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The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows

Updated November 20, 2020 2.7m votes 38.1k voters 1.7m views399 items

List RulesSerial 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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  • 1
    Jericho
    9,702
    2,725

    Jericho

    Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Drama, Adventure film, Action

    Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Vampire Diaries
    10,124
    3,040

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Office
    10,517
    3,029

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Lost Girl
    9,618
    2,714

    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Drama, Fantasy

    Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Hell on Wheels
    9,878
    2,802

    Hell on Wheels

    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Western, Period drama

    Hell on Wheels (AMC, 2011) is an American/Canadian Western television series created by Joe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Lilyhammer
    9,578
    2,738

    Lilyhammer

    Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Lilyhammer is a Norwegian television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a fictional New... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The IT Crowd
    10,047
    2,899

    The IT Crowd

    Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Grey's Anatomy
    9,893
    2,761

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Black Mirror
    10,589
    3,016

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Peaky Blinders
    10,228
    2,958

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Cillian Murphy

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime, History, Drama

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Gossip Girl
    10,111
    3,024

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Trailer Park Boys
    9,855
    2,866

    Trailer Park Boys

    John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Television comedy, Mockumentary, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Trailer Park Boys (Showcase, 2001) is a Canadian mockumentary black comedy-drama sitcom... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Twilight Zone
    9,804
    2,800

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Merlin
    10,052
    2,890

    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Sword and sorcery, Medieval fantasy, Adventure

    Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Glee
    9,931
    3,034

    Glee

    Lea Michele, Jane Lynch

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Musical

    Glee (Fox, 2009) is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Ryan Murphy,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    NCIS
    10,030
    2,915

    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Criminal Minds
    10,359
    3,037

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    American Horror Story
    9,975
    2,947

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Originals
    10,362
    3,036

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Suspense, Drama

    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Skins
    9,733
    2,859

    Skins

    Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Comedy-drama

    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Bates Motel
    10,238
    3,016

    Bates Motel

    Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The 4400
    9,733
    2,813

    The 4400

    Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Drama, Science Fiction

    The 4400 (USA Network, 2004) is an American science fiction television series created by René... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Weeds
    9,856
    2,984

    Weeds

    Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama, Satire

    Weeds (Showtime, 2005) is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Longmire
    10,129
    2,951

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    The Andy Griffith Show
    9,800
    2,862

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button