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The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years 

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Updated March 26, 2020 39k votes 3.5k voters 60.8k views 196 items

List Rules Only Netflix original series that premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

Netflix is responsible for some of the most cutting edge original programming available today. Since 2015, 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 incredibly popular Stranger Things is a sci-fi drama set in the '80s. If you love historical dramas, check out The Crown - a biographical drama about Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, and Grace and Frankie are popular dramatic comedies you can stream on Netflix any time. Other popular Netflix originals include Bloodline, Gypsy, Sense8, and Fuller House

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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

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

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

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

Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Action

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Drama

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Action, Crime, Drama

Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series, based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. 17-year-old James (Alex ...more

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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more

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Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). The Baudelaire ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

Genres (Tv): Biography, 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 Pablo Escobar, as well ...more

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more

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Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Emily Henigin added Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more

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Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more

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Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick

Genres (Tv): Action, Sci-Fi

Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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The Ranch Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Ranch (Netflix, 2016) is an American comedy web television series created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The son (Ashton Kutcher) of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football ...more

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson

Premiered: 2017

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Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 2

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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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years
Margaret Crowe added Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period 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 ...more

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Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an ...more

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Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Crime

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