The Best British Shows on Netflix (2023)

One of the best things about the streaming era is the accessibility of shows from abroad. And no country has had a bigger impact on the American TV landscape than the United Kingdom. We’ve scoured the Netflix library for our favorite shows from Great Britain, whether they originally aired on UK channels like BBC and ITV or are Netflix originals set in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. From historical dramas and dark comedies to nature documentaries and our favorite baking competition, Netflix has a rich catalog of British TV shows. Here are our favorites, unranked.

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The Great British Baking Show

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Created by: Love Productions
Stars: Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding
Original Network: BBC

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Known across the pond as The Great British Bake-Off, the appeal of the wildly popular reality TV series—most seasons of which are now available on Netflix—is its refusal to go in for dramatic contrivances. Against Fox’s Gordon Ramsay-hosted properties, Chopped, even Top Chef, with their constant backbiting and broken dreams, the contestants on GBBS are sunny, mutually supportive amateurs (albeit extraordinarily skilled ones); in any given episode, the worst crisis is judge Paul Hollywood pressing a finger into a scone and pronouncing it “underbaked” (or literally pronouncing it “overwerked and oonderbaked”). Even with new hosts and new judge as the series moved to ITV from the BBC, GBBS remains a wonderful, inspiring, refreshing, whimsical and altogether happy series.—Matt Brennan and Allison Keene

The Crown

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Created by: Peter Morgan
Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jeremy Northam, Victoria Hamilton, Anton Lesser, Matthew Goode
Original Network: Netflix

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In its first two seasons, creator Peter Morgan’s lavish treatment of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II hinges on Claire Foy’s utterly captivating performance as the flinty monarch; the impeccable period detail; a sense of historical scope that outstrips its forebears, Morgan’s 2006 film The Queen and 2013 play The Audience. But to call The Crown simply “lavish” seems unfair. Rather, as time marches on from the early days of Elizabeth’s reign, we move into the Suez Crisis of 1956 and the Profumo affair of 1963. Through the series, its elaborate, thoughtful style and episodic structure fleshes out the supporting characters, including Elizabeth’s husband, Philip (Matt Smith), and sister, Margaret (standout Vanessa Kirby), by turning the focus away from the queen herself. It’s a surprisingly full-throated examination of Britain’s public life, and its public figures’ private ones.

The third and fourth installments of Netflix’s opulent celebration of the monarchy open in 1964 and romp through the following two decades. In an era of binge, Morgan’s historical drama continues to distinguish itself as a series devoted to episodic storytelling, almost acting like an anthology within itself. To that end, we’re introduced to a new cast to reflect the new timeframe: Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies is now Prince Philip, Margaret transforms into Helena Bonham Carter, and we are introduced to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), and eventually Diana, Princess of Wales (Emma Corrin).

The weight of the crown itself is felt throughout, mainly in how unhappy it makes all of these very privileged people who constantly consider “the life unlived.” Each of these serve as a brief glimpse of possibilities that are never allowed to materialize because of the realities of position and duty, but that sacrifice in the face of something greater becomes increasingly harder to defend as the years go on. But in this moment, Elizabeth is at a point where all she knows is that she must simply carry on. And so, indeed—as the series takes great pains to argue—must the crown. —Matt Brennan and Allison Keene

Outlander

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Created by: Ronald D. Moore
Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
Original Network: Starz

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Based on Diana Gabaldon’s immensely popular book series, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a nurse in 1940s England who, while on a holiday to Scotland, gets transported back through mystical stones to the 1740s. There, as she fights for survival and a way home, she meets a tall, dark and handsome Highlander name James Fraser, and the rest is history. Except that Outlander actually does a really wonderful job of tracking the couple’s place throughout history, providing tense, riveting and yes romantic storytelling along the way. The series’ truly wonderful cast is augmented to the stratosphere by its leads, whose chemistry will make you believe in love at first sight. Full of battles, political intrigue and gorgeous on every level, the show is a wonderfully cozy (and sexy) adventure. From its hauntingly beautiful theme song by Bear McCreary onwards, Outlander will transport you to its dangerous, surprising world as quickly as those magical stones. —Allison Keene

Bodyguard

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Created by: Jed Mercurio
Stars: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee, Sophie Rundle
Original Network: ITV

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In Jed Mercurio’s exquisite actioner, there are no rooftop chases, no ticking clocks, no fisticuffs with the villain’s henchmen. Instead, the six-part series finds suspense in watchful camerawork and careful pacing, and it’s this thorough control that makes Bodyguard worthy of your next TV obsession: It refuses shortcuts, rejects ellipses, until it approaches the effect of real time. Rather than treat this as a gimmick though, star Richard Madden and directors Thomas Vincent and John Strickland use the technique to create potent echoes of protagonist David Budd’s torturous vigilance, and indeed the nation’s. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, David receives an assignment to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), a rising political star with her eye on 10 Downing Street—and a reputation as a national security hardliner. The result is an ingenious layering of form atop function, all within the context of a taut political thriller: The series is less 24 or House of Cards than Homeland at its most momentous, stripped of all but its hero’s ability to see what others miss. —Matt Brennan

