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51 of the best Netflix series and shows to enjoy right now

Charithra Chandran, Simone Ashley, Shelley Conn, and Jonathan Bailey in Bridgerton
Of course Bridgerton had to be in there! (Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix )

Trying to choose what to watch next on Netflix can be difficult. As the most recognizable name in the streaming game, Netflix has shows available for every possible type of viewer. 

Whether you're looking for a twisty drama to shock you, a dense science-fiction story to get your head around, a new romance to warm your heart, or just want to sit down for a laugh, there's plenty of shows for everyone to enjoy on Netflix. 

To help you choose the next show you'll be binging, we've put together this list of the best Netflix series you should be watching.

Please note: content on this list may not be available in all regions.

Best Netflix series — historical dramas

Bridgerton

Bridgerton Season 2

Bridgerton is one of the best shows on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

If you've somehow not heard of Bridgerton, it's a romantic period drama based on Julia Quinn's series of novels. 

Set in Regency-era London, the show follows the eight Bridgerton siblings as they attempt to find love and happiness within high society. The first season focused on Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her relationship with Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page, who's rumored to be the next James Bond). 

Bridgerton season 2 is now also on Netflix, having launched back in March. The second series switches the focus over to Anthony Bridgerton's (Johnathan Bailey) quest for love as he becomes entangled with a new heroine, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).

Bridgerton season 3 starts filming this summer, and we already know that the story will focus on Penelope Featherington's (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton's (Luke Newton) long-awaited love story.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2 (season 3 is currently in production)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Episode length: 60-70 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 88%

The English Game

TV tonight The English Game - - the best Netflix series

Hands up if you like 19th-century football... The English Game (Image credit: Oliver Upton)

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes explores the origins of football in his period drama. It shows how the beautiful game has its roots in the clash between upper-class gentlemen and Lancashire mill workers.

Beginning in 1879, the series stars Edward Holcroft as Arthur Kinnaird, the aristocratic captain of the Old Etonians football team.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Episode length: 43-55 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 53 %

The Crown

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Claire Foy in The Crown - arguably the best Netflix series ever? (Image credit: Netflix)

Peter Morgan's historical series follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her coronation through to key moments in history such as the moon landing.

Claire Foy plays the monarch in the first 2 seasons, with Olivia Colman taking over in seasons 3 and 4. Imelda Staunton will be playing Queen Elizabeth II for season 5, which lands on Netflix in November. 

The all-star cast joining them includes Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies, Charles Dance, Helena Bonham Carter, and Victoria Hamilton. Netflix recently confirmed there would be a sixth season of The Crown.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Episode length: 47-61 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 89 %

The Queen's Gambit

Best Netflix Shows - The Queen's Gambit

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit. (Image credit: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX)

The Queen's Gambit is a coming-of-age story based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name. This period drama takes place in the 1950s and 60s and follows the life of Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphaned female chess prodigy.

Across the series, Beth rises to prominence in the chess world, but wrestles with drug and alcohol addictions and emotional issues at the same time. These issues only grow more difficult to handle as continues to push herself to become the best chess player in the world.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 7
  • Episode length: 59-61 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 96 %

Best Netflix series — comedies

Sex Education

Sex Education - the best Netflix TV shows

Otis and Maeve in Sex Education. (Image credit: Jon Hall/Netflix)

Asa Butterfield stars as awkward teenager Otis Milburn, who ends up reluctantly giving sex advice to his classmates based on the teachings of his sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson).

Otis strikes up an unlikely friendship with rebel Maeve, which starts to threaten his relationship with his best pal Eric. With plenty of cringeworthy moments along the way, this wickedly funny and surprisingly touching show is certainly one of the best Netflix series to watch. Sex Education's third season is also now available.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 47-59 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 94 %

Friends

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel in Friends (Credit: EMPICS Entertainment)

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel in Friends (Credit: EMPICS Entertainment) (Image credit: EMPICS Entertainment)

This iconic American sitcom follows the lives of six twenty-somethings in Manhattan, New York, as they navigate their professional and personal lives over the course of a ten year period. There's plenty of laughs and drama to be had as we watch their lives unfold.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer star.

Are you a US reader and wondering how to watch Friends? You need to head over to HBO Max instead.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  10
  • Approximate episodes per season: 24
  • Average episode length: 20-22 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  78 %

Emily in Paris

Lily Collins in Emily in Paris season 2

Lily Collins in Emily in Paris (Image credit: Netflix)

Emily in Paris is the latest comedy-drama from Sex and the City creator, Darren Star. that follows Emily (Lily Collins), an American marketing executive who lands her dream job at a luxury French fashion firm in the 'City of Light'. Despite not speaking a word of French, she moves to Paris. 

There, she struggles to navigate her new life, juggling friendships, relationships, and work as her Midwestern upbringing clashes with Parisian culture.

  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 24-38 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 67 %

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

There are six series of BoJack Horseman to watch. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Will Arnett voices anthropomorphic horse BoJack Horseman, the star of iconic 90's show Horsin' Around as he tries his best to navigate life after the sitcom ended. The series satirizes Hollywood culture and we see BoJack battling depression, alcoholism, and his fading spotlight.

We also witness his countless attempts to maintain the relationships around him. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul voices BoJack's friend Todd who lives-rent free in his home. Plus Amy Sedaris stars as his agent Princess Carolyn and Alison Brie as his ghostwriter Diane.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  6
  • Approximate episodes per season: 12
  • Average episode length: 25 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 93 %

Dead To Me

Dead To Me.

Dead To Me. (Image credit: Saeed Adyani / Netflix)

When tightly-wound widow and mum-of-two Jen Harding (Christina Applegate) meets free-spirited Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini), an unexpected friendship soon forms between them. Jen uses anger and resentment to cope, whereas Judy has a more positive outlook.

The pair bond over recently losing a loved one, but a dark secret soon threatens to tear their friendship apart. The series explores grief, lies, anger and a whole host of other emotions as the duo try to navigate life during grief.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 26 - 33 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 86 %

After Life

Ricky Gervais After Life

After Life.

Ricky Gervais stars as widower Tony, who lost his wife to breast cancer. He was once a nice person, but after falling into a depressive spiral following the loss of Lisa, he starts punishing the world. So, he says and does whatever he likes! Tony considers this his "superpower".

Joining him in the series are several British acting legends including Penelope Wilton. After Life season 3 landed on Netflix in January and this is one of the best Netflix series going. 

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Average episode length: 25-31 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 71 %

The Good Place

The Good Place (Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC).

The Good Place (Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC). (Image credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Four very different people find themselves in the afterlife, and realize they've been sent to 'The Good Place'. Kristen Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, who soon discovers that she's been mixed up with another woman by the same name and doesn't actually belong there.

Joining her is supposed soulmate Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), socialite Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil), and Jacksonville DJ Mendoza (Manny Jacinto). Together, they find themselves trying to navigate the mysterious Good Place and figure out why they ended up there.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Approximate episodes per season: 13
  • Average episode length: 22 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 97 %

Rick and Morty

Smash-hit animated sitcom Rick and Morty is one of the best series on Netflix right now.

The series follows foul-mouthed, alcoholic Rick Sanchez as he leads his anxious but good-natured grandson Morty Smith astray on dangerous and often reckless journeys through space. Along the way they encounter alien races, cross dimensions, meet their own clones and just generally get into an awful lot of trouble.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 5 (4 available on Netflix)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 20-25 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 95%

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Danny De Vito (Credit: FilmMagic).

Danny De Vito (Credit: FilmMagic). (Image credit: FilmMagic)

This long-running comedy series follows five people with huge egos who own an Irish pub in Philadelphia. It stars Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, Kaitlin Olson as daughter Dee Reynolds, and Glenn Howerton as son Dennis Reynolds.

