Netflix might be one of the world's largest producers of original content, but it's also increasingly becoming the place where acquired shows get a second chance at life.


Take Suits, for example, which enjoyed a huge surge in popularity upon landing on the service, which has spurred development on a spin-off and fired up rumours of an as-yet-unconfirmed revival.

Now, former Max exclusive Scavengers Reign is hoping to find a new audience on Netflix, with fans of the acclaimed animated series eager to see its thrilling sci-fi story continue in a second season.

The survival story comes hot on the heels of another high-concept show, Eric, which combines psychological thriller elements with the master puppetry of classic children's programming.

We're also mere days away from the hotly anticipated second half of Bridgerton season 3, which will resolve a major cliffhanger regarding the romance between Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

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With so much to get through, you may be struggling to navigate what should be next up on your Netflix watchlist. That's where we come in.

Scroll on for our latest suggestions of the best TV series on Netflix, so you can stop searching and start watching ASAP. Alternatively, you can check out our line-up of the best Netflix movies for other recommendations.

You can also tweet us @RadioTimes if we've missed your favourite off the list – otherwise, happy streaming!

Best series to watch on Netflix right now

Scavengers Reign

Azi is seen gripping onto a ledge, with the branching tendrils of a large threat behind her
Azi (Wunmi Mosaku) in Scavengers Reign. Courtesy of Max

This adult animated series began life on US streaming service Max, but has now migrated to Netflix, where it hopes to secure a second season. The sci-fi thriller follows the surviving crew members of a spaceship that crash lands on a mysterious and hostile planet, populated by dangerous and bizarre alien species.

The world building in this show is nothing short of extraordinary. It's clear from the first episode alone that an enormous amount of thought has been put into exactly how this eco-system operates, with each creature and plant proving visually striking and eerily fascinating. But that's not all Scavengers Reign has to offer.

The show also quickly gets us on board with its ragtag group of survivors, enlisting the vocal talents of Wunmi Mosaku (Loki), Sunita Mani (GLOW) and Alia Shawkat (Search Party) among others. You'll be on the edge of your seat as they face one death-defying obstacle after the next, with the beautiful animation and slick direction rivalling blockbuster cinema.

Sweet Tooth

Christian Convery as Gus, Naledi Murray as Wendy, Stefania LaVie Owen as Becky in Sweet Tooth season 3
Christian Convery as Gus, Naledi Murray as Wendy, Stefania LaVie Owen as Becky in Sweet Tooth season 3. Matt Klitscher/Netflix

Essentially a more wholesome version of The Last of Us, Sweet Tooth imagines a post-apocalyptic world where large swathes of humanity have been wiped out by a little understood plague. Around the same time as the outbreak began, children began being born with animal characteristics – including Gus (Christian Convery), who has the ears and antlers of a deer.

These kids are thought to be the key to finding a cure for the mysterious disease that has pushed humanity to the brink of extinction, with a number of nefarious individuals determined to capture them for sinister experiments. With his guardian, Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), Gus attempts to navigate this treacherous world – and uncover the secrets of his origins.

Sweet Tooth just dropped its third and final season on Netflix, bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion, so there has been no better time to get stuck into this heartwarming tale. Don't believe us? The show has racked up 20 nominations at the Children's and Family Emmy Awards, winning four of them.


Ivan Howe as Edgar in Eric wearing a Good Day Sunshine t-shirt and walking down a street holding a red jacket and blue bag.
Ivan Howe as Edgar in Eric. Netflix

From the offset in this series, there's a lot to like about it – it's vibrant, elusive, fast-paced and has quite the memorable soundtrack. But soon, the '80s-set show isn't all about disco and nostalgia, as the case of missing Edgar unfolds - and with it, a family's worst nightmare becomes reality. This isn't the kind of series that you can mindlessly scroll on your phone in the quiet moments of, oh no.

There are plenty of clues, red herrings and quick glances that you'll want to be sure don't go missed, as Edgar's case is also the vehicle by which the series touches on themes of corruption, abuse, racism and more. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers one of the more memorable performances of his career as Vincent, father to Edgar and a man who we're not intended to like. You'll want to shout at your screen, want answers for the characters, but most of all, will be gripped until the very end. - Morgan Cormack


Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 302 of Bridgerton. They look like they are about to kiss

Netflix didn't have much of a reputation for period drama - but everything changed in the lockdown Christmas of 2020, when the world needed a little cheer. Santa Claus delivered the most glorious series onto the streaming service on 25th December, just in time for us to binge watch with our tins of Quality Street. Based on Julia Quinn’s popular novels, Bridgerton focuses on eight siblings looking for love in sparkling Regency London.

First to meet her match was Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor, who started a fake love affair with the smouldering Duke of Hastings, aka breakout star and potential Bond Regé-Jean Page, while season 2 saw the focus shift to Anthony Bridgerton and his relationship with new character Kate Sharma.

Now, the focus is on friends-to-lovers Penelope, played by Nicola Coughlan, and Bridgerton son Colin (Luke Newton), whose slow-burn plot line isn't immediately as captivating as previous seasons, but is nonetheless worth the watch.

Really, you'll want to tune in to see how the dual identity of Penelope as Lady Whistledown unfolds, especially seeing as the anonymous pamphlet writer is the thorn in Colin's side this season. Fun and fresh, with brilliant performances, lavish costumes and a modern soundtrack, the series is a joyous distraction from everyday life – and has gone down a storm. - Emma Bullimore/Morgan Cormack

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar

Sanjeeda Sheikh as Waheeda, Richa Chadha as Lajjo, Manisha Koirala as Mallikajaan, Aditi Rao Hydari as Bibbo all wearing matching yellow sarees and holding each other, laughing in Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.
Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. Netflix

For many people, the Hindi-language section of Netflix is an undiscovered gem. If you're unfamiliar with standout series like Delhi Crime or Jamtara - Sabka Number Ayega, take this as your sign to add them to your watchlist. Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar takes elements of those darker thrillers and interweaves them into a fictional story about the regal home of Lahore's courtesans.

Really, though, with the backdrop of India's fight for independence underpinning the series, Heeramandi is a tale of a group of women trying their hardest to be listened to and taken seriously in the world of politics, business and love. Throughout the episodes, there are some stunning Bollywood-style performances as well as love stories, death and tragedy, making this a series you certainly won't get bored of while watching. - Morgan Cormack


The cast of Kin stand in a line staring into camera
The cast of Kin. BBC

This Irish crime drama seemed to arrive out of nowhere when it first aired on RTÉ, and later BBC One in the UK. Featuring a stellar cast including Daredevil's Charlie Cox and Game of Thrones's Aidan Gillen and Ciarán Hinds, viewers found themselves immediately gripped by the workings of the Kinsella crime family as they battled to stay on top in Dublin.

It may not be particularly original or innovative, but it's not trying to be. Instead, what it does is tell a well-worn crime series incredibly well, with complex characters viewers want to spend time getting to know and understand. Featuring some big shocks across its first two seasons, Kin has left viewers desperate for a third season, and while we can't offer any assurances on that front, the arrival of seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix should bring the show to a whole host of new fans. - James Hibbs

The Asunta Case

Tristán Ulloa as Alfonso, Iris Wu as Asunta, Candela Peña as Rosario walking hand in hand through a busy street in The Asunta Case.
Tristán Ulloa as Alfonso, Iris Wu as Asunta, Candela Peña as Rosario in The Asunta Case. MANUEL FERNANDEZ-VALDES/NETFLIX

There's no shortage of true crime fodder on Netflix, but this new series takes a dramatised spin on the format, taking us right into the belly of the investigation into the murder of Asunta Basterra. As the tense days unfold, we see how the police come to suspect her adopted parents Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, who had initially reported her disappearance.

While the series is far from an easy watch due to its tragic subject matter, the series does its best to unravel the possible motivations of Porto and Basterra, while also shining a light on the police work involved in getting justice for Asunta. - Morgan Cormack

Dead Boy Detectives

Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in Dead Boy Detectives standing in a forest as the sun sets
Jayden Revri as Charles Rowland and George Rexstrew as Edwin Payne in Dead Boy Detectives. Ed Araquel/Netflix

It's been almost two years since The Sandman first debuted, and as fans wait for season 2 this new series set in the same universe is here to fill the gaps. Based on Neil Gaiman's comics of the same name, Dead Boy detectives follows Charles and George, two teenage ghosts who work as detectives on Earth, solving supernatural mysteries and helping other spirits to move on to their afterlives.

It may not quite live up to the highs of The Sandman, but this new show strikes out a tone and style of its own, and is an adventure worth going on in its own right. It's darker than some may be expecting, and all the better for it, and while there are some plot threads which work better than others, and some clunky dialogue along the way, this series is bolstered by some terrific performances, emotional through-lines and a central duo that are absolutely dynamite on screen together. - James Hibbs

Baby Reindeer

Donny sat down, leaning slightly forward, dressed in a suit
Richard Gadd as Donny in Baby Reindeer. Netflix

There's no doubt that many will be speaking about this seven-part drama which, on the face of it, many may think is a comedy – but actually delivers devastating blow after blow as we dig deeper into comedian Richard Gadd's real-life tale.

Having created and written the series after performing it as a one-man theatre show, Gadd stars as Donny Dunn, an aspiring comedian who works in a pub to make ends meet.

There, he meets a vulnerable woman called Martha, who starts to develop an unhealthy obsession with him and becomes his stalker. While the unrelenting nature of Martha's constant messaging punctuates this series with a kind of claustrophobia, it is actually the explorations of trauma in this series that make it the kind of watch that will linger with you – and make Gadd a name on many people's lips thereafter.

If you've watched I May Destroy You, there are definite similarities to be drawn to the Michaela Coel series – but here, Gadd is unflinchingly reflective on his own past and his own downfalls. - Morgan Cormack

Our Living World

Polar bears in Our Living World fighting
Our Living World. Netflix

The BBC may still be the go-to for nature documentary lovers, with shows such as the recent Planet Earth 3 stemming from the broadcaster, but over recent years Netflix has been quietly making a play as a serious contender in the field. Its latest release is Our Living World, a four-part series narrated by Cate Blanchett which showcases different ecosystems across the globe, explaining how they are surprisingly interconnected.

It may not be the most extraordinary nature docuseries we've seen, but it does make for compelling viewing, and slowly builds to making a monumental point about the climate crisis and the need for urgent action. As expected, the shots are striking and the glimpses of the natural world fascinating, while Blanchett proves a natural in the narration booth. - James Hibbs


Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley with police in the background in a black-and-white still from Ripley.
Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley Lorenzo Sisti/Netflix

There have been plenty of adaptations of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels before, none more famous than 1999 film The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon. However, perhaps none have been quite as faithful to the novels, nor as alluring, than this new black and white Netflix original series starring Andrew Scott.

