The 10 Best Netflix Shows and Series to Watch in 2021

Finding a great show to stream on Netflix can sometimes be mind-boggling. But don’t worry – the On TV Tonight team have delved deep into the Netflix library to present the 10 best shows and series to binge right now. Binge on!


10. CLICKBAIT

What we think: Talented Australian director and writer Tony Ayres is behind the creation of this intense thriller where Adrian Grenier steps right away from his Entourage personae. When family man, Nick Brewer, is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist, those closest to him race to uncover who is behind it and why. There are a few twists and turns here and some are inexplicable, but it does open a window on the internet and cyberspace and how it can detrimentally affect a person’s life.

Director: BRAD ANDERSON, EMMA FREEMAN, CHERIE NOLAN, BEN YOUNG
Cast: ADRIAN GRENIER, ZOE KAZAN, BETTY GABRIEL, PHOENIX RAEI, CAMARON ENGELS, ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, JESSICA COLLINS

9. THE CHAIR

What we think: As she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University, Dr. Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of colour at the university. Ji-Yoon struggles to meet sometimes outrageous demands and high expectations of the failing department and the views of entrenched faculty and the university hierarchy. It’s an entertaining look at the culture of life on campus, coupled with the commitment to family and relationships. Sandra Oh gives an excellent performance as Dr. Ji-Yoon.

Director: DANIEL GRAY LONGINO
Cast: SANDRA OH, JAY DUPLASS, HOLLAND TAYLOR, DAVID MORSE, BOB BALABAN, NANA MENSAH, RANDY KOVITZ

8. TRAITORS

What we think: You really don’t know who to trust in this espionage thriller. Everyone is spying on everyone else, and all have their own agenda. Emma Appleton heads an excellent ensemble cast as Feef Symonds, a young British woman training to become a spy overseas when WWII ends and her aspiration of living an exciting life full of purpose ends. She is then approached by her American lover, who is working for the American intelligence. He recruits her to work for the Americans as she becomes a civil servant secretary, in order to find Russian moles, which they believe infiltrated the British Government. This is compelling viewing and requires a bit of concentration to keep up with who is double-crossing who.

Director: DEARBHLA WALSH, ALEX WINCKLER
Cast: EMMA APPLETON, KEELEY HAWES, LUKE TREADAWAY, STANLEY TOWNSEND, STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE, PHOEBE NICHOLLS

7. GOOD GIRLS

What we think: Christina Hendricks shakes off her Madmen personae in this comedy crime caper as Beth Boland, one of three suburban Michigan mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of having everything taken away from them, so they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket, only to discover that they’re in for more than they bargained. Their successful robbery attracts the attention of the store manager after he recognises one of the women, but for a different reason altogether than just the money. This is good viewing if you like your crime with a few laughs thrown in.

Director: MICHAEL WEAVER, ERIC TIGNINI, DAN PARISOT, ANDREW MCCARTHY
Cast: CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, RETTA, MAE WHITMAN, RENO WILSON, MANNY MONTANA, MATTHEW LILLARD, ZACH GILFORD, JAMES LESURE, LAUREN LAPKUS

6. OPEN YOUR EYES

What we think: This enthralling thriller is based on the novel by Polish writer Katarzyna Berenika Miszczuk. The story follows Julia, who finds herself at an amnesia treatment centre in the aftermath of a terrible accident that killed her family, as she begins to form bonds with other patients who have experienced oddly similar traumas. She meets Adam, a mysterious boy, who becomes her guide. When she starts to have strange dreams and visions that feel all too real, she begins to question if this place is really what it promises to be. Julia fights to escape from the institution in an effort to discover the truth: this world is not what it seems.

Director: ANNA JADOWSKA, ADRIAN PANEK
Cast: MARIA WAWRENIUK, MARTA NIERADKIEWICZ, IGNACY LISS, WOJCIECH DOLATOWSKI, MARCIN CZARNIK, KAROL BERNACKI

5. CASE

What we think: We’re off to Iceland for this crime thriller, a genre they’re very good at, together with their Nordic neighbours. When teenager Lara is found hanged at the local ballet school it is assumed that she committed suicide. But detective Gabríela – played by an actress with possibly the longest name in the business, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir – is sceptical and starts digging into the girl’s life. And she isn’t the only person; Lara’s parents have employed a lawyer to look into the case. It becomes apparent there are a lot of very unpleasant things going on; boys are posting videos of girls having sex onto the internet, a ballet teacher bullies his students and gives them drugs, an adoptive father clearly has something to hide and some young men are getting teenage girls hooked on drugs before forcing them into prostitution. There’s quite a bit of unravelling to do in this one, but it is suspenseful and dark and worth the patience.

