Posted by Allanah Faherty @allanah
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Note: This list will be updated monthly to reflect the best old and new Netflix series. Newest Netflix TV show additions are at the top.

Choosing the best Netflix series to binge watch on can be a hard decision to make. After all, you're committing to spending hours of your life with this series, and you hardly want to devote your time to a total dud.

As we all know, in recent years, Netflix have knocked it out of the park with their Netflix original series, as well as carefully curating some of the best Netflix original series from around the world. Below I've scouted out some of the best series Netflix has to offer, that are all worthy of being binged watched, take a read and find your next obsession. If you are stuck wondering what to watch on Netflix, here are the best shows on Netflix to check out this month!

1. Black Mirror

Black Mirror Season 3 [David Dettmann/Netflix]
Black Mirror Season 3 [David Dettmann/Netflix]

How many seasons available on Netflix? Currently 2, though part one of Season 3 drops on October 21.

What's it about? An anthology series, Black Mirror explores the scary and unexpected consequences of technology. While some the concepts behind some episodes might seem outlandish (the recreation of a human, using details gleaned from their social media) or crass (England's Prime Minister being forced to have sex with a pig live on TV to save a member of the royal family) or downright chilling (a woman being constantly recorded by passive bystanders as she flees a group of assassins), they'll all make you change the way you look at your phone screen, a.k.a the black mirror. Black Mirror will soon return for Season 3 as a Netflix original series.

Why it's worth a watch: While the episodes themselves are based on mad concepts, it's scary how close to Black Mirror our lives are becoming. Entertaining to the max, it'll also make you think a hell of a lot about how you use technology, or how technology's using you.

2. The Grinder

Fred Savage and Rob Lowe in The Grinder [Fox]
Fred Savage and Rob Lowe in The Grinder [Fox]

How many seasons available on Netflix? Season 1 of The Grinder drops on October 4.

What's it about? Following the end of his TV series The Grinder, actor Dean Sanderson Jr. (Rob Lowe) returns to his hometown of Boise, Idaho. After playing a lawyer in a TV series for years, Sanderson believes it makes him qualified to practice law and he joins his family's law firm, much to the annoyance of his younger brother — and actual lawyer — Stewart (Fred Savage).

Why it's worth a watch: Starring Fred Savage and Rob Lowe, The Grinder is basically an 80s and 90s kid's dream. Though series was sweet, funny and well received by critics, unfortunately the ratings weren't good enough for Fox to renew the series, so there's just 22 episodes - the perfect amount to binge over a few weeks (or days).

3. iZombie

iZombie Seaosn 2 joins Netflix in October
iZombie Seaosn 2 joins Netflix in October

How many seasons available on Netflix? Currently 1, though Season 2 drops on October 5.

What's it about? After an accident on a yacht, medical resident Liv is turned into a zombie. Because she now has an insatiable appetite for brains she takes a job in the morgue, and learns that when she eats the brain of a murder victim she experiences flashbacks of their lives which often give clues about their murder. Backed up by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, Liv begins to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes under the guise of being psychic.

Why it's worth a watch: BetweenThe Walking Dead and Z Nation you might think you're all zombied out, but iZombie is vastly different from these shows in that the zombie is actually the good guy! The series is very similar in tone to shows such as Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire's Slayer, so if you were a fan of those you're bound to enjoy iZombie.

4. Marvel's Luke Cage

Luke Cage demonstrates his super strength [Myles Aronowitz/Netflix]
Luke Cage demonstrates his super strength [Myles Aronowitz/Netflix]

When is it available on Netflix? Season 1 of Marvel's Luke Cage drops on September 30

What is it about? After a sabotaged experiment leaves Luke Cage with super strength and unbreakable skin, he makes a a new life for himself in Harlem, New York as a fugitive. However, the past will always come back to haunt you, and soon Cage has to confront his demons and fight a battle for the city.

Why it's worth a watch: Forget some of the below-par superhero TV shows you might have seen before, Netflix has quickly established itself as the home of quality comic book TV adaptation with series such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones. While Luke Cage is enjoyable as a standalone, it's also the third addition in the planned Marvel Netflix series of six shows, so if you're partial to some superhero action, this is the Netflix series for you.

