Barely a day goes by without a major new Netflix series becoming a huge talking point – and one of the latest new additions to the streamer’s extensive catalogue is Ginny & Georgia.
The series – which has invited comparisons with Gilmore Girls – follows teenager Ginny and her mum Georgia (who had her when she was just 15) as they aim to start afresh in the picturesque New England area.
It’s the latest in a string of new additions to the platform’s library, with other major arrivals including the twisty thriller Behind Her Eyes, the French-language heist drama Lupin and the docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.
While all successful in their own right, none of those series have quite scaled the heights of Bridgerton – with the steamy period drama becoming the streamer’s most-watched show ever after its debut on Christmas Day 2020.
The platform is also continuing to add non-original shows alongside the brand new stuff, with recent examples including ITV true crime drama White House Farm, and American comedy hits such as Parks and Recreation and The Office (US).
And if it is something funny you’re after, you should also check out Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, which recently returned for another season of stand-up from comics introduced by Haddish.
With so much choice on offer, we’ve narrowed things down for you – here’s our list of the best series available to watch on Netflix right now.
Updated 26th February 2021
Ginny & Georgia
This brand new show follows the eponymous characters – a teenager and her 30-year-old mother – as they put down roots in picturesque New England. Their relationship is closer to that of friends than mother and daughter, with Georgia at one point heard explaining that “We’re like the Gilmore Girls, but with bigger boobs.” Don’t be fooled though – there is a darker side to the show as well, with Georgia’s past threatening her and the family’s new way of life.
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.
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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.
The Office (US)
Steve Carrell’s long-running workplace sitcom is widely regarded as one of the best American sitcoms of recent memory. While the first season suffers for playing a little too close to Ricky Gervais’ original, the show begins forging its own path from season two and quickly blossoms into something special. Carrell leads the large ensemble cast for most of the series, with hilarious supporting roles for the likes of John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Mindy Kaling. This is the comfort television we need right now.
If you’ve already binged through The Office (US) and are looking for another American sitcom to dive into, Superstore could be just the thing you’re looking for. The series has been a sizeable hit over in the US, but has flown somewhat under the radar on our shores until landing on Netflix at the start of the year. Ugly Betty star America Ferrera plays the lead role of Amy Sosa, a single mother who manages a branch of Cloud 9, a fictional chain of megastores. Superstore took some time to find its feet, but once it did fans were enamoured by its charming cast of characters.
For fans of shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great Pottery Throw Down, meet your latest obsession: glass blowing. In this series, which returned for a second season in 2021, 10 master glass blowers compete to create a staggering artwork, with the chance to win a prize worth thousands.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Directed by Tiller Russell, this latest true crime documentary series focuses not on Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who attained a cult following after his capture, but instead on his many victims.
The four-part series charts this “iconic L.A real-life horror story,” following the convicted Ramirez’s killing spree in Lose Angeles and San Francisco until he was apprehended in 1985. Prior to his capture and identification, he was dubbed the “Night Stalker”.
Starring Irene Azuela, this Mexican crime drama series follows a family vying for control of their tequila company, Monarca, worth billions. Adult daughter Ana María (Azuela) has been abroad for the past two decades (due to a mysterious, bloody reason), but she returns to Mexico at her father’s request.
The series also stars David Rencoret as ailing family patriarch Fausto Carranza, who picks Ana María as his successor over both her brothers (who understandably resent their father’s left-field pick). An easy binge-watch for those still waiting for Succession season three.
History of Swear Words
Nicolas Cage takes on the role of history teacher in this brand new series which does exactly what it says on the tin: each of the six episodes takes a common English language swear word and looks at its history, touching on the word’s origins, usage and cultural impact.
Cage is aided in his lesson plan by a series of experts in various fields including etymology, popular culture, history and entertainment – with appearances from famous faces including Nick Offerman and Sarah Silverman.
