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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Top Best Netflix series to binge watch right now

Top Best Netflix series to binge watch right now

Netflix has something for everyone, but there's plenty of rubbish padding its catalogue of classic TV shows everyone has heard about. Our guide to the best TV on Netflix UK is updated weekly to help you avoid the mediocre ones and find the best things to watch. We try and pick out the less obvious gems, too, so we're confident you'll find a must-watch show you don't already know about.

1. Schitt’s Creek



When the super-wealthy Rose family are defrauded by their business manager and lose all their money, they’re forced to move to Schitt’s Creek, a backwater town they once purchased as a joke and which is now their only remaining asset. They go from living in a mansion to sharing two rooms in a rundown motel – and the sitcom derives its charm from them slowly adjusting to their new surroundings over the course of the seasons (of which there are five on Netflix). There are some brilliant performances, particularly from creator Dan Levy and his on and off-screen father Eugene (who you’ll recognise as the dad from American Pie). It’s slow-paced and sweet, much like life in a small town.

2. Ozark



Jason Bateman had got us used to goofy manners in the role of the tragically romantic Michael Bluth in Arrested Development; but in Ozark , he reveals a whole new side of his actor’s palette. He impersonates a much more serious financial advisor, Marty Byrde, who finds himself relocating his entire family from a Chicago suburb to the Ozark mountains in Missouri. The reason? He has got himself involved with some dodgy money-laundering scheme for Mexican cartels that he is having difficulty disentangling himself from. The atmosphere, heavy with suspense, guilt and trouble-making drug lords, is reminiscent of Breaking Bad. It's one of Netflix's most popular shows and is now into its third season.

3. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes



If you are looking for genuine terror, let it come in the form of a documentary series about the life of the man whose psychopathic cruelty traumatised America in the 1970s: namely, Ted Bundy. Based on his interviews with Stephen Michaud, which were held and recorded in jail while he was on death row, and in which the reporter asked him to respond to his questions in the third person to – curiously – increase the authenticity of his answers, the show recounts Bundy’s confession to the murder of 30 women. And to the barbaric violence with which he carried them out. It was a subject of morbid fascination for the public at the time, and it remains so almost 40 years later. Do not watch alone.

4. Love is Blind



Take some single girls and single boys, stick a wall between them and make them talk to each other. What do you get? Pure chaos. These hopeful romantics are ready to couple up without ever seeing each other, and even though several of them say ‘I love you’ after three days, unsurprisingly many of the relationships don’t last long in the outside world. The most bizarre part of this reality show is that in order to see each other in the flesh, the couple must get engaged and plan a wedding in a matter of weeks. But not all of them will make it down the aisle.

5. Drive to Survive



Netflix's F1 show Drive to Survive is back for a second season, and this time even Ferrari and Mercedes are on-board. The series gets the behind the scenes drama from last year's championship, including Daniel Ricciardo's switch from Red Bull to Renault, his troubled replacement(s) and Charles Leclerc's first season for Ferrari. As ever, the preparation and politics of the sport proves even more interesting than what happens on the racetrack, with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Haas' Guenther Steiner reprising their star roles. A must-watch for fans warming up for the 2020 season, or F1 newbies looking to get a glimpse of what it's all about.

6. Next in Fashion



Next in Fashion is a perfect binge for Project Runway fans, offering Netflix’s take on the tried-and-tested fashion competition format. Eighteen designers draw, cut and sew for the chance to win a cash prize and the opportunity to sell their line on Net-a-Porter, designing looks from red carpet dresses to sportswear under unrealistic time conditions (but minus the surprise ‘twists’ that made Project Runway so mean). Hosts Alexa Chung and Tan France keep the mood light, but the real draw is the sheer talent of the designers, most of whom are already very accomplished and manage to magic up some truly impressive catwalk showstoppers.

7. Big Mouth



Nick Kroll's wacky, geeky, puerile cartoon about puberty is one of the funniest shows on Netflix right now. It's all very sick and very wrong but the writing is sharp, the plots get more and more surreal and the voice cast is killer: Kroll himself, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph as a Hormone Monster, Jason Mantzoukas, even David Thewlis as The Shame Wizard in season two.

8. Living With Yourself



What’s the only thing better than Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudds. The actor gets cloned in this quirky comedy when his character, Miles, decides to go for a spa treatment that will help him be a better person. With one radiant new Miles, and one cranky, tired Miles, navigating life becomes harder as they have to learn to put up with each other. Aisling Bea plays his wife Kate, who isn’t aware that she has two husbands under the same roof and just wants back the man she married.

9. Atypical

Part drama, part comedy, Atypical follows the experiences of autistic teenager Sam Gardner. As he comes of age he seeks independence by finding love and graduating high school. In the newly-released third series, Sam goes to college to face the challenges of higher education and making new friends. You’ll get to know his family as his parents are going through relationship problems after his mother Elsa has an affair, and his sister Casey is struggling with her feelings for her best friend Izzie. Despite the range of emotions Atypical will send you through, there isn't one character you won’t love (or at least learn to) in this heartwarming show.

10 Star Trek: The Next Generation

Is The Next Generation the best Star Trek series? We're not getting into that debate, but you can decide for yourself by watching all seven series on Netflix. That said, brilliant though it is, you really shouldn't watch all seven seasons. The first is pretty turgid and the second is only marginally better, but TNG really hits its stride in season three and never looks back. Handily, the nature of Star Trek means you can safely miss dozens of episodes and miss nothing important, so a little strategic watching is in order. Wired.com's binge-watching guide will navigate you safely around the land mines, so you can enjoy the absolute sci-fi gems hidden within.

11. Travellers



Travellers is something of a hidden gem, albeit one that's increasingly not hidden as people realise the genius of this tight, entertaining Canadian sci-fi series. Run by Brad Wright, one of the co-creators of Stargate SG-1, the show follows a team of time travellers sent back to "the 21st" to prevent the post-apocalyptic future from which they came. The twist is how they travel. The Travellers have their consciousness transferred into the bodies of people shortly before their death, adopting their identities and living their lives between missions. It's an often thrilling, sometimes complicated watch that treads the line between serious sci-fi and accessible entertainment perfectly.

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