Charlie Day stars as Frank's possible biological son Charlie Kelly and Rob McElhenney joins them as Mac, Charlie's best friend. Collectively, the five of them are known as The Gang and each episode sees them thinking up crazy schemes.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 14
  • Approximate episodes per season: 12
  • Average episode length: 18 - 25 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 96 %

Cobra Kai 

Best Netflix Shows - Cobra Kai

William Zabka (left) and Ralph Macchio in Cobra Kai. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

Cobra Kai is a martial arts comedy series that is a sequel to the original Karate Kid movies. Set 34 years on from the original films, Cobra Kai sees Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso's old rivalry reawakening after Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo to get his own life back on track.

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka both returned to play adult versions of their characters. Daniel (Macchio) is a successful but dissatisfied car dealer, and Johnny (Zabka) is a part-time handyman before he begins teaching karate to his teenage neighbor, Miguel Diaz.

Hilarious and heartwarming, there's still plenty more Cobra Kai on the way, as Netflix has greenlit a fifth season.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 4
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 22-40 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100% (season 4)

Best Netflix series — Horror shows

Squid Game

squid game netflix

To say Squid Game is huge would be a massive understatement! (Image credit: Netflix)

With many members of the South Korean public cash-strapped, they jump at the chance to take part in a tournament that has a massive 45.6 billion won prize (£28m) up for grabs. At first, it seems simple, all they have to do is play popular children's games against other players, but it soon takes a very dark turn.

The first episode sees Seong Gi-hun approached by a mysterious stranger who informs him about the games, and he soon finds himself taking part in a murderous game of 'Red Light, Green Light’, where players are killed off if they break the rules.

The series has received a hugely positive response from fans and is currently on track to become Netflix's biggest show to date. Squid Game season 2 has officially been confirmed by Netflix.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1 (with a second on the way)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 9
  • Average episode length: 60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100%

Locke and Key

Locke and Key - the best Netflix TV shows

Locke and Key

In this dark supernatural drama based on a comic book series, widowed Nina Locke (Scandal’s Darby Stanchfield) moves her family into her late husband’s ancestral home, Keyhouse.

There, her children discover several mysterious keys that unlock mysterious doors throughout the home, revealing some deadly secrets and gifting them supernatural powers. Teen drama and spooky goings-on soon follow as the kids discover there's an evil entity who wants nothing more than to collect all the keys for itself...

Locke and Key season 2 has now aired, so there's even more spooky goings-on to enjoy too.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 40 - 56 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 82 %

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Best Netflix Shows - Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is sure to scare viewers. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

The second entry in Mike Flanagan's Haunting anthology (after The Haunting of Hill House) is more of a traditional Gothic ghost story compared to the previous series, but it's no less gripping. 

In The Haunting of Bly Manor, young au pair Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti) is hired to look after two young children at a stately home and begins noticing spirits in and around the home. From that moment, things at the manor begin to grow more and more unsettling...

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 9
  • Average episode length: 46-66 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 87%

American Horror Story

This long-running horror anthology series has the same recurring cast members, but each season centers on different characters and locations. From a house with a murderous past to a haunted hotel to a freak show, there's plenty of stories to uncover.

American Horror Story stars the likes of Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, and even Lady Gaga makes an appearance.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 9
  • Approximate episodes per season: 13
  • Average episode length: 37 - 73 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 76 %

Midnight Mass

Hamish Linklater as Father Paul in Midnight Mass

Hamish Linklater as Father Paul in Midnight Mass. (Image credit: Netflix)

Midnight Mass is Mike Flanagan's newest horror series. Rather than taking place in another haunted estate, this seven-episode series transports us to an insular community living on Crockett Island.