This brand new French crime drama stars Omar Sy (Jurassic World, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Assane Diop, a teenager whose life is upended when his father died after being accused of a crime he did not commit. Twenty-five years later, now-janitor Diop attempts to pull off the ultimate heist: stealing Marie Antoinette’s necklace from The Louvre.
Featuring an all-star cast of French talent, Lupin is a five-part series inspired by the adventures of fictional thief Arsène Lupin that makes for a gripping, entertaining and ultimately binge-worthy watch.
Back to Life
This dark comedy, which first aired on BBC One back in 2019, stars creator Daisy Haggard (Episodes, Breeders) as Miri Matteson, an optimistic 30-something who returns to her Kent family home after serving 18 years in prison.
With a stellar cast including the likes of Adeel Akhtar (Killing Eve), Geraldine James (Sherlock Holmes), Jo Martin (Doctor Who) and Liam Williams (Ladhood), Back to Life is a captivating tragicomedy featuring a phenomenal performance from the incredibly underrated Haggard.
If you haven’t yet binge-watched Shonda Rhimes’ latest period drama Bridgerton, what on earth are you waiting for? The sumptuous (and bodice-ripping) Regency-era drama is on track to becoming one of the most-watched original Netflix television shows ever.
Narrated by none other than Julie Andrews (who voices an anonymous gossip writer, Lady Whistledown), the series follows the beautiful and exclusive clan, and has received praise for its gorgeous costumes and innovative Bridgerton soundtrack.
This powerful, occasionally upsetting teen drama is set at Brooklyn’s largest public high school, and sees a suicide bomb detonate close to the school in episode one, resulting in a tense day for students stuck inside.
Odessa A’zion plays our heroine Joey Del Marco, a popular, cool queen bee who’s known for her body positivity and who hopes to become the school’s dance captain – but instead endures a deeply harrowing storyline.
German historical drama Barbarians was renewed for a second season in November 2020, so now is the perfect time to catch up on the series so far.
Set in 9AD, we follow the fictional Armenius (Laurence Rupp), an ‘eques’ and relatively high-ranking soldier in the Roman Imperial army, who was gifted to Rome as a child and who eventually returns to his homeland, Germania, to help maintain Roman order.
However, when he witnesses the atrocities carried out against her former people, his loyalties are severely tested.
Some of the greatest songwriters on the planet join host Hrishikesh Hirway and Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville to deconstruct one of their finest songs. Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, each episode of Song Exploder features one star revealing how they brought one of their songs to life.
Included in the first season is 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers R.E.M., and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign who discusses the inspiration behind LA.
Tiny Pretty Things
Based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin.
The Archer School of Ballet in Chicago is a haven for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds.
The show runner is Canadian Queer as Folk director Michael MacLennan and 10-part Tiny Pretty Things is destined to be another hit for Netflix, especially for a younger audience.
Room 2806: The Accusation
Netflix has long established itself as an expert when it comes to true crime limited series, and the latest in that regard is this four-episode documentary about a scandal involving the French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, a former IMF managing director who was accused of multiple serious sexual assaults starting in 2011.
The first accusation against Strauss-Kahn was made by Nafissatou Diallo, a housemaid at a New York hotel, and that accusation forms the basis of the series, although the prosecution’s case collapsed before trial. As you’d expect from a Netflix true crime documentary, numerous subjects are interviewed as the case is examined in great detail, with viewers largely left to come to their own conclusions based on the evidence included in the programme.
The fourth season of this raunchy animated comedy arrived on Netflix earlier this month with its stellar voice cast including Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph reprising their roles for another outrageous outing.
Big Mouth follows teens Nick (Kroll), Andrew (Mulaney) and Jessi (Jessi Klein) as they struggle through puberty, battling with various hormone monsters, shame wizards and most recently, anxiety mosquitos as they try to make it through high school. With guest stars such as Paul Giamatti, John Oliver, Thandie Newton, Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell and David Thewlis popping up throughout, this crude comedy is definitely worth binging.
We are the Champions
This fun documentary series takes a look at some of the stranger sports to be played competitively – which range from the slightly quirky to the downright bizarre – while giving an interesting insight into the often very passionate communities that play them.
