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)

Life

David Attenborough’s 2009 natural history series is yet another magical exploration of our planet best described pictures rather than words… Watch on Netflix

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Top of the Lake

Filmed and set against beautiful backdrop in New Zealand, this drama from the pens of Jane Campion and Gerard Lee stars Elisabeth “Mad Men” Moss as a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl. Expect intrigue and mystery from start to end of this moody show. Watch on Netflix


Flint Town

An incredible portrait of a town at breaking point, Netflix’s series depicts Flint, Michigan through the eyes of the city’s law enforcement – and the people they’re meant to protect. Water crises, poverty, systematic neglect: the face of America today? Watch on Netflix


Mad Men

A slow burning drama from former Sopranos writer Matthew Weiner based around a smoke-filled Madison Avenue Ad agency in the 1950s and 60s and its leading creative man Don Draper – one of the great anti-heroes of the modern era of TV. Give it time, and you will reap the benefits. Watch on Netflix


BoJack Horseman

Animated comedy, anthropomorphic horses and astounding existential crisis – whatever Netflix execs were drinking when they greenlit this series, we want it. Watch on Netflix


The Trip

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Do you like watching two middle-aged men doing moderate/good impressions of celebrities whilst eating very nice food in pretty locations? Yes? Have we got a show for you! The Trip stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon planning hyper-real versions of themselves doing just this. In the first series they’re in the north of England and in the second series they’re in the south of Italy – but both feature plenty of dark humour, incredible cinematography (from Michael Winterbottom) and a good helping of pathos. Watch on Netflix