20 of Netflix's Best Original Series, Ranked

Bethany Quinn | Jul 29, 2019 TV
20 of Netflix's Best Original Series, Ranked

Dylan Minnette in 13 Reasons Why (2017)
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Where would we be without Netflix (seriously)? The streaming service is responsible for bring us a countless number of original films, as well as old favorites, that we can watch any time we like. It has become such a cultural phenomenon that it even has its own catchphrase, "Netflix and chill."  But where it really made its mark is with its original series. Netflix has given us gems such as Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and has won countless awards for its original programming.

So whether it's bingeing or spreading the series out over time, Netflix fans everywhere have the luxury of being able to rewatch their favorite shows over and over again. (They also have the benefit of discovering some new shows!) Comedy fans might soon find themselves fawning over true crime documentaries after watching one season of Making A Murderer, whereas serious drama fans will have to get on board with the hilarious horror of the Santa Clarita Diet. Many of our favorite celebrities have starred in Netflix series, and many up and comers are thrust into the spotlight after appearing in a Netflix original.

We just love Netflix for all the shows they've given us over the years and all the shows they have yet to give us, and plenty of new ones are coming. Here are 20 of Netflix's best new shows, ranked!

  • 20. 'Making a Murderer'

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    Although we aren't 100 percent sure what started the true crime documentary craze, it's a safe bet that this show had something to do with it. It premiered in 2015 and is about a man named Steven Avery, who was wrongly convicted of attempted murder and sexual assault, spending 18 years behind bars. But that's only the beginning as he was arrested again after his release in 2003, and really it just gets more crazy from there.

  • 19. 'The Defenders'

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    The Defenders is about the Marvel Superhero team comprised of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. It was such a hit that each of the characters got their own subsequent spin-offs, several of which are on this list! Seems like everything Marvel touches turns to gold!

  • 18. 'Narcos'

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    Pablo Escobar is one of the most notorious criminals in the world, and this show chronicles his rise and ultimate demise. Viewers got an inside look at Escobar's world, the people of Colombia, and the DEA agents that worked for years to take him down. Escobar is brilliantly portrayed by actor Wagner Moura.

  • 17. 'Luke Cage'

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    Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, the Marvel Superhero with super strength and unbreakable skin, who just happens to be a former convict. After he gets his superhuman powers, he becomes somewhat of a superstar in his neighborhood of Harlem. Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, and Theo Rossi costar.

  • 16. 'The Crown'

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    With all the hysteria surrounding Britain's royal family these days, it's no wonder The Crown was a massive hit. It follows Queen Elizabeth II as she's getting ready to wed Prince Philip all the way up to present day. So far, there have been three seasons, and in the third, Princess Diana was introduced.

  • 15. 'The Ranch'

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    That '70s Show costars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson were reunited for this comedy about a family living in a small town in Colorado. The Ranch has made a name for itself in that every episode is named for a famous country music song. The show will conclude in 2020, its fourth and final season.

  • 14. 'Altered Carbon'

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    Science fiction lovers have declared this show a massive hit! Altered Carbon takes place in the year 2384 in a fictional place known as Bay City. The concept is that a person's memories and conscious can be translated via a device called a cortical stack that can be placed in another person. It's a world where people can technically live forever, but only if they have the means to do so.

  • 13. 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

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    Neil Patrick Harris takes on the infamous Count Olaf from this beloved children's story. Jim Carrey might've played the role in the movie, but Harris has done a great job as the evil count since 2017. Critics have raved about A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harris' performance for all three seasons . Of course the show would be nothing without its supporting cast of child actors and Olaf's love interest, played by the hilarious Lucy Punch. 

  • 12. 'The End of the F***ing World'

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    Talk about a DARK comedy!

    The End of the F***ing World centers around 17-year-old James, a guy who fancies himself as a psychopath. He's taken to killing animals (yikes) but decides he's ready to kill a human and sets off to find one (double yikes). He meets Alyssa, one of his classmates, and the two set off on a rather crazy adventure together!

  • 11. 'Mindhunter'

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    The FBI used to look a lot different back in the '70s. In fact, the psychological profiling that it's now known for didn't even exist back then. That is until until FBI agents Holden Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, and Bill Tench, played by Holt McCallany, started a Behavioral Science Unit. Viewers get an inside look at the mind of a serial killer in Mindhunter.

  • 10. 'Gypsy'

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    Naomi Watts plays therapist Jean Holloway in this psychological thriller. Her character starts to get involved in her patients' lives, unbeknownst to them. She gets tangled in a web of lies while trying to maintain her home life and be a parent to her child. Her husband, Michael, is played by Billy Crudup.

  • 9. 'Ozark'

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    Jason Bateman has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his comedic chops, but he's proving he can certainly handle the drama in Ozark. He plays financial planner Marty Byrde, who gets tangled up in some bad dealings with a Mexican drug cartel. In order to ensure his survival, he must launder millions of dollars in a few short years and relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks to do so.

  • 8. '13 Reasons Why'

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    13 Reasons Why really hit a nerve when it premiered in 2017. The show deals with sensitive subjects -- such as bullying and suicide. The first season centered on the suicide of student Hannah Baker, who left tapes for the people she claimed prompted her to take her own life. The show is disturbing, yet a very important watch.

  • 7. 'Santa Clarita Diet'

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    With so many zombie movies and shows, it's hard to think of an original way to portray this theme, but Santa Clarita Diet did just that! Drew Barrymore plays Sheila Hammond, a real estate agent, wife, and mom, who lives a seemingly normal life. There's just one problem: She's actually a zombie that craves human flesh! The show was well-received by fans but sadly was canceled earlier this year.

  • 6. 'Jessica Jones'

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    With only a three-season run, Jessica Jones is one of the most loved shows on Netflix. It stars Krysten Ritter as the titular character, a superhero who accidentally murdered someone and who now works as a private investigator. Although Jones is good at her core, she has plenty of vices to overcome.

  • 5. 'Daredevil'

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    We just love a superhero who leads an amazing double life. By day, Matt Murdock is a  blind lawyer, but by night, he's the vigilante known as Daredevil. In the series, we got to see a crossover with The Punisher (see next slide), as well as some of our favorite Marvel characters reimagined -- including Elektra.

  • 4. 'The Punisher'

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    Jon Bernthal did a fantastic job playing Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher. The show only ran for two seasons and was canceled in February 2019, but it made a big impact in that short time. The first season centers on Castle as he gets his revenge on the people that killed his family. The second season shows Castle struggling with his vigilante identity, and that's pretty much all we got.

  • 3. 'Black Mirror'

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    This series is quite interesting, because every episode acts as a stand-alone. Black Mirror originally started as a British science fiction show before Netflix picked it up. It's since won several Emmy awards and garnered a lot of critical praise.

  • 2. 'Lucifer'

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    Ever wonder what would happen if the Devil took up residency here on earth? Well, Lucifer explores that very concept and stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer, a nightclub owner in Los Angeles who ends up acting as a civilian consultant to the LAPD. While Earth-side, the Devil falls in love and gets in to a bit of trouble of his own!

    Although Lucifer initially started on Fox, Netflix picked up the series, promising many new episodes before the series officially comes to an end.

  • 1. 'Stranger Things'

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    We couldn't agree more with this show grabbing the top spot. Stranger Things features some of the most talented child actors ever, and the accuracy of the throwback sets, costumes, and props are amazing. Plus, the writing and plot leave us on the edge of our seats season after season. Now we are just hoping for a season four!

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