Scott is dazzling, eerie and unknowable as con artist Tom Ripley, who schemes and worms his way into the life of Johnny Flynn's Dickie Greenleaf in the 1960s. It's a masterful, tense series, with style to spare, gorgeous visuals and phenomenal performances, while the plot will keep you guessing and lead to more than a few gasps and the episodes go on. - James Hibbs

3 Body Problem

John Bradley as Jack Rooney and Jess Hong as Jin Cheng standing at a balcony and looking out in 3 Body Problem.
John Bradley as Jack Rooney and Jess Hong as Jin Cheng in 3 Body Problem. Ed Miller/Netflix

Coming from famed Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, and True Blood's Alexander Woo, this series has been anticipated for quite some time now since it was first announced in 2020. Based on the novel of the same name by sci-fi author Liu Cixin, 3 Body Problem sees a young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China reverberate across space and time into the present day.

Across the eight episodes, we follow a group of five scientists who team up with a detective when the world around them stops following the laws of nature. But what's the threat to earth and will they be able to save humanity? Featuring plenty of familiar faces, this glossy new production is sure to be a hit with any fans of the sci-fi genre and will quickly have viewers wondering if there will be more seasons to come. - Morgan Cormack

The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping

Katherine Kubler standing with her back to the camera and hands on her hips standing in front of a board filled with evidence and photos in The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping.
Katherine Kubler in The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping. Netflix

Rather than being a documentary that takes a step back and explores a topic at hand, The Program immerses you in the mind-boggling world of The Academy at Ivy Ridge, a disciplinary boarding school that is part of the wider and ever-evolving US teen industry.

Filmmaker Katherine Kubler may have left the school many years ago, but the impact of her time there is plain to see as we delve into her experience and get emotional testimony from many of the students who were plucked from their lives to attend the institution. With plenty of stories, evidence (both written and filmed) and even some meetings with some of the school's workers, this three-parter is distressing in many parts but is an important watch nonetheless. - Morgan Cormack

The Gentlemen

Theo James in The Gentlemen, walking with a dog on the grounds of a country house
Theo James in The Gentlemen. Netflix

Country estates, chicken suits and cannabis combine in this latest Guy Ritchie venture, which returns to the TV roots that Ritchie had set out for the project ahead of its release as a film back in 2020. In this new eight-part series, we follow Eddie Horniman (Theo James), who is given quite the shock when he inherits his father's sprawling country manor only to find that it's actually home to a staggering cannabis empire.

But things get a lot more complicated when a bunch of dangerous characters want a piece of the operation, leading Eddie to slip further into the criminal underworld that he initially doesn't seem all that cut out for. Featuring well-known faces like Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone, as well as Max Beesley and Joely Richardson, this a series that is all too easy to tear through. - Morgan Cormack

One Day

Dexter and Emma lying together on the floor laughing
Leo Woodall as Dexter and Ambika Mod as Emma in One Day. Netflix

Is a series like One Day going to divide viewers? Most definitely. But if you're in the mood to watch something romantic, poetic and sure to pull at your heartstrings then the new drama is one you'll not only want to tuck into, but will quickly be lapped up in. 14 episodes may seem like a long stretch of time to dedicate to a series but it's necessary in a show that spans two decades and two separate lives in the form of Emma (Ambika Mod) and Dexter (Leo Woodall).

While their onscreen chemistry may wane at times, One Day pulls you in with that old chestnut of the 'right person, wrong time' trope. From meeting at their graduation ball to being the most important person in each other's lives, you'll want to keep a tissue on hand for the final episodes and Woodall's impressive (and very emotional) performance. - Morgan Cormack

Deadwater Fell

David Tennant in Deadwater Fell
David Tennant in Deadwater Fell Channel 4

While many of us know him as the charismatic former Doctor in Doctor Who or as Crowley in Good Omens, David Tennant is no stranger to a darker kind of role, as demonstrated in Inside Man. Well, in Deadwater Fell, Tennant takes on a similarly multi-layered performance as beloved GP Tom Kendrick.

He's the kind of respected family man that everyone in their idyllic village loves – that is until the tragic death of his wife and three children in a house fire. Soon, all eyes turn to Tom as his neighbours suspect him of arson – but did he do it? Tennant delivers a haunting performance that'll leave you thinking long after watching but leads a cast that also includes Cush Jumbo, Laurie Brett and Matthew McNulty. - Morgan Cormack

Chimp Empire

Two chimps, one a mother, one a baby, looking forward in Chimp Empire
Penelope in Chimp Empire. Netflix

You may think you've seen every variation on the format of the nature documentary, but if you haven't yet seen Chimp Empire then you really haven't. Mahershala Ali narrates this four-part series, which is directed by James Reed, the man behind My Octopus Teacher, and focuses on the largest chimpanzee society ever discovered in Uganda’s Ngogo Forest.

The series takes place over a year, and sees just as much drama as an episode of Succession – there are battles from supremacy, alliances being made and rivalries being forged. Each chimp has their own distinct personality and character, and the series captures all of this in a way which is not only clear and understandable, but also enormously dramatic and gripping. - James Hibbs

Friday Night Dinner

Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter and Tom Rosenthal in Friday Night Dinner.
Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter and Tom Rosenthal in Friday Night Dinner. Channel 4

Since this Channel 4 sitcom returned to Netflix earlier this year, it has been quickly climbing its way up the Netflix charts – and is it any wonder why? The charming, off-kilter and consistently funny series is up there with the best to come from Channel 4, providing laughs as a British Jewish family meet every Friday night for dinner.

Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal are all excellent as the long-suffering Goodman matriarch and her two bickering sons, the stand-out is of course the late Paul Ritter, who is phenomenal as eccentric father Martin. There's talk of an American version in the works, but it seems that audiences really aren't done with the original, and long may it continue. - James Hibbs

Boy Swallows Universe

Felix Cameron as Eli Bell and Phoebe Tonkin as Frances Bell fixing Eli's shirt and tie in Boy Swallows Universe.
Felix Cameron as Eli Bell and Phoebe Tonkin as Frances Bell in Boy Swallows Universe. Netflix

While this won't be the cheeriest watch you'll switch on, this new series manages to bring in touches of humour and comedy that propel the otherwise bleak story forward.

Across the episodes, we follow young Eli (Felix Cameron) who brings a new definition to the term 'sweet' and simply wants the best for his family. But with a mother struggling with her drug addiction, a drug dealing step-father and a brother that doesn't speak, Eli soon finds their lives upended by a deal gone wrong.

While the show is heavy on the type of inspiring quotes you'd find on kitsch corners of the internet, the series has a lot of heart and has quite the twist at the end that's worth tuning in for. - Morgan Cormack


Steven Yeun as Danny and Ali Wong as Amy in Beef.
Steven Yeun as Danny and Ali Wong as Amy in Beef. Netflix

This comedy-drama series comes from film producing powerhouse A24, whose reputation speaks for itself, meaning you know you're in a safe hands. It stars Steven Yeun and Ali Wong and focuses on the aftermath of a road rage incident as two people, Danny and Amy, enter a feud which threatens to destroy their entire lives.

The series balances its tones perfectly, with whip-sharp comic dialogue punctuating the darkness of the story. It is at its heart a deeply existential thought-piece about why we need to open up more and talk about our feelings, rather than letting them consume us – and with two terrific central performances, it sells every aspect of that message.

In case you don't believe us, Beef emerged from victorious from the recent Golden Globes 2024 ceremony, with Yeun and Wong winning awards for their performance as the show was named best limited series. - James Hibbs

The Crown

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown season 6
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown season 6 Netflix/Justin Downing

Of course, the balance between fact and fiction did arguably shift in its later years, but it's still thrilling to get a glimpse behind palace doors and into the private lives of one of the world’s most famous families.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith set the tone with their stunning portrayals of a young Elizabeth and Philip, whose relationship had to survive the pressures of duty and the public gaze, and Vanessa Kirby made the world fall in love with a complex Princess Margaret.

As the years rolled by, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter led the cast into a new era of the monarchy, with Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin bringing to life the difficult marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. For its final two seasons, Imelda Staunton took over in the lead role, while there were key parts for the likes of Dominic West, Elizabeth Debicki and Jonathan Pryce, among others.

Nominated for more awards than the producers can count, this show was a game-changer for Netflix, bringing prestige, acclaim and a whole new audience, who were dipping their toes into streaming service waters for the first time just because they wanted to see The Crown.

Beautifully acted, lavish and with a huge budget, it offers tantalising insight into a world we thought we knew, and people whose lives we’ve followed so closely, from afar. (Check out our Season 6 part 2 review for more). - Emma Bullimore/David Craig


Stephen Graham and Shirley Haas looking through glass in Netflix series Bodies
Stephen Graham and Shirley Haas Netflix series Bodies. Netflix

In the world of drama, there's little bad that Stephen Graham can do – whether it be in Boiling Point, This Is England, The Virtues or The Walk-In, to name just a few of the British actor's TV successes. So you just know that starring as a mysterious, slick authoritarian group leader in Bodies is something that Graham was bound to tackle with ease.

But here, he's joined in a cast that also includes Shira Haas (Unorthodox), Amaka Okafor (The Responder) and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen's Gambit). The series is twisted in all the right places and is refreshingly genre-defying in the way it blends dystopian, drama and mystery elements effortlessly. - Morgan Cormack.

Squid Game

A Squid Game contestant wearing a green tracksuit by guards in pink
Squid Game. Netflix

If you're one of the few people on Earth who are yet to see viral sensation Squid Game, then you are in for one wild, violent and thought-provoking ride. The breakout South Korean series follows several indebted individuals who are given the chance to compete for 45.6 billion won prize, and all they have to do is play popular children's games.

While it may sound like a piece of cake, with a cash prize that's so staggeringly high, the games are far from easy - and lead to any losers being brutally murdered in their hundreds.

Now, with the release of the spin-off reality series, conversations around the anticipated second season will surely follow, especially since the first season of Squid Game has gone on to become one of the streamer's biggest shows of all time. It's easy to see why - Squid Game is simply great television that is well acted, tightly written, sharply directed and acts as a critique of the predatory competition a capitalist society inspires.

But even those not looking for a social commentary will find something to enjoy, with plenty of white-knuckle survival sequences - made all the more effective because the compelling, character-driven nature of the series means we actually care about the contestants involved. - Daniel Furn/Morgan Cormack

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off walking together
Michael Cera voices Scott Pilgrim and Mary Elizabeth Winstead voices Ramona Flowers. Courtesy of Netflix

Edgar Wright's 2010 adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs the World unjustly bombed at the box office despite glowing reviews, leaving many fans to assume we'd seen the last of his take on this cult favourite series of graphic novels.

Fortunately, the film's reputation has grown in the last decade – as have the profiles of stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Kieran Culkin (Succession) – so Netflix deemed the time right for a revisit.