We follow Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford, Friday Night Lights) who has just returned to his isolated hometown after spending four years in prison for killing a young woman in a drunk driving incident.  At the same time, a new, mysterious priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives and begins to renew the town's flagging faith, prompting the arrival of mysterious omens and exacerbating divisions between the townsfolk.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 7
  • Average episode length: 60-71 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100 %

Best Netflix series — Fantasy

Arcane

HAILEE STEINFELD as VI, ELLA PURNELL as JINX in ARCANE

Vi (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) and Jinx (Ella Purnell) in Arcane. (Image credit: Netflix)

Arcane is an action-packed animated series based on the world of the hugely popular video game, League of Legends

The show tells the origin stories of two of the game's playable characters, Vi and Jinx, two sisters who find themselves on opposing sides of a growing civil conflict between the cities of Piltover and Zaun. 

Released to widespread critical acclaim for its beautiful animation, voice acting performances and its compelling, emotional story, Arcane is easily one of the best Netflix series available to watch both for fans of the game and for casual viewers alike.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 9
  • Average episode length: 39-44 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100 %

The Letter for the King

The Letter for the King

Young squire Tiuri sets off on an epic journey (Image credit: Julie Vrabelov‡/Netflix)

His Dark Materials’ Amir Wilson stars in an epic fantasy adventure as young would-be knight Tiuri who embarks on a dangerous journey to save the kingdom of Dagonaut from a ruthless prince threatening to plunge it into darkness.

Tiuri must deliver a vital letter to the king which means crossing warring kingdoms while being pursued by dark forces.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Average episode length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 53 %

Ragnarok

A Norwegian coming-of-age drama in which a group of teens in a small town believe that melting glaciers and dangerous pollution can only be stopped by drawing upon a Norse legend.

This fantasy series sees a Norwegian town suffering from warm winters and violent downpours and a group of teens think the only way to stop them is to intervene in time.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Average episode length: 45 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 67 %

The Witcher

The Witcher

Henry Cavill in The Witcher. (Image credit: Katalin Vermes)

Based on the Witcher novels by Andrzej Sapkowski (which were popularised by the video game series of the same name), The Witcher follows solitary monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) as he struggles to find his place in the world around him.

Destiny soon hurtles him towards Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) and a powerful sorceress, the three work together to navigate the volatile continent they live on.

The Witcher season 3 is also now in production and if you are fan of the series be sure to check out our guide explaining how to read The Witcher books in order.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2 (with season 3 in production)
  • Episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 47 - 67 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 94 % (season two)

Best Netflix series — Documentaries

The Last Dance

This documentary follows the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, lead by basketball legend Michael Jordan. It's packed with unaired footage from the 1997-98 season and accounts Jordan's career. It's received lots of critical acclaim as it documents their quest to win a sixth NBA title in eight years and has been enjoyed by both basketball fans and casual viewers.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 50 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  96%

Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country - best Netflix series

Bhagwan Rajneesh. (Image credit: Netflix)

Enthralling series following how Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his then personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela built a controversial cult in the middle of the Oregon desert. The six-parter’s twists can you leave you aghast as the cult clashes with the American locals. Things get very weird! Certainly one of the best Netflix series to watch!

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Episodes: 6
  • Average episode length: 64 - 71 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 98 %

The Staircase

This mesmerizing series, directed by Oscar-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, tells the story of author Michael Peterson, who phoned the police to say his wife had died after falling down the stairs at their home.

Peterson was charged with murder and his trial sees a string of twists as you try to work out what really happened. One of the best Netflix series ever!

Michael Peterson's story has now also been made into a true-crime drama, also called The Staircase, starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette.  

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 13
  • Average episode length: 45 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 94 %

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Best Netflix Shows - Tiger King

Joe Exotic, the 'Tiger King'. (Image credit: Netflix)

Documentary on colorful and controversial American zoo owner Joe Exotic, real-name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, currently in prison after being convicted of a failed murder plot against his nemesis, animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

Exotic hired a hitman to murder her, but the supposed killer was, in fact, an undercover FBI agent.

In Tiger King season 2, the team picks up right where we last left off. It sheds new light on the lives of many of the figures and how their lives have changed since Tiger King first aired in March 2020. 

