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The Best Shows Available On Netflix To Watch Now

Updated May 14, 2021 3.2m votes 38.3k voters 1.7m views466 items

List RulesVote up the best TV shows currently streaming on Netflix.

The best streaming Netflix TV shows include some great television dramas, sci-fi or 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 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.

  • 1

    The Vampire Diaries

    Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

    PremieredSeptember 10, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the fictional...  more
  • 2


    Robert Lindsay, David Troughton

    PremieredOctober 16, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Miniseries

    Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear attack...  more
  • 3

    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    PremieredSeptember 12, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Fantasy

    Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns...  more
  • 4

    The IT Crowd

    Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd

    PremieredFebruary 3, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement office of a corporation, the three staff members of its IT (Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, and Katherine...  more
  • 5


    Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa Aurvåg

    PremieredJanuary 25, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Crime

    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 Lillehammer, Norway....  more
  • 6

    Hell on Wheels

    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney

    PremieredNovember 6, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Western

    Hell on Wheels (AMC, 2011) is an American/Canadian Western television series created by Joe and Tony Gayton. Hell-bent on revenge, a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) joins the Union Pacific...  more
  • 7


    Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

    PremieredAugust 7, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Weeds (Showtime, 2005) is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan. A suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) starts selling marijuana to support her family, but soon...  more
  • 8

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson

    PremieredMarch 27, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a Seatle...  more
  • 9

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Cillian Murphy


    Genres (Tv)Crime, History, Drama

    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 (Cillian...  more
  • 10

    American Horror Story

    Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton

    PremieredOctober 5, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama, Thriller

    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
  • 11

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    PremieredDecember 4, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama, Anthology

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more
  • 12

    Trailer Park Boys

    John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells

    PremieredApril 22, 2001

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Trailer Park Boys (Showcase, 2001) is a Canadian mockumentary black comedy-drama sitcom television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg. The series focuses on the misadventures of a group...  more
  • 13


    Lea Michele, Chris Colfer

    PremieredMay 19, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Musical comedy

    Glee (Fox, 2009) is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high...  more
  • 14

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious...  more
  • 15


    Colin Morgan, Bradley James

    PremieredSeptember 20, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure serial drama television series created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Johnny Capps, and Julian Murphybased and is based on the Arthurian legends....  more
  • 16

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    PremieredOctober 2, 1959

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Science fiction, Fantasy, Thriller

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction,...  more
  • 17

    Criminal Minds

    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Law

    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 show...  more
  • 18


    Mark Harmon, Sean Murray

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Adventure, Mystery

    NCIS (CBS, 2003) is an American police procedural drama series created by Donald Bellisario and Don McGill. The series revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal...  more
  • 19


    Kaya Scodelario, Jack O'Connell

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and...  more
  • 20

    Bates Motel

    Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga


    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on characters from the 1959 novel Psycho by Robert Bloch. After his father's sudden death, teenager Norman...  more
  • 21

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    PremieredOctober 3, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Science fiction

    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his family...  more
  • 22

    The 4400

    Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie

    PremieredJuly 11, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    The 4400 (USA Network, 2004) is an American science fiction television series created by René Echevarria and Scott Peters. After 4,400 missing individuals mysteriously reappear, federal agents slowly...  more
  • 23


    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff


    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Western

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming,...  more
  • 24


    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    PremieredMarch 4, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Broadchurch (ITV, 2013) is a British serial crime drama television series created by Chris Chibnall. Police detectives DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) investigate a...  more
  • 25


    Pedro Pascal, Arturo Castro


    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    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 drug kingpin Pablo Escobar...  more