Netflix: The best original series (July 2022) – Android Police

Netflix has no shortage of new hit series this summer
Netflix may have more competition than ever, but it’s still one of the best streaming services for original content. The streaming giant continues to create exclusive hit series like Squid Game, Ozark, and Russian Doll. We’ve rounded up this month’s top series premieres as well as some of our favorite Netflix original series for you to binge. Let’s get streaming.
After a long wait, the final season of Stranger Things premiered on Netflix in May. The series is a sci-fi horror series set in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. A young boy, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), disappears. The small town investigates his disappearance, including the police chief, Jim Hopper (David Harbour), his mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), and his friends, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin).
Along the way, the mystery grows deeper as supernatural events occur. Researchers at a lab open a portal to an alternate dimension called the Upside Down and a young girl with psychokinetic powers, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), escapes from the lab and ends up joining Will’s friend group. In the second season, the group has to band together to stop a tentacled monster called the Mind Flayer that is messing with the town, and Max (Sadie Sink) joins the crew. In the third season, the Starcourt Mall is the place to be and there’s a lot of relationship drama happening amongst the supernatural shenanigans.
Stranger Things, created by The Duffer Brothers, initially dropped all the way back in 2016 and has been one of Netflix’s biggest smash hits. The show has won an absurd number of awards and thrown rocket fuel on the careers of its young stars like Millie Bobby Brown.
Season four has been split into two “volumes,” and the first one from May 2022 has already been as big a smash hit as the previous seasons. The second volume of season four drops on July 1 with two episodes that are longer than many feature-length films. These episodes complete the arc that the fourth season opened with and also set the stage for the fifth season of one of Netflix’s most successful shows to date.
Resident Evil is a sci-fi series based on a popular horror game of the same name. The game has been reimagined as live-action and animated films many times over the years, but this Netflix series stands on its own with a different storyline altogether. The show is written by Andrew Dabb, who was previously one of the showrunners of the fantasy series Supernatural, which had a successful run of 15 seasons.
Set in an apocalyptic New Racoon City of the future, Resident Evil shows the havoc that the malignant T-virus has caused, turning its subjects into horrific creatures. Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) has to survive these blood-thirsty beasts while unearthing the link between her father (Lance Reddick) and the company responsible for spreading the virus.
A city girl Akisa (Melissa Kiplagat), leading a comfortable life in Nairobi, has to return to her family village upon hearing about her father’s illness. Her return is marked by her encounters with her dark past that she had left far behind. Her troubles intensify as she comes face to face with a vile corporation exploiting the locals and the village land to mine gold.
Country Queen is the first Netflix series to come out of Kenya. It is a big deal not just for local creators but also for the Kenyan diaspora as it sheds light on the problems of those in Kenya, from land grabbing to exploitation by large corporations. The performances look impeccable as the drama also explores Akisa’s complicated relationship with her family and the village community.
Michael’s life turns upside down when his husband of 17 years leaves him all of a sudden. He has to cope with this separation from the person he believed to be his soulmate. At the same time, as a single gay man in his 40s, he must find a new partner in New York City.
Neil Patrick Harris plays the lead character in this rom-com, who was also seen in the Netflix fantasy show: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Uncoupled is made by Darren Star, previously known for creating another noteworthy Netflix comedy, Emily in Paris.
Netflix has no shortage of unmissable original series. The streaming giant’s hits include Squid Game, Ozark, The Crown, Queen’s Gambit, Umbrella Academy, and more. Discover comedies, dramas, and sci-fi masterpieces on this list of the most binge-worthy Netflix series.
Netflix’s biggest release of recent months is the long-anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things, with the last two mega-episodes premiering in July. The Pentaverate, Mike Myers’ new comedy series about a secret society that has been controlling the world for centuries, made its debut in May. Fans of the legal drama genre will enjoy The Lincoln Lawyer, a slick series based on the Michael Connelly novels. Finally, season six of the raunchy, relatable comedy Workin’ Moms and the final season of the British period drama Peaky Blinders landed on Netflix only recently.
The sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders made its way to Netflix in June, and it’s been totally worth the wait. Steven Knight’s BAFTA Award winning crime drama folllows the Peaky Blinders street gang through Birmingham England from the end of the First World War to the early days of the Nazi Party.
The show features a talented cast, questionable haircuts, and an undeniably cool soundtrack. Peaky has been a massive cultural phenomenon since it was first released in 2013. Season six features Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby Jr, Ada Thorne as Sophie Rundle, and Charlie Strong as Ned Dennehy.
Netflix’s beloved series, The Umbrella Academy, returned for its third season in June. This Emmy-nominated sci-fi series is an adaptation of the comic books of the same name by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. The Umbrella Academy follows a family of superheroes who travel through time to save the world and change the course of history.
