Are you searching for something exciting and new to watch on Netflix? Look no further! We have put together a list of the top 10 must watch Netflix series that will keep you entertained for hours – classic television series through original Netflix productions and everything in between will keep you engrossed for hours! With something humorous, dramatic or suspenseful available across this list. Get ready for streaming – and take a look at this top 10 list.
Must Watch Netflix Series
1) Stranger Things
Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror web television series created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers who also serve as executive producers alongside Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Ira Steven Behr. Set in Hawkins, Indiana and following an investigation into a young boy’s disappearance which uncovers supernatural mysteries such as human experiments, mysterious government agencies and strange extraterrestrial beings linked with his disappearance, it marks their debut into writing and directing television.
Stranger Things was created by The Duffer Brothers as an investigative drama incorporating supernatural and horror elements, with an aim of crafting an emotionally engaging moral tale exploring human evil. Critical reviews have praised its characters, pace, atmosphere, acting, directing as well as its representation of women and people of color.
2) The Crown
The Crown, created by Peter Morgan and described as a British equivalent of The Sopranos or The Wire, has become both critically and commercially successful with 16 BAFTA awards, 6 Emmy awards and two Golden Globe wins accumulated since it’s launch.
The Crown, often described as “the most expensive TV show ever made”, follows Queen Elizabeth II’s reign – the second-longest in British history and her political rivalries and romance. Beginning with George VI’s retirement and Elizabeth’s coronation as Queen in 1947 (first Queen ever of Britain!), until her death and Prince Charles taking over her crown as head of state in 1964 – which will end when Elizabeth’s son Prince Charles becomes sovereign again.
Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque and starring Jason Bateman who also serves as executive producer with Mark Williams and Chris Mundy. The story centers on a financial adviser working for a Mexican drug cartel who must move his family from Chicago to a lake-side resort in Missouri Ozarks after being abandoned by his partner who leaves with all their funds.
Ozark was initially announced in February 2017, with an intended launch date of November 2017. Unfortunately, due to creative differences between Ozark’s producers and Netflix, its release was postponed until July 2018. Critical reviews for Ozark were positive – many praising its cast’s performances as well as its intricate plotline.
4) The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit is an American-British television miniseries written and directed by David H. Zelikson and directed by Phillip John. Based on Phillip Carlsson’s novel of the same name, it stars Anna Maxwell Martin, David Haig and Preeya Mantha; premiering on BBC One on 29 August 2019. This miniseries tells a tale of love, deception and revenge set against a backdrop of high stakes chess tournaments.
Susan Polgar accepts the invitation to play at Hampton Court Palace not for herself but in order to uncover the truth surrounding Walter, her late husband’s death.
5) The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is an American comic book series created and written by Gerard Way with illustrations by Gabriel Ba. Published by Dark Horse Comics, in 2018 the comic book adaptation was also made into a Netflix original series which follows dysfunctional family members working as superheroes together to stop crime.
The Umbrella Academy: Starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman Robert Sheehan Adam Godley and Aidan Gallagher It premiered on February 9, 2019, to mostly positive reviews from critics who noted its excellent cast and visuals while criticising its slow story arc.
6) The Witcher
Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series with the same name, Netflix and The Witcher Company collaborated to produce The Witcher as a fantasy drama series known as a dark fantasy. Geralt is one of only a few remaining witchers; monster hunters who create potions and weapons while training to defeat evil.
The Witcher was released on February 22, 2019, to critical acclaim. Reviews noted its acting, visuals, complex characters, pacing issues and sexual themes as being stand-out qualities of this series; many top 10 lists even recognized it as a must watch series for 2019.
Mindhunter is an American crime drama web television series created by Joe Penhall and produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, inspired by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas’ nonfiction book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The series centers around two FBI agents who interview imprisoned serial killers to gain insight into their motives for violence while using this knowledge to solve current cases.
Mindhunter is Fincher’s debut as both producer and director for television. Released on October 13, 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, with praise heaped upon its acting, direction, cinematography and cinematographer; its first run of 10 episodes earned them multiple award nominations, eventually taking home one Saturn Award as Best Streaming Series.
8) Black Mirror
Black Mirror, created and executive produced by Charlie Brooker, explores modern society through an anthology science fiction television series that examines its unexpected consequences of new technologies. Annabel Jones serves as executive producer while Brooker acts as lead writer. Premiering on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2011 and winning critical acclaim as an innovative and challenging examination of human nature and modern society, this groundbreaking program has received wide acclaim since.
This series has been widely lauded for both its dark tone and exploration of contemporary society, garnering four Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (“San Junipero”) in 2017 as well as winning Outstanding Television Movie with “USS Callister” (2018).
Unbelievable is an American documentary-drama web television series created and directed by Tom Casady and Robby Findler, featuring Toni Collette and Merritt Wever as two detectives tasked with investigating crimes involving teenagers who are accused of sexually assaulting younger children.
Unbelievable was released on September 28, 2019 to rave reviews, garnering high marks for acting, direction, cinematography and unique format. Critics noted its hybrid nature as both documentary and drama while others called it “a drama masquerading as documentary”.
10) BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman, an adult animated sitcom that mocks Hollywood, was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg while working on The Looney Tunes Show animated children’s series in 2012. Liberman Productions produces it and ShadowMachine of Canada provides animation. Cartoon Saloon Studios in Ireland contribute maritime scenes and backgrounds for maritime scenes in Rough Draft Studios.
Will Arnett plays BoJack Horseman, an old sitcom star from the 1990s who’s gradually been falling on hard times since. Bob-Waksberg created this series while reflecting upon his experiences as an author; as part of this process he decided to write an autobiography about an actor whose fame is gradually diminishing over time.