Meilleure série Netflix à regarder maintenant | émissions originales et coffrets à diffuser

By | 05/22/2020

Grâce à la pandémie mondiale de coronavirus, le grand verrouillage de 2020 signifie que nous nous sommes tous retrouvés avec plus de temps à disposition – et cela signifie plus de temps pour plonger dans ce que Netflix a à offrir et découvrir votre prochaine obsession télévisuelle.

Netflix ajoute de nouvelles séries originales et d'anciens favoris (et, oui, les retire de temps en temps) à un rythme franchement vertigineux – mais n'ayez crainte, nous sommes ici pour vous donner des conseils sur où commencer et quelle série devrait être votre prochaine bingewatch .

Que vous soyez d'humeur pour un drame tendu ou une comédie à éclater de rire, un documentaire fascinant ou une série fantastique hors de ce monde, il y a un monde de télé à portée de main sur Netflix, de primé originaux comme la saisie Choses étranges et La Couronne à des acquisitions de premier ordre comme Tu ferais mieux d'appeler Saul et Le bon endroit et des sensations de vrai crime comme Tiger King: meurtre, chaos et folie.

Vous pouvez utiliser des codes secrets pour dénicher différents genres d'émissions de télévision – mais pour vous faciliter la tâche, nous avons regroupé certains de nos favoris dans la liste ci-dessous. Il y a quelque chose ici pour tous les goûts.

Et si vous vous lancez le défi de regarder les meilleures séries et coffrets de tous les temps, vous pouvez suivre le nombre que vous avez déjà vu avec le 100 meilleurs coffrets à gratter affiche. Combien pouvez-vous cocher?

Alors arrêtez de faire défiler et commencez à regarder!

Mis à jour le 22 mai 2020

Éducation sexuelle

L'une des plus grandes questions autour de cette comédie à l'esprit vif est où et quand se déroule-t-elle? Bien que les personnages soient britanniques, ils ont tous des accents différents – et l'école qu'ils fréquentent ressemble plus à un lycée des années 1980 aux États-Unis que le genre de programme complet que la plupart des Britanniques auraient fréquenté. Tout le monde semble conduire de vieilles Volvo, mais les gens ont des smartphones…

La réalité est que l'ambiguïté du temps et du lieu est une décision délibérée de Laurie Nunn et des producteurs de l'émission de rendre hommage à un monde adolescent de style John Hughes qu'une génération a grandi en regardant à la télévision.

Le spectacle suit la fortune d'Otis (Asa Butterfield), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) alors qu'ils naviguent dans leurs jours d'école, leurs parents et les défis qui les accompagnent. Mettant également en vedette Gillian Anderson en tant que mère de la sexothérapeute d'Otis, il s'agit d'une émission acclamée par la critique non seulement pour sa comédie, mais aussi pour la façon audacieuse avec laquelle elle défie de front les problèmes importants.

La saison 2 est arrivée en janvier, et la saison trois est maintenant confirmée.

Regarder sur Netflix

Choses étranges

Le casting de Stranger Things (Netflix)

Le casting de Stranger Things (Netflix)

Rendant hommage à un monde inspiré des Spielberg des talkies-walkies et des vélos Chopper des années 1980, Stranger Things des frères Duffer est l'un des plus grands succès jamais créés par Netflix. Une aventure surnaturelle remplie d'intrigues et d'horreurs qui raconte l'histoire d'un groupe de quatre amis à Hawkins, dans l'Indiana, qui se lient d'amitié avec une super-fille télékinésique et tentent de décortiquer une série de phénomènes compliquée et étrange.

Avec Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown et bien d'autres, c'est une télé incontournable.

Au fil des saisons, la tension monte et plus de personnages et de mystères sont entrelacés dans ce conte fantastiquement observable. Oh, et il a aussi une bande-son complètement incontournable. le "Exaltant et dévastateur" la troisième saison a été la dernière à tomber – et la saison quatre est attendue l'année prochaine

Regarder sur Netflix

Je n'ai jamais

Je n'ai jamais jeté - Netflix

Si vous êtes à la recherche d'une série de bien-être qui vous laissera chatouiller, mais qui vous fera aussi vibrer, alors la comédie dramatique de passage à l'âge adulte Never Have I Ever pourrait être l'offre Netflix parfaite pour vous.

Librement basée sur les expériences au lycée de la co-créatrice de la série Mindy Kaling, qui a grandi dans la région de Boston, la série suit la vie et les amours de l'étudiante indo-américaine Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), qui cherche à changer sa vie et à améliorer sa vie sociale parmi ses pairs, tout en étant aux prises avec le chagrin causé par la perte de son père (Sendhil Ramamurthy) l'année précédente.

Never Have I Ever a été décrit comme «une victoire pour la représentation asiatique à l'écran» par The Guardian et il est facile de voir pourquoi une légion de fans a suivi avec amour sa narration nette, intelligente et honnête, ainsi que la charmante piste du nouveau venu Ramakrishnan performance.

Pas de spoilers ici, mais la première saison de 10 épisodes se termine sur quelque chose d'un cliffhanger, il n'est donc pas surprenant que la demande pour une deuxième saison soit déjà élevée…

Regarder sur Netflix

Plus sur Never Have I Ever

Lignes blanches

0535_White Lines_Photo Nick Wall.RAF

Si regarder vos quatre murs pendant des jours devient un peu difficile, pourquoi ne pas jeter un œil à la série thriller White Lines, qui se déroule et a été filmée dans la glorieuse Ibiza?

Dans l'esprit d'Alex Pina, qui est également à l'origine du hit international de Netflix, Money Heist, White Lines partage ses 10 épisodes entre le milieu des années 90, lorsque quatre adolescents de Manchester se sont envolés pour Ibiza et se sont rapidement imposés comme le talent DJ le plus en vogue de l'île, et le aujourd'hui, avec le corps du DJ autrefois en vue Axel Collins (Tom Rhys Harries) est découvert dans la région désertique espagnole d'Almeria, plus de 20 ans depuis sa disparition.

La soeur d'Axel, Zoe Walker (Laura Haddock) se lance dans une quête pour découvrir ce qui est arrivé à son frère et ce qui va se passer ensuite vous épatera, avec White Lines servant de nombreux rebondissements à travers sa première saison. La star de la série Daniel Mays – qui joue le vieil ami d'Axel Marcus – ne plaisantait pas quand il a dit que c'était l'un des plus "brillamment bonkers"Projets sur lesquels il a jamais travaillé.

Regarder sur Netflix

Plus sur les lignes blanches

Miroir noir

Il n'y a pas si longtemps, Charlie Brooker examinait la télé pour The Guardian avec un style que chaque jeune journaliste de divertissement tentait désespérément d'imiter avec plus ou moins de succès – mais maintenant il est un écrivain et un showrunner qui est tout aussi influent dans la création de contenu télévisé qu'il l'était quand il était l'examiner.

Black Mirror est sans aucun doute son œuvre la plus fascinante et la plus célébrée à ce jour – une vision dystopique et souvent effrayante de la façon dont la technologie peut changer nos vies, avouons-le, en grande partie pour le pire.

Cela a commencé comme un tournage de Channel 4 dans le noir, mais le drame de Charlie Brooker est rapidement devenu l'une des séries les plus poignantes à la télévision. Ensuite, Netflix est intervenu et il est passé d'une émission culte au Royaume-Uni à un phénomène mondial qui attire des stars invitées de renom de Jon Hamm et Bryce Dallas Howard à Andrew Scott et Miley Cyrus.

La cinquième saison présente certains de ses contes les plus ambitieux et captivants à ce jour, et bien sûr Bandersnatch, le jeu à vous de choisir, est un méga-hit unique de la marque Black Mirror.

Regarder sur Netflix

Breaking Bad

Netflix

Aaron Paul et Bryan Cranston dans Breaking Bad

Même si vous vivez sous un rocher depuis une décennie, il est peu probable que vous n'ayez pas au moins entendu parler de Breaking Bad. Dans un sondage que nous avons effectué il y a quelques années, le chef-d'œuvre de Vince Gilligan a été élu le spectacle que la plupart des gens ont menti, tel est sa reconnaissance comme l'un des meilleurs coffrets de l'ère moderne – donc si vous êtes une de ces personnes, il est peut-être temps que vous vous rendiez service et que l'histoire se déroule.

Suite à la fortune d'un professeur de chimie, Walter White (joué par Bryan Cranston) – qui est diagnostiqué avec un cancer en phase terminale et décide de "casser le mauvais" et de se lancer dans une vie de crime en tant que cheville ouvrière de la drogue crystal meth aux côtés de l'un de ses anciens élèves, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) pour subvenir aux besoins de sa famille après sa mort – c'est l'un des drames télévisés les plus fantastiquement écrits, dirigés et exécutés que vous aurez jamais la chance de regarder.

Sur fond d'un univers Albuquerque poussiéreux de bons, mauvais et moches joueurs dont les histoires se tordent, se tournent et évoluent au cours de cinq séries captivantes, c'est une histoire qui fait que le spectateur remet tout en question jusqu'à la fin.

Co-vedette Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris et Giancarlo Esposito pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns, Breaking Bad est autant sur la façon dont son incroyable casting de personnages réagit au monde qui les change, que sur l'incroyable central de Walt et Jesse périple.

Regarde ça. C'est brilliant. Fais nous confiance…

Regarder sur Netflix

Après la vie

Ricky Gervais - Après la vie

Ricky Gervais dans After Life (Netflix)

Depuis que The Office a explosé sur la scène au tournant du millénaire, changeant complètement les attentes des téléspectateurs dans la comédie moderne, chaque projet auquel Ricky Gervais a participé sur le petit écran (que ce soit avec son partenaire d'écriture Office Stephen Merchant, ou seul ) a suscité énormément d'enthousiasme dans le monde de la comédie télévisée.

