Best Series Available on Netflix – Binge-Watch on Netflix Right Now (Updated for 2021)

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05/03/2019

Updated on: 03/02/2021

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Wondering which shows to watch on Netflix? Don’t worry; we got what you need. Here is the list of the best series available on Netflix that you can binge-watch right now. 

And if you are a Fantasy genre fan, then do read the following list to savor the fantasy feast: https://thebiem.com/best-fantasy-movies/

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21. Riverdale

  • Genre: Teen, Drama, Mystery
  • Season:  3
  • Episodes: 48
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

One of the series made to the list of best series available on Netflix is Riverdale. In an innocent, small town, the death of a popular rich boy named Jason Blossom rattles the town. Archie Andrews discovers his love for music and his teacher. And Betty Cooper unravels her feelings for Archie and her family secrets. Veronica Lodge is the new girl who is a threat to cheerleading captain Cheryl Blossom, Jason’s twin sister. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead band together to find the mysteries behind Jason Blossom’s murder.
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The show has some wow moments as well as some blah moments and lacks originality. But it also has some engaging mystery with some dark themes with a decent cast.

20. Locke and Key

  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural Horror, Thriller
  • Season: 1
  • Episodes: 10
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

The story is about three siblings and their mother who move to their ancestral home, Keyhouse, after their father’s mysterious murder. But their ancestral household is a lot more than just rooms to live in. Because it’s more of a key-house with many mysterious keys that let you unlock dark mysteries, unfolds disturbing past, grants you powers and abilities, and awakens a demon.

It is a TV adaption of the acclaimed and award-winning graphic novels. However, the story has some plot holes and shortcomings, with the characters making some annoying and illogical decisions. But I bet the ending will be something you never expected. It portrays family bonds and sentiments and engages the audience emotionally dipped in dark fantasy, mythology, and magical elements.

Cinematography and casting were good, decent SFX, but had bad writing and bad execution. A fantasy adventure with potential. A potential promise we hope to see in season 2.

Overall an appealing and intriguing family-friendly series.

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19. 13 Reasons Why

  • Genre: Teen Drama, Mystery
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 26
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Thirteen Reasons Why is based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher and follows the story of teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), his classmate and crush who has tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On the tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers.
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With some great characters, an enthralling plot, solid acting with the display of real issues including bullying, rape, suicide, depression, and mental illness, this truly is one of the best series available on Netflix. Though it was dragged on a bit yet, it is a binge-able series.

18. The Vampire Diaries

  • Genre: Drama, Supernatural, Horror, Fantasy
  • Season: 8
  • Episodes: 171
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

145 years after they are turned into vampires, Stefan and Damon Salvatore return home during a vampire hunt to a small town called Mystic Falls. Stefan returns to meet Elena Gilbert, who has an uncanny resemblance to his (and his brother’s) old love, Katherine Pierce. Damon returns to follow his brother and give him the eternity of misery that he promised him; they soon discover the war is not over.

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The show features a hot cast and steady character development based on a popular book series, an interesting plot, good acting, with some interesting cliffhangers. It definitely will get you hooked up with its twists and turns. Hence, it is a captivating and immersing series.

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17. Luther

  • Genre: Action, Crime Drama, Police Procedural, Psychological Thriller, Serial, Suspense
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 20
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is a dedicated and sometimes violent and temperament police officer. And together with his colleague, DC Ripley, they both solve cases. 

Luther’s personality and methods have caused problems in his personal life and work life. The show also highlights a peculiar relationship developed between Luther and a psychopath murder suspect, Alice Morgan.

A realistic plot, well-acted and talented casts, a well-written plot (with some plot holes). But with its strong atmosphere, it deserved a rank in my best series available on Netflix list. It’s a delightful and gripping watch. Thus, I would totally recommend this one if you love watching crime drama shows.

16. Money Heist (or La Casa De Papil in Spanish)

  • Genres: Action, Crime Drama, Heist, Mystery, Suspense. Thriller
  • Season: 2 (Divided among 4 Parts)
  • Episodes: 31
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

The story circles around a team on a mission consisting of a criminal mastermind professor, a young female robber, and 7 of their other partners. A mission to pull off the greatest heist in history by targeting and infiltrating the Royal Mint of Spain for €2.4 billion.

A gripping, good-paced plot, the flashbacks, and the suspense get you hooked up. The series has integrated different elements and symbols too, like Bella Ciao song, red color scheme, Salvador Dalí mask, city names, etc. 

Decent writing, great music, great casting, well-crafted scenes with intriguing characters displayed with flawless acting. Also, it’s creative, and it’s addictive, it’s ingenious, it’s wild, it’s a feast of mystery and mind games on the plate for you.

A great watch for those who want an adrenaline rush.