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Derry Girls

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Created by: Lisa McGee
Stars: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn
Original Network: Channel 4

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The lovely, silly, funny, and emotional Derry Girls is a brief series (each of its two seasons only run six episodes) focusing on a group of schoolgirls in Northern Ireland in the ‘90s, during the last days of the Troubles. But in Lisa McGee’s series, that darkness is relegated to the background. Instead, the more traditional teen conflicts of school life and being boy crazy take center stage, along with lots of incredibly specific language and jokes about both that region and that time (you will definitely want to watch with subtitles on). Derry Girls is a warm and funny time hop carried by a dreamy ‘90s playlist and the gigantic charisma of its wee leads. —Allison Keene

Bridgerton

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Created by: Chris Van Dusen
Stars: Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Polly Walker, Julie Andrews
Original Network: Netflix

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All hail Bridgerton, Netflix’s lush, swoony adaption of a set of romance novels. The thirsty series focuses on a London family with eight children, all of whom were blessed with good genes and five (or six?) of whom are currently of marriageable age. And thus, in this Regency-era setting, the game is afoot with the quippy, mysterious gossip Lady Whistledown as our guide. There are balls and rakes and other things that had a completely different meaning in the 1800s, but one thing that has not changed is how electrifying the buttoning of a glove or the slight touch of hands can be in the right context. The show also gets pretty explicit at times, but does so with a nearly revolutionary female gaze for a period drama. As such, it is as pearl-clutching as one can get (and not a show to watch with one’s family).

Although all of the Bridgerton siblings appear during the show’s eight episodes, the first season focuses primarily on eldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) as she enters society and attempts to secure a marriage proposal. Initially the talk of the town, her standing falls with the arrival of a beautiful newcomer, so to escape a loveless marriage with an unsavory man chosen for her by her eldest brother, Daphne strikes a deal with the extremely handsome and newly titled Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), a committed bachelor with twice the bodice-ripping hero energy any one man should possess. In a classic fake-dating scenario, the Duke pretends to court Daphne in order to raise her value in the marriage market, while their agreement keeps women from throwing themselves at him. It’s a win-win situation … until the two develop real feelings for one another, of course. Bridgerton isn’t perfect, but it’s a candy-colored, gloriously anachronistic romp that brings a new vivacity to bonnet dramas (leaving most of the bonnets aside, for one), and is great fun. —Allison Keene and Kaitlin Thomas

Merlin

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Created by: Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy
Stars: Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head
Original Network: BBC

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A lot of fantasy is based on existing myths, legends, and folklore, and although you might think you know the story of the famous King Arthur and Merlin, you’ve never seen it told quite like this before. The fan-favorite Merlin, which aired on the BBC from 2008 until 2012, is set in a version of Camelot in which magic has been outlawed. The story begins when Arthur Pendragon (Bradley James) and the wizard known as Merlin (Colin Morgan) are young men who cannot stand each other, but after the latter becomes the former’s personal servant, they put their issues aside and become fast friends. And this is a good thing for both men, since Merlin has to often use his gifts in secret to save Arthur—often without him knowing—so the latter can one day fulfill his destiny as the man who will restore magic to the kingdom. If you’re looking for a lighter fantasy show, this is a really good, quite fun option with plenty of bromance. —Kaitlin Thomas

Call the Midwife

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Created by: Heidi Thomas
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Bryony Hannah, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Laura Main, Judy Parfiti
Original Network: BBC

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“Midwifery is the very stuff of life” proves this incredibly moving, often provocative series, based on the memoirs of British nurse Jennifer Worth. Set in 1950s London—read: pre-choice, not pro-choice—Call the Midwife focuses on the nurses and nuns who work at a convent in the East End. Vanessa Redgrave narrates the experiences of Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), a privileged young woman who must quickly adapt to life in an impoverished district, where medical resources are precious and newborns are plentiful. Wonderfully meticulous in period detail, the ensemble drama brims with joy and compassion while maintaining a bracingly unromantic grip on pregnancy and parenthood. Disease, labor complications and tragedies like miscarriage, stillbirth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are common—along with domestic violence, rape and unwanted pregnancy—yet the show warms as many hearts as it breaks. Call it feminist, call it what you will, Call the Midwife is brave television. —Amanda Schurr

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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Created by and Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam
Original Network: BBC

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And now for something completely different! The British sketch comedy, which ran from 1969 to 1973, is so beloved that it’s since become the subject of questions on the British citizenship exam. Provocative, irreverent, and profoundly weird, its send-up of the isle’s culture and institutions—particularly the elite, educated class from which the troupe’s own members hailed—take merciless aim at authority in every conceivable form, all with a dash of surrealism and Terry Gilliam’s sublime animations. Its arrival on Netflix is nothing less than a godsend. —Matt Brennan

Sex Education

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Created by: Laurie Nunn
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells
Original Network: Netflix

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You’re an insecure, bright, sensitive teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) with a wildly uninhibited sex-guru mother (Gillian Anderson), an absentee dad (the epically hilarious James Purefoy), a chronically foot-in-mouth bully-magnet best friend, a limited social life and a clinically interesting fear of your own penis. You have a stealth crush on your school’s official Way Too Precocious girl, who’s hard up for money. So, naturally, you open a sex clinic for high-school students in an out-of-service school lavatory, right?

