Get back from your Sunday afternoon winter-walk, pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a blanket and curl up on the sofa with one of these fabulous boxsets on Netflix.
All the programmes listed here are available on Netflix UK as of November 2017. I have checked to make sure the programmes included have all seasons available, otherwise you’ll start watching something and then have to find three seasons elsewhere – which is why I haven’t watched Peaky Blinders yet because only half of it is on Netflix.
I’ve tried to keep it diverse so it’s not all the same type of programme and although there are quite a few Netflix originals on here, I’ve also included standard television programmes as well.
House of Cards
Here’s a show that’s been in the news a lot recently – for all the wrong reasons. It is now rumoured that production of the latest series has continued and will be available on Netflix soon but, it’s still not certain whether there’ll be anymore after that.
Based on a novel, the show follows the life of fictional Congressman Frank Underwood in his quest for power. There’s a lot of manipulation, back-hand deals and breaking the fourth wall with snide little comments from Underwood throughout and plenty of confrontations to keep you on your toes.
What can I say? Hilarious, terrifying, mysterious and infuriating. Sherlock will seriously keep you on your toes. For me, it was one of those shows that I always meant to watch but because I missed it from the start all those years ago, I’d never seen it. However, now the first three seasons are available on Netflix, it’s terribly easy to binge watch it. And whilst you’re doing that, you can feel smug that those who watched it from the start had to wait 2 years between each series!
This modern version of the Sherlock Holmes stories sees the detective updated with mobile phones, guns and the underground. There’s all the usual suspects – Mycroft, Watson, Irene Adler and more, with some classic Holmes stories like Hound of the Baskervilles thrown in. Oh and there’s an added bonus in that one year they did a Christmas special and that’s actually set when the original stories were written.
I should mention that the most reason episodes – namely series 4, are missing from Netflix so far but, since it’s been nearly a year since their release, they should be added soon.
Orange Is The New Black
Another Netflix original, this series follows an American woman who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s minimum-security prison for smuggling drugs for her girlfriend. Piper is quite a classy woman and at first struggles to fit in with some of the other women in the prison. The show focuses a lot on the reasons why the prisoners are there, with flashbacks to help illustrate this, as well as the relationships and friendships built between the inmates, any conflicts they have as well as life in the prison in terms of health, overcrowding and ethical issues.
13 Reasons Why
After a high school student kills herself, a series of cassette tapes appears, where she explains to thirteen people, why they are one of the reasons that she took her own life. A gripping, heart-wrenching story, this Netflix original series consists of thirteen episodes. Be prepared as there’s mature content, this series deals with a lot of serious issues such as suicide, mental health problems and rape. It’s not a very cheerful series but, it’s worth a watch and makes you re-evaluate things in your life slightly and appreciate those around you. Don’t worry, there are some humorous moments.
With the second series of this stunning Netflix programme on the way in just 2 weeks, I couldn’t be more excited. This show follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the first series included the death of her father and her early marriage to Prince Phillip. There’s conflict – within her family, marriage, government and country, political crisis, love, hatred, scandals and more. The series is expected to have another couple of seasons in the works, with the actors for the main cast being changed up after series 2 due to how much time will have passed.
It’s tense, but it’s also amusing at times, with stunning sets, backing music and fantastic acting. Series 2 is available from 8th December.
Yet another Netflix original – I will include some other programmes as well I promise, I couldn’t leave this one out though. This show has it all, it’s sci-fi, jump-scares, it’s an investigative drama with some light horror thrown in, with lots of pop culture references since it’s set in the 1980’s. They’ve already planned another couple of seasons but for now, there’s two seasons on Netflix to get your teeth stuck into.
Tense at times and hilarious all the time, this series follows a team of (mostly) geniuses as they work with the government to solve serious problems such as missing nuclear submarines. They usually have about 5 minutes, a chicken and a cup and need to save the world. There’s secrets, romance, detective work and a hell of a lot of nerdiness. Oh, and forgive the CGI because it really does suck.
The first three seasons are currently on Netflix, and for UK viewers, the fourth season is currently being shown on ITV2.
This one’s quite a long one, with 65 episodes altogether, but they’re all there on Netflix and definitely worth a watch. Most people have heard at least some Arthurian legend and this British drama is the perfect mix of adventure and fantasy. It follows the life of the young wizard Merlin as he slows works on improving his magic and learns of his destiny to protect Arthur, there’s Guinevere, Morgana, King Luther, Lancelot, Mordred of course and more.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be able to talk about King Arthur next time you’re at a dinner party.
War and Peace
Originally a six-part series on BBC One, Netflix have listed this 2016 adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace novel as three episodes. They’re long and can be heavy going at times, it’s not one of those programmes you immediately fall in love with, but after a while you’ll be hooked. This epic saga follows the lives of several aristocrats in Russia during the time when Napoleon had his eyes on invading Russia. There’s swanky parties, battles, lots of death and plenty of romance and Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are absolutely fantastic in the starring roles.
What can I say? It’s British, it’s classic, it’s sci-fi/nerdy goodness. Each story has a moral to it and there’s lots of tense moments and laughs along the way. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, this show follows the life and adventures of a Time Lord – “The Doctor”, as he travels through time and space picking up chicks. This show has a series cult following and is a mainstay of British popular culture. With several tongue-in-cheek gags per episode and lots of awkwardness on the Doctor’s part, it’s hard not to have a giggle when you’re not hiding behind the sofa from the aliens.
Seasons 9 and 10 aren’t currently on Netflix as they’re still quite recent but, hopefully it won’t be much longer! In the meantime, there’s 8 seasons worth on there to get stuck into.