Considérée par beaucoup comme une des meilleures œuvres télévisées de Ricky depuis Extras, After Life est – comme vous vous en doutez de Gervais – une comédie très maladroite et parfois troublante qui explore le thème du deuil. À la suite de l'histoire d'un homme appelé Tony dont la vie est bouleversée après la mort de sa femme d'un cancer, nous voyons un homme qui, après avoir envisagé le suicide, décide plutôt de faire sortir sa misère du reste du monde en disant et en faisant tout ce qu'il veut aime.

C'est beaucoup plus drôle qu'il n'y paraît, et la deuxième saison est récemment arrivée sur Netflix – alors remplissez vos bottes (et préparez-vous à un peu de mauvais langage).

Regarder sur Netflix

Ozark

Jason Bateman et Laura Linney dans Ozark (Netflix)

Jason Bateman et Laura Linney dans Ozark (Netflix)

Il a été comparé par beaucoup à Breaking Bad, et bien qu'Ozark soit très différent à bien des égards, il est difficile de ne pas être d'accord sur le fait que l'atmosphère de mauvaise humeur et le thème d'une famille assiégée dans des circonstances inhabituelles partagent certainement certaines similitudes. La raison la plus évidente de la comparaison est cependant que, comme Breaking Bad, Ozark est un très, très bon drame dont on parlera pendant de nombreuses années à venir.

L'histoire tourne autour de Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) et de sa femme Wendy (Laura Linney), de sa fille Charlotte (Sophia Hublitz) et de son fils Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) alors qu'ils sont contraints de fuir de Chicago vers le Lacs Ozark au Missouri après que l’opération de blanchiment d’argent de Marty pour un gang de drogue ait mal tourné et que leur vie soit en danger imminent.

Mais les choses deviennent plus compliquées une fois qu'ils recommencent dans les Ozarks, car non seulement ils sont instantanément impliqués dans un monde étrange et brutal qu'ils ne comprennent pas – mais ils apprennent rapidement que vos problèmes ont l'habitude de vous rattraper et que les secrets sont plus difficiles que vous ne le pensez.

Trois saisons de cet excellent spectacle sont disponibles sur Netflix maintenant. Vous allez bientôt vous habituer à voir le monde avec une teinte gris bleuâtre…

Regarder sur Netflix

Services de streaming que nous pensons que vous pourriez aimer…

Faire un meurtrier

Affiche d'enfant pour Netflix et l'un des véritables documentaires sur le crime qui ont stimulé des centaines d'émissions similaires au cours des années suivantes, Making a Murderer est devenu l'une des émissions les plus parlées du géant du streaming depuis la première du documentaire en dix parties en décembre 2015.

À la suite de l'histoire de Steven Avery, un homme du Wisconsin qui a purgé 18 ans de prison après avoir été accusé à tort de tentative de meurtre et d'agression sexuelle, et a ensuite été reconnu coupable d'un autre meurtre, cette série a saisi le monde et est devenue l'objet de nombreux débats. Réalisé par les cinéastes Laura Ricciardi et Moira Demos, l'extraordinaire pièce de télévision a été filmée sur une décennie. Un must pour tous les vrais fans de crime – avec le Deuxième Saison en faisant retentir l’histoire en grand, il est peu probable que la fascination du public pour cette affaire se dissipe de si tôt.

Regarder sur Netflix

Orange est le nouveau noir

Orange est le New Black saison 5

La distribution d'Orange est le nouveau noir (Netflix)

À l'époque où Netflix essayait désespérément de prouver au monde que ses drames originaux valaient la peine d'être regardés, ils avaient besoin d'une série pour suivre le succès de House of Cards et maintenir l'élan. Cette série était Orange Is The New Black, un drame d’ensemble addictif se déroulant dans une prison pour femmes, à la suite de la naïve classe moyenne Piper Kerman (Taylor Schilling) alors qu’elle s’embarque pour une peine de 15 mois pour transfert d’argent de la drogue. C'est un crime qu'elle a commis il y a des années, pour sa petite amie, avant qu'elle ne s'installe dans une vie tranquille. Alors que son monde s'écroule, elle doit s'adapter à la vie en prison et apprendre à connaître ses codétenus…

Bien sûr, ce n'est pas le premier drame sur les femmes derrière les barreaux (ramenez Bad Girls!), Mais il est unique dans ses valeurs de production, la qualité de sa distribution forte, drôle et raciale et la manière dont il a saisi son public. Si vous l'avez manqué la première fois, nous sommes jaloux que vous ayez tout pour en profiter.

Regarder sur Netflix

Casse d'argent (La Casa del Papel)

Money Heist – mieux connu sous le nom de La Casa de Papel dans son Espagne natale – n'est pas seulement l'émission non anglaise la plus regardée sur Netflix, mais l'une des séries les plus regardées dans l'ensemble sur le service de streaming.

Le drame criminel, qui suit une équipe de voleurs de crack réunis par "The Professor", voit le gang tenter de repartir avec des milliards d'euros après un braquage audacieux sur la Monnaie royale en Espagne.

Il y a quatre saisons sur Money Heist à regarder, alors pourquoi ne pas voir de quoi il s'agit?

Regardez Money Heist (La Casa del Papel) sur Netflix

Incroyable

Netflix a commencé à se forger une réputation redoutable en tant que créateurs de contenu dramatique ces dernières années et l'un des créateurs de contenu les plus prolifiques au monde, avec bon nombre de ses émissions les plus populaires se concentrant également sur des histoires inspirées d'événements réels. Incroyable est une série limitée captivante en huit parties avec Toni Collette, Merritt Wever et Kaitlyn Dever qui explore une série de bévues policières et de mauvaises communications qui ont permis à un violeur en série d'opérer sans être détecté aux États-Unis.

L'une des nouvelles versions de Netflix dont on parle le plus en 2019, cette émission percutante est parfois très difficile à regarder – rendue encore plus réelle par son script incroyable, sa direction et ses performances dramatiques d'une distribution fantastique. La mini-série est basée sur l'article d'actualité 2015 An Unbelievable Story of Rape, écrit par T Christian Miller et Ken Armstrong.

Regarder sur Netflix

Tiger King: meurtre, chaos et folie

Tiger King

Joe Exotic dans Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix)

Il est vraiment assez difficile de résumer un documentaire aussi bizarre, farfelu et carrément fascinant tel que Tiger King – mais voilà. L'histoire tourne autour Joe Exotic, un propriétaire de gros chats aux États-Unis qui a eu des lions, des tigres et beaucoup, beaucoup d'autres animaux dans son zoo GW, Oklahoma.

Exotic est un homme haut en couleur qui, en plus d'avoir plusieurs maris, est devenu obsédé par «l'épine dans son côté», Carole Baskin. Elle est une militante des droits des animaux, qui a tenté à plusieurs reprises de fermer le zoo de GW, estimant que les actions d'Exotic étaient gênantes. Mais en guise de riposte, Exotic a affirmé qu'elle avait tué son propre mari et l'avait nourri avec sa propre collection de chats sauvages – une affirmation qu'elle nie avec véhémence.

Le point culminant de leur rivalité est venu lorsque Exotic a tenté d'embaucher un tueur à gages pour tuer Baskin alors que sa haine devenait incontrôlable. Sa tentative de lui porter un coup a échoué et, selon Washington Post, Exotic est actuellement en prison pour une peine de 22 ans pour tentative de meurtre à des fins de location en plus d'autres accusations de cruauté envers les animaux.

Si cela ne semble pas déjà complètement fou, soyez assuré que Tiger King devient beaucoup plus étranger. Nous vous promettons que vous serez collé à votre télévision pour celui-ci et, avec plus d'épisodes à l'horizon et une dramatisation, c'est maintenant le moment idéal pour vous rattraper.

Regarder sur Netflix

La Couronne

L'une des émissions phares de Netflix à travers le monde, The Crown serait également l'une des émissions de télévision les plus chères jamais réalisées.

Le drame brillant et somptueux de la plume de Peter Morgan (The Queen and Frost / Nixon), le spectacle vise à tracer la vie et l'époque de la reine Elizabeth II sur plusieurs saisons, avec des réinitialisations délibérément planifiées et des changements de distribution pour «vieillir» la distribution. où le temps avance.

Les deux premières saisons ont mis en vedette Claire Foy et Matt Smith dans le rôle de la reine Elizabeth II et du prince Philip, Olivia Colman et Tobias Menzies assumant les mêmes rôles clés pour les saisons trois et quatre.

Une montre vraiment convaincante, elle donne un aperçu (et beaucoup de licence artistique) de la vie de l'une des familles les plus célèbres à avoir jamais vécu.

Regarder sur Netflix

Le dernier royaume

Le dernier royaume

Alexander Dreymon dans The Last Kingdom (Netflix)

Vous vous souvenez peut-être d'avoir vu le premier couple de la série The Last Kingdom – basé sur les romans Saxon Stories du créateur de Sharpe Bernard Cornwell – à la BBC, mais l'émission a changé de mains pour Netflix pour la série trois.

Situé dans le 9th-siècle après JC, le spectacle raconte l'histoire du héros robuste Uhtred, fils d'Uhtred, un garçon saxon élevé par les Danois, après qu'ils l'aient capturé et décidé de l'élever comme le leur. Bien sûr, cela conduit à des loyautés partagées et Uhtred est finalement accusé d'avoir tué son père adoptif, le forçant à fuir vers un autre royaume.

Saison quatre de The Last Kingdom récemment arrivé sur Netflix, et les quatre saisons sont disponibles pour regarder là-bas, vous avez donc beaucoup de choses pour continuer – profitez-en.

