Netflix has more than 140 million subscribers last time we checked. Which means if you’ve ditched regular TV and you’re getting your fix online, you’re certainly not alone.
The streaming platform has been working hard to make sure it’s full of a diverse range of TV shows, from exclusive series created by the Netflix studios through to classic shows and must-watch boxsets from other channels.
UPDATE: It’s been a fantastic few months for great new Netflix TV shows, some of our favourites have been Top Boy, Dark Crystal: age of resistance and GLOW, but there’s so much more to choose from – and plenty more on the way.
Some of the more recent new additions include the fourth and final season of The Good Place, as well as the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, which may not strictly be a TV show, but is more of a long final episode than a movie by our estimations anyway.
Although Netflix offers a huge number of TV shows, including old classic sitcoms and soaps, the site’s own Netflix Originals, produced in-house, have birthed 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!
Sadly, Rick and Morty season 4 won’t be coming to Netflix when its released in November – instead it will be available to watch on Channel 4.
That being said, there’s still 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.
The streaming platform will need to keep up its winning streak of great TV content, with rising subscription prices and fierce competition from the likes of Disney Plus, and Apple TV Plus when they launch later in the year.
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.
The highly-anticipated prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal is here. It’s a 10-part series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and it follows the earlier story of Thra.
If fantasy isn’t your thing, check out the first season of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series The Spy. Cohen stars as real-life Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who successfully went undercover in Syria in the early 1960s.
One of our top picks of the year so far is 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), the third season of Stranger Things – which could just be the best yet – and the final season of Orange is the New Black.
And if you just can’t get enough of Stranger Things star David Harbour, you’ll be happy to hear he’s released a mockumentary on Netflix called Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster: Frankenstein. From the trailer (below), you’ll see it’s a funny spoof, with great acting from Harbour.
What’s coming soon to Netflix?
For Netflix TV shows, there’s a lot to look forward to later in the year too.
We’re delighted that Netflix‘s Emmy award-winning series The Crown, will return for a third season on November 17. The hugely popular historical drama returns with a new cast, with recent Oscar winner Olivia Colman taking over from Claire Foy in the lead role.
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:
- The Crown – November 17, 2019
- The Witcher – late 2019
- Bojack Horseman, 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) – dependent on the strength of your internet – and how many separate devices you want to watch on.
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.
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.