What are the best series on Netflix right now?

Are you looking for a new series to occupy your evenings, but you don’t know where to start? Numerama has concocted a list of the best series of the moment available on Netflix France so that you can be sure not to waste your time. We regularly update it with the newest news that arrives every month.

You spend more and more time wandering around the Netflix homepage, desperately looking for what you’re going to watch tonight? Your case is not isolated. Especially since with the winter well settled and the many rainy evenings, the appeal of plaid and sofa will be stronger and stronger.

Every month, dozens of new series arrive on Netflix France Whether they are originals or reruns, they fill a catalogue that thickens at a glance, and this overabundance tends to drown the subscriber in a myriad of content. To the point where competitors such as Canal+ Séries have launched themselves on the opposite model: few series, but all of quality.

Brooklyn Nine Nine // Source: NBC/Netflix

The Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) platform claims the success of its recommendation algorithm, but it can sometimes leave you speechless: between the 100% original series that are put on the front page, and the “current trends” that don’t necessarily represent your desires, the risk of feeling overwhelmed is increasing.

Beyond the Netflix home screen and its “search” function, Numerama has selected for you the best series of the moment. This article will be updated regularly to keep only the most relevant productions.

The best feel good series

Sex Education (seasons 1 and 2)

Sex Education is the nugget for the beginning of this year 2020. Deeply caring, she immerses us in a pure and sincere alternative universe, where freedom of choice and respect for others are key values. In addition to being funny, it embodies an ideal society in which one would dare to talk about sexuality with pedagogy and gentleness, without denying that sex and eroticism are an integral part of everyday life.

While the first season focuses on the character of Otis and the different ways in which he manages to help and reassure his high school classmates, the second, more powerful installment focuses on the “secondary” characters to show their worries and joys. A must see.

The best drama series

Unbelievable (season 1)

Based very faithfully on a true story (and a masterful investigation by ProPublica), the Unbelievable series is one of the biggest slaps in the face of the end of the year 2019. Released on September 13, the 8-episode mini-series follows the investigation of two policewomen who are tracking a serial rapist.

With both power and finesse, Unbelievable manages to show how difficult it is for women to be taken seriously in cases of violence, especially sexual assault, because of the many societal and insidious factors that still in the 2000s materialize the oppression of women.

The best comedy series

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (seasons 1 to 5)

Probably to Netflix’s detriment, the funniest series in its French catalogue does not belong to it: it is called Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the first five seasons (out of the existing six) are currently available on the SVoD platform Caring and funny, she takes care of her characters and that’s what makes the difference. From Jake to Amy to Captain Holt, they are all important, like indispensable ingredients in a secret grandmother’s recipe that everyone is trying to steal.

Mike Schur, the creator, is also the clever guy behind Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, which also take up this unique trademark. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have a season 7 in 2020.

The best horror series

The Haunting of Hill House (season 1)

Look no further: The Haunting of Hill House is the best horror series ever. The first season came out in October 2018, but it remains above the game in every respect: with its long, wide shots, breathtaking aesthetics, gripping story and unexpected turnarounds, it largely dominates its counterparts of the moment. A significant bonus: even if you don’t like horror series, you’ll love The Haunting of Hill House.

The best anime series

BoJack Horseman (seasons 1 to 6)

We could tell you about the metaphysical Rick and Morty or the exalted Tuca and Bertie (recently released), but to date, the best animated series on Netflix remains BoJack Horseman. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, it depicts a world parallel to ours in which animals and humans live side by side, but which above all takes up all the shortcomings of our time and makes a mockery of them, never without a certain nuance.

Season 6 should come out in 2019.

The most popular series of the moment

The Witcher (season 1)

After the end of Game of Thrones, fantasy didn’t take long to come back in force. Adapted from the bestsellers of the same name, The Witcher is a medieval universe full of monsters, spells and impressive sword fights. Henry Cavill brilliantly interprets Geralt, the famous Sorcerer at the centre of novels and video games But where Netflix is strong is in highlighting more than ever the female characters of this universe, Yennefer and Ciri. The Witcher is an excellent Dark Fantasy entertainment.

Season 1 was released on December 20, 2019.

The best documentary series

At a Glance

The series En Bref (or Explained, in VO), is a very well edited collection of short documentaries on multiple everyday subjects: clothes, animal intelligence, billionaires… Produced by the VOX medium, it allows us to go back to the origin of certain phenomena that we don’t necessarily think to question. Season 2 started on September 26th, and Netflix is releasing a new episode every week.

Two derivative series were also released in September 2019 and January 2020: one on the mind and the other on sexuality.

Article last updated on 31 January 2020

Article originally published on 28 May 2019

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