If you’re tired of scrolling through the seemingly endless list of shows on Netflix to figure out what to watch, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best shows on Netflix in the UK. If you fancy watching a movie, see the best movies on Netflix UK instead.
Note that the shows – and films – on offer on Netflix UK may differ from the selection available to US subscribers, but you can still watch US Netflix from the UK.
Assuming you’re sticking with the UK edition, there are scores of TV shows to choose from. We’ve taken the hard work out of deciding to watch, so sit back and work your way through our choice of the best TV shows on Netflix in the UK.
All information is correct at time of writing, but the availability of these shows is subject to change as Netflix adds and removes shows regularly.
Meet your new favourite animated comedy about a depressed actor in the twilight of his career, crippled by alcoholism and self-destructive tendencies, who also just so happens to be a horse.
This bleak animation hides its dark side under cutesy animation and a taste for silly animal puns, but make no mistake: this is not an upbeat show. Lead character BoJack (Will Arnett) is a former sitcom star trying to keep his career (and personal relationships) afloat while battling his worst enemy: himself.
BoJack Horseman veers between sharp satire of the inner workings of Hollywood, incessantly silly in-jokes, and surprisingly touching, genuine commentary on mental health and addiction.
Speaking of addiction, next up is Breaking Bad, arguably the best TV show ever made about drugs and the dark industry around them.
Bryan Cranston was almost unrecognisable when he first appeared as chemistry teacher turned drug dealer Walter White, but the show has made his name as a dramatic actor following his early comedic career.
Sprawling and operatic, across its five seasons Breaking Bad charts Walt’s descent into the criminal underworld of Arizona, along with the relationships he makes (and breaks) along the way. It’s pioneering, groundbreaking TV, unafraid to take massive creative risks.
Oh, and if you make it to the end, be sure to check out Better Call Saul, the prequel spin-off that’s already a worthy rival to the original.
Two seasons in and Stranger Things is already a worldwide phenomenon, and arguably the most successful original series Netflix has ever made.
Set in the ’80s and taking obvious homage from that decades biggest horror and sci-fi hit, the show follows a group of young friends in Hawkins, Indiana who stumble across a mystery that involves a secret government lab, a strange young girl, and a terrifying monster from a world known only as the Upside Down.
With season three on the way, now’s the time to jump in and catch up if you haven’t yet. And if you’re already a fan, make sure to check out our round-up of all the news ahead of Stranger Things season three.
A show that needs no introduction (though then we wouldn’t have very much to write here…), Sherlock is the BBC’s latest and greatest adaptation of the iconic detective stories.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, this series, set in the modern day, adapts the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories in some very smart ways, updating them for today’s tech and storytelling sensibilities.
Right now Netflix has the first three series, including the Abominable Bride special, but not the most recent fourth season.
Rick and Morty
Just like BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty is a cartoon that is very much not for kids. However, where BoJack is serious, Rick and Morty is deeply, deeply silly, tackling even its heaviest themes with tongue firmly in cheek.
Originally planned as a Back to the Future parody, the show follows Morty as he travels the multiverse with his mad scientist grandad Rick, who is a less-than-responsible parental influence.
The show is crude, rude, and packed with references, but is also surprisingly smart, building in layers of references and occasionally even some real science. It’s also the cause of all that irritating fuss over McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, but try not to hold that against it.
Making a Murderer
Netflix doesn’t just make fiction, and one of it’s absolute best original shows is the documentary series Making a Murderer.
The show follows the story of Steven Avery, who spent years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, only to get out and almost immediately be arrested again – for another murder.
Over its 10-episode run the series painstakingly unpacks the evidence in both investigations, encouraging the audience to question the evidence both for and against Avery’s guilt.
The series was so influential that it’s actually prompted new developments in Avery’s case, which the filmmakers will explore further in an upcoming second series.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Friends, which made waves when it first appeared on Netflix UK recently.
The iconic ’90s sitcom has arrived on the streaming service in its entirety, giving us over 200 episode across 10 seasons to binge to our hearts’ content.
Whether or not you think it’s one of the best comedies of all time, its popularity is inarguable, and for plenty of people it remains a warm comfort blanket of a show, perfect for lazy hungover mornings nationwide.
After launching on Channel 4 way back when, Black Mirror has only expanded with its move to Netflix, bringing with it bigger stars, crazier stories, and twice as many episodes each season.
Unfailingly dark, this series from British writer Charlie Brooker looks at the future through the lens of modern technology, each time imagining the worst possible direction a current technological trend could go in, usually to crushing effect.
It’s an anthology series, which means there’s no over-arching plot to follow, and you can dip in and out of seasons as you please. That also means the quality can be up and down, but the show’s finest moments are more than the worth the time it takes to find them.
A fifth season is on the way, so keep an eye on our Black Mirror news round-up for the latest.
When Marvel decided to expand its hugely popular films to the smaller screen, it made the wise decision to partner with Netflix for a handful of them, spinning off four of its characters into their own gritty corner of New York: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
Daredevil was the first to arrive, and its opening season remains among the finest of any of the shows – and certainly much better than the messy crossover series The Defenders.
This is worlds away from the glossy Avengers movies, with death, drugs, and destruction across a dimly lit Hell’s Kitchen, but there are bright spots too. Once you’re done her, move onto Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, which are just as great.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Imagine Friends. But all the friends are the alcoholic owners Philadelphia bar. And also the worst people in the world. And also one of them is Danny DeVito. That’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Now twelve seasons in (!) the show has never lapsed in quality, all the way skewering the American Dream through its ragtag group of absolute nightmares, perpetually looking out for number one no matter the cost.
The show puts its stars through the absolute ringer, but somehow they almost always deserve it, and serves as absolute proof that as long as your writing is sharp enough, your characters being ‘unlikeable’ needn’t get in the way of anything.