By Rachel Lankester, Editor

Are you looking for something great to watch? Whether it’s gripping true stories, captivating international dramas, or star-studded ensemble casts, Netflix has you covered. With an extensive library of feature films and award-winning Netflix originals, your binge-watching pleasure is unlimited – oh dear! Here are some of the best Netflix shows to watch right now, guaranteed to keep you glued to your small screen for hours on end.

1. One Day

Revisit first love and the weight of time in One Day, a romantic drama miniseries. Based on the bestselling novel, this series follows Emma and Dexter, two unforgettable characters who meet on their university graduation day in 1988. Over two decades, the series revisits them on the same day each year, July 15th, revealing how their lives unfold, intertwine, and diverge. Filled with laughter, heartbreak, and the complexities of love and ambition, “One Day” is a poignant exploration of connection, missed chances, and the enduring power of a single encounter.

2. Stranger Things

Stranger Things is a popular Netflix series that transports viewers to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s. This thrilling sci-fi drama follows a group of kids as they encounter mysterious government experiments, supernatural forces, and a parallel dimension called the Upside Down. Created by the Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” captivates audiences with its nostalgic references, compelling characters, and spine-chilling plot twists.

3. Killing Eve

Craving a darkly comedic spy thriller with a unique twist? Look no further than Killing Eve. This original drama features strong, feisty female leads. Bored MI5 officer Eve Polastri gets tangled in the world of a talented yet psychopathic assassin, Villanelle. Their deadly game of cat and mouse escalates into a twisted obsession as Eve hunts Villanelle down, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. Expect shocking twists, witty dialogue, and a complex relationship that will leave you wanting more.

4. Unforgotten

Unforgotten is a gripping British cold case detective series. Each season features a new, decades-old murder unearthed by London detectives. Expect twists, complex characters, and the emotional toll these long-forgotten crimes have on all involved. Starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, “Unforgotten” is a must-watch for fans of intricate mysteries and character-driven dramas.

5. 3 Body Problem

3 Body Problem is a mind-bending sci-fi mystery based on the bestselling trilogy. This Netflix series follows a chain of events triggered by a fateful decision in 1960s China that ripples through time. In the present, brilliant scientists confront a cryptic message from an alien civilization and a terrifying truth: Earth is not alone, and its future hangs in the balance. Buckle up for a suspenseful journey filled with scientific intrigue and existential threats.

6. Loudermilk

Loudermilk is a great comedy-drama for fans of dark humor and complex characters. The show centers around Sam Loudermilk, a recovering alcoholic with a cynical outlook on life. Despite being a substance abuse counselor, Sam himself struggles to stay positive. The characters he works with are a motley bunch you will find yourself falling for. If you’re looking for something funny yet thought-provoking, “Loudermilk” is a hidden gem.

7. Unbelievable

Unbelievable is an American true crime television miniseries starring Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever. It follows a young woman charged with a crime for supposedly misreporting that she was raped and a police investigation that led to the perpetrator’s conviction for the rape of multiple women. This powerful series highlights why so many rapes go unreported.

8. Champion

Champion is a British musical drama series following the story of the Champion siblings, Bosco and Vita, from South London. Bosco, a rapper, is trying to make a comeback while his talented sister Vita remains in his shadow, writing his songs and managing his career. When Vita gets a chance to shine with a rival producer, a musical rivalry ignites, testing their bond and threatening to tear their family apart. This eight-part series is a dramatic and musical exploration of ambition, family, and finding your own voice. As a north Londoner, I loved this immersion in south London life!

9. Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once is a gripping thriller from Netflix. Recently widowed Maya is struggling to move on after her husband’s shocking murder. When she sets up a nanny cam to watch her daughter, she’s left reeling after seeing what appears to be her dead husband in the footage. As Maya digs deeper, she uncovers a web of secrets and deception that puts her life and her child’s life in danger. This fast-paced miniseries, based on the Harlan Coben novel, will keep you guessing until the very end.