Director: BALDVIN ZOPHONIASSON
Cast: STEINUNN OLINA PORSTEINSDOTTIR, MAGNUS JONSSON, ELIN HALL, JOHANNA VIGDIS ARNARDOTTIR, PORSTEINN BACHMANN, ARNA JONSSON

4. SIGNS

What we think: We’re off to Poland once again for another excellent crime thriller. There’s a lot going on here. It’s difficult at times to keep up with who’s doing what to whom, but it’s well worth viewing. When a young woman’s murder shows similarities to a decade-old case, a new police commander must break the silence permeating Owl Mountain town. The scenery is also a plus and an apt setting for this suspenseful drama.

Director: JAKUB MISZCZAK, MONIKA FILIPOWICZ, MARCIN ZIEBINSKI
Cast: ANDRZEJ KONOPKA, HELEN SUJECKA, JEN FISKUM, MICHAL CZERNECKI, ANDRZEJ MASTALERZ, PAULINA GALAZKA

3. EMILY IN PARIS

What we think: Comedy, fashion, travel and romance. This series has it all and with Paris as the backdrop you can’t go wrong here. There have been mumblings about the lead character, Emily (Lily Collins), being a little annoying in her attitude to France and the French, but she does temper this as the story progresses. Emily is a young American woman from the Midwest who is hired by a marketing firm in Paris to provide them with an American perspective on things. Of course, she comes up against all the usual office politics and the way business is conducted by her French colleagues. But the clothes are gorgeous, and the Paris streets and restaurants are charming, and the guy downstairs in her apartment building is gorgeous, which makes up for all the negative reactions Emily at first receives.

Director: ANDREW FLEMING, ZOE R. CASSAVETES, PETER LAUER, JENNIFER ARNOLD, KATINA MEDINA MORA
Cast: LILY COLLINS, PHILIPPINE LEROY-BEAULIEU, LUCAS BRAVO, CAMILLE RAZAT, ASHLEY PARK, SAMUEL ARNOLD, CHARLES MARTINS

2. LOVESICK

What we think: If you love boys behaving badly, with an excellent ensemble British cast, this one is for you. Johnny Flynn sheds his stoic Captain Dobbin in Vanity Fair to star as Dylan, who lives very silly mates Luke (Daniel Ings), Angus (Joshua McGuire), and Evie (Antonia Thomas) who is the steadying hand to all three. However, after discovering he has an STD, Dylan must get in touch with everyone he’s had sex with. With the help of Luke, he tries to track down all of his former lovers. However, as they navigate through Dylan’s past, the two uncover heartbreak, both old and new. This is a highly amusing look at relationships, past and present.

Director: GORDON ANDERSON, ELLIOT HEGARTY, ANEIL KARIA
Cast: JOHNNY FLYNN, ANTONIA THOMAS, DANIEL INGS, JOSHUA MCGUIRE, HANNAH BRITLAND, YASMINE AKRAM, KLARIZA CLAYTON, PEARCE QUIGLEY, ANTONIA CLARKE

1. PERFUME

What we think: This is a German adaptation of Suskind’s novel Perfume. Ben Whishaw starred in a film version in 2006. Here the story shifts the action to the modern day and uses the book’s idea of manipulating people through scent as a springing-off point. A young profiler investigating a series of brutal murders traces events back to a small cadre of boys at a boarding school who experimented with manipulating people using human scents. This is a suspenseful tale, and can be a bit gory in places, but it is an excellent adaptation.

Director: PHILLIPP KADELBACH
Cast: FRIEDERIKE BECHT, AUGUST DIEHL, WOTAN WILKE MOHRING, NATALIA BELITSKI, KEN DUKEN, TRYSTAN PUTTER, CHRISTIAN FRIEDEL, JURGEN MAURER

43 thoughts on “The 10 Best Netflix Shows and Series to Watch in 2021”

  1. I thought All the characters in “Startup” were err unique. Great storyline that, yes, I “binge-watched”. Check it out!

    Sheesh

  2. Why is no ratings on these movies???? I do like R. rated !!! Shows.

  3. Halston was excellent. My husband actually really enjoyed it too, binge watched all episodes in one evening.

  4. Most, if not all of these shows are English speaking. Hooray! I’m tired of having to be a linguist to watch tv.

  5. Have watched, or will watch only 4 out of these 10….might be time to cancel.

  6. Terrible movies with the exception of one. And that is why I cancelled.

  7. What happened to virgin river is it coming back. Did not care for start up I only watched first 20 minutes to graphic for my taste. Loved heartland and halston also

  8. Loving Heartland. Great escape from reality.

  9. You advertised that it was Netflix stuff but it’s really a commercial for Utube.

    Just false and misleading rubbish.

  10. Hey Royce – Just click on the ‘WATCH NOW’ button for full streaming options. The trailers from Youtube are there for a quick preview – Cheers, The OTT Team.