5. Narcos

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar [Juan Pablo Gutierrez/Netflix]
Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar [Juan Pablo Gutierrez/Netflix]

When is it available on Netflix? 2 (entire run to date)

What is it about? This wildly successful Netflix original series is back for a second season! Narcos chronicles the real life stories of 1980s drug lord, Pablo Escobar. The series follows Escobar's interactions with the other drug lords, police, DEA and military all in the aim of controlling the flow of cocaine. Given that the show is based on a real person and events, we know that Season 2 is about to amp up the violence and action a whole bunch.

Why it's worth a watch: Based on a real person and real events, Narcos proves that sometimes life just provides the ultimate script for a gripping TV series.

6. Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston as Walter White [AMC]
Bryan Cranston as Walter White [AMC]

How many seasons available on Netflix? 5 (entire run)

What is it about? After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Albuquerque-based chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) begins making methamphetamine in order to ensure his family's financial stability after he dies. However, soon he finds himself embroiled in this dark underworld, and his greed and thirst for power become all-consuming. No surprise it's one of the best Netflix tv shows.

Why it's worth a watch: Breaking Bad is frequently considering one of the greatest TV series of all time, and won 110 awards during its 62-episode run. Don't be turned off by the idea that the show is all about drug manufacturing - that does play a part, but the real pull is watching the devolution of a family man into a ruthless criminal mastermind. There's no doubt Walt is a villain, but he's one you'll love to watch.

7. Firefly

How many seasons available on Netflix? 1 (entire run)

What's it about? Joss Whedon's space western, Firefly is often regarded as a show gone before its time. Lasting just one season, the series is set 500 years in the future and follows a group of people living aboard a spaceship on the fringes of society. The world is now ruled over by a central federal government called the Alliance, which is the result of the United States and China fusing together.

Why it's worth a watch: Don't be intimidated by its bizarre-sounding concept, Firefly is a series which was beautifully written, and treats its audience as intelligent viewers. The writing is imaginative, engaging and smart, the characters are well-developed and progressive, and there's a liberal sprinkling of humor throughout. The series has such a passionate fandom that three years after cancellation, Universal studios was persuaded to finance a continuation in the form of the 2005 film Serenity. If a series has fans that passionate, it has to be good, right?

8. Sherlock

How many seasons available on Netflix? 3 (entire run to date)

What's it about? A modern version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock sees Benedict Cumberbatch's rendition of Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries in London, with the help of his friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), a serviceman recently returned serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Afghanistan. Thanks to Watson's blog, Holmes becomes some what of a celebrity and his skills are very much in demand from both the British government and ordinary civilians.

Why it's worth a watch: Sherlock is unlike any of the other series on this list in that each episode is feature-length, clocking in at around 90 minutes, making it a very cinematic experience. With an A-list cast, exquisite writing and beautiful direction, Sherlock is not only mind food, but also a visual delight

9. Freaks and Geeks

How many seasons available on Netflix? 1 (entire run)

What's it about? High school comedy-dramas are a dime a dozen, but rarely are they as realistic as Freaks and Geeks. Set in the early 80s, the series follows siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir as they navigate the brutal world of high school. Lindsay starts the series as a mathlete, but soon finds herself with a new group of 'slacker' friends (the 'freaks'), while her brother Sam hangs with his two best friends (the 'geeks'), and attempts to catch the interest of his crush, Cindy.

Why it's worth a watch: Aside from the fact that Freaks and Geeks had a stellar cast (James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel to name just a small few), and was created by Judd Apatow, the series is one which will resonate with anyone who had to endure the tough world of high school (all of us). Much like Firefly it only lasted one season, but all 18 episodes of Freaks and Geeks are absolute gold.

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10. Peaky Blinders

How many seasons available on Netflix? 3 (entire run to date)

What's it about? A crime drama, Peaky Blinders (yeah, it's a bit of an odd name) focusses on the happenings of the Romani Peaky Blinders gang who operated in Birmingham, England after World War I. Cillian Murphy plays boss Tommy Shelby, whose gang comes under police pressure when Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) is sent over from Belfast with the aim of cleaning up the city.

