The best Netflix series to watch right now
Updated: Mar 15
Netflix has something for everyone, but there's plenty of rubbish padding its catalogue of classic TV shows everyone has heard about. Our guide to the best TV on Netflix UK is updated weekly to help you avoid the mediocre ones and find the best things to watch. We try and pick out the less obvious gems, too, so we're confident you'll find a must-watch show you don't already know about.
That said, if nothing captures your imagination, try our picks of the best documentaries on Netflix and the best films on Netflix UK for more options. Want to watch some US Netflix? Try our guide to the best VPN services for watching Netflix.
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Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ted Bundy was one of America's most notorious serial killers. He was convicted in the deaths of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. Thirty years after Bundy's 1989 execution, this docuseries brings viewers into the mind of the criminal known as the "Jack Ripper of the United States." Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger pieces together archival footage and audio recordings of Bundy that were made while he was on death row to provide the unique perspective of hearing the killer analyze his own life and motives. More than 100 hours of interviews were used to create this four-part series.
Love is Blind
The series follows thirty men and women hoping to find love. For ten days in a speed dating format, the men and women date each other in different "pods" where they can talk to each other, but not see each other. Whenever they decided, the men were able to propose to the woman they want to get married to. After the proposal, and meeting face-to-face for the first time, the engaged couples headed to a couples retreat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. During this trip they spent time getting to know their partners, and were able to meet the other couples participating in the experiment.
Following the couples retreat, the engaged couples moved to the same apartment complex back in Atlanta. While at the apartments, they all met their partners' families and explored their partners' living conditions. At the altar on the day of the wedding, the engaged couples carried out wedding ceremonies and needed to make their final decisions at the altar about whether to split up or get married, answering the question "Is love blind?"
Drive to Survive
The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane -- both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world's greatest racing competitions. "Formula 1: Drive to Survive" reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There's also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.
Next in Fashion
Next In Fashion (NIF) is a reality show and fashion design competition series debuting on Netflix in January 2020; hosted by designers Tan France and Alexa Chung. Over ten episodes, eighteen designers compete in rounds based on design trends and styles that influence what people wear worldwide. Similar to Bravo’s Project Runway, the contestants are all professionals who have been dressing celebrities and working with major fashion houses. The winner receives USD$250,000 and can debut a collection with Net-a-Porter, a luxury fashion retailer.
The series, Netflix’s first fashion show, is produced by Robin Ashbrook, Yasmin Shackleton, and Adam Cooper. The first season filming ended in May 2019.
Pose (stylized as POSE) is an American drama television series about New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s and, in the second season, early 1990s. Featured characters are dancers and models who compete for trophies and recognition in this underground culture, and who support one another in a network of chosen families known as Houses.
Lilyhammer is a Norwegian–American television series starring Steven Van Zandt about a former New York-based gangster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer, Norway. The first season premiered on Norwegian NRK1 on 25 January 2012 with a record audience of 998,000 viewers (one fifth of Norway's population), and premiered on Netflix in North America on 6 February 2012, with all eight episodes available in full for streaming on the service. Lilyhammer was promoted as "the first time Netflix offered exclusive content".
Big Mouth is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett featuring teens based on Kroll and Goldberg's upbringing in suburban New York, with Kroll voicing his fictional younger self.
The first season that consisted of ten episodes premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, and the second season was released on October 5, 2018. The third season was preceded by a Valentine's Day special episode on February 8, 2019, and the rest of the third season was released on October 4, 2019. In July 2019, Netflix renewed the series through to a sixth season.
Sex Education is a British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. Starring Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward teenager and Gillian Anderson as his character's mother and a sex therapist, the series premiered on 11 January 2019 on Netflix. Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, and Kedar Williams-Stirling co-star. It became a critical and commercial success for Netflix, with over 40 million viewers having streamed the first series after its debut. The second series was released on 17 January 2020, and the show has been renewed for a third series.
Messiah is an American thriller web television series created by Michael Petroni. The first season consists of ten episodes, which were released on Netflix on January 1, 2020. The series stars Mehdi Dehbi, Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan, John Ortiz, Melinda Page Hamilton, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jane Adams, Sayyid El Alami, Fares Landoulsi, and Wil Traval.
"Spinning Out" follows Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream."
The Witcher is an American fantasy drama series produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
Set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as "the Continent", The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt of Rivia and princess Ciri, who are linked by destiny to each other. It stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan. The show initially follows the three main protagonists at different points of time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline.
