What's new on Netflix in 2015? The best original series to watch this year

From Better Call Saul to series three of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, it's going to be another promising year for on-demand fans

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As the January blues arrive and the fad diet disappears, the only resolution you’ll be keeping is the high resolution on your TV.

Old friends will be returning to our screens on Netflix this year, with the third series of both House of Cards and Orange is the New Black grappling for pole position.

Some new contenders are also lined up to help watch your troubles away….

Better Call Saul - February

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Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has waved his wand again with a spin-off series starring Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

The drama, set in 2002 - six years before Goodman’s appearance in Breaking Bad - documents the trials and tribulations of the small-time criminal lawyer before he moves to his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

House of Cards: Season 3 - 27 February

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President Frank Underwood returns in February

If you don’t want to know what’s going to happen, close your eyes now. Rumour has it that the conniving days of Frank Underwood are numbered; he will lose control of the country and step down from office. Are the spoilers true? There’s only one way to find out.

Orange is the New Black: Season 3 - 10 July

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The Litchfield inmates line up

The 28-year-old Australian model Ruby Rose has confirmed she will be stealing hearts on the show as the next star in stripes at Litchfield Penitentiary. But Netflix recently confirmed that Vee, the biggest bully of all the inmates, will not be returning for Season 3.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – 28 August

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend

The sequel to the Oscar-winning martial arts epic will grace our screens in August, featuring choreography from Yuen Wo-Ping, who worked on fight scenes in The Matrix trilogy and Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

It will be released in the cinema and on Netflix at the same time, so you won’t even need to leave the house.

Marvel's Daredevil - 10 April

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Marvel's Daredevil

Blind lawyer by day, masked vigilante by night, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) will make sure you get your super hero fix this year, as he tackles crime on the streets of New York.

Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, pushes his morals to the limit in this Jekyll and Hyde -tyle drama. All thirteen episodes will be released simultaneously to encourage binge-watching. You have been warned.

Grace and Frankie - 8 May

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Jane Fonda will star as a wife whose husband leaves her for another man

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are coming to Netflix this year, playing two rivals brought together after their husbands announce they are in love and plan to marry. The series comes from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J Morris, so we’ll be hooked without a doubt.

Marseille

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Marseille will be the focus of a new drama about the local mayor

This tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city, means you can travel to France without leaving your living room.

Marseille focuses on the story of Robert Taro, mayor of Marseille for 25 years. In the elections he is forced to face the man he chose as his heir, and a merciless fight ensues. 

Sense8  

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Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in 2003's The Matrix Reloaded

This science fiction drama series is created, co-written and co-directed by The Matrix trilogy creators Andy and Lana Wachowski.

As if that doesn’t sound promising enough, the plot involves eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become mentally and emotionally connected after a tragic event. It could well be sense8tional.

Narcos

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Pablo Escobar, one of the most notorious drug lords in history, was killed by police in 1993

Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord, may have died over twenty years ago, but his image continues to live on in numerous dramatic performances. The latest of these is Narcos, a ten episode series coming out on Netflix this year, which will star Brazilian actor Wagner Moura play Escobar.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - 6 March

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Life after a cult: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s comedy, starring The US Office’s Ellie Kemper, describes a girl starting a life in New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. The show is going straight to series following a multiple-network bidding war, which suggests it is might be something worth watching.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Feelin' Good: Music legend Nina Simone

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus will premiere this film on Netflix in 2015. Garbus portrays the life of the musician and  civil rights activist Nina Simone. In this documentary, unheard recordings and rare archival footage are included to depict a rich portrait of this wonderful performer.

Dreamworks Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

The dragons from the Island of Berk will be flying into Netflix this spring, bridging the gap between the hit DreamWorks animation How to Train Your Dragon 2, and the third film which be released in June 2017. Storylines include Hiccup’s new flight suit, the secrets of his dragon blade and the young Viking’s budding romance with Astrid.

Read more: Best releases to watch on Netflix in January

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