The 10 Best AANHPI Shows to Binge-Watch Now (2024)

Asian talents have been unprecedentedly visible in Hollywood lately. On the big screen, there was Simu Liu in Barbie, who also performed in the “I’m Just Ken” number at the 2024 Academy Awards, where The Boy and the Heron and Godzilla Minus One were honored with Oscars. Past Lives and Perfect Days received Academy Award nominations.

On the small screen, the trend may be even more pronounced. Here’s just a small selection of shows worth celebrating during Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander HeritageMonth.

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Death and Other Details (2024)

Why to watch: If Columbo and Hercule Poirot had a love child and raised it in the Knives Out mansion, the result might look a little like this luxury-cruise-ship murder mystery. Even when its convolutions get too convoluted, the series sprinkles its sparkly style so liberally across the massive, diverse cast that you enjoy watching who-didn’t-do-it almost as much as working out whodunnit. The Asian characters, who really come into their own from episode 3 on, span the show’s social strata, with woman-led Chinese clans representing both the Succession-style mega-rich and the below-decks staff. The vast disparity in wealth masks the strange similarity of skeletons in the closet.

Whom to watch: Mandy Patinkin, 71, is the best-known name in the cast, but Angela Zhou (Supergirl) is a standout as the steely manager of a ship’s staff that includes many of her relatives. Her opposite number across the social divide is the ruthless matriarch of a Chinese fast-fashion empire (Lisa Lu, 97, The Joy Luck Club, The Last Emperor).

Where to watch: Hulu, Disney+

What to watch next: If the lightweight murder-iness of this show has you craving something similar but with a darker heart, check out Mr. and Mrs. Smith on Prime Video. Maya Erskine (PEN15), who is of Japanese descent, summons up a storm of chemistry with Donald Glover (Atlanta) as the titular husband-and-wife spy team.

Expats (2024)

Why to watch: A deeply felt and richly textured drama, based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s best-selling novel The Expatriates, Expats is a prestige package, from its star, Nicole Kidman, 56, to its brilliant writer-director, Lulu Wang (The Farewell). Showcasing a cross-section of Hong Kong’s multinational population that is brought into collision by a tragedy just as unrest breaks out across the city during the 2014 Umbrella Protests, the limited series is a thoughtful, provocative and beautifully made examination of female relationships, expat privilege and troubled consciences navigating troubled times.

Whom to watch: Kidman’s glacially grief-stricken Margaret may be the center of this somber yet rewarding drama, but Sarayu Blue and Ji-young Yoo both deserve to break out as, respectively, Margaret’s cynical best friend and her unwitting young enemy.

Where to watch: Prime Video

What to watch next: If you’re interested in the expat/immigrant experience but the other way round, run, don’t walk, back toPrime Video to see Lulu Wang’s exceptional, funny-sad-sweet-insightful feature debut, The Farewell, starring Awkwafina.

Shōgun (2024)

Why to watch: Probably the best and certainly the most beautiful TV show that 2024 has so far given us, this magnificent adaptation of the 1975 novel by James Clavell is epic storytelling. Starting with the arrival in Japan of a pugnacious Briton (Cosmo Jarvis) in 1600 — when the isolationist nation was regarded as a myth by much of the West — the show quickly unfurls in every conceivable direction, taking in Portuguese missionaries, religious discontent, trade wars, manifold regional conflicts and internecine political wrangling over the imperial succession. Rich in historical detail, Shōgun is some of the most thrilling, romantic and action-packed TV in recent memory.

Whom to watch: This is an immaculate cast across the board, but the performances that will linger with you most come from the stunning Japanese actor Anna Sawai (Giri/Haji, Pachinko) and well-known veteran Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Westworld, Avengers: Endgame), 63, who, as the brilliant but embattled Lord Toranaga, has finally been gifted a role equal to his talents.

Where to watch: FX, Hulu, Disney+

What to watch next: Shōgun has been hailed as the natural successor to Game of Thrones, but the same could apply to Netflix’s 3 Body Problem, an ambitious — though necessarily simplified — adaptation of Chinese author Cixin Liu’s extraordinary sci-fi novel brought to you by the Thrones showrunners themselves.

The 10 Best AANHPI Shows to Binge-Watch Now (2024)


What is everyone watching right now? ›

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What should I binge on Netflix? ›

The most popular shows ranking on our guide to the best-reviewed on Netflix include Stranger Things (which aired its fourth season in 2022), phenom Squid Game (which will air its second season in 2023 or 2024), video game curse-breaking adaptations (Arcane: League of Legends, The Witcher, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners), crime ...

What makes a show binge worthy? ›

Depends on who you're asking. For a comfort viewer, a bingeworthy show is an easy watch, a show you've probably seen before or heard a lot about, one where you can jump in halfway through the series and get a contained story in one episode, like The Office or a procedural like Grey's Anatomy.

What is the #1 Netflix series right now? ›

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  1. Fallout. 2024– TV-MA. 8.5 (146K) Rate. TV Series. ...
  2. 3 Body Problem. 2024TV-MA. 7.6 (103K) Rate. ...
  3. The Gentlemen. 2024TV-MA. 8.1 (98K) Rate. ...
  4. Sugar. 2024– TV-MA. 7.8 (8K) Rate. ...
  5. Game of Thrones. 2011–2019TV-MA. 9.2 (2.3M) Rate. ...
  6. Red Eye. 2024– 7.0 (1.9K) Rate. ...
  7. Grey's Anatomy. 2005– TV-14. 7.6 (342K) Rate. ...
  8. X-Men '97. 2024– TV-14. 9.0 (16K) Rate.

What TV show should I binge next? ›

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What TV show are people watching? ›

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What is the most watched series? ›

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  5. The 100 (2014–2020) ...
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  7. Riverdale (2017–2023) ...
  8. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )

What's Netflix top 10 right now? ›

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What are the 5 most watched Netflix? ›

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1Squid Game1,650.45
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What are the 10 most popular series on Amazon Prime? ›

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Watching anywhere between two and six episodes of a TV series in one sitting is a behavior called binge watching, and it can have a negative impact on your health.

What is the best way to binge watch? ›

Try binge-watching on your couch or in a reclining chair. If possible, watch on an actual TV instead of on a computer or mobile device to reduce eye strain. As tempting as it may be to binge every season of Orange is the New Black while you're sitting in your bed, watching TV in bed can lead to insomnia.

What is binge-watching simple? ›

to watch (multiple videos, episodes of a TV show, etc.) in one sitting or over a short period of time: We binge-watched two seasons of the show in two days.

What is the most trending movie right now? ›

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  • 1 ( ) Fallout. 2024– 9 epsTV-MA. 8.5 (143K) Rate. ...
  • 2 ( ) Baby Reindeer. 20247 epsTV-MA. 8.0 (60K) Rate. ...
  • 3 ( ) Shōgun. 202410 epsTV-MA. ...
  • 4 ( ) Ripley. 20248 epsTV-MA. ...
  • 5 ( ) 3 Body Problem. 20248 epsTV-MA. ...
  • 6 ( ) The Gentlemen. 20248 epsTV-MA. ...
  • 7 ( ) Sugar. 2024– 8 epsTV-MA. ...
  • 8 ( 1) Game of Thrones. 2011–201974 epsTV-MA.

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1. Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The Apollo 11 Moon Landing in 1969 stands as the most-watched TV program in U.S. history with upwards of 150M viewers.


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