While restrictions might finally have started to lift in England, and it’s now possible to leave our homes of an evening, it’s likely that many UK TV viewers will still be searching for a new binge watch.
Thankfully, Netflix is going nowhere and the streamer is continuing to regularly put out brand new shows and add some old favourites to its expansive library.
Later this month, we’ll see the debut of fantasy series Shadow and Bone – based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo – and The Innocent, the latest thriller series adapted from the work of bestselling author Harlan Coben.
And until then, there’s plenty of other offerings to keep you entertained, including the new true crime doc This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist, which. has already been causing a storm on social media.
Read on for our picks of Netflix’s best TV series.
Updated 13th April
Friday Night Dinner
Beloved actor Paul Ritter sadly passed away recently, and the star leaves behind an impressive body of work. His excellent career included many highlights, but he will probably be most fondly remembered for this Channel 4 comedy series, the first five seasons of which are currently available on Netflix.
Ritter stars as Martin Goodman, the father of a British Jewish family who gathers once a week for Shabbat dinner – an experience that is normally interrupted by all sorts of mishaps and shenanigans, including some scene-stealing moments from Mark Heap as unusual neighbour Jim Bell.
This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
Netflix has established itself as the home of true crime documentaries and its latest offering is a corker. This Is A Robbery tells the story of a shocking heist that took place at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on St Patrick’s Day 1990, with the culprits getting away with a selection of classic paintings worth approximately $500 million. To this day, they haven’t been found but there are no shortage of theories about where they could be and who is responsible. Learn all about this intriguing conspiracy in this four-part documentary and keep an eye out for the paintings featured – there’s a $10 million reward for their safe return.
Ginny and Georgia
This comedy drama courted some controversy when it debuted after including some questionable jokes about pop stars Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. However, these wobbles aside, critics have had a relatively positive reaction to the series which explores the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter as they settle down in a new neighbourhood. Comparisons have been made between Ginny and Georgia and the much-lauded Gilmore Girls, with plenty of melodrama and shocking developments crammed into this busy first season.
This eight-part docuseries from the producers of Orange is the New Black takes an eclectic group of people and opens their closets to reveal all the different stories behind their clothes. Based on Emily Spivack’s best-selling book of the same name, Worn Stories tells the “funny, tragic, poignant and celebratory” tales behind bits of attire through interviews with cultural figures and storytellers, animation and archival footage.
Featuring appearances from Spanish singer Charo, democrat representative Frederica Wilson, Barneys’ Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan and other interesting figures, the series is a fascinating look at the connection between memory and our clothes.
With fans eagerly awaiting news of season nine, now is the perfect time to jump on the Below Deck hype train (or rather hype boat). The Bravo reality series follows crew members aboard a superyacht, led by Captain Lee Rosbach, during charter season.
Each series is filmed in a different location, with the superyacht staff looking after wealthy clients whilst sailing around Thailand, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, and although the staff tends to change from season to season, you can always rely on Captain Lee and regulars like bosun Eddie and head stewardess Kate to appear. With eight series of staff conflicts, on-board relationships, dramatic firings, difficult guest requests and the occasional crash to get through, there’s over 100 episodes of this superyacht reality show to sail through – and two series available on Netflix to get you started.
The fourth run of acclaimed crime drama Unforgotten recently came to a close on ITV, and if you’re desperate to see what all the fuss is about you can catch up with the first three series on Netflix. Each season of the programme revolves around a different cold case, as detectives Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) attempt to get to the bottom of some pretty gnarly crimes.
The series has consistently been praised for the quality of its writing, which never veers into salacious territory, and for the two powerful performances at its centre – while Sunny’s trademark backpack has even gained its own cult following on social media.
Nailed It! Double Trouble
The fifth series of Netflix’s baking show Nailed It! has landed on the streamer, with the contestants competing in pairs for this special ‘Double Trouble’ season.
