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The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows 

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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. From original Netflix series to shows from cable networks, there is some truly great stuff to watch on Netflix. 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, 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. 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.

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 62

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense, + more

Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

House of Cards is a 2013 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 ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more
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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Elise Hennigan added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Period piece, Costume drama

Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more
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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Hunter Parrish

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Satire, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...more
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
LindsaySwanton added Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Political drama, Drama, Serial drama

The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
игорь Диянов added Bae Doona, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
cludwig80 added James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
rodrigo2 added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 233

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
wiabux added Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
dexmorgan added Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Romance TV, Drama, + more

Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 133

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Teen drama, Drama, + more

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more