Why it's worth a watch: It's not just a cool concept, Peaky Blinders is based on a real life 20th century gang, so called because they apparently used to stitch razor blades in their flat caps, which were used to slash their victims foreheads (therefore blinding them with blood). But if the concept doesn't hook you, its dedication to the real look and feel of the era will, no expensive has been spared to bring grim and gritty 1920s Birmingham to life on screen.

11. Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

How many seasons available on Netflix? 2 (entire run to date)

What's it about? Set in the Calder Valley, UK, Happy Valley follows Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), a police sergeant working in a small town, and still reeling from her daughter's suicide eight years prior. After she learns that the man responsible for her daughter's suicide is back in the area, she becomes obsessed with tracking him down. Meanwhile the daughter of a local businessman is kidnapped, and it turns out the two are more intertwined than first thought.

Why it's worth a watch: Everyone knows the British know how to make a great TV drama, and Happy Valley is one of the finest. With just six episodes per season there's no time for boring filler episodes, and Sarah Lancashire absolutely shines in the role as tough-as-nails Catherine Cawood.

12. Top of the Lake

Tui in Top of the Lake
Tui in Top of the Lake

How many seasons available on Netflix? 1 (entire run to date)

What's it about? Set in the beautiful and isolated landscape of New Zealand's South Island, Top of the Lake focuses on the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl from a town called Laketop. But when Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) begins to investigate the disappearance, she finds herself unravelling a mess of dark secrets of this small town.

Why it's worth a watch: Created and directed by Academy Award winning director Jane Campion, Top of the Lake will blow you away with its captivating and dark story, as well as the sheer beauty of the isolated New Zealand landscape. If you've ever wanted to go to New Zealand, the story in Top of the Lake will either scare you off the idea for good, or it's setting will convince you to book your ticket immediately. It's hard to say which.

13. Danger 5

The cast of Danger 5
The cast of Danger 5

How many seasons available on Netflix? 2 (entire run)

What's it about? Set in an alternative reality where Hitler is still alive, Australian comedy series Danger 5 follows a group of five international spies on their ongoing mission to kill Hitler and put a stop to his plans of world domination. Season 1 is set in the 1960s, and Season 2 is set in the 80s, and anything I try to compare it to simply wouldn't do it justice, just watch the trailer instead:

Why it's worth a watch: It's a show set in alternative reality versions of the 60s (Season 1) and 80s (Season 2) about spies on a mission to kill Hitler. It also features a Nazi Pterodactyl. Enough said.

14. Luther

How many seasons available on Netflix? 3 (of a possible 4)

What's it about? Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is so dedicated to his work solving murder cases that it has taken its toll on all aspects of his life. While technically Luther is the good guy, he struggles so much with his own demons that there might not be much of a difference between Luther and the criminals he hunts down.

Why it's worth a watch: Idris Elba shines in the role of the deeply flawed hero and has collected a slew of nominations for his work. Influenced by Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, Luther still manages to feel like a fresh idea, while also seeming familiar. Not to mention that because it's a British series, the seasons are short, the episodes long and the drama is intense.

15. Stranger Things

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things [Netflix]
Winona Ryder in Stranger Things [Netflix]

How many seasons available on Netflix? 1 (entire run to date)

What's it about? A total 80s homage, Stranger Things starts with the disappearance of a boy into thin air. What follows is the efforts of his friends, family and the local law enforcement to try and find him. However, soon it becomes clear that this is no regular disappearance, and there are some sinister supernatural forces at play.

Why it's worth a watch: One of the best TV series on Netflix, Stranger Things is simply a really well made show. The writing is tight, the characters are believable as well as likable and the cast are insanely talented. If you grew up in the 80s you'll enjoy the nostalgia factor, but if you didn't you'll be equally as intrigued by this mirror to another time. A second season is yet to be confirmed, but it's basically a given - watch Season 1 now so you can rewatch before the second season is released (seriously, it's that good).

Which of these TV shows on Netflix will you be watching next?