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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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House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. The entire first season, ...more

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Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman's ...more

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LanaYoshii added Daredevil Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the ...more

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nmiguelcosta added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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RichardBeecher added Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode first season on NBC for spring 2015, the show was ...more

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Stranger Things Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike, ...more

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Arrested Development (Season 4) Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of 15 episodes was released on Netflix on May 26, ...more

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Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Timothy Holdiness added Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences ...more

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brettrybski added Bloodline Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini

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Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Rick Yune Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongolian Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty, which lasted from 1271-1368. The show premiered on Netflix on December ...more

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Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory Peaky Blinders is a British historical crime drama television series starring Cillian Murphy as a gangster operating in Birmingham, England, during the aftermath of World War I. The series was created by Steven Knight, and produced by Caryn ...more

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JezzupWuzzup added Luke Cage Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick

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George Pulido added 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 The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and produced by Fox Television Studios and ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
NickKing added The OA Brit Marling

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BoJack Horseman Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. ...more

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JoachimBoye added The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith

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Hemlock Grove Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron Hemlock Grove is an American Netflix original horror thriller television series. Executive produced by Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and a production of Gaumont International Television, the series is based on ...more

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shirrie added Iron Fist Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 2017) is web television series developed Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power ...more

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Longmire (Season 4 & 5) Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips “Longmire,” a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, ...more

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carlybobarly added Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper

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Umberhaven added The Crown Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 6) Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. The series debuted on the US version ...more

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Lilyhammer Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Steinar Sagen Lilyhammer is a Norwegian television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a fictional New York gangster, Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer, Norway. The first season premiered on ...more

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liplip added F Is for Family Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
FireFoxyforever added 13 Reasons Why Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh 13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the show revolves around a student, Hannah Baker ...more

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Trailer Park Boys (Season 8, 9 & 10) John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary crime black comedy-drama sitcom television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living ...more

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MichaelChoi added Atypical Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written by Robia Rashid. Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, looks for a girlfriend, while his mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) goes on her ...more

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Umberhaven added Travelers Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

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Santa Clarita Diet Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple's lives take a dark turn ...more

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carlybobarly added Love Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Dave Allen

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The Ranch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
VulKar added The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger

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Lauren Horsewood added Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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carlybobarly added Chef's Table Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann Chef's Table is an American documentary web series released on Netflix. Each episode of the series profiles a single world-renowned chef. Creator David Gelb considers it a follow-up to his critically acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. ...more

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MichaelChoi added GLOW Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an invitation for an audition along with 12 other ...more

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MichaelChoi added The Defenders Marvel's The Defenders, or simply The Defenders, is an American web television miniseries developed for Netflix, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The team includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, ...more

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carlybobarly added Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Steve Pemberton

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carlybobarly added Ozark Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Esai Morales Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crimeozark drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a summer resort community in Missouri to wash ...more

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nick-slade added The Seven Deadly Sins Yuki Kaji, Sora Amamaiya, Misaki Kuno

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masmith86 added Between Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen

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Derek Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl Derek is a British television comedy-drama written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais. The pilot was produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Channel 4 and aired on 12 April 2012. On 9 May 2012, Channel 4 announced that it had ...more

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DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon. The series serves as a bridge between the first film and its 2014 sequel. A one-hour preview consisting of two episodes aired ...more

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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
VulKar added Fuller House Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–95 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister and ...more

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

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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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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Ryan Guy added Castlevania Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), who defends the nation of Wallachia ...more

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Turbo: F.A.S.T. Reid Scott, Eric Bauza, Michael Patrick Bell Turbo FAST is an American flash-animated television series based on the 2013 computer-animated film Turbo. Produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and animated by Titmouse, it is being exclusively released on Netflix in United States and in ...more