The hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends so with that in mind, here’s a sling of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.
In the mix, you’ll find a good batch of thrillers, true crime, anthologies and some insanely good historical drama.
Here are 14 of the best shows on Netflix.
The Devil Next Door
True crime buffs assemble because this is one of those ‘I can’t believe this actually happened’ series. The Devil Next Door tells the shocking true story of John Demjanjuk, a retired Ukrainian-American mechanic living a peaceful life with his family in the burbs of Cleveland, Ohio in the 1980s. So far, so normal right? Things kind of go south for Demjanjuk when a group of Holocaust survivors identify the humble mechanic’s photograph as “Ivan the Terrible”—a notoriously cruel Nazi death camp guard who tortured and killed nearly one million Jewish prisoners during World War II. When Demjanjuk is extradited to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity a media frenzy erupts as the case becomes a race against time for both the defendant and his victims.
It seems like Ian Somerhalder just can’t get enough of the vamp life. The former Vampire Diaries star is back but this time he’s on the other side of humanity. In V Wars, Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, the town splits into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of vampires. Swann races against time to try to find a cure, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. This totally binge-worthy series hits screens 5 December.
Queer Eye: We're in Japan!
Our favourite Fab Five are back and this time they’re in Japan, bringing all their good vibes and great style to Tokyo. With the help of Japanese Insta star Kiko Mizuhara, they’re injecting their special kind of magic into the lives of a bunch of adorable locals. There’s sweet hospice nurse Yoko who’s given up on herself in favour of helping everyone else, Kan who is struggling to live as a gay man in Japan, and manga artist Kae who has been bullied her whole life. As usual expect bulk tears and moments so special your heart will feel like it’s going to burst.
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings
Dolly Parton has her own show and we’re digging it. If you’ve needed a heart-warmer to pull you out of your true crime binge, then Dolly is the gal to do just that. This anthology series showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. There will be tales of love and inspiration to family dramas, westerns and even revenge comedies. There’s a slew of epic actors taking part in the series including Julianne Hough, Kathleen Turner, Ginnifer Goodwin, Melissa Leo and Bellamy Young. The best bit? New and classic Dolly music will score every ep.
The Confession Killer
Note: this is not the kind of show you put on in the background, it’s going to require your full attention because it’s absolutely wild. The Confession Killer is about Henry Lee Lucas, who during the early '80s, confessed to hundreds of unsolved murders. Even with no direct evidence linking Lucas to the crime scenes, he convinced authorities he was their guy thanks to his ability to sketch victims' portraits while citing brutal details of each attack. The kicker? Journalists began to find problems in Lucas’ timeline, and DNA testing started to contradict his claims. Yep, we said this five-part docuseries was wild! It drops 6 December.
When teenager Marie Adler, played by Kaitlyn Dever, files a police report claiming she's been sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home, the investigating detectives, as well as the people closest to her, come to doubt the truth of her story. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (played by Emmy winners Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist.Unbelievable is inspired by the real events in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode, Anatomy of Doubt.
When They See Us
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of colour, labelled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. This four-part limited series focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
After his mum overdoses on heroin, Joshua Cody (known as “J”) moves to southern California to live with his estranged grandmother and uncles. He soon finds out that his grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody and her kids do for a living – they plan out complex arm robberies and criminal activities and soon, J finds himself inside a web of crime. Based off the Aussie film by the same name, Animal Kingdom is no doubt the type of show you’ll get addicted to with a bunch of disturbed characters and a borderline incestuous type of motherly love.
A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby who you know in real life as the legendary Cillian Murphy, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. Peaky Blinders is the absolute crime drama you need to binge through if you already haven’t.
On the same day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
Perhaps one of the biggest shows on Netflix, The Crown (based on the award-winning play The Audience) tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. The Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times and the series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench probe further into the psyches of those who have done the unthinkable. With help from psychologist Wendy Carr, they apply their groundbreaking behavioural analysis to hunting notorious serial killers. Inspired by true events the series is directed by David Fincher who you know from Gone Girl and Zodiac. Watch Mindhunter here.
American Horror Story
Definitely one to keep the lights on for. American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by the famed horror-team, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Each season is set in a different time period with a whole new creation of characters. We’ve seen a coven, freak show, cult and a whole lot of other creepy stuff going down here. Have fun sleeping.
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