With more than 2000 series in its catalog, it can be complicated to choose the right series to watch on Netflix. Digital is here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff, and has selected for you the 10 best series, whether produced by Netflix or not, to watch on the streaming platform.
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This article is updated regularly with the crème de la crème of the streaming service, as well as our pick of the month. In December, our favorite series is Wednesday.
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The series follows the adventures of Wednesday Addams, now a student at Nevermore Academy. As she learns to tame her new psychic powers, the young girl must also thwart a series of monstrous murders that terrorize the city and solve the mystery in which her parents were embroiled 25 years ago, all while painfully trying to tie new relationships within Nevermore.
Wednesday brilliantly juggles between criminal investigation, secret society and heart problems, not to mention an ambitious plot mixing family secrets and historical trauma. An excellent surprise with complex and endearing characters, a thrilling story full of twists and turns, and a nervous rhythm that never gets boring. A generous and deliciously macabre series that will please both rebellious teenagers and their disoriented parents, as well as fans of well-crafted puzzles.
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This drama series traces the political rivalries, intrigues and events that marked the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom and the whole world in the second half of the 20th century.
Started in 2016, The Crown has established itself as one of the flagship series of the streaming platform, but also as a benchmark program in the genre of historical drama. The fine writing of showrunner Peter Morgan (The Queen) intelligently manages to connect the intimate journey of the royal family to the history of the world. Add to that an elegant production and a golden cast, with the cream of British actors and actresses, and you have one of the best series of its generation.
In 1919, in Birmingham, the Shelby family enjoyed a sulphurous reputation. Nicknamed the “Peaky Blinders”, its members mainly derive their income from betting and theft. Tommy Shelby, the most dangerous of all, will have to fight to impose his domination and become the leader of the underworld.
Peaky Blinders is a series with a unique identity, carried by a particularly successful soundtrack, and perfectly transcribing the violent and filthy atmosphere of England in the middle of the last century. A captivating and suffocating dive into the history of English banditry and beyond, filled with twists and turns. Above all, its cast of “mouths” as detestable as they are charismatic, Cillian Murphy in the lead, hooks the viewer throughout the six seasons of the series without ever letting go.
When a young boy goes missing in the small town of Hawkins, his family and friends set out to find him. They will discover a mysterious affair, secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces… and a girl with supernatural powers. An event that will trigger a war between our world and the dark and nightmarish one of the Upside Down.
How not to include Stranger Things in this top? This love letter to Amblin productions and the 80s has over the years found its own identity and offers a thrilling and original story. The series also owes a lot to its gallery of endearing characters, and its beautiful narrative and visual ambition. Waiting for a 5th and final season, Stranger Things stands out as THE series of a whole generation fed to Netflix. An unavoidable phenomenon.
Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has terminal lung cancer. He joins forces with Jesse Pinkman, a former student, dunce, drug addict and drug dealer, in order to ensure the financial future of his family after his death. The unlikely duo will then synthesize and market the purest crystal methamphetamine ever seen in the Americas.
breaking Bad is considered by many to be one of the best series of all time. And there are supporting arguments: a breathless dive into the world of drug cartels, a nervous and accomplished story, twists and turns, characters all crazier than each other and actors at the peak of their talent. A series that has not stolen its cult status.
The Ladies Game
1950s. Abandoned and placed in an orphanage in Kentucky, young Beth Harmon discovers an amazing talent for chess. Haunted by her personal demons and boosted by a cocktail of drugs and obsessions, she will become an exceptional chess player, determined to conquer the world of competition monopolized by men.
Between political thriller, intimate drama, thriller and sports series, The Ladies Game offers a gripping dive into the little-known world of chess. A beautifully produced series, with magnificent costumes and sets, carried by the inhabited performance of actress Anya Taylor-Joy, a real revelation of the show.
The series offers an immersion in the delicate balance between the prosperous city of Piltover and the slums of Zaun. Two events fuel tensions between these two city-states: the creation of Hextech in Piltover, which allows anyone to control magical energy; and the development of a new drug in Zaun, which turns humans into monsters. This rivalry between the cities divides families and friends.
With its stylized aesthetic mixing 3D and 2D in the service of a nervous and inventive realization, the series Arcane is insanely beautiful and has an art direction to die for. The twirling sequences contrast with the more intimate stories of the show’s many characters. Whether we are a fan of League of Legends or not, Arcane is a success in every respect, an ambitious and generous series and a visual slap. One of the editorial staff’s recent favourites.
After years of imprisonment, the Dream Lord begins his journey through the worlds to find what was stolen from him and regain his powers.
This adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult novels offers an exciting program: a sophisticated and successful artistic direction, a mystical and neat universe, and a cast of talents (Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry…). The icing on the cake: the series is directed by Gaiman himself, and scripted by the experienced David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight). A resolutely unique series, to discover without delay.
FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench develop profiling techniques and continue to probe the psyches of criminals who have committed inconceivable acts. With the help of psychologist Wendy Carr, they use their revolutionary method of behavior analysis to hunt down infamous serial killers.
Produced and directed (in part) by David Fincher (fight club, Seven), this series based on true events and deliciously disturbing brings us closer to the most monstrous serial killers of the 20th century. mindhunter offers a fascinating dive into the beginnings of criminal profiling, into the minds of killers and those who studied them. His elegant staging and his incisive writing touch just right, ending up making mindhunter one of the most accomplished series on the platform.
The Haunting of Hill House
The story of five siblings who grew up in America’s most famous haunted house. Now adults, they reunite after the suicide of their youngest sister, an event that forces them to confront the ghosts of their past. If some haunt their minds, others are hiding well and truly in the dark recesses of the frightening building.
Any good top series must have its horrific program. That’s good: Mike Flanagan’s series – adapted from Shirley Jackson’s cult novel – is as terrifying in the monsters and spirits it invokes as in its portrayal of broken and traumatized characters. A shocking cocktail of horror and emotions that will captivate you throughout its 10 episodes. Not to miss.
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