Regarder sur Netflix

Poupée russe

Il est impossible de contourner le fait que ce spectacle est plutôt étrange et parfois incroyablement surréaliste – mais c'est ce qui rend ce drame comique acclamé des puissances créatives Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne et Amy Poehler si convaincant et si populaire.

L'émission en huit parties suit Nadia, une New-Yorkaise fumeuse de chaînes, alors qu'elle se fraye un chemin à travers une mystérieuse boucle temporelle qui la voit célébrer son 36e anniversaire – puis mourir. Encore et encore. Avec Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett et Elizabeth Ashley – ce n'est pas simple jour de la marmotte rehash, c'est beaucoup plus sophistiqué que ça. Avec un sass new-yorkais qui lui est propre et un concept très rentable, c'est tellement surréaliste.

Regarder sur Netflix

Notre planète

David Attenborough a été annoncé comme le présentateur de Notre planète sur Netflix à l'adresse du WWF sur l'état de la planète (James Gillham / Netflix)

David Attenborough, présentateur de Our Planet (Netflix)

Des créateurs des séries emblématiques Planet Earth et Blue Planet, un regard révolutionnaire sur le monde dans lequel nous vivons: les problèmes auxquels le monde naturel est confronté, les solutions pour résoudre ces problèmes et des exemples de réhabilitation complète.

Rapportée par l'historien naturel vétéran et trésor mondial David Attenborough, cette série fascinante emmène les spectateurs à travers différents royaumes biologiques, des océans les plus profonds et des migrations de gnous en Afrique aux loups vivant dans les forêts de Tchernobyl.

Regarder sur Netflix

Plus sur notre planète

Peaky Blinders

L'un des plus grands succès dramatiques produits par la BBC au cours de la dernière décennie, Steven Knight Peaky Blinders est si populaire qu'il a même son propre festival à Birmingham où les fans peuvent venir, s'habiller, rencontrer les acteurs et écouter des groupes jouant des chansons de la bande originale du spectacle.

Cette épopée policière mettant en vedette Cillian Murphy a une distribution d'ensemble comprenant Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson et Sophie Rundle et a été acclamée partout dans le monde, avec tout le monde de Tom Cruise au regretté David Bowie chantant ses louanges. C'est une base de fans assez large, mais la série de gangs des années 1920 basée à Brummie a vraiment quelque chose pour tout le monde. Des costumes tranchants, des lames de rasoir plus nettes et des performances qui coupent tous les scories de la période habituelle. Les cinq séries sont disponibles pour regarder sur Netflix.

Regarder sur Netflix

BoJack Horseman

Will Arnett's BoJack Horseman (Netflix, HF)

Will Arnett’s BoJack Horseman (Netflix, HF)

Largement considérée comme l'une des meilleures séries animées de tous les temps, cette offre fantastique – l'idée originale de Raphael Bob-Waksberg – a fait parler d'elle dans le monde de la comédie depuis qu'elle a explosé sur la scène en 2014.

On pourrait dire que toute émission mettant en vedette des chevaux anthropomorphes tentant de dépasser les crises existentielles serait drôle sans casting et scénario – mais heureusement BoJack porte la comédie à 11 avec les deux en abondance.

Entrez le merveilleux Will Arnett (Gob Bluth dans Arrested Development, entre autres) en tant que rôle principal et un casting étoilé comprenant Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F Tompkins et Aaron Paul et vous avez un succès international entre vos mains.

Méfiez-vous des fans de comédie – vous pourriez finir par y consacrer beaucoup de temps!

Regarder sur Netflix

Mort pour moi

Linda Cardellini et Christina Applegate dans Dead to Me

Linda Cardellini et Christina Applegate dans Dead to Me

Christina Applegate réalise sa meilleure performance en carrière cette co noir brillamment dignemoidy de l'écrivain Liz Feldman, qui est devenu le spectacle Netflix incontournable le plus parlé lors de sa sortie en mai dernier.

Voici la configuration: Jen perd son mari dans un accident avec délit de fuite et est consumée par sa perte. Contre son meilleur jugement, elle assiste à une séance de counseling en groupe sur le deuil et commence à contrecœur à parler à Judy. Ils se lient sur la perte mutuelle et deviennent rapidementmoi des amis fermes, se tournant les uns contre les autres dans leurs heures les plus sombres, à la grande surprise de Jen. Cependant, l'une des femmes garde un terrible secret qui menace à bouleverser leur amitié et faire entièrement dérailler leurs vies. C'est un àexploration exaspérante, drôle et addictive du deuil et de l'amitié féminine avec un courant sous-jacent savonneux qui vous fera vous dire qu'un mensonge perpétuel de Netflix, "Je vais juste regarder un épisode de plus avant de se coucher."

Deux séries sont disponibles pour regarder maintenant.

Regarder sur Netflix

Incassable Kimmy Schmidt

Si vous sentez que vous avez besoin de vous réconforter en ce moment – et avouons-le, qui ne le fait pas? – ne cherchez pas plus loin que Kimmy Schmidt, incassable et optimiste.

Pour sa première sitcom originale, Netflix est allé à la légendaire actrice et écrivaine Tina Fey, qui a imaginé cette histoire délicieusement étrange avec son collaborateur de 30 Rock Robert Carlock.

Après avoir été enlevé par un chef de secte, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) a passé 15 ans dans un bunker souterrain avec trois compagnons enlevés, croyant que la Terre avait été réduite à une friche nucléaire. Mais les Indiana Mole Women (comme les médias les appellent rapidement) sont secourues par une équipe SWAT et découvrent que le monde reste plein de vie…

Bien que la prémisse puisse sembler initialement un peu sombre, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt est une comédie de bout en bout, avec le même sens de l'humour loufoque qui a fait de la série précédente de Fey un tel succès.

Regarder sur Netflix

Le bon endroit

Les sitcoms du réseau américain ont souvent été mal jugées par les critiques britanniques, à quelques exceptions notables près, elles sont parfois considérées comme moins sophistiquées que les comédies britanniques avec des blagues et des personnages «évidents». Ce ne sont pas des accusations qui peuvent être portées contre la comédie philosophique de NBC The Good Place, qui non seulement vous fait rire, mais vous fait réfléchir.

De la plume de Michael Schur, co-créateur de Parks and Recreation acclamé par la critique, le spectacle met en vedette Kristen Bell dans le rôle d'Eleanor Shellstrop, une femme qui se retrouve arriver au «The Good Place» après sa mort par erreur. Elle est rejoint dans cette vie après la mort par un groupe d'autres nouveaux arrivants joué par William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil et Manny Jacinto, qui vivent tous dans un quartier créé par l'architecte maladroit, Michael, brillamment représenté par Ted Danson.

Une série de rebondissements tout au long de la première saison prélude à un bouleversement massif dans la saison deux, ce qui laisse constamment le public se demander où diable il peut aller ensuite. La saison trois répète en quelque sorte l'exploit, avec brio – et prépare les tissus pour le dernier épisode de l'histoire, disponible maintenant.

Regarder sur Netflix

Tu ferais mieux d'appeler Saul

Tu ferais mieux d'appeler Saul

Rhea Seehorn et Bob Odenkirk dans Better Call Saul
AMC

Le spin-off est généralement quelque chose dont l'histoire se souvient comme une mauvaise idée. Pour chaque Cheers qui produit un Frasier, il y a au moins dix Amis qui produisent un Joey. Ainsi, quand il a été annoncé que Vince Gilligan, la force créatrice derrière le Breaking Bad acclamé par la critique, avait l'intention de faire un spin-off, des sonneries d'alarme ont retenti dans le monde de la télévision. L'idée de ruiner l'héritage de l'un des grands coffrets était troublante, et c'est avec inquiétude que beaucoup se sont tournés vers Better Call Saul.

Maintenant, avec le cinquième saison la dernière arrivée sur Netflix, il est difficile de voir comment quelqu'un aurait pu voir cette préquelle Breaking Bad comme autre chose qu'un hit en or massif. À la suite des relations louches de l'avocat de Bob Odenkirk, Saul Goodman, l'un des personnages centraux des dernières parties de l'histoire de Breaking Bad, il ramène les téléspectateurs dans le même univers albuquerque de la série originale. Il frappe un ton légèrement plus léger que Breaking Bad, mais a toujours un rythme et une profondeur incroyables qui ont rendu le spectacle original si populaire. Avec de nombreux acteurs originaux – de Jonathan Banks à Giancarlo Esposito – tous ceux qui ont vu et apprécié Breaking Bad devraient immédiatement régler leur Netflix en mode Better Call Saul et commencer à regarder après la hâte!

Regarder sur Netflix

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Vous ne pouvez pas vous déplacer sur les plateaux de télévision pour les drames policiers, il est donc agréable pour une émission de révéler le côté drôle d'un poste de police pour une fois. Et il y a beaucoup de cœur à cette sitcom en milieu de travail stupide mais étonnamment pointue qui se déroule dans un commissariat de police de New York.

L'acteur de SNL et Cuckoo Andy Samberg mène le casting en tant que Jake Peralta, un flic qui parvient en quelque sorte à être le détective vedette de son équipe malgré son approche enfantine de la vie. Il est entouré de personnages délicieusement dessinés, y compris l'arme secrète de la série, Andre Braugher – nous le connaissons mieux pour ses performances dramatiques, mais il joue un blinder en tant que capitaine trop sérieux Raymond Holt, livrant ses lignes avec une impasse sans égal.

Avec sept séries à son actif, ce spectacle a à juste titre gagné un ensemble dévoué de fans, qui attendent déjà avec impatience la saison huit. Si vous devenez accro, vous vous trouverez en bonne compagnie.