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 40 - 45 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100 %

Babies

Best Netflix Shows - Babies

Babies documents the very first year in fifteen peoples' lives. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

A fascinating documentary series chronicling the first year of a baby’s life by following 15 families from around the world. It reveals the answers to such questions as why babies don't sleep through the night and how they learn language.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Average episode length:  50 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  80 %

The Pharmacist

Best Netflix Shows - Dan Schneider for The Pharmacist

Dan Schneider (above) takes on the world of Big Pharma in this  fascinating series. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

A gripping series begins with the search by small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider to find his son’s killer.

But his murder investigation turns into a mission to uncover the truth behind American’s opioid crisis and the part doctors play in it

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes: 4
  • Average episode length: 47-60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  89 %

Formula 1 – Drive to Survive

Best Netflix Shows - Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Drivers from the third season of Drive to Survive. (Image credit: Netflix)

Formula 1: Drive to Survive gives viewers an exclusive peek behind the curtain at the F1 racing. Starting with the 2018 FIA Championship in series 1 (released in 2019), the show lets us learn an awful lot more about the drivers out on the track and the huge number of people working at every event in the F1 calendar. 

The most recent season gave us an insight into how the FIA dealt with COVID-19 and what impact it had on racers and their teams. Drive to Survive is informative and easily one of the best car shows you can stream on Netflix.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length:  27-40 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  77 %

Miss Americana – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has made a documentary about her life (Credit: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift offers a candid look at her life and career including her songwriting process and the pressures of fame in this revealing documentary.

There are videos of Swift as a child when she began her rise to success as well as footage of her in concert.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 1
  • Average episode length: 84 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  93 %

Who Killed Malcolm X?

Malcom X (credit: Bettmann Archive).

Malcom X (credit: Bettmann Archive). (Image credit: Bettmann Archive)

American civil rights leader Malcolm X was gunned down in New York in 1965 and many questions about his assassination are raised in this series.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 6
  • Average episode length: 60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  100% 

Best Netflix series — Crime

Lupin

Best Netflix shows - Lupin

Omar Sy as modern day thief Assane Diop. (Image credit: Emmanuel Guimier /Netflix)

Lupin is a stylish French crime series that follows professional thief Assane Diop (played by Omar Sy). 

Assane was orphaned as a child after his father took his own life in prison when he was framed for a crime he did not commit. Inspired by an Arsène Lupin novel his father gifted him as a child, Assane sets to get revenge on the wealthy entrepreneur responsible for his father's imprisonment.

Lupin Part 3 was teased at the end of part 2, and is currently in production and expected to air sometime in late 2022 or early 2023. 

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2 (with a third on the way)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 5
  • Average episode length:
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 97%

The Stranger

The Stranger - the best Netflix TV shows

Jennifer Saunders as Heidi and Callie Cooke as her daughter Kimberley in The Stranger - already one of the best Netflix series

A mysterious stranger reveals a shocking secret to family man Adam (Richard Armitage) about his wife Corinne (Dervla Kirwan), who disappears after he confronts her, in a compelling, complex and at times macabre mystery thriller.

Jennifer Saunders and Siobhan Finneran co-star.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 42-51 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  86%

Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul - the best Netflix TV shows

Better Call Saul.

This Breaking Bad spin-off follows criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) before he set up his office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It takes place before the events of Walter White's story, where McGill transforms into morally changed Saul Goodman.

The darkly comedic series sees the trials and tribulations of the struggling working class lawyer, and the kind of people he meets along the way. Corrupt police officer and Breaking Bad favourite Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) is a recurring character alongside Jimmy.

Not only one of the best Netflix TV series, but one of the best series of all-time.

The big thing to know is that Better Call Saul’s final season is being broken up into two parts. Part 1 features seven episodes, with Part 2 starting on July 11 (July 12 in the UK).

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  6
  • Approximate episodes per season: 9
  • Average episode length: 42-61 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  97%

Narcos

Best Netflix Series - Narcos

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in Narcos. (Image credit: Netflix)

The series follows the rise of real-life Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura), his skirmishes with US drug enforcement agents, and the aftermath of his death. The show has also far spawned spin-off series, Narcos: Mexico which has run for three seasons so far.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 43 - 60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 89 %

The Sinner

Jessica Biel The Sinner

Jessica Biel from season one of The Sinner (Credit: Getty) (Image credit: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Bill Pullman stars as detective Harry Ambrose, as he investigates why seemingly ordinary people have committed brutal crimes. This anthology follows a different case each season.

The first sees Cora (Jessica Biel) stab a man to death on the beach with no idea why, and the second follows the case of young boy Julian (Elisha Henig) who killed his parents. Each season explores the cases in detail to discover what's really going on behind closed doors.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 40 - 46 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 95 %

You

Best Netflix Series - You

You is a romantic drama with a difference... (Image credit: Netflix)

Adapted from the novel of the same name, You follows New York bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) as he falls for writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). But this is far from your ordinary love story, as Joe is charming, obsessive and calculating. And will do just about anything to win Beck over...

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 41 - 50 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 94 %

Ozark

Ozark - one of the best Netflix series

Ozark (Image credit: Jackson Davis/Netflix)

This crime thriller series follows financial adviser Martin 'Marty' Byrde (Jason Bateman) as he moves from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks with his family. Along with his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and teenage children Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), they all seem like your average family.

But Marty is not as normal as he seems, as he serves as the top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. And when things go awry, he's forced to uproot and appease a drug boss to keep his family safe.

Ozark is wrapping up with season 4, which after being broken up into two parts, is now available in its entirety on the streaming service.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  4
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 52 - 80 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 78 %

Mindhunter

Mindhunter - best Netflix series

Mindhunter - one of the best Netflix shows ever (Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix)

In the 1970s, two FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) interview serial killers to solve open cases and gain greater insight into the psychopathic minds of notorious killers.

The duo rely on deeper psychological evaluation as they believe that more traditional crime solving methods aren't as beneficial anymore. The series focuses on the development of the two agents and their new criminal field.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 34 - 73 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 97 %

Safe

Safe Michael and Marc - best Netflix series

Safe. (Image credit: Ben Blackall)

Fans of The Stranger will enjoy this earlier Netflix series from crime writer Harlan Coben.

Once again secrets are at the heart of the story. They come to light when surgeon and widower Tom (Michael C Hall) searches for his missing 16-year-old daughter.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 41 - 47minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 71%

Unbelievable

Based on a true story, this series follows a teenager who reports being raped and then withdraws the complaint. The teen is charged for lying, but two female detectives then begin a search for the truth...

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 43 - 58 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 98 %

I Am Not Okay With This

Best Netflix Shows - I Am Not Okay With This

Sophia Ellis in I Am Not Okay With This. (Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

This series is made by the creators of Stranger Things and The End of the F***ing World and is based on a graphic novel of the same name. The high school drama stars It’s Sophia Ellis as 15-year-old Sydney who is dealing with the loss of her father and her sexuality as well as superpowers that she can't control.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 7
  • Average episode length: 28 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 85 %

Best Netflix series — Sci-fi

The Silent Sea

The Silent Sea on Netflix

The Silent Sea on Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix / Han Sejun)

The Silent Sea is a Korean sci-fi thriller set in the near future where the planet is suffering from a critical lack of food and water due to desertification. 

It follows a small team of astronauts led by Han Yun-Jae (Gong Yoo), a soldier from a space agency. The team is dispatched on a mission to the moon where they must retrieve a sample from Balhae Lunar Research Station, a research station that was abandoned after several of the station's crew supposedly died of a radiation leak.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 1
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 39-51 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 100 %

Lost in Space

Lost In Space. (L to R) Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson, Brian Steele as Robot, Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson.

Lost In Space. (Image credit: DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX)

Lost in Space is Netflix's reboot of the sci-fi series of the same name. It follows the Robinson family, a family of space colonists who crash-land on an alien planet after their spacecraft is attacked.

