Several hundred original series, totalling over a thousand hours — and that’s just the ones it makes each year. Netflix is a behemoth in the world of television, spending billions of dollars on long-form content, be it the ones produced in-house (Stranger Things) or ones it acquires from others (Friends). No wonder then that it’s the king of streaming services globally, with over 167 million subscriptions across 190 countries. But if you were to rely alone on Netflix’s algorithms, you’ll largely be steered towards its originals. And that’s why we’ve compiled this list, to help you discover shows from all around the world — be it the US, the UK, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada, Iceland, or Israel.
To pick the best TV shows on Netflix, we started with Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb ratings to draw up a shortlist. The last of them was preferred for non-English programming given the shortfalls of reviews aggregators in that department. Additionally, we used our own editorial judgement to add or remove a few. This list will be updated once every few months if there are any worthy additions or if some TV shows are removed from the service, so bookmark this page and keep checking in. Here are the best series currently available on Netflix in India, sorted alphabetically.
A young boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother — a dog with magical powers — go on surreal adventures in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, which routinely involve a princess, an ice wizard, a thousand-year-old vampire, and a sentient robot among others. Seasons 5, 6, and 3 have the highest number of best episodes.
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama in 2015, a struggling novelist (Dominic West) and a young waitress (Ruth Wilson) embark on an extramarital affair that changes their lives, and those around them. Final season not yet available, use Amazon or Hotstar. Early seasons are the good years.
Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same name, about a 19th-century Canadian woman convicted of a double murder who becomes the subject for a criminal psychologist — a profession that didn’t exist in name then — adapted for screen as a six-part miniseries.
A true crime anthology series from prolific producer Ryan Murphy, which follows well-known events that dominated the US media, from the trial of former sportsman O.J. Simpson to the assassination of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The suave, titular spy and his colleagues at an intelligence agency spend more time bickering with each other than they do solving cases. Evolved in later years to take on an anthology format, allowing the adult animated series to experiment with new settings and new characteristics for its ensemble. Seasons 2 – 5 & 7 are the good ones.
Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the original trilogy in this sequel series set three decades ahead, who takes up arms again with his loyal sidekick, a moody young woman, and a mysterious figure.
This spin-off prequel to Breaking Bad follows a small-time lawyer (Bob Odenkirk) with the tendencies of a con artist as he transforms into the morally-challenged criminal lawyer most knew him as, Saul Goodman. Some consider it superior to the original.
Loved and hated in equal measure, this long-running sitcom is about the lives of two physicists, their aspiring actress neighbour, and their fellow geek friends: an aerospace engineer, and an astrophysicist. Added two women — a neuroscientist and a microbiologist — as it went on. Seasons two through six were the good years.
A bunch of middle schoolers navigate the wonders and horrors of puberty in this adult animated comedy, with ‘hormone monsters’ serving as over-sexualised shoulder angels that personify their thoughts and fears.
Charlie Brooker’s anthology series consisting of standalone episodes — which means an ever-changing cast, in addition to new settings and storylines — explores the unanticipated consequences of new technologies, often in dark and satirical ways. Seasons one through four are good.
After preventing a terrorist attack, a British Army war veteran (Richard Madden) working with the London police is assigned to protect a senior government official (Keeley Hawes), whose politics stands completely at odds with his.
Set in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live alongside each other, a washed-up sitcom star plans a comeback to fame with help from a ghostwriter, his ex-girlfriend who’s also his agent, and his freeloading roommate, while dealing with his rival who’s dating the ghostwriter.
Diagnosed with lung cancer, a struggling high school chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) decides to get into the business of making and selling meth to secure his family’s financial future, with the help of his former student (Aaron Paul).
A look at how violent crimes affect a small seaside town in Britain, through the eyes of two investigators (David Tennant and Olivia Colman), and the impact of media attention, suspicion and grief on the close-knit community.
The lives of a group of detectives in a fictional New York precinct — an ensemble featuring Any Samberg, Andre Braugher, and Terry Crews — get the sitcom treatment from The Office co-creator Michael Schur.
In an alternate timeline where the all-powerful Holy Britannian Empire has conquered Japan, this anime follows a teenager bestowed with the power to make anyone obey himself, as he sets out to take revenge and put an end to the tyranny.
Praised for its authenticity and humanising portrayal, a South Korean Chaebol heiress accidentally crash-lands in North Korea, where she falls in love with a Korean People’s Army captain who hails from a powerful family.
A successful young female lawyer (Rachel Bloom, also co-creator) who suffers from depression and anxiety uproots her life in New York and moves to a suburb in California to find love and happiness.