This animated series retells the zany story of the film, in which slacker Scott Pilgrim (Barbie's Michael Cera) must battle the seven evil exes of the enigmatic Ramona Flowers (Ahsoka's Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in order to have a chance of dating her. Wright reunites with the cast of his live-action effort as executive producer for an even more faithful adaptation, with an art style that captures Bryan Lee O'Malley's illustrations and pays homage to plenty of pop culture influences.

As detailed in our five-star review, fans will be pleased to learn that Scott Pilgrim Takes Off doesn't tarnish the reputation of the cult film or source material, but only adds to it further. The series makes for enormously fun viewing that will surely amaze you with its eye-popping visuals. – David Craig


The cast of Friends pose for a photo outside Central Perk cafe
The cast of Friends. Warner Bros

The sitcom which launched a thousand copycats and absolutely took over the '90s and early 2000s, Friends really was like lightning in a bottle. The core cast had such great, undeniable chemistry, and everyone suited their role down to the ground. Everyone has their favourite and there's no objective stand-out.

Some may say it dipped off towards the end but, in truth, there was no variation in quality. The show was funny and heartfelt throughout, and while some aspects may now be dated, the series still speaks to timeless themes and a period of life that will be relatable for so many.

Friends has been a hugely popular streaming title for many years – hence why HBO Max paid almost half a billion dollars for its exclusive rights in the US – but the sitcom has seen a surge in recent weeks following the tragic death of Matthew Perry.

His performance as Chandler Bing will go down in comedy history as one of the all-time greats. - James Hibbs/David Craig


Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster
Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Taskmaster. Channel 4

As the current season of this Channel 4 (formerly Dave) comedy competition show continues airing, fans can stream the first 13 seasons to their hearts' content over on Netflix. The show sees Greg Davies and his sidekick 'Little' Alex Horne setting a group of five celebrities tasks each season, with these stretching from inane to utterly bizarre.

It's an addictive and consistently renewable format, as proven by the 16 seasons for which it has already run. Davies and Horne make for a compelling, always hilarious duo, and the fun of seeing the comedians taking on some of the most ridiculous challenges on TV never gets old. - James Hibbs


Assane Diop in Lupin wearing a dark jacket and cap, leaning on a rail
Assane Diop in Lupin. Netflix

Get ready for some more mind-bending antics courtesy of Assane (Omar Sy) in the third instalment of the anticipated Lupin series. It's been a long time coming but, finally, fans will be able to see just what happens to our beloved - and very sneaky - protagonist, after he went on the run at the end of season 2.

While Assane managed a lot in the season 2 finale, he's far from welcome in Paris as he is now one of the most wanted men in France. He may have helped put Hubert Pellegrini in cuffs and cleared the late Babakar's name but now, he's faced with the challenge of returning to Paris while also trying to patch things up with his family.

As ever, we can expect some twists, unwelcome villains and can only hope that Assane makes it out unscathed. - Morgan Cormack

Sex Education

Mimi Keene as Ruby and Asa Butterfield as Otis in Sex Education Season 4 walking together with bicycles
Mimi Keene as Ruby and Asa Butterfield as Otis in Sex Education season 4. Samuel Taylor/Netflix

There's good news and bad news for Sex Education fans. While the series has thankfully returned to our screens for more of its important messaging, perfect comedic timing and relatable explorations of sex, it is the final outing for the series.

The fourth season may be the final farewell for Sex Education, but it doesn't mean that the series will be short of twists, character development and emotional goodbyes. In this new season, Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) are figuring out what life looks like in their new sixth form and Otis is not only struggling with no longer being the only sex therapist on campus, he also has to contend with being an older sibling and his long distance relationship with Maeve (Emma Mackey). - Morgan Cormack

Top Boy

Sully (Kane Robinson) and Dushane (Ashley Walters) in Top Boy
Sully (Kane Robinson) and Dushane (Ashley Walters) in Top Boy Netflix

The production history behind crime drama Top Boy has been a fascinating one. Originally running for two seasons on Channel 4 in 2011 and 2013, the series was shelved by the broadcaster in 2014 and looked to have run its course – only for Netflix to step in a number of years later, thanks in large part to interest from Canadian rapper Drake. Now, all five seasons of the show are available to stream on Netflix.

Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson star as Dushane Hill and Sully Sullivan respectively, with the final season seeing the drug bosses forced to confront the devastating impact they've had on the Summerhouse Estate. It's an absorbing, gritty crime drama that makes the most of its location – brilliantly juggling more intimate personal storylines with grander ambitions. The fast-paced concluding chapter is not to be missed. - Patrick Cremona

One Piece

One Piece (2023)

Based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history by Eiichiro Oda, this new live-action series is the show that anime fans have been patiently waiting for.

The series follows Monkey D Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) and his pirate crew as they set out on a legendary high-seas adventure to find the ultimate treasure known as 'One Piece' and earn Luffy the title of Pirate King.

Will the titular One Piece be found? Well, with the help of crew mates Nami (Emily Rudd), Mackenyu Arata (Zoro) and Jacob Romero Gibson (Usopp), the charismatic character will certainly hope so. - Morgan Cormack


Nick and Charlie looking into one another's eyes, with a Paris guidebook in shot
Kit Connor as Nick and Joe Locke as Charlie in Heartstopper season 2. Netflix

This LGBTQ+ romance has captured the hearts of viewers across the globe, telling the story of how schoolboys Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) go from being friends to boyfriends over the course of a fateful school year. The show dispenses with the drugs, sex and misery of edgier high school fare like Euphoria, in favour of an all-ages approach that makes up for in cuteness what it lacks in dramatic stakes.