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15. Lucifer

  • Genres: Comedy Drama, Crime, Horror Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Urban Fantasy
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 83
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

What happens when a bored devil decides to resign from his throne to rule as Lord of Hell and gets settled in Los Angeles and runs a nightclub? That’s what our handsome and charming devil, Lucifer Morningstar, has done. But retirement doesn’t end his work. He tags along with the police to work as a consultant to solve crimes using his powers along with Detective Chloe Decker. But little did he anticipate the complications of working with a human.

It is a DC comic book adaptation. It has a nice character and relationship development. 

Captivating characters, nice chemistry, well-written, decent visual effects, great soundtrack, and comical. And voila! A nice riveting jar of seasons falls in your hands. Thus, an entertaining and addictive one with some repetitiveness along the way.

So Kiss Kiss Fall in Love with our devilishly charming, charismatic, and mischievous Lucifer!

14. Prison Break

  • Genres: Action Thriller, Adventure, Crime Drama, Mystery, Serial Drama
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 88
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

Presenting you with another enthralling yet underrated Netflix series.

An innocent man (Lincoln Burrows) was wrongly accused and was framed for the murder of the Vice President’s brother and now is awaiting execution. So now he is facing the death sentence. To help him get out and prove his innocence, his brother (Michael Scofield) needs to deliberately get in, who is ready to do anything to save his brother to aid in his escape. For that, he devised an elaborate and meticulous plan.

In this Captivating and breathtaking series, good and evil, political conspiracy and corruption, and prison action is displayed well.

An interesting and gripping plot, top-notch writing, and great characters with raw performances. Also, it has the right mix of drama, action, thrill and is overflowing with suspense.

It’s addictive, it’s suspenseful, it’s clever and it’s crafty.

But the question is: Was he able to prove his brother’s innocence? Well…watch it to find out.

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13. Narcos

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Biographical
  • Narrated By: Boyd Holbrook (season 1-2), Pedro Pascal (season 3)
  • Season: 3
  • Episodes: 30
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

The first thing that I noticed about this show is how well it is directed and executed. It tells Pablo EscobarMedellín Cartel’s story on the one hand and the story about two DEA agents who went after the drug lord, aka Pablo Escobar on the other hand. Steve Murphy narrates the show for the most part. He introduces the characters, talks about Colombia’s history, its politics, and almost makes it feel like he is sitting beside you and watching along with you.

The story tells about how Pablo Escobar, from dirt poor, became the richest and most badass smuggler ever in the world, later known as Drug overlord. The best part about this show is the action between the smugglers and the DEA agents. This addictive series is truly one of the best series available on Netflix. This show also consists of various interesting characters and portrays Colombia’s political history, which is insane & intense.

A gripping plot, stunning visuals, beautiful narration, top-notch acting, well-developed characters, and beautiful cinematography. What more do you want? Thus, this intense ride is worth your time. So get ready to feel the chills.

12. Vikings

  • Genre: Historical, Drama, Action
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 69
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Welcome to the world of Vikings. The story of how Ragnar Lothbrok, a Norse farmer with a thirst for exploration, becomes the king of the Northmen. Lothbrok, clouded by ambition and an urge to attain supremacy, leads his men and his family to glory in Britain and France’s historic lands.

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A gripping plot, great acting, and cinematography, interesting characters with aesthetical and historical background. Overall, watching Vikings is the perfect investment of your time if you are into historical drama with action.

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11. Suits

  • Genres: Legal Drama
  • Season: 8
  • Episodes: 123
  • IMBD rating: 8.5/10

This is hands down one of my favorite shows to date. The show includes the fight for power in a firm, battle of wits, comical interaction between echelon members of the firm, romance, etc., which will make you get hooked to this TV series. Mike Ross, the genius with the photographic memory, was running away from police as a suspect for holding drugs and ends up meeting Harvey Specter, who happens to be looking for an associate.

Therefore, Mike asked for a chance to work at the firm and to witness his raw talent and ability. Harvey decided to hire him, but the problem was that Mike never went to Harvard, which was one of the main criteria for selecting the associate position, so now they have to hide the fact that Mike didn’t go to Harvard from everyone in the firm. I strongly recommend you to watch this series.

Suits have some great cast, stunning acting with a well-written storyline. Though it has slow character development, it has enough twists and turns with good chemistry for your enjoyment. Thus, it’s an absolute must-watch.

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10. The Alienist

  • Genres: Crime, Historical Drama, Mystery
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 18
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Sets in New York, 1896 in the Gilded Age. The story revolves around the hunt of a serial killer who is gruesomely killing young boy prostitutes. The investigation is set on with Theodore Roosevelt (a newly appointed police commissioner), Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (a criminal psychologist and an alienist), John Moore (a newspaper illustrator and cartoonist), and Sara Howard (a secretary aiming to be the city’s first female police detective) to become a team to track down and capture the perpetrator.

