The best TV shows to watch on Netflix

From original series like Stranger Things and The Crown to TV favourites like Sherlock, Doctor Who, Friends and more, check out the all-time best series currently streaming on Netflix

Matt Smith and Claire Foy as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in The Crown season 2 (Netflix, JG)

Sherlock

Remember back when you’d never seen Sherlock, before it became a worldwide phenomenon? It sounded terrible. Martin Freeman (that bloke from The Office) and Benedict Cumberbatch (some posh guy with praying mantis cheekbones) take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. The fact that they’re now massive stars shows how well the experiment worked. Writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss realised Holmes’s appeal isn’t the detective work, but the characters. Sherlock starts off confident and, by the third series, erupts into a full-blown swagger. How like the detective himself. Watch on Netflix

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Narcos

This is a spectacular Netflix series, too often unfairly written off as a successor to Breaking Bad. The story, based on real events, follows the never-ending game of cat and mouse between drug king Pablo Escabar, the Columbian authorities and the DEA. Season three resets, turning its attention to the new drug lords on the block. Watch on Netflix


Peep Show

David Mitchell and Robert Webb at their best. In this classic Channel 4 sitcom they play Mark and Jez – one’s a slacker, one’s a loan manager. And together they’re two dysfunctional flatmates trying to fit into the adult world. Spoiler: they fail. Spectacularly. Again. And again. And again. Watch on Netflix


Master of None

Two seasons in, and Master of None has lorded it over almost all other Netflix Original comedy, with daring stylistic decisions and a New York swagger all of its own. Watch on Netflix


Parade’s End

This luxurious BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels brings together Tom Stoppard’s heady dialogue with Benedict Cumberbatch’s star pulling power. But it’s the viper wit of Rebecca Hall as Sylvia Tietjens that makes Parade’s End truly remarkable. Her reference to a character as “that scrub-faced ladies’ champion of the regular bowel movement” must be one of the best putdowns on TV. Watch on Netflix


Him & Her

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Learn how to slack off from the couple who made bunking off an art form. Sarah Solemani and Russell Tovey star in this mucky, beautiful BBC3 sitcom, which proves that instead of getting on in life, it’s much, much nicer to just get on. Watch on Netflix