The series features an all-star cast including Elliot Page as Viktor Hargreeves, David Castañede as Diego Hargreeves, Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves, Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves, Aidian Gallagaher as Five Hargreeves, and Emmy Rather-Lampman plays Allison Hargreeves.
Black Mirror is a sci-fi series that explores how people’s instincts collide with advancements in technology. Each episode of Black Mirror is different. The tone of the show can vary from whimsical to downright scary. The plots of the episodes all satirize some aspect of modern society, often dealing with topics like social media, parental control, and surveillance. A common theme in the series is technology running amok, and how we’re all woefully ill-equipped to deal with it. There are five seasons available to stream on Netflix. Plus, the interactive Black Mirror film, Bandersnatch, which lets you see how well you would fare at calling the shots in its mind-bending world.
Grace and Frankie is a comedy series that stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Grace and Frankie are two older ladies with very different personalities. The two of them form an unlikely friendship after their divorce lawyer husbands, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, decide to divorce them. But, there’s an extra twist: the husbands come out of the closet and leave them for each other! The clever sitcom has seven seasons, all of which are available on Netflix.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy series created by Tina Fey. It stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, an unbreakable young woman who gets a fresh start in New York after being in a doomsday cult for 15 years. Kimmy’s cheerful spirit is the beating heart of this quirky sitcom series. It is sure to make you laugh and root for her to find her way for all four seasons. The cast also features Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, and Amy Sedaris.
BoJack Horseman is an Emmy-nominated animated comedy series with a goofy premise. The series is set in Los Angeles and the world is full of anthropomorphic animals. The protagonist is a horse-man named BoJack Horseman, who is voiced by Will Arnett of Arrested Development fame. BoJack is a washed-up 1990’s sitcom actor who is struggling to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Over the six seasons, he attempts to revive his acting career, fix his personal life, and go to rehab. Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul also lend their voice acting talents to the witty show.
Pieces of Her is a thriller series based on the bestselling book by Karin Slaughter. The talented cast, especially Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote, deliver unforgettable performances in this series that will have you on the edge of your seat. The series follows a woman, Andy, as she tries to unravel the truth about her mother’s dark past following a violent crime in her town.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a series of short interviews with comedians created by Jerry Seinfeld. Each episode features Seinfeld having casual conversations over coffee, swapping funny stories, and going for a ride in a unique car with one of his comedian pals. Guests include Seinfeld’s long-time collaborator Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Jim Carrey, Kate McKinnon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Trevor Noah, Seth Rogen, Jamie Foxx, and even President Barack Obama.
The Witcher is a drama fantasy series based on the series of novels by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is a witcher with special abilities who hunts beasts and monsters. His destiny is tied to Princess Ciri of Cintra (Freya Allan), and once they meet, he protects her and keeps her magic from being misused. There are two seasons available for streaming and a third is in the works. There is also a prequel miniseries on Netflix called The Witcher: Blood Origin.
Workin’ Moms is a comedy series made by CBC and Netflix. Its sixth season premiered on the platform in May. The series is about four friends in Toronto and their experiences becoming moms. When it’s time to go back to work after giving birth, these four women are forced to deal with how their lives, careers, and relationships have changed now that they have kids.
The struggles and horrors of motherhood, like postpartum depression and nipple infections, somehow become hilarious thanks to the incredible script and comedic performances. The leading ladies are played by Catherine Reitman (who is also creator, executive producer, and writer of the show), Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, and Jessalyn Wanlim. The sitcom series made its debut in 2017, and its sixth season is available on Netflix.
Arcane is an animated series that is based on the popular multiplayer online game League of Legends. The story centers on two League champions, Violet and Jinx, who are sisters on opposing sides of a war in the thriving city of Piltover and the oppressed city of Zaun. Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell add life to the two main characters with their excellent voice acting. The series is worth a watch, as the story is compelling whether you know anything about the game lore already or not.
Russian Doll is a comedy-drama series created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler. The first season follows Nadia Volvokov as she dies during her 36th birthday party, only to keep coming back to life and dying over and over again. She relives the same day in a demented, hilarious time loop. The highly anticipated second season, which was just released in April, moves from dealing with mortality to dealing with grief. This time around, Nadia travels back in time via a New York subway train, inhabiting the bodies and lives of her mother and maternal grandmother. The series is chaotic, dark, and often hilarious thanks to Natasha Lyonne’s effortlessly cool performance.
Sex Education is a Netflix original series about a high school that gets educated on the birds and the bees. Otis (Asa Butterfield) feels unsure of himself despite having a sex therapist for a mom (Gillian Anderson). He starts a clinic at his school to give out sex advice after his crush, Maeve (Emma Mackey), suggests the idea. The raunchy teen comedy series is created by Laurie Nunn and has three seasons.
