32 Best Netflix Shows To Watch Right Now – October 2023 – TODAY

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It’s Candy Corn season, which means an entire new rollout of spooky and leaf-peep-inspiring shows to watch!
Though the Hollywood writer’s strike has thrown some creepy crawly series, like “Stranger Things,” into limbo, new hits keep on.
In addition to some new grisly crime docuseries, there are classics worth catching up on. From “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights” to more thought-provoking anthology series you can dip into at your leisure like “Black Mirror.” Of course, for fall, there’s always feel-good contemporary romances like “Virgin River.”
Couples might enjoy racing through “Suits” and “The Lincoln Lawyer” together, and teens may find comfort and camaraderie through shows like “Sex Education” and “Heartstopper.” Countless K-dramas, or Korean dramas, offer season-long escapes.
To answer the perennial question of, “What do I watch next?” TODAY rounded up some of the best shows currently streaming on Netflix. Here’s what to watch, in addition to what’s new on Netflix.
Synopsis: This humble reality series follows British amateur bakers as they beat and bake their way to the top. With seven seasons of competition-worthy baking recipes, this beloved series sees contestants tested on their technical skills and lets them shine with signature bakes. Plus, viewers will be inspired to break out their oven mitts and cook up iconic recipes from across the pond, from Blast Forest Cakes and Baked Alaskas to Christmas Puddings and Crumpets.
Genre: Reality, Culinary
Synopsis: A young mom and her teen daughter are faced with the aches and pains of family and the love and drama of their storybook, small-town life. In the cozy Connecticut town of Stars Hallow, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore learn to balance leaning on one another while also allowing the other to strike out and create lives of their own.
Genre: Comedy-drama
Synopsis: This dark drama, based on a true story, is about the FBI initiative to study the minds of serial killers. Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) develop the modern idea of profiling, one serial killer interview at a time.
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: In this reality series, members of the public are tapped by chief jailers to go undercover in jails for 60 days. By doing so, they often expose the dire situations in the prison system for the general public. 
Genre: Reality
Synopsis: The life and career of former English soccer star David Beckham gets the spotlight.
Genre: Reality
Synopsis: The unsolved murder of British broadcasting legend Jill Dando is explored in this documentary that explores the 1999 homicide of the “Crimewatch” presenter.
Genre: docuseries
Synopsis: Alex Murdaugh’s trial captivated the country, and the Netflix show goes deep, featuring firsthand accounts from members of a small-town South Carolina community who peel back the layers of the family’s impact on their lives.
Genre: docuseries
Synopsis: Each seasons have the same old blue walls, but this time with new contestants, triangles and heartbreak.
Available: Sept. 29
Genre: reality, romance
Synopsis: This live American-Japanese adaptation of the 1997 Japanese manga series follows young pirate Monkey D. Luffy and his high seas adventures and mission to become The King of the Pirates.
Created by: Steven Maeda, Matt Owens
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Iñaki Godoy, Emily Rudd, Mackenyu, Stevel Marc, Taz Skylar
Synopsis: This show will have you wishing you could pul a Mel and move to the small California town of Virgin River, where time seems to stop, neighbors are nosy (and friendly) and the bartenders make for perfect love interests. Based on a romance novel series, “Virgin River” is an escape that doesn’t shy away from confronting the pain of love and loss.
Genre: Romantic drama
Starring: Martin Henderson, Alexandra Breckenridge, Tim Matheson
Synopsis: No, you’re not crazy: Everyone is watching this drama right now. After landing on Netflix in 2023, “Suits” broke its own records as people discovered (or rediscovered) the show about a legal savant missing just one thing — a degree. While it’s famous for starring Meghan Markle before she became a duchess, “Suits” is a gripping show in its own right.
Genre: Legal drama
Starring: Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams
Synopsis: This Korean show was an outright phenomenon when it landed on Netflix for its provocative premise and violent execution (literal and metaphorical). How far would you go for a cash prize? These desperate characters put their lives on the line.
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Lee Yoo-mi, Jung Ho-yeon
Synopsis: The Byrdes are in big trouble — and things don’t get better from there. In Season One, Marty Byrde and his wife, Wendy, move their family to the Ozarks to launder money for a cartel (long story). They spend the rest of the show trying to find freedom and dodge bullets.
Genre: Drama
Starring: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney
Synopsis: Based on the beloved series by Ann M. Martin, this series follows five middle-school best friends who kickstart their own babysitting business in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Depending on your age, it’ll speak to you directly or take you back to childhood.
Genre: Comedy-drama
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Sophie Grace, Malia Baker, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph and Xochitl Gomez
Synopsis: Sparks fly between two teens attending an all-boys grammar school in the U.K. The show is called “Heartstopper,” but there’s more than a small chance it will melt your heart.
