Best Netflix UK Movies and TV Shows - Shaun of the Dead, Casper, Lonely Island and More
UPDATE: May 17 - This week's new entry is a Netflix Original by the Lonely Island, masters of comedy rap music. The premise is it's a visual album recorded by two baseball stars, but there's a lot more to it as you'll see. Check this and many other great films and TV shows available on Netflix UK below.
The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
Credit: NetflixThe Bash Brothers, formed of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, were acclaimed baseball players for the Oakland A’s during the 1980s. But in secret, they recorded a visual rap album, which comedy musicians The Lonely Island have ‘rediscovered’. Behold these two athletes perform something like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, but 30 years earlier and a lot weirder.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Credit: Universal PicturesShaun is doing OK in life, but his relationships and job aren’t going well. However, when a zombie apocalypse comes, he has to take charge and coordinate his friends’ escape to safety.
The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) (2017)
Credit: Universal PicturesAfter seven films of high-speed driving and danger, Dom Toretto is finally kicking back on his honeymoon with his wife Letty. But sure enough, he ends up caught in a cyberterrorist plot involving nuclear weapons and the return of old friends.
Credit: Universal PicturesIn a scary mansion, the money-hungry heiress invites an expert on the paranormal, as well as his young daughter, to investigate the spooky goings-on. While there are three mischievous ghosts who enjoy frightening them all, one ghost, that of a young boy named Casper, wants to befriend people instead.
Tuca and Bertie
Credit: NetflixIn a world of anthropomorphic animals (the show’s creator helped design Bojack Horseman’s characters too), we follow two friends: Tuca the toucan and Bertie the song thrush. They struggle with work, relationships and the bizarre place that is Bird City, but among the physics and logic defying antics the pair run into, there’s a well observed story about getting on with your life and tackling whatever troubles you face.
Dead to Me
Credit: NetflixJen has just lost her husband in a car accident, and at a grief support group she attends to manage her emotions, she meets Judy. The pair become friends, despite their different characters, yet they have even more in common than they might think. A series with a dark sense of humour and a great leading duo.
People Just Do Nothing
Credit: Roughcut TVKurupt FM is a pirate radio station broadcasting out of a west London flat. In this ‘documentary’ series, the station’s operators, MC Grindah, DJ Beats and DJ Steves, try to find musical success despite a breathtaking lack of talent. They’re still an endearing bunch though, so you’ll empathise with every triumph and defeat they go through on their path to greatness.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Credit: Warner Bros. PicturesNick Carraway moves to a village outside of New York, where he encounters Jay Gatsby, the host of many parties in a nearby mansion. As one of the only people who has met the man in recent years, Nick begins to learn about Gatsby’s peculiar history and relationships with the other inhabitants of the village, particularly Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan.
Credit: RADiUS-TWCAfter a climate catastrophe plunges the world into an unending ice age, the last humans alive ride the Snowpiercer, a perpetually moving train. The poorest people live in the windowless cars at the back, while the richest exist in luxurious surroundings nearer the front. A revolution quickly forms, with the goal of reaching the front of the train and making society fairer, but they are not prepared for what awaits them in the carriages beyond.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power - New Series
Credit: NetflixAdora was once a soldier for the Horde, a regime that seeks to rule the land of Etheria with advanced technology. But when she found a legendary magic sword, she discovered her destiny was to in fact help the princesses of the rebelling kingdoms to protect their arcane powers from the evil she had been serving. The fight continues in the new series, along with Adora’s strained relationship with Catra, her best friend who continues to fight with the Horde.
Credit: Paramount PicturesThe film version of the popular TV series about lifeguards protecting the beaches from danger and crime. Mitch Buchannon wants to get on with the business of saving lives, but is hindered by the appearance of a drug dealing operation and an arrogant ex-Olympic swimmer who wants to join the team.
Bonding - New Series
Credit: NetflixTiff and Pete are friends from school. Pete’s an impoverished waiter, while Tiff is doing well for herself as Mistress May, the owner of a sex dungeon where she punishes her customers (with their permission) for large sums of money. Tiff hires Pete as her assistant, and the two spend their time finding and entertaining clients and enjoying New York City life, but also learning from the strange experiences they now share.
The Silence (2019)
Credit: NetflixAn ancient threat is attacking humanity, drawn to sources of sound. A deaf teenage girl and her parents try to escape from the city to the country, but as well as dealing with the monsters, there are zealous groups of people who want to rally her to their side.
You vs. Wild
Credit: NetflixBear Grylls is a famous survivalist, known to TV viewers through his series Man vs. Wild. Now you can accompany him through multiple dangerous environments, across several dramatic adventures. Hopefully you can channel Bear’s wisdom as you decide the best course of action in each episode.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - New Series
Credit: NetflixSabrina Spellman is half human and half witch. She is expected to follow in her family’s footsteps and pledge herself to the Church of Night, but is swayed by the thought of her human friends and boyfriend Harvey. She tries to keep both sides in check, but the people of Greendale inevitably end up in the way of the Church's plans.
Men Behaving Badly
Credit: FremantleGary and Tony (and briefly Dermot) live in a filthy London flat, drinking and generally being obnoxious to everyone around them. There’s a good side to them hidden somewhere, but even if it doesn’t, it’s at least amusing to watch these foolish man-children spread chaos.
Credit: Universal PicturesMaximus Decimus Meridius was a general in the ancient Roman army, but after falling foul of Commodus, the ill-tempered son of the recently deceased emperor, he loses everything. He ends up a slave being trained to fight in gladiatorial contests, but is determined to survive, and one day face Commodus again to enact his revenge.
Credit: Columbia PicturesA musical starring the orphaned Annie, and set in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Annie wants to find her birth parents so she can escape the orphanage’s cruel Miss Hannigan. After an unsuccessful break-out attempt, Annie ends up in the temporary care of Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks, a billionaire who decides he wants to help the charming young lady get out of her current situation.
Back to the Future Trilogy
Credit: Universal PicturesAll three installments of Marty McFly and Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown’s adventures through time are great films in their own right. With a time-travelling DeLorean, the duo find themselves at different points in the history of Hill Valley, CA, and must make it home safely without causing too much trouble in the process.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Credit: Focus FeaturesIn the town of Cheesebridge, the humans who live above ground are wary of the trolls that live below, believing them to be evil murderous beasts. They hire an exterminator to deal with them, who slowly captures the boxtrolls. In reality though, the boxtrolls are peaceful enthusiasts of garbage and inventing, and with the help of their sole human member, and the mayor’s daughter, try to dismantle the exterminator’s schemes.
The Thing (1982)
Credit: Universal PicturesAn American research team in Antarctica are startled when a Norwegian scientist chases a sled dog onto their base. After the Norwegian is shot dead by the base commander, the team try to figure out what he was trying to warn them about. Meanwhile, the sled dog, or the entity that looks like a sled dog at least, begins to enact a plan of its own...