40 Best TV Shows on Netflix Canada to Watch (October 2022) – Diary of a Toronto Girl

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Looking for the best and most binge-worthy TV shows and series on Netflix Canada to watch this October 2022?
Binge-watching TV shows on Netflix Canada is one of my favourite hobbies tbh.
I pretty much always have Netflix on in the background, whether I’m actively watching a series or looking for background noise while I’m working.
A lot of TV shows and series are good, but great ones are the ones that captivate you enough to sit there and divide your full attention to watching them. Ya know? Ya know.
If you’re looking for what to binge-watch on Netflix Canada, you’ll definitely find something on this list featuring some of the best and most binge-worthy shows on the platform.
Here are some of the best TV shows and series to binge-watch on Netflix Canada this October 2022, if you’re looking for some recommendations!
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Netflix Canada plans start from $9.99 a month, and you can stream content across most devices with wifi capabilities, such as your TV, phone, and tablet.
If you have the basic plan, you can only stream Netflix Canada on one device at a time.
If you have the standard or premium plans, you can stream on multiple devices at once, which is ideal for families or friends who share the same account.
Netflix releases new shows and movies on a weekly basis.
They have a lot of older movies and TV shows, more modern ones, as well as their own content labelled as Netflix Originals.
From action movies, to documentary series, to reality TV shows, Netflix dabbles in all sorts of genres for their Netflix Originals.
Their Originals are some of the best shows on the Netflix Canada platform!
So is Netflix, Crave TV, or Amazon Prime Video more worth subscribing to?
Netflix’s basic plan allows you to watch anything on the platform for just $9.99, and a lot of the content tends to be Netflix Originals or older movies.
Crave is pretty much double the price at $19.99 a month, but it has plenty of blockbuster hits and HBO and Showtime series, which makes it worth it.
Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime membership, which is $99 annually (or $8.25 a month).
Prime is worth getting just for the free two-day shipping on its own, so Prime Video is a definite perk with no extra fees (unless you add channels).
Overall, both Netflix, Crave, and Prime Video are great for their own reasons, which is why I’m subscribed to all of them!
I was never one for adult cartoons until BoJack came along.
BoJack Horseman was the first animated series by Netflix, and it’s about a washed up actor who back in the 90s was in a very famous TV show.
He tries to make a comeback into Hollywood (which later becomes Hollywoo, and then Hollywoob) two decades later, and we get to see all the shenanigans him and his friends go through.
Oh, and Bojack is a horse, and he’s got friends who are cats, dogs, and humans.
The show gets progressively more depressing and hard to watch over the seasons, but overall it’s a a witty and entertaining show.
I loved BoJack so much I even wrote my own script for an episode as an assignment for my university “writing for animation” course.
It’s most definitely one of the best shows on Netflix Canada, even if you’re not typically a fan of cartoons or animations.
6 seasons available on Netflix
Big Mouth is another adult animated Netflix series all about the joys of puberty and growing up in middle school.
As soon as a kid starts going through puberty, they get a hormone monster to help them get through it.
“Help” probably isn’t the best word, but you get the idea.
The Netflix series is actually inspired by the childhoods of creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, who were childhood best friends in the suburbs of New York.
Even the main characters are named after them!
It’s hilarious and definitely not made for middle school kids, and you maybe won’t want to watch it around your own parents either.
5 seasons available on Netflix
F is for Family is another Netflix Original adult animated series, and it’s inspired by stand-up comedian Bill Burr’s life growing up in the 70’s.
He also voices the main character of Frank Murphy, a veteran and suburban father with a dysfunctional but loving family.
The show can get a little dark at times, but it has its heartwarming and hilarious moments.
It’s probably my favourite out of all of Netflix’s adult animated series, and it’s definitely worth watching!
5 seasons available on Netflix
Jane the Virgin is about Jane, a virgin, who gets artificially inseminated by mistake.
The entire series is a telenovela until the very end.
You’ll fall in love with the Villanueva family right away, and grow to love all the other characters.
I think Jane the Virgin is one of the most well-written comedy series, maybe even one of the most well-written series on television of all-time.
It’s definitely one of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix Canada!
If you love the show, you’ll also love Woori the Virgin, a Korean drama remake of the show – it’s available to stream on Viki!
5 seasons available on Netflix
Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age teen comedy series by Mindy Kaling, and it’s actually inspired by Kaling’s own childhood.
