Are you looking for the best Netflix series to watch in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East? From Lincoln Lawyer to Bridgerton, there are so many TV shows on Netflix that it becomes hard to find something to watch. But don’t worry- we’ve gone through all releases from 2023 and have picked up the best Netflix series that you can watch right now.
This list mostly has the best Netflix series in English. Click here if you are looking for Indian movies and TV shows on Netflix in Hindi or Malayalam.
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How much is Netflix in the UAE?
You can watch Netflix UAE on your phone, tablet, Smart TV, laptop, or streaming device for a fixed monthly fee. Netflix plans start from AED 29 per month for a basic account to AED 56 per month for support with 4K streaming and multiple profiles.
Best Netflix Series in UAE and Saudi Arabia for 2023
Here is the list of the best shows on Netflix. We go through all new shows released on Netflix every week, so bookmark this page and keep checking for new TV shows that are added.
Sex Education Season 4
Platform: Netflix | Release date: 21/09/2023 | Genre: Comedy/Drama | Language: English | Rating: 18+
With Moordale Secondary School closed at the end of Season 3, the new season will see Otis and the gang facing new challenges as they adjust to the sudden change in their lives.
Otis and Eric have joined Cavendish Sixth Form College, where Otis is nervous about setting up his new sex clinic while Etic figures out how to be himself in a new environment. Maeve has joined Wallace University in the United States, where she is mentioned by cult author Thomas Molloy, and is struggling to adjust to her new life in America. Meanwhile, other students such as Jackson, are still struggling to get over Cal, while Amiee is trying something new by taking an Art A-Level class. On the other hand, Adam is still confused over whether mainstream education is for him.
Song of the Bandits Season 1
Platform: Netflix | Release date: 22/09/2023 | Genre: Action/Drama | Language: Korean| Rating: 18+
Netflix is launching another K-drama into the streamer-verse with Song of the Bandits. The series is set in the 1920s during the Japanese colonial period. It follows a diverse group of people living in the lawless land of Gando who come together to defend Korea’s Joseon kingdom.
Starring Kim Naim-gil, Seohym, and Yoo Jae-Myung, the series explores themes of patriotism, resistance and hope in the face of oppression.
IMDB: 7.4 | Genre: Romance/Drama | Language: English | Rating: 18+
A lot is going on in the Virgin River this season. Mel and Jack are preparing to welcome a baby. However, Mel’s pregnancy is high-risk; meanwhile, the town is threatened by a wildfire, and the residents must band together to fire and protect their homes and livelihood.
Elsewhere, the town must face other challenges, including Charmaine’s surprise pregnancy, where she claims Jack is the father; Preacher’s fight with Vince, who killed his brother; and the doctor dealing with his health problems.
Virgin River Season 5 promises a show full of drama, suspense and romance, and it’s sure to keep fans of the show on the edge of their seat.
IMDB: N/A | Genre: Biography/Crime | Language: Spanish | Rating: 18+
The series follows the story of Pedro, a police officer whose body is found burned in a car in the Foix reservoir near Barcelona.
As the investigation progresses, a web of toxic relationships, deceit, violence and sexual scandals emerge. The prime suspects are Pedro’s girlfriend, Rosa, and her ex-boyfriend, Albert, who seem to have a motive and opportunity to commit the crime.
Burning Body is a Spanish crime drama that offers a dark and suspenseful drama while exploring the dark side of human nature. The series is directed by David Ulloa, and stars Ursula Cobero, Jose Manuel Poga, and Quim Gutierrez.
Who is Erin Carter?
IMDB: 6.5 | Genre: Action/Crime | Language: English | Rating: 18+
This action thriller series from Netflix follows the story of Erin Collantes, a British teacher living in Spain. She is living a pretty ordinary life when it takes a dramatic turn when she becomes involved in a supermarket robbery. To her surprise, one of the robbers recognizes her, which she doesn’t seem to appreciate.
Erin Collantes isn’t who she seems to be, and her being identified by someone puts her identity at risk, as well as her family. Throughout the seven-episode series, we discover more about Erin’s hidden past and the secrets she is determined to keep concealed.
The show stars Evin Ahmad, Sean Teale and Indica Watson.
