5 underrated Netflix TV shows that are perfect to watch in the winter

We’re well into winter, and while you may be experiencing balmy weather depending on where you are, the weather in many states is colder than usual. Whatever the weather, there’s nothing like curling up on the couch to watch a new show on a lazy Sunday or when you’re ready to wind down on a weeknight.

But it’s easy to waste an hour (or more) endlessly scrolling through the streaming services you subscribe to in search of the right show. Too much and nothing to watch! If your choice is Netflix, the choice is so vast that it’s nearly impossible to find hidden gems worth watching without a strong recommendation. We’re here to help. Check out five underrated Netflix TV shows that are perfect to watch during the winter.

White Gold (2017-2019)

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White gold quietly ended after two seasons, although the series has not been officially cancelled. In the British sitcom, Ed Westwick plays Vincent Swan, an arrogant and obnoxious window salesman who is willing to do and say anything to make a sale. After all, he must be able to support his luxurious lifestyle. He works alongside two junior salesmen played by James Buckley and Joe Thomas (both of That Transition), who don’t really accept his tactics, but are reluctant to go along with it.

The series, set in the 1980s, follows the antics of Vincent and his co-workers as they attempt to make money off unsuspecting and highly gullible customers. He may be king at work, but Vincent’s fractured personal life and relationships cause tension that he can’t seem to repair. White gold will make you wince at how badass Vincent is. It’s shallow and sexist, but very entertaining.

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Rogue (2017-2018)

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Imagine meeting the woman of your dreams and getting married, then coming home one day and receiving a video message on your computer saying that she has left you and drained your entire bank account. That’s what happened to Ezra (Rob Heaps) in Fraudster. Unlike previous victims who have gotten over their losses and moved on, Ezra is too hurt to let go of the love of his life. In his quest to find Maddie (Inbar Lavi) so he can look her in the eye and ask her why, he meets two other victims, Richard (Parker Evans) and Jules (Marianne Rendon).

Together, the three go on a mission to find out Maddie’s true identity and get revenge. But he’s so talented at tricking people (Lavi is perfect in the role) that they start to sympathize with him. They try desperately to hide their true feelings for each other: Do they really want to bring her down or secretly want to win her back? Fraudster canceled too soon, but even without a final resolution, this watch remains hilarious.

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First Murder (2022)

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Fans were devastated when Netflix was cancelled First Murder after one season, suggests that the series may become one of the lost cult classics. A supernatural teen drama, First Murder tells the story of a teenage vampire named Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) who is assigned to commit her first murder on her 16th birthday. He finds the perfect victim in the new girl at school, Calliope (Imani Lewis). But what he doesn’t know is that Calliope is a member of a family of monster hunters looking for vampires like him. But the saddest thing is that Juliette began to fall in love with the woman who was supposed to be her victim.

A modern-day LGBTQ version of forbidden love, First Murder received decent reviews, although it was criticized for being soapy and predictable. However, the negative critics missed the point: that’s what a show of the genre should be like. In case you missed it, First Murder is a unique coming-of-age story centered on queer themes and black representation.

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Living With Yourself (2019)

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Do you remember that Paul Rudd starred in a sci-fi comedy drama called Living With Yourself? This is actually quite funny, not to mention a hot topic in today’s AI-dominated landscape. Like a comedy version Termination, Rudd plays Miles, a copywriter who can’t seem to escape his fear. Desperate, he decides to undergo a mysterious treatment intended to give him a better life and attitude.

However, after being cloned, Miles’ stunt double (also played by Rudd) begins to compete with the real Rudd to become host. After all, he was the better man of the two. Miles is slowly replaced, which makes him feel worse than when he started, but also pushes him to try and be more like himself. The film also features a strong supporting cast including Aisling Bea as Miles’ wife and Alia Shawkat as his half-sister. Unfortunately, the future Living With Yourself still unknown. The series was never officially cancelled. With positive reviews calling it strange and unreal, it’s very possible that this is the case Living With Yourself was finally able to return, and brought Rudd doubles with him.

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New Cherry Flavor (2021)

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New Cherry Flavor has received good reviews, but this horror drama has largely flown under the radar. From Nicholas J. Antosca, who co-created and served as the pioneer of the biographical crime drama Action, stars Rosa Salazar as Lisa, a woman who arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams. He wanted to direct the film, but he teamed up with the wrong people and everything went wrong. He encounters zombies, a hitman, a supernatural kitten, and a curse-spouting tattoo artist.

Yes, New Cherry Flavor as strange as it sounds. Based on Todd Grimson’s novel of the same name, critics called it “darkly bonkers” and praised Salazar’s performance. New Cherry Flavor may not be suitable for everyone. But for those who can appreciate truly bizarre plot twists, this show will leave you confused in the most amazing, if horrifying, ways.

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