Best shows on Netflix (July 2017): 50 great Netflix TV series

UPDATE: Brand-new Netflix series Ozark has hit our best Netflix TV shows. Not quite the Breaking Bad contender it wants to be, the show – starring Jason Bateman as a ‘numbers man’ for a Mexican cartel – is still a smart, occasionally terrifying watch. 

If you are still craving more crime, a new trailer for the third season for Narcos has launched. Scroll down to find out more. It’s spoiler filled, so don’t watch if you haven’t finished off the first two seasons!

And if it’s superheroes you are after, then a new trailer for Inhuman has landed, thanks to Comic-Con San Diego 2017. Given the first one was dreadful, they must have changed/sacked their editor as this one is a vast improvement. 

Netflix has come a long way since the first season of House of Cards, its first-ever original piece of programming, as this best series on Netflix list shows. 

The streaming giant has bought up, created and curated some fantastic TV gems to make sure the best shows on are just that, the best available on any platform right now.

In 2016 alone, it’s estimated that Netflix released 126 bits of original content, from TV shows to movies. That’s a phenomenal amount of things to watch and it’s just the tip of the streaming iceberg as the company also has the streaming rights to hundreds of third-party produced shows. 

That’s where this list comes in. There’s a lot of things available on Netflix and not all of it is good, in fact some of it is terrible as our column Not On Our Watch proves. It’s lucky then that we have separated wheat from chaff, silt from gold and come up with a definitive list of 50 shows you really need to watch right now. 

Whether you are into small-screen superheroes, government cover-ups or meth-making teachers with only months to live, there is something on this best shows on Netflix list for you.

It’s fair to say there’s never been a better time to bag yourself a Netflix subscription and binge watch.

Many of the shows available on the streaming platform are available in 4K and HDR. Where possible we highlight this in the list. And as for placement, this isn’t a countdown – the shows on here are added in alphabetically.

Also, the streaming service now has a Netflix , which will allow you to download select shows to watch when you’re away from an internet connection – just head to the downloads section of Netflix on a mobile device to see if what you want to watch is available for offline viewing.

Finally, if it’s a night in at the movies you want, then we have also compiled the right now. 

There’s over 100 to choose from and it’s broken down by category, so you should find something you like.

So, click the next slide to see our favourites or keep reading below to find out what we are looking forward to.

New Netflix shows to look forward to

Netflix shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to creating its own original content. The following shows will be out later in the year and all of them have had A Lot of money spent on them and big stars attached…

Narcos: Season 3

We’re not one to offer up spoilers so we’ll just let the trailer speak for itself. But it’s fair to say that it’s all change for Narcos in season 3 – the fantastic Netflix drama that centres on the drug empires of the Seventies and Eighties and the agents whose job it is to track down the bad guys. 


Comic-Con San Diego has thrown up a ton of new trailers for the comic-book crowd. One that’s causing quite a stir is the new trailer for Inhumans, a new TV show for Netflix. The first trailer wasn’t that well received, with the acting, costumes and effects all looking a little shonky, but the second trailer is a vast improvement. We’re still not 100% convinced but maybe that’s because there’s been a glut of superhero stuff around at the moment. 

Stranger Things: Season 2

Stranger Things was a revelation when it first landed on Netflix. A love letter to the horror and sci-fi movies of the ’80s, the show played on nostalgia but also managed to be something original. The second series looks to expand on the mythos behind The Upside Down and promises bigger and scarier monsters.

Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later

They said they would meet 10 years later and they’ve only gone and bloody done it. While the last Wet Hot American Summer show was a prequel to the movie, this is a sequel – showing what happened to the gang a decade after summer camp. It looks like they’ve got most of the team back together, including Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd.

Star Trek Discovery

eStar Trek Discovery has been a long time coming. Show-runner Bryan Fuller delayed the show as he was working on American Gods but now we finally have a  release date. It will be shown in the UK on Netflix from 25 September, with a new episode to air weekly. Although the show is 15 episodes long only eight are being released initially with the rest coming in the new year. This is to help with pre-production, apparently. This was a trick The Get Down used – it’s unknown how many actually came back to watch the second batch of episode of the now-cancelled show. Discovery stars The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green and is set 10 years before Kirk and his crew boldly went through space and beyond.

The Dark Crystal

We may soon have a new must-have watch in our best shows on Netflix guide! Do you remember Dark Crystal, the fantasy, puppet-filled adventure from the brilliant mind of Muppet creator Jim Henson? It’s set to make a comeback as an all-new prequel TV series thanks to Netflix. It’s vaguely slated to be “coming soon” to the service, but you can get a sneak peek in the trailer.

The Punisher

The Punisher was meant to just play a bit part in Netflix’s Marvel world.But  Jon Bernthal’s depiction of Frank Castle, the vigilante war veteran was so good in Daredevil: Season 2 he’s been given his own show. The plot is still shrouded in mystery but don’t expect this one to be a laugh-fest. The character of the Punisher is one of the most tortured around, so the atmosphere for this show is going to be dark, dark, dark.

Jessica Jones: Season 2

Krysten Ritter recently revealed that Jessica Jones: Season 2 will be more ‘bingeable’ than season one. Quite what that means we don’t know but it does point to a faster-paced than the first fun but stretched instalment. Alongside Ritter, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) is back and the action takes place after The Defenders show, which debuts in August.

The Defenders

It’s been a mixed bag for Netflix TV shows. It all started off so promisingly, however. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were superb dramas with the right amount of action, gravitas and fun. It slipped slightly with Daredevil Season 2 – it went way too dark, but did give us a great Punisher. Luke Cage was fantastic to start with and trailed off and Iron Fist was just a bit meh. The new Defenders trailer is superb though, bringing all of the characters together Avengers style – but this time with swears. 

Oh, and another Marvel antihero – Punisher – is also – probably very gory – series.


David Fincher is no stranger to Netflix, he’s heavily involved in House of Cards as producer and directed the first episode, but Mindhunter is Fincher going full Fincher. It’s based on John Douglas’ book of the same name and charts the life of an FBI profiler whose job it is to track serial killers.


If you are at a loss after watching Stranger Things, the Dark is for you. It’s the  first German-language series Netflix has made and the lot is about two missing children – but it’s not just about that as there’s supernatural elements and sci-fi twists galore.

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