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The 60 best Netflix series to watch right now

SELF-isolation and lockdown have made Brits retreat to their homes and stream to their hearts' content like never before.

But distraction is just a click away - look no further for our pick of Netflix's best series to binge on and beat the boredom.

1. Orange Is the New Black

This hit prison series revolved around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a 30-something woman who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary. The minimum-security women’s federal prison in upstate New York and the stories of the other inmates drives the series and you'll soon fall in love with the band of misfits. With seven seasons to binge on, it’s the perfect COVID-19 blackout show to watch. 

2. Atypical

A coming of age story that follows 18-year-old Sam (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autistic spectrum, as he searches for love and independence.

The funny and emotional journey of self-discovery sees Sam's family struggle with questions of what it means to be 'normal' in the 21st century.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This sitcom follows the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct.

Among the bunch is renowned slacker Jake (Andy Samberg) who wants to make the new boss' life as hard as possible.

However, an unexpected friendship blossoms between Captain Holt and the rest of the gang follows suit.

4. Kim's Convenience

The Korean Wave keeps coming with this series.

It follows a Korean-Canadian family who own a convenience store in Toronto.

The family consists of two siblings and their parents who are trying to navigate their way through life.

5. The IT Crowd

This British sitcom shows a group of computer geeks whose careers reside in the basement of a huge company.

The comedic adventures of the rag-tag team of co-workers sees them regularly at odds with the company's boss, who is is technically inept and doesn't know the difference between software and hardware.

6. Jane The Virgin 

Telenovelas are a way of life for South Americans and this slice of life drama is no different.

Based on the immaculate conception Bible story, the series follows Jane Villenuva, who is a virgin that is artificially inseminated. With a cop fiancé and her very Catholic grandmother in tow, it shows how her life progresses through her pregnancy and beyond. Throw in a few kidnappings, murders, drug lords and it's the all-rounded telenovela with a Western twist. 

7. Never Have I Ever 

Devi is a regular 16 year old girl who's trying to live her life but a few obstacles hold her back.

After her father passes away and she becomes paralysed from the waist down she thinks her life is over.

Her Indian immigrant mum who treads the line between modern and traditional is trying her best to raise her with the same values she was raised with.

Throw in an unreadable crush, an arch nemesis and fracturing friendships and you have a relatable sitcom.

Produced by Mindy Kaling. 

8. Glee

Everyone’s favourite music is sung by some of the best young voices.

The glee club is made up of the outcasts of the school and the school reminds them of this very thing.

With jocks, cheerleaders and nerds, these misfits use music in order to unite them.

However, a meddling cheerleader coach and noncompliant principle threaten their success in more ways than one. 

9. New Girl

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three roommates who have a familial yet chaotic bond.

After moving in and facing many of life's obstacles the foursome establish a balance with each other.

Jess’s fun, quirky and bubbly personality clashes with her roommate's pessimistic, overbearing personalities. 

Facing the trials and tribulations of love, jobs and their relationships with one another in a humorous way. 

10. Modern Family 

This family shows all the good and difficult parts of having a large modern family.

The story follows three different types of families. The nuclear family, step family and a same sex couple.

All living in the Los Angeles area facing different problems with their children and within their relationships in the most fun way possible.

Family comedy drama with Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more. 

11. The Good Place

This show is perfect for people who want a visual representation of what  may happen when you die.

Or it could be an indication of what not to do if you want to go to the bad place (Hell).

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, but an error sends her to The Good Place instead of The Bad Place.

Figuring out why she’s there and trying to hide the fact she shouldn’t be gets harder and harder as she hides from Good Place architect Micheal (Ted Danson). 

12. Dead to Me 

Jen (Christina Applegate) is recently widowed after her husband is killed in a hit and run accident.

Determined to investigate after the incident, Judy (Linda Cardellini) appears as her friend after meeting in a support group.

Judy is facing her own loss however, the pair bond despite their clash of personalities. 

However, Judy is hiding a secret that threatens to destroy Jen’s life. 

13. After Life

Ricky Gervais' acclaimed series sees him play Tony, a widower trying to come to terms with the loss of his wife.

While the series has you in tears at times as Ricky delves into the subject matter of death and grief, it also has plenty of laughs.

The C-bomb is dropped a lot across the two series so be warned, but its no surprise this has been lauded as one of Ricky's finest pieces of work to date.

14. Bojack Horseman

Many consider this to be the best animated series of all time (sorry Simpsons fans) and is the brainchild of Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

The series - which burst on to the scene in 2o14 - features a stellar cast including Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F Tompkins and Aaron Paul.

With six seasons to watch, there are plenty of laughs to be had.

15. Stranger Things

The acclaimed series is seen as a love letter to 80’s sci-fi. Set in 1983, Indiana, a young boy vanishes into thin air under seriously dark circumstances. Family, friends and the local police begin searching for answers, however they stumble upon a mysterious young girl in a top-secret government facility. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, the series is suitable for tweens upwards.

