If you’re anything like us, you’ve watched (well, devoured) all of Downton Abbey and The Crown. What will sate your British-accent craving now? Here’s a list of our favo(u)rite shows from across the pond—all available on Netflix—to help you move on. (Though we’ll always love you, Matthew Crawley.)
11 of the Best British Shows on Netflix Right Now
- Cast: Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings
Hear us out: This series (originally called Scrotal Recall) is hilarious, endearing and romantic. Dylan has just been told that he has an STD. Now he’s forced to contact every single woman he’s ever had sex with in order to tell them the news. See past the cheeky title and give this funny little story a shot.
- Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
This Netflix comedy follows Otis, the high school-aged son of a sex therapist who, though he struggles exquisitely when it comes to taking his own words of wisdom, starts a secret sex advice business with a new friend and potential crush. The series was recently renewed for a fourth season, but there’s still plenty of time to catch up on the first two.
- Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Bryony Hannah, Helen George
This period drama set in impoverished East London welcomes viewers to life in the East End during the late 1950s. Young women living in a convent hilariously, and sometimes tragically, navigate a new way of life in a setting stubbornly resistant to the changing times. And did we mention there are nine seasons to stream?
- Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory
Peaky Blinders is a gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, run by Thomas Shelby. His goal is to expand the family business via illegal bets, illicit firearms and plenty of shady deals (and, apparently, he’ll stop at nothing to do so).
- Cast: Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding,
Perhaps the most comforting and relaxing reality TV series ever made, The Great British Baking Show is for bakers and non-bakers alike. It’s a competition to find Britain’s best baker, however, the series is really just about everyone being super nice and supportive to each other while whipping up some extravagant treats.
6. Derry Girls
- Cast: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan
In this show set in Northern Ireland in the '90s, the ladies of Derry Girls are a group of teenagers who are navigating their way through Catholic high school. Messy and loud and absolutely hilarious, Erin, Orla, Clare and Michelle are among the most lovable main characters we've seen in a while.
- Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonathan Bailey, Julie Dray
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (before her Fleabag days) writes and stars in this quirky comedy-drama. Crashing follows the interwoven stories of six 20-something roommates living in disused hospital building and all of the shenanigans that come with it. (We kind of think of it like a British Friends).
- Cast: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Naomi Ackie
Based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name, the show tells the story of James and Alyssa who, despite having nothing in common, decide joining forces to find Alyssa’s estranged father, despite the fact that James is a self-proclaimed “psychopath” who is determined to kill his rebellious classmate. We can’t make this stuff up.
- Cast: Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Nicola Walker
In this four-part police drama, a London-based detective is assigned to investigate the shooting of a pizza delivery man. However, it’s not long before she unravels a tangled web of conspiracy involving drug dealers, smugglers and spies.
- Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee
The thriller follows war hero David Budd who now works as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Branch of the London Metropolitan Police Service. But when he’s assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague, his beliefs and his station come into conflict.
11. Top Boy
- Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Micheal Ward
Set in a public housing estate, Top Boy follows two seasoned drug dealers as they return to the gritty streets of London. Unfortunately, it’s not long before but their plans to gain money and power (and become they area’s “Top Boys”) gets thwarted by another young hustler who is looking to do the same.