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The Best Netflix Original Series

Updated January 15, 2021 308.5k votes 32.4k voters 434.7k views483 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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    Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • GLOW27
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    Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

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    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Political thriller

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    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Reality

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    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

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    Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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    Nick Kroll, John Mulaney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Adult, Comedy

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    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animation

    BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael... more on Wikipedia

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    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

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  • Dark35
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    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Thriller

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13 Reasons Why36
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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel... more on Wikipedia

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  • Arrested Development (Seasons 4 & 5)37
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    Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Master of None38
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    Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • Grace and Frankie39
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    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • Dead to Me40
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    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Tragicomedy

    Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz... more on Wikipedia

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    Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • Castlevania42
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    Castlevania

    Richard Armitage, James Callis

    Premiered2017

    Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Gypsy43
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    Gypsy

    Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

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  • Anne with an E44
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Coming of age

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  • Unbelievable45
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    Unbelievable

    Toni Collette, Merritt Wever

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama

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    Brit Marling, Emory Cohen

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Serial drama, Science fiction

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    Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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    Jeff Daniels, Jack O'Connell

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Western, Drama

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    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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    Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Television anthology, Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Science fiction

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