This week we recommend "The Great British Baking Show: Holidays," "The Crown,"
"I'm With the Band: Nasty Cherry," "Shine On with Reese," and "The Kominsky Method."
Netflix has more original series and classic TV shows than the average person can keep up with. To help parse through the options, Insider is here to recommend five shows that are actually worth your time this week.
Starting things off is a special Christmas-themed set of episodes of everyone's favorite baking competition.
'The Great British Baking Show: Holidays'
The beloved UK reality series "The Great British Bake Off" (called "The Great British Baking Show" for US audiences) has released its special seasonal episodes.
On two new episodes of baking competition, fan-favorites from old seasons return to complete a triad of challenges that are all holiday-themed. If you want to get into the mood for Christmas a bit early, turn to these new episodes of "The Great British Bake Off" today.
A new season of "The Crown" just premiered on Netflix, so now is the time to catch up with the inspired-by-true-events series. For this season, a whole new cast was brought on to play the Queen and her loved ones and advisers.
The 10 new episodes feature Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham-Carter, plus two ex-"Game of Thrones" stars: Tobias Menzies and Charles Dance.
'I'm With the Band: Nasty Cherry'
This is a new reality series from Netflix in which pop star Charli XCX does her own twist on the "Making the Band" series. The show follows the UK singer and songwriter as she helps an up-and-coming pop/punk band called Nasty Cherry try to navigate the unpredictable process of breaking through as a new music group.
'Shine On with Reese'
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"Shine On" was originally a DirecTV series, but now all nine episodes are streaming on Netflix. This is yet another unscripted series, but in more of a talk-show format. Actress Reese Witherspoon meets with a different icon in each episode, and her star-studded guest lineup includes director Ava DuVernay, singer Pink, music legend Dolly Parton, and more.
'The Kominsky Method'
The second season of "The Kominsky Method" premiered last month with little fanfare, but this series (created by "King of Sitcoms" Chuck Lorre) is one of the most consistently pleasant shows on Netflix at the moment. It's fun, poignant, and packed with talent. If you're in the mood for an easygoing comedy, "The Kominsky Method" is a good place to start.
For more Netflix options, read Insider's list of the best movies you can stream this week.