The Best Series On Netflix Ireland 2020: 23 Shows Worth A Look Tonight

Action, drama, dark-comedies and plenty more

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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… well, you get the picture.

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.

The guide 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 2020: Shows with 95%+ review scores on Rotten Tomatoes

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Section one is packed with a number of different shows on Netflix Ireland that have racked up a 95% review score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In other words, if you haven’t seen ’em before, they’re well worth a watch!. You’ll find everything from thrillers and semi-horrors to action and drama. 

1. Fauda (100% on Rotten Tomatoes)

This Israeli TV series has proven to be way more popular than expected since it was released in 2015. Although it’s subtitled, you quickly forget thanks to the constant twists and turns.

The show depicts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of a top Israeli agent who comes out of retirement after learning that an enemy from his past is still alive.

This is, in our opinion, hands-down the best series on Netflix Ireland at the minute. You just need to put up with the subtitles! 

2. 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.

The show revolves around a series of incidents in both Washington State and Colorado. When a teen reports a terrifying experience to police, two female detectives set off to uncover the truth.

3. Mindhunter (98% 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.

FBI agents Ford and Tench attempt to understand what makes those that commit horrific acts tick. Over the course of the series, the duo pioneer the development of profiling. 

4. Line of Duty (98% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Line of Duty is a much-loved British police drama that has five action-packed seasons. It first aired on BBC Two but has since become available on Netflix.

The story follows Steve Arnott who is transferred to an anti-corruption department after he refuses to get involved in a cover-up during a police encounter.

If you’re wondering what to watch on Netflix Ireland tonight and you haven’t seen this yet, give it a bash, you won’t regret it.

5. Better Call Saul (97% on Rotten Tomatoes)

If you were a Breaking Bad fan, then this is essential watching. The show is a spin-off and prequel of the extremely popular crime drama series and is equally as good to watch.

The story follows ex-con artist Jimmy McGill who turns into a small-time attorney and adopts his alter ego of Saul Goodman, the morally challenged lawyer that everyone knows from Breaking Bad.

6. Top Boy (95% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Top Boy is a British crime drama series that has seen a new revival after a few years’ hiatus. The first two seasons have been renamed ‘Top Boy: Summerhouse’ with the latest season adopting the original title, ‘Top Boy’.

The show is set in a fictional housing estate in East London where there’s tension between local gangs and those who are trying to live honest lives against the odds. It focuses on two dealers who are threatened by a young and upcoming hustler.

The Best Shows on Netflix Ireland: 8 series that are easy to get stuck into

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Section two of our guide tackles shows on Netflix Ireland that are easy to flick on and get stuck into from the get-go.

You’ll find everything from old series, like the brilliant Fargo, to newer releases, like Schitt’s Creek in the section below.

1. Fargo (91% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Fargo is an anthology series inspired by the original 1996 film by the Cohen brothers. The show follows characters from different time periods in the town of Minnesota through various plots of crime and deception.

Each season is based on a different story and different characters with several overlaps. It’s been widely praised for the incredible acting and directing.

This is a good series to watch on Netflix Ireland if you’re looking for a mix of crime, action and dark comedy.

2. Schitt’s Creek (93% on Rotten Tomatoes)

You’ve likely heard all of the buzz surrounding this award-winning American comedy show. If you’re not already in love with the series, then start watching it tonight and stick it out past the first few episodes because it only gets better and better.

The story is about a couple who suddenly go bankrupt and are forced to move to a small town named Schitt’s Creek that they once bought as a joke.

Note from the editor: I started watching this and hated it. Then I banged it on one Sunday night and couldn’t turn it off. If you’re in search of an easy-to-watch series on Netflix Ireland, give this a shot.

3. Power (82% on Rotten Tomatoes)

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

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

4. Peaky Blinders (93% on Rotten Tomatoes)

You can’t go wrong with the Peaky Blinders. This is an English drama series that is widely considered as one of the best series on Netflix Ireland.

It’s loosely based on the real gangster family of Irish and Roma origin from Birmingham in the early 1900s. The show follows the leader of the gang, Tommy Shelby, as he battles to ensure that the Peaky Blinders thrive despite the inspectors on their tail.

5. Sons of Anarchy (87% on Rotten Tomatoes)

This long-standing favourite ran for seven seasons until 2014. Many people consider this one of the best shows ever created so if you haven’t given it a go, you really should.

The story follows a tight-knit outlawed motorcycle gang that many people think are based loosely on the real Hells Angels.

The story’s main character is Jax Teller, who struggles to balance his life in the gang with being a new father.

6. Suits (90% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Suits is an American legal drama series that ran for an incredible nine seasons. It has a well-known cast (yep, this is the one with Meghan Markle).