Regarder sur Netflix

Des hommes fous

Mad Men suinte au milieu du siècle cool. C’est l’émission que tout le monde aime dire qu’ils ont regardée (qu’ils l’aient réellement vue ou non), car la série est devenue synonyme de télé sexy et sexy, comme celle que le monde n’avait jamais vue auparavant. Il a été inondé de nominations et de félicitations, et quand il a finalement diffusé son dernier final de la saison, les critiques se sont jetés sur eux-mêmes pour louer la façon dont cela s'était terminé.

La série dramatique sur une agence de publicité new-yorkaise des années 1960 met en vedette Jon Hamm dans le rôle du charismatique et mystérieux Don Draper. et Elisabeth Moss de The Handmaid's Tale, dont le personnage Peggy Olson est passé de secrétaire à rédactrice.

Élégants et révolutionnaires, Mad Men définit des tendances du monde réel en captivant le public avec ses personnages complexes, ses histoires pleines d'esprit et engageantes. Les sept saisons sont disponibles sur Netflix, alors versez-vous un verre, asseyez-vous et détendez-vous…

Regarder sur Netflix

RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul dans Drag Race (Netflix)

RuPaul dans Drag Race (Netflix)
VH1

Messieurs: démarrez vos moteurs. Alors que la première série britannique de la compétition drag queen a été acclamée par la critique, la version américaine – et originale – du concours est désormais disponible sur Netflix. Il suit le même format que le show britannique: un groupe de reines féroces se battent pour le titre de la prochaine superstar de drag, chacun espérant impressionner le juge en chef RuPaul Charles avec leur charisme, l'unicité, le nerf et le talent (nous vous laisserons travailler cet acronyme pour vous-même).

Bien sûr, ce n'est pas la télévision la plus ambitieuse, mais le concours, qui en est à sa 12e saison, regorge de manigances louches, de haute couture, de nombreux gags (ahem) et de drames incontournables. Et c'est avant de mentionner les juges invités, qui comprenaient Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeff Goldblum et Lizzo.

Mais surtout, tout est très chaleureux. Malgré les disputes régulières, chaque épisode voit également les reines se soutenir mutuellement à travers les difficultés du concours. Et cette sensation bien intentionnée est martelée à la maison par Ru elle-même, rappelant chaque semaine aux concurrents et aux téléspectateurs: "Si vous ne vous aimez pas, comment diable vous aimez Gunna quelqu'un d'autre?"

Regarder sur Netflix

Famille moderne

Aux États-Unis, c'est énorme. Modern Family a remporté d'innombrables Emmy Awards pour ses séries de comédie exceptionnelles ainsi que des caisses d'autres prix et un public de millions de personnes. Mais de ce côté-ci de l'Atlantique, il reste un culte mineur de Sky One.

Ce qui est curieux à propos du spectacle, créé par deux anciens écrivains Frasier en 2009, c'est qu'il est si simple. La prémisse est: une famille. C'est ça.

Pour le rendre intéressant, la famille est une famille élargie, divisée entre la maison du patriarche Jay (dirigée par sa deuxième épouse colombienne tout en courbes), la progéniture de sa fille Claire et la relation de son fils Mitchell. Le seul point de vue est que Mitchell est gay et bientôt (dans la finale de la saison 5, en fait) marié à son partenaire Cameron.

Alors voilà. Sur le papier, rien d'extraordinaire. Mais pas depuis que Dad’s Army a un ensemble de bandes dessinées fonctionnant si parfaitement, si adorablement, ensemble.

Regarder sur Netflix

Garde du corps

Même avec le créateur de Line of Duty Jed Mercurio à la barre et un casting dirigé par Keeley Hawes et Richard Madden, personne ne pouvait prévoir à quel point ce drame deviendrait massif lorsqu'il sera diffusé en 2018. La série en six parties suivait le secrétaire à la maison Julia Montague lorsqu'elle est devenu trop proche de son garde du corps. La paire a esquivé les attaques et les liaisons romantiques avant un moment de choc de mi-saison que personne n'a vu venir. Nous étions abasourdis.

La série commence par l'une des séquences d'ouverture les plus fascinantes que nous ayons même vues – c'est 20 minutes de tension nerveuse dans un train – et nous a tous fait semblant d'être des agents de sécurité du gouvernement, chuchotant "Lavande en mouvement!" dans nos poignets de chemise (ou était-ce juste nous?). C'était l'une des émissions de télévision les plus discutées depuis des années et les cotes d'écoute ont grimpé. Le temps est maintenant passé, cela vaut la peine d'être revu, d'autant plus qu'une deuxième série semble inévitable.

Regarder sur Netflix

Aventures effrayantes de Sabrina

Sabrina the Teenage Witch a été un énorme succès dans les années 1990 lorsque la bande dessinée Archie du même nom a été animée par Melissa Joan Hart dans le rôle principal. Plusieurs décennies plus tard, Netflix a redémarré la série avec un côté plus sombre et plus mystérieux, cette fois avec Kiernan Shipka, mieux connue des fans de théâtre comme Sally Draper (fille de Don) dans l'émission à succès AMC Mad Men.

Conçue à l'origine comme une série compagnon de Riverdale, la série a finalement eu sa propre vie lorsqu'elle a déménagé à Netflix et a commencé à raconter l'histoire d'une demi-sorcière, mi-mortelle et son existence parfois difficile.

Avec également Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo et Michelle Gomez, il y a maintenant trois saisons disponibles à regarder dès maintenant sur Netflix, donc vous avez de quoi vous occuper…

Regarder sur Netflix

Quand ils nous voient

Quand ils nous voient

Ava DuVernay’s harrowing series is a hard watch, but an important one. Starring Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman, it tells the true story of the Central Park Five, five black and Hispanic teens who were wrongfully convicted of a rape that took place in New York City in 1989. They were accused and charged on flimsy evidence, and a racist system saw them incarcerated for a heinous crime they had no involvement with. Beautifully acted, the drama will leave you spitting with outrage as you witness an incredible miscarriage of justice.

Across four episodes, we follow these confused and terrified young men and their families, as they attempt to navigate police interviews and courtroom trials with the odds stacked against them. It’s then worth finding “Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now” to see Oprah interviewing the men behind the drama, about their experience and the terrible impact their convictions had on their lives.

Watch on Netflix

Mindhunter

David Fincher’s gloomy serial killer drama didn’t quite make it to the watercooler when it first arrived, but as with many on demand shows, its slow-building intrigue gripped enough people for Netflix to renew it for a second season.

The show follows soft-spoken FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and his gruff partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they tour the USA interviewing the nation’s most heinous serial killers.

While it takes a bit of time to truly get going, the series soon develops into an intriguing character study, as Ford becomes more and more emotionally entangled in his work.

As well as the fantastic scripts and performances, this show stands out for its incredible visuals and mood, as you might expect from Mr Fincher.

Watch on Netflix

L'étranger

Harlan Coben's The Stranger

Richard Armitage in Harlan Coben’s The Stranger (Netflix)

Following on from 2018’s Safe, this is the second collaboration between Netflix and bestselling thriller writer Harlan Coben. It’s a classier, sturdier affair, albeit still crammed with unlikely twists and turns whenever you’re starting to feel comfortable.

Richard Armitage holds it together as the comfy upper-middle-class dad whose world is destroyed by – you guessed it – secrets, lies and perhaps even murder.

The show has a great cast including Ready Player One’s Hannah John-Kamen, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye, Dervla Kirwan and Anthony Head that will keep you guessing what it was all about until the very end.

Well worth a binge if you like a mystery.

Watch on Netflix

New Girl

All seven seasons of this quirky sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel have recently arrived on Netflix UK. The show follows Deschanel’s quirky school teacher Jess Day adjusting to life with three male room-mates in LA, documenting issues with their romantic relationships and their jobs, and their hopes and fears about the future. Guaranteed to make you laugh, New Girl combines dysfunctional yet loveable central characters, flights of fancy – which avoid becoming too self-consciously “kooky” like so many US comedies – and a whole bunch of brilliant one-liners, delivered with beautiful comic timing by a talented cast.

Watch on Netflix

Giri/Haji

Will Sharpe plays Rodney in Giri Haji

A BBC/Netflix co-production that aired recently in the UK, Giri/Haji (translated as Duty/Shame) is a masterful and sprawling thriller set between London and Tokyo, which went down a treat with critics and viewers. It primarily concerns a Japanese detective by the name of Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira) who travels to London in an attempt to track down his missing brother Yuto, a member of Japanese crime syndicate the Yakuza.

With its ambition, suspenseful plot and stylistic flourishes, Giri/Haji was described as “a breath of fresh air” and “one of the best shows of 2019”. Vous ne serez pas déçu.

Watch on Netflix

More on Giri/Haji

Trop chaud pour le manipuler

UNTITLED DATING SHOW

In Netflix’s latest dating show, 10 singletons head to a luxury resort to get to know one another. But if they do anything more than a cuddle, they break the rules set by AI robot, Lana.

The prize fund starts at $100,000 but if they do anything to upset Lana, that drops quite quickly – yet with the likes of Harry and Francesca who can’t keep their hands off each other, the potential to lose a lot of money becomes very real.

Too Hot to Handle has a similar appeal to Love Island, but with it being on Netflix, you can binge to your heart’s content. And if you have some serious wanderlust right now, watching the contestants in the luxurious Mexico resort will make you feel like you’re on holiday yourself.

And if that isn’t enough, there’s a pretty big twist in the finale that is sure to leave you gobsmacked…

Watch on Netflix

Skins

For a particular generation, this was le defining series of their teenage years, much like Sex Education is right now. Set in Bristol, it’s a ferociously fun comedy drama with a tender heart, focusing on a group of teenagers in their final years at school. The show refreshed the cast every couple of years to avoid the trap of characters outgrowing the premise – a smart move.

