Streaming ideas for your next Netflix adventures
Netflix has taken the world by storm in the last few years. The streaming platform has started its own original TV series. Together with the plethora of content that it has to offer from the world over; but let’s be honest; Netflix’s recommendation algorithm may not really be able to best recommend you your new favourite TV series. Therefore, this list may help you find your new favourite show. If your favorite isn’t on Netflix, make sure to check our list of best streaming services for alternatives. Also, check our list of best movies on Netflix. Without further ado; here are the top 10 TV series you should be watching on Netflix right now!
Breaking Bad (2008)
This remarkable television show that has broken all sorts of records and rightfully received so many accolades for writing, directing and acting is right on top of our TV list. It follows the story of a chemistry teacher named Walter White who decides to break bad and cook meth after he’s diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Him and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman start off their journey as 2 opposites working together while people from Walt’s own family work in the DEA. The series gets better each and every season; culminating in what is arguably one of the best seasons of any television show. A huge shoutout to showrunner Vince Gilligan for slowly building up this masterpiece which each preceding season; giving us arguably the best episode in cinema history with season 5’s Ozymandias. The cast of this show is truly exceptional; lead actor Bryan Cranston winning 4 Emmy’s for his portrayal of Walter; while Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn to bagged wins for their performance. This show is violent and gory yet brilliantly written and planned out. With one of the best character developments of TV history; Walter White is up there in TV history. Arguably the best television show of all time is now on Netflix for all of you to witness.
This crime/detective show is arguably the best in its genre. Fans did not know what to expect with another rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece; but Sherlock completely hits it out of the park with its modernised setting in 21st century London. The writing is second to none; featuring long monologues; analysing the tiniest situation with such detail and added wit which propels the character of Sherlock Holmes even higher up than it already was. At the centre of all of this is Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular character and let’s just say he does it so effortlessly. In what is easily the best performance of Sherlock Holmes; Cumberbatch managed to deliver 5 paged monologues with so much ease and his great comic timing also helps make the character seem more realistic. Supporting actors such as Martin Freeman has great chemistry with the protagonist; but it is Adam Scott’s portrayal of the villain known as James Moriarty that completely steals the show. The 90 minute long episodes don’t leave us yawning for a single second; with episodes like Season 2’ Reichenbach Fall being nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Creator Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat have truly bestowed us with the perfect show.
Stranger Things (2016)
This horror/ drama series took the world with storm when it was first dropped on Netflix in 2016. Not even Netflix thought that a show starring 4 kids would be a hit; let alone one of the most watched series on their platform. Stranger Things starts off with the kidnapping of a young boy name Will and the police’s and more importantly his friends search of him. As the show progresses, we are introduced to new characters and elements such as fan favourite Eleven played by Millie Bobbie Brown and the infamous upside down which is the world where the Demagorgon lives in. Unlike most horrors; Stranger things mixes wholesome moments through its main cast of kids and gives enough time for the world to build; eventually giving us massive pay-offs by the end of the season. Th Duffer brothers managed to create this dark and ominous sci-fi world where monsters and a whole other universe does not seem out of place; because the characters interacting with it are well developed and three dimensional. Performances from Winona Ryder and David Harbour specifically are a delight; merging the world of kids with the so-called adults of the show; who seem to have enough problems of their own. Season 4 of Stranger things is currently in production; and if we have learnt anything from the previous seasons; it will be fun, horrifying and unpredictable at the same time.
This action-thriller is Marvel’s Netflix television series debut. Given the 13 episode per season format; the show was given enough time to take a deep look into the character of Matt Murdock who is a lawyer by day who fights the corrupt justice system; and when things don’t go according to plan he puts on high tight fitted red latex costume and beats bad guys to a pulp. Unlike other superheroes; Daredevil underwent an accident as a child which caused him to loose his sight; but all his other senses heightened by ten-folds; allowing him to become a master fighter. The show has a gritty and dark feel to it; almost resembling Gotham City. The characters he interacts with are so well written and three- dimensional; especially the shows main villain; Wilson Fisk who was portrayed so brilliantly by Vincent D’Onofrio. The cast including Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Wall share a remarkable chemistry with each other; only adding to the brilliance of the story. But the best part of the show has to be the action. The fight scenes are choreographed so well; giving us some of the best hand-to-hand combat scenes in TV history. It’s simple; if you love the superhero genre; you will love Daredevil.
