Nine overlooked shows you should watch on Netflix
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After your next great TV fix?

You’ve already binged Better Call Saul, marathoned Narcos and consumed Orange Is The New Black. But what about the wild cards in the pack?

Look beyond the obvious, and there’s a host of hidden treasure in Netflix UK’s television library.

Here are nine of the best under-appreciated shows to check out now.

iZombie

So many people are put off by the name alone. But this inspired mix of horror-comedy and detective drama is a refreshingly smart, funny and original take on the undead craze.

Main character Olivia is a morgue assistant who gains the memories of murder victims when she eats their brains – allowing her to help solve crimes. As wonderfully entertaining as the premise is weird and wacky.

Zoo

Zoo

Though it has divided viewers and critics, there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll fall in love with this preposterous thriller – about a rag-tag team of animal experts investigating a global pandemic of animal violence.

It’s won over an enthusiastic cult fanbase despite, or more likely because of, its sheer entertaining ridiculousness.

Spotless

Perhaps best-described as Breaking Bad only with crime scene clean-ups instead of meth making, this intriguing drama follows two French brothers living in London who start covering up the dirty work of a local British gangster.

The complex central relationship is a fascinating one, while their murky adventures in the capital’s seedy underbelly ramp up the tension. A genuine hidden treat.

Still Game

Still Game

One of the most popular sitcoms in Scotland (and beyond, thanks to UK-wide re-runs), this cult comedy about a pair of Glasgow pensioners is packed with neatly-observed gags.

A new series has recently been announced, but you can see what all the fuss was about in the first place here.

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The Wachowski siblings re-visit all the sci-fi elements that we love about the Matrix films, meaning you’ll definitely be seeing some nigh-on impossible stunts and fight scenes.

Behind all this there’s a global conspiracy threatening the well-being of our otherwise “super” ensemble, manifesting in a mysterious organisation (spoiler: they’re not in a computer program… yet).

Green Wing

The beautifully surreal sitcom, which ran for two acclaimed series on Channel 4 just over a decade ago, revolves around the weird and wonderful staff of an otherwise everyday hospital.

A show that helped launch the careers of various top British funnypeople, there are ingenious visual gags, hysterical confrontations and unforgettable oddball characters aplenty. You’ll laugh long and loudly.

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders

Thomas Shelby, played with razor-eyed intensity by the sublime Cillian Murphy, is an intelligent, ruthless and ambitious gangland leader in post World War One Birmingham. And the story of his rise to power amid political chaos – and the tangled web of his strained family around him – is riveting.

A top-notch supporting cast, including Tom Hardy as a bizarre yet deadly London boss, help bolster an essential tale of trauma, greed and exploitation. The modern rock soundtrack is barnstorming too.

Detectorists

Starring Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook (who also writes and directs), this BAFTA-winning comedy about a pair of metal detecting enthusiasts is an under-the-radar gem.

Played with real warmth and depth by their actors, the two lead characters are an eccentric, lovable delight – the small details of their ordinary yet optimistic lives writ large in a creation that is funny, clever and wonderfully observed.

The Get Down

The Get Down

Somewhat amazingly considering its status as one of the most expensive TV series ever made (and Netflix’s most expensive by a distance), this epic journey into the birth of early hip-hop has been somewhat overshadowed by another recent original addition: the excellent Stranger Things.

But thanks to its insatiable energy, incredible music and talented young cast, this insight into an exciting shifting New York scene is an essential watch.

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