  11. Erm, Breaking Bad isn’t available on the Netflix AU, (it’s on Stan along with prequel Better Call Saul) although they do have El Camno, a spinoff to BB on Netflix globally.

    More effort required. D-

  12. Netflix is far better in other country’s they get shows far sooner than in the United States and more choices in many country’s like Australia loved there app when we in country.

  13. Loved Virgin River and Heartland they are so good no cussing just nice talk. Just wish had more Christian movies.

  14. Love Virgin River. Want to move!!!!

  15. I’m a newbie, just to tell you I love OTT especially the Netflix reviews, I am definitely on the same pages as your “reviewer”
    And Virgin River here in Oz is back July 9!!!

  16. Howdy Colleen! Glad to know you love the guide – Cheers, The OTT Team.

  17. I attempted “Ghosts of War”, a poorly written unappealing ghost story set during World War II, and “Godless”, starring Sam Waterston. What could be wrong with that, just the plot, premise, dialogue, characters, post-feminist politically correct b.s., that is all. When I finish Longmire, I am done with Netflix.

  18. So many of the series shows are so dark (as in not good lighting). It does nothing for the shows. Sometimes I cannot even see what is going on. Actually it is not just Netflix, some of the ? broadband ? Shows are the same. BTW we devoured Dexter and Ozark and 13 Reasons Why

  19. Oops my mistake calling non cable tv “broadband”

  20. netfl definitely needs to add many motr MOVIES…..Not series!!!!! Need more Modern SCI FI and action newer movies too!!!!! I may cancel if changes arent made SOON!

  21. These aren’t new they’ve been around for ages

  22. Startup will hook you…binge watched all 3 seasons in a week!

  23. Just live Heartland, Virgin River and When Calls the Heart.
    Line of Duty is fantastic !

  24. Too much murder, mayhem, and whiteness in these flicks! What had happened to love, happiness, and fun. This is 2021 for Pete’s sake! There are lots of great Netflix movies that present diversity such as Fatherhood,
    Ma Rainey, Miles Davis.

  25. Absolutely LOVE Virgin River!! So much excitement and oh, such beauty! Can’t wait for Series 3.

  26. .. for a long time Netflix only has B/C/D grade movies, they don’t want to spend money on paying to show great movies. some time ago, i checked over 200 of the best movies – Netflix had about 6!!
    now they want to push you to only watch what they make themselves (which IS often good), but otherwise crap movies n series.

    and if you are not in US, you get half of what they get – and pay twice as much.

    one good thing (for me) is that usually/often have Vietnamese subtitles

    i have tried Prime but most of their moves are pay for view. Vudu has an enormous collection of movies but they are all pay for view – would be hugely expensive. i have (can?) not tried Hulu.

    and because i am not n AU now, i have not tried STAN.

  27. Getting a little tired of getting hooked on a series just to find that it’s been cancelled after one season.

  28. Even though we think a series gets cancelled sooner than we think it should, it’s still enjoyable to watch. Can’t remember which ones I am thinking about, but remember saying that to myself.

  29. Love Virgin River, watched all episodes.
    Hope there is more to come.
    Heartland ♥️ Miss it

    Clean TV, no unnecessary cussing or vulgarity. It makes watching shows enjoyable again. Thank you!

  30. I just love Virgin River Can wait for the next season The show is a good show it really keeps you on your toes trying figure out what will happen next I just can’t wait for to find out what happen next

  31. Wonderful, and need more like these:
    Heartland !
    Virgin River !

  32. Virgin River was last year people.
    Keep up here. Doesn’t say much about Netflix huh?

  33. Can’t wait for the new season of After Life. Brilliant series!!!

  34. I also would like more movies rather than series

  35. Well there was only a couple I found interesting and that is Greenleaf and Heartland. The other movies are just too much the same as each other.
    I sure hope you will add more Christian movies please.

  36. No Christian or religious movies……….philosophy, political , mystery are good.

  37. If your going to attempt filming provide enough lighting that I don’t have to check the settings to make sure nothing’s wrong with my television. Then spend the rest of the movie taking my glasses off and putting them back on to try to see if they can help me see the dark scenes better, if you can’t pay for the lights maybe you shouldn’t be filming.

  38. I loved virgin River please make more Heartland I have watched them all and are waiting for more series please make more and When Calls The Heart was also the bomb of series please make more These three are the best out of all of them
    Both myself and my partner have watched all of the movies on Netflix and are waiting for more to come Please no more different country movies where you cannot understand what they say

  39. I am loving Virgin River. Just finished watching Van Helsing and enjoyed it immensely. I am watching Chicago Fire, which I love but I would like to know when the seasons after number 4 will be shown.

  40. I was intrigued with Click Bait. A great watch. Surprising ending.

  41. It would be very helpful if you would say if the show is in English. I don’t have time to click on every trailer.

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