Narcos is an American crime and thriller series that chronicles the life of the infamous Colombian drug dealer; Pablo Escobar. This rendition of the notorious gangster; is gory, bloody but realistic and emotional at the same time. The first season jumps across time rapidly; showcasing the growth of the drug trade in South America and Colombia in particular. Based on the book of the man who caught Escobar; the show is set in an almost documentary style; where we have DEA agent Steve Murphy chronicle the events during the 1970s. Apart from the blood-shed and mass killings we witness; the show humanizes Pablo Escobar; showing his love for his family and his loyalty with his soldiers and his closest allies; as long as he isn’t betrayed or double-crossed by them. Originally filmed in Spanish; we recommend you to watch it in the native language; since the delivery of the lines by actors such as Wagner Moura are spot on. Rising star Pedro Pascal also delivers a stand-out performance as Javier Pena while Maurice Compte brilliantly brings to life his character of Horacio Carillo. The opening theme is beautifully created; instantly sucking us in to this dangerous world of cocaine and blood and betrayal. You will definitely want to watch this show if you want a good balance of on and off action; mixed with a well-plotted storyline.
House of Cards (2013)
This epic drama takes a look at the lives of Frank Underwood who is a democrat and the secretary of state, along with his wife Claire Underwood as they take on the world and each and every enemy around them. The show is absolutely ruthless; giving us an inside look into the cut-throat atmosphere of American politics. The protagonist is built up to be an absolute powerhouse from the first episode; showcasing his lack or remorse and empathy towards anyone who will stop him from achieving his goals. At the centre of this all is Claire and Frank’s relationship which is not perfect by any means; but together they from a formidable couple and a powerhouse of a team. Beau Willimon does an exceptional job as lead writer; his distinctive approach of making Frank break the fourth wall from time to time making for some of the best moments from the show. Despite recent events and sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey; he managed to make the character his own; proving why he used to be one of the best talents in the business. Robin Wright is phenomenal as Claire; delivering quality performances time after time. With a lot of twists and turns along the way; House of Cards should be at the top of your list.
Black Mirror (2011)
Black Mirror is a sci- fi and highly twisted anthology series exploring a high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. It is unlike any other show and features a new cast and storyline for each episode. Often discussing the negative side-effects of technology and human interaction; it does not shy away from dark and bold themes. This may not be the best pick for family night either; since the first episode itself follows some very grotesque moments; putting the Prime Minister of England to shame. Showrunner, Charlie Booker tries to connect everyday human beings to these phenomena; as pokes and prods at the thing’s society has embraced; but this time we get to see the repercussions of these decisions. Gugu Mbatha Raw’s portrayal of a fun-loving Kelly in the highly acclaimed “San Junipero” and Cristi Milioti’s performance in the season 4 episode, “US Callister” are some of the best performances in the series. Some episodes, such as “Shut Up and Dance” might be too jarring, while “San Junipero” might have too much sweetness for you. Watch this remarkable show if you are looking for something very different to what you are accustomed to.
The Walking Dead (2010)
The walking dead has been one of the most popular shows for a long-long time. With 10 seasons already out; the show still has some huge moments for us fans to enjoy before it ends with season 11. It follows the story of Sherriff’s Deputy, Rick Grimes waking up from a coma and finding out that the world he knew was gone. With the on-going zombie apocalypse he must find his family and then embark on a bloody adventure with his group as they pass through several locations looking for a new home. A truly unpredictable show; it often kills of characters left, right and centre; so be sure not to get too attached to some of these great characters. Andrew Lincoln shines through as the protagonist; while strong performances by Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus keep us craving for more. The show has faced problems relating to inconsistency; often having some really slow episodes followed by a massive pay-off by the end of the season. But, the core characters are still there and we love to see some zombie killing action moments. The villains like the governor and Negan have kept the storyline fresh; and added for some great moments in this epic drama. It is action packed and full of gut-wrenching moments; pun intended.
Supernatural is a series in the horror/thriller genre that features two brothers travelling in their Chevrolet Impala on the trail of all kinds of supernatural creatures to destroy them. Sam and Dean Winchester were brought up to be monster hunters by their dad; after witnessing their mom get murdered by a monster. Just like a crime series; each episode features a new bad the 2 brothers have to take on whilst an on-going series arc and returning characters add to the mystery and the intrigue of the show. Jensen Ackles plays the cool and bad-ass brother ; a wise ass who’s often closed off from the rest of the world. Jared Padalecki plays Sam; the more stable and sensible out of the 2; who honestly does not want to be hunting monsters and just wants to leave a normal life. Great supporting characters like Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s John Winchester and Misha Collins’ Castiel add to the story and leave us with some memorable characters and storylines. As good as the show is; it does face pacing problems as some of the later seasons do not match the earlier ones in terms of quality.
