There’s no worse feeling in the world than the despair you feel after you finish your favourite show on Netflix. We’ve all been there.
You’ve been through an emotional roller-coaster – you’ve been there with your favourite character through the highs and the lows, felt personally affronted and enraged on their behalf when they’ve been slighted, and celebrated their triumphs as your own. You’ve blasted through multiple series in less than a week and suddenly without realising…it you’re finished. But what do you do with your spare time now??
Don’t worry – watch more! Here’s our list of the Top 8 TV Shows on Netflix to keep you occupied…for at least for a week or two.
1. Bojack Horseman, 2014
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama.
This Netflix original is steadily gaining in popularity and has deservedly been dubbed by some to be the ‘Family Guy of Netflix.’ With 2 seasons already available (even on the UK version!), this is an ‘out-there’ cartoon comedy. He’s a half-horse, half-man, has-been TV star who drinks a bit too much. ‘He’s really got a lot going on right now.’ BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colourful sweaters.
Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Starring: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie.
2. Spiral, 2005
Genre: TV Drama
This 5 star gritty crime drama is set in the dark underbelly of Paris. It follows police officers and lawyers as they investigate and prosecute crimes. It’s focus is revealing all of the different points of view of a criminal investigation.
Creators: Alexandra Clert, Guy-Patrick Sainderichin
Starring: Caroline Proust, Gregory Filoussi, Philippe Duclos.
3. Lillyhammer, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
After testifying against the Mafia, ex-gangster Frank Tagilano enters witness protection and asks to be sent to Norway. Frank is subsequently given a new identity and asks to be relocated to Lillehammer, Norway, a town he fell in love with while watching the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. While he fell in love with Lillehammer more than a decade ago, Frank must adjust to a new lifestyle as he settles into the town that has little crime and a colourful group of residents. Sadly Neflix has cancelled the series despite it being billed as Netflix’s first original scripted series. But do not fear as hope is not over yet – there’s always a possibility that Norwegian studios NRK and Rubicon could find another partner and keep the show going.
Creators: Eilif Skodvin, Anne Bjornstad
Starring: Steven Van Sandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen.
4. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 2005
In a nutshell: Child molestation, abortion, racism, homophobia: no topic is considered taboo in this hilariously ribald and subversive US comedy which follows four morally reprehensible friends who run a dingy pub in Philadelphia. This is such a hilariously dark comedy that writer, producer, director and actor Rob McElhenney has stated “I feel like it’s a dangerous and dark world if ‘Sunny’ becomes mainstream comedy. If you were to turn on CBS at 8 o’clock on Thursday and see an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,’ I don’t know if I want to live in that world.” The latest series has been exclusive to Netflix after moving from Fox.
Creator: Rob McElhenney
Starring: Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Danny DeVito
Certificate: 15 Series: 9, from 2005-present (all available on Netflix)
5. Fargo, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
In this TV spin-off inspired (but not dictated) by the film of the same name, a drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.
Creator: Noah Hawley
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman.
6. House of Cards, 2013
This dark drama is undoubtedly one of Netflix’s best original productions. Featuring Kevin Spacey in his best role yet as U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina as he starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he’s too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist (but equally, if not more so conniving than her husband), make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.
Creator: Beau Willimon
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright.
7. Orange is the New Black, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiancée when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning.
8. Sense8, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.
Creators: J. Michael Straczynski, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Staring: Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton.