Netflix Top 10 TV Shows Today: What’s Actually Worth Watching?

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Frida Gustavsson and Sam Corlett, Vikings: Valhalla

Frida Gustavsson and Sam Corlett, Vikings: Valhalla

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It can be hard to pick a show to watch on Netflix. Our guide to Netflix’s Daily Top 10 TV Shows list can help, as we break down which of the most popular shows on Netflix are worth watching. The list for Tuesday, March 1 is topped by Vikings: Valhalla, a Netflix-exclusive sequel series to the hit historical drama Vikings. It was No. 1 yesterday, too. In fact, the whole top 5 is the same as it was yesterday, with grifter limited series Inventing Anna at No. 2, reality dating sensation Love Is Blind at No. 3, romance drama Sweet Magnolias at No. 4, and crime thriller Ozark at No. 5. Kids’ show Cocomelon is at No. 6. Cocomelon is ever-present on the list, but it’s usually lower — yesterday it was at No. 9 — which, in tandem with shows like Sweet Magnolias and Ozark remaining in the top 5 weeks after their viewing peak, indicates that people are watching less Netflix than usual at the moment.

But just because people watch a show, it doesn’t always mean it’s good. We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 TV Shows list and help you figure out what’s actually good and which shows are not. We do the same for Netflix’s Top 10 moviesas well as Netflix’s overall Top 10 list. We also have recommendations for the 50 best movies on Netflix and the 50 best TV shows on Netflix.

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Based on Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows for Tuesday, March 1

For fans of: Pillaging, plundering, family drama | Is it good?: If you loved Vikings, this is a worthy follow-up

About a year after the end of Vikings, History’s cult favorite action-packed historical drama, the Norsemen and Norsewomen have returned for Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel series that covers the next epoch of the Viking reign. Valhalla is set a century after the original show, and follows Leif Erikson’s (Sam Corlett) journey as he becomes the first European to set foot on North America alongside his sister Freydis (Frida Gustavsson), as well as Harald Hardrada (Leo Suter), who tried and failed to claim the English throne. So yes, this show is building toward the end of the Viking age. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)

For fans of: Scammers, Shonda, silliness | Is it good?: It’s a lot of fun

This limited series is the first show superproducer Shonda Rhimes has created since Scandal, and the true story that got her to open up Final Draft again is a doozy. It’s the only-in-America-and-New-York-City-specifically saga of Anna Delvey, played by Ozark‘s Julia Garner, a wealthy German socialite who took New York society by storm in the mid 2010s — only it turned out she wasn’t wealthy or even technically German. She was a con artist who scammed various people and institutions out of hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to her nearly supernatural self-confidence. She became famous thanks to a bombshell New York Magazine story, the writing of which drives the plot of Inventing Anna, as journalist Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky) tries to answer the question, “Who is Anna Delvey?” (Yesterday’s rank: 2) 

For fans of: Human drama, utter emotional chaos | Is it good?: If you enjoyed Season 1, you’ll enjoy Season 2

The reality dating sensation that was the biggest show in America right before the pandemic started is finally back for a second season. The premise now is the same as it was then: A bunch of single people are sequestered in a house where they meet potential romantic partners. They get to know each other while talking for hours in pods where they can’t see each other. Some of them get engaged, and then we follow them as they try to make it work outside of the pods and prepare for their weddings. It drops in batches of episodes over the course of a few weeks, each covering a different part of the process. It’s a fascinating social experiment with jaw-dropping surprises and wild characters (I will never forget Jessica from Season 1, who gave her dog wine on camera). (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

For fans of: Wholesome TV, women being friends | Is it good?: It’s a cute, turn-your-brain-off show

Netflix’s Southern drama finally returns for its long-awaited second season of friendship and margaritas. In Season 2, we return to Serenity, South Carolina, to catch up with Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), and Helen (Heather Headley), who are all facing challenges in their relationships, careers, and family lives, like dealing with the fallout from Maddie’s son Kyle’s (Logan Allen) car accident. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

For fans of: The color blue, money laundering | Is it good?: It is the perfect show for people who love this type of show

Jason Bateman plays a normal seeming guy who moves his family to, you guessed it, the Ozarks after he gets in too deep with a money laundering scheme and a drug cartel. It’s Netflix’s blue-tinted answer to Breaking Bad, and the first half of the final season is here. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

Here’s what’s worth watching in Netflix’s overall Top 10 (movies and TV shows)

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: 9)

For fans of: The artist formerly known as Kanye West | Is it good?: If you still find Kanye interesting, it’s totally fascinating

This documentary follows Kanye West over the course of more than 20 years, as captured through the lens of his friend Clarence “Coodie” Simmons Jr. It’s being released over the course of three weeks, with each installment covering a different period of the rapper’s career. Part one is the beginning, when Kanye was an up-and-coming producer struggling to make people take him seriously as a rapper, and part two, out now, is all about the release of his debut album, The College Dropout, and the car accident that almost derailed it. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)

For fans of: Getting spooked, but not too spooked | Is it good?: You’ll wish it didn’t feel so cheaply made

This is a horror anthology series consisting of two creepy short films per episode. It’s extremely low-budget, and unfortunately it rarely rises above its meager circumstances. But some shorts are better than others. Season 3 is now on Netflix after airing on The CW earlier this year. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

For fans of: Disney-esque animation, teacups | Is it good?: It’s cute!

This kids’ show follows Cuphead (his head is a teacup, you see) and all the reckless adventures he ropes his cautious brother Mugman (his head is also a teacup, confusingly) into. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)

For fans of: Zombies, teens | Is it good?: It’s really great

The jolting thriller about a zombie virus outbreak at a high school follows students as they desperately fight against flesh-eating monsters — some of whom had been their human friends just minutes before. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)

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