20 Best 2024 Shows So Far

20 Best 2024 Shows So Far

February 19, 2024

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With the strike over and COVID now part of our everyday reality, it looks like 2024 is shaping up to be the year TV goes back in full swing. In the US, that means more options than ever before, but we’re after the bigger picture here: apart from American dramas and sitcoms, we’re also looking at K-dramas, Nordic noir, British thrillers, and Bollywood musicals, to name a few.  

In this list, we’re compiling the best new shows that streaming has to offer. We’ll be regularly updating it as we go through the year, so be sure to bookmark this list or keep it open in a tab somewhere. If you want to catch up, you can also check out our list of the best TV shows from the previous year. So with that, here are best 2024 shows so far. 

11. Knight Flower

7.7

Country

South Korea

Actors

Kim Sang-joong, Lee Ha-nee, Lee Jong-won, Lee Ki-woo

Moods

Action-packed, Discussion-sparking, Funny

At a time when a wife’s fate lives and dies with her husband, things can get tricky for widows as they’re left between the cracks of her and her dead husband’s family. In neo-Confucian Joseon, widows were expected to maintain their chastity after their husband’s death, but Knight Flower portrays a widow that pretends to be so, while moonlighting as a vigilante at night. That being said, the drama takes a more comedic tone to this idea, critiquing how ridiculous these standards end up being without losing sight of the implications these supposed virtues have. These themes are all tied together through Lee Hanee and Lee Jong-won’s equally dynamic performances, balancing the romantic chemistry with action and humor.

12. Killer Soup

7.6

Country

India

Actors

Konkona Sen Sharma, Lal, Manoj Bajpayee, Nassar

Moods

Action-packed, Binge-Worthy, Grown-up Comedy

How far would you go to please the one you love? You might indulge your spouse with a white lie every now and then like the men in Swathi Shetty’s life each time she asks about her cooking, but Killer Soup takes it a whole step further when she asks Umesh to impersonate her similar-looking husband. And, as the lies pile up, and the cover-ups escalate, it’s delicious to see the lovers dig themselves into a deeper hole, even if they manage to throw off other people from the scent temporarily. While the story gets slightly convoluted later on due to many subplots, Killer Soup proves to at least be tastier than Swathi’s paya soup with its delightfully twisted lovers.

13. A Sign of Affection

7.6

Country

Japan, United States of America

Actors

Kaede Hondo, Nao Toyama, Ryota Osaka, Sumire Morohoshi

Moods

Character-driven, Discussion-sparking, Easy

With its slice-of-life approach, A Sign of Affection immediately tugs at the heartstrings with its sweet romance between a deaf university student and a multilingual traveller from manga duo Suu Morishita. The anime adaptation sees the world in Yuki’s eyes, with delicately lined shapes and pink-tinted watercolor paired with Sumire Morohoshi’s sweet voice, and it’s lovely to see the unjaded, kind way she interprets the world. The series does have some of the familiar romance tropes, like love triangles, wingman friends, and the glowy, bokeh lighting, but it’s sort of the point in this charming show. A Sign of Affection likens the careful, hesitant way of falling in love with the way Yuki interacts with the world, or rather, the reactions abled people have to her disability.

14. The Bequeathed

7.6

Country

South Korea

Actors

Hyun Bong-sik, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Byung-eun, Park Hee-soon

Moods

Challenging, Character-driven, Dark

Succession, whether that be of family assets or of job titles, is always a tricky situation to navigate– often, those choosing a successor would have to check in with the possible choices next in line in order to make sure there are no resentment, otherwise, it could drive the hillside horror present in The Bequeathed. From passive-aggressive co-workers to mourning relatives, Yoon Seo-ha is having a terrible time dealing with the succession situation, both being resented by a superstitious half-brother for the land and resentful of a co-worker who got promoted before her. It’s so easy to suspect potential rivals, especially when murder strikes those around you, but The Bequeathed also recognizes something scarier– the fear of what you could do with that resentment.

15. Griselda

7.6

Country

United States of America

Actors

Alberto Ammann, Alberto Guerra, Christian Tappán, Juliana Aidén Martinez

Moods

A-list actors, Action-packed, Binge-Worthy

With the success of Narcos, Netflix has created multiple shows about drugs in Latin America to the point that the genre is a tad oversaturated, but with Sofia Vergara heading the miniseries on the real-life cocaine queenpin, Griselda is one that you have to watch. Unlike other depictions of Blanco, Vergara’s series puts her front and center, focusing on the initial struggles it took for her to be taken seriously and the darkness that emerged once she got her way. And of course, Vergara is fantastic, sliding into the drama with an ease that makes us want to see more. While the show isn’t fully accurate, and six episodes are too short to tackle her decades-long rule, Griselda nonetheless is compelling television.