Each episode is roughly 30-minutes long and focuses on a different sport, with some of those featured including competitive cheese rolling, frog jumping, and even fantasy hairstyling. The series is narrated by former The Office star Rainn Wilson, who is also an executive producer.
The highly bingeable romantic drama series set in the fictional remote Californian town of the same name recently returned for a second series, which has instantly proved just as popular as the first with fans. The series tells the story of Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) a nurse practitioner who arrives in Virgin River looking for a fresh start after leaving her life in Los Angeles behind.
Call My Agent
This French comedy series recently came to an end after running for four seasons, the first three of which are currently available on Netflix. The show revolves around the fictional Samuel Kerr talent agency and its four agents Andrea, Mathias, Gabriel, and Arlette, who each attempt to defend their vision of the business. The private and professional lives of the agents often cause conflict, while their job is made all the more difficult by the sudden death of the agency’s founder.
The series has also included guest appearances from some titans of French cinema, including Juliet Binnoche, Isabelle Huppert and Jean Dujardin.
Dutch-language crime thriller Undercover follows (no prizes here) two undercover agents who infiltrate a drug lord’s operation.
In a twist reminiscent of The Americans, the pair of undercover agents, Bob Lemmens (Tom Waes) and Kim de Rooij (Anna Drijver), pose as a couple, and begin living at the camping ground where their target spends his weekends.
The series is also inspired by a true crime story: the arrest of Janus van W, a real-life drug lord from the Netherlands, who lived in a chalet in Belgium before he was arrested by undercover agents.
The first original Brazilian series on Netflix, 3% is set in a dystopian world that has been sharply divided into progress, and devastation.
Worlds apart, the two sides named Offshore (where civilisation and advanced medicine awaits) and Inland are linked only ‘The Process’, a system where Inlanders have a chance of earning a place Offshore – but the pass rate is only 3 per cent.
The eight-part thriller follows a group of 20-year-old Inlanders take their first and only opportunity to complete the Process, including Fernando Carvalho (Michel Gomes), a wheelchair user who is derided by many of the others, but who has been raised by his father with a singular purpose: to compete the Process.
One of Netflix’s flagship shows across the globe, The Crown is reported to also be one of the most expensive television shows ever made.
The glossy and sumptuous drama from the pen of Peter Morgan (The Queen and Frost/Nixon), the drama aims to chart the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II over several seasons, with some deliberately planned resets and cast changes to “age” the cast where time moves forward.
The first two seasons starred Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies taking over the same key roles for the third and (brand new) fourth seasons.
A really compelling watch, it gives some insight (and plenty of artistic licence) into the lives of one of the most famous families ever to have lived, with the latest episodes delving into the relationship between Prince Charles and Lady Diana
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Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun
No, Aunty Donna is not a single person but rather a comedy troupe hailing from Melbourne, Australia who have amassed a large online fanbase for their absurd comedy skits.
Big Ol’ House of Fun is a new sketch comedy series that marks their first foray into streaming television and critics have heaped praise on the venture, which includes satire, parody, and even comedic musical numbers.
Don’t just take our word for it either: the calibre of the guest stars is a shining reflection of Aunty Donna’s strong reputation, with the likes of Ed Helms (The Hangover), Antony Starr (The Boys), Jack Quaid (The Boys) and Paul F Tompkins (Bojack Horseman) appearing across the six-part series.
The Thick of It
In an age where real-life political headlines often seem like they could be taken out of a TV show, Armando Iannucci’s incredibly sharp satire of party politics and cabinet ministers remains an absolute must-watch. One of the best British sitcoms of the last twenty years, the series led to a follow-up movie, In the Loop, and a US version also created by Iannucci – the multiple Emmy Award-winning Veep.
The series also gave us the gift of foul mouth spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, played with relish by the excellent Peter Capaldi, a character who probably did more for the art of inventive swearing than any in the history of television. Other stars include Chris Addison, Rebecca Front and Chris Langham.
Dash & Lily
Fans of a good old Christmas romcom will love Dash & Lily – Netflix’s new eight-part series in which two strangers with completely different outlooks on life exchange message in a notebook they pass back and forth across New York City.
Based on David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s novel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and starring Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead) as the cynical, Christmas-hating Dash and Midori Francis (Divorce) as the ever-optimistic Lily, this charming romcom bears the hallmarks of many YA adaptations before its time but is bound to get all those who watch it firmly in the festive mood.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
Legendary talk show host David Letterman is back to chat to some of the biggest names in showbiz in the third season of his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
From music sensation Lizzo and ground-breaking comic Dave Chappelle, to Marvel star Robert Downey Jr and TV personality extraordinaire Kim Kardashian West, the series features interviews with some of the most relevant names in pop culture, conducted by the seasoned Letterman who isn’t afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions whilst maintaining the show’s humorous atmosphere.
The End of the F***ing World
Season two of the BAFTA Award-winning dark comedy hits Netflix, with Alyssa (Jessica Barden, The Lobster) still dealing with the fallout of the events of the first series. The second series sees the introduction of the new character of Bonnie, played by BIFA-winning Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth, Star Wars: Episode IX), an outsider with a troubled past and a mysterious connection to Alyssa.
But where is James (Alex Lawther) and who owns the mysterious red car that seems to be following Alyssa? And wait… what! She’s getting married? There are so many questions about the twisted developments at the end of season one but don’t be expecting any easy answers.
A Rotten Tomatoes critique says of season two: “What it lacks in urgency it makes up for in character development, diving deep into the darkest creases of the leading pair’s memories to emerge a darkly funny meditation on love and trauma.”
Season two of The End of the F***ing World won the BAFTA TV Award for best drama in 2020, while Ackie picked up the BAFTA for best supporting actress.
Love & Anarchy
The eight-part Swedish series is the story of a career-driven consultant and married mother of two, Sofie, who takes on a new challenge: to update an old publishing house, which is where she meets a young IT wiz Max. They begin flirting, an unexpected relationship which quickly develops as they begin to secretly challenge each other to do things that question modern-day life.
It starts innocently enough, but as the game escalates the consequences grow beyond anything they had imagined. Be warned: Sofie is a no-holds-barred type of woman and the odd comedy-drama is raunchy, to say the least.
Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?
One of Argentina’s most famous and controversial true crime cases, the documentary-series follows the case of María Marta García Belsunce, a 50-year-old woman who is found dead in her bathtub, with a puddle of blood nearby.
The four-part series investigates how her husband and medical professionals believed that she had hit her head by accident and drowned. In fact, the autopsy listed the cause as “non-traumatic cardiac arrest”. But Maria’s family weren’t convinced and sought a new investigation, which revealed a very different cause of death…
This four-part series originally aired on Channel 4 back in 2002, but was recently added to Netflix. Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Zadie Smith, the series tells the story of three different families whose lives are interwoven across more than 20 years.
The impressive cast included early roles for Naomie Harris and James McAvoy while the series attracted significant praise from critics at the time of its broadcast, hailed as a must-watch piece of television. Almost 20 years later it remains a powerful and engaging piece of work.
In Netflix’s Arthurian fantasy series Cursed, Katherine Langford (Knives Out, 13 Reasons Why) plays Nimue, a young woman “cursed” with magical abilities and who is destined to become the legendary Lady of the Lake.
Determined to protect her people the Fey and save them from the persecution of the Red Paladins, Nimue teams up with a young mercenary, the sellsword Arthur (played by Devon Terrell), and together they seek out enchanter Merlin and deliver a mysterious sword.
If you’re looking for a light comedy with multiple series to keep you going through lockdown, New Girl is an inspired choice.
This fun sitcom stars Zooey Deschanel as quirky teacher Jess who moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men she’s never met – unmotivated bartender Nick (Jake Johnson), confident marketing associate Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and former basketball player Winston (Lamorne Morris).
