04/06/2014 12:58 BST | Updated 04/06/2014 13:59 BST

'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Debuts Friday - Until Then, 10 Top Netflix Titles To Keep You Busy...

Just in case you didn't happen to know, 'Orange is the New Black' is returning for Season 2 on Netflix this coming Friday.

But just in case your finger is hovering over the Netflix button with nowhere to land, here are 10 top TV drama titles being offered by the streaming service that might just keep you happy and out of mischief until Friday…

The Good Wife

If you've been hearing about this for a while, here's your chance to find out what all the fuss is about. ER alumna Juliana Margulies as attorney Alicia Florrick, who finds herself forced to return to work after a scandal lands her politician husband (Chris Noth) in prison. Beautiful Brit Archie Panjabi is in there too for good measure.

The Tudors

Need to swot up on your medieval history (with a few dramatic licences)? Fancy the sight of lots of pretty flesh? Well, no need to take two bottles into the shower… The Tudors is a highly camp retelling of Henry VIII's marital caprice. At the centre of it all, a trembling lipped Jonathan Rhys Myers in a role he was surely born to play.

Lie to Me

Long before gracing the big screen in this week's blockbuster Grace of Monaco, Tim Roth tried his hand in a US crime procedural, in this case one where Dr. Cal Lightman helps the police by using his knowledge of human behavior to determine whether a person is lying. Roth himself expressed his disappointment that this show was cancelled, and from these 3 seasons, it certainly feels like something of quality.

House of Cards

Two whole seasons of Frank Underwood and co, running rings around each other on Washington's sacred Mall. So good, so unpredictable, so unredemptive, who knows… they might just make a UK version one of these days.


He's so naughty, he's so irredeemable, but he's floppy-haired, funny and… David Duchovny, for goodness sake. The first five best seasons of what happens when a man who really shouldn't have any responsibilities has them, messes up, loses them and misses them.


All eight seasons - and if you need a slightly more worthy excuse than watching spending eight whole days of your own real time watching Jack Bauer run around, then you could chalk it up to a nostalgic wallow in a decade of US foreign policy, brought to your small screen.

Louis Theroux

Staying in America, 21 whole episodes of poker-faced Louis embedding himself in some surreal situations Stateside, making no judgement, just asking the questions… not actually a drama, but just as dramatic.

Gossip Girl

No excuses needed. It's just there. And sometimes an evening is all about the sofa and some choccies.

Breaking Bad

You mean you haven't already? Oh, you have. Good, just checking. But it is one of those rare beasts that stands up to repeated viewing. The only risk is it makes other telly start to look a little lazy in comparison. What is it these days about anti-heroes?

Or heroines of course, which brings us neatly back to Friday. Bring it on.

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