It’s a series that didn’t hold back – storylines included depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, bereavement and eating disorders – but it never felt heavy-handed because we were watching characters we were invested in. Its bold, honest storytelling is exactly what appealed to fans.

The show stands the test of time and watching it now provides the added bonus of seeing big stars like Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, Kaya Scodelario and Daniel Kaluuya in their younger years. It’s a series that launched careers, broke hearts and had us absolutely hooked.

Watch on Netflix

Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

Netflix is producing a huge amount of true-crime shows these days, with a good deal of them becoming some of the streaming platform’s most talked-about content. This show was one of the break-out successes of the Christmas 2019 period despite its theme being less than festive, joyous or fun.

In 2010, a horrifying online video of an anonymous man suffocating two kittens went viral – whereupon a gang of amateur sleuths led by Deanna Thompson, a data analyst for one of the big casinos in Las Vegas, and John Green, from LA, vowed to work together to track down the perpetrator. That’s the starting point for a consistently amazing, disturbing three-part documentary. If it were fiction you’d dismiss it as too implausible, but it’s fact and that’s why it continues to be one of le true crime docu-series that you need to have seen on demand.

Watch on Netflix

Schitt’s Creek

This fish-out-of-water comedy may be coming to an end, but now’s the time to join its growing fanbase.

Created by and starring Eugene Levy (Jim’s dad from American Pie) and his MTV presenter son Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek introduces the wealthy Rose family just as their items are being repossessed from their lavish mansion. They are forced to make a fresh start in rural town Schitt’s Creek – their sole remaining asset bought as a joke in the 90s – and must take up residence in a worn-out motel. Featuring hilarious and heartwarming performances and some truly hilarious moments, this sitcom stand out as a worthwhile comfort watch.

Watch on Netflix

Lucifer

Such is the love for this show that when Fox announced they were going to stop making the show a huge campaign was launched online by the fans which took the hashtag #SaveLucifer to the world, and was eventually received loud and clear by Netflix who decided to bring the show back on the streaming platform.

Based on the character created by Neil Gaiman for The Sandman comic-book series, Tom Ellis plays Lucifer, the handsome and seductive Lord of Hell who has made a home for himself in the sleazy glamour of Los Angeles…

What could possibly go wrong? You’ll have to watch to find out…

Watch on Netflix

The Staircase

The Staircase (Netflix)

The Staircase (Netflix)

The original true crime documentary, the remarkable story of the trial of Michael Peterson is the result of film-maker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s vision for a new style of crime reporting. Originally airing in 2004, Netflix acquired the rights and released the series in 2018 with three new episodes that delved back into the troubling case and within a few days it became one of the most talked-about shows of the year.

“I’ve spent 16 years of my life on this story,” de Lestrade tells Radio Times. “And while that isn’t full-time filming and editing across the years, there’s not really been a day when it hasn’t been in my head.”

Unmissable television for anyone interested in the true crime genre.

Watch on Netflix

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

There’s always a detective, there’s always a dangerous man in an impeccable suit, there’s always untrustworthy clients and lucky left hooks, and there’s always a dame, right at the centre of it all. Cherchez la femme fatale, as fancy waiters say.

This is perhaps the least superheroic (Marvellous?) of Marvel’s output. Krysten Ritter is superb as an indestructible woman who’s broken inside, hiding from her history. Funny, foul-mouthed, brittle and ballsy, Jones feels like the role the Breaking Bad actress has been waiting for. The superstrength is almost a distraction; she’s at her best simply playing a shopworn gumshoe in the big city.

As for David Tennant…he gleefully stamps on your memories of Doctor Who. He allows himself to be utterly vile – you don’t love to hate him, you simply hate him. He is every abusive spouse and controlling boyfriend you’ve ever had, the ones who made you not yourself, the ones you can’t escape.

Three seasons are available to savour on Netflix.

Watch on Netflix

Merlin

Much like Smallville, which took us back to Superman’s younger years, this BBC teatime hit showed us an adolescent Merlin, played by Colin Morgan, just as he was befriending Arthur. This reimagined prequel to the popular Arthurian legend, which kept the same characters but wandered a little from the traditional tales, proved to be a huge success, attracting millions of viewers and running for five series.

Unlike in the original legends, this version of Arthur and Merlin are a similar age and the pair’s friendship gets off to a difficult start, with neither particularly impressed by the other. Merlin, who is concealing his incredible magical abilities, is made Arthur’s servant and eventually they bond before embarking on adventures together. Along the way they meet Guinevere, known as Gwen, who starts up a frowned-upon relationship with Arthur. And of course there’s a dragon! Voiced by John Hurt, no less. Fun, family-friendly fantasy.

Watch on Netflix

Dark

Netflix’s first German-language series is a mind-bending, time-warping and completely engrossing series that proves that Scandinavia doesn’t have the monopoly on excellent subtitled drama.

The show instantly drew comparisons to Stranger Things and it’s easy to see why. After all, it tells the story of a child who goes missing from a small town under mysterious circumstances, leaving everyone baffled (so far so Hawkins). But this programme is darker and weirder, and doesn’t revel in any 80s throwbacks or a nostalgic soundtrack. Of course, once you get past the initial premise there are lots of differences, and the show deserves credit in its own right.

As children continue to vanish from the German town of Winden, we follow four estranged families. They find themselves unravelling a complex mystery involving time travel and conspiracies across many generations, and all we can do is try to keep up with them!

There are two series to get stuck into on Netflix, with a third and final season on its way.

Watch on Netflix

Narcos/Narcos: Mexico

Diego Luna, Narcos: Mexico season 2 (Netflix)

Diego Luna, Narcos: Mexico season 2 (Netflix)
Carlos Somonte/Netflix

This is a spectacular drama series, too often unfairly dismissed as a successor to Breaking Bad. The story, based on real events, follows the never-ending game of cat and mouse between infamous drug king Pablo Escobar, the Colombian authorities and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), breaking down the myths and telling the story of Escobar’s turbulent life. The first two series were filmed in Colombia, where Escobar made his billions distributing cocaine, and takes us from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, when the authorities finally caught up with him.

The series returned for a third outing, but with the Escobar story told it turned its attention to the new drug lords on the block the Cali Cartel. Season four was initially intended to follow the same path, but development led the writers in another direction entirely, with a spin-off called Narcos: Mexico, exploring the country’s war on drugs and taking inspiration from real-life incidents.

Watch on Netflix

The Umbrella Academy

Superheroes tend to be loners, so it’s fun to see them in a family setting. But living with people who wear capes and save lives every two minutes is never going to be plain sailing.

Ellen Page and Mary J Blige star in this fantasy series set in alternate universe, adapted from comics written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. Ellen plays Vanya, one of seven children adopted by a billionaire. Unlike her brothers and sisters – all of whom were born on the same day to mothers who didn’t know they were pregnant (a terrifying concept for all women to get their heads around!) – Vanya doesn’t have superpowers. She can only watch on as her estranged siblings get back together to try to solve the mystery of their foster father’s death. Oh and they also plan to save the world while they’re at it.

The series has proved a huge hit – it was the third most popular show on Netflix in 2019. And season two isn’t far away

Watch on Netflix

Star Trek: découverte

Back in 2017 (long before the excitement of Picard), this was the first Star Trek TV series since Enterprise ended in 2005, and anticipation was high. Luckily the show found its feet in a fiercely confident manner, giving Trekkies exactly what they wanted from the off. The seventh series in the franchise introduces us to a brand-new set of characters boldly going where no man has gone before on the USS Discovery. Jason Isaacs stars as Captain Gabriel Lorca, who tries to balance his personal issues with his responsibilities to the crew.

This series is actually a prequel, so the action takes place a decade before the original series, which featured William Shatner Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock. The United Federation of Planets is at war with the Klingon houses for much of the first season.

Two seasons are available on Netflix, with the third expected at some point in 2020.

Watch on Netflix

Inside No 9

Critically acclaimed and never dull, Inside No 9 is not the type of show you see every day, but once you’ve started watching you simply cannot stop.

Written by The League of Gentlemen stars Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, this surreal comedy/horror/thriller anthology as you might expect from its creators’ pedigree draws on comedy of the perverse and takes viewers to some very dark and twisted places while making you laugh out loud at times.

Relentlessly inventive, the shows are all loosely held together by being set in a number 9 of some sort  – but that remains the only constant in this superlative, wildly unpredictable show.

The first four seasons are available on Netflix.

Watch on Netflix

Riverdale

The cast of Riverdale (Netflix)

The cast of Riverdale (Netflix)

Chances are you’ve either never seen this teen drama or you’re completely obsessed with it – the show, based on the characters from the Archie comics, already has cult status and is totally addictive once you get going with it. Riverdale is a small, seemingly lovely town, a perfect place to live. But of course there’s darkness lurking. Archie Andrews is a high-school footballer from the town, the class heart-throb, and we follow him and his friends as they react to the death of one of their classmates. If that’s not enough, there’s also backstabbing, bitching and teacher-student affairs to keep you interested.

The show was originally conceived as a film, but during the development process it switched to a television format. A move that paid off: Riverdale is already on its fourth season and has been renewed for a fifth. It has also spawned two companion series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Katy Keene.

Watch on Netflix

Top Boy

An award-winning drama about gang life and drug dealing on an east London estate, Top Boy ran for two series on Channel 4 in the UK between 2011 and 2013 and completely changed the face of drama. For once this didn’t seem like a middle-class, disconnected writing team trying to throw together a programme about the youth on the streets. The voices and performances felt authentic, and the show won huge acclaim for its realism.