Devi is a first-generation Indian-American teenager with a complicated life.
After a devastating freshman year, Devi tries to pick herself back up for sophomore year but things just keep getting more and more complicated.
It’s absolutely hilarious – I binge watched the first season all in one day and laughed out loud so many times.
Oh, and the lead actress is from Mississauga, which is pretty awesome!
If you enjoy Never Have I Ever, you’ll definitely enjoy Mindy Kaling’s The Sex Lives of College Girls on Crave, which is about a group of college freshmen and roommates and their frisky adventures.
2 seasons available on Netflix
I’m not a mom, but I’m definitely a huge fan of Workin’ Moms.
It’s an excellent and well-written comedy series by Catherine Reitman, who also stars as one of the main characters (and is married to her husband in the series in real life!)
It focuses on the lives of several different working moms and how they navigate through motherhood and their careers.
It’s a CBC show and it’s based in Toronto (whoop, whoop) so it’s always cool hearing references to familiar places.
You might be able to spot some recognizable places like Oretta, an Italian restaurant in Toronto that’s also one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Toronto!
5 seasons available on Netflix
Kim’s Convenience is another great CBC show based in Toronto, centring around the Kims, a fictional Korean-Canadian family that owns a convenience store.
If you’re local, it’s really cool recognizing spots like Kensington Market and OCAD!
Kim’s Convenience was originally a play, and I actually saw it in the Distillery District a couple years ago before the show came out.
The show has sadly been cancelled, but it’s definitely still a fantastic comedy series on Netflix worth a watch!
I think Shannon and Kimchee are both getting their own shows (Shannon’s is a spinoff of Kim’s Convenience), but I haven’t heard much about either.
5 seasons available on Netflix
Orange is the New Black is very loosely based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of her experience in a women’s prison.
The protagonist, Piper Chapman, is sentenced to prison for transporting drug money 10 years before.
While Piper is the main character, you really start to fall in love with all the other characters and their backstories.
Honestly, I started liking all the characters and hating Piper lmao.
OITNB was created by Jenji Kohan, who also created Weeds (one of my all-time fave shows), which is part of why it’s so great.
While the show was really good in its beginning seasons, I do think it was a bit overstretched.
7 seasons available on Netflix
I don’t know what it is that makes Terrace House such an addictive TV show to watch.
It’s basically a Japanese reality series about six strangers (three women, three men) who live in the same house together to date each other and make friends.
What makes the show unique is that there’s a panel who commentates on the housemates and their actions.
It’s really fun seeing Japanese culture, and it’s interesting when you see how different the housemates are in the Aloha State season based in Hawaii!
Fun fact: Adam and I actually went to Hawaii because of Terrace House.
The first season and film are not on Netflix, but I think the first season is definitely the best out of the entire show.
If you’ve already binge-watched the entire show and are looking for more, here are a few similar Asian dating reality shows to watch:
4 seasons available on Netflix
Queer Eye is one of the most wholesome and wonderful reality shows on television.
The Fab Five travel around the US to help people learn to love and become their best selves.
They even have two additional seasons where they travel to Japan and Germany to do the same thing!
If you want to feel good and cry happy tears, this is the show to watch.
Another show with similar vibes is Restaurants on the Edge, except they makeover restaurants instead of people!
8 seasons available on Netflix
Is love blind? That’s the whole premise behind this Netflix reality series.
Singles go on “dates” with each other while sitting in individual pods, and it’s basically a social experiment to see if people call fall in love before seeing each other face-to-face.
Vanessa Lachey and (obviously) Nick Lachey host Love is Blind.
I was literally hooked to this show when it first came out, and they also have both Brazilian and Japanese versions out.
Ultimatum is another Netflix dating reality show hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey where couples see if they really want to be together, and it’s a total hot mess.
Dating Around and Too Hot to Handle are two other similar shows on Netflix, as well as Temptation Island, Fboy Island, and 12 Dates of Christmas on Crave Canada.
4 seasons available on Netflix
The Circle is what happens when you put together Big Brother and Catfish.
Contestants live in their own apartments in the same building while exclusively communicating with other contestants through an app called “The Circle”.
Some people catfish and some people choose to play as themselves, but the ultimate goal is to be the most popular player and the last one standing at the end.
Michelle Buteau hosts the show, and she’s awesome.
You can watch 4 seasons of the show on Netflix, and there are also versions in Brazil and France.