Genre: Coming-of-age, rom-com, teen drama
Starring: Joe Locke, Kit Connor
Synopsis: Stand-up comedian Mo Amer plays the series’s titular character Mo, a Palestinian refugee living in Houston, Texas. Ramy Youssef, who created the autobiographical show “Ramy,” co-created along with Amer.
Genre: Comedy drama
Starring: Mo Amer, Teresa Ruiz, Farah Bsieso
Synopsis: Wish you learned magic in school instead of math and grammar? The students in “The Order” join a secret society that teaches magic. But it’s not all fun and games: They’re preparing for a fight against werewolves and dark magic.
Genre: Horror, drama and supernatural
Starring: Jake Manley, Sarah Grey and Matt Frewer
Synopsis: Netflix has countless dating showsbut this one is unique. With seasons taking place in Australia and the U.S., “Love on the Spectrum” follows people on the autism spectrum as they go about looking for love.
Genre: Reality
Synopsis: What’s hiding in the ice? In an Icelandic community, the dead emerge from the aftermath of a sub-glacial volcano.
Genre: Mystery, drama and horror
Starring: Guðrún Eyfjörð, Íris Tanja Flygenring and Ingvar Sigurðsson
Synopsis: There may be a war happening around them in Northern Ireland. But the teenagers of “Derry Girls” go through the trials of growing up.
Genre: Teen comedy
Starring: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan
Synopsis: Two strangers live out their road rage fantasies in this daring show, which will have you questioning the characters’ decisions but happy you can follow along until the end.
Genre: Black comedy, drama
Starring: Ali Wong and Steven Yeun
Synopsis: Watch comedian Tim Robinson lead a series of short sketch comedies so bizarre you’ll watch for hours. They’ll perplex you. They’ll astonish you. And most of all, they’ll make you laugh.
Genre: Sketch comedy
Starring: Tim Robinson
Synopsis: “Lupin” is based on the French equivalent to Sherlock Holmes. Instead of a detective, he’s a thief — in this adaptation, played by Omar Sy. Years after his father’s death, a man is inspired by the adventures of a master thief to seek revenge.
Genre: Mystery
Starring: Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier and Clotilde Hesme
Returns: Oct. 5
Synopsis: “The Queen’s Gambit,” a viral hit, is a book-to-TV show adaptation about an orphaned girl emerges as a chess prodigy. As she gets older, her lonely childhood manifests itself in self-destructive habits.
Genre: Historical drama
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp and Moses Ingram
Synopsis: Marvel at the wonder of the planet, deciphered by David Attenborough, all while considering how long they’ll be around for.
Genre: Nature documentary 
Starring: Narrated by David Attenborough, Penélope Cruz
Synopsis: High-schooler Otis may not be having much sex — but his classmates are. He lifts advice from his mother, a renowned sex therapist, and begins coaching his classmates in this moving and funny show
Genre: Teen dramedy
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson and Ncuti Gatwa
Synopsis: Joe Goldberg frames himself as a book nerd, but he’s hiding malicious thoughts — only ones that we, the audience, are privy to. Characters who cross paths with him, beware.
Genre: Psychological thriller
Starring: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti
Synopsis: Nearly three decades after the events of “The Karate Kid Part II,” former bully Johnny Lawrence reopens Cobra Kai dojo.
Genre: Action drama
Starring: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Courtney Henggeler
Synopsis: Julia Quinn’s romance novels are the fodder for this dreamy and steamy series, each of which follows the love story of one of the Bridgerton children in regency England. Yes, it’s still worth watching even if the duke is never coming back.
Genre: Regency Romance, Steamy
Starring: Adjoa Andoh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Jonathan and Bailey Ruby Barker
Synopsis: In this “Bridgerton” spinoff, the story of Queen Charlotte’s early marriage to young King George becomes the focus of high society and gossip.
Genre: Historical drama
Starring: India Amarteifio, Adjoa Andoh and Michelle Fairley
Synopsis: This anthology series explore the world of tech and ethics as we may or may not come to know them. Each episode has a brand new invention … and a world shaped around it.
Genre: Science fiction
Starring: Annie Murphy, Salma Hayek and  Myha’la Herrold
Synopsis: Kate Wyler earns a high-profile job as ambassador to the United Kingdom. While having to work out international crises in home territory and abroad, she must handle her own marriage in crisis.
Genre: Political thriller
Starring: Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi and Ali Ahn
Synopsis: A young mother flees an abusive relationship and juggles her mother’s mania, all while trying to make it work for the sake of her daughter. “Maid” is based on a memoir by Stephanie Land and stars mother-daughter duo Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley.
Genre: Drama
Starring: Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell
Alex Portée is a senior trending reporter at TODAY Digital and is based in Los Angeles.
Elena Nicolaou is a senior entertainment editor at Today.com, where she covers the latest in TV, pop culture, movies and all things streaming. Previously, she covered culture at Refinery29 and Oprah Daily. Her superpower is matching people up with the perfect book, which she does on her podcast, Blind Date With a Book.