There, they and many other colonists fight to survive in their new, hostile environment. Along the way, Will Robinson assists an alien robot who he brings back to the colony to assist them.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 39-65 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 84 %

The Umbrella Academy

Best Netflix Shows - Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy sees a group of adopted young people reunited to prevent the end of the world. (Image credit: Netflix)

Created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is a series based on Gerard's comic books of the same name. 

Like the comics, the show revolves around the dysfunctional Hargreeves family, a group of children with superpowers who are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves and turned into a crimefighting team who are tasked with saving the world by Sir Reginald. 

The bizarre team fractures as the children become teenagers. After hearing news of their adoptive father's death, the surviving six members of the so-called Umbrella Academy reunite to uncover the mystery of their adoptive father's death, and to prevent an imminent apocalypse.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 40 - 60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 83%

Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer is a thriller set in frozen, dystopian near-future. (Image credit: Justina Mintz)

Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world became a frozen wasteland, and surviving members of society now live aboard a giant train. It's a whopping 1,001 carriages in length. 

Those living at the front of the train hoard most of the food and resources, whilst those at the back are dealing with increasing poverty levels. It's based on a film of the same name, with new characters and storylines.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 3 (with a fourth on the way)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 20
  • Average episode length: 45 - 60 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating:  63%

Altered Carbon

Alternative Carbon - - the best Netflix TV shows

A scary future in Altered Carbon. (Image credit: Katie Yu / Netflix)

This sci-fi thriller is set more than 300 years in the future, where consciousness has been digitised and human bodies are merely ‘sleeves’ to transport consciousness.

The show's central character, Takeshi Kovacs, is working for mercenaries on a distant colony but still searching for his lost love.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Approximate episodes per season: 10
  • Average episode length: 46 - 66 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 76 %

Stranger Things

Stranger Things - best Netlifx series

Stranger Things - one of the best Netflix series of all-time (Image credit: Curtis Baker/Netflix)

Set in the small town of Hawkins in the 1980s, this eerie sci-fi series explores the terrifying supernatural forces that have threatened the residents who live there. The first season sees the mysterious disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), and the first discovery of alternate dimension The Upside Down.

The series also stars Winona Ryder as Will's mother Joyce, Millie Bobby Brown as the mysterious 'Eleven', and David Harbour as chief of police Jim Hopper.

Stranger Things season 3 debuted on Netflix on July 4, 2019, and Stranger Things season 4 will be broken up into two parts, with volume one debuting on May 27 and volume 2 following up on July 1.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  3 (with four on the way)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 9
  • Average episode length: 42 - 77 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 93 %

Dark

Dark - Best Netflis Shows

Dark is a suspenseful science-fiction tale that spans generations of people from one single town. (Image credit: Julia Terjung/Netflix)

Dark takes place in a fictional German town called Winden which suddenly has its shady secrets exposed when children start mysteriously disappearing from the town.

Slowly, the town's residents begin to unravel a time-travel conspiracy that has been going on for generations in Winden, exposing the dark pasts of prominent families as the citizens continue to pursue the truth.

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  3
  • Approximate episodes per season: 8
  • Average episode length: 44-73 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 95 %

Black Mirror

Best Netflix Shows - Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a mind-bending sci-fi anthology series. (Image credit: Netflix)

Charlie Brooker's sci-fi anthology series explores the dark side of technology, and how it can backfire. Each story is set in a an alternative timeline not too far from our own, and tells a twisted tale.

Rory Kinnear, John Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Andrew Scott and Miley Cyrus have all joined the popular series throughout the years. The series even included an interactive special episode where a young video game programmer started to lose his grip on reality whilst adapting a sprawling fantasy novel.

Netflix has also confirmed there is also a season 6 on the way. 

Useful info

  • Number of seasons:  5 (with season 6 on the way)
  • Approximate episodes per season: 3
  • Average episode length: 41 - 89 minutes
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 83 %
Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance

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