The 35 best things to watch on Netflix right now

(UPDATED FOR NOVEMBER 2015) At a loose end this evening? Here are the best films and TV shows Netflix can put on a screen near you

Would you employ this man as your lawyer?


Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from – and that can be a problem.

More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch – before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.

Never fear; we've rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from chucklesome comedies to action-packed adventures. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.

And before you cry, "Wait! Where's [insert your favourite critically-acclaimed and highly popular show/movie here]?" we'll add the following disclaimer: we overhaul the list regularly and try to skew it towards things that you may not have seen yet. 

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Toy Story Trilogy

The original Toy Story is now 20 years old (yes… we know), but this tale about what toys get up to when you’re not looking still feels fresh. Cowboy Woody butts heads with sci-fi action-figure Buzz Lightyear, who doesn’t realise he’s a toy. Despite the subject matter, Toy Story wisely avoids the saccharine, instead filling its 80ish minutes with toy-based peril, great set pieces, and plenty of in-jokes for the many old people watching.

Two sequels followed, with the third film in particular exhibiting moments that were surprisingly dark, scary and tear-jerking — sometimes all at once. It also ends so well that we’re going to pretend that the fourth Toy Story slated for 2018 doesn’t exist.

How To Get Away With Murder

Even the toughest defence attorney needs interns, but they don't have to like it, which is why Annalise Keating gives her new students such a hard time. Their arrival is just the start of her problems, though.

Viola Davis is outstanding in her lead role, showing great strength to maintain mastery over the courtroom while her husband's involvement in the murder of a sorority girl becomes increasingly apparent.

This is a fantastic combination of drama, murder mystery and courtroom wrangling, making How To Get Away With Murder the latest must-watch TV show to add to your binge list.

Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix’s first foray into feature film-making is not for the faint hearted. This is the story of a young boy, horribly orphaned as the result of a militia attack on his village, who falls into the retinue of a brutal, yet also charming commander of a band of child soldiers.

It’s violent, visceral and sobering, and features Idris Elba in his most impressive performance to date. But it’s newcomer Abraham Attah who shines brightest of all as the boy at the centre of the drama.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Splitting the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy into two parts means this first part is a little quieter than the two previous films (and presumably the final film, due at the end of November), but it’s also more interesting.

There’s no arena-based deathmatch here, but instead a full-on war emerging between the Capitol and Rebellion. But this is a modern war, which means much of it is fought in the media, and Katniss has to play the propaganda game despite her discomfort.

But don’t worry, there’s still a fair bit of bow and arrow action in there for the thrill-seekers.


The most critically acclaimed Netflix original series of 2015 tells the bloody story of Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and the man tasked with taking him down. Sounds like a laugh riot, right?

While Narcos lacks much in the way of light-relief, watching American DEA agent Steve Murphy submerge himself in a viciously amoral cesspit is a constant thrill. What could well be a high-minded exercise in true crime melodrama is elevated to nerve-shredding nirvana via some classy performances and the disturbing use of archive footage. Escobar’s brutal legacy lives on through your telebox, and the horror of it all will make you wince in anguish.

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