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The best Netflix shows you’ve never heard of

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With an ever-expanding catalogue of content, it’s not surprising some shows on Netflix slip through the cracks.

While the big-ticket items like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black are surefire crowd pleasers, there are plenty of other series that will fill your binge-watching cravings.

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The best part? They’re so low-key you might be the only person you know watching them – a true trendsetter.

Shameless

The Gallagher family give a whole new meaning to dysfunctional. Led by alcoholic patriarch Frank (played by the brilliant William H. Macy), the six kids are left to essentially raise themselves.

This makes for a string of disastrous near-death experiences, run-ins with the law and coming-of-age moments.

For fans of: Californication, Nurse Jackie

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The Bletchley Circle

The British crime series sees four women who cracked codes together during World War Two reunite to solve fresh mysteries years later.

Set in the early 1950s, the women band together to escape from their humdrum housewife home lives by attempting to track down a dangerous serial killer on the loose.

For fans of: Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, Call the Midwife

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Silk

The three seasons of this BBC-produced legal drama document the daily lives of a group of barristers at a chambers in London.

Based on writer Peter Moffat’s real-life experiences at the Bar, it’s full of ethical dilemmas and juicy out-of-office drama. The show also stars the spunky Natalie Dormer, aka Game of Thrones’ fearless heroine Margaery Tyrell – another major drawcard.

For fans of: Suits, Rake

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Wallander

In the same vein as other gripping Nordic noir dramas (they’re becoming a genre all their own), Wallander is the BBC adaptation of Swedish author Henning Mankell’s popular novels.

Kenneth Branagh plays police inspector Kurt Wallander, who investigates a string of disturbing murders in the small town of Ystad, Sweden.

For fans of: The Bridge, The Fall, The Killing 

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BoJack Horseman

This whacky cartoon isn’t for everyone, but has a cult following of fans who love it for its shrewd pop culture commentary and quirkiness.

BoJack is a former television star living in Hollywood and dealing with his fading relevance with the help of his fellow half-human, half-animal friends.

Voiced by funny man Will Arnett, BoJack is a strangely recognisable figure, bringing to mind the likes of Matthew Perry and Kelsey Grammer.

For fans of: Family Guy, American Dad, Daria

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Misfits

This edgy superhero series scored five seasons and several BAFTA awards for its portrayal of five ragtag teenagers who discover they all possess supernatural powers during court-mandated community service.

The young offenders-turned-superhumans must navigate the perils of their new powers while still managing to complete their 12-week program. What could possibly go wrong?

For fans of: Heroes, Skins, The Inbetweeners

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Hemlock Grove

Chock-full of freaky ghosts, ghouls and monsters, this gruesome horror series from Eli Roth is not for the faint of heart.

The perfect combination of creepy, sexy and weird, the show starts after the murder of a teenage girl.

Two of the main suspects – a rich kid and a misfit – team up to solve the murder themselves, uncovering the town’s sordid dark side in the process.

For fans of: American Horror Story, Twin Peaks

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A comedy set in the fake 99th precinct of the New York Police Department, Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg leads a cast of comics who deliver this witty, sarcastic send-up of cop shows everywhere.

Like The Office but with police, the show explores the relationships between the precinct’s employees and their various hilarious, haphazard investigations.

For fans of: Parks and Recreation, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Scrubs, New Girl

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