IMDB: 8.5 | Genre: Action/Adventure | Language: English | Rating: 12+
One Piece needs no introduction – especially if you are an anime/manga fan, but here we go anyway.
Netflix is releasing a live-action adaptation of the popular anime series, which follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate who dreams of becoming the King of the Pirates and discovering the mythical treasure known as ‘One Piece’.
He sets sail from his hometown, Foosha Village, with his crewmates, the Straw Hat Pirates, in search of the One Piece, and while doing so, faces many challenges, including powerful pirates, the corrupt Navy, and even the mysterious Devil Fruits themselves.
Steven Maeda and Matt Owens create the live adaptation of One Piece and stars Inaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero, Taz Skylar, and more.
The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Part 1
IMDB: 7.7 | Genre: Crime/Drama| Language: English | Rating: 15+
The second season of The Lincoln Lawyer once again follows Mickey Haller, who is now tasked with defending a tech CEO accused of murdering his wife. It will also explore the aftermath of the events of the first season and the revelation that Haller’s ex-wife is a prosecutor. The new season will adapt the events of the novel The Fifth Witness.
The Witcher S3
IMDB: 8.0 | Genre: Fantasy/Action| Language: English | Rating: 18+
In the third season of the popular Netflix series, The Witcher, we see Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri under attack from invading elves and a nefarious sorcerer named Rience, who wishes to capture Cintra from the trio’s care.
This will be the last season where Henry Cavil will reprise the role of the famed Witcher, after which Liam Hemsworth will replace him.
Black Mirror S6
IMDB: 8.7 | Genre: Thriller/Sci-fi | Language: English | Rating: 18+
For years, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has presented us with a haunting vision of the future, where technology (or the misuse of it) can lead to some truly bleak and horrifying results. He is back with yet another season of Black Mirror on Netflix, which promises to make you question whether humanity can make it on its own.
The new season will feature five episodes and explore different stories, each with its own take on current social and technological trends, while future gazing at their potential. It stars Salma Hayek, Aaron Paul, and more.
Sweet Magnolias S3
IMDB: 7.3 | Genre: Drama/Romance | Language: English | Rating: 14+
Sweet Magnolias is a story of three women who have been best friends since high school as they support each other through the complexities of life, romance and family.
In Season 3, Maddie is struggling to raise her two teenage sons after the death of her husband, Helen is reeling from the aftermath of her divorce from Ryan, and Dana Sue is in financial difficulties as she tries to open her new restaurant.
Sweet Magnolias stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley. Sheryl J. Anderson creates the show.
Working: What We Do All Day
IMDB: 6.7 | Genre: Documentary | Language: English | Rating: 18+
This new thought-provoking documentary series explores the meaning and value of work in our lives. With former US President Barack Obama as the narrator, the series takes a deep dive into the lives of individuals from various industries, ranging from service jobs to the C-suite. Throughout the series, Obama appears alongside ordinary people in their homes and workplaces, offering a unique perspective on their experiences.
As a college student, Obama was inspired by Studs Terkel’s book Working, which featured interviews with ordinary people about their jobs. The documentary brings this concept into the 21st century, offering intimate and behind-the-scenes portraits of people’s lives and giving viewers a new appreciation for the work they do each day.
With Obama’s trademark warmth and insight, the series invites viewers to connect with people from all walks of life and understand how we are all connected by our shared work experiences. Whether you are a CEO, a nurse, a janitor, or anything in between, this documentary will inspire and enlighten you about the power and meaning of work in our lives.
IMDB: 6.5 | Genre: Action comedy | Language: English | Rating: 18+
Prepare for explosive revelations and thrilling espionage with FUBAR, marking Arnold Schwarzenegger’s highly anticipated debut as the lead in a scripted live-action television series. In this show, Schwarzenegger portrays Luke, a dedicated father whose seemingly ordinary life takes an unexpected twist when he and his daughter, Emma, discover they have been living parallel lives as undercover CIA operatives.
As Luke and Emma delve into the shocking realisation that they have deceived each other for years, a web of lies unravels, leaving them to grapple with the devastating truth—they know nothing about one another. With their shared secret now exposed, they are thrust into a dangerous and thrilling world where trust is a luxury they can ill afford.