A look at the life of Britain’s longest-ruling monarch Queen Elizabeth II, from her wedding in 1947 to the present day, including the political rivalries, romances and world-changing events during her reign.
A blind man fights injustice as an attorney by day and a masked vigilante by night in present-day New York, while struggling to deal with the Catholic guilt that arises from his actions.
Initially described as a German Stranger Things, it follows four families across three generations and three time periods as they frantically search for two missing children. All of it is connected to a supernatural mystery.
A star-studded ensemble voice cast powers this prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film that channels the original’s aesthetic by relying only on puppets. There’s no use of CGI. Set on the planet Thra, it’s about three exploited Gelflings who rebel against the taxing Skeksis destroying their world.
Set in a fictional predominantly white Ivy League college, Justin Simien turns his successful satirical film into a broader series about black students dealing with social injustice while figuring out who they are.
In this Japanese anime, a high school student starts to erase those who he deems unworthy after coming into possession of a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by simply writing their name in it, prompting an elite police force to find and stop him.
An anthology series — starring Shefali Shah and Rajesh Tailang — whose first season follows the Delhi police’s investigation into the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, which saw all six suspects nabbed in less than a week.
Set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland’s political tensions in the 1990s, five high school friends navigate the challenges of being a teenager.
Two teenage outsiders — a budding psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure — embark on a road trip in search of the latter’s real father, and become involved in a series of increasingly violent events.
The Coen brothers’ acclaimed film of the same name is the inspiration for this black comedy/crime anthology series, featuring quirky characters across different eras dealing with deception, intrigue and murder amidst the cold of the American Midwest.
A former expert Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt a Palestinian militant, with the show cleverly following both sides of the conflict and drawing from real world events.
Olivia Colman leads this short-lived black comedy that follows the titular, dysfunctional family: a music teacher (Colman), her depressed children’s author husband, their adult twin children — an inventor and a musician — and the husband’s senile mother.
The show that needs no introduction follows six 20-something pals
living an impossible life in the New York suburb of Manhattan dealing with the misadventures of love and the pitfalls of work. Bumpy start, blossomed into a hit, and finished on a high, barring an ill-advised ninth season.
This direct adaptation of the famous manga centres on two brothers looking for a Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies after a failed experimental attempt to resurrect their mother goes awry. But they’re not the only ones after the stone.
An exploration of the real-life 1980s women’s professional wrestling — the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wresting, or GLOW — by focusing on the personal and professional lives of the fictionalised Hollywood misfits involved in it.
In the 19th century, a murderous outlaw and his notorious gang hunt for the ex-protégé who betrayed them, and find themselves in conflict with the town that gives him refuge, whose residents are mainly women. A seven-episode miniseries.
The Office co-creator Michael Schur spun his sitcom web into the afterlife with this series, following a woman (Kristen Bell) who’s mistakenly assigned to a Heaven-like utopia and then tries to be a better person to hide herself.
Not the American remake of the same name, this is the Spanish original that is set in early 1900s during the reign of King Alfonso XIII. It follows a working-class man who disguises himself as a waiter at a family-owned aristocratic hotel to investigate his sister’s disappearance, who served as a maid.
Cancelled after three seasons, this cult horror hit explores the relationship between a forensic psychiatrist (Mads Mikkelsen) and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who has an uncanny ability to empathise with serial killers.
In this modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel that alternates between two timelines, five adult siblings confront the ghosts of their past that stem from growing up in the most famous haunted house in the country.
A fearless, blue-haired girl (Bella Ramsey) moves from her home in the wilderness to a bustling city that feels like it’s in late 20th-century Scandinavia, where she befriends humans and monsters alike, in this animated series.
A betrayed US Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to climb the political ladders in Washington, doing anything that is needed — manipulation, deceit, and even murder — to achieve their goals. Good till season 4. Star Kevin Spacey stands accused in the #MeToo movement.
A coming-of-age sitcom whose success led to two movies, following four British teenagers during their final year at school, and a series of misadventures involving the uncaring school staff, male bonding, and failed sexual encounters.
This cult hit British sitcom follows two socially-awkward IT professionals and their tech-oblivious manager, who are stuck in a drab and untidy basement, in stark contrast to the modern offices enjoyed by their upstairs colleagues.
Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation) stars as a devout Catholic and working young Latina virgin who becomes pregnant after an accidental artificial insemination in this rom-com satire.
Suffering from PTSD, a super-powered woman rebuilds her life as a private investigator in New York and is forced to battle her past demons every step of the way when all she wants is to look past them. First season was the best.