10. Shards of Her

Shards of Her is a gripping Taiwanese series following an accomplished headhunter who awakens from a coma to a distorted reality. As she pieces together her fractured memories, she confronts a buried childhood trauma. This suspenseful miniseries, with its award-winning performances, will take you on a journey of mystery, self-discovery, and confronting the past. If you don’t mind subtitles give this one a go. I sometimes watch Taiwanese drama to keep up my Mandarin and this was a great series for that!

11. Wellmania

Wellmania is an Australian comedy-drama following Liv, a free-spirited woman forced to hit the reset button on her health after a scare. Based on a memoir, the show takes a hilarious look at Liv’s adventures in the wild world of wellness as she tries everything from cleanses to colonics to reclaim her well-being. Led by the brilliant Celeste Barber, “Wellmania” is a must-watch for anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed by the pressure to be healthy. Here’s hoping there’s a second season!

12. This Town

We snuck this one in because it’s so good, though it’s not actually on Netflix, but if you have access to BBC iPlayer this is well worth a watch. Immerse yourself in the electrifying world of British ska in “This Town,” a BBC drama series. Set against the backdrop of late 70s and early 80s Coventry and Birmingham, This Town follows an extended family and four passionate young adults drawn together by the infectious energy of the ska and two-tone music scene. Experience the struggles and triumphs of young ambition, the unifying power of music, and the birth of a cultural movement in this dramatic and vibrant series. As a Brummie growing up in the 70s and playing sax in a reggae band at 16, I loved this!

13. Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders dives into the gritty world of Birmingham, England, following the Peaky Blinders, a ruthless crime gang led by the ambitious Tommy Shelby. Set after WWI, the show blends historical fiction with gangland drama, exploring themes of ambition, family, and the rise of a criminal empire. As a Brummie, I loved this – definitely one of my best Netflix series. By the final season you’ll be so sad to say goodbye!

14. Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black is a dramedy that follows Piper Chapman, a privileged woman who gets sent to prison for a decade-old crime. The show explores her experiences adjusting to life behind bars, the diverse cast of characters she meets, and the realities of the prison system. It’s a funny and thought-provoking look at life on the other side of the bars. All the important characters are women – brilliant!

15. Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte offers a fictionalized prequel to “Bridgerton,” focusing on the rise of a young Queen Charlotte. Expect romance, courtly intrigue, and the untold story of how she met King George III.

16. Erin Carter

Erin Carter is a gripping Netflix thriller that follows a seemingly ordinary British teacher in Barcelona. Her life takes a dramatic turn during a supermarket robbery when she uses unexpected fighting skills to defend herself and her daughter. This throws her carefully constructed life into question as a mysterious past she’s tried to escape comes back to haunt her.

17. The Gentlemen

In The Gentlemen, Guy Ritchie’s film, aristocratic Eddie inherits a seemingly ordinary estate, only to discover it’s the center of a lucrative marijuana empire. This unexpected windfall throws Eddie into the dark world of London’s criminal underworld, where a wild cast of characters all vie for control. Expect gangsters, bribery, and schemes galore in this fast-paced crime comedy. Very Guy Ritchie in style including his favorite actors like Ray Winstone. 

18. The Night Agent

Craving political intrigue and fast-paced action? Look no further than “The Night Agent.” This Netflix series throws a seemingly low-level FBI agent, Peter Sutherland, into a heart-pounding conspiracy. Assigned to a lonely phone in the White House basement, his world explodes when the call finally comes. Now, Peter races to expose a mole at the highest levels of government, all while protecting a tech CEO from deadly forces.

19. The Queen’s Gambit

Orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon battles addiction in her quest to become the world’s greatest chess player during the Cold War era. This coming-of-age story explores Beth’s genius, internal struggles, and climb to the top of a male-dominated world. Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance is brilliant.

20. The Umbrella Academy

Dysfunctional superhero siblings reunite after their adoptive father’s mysterious death to solve a looming apocalypse. This darkly comedic action series follows a family of estranged heroes with extraordinary powers as they grapple with past grudges, save the world, and maybe even learn to deal with each other.

21. Baby Reindeer

Baby Reindeer is a dark comedic thriller miniseries that explores the unsettling spiral into obsession. When a struggling comedian offers kindness to a mysterious woman, he becomes entangled in a suffocating web of stalking that forces him to confront his own buried demons. This great series claims to be a true story and is facing a lawsuit as a result!