United by circumstance and armed with their individual skills and training, Luke and Emma must navigate a treacherous landscape of double agents, international conspiracies, and shadowy organisations. Along their journey, they not only face external threats but also confront the fractured nature of their own relationship, gradually unravelling the reasons behind their mutual deceit and striving to rebuild the trust that has been shattered.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
IMDB: 7.4 | Genre: Romance | Language: English | Rating: 18+
In “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” the charismatic and fashion-forward Queen Charlotte, portrayed by Golda Rosheuvel, retakes centre stage in the beloved Bridgerton universe. Known for her bold personality and impeccable style, Queen Charlotte has never shied away from the limelight. But in this new series, viewers are introduced to a young Charlotte, played by India Amarteifio, who is just beginning to understand her own power and the complexities of love.
The story delves into Queen Charlotte’s early life as she embarks on a life-changing marriage with the young King George, portrayed by Corey Mylchreest. As she navigates the challenges of her new role, she finds herself in a ton vastly different from the one portrayed in Bridgerton. Undeterred by the societal norms of the time, Queen Charlotte emerges as a fearless leader, spearheading a shift that will have far-reaching implications for future generations.
Against a backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Queen Charlotte’s story is one of strength, resilience, and determination. As she faces obstacles and discovers the true meaning of love, she leaves an indelible mark on the Bridgerton world, ushering in changes that will shape history.
IMDB: 8.1 | Genre: Comedy | Language: English | Rating: 18+
This new dark comedy from A24 Studios features the dynamic duo of Steven Yeun and Ali Wong. The movie centres on two very different people, Danny and Amy, who meet during an unfortunate road rage incident.
Danny is a contractor currently struggling with finance, and Amy is a total boss lady who’s made it on her own and has a perfect life; at least, that’s what she makes it look like. After the road rage incident, their “beef” intensifies, and they get consumed by their feud, which severely affects their personal lives. Their fight escalates, things get seriously out of hand, and their lives become entwined.
As the series goes on, their relationship gets even more complicated, with their actions affecting their families and friends. The show tackles some heavy themes, like anger and envy, but with a ton of dark humour thrown in for good measure.
American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing
IMDB: 7.5 | Genre: Documentary | Language: English | Rating: 16+
Boston’s Patriots’ Day celebrates spring, baseball, and the Boston Marathon’s route from the suburbs to the city centre. However, in 2013, two terrorists attacked the marathon’s finish line, turning the year’s biggest party into a horrific tragedy. As law enforcement launched a massive investigation into the attackers’ identities, their pursuit spilt over into the once-quiet streets of neighbourhoods, paralysing the city and highlighting the significant change in the post-9/11 world that we all now live in.
In remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the bombing, director Floyd Russ and executive producer Tiller Russell created American Manhunt, a three-part series documenting the tense and terrifying days following the bombings. Using closed-circuit video, police radio, cell phone footage, and interviews with police officers, FBI agents, and citizens, American Manhunt offers a minute-by-minute account of the search that led to the killers’ capture. The series provides various historical details, insights, and other details from those who knew the bombers personally, highlighting how Bostonians came together in their darkest hour to reclaim their city.
IMDB: 8.0 | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 18+
In this thriller, Keri Russell stars as Kate Wyler, a seasoned diplomat and the newly appointed US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Kate is no stranger to crisis zones, having previously worked in Afghanistan. However, her expertise will now be tested as she faces the complex political landscape of London, forging strategic alliances while navigating the intricate nuances of British politics. Meanwhile, tensions escalate between nations, and Kate finds herself at the centre of several international crises that threaten to erupt at any moment.
Kate must also navigate her personal life as she attempts to handle her professional duties. Her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler is under strain as they juggle their high-pressure jobs’ demands. The diplomatic couple must work to keep their relationship intact while facing the constant scrutiny of the public eye and their colleagues.
As tensions mount and the stakes increase, Kate and her team must navigate the intricate power dynamics of international relations to achieve their goals.
That concludes our list of best Netflix series for 2023. Have you watched any of these shows? Is there one missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below.