#1 Downton Abbey
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate between 1912 and 1926, Downton Abbey first appeared on our screens in 2010. Now in its sixth series, the historical period drama series follows a Crawley family and their servants through the events that affected the lives of people during that period. Downton Abbey gives viewers an incredible insight into British life in the early 20th Century. If you haven’t watched Downton before, expect drama, suspense, rivalry, and death – everything a great drama series is meant to be.
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
If psychological crime is your thing, Luther is a great television show to invest into. The series follows a detective, acted by Idris Elba, in his investigations into dark crimes, such as murder. It is intense, gripping and downright obsessive as we watch DCI John Luther become consumed by the crimes he is trying to solve. The first four seasons are on Netflix, and earlier this year (June 2017), it was announced that a fifth season will start filming in 2018.
#3 Grace and Frankie
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Grace and Frankie follows the lives of two women who have had to come to terms with their husbands being romantically involved with each other for the last 20 years. Only having each other to rely on, Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, move in together. The show follows the lives of two 60-year-old women as they battle against health and relationship struggles. All three series are currently on Netflix, and during April 2017 Netflix confirmed the fourth season which is expected to premiere in 2018.
#4 Fawlty Towers
IMDb rating: 8.8/10
First broadcast on BBC Two during the 1970s, this classic British sitcom is set in a fictional hotel called Fawlty Towers. During each episode, we see the rude owner, his bossy wife, the receptionist and Spanish waiter attempt to smoothly and successfully run their seaside town hotel. As you can expect, the challenges that they face with their eccentric and demanding guests provide huge comical value for the audience. Both seasons are available on Netflix UK at the moment, so if you’re looking for an easy watch after a busy day, Fawlty Towers will have you in stitches from beginning to end.
#5 Call the Midwife
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Call the Midwife was originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with an Anglican religious order at a convent in East London. This period drama series follows a group of midwives working in the East End during the 1950s and the 1960s. As well as other community duties, the sisters and midwives focus their work on bringing safe childbirth to women in Poplar during this time. Call the Midwife is dramatic, intense and heart-warming, which is why when it first aired on BBC One in 2012 it was the most successful new drama series on the channel for over 11 years.
#6 Planet Earth
IMDb rating: 9.4/10
There’s no surprise that Planet Earth has the highest IMDb rating out of this list. Planet Earth and Planet Earth II are arguably two of the best nature documentary series that have even been produced. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, each of the six episodes, in each series, follows a different habitat on Earth. The BBC production and research team provide us with incredible insight into the spectacular world we live in. Planet Earth received widespread critical acclaim, so whether you’ve seen the series before or not, it is a show which opens your eyes to nature like no other.
#7 Happy Valley
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Happy Valley is a BAFTA award-winning crime drama that is full of darkness and suspense. We watch Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant based in West Yorkshire, as she tries to solve a series of violent crimes in her area. As the plot thickens, expect to be on the edge of your seat. This gripping show includes violence and darkness as the scale of the crimes unravels and Catherine becomes more involved than she ever would have imagined. Both existing series are available on Netflix.
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
When Broadchurch first aired on ITV in 2013, it was the captivating drama series that everyone was talking about. Based in Dorset, the series follows the impacts of events following the murder of an 11-year-old boy. There’s the perfect mix of suspicion between the characters, grief between the community and attention from the media. This complex combination of makes the work of the two detectives, played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, an exhilarating and gripping watch.
These shows are just a pick of the bunch that are available on Netflix at the moment. Unfortunately, Netflix can take down some shows from time to time, however, they always make sure great alternatives are available for their viewers. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for, check out the recommendations tabs for some extra inspiration!