Together with Jess’ best friend Cece (Hannah Simone), the group find themselves stumbling into a variety of tricky situations and hilarious hi-jinx, and with seven series to get through, New Girl is the perfect easy evening watch.
The Queen’s Gambit
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon, The Queen’s Gambit follows the young girl as she struggles with addiction on her journey to becoming a Grandmaster in chess.
Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, the seven-part series stars Bill Camp, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Marielle Heller and Harry Melling.
Emily in Paris
This comedy-drama stars Lily Collins as Emily, a Chicago-based marketing executive who lands her dream job in Paris – but soon realises that it won’t be smooth sailing when her new colleagues take an immediate dislike of her and she’s caught up in a messy love triangle with her downstairs neighbour.
From Sex and the City creator Darren Star, Emily in Paris may be full of French clichés, but it’s a fun watch nonetheless, full of enthralling romantic drama and picturesque shots of the French city. Read our review for Emily in Paris.
Ahead of The Alienist season two arriving on Netflix for UK viewers, why not catch up with the original first season, starring Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans?
The psychological thriller is based on the bestselling novels by Caleb Carr – The Alienist, and The Angel of Darkness in season two – and focuses on progressive criminal psychologist, or “alienist”, Laszlo Kreisler (Brühl).
Set in 1890s New York, the first season of the period drama sees Laszlo attempt to solve a series of brutal ritualistic child murders.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
The makers of The Haunting of Hill House have created a brand new series, this time based on Henry James’ classic novella The Turn of the Screw.
The nine-part series (released just in time for Halloween) blends horror with a dark romantic storyline, and ghostly love triangle. Hill House alumnus Victoria Pedretti plays American au pair Dani, who is hired to look after the Wingrave children of creepy English country estate Bly Manor.
RadioTimes.com has called the series “terrifying” and “chilling” in our The Haunting of Bly Manor review, adding that the series is “packed with almost as many scares as Flanagan’s earlier project” The Haunting of Hill House: “A chilling tension… pervades much of the series – with several genuinely horrifying figures seen inhabiting the manor and occasional moments that will undoubtedly cause viewers to audibly shriek.”
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Ash vs Evil Dead
The legendary Bruce Campbell returns to the role of Ash Williams for this successor to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy. As you would expect, this is a firmly tongue-in-cheek affair that sees Ash team up with two fellow department store employees, Pablo and Kelly, to take on all manner of terrifying ghouls.
Those looking for a Halloween-themed binge watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously will be well-served here, while die-hard followers of Raimi’s original saga will simply be thrilled to see Campbell back on top form. While it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting an Evil Dead 4 anytime soon, this 15-hour love letter is a worthy substitute.
Another nostalgic hit, Cobra Kai first found life over at YouTube Premium, where it lived for two seasons and proved to be a breakout hit for the video sharing platform. Recently, Netflix has snapped up the rights, giving it a new home and renewing Cobra Kai for a fourth season (before the third has even debuted).
The fan favourite show is a successor to the original Karate Kid film series, set 34 years later and reintroducing Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as he opens his own dojo. It’s an act that rekindles his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and sets the wheels in motion for another martial arts epic.
Fans of wrestling comedy drama GLOW were recently dealt a crushing body blow – the series has been cancelled by Netflix.
But props to the streaming giant for giving us this breath of fresh air in the first place. Sometimes it can feel like TV only has three plots – love triangles, murky crimes, and aliens. But GLOW offers something brand-new alongside the nostalgia of a great 1980s soundtrack.
The series tells the story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (aka GLOW), a real-life group formed to promote women’s wrestling on telly. The characters in this series are fictional though. Alison Brie stars as Ruth, a struggling actress who ends up auditioning for the wrestling group to make ends meet. Little does she know that her former best friend Debbie has already been hired – the two got along famously until Ruth stole Debbie’s husband. It seems certain that their bitter feud will either destroy the show or raise it to a whole new level.
If you can see past the leotards, there are three seasons of this excellent drama and there’s great fun to be had.
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The Haunting of Hill House
New series The Haunting of Bly Manor has just arrived on Netflix, so why not familiarise yourself with the original if you’re not already a fan?
Shirley Jackson’s novel is one of the scariest novels of all time, so adapting it was always likely to result in some major frights – and Mike Flanagan’s 10-part TV placement delivered on that front. This is a loose adaptation of the source material, adding in an element of family drama, but clearly playing homage to the book frequently throughout.
The show alternates between two different timelines: one in 1992, the night that something went horribly wrong for the five now-adult siblings who were living at Hill House and were forced to flee, and one in the present day where four of the siblings continue to be haunted by the brutal events.
Netflix’s revamp of iconic American documentary series Unsolved Mysteries – which takes a look at paranormal phenomena and cold cases – was a smash hit earlier this year, and new, second series is fast approaching.
Over 20 years since the show wrapped up NBC and CBS, Netflix brought us 12 new episodes have been made featuring unexplained events from all over the world. The attraction of this series lies in the fact that as the facts of the cases are presented, it is left up to the audience at home to play amateur detective and theorise whodunnit, why and how. So not only is it a thrilling watch, but it might just perform a public service, too.
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All three seasons of the nail-biting BBC crime drama recently arrived on Netflix, and are wowing audiences all over again.
The psychological thriller, which is set in Northern Ireland, stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who has been drafted from the Metropolitan Police to catch a serial killer, played by Jamie Dornan.
The show originally aired between 2013 and 2016 on BBC Two (and RTE in Ireland) and won significant acclaim, being long-listed for best drama at the National Television Awards for all three of its series.
If you missed it the first time round, grab this chance with both hands.
This utterly brilliant Canadian sitcom recently took home a suitcase full of Emmy awards, smashing the record for most wins in a single season for a comedy. Shouldn’t that be recommendation enough?
The show – whose sixth and final season landed on Netflix back in May – follows the privileged, once-wealthy Rose family, who attempt to rebuild their lives in the amusingly named titular town. Dad Johnny bought Schitt’s Creek as a joke in 1991, when money was no object. It’s the only place they can think of to go, and they are hoping the red carpet will be rolled out, but their influence isn’t as great as they would like.
Forced to live in adjoining motel rooms, the family of four – including grown-up spoilt children David and Alexis – have to make the best of a bad situation. A nightmare for them to live through, a delight for us to watch.
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The Umbrella Academy
Superheroes tend to be loners, so it’s fun to see them in a family setting. But living with people who wear capes and save lives every two minutes is never going to be plain sailing.
Elliot Page and Mary J Blige star in this fantasy series set in alternate universe, adapted from comics written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. Elliot plays Vanya, one of seven children adopted by a billionaire. Unlike her brothers and sisters – all of whom were born on the same day to mothers who didn’t know they were pregnant (a terrifying concept for all women to get their heads around!) – Vanya doesn’t have superpowers. She can only watch on as her estranged siblings get back together to try to solve the mystery of their foster father’s death. Oh, and they also plan to save the world while they’re at it.
The Umbrella Academy has proved a huge hit – it was the third most popular show on Netflix in 2019. And now there’s a second season to enjoy as well.
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Eleven whole years. That’s how long it’s been since superhero comedy caper Misfits first took E4 quite literally by storm – and over a decade since the series picked up a BAFTA for best drama. Fortunately, however, Netflix has gifted viewers the power of time travel, with all five seasons now available to binge on the service.
Packed with laughs, surprising twists and poignant moments of drama, Misfits’ success can be largely explained by its central premise: it followed a group of young offenders serving community service as a strange electrical storm gifts them all special abilities. Cue the carnage as the rabble of law-breakers wrestle with powers from telepathy to time-jumping.
However, another huge part of the show’s acclaim was also down to its acting talent. The show was a playground for young actors, performers who would soon score roles in major big-budget shows and film – from The Umbrella Academy’s Robert Sheenan to Love Sick’s Antonia Thomas. See how many famous faces you can recognise.
Tuca & Bertie
Executive produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Tuca & Bertie struggled to escape the long shadow cast by Bojack Horseman upon release, making it an underrated gem in Netflix’s animated line-up. Sharing the same talking animal aesthetic and adult humour as its more prolific counterpart, the series explores the chaotic friendship between two 30-year-old women at very different stages in their life.
Ali Wong’s Bertie is settling down with her longterm boyfriend (voiced by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun), while Tiffany Haddish’s Tuca is refusing to tone down her anarchic lifestyle. It’s a classic odd couple pairing that really pops thanks to some great voice work and creative animation, which delivers sight gags in abundance. The series was cancelled by Netflix after its first season, but was recently revived for a second run by Adult Swim (the home of Rick and Morty).
Even if you enjoyed Staged during its recent airing on BBC One, this Netflix offering features unseen moments, so there are even more reasons for you to revisit.
Good Omens pals David Tennant and Michael Sheen play exaggerated versions of themselves in this series of quick-hit 15-minute episodes, filmed in lockdown.
Staged owes something to The Trip, though no-one goes anywhere, but it’s deliciously funny in its own right. A needy, anxious director wants the two actors to rehearse, for three hours a day on Zoom, Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.
Tennant, at home with wife Georgia and their children, is unsure, but promises to broach the subject with a slightly deranged Sheen, who thinks birds are about to take over the world.
It’s a discursive and hilarious potter around the insecurities of the acting profession and the leads are utterly, utterly terrific.
The trend towards suffocating and intense police interview scenes that twist and turn and keep the audience guessing is one that we have seen develop more and more in television over the last decade – from Scandi-noirs to our very own Line of Duty – it’s undeniably a recipe for a truly gripping detective drama.
Enter Criminal, Netflix’s international anthology series set within the walls of a police interrogation suite, and you immediately have another hit from the same stable.
Perhaps more ambitious and high-concept than many of the shows that have gone before it, the drama takes place across four countries – the UK, Germany, France and Spain – and is made up of 12 individual stories (three episodes per location). Each country’s episodes are shot in its local language, written and directed by native stars – and with David Tennant and Hayley Atwell featuring in the cast of the UK version, this is a show with an impressive cast as well as an intriguing and very on-trend concept – and one you won’t want to miss if you’re a lover of this genre. A new second season arrived on Netflix recently, with one episode featuring Game of Thrones favourite Kit Harington, so there’s plenty to keep you going.
Ahead of a new, much-anticipated fourth season, new to Netflix in September is this silky, political thriller from the same production company that gave us The Killing. When Borgen (“Government”) originally aired in 2012, it became our TV editor’s obsession.
Birgitte Nyborg is a wildcard in Denmark’s general election, a married mother-of-two with unwavering beliefs and old-school honesty. But the leaking of a financial indiscretion involving the incumbent PM catapults her career.
The whirling-dervish spin doctoring grips from the start, while the second-string characters (aspiring TV journalist Katrine, pushy adviser Kaspar) are deftly depicted. But Sidse Babett Knudsen is superb as Birgitte – unshowy but commanding – and the scenes of her home life (the kind of thing British drama often conveys in advert-style shorthand) have the ring of truth about them. It’s Denmark’s answer to The West Wing.
A BBC/Netflix co-production that aired earlier this year in the UK, Giri/Haji (translated as Duty/Shame) is a masterful and sprawling thriller set between London and Tokyo, which went down a treat with critics and viewers. Thus the recent news that the series has been scrapped is a real blow.
Giri/Haji primarily concerns a Japanese detective by the name of Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira) who travels to London in an attempt to track down his missing brother Yuto, a member of Japanese crime syndicate the Yakuza.
With its ambition, suspenseful plot and stylistic flourishes, Giri/Haji was described as “a breath of fresh air” and “one of the best shows of 2019”. And now destined only ever to live as one season, so make the most of it.