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7 of the best Netflix shows to stream right now

With many of us sat at home looking for ways to entertain ourselves, there is no better time to get stuck into some properly gripping TV.

We've done the hard work for you and here Ollie Kemp picks seven of the most interesting shows available to stream right now on Netflix - and there's something here for everyone.

Better Call Saul is a spin-off hit
Better Call Saul is a spin-off hit

Better Call Saul

When Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan announced he was making a spin-off prequel to his wildly popular show about a drug-dealing chemistry teacher, many groaned at the prospect.

But now well into its fifth season, Better Call Saul has built up a reputation for being one of the smartest - and funniest - shows around.

It follows the trials and tribulations of Jimmy McGill, a loveable but flawed lawyer who wants to help the everyday person, yet slowly slips down a rabbit hole of criminal activity.

Don’t expect high-octane action, but if you’re looking for a story with dramatic nuances and excellent acting, this will be right up your street.

Did you want something to fill the void of watching Bryan Cranston as Walter in Breaking Bad? Picture: Sony Pictures
Did you want something to fill the void of watching Bryan Cranston as Walter in Breaking Bad? Picture: Sony Pictures

Sex Education

While you may be put off by the somewhat instructional-sounding title, Sex Education is at turns hilarious and tear-jerking.

The show’s main character Otis is a teen who has to deal with his mother Jean - played by Gillian Anderson - being a sex therapist.

Hilarity inevitably ensues when Otis decides to take matters into his own hands and begins charging for sex therapy sessions at his school.

Some people can’t get past the jarring location of the show - the school kids don’t wear uniforms, making it look like it was shot in the US even though it was actually filmed in Wales - but if you’re not put off by that then there are two brilliant seasons to get stuck into.

George Robinson stars in Netflix's Sex Education
George Robinson stars in Netflix's Sex Education

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

With the 2020 season put on hold for now, there’s no better time to experience the high-octane thrills of the fastest motorsport in the world.

This documentary show offers a no-holds-barred look into the behind the scenes drama between colleagues and rival teams, which is frequently more gripping than the races themselves.

Episode 1 even begins with a simple primer on the sport and the teams, so if you don’t know your Mercedes from your Renault then you won’t feel too in the dark.

Also worth a look for the breakout comedian that is Haas team principal Günther Steiner, who somehow manages to fit more swear words into his sentences than vowels.

Formula 1 has high octane thrills Picture: David Anthony Hunt
Formula 1 has high octane thrills Picture: David Anthony Hunt

Dark Tourist

Ever find yourself fascinated by the most macabre places on earth, but lacking in the stomach to visit?

Luckily journalist David Farrier has braved the journey himself so you can watch from the comfort of your living room - how noble of him!

From voodoo disciple rituals in West Africa to exorcisms in Mexico, Farrier’s fish-out-of-water Louis Theroux schtick keeps things from getting too bleak.

Look out for his visit to the world's biggest Second World War re-enactment, at Detling, just outside Maidstone.

Scenes for Top Boy were filmed in Thanet. Picture: @topboynetflix on Twitter
Scenes for Top Boy were filmed in Thanet. Picture: @topboynetflix on Twitter

Top Boy

Resurrected by Netflix from Channel 4, the show bringing the grit of drug dealing and gang warfare in east London is the closest the UK has to HBO’s The Wire.

The new third season exists partly thanks to cash from world-famous rapper Drake, and returns audiences to Hackney as Dushane and Sully try to fight back for control from the new gang on the block.

With just the right amount of gritty realism the writers never glamorize the violence, reminding the audience that the reality of gang culture is a problem all too real.

Keep an eye out for a plot line which heavily involves the seaside town of Ramsgate, though perhaps doesn’t paint it in the best light.

Jon Favreau, seen here in Spider-Man: Homecoming, presents the Chef Show Picture: CTMG/Chuck Zlotnick
Jon Favreau, seen here in Spider-Man: Homecoming, presents the Chef Show Picture: CTMG/Chuck Zlotnick

The Chef Show

Based on the success of the film Chef, Netflix brings us a comfy cooking travelogue series impossible not to like.

Jon Favreau - director of Iron Man and The Lion King - presents alongside friend Roy Choi as they travel across the US making delicious-looking food and cosying up with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Seth Rogen.

It’s like Master Chef, minus the irritating grin of Gregg Wallace.

The Chef Show interviews celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow Picture: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP
The Chef Show interviews celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow Picture: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

BoJack Horseman

What do you mean you’ve never watched a show about an animated talking horse?

Despite the fact it looks as if it’s aimed at kids, this drama series packs one emotional gut punch after another.

Following a failed actor with a drinking and drug problem, each series examines the damages fame and celebrity can have on a person… or horse.

Get past the initial shock of the animation and you’ll find yourself weeping into your shirt.

Will Arnett - seen here with Will Forte in Brothers Solomon - is one of the voices of BoJack Horseman Picture: Sony Pictures
Will Arnett - seen here with Will Forte in Brothers Solomon - is one of the voices of BoJack Horseman Picture: Sony Pictures

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