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List Rules Serial TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix. No movies.

The best streaming Netflix TV shows include some great television dramas, sci-fi/adventure shows, sitcoms, and reality TV programs. What are the best shows on Netflix? With so many choices, how can anyone decide which show to watch? Some might opt to revisit old favorites, like Freaks and Geeks and The Wonder Years, while other viewers are looking to check out some more recent TV shows that they missed during their original runs. What TV shows are streaming on Netflix? This list is all about deciding which Netflix streaming TV shows are the ones that are must-see television. Be sure to vote for your personal favorites, and vote down any shows you just couldn't get through. Also, feel free to add any great streaming Netflix series that aren't listed.

Having a lot of options is not exactly a bad thing, but with the multitude of available Netflix top streaming television programs, it can be a little overwhelming. Sure, Netflix "suggests" shows for you, but let's face it: Sometimes that doesn't work out so well. Just because you adore Downton Abbey does not mean you'll necessarily go for The Tudors, for example. Hopefully, if you're on the fence about committing to a particular streaming TV show on Netflix, this list can help you out a bit.

Whether you're into good heavier dramas like Breaking Bad, The Killing, and Man Men, first-rate sitcoms like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, or the excellent science fiction TV programs like Battlestar Galactica, you can easily get sucked in to a new favorite show watching Netflix streaming. There really is something good out there for everyone!
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Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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2
8,653 3,018
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Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

3
8,870 3,198
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The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

4
8,070 2,938
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Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

5
8,401 3,171
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Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

6
8,089 3,034
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Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

7
7,952 2,909
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

8
8,291 2,946
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

9
7,964 2,936
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

10
7,678 2,757
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

11
8,317 3,059
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Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

12
7,943 2,699
House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
LanaYoshii added House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

13
7,627 2,893
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

14
7,935 2,713
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House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

15
8,000 2,735
The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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7,692 2,787
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

17
8,180 2,721
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

18
7,979 2,851
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

19
8,209 2,761
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

20
7,828 2,813
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

21
7,615 2,709
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

22
8,001 2,639
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Elise Hennigan added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

23
8,064 2,655
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

24
7,476 2,588
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
LindsaySwanton added The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

25
1,736 489
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
игорь Диянов added Sense8 Bae Doona, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton

26
8,103 2,695
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

27
8,121 2,585
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

28
7,736 2,367
Friends is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

29
7,791 2,530
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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7,473 2,465
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

31
7,548 2,346
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

32
7,810 2,522
Archer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

33
7,844 2,578
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Hunter Parrish

34
7,765 2,550
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

35
7,407 2,402
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

36
7,267 2,257
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

37
7,613 2,469
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

38
7,404 2,277
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

39
7,488 2,377
Louie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Louie Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

40
7,311 2,285
Angel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

41
7,447 2,322
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
MichaelAaronPate added Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

42
7,466 2,354
The League is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
The League Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll

43
7,300 2,286
The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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7,327 2,230
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

45
7,222 2,246
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added 3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

46
7,302 2,231
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

47
7,532 2,223
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
wiabux added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

48
7,261 2,272
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle

49
7,240 2,172
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

50
7,324 2,190
bones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin