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Let the Avengers fight the high-publicity battles against Loki and the Chitauri, Ultron’s army, and Thanos. There’s a team of heroes who will defend New York City against the street-level foes also capable of bringing the world to its knees.

They are the Defenders, and they’re the subject of Netflix Original available to stream right now.

Unfortunately, there are only eight episodes of The Defenders to enjoy at the time of writing. So after you’ve finished the first season, what should you binge on next The A-Z of Netflix Shows You Should Binge-Watch The A-Z of Netflix Shows You Should Binge-Watch Netflix has such a wide variety of shows available that we literally made an A-to-Z list of shows for you to binge-watch. Enjoy! Read More ? We’ve got a few suggestions.

The Story So Far

If you haven’t seen previous Marvel shows on Netflix Marvel's Netflix Shows, Reviewed and Ranked Marvel's Netflix Shows, Reviewed and Ranked Marvel's comic book creations are now so popular that four of them have their own shows on Netflix. In this article we review each show and rank them in order of awesomeness. Read More , The Defenders might have seemed somewhat confusing. Who is that blind guy with an extraordinary skillset? Why is Luke Cage in prison? What’s the Hand and is it connected to the Iron Fist?

Still, it’s pretty accessible to newcomers, and if you’ve not seen the shows leading up to The Defenders, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up.

Our tale starts with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), left without his sight after an accident — that also heightened all his other senses and gave him a greater perception than anyone else. Daredevil Season 1 introduced a lot of the elements feeding into The Defenders, and these were built upon in Season 2 with the inclusion of Elektra (Élodie Yung).

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Before that, however, we met Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a Private Investigator with super powers and a smart mouth. Jessica Jones Season 1 saw her confront her tormenter, the persuasive Kilgrave (Doctor Who‘s David Tennant) in a fascinating series about the nature of obsession. Here, we also met Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, whose inner strength helped him survive wrongful conviction and whose outer strength (plus impervious skin) saw him become the hero of Harlem in Luke Cage Season 1.

Finally, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) revealed himself to be the latest Iron Fist, enemy of the Hand and protector of the mystical K’un-Lun. Which he abandoned to find what legacy his parents left in New York. Though Iron Fist Season 1 didn’t get critical acclaim, it’s better than many will have you believe.

Now that we have caught up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics before becoming Atlas Comics in the 1950s and eventually the company we know and love in the 1960s. This was the era when Jack Kirby, Steve... Read More , let’s cast our net a little wider.

1. Agents of SHIELD

Well, okay, not much wider just yet.

Agents of SHIELD is as much part of the MCU as Daredevil and the rest, but is instead made for ABC. It follows the secret agents of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (SHIELD), following up on events from films such as The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (although you don’t need intimate knowledge of the movies to enjoy it).

All four seasons are available on Netflix, and explore a wide range of ideas including artificial intelligence, how aliens could’ve affected humanity in its early days, and mysticism versus science.

With 22 episodes per season, these are very different beasts to the Netflix originals. Don’t be put off by Season 1’s slow beginning: once certain revelations about HYDRA are unveiled, the pace doesn’t let up.

2. Being Human

It’s fair to say that The Defenders explores darker corners of the MCU than Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. If you enjoy the gloomier side of things, mixed with a healthy dose of science fiction 6 New (ish) Science Fiction Movies Better Than Star Wars 6 New (ish) Science Fiction Movies Better Than Star Wars Is Star Wars really the pinnacle of science fiction movies set in space? Haven't several films already surpassed the Star Wars series? Here are six we consider to be better... Read More , you’ll love Being Human.

Forget that naff U.S. remake. Its U.K. counterpart is far superior, although if you have seen the former, you’ll be familiar with the main premise. And it’s genius.

This is a flat-share drama about a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost. The show shares Marvel’s general tongue-in-cheek attitude — nonetheless, creator, Toby Whithouse (best-known for Doctor Who) gives us a compelling, dark, and complex series that will stick in your head long after it’s finished.

3. The Blacklist

This has a similarly intriguing premise. Raymond “Red” Reddington, high on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, willingly surrenders to the authorities and promises to reveal the names of criminals he’s worked with throughout his extensive career. In exchange, he wants immunity from prosecution, and to work with FBI Profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).

And so begins the fast-paced, smart, and exciting ongoing series that always raises more questions than it answers. As the MCU Netflix series have focussed on the shadowy Hand, The Blacklist slowly exposes the equally-shady Cabal.

However great the concept is, the main reason you need to watch this is James Spader, who plays Red. He’s the anti-hero you simply can’t bring yourself to hate — despite all of the terrible things he does.

4. Breaking Bad

Obviously, Breaking Bad was a massive hit, but there remains a large proportion of viewers who haven’t given it a go yet.

Some may have been put off by the idea that its central character, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) turns to drug dealing in an effort to raise money for his family. Still, it’s one of the rare TV gems to have secured a 9.5/10 rating on IMDb, and a 94 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

These accolades, and plenty more besides, helped make Breaking Bad the most critically-acclaimed show of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Krysten Ritter appears in Breaking Bad as the recovering addict, Jane Margolis, And yes, she’s just as tough as in Jessica Jones.

5. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

There’s a healthy rivalry between Marvel and DC. The chances are, if you enjoy seeing disparate heroes coming together to fight greater evils, you’ll get a kick out of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow too.

The team isn’t comprised of superheroes as well recognized as Daredevil or Luke Cage, but that doesn’t impact negatively on its enjoyment factor. Rip Hunter, played by Arthur Darvill, travels back in time to form a team — White Canary, The Atom, Hawkgirl and Hawkman, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave — capable of averting the future.

