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The Best British TV Shows On Netflix Right Now

You've already watched everything else, so check out what's happening across the pond.

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This list is a mix of British shows you should have probably already watched and some you may not have heard of. Or maybe you've heard of all of them or haven't heard of any of them, I don't know your life.

1. The Office

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If you haven't watched the original Office, ya need to get your butt in gear. Watch where it all started and revel in Ricky Gervais at his fucking best.

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

2. Peep Show

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One of Britain's most beloved comedies about two dysfunctional friends just trying to adjust to the professional adult world. It may take you a few episodes to get used to the POV filming, but the jokes will get you comfortable quick.

Netflix has: 8 of 9 total seasons

3. Skins

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Like most great British programs, Skins was followed by a horrible US remake, but the original is best. The show introduced tons of now recognizable faces, like Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Murray, Joe Dempsie, and Jack O'Connel, to name a few.

And side note, the show takes place and was filmed in the UK's greatest and most underrated city: Bristol.

Netflix has: 7 of 7 total seasons

4. The Inbetweeners

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Hilarious, disgusting, awkward and yes, followed by a terrible US remake. Stick with the original and you won't be disappointed. The show was so popular there were two films made and both are on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

5. House of Cards

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Set after the end of Margaret Thatcher's residency the show centers around the conniving and ever scheming Francis Urquhart in his quest to become Prime Minister. And yes, inspired the popular Kevin Spacey US remake.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

6. Black Books

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A show about a cranky, eccentric book owner who hates people and will have you often saying "that's me".

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

7. Poirot

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If sleuthing is more your thing, check out Agatha Christie's most famous mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot. This series boasts David Suchet as Poirot, hailed as the best Poirot ever.

Netflix has: 13 of 13 total seasons

8. Shameless

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Follow the ups and downs of the aggressively dysfunctional Gallagher family, who inspired the American Gallagher's. Early seasons also bring you the beautiful glory of a very young James McAvoy.

Netflix has: 10 of 11 total seasons

9. Sherlock

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One of the most popular reiterations of Sherlock in recent memory and the first couple seasons are definitely worth all of the hype. Also the first program on the list to still be airing on TV, so catch up while you can. Netflix also has an hour doc, Unlocking Sherlock, if you really can't get enough.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 current seasons and season 4 is expected to premiere around January 2017.

10. IT Crowd

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Follow the dysfunctional, awkward IT department at Reynholm Industries as they try their best to avoid all human contact.

Netflix has: 4 of 4 total seasons

11. An Idiot Abroad

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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send the lovable curmudgeon Karl Pilkington on a trip to see the seven wonders of the world, although Karl could really care less about most of it. If you need a laugh, check this program out, it will instantly lift your spirits.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

12. Merlin

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This program has really developed a huge cult following and focuses on a young Merlin, Prince Arthur, and all of the other characters in the famous legends of Camelot. If you're thing is fantasy/costume drama, check this out.

Netflix has: 5 of 5 total seasons

13. Being Human

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A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share an apartment...no I'm not trying to make a joke, that's the general premise of this program. They're just trying to live a 'normal' life as best as three supernatural people can. Also, Aidan Turner is beautiful and in the first three seasons.

Netflix has: 5 of 5 total seasons

14. Broadchurch

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This is a super gripping, emotional roller coaster of a drama, acted to absolute perfection by the entire cast. A peaceful, sea side town is ripped apart after the death of an 11 year old boy and everyone begins to suspect everyone. The first season follows the investigation into who committed the terrible crime and the second season deals with the fall out when the culprit is found. This will totally keep you on the edge of your seat, perfect binge watching material. And season 3 has been confirmed so catch up now!

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

15. The Great British Bake Off

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This is actually listed on Netflix as 'The Great British Baking Show' (wtf PBS) but let me tell you this is the BEST food competition out there. It's totally a lovely, feel good show, mixed with some really amazing dirty double entendres. Bask in the glory of Mary Berry and the judging of contestants' soggy bottoms. The 7th season starts this summer, but unfortunately for us Netflix only has the first season.

Netflix has: 1 of 6 total seasons

16. Luther

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Idris. Elba. That's really enough reason to watch this amazing BBC drama. Elba plays the dark, twisted, complicated, brilliant detective John Luther as he works tirelessly to solve murders.