Based on an international best-selling novel, this is an electrifying crime series highlighting psychology, early forensic techniques, and criminal profiling along with corruption and homophobia in NYPD. The series did justice in historically adapting an incredible book. It’s dark, it’s disturbing; thus, it is my type of show.

Great storyline, casting, characters, cinematography, setting, and atmosphere. So it’s enough to keep you engaged. Hence, a beautiful experience with a little slow pacing.

09. How to Get Away with Murder

  • Genres: Crime, Legal Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Season: 6
  • Episodes: 90
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

This is Annalise Keating’s story, a law professor and a successful criminal defense attorney who prefers to teach with a practical approach. Hence to teach through a real-life experience approach, she selected 5 promising law students to intern in her law firm. 5 ambitious and excited students, to work on cases, were entirely unaware that this could change their lives forever by getting entangled in a murder plot and conspiracy.

Get ready to be sucked in strings of murder mysteries. Moreover, the jaw-dropping plot twists and turns, which unfolds starting from the pilot to the finale. The story revolves around flash-forwards and present scenarios. Also, it displays different subjects ranging from crime, courtroom drama, marital issues, betrayal, conspiracy, homosexuality, and a lot more on the plate.

Brilliant lead and other actors, casting, storyline, screenplay, compelling characters with various personalities, and cliffhangers made the series an intriguing and suspense-packed one.

In short, a genius series. But the real question that persists is: Who got away with the murder?

08. Stranger Things

  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, Teen
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 17
  • IMBD rating: 8.7/10

This show has only 8 episodes in the 1st season, so it will not take much time to finish watching it. Characters like Jim Hopper, aka Chief Hopper, are terrific, and it was nice to see the changes in him in just 8 episodes.

The most intriguing character was definitely the 11-year-old young girl with a shaved head who does not like to talk much. Moreover, she has a very disturbing past. All kinds of inhumane experiments were done on her for her to attain psychokinetic abilities. Now the mother, the chief, and all the kids are in desperate search of Will Byerswo, who went missing during this quest. They discover the secret government labs, sinister creatures from different worlds, and more in this adventurous journey.

It’s innovative, it’s creepy, it’s fresh! It is truly one of the best series available on Netflix. Great characters, ingenious and well-crafted plot with well-developed characters and beautiful direction. It’s always ready to keep you at the edge of your seat because this show is only getting better and better as you proceed further. Have fun binging till the very end.

07. Peaky Blinders

  • Genres: Action, Crime Drama, Historical Fiction
  • Season: 5
  • Episodes: 30
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

Another underrated, binge-worthy, and engrossing crime drama television series on Netflix. The story is set in Britain after the First World War, 1919. The story revolves around the gang Peaky Blinders led by Tommy Shelby and his family, a former sergeant major. His ambitions were to reign over Britain by running and expanding their criminal and gambling empire. This was done by taking advantage of a gun consignment situation. But Inspector Major Chester Cambell, who was called to the city, had the opposite ambition, i.e., to get rid of crime and to retrieve the stolen guns.

Sink into the settings of the realistic historic gang and political drama atmosphere. Writing, Acting, Settings, Music, Costumes, Characters, Cinematography, and Directing, all solid 10/10. Beautifully constructed and meticulous cat and mouse game set in steller recreation and resurrection of British post World War 1 era.

Thus, a masterpiece.

06. Ozark

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 20
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

The Byrdes and their teenage kids, Charlotte and Jonah, are ordinary families with ordinary lives for all intents and purposes. Except for Marty’s job, a Chicago financial advisor who also serves as the top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. When things go awry, Marty must uproot his family from Chicago’s skyscrapers and relocate to the lazy lake region of the Missouri Ozarks.

The show is cleverly crafted with unique and complex characters with nice developments and masterfully done acting. Warning: the show will instantly get you hooked up. It’s fresh and undeniably entertaining. Thus, an emotional and intense roller-coaster ride.

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05. Mindhunter

  • Genres: Crime Drama, Psychological Thriller
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 19
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

Fascinated with serial killers and psychopaths? Then let’s dive dark into the minds of monsters. Moreover, get ready to get some Hannibal and Dexter vibe.

The story is set in the late 70s. It follows when two FBI agents, Holden Ford and Bill Tench, step in to interview the incarcerated serial killers to understand how their minds work, which could help them solve other cases.

Based on the book Mindhunter, the series Portrayes criminals’ minds and their mentality beautifully and highlights early criminal psychology, profiling methods, and psychological evaluation and methodologies.

