The 20 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now – August 2016

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Whether you’re taking a sick day, trying to survive a wet weekend or just feel like a bit of binge watching, Netflix is the answer. If you’re not sure what to watch, Tech Junkie is here to help. We are Netflix addicts and watch whatever we can whenever we can. So if you’re looking for something to watch, the best shows on Netflix right now, read on!

In no particular order:

20. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights is worth watching even if you’re not a football fan. It was huge on NBC and is now doing the rounds on Netflix. Clever, well-written and well-acted.

19. Stranger Things

Stranger Things is a real mix of sci-fi oriented writing. It’s a bit X-files, a bit Aliens and even a bit E.T. It’s also more than a bit good especially if you’re familiar with 80s sci-fi movies and influences.

18. Sense8

Sense8, from the Wachowski brothers is exactly what you would expect. Rich, undulating, engaging and sometimes a little confusing. It is also excellently written, well executed and poignant at times.

17. Sons of Anarchy

No Netflix best show list would be complete without Sons of Anarchy. One of the best shows on any platform, this biker drama has highs, lows and loves to pile on the pressure before letting it all out in a gunfight. Well worth watching.

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16. The Flash

The Flash is a good way to get a little superhero action without getting bored of formulaic writing and over the top action sequences. A spin-off of Arrow, The Flash is nicely done with lots going on in each episode.

15. Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is an unlikely Netflix hit but that is exactly what it is. Based in post-war England, this is a period drama done as only the Brits can do them. Seemingly banal on paper yet curiously engaging, even addicting once you start watching.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is an unlikely Marvel spinoff that has much more depth than the usual fare. Very well done, nicely acted and one of the few domestic TV shows that can do subtext well. If you’re looking for something a little deeper than the norm, this could be it.

13. Mad Men

Ah those were the days! Back when men could drink and smoke at work and everything was much simpler. Or not. Mad Men is stylish, perfectly paced and well-acted. If you’re after something without guns or superheroes, this fits the bill perfectly.

12. Breaking Bad

What is there to say about Breaking Bad that hasn’t been said already. A 21st masterpiece that is as funny as it is poignant and as entertaining as it is shocking. Everyone should watch it.

11. Better Call Saul

Anyone who has seen Breaking Bad will recognize Saul in this spinoff. A shady lawyer in New Mexico trying to make it good and falling in with the bad. It is easily as good as Breaking Bad, which is nice for a spinoff.

10. Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake is only six episodes but the story feels much longer, in a good way. A girl goes missing, the family looks to be responsible and the series follows the investigation into proceedings. Very well done on every level.

9. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation takes a little while to warm up but once it does this Office spinoff takes on a personality of its own. It’s humorous, lighthearted and full of sincerity. It’s a modern day Friends without the bad haircuts.

8. The West Wing

The West Wing is a modern classic, perfect for binge watching. Cleverly done and well-acted and produced with comedic moments as well as dramatic ones, it is Aaron Sorkin at his best.

7. Dexter

Dexter isn’t for the faint of heart but it is clever, darkly funny and very engrossing. Whoever thought of a serial killer working as a CSI is a genius and Michael C. Hall is brilliant in his role.

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6. Alias

Alias is an early J.J. Abrams series in which Jennifer Garner wears tight dresses and kicks ass. With a decent storyline, some good action sequences and lots of jeopardy, it has all the ingredients of an engrossing watch.

5. Lost

Lost was the best thing on TV for a while. It is very well written, has great characters, good storylines, nice locations and plenty of mystery. Despite some disappointments, this is definitely binge-worthy watching.

4. House of Cards

House of Cards is the series that made Netflix, not the other way round. Clever, funny, slick and nicely done, this is one of the best Kevin Spacey vehicles it is possible to have. If you watch one thing on Netflix, let it be House of Cards.

3. Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie is dark, bleak humor at its best. Edie Falco is a drug addicted nurse trying to hold it together during a marriage breakup, changes and stresses at work and coping with middle age. Awesome show.

2. Heroes

Heroes is the show that brought us Zachary Quinto and made superheroes accessible to the mainstream. Well written, well-acted and well produced, this is a story-driven show with a lot going on.

1. Luther

Luther is another Brit import and how all cop shows should be. It is dark, gritty, mean and intense. It takes hold of you and doesn’t let you go until it is good and ready to do so. An unlikely star of Netflix but once you watch it you’ll know why.

Posted by Jamie on August 23, 2016

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