We might not be far into 2020 (even if January does feel about a decade ago), but Netflix has already given us a veritable smorgasbord of new original series and films to keep us entertained in the first half of the year.
So far, we’ve had A-list documentaries, cringe-heavy teen dramas and one of the most bizarre reality TV concepts we think we’ve ever heard of – and that’s without even delving into the decapitated alpaca and the cartoon horse contemplating his existence.
Even in the last few weeks, the streaming service has continued its run of must-watch shows and films, and we imagine that when the dust has settled on them, picks like A Secret Love and Hollywood could well be making our list in the not-too-distant future.
For now, though, here are our top 10 favourites from Netflix’s original offerings so far this year...
10. The Stranger
Released: 30 January
Tell us about it: Netflix first branched out into ITV-esque mystery dramas in 2018 with Safe, but it’s that show’s successor The Stranger that really made waves upon its release this year.
Full of twists and turns, the crime thriller features a cast including Siobhan Finneran, Richard Armitage and Jennifer Saunders (in the Ab Fab star’s first “dramatic” role) and storylines involving decapitated alpacas, faked pregnancies and teenage drug misuse. And that’s literally just episode one.
The whole thing is over-the-top and verges on silly, particularly towards the end of the 10 episodes, but if borderline-ridiculous British dramas packed with plot twists that come so thick and fast they make your head spin are your thing, then The Stranger is definitely worth a stream.
Best time to watch: If you need a new drama to watch that’s equal parts British grit and extreme camp.
9. Miss Americana
Released: 31 January