Arrow follows the story of Oliver Queen who returns back home after being stuck in an island for over 5 years. Coming back as a changed man; Oliver changes mentally and physically as he returns with his mighty bow and arrow; promising to make a difference in the world. This show is unlike any other in the superhero genre; having a darker and grittier theme; while still focusing on the emotional drama elements of the show. It is quite similar to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; with its psychological and dark elements while staying grounded in reality. The show also does not have many gimmicks as we don’t see the bad guys being over the top duded dressed up in latex from top to bottom. Oliver himself does not have any super power; except the abilities he learned and fine-tuned during his time on the island. Arrow stars a great cast; Stephen Amelle playing the titular character to his fullest potential. Other notable cast members include Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell who create a great ensemble as the seasons progress. As good as this shows action scenes and hand to hand combat sequences can be; it does die down a little as the seasons progress. Nevertheless, Arrow is still a must watch series for all die-hard action and superhero fans out there.
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Peaky Blinders has slowly climbed up season by season not only in terms of popularity; but in quality as well. Set in 19th century Birmingham right after the end of the 1st world war; Tommy Shelby and his family; better known as the Peaky Blinders run their own betting ring from within their homes. They often resolve to illegal activities to get what they want; so be prepared for a whole lot of violence, bloodshed and swearing. The show comprises of some of the best actors; Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory stealing the show in particular. The music and cinematography is another stand out; the bleak setting and the brilliant music with some of the most popular tunes adding to this whole world. It is a must watch show that has some great dialogue, amazing character moments that dive deep within their mental and emotional traumas and some of the best set pieces you can find in any television show.
Better Call Saul (2015)
Better Call Saul is a prequel to the hit show; breaking bad. It follows the story of everybody’s favourite criminal lawyer; Saul Goodman. Unlike in Breaking Bad; Saul better known as Jimmy strives for brilliance by trying to climb up the ladder the right way. His close relationship with his friend Kim Wexler is a focal point of the show; often stopping himself from breaking bad just because of her presence. The show introduces us to some fan favourites from its predecessor as well; such as Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut and Giancarlo Esposito’s Gustavo Fring. It is more than just a normal courtroom drama; focusing on the hard choices the protagonist has to make; often blurring the lines between anti-hero and criminal. Vince Gilligan hits the ball out of the park again with his spin-of; arguably the best written show on television at this moment.
The Witcher (2019)
The Witcher is a medieval fantasy epic; based off the novels and the games of the same name. It follows the story of the Witcher; Geralt of Rivia. The story is written in a non-linear pattern; often jumping across different timelines that may leave you confused from time to time. The show does a great job of building the character arcs of important characters such as Yennefer and Siri; while still giving the fans the crazy and epic monster battles that they came to see in the first place. Henry Cavill is perfect as the titular character of the show; his devotion being shown not only through his acting but also by having to maintain a crazy physique for the role. The pacing can be wary at times; but the brilliant music and cinematography keeps us invested for the whole duration.
Dark is a mind-being drama that will surely leave you thrilled but confused as well at the end of each episode. The story which begins with the mysterious disappearance of a boy in the town of Winden begins slowly in the first few episodes. What follows is some of the best plotting and writing in all of television history; gigantic twists that allude to time travel; different worlds and the end of the world. Going into detail about any of the plots will surely lead to spoilers; so all we can say is that it is a must watch. The creator Ben Frost deserves all the credit in the world for this once in a lifetime masterpiece; with every character having some role to play in the unravelling of identities and secrets.
The Queen’s Gambit (2013)
The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix mini-series which is about the life of a young girl, Beth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy. Set in the cold war, the story flips back and forth between the time she was in her orphanage and after she grew older. The show is very captivating from the very first episode; showcasing how she was not allowed to play chess as a kid and was often breaking rules to get where she wanted to. Anya Taylor-Joy delivers another fantastic performance playing Beth Harmon; demonstrating one of her best performances yet. The setting of the show adds to the 20th century vibe; and the writing sucks you in and keeps you wanting more and more after the end credits roll out.
Arrested Development (2003)
Before it was revived on Netflix for its 4th and 5th seasons; Arrested Development was a Fox special from 2003-2005. After nearly 2 decades; this show is still considered one of the best comedies of all time. What is there not to love about a family full of narcissists, incestual partners and one man who seems to be the only character who you can remorse with. Michael Bluth is on a journey to take care of his family and make them better people after their father gets arrested and is put behind bars. The best attraction to the show are its crazy characters; Gob, Lucille and Tobias steal the show in particular. The love-hate relationship and the weird family dynamics keeps this show fresh and always interesting. Mitchell Hurwitz did a great job of creating this hilarious masterpiece; although the last 2 seasons are not a match for the first few.
