22 Hidden Gems to Watch on Netflix

Searching through Netflix to find the perfect thing to watch, can be a chore in itself. It can be so overwhelming to go through all the series being promoted on the main page, yet find nothing that actually gets your attention. But to find the hidden gems on Netflix, you have to dig a little deeper.

But if you’re not in the mood to do that, here is a list of some of the most underrated shows and movies on Netflix. It’s curated to have a wide variety of genres, so there’s something here for everyone!

1. When The Camellia Blooms

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K-Dramas get a lot of flack for playing up tropes, but When The Camellia Blooms couldn’t be farther from that. Dong-Baek is a single mother who opens a bar in said small town and tries to settle her roots amidst judgment from the townsfolk.

But she also finds herself caught up in a murder mystery, all the while trying to balance her past and open herself up for the future. When The Camellia Blooms is a beautiful deviation from other romance K-dramas.

2. One Day At A Time

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If you’re in the mood for a quirky sitcom, look no further than One Day At A Time. One Day At A Time follows an oddball Hispanic family led by a single mother, Gloria. And on paper, it’s a simple, lovable comedy.

But some of the issues that it deals with are much more hard-hitting, like the PTSD of war veterans like Gloria, how to be accepting of your queer children, and being second-generation immigrants. It’s a great little show that deserved a lot more hype.

3. Cunk On Earth

Diane Morgan as Philomena Cunk for Cunk on Earth.
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Cunk On.. is a mockumentary series that stars comedian Diane Morgan as Philomena Cunk, an investigative journalist who asks real, important people some very insane questions. The comedy is in the fact that she meets these specialists in their fields, and they fully believe they are sitting down for a serious interview.

That is until she opens her mouth. Diane’s deadpan delivery is what sells the series as one of the best comedy features to date.

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4. iZombie

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There are very few shows that still hold up and iZombie is one of them. Originally a loose adaptation of a comic series by the same name, iZombie took on a life of its own with solid acting and a quirky setting.

Live Moore, the main protagonist, is a medical examiner turned zombie who helps solve crimes by eating the victim’s brains and parsing through their memories.

All the while she has to hide her zombie existence from the people around her. With 5 seasons under its belt, iZombie is a true hidden gem.

5. Echoes

Echoes. (L to R) Gable Swanlund as Mattie, Michelle Monaghan as Leni McCleary in episode 107 of Echoes.
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Echoes was, by far, one of the most well-executed mystery series on Netflix.

Yet it came and went without much fanfare, despite starring names like Matt Bomer and Michelle Monohagan. The idea of two twins so intertwined that they’d continuously play pranks pretending to be one another, only for one to go missing? It was an intriguing premise.

6. My Happy Marriage

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For a supernatural anime so heavyhanded on romance, you’d think My Happy Marriage would be dominating the charts.

My Happy Marriage is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story, with a girl who went unappreciated until she is engaged to a supposedly monstrous man, who turns out to be nothing short of Prince Charming. The chemistry and earnest romance between the main characters set it apart from other romance anime out there.

7. Kim’s Convenience

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Most people know Simu Liu from his Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. But real fans know him as the estranged son of Mr Kim on the Canadian series, Kim’s Convenience.

But Kim’s Convenience is so much more than that. A brilliant show about the struggles of immigrant families and the disconnect between generations, Kim’s Convenience is simultaneously relatable and comedic.

8. Okja

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We’re starting strong with Okja, directed by Bong Joon-ho of Parasite fame.

The movie follows a young girl in a sci-fi setting, who raises this super pig and grows to love it like family. However, since the creature is a genetically modified wonder, it is stolen away by a rich capitalistic force. And so, the girl goes on a journey to find her best friend and take her back to safety.

9. Derry Girls

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Speaking of a relatable series with perfect comedic timing, Derry Girls deserves to be on a bigger pedestal than it has. The beloved show centering around a group of Irish teens during the Troubles, back in the 90s.

The series is a hoot and a half for all the high tensions that were going around at the time, adding a layer of complexity you wouldn’t expect.

10. Kate

KATE (2021),Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Kate").
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a hardened fighter was already a treat in Harley Quinn and The Birds Of Prey. So, seeing her go on a revenge spree in Kate was already going to be a win. Think high-stakes chase through Tokyo, exactly the sort of thing action lovers would’ve eaten up in 2008.

The cinematography is amazing, the fight choreography is insane, what more do you need? Kate is the perfect action-packed flick to watch on a lazy night in.

11. Queen Of The South

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For fans of Breaking Bad looking for something new, look no further. Queen Of The South is a crime drama that follows the rise of Teresa, from a woman looking to avenge the murder of her runner boyfriend to becoming a Drug Kingpin in her own right.

