The Best Series On Netflix Ireland: 17 Shows That’ll Make You Want To Binge Watch

Action, drama, dark-comedies and plenty more

The Best Series On Netflix Ireland

The question “what’s the best series on Netflix Ireland” tends to cause a fair bit of debate.

What I think is deadly and well worth a watch, you may think is the greatest pile of shite to ever be made and vice versa.

In the guide below, we’re going to show you a heap of the best shows on Netflix Ireland, along with the Rotten Tomatoes review score.

It’s broken up into recent releases and shows that have been out for a while but that are still well worth a look.

Related read: Have a nosey at the 29 best movies on Netflix Ireland when you’re finished here!

The Best Series On Netflix Ireland: Recent Releases

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Section one is packed with a number of different shows on Netflix Ireland that have been released over the last 12 months or so.

You’ll find everything from thrillers and semi-horrors to action and drama. If there’s a show that you’ve seen that you think we should add, pop a comment into the comments section.

1. The Stranger: 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Stranger is a UK thriller series that’s based on a Harlan Coben novel. The show premiered on Netflix on in January 2020 and it stars Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders and Hannah John-Kamen.

In a nutshell: A series of unnerving secrets send Dad Adam Price on a quest to discover the truth about his wife and many of the people closest to him.

2. The Pharmacist: 89% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Pharmacist is a US true-crime documentary that revolves around a small-town pharmacist from Louisiana.

In a nutshell: After his son is killed in a drug-related shooting, Dan Schneider sets off on a journey of revenge against the powerful people behind America’s opioid epidemic.

3. Queen Sono: 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

Queen Sono is an African crime series that was created by Kagiso Lediga and premiered on Netflix in late February.

In a nutshell: A South African spy named Queen Sono finds herself embroiled in a web of business and politics as she embarks on a mission to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death.

4. The Devil Next Door: 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Devil Next Door is a US documentary series about John Demjanjuk, a suspected Nazi guard known as “Ivan the Terrible”.

In a nutshell: The Devil Next Door follows the story of John Demjanjuk, a man living in Cleveland that’s suspected of being a Nazi extermination camp guard known as “Ivan the Terrible”.

If you’re not familiar with Ivan the Terrible, this was the nickname given to an evil guard at the Treblinka extermination camp during the Holocaust.

5. When They See Us: 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

When They See Us was one of the most talked-about series on Netflix Ireland of 2019. The show was co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay and it on May 31, 2019.

In a nutshell: The show follows five young men dubbed “the Central Park Five” who are accused of sexually assaulting a jogger in 1989 and who were subsequently charged with the crime.

The show is set over a quarter of a century, from when “the Central Park Five” are questioned initially in 1989, through to their exoneration in 2002 and on to their settlement with the city of New York in 2014. 

6. Unbelievable: 98% on Rotten Tomatoes

Unbelievable is one of the most overlooked shows on Netflix Ireland. It’s an American drama miniseries that stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever.

In a nutshell: The show revolves around a series of sexual assaults in both Washington State and Colorado. When a teen reports being assaulted, two female detectives set off to uncover the truth.

7. The Confession Killer: 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Confession Killer is a docuseries that explores the story of a man that was once known as the most prolific serial killer in the US. 

In a nutshell: The story follows Henry Lee Lucas, a convicted serial killer in America who killed from 1960 to 1983 and was convicted of killing eleven people and sentenced to death.

The Best Shows on Netflix Ireland: Series that have been out a while

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The chances are that you’ll have seen, or at least heard of, some of the below series on Netflix Ireland.

Some have been out 10+ years while others are only 4 or 5 years old. You’ll find some brilliant shows below (I’ve just finished Line of Duty – give it a crack if you haven’t already!)

Related read: Dip into our guide to 16 of the best Irish movies on Netflix for a load more stuff to binge on! 

8. Line of Duty: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Line of Duty is a UK police series that was created by Jed Mercurio and that premiered in 2012. It went on to become BBC Two’s best-performing drama series in ten years.

In a nutshell: Line of Duty follows D.S. Steve Arnott, an Authorised Firearms Officer who was transferred to an Anti-Corruption Unit after he refused to cover-up an unlawful shooting.

9. Fargo: 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Fargo the series was inspired by the 1996 film of the same name that was written and directed by the Coen brothers.

In a nutshell: The story follows a bumbling Lester Nygaard, an insurance salesman who lives a life of monotony. 

Nygaard meets hitman Lorne Malvo at a hospital and is influenced by his violent and misleading ways.

10. Peaky Blinders: 92% on Rotten Tomatoes

Peaky Blinders is arguably one of the best shows on Netflix Ireland. It follows a gangster family from Birmingham in England.

In a nutshell: The story begins in 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War. It follows the Peaky Blinders gang, led by the ambitious and cunning Tommy Shelby as he trys to build his empire.

11. The Fall: 84% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Fall is brilliant British-Irish crime drama that’s set in Northern Ireland and that stars Gillian Anderson as Superintendent Stella Gibson.

In a nutshell: The show follows the lives of two hunters: one is a serial killer who preys on victims in Northern Ireland. The other is a detective from London that’s on a quest to catch him. 

12. Mindhunter: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Mindhunter is one of those series on Netflix Ireland that was recommended to me a hundred times, but I just couldn’t get into it.

That being said, the reviews are top-notch and I’ve enough friends that have raved about it to justify adding it to this guide.

In a nutshell: FBI agents Ford and Tench attempt to understand serial killers in attempt to catch them. Over the course of the series, the duo pioneer the development of serial-killer profiling. 

13. Better Call Saul: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

Better Call Saul is a crime drama series that was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and is a spin-off of the enormously successful Breaking Bad.

In a nutshell: The story follows an ex-con artist named Jimmy McGill who ends up becoming a small-time criminal attorney. The show follows McGill as he navigates a number of trials and tragedies.

14. Homeland: 85% on Rotten Tomatoes

This is an American spy thriller that’s based on an Israeli series named Prisoners of War. I’ve just finished the second last series of this and it’s easily been one of my favourite shows on Netflix Ireland. 

In a nutshell: The first series follows a troubled CIA operative named Carrie Mathison who has come to believe that Nicholas Brody, who was held captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war was “turned” by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States.  

15. Mad Men: 94% on Rotten Tomatoes

Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series ran on the cable network AMC from 2007 to 2015, lasting for seven seasons and 92 episodes. Its fictional time frame runs from March 1960 to November 1970.

In a nutshell: The show follows New York-based Donald Draper, a creative director at a successful advertising agency, as he tries to bridge a balance between his professional life and his wavering personal life.

16. Luther: 88% on Rotten Tomatoes

Luther is a UK crime drama series that stars Idris Elba as John Luther, a self-destructive Detective Chief Inspector who operates on the edge of the law.

In a nutshell: The first season follows John Luther, a passionate detective who ends up befriending a murderer – a murder whom he was unable to arrest due to lack of evidence.  

17. Power: 80% on Rotten Tomatoes

Power is an US crime drama that ws created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson.

In a nutshell: The story follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a man living a double life. When St. Patrick isn’t running his nightclub Truth, he’s running a New York City drug empire.

The Best TV Shows on Netflix Ireland

I’ve no doubt that we’ve missed an absolute rake-load of brilliant series on Netflix Ireland that are well worth the watch.

I’ve left the comments section below open – if you have a show that you’d like to recommend, pop it in there.

Related reads: Hop into our guides to the best documentaries on Netflix and the best series on Netflix Ireland.

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