6 seasons available on Netflix
While Alexa Chung and Tan France may be one of the main reasons to watch Next in Fashion, the designers are the stars of the show.
Fashion designers from all around the world compete to become “next in fashion”.
It’s amazing seeing the talent of all these people, especially since most of them are already established.
Charles was my favourite designer – I loved every single one of his pieces, plus he’s from Ontario!
I really wish they’d continued the show because it was so good, but it was canceled after one season.
1 season available on Netflix
If you’re a fan of cooking shows, The Final Table is epic.
The chefs on the show are already accomplished, with some even having Michelin Stars, and they compete to sit at the final table with other accomplished chefs.
Each episode focuses on a different country, and they bring on food critics, celebrities, and the best chef from each country to judge the creations.
I’ve already put together a list of some restaurants I’d like to visit during my travels, including Shokunin in Calgary!
I really wish they’d continued on with the show, but it was cancelled after one season.
1 season available on Netflix
Crash Landing on You is one of the most successful Korean dramas of all-time.
The series is about a South Korean heiress and CEO who accidentally paraglides her way into North Korea.
It’s a love story that has its teary and heartfelt moments.
The production team was advised by actual North Korean defectors for the show, so it’s the closest portrayal to actual life in North Korea out there in the media.
1 season available on Netflix
This Is Us centres around the Pearson family, as three very different siblings try to overcome a tragedy from their past.
Honestly, I wasn’t super into the show at first, but as the seasons went on I couldn’t stop binge-watching it.
It’s a very powerful show that shows different family and romantic relationships.
If you’re a crier, expect to have lots of ugly sobs.
I’m honestly not a fan of the latest season because it’s a little too close to home – it’s centred on how the Pearsons navigate life in the pandemic.
5 seasons available on Netflix
After Walter White, a chemistry teacher, discovers he has cancer, he decides to get into the meth-making business to help his family pay his medical bills.
When he partners with a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman, things turn different than he expected.
Breaking Bad is one of the best TV series out there – Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are great together!
Better Call Saul is a spinoff series with 5 seasons, and there’s also a spinoff movie called El Camino.
5 seasons available on Netflix
The Sinner is an anthology crime series about Detective Harry Ambrose and the disturbing cases he investigates.
Each season focuses on a different crime case that Harry investigates, which is pretty unique.
Jessica Biel is absolutely incredible in season one, which I definitely enjoyed more than seasons two and three.
3 seasons available on Netflix, still ongoing
Ozark is an absolutely incredible series, and probably in my top 10 favourite TV shows of all-time.
It’s about a man (Jason Bateman) who moves his family from Chicago to the Ozarks summer resort community.
The reason isn’t for a fresh start or a nicer view: it’s to launder money for a Mexican drug lord.
Jason Bateman is one of my favourite actors, and it’s really cool seeing him play such a different role from his usual.
Julia Garner is also absolutely incredible in this series!
4 seasons available on Netflix
Itaewon Class is probably my most favourite Korean drama of all-time.
Ex-con Park Sae-Ro-Yi fights to make his dreams a reality with the help of his friends.
This series is intense, exciting, emotional, and inspiring – it’s definitely worth the hype.
The soundtrack is also really good – I have it downloaded on Spotify 😉
There is no English dub, so you’ll have to read subtitles, but it’s totally worth it!
1 season available on Netflix
A gifted high school student turns to a life of crime to help pay for college.
If you liked the Netflix series Baby (I liked it until I found out it was based on true events), you’ll definitely like Extracurricular (which is purely fictional).
Extracurricular is another South Korean series, so you’ll have to read subtitles or watch it dubbed!
The actor who plays the main character, Dong-Hee Kim, also stars in Itaewon Class.
1 season available on Netflix
Sophie Whitehouse is the wife of a British MP, and their entire lives get blown up when it gets discovered that he’s had an affair with an aide.
Anatomy of a Scandal is dubbed as an anthology series, so it seems like every season will be about different scandals and different people!
1 season available on Netflix, watch the trailer
Orphan and chess prodigy Beth Harmon struggles with addiction on her way to become the greatest chess player in the world.
The Queen’s Gambit blew up on Netflix, and I actually had to give it a second chance to get into it.
Yes, it’s a series about chess, but it’s not just about chess.
It actually took 30 years for the producer to finally get this series made – no studios thought anyone would want to watch a show about chess!
1 season available on Netflix
When They See Us is a limited series based on true events that happened in 1989.
It tells the story of the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting a jogger in Central Park.
They were exonerated 13 years later, and it is absolutely heartbreaking to watch the five kids turn into men while in prison.
It’s one of the most powerful series to watch on Netflix, and it’s one of those shows where you actually need to sit down and watch it.
1 season available on Netflix
I learned about Hasidic Jews while in Israel, and watching Unorthodox was very powerful and emotional.
A Hasidic Jewish woman flees her arranged marriage and religious life in Brooklyn for freedom and a new life in Germany, but her past catches up to her.
It’s partly inspired by Deborah Feldman’s book about her own life, but a lot of the show is actually fictionalized.
I binge-watched the entire series in one sitting – it’s only four episodes!
1 season available on Netflix
Farmer, family man, and viking Ragnar Lothbrok seeks to head west to discover and conquer new lands.
Ragnar Lothbrok was actually a real viking legend, and the historical drama is loosely based on his adventures.
My family recommended Vikings to me, and I literally binge-watched it all throughout the holidays.
It’s kind of got Game of Thrones vibes, but with vikings instead.
It’s a Canadian-Irish co-production and it’s filmed in Ireland, which is pretty cool!
There are 6 seasons of the series, but only 4 are on Netflix.
Funnily enough, it was only meant to be one season originally, but they kept making it because of how successful the show was!
There’s also a Netflix spinoff that just came out this year called Vikings: Valhalla.
4 seasons available on Netflix
After serving as a nurse in the British army, Claire Randall goes on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband Frank before he starts a new career as a historian.
She suddenly gets transported 200 years into the past, marries Scottish man Jamie Fraser to keep herself safe, and ends up falling in love.
Outlander is a historical drama based on a novel series of the same name, which happens to be one of the best-selling book series of all-time!
5 seasons available on Netflix
You makes you want to private all your social media accounts and never talk to strangers ever again.
Joe Goldberg is a creepy dude who will do anything to get close to the women he falls in love (*ahem* becomes obsessed) with, even if it literally means getting rid of the people around her.
A lot of people compare Joe to Dexter, but they ain’t anything alike.
If you want to compare, Dexter is available on Crave Canada, as well as the new comeback season, Dexter: New Blood (which was just meh tbh).
3 seasons available on Netflix
After the sun mysteriously starts killing everything it touches, a group of passengers on a plane travels west to try to find somewhere safe.
All the passengers have different backgrounds and life stories, and we do get a peek behind some characters’ pasts.
There are two seasons of the show with 6 episodes each, and fun fact: Into the Night is actually the first Belgian series on Netflix!
2 seasons available on Netflix
16-year-old John B. and his three best friends are on the hunt for a legendary treasure that his missing father spent 20 years searching for.
I started watching the show on Netflix not knowing what it was about and thought it was meh, but then it started to get really exciting.
Every episode of Outer Banks is super intense, and you’ll have feelings between wanting to see what happens next and not wanting to see what happens next.
Another big part of the storyline is this whole “Pogues” vs. “Kooks” thing, which is basically the working class vs. the wealthy living in the OBX.
As John B. puts it, “you either have two jobs or two houses”.
2 seasons available on Netflix
Set in the 80s, Stranger Things is about a small town that encounters the supernatural.
It’s hard to say much without spoiling it, but you don’t really know what’s going on until later on in the first season.
I wasn’t fan of the first season, but the show actually got really good over time.
The show was created by the Duffer brothers, who also wrote the horror film Hidden!
4 seasons available on Netflix
I also can’t tell you much about Dark without spoiling it, but it’s about a small German town where kids go missing and supernatural things begin to happen.
The show starts off slow, but as secrets start to unravel and twists reveal themselves, it gets pretty mind-blowing.
If you like Stranger Things, you’ll like Dark!
It’s a German series and they speak German in it, but you can watch it dubbed in English.
3 seasons available on Netflix, still ongoing
There’s a reason why everyone talks about Black Mirror each time a new season drops: it’s the kind of show that makes you think.
Black Mirror is one of those shows that leaves you feeling uneasy and uncomfortable, but that’s the appeal of it.
You don’t even have to watch the series in order for it to make sense as it’s an anthology, but there are plenty of easter eggs that connect the episodes to one another.
My favourite episodes are “San Junipero”, “Hang the DJ”, and “Striking Vipers”, all of which happen to be the few feel-good episodes of the show.
Bandersnatch is also in the Black Mirror universe, and the cool thing about it is that it’s sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure movie!
If you like Black Mirror, you might also enjoy Love Death + Robots, an anthology animation series that you do not want to watch with your kids, or even your parents.
5 seasons + 1 film available on Netflix
In The 100, one hundred juvenile delinquents are sent back down to earth, almost a century after nuclear conflict leads people to escape the planet.
It’s one of the best apocalyptic series out there, and it’s interesting seeing how humans could eventually become someday.
The earlier seasons are better than the later ones in my opinion, but it’s still interesting to watch.
7 seasons available on Netflix
Arisu and his friends find themselves in an abandoned Tokyo, where they have to play dangerous games in order to survive.
Alice in Borderland is a Japanese Netflix series, and it’s super unique – it’s actually based on a manga of the same name!
I binge-watched the whole thing in one sitting – it was so addictive to watch!
1 season available on Netflix
If you’re looking for horror films instead of TV shows on Netflix, I also have a blog post all about the best horror movies to watch!
I think The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most well-made horror series of all-time, and one of the best horror shows on Netflix Canada.
It’s a modern retelling of a Shirley Jackson novel by the same name, and it tells the story of a family who grew up in the haunted Hill House, and has to go back to face the ghosts of their past.
It’s filled with jaw-dropping, heartbreaking, and beautiful moments.
Even as someone who’s watched terrifying horror films all her life, Hill House gave me chills to the point where I always had to watch happy videos before going to bed at night.
If you get nightmares easily, maybe watch Hill House during the day.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is a sort of season 2 of Hill House, but it’s listed separately on Netflix, and the storyline is completely different.
In Bly Manor, a young governess takes on a job at Bly Manor and begins to see strange things.
A lot of the actors from Hill House reappear as different characters in Bly Manor, which is really cool – sort of like American Horror Story.
I personally liked Hill House more because it was scarier, but Bly Manor is also really good!
2 seasons available on Netflix
Squid Game is actually the most-watched Netflix series of all-time, and it’s one of my favourite Korean shows on Netflix.
It’s about a group of people who compete in games against each other for a chance to win a large grand prize.
While it’s not scary, it’s got some pretty gory scenes!
They’ve also renewed it for season 2, which I guess makes up for the ending that I personally wasn’t a fan of.
If you’re looking for even more Korean shows, I’ve got a post all about the best Korean dramas!
1 season available on Netflix, still ongoing
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what The Walking Dead is, it’s about a group of survivors who try to find safety during the zombie apocalypse.
While the repetitive storylines are getting old, I still think The Walking Dead is one of the best series on television.
Not many popular TV shows make it to 10 seasons!
There are also supposedly three films coming out, and there are even two spinoff shows called Fear the Walking Dead (starts off good and becomes terrible) and World Beyond (terrible) on Prime Video.
10 seasons available on Netflix
There are endless zombie films and TV series out there, but if we’re being honest, most of them are bleh.
Kingdom is a South Korean TV series set in ancient Korea, and it’ll have you clutching your blanket over your face.
In Kingdom, a mysterious plague makes its way through the kingdom while the crown prince tries to save his people.
Oh, and the zombies run fast, which is my worst nightmare when it comes to zombie shows.
It’s the first Korean Netflix Original series, and it’s definitely one of the top horror shows on Netflix Canada.
There’s also a movie in the same universe called Kingdom: Ashin of the North, which serves as a prequel to the whole series.
If you’re looking for more Korean zombie shows and movies, you can watch #Alive and All of Us Are Dead on Netflix Canada.
2 seasons + 1 film available on Netflix, still ongoing
As humans turn into monsters, a troubled teen and his neighbours fight them off and try to survive.
With all the zombie movies out there, Sweet Home is an interesting and different take!
It’s also Korean, but you can dub it in English.
Netflix has also announced that they’ll be renewing the show for two more seasons, which is awesome!
1 season available on Netflix
Obviously there are tons more great and binge-worthy shows and series on Canadian Netflix, but these were my personal favourites to binge-watch.
If you’re looking for something new to binge-watch this October 2022, you’ll definitely find a great series to watch on this list of the best shows on Netflix Canada!
Have you seen any of these binge-worthy TV series? What are some of the best shows and things to binge-watch on Netflix Canada in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!
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