If we could turn back the clock by a couple of years, we’d find that there was only one major cause for concern during those days. Nope, ‘pandemic’ and ‘quarantine’ weren’t really the buzz words back then. The only thing that somehow threatened to put our independence in jeopardy by locking us in front of our TV sets and laptops was the mammoth HBO fantasy series: Game of Thrones.
While the ending did come across as a bit disappointing, there’s absolutely no denying the fact that during its eight seasons of run-time, Game of Thrones got everybody hooked to every single of its episodes. However, with the popular series now long gone, many other equally good television series have stepped up offering similar elements to that of the cult show; with a similar ensemble cast and follows several story arcs.
If you still can’t get over the craze of Game of Thrones, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here, we list the ten best series on Netflix all Game of Thrones-obsessed fans should watch.
Ten series on Netflix all Game of Thrones fans need to see:
Loosely based on the story of two high school girls in Rome involved in an underage prostitution ring, Baby is an Italian teen drama streaming television series that throws into light the lives of students at an elite high school in Rome who engage in prostitution.
While not based in the same medieval period, Baby is gritty, honest, and overt in its portrayal of the depth of human complexity, executed with great writing, cinematography and sound.
Dark represented the first German original series produced for Netflix. It went on to receive critical acclaim, with praise for its tone, visuals, acting, casting, musical score, and the ambition and complexity of its narrative.
This science-fiction thriller focuses on the aftermath of a child’s disappearance and follows characters from the fictional German town of Winden as they pursue the truth. They follow connections between four estranged families to unravel a sinister time travel conspiracy which spans several generations. The series explores the existential implications of time and its effect on human nature.
This crime epic chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the gripping real-life stories of drug kingpins of the late ’80s in this raw, gritty original vigour. Also detailed are the actions taken by law enforcement as they battle in the war on drugs, targeting notorious and powerful figures that include drug lord Pablo Escobar. As efforts are made to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities, the many entities involved — legal, political, police, military and civilian — find themselves in conflict.
One of the most popular and talked-about series on Netflix of all-time, like Game of Thrones, Narcos is bone-chilling, brutal and brilliant.
Set in Madrid, a mysterious man known as ‘The Professor’ recruits a group of eight people, who choose cities for code-names, to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion.
After taking 67 people hostage inside the Mint, the team plans to remain inside for 11 days to print the money as they deal with elite police forces. In the events succeeding the initial heist, the group are forced out of hiding and find themselves preparing for a second heist, this time on the Bank of Spain, as they again deal with hostages and police forces.
Ozark is a crime drama television series starring Jason Bateman (who also is the director and executive producer for the series) and Laura Linney as a married couple who relocate their family to the Ozarks for money laundering.
It inevitably drew comparisons to the cult-favourite Breaking Bad for its tonal and thematic similarities but looked closely Ozark is a wholly different ball game—money laundering with the mob, local mafia and cartels adding to its mix. Ruthless yet thrilling, intense yet gripping; Ozark is an experience that commands multiple viewings.
The Umbrella Academy
This gripping superhero-fantasy series has an interesting premise: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. In their teenage years, though, the family fractures and the team disbands.
Based on a collection of comics and graphic novels created and written by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, the series has itself forward to the present time, when the six surviving members of the clan reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. They work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death, but divergent personalities and abilities again pull the estranged family apart, and a global apocalypse is another imminent threat.
The End of the F***ing World
The End of the F***ing World follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old who believes himself to be a psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), an angry classmate who sees in James a chance to escape from her tumultuous home life. They embark on a road trip across England and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.
The programme has been praised for its writing, execution and subject matter, as well as for Lawther’s and Barden’s performances. Both series were nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, with the second series winning in 2020, as well as receiving a Peabody Award in 2019.
American Crime Story
Several historical and high profile murder cases are reenacted with proper factual evidence, official records and background information that gives a different insight into the famous murders in this American anthology true crime television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
The first season, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson. It premiered on February 2, 2016. The second season, subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan, based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.
The show revolves around the story of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who abandons Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub named ‘LUX’ and becomes a consultant to the LAPD.
Based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of a spin-off comic book series, both published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is well-crafted binge-worthy series that blends in multiple genres well.
Starring Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra, The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt of Rivia and princess Ciri, who are linked to each other by destiny. It is set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as “the Continent”.
It was hugely popular in its first run, during which it became the most-in-demand TV series in the world, across all platforms. Author Andrzej Sapkowski, on whose book the series is based on, commented favourably on the show, and stated, “I was more than happy with Henry Cavill’s appearance as The Witcher. He’s a real professional. Just as Viggo Mortensen gave his face to Aragorn (in The Lord of the Rings), so Henry gave his to Geralt — and it shall be forever so.”
Sapkowski added, “I shall be happy if the viewers — and readers — take anything away, anything that shall enrich them in some way. Also, I sincerely hope to leave the viewers — and readers — hot. In every sense. Not tepid, not lukewarm.”