 100."
"Pressure Cooker" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "In this first-ever house reality cooking competition, 11 professional chefs must prove that they have all the qualities it takes to thrive in the real culinary world. Locked together inside a fortress of cuisine our group of confident chefs will cook, sleep and coexist with their rivals over a series of weeks."
Critics have a mixed view of the new show format from Netflix, which combines familiar elements of hit shows like Bravo's "Top Chef" or Food Network's "Chopped" with other drama-focused home shows like "Big Brother."
"'Pressure Cooker 'showed me the world behind the reality cooking competition I thought always existed but was edited out for family friendly viewers," critic Khadjiah Johnson wrote for Black Nerd Problems.
"That '90s Show" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "It's 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer, where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red."
Critics were a bit mixed on "That '90s Show," with the mileage seeming to vary wildly depending on how much nostalgia and affection people had for "That '70s Show."
"'That '90s Show' is the equivalent of a great throwback burger joint with a short menu," IndieWire critic Steve Greene wrote. "The food might have a familiar taste, but it finds an efficient way to overdeliver on the basic expectations."
"The Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal" (docuseries)
Netflix description: "The Murdaughs were one of South Carolina's most prominent families, but the death of teenager Mallory Beach in a drunken boating accident began the unraveling of their legacy."
This three-part documentary series has appeared in Netflix's "Top 10" shows list in recent weeks thanks to the ongoing updates in the case. Critics agree that the tragic story of "The Murdaugh Murders" is a compelling one.
"A useful, and severely unflattering, primer on a story that true-crime junkies can continue following right now on the nightly news," Daily Beast reviewer Nick Schager wrote.
"On My Block: Freeridge" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "'Freeridge' is a coming of age comedy following sibling rivals Gloria and Ines and their friends Demi and Cameron who have unleashed a curse bringing dark misfortune into their lives. There's a new core four in town in this 'On My Block' spinoff series and an unforgettable adventure to be had."
As Netflix's critically acclaimed teen drama series "On My Block" came to an end last year, "Freeridge" was announced as a new spinoff.
"While 'Freeridge' emerges as a lighter show than its predecessor, it shares the same empathetic heart, playful sense of humor and, above all, deeply endearing affection for its young leads," critic Angie Han wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.
"Break Point" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "From career-threatening injuries and emotional heartbreak, to triumphant victories and personal moments off the court, viewers will get a behind the scenes look at the pressure-tested lives of some of the best tennis players in the world."
"Break Point" is a new sports-focused documentary series from Netflix, this time following professional tennis players.
"'Break Point' likely won't make new tennis fans out of casual couch surfers, but it does provide an insider's glimpse into what the future of the sport might look like," New Yorker critic Rachel Syme wrote. "And for devoted racket heads 'Break Point' offers plenty to love."
"Physical: 100" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "One hundred contestants in top physical shape compete to claim the honor of the ultimate physique in this intense survival reality series."
If you like any type of obstacle course/race competition and love reality shows that highlight good character arcs, "Physical: 100" comes highly recommended by critics.
"The spectacle of strength alone is compelling enough to warrant a marathon viewing, but the allure of 'Physical: 100' is not just the eye candy — it's also the ethos of the competition," BuzzFeed News reviewer Vanessa Wong wrote.
"Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street" (docuseries)
Netflix synopsis: "With unique access to whistleblowers, employees, investigators, and victims, and never-before-seen video depositions of Madoff himself, this four-part documentary series traces Madoff's rise from humble beginnings to one of the most influential power brokers on Wall Street."
This four-part documentary takes people back in time to the particular culture in which Bernie Madoff's financial Ponzi scheme was uncovered.
"The series is at its most compelling when it places Madoff's monstrousness within the context of the systemic self-interest and greed that allowed him to flourish," Financial Times writer Dan Einav wrote in a review.
"You" (season four)
Netflix synopsis: "Starting anew in London, Joe vows to bury the past and be his best self. But on the rocky road to redemption, a new obsession starts to take hold."
"You" is one of the most well-known Netflix originals to premiere a new season at the start of 2023. Now in its penultimate season, the drama follows a stalker-killer who presents to the world as a nice guy in love.
"Season four is a mixed bag, but even when Joe's shtick risks getting stale there's still plenty of fun to be enjoyed by fans of the series," NY Post critic Lauren Sarner wrote.
"The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "Set in the geisha district of Kyoto, the protagonist Kiyo becomes a Makanai (person who cooks meals) at a house where Maiko (apprentice geishas) live together. The story depicts the everyday life of Kiyo maiko Sumire, her childhood friend who came with her from Aomori to Kyoto, amid a vibrant world of geisha and maiko courtesans and delicious food."
This Japanese original series has been lauded for its focus on friendship and young women's perspectives. Critics seem to love the show's subtle and contemplative tone.
"There is no violence nor betrayal, only subtle arcs and fake-outs," critic Meredith Hobbs Coons wrote for the AV Club. "It seems like an entirely different sensibility from most television fare — and it's a welcome one."
"Full Swing" (season one)
Netflix synopsis: "2022 was anything but par for the course on the PGA Tour. From the creators of 'Drive to Survive,' 'Full Swing' gives you an exclusive look at the most unprecedented season of professional golf."
"Full Swing" takes people along for the ride of the highs and lows in professional golfing. Critics agree that one doesn't need to be a pro-golf fan in order to appreciate this new documentary series.
"The more-casual sports fan or even non-sports fan will have no problem with the project as presented, because so much of the stories pull on the heartstrings," critic Tony Paul wrote for the Detroit News.
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