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. HALSTON

What we think: If you remember the Seventies, or bits of it, and are into the fashion world, this series is definitely a must watch. Ewan McGregor holds this production together as designer Roy Halston, a man who leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era. The clothes are fabulous, darling, and life is so glamorous, until the drugs take hold. Krysta Rodriguez is also a stand-out as Liza Minnelli, Roy’s best gal pal.

Director: DANIEL MINAHAN
Cast: EWAN MCGREGOR, KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ, BILL PULLMAN, REBECCA DAYAN, DAVID PITTU, GIAN FRANCO RODRIGUEZ

9. SONS OF SAM

What we think: This is a riveting crime documentary exploring the random shootings of David Richard Berkowitz aka Son of Sam, which began in the Summer of 1976 in New York City. The residents became so afraid, they feared leaving their homes, especially women. The case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult. He dedicated his whole life to trying to get the NYPD to reopen the case, but to no avail as they were never going to admit that anyone else, other than Berkowitz, be held responsible for the murders. Terry also published the book, Ultimate Evil. Before he died in 2015, he gave his entire case file to filmmaker Josh Zeman, who created this chilling account.

Director: JOSH ZEMAN
Cast: MAURY TERRY

8. SHADOW AND BONE

What we think: Adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books, this is a fantasy adventure featuring a world where dark forces have taken over. The first season follows a young mapmaker, Alina Starkov, accidentally discovers that she has the power to change the fate of the war. She is the only one who has the power to summon light and this will make her play a key role in this war. The charismatic General Kirigan takes a special interest in her power, but he has his own agenda. There are three books so there is obviously more adventure to come from the Kingdom of Ravka, however there is conjecture over when Season 2 will be in production.

Director: LEE TOLAND KRIEGER, DAN LIU, MAIRZEE ALMAS, JEREMY WEBB
Cast: JESSIE MEI LI, ARCHIE RENAUX, BEN BARNES, FREDDY CARTER, AMITA SUMAN, KIT YOUNG

7. OUTLANDER

What we think: Outlander is into its 7th Season, so I’ve come to this one a bit late in the day, but it has certainly got my attention and is definitely bingeworthy, which possibly has to do with my Scottish heritage. This epic tale adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s popular series of fantasy-romance novels, follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Director: JOHN DAHL, BRIAN KELLY, ANNA FOERSTER
Cast: CAITRIONA BALFE, SAM HUEGHAN, BILL PATERSON, GARY LEWIS, TOBIAS MENZIES, SOPHIE SKELTON

6. STARTUP

What we think: We’re heading down to sunny Miami in this hectic drama where unlikely tech entrepreneurs have a brilliant idea, or not. It follows a desperate banker needing to conceal stolen money, a Haitian-American gang lord who wants to go legit, and a Cuban-American hacker who has an idea that will revolutionise the very future of money itself. There’s a lot going on here in the world of digital currency, which can be confusing if you’re not up on your Bitcoin, but there’s certainly plenty of action, double-crossing and revenge to hold your attention. The stand-out performance for me was Edi Gathegi as gang lord Ronald Dacey who walks a fine line, and Sherlock Holmes’ Martin Freeman as an FBI agent not to be trusted. Watch out for Seinfeld’s Newman, slightly older than we remember.

Director: BEN KETAI, LUIS PRIETO
Cast: ADAM BRODY, EDI GATHEGI, MARTIN FREEMAN, OTMARA MARRERO, WAYNE KNIGHT, KELVIN HARRISON JR.

5. CALL MY AGENT

What we think: Absolutely love this French comedy, now in its 4th season, set at a top Paris talent firm where agents scramble to keep their star clients happy, and their business afloat, after an unexpected crisis. The behind-the-scenes machinations and finding solutions on the run are hilarious. Not only do the agents have the stars’ feelings and insecurities to manage, but their own lives are a drama as well, as they manoeuvre to ensure their position in the firm. When a new CEO is thrown into the mix, things really turn nasty. With cameos from Juliette Binoche, Cecile de France and Isabelle Huppert this is a must see.

Director: CEDRIC KLAPISCH, ANTOINE GARCEAU, LOLA DOILLON, LAURENT TIRARD
Cast: CAMILLE COTTIN, THIBAULT DE MONTALEMBERT, FANNY SIDNEY, FRANCOIS CIVIL, LILIANE ROVERE

4. SCHITT’S CREEK

What we think: This Emmy-winning series would have to be one of the best Comedy shows ever to come out of Canada, since The Red Green Show. Created by father and son duo, Eugene and Dan Levy, it is totally different from any series seen before and with six seasons available, it’s definitely one to settle into for a night of hilarity. Eugene Levy is filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose who suddenly finds himself penniless. He and his family are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset – Schitt’s Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke. The wonderfully talented Catherine O’Hara is at her absolute best as Johnny’s wife, Moira Rose. Chris Elliott is also a standout bringing us another of his weird, socially inept characters.

Director: JERRY CICCORITTI, PAUL FOX
Cast: EUGENE LEVY, CATHERINE O’HARA, DAN LEVY, ANNIE MURPHY, CHRIS ELLIOTT, EMILY HAMPSHIRE, SARAH LEVY

3. BREAKING BAD

What we think: Creator Vince Gilligan really upped the ante for ground-breaking drama with this award-winning crime series. It was unique with its subject matter and Brian Cranston’s Walter White became an ante-hero across all age ranges as he transformed from teacher to drug kingpin. This series is definitely one to binge watch. The story follows chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given only two years to live. He decides he has nothing to lose. Determined to ensure that his family will have a secure future, Walt embarks on a career of drugs and crime. The series tracks the impacts of a fatal diagnosis on a regular, hard-working man, and explores how a fatal diagnosis affects his morality and transforms him into a major player of the drug trade.

Director: VINCE GILLIGAN, ADAM BERNSTEIN, JIM MCKAY, TRICIA BROCK
Cast: BRYAN CRANSTON, ANNA GUNN, AARON PAUL, DEAN MORRIS, BOB ODENKIRK, GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

2. THE KOMINSKY METHOD

What we think: This comedy series was an instant hit for this viewer as it has two of the best in Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as best friends Sandy and Norman. The banter between them is funny, witty and appears effortless. Sandy is an actor who made it big a long time ago and who now is an acting coach at his studio named after himself, “The Kominsky Method.” His best friend and agent, Norman, loses his wife to cancer, which leaves both of them questioning their existence as they struggle through choices and relationships, old and new. Great to see Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito teaming up once again with Michael Douglas.

Director: ANDY TENNANT, BETH MCARTHY-MILLER, DONALD PETRIE, CHUCK LORRE
Cast: MICHAEL DOUGLAS, ALAN ARKIN, SARAH BAKER, NANCY TRAVIS, PAUL REISER, JANE SEYMOUR, ANN-MARGRET

1. HEARTLAND

What we think: After all the murder and mayhem series, you can always turn to this wholesome, feel-good family drama about love, loss and horses. With 14 seasons, it could take a few weeks to binge-watch this one. This is a multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centres on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times. When noted horse whisperer Marion dies in an accident, her daughter Amy must step up and help her grandfather to maintain a troubled ranch to carry on her mother’s legacy.

Director: DEAN BENNETT, STEVE DIMARCO, RON MURPHY, DON MCBREARTY
Cast: AMBER MARSHALL, SHAUN JOHNSTON, MICHELLE MORGAN, GRAHAM WARDLE, CHRIS POTTER

13 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.

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