The Crown is a historical drama series about Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign. In the first couple of seasons, Elizabeth is played by Claire Foy and the story follows her marriage, coronation, and the birth of her youngest child. In the third and fourth seasons, the Queen is portrayed by Olivia Colman and covers her life from the mid-1960s through Margaret Thatcher’s (Gillian Anderson) time as Prime Minister and Lady Diana Spencer’s (Emma Corrin) marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor). Season five, the final season, will come to Netflix in November.
Animal is a nature documentary series on Netflix. There are two seasons with four episodes each. Each episode is narrated by a familiar celebrity. For example, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, The Office) talks about big cats, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Your Honor) teaches us about dogs, and Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) discusses marsupials. Fans of nature documentary series like Planet Earth won’t be disappointed by the heartwarming, raw stories and the incredible up-close shots of all the different species.
Midnight Mass is a horror drama limited series with seven episodes on Netflix. It tells the story of a priest who comes to a languishing island community and brings religious spirit, mysteries, and miracles with him. It is a supernatural thriller, with creepy twists and turns that fans of the genre will enjoy. Created by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House), the series stars Hamish Linklater, Zach Gilford, and Kate Siegel.
The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix limited series about Beth Harmon’s journey from orphan to chess prodigy and world champion. It is essentially a coming of age tale, with dark psychological elements and drug addiction plaguing Beth as she develops her chess skills and fights for her place in the world. The show is set in the 1950s and 1960s, and packs an impressive amount of retro glamor and old fashioned misogyny into its seven episodes. Anya Taylor-Joy is entrancing as Beth and the dizzying, captivating series is an excellent platform for her talent as a leading lady.
Catching Killers is a true crime documentary series on Netflix. It follows detectives who have worked on famous serial killer cases as they recount details of the crimes and the investigations that followed. You’ll not only learn about infamous cases, but also pick up interesting details about crime scene science, undercover work, and how serial killers are hunted. Some may find the show too creepy to watch, but fans of the genre won’t be able to look away.
Ozark is a dark drama series about a financial advisor and family man, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), who is secretly a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel. After his business partner is killed for skimming cash from the cartel, Marty has to uproot his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney), and their kids from Chicago. They move to the rural Missouri Ozarks to he can clean more money and keep his murderous, mercurial cartel boss happy.
Once in the Ozarks, Marty tries to keep his head cool and his family alive. He goes up against the local opium farming Snell family (Lisa Emery and Peter Mullan) and teams up with the cunning troublemaker Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner). The series proves Bateman’s skills as both a director and a dramatic actor, despite being better known for his deadpan comedic acting. Ozark’s fourth season was just released in April and solidifies it as one of Netflix’s best original series.
The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama film starring Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey). It is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut as a director and it won an award for its screenplay at Venice Film Festival. Based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, it follows Colman’s character, Leda, during her relaxing seaside vacation in Greece, where she meets a young mother, Nina. After Leda finds Nina’s briefly lost daughter on the beach, the two women form a connection. Nina confides in her that she is exhausted with being a mother, a feeling which reminds Leda of her own journey as a mother. The psychological drama unfolds with poignant acting throughout and a dramatic twist near the end. It’s a film not to be missed.
Squid Game is one of Netflix’s biggest hit series. It is a Korean drama about a group of people whose financial situation is so dire that they have no choice but to become contestants in a deadly game to survive. Players have to win children’s games to progress in the tournament, and after several rounds of violent elimination, only one person out of hundreds can survive to win the Squid Game and its prize of around $38 million. The series centers on the personal, emotional cost of trying to stay above water under capitalism.
Heartstopper is a coming-of-age series but not the typical kind you usually come across. Based on a namesake graphic novel by Alice Oseman, the series has a refreshing take on high school romance without missing out on the playful side of teenagers. It shows Charlie Spring’s (Joe Locke) anxiety while pursuing his crush on a popular player of the school’s rugby team Nick Nelson (Kit Connor).
True to its graphic novel backdrop, the series uses various animations to highlight the emotional quotient of the scene — all without getting distasteful. While these accompaniments make the show all the more engaging and light-hearted, you won’t ever need any of that because the actors have done a tremendous job of portraying these complex emotions.
The first season of Heartstopper is something you could snuggle down and binge-watch in a single stretch.
Human Resources is a workplace comedy, but the office is unlike anything you can imagine: where Hormone Monsters work and are assigned to their human “clients.” If Hormone Monsters ring a bell, you aren’t mistaken because Human Resources is a spin-off of Netflix’s renowned Big Mouth series. If you like the kind of exaggerated rollercoaster of adolescent emotions shown in Big Mouth, Human Resources will be right up your alley.
But this 2022 show makes the world much bigger with many more monsters like Lovebug (Aidy Bryant) and Logic Rock (Randall Park) and now deals with adult humans instead of teens. And you will get a peek at the other side of how various Monsters (mis)manage human emotions and mess with the brains of adults.
