Netflix The Best Netflix Original Series  

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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? You can also check out this list of upcoming Netflix shows to know what programs you should plan on binging in the near future. 

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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 ...more

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LanaYoshii added Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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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 ...more

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nmiguelcosta added Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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RichardBeecher added 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 ...more

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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 ...more

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Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more

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brettrybski added Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini Bloodline (Netflix, 2015) is an American thriller–drama web television series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. A family of adult siblings find that their past ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more

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JezzupWuzzup added Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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George Pulido added Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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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 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more

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Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Liam James This show is an American 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 ...more

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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 ...more

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Umberhaven added Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips “Longmire,” a contemporary 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 ...more

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shirrie added 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 ...more

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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 ...more

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Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter This show 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. ...more

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carlybobarly added H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, 2015) is a comedy web television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. First Day of Camp Follows the ...more

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NickKing added Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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liplip added Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long F Is for Family (Netflix, 2015) is an American web animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and Michael Price. Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely ...more

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FireFoxyforever added 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 ...more

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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, ...more

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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 ...more

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JoachimBoye added Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated ...more

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VulKar added Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The son (Ashton Kutcher) of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football ...more

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Umberhaven added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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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 ...more

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JustineHeita added Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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MichaelChoi added Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more

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Everything Sucks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
Leah Jones added Peyton Kennedy, Jahi Winston, Patch Darragh

Love this show! Well written characters and captures the 90's highschool scene perfectly. I want more!

Everything Sucks (Netflix, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan. In 1990s Oregon, members of a high school A/V club clash with the drama

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Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’

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carlybobarly added 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 ...more

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carlybobarly added Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Dave Allen Love (Netflix, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring ...more

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carlybobarly added 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 ...more

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MichaelChoi added 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 ...more

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Lauren Horsewood added Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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nick-slade added Yuki Kaji, Sora Amamaiya, Misaki Kuno The Seven Deadly Sins (Netflix, 2014) is a Japanese animated series based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki. A once-active group of knights called the Seven Deadly Sins must band together to defeat ...more

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VulKar added 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 ...more

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MichaelChoi added 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 ...more

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carlybobarly added Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Steve Pemberton Happy Valley (BBC One, 2014) is a British crime drama television series created by Sally Wainwright. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous ...more

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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 ...more

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masmith86 added Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen Between (Netflix, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction drama television series created by Michael McGowan. After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 21 years old, survivors of a town, ...more

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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 ...more

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Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Joshua Rush

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Chris Parnell, Max Charles The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show (Netflix, 2015) is an American animated web television series directed by John Sanford, Greg Miller, Mike Bell, and Miles Thompson. Mr. Peabody (Chris Parnell) ...more