Of course you do.

Netflix’s Sex Education is a decidedly raunchy and thoroughly adorable coming-of-age dramedy. While it’s not exactly afraid of well-worn tropes, it also doesn’t rely on them to a detrimental degree… and it has Gillian Anderson as a sex therapist, which would be enough for a lot of us even if nothing else about the show worked. Luckily, that isn’t the case: A testament to the power of character development, the series is riveting. None of its superbly crafted characters waste a single frame. —Amy Glynn

The English Game

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Created by: Julian Fellowes, Tony Charles, Oliver Cotton
Stars: Edward Holcroft, Kevin Guthrie, Charlotte Hope, Niamh Walsh, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness
Original Network: Netflix

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The English Game arrives at a good time for two reasons. One, the 21st century has really been lacking in great sports movies that so dominated the 1980s and ‘90s. Two, sports are cancelled right now because of the spread of coronavirus. So why not settle in and watch some pale but fit English lads run around the pitch in what is essentially Chariots of Fire: The Series?

Taking place in the 1870s, the six-part miniseries (from Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes) introduces us to the true story of two players from opposing sides who will change the game in critical ways. The first, brashly handsome Arthur Kinnaird (Edward Holcroft ), has dominated the field for years playing for the Old Etonians—whose team has not only won four FA (Football Association) cups at this point, but who also double as FA board members and chairman. (You see the problems already). The second, Fergus Suter (Kevin Guthrie ), is a wee Scottish powerhouse who has been brought to play for Darwen FC, a northern mill-town club, before being wooed by Blackburn.

The larger question that The English Game tackles (pun partially intended) is one of inclusion. Who is this game for? It was crafted by wealthy Englishmen, but are they the future of it? We know they answer is “no,” but it’s something in the 1870s that was only just beginning to become clear. Fergus and Love—two of the best players in the game—are Scottish and working class. This is already revolutionary. But their play style is also evolving from the one the Old Etonians employ. Fergus encourages his teammates to move out farther and pass more, something we’ve seen Spanish players in just the last decade take to an exceptional art form.

The short run and miniseries format (one that is a true miniseries, with a very clear end) make The English Game an easy investment, and one that everyone can enjoy while under quarantine orders or beyond. But it’s also a story whose questions are still very relevant today (regarding hooliganism, playing for money versus pride, the role of amateur clubs). Its answers are, too. Who is the game for? That is clear enough: Anyone who loves it. When speaking of the growing numbers of supporters in the stands or those anxiously sitting at pubs waiting for scores, characters note again and again that it “gives them hope and pride and so much more.” And that’s what makes it not just The English Game, but the beautiful one.—Allison Keene

Our Planet

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Created by: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Colin Butfield
Narrated by: David Attenborough
Original Network: Netflix

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Coming from those who have helmed previous installments of the Planet Earth series, the engrossing Our Planet is specifically a call for conservation. The fantastic globe-trotting nature documentary keeps to a general pattern in each episode: introduce something wonderful, educate us about it, and then explain why it’s dying or being put in peril because of climate change. Our Planet holds back a little in terms of showing the demise of charismatic megafauna, a long-time staple of nature docs, because its desire is to make us feel connected enough to this planet to do something about the problems facing it (and ultimately us). But there is certainly plenty to make us feel queasy about the stakes. Though it is a little more overt in terms of an agenda than its Planet Earth (and Blue Planet) predecessors, Our Planet is similar in that it utilizes the most cutting-edge camera technology to capture this world in all of its splendor. It is absolutely breathtaking—and incredibly urgent. —Allison Keene

Crazyhead

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Created by: Howard Overman
Stars: Cara Theobold, Susan Wokoma, Lewis Reeves, Arinze Kene, Riann Steele, Luke Allen-Gale, Tony Curran, and Charlie Archer
Original Network: E4/Netflix

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Buried deep within Netflix’s library is the one-season gem Crazyhead. A horror-comedy from the creator of Misfits, the series stars Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma as Amy and Raquel, two strangers with the ability to see demons. They initially band together to help Amy save her roommate, who has become possessed. But they quickly find themselves caught in a much larger battle to save humanity from demons who want to bring about the end of the world. What makes the six-episode series stand apart from the rest of the save-the-day genre, though, is its high energy, unfiltered sense of humor, and two untrained heroines who barely know what they are doing from one moment to the next. It leads to a viewing experience that is familiar and yet unpredictable, but one that is always full of laughs. —Kaitlin Thomas

