When it comes to keeping users engrossed for more, Netflix surely is the best in the business. The video streamer plans for each season meticulously and launches a variety of all-new contents ensuring the catalog remains forever exciting. Having just compiled an extensive collection of the best Netflix originals, I thought it would be better to make a separate roundup of the best TV series on Netflix as they are always in high demand. And guess what? Here I am all set to spill the beans about my favorite TV series/shows that are currently streaming on Netflix!
Best TV Series on Netflix to Watch Right Now
Some TV series have achieved legendary status as people never seem to get enough of them. Though a good many TV shows have arrived and even created unprecedented records, the classics are here to stay. So, it’s wise to create an assortment that consists of both the old wonders and the latest sensations. To let you easily figure out how well each TV series has ruled, I have also included the ratings from both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. With that said, let’s finally set the sight on the best TV series that reigns supreme on Netflix!
Note: Though all the TV series mentioned in this roundup are streaming in the USA, some of them may not be available in other countries like India, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings have been given in Tomatometer and Audience Score formats (%).
1. American Vandal
If you enjoy watching mockumentary web television series, “American Vandal” is the one you should immediately keep in your watchlist. Created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, it’s a fun-loving parody of true crime documentaries. The series takes a look at the aftermath of many high-school pranks which will not only offer you plenty of fun but also soon make you fall in love with the tongue-in-cheek parodies. So, save it for the times when your showtime seeks for nothing but hilarious moments!
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%/91%
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2. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
This one is designed for a globetrotter! In this travel and food TV show, you would love to watch Anthony Bourdain as he travels around the world, discovering lesser-known places and also exploring cultures as well as cuisine. Thanks to his impressive persona and effortless acting, Anthony leaves a lasting impact. Though this popular show ran for 12 seasons on CNN, only five seasons are available on Netflix. But they are all adorable and worth watching.
Rotten Tomatoes: (Tomatometer not available)/99%
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3. Ash vs. Evil Dead
What happens when comedy and horror are mixed? Well, this integration produces a great TV series like “Ash vs. Evil Dead”. Set in Raimi’s Evil Dead universe, Bruce Campbell has excelled in his role as Ash Williams. The entire plot follows Ash Williams who is on a great mission to save humanity that is on the verge of destruction. With plenty of comedy and scary moments backed by solid acting, Ash vs. Evil Dead is the sort of TV series that you would want to watch time and again.
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%/94%
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4. Big Mouth
Are you craving for a top-notch adult animated sitcom? If yes, “Big Mouth” is the one you should watch. Well, this sitcom showcases a hilarious story about a group of teenage friends and the sort of wonders as well as horrors that they come across during puberty. I have enjoyed watching both season one and two. And I can’t wait to put my hands on season three which is all geared up to launch this fall. Fingers crossed!
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/81%
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5. Bates Motel
“Bates Motel” is one of the most loved psychological horror dramas. Therefore, it would be apt to put it on the watchlist. Talking about the plot, it’s based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel of the same name and follows a woman called “Norma” who is fighting against evil to protect herself and her son. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in the lead roles, the TV series has got a lot of accolades and even grabbed three People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Cable TV Drama, and for Favorite Cable TV Actress and Actor.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%/91%
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6. Black Mirror
“Black Mirror” has excelled as a science fiction anthology television series in all aspects. The series takes a close look at modern society, exploring twisted and high-tech near future. Though the beginning may take some time to hold your attention, you would like to unravel humanity’s biggest achievements and darkest instincts as the show goes ahead. Due mainly to the unique concept, Black Mirror has got high praise both from fans and critics. On top of all, its two episodes, “San Junipero” (from the third series) and “USS Callister” (fourth series) have taken home as many as six grammy awards.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%/91%
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Are you up for an excellent science fiction thriller TV series? I would recommend you to give a chance to”Dark” which is a German science fiction thriller that has proved to be a massive hit on Netflix. What makes this television series so intriguing is the plot where a child’s sudden disappearance exposes several jaw-dropping secrets. With a good many twists and turns, Dark will completely engross you into the story. And therefore you would want to dig out all the secrets at one stretch.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/93%
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8. Documentary Now!
Simply put, “Documentary Now!” is one of the best mockumentary television series on Netflix. And if want your binge-watching to offer plenty of rib-tickling moments, it would be a great option. Personally, I have liked the way it spoofs many celebrated documentary films. Its style of parodying each documentary with a pretty similar but fictitious subject is worthy of praise. Highly recommended!
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/(Audience Score not available)
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9. F Is for Family
When you have a fascinating adult animated sitcom like “F Is for Family” always ready for your attention, your free time should never be boring. Set in the early 1970s, the series is about a suburban Irish-American family which is almost always on the turmoil. With a good dose of drama and comedy, the show has got all the tricks up its sleeve to be your favorite. Having really enjoyed all the three seasons, I am eagerly waiting for the fourth season which is all set to arrive in 2020.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%/92
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10. The Crown
Based on the highly acclaimed play named “The Audience” by Peter Morgan, The Crown is a historical drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The TV series also takes a close look at Elizabeth II’s famed romance and political rivalries. While Claire Foy has portraited the role of the queen in season one and two, Olivia Colman will be the queen in the third and fourth season. A must watch if you have a penchant for a historical drama.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/95
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11. American Crime
If you are hunting for an immensely popular anthology crime drama, look no further than “American Crime”. It pays more emphasis on two things: American life and the criminal justice system. The best part about this TV series is that it reveals a different story arc each season, thereby keeping the interest intact. Led by fully capable stars like Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco, American Crime has acquired a cult status.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/88
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12. Arrested Development
Very few American television sitcoms are as ever-lasting as Arrested Development (2003). It’s about a Bluth family – once a major name in the business – suddenly finds itself in deep trouble when the head of the family is convicted in fraud. As a result, the entire responsibility comes down on the son “Michael Bluth”. But can he succeed in keeping the whole dysfunctional family intact as new troubles seem to crop up too frequently even before the old ones are settled down?