The story follows Mike Ross, a talented college dropout who is hired by one of New York’s best corporate lawyers, Harvey Specter. They handle cases while simultaneously trying to keep Mike’s non-existent qualifications a secret.

This is another great series on Netflix Ireland that’s easy to get into and it delivers its fair share of laughs and tears.

7. The Fall (84% on Rotten Tomatoes)

The Fall is an outstanding psychological thriller based in Northern Ireland. It can get a bit intense, dark and gripping, but if that’s your kind of show then you need to start binging this tonight.

The show follows two people, a Northern Ireland native with a dark past and an even darker secret and a female detective who is assigned to catch him.

Top series on Netflix Ireland that we’ve watched recently and would recommend

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The third section of the guide is filled with shows on Netflix Ireland that we’ve watched over the last few months that we thought were decent.

Below, you’ll find some well-known series on Netflix Ireland, like ‘When They See Us’, to lesser-known docu-series that’ll hopefully surprise you.

1. Unforgotten (91% on Rotten Tomatoes)

If you’re not sick of crime drama series yet, then this British show is worth a watch. Three seasons have been released so far, but the fourth season has been announced for release next year.

It follows two detectives, Cassie Stuart and Sunil Khan, who have to solve a series of cold cases around southern England.

2. Criminal: UK (92% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Criminal: UK is a relatively new British police anthology series. It’s exclusively set within an interrogation room where investigators question suspects to get to the bottom of the truth.

It becomes a really intense mental thriller as officers and suspects are battling to win the psychological game. If you’re in search of a good psychological crime drama series on Netflix Ireland, then this is for you.

3. Ozark (81% on Rotten Tomatoes)

This is a great American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque who is known for the likes of The Accountant and The Judge.

The series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who moves with his family to a summer resort in the Ozarks.

After a money-laundering scheme goes wrong with a Mexican cartel, Byrde must repay his debt with a much bigger and riskier operation.

4. The Pharmacist: 89% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Pharmacist is a US true-crime documentary that tells the story of a small-town pharmacist from Louisiana.

After his son is involved in a opiod-related incident, Dan Schneider sets off on a journey of revenge against the powerful people behind America’s opioid epidemic.

5. White Lines (64% on Rotten Tomatoes)

This British-Spanish thriller series quickly became one of the newest binge-worthy shows on Netflix Ireland when it was released earlier this year.

The short series follows Zoe Walker as she leaves her ordinary life to investigate her brother’s disappearance in Ibiza. It quickly turns down a dark and dangerous path. With only one season, it won’t take you long to get through this one.

6. Queen Sono (91% on Rotten Tomatoes)

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

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 passing.

7. The Stranger (83% 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.

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.

The best Irish series on Netflix

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The final section of our guide tackles the best Irish series on Netflix. Now, unfortunately, there aren’t many Irish shows on Netflix (there are three, as far as we can tell).

Below, you’ll find three Irish shows, one you’ll have definitely heard of and two which may be new to you, that are worth a look.

1. Derry Girls (98% on Rotten Tomatoes)

The hilarious Derry Girls was created and written by Lisa McGee and is set in County Derry in Northern Ireland during the 1990s.

Derry Girls is one of the best-reviewed Irish series on Netflix. The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, October 23rd, is 98%.

The show follows Erin and her friends as they battle the highs and lows of being teenagers in Derry in the 1990s.

2. Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope (93% liked this show on Google)

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope was created by Stefanie Preissner and was released on RTÉ2 back in 2016. I’ll be honest, the first time that I came across this one was when I Googled ‘Irish Series on Netflix’ five minutes ago.

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is a dark comedy-drama about two young wans from Cork that share a house in Dublin City.

One is a fund manager (Aisling) and the other is an art student (Danielle). One of the girls spirals out of control and reality comes knocking.

3. The Hardy Bucks (95% liked this show on Google)

The Hardy Bucks is one of my favourite Irish shows on Netflix. Now, personally, I preferred the series when the lads were uploading them to YouTube years ago.

The footage was less polished and it felt more natural and funny. If you fancy seeing the old stuff, search for it on YouTube.

The show follows the fictional exploits of a group of young lads living in a small village called Castletown in the west of Ireland. If you’re easily offended, give this a miss!

The Best Netflix Series Ireland has to offer

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.

What’s the best series on Netflix Ireland if you fancy a good binge?

  • Top Boy
  • Line of Duty
  • Peakey Blinders
  • Sons Of Anarchy
  • Power

What are the best Irish series on Netflix?

  • Derry Girls 
  • Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope
  • The Hardy Bucks

What are the best shows on Netflix Ireland if you’re in need of a laugh?

  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Suits
  • Derry Girls

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