Over the last few months I’ve found myself watching more and more TV Shows on Netflix than ever before, so today I thought I would share the 10 that I highly recommend and think lots of people out there would enjoy too.
I hope you guys will find this list useful …
Genre: Crime Documentary
Released: 18th December 2015
Running Time: Approx. 60 minutes
Starring: Steven Avery
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, I’m pretty sure you’ll have heard all about Making a Murderer, a brand new Netflix original which documents the tragic true story of Steven Avery, a man convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
The series was recommended to me by friends, but they didn’t really give anything away so I tuned in not really knowing what to expect. I was thrilled when I found out it was a documentary about the Avery case though, as I’d read about it in a magazine many years ago and remembered thinking how awful the justice system in America must be to have an innocent man sent to prison for an assault and attempted murder that someone else had committed.
I then went on to assume that the documentary would show how Steven went on to rebuild his life – maybe find love and have children etc. But how wrong was I?! I don’t want to say too much so as not to spoil it for anyone who’s in the middle of watching, but basically Steven’s life got a lot worse a couple of years after his release, and it makes you realise just how corrupt the Manitowoc law enforcement team actually were.
Making a Murderer has been filmed over the last ten years, and I think the film makers did a fantastic job. I really felt for Steven and the rest of the Avery family, and I’m glad I live in the UK as I wouldn’t be able to trust the justice system over in the US now no matter how hard I tried!
I highly recommend watching this show if you enjoy legal thrillers. You won’t be disappointed.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 23rd October 2011
Running Time: 43 minutes
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle
I first discovered Once Upon a Time on Netflix back in June of last year and I’ve been hooked on it ever since!
It tells the story of Emma Swan, a private detective who is visited by Henry, the 10 year old boy she gave up for adoption. He spins a tale of a parallel world that was lost to a curse by an evil queen and tells Emma that she is the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
I won’t go into too much detail, as I posted a full review here a while ago, but I will say that since writing that review I’ve watched every single episode and I’m still enjoying the show as much as I did in the beginning.
Once Upon a Time proves that you’re never too old for fairy tales, and ladies, let me assure you that there’s a fair amount of eye candy in there for us too! (See below).
If there’s just one new show you watch this year, make it this!
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 19th September 2007
Running Time: Approx. 40 minutes
Starring: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford
Gossip Girl was the very first TV series I watched on Netflix, and it’s still one of my favourites to this day. It is based on the best selling book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar.
Gossip Girl, a ruthless and mysterious blogger, reveals secrets online about a group of privileged teenagers from New York’s Upper East Side. And with roller coaster romances a plenty and dirty little secrets galore, there is always something for her to talk about!
I have to admit that the show takes a little bit of getting into, and I found the first couple of episodes a little hard-going. But it wasn’t long before I found myself really getting into it and I would binge-watch episodes in the day time instead of working or cleaning the house!! The story lines are a little far-fetched at times, but I think that only adds to the charm of an already great show.
Watch it if you get the chance, and ladies, I dare you not to be in love with Chuck Bass by the end!
Released: 5th October 2011
Running Time: Approx. 40 minutes
Starring: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson
I love a good horror movie, so when I came across American Horror Story I was over the moon! The show is gruesome, thrilling, and exciting, and each season revolves around a different story.
The first season is called ‘Murder House’, and the plot line behind it is basically that if you died in this particular house your spirit wouldn’t be able to leave. Throughout the season you’re introduced to new and old members of the house and both physical and psychological horrors end up affecting the family who currently live there.
I’m not the sort of girl who scares easily, but American Horror Story certainly has me peeking out from behind a cushion every now and then. I definitely wouldn’t recommend watching this alone if you do scare easily!
One of the coolest things about American Horror Story is that each season features the same cast, but they play entirely new characters in entirely new situations. So for example, season two is all about the going-ons in an insane asylum, season three is about a group of witches with many trials ahead of them and season four is all about co-joined twins Bette and Dot, who are hired by a struggling freak show owner. This is great because it gives you the chance to see just how good an actor or actress each of them actually is.
The only downside to me watching American Horror Story on Netflix UK is that there are only 4 of the 6 seasons available and I’m almost at the end of season 4! I’m keeping everything crossed that seasons 5 and 6 are added really soon so I can frighten myself some more …
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 25th July 2010
Running Time: Approx. 88 minutes
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Sherlock was recommended to me by my niece, who has a similar taste in shows to me, and I’m so glad she told me about it!
As you would imagine, this is a modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. But whereas most modernized versions of classics end up being absolutely rubbish, this is the total opposite! I love that Sherlock is out on the streets of the modern-day London searching for clues, rather than it being set over 125 years ago when Conan Doyle wrote the tales.
I think Sherlock features a great cast, and I love how the characters have been re-imagined (think a more troubled but brilliant modern detective for Sherlock and a haunted but loyal man of action for his sidekick, Watson). I was gripped from start to finish on this series and I’m hoping that season 4 is going to be added to Netflix pretty soon!
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Released: 10th September 2009
Running Time: 43 minutes
Starring: Ian Somerholder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
The Vampire Diaries revolves around brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents who have managed to lead normal lives, hiding their blood-thirsty condition from the world for centuries. They eventually find themselves back in the Virginia town where they became vampires, and end up vying for the affections of a captivating teenager called Elena.
It reminds me a lot of the Twilight books and movies, and I think that’s probably why I like the show so much. The cast are fantastic and although I found the first few episodes a little difficult to get into, it really is a fantastic show. One that I could easily binge-watch for hours on end!
The story-lines for each character are brilliantly written, and fantastically portrayed. I couldn’t imagine a better cast for the show if I’m honest. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already (especially if you’re like me and love movies and shows about Vampires anyway), and I guess the only thing for me to do now is to pick up the books that the show is based on and give them a read while I wait for Netflix to give us season 7!
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Seasons: 1 – with new episodes released every Wednesday
Released: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende
Running Time: 42 minutes
Starring: 12th January 2016
Shadow Hunters: The Mortal Instruments follows the story of Clary, a teenager from Brooklyn who one day discovers that she is descended from a line of Shadow Hunters; humans who are born with angelic blood that fight to protect our world from demons.
After her mother is kidnapped, Clary and her best friend Simon team up with 3 Shadow Hunters – Jace, Alec and Isabelle and go on a quest to find her mum and recover her past.
Shadow Hunters is a brand new Netflix Original and at the time of writing this post, there were just 3 episodes available to watch, with a new episode being released every Wednesday. I’ve watched the first two so far and I’m really getting into the show.
I have to admit that the acting isn’t the best, and according to a few reviews I’ve read online the show is very different from both the books and the movie, so if you’ve read the books or watched the movie then this might not be for you. However, if you’re like me and you haven’t, then it’s most definitely worth a watch.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 22nd September 2009
Running Time: 60 minutes
Starring: Julianna Marguiles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi
OK, I’m just gonna come right out and say it … The Good Wife has to be one of the best legal dramas I’ve ever seen. And believe me, I’ve watched a fair few over the years.
The show centres around Alicia Florrick, the wife of a former state attorney who ends up in prison after a sex and corruption scandal. Alicia has to deal with the public humilation that this brings, as well as having to look after herself and her two children. After years of being a housewife and mother, she returns to work as a litigator at a law firm and has to prove herself in the courtroom!
The story-lines featured in The Good Wife are utterly believable, and not over-the-top like I often find with similar shows, and I think this makes for really compelling viewing!
I love absolutely everything about this show and was gutted to read this week that The Good Wife may soon be coming to an end. I hope it’s not true as I could literally sit and watch it for hours. A fantastic legal drama most definitely worth a watch!
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Release Date: 3rd October 2013
Running Time: 42 mins
Starring: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin
If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, then you’ll love The Originals – a spin-off series in which a family of power-hungry, thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all of those who have done them wrong.
The Originals revolves around the Mikaelson siblings, the worlds original vampires. Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah return to New Orleans to reclaim the city they helped build that is now under the control of a diabolical vampire named Marcel.
I personally enjoyed The Originals a lot more than The Vampire Diaries, although both are brilliant shows. The cast are all fantastic, the characters are really believable and the story line and location are both brilliant. I’d say this is a lot darker than The Vampire Diaries is, and I think it will appeal to a much bigger audience as well.
Definitely give it a try if you’re looking for a new show to watch and I can guarantee you’ll be left wanting more!
Genre: Crime, Drama
Release Date: 11th July 2013
Running Time: Approx. 59 mins
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
I was seriously late jumping on the Orange is the New Black bandwagon, but I’m so glad I decided to finally give it a chance as I’m really enjoying it.
The show tells the story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after a past crime catches up with her. The show is really well written, and it even makes me chuckle at times, despite being quite a serious show!
I’m still on series one at the moment, but really enjoying what I’ve watched so far. I wish I hadn’t peeked to see what’s going to happen in the future though as I ended up reading a few bad reviews of season 3. However, I’m hopeful for the rest of season 1 and season 2 as people seem to have rated both of these highly. I guess I will find out for myself soon enough!
And there you have it, 10 TV Shows that I think are worth a watch on Netflix. I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe even found a couple of new shows to try out yourself.
Have you watched any of these shows before? Or do you have a recommendation for me?
As always I’d love to hear from you so please leave let me know in the comments below!