A well-written and driven plot, seamless acting, strong character development with a great pace and solid direction. It’s included as one of the best series available on Netflix because It’s Insightful, It’s Breathtaking, It’s Thrilling. In short, welcome to the minds and voices of the monsters.

04. The Queen’s Gambit (Miniseries)

  • Genre: Coming of Age, Period Drama, Sport
  • Season: 1
  • Episodes: 7
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

The story revolves around Beth Harmon, an orphan, a withdrawn and young girl who turned out to be a chess prodigy. It follows her coming of age to rise to glory in a male-dominated sport and become a global chess champion. But being a genius comes with a price. The Queen’s Gambit also highlights Beth’s emotional struggle dealing with alcohol and drug dependency.

Adaptation of an acclaimed novel. It beautifully and smartly displayed various emotions, friendship, trauma, struggles, addiction, and the growth of a prodigy who was fighting with her demons and obsession.

From casting, cinematography, set, wardrobe, to music score, everything was enthralling. Moreover, it has a refreshing plot, realistically solid writing, and captivating performance by the magnetic performer, Anya Taylor-Joy.

It’s breathtaking and beautiful. Thus, it’s a definite binge-worthy and aesthetically pleasing series.

03. Sherlock

  • Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Psychological
  • Season:  4
  • Episodes: 13
  • IMDB Rating: 9.1/10

Sherlock is the modernized series of adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Authur Conan. Sherlock Describes himself as a highly functioning sociopath who gets bored when there is not enough interesting case, and John Watson, who used to be in the military, is also like Sherlock thirsting for action.

The character Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is done beautifully. I personally have watched the show four times, and it still is on my watch list. Reasons are abundant as to why it is in the top 3 best series available on Netflix list. Watching Sherlock will make you actually feel connected with the show as they show what Sherlock is actually thinking while solving a crime, which makes it more interesting.

His partner John Watson played by Martin Freeman is also done really well as he helps Sherlock with all sorts of a task while giving him emotional support as his best friend. Now together, they crack many cases and becoming popular and, in the end, fighting the ultimate enemy, Moriarty.

Stupendous performance, great cast, suspense-packed and fast-paced storyline, catchy soundtrack, and robust dialogues. The show stands out in a very distinct manner, along with its great chemistry. If you haven’t watched it, then go and watch it immediately! And NO! Watson isn’t gay, Mrs. Hudson!

02. Breaking Bad

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Black Comedy
  • Season:  3
  • Episodes: 30
  • IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

Unlike Sherlock TV Series, Breaking Bad gets better and better with every season, and that is not an exaggeration. The character played by Bryan Cranston is done so beautifully that he won so many awards, and he totally deserves it. Regarding the plot of Breaking bad, I will say it’s super good.
However, he was just a coward and poor initially, but his personality started to change after he enters the drug business. He became badass, bold, and, more importantly, rich. Other characters like Jessie Pinkman, Hank Schrader are also played well. The plot is filled with action and intense situations, which will make your adrenaline rush.

A strong and well-crafted storyline, a great cast, powerful and compelling characters, tantalizing music, and quality storytelling. It has comedy, and it is thrilling, crime, for me, it is complete in all departments necessary. Thus, it is truly one of the best series available on Netflix I ever watched. It entices you to the roots. Hence, it is a true masterpiece.

01. Hannibal

  • Genres: Crime Drama, Crime Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Psychological Thriller
  • Season: 3
  • Episodes: 39
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

A gifted FBI criminal profiler, Will Graham, can reenact the murder act in his mind by empathizing with them. He can get into the heads of the killers and think like them. But a gifted ability comes with a price—the price of being haunted by the dark and becoming detached from reality. To help him, a respected forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lectar was contacted. What happens when the person (Dr. Lectar) helping you (Will) with your mental health turns out to be the most wanted serial killer? 

Explore the relationship and chemistry of two brilliant minds and how they impact each other’s life.

Another underrated show. A fresh take on the characters and elements of acclaimed novels by Thomas Harris. Hallucination, personality disorders, profiling methods, and various other psychological themes are smoothly captivated.

Impeccable acting, enthralling writing, pulsing soundtracks with beautiful shots. It’s terrifying and disturbing yet beautiful and thought-provoking. Also, it has beautiful cooking and gourmet scenes and aesthetically pleasing dark visuals.

This series is a work of beautiful art and is morbidly mesmerizing. This is one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen. It truly deserves the top ranking in my best series available on Netflix list. Let’s drown in madness together. Shall we?

Want More?

With this, I will conclude the list, and I hope it will help get rid of your boredom. All the mentioned TV series are worth watching. Most of them are mystery packed, and you may often find yourself at the edge of your seats. But hold your horses! Because the fun is yet to come. And if you want me to add some more of your favorite Netflix series, then comment below. I’ll make sure to watch and add them as well!

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