The 30 best shows on Netflix (March 2019)

You’ve finished a show. The world no longer looks the same. That series which took root in your heart, taking over your life for weeks, months - years, even - is over, and now you’re at a loss. Luckily, the best shows on Netflix are plentiful. I guarantee that you can fill that void in your soul, and viewing schedule, right now by perusing this here list of suggestions.

In a matter of moments you can discover the next series destined to take over your every waking minute, whether something new on Netflix like Love, Death and Robots or The Umbrella Academy, or stalwarts like Breaking Bad and Daredevil. There is something here for *everyone*, and that doesn’t just mean for your tastes: wherever you are, location-wise, you can catch these series too! Just head on over to our recommendations for best VPN for Netflix, and you’ll be soon sorted and settling in for one of the best shows on Netflix. 

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30. Ash vs. Evil Dead

Region: UK, US

Season(s): 1-2 (US), 1 (UK)

The show: Decades after Ash’s final tussle with the Deadites and we’re back where we started: at a supermarket. Not for long, though, as the Necronomicon soon comes back into play and Ash is called out of retirement to battle the forces of darkness with his trademark wit and slapstick style. Fans of the Evil Dead film franchise are probably already devouring the series, but if you’re not, start now! Creator Sam Raimi, who gave us the original movies, is back as producer and Bruce Campbell returns as the buffoonish Ash.

Why it’s worth a watch: The series greatly improves upon what worked in the movies, and gives them a modern update. Instead of being stuck in one location, the show plays out like a cross-country slasher with Ash and his two sidekicks Pablo and Kelly leaving a trail of destruction wherever they go. Plus, gorehounds will dig how vile things get. Ash’s trip to the morgue will likely put you off your dinner. 

29. Bodyguard

Region: UK, US

Season(s): 1

The show: Whenever a show takes one country by storm, not long after the rest of the world asks: when can we see it, please? After hitting the UK and becoming one of THE biggest water cooler shows of the year, Bodyguard is now here for US viewers to devour in one sitting. I mean, weekend. Keeley Hawes stars in this six-parter, as Home Secretary and Conservative MP Julia Montague, who is under the protection of police sergeant David Budd (Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden), a war veteran with PTSD. He will do anything to ensure Julia’s safety, as that’s his job, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy: He loathes everything she stands for...

Why it’s worth a watch: Pure, can’t-tear-your-eyes-away entertainment that’s bound to have you saying “just one more episode before bed.” This is sterling television, a well-crafted crime thriller, which is what the BBC does best, that gets better and better with each episode. Don’t believe me? It’s officially the BBC’s most watched TV drama since records began.

Read more: Let’s talk about the Bodyguard TV series ending - 7 questions we have after THAT finale

28. Supergirl

Region: US

Season(s): 3

The show: Forget your dreary, downbeat superheroes. Supergirl, both the show and its title character, are replete with optimism and hope, steering this adaptation into new terrain. Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Danvers, AKA Supergirl, a 24-year-old assistant who struggles to ignore her abilities when there’s always justice to be served and good to be done! Packed with great action sequences - alright, season 1 wavers a little on this front - and unique twists on DC comic lore, this is a blast of fun in a typically dark arena of entertainment.

Why it’s worth a watch: Another small-screen superhero series? Following in the footsteps of The CW’s caped crusader-centric shows, Supergirl manages to be both a loyal adaptation of the character and a wholly entertaining show in its own right. A fun and compelling series that dabbles with current social issues without bringing down the atmosphere.

Read more: 10 reasons why Supergirl defies our expectations 

27. Love, Death and Robots

Region: Worldwide

Season(s): 1

The show: An animated anthology series, you say? Oh go on, then! This latest Netflix Original hits screens with a pow, looping in the considerable talents of David Fincher and Tim Miller to tell stories of a distinctly adult nature across a breadth of topics. That named duo serve as executive producers, overseeing this cacophony of 18 tales, that vary from those exclusively animated to some that incorporate live-action. The stories themselves aren’t a million miles away from Black Mirror, yet, they have their own distinct adult edge that incorporates a lot of sex, violence, and… *checks notes*, yep, sentient yogurt.

Why it’s worth a watch: Err… did you not read the part where I mentioned adult animation?! This series sounds like exactly the type of ambitious, boundary-breaking entertainment Netflix prides itself on, and Love, Death and Robots doesn’t disappoint on that front. Take a step outside of your comfort zone, and let the darkness take you over.

Read more: From the directors of Gone Girl and Deadpool comes a NSFW animated anthology series unlike anything you’ve ever seen

26. Alias Grace

Region: UK, US

Season(s): 1

The show: Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale eager for another helping of small-screen Margaret Atwood should look no further than Alias Grace. This limited series takes place back in completely different era than the award-winning Hulu series - the 1840s - yet still finds its women in a similar circumstance. Sarah Gadon tackles the lead role as Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who works in Canada as a house servant, who is found guilty of the murder of her employer and his housekeeper. The question is: did she really do it? As her supposed co-conspirator, a groundskeeper, is hanged, Grace is sent to prison for life where her notoriety grows. 

