Here’s the 10 Best Netflix Shows and Series to Watch Right Now

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 watch right now. Binge on!


10. THE CHESTNUT MAN

What we think: This is a chilling Nordic noir based on the debut novel of the same name by Soren Sveistrup, The Killing creator. There are many twists and turns here and even the most seasoned crime investigation enthusiast may not have worked out the solution until the end. Set in the quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. Excellent viewing.

Director: KASPER BARFOED, MIKKEL SERUP
Cast: DANICA CURCIC, DAVID DENCIK, MIKKEL BOE FOLSGAARD, IBEN DORNER, ESBEN DALGAARD ANDERSEN

9. SQUID GAME

What we think: This series is one of the most popular on Netflix, although the creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, took ten years to develop the show and was repeatedly rejected by media companies. Squid Game is unlike any drama on TV. It will leave you with conflicting emotions and will stay on the mind long after you’ve watched the series. It is the story of people who fail at life for various reasons, but suddenly receive a mysterious invitation to participate in a survival game to win more than 38 million US dollars. The game takes place at an isolated island and the participants are locked up until there is a final winner. The story will incorporate popular children’s games from the 1970s and 1980s of Korea, such as squid game, literal translation of its Korean name, which is a type of tag where offence and defence use a squid-shaped board drawn in the dirt. There have been mixed reactions to this one, but most agree that it is well worth watching.

Director: HWAN DONG-HYUK
Cast: LEE JUNG-JAE, PARK HAE-SOO, GREG CHUN, STEPHEN FU

8. DEADWIND

What we think: Love the snowy landscapes in this crime drama out of Finland. It does take a while to get where it’s going, but it’s well worth it. There are 3 seasons of this series to binge. When Sofia Karppi, a detective in her 30’s who is trying to get over her husband’s death, discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, she triggers a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life again. Deadwind is a well written thriller, mixing crime investigation and personal drama.

Director: RIKE JOKELA
Cast: PIHLA VIITALA, LAURI TILKANEN, MIMOSA WILLAMO, VERA KIISKINEN

7. BLACK SPOT

What we think: This supernatural thriller will keep you intrigued. The beautiful scenery in the forest adds to the suspense. Villefranche is a small town without phone reception on the edge of a mysterious forest. The number of inhabitants is dwindling but there’s a sharp rise in crime. Police inspector Laurène, once the victim of a crime herself, keeps on discovering fresh corpses. The character of Prosecutor Franck Siriani resembles Columbo and maybe Rebus with his dishevelled style. You’ll be binge watching this one.

Director: JULIEN DESPAUX, THIERRY POIRAUD
Cast: SULIANE BRAHIM, LAURENT CAPELLUTO, HUBERT DELATTRE, SAMUEL JOUY, CAMILLE AGUILAR, RENAUD RUTTEN

6. THE TRIAL

What we think: This courtroom drama from Italy has a red herring thrown into the mix very early in the story but it is not discovered until later in the series. It adds a bit of an edge to the proceedings where a group of characters is implicated in the brutal murder of Angelica, a 17-year-old girl involved in something bigger than her. The prosecutor, Elena Guerra, discovers she could be closer to the victim than she realises. Ruggero Barone, a flamboyant, rampant lawyer considers this trial the chance of a lifetime and Linda Monaco, the only defendant, insists on claiming her innocence. They all walk on a razor’s edge searching for the truth, waiting for a verdict, which will establish, in a way or another, a new course for their lives.

Director: STEFANO LODOVICHI
Cast: VITTORIA PUCCINI, FRANCESCO SCIANNA, CAMILLA FILIPPI, SIMONE COLOMBARI, EURIDICE AXEN, TOMMASO RAGNO

5. ALIAS GRACE

What we think: This excellent series is based on the grisly double murder that took place in July 1843 in a village 16 miles out of Toronto, in Upper Canada. Actress Sarah Polley wrote the script based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, which tells of psychiatrist who weighs up whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity, becoming infatuated with his subject in the process. The story also explores the role of women under a patriarchal society. A talented ensemble cast is attached to this one. Grace is a mesmerising character. Excellent viewing.

Director: MARY HARRON
Cast: SARAH GADON, EDWARD HOLCROFT, REBECCA LIDDIARD, ANNA PAQUIN, PAUL GROSS, ZACHARY LEVI, KERR LOGAN

4. DELHI CRIME

What we think: This is an excellent Indian crime drama, albeit a disturbing one, which will stay with you long after its conclusion. It is based on the true-life investigation about a brutal gang rape in India. The case had enormous impact, paving the way for the introduction of stricter laws so the victim’s voice will finally be heard in this developing nation. A talented ensemble cast is attached. Excellent viewing, written and directed by Richie Mehta.

Director: RICHIE MEHTA
Cast: SHEFALI SHAH, RAJESH TAILANG, RASIKA DUGALADIL HUSSAIN, DENZIL SMITH, GOPAL DATT, MRIDUL SHARMA

3. VEXED

What we think: Moving away from serious crime drama, this a police procedural comedy from the UK. Two detectives; one is cynical and over sexed, the other an asset to the profession. Their unbalanced partnership gets them through a series of strange cases almost smoothly. While managing work life, they have to manage each other and their personal lives. Interesting to see Toby Stephens in a comedy role.

Director: MATT LIPSEY, IAN FITZGIBBON, KIERON J. WALSH
Cast: TOBY STEPHENS, LUCY PUNCH, RONNY JHUTTI, MIRANDA RAISON, RORY KINNEAR, ROGER GRIFFITHS

2. WANDERLUST

What we think: Loved the teaming up of Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh in this comedy. Therapist Joy is trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband, following a cycling accident which has put their sex life on hold. Suddenly Joy and Alan find themselves drawn to new people, and both are tempted to make the ultimate indiscretion. Enjoyable viewing.

Director: LUKE SNELLIN, LUCY TCHERNIAK
Cast: TONI COLLETTE, SEVEN MACKINTOSH, JOE HURST, EMMA D’ARCY, ANASTASIA HILLE, PAUL KAYE, SOPHIE OKONEDO

1. ON THE VERGE

What we think: Loved this comedy drama set in LA highlighting the trials and tribulations of four women and their families. The story follows the friends in their late 40s who chose to use midlife not as a time of mourning their youth but as an opportunity for personal reinvention, with the hope of finally living lives that embody their beliefs and values. Created by and starring the talented Julie Delphy, who also directs.

Director: JULIE DELPHY, MATHIEU DEMY, DAVID PETRARCA
Cast: JULIE DELPHY, ELISABETH SHUE, SARAH JONES, ALEXIALANDEAU, MATHIEU DEMY, TROY GARITY, TIMM SHARP, GIOVANNI RIBISI

46 thoughts on “Here’s the 10 Best Netflix Shows and Series to Watch Right Now”

  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.

  42. Too many dark movies. What’s needed are mysteries that require some intellectual stimulation like those of Agatha Christe, Sherlock Homes and Ellery Queen. Serial killers, etc. don’t cut it.

    Would also like to see more historical and adventure films.

    Serious comedies are lacking.

  43. Virgin river and Heartland ran I miss them and when do more come out Watch to season 14 and stop, when are more episodes coming?

  44. Have watched most of squid game , fantastic , haven’t seen any others

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