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The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years

Updated May 7, 2021 27.9k votes 4.2k voters 69.1k views486 items

List RulesOnly Netflix original series that premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

Netflix is responsible for some of the most cutting edge original programming available today. Since 2017, many recent Netflix original series have gained a loyal audience and received critical acclaim. Featuring comedies, period dramas, mystery thrillers, reality shows, documentary series, continuations, international shows, and more, the most popular Netflix original shows include many award-winning series. What are the best recent Netflix original series? Vote here to decide. 

There are many recent Netflix original series worth watching. The popular Umbrella Academy is a superhero show based on the comic book series of the same name. If you love historical dramas, check out When They See Us - a drama about the Central Park 5 set in the late 80's. Russian Doll, I Am Not Okay With This, and Dead to Me are popular dramatic comedies you can stream on Netflix any time. Other popular Netflix originals include The Witcher, Next in Fashion, Castlevania, and Cooking on High.

Which shows on this list of Netflix original shows do you like best? Vote up your favorites and add anything you think is missing. 

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    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper
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    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino
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  • 5

    Locke & Key

    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup
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  • 6

    Cobra Kai

    Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
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  • 7


    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany
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  • 8


    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney
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  • 9

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker
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  • 10

    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini
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  • 11

    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes
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  • 12

    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James
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  • 13

    Our Planet

    David Attenborough
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    Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield
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  • 15


    Sarah Paulson, Alice Englert
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  • 16

    Outer Banks

    Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline
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  • 17


    Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey
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  • 18

    The End of the F***ing World

    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden
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  • 19

    Derry Girls

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan
    Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica...  more
  • 20

    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant
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  • 21

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton
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  • 22

    Warrior Nun

    Alba Baptista, Toya Turner
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  • 23

    The Order

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    Claes Bang, John Heffernan
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    Mr. Iglesias

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