After signing up to Netflix to watch Breaking Bad, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, it can be difficult to choose a new show to follow the big-hitters.
Never fear though: this list should be taken as a sign that your evenings should forevermore be spent binge-watching. Pippa Day looks at the best TV shows on Netflix that you haven’t already seen.
Too little time to commit to a nine-season epic? Don’t panic: this extraordinary Channel 4 conspiracy thriller only has twelve episodes in total thus far. A visually stunning series boasting a killer soundtrack, dramatic violence and complex characters, if you missed this on TV the first time round don’t hesitate to watch it now.
American Horror Story
If you’re not too timid for some bloodcurdling scares, American Horror Story should be a strong contender for your Netflix list. Armed with an ensemble cast that changes characters each season to create separate self-contained stories, the premise alone is intriguing. Netflix currently has the first two seasons up – Murder House and Asylum – with the former following goings-on in the world’s most terrifying home, and the second taking in serial killers, demonic possession and wall-to-wall insanity. Lovely.
From Dusk Til Dawn
Based on the cult film of the same name (written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez), From Dusk Til Dawn follows two criminals on the run who accidentally stumble upon a strip club full of vampires. The show is developed by Rodriguez himself and is a Netflix original. It’s been well-received so far.
This adult animated comedy about a spy agency follows master operative Sterling Archer (code name: Duchess) as he tackles global espionage, having his mother as his boss and an ex-girlfriend as a co-worker. Netflix has 62 hilarious twenty-minute episodes to watch, if you’ve already seen Arrested Development and the US Office and need laughs in your life.
Sons of Anarchy
This compelling drama follows a Californian biker gang, with rising British star Charlie Hunnam playing the troubled vice-president of the club. It’s one of the most acclaimed series in recent years, taking an in-depth look at both crime and close-knit collectives. Veteran character ace Ron Perlman is on hand to lend extra gravitas.
Each of the six satirical Black Mirror episodes have an individual narrative, and focus on the dark side (and possibilities) of technology. From a darkly funny political thriller featuring a pig to an emotive drama about the clone of a dead man, this series will make you think twice about the screens in your everyday life. Charlie Brooker’s twisted tales won an International Emmy in 2012 for Best TV Mini-Series.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
If Black Mirror sounds too challenging, why not try a cheery sitcom about five slacker friends who run an Irish pub? This is the cult show with pleasant sounding title and grotty plot lines. The characters aren’t likable, but as an ensemble (with Danny DeVito on board from season 2, no less) they work brilliantly together.
This post-apocalyptic gem focuses on the inhabitants of a small town after nuclear attacks leave them isolated. Cancelled after its first season then brought back for a final seven episodes, Jericho is co-created, executive produced and written by Stephen Chbosky, writer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
A dream come true for anyone stuck behind a computer who wishes for a life of excitement, Chuck follows a bored worker in his mid-twenties who accidentally downloads government secrets to his brain – and must be protected by the CIA and NSA. All 91 forty-something minute episodes are available to stream. Phew.
Another US sitcom to chortle about, The League centers around a fantasy football league. Watch out for the guest stars in this one, including Girls star Allison Williams, Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk, Snoop Dogg and a collection of NFL players and analysts.
Feel like something quirky? Why not a space western. Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series takes place in 2517 on the spaceship ‘Serenity’, with nine ensemble cast members making up the crew. Sadly, there’s only one season of Firefly to watch – the show was famously cancelled before it had time to gain the cult following it has today. But it’s still well worth the ride.
This satirical sketch show relies heavily on its cast (Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein), who improvise many of their lines. Another one for well-known guest stars: Olivia Wilde, Selma Blair, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and Jeff Goldblum have all appeared on the show.