9 Best British Shows on Netflix

Over the years, Netflix has comfortably established itself as one of the leading providers of subscription service television and movies, both American and foreign. But sometimes the sheer amount TV listings to choose from can be daunting. How to know what you might or might not like? Where to even start looking? And even if you can narrow it down to a specific genre, how can you weed out the winners and losers? Well, if British TV is something you know you are interested in, you’re in luck. See below for a list of some of the very best British TV shows on Netflix right now:

9. Lovesick (2014-)

Genre: Comedy
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
WritersTom EdgeAndy BakerEd MacdonaldMark Grimmer
DirectorsGordon AndersonElliot HegartyAneil Karia
Runtime: 24 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: not rated
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the Netflix markets.

One of the best British shows on Netflix, this sitcom stars Antonia Thomas and Johnny Flynn. The series centers around a man recently diagnosed with chlamydia, who is living with two of his friends in Glasgow. In an effort to contact his past lovers, the story is told mostly through flashbacks with these former sexual encounters and how they affected both his life and also his friends. It currently has three seasons.

8. The Fall (2013-)

Genre: Crime, drama, thriller
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
WriterAllan Cubitt
Directors: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen
Runtime: 1 hour
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan start in this Irish-British crime drama that takes place in Northern Ireland. The show centers around the case to capture and convict a serial killer in Belfast. While there are many common factors between this series and other crime dramas, The Fall flips things upside down by immediately revealing the killer to the audience and using the time previously spent on discovering this to focus on reasons for it. It began in 2013 and there are currently three seasons. The title of the show itself pays home to T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men.”

7. The End of the F***ing World (2017-)

Genre: Comedy, drama
Release Date on Netflix: January 6, 2018
WritersCharlie CovellCharles S. Forsman
Directors: Jonathan EntwistleLucy Tcherniak
Runtime: 25 minutes
IMDb Rating8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the Netflix markets.

Currently one of the best British TV shows on Netflix, stars newcomers Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther. This dark comedy-drama debuted on Netflix in early 2018. It is based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel which depicts the life of a young high schooler who, convinced that he is a psychopath once he becomes bored with torturing animals, decides that to satisfy this part of himself, he must set his sights higher and murder a young girl in his school. She sees him as a freedom from her own scattered and chaotic home life and suggests they run off together. There is currently only one season and the series has an 8.2 on IMDb and 98% Rotten Tomatoes.

6. Luther (2010-2018)

Genre: Mystery, crime, drama
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Writers: Neil Cross
DirectorsSam MillerJamie PayneBrian KirkStefan SchwartzFarren Blackburn
Runtime: 30 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore

Idris Elba stars in Luther, a British crime drama, as a Chief Detective Inspector. Luther is extremely good at his job, but it’s only because he is fanatical and dedicated (sometimes obsessively) to his work. He deals exclusively with the most violent and dangerous of crimes and their criminals, which frequently leads to him sometimes having to check himself in order to stay in line. One of the best British TV shows on Netflix, Luther began in 2010 and has four seasons.

5. The Office (2001-2003)

Genre: Comedy, drama
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Writers: Ricky GervaisStephen Merchant
Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Runtime: 30 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, Canada

Part comedy, part documentary (mockumentary), one of the best British shows on Netflix is The Office. It stars Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman, just two of the many employees working at a paper company. The show covers the comings and goings the office and its slew of interesting characters, including the insufferable branch manager, a prank-happy salesman, and an extremely eccentric team leader.

The television was later adapted into an American version starring Steve Carell and Mindy Kaling. Originally airing from 2001 to 2003, there are two seasons.

4. The Crown (2016-)

Genre: Drama, history
Release Date on Netflix: November 4, 2016
WritersPeter MorganEdward HemmingTom EdgeNick Payne
Directors: Philip MartinBenjamin CaronStephen DaldryJulian JarroldPhilippa Lowthorpe
Runtime: 58 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, UK, Australia, and the rest of the Netflix markets.

Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and John Lithgow star in this historical drama based on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II of England. Each season depicts a different point in her life, beginning at her wedding in 1947 in the first season and plans to go to the present day, with different actors and actresses taking over the roles every two seasons. It is intended to go six seasons and currently has two. It has an 8.7 on IMDb and 91% Rotten Tomatoes, and has been hailed as one of the best British shows on Netflix.

3. Fawlty Towers (1975-1979)

Genre: Comedy
Release Date on Netflix: April 1, 2017
WritersConnie BoothJohn Cleese
DirectorsBob SpiersJohn Howard Davies
Runtime: 30 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: TV-PG
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Australia

Airing on British television in both 1975 and 1979, Fawlty Towers was written by and starred comedian John Cleese. The slapstick comedy centers around Fawlty Towers, a seaside hotel run by Basil and Sybil Fawlty, one an extremely boorish and stiff man, the other a demanding and nagging woman. The couple, along with their staff struggle to run the hotel, which always seems to be overrun by interesting riffraff. Cleese, already fairly well known at the time was only paid a little over $8000 for his 43 weeks of work on this. One of the best British shows on Netflix, Fawlty Towers has also been voted as one of the best British shows of all time.

2. Peaky Blinders (2013-)

Genre: Crime, drama
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
WritersSteven KnightToby FinlayStephen Russell
DirectorsColm McCarthyTim MielantsDavid CaffreyOtto BathurstTom Harper
Runtime: 1 hour
IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, UK, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Poland, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore

Starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, and Sophie Rundle, this crime drama follows the Shelby family in early 20th century England. Led by the hard and charismatic middle brother, Thomas Shelby, the gangster family takes a no-holds-barred philosophy in Britain when it comes to increasing their rankings and fortunes.

The gang itself is loosely based on an actual criminal gang in the United Kingdom in the early 1890s who were known for hiding razor blades in their hats to use in squabbles. Just one of the best British shows on Netflix, it began running in 2013 and currently has four seasons.

1. Black Mirror (2011-)

Genre: Drama, thriller, sci-fi
Release Date on Netflix: April 14, 2015
Writers: Charlie BrookerWilliam Bridges, & others
DirectorsOwen HarrisCarl Tibbetts, & others
Runtime: 1 hour
IMDb Rating: 8.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the Netflix markets.

A gritty science fiction series with a catalog of famous actors such as Jon Hamm and Bryce Dallas Howard appearing in episodes, Black Mirror is presented as a standalone anthology with each episode focusing on some time in the future and the influence that our currently rapidly evolving technology has on it. It tackles such subjects as online dating and social media. It started on British television in 2011 and was picked up by Netflix in 2015. Ranked as one of the best British shows on Netflix, there are currently four seasons, all of them streaming on all Netflix markets.

Conclusion

These are just a small sampling of some of the best British shows on Netflix right now. Whether it’s comedy, drama, history or crime that appeals most to you, one of these picks will be right up your alley.

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