22. Ripley

Dive into a world of psychological suspense with Ripley, a Netflix original series starring Andrew Scott, based on Patricia Highsmith’s classic novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Set in 1960s New York City, the story follows Tom Ripley, a charismatic con artist hired to retrieve a wealthy man’s son from Italy. What begins as a simple job turns into a dangerous game of manipulation and murder as Tom’s obsession with a life of luxury and deception spirals out of control.

23. Squid Game

In Squid Game, a disturbingly imaginative South Korean drama, hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in deadly versions of familiar children’s games.  The stakes are high, with a chance to win billions of won (Korean currency) but with a deadly consequence for losers.  This dark thriller explores themes of debt, desperation, and the humanity that can be lost in the pursuit of wealth. While at times very shocking, this is one of the best international TV shows around.

24. The Last Airbender

In the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, a young boy named Aang discovers he’s the reincarnation of the Avatar, the master of all four elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Aang must master these elements and stop the Fire Nation from conquering the world. Joining him are Katara, a powerful waterbender, and her sarcastic brother Sokka. This epic journey is filled with action, adventure, humor, and heart, making it a perfect choice for all ages.

25. Virgin River

Craving a heartwarming escape? Virgin River is your pick! This Netflix drama follows Mel Monroe, a nurse practitioner yearning for a fresh start. She relocates to the charming, remote town of Virgin River in Northern California, only to find that small-town life has its own set of challenges. But amidst the picturesque scenery, Mel discovers a close-knit community, unexpected romance, and maybe even a chance to heal her past.

26. Good Girls

For fans of housewives gone wild, check out “Good Girls” (2018-2021). Three suburban moms wrestling with financial woes ditch playing it safe and rob a grocery store. Little do they know, this plunges them into a world of gang dealings, the FBI, and hilarious chaos.

27. Black Mirror

Black Mirror is a sci-fi anthology series that explores how technology can go terribly wrong. Each standalone episode is set in a dark, near-future world where a new invention has unforeseen consequences. Black Mirror will make you think twice about the gadgets in your pocket and the social media you scroll through daily.

28. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is a thrilling drama in a zombie apocalypse. Follow Rick Grimes as he wakes from a coma to find the world overrun by walkers (zombies) and leads a group of survivors in a constant search for safety and security.

29. The Crown

The Crown is a historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan. Morgan developed the series from his film The Queen (2006) and his stage play The Audience (2013), which also focused on Elizabeth. The series consists of six seasons spanning almost six decades, beginning shortly before the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten in 1947 and ending with the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Who’s your favorite version of the Queen? I vote for Imelda Staunton!

30. Sweet Magnolias

In the charming Southern town of Serenity, three best friends – Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue – navigate the ups and downs of life together. This heartwarming drama follows the “Sweet Magnolias” as they juggle careers, relationships, and family, all while offering unwavering support to one another.  If you’re looking for a feel-good show with a touch of romance, Sweet Magnolias is a perfect choice for your Netflix queue.

31. Better Call Saul

We made it 31 because we snuck in a non-Netflix show above. Did you notice it? Better Call Saul is a critically acclaimed TV series that serves as a prequel to the iconic show Breaking Bad. Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, this legal drama delves into the transformation of Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer, into the morally ambiguous Saul Goodman. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Better Call Saul masterfully combines elements of dark humor, intense drama, and complex character development.

With these fantastic options, Netflix promises a wealth of entertainment and bingeworthy TV shows for every taste and mood. So grab your popcorn, settle in, and enjoy our pick of Netflix shows to watch right now!

Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, author, host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast, a midlife mentor and editor of the Mutton Club online magazine. After an initially devastating early menopause at 41, she dedicated herself to helping women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life, helping them cope better with menopause and ageing in general, and create magnificent next chapters. She’s been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The Age Buster, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine, eShe, Tatler HK and Woman’s Own amongst others. She believes we just get better with age. Get her book Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond which was recommended in the New York Times.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by Editorial Staff

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