Netflix has something for everyone, but there’s plenty of rubbish padding its catalog of classic TV shows everyone has heard about. Our guide to the best TV on Netflix UK is updated weekly to help you avoid the mediocre ones and find the best things to watch. We try and pick out the less obvious gems, too, so we’re confident you’ll find a must-watch show you don’t already know about.
It’s 1980s New York, the height of the AIDS epidemic. Madonna’s Vogue is playing everywhere, and the underground ballroom scene – a haven to mostly black and Latino trans and gay people – is a dizzying, glitzy whirlwind of joy and judgment. The world of Pose, inspired by the legendary 80s documentary Paris is Burning, hits a sweet spot: it tackles profoundly difficult issues like discrimination, sexism, and poverty, between joyous dance and drag competitions. The series has no weak link. Billy Porter as ballroom MC Pray Tell and Dominique Jackson as Elektra are truly magnetic and ground what could have become too much of a tear-jerker with the perfect sprinkling of world-weary cynicism. If you missed it on BBC2, the perfect time to binge-watch it on Netflix is right now.
Nick Kroll’s wacky, geeky, puerile cartoon about puberty is one of the funniest shows on Netflix right now. It’s all very sick and very wrong but the writing is sharp, the plots get more and more surreal and the voice cast is killer: Kroll himself, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph as a Hormone Monster, Jason Mantzoukas, even David Thewlis as The Shame Wizard in season two.
The second season of this raunchy teen show is the biggest highlight on Netflix in 2020 so far. Although it has a distinctly American glow, with jocks, Acapella groups and means girls, Sex Education is set in the UK and filmed in Wales. Asa Butterfield stars as an awkward teenager who starts giving sex counseling for money, and Gillian Anderson plays his mother in her typical graceful style. While the titular topic is used as a source of comedy, Sex Education also explores issues related to intimacy and identity issues in a smart way that will dredge up your emotions.