The End of the F—ing World

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Created by: Charlie Covell, Jonathan Entwistle, Lucy Tcherniak
Stars: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry, Barry Ward
Original Network: Channel 4/Netflix

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James (Alex Lawther) is 17 and kills enough small animals that he truly believes he’s a psychopath. Alyssa (Jessica Barden) is 17 and kills nothin—not that her words lack for trying. Both are unbelievably good at being at the wrong intensity levels for normal human interaction: Barden goes loud and acerbic, while Lawther shuts down so completely it’s hard to tell if he was born or simply emerged from Britain’s collective post-punk sigh, like a Promethean clay figure stirring from Athena’s breath. But The End of the F—ing World doesn’t want your morbid fascination. Or, unlike almost every other show with similar subject matter, it doesn’t want it to stay morbid. A show about a boy bent on killing his road trip partner as the two high schoolers run away from home sounds more like the grisly true-crime TV we’ve been groomed to enjoy since news channels realized fear, violence and tragedy attracted eyeballs. Yet the The End of the F—ing World gives the middle finger to this Nightcrawler-esque worldview, finding hope in a world of psychopaths, within the context of a TV landscape that loves them. —Jacob Oller

Last Tango in Halifax

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Created by: Sally Wainwright
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker
Original Network: BBC One / PBS

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On the surface, Last Tango in Halifax looks like a sweet but slight story of two British widowers who knew each other in childhood and who find each other again to rekindle a lost love. But the series is truly an engrossing ensemble drama with a witty and charming sense of humor, as it tells the sprawling story of a now-blended Yorkshire family and their many personal conflicts (and reconciliations). Sally Wainwright’s series can take soapy twists and turns, but it’s always anchored by outstanding performances from the four leads and a cozy sense of home (home meaning either the posh side of the family or the farmer side, depending). Last Tango in Halifax is an easy and comforting binge-watch. —Allison Keene

Giri/Haji

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Created by: Joe Barton
Stars: Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Y?suke Kubozuka, Will Sharpe
Original Network: BBC Two

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BBC Two’s Giri / Haji, available in the U.S. via Netflix, is one of the best surprises we’ve had in a while. The international thriller starts when a Tokyo detective, Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira), is tasked by a prominent Yakuza crime family—in conjunction with the police force—to secretly go to London in search of his brother Yuto (Yosuke Kubozuka ), who he thought died a year ago. The hope is that bringing Yuto back will stop a sprawling war that he helped kickstart among the Yakuza factions. But like Kenzo’s investigation into Yuto’s disappearance and faked death, Giri /Haji is full of unexpected twists, not just in its narrative but in its form. It’s dark and violent at times, but also funny and full of heart. At the center of the story is the tale of two brothers, yet it’s also about forged family and discovering the truth about one’s self. The gang war is the framework for the story, which plays out in many ways like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (as far as a variety of different crime bosses all marching toward one another); and yet, one of its most moving scenes takes place during a quiet, makeshift Yom Kippur dinner regarding atonement.

The series is just frankly stunning. And crucially, funny. Though it would be wonderful to spend more time in this world with a second season, there is a palpable and beautiful sense of healing that has ended this one. —Allison Keene

Peaky Blinders

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Created by: Steven Knight
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg
Original Network: BBC

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Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill star in this rock ’n‘ roll gangster drama set in 1919 in the West Midlands industrial city of Birmingham (music from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and the White Stripes adds a modern touch to the period proceedings). Murphy is a soldier-turned-ambitious kingpin of the Shelby crime family. Neill is the equally ruthless inspector out to dismantle his organization, who enlists a lovely mole (Annabelle Wallis, also of Fleming) to aid his campaign. (Tom Hardy joins the cast in the second season.) As the steely, azure-eyed Tommy Shelby, Murphy brings his trademark quiet intensity to a multidimensional antihero, one of several thoughtful characterizations in the Shelby clan. As for the gang’s/ show’s namesake, picture razor blades sewn into the brim of its wearers’ caps and you’ll get the head-butting, eye-gouging extent of Peaky Blinders’ viciousness. —Amanda Schurr

Black Mirror

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Created by: Charlie Brooker
Original Network: Channel 4 (UK)

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There are probably times in most of our lives when we see our technological world as more of a dystopia than a utopia. The way it curbs our freedom, diminishes our privacy, and subjects us to anonymous attacks can feel like an unforgivable violation. But the worst part is, we’re complicit—we’ve accepted the intrusion, and in some cases, or even most cases, we’ve become addicted. The ubiquity of technology is a reality that we can’t fight against, and to maintain our sanity, we have to accept it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth questioning, which is exactly what Black Mirror is all about. The title is nearly perfect, as explained by creator Charlie Brooker: “The black mirror of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.” The job of this show is to reflect our society in an unflattering light, and they do it with a new cast and a new story in each episode. This is not fun watching—it’s mostly horrifying—but even if our brave new world is inescapable, the show represents a kind of protest that feels more necessary than ever. —Shane Ryan

