Not sure what to watch on Netflix?
How about what everyone else is watching!
Now that 2018 has come to an end, we can talk about what the most watched Netflix shows were for the year and all of them to our binge watching lists.
I’ve only made it through a few of these shows, but I’m happy to say my what to watch on Netflix list is full again. Should come in handy for these cold winter weekends.
What to Watch on Netflix: The Best Things We Saw on Netflix in 2018
Watch to Watch on Netflix: Top Picks for Kids & Families
A Series of Unfortunate Events
This is one I loved watching with Dude 3. Based on the popular children’s book series by Lemony Snicket, this show stars Neil Patrick Harris as the evil Count Olaf who spends his life torturing the orphaned Baudelair children in a desperate attempt to gain control of their fortune. Season 3 actually dropped on January 1st and it will be the last for the series.
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Following the story of Hiccup, his dragon, Toothless, and their band of fellow dragon riders from Burke, we continue to enjoy the adventurous and seriously funny story lines this show puts out. We are most of the way through Season 5 right now and have yet to be disappointed.
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
The Dudes have been in love with Trollhunters since the first episodes came out in 2016. It’s an animated show about a human kid who discovers a secret amulet that opens up a troll inhabited land to him. He becomes a human guardian to protect all of us from all of them and the other magical creatures that live there. It’s a great show, got nominated for a bunch of Emmy’s, won a bunch, and then premiered it’s final season in 2018. On the bright side, they announced that it was just part one of a bigger series of shows.
3Below: Tales of Arcadia
Enter 3Below. It takes the Trollhunters story and runs with it. Dude 3 says it’s just as good as Trollhunters.
Now in Season 4, we continue to love watching the Tanners and their loveable antics as they expand their families with new beaus and baby bellies.
This popular baking show takes not-really-that-talented home chef wannabes and puts them in a kitchen to compete in baking challenges. They are rarely successful, but it’s fun watching them try. It’s even more fun watching the host, the official show chef, and whichever celeb guest they have for the episode as they try to judge their creations. We truly enjoyed the holiday version as well.
Boss Baby: Back in Business
I feel like DreamWorks is coming hard with the kids shows lately. Season 2 of the series version of Boss Baby was as entertaining as Season 1. The show follows Boss Baby and big brother Tim as a spin off from the hit film which Dude 3 has legit watched at least 10 times since it came out in 2017.
The Blue Planet II
It’s a BBC Earth nature show and it is amazing. You will love learning about the underwater wonders of our Earth’s oceans. It’s beautiful to behold and provides an understanding about how our seas work and why they need to be protected.
Lost in Space
Love introducing Dude 3 to the Robinson Family and he is really enjoying their adventures in outer space. I like this version as much, and maybe even more, than I recall liking the original when I saw it as a kid.
What to Watch on Netflix: Shows Your Teenagers Might Like (But You Will Too!)
13 Reasons Why: Season 2
One of Netflix’s most controversial shows ever made, Season 2 of the teen-based drama did not disappoint and was ranked as one of the streaming service’s most binge watched shows of the year. My teenager loved both seasons and I loved watching it with him so we could talk about a lot of the tough topics it addresses (rape, suicide, and bullying just to name a few).
Stranger Things: Season 2
I find it hard to believe that Stranger Things didn’t come up on Netflix’s most watched of the year list—I feel like it’s still all people talked about when it dropped early in 2018 and I know it has amassed a cult following. Dude 2 binged this whole series the first weekend it came out and he loved it. I’m a bit slower to get through, but it’s not from lack of enjoyment and more from an overabundance of things to do outside of binge watching TV shows.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
It’s WAY different from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch I grew up watching, but it is also so good you don’t even care. If you like Riverdale and Vampire Diaries it’s a little of both of those mixed together.
Watch to Watch on Netflix: Grown Folks Shows
I accidentally fell in love with Travelers when I binged Season 1 of this show while my kids were down with the flu a couple of years ago. Season 3 hit towards the end of last year and I binged it in two days while I was stuck on my couch recovering from surgery. I love the storyline thing (people from the future come back and posses regular citizens who were slated to die), the characters are great, just enough action to keep me thrilled, just enough love to keep me smiling. Watch it when you’re wide awake and engaged because it’s one of those shows that you totally have to pay hard attention to or you’ll find yourself lost among it many layers, plot twists, and characters that pop up in like the first episode only to reappear and blow your mind in the third season.
Santa Clarita Diet
It’s a zombie comedy drama, okay. I’m not sure that there are any other shows that inhabit that drama and that’s probably what makes it so intriguing. I first watched it because it stars Drew Barrymore who has been one of my favorite TV people since she was lighting houses on fire with her chubby little girl hands in Firestarter. It’s unpredictable in ways that are oddly satisfying and, while it has some moments that are insane and maybe even a little lame, I found myself going right back for Season 2.
Another show that made Netflix’s official most watched list that I normally wouldn’t watch but found myself clicking “yes, I’m still watching” repeatedly was Fastest Car. I don’t know much about cars and it doesn’t star Noah Centineo—in fact it is more of a reality show/documentary type thing about this car race—but I still found myself rooting for the characters and celebrating their wins. Watched the first episode with DudeDad and totally got into it.
What to Watch on Netflix: Netflix Original Movies We All Can’t Stop Talking About
Okay, I know this is getting a lot of buzz in social media, but I loved this movie. It is intense and intriguing and emotional and I totally cried, not because it’s sad, just because I was feeling Sandra Bullock as a mother so hard at one point I just couldn’t keep it in! I had so many feelings and emotions throughout this movie—anger, fear, excitement, joy, more fear, additional anger, confusion, anxiety—it’s like a roller coaster. But one I actually enjoyed, not one that made me scream my throat raw and throw up on my shoes.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Based on the novel of the same name, this movie is probably my favorite of 2018. And it’s not just because I have a girl crush on Lana Condor and a regular I’d-totally-lick-your-face crush on Noah Centineo. It’s because it’s cute and fun and sweet and relatable and it made you want to awkwardly fall in love with the cool, popular dude at school all over again only to have him actually love you back this time. Sigh.
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Another Noah Centineo gem, this one following a girl who basically Catfishes the quarterback of an opposing high school, a dude she thinks is out of her league, into thinking she’s some hot, popular chick when she is really an overweight, band geek (and I say that in the nicest way possible because I love Sierra and her funky, fresh ways). Turns out, MR. QB is just a nice guy who likes people for who they are, and everyone in this movie learns a lot about stereotypes and keeping it real.
The Kissing Booth
Okay, so I am basically a high schooler, but whatever. I loved this one too and it’s just a girl falls in love with her best friend’s brother type of romcom that had me smiling at my screen like a total dork face.
When We First Met
It’s a time travel, Groundhog Day-esque, romcom flick starring Adam Devine who is just my second favorite character in Pitch Perfect (sorry, Fat Amy took the trophy in that one). It’s funny and cute and can easily be watched over the top of your lap top while you work on several other things. Ask me how I know this.