Looking for Quirky TV Shows on Netflix?
You’re a maverick, an iconoclast, and yes, a bit of a weirdo. None of those network sitcoms with a dumb dad and a hot mom are for you.
You hunger for something different. You want…quirky. We’ve got your weekend binge-watch on Netflix (and beyond) right here.
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So, Santa has a toy glut and needs Michael Bolton to help people get in the mood in time to make babies in time for Christmas. The result is a variety chow with an “orgy” of guest stars. It’s ridiculous fun. Just go with me on this one.
A Netflix original series, the plot was kept under wraps until it was launched. I won’t spoil the premise for you, but just to say Santa Clarita Diet is a mix of dry humor and grossness. I gagged at least once an episode, and but laughed a lot more.
Drew Barrymore comes off as a Drew Barrymore type, but Timothy Olyphant surprised me with how funny he is. Expect guest stars you recognize, like Nathon Fillion, but don’t expect them to hang around.
Like an English Buffy the Vampire Slayer who fights demons and is also mentally ill. The lead character Amy is fine, but she’s really just the sidekick to Raquel. The young woman who plays Raquel, Susan Wokoma, is one of my favorite new actors.
Susan Wokoma plays the hyper-religious, bitter sister in Chewing Gum. This series, however, belongs to writer/creator/lead actress Michaela Coel. This series is funny, awkward, and full of sexual confusion and awkwardness.
Absurd sci-fi humor that follows a team of five spies as they bring a sixties feel to the forties. A weird mash up of Thunderbirds and James Bond, their mission as always is to KILL HITLER!
Classic Quirky Shows
After twenty-five years, I’m not sure if what made Twin Peaks remarkable holds up. I still think it’s worth a watch for nostalgia and to prep for the upcoming new series. Great cast and a real sense of the early 1990s. I think it really falls apart at the end and gets super weird, but you might like that.
It might be too soon to call Better Off Ted a classic, but I think it was underrated when it originally aired. Fun, worth watching, and one of the few shows on this list you can watch with small children in the room. A show about corporations that reminds me why I no longer work for a corporation.
Still sad this one didn’t run longer. Classic Judd Apatow and a young cast that have almost all gone on to successful careers. Of any show about high school, Freaks and Geeks feels the most real.
Who doesn’t want to watch a show set in West Covina, California, about a stalker-ish girlfriend from summer camp with spontaneous musical numbers? It’s the definition of quirky. Seriously, though, this show is delightful.
Somewhat similar to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but with a different tone, Garfinkle and Oats follows the ups and downs of two friends played by Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. They are two Millennials trying to make careers in show business and figure out modern dating.
The Fox network used to be the home for edgy and off-beat comedies, but fell behind cable. I never watched Raising Hope when it aired, but I enjoyed catching up on Netflix. It’s an insane family drama that makes Rosanne seem like Downton Abbey. Worth it just to see Cloris Leachman as the great-granny. I thought this was a regular comedy, until the family takes in a guide pig for the blind.
This is for my fellow 80s kids! If you watched ET, read Stephen King, and played with a Rubic’s Cube, you’ll love this homage to 80s sci-fi, adventure movies. It’s set in 1983, when I was in middle school, but all the high school characters’ clothes are a totally what I wore. And Barb’s glasses. Because I was cool.
The OA is very polarizing. You will love it or hate it, no in-between. People who love it find it refreshing and imaginative. Others find it weird for the sake of weirdness. Either way, some of the flashback/dream sequences are amazing, and the diverse cast is very talented.
So campy it has to be set in a summer camp. WHAS is a satirical take on 80s summer camp comedies like Meatballs. There’s a sequel, filmed a decade later where now the 40-year-old actors are still playing the same teenage characters. The cast is made up of some of the best comedic actors around, like Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks.
Love this witty sit-com written and starring Aziz Ansari from Parks and Rec. His character is also trying to navigate modern love. My favorite part of this show is Ansari’s real parents playing his show parents.
When this show first came out, it was appointment television for me. The “No Spoilers” skit, the feminist bookstore, and the ethically-sourced restaurant bit made me laugh and laugh. I was telling a friend who lives in Portland about it and she says Portland residents didn’t find it funny, just true to life. For me, that’s like Hee Haw being real.
A favorite I watch over and over. A young executive is put in charge of the IT department for a particularly odd corporation. She knows nothing about IT or managing the two basement-dwelling engineers. It’s like The Office meets English Dilbert. If you don’t like Moss, we can’t be friends.
If you liked 30 Rock, I think you’ll like this. A young woman is freed from being the prisoner in the bunker of a doomsday fanatic. She went in a girl, but comes out a young woman free in New York City. Can she adapt to the big city with the help of her roommate Titus, old hippie landlady, and 1%-er boss?
I was late to the party on Arrested Development, but it makes a great binge-watch since there are four seasons to watch. Jason Bateman is the adult child of the Bluth family who has to hold the family together after the patriarch goes to prison. Remember, there’s always money in the banana stand.
Felicia Day leads a diverse cast of nerd tropes as they struggle with life outside their games. As a person with a gamer or two in my house, it feels pretty realistic. If you have a friend you only know only, or whom you refer to only with a game call sign, this is for you, LordDethBlade88!
Quirky Shows on Netflix DVD
Not on Netflix
My favorite show right now, Legion on FX is appointment television for me, and something I’ll watch twice to catch the nuance. Visual stunning, and a great cast. Wednesday nights at 10 ET on the FX network.
Powerless is another comic book show like Legion, but it’s completely different. It’s like The Office meets Better Off Ted set in the DC Universe. Thursdays at 8:30 ET on NBC.
This show never got the love it deserved. Available for purchase through Amazon or via Sling.
Another show that just didn’t catch on. A pie maker can return the dead to life briefly with just a touch sings catchy musical numbers. Available to stream via Amazon Video for a cost.
Get a little taste of Cristen Chenoweth singing Birdhouse in Your Soul.
Originally on HBO, Dead Like Me is available for streaming via Hulu.
A teenage girl with a bad attitude finds herself dead and recruited into becoming a reaper. Great performances by Mandy Patinkin and Jasmine Guy.