Underrated Netflix Shows to Watch This Halloween

Every month, it feels like Netflix is releasing dozens of original TV shows, making it seem impossible to keep up. Everyone knows the big ones: Stranger Things, Black Mirror, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and so on. And that’s not to say these aren’t good! After all, they’re popular for a reason, right?

But maybe you want to watch something different for a change– something that gets you in the spooky season spirit.  If that’s the case, this list is for you! If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of content Netflix has to offer, here are some recommendations to add to your list that might have slipped under your radar.

  1. 1. You

    In this show, Joe is an attractive bookstore manager who falls head over heels for MFA student Beck after meeting her in his shop. Sounds adorable, right? Not quite. It also happens to be that Joe is a psychopathic stalker, who becomes obsessed with Beck and will do anything to get her to himself. That includes anything from stalking her on social media…to going on a massive murder spree. You is a very addictive thriller that is almost disturbingly realistic, making it all the more creepy. Combine that with its sinister nature and complete unpredictability, and you might be scared enough into changing your online passwords.

    Haunting fact: The production team was mostly made up of women! Let’s go girl power!

  2. 2. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

    This Netflix Original may be many things, but if there’s one thing it’s best at, it’s being creepy as hell. In the show, teenager Sabrina must deal with the balance of being a half-mortal and a half-witch, a scenario destined for disaster. But this is not the innocent Sabrina that many grew up with in the 90s; instead, it’s a much more complex and twisted take on the character and her adventures. To put it simply, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the perfect combination of both horror and the supernatural, making it perfect for streaming in October. If you are looking for a bewitching time, I highly recommend checking both seasons out!

    Eerie fact: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the CW’s Riverdale exist in the same universe. Maybe Archie will participate in the dark arts next season?

  3. 3. Mindhunter

    For all you fellow film nerds out there, this show was produced and partially directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Gone Girl), and under his guidance, Mindhunter is able to draw you in and get you inside the heads of murderers. The story follows two FBI agents as they travel around the US and interview famous serial killers, trying to develop a system to categorize their behaviors. What makes Mindhunter just so terrifying? It’s the fact that we never actually see anything. This isn’t a new concept in horror, but the fact that the show is able to pull it off so incredibly well keeps viewers on the edge of their seats during every interview.

    Shuddersome fact: The entire show, including the characters and the interviews, is based on a true story. Don’t let that keep you up tonight!

  4. 4. Santa Clarita Diet 

    Santa Clarita Diet follows the tale of a Sheila and Joe, married real estate agents living in Santa Clarita, California. However, the two of them go through a dramatic change when Sheila’s “appetite” changes, for better or for worse. This is an immediately binge-worthy show that is strange, startling, but all the while compelling. It’s full of lovable characters and hilarious dialogue and may be the most underrated show on this list. Sadly, the show was cancelled after its third season, but there’s still so much to be enjoyed here. But don’t listen to me, go watch it right now! (Just maybe not on a full stomach.)

    Frightful fact: The series title, Santa Clarita Diet, is a pun on the notorious fad diet, South Beach Diet. Yeah, I wouldn’t want what Sheila’s having.

  5. 5. The Haunting of Hill House

    Five siblings grew up in the most haunted house in America. Now they’re adults, and after the suicide of their youngest sister, they're forced to reunite and confront the terrors waiting for them in the Hill House. It’s not just the jump scares (and they are terrifying at times) that make this show so memorable, but the characters themselves. Not only is it a ghost story, but it’s also a compelling family drama, and that may be what haunts the viewer more when the finale ends. The Haunting of Hill House is both stylish and sinister, and riddled with enough ghosts to make you want to keep the lights on when you sleep.

    Spooky fact: The show is based on a 1953 novel about the same house. Uhhh was that fiction or non-fiction?

  6. 6. Dead to Me

    After the death of her husband in a hit-and-run, Jen is determined to find the culprit and teams up with Judy, who’s recently been though her own tragedy. But as the two become closer despite their completely opposite personalities, Judy tries to hide secrets from Jen that could completely destroy both of their lives. Dead to Me is an utterly thrilling dark comedy that is full of twists and turns that will always leave you guessing. It’s a tense and gripping mystery, while also being a refreshing look at female friendships. Season 1 is out now, with season 2 set to be released in 2020.

    Chilling fact: Christina Applegate had to go to therapy after the show because it triggered other emotional moments in her life. Give this lady the Emmy she deserves!

I hope you enjoyed this list and have some new shows to add to your Netflix lists! Whether you be out with friends or having a movie night, I wish you all a happy (and safe!) Halloween this year, with hopefully some new spooky shows to keep you company!