Flowers

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Created by: Will Sharpe
Stars: Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt, Daniel Rigby, Sophia Di Martino, Will Sharpe
Original Network: Channel 4 / Seeso

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The dark, bizarre, hilarious, and deeply emotional series Flowers is nothing like what you might expect. Styled initially as dark British comedy (which begins with a thwarted suicide that’s played with sighing resignation), Sharpe’s alternatively dreamy and nightmarish series follows the exploits of a family whose members are all on the brink of a breakdown (and more often than not cross over). Flowers is about the kind of darkness that follows you like a shadow, and the various ways it can manifest. It sounds like a slog, but it isn’t in even the slightest. With its stunning cast, Flowers is an extraordinary work, deeply touching and mysterious, working like a fever dream to explain what goes on in our minds and how we manage to carry on. It can be challenging—the Japanese-English Sharpe plays what feels like a racial caricature—and yet, it’s all part of his strange take on otherness and finding one’s place in a world that seems built for other people. —Allison Keene

Collateral

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Created by: David Hare
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, John Simm, Billie Piper, Hayley Squires
Original Network: BBC Two

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The four-episode UK prestige crime series takes place in London over the course of four days, after the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Academy Award-nominee Carey Mulligan plays Kip Glaspie, a detective inspector who refuses to accept this killing as a simple random murder and seeks out the darker truth hidden in the shadows. There are also a host of political, racial, and social implications to the murder that are all given full consideration by the whip-smart dialogue, elevating this series into a thoughtful, compelling work. —Mike Mudano and Allison Keene

Top Boy

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Created by: Ronan Bennett
Stars: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Micheal Ward, Shone Romulus, Malcolm Kamulete, David Omoregie
Original Network: Channel 4

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What do you get when an alleged former IRA bomber from the Falls Road in Belfast (who spent time in the infamous Long Kesh prison on charges of murder) becomes a respected novelist and, in his 50s, creates a TV show based on gang culture in East London? This singular biography, belonging to Ronan Bennett, yields up Top Boy, the UK’s slightly less ambitious answer to The Wire. The first two seasons debuted in 2011 and 2013, making the show’s return one of the most unlikely TV events in recent memory. This is more than welcome—amidst the stifling realism and cruelty of the fictional Summerhouse estates, there is poetry (like The Wire, the patois is a delight) and vulnerable humanity, subject always to the grinding machinery of systemic violence. Sharon Duncan-Brewster is excellent as Lisa, the resilient mother of Ra’Nell, who was the star until the creators realized what they had in Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson, two real-life rappers who are spectacular as Dushane and Sully—friends and enemies fighting for oxygen and power in a world that is loath to give up either for very long.—Shane Ryan

The Last Kingdom

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Created by: Bernard Cornwell, Nick Murphy
Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Toby Regbo, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann, Emily Cox, Adrian Bower
Original Network: BBC Two

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Set in the 9th and 10th centuries when a united England was just a dream, The Last Kingdom was based on Bernard Cornwell’s historical fiction series, The Saxon Stories, following Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the son one of the seven kingdoms of the Heptarchy, who is captured as a boy and raised by Danish Vikings. Originally produced for BBC Two, Netflix picked the series up after two seasons, continuing the story through book 8 of the series (the 13th book, War Lord is due for publication in fall of 2020). Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is pulled in two directions by his loyalties to his Danish adoptive brother Ragnar the Younger (Tobias Santelmann) and the Saxon ruler of Wessex, King Alfred (David Dawson), who has promised to restore him to Bamburgh Castle. It’s a gripping tale of politics and war that should scratch that Game of Thrones itch without the magic and weird choices for late-series character development. Netflix has renewed the show for a fifth series, scheduled for a late-2021 release. —Josh Jackson

Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father

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Created by: Jack Whitehall
Stars: Jack and Michael Whitehall
Original Network: Netflix

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A travel series that highlights different countries and cultures around the world and delivers plenty of laughs along the way? That’s Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father, a travel/road trip docuseries that ran for five seasons. In many ways the show is an excuse for the popular English comedian to spend more time with his father while experiencing what he describes as a delayed gap year. But while Jack thrives in experiencing authenticity in his travels, his father, former producer and talent agent Michael Whitehall, is in his late 70s in the first season and does not like to travel at all. He is very much the straight man to his son, and the result is a memorable addition to the travel show genre that sees the duo visit Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Western United States, and Australia. —Kaitlin Thomas


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  • Big Mouth. Created by: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin.
7 Oct 2022

What are the top 3 most watched shows on Netflix? ›

Watched for 25.94 million hours this week. Watched for 24.62 million hours this week.
...
Most Popular TV (English)
#TV (English)Hours viewed in first 28 days
1Stranger Things 41,352,090,000
2DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story856,220,000
3Bridgerton: Season 2656,260,000
4Bridgerton: Season 1625,490,000
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What is the most viewed series 2022? ›

In viewers, CBS' “FBI” is the most-watched entertainment show, attracting 8.6 million on average, followed by “Chicago Fire,” “NCIS” (CBS), “The Equalizer” (CBS), “Young Sheldon” (CBS), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Ghosts” (CBS), “Chicago P.D.” and “Blue Bloods” (CBS).

What is the most liked on Netflix? ›

Most Favorites
  • Elite.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
  • Never Have I Ever.
  • Dead to Me.
  • Master of None.
  • Ride or Die.
  • Your Name Engraved Herein.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

What is the number 1 in Netflix? ›

The Lincoln Lawyer

What is the most watched on Netflix ever? ›

Netflix's most watched movies, ranked

Don't Look Up, a dark comedy with a star-packed cast -- 359.8 million hours. Bird Box, a post-apocalyptic movie starring Sandra Bullock -- 282 million hours. The Gray Man, a CIA action thriller -- 253.9 million hours.

What is hot on Netflix? ›

Popular on Netflix
  • Manifest.
  • Stranger Things.
  • Breaking Bad.
  • Dead to Me.
  • The Walking Dead.
  • Orange Is the New Black.
  • Lost in Space.
  • Squid Game.

What should I be watching 2022? ›

2022 TV shows

Lord of the Rings, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Paper Girls, Andor, She-Hulk, Halo, The Sandman, Ms. Marvel and more make their debut, while Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Boys, Westworld and Bridgerton return.

What should I watch on Netflix October 2022? ›

Every new movie and show added to Netflix this past week
  • Franco Escamilla: Eavesdropping (October 23)
  • The Chalk Line (October 24)
  • Barbie Epic Road Trip (October 25)
  • Blade of the 47 Ronin (October 25)
  • Fortune Feimster: Good Fortune (October 25)
  • Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities (October 25)
29 Oct 2022

What are the top 10 things on Netflix right now? ›

  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
  • Enola Holmes 2 (2022)
  • Capturing the Killer Nurse (2022)
  • The Bad Guys (2022)
  • Falling for Christmas (2022)
  • R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned (2022)
  • The Wonder (2022)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
6 days ago

Which English drama is best? ›

Top 50 Drama TV Shows
  1. The Crown (2016– ) TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History. ...
  2. 1899 (2022– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Horror. ...
  3. Yellowstone (2018– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Western. ...
  4. The White Lotus (2021–2022) ...
  5. Andor (2022– ) ...
  6. The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  7. The Peripheral (2022– ) ...
  8. The English (2022– )

What is the longest running British TV series? ›

Running
No. of broadcast years (after year of first broadcast)TitleAiring between
40Countdown1982–present
38BBC News at Six1984–present
37EastEnders1985–present
36Casualty1986–present
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Is US Netflix better than UK? ›

The US Netflix has the largest list of titles with a total of 5,600 items on the list. You can find different popular shows and bestselling movies that you can't find on other platforms and with good quality. It can also boast about the number of TV shows compared to the UK list of shows.

What are the top 5 most watched shows on Netflix? ›

The biggest shows on Netflix around the world
  • The Crown: Season 5 — 107.3 million hours viewed.
  • Manifest: Season 4 — 74.7 million hours viewed.
  • Love is Blind: Season 3 — 47.2 million hours viewed.
  • Manifest: Season 1 — 41.9 million hours viewed.
  • From Scratch — 31.3 million hours viewed.
16 Nov 2022

What is the Top 10 series of all time? ›

Top 10 Best TV Series of All Time:
  1. BREAKING BAD. Average Rating: 9.7/10.
  2. PLANET EARTH. Average Rating: 9.5/10.
  3. THE BLUE PLANET. Average Rating: 9.5/10.
  4. THE SOPRANOS. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
  5. THE WIRE. Average Rating: 9.3/10.
  6. BETTER CALL SAUL. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
  7. RICK AND MORTY. Average Rating: 9.1/10.
  8. GAME OF THRONES.
13 Nov 2022

Which is the No 1 series in Netflix 2022? ›

TOP TV Shows on Netflix in 2022
1.All of Us are Dead1,107
2.Stranger Things1,084
3.Business Proposal795
4.Money Heist694
5.Manifest601
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What's the best on Netflix 2022? ›

TOP Movies on Netflix in 2022
  • The Tinder Swindler. 22,708.
  • The Adam Project. 22,319.
  • The Sea Beast. 21,596.
  • Don't Look Up. 20,916.
  • The Gray Man. 20,068.
  • Purple Hearts. 19,160.
  • The Man From Toronto. 19,081.
  • Hustle. 18,398.