13 Reasons Why (2017)
13 Reasons why had taken the Netflix world by storm when it first came out in 2017. The plot is essentially about a young girl, Hannah Baker who commits suicide while still in High school. As the name of the show reflects; she leaves 13 different tapes to the people responsible for her going down this route. Clay Jensen played by Dylan Minnette is the male protagonist who was also in love with Hannah and is completely distorted by her act. The story take a deep look into elements such as suicide, violence and sexual assault so viewer discretion is advised. Apart from the well-crafted storyline; the music also sucks us in to the world of Liberty High school.
The Flash (2014)
The flash is the story about the popular comic character who is known for his notorious speed and his shiny red outfit. Barry Allen AKA the flash is played brilliantly by Grant Gustin who adds realism to the performance of the complex superhero. The show takes advantage of the TV show format; allowing us to enjoy a superhero story that is more than just the crazy CGI fight scenes. Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker make for great additions to this show by captivating audiences with their brilliant performances. As expected from a superhero show; the scenes where Barry Allen adorns his outfit are some our favourites; whether it be him fighting or just running around.
After you had thought that the networks have given you more than enough cop dramas; in comes the devil himself as he teams up with the charming Lauren German who plays homicide detective Chloe Decker. Lucifer is a hilarious, wisecracking and womanizing man; who stands out with his special ability to transform into a flaming hot demon if he gets pissed off. The show does a good job of mixing the right amount of humour and drama to balance the show; Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship being a focal point that keeps us invested. Tom Ellis is absolutely brilliant as Lucifer; basically carrying the show with his witty portrayal of the devil. The show adopts the classic format of new bad guy per episode; but on-going story arcs keep it interesting in its entirety.
Money Heist (2017)
Money Heist or Le Casa De Papel; is a Spanish thriller which involves a gang of robbers trying to pull of the biggest heist yet; robbing the royal mint of Spain. At the centre of this group is the mastermind, “The Professor”. The show brilliantly plots the narrative in its first season; throwing twist after twist to keep the narrative fresh and entertaining. Fan favourite characters such as Nairobi played by Alba Flores and Berlin played by Pedro Alonso allow viewers to actually remorse with the robbers. At the end of the day; this show tries to make you feel for its ensemble by often using flashbacks as a plot device between the past and the future. Money Heist is a must watch if you are looking for an entertaining series with twists and turns along the way.
Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Orange is the new black was widely considered as one of the most popular shows that Netflix had to offer back in the day. When Piper Chapman got sent to prison for something she committed nearly 10 years ago; her life completely turned upside down. This show takes place in a female prison; where the main protagonist changed her beliefs completely. The connections she makes with some of her cell-mates is truly beautiful to watch; making for a truly great ensemble. Characters like Suzanne and Nicky Nichols add so much to the rich story which is a dramedy at the end of the day. But the show does often take dark turns as they often discuss a lot of dark subjects and often have to face death. The beautiful story is more complex than just the protagonist; the show becoming more of an ensemble more than anything as the seasons progress.
Ozark is an intense and gripping drama featuring the main protagonist Marty Bryde who is a well off accountant because he’s great at his job and also indulges in money laundering millions of dollars for a lot of shady people. Marty’s life is flipped upside down after one of his illegal activities spirals out of control and is forced to move to the lake of the Ozarks with his family to complete a never done before money-laundering business. Not only does the show have you gripped from the very first episode; the great dialogue and plot keeps you interested throughout. Ceator Bill Dubuque creates a very eerie and dark environment that makes us feel anxious and comfortable throughout; but matches with the unpredictable nature of the show. Jason Bateman in particular brilliantly portrays Bryde; surprisingly considering his love for the comedy genre.
Hannibal is the story of Hannibal Lector; who also happens to be a cannibal but no one seems to make the connection between the name and the occupation. Will Graham plays the role of an FBI criminal profiler; who is not your average detective. He has secrets of his own and him and Hannibal may actually seem to be more similar than they realise; despite the former chasing the latter in the beginning of the show. The show is gripping; complex and better written than most of the other criminal shows currently on air. An outstanding acting performance by Mads Mikkelsen and Will Graham make for splendid television viewing; that will leave you shocked by the end of it.
