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The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years

Updated October 20, 2020 23.0k votes 3.8k voters 63.5k views364 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 Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

    The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Coming of age

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    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Action, Superhero, Crime drama, Conspiracy thriller

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    The End of the F***ing World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    The End of the F***ing World

    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime, Mystery

    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    Dark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    I Am Not Okay With This is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    I Am Not Okay With This

    Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Coming of age

    I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    GLOW is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    GLOW

    Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

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    Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Big Mouth

    Nick Kroll, John Mulaney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Adult, Comedy

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    Atypical is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Atypical

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen, Comedy-drama

    Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Russian Doll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Russian Doll

    Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    Dead to Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Tragicomedy

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    The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    The Defenders

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Who Killed Malcolm X? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Night On Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Night On Earth

    Samira Wiley

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Night On Earth (Netflix, 2020) is an American documentary series narrated by Samira Wiley.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gentefied is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Gentefied

    Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Gentefied (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy drama television series created by Marvin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Next In Fashion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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    Next In Fashion

    Alexa Chung, Tan France

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV, Competitive Reality

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    Cheer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
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