Queen Of The South is criminally underrated, with a solid 5 seasons and a truly insane climax that should’ve gotten more hype than it actually did.

12. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities. Wendy Lyon as Mrs. Creighton in episode “Pickman’s Model” of Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.
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Guillermo Del Toro is possibly one of the best directors of the modern age, and his Cabinet Of Curiosities is a treat for anyone who loves horror. It is an anthology series on Netflix; each story is new and exciting.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities has his signature brand of whimsical beauty combined with grotesque horror.

13. My Love Mix-Up!

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My Love Mix-Up is the cutest little high school romance that is bound to cheer anyone up! An adaptation of a popular manga, Kieta Hatsukoi, this series revolves around Sota Aoki and his mistaken confession to a guy in his class, Kosuke Ida.

But turns out, Ida wants to give this relationship a chance, and Aoki just can’t get around to telling him it was all a misunderstanding. Probably because he’s starting to fall for Ida too. My Love Mix-Up is just a silly cute watch!

14. Candy Jar

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Candy Jar feels like the exact thing the teen rom-com scene has been missing lately: an enemies-to-lovers story that feels genuinely heartfelt. Lona is one of the only other members of her high school debate club, alongside Bennet.

The two are rivals in everything, from being co-presidents of the debate club to being crowned co-champions at debate competitions. However, a chance encounter at the movies reveals that there might be feelings simmering underneath said rivalry.

 

15. Tallulah

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A heartbreaking tale of neglect and forming relationships, Tallulah stars Elliot Page as the titular character. After chasing her boyfriend to New York, Tallulah starts working at an upscale hotel and comes across Carolyn, a neglectful mother and her daughter, Maddy.

Seeing how Maddy is being treated, Tallulah runs away with her and ends up going to the only place she can think of. That is, to Margo, his ex’s mother, claiming Maddy is her granddaughter. This was a Sundance opener, so you know it’s good.

16. The Two Popes

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A buddy-cop feature involving the highest positions in the Vatican Empire? It’s more likely than you think.

Set right after the massive Vatican Leaks scandal, The Two Popes is the semi-biographical tale of Pope Benedict XVI and how he tries to convince Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio to not give up his archbishop position. But at the same time, the Pope himself considered abdicating his own position. It’s interesting stuff.

17. The Fundamentals Of Caring

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Based on a novel by the same name, The Fundamentals Of Caring is a touching comedy-drama about Ben, a writer who decides to work as a caregiver to Trevor, a troubled teen with a muscular disorder.

Ben is already going through his grief, so when Trevor expresses the wish for a road trip to see his estranged dad, he agrees. From there, they meet Dot, a hitchhiker and the resulting journey changes the trio forever.

18. Crimson Peak

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Gothic romances are an underrated genre, and Crimson Peak is one of them. It follows budding author Edith as she’s whisked away to live at a haunted mansion with her two siblings, Thomas and Lucille.

And as expected, ghostly specters make themselves known to Edith, with warnings of what’s to befall her at the infamous Crimson Peaks.

19. Blue Period

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Something about the soft tone of Blue Period is so appealing and for good reason. Blue Period is a coming-of-age anime where Yatora Yaguchi is getting the grades to go to a good university, but he isn’t particularly ambitious about choosing a major.

That is until he comes across his high school art club and realizes his true calling: To attend the Tokyo University Of The Arts. But is ambition enough?

20. Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light

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This might seem like it’s targeted at a very specific fandom, but Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light is wholesome enough to appeal to anyone.

It’s based on a blog post where a player of the popular MMO used it to connect with his aged and distant father, playing with him in the game and becoming his friend without revealing his identity. It’s exactly as adorable as it sounds.

21. Eighty-Six

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Eighty-Six deserves so much more noise from the anime community than it got. It is based on a light novel by the same name and follows the ‘86’ – a squadron that fights against the Giadian Empire on behalf of the Republic of San Magnolia.

However, the ones they protect, the Albas, see them as inferior. That is until Vladilena Milizé gets assigned to the 86 as their handler and starts working with Shinei Nouzen, their captain. What truths will the two uncover?

22. Good Girls

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If you want more female-led crime series, Good Girls is a good one. Good Girls is the story of how three soccer moms went on to rob a store because they were so done with the struggles of cheating husbands and financial constraints.

Only for them to gain attention from an actual gang leader, because the store they robbed was a front for his dealings. It’s just as insane as it sounds.

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THE LOST DAUGHTER. DAKOTA JOHNSON as NINA.
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