The 35 best series to watch on Netflix right now – The Sun

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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 81%

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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 95%

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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 93%

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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 90%

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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 85%

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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86%



7. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%

8. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86%

9. 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?

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 92%

10. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 81%



11. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 76%

12. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 77%

13. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 94%

14. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86%

15. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 90%

16. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 94%

17. 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…

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 95%

18. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 96%

19. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 86%

20. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%

21. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 96%

22. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

23. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 83%



24. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 91%

25. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 84%

26. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 76%



27. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 64%

28. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 90%

29. Too Hot To Handle 

If you loved Love Island and Love is Blind then get a load of Netflix’s newest dating reality show. 

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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 38%

30. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 85%


31. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 75%

32. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 93%



33. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 87%

34. 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 81%


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.

Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 88%


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