Why it’s worth a watch: Sick of all the usual bizarro Netflix crime shows? Don’t be deterred by Alias Grace. This is true crime, Victorian-style from Mary Harron, the director of American Psycho. It’s replete with all of the trimmings of the era as Atwood took inspiration from a real-life case in 1843 to form the basis for her novel. And really this is like ahem, killing, two birds with one stone: you get to watch a crime show and you get your fill of corsets too. 

25. The Umbrella Academy

Region: Worldwide

Season(s): 1

The show: When musicians turn their eye to the written word, it can - sometimes - result in highly-publicized disaster. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way avoided that eventuality when he co-wrote The Umbrella Academy, a comic series which has gone on to receive much acclaim and now, a small-screen adaptation on Netflix. 

A group of superheroes are born in this world, from unsuspecting mothers who didn't begin the day pregnant(!), on the same day in 1989. Seven of those are taken in by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates The Umbrella Academy - an unconventional superhero school for the gifted orphans. The show opens on Hargreeves’ passing, when his now-adult seven children reunite to grieve and solve the mystery surrounding his death.

Why it’s worth a watch: Wearing its biggest influence on its sleeve - the X-Men - this is so much more than the X-Men coming together to solve Professor X’s death. The Umbrella Academy has its own style, choosing to tell a intriguing story about family struggle with a dash of genre, and oh boy, that soundtrack!

24. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Region: Worldwide

Season(s): 1-4

The show: When it first dropped in 2015, Kimmy Schmidt’s theme song was all anyone could talk about. And yes, while it’s a hummable-as-fudgin’-heck, there’s more to this eccentric comedy from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. A zany sitcom with heart and silliness in equal amounts, the show begins with New York newbie Kimmy Schmidt starting with a fresh slate after spending the previous fifteen years trapped in a doomsday cult led by the deranged Reverend Gary Wayne Gary (an eerily-good Jon Hamm). Now in the big city, Kimmy discovers a new-found joy for living, that’s got a distinct ‘90s edge.

Why it's worth a watch: It's as if 30 Rock never ended. But with added Carol Kane, who absolutely slays it as Kimmy's wiseass landlady, Jane Krakowski, who continues to be one of the funniest comics on the small screen, and the musical genius who gave us Peeno Noir and Boobs in California, Titus Andromedon.

23. Sex Education

Region: Worldwide

Season(s): 1

The show: Everyone has, at some point in their lives, experienced the soul-crushing, please-swallow-me-up-Earth awkwardness of discussing the birds and the bees with their parents. It’s a rite-of-passage. Now, take that feeling, and multiply it by a thousand, and you’re somewhat close to the embarrassment at the heart of Sex Education. A Netflix Original starring Gillian Anderson as Jean Milburn, a sex therapist, the series revolves around her son, Otis played by Asa Butterfield. Unlike his chatty, open, mother, Otis is a little backwards in coming forwards, until he and his friends assemble their own sex therapy clinic for their classmates. 

Why it’s worth a watch: Fresh and easy to binge due to its fun, young cast, you may go in expecting crass humour - and you’re going to get some along with the heartfelt life lessons learned by its core crop of kids. Less concerned with preaching, the series is all about opening your mind and embracing our differences, which, may sound sentimental, but it’s really anything but. 

22. Flowers

Region: UK, US

Season(s): 1 (UK), 1-2 (US)

The show: Sometimes shows slip through the cracks, despite deserving bigger audiences to devour them, and Flowers, a sublime dark comedy from the BBC is one of those gems. Like all good dark comedies, it ventures to some bizarre places, and in this case - it goes there immediately; the series opens as on the botched suicide attempt of depressed children’s author Maurice (Julian Barratt). Living in a countryside abode with his wife, Deborah (Olivia Colman) whose inner life is somewhat scattered as well, and twin sons, the repercussions of his failed hanging continue to cause an unexpected chain of events.

Why it’s worth a watch: It’s BBC but not as you know it. This series isn’t afraid to go way over the line and then some. The Flowers family have bad luck, certainly, yet it’s their inability to handle that which makes this such a deliciously twisted drama. 

21. Friends

Region: UK, US

Season(s): 1-10

The show: The one where all the twentysomethings can afford spacious Manhattan apartments. Yes, I’m talking about Friends! Upon its debut in 1994 the show became an instant hit, and even now some 14 years after its finale aired, it is still considered one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. It’s hard to disagree, really, as the series continues to get better with age, following the lives of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler as they navigate through good times and bad. Oh, and numerous Thanksgiving mishaps, of course.

Why it’s worth watching: This is great feelgood TV, that performs so well and stands up to repeat viewings because the main cast is just so darn likeable. From the first episode, each of the six leads carves out a unique spot in the show without coming across like caricatures. Sure, Ross may get a tad whiny in later seasons, but hey, he’s been through a lot. They were on a break, right?

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