Top 10 Netflix original shows you can binge right now
Monday 15th May 2017

It's pretty hard to believe Netflix has only been making original TV shows for five years.

But despite its relatively short lifespan, in that time they have brought us some of the best content around. Here’s 10 of the best...

1. House of Cards

There’s a reason this is at the top of the list. House of Cards is the story of a man whose lust for power pushes him to do even the most despicable things. 

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is slimy, sneaky and above all, very clever. 

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like on the inside of the White House then this is the show for you.

2. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black perfectly toes the line between drama and comedy in a way that very few shows can manage. The predominately female cast works well as an ensemble and you’ll find it tough to pick a favourite.

Some standouts include Red (Kate Mulgrew), the most powerful person in the prison who commands respect from everyone around her, and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) who might be the funniest character on an already hilarious show. Plus, it's tough to forget the enigmatic Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba).

Mostly though, what makes this series so great is the way it can break your heart and make you laugh in the same breath.

3. Narcos

It’s been said that Pablo Escobar’s biggest problem was finding a place to store his money.

This show breathes life into the myths surrounding Colombia’s most famous drug lord. The shades of grey depicted by the story force the viewer to question who’s really in the right.

This is epitomised by Escobar himself (Pedro Pascal) who exists constantly in a state of flux sometimes seeming sympathetic and caring before suddenly revealing a dark, sinister nature.

4. Daredevil

With two seasons under its belt, this superhero show has made itself the cornerstone of Marvel’s Netflix universe.

Following blind lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) the show really shines on its great casting with the villain, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), being a particular stand-out.

The introduction of the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in the second season adds another level to the world and a whole lot more firepower.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Fast-paced, fun and extremely loveable, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt brings a quick-witted style of comedy reminiscent of 30 Rock.

Ellie Kemper, who plays Kimmy, radiates a relentless positivity that perfectly suits the quirky nature of the show.

If you want something that’s easy to binge watch then this is the show for you.

6. Making a Murder

Steven Avery spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. So what happens when he’s found guilty of a grisly murder and the facts just don’t stack up?

Lovers of the podcast Serial will find the same kind of dark intrigue available here.

Did he do it? You decide. 

7. Jessica Jones

Marvel and Netflix has been a winning combination and this is not the only time the two appear in this list.

If you like your superheroes with a little bit more humanity then this is definitely for you. Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter) is the badass private detective who takes it upon herself to stop the evil Purple Man (David Tennant).

The characters are interesting, the fight scenes are tense and Tennant’s character is the kind of bad guy you just love to hate.

8. BoJack Horseman

BoJack (Will Arnett) is an anthropomorphic horse who used to be a big TV star. Now he lives with his co-dependent roommate (Aaron Paul) and has an on-again off-again relationship with his agent (Amy Sedaris) who is also a Persian cat.

While it may sound like an off-the-wall comedy BoJack actually showcases a lot of depth and takes a surprisingly layered stance on the actions of people with depression.

This, along with razor-sharp wit, makes the series a must watch.

9. Master of None

Loosely based on the experiences of the very funny Aziz Ansari, this sitcom follows the life of New York-based actor Dev (Ansari) as he struggles with work, relationships and friends. 

Not only is it infinitely likeable in its own right but it does a fantastic job of navigating the hazards of modern life, in particular social media.

You might not fall out of your chair laughing but it’s very tough not to be entertained by this endearing series.

10. Marco Polo

I know what you’re thinking – but it’s not a TV show about people with their eyes closed trying to find each other in a swimming pool.

This slick historical drama has at least some basis in real events as it follows legendary explorer and inventor Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) as he travels through 13th Century Mongolia.

The series draws more than a passing comparison to Game of Thrones and even adds a martial arts angle for those who love a good fight sequence.

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