With a mysterious plague sweeping medieval Korea and an ill king powerless to stop it, the Crown Prince (Ju Ji-hoon) must set on a new mission to figure out what’s going on while battling a coup that puts the rest of his family in danger.
Before he made Bodyguard, Jed Mercurio’s best-performing show was this police procedural set in an anti-corruption unit, following a demoted counter-terrorism officer who partners with an undercover specialist. Ranks among the top cop TV shows.
Starring Mithila Palkar in the lead, this comedy-drama about a 20-something couple — creator Dhruv Sehgal is the other — living in Mumbai and dealing with life’s ups and downs has consistently improved over its three-season run, having begun frivolously.
Set in 1960s New York, a slow-burn drama that offers a peek inside a fictional ad agency, focusing on one of its extremely talented executives (Jon Hamm) who’s bored by his simple personal life.
Loosely based on Aziz Ansari’s own life experiences, a 30-year-old struggling actor tries to get his life in order on personal and professional fronts, some of which is affected by his Indian ancestry.
In the late 1970s, two FBI agents push their superiors to expand research into criminal science, which involves them getting up close and personal with imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think.
A criminal mastermind sets his eyes on the biggest bank heist in history: enter the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid and print 2.4 billion euros. All while they hold several hostages and deal with the Spanish police.
The influential British comedy group got their start with this surreal sketch series that targeted life on the island in an intellectual fashion, with humour so wide-ranging and unique that it gave birth to the term “Pythonesque”.
A gripping look at the violent and powerful drug cartels of Colombia, including the infamous Pablo Escobar, and the corroborative efforts of various law enforcement whose job was to bring them down.
Serving under the parent label and from the same creators, this sister series moves the focus to the titular country in the 1980s, as it chronicles the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel under Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna), who unites the small-time traffickers with something big in mind.
In this beloved anime that ended quite controversially, a teenage boy, living in post-apocalyptic times, is pushed by his father to join an elite team of pilots who operate giant mechs and battle giant extraterrestrial evil forces.
Four American teens, of African, Latinx, and Mexican descent, must deal with the evolving nature of their lifelong friendships as they start high school in the rough inner-city of South Los Angeles.
This reimagination of Norman Lear’s ‘70s original sitcom follows a Hispanic family — an Army vet single mother, her feminist teenage daughter and baseball-playing son, and her Cuban mother (Rita Moreno) — and navigates mental illness, immigration, homophobia, and more. Available until season 3, future seasons won’t be as it was cancelled by Netflix.
Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any enemy with a single punch, seeks a worthy opponent as he battles boredom and depression in this Japanese anime.
The lives of incarcerated women at a minimum-security federal prison in upstate New York, including a normally law-abiding privileged woman who’s sentenced for a decade-old crime.
A con artist (Tatiana Maslany) assumes the identity of a woman who committed suicide and looked just like her, and is then pulled into a conspiracy where she learns she’s a clone.
Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books about a married nurse in World War II who’s transported back in time to 1743, and finds herself caught in the Jacobite risings and between two very different men.
Two brothers (Elijah Wood and Collin Dean), lost in a strange forest called the Unknown, try to find their way home with the help of a mysterious, elderly woodsman and an irritable bluebird. The animated miniseries won an Emmy.
The exploits of the Shelby crime family in Birmingham, England between the two World Wars, with elements borrowed from the 19th-century gang of the same name, which legend goes used to sew razor blades into their caps.
The lives of two very different, dysfunctional twenty-somethings sharing a flat in South London, and their day-to-day farcical antics that made it a cult favourite.
This award-winning British mockumentary follows four men in their early thirties running a pirate radio station called Kurupt FM from a tiny flat in west London.
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an Australian man living in Melbourne realises that he’s gay. But that’s just one new challenge alongside taking care of his depressed, suicidal mother. At least his ex-girlfriend is being supportive.
Set in the eighties and nineties, prolific creator Ryan Murphy offers a look at the underground LGBT culture booming in New York, alongside the rise of the affluent youth and the evolving social and literary scene. Second season not yet available, use Hotstar.
A smart defence lawyer (Richard Roxburgh), addicted to cocaine, gambling, and women, takes up the most outrageous cases — from cannibals to sex offenders — available in Sydney, Australia.
An adult animated sci-fi series in which a cynical and alcoholic mad scientist Rick and his weak-willed easily influenced grandson Morty go on a series of misadventures across dimensions and universes.
Amy Poehler co-created this comedy-drama in which a 36-year-old woman (Natasha Lyonne, also co-creator) keeps dying and reliving the night of her birthday party, and must figure out how to break the time loop.
Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui lead the cast of this adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel, which follows an honest cop (Khan) trying to save Mumbai from the plans set in motion by a gang lord (Siddiqui). Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are at the helm. Suffered in season 2.
After a wealthy family loses their fortune, they — a video store magnate, a former soap opera star, and their two adult children — must rebuild their lives in the tiny town they once purchased as a joke gift for the son. Created by stars and father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy.
Lacking in lovemaking experience but full of advice thanks to his sex therapist mom (Gillian Anderson), a socially awkward British teenager (Asa Butterfield) agrees to start a school sex therapy clinic with a rebel (Emma Mackey) in need of money.
Three resourceful orphans — an inventor, a reader, and a baby with sharp teeth — must outsmart an evil distant relative who’s after their sizeable fortune, while trying to uncover the mystery behind a secret society that their parents were involved in. Based on Lemony Snicket’s popular series of children’s books.
The daily lives of a Jewish family — centred on a pious patriarch who teaches at a local traditional institution, and his artistic, unmarried son — living in a strictly orthodox, Internet-free neighbourhood of Jerusalem, Israel.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play the famous detective and his doctor sidekick in this modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Terrific and compelling in first few years, though it derailed in its fourth season.
Bill Pullman’s police detective has been the only constant for this anthology crime mystery drama that began life as a book adaptation but has since charted its own journey. Stars Jessica Biel (season 1), Carrie Coon (season 2), Matt Bomer and Chris Messina (season 3).
Gene Rodenberry’s original series about the adventures of a starship in the 2260s led by Kirk, Spock and McCoy doesn’t age well visually, but its storytelling endures, set aside a major dip in quality in the third season.
Rodenberry took his vision to an even more far-off future — the 24th century — focusing on a new generation of Starfleet officers (Patrick Stewart among them) on a new ship with a recognisable name. Bad first season, slow second, and peaks in season 5.
A self-proclaimed “mad scientist” chances upon time travel in this short-lived anime series, and then must journey through time and space to battle an evil, international organisation that will do anything to get their hands on the new tech.
Two pensioners and best friends from Glasgow, Scotland get into all kinds of trouble as they cope with the trials and tribulations of modern life. A cult hit in the UK, it concludes its run later this year.
Anurag Basu directed several episodes of this anthology series that draws from the Bengali writer and Nobel laureate’s works, largely focused on confident women protagonists suffering in a conservative Indian society in pre-Independence 1920s Bengal.
Serving as a prequel to the 2015 film Suburra, Netflix’s first Italian-language series centres on the battle for power between the Mafia, Rome’s politicians, and the Vatican. Draws from the real-life Mafia Capitale investigation.
A nostalgia-heavy love letter to the 80s set in a suburban small town where secret scientific experiments into the paranormal and supernatural, at times with human subjects, starts to wreak havoc on the normal lives of its residents.
The comedy that fueled the Hollywood careers of stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, about a group of six high school friends going through usual teenage problems and trying to figure out their identities. Peaked in season 5.
The chief of police in a tiny, remote Icelandic town must battle the weather as he tries to solve a murder involving a dismembered, mutilated body. It’s the most expensive TV series to be ever made in Iceland.
Guillermo del Toro turns his love for monster stories into an animated series for all ages, following a teenage boy who stumbles onto a mystic amulet, and then must protect the world of humans and trolls. First part of del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy.
Based on a news article that chronicled the 2008–2011 series of rapes in two US states, a dramatisation that follows a teenage victim charged with lying about rape and the two detectives (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) who pushed for the truth.
Rescued from a doomsday cult after 15 years, a young woman armed with a positive attitude decides to start a new life in New York, with help from a gay wannabe-Broadway actor roommate, a street-wise landlady, and a depressed out-of-touch socialite.
With a ghastly war behind her, a young girl — with bionic arms — raised to be a living weapon, decides to become a ghost-writer as she tries to uncover her past and the meaning of the last words spoken to her by her adoptive father in this anime series.
Based on the popular comic series, a horror drama set in a post-apocalyptic future where the survivors search for a safe haven in a world overrun by zombies. Hit its peak in the fifth season, and never recovered.
Locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband, a woman adjusts to life in Australian prison and rises through the ranks. Gripping till season 4, post which the lead actress left.
After 13th, Ava DuVernay presents another hard-hitting look at how the US criminal justice system contributes to racism, through the lens of the Central Park Five — five African-American and Hispanic teenagers — who were falsely imprisoned for several years.