That being said, the second season does delve into some darker material, as our characters face troubled home lives and mental health concerns among other obstacles. As detailed in our Heartstopper season 2 review, a more confident and complex show emerges in the latest episodes which could well convert any sceptics of the first.

With brisk 25-minute runtime, this is a series you can easily binge-watch – and if you're a hopeless romantic, then you most likely will. Heartstopper boasts a cast comprised largely of newcomers (along with one A-list cameo), but expect to see plenty more from them in the years to come. In fact, trans actress Yasmin Finney – who plays arty schoolgirl Elle – has been cast in Doctor Who's 60th anniversary special, while co-lead Joe Locke will appear in Marvel's Agatha: Coven of Chaos. – David Craig

The Witcher

Henry Cavill stars in The Witcher season 3 as Geralt, looking serious
Henry Cavill stars in The Witcher season 3. Netflix

Starring Henry Cavill for one last time as mutant monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher's third season arrived on Netflix in 2023, and it continued to follow Geralt’s adventures with sorcerer Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Princess Ciri of Cintra (Freya Allen), as the fictional world they live in descended into war.

Stuffed with bizarre creatures, fast-paced action scenes and plenty of weird and wonderful characters, it’s no surprise that The Witcher has become one of Netflix’s biggest series over the years. And the creators of the earlier Witcher video game – based on the same collection of novels as the series – were probably pretty happy with the release too, given that sales of The Witcher 3 rose by 558 per cent following the Henry Cavill version’s debut.

Season 3 brought an end to Cavill's time in the lead role and set the stage for Liam Hemsworth's arrival in season 4. All this means there's never been a better time to check out The Witcher – if nothing else, you’ll have a new earworm stuck in your head. - Huw Fullerton

Black Mirror

Aaron Paul in Black Mirror
Aaron Paul in Black Mirror Netflix

We waited for four long years, but finally Black Mirror returned for season 6 in 2023. The new episodes took a departure from previous instalments, giving us a number of stories set in the past, and one 'Red Mirror' presentation, which doesn't have any specific link with technology at all.

However, you will quickly realise that technology has never truly been what Charlie Brooker's dark, twisted anthology is about. It's human nature and its darkest recesses, it's about examining the present day and providing excellent, compelling character studies through an often fantastical lens. These five episodes remind us why Black Mirror remains such a talking-point and one of the most consistently brilliant series, let alone anthology series, that you can find. - James Hibbs


Pedro Pascal in Narcos
Pedro Pascal in Narcos Netflix

If the one-two punch of The Last of Us and The Mandalorian still hasn't satisfied your need for Pedro Pascal content, then perhaps it would be worth circling back to one of the projects that made him a household name.

Debuting not long after the finale of Breaking Bad, it was important for Narcos to distinguish itself from what came before – and it did so with incredible results. Unlike Vince Gilligan's fictional saga, this series is partially grounded in fact, unravelling the extraordinary life of notorious kingpin Pablo Escobar (portrayed by Wagner Moura) from the late 1970s up to his death in 1993.

Pascal plays Javier Peña, another real figure from the case, who is tasked with bringing down Escobar. It's no easy task, with the series offering plenty of thrills as it chronicles the efforts of his team at the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). A sequel series, titled Narcos: Mexico, followed later. – David Craig


Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You season 4.
Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You season 4. Netflix

The world was completely gripped when You launched on Netflix at the end of 2018 – and viewers haven’t really stopped looking over their shoulders since. The psychological thriller, initially set in New York, began by following creepy (but also kind of likeable) Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) and his developing obsession for Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail).

Over the course of 10 episodes, we stared in horror as his lust turned into toxic desire. At times, the Netflix series makes you laugh, but as the tone shifts in the story, so too does a viewer’s unease; this is quite simply not the kind of series you want to watch in the dark before bed.

Seasons 2 and 3 saw Joe living in California where he was challenged by rival-slash-partner Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), while season 4 shook up the format once again, with Joe adopting a new persona in London and rubbing shoulders with members of high society, including Ghosts star Charlotte Ritchie as an icy art gallery curator. - Helen Daly


Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in Wednesday
Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in Wednesday Netflix

With reboots, remakes and revivals reigning supreme in the world of TV, it was only a matter of time before the Addams Family were dusted off and resurrected by Netflix. Thankfully, it brought in the king of gothic whimsy, Tim Burton, to lead coming-of-age horror-comedy Wednesday. Gen Z scream queen Jenna Ortega was an inspired choice to play the titular deadpan teenager, who is sent to the Nevermore Academy after unleashing a pack of piranhas on Pugsley's (Isaac Ordonez) bullies.

While Wednesday was initially unimpressed with the school for supernatural students, she soon became tied up in tracking down a murderous monster, channelling her own psychic abilities and absolving her parents, the loved-up Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Gomez Addams (Luis Guzmán), from a crime they're suspected of committing whilst at the school themselves.

While this eight-parter at times leans too far into the teen drama genre that's been desecrated by the likes of Riverdale, the show's aesthetic, overall tone and Ortega's excellent performance are Burtonesque enough to make this an eye-catching and entertaining watch. – Lauren Morris

The Sandman

Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman sitting in a chair.
Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman. Liam Daniel/Netflix

This adaptation of Neil Gaiman's hugely popular comic book series is incredibly long-awaited, arriving 30 years after the source material was published – with various issues having held back its development. The good news for fans is that proves to be very much worth the wait, with our own four-star review calling it "a vision that Dream himself could have conjured".