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%/82
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13. Better Call Saul
“Better Call Saul” is what you need to give plenty of food to your food. In this television crime drama series, you would watch an ex-con artist (Jimmy McGill) turning into a small-time attorney. McGill faces several roadblocks as he tries to completely transform himself into his alter ego called Saul Goodman. But will his tiring effort ever succeed in bearing the desired fruits? To find out the gripping story, you will have to watch Better Call Saul.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/96
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A dramatic thriller like “Bloodline” deserves a place in your showtime. This TV series explores the dark secrets that have been buried beneath the surface of an American family. While the entire family is trying its best to keep the demons hidden, the black sheep son is hell-bent on exposing them. What are those dark secrets that the family is trying to keep under the wrap at all hazards?
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%/76
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15. BoJack Horseman
Though “BoJack Horseman” didn’t have a massive success when it was first launched in 2014, it became a big success later on. In this adult animated comedy-drama series, you would watch a humanoid horse who was once a star in a popular 1990s sitcom. 20 years later, he has lost his popularity. However, he is still desperate to make a grand comeback. Starring “Will Arnett” as the title character, the comedy-drama series is fun-filled and a treat to watch.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%/95
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“Bodyguard” is a hugely successful British crime drama/action series that has achieved the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama. The plot revolves around Police Sergeant David Budd – a British army war veteran. When he is assigned the principal protection officer for the home secretary, things become more volatile. Discover the series of big controversies including the government’s monitoring of private information that come to lite.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/82
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17. Breaking Bad
Should you think that the time is ripe to unravel a classy neo-western crime drama TV series, “Breaking Bad” would be an excellent pick. The series follows the life of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) – a troubled chemistry teacher – who is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer. Finding himself on the verge of death, he turns to a life of crime to earn enough money for the family. But, will his ambition ever be fulfilled?
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/98
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18. Dead to Me
What about having a go at a black comedy? “Dead to Me” has proved to be a blockbuster on Netflix thanks to the fascinating story. The plot is set around the friendship between Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini). The former has just lost her husband and is extremely depressed. Just when Jen feels alone, she finds a real friend in the form of Judy who helps her recover from the big loss. A must for the folks who love black comedy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%/95
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As someone who loves watching satirical fantasy sitcom, I have found “Disenchantment” a real deal. Set in the medieval kingdom of Dreamland, this animated fantasy series is about a rebellious and alcoholic princess called “Bean”. It stars the voices of notable actors like Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, and Nat Faxon. Watch it to give your free time a handful of hilarious comedies to cherish.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%/75
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20. Fawlty Towers
A lot of TV series come and go. While some never seem to lose their charm, others get lost in the oblivion within just a few years. Well, “Faulty Towers” belongs to the former groups due mainly to its amazing story. That’s why even after more than 40 years, it has found a place in this lineup. The British television sitcom (broadcast on BBC2 in 1975-79) was enormously popular four decades and hasn’t lost its charm even one bit today. That clearly shows how much love it’s got over the years.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%/95
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“Friends” is the sort of American television sitcom which you would enjoy watching tirelessly again and again. It boasts an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry. Due mainly to its immense popularity, it lasted for 10 consecutive seasons and first aired from 1994-2004 on NBC. Talking about the plot, it basically portraits friends’ fun-loving comedic and romantic adventure in a unique way. Do I need to say more about one of the most famous TV shows of all time or let you unravel the intriguing tale by watching it? It would be way better if you unpack the show as my words wouldn’t be able to describe the story even one bit.
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%/96
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When you talk about one of the best comedies on Netflix, it would be unfair to keep “Glow” out of the discussion. The best part about this comedy TV series is the way it has fictionalized the characters of the 1980s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Quickly watch both the first and second seasons as the third one is all set to premiere on August 9, 2019.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%/90
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All I can say about “Frasier” is amazing. This American sitcom was broadcast first on NBC and successfully ran for 11 consecutive seasons from 1993 to 2004. As for the plot, it’s set around Frasier Crane (a Seattle psychiatrist) who offers handy advice on his popular call-in radio show. However, he completely ignores the same advice in his personal relationships. And that leads him in trouble time and again.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%/92
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24. Halt and Catch Fire
If you are fascinated by the personal computer revolution and the world wide web, you shouldn’t give a miss to “Halt and Catch Fire”. It provides a fictionalized insider’s view of both the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and the massive growth of the world wide web of the 1990s. Though the subject is a bit serious, you wouldn’t find it boring at all.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%/93
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25. House of Cards
“House of Cards” doesn’t need any introduction, does it? Just in case you are unaware of this political thriller, let me tell you that it’s undoubtedly one of the most loved Netflix originals. The story follows Frank Underwood – a Democrat who has been appointed the secretary of the state. After achieving power, he along with his wife decides to take on all the people who betrayed him. Watch the whole series to relish the awesome political twists and game-changing masterstrokes.
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%/76
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Keep Your Binge-Watching Rocking with the Best Netflix TV Series
Now that you have got a variety of top-notch TV series at your disposal, go on for along streaming spree along with your friends and loved ones. But before getting lost in the plot, feel free to share your thoughts about our lineup of the best TV series on Netflix. Also, let us know about the ones you like a lot and would love to include them on the list.