What is the most liked show on Netflix 2022? ›

Most Popular Shows on Netflix in 2022 (So Far)
  1. Stranger Things. Points in Top 10s: 43,702. ...
  2. Inventing Anna. Points in Top 10s: 33,706. ...
  3. Bridgerton. Points in Top 10s: 29,995. ...
  4. All Of Us Are Dead. Points in Top 10s: 33,706. ...
  5. Café con aroma de mujer. Points in Top 10s: 33,706. ...
  6. Ozark. ...
  7. Yo soy Betty la fea. ...
  8. Business Proposal.
21 Jul 2022

What was number 1 on Netflix the longest? ›

TOP 10 on Netflix in the World with the longest streak
1.Squid Game53 days
160.Sky High4 days
161.Santana4 days
162.Archive 814 days
163.The Last Days of American Crime
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Where is Netflix most popular? ›

The United States is not only the place where Netflix got its start as a DVD rental service in 1997, but the country also remains Netflix's largest market now that the company has evolved into the most popular SVOD platform worldwide. According to the company's latest filings, the.

What is the most watched show of all time? ›

Most watched broadcasts of all time

Super Bowl XLIX, with 114.4 million viewers, is number one.

What's new on Netflix for adults? ›

We'll update this as Netflix continues to add new original films to the streaming service.
  • The Wonder. Release Date: November 16, 2022. ...
  • My Father's Dragon. Release Date: November 11, 2022. ...
  • Falling For Christmas. ...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front. ...
  • Enola Holmes 2. ...
  • The Good Nurse. ...
  • The School of Good and Evil. ...
  • The Stranger.
6 days ago

How do I find the secret menu on Netflix? ›

Netflix secret codes to unlock hidden genres
  1. Action & Adventure: 1365.
  2. Action Comedies: 43040.
  3. Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568.
  4. Action Thrillers: 43048.
  5. Adult Animation: 11881.
  6. Adventures: 7442.
  7. African Movies: 3761.
  8. Alien Sci-Fi: 3327.
22 Feb 2022

How do you find hidden stuff on Netflix? ›

At the top of the Netflix home screen, you should see a new option -- Browse All -- next to My List. Click that to search manually or scroll through the subgenres available. Use the code 5475 and you'll unlock a trove of romantic comedies on Netflix. Another way is through the Netflix codes website.

What is the most trending series right now? ›

TV Series (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. The Crown (2016– ) TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History. ...
  2. 1899 (2022– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Horror. ...
  3. Yellowstone (2018– ) ...
  4. The White Lotus (2021–2022) ...
  5. Andor (2022– ) ...
  6. The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  7. The Peripheral (2022– ) ...
  8. Tulsa King (2022– )

What did Netflix remove 2022? ›

'Clueless,' 'Knight Rider,' and 'The Color Purple' are among the titles leaving Netflix in November 2022.

What should I watch on Netflix November 2022? ›

Nov. 1
  • Gabby's Dollhouse, Season 6.
  • The Takeover.
  • Young Royals, Season 2.
  • The Final Score.
  • Killer Sally.
  • Blockbuster.
  • The Dragon Prince, Season 4.
  • Panayotis Pascot: Almost.

What should I watch on Netflix in May 2022? ›

Here are the Netflix originals coming in May 2022
  • Available May 2. Octonauts: Above & Beyond: Season 2.
  • Available May 3. Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive.
  • Available May 4. 40 Years Young. ...
  • Available May 5. Blood Sisters. ...
  • Available May 6. Along for the Ride. ...
  • Available May 8. Christina P: Mom Genes.
  • Available May 9. ...
  • Available May 10.
28 Apr 2022

What's the latest Netflix series? ›

New Releases
  • Wednesday.
  • 1899.
  • Dead to Me.
  • Elite.
  • Slumberland.
  • Blood, Sex & Royalty.
  • Christmas with You.
  • The Cuphead Show!

What is the most popular drama in Netflix? ›

The Best Drama Shows on Netflix Right Now
  • Money Heist (2017-2021)
  • The Queen's Gambit (2020)
  • Ozark (2017-2022)
  • Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
  • Mindhunter (2017-2019)
  • Maniac (2018)
  • The Crown (2016-present)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
4 Nov 2022

What is the best British comedy of all time? ›

This page lists the top 50 British sitcoms, as determined by a 2004 BBC television poll.
  • Only Fools And Horses. Image shows from L to R: Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del (David Jason), Grandad (Lennard Pearce). ...
  • Blackadder. ...
  • The Vicar Of Dibley. ...
  • Dad's Army. ...
  • Fawlty Towers. ...
  • Yes Minister. ...
  • Porridge. ...
  • Open All Hours.

What should I watch to be fluent in English? ›

Here are my picks for the ten best TV shows to learn English with.
  • Friends. A little piece of us all died when Friends ended in 2004 after 10 years on the air. ...
  • Game of Thrones. ...
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians. ...
  • Sex and the City. ...
  • House of Cards. ...
  • Sherlock. ...
  • The Simpsons. ...
  • Home and Away.
19 Aug 2016

What British show has the most episodes? ›

1. Panorama - 63 (1953 to present) The world's longest current affairs programme is also the UK's longest show ever.

What show has the most seasons? ›

The Simpsons

What is the longest TV episode ever made? ›

Unless you count Sense8's 152-minute finale, which originally aired as a standalone movie, or Norway's “Slow TV” phenomenon, (real-time, marathon broadcasts of train rides, knitting contests, and fishing outings that draw surprisingly robust ratings), that may make it the longest single television episode ever made.

