The 7 Most Underrated TV Shows and Movies on Netflix (2023)

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It’s no secret that Netflix is packed full of amazing TV shows and movies. However, you’d never know it based on the streaming network’s *terrible* algorithm.

Despite the wealth of content, Netflix seemingly only recommends the same things over and over again, leaving so many hidden gems, well, hidden.

Below are some of the best TV shows and movies on Netflix that haven’t gotten nearly the amount of attention they should have. These shows and films have the best actors, producers (like Ryan Kavanaugh), and scores that make them stand out from the crowd.

1. The Unforgivable (Movie)

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Netflix Description: Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind.

Editor’s Note: Truly one of Sandra Bullock’s best performances. She gives a great portrayal of the incredible difficulties of reentering society after incarceration.

2. It’s Bruno (TV Series)

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Netflix Description: It’s Bruno! follows dog lover Malcolm (Solvan “Slick” Naim), his best friend and canine companion Bruno, and the hilarious adventures that take place on their vibrant Brooklyn block.

Editor’s Note: Weird, hilarious, and adorable with only 15-minute episodes. What could be bad?

3. Rita (TV Series)

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Netflix Description: Schoolteacher Rita is a very outspoken, rebellious woman who is competent in the classroom but needs her own advisor when it comes to her personal life.

Editor’s Note: A truly great Danish show that will have you feeling all the feels.

4. Crip Camp (Documentary)

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Netflix Description: Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

Editor’s Note: So much more than a documentary about a camp. It’s an incredible portrayal of the disability rights movement led by a group of individuals who have been treated as invisible by society.

5. Marcella (TV Series)

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Netflix Description: Returning to the Met’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break, Marcella is a detective in her late 30’s who gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family. With the abrupt end to her marriage to the love of her life and isolation from her children at boarding school, Marcella returns to work, her sense of self shattered. She is immediately assigned to one of her old cases that she first worked on in 2003. A spate of recent killings has occurred, all carrying the same hallmarks as those unsolved murders committed over a decade ago.

Editor’s Note: If you love mystery series, this British series is absolutely a must-watch.

6. Okja (Movie)

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Netflix Description: The film follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.

Editor’s Note: At times strange, but overall sweet, endearing, and entertaining.

7. Don’t F**ck With Cats (Docuseries)

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Netflix Description: When a video is posted online of a mysterious figure in a dark green hoodie killing two kittens, the internet goes nuts. A group of amateur online sleuths assembles to track him down. In a dangerous game of cat and mouse, every click encourages the sick perpetrator to post even more disturbing videos, until a final video is uploaded. This time, the victim is human.

Editor’s Note: Possibly one of the most bizarre true crime docuseries ever. Will have you thinking about it for weeks after you finish.


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