16. The Last Round

7.5

Country

Egypt

Actors

Ahmed El Sakka, Ashraf Abdel Baky, Asmaa Abu ElYazeed, Hanan Motawie

Moods

Character-driven, Gripping, Mini-series

At a certain age, it can feel like starting over again isn’t possible, especially when all signs discourage you from ever trying again. Dr. Yehya of The Last Round knows this better than most– quitting kickboxing wasn’t an option, but a requirement, with his age and near misses and personal issues taking him out of the arena and into a low point in his life. But despite this, and despite day-to-day difficulties, The Last Round also portrays him getting back up, pursuing his dream one more time. It’s a familiar story, one we’ve seen in many sports shows, but with Ahmed Al-Sakka in the ring, and the careful characterization of the whole team that gets him there, The Last Round knocks our socks out.

17. Doctor Slump

7.5

Country

South Korea

Actors

Kong Seong-ha, Park Hyung-sik, Park Shin-hye, Park Won-ho

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Easy, Emotional

Even before the worldwide pandemic, the field of medicine isn’t anymore the straightforward profession it used to be. It’s still a respected position, that’s attached with a certain status, but the demands have risen for those with the title. Doctors don’t only have to be good at their jobs– there’s a certain push for doctors to be also good at publication, lectures, in-office politics, the business, and for some, social media influencing and politics– it’s no wonder that medical workers today are burned out. Doctor Slump explores these themes with the usual K-drama flair, but in doing so, becomes a refreshing and cathartic romance to watch.

18. House of Ninjas

7.5

Country

Japan

Actors

Aju Makita, Kengo Kora, Kento Kaku, Tae Kimura

Moods

Action-packed, Challenging, Character-driven

From the fantasy-powered folktales to superhero-like depictions, ninjas have captivated the world, but seem to be a relic of the past, with modern day warfare and weaponry turning them obsolete. House of Ninjas imagines a world where ninjas still exist, centering a clan stuck between wanting to abandon the old ways but also having skills that seem wasted in contemporary life. Because of this, the show at first seems boring– the family is severely demotivated, with some members acting out through petty theft, and with out-of-place jazzy musical tracks that undercut the action of the first few episodes. However, House of Ninjas gets better as the Tawara clan gets its act together, revealing the hidden heart each of them has for each other, one that’s been hidden because of the grief that struck the family. The show may be less action-packed than expected, but House of Ninjas comes across as an off-kilter family drama with just enough heart to work.

19. Zorro

7.4

Country

Spain

Actors

Andrés Almeida, Chacha Huang, Cristo Fernández, Dalia Xiuhcoatl

Moods

Action-packed, Dramatic, Gripping

Remakes are a dime a dozen, but Prime Video’s Spanish reinterpretation of Zorro gives justice to the masked vigilante. With the sword fights, the vengeance, and the romance, the ten-episode series sticks close to the swashbuckler’s origin story, but explores certain nuances of the era that haven’t been a focus, until now. This Zorro is more involved with the people of Los Angeles, not just the Spanish colonial inhabitants, but also the Native Americans, and he fights against the injustice that they face. It makes for a more grounded adaptation than the ones previously, but Zorro still feels just as exciting in this rodeo.

20. Flex x Cop

7.3

Country

South Korea

Actors

Ahn Bo-hyun, Kang Sang-jun, Kim Shin-bi, Lee Na-eun

Moods

Action-packed, Funny, Quirky

With plenty of familiar elements, Flex X Cop should feel unoriginal. After all, a rich heir that plays at being a cop to capture bad guys in response to his mother’s death? That’s practically Batman. But the show is more fun and breezy, with Ahn Bo-hyun as the charismatic Jin Yi-soo pulling out chaotic mischief that somehow doesn’t get him in trouble, paired with Park Ji-hyun in her first action role as a more stern, by-the-book detective Lee Kang-hyun. It’s an interesting buddy cop dynamic that leans more on lighthearted comedy than serious thriller, but the opening sequence hints at a more serious side, still full of action sequences expected from the genre. Flex X Cop may have plenty of familiar tropes, but the way it’s remixed feels novel and entertaining enough to watch.

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