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The Best Netflix Original Series

Updated October 20, 2020 304.0k votes 32.3k voters 432.4k views340 items

List RulesOnly 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, so it's not hard to see how they make money. What are your favorite Netflix originals? You can also check out this list of 2019 Netflix shows and Netflix original dramas to know what programs you should plan on binging in the near future. 

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  • 1
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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  • 2
    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Action, Superhero, Crime drama, Conspiracy thriller

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    7,083
    5,480

    Daredevil

    Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Narcos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    5,098
    4,578

    Narcos

    Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Biographical

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  • 5
    The Haunting Of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    The Haunting Of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Anthology

    The Haunting (Netflix) is an American television anthology series created by Mike Flanagan and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    1,108
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller

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  • 7
    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    2,688
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    1,562
    1,437

    The Defenders

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    Jessica Jones

    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 10
    Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    1,441
    1,053

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    7,027

    Sense8

    Aml Ameen, Doona Bae

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

    Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    2,361
    2,381

    Santa Clarita Diet

    Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    6,900
    7,017

    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Atypical is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    1,538
    1,367

    Atypical

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen, Comedy-drama

    Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

    The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short... more on Wikipedia

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    Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    3,493

    Luke Cage

    Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Action, Sci-Fi

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  • 17
    A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    790
    762

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Crown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
    2,146
    2,482

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on Wikipedia

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    The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Everything Sucks!  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    878

    Everything Sucks!

    Peyton Kennedy, Jahi Winston

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Coming-of-age, Comedy-drama

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

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    The End of the F***ing World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    The End of the F***ing World

    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark... more on Wikipedia

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    You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    5,375

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television sitcom created by Tina... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Netflix Original Series
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

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