Originally a two-season British Channel 4 series, Top Boy was renewed by Netflix in 2019 for two more seasons (with the fifth and final installment in the pipeline). Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson reprised their lead roles as Summerhouse drug kingpins Dushane Hill and Sully Sullivan, respectively. The original creative team has also been retained, which is why the series has only gotten better since its revival on Netflix.
The first two seasons deal with Ra’Nell Smith (Malcolm Kamulete) and how his life gets intertwined with the criminal realm of Dushane and Sully. You can catch up on these original seasons on Netflix itself, but they are listed separately as Top Boy: Summerhouse. In the third season, the show follows Dushane making a living away from crime, but he soon finds himself, along with Sully, on the way back to Summerhouse to regain his top boy status.
Bridgerton is among the most-watched Netflix series of recent times. The show is based on a novel collection by Julia Quinn and is set in Britain in the early 1800s. Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) of the elite Bridgerton family, along with her other seven siblings, must find a suitor for herself during the social season. But her plans are thrown off the track by her brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and a scandal fanned by one mysterious Lady Whistledown.
By the second season, you will learn who this mysterious lady is and see Anthony on his journey to find a partner. But he gets caught up in a complicated relationship while juggling his duty toward the family. No matter the season, you will be in awe of the show’s grandness and how lively it feels to watch, with the chemistry between the characters, which is further complemented by its impressive score. A prequel to the show is also in the works focusing on Queen Charlotte’s (Golda Rosheuvel) early years.
There aren’t many shows that can match the scale of Games of Thrones, but Netflix’s The Last Kingdom comes the closest, minus the fantasy part of GoT. The show is based on the novel series The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. It follows Uhtred Ragnarsson (Alexander Dreymon), who is captured by the Danes at a young age, along with Brida (Emily Cox), as an enslaved person. He is later adopted and raised by his captor, which creates a conflict later on in his life.
Uhtred quests to avenge his family’s assassination as his loyalty is tested. The show is a fictional account of the events that happened centuries ago in Britain and is generally appreciated for being closer to the actual events than many other shows. A feature film from Netflix is also in the works after the show became a massive success with its fifth and last season.
After Life’s protagonist Tony Johnson, played by the hilarious Ricky Gervais, has his own way of coping with his wife’s passing: pushing everyone around him away. Being insolent is a “superpower” that he can easily get away with for Tony. The show essentially deals with depression, but not without Gervais’s wit, which makes it a fun watch.
Tony’s various quirky interactions with his interviewees as a reporter for a weekly newspaper and his mailman make for a wholesome comedy series, but they also tell you what’s going on in his mind. The show weaves such a somber subject with black comedy and gives you moments of good laughs (though not without some awkward ones). After Life’s third and final season started streaming earlier in 2022 and gives closure to Tony’s grief.
Raising a child is already a demanding task. But it gets a notch higher for a single mother, Nicole Warren (Alisha Wainwright), whose pre-teen son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) has been gifted with some superhero-like capabilities. Little Dion doesn’t know how to control his newfound powers, but many not-so-friendly people have a growing interest in what Dion can do. And Nicole must do everything to protect her son from getting exploited for his abilities.
In the second season of Raising Dion, the stakes get super high as the kid, now able to manage his powers, has to prove his might against the Crooked Man and save the whole city with help from his team of friends. Interestingly, the Crooked Man has a connection with Dion’s deceased father and scientist Mark (Michael Jordan). Unfortunately, the show was canceled after the second season, but it will still make for a good watch with your kid on a weekend.
Netflix is a vast place to explore new content originating from all over the world and in many languages. Original shows and movies have grown to be the strongest suit of Netflix, and the catalog continues to grow as we speak. Our best Netflix original series selection should give you enough content to sail through the month, but there’s (much) more coming your way in the coming weeks — and not just from Netflix.
If you haven’t yet subscribed to Netflix or canceled your membership a while ago, you’re missing out on many good shows to watch. It’s a good time to get back on the platform and probably start your binge spree with Russian Doll.
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Karandeep has been with Android Police as a freelance writer since 2019, covering reviews for India, buyer’s guides for the US, and handy tutorials for everyone. He cares more about the impact of technology on people’s everyday lives than the superfluous features companies keep adding each year, which is central to his reviews and product recommendations. In his previous life, he worked with Android Headlines to cover everything Android. He also wrote and edited for a handful of publications in India during his writing journey, which started in 2014. Ever since his first Symbian phone that had the iconic Ovi store to download apps, he has stuck to Android phones and is currently using a Google Pixel 6a. In his free time, he’s usually busy clearing his ever-growing backlog of movies and TV shows or tracking down an eatery he hasn’t been to yet. Chats about food go to Twitter DM and everything tech to karandeep (at) androidpolice (dot) com.


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