Mindhunter is a gripping crime drama; where the over-used plot point of catching killers gets a new and refreshing look to it. Holden Ford and Bill Tench are FBI detectives; who look to get inside the minds of killers to attempt and study their psyches to predict their next decision. The ultimate goal is to stop similar crimes from happening by trying to create a pattern. The show is so well-written; as it skips from the actual assassinations and killings; rather giving us a complex story about the killer’s psychology. A show that has big names involved such as David Fincher and Charlize Theron as executive producers was surely always going to be successful. The writing is even better when the talented cast including the likes of Jonathan Groff and Anna Torv deliver such stand-out performances.
Sex Education (2019)
Sex education as the name suggests; discusses many taboo subjects that most shows shy away from. Otis is your typical socially awkward kid; he’s reserved, keeps to himself and eventually befriends the most popular girl in Moordale high; Maeve Riley to start sex therapy with her. We get a lot of the storyline focusing on Otis’ relationship with his mom; who is a sex therapist but has a lot of relationship problems of her very own. The huge ensemble features the like of some amazing characters such as Eric Effiong to Adam Groff who all have their own insecurities. The show tackles almost all of the taboo issues you can think of; and does it in a brilliant way that keeps us invested in the overall storyline; will Maeve and Otis ever get together. The explicit content, the love-hate relationships between the different high school kids and the overall wholesome story will make you binge it in its entirety.
Marvel's The Punisher (2017)
The punisher is a marvel show that focuses on the notorious and dangerous Frank Castle. After first seeing the ruthless kill machine on Netflix’s Daredevil; he gets his own spin-off where the show not only gives us more action and non-stop violence; but also dives deep into his mental health and PTSD caused after his family was murdered. Castle looks to find out the culprits responsible for the heinous act along with Microchip. As the show goes along; we are introduced to memorable characters such as Ben Barnes’ Jigsaw and Amber Rose Revah’s Dinah Madani. But no character comes close to Jon Bernthal’s brilliant portrayal of The punisher; nailing every single scene he takes part in. As the name suggest; there is a lot of killing and the realistic action and set-pieces only make the show that much more worth watching.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Avatar : The last Airbender may not be a household name; but is considered as one of the best animes out there. The story takes place in a world where the nations are divided into 4 – earth, air, fire or water. The benders have the ability to control and manipulate these elements and all 4 can only be implemented by the Avatars. Aang is believed to be the lost Avatar who can fight the battle against the fire nation. This show is more than just another anime with cool CGI and fight scenes. The world they create is so complex and well-written; making the pay-offs that much more rewarding. Michael DiMartino and Bryan Koniezko have created an unbelievably powerful show that may make you fall in love with the world of anime; if you haven’t already.
The Good Place (2016)
The good place is basically the after-life everyone has dreamt off. From rainbows and meadows to unlimited ice-cream; it’s every dying person’s dream. But what happens when Elleanor Shellstrop is added in the good place by mistake; everything starts going wrong as the other members all have to suffer. Elleanor starts off as a rude, self-centred narcissist who only cares for herself. But as we see, the amazing cast including hilarious characters such as Chidi, Janet and Tahani all come together to make each other better. The show is as much of a comedy as it is a drama; the mystery about the good place coming to a dramatic and shocking conclusion at the end of season one. Ted Danson is absolutely spectacular as Michael; the runner of the Good place; but D’Arcy Carden’s Janet is probably the fan favourite robot who everyone is in love with.
Community is a show about a few students in Greendale community college. Jeff Winger who is a lawyer by trade is sent to community college after it’s found out that his diploma is from Columbia; the country; not the college. He encounters the weirdest yet delightful bunch of students that make for such a fun and wisecracking show. The show uses one of its characters; Abed as a plot device for breaking the fourth wall; as he is often seen referencing the show in the show itself. The show also has some amazing one-off episodes that are based on pop-culture references that make for spectacular viewing. Episodes like the paintball fights, the multiverse episode and the Lego episode are simply as great as any other drama show. This is a very different and truly entertaining comedy that everyone needs to see if they haven’t already.
How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
How to get away with murder is anything but your typical crime show. Consisting of an ensemble that stars the multi-emmy winning Viola Davis as the protagonist; you know you’re in for a treat. She is a criminal defence lawyer who also teaches a course called, ‘How to get away with murder’ and hires a few of her students to work as interns. What follows is a non-linear storyline with the lawyers and the interns blurring the line between good guys and stone-cold murderers; as we slowly come to know the truth about a murder. The characters such as Wes Gibbins and Laurel Castillo are fan favourites but slowly start to lose their innocence as the seasons come to an end. The brilliant story keeps you wanting more and is brilliantly acted by every member.