Hosted by comedian Nicole Byer, this Emmy-nominated reality series challenges amateur bakers to replicate intricate, detailed cakes for the chance to win $10,000 and the Nailed It trophy. With different competitors entering the Nailed It kitchen each episode and a range of complicated bakes to copy, viewers are treated to some hilariously horrific results every time, while guest judges, from Adam Scott and Maya Rudolph, to Ron Funches and Jason Mantzoukas, watch in horror.
The seventh season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has finally arrived on Netflix, with the whole 13-episode series making its streaming debut one year after it originally aired on NBC in the US.
SNL and Palm Springs star Andy Samberg leads the cast as Jake Peralta – a fun-loving, childish cop with an excellent track record of crime-solving – in this police procedural comedy set in New York’s Brooklyn. He’s joined by an eclectic group of officers – from the fitness-obsessed Lieutenant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and the hard-as-nails Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), to uptight rule-stickler Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and their boss – the deadpan Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher).
With the show’s eighth and final season on its way, now is the perfect time to binge the comedy, created by Parks and Recreation’s Dan Goor and Michael Schur,
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The latest in a long line of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, this brand new series takes rather a different approach to the genre – adding a supernatural element to the mix and focusing on a group of troubled street teens, who are manipulated into solving crimes by the sinister Doctor Watson and elusive Sherlock Holmes. The cast includes young actors Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari and Mckell David, with Sherlock himself relegated to more of a supporting role.
Read our The Irregulars review.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
This documentary series follows key players, superstars, drivers and staff members on the F1 circuit and has recently returned for a third 10 episode run, coinciding with the start of the F1 calendar in 2021. The new series will offer a fresh perspective on some of the biggest events from the 2020 season, which saw Lewis Hamilton claim his historic seventh world title, while also providing a close-up look at how the teams coped in the behind-closed-doors circumstances made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic.
Waffles + Mocchi
Michelle Obama presents this educational series about food and culture around the world with the help of a pair of puppets named Waffles and Mochi. Across 10 episodes, Michelle and her new pals travel to kitchens, restaurants, farms and homes all over the world, learning about the cuisine of various nations including Italy, Peru and Japan – this is a must-watch for any budding foodies.
This Finnish series is one of the many Nordic Noir series to have received significant acclaim around the world, and is available to view in full on Netflix. It follows a talented detective who seeks a quieter life by taking a job in a small town, only to find himself drawn into a network of extremely disturbing network cases following the move.
From Alex Pina, the creator of hit dramas Money Heist and White Lines, comes this new darks comedic thriller – which tells of a trio of sex workers who go on the run from their pimp and his henchmen in a bid to “to stay alive for five more minutes”. As with his previous Netflix hits, there are laughs and thrills to be had on their adventures, but the series explores some darker themes as well.
Marriage or Mortgage
This new reality series sees wedding planner Sarah Miller face off against real estate agent Nichole Holmes as a selection of married-couples-to-be choose what matters more to them: a perfect wedding or a dream home. Each couple has a budget that can be allocated either to their wedding or their house, and it’s up to Sarah and Nichole to convince them where to put their money.
Based on a novel of the same name by John Marrs, this new psychological thriller is set in a world where a DNA researcher has created a new matchmaking service that guaranteed users will find the perfect partner. All is not what it seems though, and the service soon proves to have some damaging repercussions with people struggling to cope with its implications.
I’m Alan Partridge
Steve Coogan’s iconic character Alan Partridge is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first appearance this year, and of the numerous projects he’s appeared in this sitcom from 1997 remains arguably his finest hour. The first series follows Partridge as he tried to get his life and media career back on track after being left by his wife and dropped by the BBC, while the second series, which aired five years later, sees him recuperate from a mental breakdown while living in a static caravan. There are just 12 episodes in total, but each is packed with legendary moments.
