Netflix started online streaming in 2007 after their billionth DVD delivery, but the biggest boost to their market power has been the creation of their own content which includes movies and television shows, starting from 2012. Today, the number of TV series on Netflix is endless.
Netflix was created in 1997, on the 29th of August by the joint efforts of Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph and in the following year, they launched their website. Hastings and Rudolph had the idea to take film rentals as it was practiced in America to the next next level by creating an online version. All subscribers had to do was to place an order for a DVD online and it would get delivered to their houses.
In 2019, they recorded 148 million subscriptions from all over the world with operations in more than 100 countries in the world which is a long way from 1998 when they only had 925 titles available and those were just DVD rentals, they also faced many setbacks and employee layoffs but right now, the content that is available to watch on their website and app is more than a million.
Having different production houses put their movies and TV series on Netflix while creating their own content has provided a plethora of movies and television shows that are available to stream on this platform. This is a list that has been created to help you streamline your options and watch fifteen of the very best TV series that are available on Netflix right now.
15 Interesting TV Series on Netflix to Watch Right Now
15. Stranger Things
This show was created by the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross and it is a web television series that airs exclusively on Netflix. Stranger Things has aired for three seasons, with each season having eight episodes. The TV series is set in 1985, in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things has a nostalgic feeling that comes from its music and costumes, all of which reinforce its temporal setting. At the helm of events is Eleven, a girl with psychokinetic powers played by Millie Bobby Brown. Its third season was released in 2019 and it is one of the most seen TV series on Netflix. If you are yet to see any previous episodes, do not fret as they are all available on Netflix.
As Netflix started to grow, they decided to acquire the rights of very old television shows, making some of these shows available to their subscribers and one of the shows they acquired is the sitcom, Friends. This show follows the six principal cast members, Rachael, Joey, Chandler, Monica, Ross, and Phoebe and it was originally aired from 1994 to 2004. Friends was one of the biggest comedy television series during that period and the fame it enjoyed then has made it a classic and an all-time fan favourite. The show got to be on Netflix because it was asked for by subscribers, but by 2020 it will be taken off that platform as Warner, the production house that made the show will start their own streaming service in 2020.
13. Black Mirror
When there is easy access to the most sophisticated technology available to man, the events that unfold is what the Netflix television show Black Mirror chronicles. This show presents its audience with technology that ranges from stimulated dates to electronic bees, each episode shows how people will either use technology to great ruin or for great good while reminding the audience that technology is not the enemy, rather the problem is how people use it. The fifth season of the show was released in 2019 and it promises to be as stimulating as the first four seasons.
12. Sex Education
With the rise of sex-positivity in pop culture, Sex Education is a welcome addition to Netflix. This show explores the lives of teenagers in a high school who have just discovered the pleasures of sex and how each of them navigates not just the act of sex but their sexual identities and preferences as well while making sure that different demographics are represented. Sex Education, as the name says, is an educative show on sex but its brilliance lies in how it sneaks in this education while providing entertainment that has been cleverly written.
11. Russian Doll
The Matryoshka doll is also known as the Russian Doll and it is a nesting doll that has layers of the same type of doll only in smaller sizes. This television series features the talents of Natasha Lyonne; who is the lead and also one of the show’s producers. Lyonne’s character is Nadia, who keeps dying on the night of her thirtieth birthday and coming back to life to relive the same day. With each death and reawakening, the audience sees more layers to Nadia’s personality just like the Matryoshka doll.
Richard Madden is the titular character who has been tasked to protect a politician he does not like and whose policies he does not agree with. He does his job begrudgingly while trying to balance a life plagued by the PTSD he suffers as a result of the time he spent in the Afghanistan war. Madden won a Golden Globe for his performance.
9. The Office
In the vein of old shows that have found their way to Netflix, the mockumentary The Office counts among the lot. This television show is based on the happenings in the lives of employees of a paper company, Dunder-Mifflin located in Scranton Pennsylvania. The character Michael Scott has been described as one of the most annoying characters to have existed in the history of television shows, despite this, he gives the show character and is a great example of how no one should behave in life or with their co-workers. But like Friends, The Office will be leaving Netflix but in 2021.
8. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj counts among the TV series on Netflix that isn’t only entertaining but educative as well. The series is a talk show hosted by Minhaj himself, where he talks about current political and social issues in the world. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian and because of this, the show does not have a serious tone as you would expect from a show of this nature. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj has aired for at least 2 seasons and it is a great find for anyone who would like to keep up with current events in the world, new episodes are released weekly.
7. Breaking Bad
Walter White is a high school teacher who decides to employ his knowledge of chemistry to the creation of meth so that he can pay his bills for chemotherapy, turns out his meth is the best there is in the market. The actions of Walter White unravel a number of consequences; these consequences are the premise on which the show is built.
6. When They See Us
The case of the Central Park Five occurred in 1989 and it led to the wrongful imprisonment of five young men. In 2019, Oprah Winfrey decided to produce the show, When They See Us, which is a four-part series on the crime, the ensuing court case and the aftermath of their imprisonment. This show is an expose on how deeply racism runs in the judicial system of the United States and the ruin that comes to the lives of people who have been wrongly imprisoned. Jharrel Jerome who plays the lead role of Korey Wise has been nominated for an Emmy which is one of the sixteen Emmys that the show has been nominated for.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
This show is based on the character in the comic book, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But, unlike the happy go lucky tone of the comics and of all the media that has been created from the comics, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a much darker version on the life of this young witch. She still faces the same problems of having to juggle her life as a witch and her regular life but with the added twist of occult practices.
4. BoJack Horseman
Adulthood is filled with things that your childhood does not prepare you for and sometimes despair settles when you realize how little your life means in the grand scheme of human existence. This Netflix television show is animated but this does not diminish the weight of the despair and dread that the titular character feels.
3. How I Met Your Mother
A man is asked by his kids how he met their mother and he decides to tell a long story that chronicles the terrible dates he had and the relationships that failed while he figured out the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and who eventually becomes their mother. This story lasts nine seasons, regardless of its length, it is a great watch.
2. Dating Around
One of the projects undertaken by Netflix is the creation of their own content and the reality web series and Dating Around is one of the fruits of this exercise. It is a reality show on the dating experiences that different people have and it is a great source of entertainment if you enjoy seeing the various ways people attempt to navigate the dating scene.
This is a retelling of the story of the devil where he is not portrayed as just a fallen angel who has been sent to the pit of hell to rule over the damned. Lucifer Morningstar is played by Tom Ellis and he is not the evil villain that the Christian faith has made him out to be but in this television show, he is a bad boy whose evil stops at excessive partying and he also helps the police to solve crime cases. The show was originally produced by Fox but when they decided to cancel it, Netflix swooped in and saved the show.