Great Netflix shows for older viewers
#1 The Crown
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Made famous for its lavish budget and high-profile actors, the Crown launched onto Netflix’s small screen in 2016 and has been rising in popularity ever since. This historical period drama charts Queen Elizabeth II's reign from her early years, all the way to the ’70s in the latest season. Each series, the Queen is played by a different actress (from Claire Foy to Olivia Colman - both of whom are marvellous), giving the show a new dramatic flavour each time. Audiences have taken such a delight in the show because of the high production value, but also for gaining insight into the mysterious lives of the Royals.
The Crown takes over the mantle of top historical drama on Netflix from Downton Abbey. If you love suspense, political rivalries of all sorts playing out against the backdrop of high British royalty life, then this is the show for you.
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
If psychological crime is your thing, Luther is a great television show to invest into. The series follows a detective, acted by Idris Elba, in his investigations into dark crimes, such as murder. It is intense, gripping and downright obsessive as we watch DCI John Luther become consumed by the crimes he is trying to solve. The first four seasons are on Netflix, and earlier this year (June 2017), it was announced that a fifth season will start filming in 2018.
#3 Grace and Frankie
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Grace and Frankie follows the lives of two women who have had to come to terms with their husbands being romantically involved with each other for the last 20 years. Only having each other to rely on, Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, move in together. The show follows the lives of two 60-year-old women as they battle against health and relationship struggles. All three series are currently on Netflix, and during April 2017 Netflix confirmed the fourth season which is expected to premiere in 2018.
#4 Fawlty Towers
IMDb rating: 8.8/10
First broadcast on BBC Two during the 1970s, this classic British sitcom is set in a fictional hotel called Fawlty Towers. During each episode, we see the rude owner, his bossy wife, the receptionist and Spanish waiter attempt to smoothly and successfully run their seaside town hotel. As you can expect, the challenges that they face with their eccentric and demanding guests provide huge comical value for the audience. Both seasons are available on Netflix UK at the moment, so if you’re looking for an easy watch after a busy day, Fawlty Towers will have you in stitches from beginning to end.
#5 Call the Midwife
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Call the Midwife was originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with an Anglican religious order at a convent in East London. This period drama series follows a group of midwives working in the East End during the 1950s and the 1960s. As well as other community duties, the sisters and midwives focus their work on bringing safe childbirth to women in Poplar during this time. Call the Midwife is dramatic, intense and heart-warming, which is why when it first aired on BBC One in 2012 it was the most successful new drama series on the channel for over 11 years.
#6 Our Planet
IMDb rating: 9.3/10
Taking over the recently departed Planet Earth 1 and 2 show, arguably two of the best nature documentary series that have even been produced, Our Planet had a lot to live up to. However, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s been received as well as its spiritual predecessors, with audiences captivated by the wonderful shots of nature and the animals that inhabit the different parts of the world.
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, there are 8 episodes in the season, each looking at a different ecosystem on our planet. We see incredibly intimate and beautiful areas such as jungles, deserts, grasslands, high seas with all the nature within them laid bare for us to marvel at. The production and research team provide us with incredible insight into the spectacular world we live in each time. If you ate a lover of nature, then this is a show you can’t miss out on.
#7 Line of Duty
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Line of Duty is a more gritty entry into this list, but the nonetheless essential viewing for those looking for British TV entertainment and suspenseful thrillers. In the show, we follow a controversial anti-corruption police unit, watching the cases they investigate unfold in often spectacular and dramatic ways. Taking over from Happy Valley which was previously on Netflix for our go-to police show on Netflix, this cannot be missed by those looking for a thrill.
#8 Top Gear
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
The legendary car show Top Gear has been a staple of fun and easy-watching television for the British public all the way since 2002, and even with the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, it’s still revving on to this year. You can catch 13 seasons on Netflix, giving you an obscene amount of car enthusiasm and adventurous challenges across the world.
This type of show may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly a hallmark of British television, and so deserves a mention here.