The first season, consisting of eight episodes, was released on Netflix in its entirety on December 20, 2019. It is based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which are collections of short stories that precede the main Witcher saga. Before the first season had been released, Netflix announced a second eight-episode season, to be released in 2021; production was scheduled to commence in London in early 2020.
Happy! is an American live-action/adult animated black comedy/action-drama television series based on the four-issue comic book series of the same name created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, with Brian Taylor serving as director for a majority of the episodes (seven of the first eleven).
The series premiered on Syfy on December 6, 2017, receiving mostly positive reviews. On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Syfy had renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 27, 2019. On June 4, 2019, the series was cancelled by Syfy after two seasons.
Living With Yourself
Living with Yourself is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Timothy Greenberg that premiered on October 18, 2019, on Netflix. It stars Paul Rudd and Aisling Bea. Rudd also serves as an executive producer, alongside Greenberg, Anthony Bregman, Jeff Stern, Tony Hernandez, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, and Jeffrey Blitz.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. It originally aired from September 28, 1987, to May 23, 1994, in syndication, spanning 178 episodes over seven seasons. The third series in the Star Trek franchise, it is the second sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of the United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship, the USS Enterprise-D, in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy.
From the Academy Award-winning directors and writers of The Matrix comes this mind-blowing globe-trotting sci-fi romp. Sense8 sees eight individuals around the world suddenly become telekinetically linked, and unexpectedly able to feel each other’s deepest emotions like love, pain and fear. The show’s not your run-of-the-mill sci-fi flick, instead it’s more of a character study looking at how people connect through empathy. It’s a beautiful, bonkers creation, filmed in over nine cities, with two splendid seasons and one hard fought-for finale. And while it’s now finished, it’s still well worth your undivided attention, if not for that psychic orgy. Yes, you read that right.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
A big budget prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 cult classic brings the rich world of Thra to the small screen. Like its predecessor, Age of Resistance is a breathtaking, sweeping fantasy that rivals Game of Thrones in terms of political intrigue. It follows the fortunes of three Gelflings and their struggles against the vulture-like Skeksis. The use of puppets sets it apart from pretty much anything else on Netflix, and there's a skilled cast of voice actors to accompany the puppeteers, including Taron Egerton, Simon Pegg and Mark Hamill.
The Spy is an Israeli espionage web television miniseries, written and directed by Israeli director Gideon Raff and Max Perry, based on the life of Israel's top Mossad spy Eli Cohen, who is portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. The series is a production by French company Légende Entreprises for Canal+ and Netflix. OCS is airing the show in France and Netflix is streaming the show internationally outside France. The six-episode miniseries, released on September 6, 2019, on Netflix, was said to have been inspired by real-life events. It is based on the book L'espion qui venait d'Israël (English: The Spy Who Came From Israel), written by Uri Dan and Yeshayahu Ben Porat.
Now into its second season, David Fincher's Mindhunter is very 'Fincher' and that's a good thing. The director behind Seven and Zodiac is a producer and directs numerous episodes of the series, which tells the origin story of the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit and its study of serial killers. The second season has fewer of the tense interviews with killers that made season one famous, instead focusing on a prolonged investigation into the serial murders of young African Americans in Atlanta, the first test of the unit's theories. The second season isn't quite as tight as the first, but it's still a hugely compelling watch with top-notch production values.
Orange is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black (sometimes abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan for Netflix. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2013. In February 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. On October 17, 2018, it was confirmed that the seventh season, which was released on July 26, 2019, would be its last.
Netflix's nostalgic sci-fi series is back for its third season. The show picks things up in 1985 with El, Mike and the gang teetering awkwardly on the precipice that separates childhood from adolescence. Meanwhile, in Hawkins, things have taken a sinister turn as the town's residents start to find themselves under the influence of a strange, supernatural force. Oh, and there's the little matter of the Russian scientists trying to pry open a hole into the Upside Down. This season more than makes up for season two's missteps, by centering the action on the endlessly endearing relationship between the young characters, while destruction looms in the backward.
"I'm just a hero for fun" is Saitama's reason for being, but it's all gone horribly wrong. In his quest to become the strongest hero he can be, he's made a fatal error: he's become too strong (and he's lost all his hair). What fun can be had for a hero who can defeat any enemy, no matter how preposterously strong, with a single lethal punch? It's from this premise that One-Punch Man turns every trope of superhero entertainment on its head in a delightfully anarchic series which suffers none of the po-faced seriousness of many Japanese animations. Whether you're anime veteran or a total newcomer, it's the kind of show that anyone can enjoy. Take a chance. You won't regret it.