If you've ditched regular TV and you're getting your fix online, we bet you're using Netflix. The online streaming platform has more than 140 million subscribers worldwide, so it's made sure there's a diverse range of Netflix shows, as well as exclusive Netflix TV series, for viewers with a range of tastes to enjoy.
UPDATE: The highly-anticipated third season of Stranger Things is finally here! It's time to whiz back to 1984 and head to Hawkins, Indiana to find out what our favourite bunch of kids are up to. It has had a lot to live up to, but we think the third season may be the best yet – it's creepy, addictive, full of awesome characters we've all come to love and brimming with colourful 80's nostalgia – what's not to love?
Netflix offers a huge number of TV shows, from old classic sitcoms and soaps to the site's own Netflix Originals, produced in-house and birthing the likes of Bojack Horseman, Orange is the New Black, and the brilliantly quirky Russian Doll - which has just been renewed for a second season, hooray!
But long gone are the days when there'd be one big show everyone was talking about at the water cooler – now there's all sorts of big-hitters and cult hits competing for your eyeballs, with TV shows being added and removed from Netflix on almost a daily basis.
And the streaming platform will need to keep up its winning streak of great TV content because with rising subscription prices and fierce competition from the likes of Disney+ it's in danger of becoming everyone's second favourite online subscription service.
But, until them, the big question is: how do you know which TV shows are really worth watching, and which are just your coworkers's terrible tastes?
What are you looking for?
We've put together this guide to the best Netflix shows that you can watch in the UK right now – and so you can keep up-to-date with Netflix's busy release schedule, which we'll be updating you on once a week. You can check out the box to the right for the best Netflix shows by category – comedy, drama, sci-fi, Netflix Originals, and the like – or read on below for what's coming and going on the service.
If you're more of an Amazon Prime fan, and there's a lot to love about this Netflix rival at the moment, then you can see all the best Amazon Prime TV shows in our separate guide.
New Netflix TV shows
There's a great selection of new shows to watch on Netflix right now, including the second season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is even stronger, darker and spookier than the first, as well as a new season of Charlie Brooker's sci-fi future shock series Black Mirror.
Last month our top pick was When They See Us, the hard-hitting new drama miniseries from Ava DuVernay, which is a powerful look at systemic racism in the US featuring some exceptional performances. In fact, since its release earlier this month, the show has become the most popular series Netflix has ever featured on the platform - in short, it's a must-watch.
Netflix has also welcomed the third and final season of Jessica Jones, the season season of Dark, a German language Netflix Original series, and, finally the third season of Stranger Things – which could just be the best yet.
What's coming soon on Netflix?
For Netflix TV shows, there's a lot to look forward to later in the year too.
If you just can't get enough of David Harbour after your most recent Stranger Things 3 binge, then you'll be happy to hear he's releasing a mockumentary on Netflix on July 16, called Frankenstein's Monster's Monster: Frankenstein. From the trailer, released earlier this week, it looks like a funny spoof, with great acting from Harbour.
The final season of Orange is the New Black will arrive on the streaming platform on July 26, 2019 and the third season of GLOW will land on August 9, 2019.
There's also a whole host of great TV shows that have been renewed for another season, like Bojack Horseman, The Crown, Manhunter, Lucifer and Sex Education, but no official details about launch dates have been revealed.
Neil Gaiman fans will be happy to hear that it looks like Netflix and Warner have agreed on a deal to bring Gaiman's fantastical Sandman horror stories to life. Early reports suggest there will be 10 episodes based on the award-winning comic books and Gaiman himself will be co-writing at least one of the episodes. Get ready to enter The Dreaming!
Here's some of the brilliant Netflix UK shows you can expect in 2019:
- Frankenstein's Monster's Monster: Frankenstein - July 16, 2019
- Orange is the New Black, Final Season - July 26, 2019
- GLOW, Season 3 - August 9, 2019
- Disenchantment, Part 2 - September 20, 2019
- The Witcher - before the end of 2019
- Bojack Horseman, New Season - Date Unknown
- The Crown, New Season - Date Unknown
- Manhunter, New Season - Date Unknown
- Lucifer, New Season - Date Unknown
- Sex Education, New Season - Date Unknown
- Ozark, New Season - Date Unknown
- Umbrella Academy, New Season - Date Unknown
- For more, read our round up of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix
Netflix UK FAQ: quick questions answered
How much does Netflix cost in the UK? There are a few different plans you can choose from in the UK, depending on whether you want to watch in SD, HD, or Ultra HD (4K), and how many separate devices you want to watch on. The current pricing is as follows:
Basic– £5.99 per month – With the cheapest membership option, you can watch one one screen at a time in Standard Definition, and download videos to one mobile device.
Standard – £7.99 per month – This membership allows you to watch in HD on two screens at a time and download videos to two mobile devices.
Premium – £9.99 per month – The most expensive subscription allows you to watch in HD and Ultra HD on four screens at a time, and download videos to four mobile devices.
Netflix says that "High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) availability subject to your internet service and device capabilities and not all content [is] available in HD or Ultra HD." See our which Netflix plan guide to see why this matters.
How can I get a free Netflix account? Netflix offers new customers a free month of the service as a trial period – simply choose a membership type and payment plan and your first month will be free.
At the end of this period, if you choose to continue watching Netflix, you'll be charged one "low monthly fee" regardless of how much you used the service and on how many devices you watched videos on.
Netflix will send you a reminder towards the end of your trial period – if you want to cancel your membership, you can do so at any time during this period and you won't be charged.
Can I watch live TV on Netflix? No – you can only watch films and TV series from Netflix's rather extensive library. If you want to watch live TV in the UK, you can try services like Sky's Now TV, BBC iPlayer, or ITV Hub.
Is Amazon Prime better than Netflix? The answer to that question really depends on the shows and movies you want to watch. Check out our roundup of the best Amazon Prime Video TV Shows for an idea of what you can watch on Amazon Prime. You can also read our Amazon Prime review for more information on what the service offers.
Do you get Netflix free with Sky Q? Netflix can be accessed on a Sky Q box, but it doesn't come for free – you'll still need to sign in with a paid-for Netflix subscription. However, if you opt for Sky's Ultimate on Demand package, it will integrate Netflix billing with your Sky bill, while reducing its cost and unlocking Netflix recommendations within the Sky Q interface. If you're paying for both services, it's well worth combining them in this way as a result.
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