Most Popular English TV Series -Have You Missed Any

With the emergence of OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon prime, the popularity of TV and web series rocketed. Several of them are original shows but a vast majority of them found their initial success broadcasting through television. Here’s our pick of the most popular English TV series of the last 2 decades.

1. Sherlock Holmes

Who doesn’t know the famous detective from 221B Baker Street? Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most followed fictional characters in history.

The most recent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. The series is set up in modern England. Also you can see some of the best crafted investigation sequences in the series.

So far the creators have released 4 seasons and one special episode in 2016. They followed a pattern of releasing a season in every 2 years so fifth season is already due. We can hope the fifth season of Holmes will be released soon.

Where to watch

Initially they series was released on channel BBC but, now every episode of Sherlock Holmes is available on Netflix.

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is arguably one of the finest fantasy drama series ever created. It’s based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. Probably it has the most number fans worldwide which make it second on our list of the most popular English TV series.

“A man with no motive is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused.” — Lord Baelish

As the name suggests the story revolves around the clash between several aristocratic families to capture the throne. It’s got everything you ever wish for in a series. War, romance, breathtaking action sequences, mystical creatures and capturing dialogues are few of them. The series ran from 2011 to 2019 with a total of 8 seasons in it.

Where to watch

It was an HBO original TV series but is now available on the OTT platform Disney.

3. Breaking Bad

The plot of Breaking bad revolves around a High School Chemistry teacher, Walter White. When he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he partners up with one of his former students and starts making meth.

The series packs some of the best cinematography you’ll ever see. The creators of Breaking Bad lucidly visualized how human priorities changes when it comes to money.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was released in 2019, a sequence to the series provided a fitting ending to the story.

The series still has the record for highest rating obtained ever for a series on IMDB and Metacritic and is one of the most popular English TV Series among all generations of audience.

Where to Watch

The series aired from 2008 to 2013 on AMC and is now available on Netflix.

4. Friends

Friends celebrated its silver anniversary in 2020. A bit too old, right? It still made our list due to its high popularity. Friends is one of the very few series that still continue to produce a huge fan following even after generations.

This sitcom comedy focus the everyday lives of six friends. The series acquired its wide popularity due to its highly relatable picturisation of ordinary people’s life. It is a perfect series to watch with your friends or family and have a good laugh.

A 25th anniversary special episode was ready to be aired in May 2020 but got delayed due to the Corona pandemic.

Where to watch

Friends is now available 24×7 on Netflix and on HBO max

5. Peaky Blinders

Peaky blinders is a crime drama series with Cillian Murphy as the lead cast. The series is inspired from the peaky blinders gang who were said to exist during the late 19th century to early 20th.

“As deliberately stylish as they were violent” : Show creator Steven Knight about peaky blinders.

The plot takes place in Birmingham in 1919 where Thomas Shelby along with his family runs a criminal gang called Peaky Blinders. Though a criminal Tommy has his own principles. The series depicts his rise from an average criminal to one of the Kingmakers in the whole of England.

A total of 5 seasons have been released so far and the 6th season got postponed due to the pandemic.

Where to watch

You can watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix

6. Stranger Things

Stranger things is a science fiction horror series first appeared on July 2016. Ever since it’s release on Netflix, it became the most popular English show on the platform.

Stranger Things is set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana during the early 1980s. The series revolves around the events caused by a failed Paranormal experiment conducted by a lab in Hawkins. When a group of kids got intertwined in these events and they fight their way out of it with the help of their friend who has superhero powers.

Where to watch

Stranger Things is available on Netflix subscription.

7. Prison Break

The story revolves around two brothers who are very not close to each other. When the older brother got framed for a high profile murder and is sentenced to be hanged, the younger brother forms the most brilliant plan to break him out of prison.

This crime thriller has 5 seasons in total. You may ask how a prison break plot is dragged to 5 seasons. But, believe us you won’t get bored even for a single minute watching this brilliantly crafted series.

“Preparation can only take you so far. After that, you have to take a few leaps of faith.” – Michael Scofield

Where to watch

Prison Break is now available 24×7 on Disney streaming service.

8. True Detective

True detective is popular for casting renowned actors in its lead. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in season 1, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in season 2 and Mahershala Ali in season 3.

Each season focuses on a crime which involves some sort of occult activities. True Detective have great acting, great direction, and great writing on a scene-by-scene basis. It follows a disoriented story telling method which at times can be confusing.

Where to watch

True Detective is available on OTT Disney

9. House of Cards

House of cards is a Kevin Spacey starer Political thriller drama. The plot revolves around his quest to seek revenge on people who betrayed him. The series is known for its excellent direction and complex, well-written storyline.

A total of 6 seasons was released with Kevin spacey being replaced in the final season. This was a cause of wide outcry among fans.

Where to watch

House of Cards is available on the streaming service Netflix.

10. Mr Robot

If you are into hacking and all, then this is for you. Even if you are not, give it a try. There is a high probability of you getting hooked into it.

With Oscar winner Rami Malek in the lead role, this show has one of the most captivating story lines. It involves a schizophrenic vigilante hacker taking on the most powerful people of the world.

Where to watch

You can watch every episode of Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime.

That was our list of top 10 most popular English TV series. If you have missed any from the list start watching it right now.

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