With so many great TV series available to stream across a plethora of platforms, it can be daunting at best to choose which series to watch. The list below shows you all of the series that are currently* most popular with viewers in the UK, and can provide some inspiration while searching for a new series. Whether you’re in the mood for a murder mystery like Only Murders in the Building, or you want to dive into the hilarious mockumentary-style world of vampires with What We Do in the Shadows, there’s something on this list for you. (*August 28–September 3, 2023)
10 Most Popular TV Series This Week
While the fifth season of the satirical vampire comedy series was released in the US in July, where to watch the latest season of What We Do in the Shadows in the UK has yet to be announced. However, all four of the previous seasons are available on Disney+ and other networks. The series is a spinoff of the hilarious New Zealand comedy of the same title. Created in a mockumentary style, What We Do in the Shadows documents the lives of vampire flatmates trying to navigate the modern world.
This six-episode British mystery miniseries was released on August 27, 2023 on BBC One. Starring Ruth Wilson and Daryl McCormack, The Woman in the Wall tells the story of Lorna, a woman whose traumatising experiences in the infamous Magdalene Laundries in Ireland lead to years of sleepwalking. When she awakens to find a dead body in her house, her past and her sanity are put into question.
Upon their arrival in New York after a flight from Jamaica, passengers are shocked to learn that they had been missing and presumed dead for the past five years. Soon after their reentry, they start having "callings", or premonitions. While attempting to reintegrate, they come to the realisation that things cannot go back to how they were in their old lives.
Special Ops: Lioness is an espionage drama about an elite CIA female ops training programme known as the Lioness Programme. Joe (Zoe Saldana) is a station chief in charge of the programme training participants for dangerous missions. But when one of the ops in training, Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira), gets in over her head during a mission, Joe, ops leader Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman), and others must rise to the occasion to keep her safe.
Where to watch: Special Ops: Lioness is available on Paramount+.
#6 The Bear
With the second season of the critically acclaimed series airing in June, now is the perfect time to catch up on all that has happened in the kitchen of The Bear. Season 1 shows world-renowned chef Carmy return to his home city of Chicago to take over his family’s Italian beef sandwich shop, after the death of his brother. Meanwhile, season 2 continues the story of Carmy’s dream to turn the shop into a fine dining restaurant with the help of his hardworking team.
Where to watch: The Bear is available on Disney+.
#5 The Great
While the third season of The Great already aired in the US starting in May, it finally arrived on UK television in July. With the season 3 finale nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to catch up on this historical satire series. Starring Elle Fanning as Russia’s Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as Peter III of Russia, The Great tells the story of Catherine’s rise to power and rule of Russia’s longest-reigning female leader. While far from historically accurate, The Great succeeds at being both entertaining and utterly hilarious.
#4 One Piece
The highly anticipated live-action One Piece finally was released on Netflix on August 31. The series, based on the beloved manga and anime series of the same name, is a fantasy pirate adventure telling the story of Monkey D Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates as they set sail in search of the mythical One Piece, a hidden treasure said to make its finder the King of the Pirates. For more information, check out everything you need to know about One Piece.
Where to watch: One Piece is available on Netflix.
When a British school teacher living in Barcelona named Erin Carter finds herself recognised by one of the thieves during a supermarket robbery, her previous life — and her reasons for leaving the UK — are exposed.
Where to watch: Who Is Erin Carter? is available on Netflix.
Only Murders in the Building is currently in the middle of its third season. Starring comedic duo Steve Martin and Martin Sheen, alongside Selena Gomez, Only Murders is a murder mystery comedy that finds the main intergenerational trio investigating murders that take place in and around their Upper West Side building, the Arconia. For more information about the latest season, check out everything you need to know about Only Murders in the Building Season 3.
Where to watch: Only Murders in the Building is available on Disney+.
Ahsoka is a new Star Wars spinoff series focusing on the character Ahsoka Tano. First introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahoska has gone on to become one of the most beloved characters in the galaxy far, far away. In her solo series, she works to take down a new threat to the galaxy. For more information on the first season, check out everything you need to know about Ahsoka Season 1.
Where to watch: Ahsoka is available on Disney+.