We all love to lock the front door, grab some snacks, and snuggle under a blanket to sit down and watch a great TV show. And in recent years, Netflix has, of course, been everyone’s go-to place for the best series to get caught up in. The online streaming service is an unstoppable force of TV gold, churning out hit after hit, each one giving us more absolute heart-stopping moments for us all to talk about.
We get everything from dramas to comedies, and documentaries to animations; all of which manage to catch us off-guard and get us to book the week off work to lock ourselves away and not log out until we’ve binge-watched every episode. It’s true. We’ve all been guilty of the Netflix-flu at some point or another. Don’t deny it!
There’s so many incredible shows to choose from, but here is a ranking of what we think are the best of the best Netflix originals. We’ve thrown in a variety of different genres, so there’s bound to be at least one that takes your fancy. In fact, we’re sure of it.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Any Nickelodeon child of the 90s will know by now that Sabrina the Teenage Witch has officially been rebooted on Netflix. But this time with the charming Kiernan Shipka in the starring role as everyone’s favorite adolescent broomstick-rider.
It’s a darker up-to-date take on the 90s comedy series which gets better and better each episode. Season 3 has now been announced and is currently in production.
Orange is the New Black
This female-led comedy-drama rocked audience ratings when it first arrived on Netflix in 2013, appealing to a broad range of viewers with its fantastically clever writing that mixes dark humor with emotionally humanizing characters and plotlines. Rather worryingly, there’s been no TV series more than OITNB that makes solitary confinement look quite fun.
The first season was nominated for a whole host of Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress (for Taylor Schilling). The series had a fantastic run, but it’s now coming into its seventh and last season ever, due to be released in July, 2019. It will finally be time to say goodbye to some of our favorite characters, but we’re not quite sure whether we are ready or not!
The End of the F World
If you’re looking for a dark teen comedy, then this one’s for you! The End of the F World is a British 6-part drama series, following the violent and debauched whirlwind that psychopath James and rebel classmate Alyssa get caught up in. Think of it has a kind of deranged teen-romance version of Thelma and Louise.
Its screenplay is surreal and cool, but also very twisted and shocking you when you least expect it. The understated performances of its starring roles also earned praise from critics, with multiple award nominations for both of them too. The series was a surprise hit, earning enough popularity that a second season has been commissioned. It started filming in March 2019 and is due to be released in early 2020.
‘Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’
Ted Bundy’s profile has lit him up as one of the world’s most fascinatingly sadistic men in modern times, and in recent years, his case has been put under new spotlights. Zac Efron’s strangely uncanny 20. portrayal of Bundy in Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile film was met with rave reviews, but it was the disturbingly insightful docuseries that we loved the most.
Set over four episodes, ‘Conversations with a Killer’ doesn’t fail to trace any details of Bundy’s unbelievable story, from his childhood upbringing to his long-awaited trial. It’s a truly troubling watch, taking you on the real-life twists and turns of Bundy’s rampage, and giving you the facts from archival footage and interviews with those involved. This is not one to miss if you love a true-crime story.
13 Reasons Why
There’s been few teen TV shows that dare to delve into such serious issues as 13 Reasons Why does. On the surface, it is another teen drama, but the series was met with critical acclaim and praise from audiences for its bold moves to deal with concerns in contemporary youth culture, including depression, mental health, and online bullying.
The two main stars Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford give exceptional performances, and although some health professionals have criticized the series for its explicit and ‘problematic’ representations, we think it’s mass outreach on Netflix make it one of the most important TV shows for teens in recent years. It’s third season has finished filming and is due to be released in October 2019.
Cartoons aren’t just for kids. Animated adult sitcom Big Mouth continues to grow in popularity, receiving universal acclaim from both audiences and critics for its pure hilarity and lovable characters. The plot follows the trials and tribulations of a group of 7th graders as they navigate their way through the awkwardness of growing up.
The show has two seasons and a 2019 Valentine’s Day special, with a third commissioned for release sometime in 2020. Bring it on!
House of Cards
Some political-dramas can be hard to enjoy if you’re a bit of an amateur to them, but House of Cards instantly compels you into the wonderfully told story of power, betrayal, and ambition. It’s stylish, slick and thoroughly engrossing, with stellar performances in the first few seasons from people like the incredible Robin Wright.
Unfortunately, Season 6, which aired in late 2018, was the final season of the show due to unforeseen circumstances and controversy surrounding some of its cast.
The Umbrella Academy
Superheroes are the in-thing right now, and Netflix jumped on the right bandwagon with this comedy-action series. The plot follows a family of adopted superhero siblings who find themselves tasked with both solving the mystery of their father’s passing and of course saving the world while they’re at it.
It received praise for its ensemble cast performances and imaginative fun-feel, so much so that a second season is currently in production. We’re expecting big things, so no pressure!
The familiar time-loop formula found in films like Groundhog Day and ‘Happy Death Day’ has arguably become somewhat tired and banal, but Russian Doll somehow makes the premise still feel fresh and innovative.
Writer and main star Natasha Lyonne has done a brilliant job bringing her idea to life, and the series as a whole was praised for its fast-paced telling of a story which is both undeniably funny and moving. The series was officially renewed for a second series in June 2019.
‘Dead to Me’
This show is one of the most recent releases on this list, managing to hook audiences with its refreshing and female-led take on dark comedy. The plot follows two women who befriend each other after they are both sharing the experience of mourning the passing of their husbands…
One who suffered a heart attack, and the other involved in a fatal hit and run. At its core, it’s really funny, but as the series progresses, it takes us on some unexpected twists and turns too.
‘Making a Murderer’
This true-crime story is perhaps the most popular crime docu series on Netflix, and for good reason too. Its two seasons account the real-life story of the allegedly wrongly accused Steven Avery and the twisting story of his involvement with heinous crimes committed in both 1980 and 2005.
His fascinating story of blinded truths spans two decades, and the series itself was produced over 10 years too, making it a detailed and highly engrossing documentary that you just can’t switch off.
Master of None
Aziz Ansari’s rom-com TV series was a surprise hit when the first series was released in 2015, telling the story of the hilarious ups and downs that self-deprecating actor Dev Sha encounters through his middle-life crisis.
Aziz Ansari’s writing and performance has managed to charm audiences through two seasons with wholehearted and self-effacing humor that makes the show totally endearing and uplifting. The show has even earned three Emmys, including Best Writing for a Comedy Series.
If you enjoy old-school crime-thrillers like CSI and Criminal Minds, then you’ll definitely enjoy Mindhunter. It’s set in the late 1970s when psychological and scientific research behind the mental workings of psychopaths was just starting to find the right answers.
The plot follows a group of special FBI agents as they interview homicidal prisoners attempting to delve deeper into how they think. It’s an overwhelmingly gripping watch not made for the faint-hearted or those who hate sitting on the edge of their seats.
As the second cartoon on this list, animation aimed at adults has certainly come a long way ever since The Simpsons first aired in 1989. In recent years, Netflix has seen a boom in these tongue-in-cheek, social commentary style animations, and we consider BoJack Horseman to be the best.
It follows a depressed, has-been, anti-hero horse attempting to make a name for himself in an alternate world where humans and animals live alongside each other. It’s poignant, brutal, and a surprisingly realistic look at the modern human condition.
If you haven’t at least heard of Stranger Things, then you need to do some research. This TV show really took Netflix by storm when the first season was released in 2016. Since then, we’ve also loved season two in 2017, and the highly anticipated season three was released on July 4th 2019.
The show is an excitable, lovable and unique story set nostalgically in 1980s Indiana, following a group of fantastically casted school kids and their encounters with the supernatural.
Dear White People
Dear White People is a TV series adaptation of the 2014 film of the same name, following the lives of black-American college students. It’s a comedy-drama, making a purpose of not being afraid to provocatively discuss modern race relations.
A third season is due to be released in August 2019 after critics and audiences alike have praised the show for its powerful, concerning, yet funny take on social race issues that simply need to be discussed right now.
This comedy series is definitely one of a kind, following a has-been actress attempting to fulfill her dreams of becoming a professional female wrestler by joining an amateur wrestling class. It’s set in the 80s, so expect big hair, bright colors, and even brighter characters, all of whom are played by some great newcomers to the acting scene.
The show has been widely well received, with two seasons in the bag and third one due to be released on August 19, 2019.
Everyone loves a psychological thriller, and this 2019 drama series really hit the nail on the head for what we truly want from a good thrill – it’s sharp, intelligent, and suspenseful from the start and throughout.
The story follows a former army veteran suffering from PTSD who finds himself assigned as a protection officer for a Conservative politician whose political views he loathes. A second season is yet to be confirmed, but we certainly have our fingers crossed.
If you’re a fan of really gritty crime-drama series and haven’t already seen Narcos, then you know what you should be watching tonight! The series is based around the real-life crimes of billionaire Pablo Escobar and his powerful rise and fall within the international narcotics trade.
It was highly acclaimed by critics, with most praising the incredible acting performances and the intensely addictive story-line that often makes you forget it actually happened. The original show earned three seasons, but a spin-off Narcos: Mexico was released in late 2018 too.
One Day at a Time
This is a re-imagination of the 70s sitcom with the same name. However this time it focuses on an American Hispanic family, successfully tackling important contemporary issues such as immigration, mental illness, and gender equality with a light-hearted tone that still manages to make you laugh.
The show racked up three great seasons before prematurely Netflix canceled the show in early 2019. We officially want to start a petition urging producers to bring it back!
Who knew how much we needed a reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? If you haven’t already seen it, Queer Eye is a charming and feel-good reality self-help series in which five LGBTQ males attempt to transform the lives of others in need of a little glitz, glamour, and self-loving.
Each of them is an expert in their own field – grooming, fashion, food, culture, and home design, and by the end of it, you’ll want every one of them to be your best friend.
The Haunting of Hill House
Ghost stories have arguably gotten a little dull in recent years, but The Haunting of Hill House blew the roof off modern horror story expectations and frightened the heck out of all its viewers. It’s a complex time-alternating story of one traumatized family…
It gained praise from both audiences and critics for its continuous building of suspense that leads to some genuinely terrifying moments. If you love a good scary movie, you’ll find this one fantastically enjoyable.
The Crown had everyone gripped when the first season was released in 2016, since managing to earn three more seasons. The story depicts the real-life experiences of Queen Elizabeth II and her rise to become the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the British Royal Family.
Critics have praised the show for being utterly engrossing, entertaining you with its stellar performances, high-production visuals, and brilliantly written screenplay that only brings more joy and wonder to the origin story of the modern Royal Family we know and love so well.
As quite possibly the most cynical TV show ever made, Black Mirror puts on a dark lens to look at the potential for the future, disturbingly examining how technology may change the course of history for the worse.
It was originally broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4, but now that Netflix has taken charge it just keeps getting better and better. It’s an anthology series, so each episode takes on a different chilling premise. There’s been four seasons so far, and it’s not looking to slow down anytime soon either.