What are the Best Movies and TV Shows on Netflix Right Now?


By Lauren Reiser, Senior Editor

As Covid cases continue to sky-rocket and the weather becomes much colder, many people will be opting to remain in their homes more often. With fewer activities available, streaming films and television shows is a good option to keep safe and avoid the approaching winter.

Netflix has a wide variety of movies of all genres, and here are some of the best currently available on the streaming platform:

Enola Holmes, a recently released Netflix original film, tells the story of the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes as she goes to London to search for her missing mother. Starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola and featuring other actors such as Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin, this movie is a great watch for mystery fans.

Moneyball, a 2011 biographical sports drama starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, follows how the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, reinvented baseball-player recruitment and the ways of team management. This Academy-Award nominated film is a perfect choice for fans of sports and movies based on real-life.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a 2018 computer-animated superhero film, provides a twist on the traditional Spider-Man story. With incredibly unique animation and action-packed scenes, this film is a must-watch that is appropriate for all ages.

For crime fans, Nightcrawler is a great choice. This film follows a freelance crime journalist, Louis Bloom, who searches the city at night to find and record shocking crimes. With an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and an incredible performance from actor Jake Gyllenhaal, this thriller is an excellent choice to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Netflix also has an array of fantastic documentaries and docuseries.

13th, a Netflix-original documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, gives an in-depth look at racial inequality in the United States in regard to the disproportionate criminalization of African Americans. This thought-provoking documentary is a must-watch to understand the history and current state of the mass incarceration of black Americans.

Cheer, a 2020 Netflix-original docuseries, provides a look into the preparation of the highly regarded Navarro College Cheer Team for the National Cheerleading Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida. This docuseries is a great watch for more than just cheerleaders. The intensity, hard work, and pure dedication of each team member and coach is bound to inspire any athlete or person who is striving to reach their goals.

There are also many great TV shows available to stream on Netflix.

Avatar the Last Airbender, is a fan-favorite animation that follows the story of Aang, who must save the world from the merciless Fire Nation that is trying to conquer the other nations. Since only Aang has the power to stop them, he must go on a journey to master all of the elements to defeat the Fire Lord. Featuring aspects of action, drama, friendship, and love, this television show is an amazing watch for all ages.

Cobra Kai, a comedy-drama based on the Karate Kid film series, reignites the feud between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso thirty-four years after the All Valley Karate Tournament. This series is a great choice for fans of the original 80’s movies to watch the iconic rivals face off once again.

For sit-com fans, New Girl is the perfect binge-worthy show. After going through a difficult breakup, elementary-school teacher Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys. Despite their dysfunctional nature, the four roommates and her best friend Cece become a tight-knit family.

“As it is getting much colder and there is less to do, I am definitely planning to binge some Netflix this winter,” says senior Samantha Baghal.

Which of these do you plan to watch next?