Catching up with the latest live TV shows can be exhausting, so here’s a look at the best shows on Netflix that you can get stuck into whenever you’re ready.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
One of the most underrated comedies in existence is ‘It’s Always Sunny’. It never properly made its was over to the UK but was a significant hit on US TV. That said, there’s a growing British contingent that’ve discovered this gem and you’re in for a treat when discovering that there’s a whopping 11 seasons ready and waiting. Better still, it’s massively rewatchable as well as ridiculously (and offensively) funny. In short, it’s about a group of damaged friends own an Irish bar and get up to daily ridiculous antic. Danny DeVito’s also involved and he’s a genuine revelation as millionaire misfit Frank Reynolds.
Orange Is The New Black
One of the most popular breakthrough series to come out of Netflix is this prison-based comedy-drama that’s already won an number of awards, including Primetime Emmys, and been in Golden Globe contention for the past three years. Now in its fourth season (the latest has just gone up in full on the streaming service), the series stars Taylor Schilling and is genuinely one of the most absorbing dramas available.
House of Cards
Rarely has a political drama gained as much praise since ‘The West Wing’. The likes ‘Veep’ offer an great alternative to a complex genre that might feel stuffy to some, but ‘House of Cards’ (starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) is a fantastic Netflix Original that offers a slow-burning, politically taut narrative that’s incredibly tense and feels very realistic too.
Sons of Anarchy
Charlie Hunnam is Jax Teller, a young biker gang member who’s trying to find his place in the world while clinging onto the death of his father, the founder of the Sons. Shocking, explosive and very violent, ‘SoA’ mixes deft writing, compelling storylines and some raw, utterly unforgettable characters that forge a truly brilliant series. All 1-7 seasons are on Netflix, so get bingeing.
Arguably one of the best television shows ever to grace the small screen, the latter season moved exclusively to Netflix when it was at the height of its popularity. Chemistry teacher Walter White (the superb Bryan Cranston) turns to cooking meth when he’s diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and is forced to reassess his life. It’s breathtaking TV you won’t regret getting deeply and emotionally involved in.
Have you seen all of the above? Which greats have we missed off of our list? Share your comments below…
Mike P Williams is a freelance TV, film and entertainment writer, with an obsession for all things Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park and Pixar. Over the years he’s written for the likes of MTV, Total Film, BuzzFeed, and Yahoo Movies UK.
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