Some of the best TV shows on Netflix started as network series, but were given second chances, new episodes, or at the very least a significant ratings boost thanks to their success and popularity on the streaming platform. The top streaming company nearly died a horrible death a while back but now it’s the king of eyeballs across the country. Why? Netflix knows what viewers like. They know that what a network might see as garbage, they see as a treasure. They’ve become experts at predicting just what viewers will tune in to see and they also have the hindsight is 20/20 advantage of handling a show differently.
As Netflix launches more and more original content in the form of Netflix original series or new Netflix only episodes of beloved (but misunderstood) network TV shows, it always keeps an eye peeled for a TV show that’s on the chopping block or that will sustain viewership after it aired on other networks.
Which shows thought it was the oncoming train of cancellation, but ended up seeing Netflix in that tunnel of light? And which TV shows saved by Netflix are the best? Upvote the Netflix TV series below that you think are the best and are most thankful to the streaming service for saving, boosting, and giving a second chance.
AMC didn’t cancel Breaking Bad in the States, but the show was cancelled in the UK after three seasons. The show’s creator Vince Gilligan thanked Netflix for saving the show when it started its streaming run, where it continues to draw new viewers every day.
As the show was wrapping up on AMC, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said, “The most-watched episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix last night was the pilot,” he said. “With all the excitement of what’s happening right now, people started watching the show from the beginning.” Breaking Bad still ranks as one of the most watched titles. And the show is in huge demand on Netflix’s international streaming portals.
Source: The Wrap
Many season three and four The Walking Dead fans came to the AMC show by suffering through the first two seasons on Netflix. If you made it through the binge watch, you were rewarded with an amazing show that’s only gotten better, along with Rick’s improved Southern accent.
Of course, you have to lock yourself in a cave or remove Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, your entire Internet browser, and delete your contacts who watch the show from all of your devices to prevent spoilers. You also might want to avoid that chatty barista.
In 2013, Netflix was on fire! As it gave us House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix became everyone's true bestie when it picked up the embattled and misunderstood Arrested Development for a 15 episode, real fourth season. Fox cancelled the series after three seasons in 2006, causing Never Nudes everywhere to paint themselves blue and blow up banana stands. But when Netflix brought back the beloved weirdos of the Bluth family, fans knew that they would have a place to come to revisit the series whenever they needed a dose of the Bluths.
When production company MRC went looking for a place for their American version of House of Cards (it's based on a British series of the same name), they were asking for something quite rare: they wanted David Fincher and the producers to have final cut. That’s a big ask for the traditional networks, but it turned out be a huge boost for Netflix. When the streaming company said yes, but insisted on making it their first original, MRC agreed.
That deal slightly altered the landscape for how TV shows are made and changed Netflix’s profile. MRC co-chair Modi Wiczyk said, “The show is probably the first true final cut show made in a long time. It’s the largest independent drama production made in the last decade. That combination of size and freedom let them take enormous risks in terms of structure.” It's paid off, too; House of Cards has won multiple Emmys.