Netflix has: 3 of 4 total seasons

17. Survivors

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I will preface this with a warning: Survivors (like many shows) was canceled before its time and therefore ends on a pretty annoying cliffhanger. That aside, the show is a really great look into what happens to people after society falls apart. The show follows a small group of survivors of a deadly flu that wipes out most of the worlds population.

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

18. Land Girls

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A really lovely period drama centered around four women in the Women's Land Army, working on an English country estate during WWII.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

19. Black Mirror

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From the incredibly talented and brilliant Charlie Brooker, this program is truly unlike any show you've ever seen. Think a tech filled, more creepy and twisted Twilight Zone. Seasons 1 and 2 consist of three stand alone episodes and season 3 consists of one creepy ass Christmas special. Even though the first episode aired in 2011 it was recently in the UK news after coincidentally predicting a prime minister sex scandal with....a pig.

Netflix has: 3 of 3 total seasons

20. Top Boy

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This program focuses on the goings on at an East London estate, where drug dealers work in the open. The story follows ambitious drug dealer Dushane and innocent teen Ra'Nell who's forced to grow up quickly after his mother is put in a mental hospital.

Fun fact: allegedly Drake loves the show so much he offered to pay for a third season.

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

21. Fresh Meat

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Another show on the list that's still airing, but just barely, the last season is finishing up on Channel 4 right now!

Catch up with a group of 6 college students, sharing a house, and just generally trying to make it through life. The show mixes a couple of other programs on this list: it's from the same people that created Peep Show and features Inbetweeners alumni Joe Thomas. Also, if you don't make it out without having a major girl crush on Vod, you don't have a soul.

Netflix has: 2 of 4 total seasons

22. The Paradise

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It's no secret that no one else does costume dramas better than the UK and if you're totally into the whole period piece thing, this is right up your alley. The program follows the lives of those who work, shop, and trade in and around the very first department store in Britain.

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

23. Call the Midwife

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Adapted from the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this show looks into the world of midwifery and family in 1950s East London. This is one of those amazing shows that will have you laughing and crying all in the same episode, and season 5 is on air now!

Netflix has: 4 of 5 total seasons

24. Ripper Street

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As you probably guessed from the title yes, this is a show about Jack the Ripper. Instead of following the infamous killer himself this focuses on the police precinct charged with keeping the Whitechapel district in line. The first season takes places about 6 months after the Ripper's last murder in Victorian London. Heads up: Game of Thrones fans will recognize Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn, as a detective in the show. Season 4 is on Amazon Prime now!

Netflix has: 3 of 4 total seasons

25. The Fall

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Another gripping detective drama on the list, this one follows senior investigating officer Stella Gibson as she tries to solve a string of murders in Belfast. From the beginning viewers know who the guilty party is, Paul Spector, who's leading a double life as father/husband by day and serial killer by night. All of the performances in this show are amazing but Gillian Anderson is FIRE as Stella, and series 3 is filming right now!

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

26. Scrotal Recall

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An infectious comedy series following the disastrous exploits of 20-something romantic Dylan, who plans to use his STD diagnosis as a positive journey of self discovery. Season 2 is coming to Netflix soon.

Netflix has: 1 of 1 total seasons

27. Happy Valley

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A drama following police sergeant Catherine Cawood who focuses on vengeance against the man who assaulted her late daughter, unaware that the man is caught up in a secret kidnapping plot. This show will keep you on the edge of your seat and if ya don't believe me, it's rocking a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Netflix has: 2 of 2 total seasons

28. River

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Similar to Luther, River is about a detective with a fragile, unstable mind. This program follows John River, played to perfection by Stellan Skarsgård, who's haunted by the dead and the murder victims he investigates.

Netflix has: 1 of 1 total seasons

29. Residue

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Missing fellow UK shows Utopia and Misfits that are sadly not on Netflix anymore? Then you'll love Residue. The show is set in the near future and after a government cover up of the source of a massive explosion, photo journalist Jennifer Preston begins investigating. What she discovers is a creepy paranormal phenomenon haunting the city. Check out fellow Game of Thrones alumni Natalia Tena and Iwan Rheon in this spooky, sci-fi/supernatural thriller.

Netflix has: 1 of 1 total seasons

Which UK shows on Netflix did I miss? Add your favorites below!

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