What UK Netflix has that US doesn t? ›

Content exclusive to Netflix UK & Ireland
  • Fierce Creatures.
  • Guest House Paradiso.
  • Thunderbirds.
  • Mikybo & Me.
  • Waist Deep.
  • War Games.
  • Cry Baby.
  • Mallrats.

What American Netflix has that UK doesn t? ›

Some of those shows may be available in other regions, but US-only Netflix titles include the corny Steven Seagal thriller Under Siege, Rain Man, the excellent What's Eating Gilbert Grape, the ever-entertaining 30 Rock, and the somewhat forgotten Julia Roberts classic 80s rom-com Mystic Pizza.

What's on UK Netflix that's not on us? ›

Here's the list of the best UK Netflix shows that are not available in the US.
  • The Office (US) Genre: Comedy | Episodes: 188 | IMDb: 8.9. ...
  • Rick and Morty. Genre: Adventure, Comedy | Episodes: 42 | IMDb: 9.2. ...
  • Orphan Black (2013) ...
  • Line of Duty (2012) ...
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. ...
  • Unforgotten. ...
  • Misfits. ...
  • Star Trek: Discovery.
24 May 2021

What is the most watched series in the UK? ›

TV Series, United Kingdom (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019) TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  2. Doctor Who (2005– ) ...
  3. The Crown (2016– ) ...
  4. Gangs of London (2020– ) ...
  5. Peaky Blinders (2013–2022) ...
  6. The Devil's Hour (2022– ) ...
  7. Bad Sisters (2022– ) ...
  8. Derry Girls (2018–2022)

Which is the best series to watch to improve English? ›

10 best TV shows to learn English with
  • Friends. A little piece of us all died when Friends ended in 2004 after 10 years on the air. ...
  • Game of Thrones. ...
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians. ...
  • Sex and the City. ...
  • House of Cards. ...
  • Sherlock. ...
  • The Simpsons. ...
  • Home and Away.
19 Aug 2016

What is the best British drama? ›

10 Best British Dramas
  • 10/10 Killing Eve Is A Spy-Thriller With A Twist.
  • 9/10 Luther Adds Psychological Elements To Detective Shows.
  • 8/10 Downton Abbey Is An Enthralling Historical Drama.
  • 7/10 Fleabag Is Not Only Hilarious, But It's Also Profound.
  • 6/10 Peaky Blinders Tries To Make Period Dramas More Authentic.
9 Nov 2022

Which series overtook Britain as Netflix's most watched show? ›

Squid Game has become Netflix's biggest series launch, with 111 million viewers in the first 28 days, according to the streaming giant. The dystopian show has now overtaken the raunchy period drama Bridgerton, which was watched by 82 million households in its first month.

Which series has highest rating? ›

TV Series, Rating Count at least 100,000 (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)
  1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013) ...
  2. The Heroes (2008– ) ...
  3. Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020) ...
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008) ...
  5. The Wire (2002–2008) ...
  6. Aspirants (2021– ) ...
  7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019) ...
  8. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

What is the number 1 series of all time? ›

Breaking Bad is the best-rated TV Series of all time. The show follows an underachieving high school chemistry teacher (played by Bryan Cranston) who receives a lung cancer diagnosis around his 50th birthday.

Which series is best for knowledge? ›

Here are a few popular TV shows that are great for when you want to learn something new.
  1. Criminal Minds. "You're going to need a warrant for that." ...
  2. House of Cards. Let's be honest, we might not have all known what the Electoral College did before this show. ...
  3. Bones. ...
  4. Lost. ...
  5. Shark Tank. ...
  6. Chopped. ...
  7. The Daily Show. ...
  8. Myth Busters.
8 Jul 2015

What should I watch on Netflix in English? ›

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  • Downton Abbey.
  • The Witcher.
  • Sex Education.
  • 13 Reasons Why.
  • Stranger Things.
  • Insatiable.
  • Lost in Space.
  • Vikings.

What should I watch English series? ›

Contents
  • 1. “ Doctor Who” (1963-present)
  • 2. “ Sherlock” (2010-2017)
  • 3. “ Black Mirror” (2011-present)
  • 4. “ Sex Education” (2019-present)
  • 5. “ Line of Duty” (2012-2021)
  • 6. “ Dracula” (2020)
  • 7. “ Downtown Abbey” (2010-2015)
  • 8. “ Peaky Blinders” (2013-2022)
3 Sept 2022

What British drama is on Netflix? ›

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  • The Crown.
  • Ancient Apocalypse.
  • Peaky Blinders.
  • Free Rein.
  • The Last Kingdom.
  • Sex Education.
  • Man Vs Bee.
  • Top Boy.

What is the most watched British comedy? ›

1. Only Fools And Horses. Sitcom about two market traders, Del Boy and his brother Rodney.

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