30 Best 2023 Shows on Netflix Canada

Updated June 25, 2024 • Staff

Netflix may be facing stiff competition from rival streaming services, and a hike in prices may have turned off some subscribers, but when it comes to production, Netflix has never been one to waver. With partner studios around the globe, there's never been more Netflix shows to watch and binge. In Canada, that means both originals and imports from international partners like the BBC, if you're into British dramas, and NBC, if you're into American sitcoms. And this isn't to mention the international gems, including Korean dramas and South American mysteries, that can be found on the platform. Below, we sift through the latest and rank the very best 2023 shows you can watch on Netflix Canada right now.

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30.

Behind Your Touch

When the psychometric powers of the main character are only activated when she touches a butt, you know that Behind Your Touch will be as silly and hilarious as the show’s powers. The K-drama gets into ridiculous moments, oftentimes inspired by other dramas from the action, horror, and romance genres, but done in exaggeration for comedic effect. And the cast really gets into the action, with Han Ji-min and Lee Min-ki’s excellent chemistry and timing able to deliver the jokes written by the team. As the first season will end soon, it’s hard to say if the ending will be as good as its start, but so far, Behind Your Touch takes interesting comedic twists of the K-Drama tropes we all know and love.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Han Ji-min, Joo Min-kyung, Jung Yi-rang, Kim Hee-won, Lee Min-ki, Lee Seung-joon, Park Hyeok-kwon, Park No-shik, Park Sung-yeon, Suho, Yang Jae-sung
Director: Kim Sok-yun
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29.

The Romantics

Bollywood is the biggest film industry in the world, in terms of output. After all, the Indian film industry churns out 700-800 films per year. Because of sheer output, there are plenty of excellent hidden gems from the South Asian country, some of which we try to cover here in A Good Movie to Watch. However, for a fairly comprehensive introduction to the industry, the English-language miniseries The Romantics is a great place to start. There’s no better filmmaker to take notes from other than Yash Raj Chopra, whose media conglomerate shifted the industry for the past 50 years, so the show tackles his legacy through archival footage and interviews from India’s current roster of film stars. Footage of his films alone are already a compelling watch, but director Smriti Mundra keeps an excellent balance between these films’ personal impact, as well as the corresponding political and film history in which his works were released to. It’s an excellent introduction to the colorful and rich film history of India.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Documentary
Actor: Aditya Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra, Yash Chopra
Director: Smriti Mundhra
Rating: TV-14
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28.

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher isn’t an exact one-to-one television adaptation of the titular short story. Instead, the original story from Edgar Allan Poe is used as a frame to introduce a whole Succession-like miniseries, with names and subplots coming from other stories from Poe. Because of this, fans of the author might feel disappointed at the lack of old gothic flair, as the story is set a whole century and a half after, and the tone shifts as the show shifts from character to character. However, Mike Flanagan’s whole ensemble still proves to be entertaining as the Usher family deals with sci-fi mishaps, internal sabotage, and a possible supernatural element haunting the whole brood.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Actor: Bruce Greenwood, Carl Lumbly, Carla Gugino, Crystal Balint, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Katie Parker, Kyliegh Curran, Mark Hamill, Mary McDonnell, Matt Biedel, Michael Trucco, Rahul Kohli, Ruth Codd, Samantha Sloyan, T'Nia Miller, Willa Fitzgerald, Zach Gilford
Rating: TV-MA
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27.

Divorce Attorney Shin

There are plenty of divorce-related Korean dramas, but Divorce Attorney Shin is a gem among them. Based on the webtoon with the same name, the show is centered on an eccentric lawyer, whose trot-dancing ways and unconventional handling of clients doesn’t detract from his winning cases. Instead of the ruthless and collected attorneys we’ve seen previously, Shin Sung-han has a human side, a side that enables him to empathize with his clients. And like the lawyer, the show does the same, handling multiple cases, without discarding them by the end of the episode, and embracing its nuances in a well-rounded way.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Cho Seung-woo, Han Hye-jin, Jung Moon-sung, Kim Sung-kyun, Lee Eun-jae
Rating: TV-MA
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26.

Castaway Diva

After a whole pandemic, rising inflation, and a whole climate crisis the world hasn’t yet resolved, it can be hard to feel hope towards a new day. However, the third collaboration between director Oh Choong-hwan and screenwriter Park Hye-ryun feels like a reminder to keep hope despite life’s circumstances. Castaway Diva has the classic manic pixie dream girl, but you have to admit that Seo Mok-ha’s optimism and survival instincts despite serious life circumstances makes it easy for her to root for. The way she appreciates what modern life has to offer makes it easy to appreciate how much good came up even just within 15 years. And with an unexpected mix of ecology and abuse themes, it stands out from other dramas, even when it gets instantly and unexpectedly serious.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Cha Hak-yeon, Chae Jong-hyeop, Kim Hyo-jin, Kim Joo-heon, Park Eun-bin
Director: Oh Choong-hwan
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25.

Feedback

After years of trying to regain sobriety, it’s totally chilling to wake up the next day, with no memory of last night, only aware that you failed to stay in control, again. Feedback follows a washed-up rock star trying hard to figure out what happened last night, but not just because it was an oopsie. Instead, for Marcin Kania, it’s the night his son went missing. With angry spiraling scored by electric guitar, temptations to drink abound, and the demeaning judgment of everyone around him, it’s hard for him to convince the cops to take this case seriously, especially when he only has blurry recollections of last night. But it’s easy to root for this unreliable narrator, who’s trying hard to be his best. He just might find him, but he might also find out what happened to the son he failed to guide properly, and hopefully redemption for how much he’s failed his family.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Actor: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Dominika Bednarczyk-Krzyżanowska, Jakub Sierenberg
Director: Leszek Dawid
Rating: TV-MA
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24.

Nothing to See Here

When a comedy is centered around people with disabilities, there’s a worry that the humor would be unfunny or demeaning – there’s a misconception that disabled jokes would surely have to be one or the other. But Nothing to See Here is funny without relying on stereotypes. The humor isn’t based on forced quips or halfhearted improvisations. It’s just part and parcel of a story about chasing dreams, seeking independence, and keeping faith in one’s self despite the limitations imposed by others. And through showrunners Big Drama and Santiago Limon, as well as the well-selected cast, it’s hilarious and heartfelt enough to follow.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Comedy
Actor: Alejandro Calva, Alexis Arroyo, Begoña Narváez, Paola Fernández, Verónica Merchant
Rating: TV-MA
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23.

Champion

After being released on BBC in July 2023, Champion made it across the Atlantic and has been recently released globally through Netflix. The family rivalry might be something familiar, but the way they go about it sounds so different, pulling in various genres from Black British music, compiling a striking soundscape that hasn’t been heard from similar shows. Along with the lovely soundtrack, the show has familiar story beats, but it’s well paced, excellently written, and maintains its slick rhythm without compromising any of its tunes. Champion might have dropped on Netflix without much noise, but the show has a voice and a story worth watching.

Our staff rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Cosby Prawl, Déja J. Bowens, Kerim Hassan, Nadine Marshall, Ray Fearon
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22.

Wrestlers

The OVW are practically nobodies outside the pro-wrestling scene, and they know it. They describe themselves as a “third tier” that trails behind more well-known companies like WWE and AEW, with one manager even likening their team to an indie film. If the WWE and AEW are Michael Bay movies, he says, then the OVW is like the highly-rated but little-seen movie The Squid and the Whale. But though their underdog status is bad news for their dipping financials and fanbase, it makes for a compelling story in Wrestlers. The docuseries pulls the curtains on the OVW and acquaints us with the owners, managers, accountants, and of course, the wrestlers, who are all struggling to keep afloat this act they love so much. “Wrestling is the art of physical storytelling,” CEO Al Snow says, and it’s clear that director Greg Whiteley believes him. He captures the OVW lovingly, intimately, making us privy to their highs and lows, celebrations and disagreements, and everything in between. He never forces us, either, but rather invites us to this world as naturally as possible. You may start watching this knowing very little about the OVW, but you’ll leave knowing and caring about them a little more. 

Our staff rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Documentary
Actor: Allen Sarven
Rating: TV-MA
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21.

Skull Island

Set in the Monsterversethe same shared universe that King Kong, Godzilla, and their respective films inhabitSkull Island follows a group of shipwrecked travelers who find themselves stranded on the mysterious titular island, which they soon find out is home to a variety of prehistoric creatures, including the mighty Kong.

Skull Island, the series, delivers wholesome relationships and touching character growth in the face of imminent danger, while also offering exciting action scenes, eye-popping visuals, and amusing jokes that are well-served by voice acting. It's an easy, fun watch that is sure to appeal to fans of the Monsterverse, as well as fans of animated adventure series. 

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Benjamin Bratt, Betty Gilpin, Darren Barnet, Mae Whitman, Nicolas Cantu
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