Murder Among the Mormons
If you’re looking for your next true crime obsession, check out Murder Among the Mormons – a three-part miniseries looking at the Salt Lake City bombings of 1985. Directed by Jared Hess and Tyler Measom, this docuseries digs into the trio of bombings, that killed two people and shocked the Mormon community, and the criminal behind the atrocities.
The Bold Type
All four series of Freeform’s comedy-drama The Bold Type are available to stream on Netflix, starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy as three friends working and living in New York City. Throughout the show, Jane, Kat and Sutton try to make it in their chosen professions whilst embarking on a journey of self-discovery and entering into a series of relationships.
The eighth and final season of gripping drama Homeland has arrived on Netflix, starring Claire Danes as CIA officer Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as her mentor, Saul Berenson. Airing on Showtime from 2011 until 2020, this political thriller first follows Mathison’s investigation into Marine Sergeant Nicolas Brody (Damian Lewis), who was previously missing in action but recently rescued from a terrorist compound. While he’s heralded as a war hero, Mathison begins to suspect he’s a double agent and could be planning an upcoming terrorist attack.
White House Farm
Freddie Fox stars as Jeremy Bamber in this acclaimed retelling of the White House Farmers murders, in which a family of five were shot dead at their Essex Farm House in 1985. Originally debuting on ITV in early 2020, Fox steals the show with a deeply unsettling performance as Bamber, while the supporting cast also includes strong turns from the likes of Gemma Whelan, Mark Addy and Stephen Graham.
Behind Her Eyes
Based on the best-selling page-turner of the same name by Sarah Pinborough, this new series begins life as a seemingly conventional love triangle thriller before becoming something much more bizarre in later episodes. Tom Bateman, Eve Hewson and Simona Brown lead the cast, but the aspect of the show that has dominated the discussion is its twisty, unexpected ending – which it’s safe to say has divided viewers and critics so far.
Buried by the Bernards
Stay ahead of the zeitgeist with brand new reality TV series Buried by the Bernards, a show which has already spawned dozens of think pieces since its February 2021 release. The documentary series follows a family-run funeral home in Memphis, Tennessee, all filmed pre-COVID. We follow the Bernards, a big-hearted, larger-than-life family who take dark, gallows humour to the next level – to the point where viewers have wondered en-masse whether the series is a scripted mockumentary (spoiler: it’s not).
Looking to improve your culinary skills? The Great British Bake Off‘s most famous winner, Nadiya Hussain, returns to her baking roots in this cooking series. Helping beginner bakers to conquer their fears, Nadiya serves up everything from indulgent cakes and desserts to daring and unusual savoury bakes – while also spotlighting some like-minded creatives.
Hache season 2
Set in 1960s Barcelona, Netflix’s gritty Spanish crime drama series follows Helena (Adriana Ugarte), a sex worker who forms a relationship with a heroin cartel leader. She then begins honing the skills she’ll need to rise up the ranks of the drugs trafficking operation – right to the very top of the business… The series co-stars Eduardo Noriega and Marc Martínez, and is created by Verónica Fernández.
Japan’s highest-grossing anime franchise ever, Demon Slayer is now coming to Netflix UK for British viewers to check out. The beloved manga series follows hero Tanjiro Kamado, an intelligent teen who returns to his village one day and discovers that his family has been brutally killed – except for his younger sister, Nezuko, who has been inexplicably transformed into a demon. Teaming up with a skilled demon slayer, Tanjiro sets out to avenge his family and transform his sister back into a human.
Parks and Recreation
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope… These iconic Parks & Rec characters and more are coming to Netflix, with all seven seasons of the show available to stream as of February 2021. The mockumentary sitcom series, co-created by The Office US showrunner Greg Daniels, follows the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Midwest America.
We Are: The Brooklyn Saints
For fans missing Netflix cheerleading sports documentary Cheer, this latest offering will prove the perfect pick. The four-part factual series follows a group of kids enrolled on a Brooklyn-based youth football programme, in addition to their inspiring coaches.