The first season documents their efforts to stop the Time Masters, while Season 2 sees them try to protect their timestream without Rip as their leader. It’s a divisive show, but you can’t fault its core cast and character dynamics.

6. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

And now for something completely different.

Jessica Jones is undoubtedly the funniest character featured in Netflix’s Marvel shows. In this short-lived sitcom, Krysten Ritter gets to indulge in her more comedic side 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix If you want to indulge in the UK's eccentricities, awkwardness, and undeniable wit, here are just a few British comedies you need to check out, all of which are available to watch on Netflix. Read More .

Often overlooked, the show finds June Colburn (Dreama Walker) move to New York for her dream job, only to find it doesn’t exist. She’s then stuck in a flat-share with the horrendous Chloe (Ritter, having a fantastic time). She’s vain, merciless, and a party animal: a perfect foil for the honest, diligent June.

ABC only made 26 episodes. Then they unfairly lost faith in the show due to low ratings and didn’t even air the final few episodes. At least Netflix offers you the chance to watch the show in full.

7. Stranger Things

Netflix leaves a lot of its less-popular original shows on the roadside Why Netflix Is Right to Cancel the Shows No One Is Watching Why Netflix Is Right to Cancel the Shows No One Is Watching Netflix has been roundly criticized after announcing a spate of cancellations. However, Netflix is right to cancel the shows no one is watching, and here are all the reasons why. Read More . The hits, however, are lauded from the rooftops. Strangers Things definitely falls into the latter category, immediately finding a huge fanbase when it aired in 2016 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 Netflix has released a lot of original content -- including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Master of None -- but 2016 is slated to be Netflix's most exciting year yet. Read More .

It’s 1983. A young boy goes missing. The residents of the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, are soon embroiled in events out of their control, involving the supernatural, conspiracies, and an odd girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).

You’ll quickly feel a wave of nostalgia for the 1980s (even if that’s before your time), and this retro feel might also remind you of poring through comics in your youth. The secret experiments and conspiracies recall Luke Cage’s origin, and its fantastical nature evokes both Doctor Strange and Iron Fist.

8. Twin Peaks

Speaking of the supernatural, you might now know Twin Peaks for its successful 2017 revival.

Annoyingly, you can’t watch that on Netflix just yet. But you can enjoy the original show in all its glory.

This is an unconventional crime drama, where the titular town, although fictitious, is as important to the story as Hell’s Kitchen is to Daredevil and Harlem to Luke Cage.

The series was cancelled after 30 episodes, making up two seasons screened in 1990 and 1991. Fortunately, Twin Peaks gained a cult following 12 Cult Movies Everyone Should Watch on Netflix 12 Cult Movies Everyone Should Watch on Netflix There are so many cult movies to choose from it's hard to know where to begin. Thankfully, Netflix has some choice selections to get you started. Read More that’s welcomed its acclaimed return. Its 1992 prequel film, Walk Fire With Me sadly isn’t on Netflix at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled.

Coming Soon: The Punisher

After all of that, you’re probably itching to see the next Marvel series. Thankfully, you don’t have too long to wait.

Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Frank Castle from Daredevil Season 2. You’ll know him as The Punisher. He’s brutal, unrelenting, and tortured. He’s a vigilante whose family were murdered. And he’ll stop at nothing to pay the criminal underworld back for his loss.

The Punisher is expected to begin streaming in November 2017 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 15 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2017 Netflix is now producing its own original content. And some of the new Netflix Originals set to debut in 2017 definitely look like they'll be worth watching. Read More : perfect for those long, dark, winter nights.

More From Marvel?

Subsequently, we can expect Phase Two of Marvel’s Netflix Originals. Prepare for Season 3 of Daredevil, and second seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

Of course, if you love comics 20 Great Graphic Novels You Can Read Free on Amazon 20 Great Graphic Novels You Can Read Free on Amazon One of the many benefits of Amazon Prime is Prime Reading, which offers books, magazines, and comics for free, and that includes these 20 awesome graphic novels... Read More , you should pick up The Defenders. It’s a new ongoing title written by Brian Michael Bendis with great art by David Marquez. The first arc, Diamonds Are Forever, features the four heroes coming up against Diamondback, a foe who died in 1972.

Did you enjoy The Defenders? How does it rank against Marvel’s other efforts? Are you rewatching the previous Marvel shows on Netflix? Or are you going to give one of the shows we recommend in this article a go? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. john
    September 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    My own Netflix viewing suggestions...Start watching anything on Netflix that ISN'T Netflix produced that you want to see. These shows/movies are going to start disappearing. Might wanna move them closer to the top of your watch list.

  2. John Keni
    September 12, 2017 at 3:33 am

    What a great post, the information is well organized and very comprehensive. I can imagine the effort you put into this and especially appreciate you sharing it.

  3. Andrew
    September 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Interesting but many are not on the UK site! So pay a full price sub. and get 1/2 the content.
    Some may say it is licensing restrictions but I would counter it is like region encoding just another way to maximise profits.

  4. likefunbutnot
    September 8, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Sense8? Super humans on the run from a shadowy conspiracy, with stunning, world spanning cinematography, from the creators of Babylon 5 and the Matrix? A Tumblr pride parade that explores the notions of gender, identity and sexuality? A dense, original mythology? A really convincing argument for that 4k HDR TV for both the stunning scenery and the, er, adult situations.

    It deserves better than it got.