It also caught the attention of rapper Drake. Unlike the rest of us, who have to lump it when our favourite series end, Drake worked with Netflix to finance a revival and get the original writer back on board. He even executive produces the new episodes. Series three, which sees Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson reprise their lead roles, is now available to view and a fourth is on its way. It might take you a couple of episodes to get into the style, but it’s worth it. And it’s so cool that rapper Dave has even joined the cast.

Watch on Netflix

Atypical

A warm, heartfelt coming-of-age drama, set in Connecticut, about a family whose 18-year-old son Sam is on the autism spectrum. We follow him as he navigates the trials of dating and relationships, and tries to strengthen his fractured bond with his dad.

The show is created by Robia Rashid, who formerly worked as a producer on How I Met Your Mother and The Goldbergs, so you know you’re in safe hands, and the series goes to great lengths to give an accurate depiction of one man’s experience of autism. There is an autistic writer on the team as well as autistic actors in the cast.

Series three landed recently, and Sam (Keir Gilchrist) is off to college, where he faces a whole new set of challenges and adventures.

Series 1-3 are all available to watch on Netflix, with a fourth and final season expected in 2021.

Watch on Netflix

Développement arrêté

This show is the definition of a cult hit. Either you’re obsessed with it and like to go round making chicken noises when you discuss it, or it has passed you by. This is the time to catch up though, as TV’s most dysfunctional family has made its home on Netflix.

The comedy series, starring Jason Bateman and Portia De Rossi, was the brainchild of Hollywood director Ron Howard and originally ran on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006. It’s the story of a spoilt, once-wealthy family who continue their lavish lifestyle despite the fact they can no longer afford it.

After its cancellation there was a long wait before Netflix revived the show in 2013, much to the excitement of its loyal fanbase. The show’s return to screen has not always been smooth though, and the controversy surrounding Jessica Walters and Jeffrey Tambor in the run-up to season five certainly coloured fans’ expectations and left us wondering what the future of the show would be. But it doesn’t change the ground-breaking impact the series once had.

Watch on Netflix

Queer Eye

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a big hit in the early noughties. Netflix spied an opportunity to revamp the feel-good series and the reboot struck a chord with viewers around the world, leaving us all crying happy tears. In fact the all-new Fab Five have proved an even greater success than their predecessors.

The misconception with Queer Eye is that it’s purely a makeover show, but actually the wardrobe transformation is a tiny part of the process. It’s really a programme about people who have lost their confidence and stopped caring about themselves. When they start to open up and discuss what’s happened in their lives, the Fab Five respond with the perfect mix of compassion, sensitivity and inspirational ideas. Nobody is forced to cut their hair or paint their living room, it’s a gentle approach that gives people their self-esteem back. The results are life-changing, emotional and joyous.

Tan France provides the style advice, Jonathan Van Ness specialises in male grooming, Bobby is the design expert, Karamo deals with culture and Antoni occasionally chops an avocado.

Watch on Netflix

Happy Valley

Sally Wainwright is one of Britain’s most prolific and gifted drama writers – she’s the genius behind Gentleman Jack, Last Tango in Halifax and Unforgiven. This razor sharp BBC series is right up there with her very best work and although it is technically catalogued as a crime drama, it is so much more.

Set in Yorkshire, the series stars Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran and Steve Pemberton, and tells the story of a police officer, Catherine, searching for the man who raped her late daughter, Becky. James Norton plays the criminal she is looking for, skinhead Tommy Lee Royce, and if you’re a fan of James in his nice guy Grantchester role it’s worth watching this just to see his incredible range as an actor. Sarah Lancashire steals the show though with a pitch-perfect, funny, distressing and ultimately BAFTA-winning performance.

Both series are available on Netflix, and Sally Wainwright has always promised that she will one day write a third. Doigts croisés.

Watch on Netflix

Docteur Who

We don’t need to tell you what Doctor Who is all about! But if you’ve recently got back into the show in the Jodie Whittaker/Chris Chibnall era, or if you just fancy a bit of telly nostalgia, why not treat yourself to a few episodes from the NuWho back catalogue? And if you’ve only heard about this show but you’re too embarrassed to admit you’ve never seen an episode, there’s no judgement here – we just recommend you get stuck in now and see what all the fuss is about!

Ten series will take you from the Christopher Eccleston’s headline-grabbing revival of the show in 2005, through to David Tennant’s stint in the TARDIS, Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor and of course Peter Capaldi’s appearances too. But of course it’s not just about the Doctor, you can relive Billie Piper’s iconic performance as Rose and Jenna Colman’s popular turn as Clara as well.

Watch on Netflix

Vous

Elizabeth Lail stars alongside Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley in this extremely popular stalker thriller, which proved to be a huge hit for Netflix. Don’t look for subtlety or nuance in this show – it’s an unapologetically crowd-pleasing, twisty-turny drama that prioritises gasps and shock value over realism. Go with it and you’ll really enjoy it.

The show tells the story of a New York book-keeper (who just happens to be a serial killer), who becomes instantly infatuated with one of his customers. Infatuation turns into a dangerous obsession and soon he is consumed by the thought of her, keeping a close eye on her social media and needing to know where she is at all times. She’s blissfully unaware – but how long for?

There’s two series to enjoy (the second season takes place in Los Angeles but we don’t want to spoil series one by telling you any more!) and series three is on the way in 2021.

Watch on Netflix

Sense8

If you’re planning to check out this series, please can we recommend that you put your phone down and give the show your full attention. Because the truth is that even if you’re concentrating with all of your might there’s a good chance you still might not understand what’s going on!

The series is an intricate, sprawling sci-fi invention from the minds of The Wachowskis (who gave us The Matrix series and Jupiter Ascending). It follows a group of eight strangers from different corners of the globe who are connected by shared prophetic visions, known as Sensates. What follows is a tailspin of sex, acrobatic fight scenes and endless intrigue – all sadly cancelled after two seasons.

The show relies on its ensemble cast featuring Daryl Hannah, Tuppence Middleton and Freema Agyeman and is shot all over the world. It has won praise for its inclusion of LGBTQ+ storylines as well as its sense of ambition and scale.

Watch on Netflix

Le politicien

Anything Ryan Murphy does gets our attention. After all, this is the man who created Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and Pose – quite an impressive list of memorable TV shows.

The Politician, which dropped on Netflix in September 2019, was naturally hotly anticipated. It’s the story of Payton Hobart, a rich student from Santa Barbara, California who has known since the tender age of seven that he wants to be President of the United States. There’s only one obstacle in his way: high school, a nightmare for so many of us. For Payton, this is the chance for him to have his first taste of an election. He’s running to become President of his student body, but he’s up against one of the popular kids. He’s going to have to think smart to win this one, and he’s happy to play dirty if he needs to…

Season one is ready to watch and a second series will be dropping soon.

Watch on Netflix

copains

The most popular TV show of all time caused quite the stir when it landed on Netflix, as a new generation of viewers started to tune in and pick holes in the scripts. Millennials were upset the series wasn’t as politically correct as it should be and raised their objections on social media, while the show’s loyal army of fans leapt to its defence. It got tense.

Despite that burst of controversy, Friends is still one of those shows that we love to watch over and over again – the characters, the friendships, the impossible-to-afford central New York apartment, everything about it represents the life we wish we were leading. And even though we know each of the 236 episodes word for word, it’s weirdly comforting to watch them all again.

Although it’s never hard to find this series somewhere on the telly, Netflix gives us the chance to either binge a series from start to finish or hand-pick our favourite episodes – the one with Ross’s sandwich, the one with the apartment swap, the one where Ross and Rachel were on a break – whichever one you fancy. The dream.

Watch on Netflix

Salt Fat Acid Heat

There’s no shortage of cookery shows on TV at the moment, we’re all well aware of this. But there’s something about presenter and writer Samin Nosrat that just makes us want to spend time in her company. And her genuine excitement for food and cooking turns this show into a rather interesting proposition. Samin travels the world, taking us with her into far-flung kitchens to learn some basic culinary principles that should set us up for any dish we fancy making. Her trips in the series are as diverse as Japan, Italy and Yucatan.

And if you’re wondering about the unconventional title – these are the four factors that Samin claims can really make or break any dish. “Master these four elements, master the kitchen”, says the Netflix programme description.  It’s still not as catchy as Ready, Steady, Cook but we all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!

Watch on Netflix

The Office (UK)

When The Office was first shown to a BBC focus group back in 2001 it reportedly received the lowest ever score for any programme. But now Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s workplace mockumentary is generally regarded as one of the most innovative pieces of British comedy of a generation. Its influence can still be felt in so many comedies that have come along since.

Set in a paper merchant sales office, this is a show about characters rather than plot. Boss David Brent (Gervais) is hilarious and heart-breaking with his warped view of the world and his own role within it. But really Martin Freeman is the heart of this show as nice guy Tim – the man who is stuck in a job he can’t stand, in love with his colleague, Dawn, who won’t leave her useless other half, and forced to sit next to annoying Gareth, played perfectly by Mackenzie Crook.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll feel a brand-new appreciation for your own colleagues.

Watch on Netflix

Gilmore Girls

Remember when TV wasn’t all about crime dramas and alternate universes? This sharp-talking, caffeine-fuelled comedy from the early ‘00s was defining moment for many of us and ran for seven seasons. Set in a fictional town in Connecticut, it’s the story of a single mother, Lorelai, and her daughter, Rory as they navigate their lives. While they both face their own challenges, it’s the central relationship between them that’s the beating heart of the show. You’ll feel a huge rush of nostalgia and warmth as you watch.

You may remember this series also made a remarkable comeback thanks to Netflix, with A Year in the Life reuniting the cast for four much-enjoyed episodes.

