If you’re looking for what’s the very best TV series on the box (and online) right now, we’ve got the most brilliant suggestions that are guaranteed to have you gripped to your seats!
With so many to choose from sit back, all it leaves is for you to pour that glass, nestle into the sofa and enjoy these great series:
Best Series on Netflix:
If you love a bit of thriller you’ll definitely enjoy Stranger Things. So get your popcorn ready and sit down for the addictive tales of Dustin, Mike, Lucas and Will, the four youths who keep finding themselves in the center of supernatural predicaments. Marvel at the wondrous abilities of Eleven, laugh at the dry wit of police chief Jim Hopper and find the joy in Winona Ryder’s over-the-top performance.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) have garnered praise from critics and audiences alike for their portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip the Duke of Edinsburgh. The series tells the story of Elizabeth. from her time as Princess Elizabeth and her 1947 wedding, up to the present day. Not only do the two display a fantastic on-screen but they’re fleshing out these historical figures with humanity and gravitas, earning them some of the sympathy they never gained in the court of public opinion.
Based on the creepy-as-anything Caroline Kepnes novel (which is highly recommended by the way), the show tells the tale of indie bookstore manager, Joe (Penn Badgley), who falls into a deep obsession with one of his customers, Guinevere Beck. This isn’t your typical love story, far from it. Joe’s desire pushes him to a new level of stalking that will make you shake your head in disbelief. With cliff-hanger endings to every episode, and the feeling that Joe is about to get caught ANY second, You is exactly the type of show that makes you want to keep watching and watching! Think of it as a cross between Dexter and Desperate Housewives!
This is a good one if you love a bit of Sci-fi and thriller mixed together. This an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
This Cillian Murphy-starring crime epic has won acclaim all over the world, with everyone from Tom Cruise to the late David Bowie singing its praises. That’s quite a broad fanbase, but the Brummie-based 1920s gang series really does have something for everyone. Sharp suits, sharper razor blades, and performances that cut through all the usual period dross.
The original true crime documentary, the remarkable story of the trial of Michael Peterson is the result of filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s vision for a new style of crime reporting.
“Luther,” the popular U.K. crime drama starring Idris Elba, has been called one of the grittiest detective series of all time. So, if you liked “True Detective” and “The Wire,” this should probably be the next notch on your queue. Its a hit in the British Mums Dubai group.
Orange is the New Black
Jenji Kohan’s knack for social commentary mixed with humour is perfect for a prison story. Orange Is the New Black is a funny yet somewhat engaging and thought provoking show. Jenji Kohan has found a way to infuse poignancy to the overall vibe of her stories.
Narcos is a series that shows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellín drug cartel. Splicing together dramatised scenes and actual news footage, Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha (Elite Squad) combines Scarface and Goodfellas to track the life of Escobar. However, the real story here is not the characters as much as it is the Colombian drug trade and the spread of cocaine from South America into the United States in the 1980s. Escobar is used as a vehicle to illustrate the futility of the American drug war and the toll it took on both the criminals in Colombia and the authorities in the United States. As dramatic series go, Narcos is decent. As a historical examination of the drug trade, it is absolutely fascinating.
The Haunting of Hill House
Okay…this one is for those who enjoy a bit of suspense and horror. This series is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. They reunite as adults by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts… some which lurk in their minds… and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.
Mindhunter hails from David Fincher and sets about recreating the fledgling days of serial killer profiling at the FBI. This is not your typical weekly crime procedural. Instead, this dark gem opts for the long, slow burn as Jonathan Groff’s eager agent and his disgruntled colleague (Holt McCallany) stray into dangerous territory: interviewing incarcerated serial murderers. You’ll be shouting at the TV as the two agents apply their newly-founded techniques to catch active killers.
Jason Bateman had got us used to goofy manners in the role of the tragically romantic Michael Bluth in Arrested Development; but in Ozark , he reveals a whole new side of his acting. He impersonates a much more serious financial advisor, Marty Byrde, who finds himself relocating his entire family from a Chicago suburb to the Ozark mountains in Missouri. The reason? He has got himself involved with some dodgy money-laundering scheme for Mexican cartels that he is having difficulty disentangling himself from. The atmosphere, heavy with suspense, guilt and trouble-making drug lords, – a perfect watch for a stay-at-home holiday evening.
Did your favourite shows make the cut? Do you have any other inspired suggestions to share? We’d love to hear from you. Add your recommendations in the comments.