The Best Netflix Original Series

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List Criteria: Only Netflix original programs, including individual seasons of series that initially aired on network TV

For years, Netflix has been the go-to way to watch your favorite shows and movies from the comfort of your own home. Initially a DVD rental company, Netflix quickly evolved to allow subscribers to have instant entertainment, including films, entire series, documentaries, and other programming. Want to watch your favorite TV show or movie? Cancel the drive to the closest Redbox. Instead, just login to your Netflix account and press Play. In 2013, Netflix launched its first original series, House of Cards, which featured a star-studded cast and opened to rave reviews. Now, the Netflix streaming service offers original programming with innovative new television shows that are competition for even the most prestigious, long-established networks.

What is the best Netflix original series? The shows on this list may never have been made had it not been for Netflix’s ability to take risks. Their completely new shows like Orange Is the New Black and Master of None have been getting rave reviews and drawing in excited audiences from all over the world. Shows like Arrested Development got the chance to have an extra season of episodes that network TV would never be brave enough to air.

The television series on this list are each examples of Netflix’s potential to outdo every cable network in creativity and entertainment.
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    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

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    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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    Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini

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    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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    Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Stranger Things

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    Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

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    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

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    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron

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    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Wet Hot American Summer: First... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd

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    Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen

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    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen

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    Haley Reinhart, Bill Burr, Laura Dern

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    John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith

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    Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

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    Chef's Table is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Dave Allen

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    Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Sarah Lancashire, James Norton

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    Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen, Justin Kelly

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    The Adventures of Puss in Boot... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


    The Adventures of Puss in Boots

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    Between is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


    Between

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    The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Sh... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


    The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show

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    Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller

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    All Hail King Julien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    Dinotrux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    Gonzalo Menendez, Michael B. Silver

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    Project MC2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    VeggieTales in the House is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    Knights of Sidonia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series


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    Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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    Splatter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Voltron Legendary Defender is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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    Chelsea Does is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series

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