“What should I watch tonight?” The question, written out simply, seems so innocuous. For those overworked and under-entertained, it could even be inviting. After all, if you’re asking the question, it means you have the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a little TV time.
But for the nightly viewers, the bingers, the streaming junkies, the question is almost too intimidating to even ask. Once again, if you’re asking the question, it means you have the time to watch something… but it also means you don’t know what to watch. And if you don’t know what to watch, that means you have to check with your friends, scroll through reviews, or — in the worst-case scenario — use your chosen platform’s search function.
If that’s where you find yourself right now, then Netflix has likely crossed your mind. The breakthrough streaming service remains an incredibly popular option around the world, offering new shows, specials, limited series, movies, and more, at a rapid clip. You may wonder what to watch on Monday, then ask yourself again come Friday, and Netflix will have a dozen more prominent options to choose from. Titles come and go far too quickly to keep track of on your own, and that’s when you need lists like this; lists that highlight the best shows and series on Netflix each month, including a full list of titles in case our taste and yours differ.
Below, you’ll find seven top priority Netflix series set to be released this month, as well as a complete schedule of TV titles at the end. IndieWire has sorted through the month’s television offerings to surface the shows most likely to be talked about or the programs that appear most enticing from a creative standpoint (or, on the rare occasion, both). Whether you’re trying to plan ahead or need a recommendation right now, hopefully, this regularly updated list helps keep you from fearing the question everyone asks at some point: “What should I watch tonight?” Here’s hoping your search can end here.
Without further ado, here are seven new Netflix shows premiering in October 2022 — and the best reasons to watch.