Watch out for a couple of huge stars who were part of the cast – Melissa McCarthy as Lorelai’s best friend, Sookie St James and Milo Ventimiglia as a love interest for Rory. And if you’re wondering why Rory looks so familiar, we’ll help you out: Alexis Bledel who plays her also stars opposite Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Watch on Netflix

LUEUR

Sometimes it can feel like TV only has three plots – love triangles, murky crimes and aliens. So props to Netflix for giving us a breath of fresh air with this comedy drama, which offers something brand new alongside the nostalgia of a great 1980s soundtrack.

The series tells the story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (aka GLOW), a real-life group formed to promote women’s wrestling on telly. The characters in this series are fictional though. Alison Brie stars as Ruth, a struggling actress who ends up auditioning for the wrestling group to make ends meet. Little does she know that her former best friend Debbie has already been hired – the two got along famously until Ruth stole Debbie’s husband. It seems certain that their bitter feud will either destroy the show or raise it to a whole new level.

Season three arrived last summer, with Thelma & Louise legend Geena Davis joining the cast. If you can see past the leotards, this is an excellent drama and there’s great fun to be had.

Watch on Netflix

Sherlock

This series got a bit strange, confusing and overly complicated towards the end, but when it was good, boy, was it elementary! Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast as Sherlock, the sociopathic but fiercely clever detective, while Martin Freeman elevates the usually dull role of Watson to actually make him interesting in his own right. Together their chemistry is palpable and it’s the ultimate TV bromance (Ant and Dec are great, but how many criminals have they put behind bars?).

It was a genius twist from Steven Moffat et Mark Gatiss to bring Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular stories into the present day and the earlier series are full of fun, wit and sparkle, as well as the dramatic tension of the detective stories themselves. Special mention to Andrew Scott, who was wowing us with his performance as arch-villain Moriarty long before he became Fleabag’s sexy priest.

Grab your deerstalker hat and your swishy coat, and remind yourself how great this series really is.

Watch on Netflix

American Crime Story

This anthology series may be a spin-off from American Horror Story, but by no means is it a poor relation. The People vs OJ Simpson, starring Cuba Gooding Junior as OJ and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, was one of the most talked-about series of 2017, and rightly so. It took a case we all think we know and turned it into compelling, edge of your seat drama. At the heart of the story was Sarah Paulson’s stunning performance as lead prosecutor Marcia Clark, who found herself in the glare of the media lens when she was just trying to do her job.

The follow up came with The Assassination of Gianni Versace, starring Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz, telling the story of the famous fashion designer’s murder. Both series are currently available to view, while season three, Impeachment is on its way. The third instalment will tell the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal that shook the White House.

Watch on Netflix

Schitt’s Creek

A brilliant Canadian sitcom, which takes a little bit of time to get going but is worth the investment. By the time the second season swings around all the characters have found their footing in the most deliciously entitled way.

The show – whose sixth season is out now on Netflix – follows the privileged, once-wealthy Rose family, who attempt to rebuild their lives in the amusingly named titular town. Dad Johnny bought Schitt’s Creek as a joke in 1991, when money was no object. It’s the only place they can think of to go, and they are hoping the red carpet will be rolled out, but their influence isn’t as great as they would like.

Forced to live in adjoining motel rooms, the family of four – including grown-up spoilt children David and Alexis – have to make the best of a bad situation. A nightmare for them to live through, a delight for us to watch.

Watch on Netflix

13 raisons pour lesquelles

Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) in 13 Reasons Why season two (Netflix)

Even if you haven’t watched this show, you’ll have heard about it. The much-discussed teen drama, based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name, tells the story of the suicide of 17-year-old Hannah Baker. Its narrative is built upon a series of cassette tapes that she left to a former love interest Clay Jensen, detailing her reasons for killing herself, and we learn more each episode about the terrible circumstances that left her facing such struggles with her mental health.

While series one proved a hit with viewers, it was also controversial. The show came under fire for exposing a young audience to graphic scenes and sensitive themes, as many wondered if Netflix had gone too far. Indeed, the streaming service has since edited out the suicide scene from series one and the original version is no longer available to view.

Despite the debate around the show, it’s been a conversation-starter for many young people and remains a gripping piece of drama. Season three is out now, while a fourth and final series will be arriving soon.

Watch on Netflix

Black Earth Rising

Michaela Coel shot to fame and became the toast of the TV world off the back of her brilliant sitcom Chewing Gum. She gave a very different, dramatic performance in this political thriller though, playing Kate Ashby, a woman who was rescued as a young child during the Rwandan genocide and adopted by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter), a world-class British prosecutor in international criminal law.

With acclaimed talent behind the camera too, in the form of BAFTA-winning writer Hugo Blick (who also gave us The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal), this is a classy eight-part drama tackling the prosecution of international war crimes and the thorny issue of the West’s relationship with Africa. It’s not the lightest watch, and for that reason it didn’t get the ratings it deserved, but this is incredibly well made, beautifully acted and well worth your time. You just need to be in the right mood as you sit down to watch.

Watch on Netflix

Maniac

Maniac

We’ve seen a fair few bizarre shows in our time, but this series is right up there. The question is, is it trippy and weird in a brilliant way, or just too confusing to get into? That’s for you to decide.

One thing we can promise is star power: Emma Stone and Jonah Hill lead the cast, which also includes legends Sally Field and Gabriel Byrne. The story is loosely based on a Norwegian drama of the same name and introduces us to two strangers who meet during the course of a mind-boggling pharmaceutical trial. What happens next is difficult to explain on paper, but it’s certainly not boring.

There’ll be no second series of this show, it’s standalone, so why not brace yourself and see if you can fathom it. Interestingly, it’s directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who also worked on highly acclaimed drama True Detective, and directs upcoming Bond film No Time to Die.

Watch on Netflix

Peep Show

This is David Mitchell and Robert Webb at their best, long before panel shows and adverts. The classic sitcom is Channel 4’s longest running comedy (airing from 2003-2015) and it no doubt would have carried on for longer had David and Robert not deemed themselves too old for it.

The double act played Mark and Jez – one’s a socially awkward loan manager, one’s a childish slacker. They met as students, hailing themselves the ‘El Dude Brothers’ and together they’re two dysfunctional flatmates trying to fit into the adult world. Spoiler: they fail. Spectacularly. Again. Et encore. Et encore.

The show is famous not just for its comedy but also for its camera work. We see everything from the characters’ point of view, meaning the actors sometimes have cameras strapped to their heads to achieve this effect (seriously!). It all helps to create the show’s unique perspective – while comedies about losers are commonplace, this series always felt distinctive.

Watch out for Oscar winner Olivia Colman, who stars as Mark’s love interest, Sophie. She went to university with David and Robert, and worked extensively with them before Hollywood beckoned.

Watch on Netflix

Master of None

We fell in love with comedian Aziz Ansari when he gave us the gloriously self-centred, entrepreneurial brat Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation. This semi-autobiographical series is his chance to prove what he can do away from Pawnee, and it’s a hugely relatable, understated depiction of dating in the big city.

Aziz, who co-wrote the series, explores love and friendship from the perspective of a single 30-something actor. He plays Dev, an actor living in New York city, desperately trying to keep his spirits up after a string of failed auditions and dead-end dates. Luckily he has his friends around him, all of whom are dealing with similar troubles.

Series two features a spontaneous trip to Italy, which is quite the episode! This great series proves that romcoms don’t have to be cheesy so prepare for heartbreak, some squirming and a lot of laughter. Plus watch out for Dev’s mum and dad, played sweetly by Aziz’s own parents.

Watch on Netflix

Parade’s End

Don’t be alarmed, but Benedict Cumberbatch went blonde for this mini-series. Consider yourself warned. Hair drama aside, this lavish BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels was showered in award nominations and accolades when it aired in 2012, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it ‘the highbrow Downton Abbey’. Celebrated playwright Tom Stoppard wrote the script (after staying away from TV screenwriting for decades) and the performances are first rate in a cast that includes Stephen Graham, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson.

Set against the backdrop of the impending First World War, Cumberbatch plays Christopher Tietjens, a man who rushes into marriage with the wrong woman and then finds himself embroiled in a love triangle. It’s a story of repression, heartbreak and regret, but it’s the viper wit of Rebecca Hall as Sylvia Tietjens that makes Parade’s End truly remarkable. Her reference to a character as “that scrub-faced ladies’ champion of the regular bowel movement” must be one of the best putdowns on TV.

Watch on Netflix

The End of the F***ing World

Based on a graphic novel, this dark comedy-drama proved to be a surprise hit when it aired on Channel 4, bagging BAFTA nominations and a massive fanbase.

The show is about two teenagers on the run from their lives. There’s schoolboy James, who believes he is a psychopath, and Alyssa, his classmate, who is angry at the world and has latched onto James as a means of escape. Little does she know what he’s planning – bored with killing animals, he’s decided he’d like to murder a human and that the dubious honour should go to Alyssa. That’s why he agrees to a road trip – so he can find a chance to kill her. How long will she stay oblivious to his true intentions and will he succeed?

The show’s creator Charlie Covell has said the show ends well after two seasons and it’s extremely unlikely there will be a third. You never know, though.

Watch on Netflix

Orgueil et préjugés

Oui, le Pride and Prejudice, the one with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, guaranteed to make you smile on a sick day, rainy Sunday or Christmas holiday. If you haven’t seen this definitive TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, we insist you do so as soon as is humanly possible.

It’s the story of the five Bennet sisters and their flapping mother, who is obsessed with making sure they all marry well. They have varying levels of success in this pursuit, but it’s headstrong Lizzi we’re most interested in. Very much her own woman, she’s not interested in finding a wealthy match and is repulsed when introduced to the wealthy but arrogant Mr Darcy. Little does she know she’s about to fall in love with him.