The complex plot concerns a cosmic being who controls all dreams, who must venture to an assortment of disparate worlds and timelines in a desperate bid to undo the damage stemming from his recent absence – when he was captured and held captive for more than a hundred years. Along the way, he encounters all sorts of beings and obstacles, making this a magical but frequently rather grim tale. - Patrick Cremona

Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul Joe Pugliese/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

When Better Call Saul was first announced people were understandably sceptical. Prequels have a shaky history and anyway, how could anything measure up to Breaking Bad?

The answer of course was by standing on its own two feet, while still honouring the past and delivering some of the most nuanced characters of the decade in TV. Bob Odenkirk puts in masterful work as Slippin’ Jimmy McGill, a character so initially detached from the sleazy Saul Goodman that your heart can’t help but break in the knowledge of what he becomes.

The slow-burn series came to an end this year, with legal shenanigans taking more of a back seat to full-on mob warfare. Fans were largely agreed that their long term investment in the series paid off in a big way. - James Hibbs

Stranger Things

(L to R) Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, and Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things
Netflix Netflix

This '80s-set-and-inspired sci-fi drama turned Netflix’s Original series output Upside Down (sorry), becoming a pop culture touchstone and genuine word-of-mouth hit as fans around the world become obsessed with the strange happenings in Hawkins, Indiana.

The meme-ification of this series can sometimes distract from just how warm, fun and scary Stranger Things can be, full of plucky kids, terrifying monsters and laugh-out-loud moments from the outset and continuing through its second, third and fourth seasons.

Originally following the threat of a single monster slipping through from another dimension and facing off with a telekinetic young girl called Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the scope of Stranger Things has widened over the years to take in telepathic Mind-Flayers, teen romance, puberty, fashion, grief AND dastardly Russians – as well as a pretty rousing rendition of Never Ending Story at the end of season 3. - Huw Fullerton


Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter
Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter Netflix

David Fincher's terrific psychological thriller series may only have lasted for two seasons but in that time it certainly made its mark. Jonathan Groff stars as FBI agent Holden Ford, who along with his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) aims to interview serial killers in order to understand their mindset and stop similar perpetrators.

It's a dark and murky series but it still retains a dry sense of humour throughout, while Groff, McCallany and Torv are all on top form. Fincher has said the series is at least done for now, but here's hoping he eventually changes his mind, because this was a smart, intricately crafted thriller the likes of which we don't see all too often. - James Hibbs

Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad. AMC

Widely regarded as one of the best series of the 21st century, if not all time, Breaking Bad starts off with a killer premise and then just ramps up and up and up until it reaches one of the most satisfying finales for a long-running series ever.

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk - they all put in electric, utterly believable performances as these characters who have all, intentionally or not, got in way over their heads, while Giancarlo Esposito pulls off one of the most memorable villain performances on screen, so much so that it made the star a go-to baddie for huge series such as The Boys and The Mandalorian. - James Hibbs

Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders, sitting in a car
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd/Robert Viglasky

Dramas still don't get much more stylish than this. Set in Birmingham between the World Wars, Peaky Blinders follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family – led by Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, who has returned from the trenches to take over Birmingham (and beyond).

The show’s writer Steven Knight has built a story around gang warfare, socialism, fascism, poverty, violence, community, class, family, and Tommy Shelby’s constant scrabble to beat his enemies and rise to the top. But no matter how far his journey has taken him, the demons are never far behind. - Eleanor Bley Griffiths

The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred in The Last Kingdom season 5.
Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred in The Last Kingdom season 5. Netflix

Game of Thrones fans should feel right at home in The Last Kingdom, an action-packed drama series partly inspired by real British history. Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story) plays fierce warrior Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who was born to a Saxon nobleman but raised among Danish invaders. Torn between these two clashing worlds, he is forced to choose a side as the war for England rages on.

Dreymon is the breakout star of the show, with his roguish character embarking on many compelling quests as he strives to reclaim the land that is rightfully his. David Dawson (Year of the Rabbit) also earned acclaim for his performance as the pious King Alfred, who is both friend and foe to Uhtred at various stages in his life. Their complex bond is an electric component of the first three seasons.

Based on the popular novels by author Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom began life as a BBC Two drama before later converting to a Netflix original. While it’s never enjoyed the hefty budget of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic, the show has nevertheless orchestrated some ambitious battles across its five-season run – with no shortage of swords, horses and, inevitably, blood. - David Craig


Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde and Jason Bateman as Martin Byrde in episode 402 of Ozark
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde and Jason Bateman as Martin 'Marty' Byrde in Ozark Steve Dietl/Netflix

Ozark revolves around Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and the obstacles he and his family encounter after joining forces with a Mexican drug cartel. The final season found Marty and Wendy on damage control, trying to stop a grieving Ruth from exacting her vengeance on cartel kingpin Javi. Could their time be finally running out?

With the tiniest wrong move threatening to finish off the entire Byrde family, this enthralling series certainly keeps you hooked, so why not check out Ozark season 4 on Netflix – if nothing else, you’ll enjoy stellar performances from Bateman and Linney. - Molly Moss

Midnight Mass

Hamish Linklater as Father Paul in Midnight Mass
Hamish Linklater as Father Paul in Midnight Mass Netflix

Unlike Mike Flanagan's other series for the streamer, Midnight Mass is not based on an existing work of horror fiction, but is instead a wholly original work, in part inspired by Flanagan's past as an altar boy in the Catholic Church.

