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List Rules 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. What are your favorite Netflix originals?

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

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+ - 4,723 3,363
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Daredevil Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

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Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks

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Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

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+ - 3,536 3,015
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Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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Stranger Things Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

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+ - 2,975 3,176
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Arrested Development (Season 4) Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

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+ - 1,966 2,400
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Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Rick Yune

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Bloodline Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini

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Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory

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+ - 1,535 1,418
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

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Luke Cage Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick

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+ - 1,953 2,052
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Master of None Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

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Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

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The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Liam James

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+ - 943 1,181
The OA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
The OA Brit Marling

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The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith

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+ - 1,518 2,007
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BoJack Horseman Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

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+ - 1,254 2,061
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Hemlock Grove Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron

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+ - 1,382 1,691
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Longmire (Season 4 & 5) Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

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+ - 1,123 1,879
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper

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+ - 989 1,467
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Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey

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+ - 1,152 1,871
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Lilyhammer Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Steinar Sagen

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 6) Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

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+ - 920 1,658
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F Is for Family Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long

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+ - 992 1,206
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The Crown Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

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+ - 758 1,109
13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
13 Reasons Why Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

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Trailer Park Boys (Season 8, 9 & 10) John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith

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+ - 487 1,089
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Travelers Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

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+ - 1,050 1,197
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Santa Clarita Diet Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson

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+ - 731 1,192
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Love Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Dave Allen

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Chef's Table Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann

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+ - 846 1,183
The Ranch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger

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Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Steve Pemberton

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+ - 513 1,070
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The Seven Deadly Sins Yuki Kaji, Sora Amamaiya, Misaki Kuno

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+ - 299 1,131
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Between Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen

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+ - 342 1,313
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Derek Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl

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+ - 316 1,021
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DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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+ - 609 1,240
Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Fuller House Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

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The Adventures of Puss in Boots Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Joshua Rush

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+ - 154 1,086
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The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show Chris Parnell, Max Charles

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Easy Malin Åkerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor

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+ - 125 1,095
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Turbo: F.A.S.T. Reid Scott, Eric Bauza, Michael Patrick Bell

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+ - 251 1,029
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Chelsea Does Chelsea Handler

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+ - 3 1
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Castlevania

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+ - 88 1,011
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Some Assembly Required Kolton Stewart, Charlie Storwick, Harrison Houde

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Voltron: Legendary Defender