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9 series on Netflix which might have passed you by

From legal thrillers, to reality trash, we’ve got you covered.

WE’RE ALL MAD about Netflix at the moment between Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black, but once you’ve watched them, what is the next step?

There are so many series available it can be hard to choose what to watch, so today we’d like to give you a bit of guidance.

Here are nine series on Netflix which might have passed you by.

Weeds

Created by Jenji Kohan, the woman behind everyone’s current Netflix fave Orange is the New Black, Weeds tells the story of Nancy Botwin.  Nancy, played by Mary Louise Parker is a widowed mother of two who starts selling marijuana to support her family, with darkly comedic results.

It’s pacey, sharp and funny and episodes are only half an hour long so it’s not a major undertaking.  Also, Mary Louise Parker is the best.

Some NSFW language in this:

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Top Boy

You might have missed this Channel 4 drama the first time around, and it’s well worth a watch.

It tells the story of a group of people in and connected to a drug dealing gang on a fictional estate in Hackney, and was critically acclaimed when it aired in 2011.

Now is a good time to watch it too, as series two kicks off next week.  Don’t worry, there are only four episodes so you could get it in over the weekend if you fancied it.

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Californication

Hank Moody, played by David Duchovny, is a jerk who constantly gets himself into trouble, and yet you can’t help but like him.

The series starts with him moving his family from New York to LA, where his career as a writer allows you some insight into the seedy undergrowth of the movie business in LA.

If you like that kind of thing, and are not put off by lots of slightly bizarre sex scenes, then this is the show for you!

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Bleak House

Made by the BBC in 2005, this is a dark retelling of the Charles Dickens novel.

It features Gillian Anderson, Alistair McGowan and Carey Mulligan among others, and is perfect if you like your period dramas with a bit of grime.

Nominated for ten Emmys, and winner of two, there is no doubting the quality of this series.

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Nurse Jackie

There’s more to Edie Falco than Carmella Soprano, and boy do you see that in this Showtime series about a nurse with a weakness for prescription medication.

Both Falco, and the programme have been nominated for awards left right and centre, and the sixth series is set to air next year.

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Damages

Glenn Close and Rose Byrne star in this series about a high stakes lawyer in New York City and her young protegé.

A legal thriller which finished airing last September, it was critically acclaimed and award winning.

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The Real Housewives of New York City

If it’s trash you want, this is the best you can get.  The Real Housewives franchise is made up of reality series focusing on the lives of women in cities across the US, and in this case, the city is New York.

The women are wealthy, emotional, over the top, and occasionally totally bonkers.

Perfect viewing if you’re having a day on the couch and you’ve seen every episode of The Hills one time too many.

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Upstairs Downstairs

The BBC’s attempt to compete with Downton Abbey didn’t last long, but it was actually very good.

Two series of the show aired in 2010 and 2012, and if you like your drama old fashioned, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

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Underbelly

This dramatisation of the lives of real life criminals took Australia by storm in 2008, and has continued to air there ever since.

The first series focuses on gangland killings which took place between 1995 and 2004, mostly connected to Carl Williams, a man who became one of Australia’s most notorious drug kingpins.

It’s a little trashy and it certainly doesn’t look as expensive as The Wire, but it is addictive viewing and will keep you going until the next series of Love/Hate starts.

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