The series is set on the isolated community of Crockett Island, which is suddenly shaken by a couple of new arrivals – most notably that of a charismatic but rather mysterious new priest by the name of Father Paul, who claims to be filling in for the parish's long-serving Monsignor John Pruitt. When Paul appears to start performing miracles, the faith of Crockett's inhabitants is put to the test – and some of them are more skeptical than others about what this new priest has planned.

A challenging, ambitious and thrillingly unique new series, Midnight Mass packs in some great frights, intriguing discussions and one or two moments that will live long in the memory of those who watch. - Patrick Cremona

Money Heist

money heist season 5 part 2
Money Heist Season 5 Netflix

Heist thrillers have to walk a fine line between realistic - or at least believable - burglary schemes and enough tension-filled twists and turns to keep things entertaining - and it's a balance that Money Heist (mostly) manages to pull off. Money Heist dedicates several seasons each to two heists planned by the enigmatic criminal mastermind The Professor, who recruits an unusual group of robbers named after cities to take hostages in key financial centres in Madrid. However, mistakes, emotional dynamics and impulsive relationships on both sides on the heist mean the plans soon go wrong - and robbers, hostages and police alike are all in a race to outwit each other before it's too late.

Initially regarded as a failure after first airing on Spanish TV, Money Heist was added to Netflix with little fanfare and barely any promotion - yet still became an absolute worldwide phenomenon, with a whole new audience falling in love with The Professor and his Dali-masked accomplices while a certain earworm swept the European charts. It was enough for Netflix to order three additional seasons, the last of which was split into two parts with the final instalment arriving in December 2021.

The heist genre gets subverted in this crime caper, which uses a female narrator, a Spanish cultural lens and a twisty-turny narrative to update the long-running formula with a series where the complex characters and their relationships matter just as much as the actual heist. A few unnecessary love triangles mean the show veers dangerously close to soap opera territory in later seasons - but at its best Money Heist is a smart, inventive and utterly gripping series that truly deserves its status as one of the most-watched non-English language shows in the world. - Daniel Furn

The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit on Netflix
The Queen's Gambit on Netflix Netflix

Chess might be a fascinating game, but it's probably fair to say most don’t really view it as a spectator sport. On the face of it, then, a limited series revolving around the subject might not sound like a likely candidate for a mega word-of-mouth smash, but Scott Frank’s series, The Queen's Gambit, became exactly that when it arrived on Netflix in 2020.

Based on a novel by Walter Tevis, the narrative follows Beth Harmon – a young orphan and chess prodigy whose rise to the top of the game is offset by frequent struggles with addiction. Anya Taylor-Joy turns in one of the best small-screen performances in recent memory in the lead role, and is helped by a brilliant supporting cast that includes Marielle Heller, Harry Melling and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Lavishly produced and filled with wonderful period detail, the sumptuous series includes an array of expertly-staged chess match set-pieces and a plot that will keep you engaged for every minute of its seven-episode run. - Patrick Cremona

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman Netflix

Across six wonderful seasons, this animated series about an alcoholic humanoid horse did something very few TV shows can manage: it perfectly blended laugh out loud comedy with dark, deep subject matter in a way that felt both effortless and profound.

Will Arnett leads the voice cast as the titular BoJack, a washed up television star living in Hollywood and desperately angling for a comeback at any cost. Throughout the series, we also meet his affable former rival Mr Peanut Butter, his agent and ex-girlfriend Princess Caroline, and two human characters, Todd Chavez and Diane Nguyen, each of whom get numerous chances to shine in both humorous and serious storylines.

Tackling issues including the perils of fame, addiction and depression but also containing an incredible range of visual gags and wordplay BoJack Horseman is easily one of the best Netflix originals currently available, and arguably one of the finest TV shows of all time. - Patrick Cremona

Orange is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black Netflix

Orange Is the New Black is not only one of Netflix’s most-watched original series, but also its longest - and if that doesn’t tempt you to it, then allow me to continue. Jenji Kohan’s trailblazing series is famous for breaking boundaries, telling stories of humanity, and its fantastic cast. We follow Taylor Schilling’s Piper Chapman, a 30-something woman who is sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security prison after smuggling drugs. When she arrives at Litchfield Penitentiary, she finds an eccentric bunch of inmates all with very unique and personal stories to tell.

Alliances are formed, broken and tested throughout the course of the seven seasons, with Piper constantly at the heart of the story. As you continue through the story, you’ll laugh, cry, and have your heart-broken as the series delves into some hard-hitting topics including corruption, prison privatisation, racial discrimination and sexism. To put it simply, Orange Is the New Black is not only unmissable TV, it’s essential viewing. - Helen Daly

Schitt's Creek

Rose (Catherine O'Hara), Alexis (Annie Murphy), Johnny (Eugene Levy) and David Rose (Dan Levy) in Schitt's Creek.
Rose (Catherine O'Hara), Alexis (Annie Murphy), Johnny (Eugene Levy) and David Rose (Dan Levy) in Schitt's Creek. CBC

If you’ve ever felt like a fish out of water, Schitt’s Creek is the show for you. The Rose family quite literally ends up at dead-end town Schitt’s Creek without a paddle after their business loses their money and they are forced to give up their wealth. The easy-watch sitcom was penned by father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy who also star as on-screen dad and child Johnny and David.

But really, the star of the show is the impeccable Catherine O’Hara, who brings too many fabulous outfits to count and the most sass seen on the small screen. Her timing is perfect, her acting is gently extra and we all really could be a little bit more like Moira. There’s plenty of heart, genuinely hilarious moments and plot you won’t want to miss. - Helen Daly

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