Want to watch the best Netflix shows right now? Our list of the 15 best TV series on Netflix is updated every week with new things to add to your Watch List – we’ve just added the sitcom 30 Rock below, which is absolutely worth a binge. Netflix is an absolute powerhouse for TV, with its volley of original shows including massive hits like Stranger Things, The Witcher, and The Crown among many others. Find those and more highlights below.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation
Nearly 40 years after the original He-Man animated series ended, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 modernizes the beloved 80s TV show with its beautifully crisp animation and subversive storytelling. Picking up right after the series’ final episode in 1985, Revelation finds He-Man, Teela, and other guardians defending Castle Grayskull from another attack by Skeletor and his Snake Mountain minions.
The word ‘Lupin’ might make you think of a million anime movies, and this French series literally uses the thief character Arsène Lupin as a point of inspiration for its protagonist. Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, the son of a Senegalese immigrant who was wrongly imprisoned for theft, at the behest of his powerful employer. Decades after his father commits suicide, Assane plots revenge on the employer’s family, using ‘gentleman thief’ skills inspired by the Lupin character. The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier is behind this watchable series – with only five episodes available right now, it won’t take you long to get through it.
Part 2 of the show is available now, and two more are coming in the future.
Netflix’s latest comic book adaptation couldn’t have less to do with superheroes. This post-apocalyptic fantasy series is about a half-human, half-deer boy who travels across the ruined world with a hardened protector – searching for a new life amid the ruins of America. If you’re in the mood for something that just about counts as warm family viewing but has an edge, don’t miss Sweet Tooth. If you enjoy it, check out Jeff Lemire’s wonderful comics that the show is based on afterward.
The Crown was Netflix’s first big swing at a British prestige drama, the likes of which normally come from the BBC. The show’s enormous budget results in a lavish depiction of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, first played by Claire Foy, and most recently portrayed by Olivia Colman in season 3, with a killer ensemble cast to boot.
Even if you have mixed feelings about the royal family in real life, this honest-feeling show is well worth watching. The Crown season 4 – exploring Charles and Diana’s relationship, and featuring Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher – is available now, and it’s as juicy and compelling as ever. Two more seasons featuring Imelda Staunton as the Queen are planned, too, with The Crown season 5 expected in 2022.
The Great British Baking Show
Netflix’s range of food shows is world-beating, from The Chef Show to Sugar Rush. This Great British Baking Show, a popular import from the UK, is a long-running favorite, now rolling out weekly in its eighth cycle. It’s about a bunch of amateur bakers competing to be the best, with themed weeks to navigate around bread, biscuits, and other foodstuffs – it can get dramatic, but it’s a deeply comforting show to watch. A massive hit in the UK, US viewers have taken to it, too. This year’s hosts are mainstay Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith, and Matt Lucas.
The Umbrella Academy
Netflix showed it didn’t need to collaborate with Marvel to make a great superhero show, as this quirky adaptation of the Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá-created series of comics proves. In Umbrella Academy, superpowered siblings – the Hargreeves – reunite after their adopted father is murdered, and together face a possible apocalypse.
With an excellent ensemble cast that includes the likes of Elliot Page and Robert Sheehan, this breezy and fun show almost makes up for the lack of new Marvel content coming to Netflix. The Umbrella Academy season 2 is available now, too, taking the Hargreeves somewhere else entirely, and it’s even better than the first season, and The Umbrella Academy season 3 is coming soon, too.
Dark is a dense, time travel-infused show that’s utterly enthralling once you’ve given it a chance. We recommend watching all three seasons of this now-complete Netflix sci-fi show in one extended session over the course of a few weeks, just so you can follow the events of what’s going on closely. We also advise not reading much else about it: go in and be surprised by how well-plotted and cast this German-language series is.
This is the best Netflix show to watch right now if you’re looking for a drama that’ll give your brain a workout.
Netflix’s first big fantasy series is an adaptation of The Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski, which were already adapted into a series of popular games. If you were disappointed by the end of Game of Thrones, it’s a treat. Henry Cavill plays monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in a story that spans decades and wars between nations, though the best parts of season 1 are the monster-of-the-week episodes that see Geralt facing off against a dark creature. These usually have twist endings, too, and they’re a treat.
Ozark was hit by comparisons to Breaking Bad early on, for its tale of a seemingly good guy who’s dragged into deep criminal activities. But it’s a very different beast, not least in its visually distinctive titular setting. By its third season, it’s forged its own path as a family drama.
Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman) moves his family to the Ozarks in Missouri, where he has to launder $500 million for a drug lord who threatens his family, including his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney). This dark, adult series is a dramatic breakthrough role for comedy veteran Bateman, who also directs episodes in each season. You’ve got to be in the right mood for it, but if you enjoy shows like Fargo, you’ll find this a compelling watch.
Starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield alongside a slew of previously unknown actors, this British comedy is a treat. It’s about the students, parents, and teachers of Moordale Secondary School, where Butterfield plays Otis, the son of sex therapist Dr. Jean Milburn (Anderson). He teams up with Maeve (Emma Mackey) to open their own in-school sex education clinic and help fellow students out with their various issues.
When it comes to TV and movies, the ’80s is the nostalgia decade of the moment. Filmmakers can’t get enough of Ghostbusters, shell suits, and Sony Walkmans.
Stranger Things is another brilliant homage to this era. Leaning heavily on Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, the story revolves around a small town, a group of friends, a missing person, and a dodgy science lab. Writing anything else would give away the myriad twists in a show that is full of brilliant creepy fun.
Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne stars in this dark comedy as Nadia, who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party in a surreal time loop – much like Groundhog Day.
With its cynical and witty examination of living and dying, Russian Doll switches rapidly between laugh-out-loud hilarity and devastating sadness – it’s a must-watch. In June 2019, Netflix announced it had renewed Russian Doll for a second season, which is well-deserved.