16. The Umbrella Academy

Based on the comic book series of the same name, The Umbrella Academy tracks forty-three infants who are born to an array of women who showed no symptoms of pregnancy until the day before they were due to give birth.

Seven of them are adopted by a billionaire industrialist, Reginald Hargreeves, who creates The Umbrella Academy.

He uses the children in his plans to save the world, but only ends up leaving the family fractured. The family disband and only reunite upon Hargreaves passing away, discovering his darkest secrets.

17. The Witcher

Fantasy fans looking to fill the void of Game of Thrones can be sure to love this one.

A mutated monster hunter struggles to find his place in the world where it becomes increasingly difficult to decipher who is more wicked: human beings or beasts?

18. Teen Wolf 

In the remake of the Micheal J. Fox cult classic, Tyler Posey plays a teen who becomes a werewolf.

Far from the romantic cliche’s in Twilight, Teen Wolf is funny and action filled. 

With 6 seasons, and many mystical creatures who are easy on the eyes, this is the perfect series to binge watch.

19. Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker has managed to create a truly chilling and dystopian vision of how technology can change our lives in Black Mirror.

Each season focuses on different yet equally disturbing subjects, with A-list guest stars including Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Andrew Scott.

The series also includes the mindblowing one-off Bandersnatch, where viewers choose their own adventure.

20. The Stranger

If your fill of drama comes from mystery thrillers then look no further. This gripping whodunit follows a stranger who makes some shocking claims about members of a small town, throwing local families into chaos.

One family man becomes entangled in a mystery of deadly proportions whilst searching for answers about his wife's pregnancy. The show is guaranteed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with its many twists and turns.

21. Gossip Girl 

If you’ve always wanted an insight on the lives of rich kids in New York, then this is the perfect escapism for you.

These privileged teenagers create chaos on the Upper East Side while a blogger named after the show's title writes about them, airing their dirty laundry.

The identity of the mysterious blogger isn’t revealed until the end and it’s a surprising twist to say the least. Starring You’s Penn Badgley and Blake Lively.

22. Sex Education

Filled with laughs and socially awkward teens, this coming-of-age drama offers something different.

Following the life of Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mum, expect cringes and giggles in equal measure. Due to his mother's teachings, plus the endless manuals and books he’s been exposed to, he uses his specialist knowledge to elevate his social status in school.

Together with his friends, they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to help fellow students deal with their problems and ordeals. 

23. Gilmore Girls

Mother and daughter duo Loralai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) show the humorous and heartfelt journey of friendship and family in this beloved classic.

It takes a cross-generational view of things, with single mother Lorelai's difficult relationship with her own parents also under the microscope, as well as Rory's journey through high school and university.

24. The Crown

Looking at the British monarchy and the government, The Crown follows the two famous addresses - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.

The scandals, their love lives and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century make up the historic drama. Two houses, one court, one Crown.

25. Top Boy

Modern day gang members who are looking to get rich quick selling drugs rarely come without their own baggage and Top Boy is no different.

Far from the likes of Power, Top Boy offers insight into the British gang scene and the trials and tribulations of these young men. 

26. Mindhunter

With the 1970’s as the backdrop, this story follows two FBI agents who are tasked with interviewing serial killers in order to solve older open cases. CSI enthusiasts will find the series absorbing, chilling and utterly addictive.

Probably not for you if you're on the squeamish side though...

27. Pose

Set in the 1980’s during the AID’s epidemic, Pose is based on Blanca Rodriguez (MJ Rodriguez) after she is diagnosed with HIV.

Following her positive diagnosis, she breaks Elektra (Dominique Jackson), the mother of the House of Abundance and starts her own ‘’house’’.

The house takes in LGBTQ+ youth who have been rejected or thrown out by their biological families . 

The new family consists of youngsters with dreams who need a safe haven.

Be careful though, this series tugs at the heartstrings. 

28. Suits

Megan Markle, Patrick Adams, Gina Torres and Gabriel Macht star as some of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers.

Macht plays Harvey Spectre, a brilliant lawyer who need to hire an associate.

Patrick Adams stars as college dropout Mike Ross, who's looking for his next gig but accidentally stumbles across a new opportunity.

Filled with scandal, lies, corruption, romance and more.

29. Ozark

A family moves into an Ozarks resort community and faces struggles due to the new place filled with dirty money.

Jason Bateman plays a financial adviser who must appease a drug boss by laundering money, with his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) being dragged into the criminal dealing too.

The series has just aired its third season, complete with jaw-dropping finale - and has been nominated for a slew of awards.

30. Better Call Saul

The prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is set in the 2000's, and follows the story of con-man turned lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk).

It begins six years before Breaking Bad and shows the transformation of the criminal for hire.

McGill uses his skills to enter the criminal underworld of drug trafficking, and meets a whole host of shady characters along the way.

31. How To Get Away With Murder

A law professor picks a group of her best students to assist her with some high profile cases.

However, all is not as it seems when Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) reveals that she has more than one skeleton in her closet.

Secrets, lies and death await the eager college students who got more than they bargained for.

Also starring Alfred Enoch, Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King and Matt McGorry.

32. Dare Me

This series follows the lives of competitive high school cheerleaders in a small town.

Specifically delving into two best friends whose relationship is tested after a new cheer coach arrives on the scene.

Boundaries are tested and a shocking crime rocks their quiet world. 

33. Unorthodox 

Etsy is a 19-year-old Jewish woman who is living unhappily in an arranged marriage.

Living in the ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, New York she runs away to Berlin.

She ends up rejecting the beliefs she grew up with and all semblance of secular life. 

After discovering she is pregnant, her husband goes to Berlin to find her. 

34. Peaky Blinders 

Set in 1919 England, a notorious gang is led by Tommy Shelby, a crime boss who is set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. 

The British crime period drama is set in Birmingham in the direct aftermath of the First World War.

This gang is no ordinary one, with them coming to the attention of Winston Churchill and being compared to the IRA and communists.

35. Riverdale

In this town, nothing is normal.

Based on the Archie Comics series, Riverdale follows the story of Archie and his friends.

Archie tries to deal with life, love and high school however when an unexpected murder occurs in town, him and his friends try to figure out whose behind it.

They discover something darker and sinister as time goes on and threatens the balance of life as they know it. 

36. Extracurricular 

Being in high school is tough enough for this student, and it’s about to be made harder when he encounters a situation he’s never been in before.

A young boy with an unstable home life has to turn to unconventional means to make money in order to live a simple life.

He wants a normal job, a normal family and to live a simple quaint life.

His extracurricular activity of protecting escorts whilst they're working gets him in more trouble than he anticipated. 

Original language is Korean, with English dubbing and subtitles available. 

37. Dynasty 

These rich kids are more chaotic than normal when they have to wrestle with their father and his new fiancee.

As always, scandals and secrets throw lives into disarray as the family come to a head on the future of the companies involved.

With fractured relationships and feuding families, will they come to an amicable solution?

38. White Lines

Axel moved to Ibiza 20 years ago and 20 years on and his body is found in the desert.

His sister, Zoe travels to Ibiza to find out what happened to him and doesn’t expect to find the answers she does. 

39. Blood & Water 

Set in South Africa, a family is reeling at the loss of their baby daughter whose seventeenth birthday should be celebrated with them.

She was kidnapped at birth and her sister Puleng (Ama Qamata) is determined to find answers when she suspects that her sister might be someone she knows.

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40. Breaking Bad

Before Better Call Saul there was Breaking Bad, which followed Bryan Cranston's cancer-stricken chemistry teacher Walter White become a crystal meth drug lord.

He is assisted by former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and across five gripping seasons the two men meet the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.

Breaking Bad is just an incredible piece of drama thanks to the writing, acting and directing and needs to be watched.

41. The Haunting of Hill House

Turn the lights out and get ready to be scared out of your wits. With guaranteed jump scares, this series is not for the light-hearted but perfect for avid horror fans.

The story hops from past to present, following a family who are confronting their memories of living in their old home and what drove them away from it.

There are some disturbing themes in the series, but the plot had fans demand a second season after the first outing, so that should tell you all you need to know.

42. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

A reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with all the dark twists and horror that come with the world of witchcraft.

Sabrina Spellman (Keirnan Shipka) reconciles with her half-Witch, half-mortal nature whilst fighting off evil forces that threaten her family, friends and the entirety of the human world.

If you like Riverdale, then this Archie Comics series will be right up your street.

43. American Horror Story

With seven seasons on Netflix, this binge worthy series will have you hooked.

Each season is a different world from supernatural to horror. With underlying themes from politics to social issues.

Season one follows a murder house, and the stories of the people that died in it. The drama is loosely based on true events that have happened throughout history.

With Evan Peters and guest star roles from Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks.

44. Scream (2016)

Based off the hit horror film, this series follows the murder of an entitled teen.

Art loner Audrey and her nerdy friend Noah are impacted by the death after the masked serial killer targets their friend Emma.

Whilst the trio try and solve the mystery of the killer, the town sheriff investigates the murder and fears that it may connected to the a dark chapter in the town's history.

45. Love Is Blind

If you’re looking for a fix of love and drama then look no further. With this Love Island-esque reality series the contestants are thrown into a house and told to date one another in pods, where they can't see each other.

The speed dating format is supposed to help them decide whether they want to get married after going on a set number of dates. Women and men are kept separate and they do not see each other in person until they are engaged.

Viewers are in for a wild ride as contestants explore courtship like no other, with an explosive ending for many couples. 

46. Queer Eye

Follow these five members of the LGBTQ+ community in their quest to uplift and help people get their lives back on track.

Heartwarmingly they all have a certain role to play.

Tan - focuses on changing the way they dress and making them comfortable in their new wardrobe. Anthony - focuses on relationships with food and creating healthy meals. Karamo - is like the in-house therapist. Bobby - works on the participants home interior. Jonathan Van-ness - works on hair and grooming.

It's more than just a makeover programme, it's a lifestyle change.

47. Too Hot To Handle 

The contestants are from Australia, England, Ireland and the US.

They’re also all banned from having sex and kissing. Any one of those activities leads to a penalty which is money off the overall prize money they’re due to receive.

48. RuPaul's Drag Race

Drag queens various parts of the world compete every week for a chance at being the America's next drag superstar and $100,00.

They have a different challenge every week like acting, composing music and they’re also judged on their runway.

From the makeup, wigs, outfits following a different theme every week, they're judged on all of them.

The bottom two have to lip sync for their lives, whoever loses goes home. 

49. Pandemic 

More relevant now than ever, Pandemic hasn’t left the top of Netflix’s watch list for months.

A compelling series that showcases what is being done to combat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and what the outbreak can lead to.

A no-frills, five part series that has arrived right on time. 

50. Tiger King

Big cat breeding is illegal in many countries, but unfortunately this doesn't stop private zoo owners in the United States.

Joe Exotic is at the centre of this mind-blowing seven-part documentary.

The bizarre true crime series is messy and captivating, with twists and turns of deadly proportions.

Warring animal rights factions, professional sabotage and even assassination attempts all feature in this unprecedented show.

51. The Last Dance 

The story of Micheal Jordan and the quest the Chicago Bulls had to face in autumn of 1997.

Their journey to win a sixth NBA title in eight years is documented.

Jordan made his debut 13 years earlier and the journey was dubbed ‘’The Last Dance’’, by coach Phil Jackson.

The tension, the hardships and the challenges faced by Jordan and his extraordinary teammates is shown in full flight.

52. Don't F**k with Cats : Hunting an Internet Killer 

This twisted documentary shows the way gruesome videos put online lead to a manhunt for someone more dangerous than they expected.

The documentary series pulls the manhunt leaders into a dark underworld and has devastating impacts on their lives.

What started as just wanting to help turns into something much more sinister. 

53. The Devil Next Door

 An elderly man in Cleveland is bought to trial in Israel after being accused of being an infamous Nazi death camp leader.

The grandfather is accused of being the guard known as Ivan the Terrible. 

The docu-series follows his trial as brave death camp survivors take the stand against John Demjanjuk.

54. Trial By Media: The Truth behind the crimes 

Notorious cases that have been played out in the media are shown in their entirety.

This series follows famous cases from a public rape, to a talk show contestant committing murder and the story’s behind the victims and the perpetrators. 

55. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

The American miniseries looks at the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

It is based on the 2016 book of the same name, where the survivors of Epstein’s crimes describe how he used power and wealth to get away with his offences.

56. Making a Murderer

An absolute smash hit when it first dropped on Netflix in December 2015, Making a Murderer follows the of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison after being wrongly accused of attempted murder and sexual assault.

To top it all off, he was then convicted of a different murder, which he insists he didn't do.

The series was filmed over a decade by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos and was followed by a second series.

57. The Sinner 

Trauma can manifest itself in many ways, however when it’s repressed it can be even more detrimental.

This is definitely the case for Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) when she ends murdering someone whilst on the beach with her family.

After the horrific events she’s taken in for questioning, where a full investigation is launched into a random attack.

As more questions are asked about her past, she realises that her past is filled with secrets she didn’t know about.

58. Money Heist 

An intelligent, enigmatic character who goes by the name of 'The Professor' plans a unique plot to carry out the biggest robbery in history.

The series also goes by the name of 'La Casa De Papel', which is the Spanish title for the crime drama series.

Both English subtitles and dubbing are available.

59. You

A tech-savvy young man living in New York uses modern resources to lure women into falling in love with him. However, the further you peer into his life, the more sinister it gets. Joe has skeletons in his closet, ones that are made evidently clear throughout the gripping series.

If you enjoy suspense then You, is definitely one to add to the watch list. 

60. ELITE

Not your typical murder mystery, this Spanish thriller TV drama, shows the loves of three working-class students enrolled in a private school through a scholarship.

However, their wealthy classmates make life anything but easy. Life is made even harder when a student is murdered and her classmates are potential suspects.

It could be described as a Spanish version of 13 Reasons Why.

English subtitles and dubbing are available.

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