20 Must-Watch Netflix Shows and Movies for Students

Must-Watch Netflix Shows and Movies for Students

We already know that watching series and movies is one of children's most common recreational activities. 

But choosing a good show is difficult, so to help you, we have this article listing the best shows you can get your students to watch.

Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History

This Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes in this entertaining and educational comedy special. This movie reveals the first black man that went to the North pole, the first black woman that wanted to be an astronaut, and many more black heroes that many people do not know about. This is a light comic series with a great deal of information.

Watch it here: Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History


Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

You might have wondered how Bill Gates became the richest person in the world for the 16th time. This Bill Gates-based series takes a journey through his mind while the billionaire talks about who influenced him and the bold goals he still pursues.

This series unfolds how this billionaire thinks, how he lives his life, his biggest fear, and the goal he is still pursuing.

Watch it here: Inside Bill's Brain


The White Helmets

The White Helmets reflect upon the daily operations of a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

It shows how a group of people risked their lives to rescue victims during the daily war in Syria. It is a must-watch as it brings a new perspective on your everyday life. You will be grateful for the freedom you have, the food you have on the table, and the future you will live..

Watch it here: The White Helmets


Period. End of Sentence

As the name depicts, the Period is about women's menstrual cycle. In this show, a group of women comes together to fight the misconception that the menstrual cycle is taboo. These women build a machine that makes a low-cost and affordable menstrual pad the young women in rural India. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards.

Watch it here: Period. End of Sentence


Abstract: The Art of Design

Abstract: The Art of Design shows how artists see the world and how their designs impact it. This documentary also tells how the artist gets their inspiration before creating a masterpiece, and you will watch artists such as Ilse Crawford, Tinker Hatfield, Christoph Niemann, and Ruth Carter.

Watch it here: Abstract: The Art of Design


Our Planet

With this show, experience our planet's natural beauty and observe how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

This series tells the habitat and characteristics of wildlife animals such as cheetahs, penguins, and sea animals. This is a great documentary to watch to learn more about these creatures as they share the same place we call home, Earth.

Watch it here: Our Planet


Dream Big, Engineering Our World

The documentary " Dream Big, Engineering Our World " reveals how engineers change the world, fight current problems, and solve tomorrow's challenges. It shows how they ensure buildings or creations such as skyscrapers, dams, and even hot air balloons are safe and do not endanger human beings. For young aspiring engineers, this show is a must-to-watch.  

Watch it here: Dream Big, Engineering Our World 



This show revolves around the protagonist Zion, born without legs and raised in foster care. But that did not prevent him from achieving his dream of wrestling sport. This short show of only 11 minutes can help you learn so much and encourage you to go deeper and fight for your dreams.

Watch it here: Zion

Coronavirus, Explained

Based on the recent pandemic, COVID-19, this series talks about the virus, its symptoms and ways to combat it, and how to manage mental issues during quarantine. Although we already know part and parcel about this pandemic, this documentary explains how the Coronavirus outbreak became a global concern.

Watch it here: Coronavirus, Explained

Street Food: Asia

By the name street food, you already would have guessed what this series must be talking about. This mouth-watering documentary series celebrates street food around Asia, such as Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Even during this quarantine, you can have a virtual tour and learn more about the food culture in other Asian countries.

Watch it here: Street Food: Asia 

Greatest Events of WWII in Colour

Focusing on WWII, this shows reflects upon the events during World War 2. The bombing at Pearl Harbour, Nazis led by Adolf Hitler, and bombs hitting Great Britain are some examples. It is a must-watch to learn about how history shapes our world today.

Watch it here: Greatest Events of WWII in Colour

The Mind, Explained

This series will dive deeper into what is going on inside our heads. Why our memory changes or is forgotten, why we have dreams, why we are anxious, and what meditation will do in our body are the topics that will be tackled in 5 episodes.

Watch it here: The Mind, Explained


Serving the same as the name suggests, the Explained series digs into and defines many topics such as the K-pop industry, cryptocurrency, diamond, beauty industry, music, the world's water crisis, reasons why women paid less, and tattoos, the existence of aliens, and marijuana. It is a good documentary to binge on because you will learn about those topics.

Watch it here: Explained 

The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

This reality show talks about outstanding and beautiful houses worldwide, such as in Israel, Norway, Spain, India, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal, and the USA. The show reveals the features of beautiful houses, and if you wish to become an interior designer one day, this is the perfect show to watch, as you will learn a lot about what makes a home.

Watch it here: The World's Most Extraordinary Homes 

Fresh Meat

It is a go-to comedy-drama series revolving around the ultimate British university experience. The fresh meat follows the lives of six freshers students at a university in Manchester who live in a shared home rather than uni halls.

In this four seasons series, you'll see them face many student-related issues, from grades and exams to part-time work and partying, which I'm sure is somewhat relatable if you're a student.

Watch it here:  Fresh Meat

The King 

The King shows how young Henry faces war and deceit in England after being made king post his brother's death. Since students are future leaders, and therefore, apart from being educated, they must understand the aspects of leadership. Students would, in turn, learn and apply such factors in real life once they become leaders.

Watch it here: The King

The Last Summer

The film talks about how high school students struggled with love over the past summer. Events happen before they get into college.

It's clear that most high school friends don't finish college, and thus, friendship or love is tied to the end. Some students also prefer to continue their academic studies abroad, reducing their chances of meeting friends. The movie is a must-watch because it gives students an insight into the real world after school. It prepares students to accept that graduating from high school could negatively affect most relationships. Therefore, it is one of the best middle school shows on Netflix.

Watch it here: The Last Summer


Explained is a series by Vog Digs, where many topics have been discussed, from politics to music. It aims to explore cultures, trends, and anything relevant happening across the globe, with interviews and explanations by experts in the areas. It touches upon when sound becomes music, why women are paid less or the growing water crisis in the world. It is a well-research series and highly recommended for inquisitive young minds.

Watch it here: Explained 

The Most Unknown

In this series, nine scientists share ideas from physics to psychology and seek common ground by delving into deep existential questions.

Watch it here: The Most Unknown


Five best friends explore their colorful world and find the extraordinary in everyday things with kindness, curiosity, and childlike wonder.

Watch it here: Buddi

Do watch these amazing shows.

About the Author
Author: Saniya Khan
Saniya Khan I am Saniya Khan, Copy-Editor at EdTechReview - India’s leading edtech media. As a part of the group, my aim is to spread awareness on the growing edtech market by guiding all educational stakeholders on latest and quality news, information and resources. A voraciously curious writer with a dedication to excellence creates interesting yet informational pieces, playing with words since 2016.

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