Featuring a bizarrely erotic scene in a pond and some of the nation’s best loved stars, this is a treat from start to finish. Also worth pointing out that the novel was the original inspiration for Bridget Jones’s Diary, so the plot might feel familiar…

Watch on Netflix

Altered Carbon

Joel Kinnaman, Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Joel Kinnaman, Altered Carbon (Netflix, BA)

Based on a “cyberpunk noir” novel by Richard K Morgan set 300 years in the future, Altered Carbon requires you to concentrate. New technology has allowed for human consciousness to be digitised, meaning that humans can theoretically live for ever by hopping from body to body. Now little more than a vessel, the bodies that carry us around are referred to, rather glibly, as sleeves.

At the heart of the story is Takeshi Kovacs (aka House of Cards’s Joel Kinnaman), an elite, interstellar warrior whose consciousness has been awakened for the first time in over 200 years and placed inside the body of a US soldier. The man who brought him back, aristocrat Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), has done so in order for Kovacs to solve his own murder…

Kinnaman was replaced by Avengers star Anthony Mackie in series two, and there’s a slightly-less-headscratching companion anime movie Altered Carbon: Resleeved to enjoy, too.

Watch on Netflix

Dark Tourist

Forget Wish You Were Here, this is no ordinary travel show. Kiwi journalist David Farrier (often referred to as New Zealand’s answer to Louis Theroux) travels to the world’s grimmest tourist destinations, seeking out the sinister hotspots that most of us would ignore.

He hops onto a tour tracing the footsteps of Charles Manson, visits a radiation-ravaged no-go zone in Fukushima and takes a meeting with Pablo Escobar’s former hitman in Colombia. He even visits the UK (a dubious honour in this instance), where he recreates a WWII battle in Maidstone and takes a phone call from notoriously violent prisoner Charles Bronson.

We’re not sure how much fun all of this is for poor David (he must have got so excited when Netflix offered him a travel show, only to grimace at the itinerary…) but it actually makes a great TV programme for the rest of us! Despite the macabre themes, it’s really an easy and pleasant watch.

Watch on Netflix

Patrie

Sometimes a TV series comes along and the whole world pays attention. That’s certainly how it felt when Homeland first arrived on our screens. It was the timely tale of troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathieson, played to great acclaim by Claire Danes, and Nicholas Brody, a US marine portrayed by our very own Damian Lewis. Carrie suspects Brody was turned by al-Qaeda during his time as a prisoner of war, and keeps a close eye on him – as a nation celebrates a war hero, is he actually plotting their demise? Or has Carrie got it all wrong?

The eighth and final season has just aired, and let’s face it, most of us have given up on it by now. But when it started it was stupendous – superbly scripted and wonderfully unpredictable. While Danes and Lewis put in powerhouse performances, the show is also elevated by a stellar supporting cast including Mandy Patinkin, David Harewood and Rupert Friend.

Watch on Netflix

Fargo

At first there were a few raised eyebrows: how would the classic Coen Brothers film work as a TV show? Would they ruin it? Then we watched it and felt an instant wave of relief – this series is nothing short of exceptional.

The “true” story of crime in Minnesota has three largely stand-alone series on Netflix, all of which are 100% worth your precious viewing time. Series one stars Sherlock’s Martin Freeman as a mild-mannered insurance salesman in a provincial Minnesota town. His life unravels after meeting a mysterious stranger played superbly by Billy Bob Thornton. The twists and turns keep you guessing right up to the end of this moody and intelligent drama.

Series two had a new cast including Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson. Set in March 1979 the story acts as a prequel to the first series and follows the complex story of the town during investigations of three murders. Meanwhile series three of Fargo stars Ewan McGregor in a dual-role as brothers Emmit and Ray.

Apart from the weirdness of hearing Martin Freeman do an American accent, this is near-perfect TV.

Watch on Netflix

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Sometimes we get so obsessed with all of the shiny new shows dropping in front of our eyes, we forget to look back at some of the all-time greats.

Monty Python, formed by titans of comedy including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, is a comedy troupe with sketches so silly that they are ultimately timeless. The cult series inspired a generation of comedians with skits including Dead Parrot, in which a pet shop owner tries to convince a customer that his pet bird is snoozing not deceased, and the Ministry of Silly Walks, which will have you crying with laughter with its surreal humour (it’s what John Cleese’s long limbs were made for). The impact of these series can still be felt today, and for all the new comedians launching onto the circuit every year, you’ll still be hard-pressed to find anyone funnier.

You’ll also know the Pythons for their films including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which are available to view too.

Watch on Netflix

Derry Girls

Lisa McGee’s inspired sitcom about a group of girls navigating teenage life during The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1990s explores the usual teen melodramas through the prism of an international conflict. No mean feat, but the balance of humour, heart and just the right amount of pathos is what made the show such a colossal hit for Channel 4 when it launched in 2018 – as well as a fantastic soundtrack. After all, just because adults are embroiled in political turmoil, it doesn’t stop young girls worrying about spots, boys and friendship dramas.

The haunting final scene of series one summed it all up. The much-talked-about ending juxtaposed the girls’ school talent show with their families watching breaking news on the TV, while the Cranberries’ Dreams played in the background – one of the TV moments of that year, it left many in tears.

Series one is available to view now.

Watch on Netflix

Flint Town

For every Making a Murderer and Fyre Festival series, there are tens of other fantastic documentaries tucked away on Netflix that we never quite get round to watching. This series is an incredible portrait of a town at breaking point. We see Flint in the American state of Michigan through the eyes of the city’s law enforcement, and the people they’re meant to protect, after a TV crew spent two years filming there. They went out with the police on jobs from 2015-2017 as Donald Trump was coming into power.

The citizens are at loggerheads with the police, who are just trying to do their jobs under increasingly challenging circumstances. It doesn’t help that there are only 98 cops for a city of 100,000 people. We witness water crises, poverty, systematic neglect, endless problems, and we’re left wondering how they can possibly turn this around. The eight-part series is a sobering insight into a troubled town that will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.

Watch on Netflix

The Thick of It

Armando Iannucci’s satire on modern British government is heralded as one of the best comedies of the modern age. And although politics in recent times has arguably moved beyond satire, there is still plenty to enjoy in this breathtakingly well-observed comedy, set in the fictional Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.

Don’t watch it with your grandma, though, or any small children. Former Time Lord Peter Capaldi plays an altogether different kind of doctor, the foul-mouthed king of spin Malcolm Tucker and the language is extremely strong. The character is inspired by Tony Blair’s advisor Alistair Campbell, who apparently finds the show hilarious. You’ll also spot comedian Chris Addison as junior policy advisor Ollie Reeder and Rebecca Front as an MP, Nicola Murray.

The Thick of It has gone on to inspire a film, an American version and the US comedy Veep, from the same creator. All four series of the original ground-breaking show are available to watch right now.

Watch on Netflix

The Movies That Made Us

Some films are entertaining, others are life-changing. Not just for the fans but for the cast and crew, who find themselves responsible for an iconic chapter in cinema history that touches millions of lives. This simple and fascinating series takes a look at some of the films that turned into box-office gold in the 1980s and 1990s, interviewing the people responsible for them. We’ll discover behind-the-scenes secrets, the moments that threatened to halt filming and the 11th-hour changes we never knew about as we take a trip down memory lane and see some of our favourite movies in a whole new light.

Avec Die Hard, Home Alone, Ghost Busters et Dirty Dancing all going under the microscope, this series celebrates some of the most beloved movies of a certain era. Of course you’ll want to make sure you’ve got access to the movie to watch afterwards, now that you know all the blood, sweat and tears that went into bringing it to screen!

Watch on Netflix

Le sorceleur

Henry Cavill in The Witcher (Netflix)

Henry Cavill in The Witcher (Netflix)

Ever since Game of Thrones has ended, people have been looking for the new Game of Thrones – and although almost any fantasy series that’s been made in the past few years has given itself this label, The Witcher has probably had one of the biggest impacts on the fantasy world.

Based on a series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher franchise was already developed for TV and was a very popular video game series before this Netflix adaptation – so it came with a ready-made fan base and weight of expectation.

Starring former Superman Henry Cavill as the titular monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, a gruff and taciturn swordsman hated and feared by the people he protects from supernatural beasties, it has been received well – and is certainly worth your time if you’re a lover of the fantasy genre.

Watch on Netflix

Marcella

When we heard that the creator of incredible Swedish series The Bridge, Hans Rosenfeldt, had written a new drama for ITV we were excited – a British twist on the Nordic noir genre sounded right up our street. And the result was just as dark, intricate and complex as we were hoping for.

Anna Friel stars as troubled female former detective Marcella Backland, who lives in London and suffers from violent black-outs. Apart from dealing with her mental health struggles, Marcella’s life is thrown into disarray when her husband leaves her and uproots their children’s lives in the process. She throws herself into work – returning to the police for the first time in 15 years to investigate an unsolved case when it appears a serial killer has become active again. With the weight of the world on her shoulders, it’s difficult for her to hide her woes from her colleagues – especially when her own life starts to interweave with the case.

Two seasons are available to view, with a third on its way.

Watch on Netflix

Whitechapel

Jack the Ripper’s old stamping ground becomes the scene of a modern-day crimewave in this grimly gothic whodunnit from 2013. Rupert Penry-Jones heads up a team of ‘tecs that includes Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton dealing with murders that replicate historical crimes. Series one focuses on a Ripper-esque copycat, with later outings centring on the Krays’ impact on east London, and the notorious Ratcliff Highway Murders. Bonkers but addictive.

Watch on Netflix

In the mood for a film? Check-out 50 of the best Netflix movies available now

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *