Every Netflix Original Series, Ranked Worst To Best

It's hard to imagine a time when Netflix was just a DVD mailing service-- that cool new invention your parents wanted to try so they could start that family movie night tradition.

Looking back at this point in time, a system that delivered maybe one or two movies to you at a time, usually on a weekly basis, seems downright archaic. Now the idea of watching such few movies at such a glacial pace comes across as utterly preposterous.

Since its early days, Netflix has evolved substantially. It began streaming movies and TV shows directly online, and it wasn't long before it started producing content of its own.

In time, huge networks like HBO and Showtime would struggle to push out even a fraction of the shows that Netflix was providing at a rapid pace.

Soon, many of these shows would make big waves at awards shows. Some would quickly establish themselves as future classics, sther shows... not so much.

Below is a list of Every Netflix Original Series, Ranked Worst To Best.

This list excludes foreign imports (like Happy Valley and Lovesick) and direct continuations of already existing shows (Arrested Development and Black Mirror), but reboots and revivals are fair game.

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37 Real Rob

Rob Schneider as Real Rob

Any show with Rob Schneider's name on it is instantly primed for face-palming and endless head-shakery.

It doesn't help that the topic — a standup comedian's everyday life — has been exhausted at this point, pulled of by numerous far better shows (a couple of which are on Netflix).

Real Rob follows the life of a standup named Rob as he navigates the day-to-day with his wife, played by Schneider's wife in real life, Patricia, and their daughter, Miranda.

While Rob Schnider can be admired for funding, directing, and writing the whole show, he falls catastrophically short of the works of Louis C.K., who took a similar approach to Louie on FX and Horace and Pete.

Whether people want it to or not, Real Rob will trudge onwards into a second season this year.

36 Fuller House

Fuller House Season 3 Gets Expanded Episode Order

Reviving old TV shows is all the rage these days, but one has to wonder why this is when watching Fuller House.

While Fuller House must've roped in plenty of viewers for Netflix-- enough for it to get renewed for a second and then third season-- it's doubtful many walked away feeling better for having watched this Full House continuation.

Fuller House was the first big TV revival to pose the question every revival following it would have to answer: is it worth it?

The reboot focused on the next generation of Tanners, putting D.J. (here played once again by Candace Cameron Bure), front and center.

If D.J.'s plight sounds familiar — the widowed mother of three kids recruits her sister and best friend to help raise them — it's because it almost exactly duplicates the premise to Full House.

This fact reflected poorly on what Fuller House would become, which is a derivative reboot that pales in comparison to what came before.

35 Hemlock Grove

Landon Liboiron in Hemlock Grove

Though Netflix started it's tenure as an original content provider strong with House of Cards, it would hit a couple of stumbling blocks before it came upon it's streak of hits.

Between Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix sandwiched in a horror TV show called Hemlock Grove

Produced by horror fanatic Eli Roth and based on a novel by Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove managed to garner a meager cult following, enough to propel the show to three seasons. However, Grove still sticks out like a sore, sloppily made, painstakingly paced thumb in Netflix's early days.

The series followed the supernatural going-ons in Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. It starred Famke Janssen of X-Men and Goldeneye fame, along with Bill Skarsgård and Landon Liboiron.

While Hemlock Grove reportedly had an opening weekend better than House of Card's first season, it quickly proved its own lack of lasting power  while shows around it began to thrive.

34 Iron Fist

Finn Jones as Danny Rand in Iron Fist

Netflix and Marvel Television began a fruitful relationship with Daredevil back in 2015. Things only got better with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Unfortunately, they can't all be winners, as Marvel's fourth show on the streaming site would prove. Whitewashing aside, there's still plenty to groan at in Iron Fist, which is Marvel's most reviled TV joint on Netflix or elsewhere.

After surviving a plane crash that killed his parents, Danny Rand spent years training monks in K'un-Lun. Danny wound up becoming a fierce warrior, but failed to become an interesting or even likable character.

With a grating main character and a premise unfortunately similar to Arrow, a far better superhero show from DC, Iron Fist crashed hard with critics. Even the fans were none too pleased.

33 Friends from College

How a show with this cast and crew can find itself so far on the backend of this list is astonishing.

You think the cast – featuring stellar talents like Keegan Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon, and Fred Savage — would have said it all, while the inclusion of creator Nicholas Stoller (director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors) would only further emphasize the point.

Unfortunately, Friends from College is a friend to no one, least of all the people watching it.

Reckoning with the oncoming of their forties, a group of friends who went to Harvard together traverse their careers and relationships with each other in New York City.

Rest assured, there's friendship drama and harsh truths abound. The sub-genre of comedies focused on purposefully unlikable characters is a tricky one to tackle. TV fans are better off aiming for something like You're The Worst instead of Friends from College.

32 Marco Polo

Marco Polo Netflix Benedict Wong Kublai Khan Lorenzo Richelmy

When you shoot for the moon and miss, you don't always land among the stars. Such was the case for Marco Poloa harshly reviewed big budget show from Netflix that ultimately cost the streaming giant $200 million.

Being backed by the Weinstein Company, Marco Polo's margin for success wasn't exactly narrow, but it certainly wasn't wide given the show's uninspired premise and daunting expectations for production. After a mere two seasons, Marco Polo was put to bed.

Lorenzo Richelmy played the titular explorer in a series that followed his early years in the company of Kublai Khan (played by Doctor Strange's Benedict Wong).

Some critics granted Marco Polo the compliment of being easily watchable, but then had to concede how shallow the experience felt when measured against epic shows like Game of Thrones.

31 The Ranch

Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher in The Ranch

Ashton Kutcher, like Rob Schneider, is a name that doesn't instill confidence into the hearts of potential viewers. However, add a reunion with Danny Masterson, Kutcher's That 70s Show co-star, and some interests might just get piqued.

Sprinkle in supporting performances by acting virtuosos Debra Winger and Sam Elliot and you've got a show that, at the very least, is worth checking out. While The Ranch is still an underwhelming affair, it's not without its charms.

The multi-cam sitcom takes place at a fictional ranch in Colorado. It revolves around a dysfunctional family consistent of two brothers (Kutcher and Masterson), their father (Elliot), and his separated wife (Winger), who also owns the local bar.

Dysfunctional family comedies are a dime a dozen at this point in TV history. The Ranch is an inoffensive entry into that sub-genre. Certainly no more, but also no less.

30 The Characters

Netflix Presents: The Characters

When launching a sketch comedy series, Netflix fared better relying on the old guard (more on that further down the list), but had a decent go with these up-and-comers.

What a collection of up-and-comers it is: Paul W. Downs (Broad City), Lauren Lapkus (Crashing), and Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street) all claimed an episode of The Characters.

However, despite the talent involved and a unique premise, The Characters couldn't quite make Netflix a go-to spot for sketch comedy greatness.

Each of The Characters' eight episodes focused on a different young buck comedian, who would write and star in their own thirty-minute show.

Giving a show that amount of flexibility is bound to result in some high and low points throughout the series. The highs and lows of The Characters average out to a show that is ultimately good but not great.

29 Girlboss

Britt Robertson in Girlboss

Netflix has been on a canceling spree of late, and one of the casualties was Girlboss, a comedy based on entrepreneurial wunderkind Sophia Amoruso's autobiography.

While Girlboss was showing the fictionalized story of Amoruso's rise, the real Amoruso had begun to fall.

Bankruptcy and reports of wrongfully terminating pregnant employees were already hurting Amoruso's image. So maybe Girlboss was canceled in part due to bad timing, but who really knows if the show itself would have lasted based on quality alone.

Britt Robertson of Tomorrowland played Amoruso, and received praise for her compelling performance. She played Amoruso on the precipice of launching her company, Nasty Gal.

Creator Kay Cannon had serious writing chops going into Girlboss, having been on writing staffs for 30 Rock, New Girl, and penning Pitch Perfect. However, Cannon couldn't quite sell audiences on the show.

28 Flaked

Will Arnett in Flaked

Will Arnett became a favorite of comedy fans everywhere after playing Gob Bluth on Arrested Development.

Following that short-lived comedy gem, Arnett had difficulty headlining TV shows after that. Running Wilde and The Millers has runs that were even briefer than Arrested.

However, perhaps Arnett would have better luck on a streaming site, especially with such a personal project, but Flaked doesn't quite do the actor justice.

On Flaked, Arnett plays a recovering alcoholic named Chip. Unfortunately, a lot of the issues with Flaked stemmed from Chip being a character without many redeeming qualities.

Besides that, critics complained that the show was dull at some moments and melodramatic at others. There might be a better show hiding within Flaked, but it has yet to reveal itself.

27 The OA

Brit Marling as Prairie in The OA

With The OA, Netflix stepped up its game in the mystery-driven sci-fi drama department. Building a whole show around a list of questions comes with a myriad of pitfalls, as network failures like Flashforward and The Event can attest.

However, The OA skated by on it's merits: the directing, the arresting visuals, and Brit Marling's mesmerizing lead performance.

While the show couldn't muster the following procured by another Netflix show about strange things, it still managed enough viewers to warrant a season two renewal.

In the show, Marling plays a woman named Prairie Johnson, a woman who disappeared seven years earlier when she was blind.

When the show begins she's returned, now able to see. That's a very "hook, line, and sinker" kind of premise, and The OA doesn't always do the best job of building on top of that. However, it's still food for thought that's also easy on the eyes.

26 Easy

Mumblecore pioneer Joe Swanberg got the chance to bring his improvisational style of overlapping dialogue to television with Easy.

The show brought in a wide range of stars (Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Dave Franco, Hannibal Burress, Marc Maron, and Aya Cash to name a small portion) for a naturalistic comedy anthology series, featuring eight different stories about dating and relationships in the city of Chicago.

At times, Easy could be frustrating, but at other times, it could be inspired.

Swanberg's work is divisive. While a good deal of people were charmed by the rom-com Drinking Buddies, less people were enthused with Digging for Fire.

Easy shows off some of the director's best and worst tendencies as a storyteller. It's still worth stopping by for episodes as funny as "Vegan Cinderella" or as heartbreaking as "Chemistry Read."

25 F Is for Family

Bill Burr is not for everyone. So it makes sense that F Is for Family, the animated series he created with Simpsons writer Michael Price, would also not be for everybody.

Burr is known for his irreverent standup that frequently veers away from popular opinion, and that persona transferred seamlessly to the character of Frank Murphy.

Insufferable as Frank can be at times, he can't distract from the hilarious and surprisingly touching show F Is for Family can sometimes be.

Burr plays Frank, the patriarch of a family including his wife Sue (voiced by Laura Dern), and their three kids, Kevin (Justin Long in what might be a career best), Maureen (Debi Derryberry), and Bill (Haley Reinhart).

The show follows the Murphy family as they navigate the '70s, with all of the decade's loose parenting restrictions, economic hardships, and a coked out neighbor played by Sam Rockwell.

24 W/ Bob and David

David Cross Jay Johnston and Bob Odenkirk in With Bob and David

Hardcore sketch comedy nerds will reference Mr. Show as the cream of the crop. That crowd was in heaven when they heard Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would be reuniting for a Netflix show entitled W/ Bob and David

Odenkirk and Cross had moved on to great things since Mr. Show, Odenkirk with Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and Cross with Arrested Development. However, the world would be remiss if the two didn't join forces once more.

W/ Bob and David only had a four episode first season, but it managed to pack more laughs into those four episodes than some sitcoms are able to deliver over twenty-two episodes.

Mr. Show alums like Tom Kenny, Paul F. Tompkins, and Jill Talley returned to play a part in W/ Bob and David.

23 Making a Murderer

Making A Murderer Netflix

It was a sensation that swept the nation. The disturbing crimes of Steven Avery captivated many a Netflix subscriber when Making a Murderer dropped in 2015.

Some people might have criticized the series, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, for being biased towards sympathizing Avery. It also paled in comparison to HBO's The Jinx. Still, Making a Murderer made an impression.

The show went on for ten episodes, mainly focusing on Avery's trial for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen.

He was fully exonerated in 2003 on the basis of DNA evidence. When Making a Murderer first premiered, Steven Avery replaced Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast Serial's first season, as the premiere pop culture criminal persona.

22 Bloodline

Bloodline Season 2

Bloodline's greatest sin is probably being overly proud of itself. The show bombards you with a non-linear storyline, characters of questionable morality, and themes of familial obligation.

Still, Bloodline managed to entertain viewers during its three seasons, particularly fans of the creators' previous show, Damages, and of the incredible talent that is Ben Mendelsohn.

The Florida-based drama series focuses on the Rayburn family, the affluent owners of a hotel empire.

Things for the Rayburn family become disturbed when the black sheep of the family, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home.

Bloodline earned Emmy nods for Mendelsohn and star Kyle Chandler, of Friday Night Lights fame. Though Bloodline is over, the three existing seasons are available for you to watch at your leisure.

21 One Day At a Time

One Day At A Time Netflix

With One Day at a Time, a remake of Norman Lear's sitcom from the '80s, finally had a successful multi-cam sitcom on its hands.

The show starred Justina Machado, best known for a regular role on Six Feet Under, along with screen acting legend Rita Moreno.

Machado played the mother at the center of the show, a nurse and Army veteran raising two kids with the support of her Cuban mother, played by Moreno.

One Day at a Time is very much a traditional, feel-good family sitcom, and for that reason it might not be everybody's cup of tea.

However, even those people can't deny it's inexcusable charms as well as it's willingness to touch on themes relevant to the world we live in today. The show covers topics like sexual orientation and PTSD.

20 House of Cards

House of Cards Francis Underwood

House of Cards deserves plenty of credit for putting Netflix on the map. With names like David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, and Robin Wright involved, how could it not?

The DC based political thriller is impossible to ignore, but for it's dark visual panache and some A-plus scenery chewing from Spacey and Wright.

Still, the show has groan frustrating at times, and seems unaware of it's own soap opera potential, instead trying to be a prestige drama.

Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a role he's reprised copious times at awards shows and in viral videos abound. Underwood connives, lies, and murders his way into the White House, all with the help of his equally cunning wife Claire (Wright).

Cards still gets Emmy nominations in its later years, but has yet to see major gold.

19 Sense8

Hearts everywhere broke when it was announced that Sense8 was canceled. The show was the brainchild of The Wachowskis, the wizards behind a little-known movie called The Matrix.

It was a high concept sci-fi drama where eight people across the globe, who suddenly find themselves linked psychically to each other.

Sense8 was bizarre to the extreme, but never forgot it's big, beating heart. The drama's niche audience will not soon forget Sun Bak, Nomi, and Riley, just a few of the characters that gave Sense8 its appeal.

Netflix seems pretty adament on its decision to cancel the show, but hopefully the show finds life again somehow, at least in its finale. It had its issues, but it also had a riveting scene set to 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up".

18 Grace and Frankie

Put this one in the "old people still got it" category. Reuniting the legendary comedic pairing of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie is a half-hour comedy from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.

Grace and Frankie avoided most stereotypes about older characters in television, and instead decided to be genuine and respectful towards its main characters

Grace and Frankie discover on the same night, at the same dinner, that their husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) have been in a homosexual relationship with each other for the past 20 years.

With only themselves to depend on, Grace and Frankie rely on their unconventional friendship and conflicting character types to get by.

17 Daredevil

Daredevil Season One Promo

Taut as a tight rope and hard-hitting as a bag of bricks, the Daredevil TV series completely removed the foul taste of Ben Affleck's tepid stab at the character in 2003.

Daredevil not only proved that the character of Matt Murdock could work in a cinematic medium, it also proved that Marvel's hit streak extended to the small screen as it had to the big screen. In addition, it mastered Marvel TV's signature hallway fight, until that type of sequence was beaten into the ground.

Charlie Cox, a standout from his brief time on Boardwalk Empire, puts on the horns to play Murdock, aka the devil of Hell's Kitchen.

Flanking him in supporting roles are Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood).

However, it's Vincent D'Onofrio who steals the show as the Kingpin. Though Jon Bernthal as the Punisher acts as a close second.

16 A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) poster (cropped)

Though the franchise struggled when it leapt to the big screen, to leave A Series of Unfortunate Events on merely the page would have been an injustice worst than any the Bauldelaire children suffered during Lemony Snicket's book series.

Fortunately, Netflix and producer Barry Sonnefield were willing to take another stab at the property, working together to make a TV series based on Snicket's novels.

Misfortune plagues the three Baudelaire children constantly after their parents die in a mysterious fire. Shortly afterwards, they're placed in the care of the cruel Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).

Some of the casting choices were confusing to say the least, Harris as Olaf being a key point of befuddlement. He ended up doing great, but not as great as the more skeptical choice for Lemony Snicket, the delightful Patrick Warburton.

15 Narcos

Wagner Moura in Narcos Season 2

Once you bypass the "GoodFellas Lite" vibe, Narcos can be a fun show to watch. The glitzy, bullet-riddled crime drama tells of the rise and fall of infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Two seasons of Narcos have covered many years of Colombia's vicious cocaine syndicates, and even though Pablo's death has already happened on the show — sending off the phenomenal actor Wagner Moura in the role — Narcos will return for a third season this year.

With Narcos, Netflix made the bold choice to have almost the entire series be spoken in Spanish, trusting viewers to put up with the subtitles in order to watch a consistently thrilling series.

Supporting Moura on the show are Pedro Pascal (the ill-fated Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones) and Boyd Holbrook (Logan).

14 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp Still

Stupidity is rarely so clever. In 2001, David Wain and Michael Showalter made the cultiest of cult comedies: Wet Hot American Summer.

The movie was an unexpected breeding ground for actors who would soon become superstars, including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and Bradley "Three Time Academy Award Nominee" Cooper.

It was nothing short of amazing when word got out that they would all return to Camp Firewood for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Acting as a prequel to the film, First Day of Camp takes place (brace yourself) on the first day of camp in the summer of 1981.

There's not much plot to cover beyond that, just to say the show recruits the talents of Chris Pine, Michael Cera, and Jon Hamm.

It's sometimes hard to pick which cast-member is funniest, but Christopher Meloni as camp chef Gene will give the rest an endless run for their money.

13 Luke Cage

Luke Cage Easter Eggs - Trayvon Martin Hoodie

Bursting with a heavy dosage of brawn and attitude that was missing from Marvel shows before it, Luke Cage got off to a slow start, but picked up by the end to make the series a respectable entry into the Marvel cannon.

The show was elevated even more by great performances, namely by Mike Colter in the leading role and soon-to-be Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the villainous Cottonmouth.

Luke Cage, unlike Iron Fist, is worth watching before you dive into The Defenders.

Luke Cage returns to Harlem after a trying experience with fellow Defender Jessica Jones. He spends his time at a local barber shop with his mentor, Pop.

However, Luke is pulled out of his pacifistic slumber when Pop gets killed in a vicious drive-by shooting. What follows is some can't-miss butt kicking on Luke's part.

12 Love

Love Netflix Series

Love is every bit as sweet, sad, embarrassing, frustrating, and confounding as the emotion it's named after.

Based on the real-life courtship of creators Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, Love might deter viewers for being way too real way too often.

However, as is the case with many Judd Apatow produced enterprises, the show pays off in spades for those who stick with it. Love, like love, is funny that way.

After Gus (played by Rust) and Mickey (Community alum Gillian Jacobs) meet at a gas station, they form a nebulously defined but hard to dismiss bond.

The pairing is beyond unlikely, with Gus being a neurotic square and Mickey being a hard-drinking wild child.

Loves highlights the highs and lows of their relationship, which, like the characters themselves and the show overall, is difficult to endure. However, to ignore it altogether would be a crying shame.

11 Master of None

Alessandra Mastronardi and Aziz Ansari in Master of None Season 2

After publishing his book, Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari established himself as the reigning authority on dating in the current era.

From that position, Ansari chose to dive deeper into the topic of love and relationships with Master of None. However, Ansari, along with co-creator Alan Yang, decided to also broaden his scope and touch on religion, social media, sexism, and aging.

He took off on this one with a creative flourish that many didn't believe Tom Haverford was capable of, but Master of None proves otherwise.

Aziz plays Dev, and energetic but hapless singleton trying to find love and success in New York. Throughout the series, Dev dates a woman who challenges him to prioritize his life, pines for a woman who's engaged, and travels to Italy to make pasta.

Some would complain about Master of None's acting, even going so far as to suggest that Aziz himself is iffy when playing it straight.

However, for the most part, like in episodes like "Thanksgiving" and "New York, I Love You", Master of None makes you forget that.

10 The Get Down

Herizen F Guardiola and Jusice Smith in The Get Down

Flawed though it may have been at times, The Get Down was always a show full of boundless verve and mountains of soul.

Flamboyant auteur Baz Luhrmann, the director of films like Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby, brought this hip-hop drama to Netflix at a hefty cost.

The show, which expenses were greater than all but one other Netflix production, was canceled after one season. This was far too brief a life for a show this special.

The Get Down takes place in 1970s in New York City, primarily the Bronx. The protagonist is Zeke, a tortured poet with a silver tongue and an unparalleled sense of rhythm.

He and his friends, among them an elusive graffiti artist named Shaolin Fantastic, form a group called The Get Down Brothers.

If The Get Down could not live on, then at least hopefully the careers of the actors involved can. Justice Smith, the actor who played Zeke, if thankfully going to be in a Jurassic World sequel.


In the same year, two shows were able to make the sports genre truly work on television. Some attempts had been made before, like with Pitch on FOX, but none had really worked until recently.

First there was Brockmire, a baseball comedy on IFC, and then there was GLOW, the unabashadly spirited women wrestling drama from mega-producer Jenji Kohan. This one packs plenty of laughs and jerks many a tear.

Alison Brie stars as Ruth, a struggling actress in Los Angeles. Ruth gets one last shot to keep herself financially afloat when she stumbles into an audition for GLOW, or the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Through GLOW, Ruth discovers more about herself that she didn't notice before, all the while trying to make amends with a friend she scorned, Debbie (played by Betty Gilpin).

Marc Maron also stars as a past-his-prime (if he ever had a prime) Hollywood director.

8 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy and Tituss Burgess as Titus in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Sitcoms have changed drastically over the decades. Multi-cams like Friends gave way to single-cam shows like Arrested Development, which then led to mockumentaries like The Office.

Now a new type of sitcom has emerged, demonstrated in shows like Search Party and Trial & Error. Both shows pit horrifically dark subject matter against a lighthearted tone, and both have been surprisingly successful.

They each have Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a series from 30 Rock mastermind Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, to thank for that.

Fresh out of an underground bunker where she was held by the leader of a doomsday cult (see? Horrifically dark), Indiana native Kimmy Schmidt moves to New York City to build a new life for herself.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt defies the tonal limitations of its own premise, but still presents a show that's convincingly and consistently bubbly. It's for it not to with the incredible Ellie Kemper front and center as Kimmy.

7 Lady Dynamite

Maria Bamford in Lady Dynamite

Maria Bamford is a singular talent. She's the only performer alive who can end a standup special rolling around onstage making fart noises and pass it it off as comedy gold.

You would hope that a show headlined by Bamford would be every bit as bizarre and delightful as her standup. Blessedly, Lady Dynamite is that and so much more.

Bamford plays Maria, a comic who returns to Los Angeles after a stint in a mental hospital back home in Minnesota.

The show divides its attention across three interlocking timelines: the initial breakdown that landed Maria in the hospital, her mental rehabilitation in Minnesota, and her return to show business.

Lady Dynamite plays out how you'd expect a manic person telling her life story would. However, it all comes together in a way that's both emotionally humorously satisfying.

In the end, it's a show full of sound and fury, signifying everything.

6 Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones Bar Fight

There's only room for one Marvel show in the top te, and that spot unquestionably belongs to Jessica Jones.

The hard-boiled detective drama/superhero hybrid is worthy of the top of the Marvel-on-Netflix heap based on Krysten Ritter's performance alone.

However, it helps that the show has a lot of grit, a powerful feminist message, and other stellar performances from David Tennant and Mike Colter pre-Luke Cage.

Jessica Jones is a tough private eye with superpowers. She's even stronger than the hard liquor she downs on an hourly basis.

Jessica's routine of drink, sleuth, repeat is interrupted when an old enemy, Tennant's Kilgrave, re-enters her life. Kilgrave has the power to make people do whatever he tells them to do, and Jessica Jones isn't afraid to call his actions, aided by superhuman abilities or no, are indisputably wrong.

The show's conviction is only hardened by Ritter's commanding screen presence.

5 Stranger Things

Stranger Things

The logline for Stranger Things reeks of derivatives, made worse by the knowledge that the Duffer brothers, when pitching the show, compiled a two and a half minute trailer made up of material from 20 to 30 different movies that influenced them.

Stranger Things sounded like a show that would build off the creative backs of people who summoned their works purely from their own imagination. However, weirdly, Stranger Things works, and not only that, it works wonders.

The series takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, where two mysteries begin to unfold concordantly.

First, mild-mannered Will Buyers disappears. Then, a young telepathic girl, known only as Eleven, escapes a secret laboratory and crosses paths with Will's three friends. Also there's an inter-dimensional demon in the mix.

Stranger Things assuredly surpasses the expectations laid onto it by its inspirations, thanks to endearing characters, stakes both human and supernatural, and top tier performances.

4 The Keepers

The Keepers is a rare kind of documentary series. Unlike true crime shows like Making a Murderer and HBO's The JinxThe Keepers focuses on a murder where the victim and suspected parties are either dead or senile.

Yet somehow the show stays centered dramatically while taking a broad view of the death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, approaching it unflinchingly without being exploitative.

Sister Cathy of Baltimore, Maryland died under mysterious circumstances in 1969. Several decades later, students of Sister Cathy's undertook an investigation of their teacher's supposed killing.

What they uncovered was a string of sexual abuses perpetrated by a high school chaplain, which thereafter stretched into a conspiracy involving the church at large and the Baltimore Police.

Documentary fans would be hard pressed to find a series half as engrossing as The Keepers.

3 The Crown

Netflix The Crown Claire Foy

Netflix got a whole lot of bang for the absurd amount of bucks it spent on The Crown (perhaps not economically speaking since the company is in debt).

Coupled with Left Bank Pictures, Netflix invested roughly $130 million into the period drama, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Crown is an elegant production with all the lavish sets and costumes you'd predict it to have. It's also beautifully written and acted to boot.

The Crown begins with Elizabeth's marriage to Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. By the second episode, Elizabeth's father has died from a malignant lung tumor, abruptly placing her on the throne.

Screenwriter/playwright Peter Morgan injects plenty of pathos into Elizabeth's journey. His work is further enriched by remarkable performances from Claire Foy, John Lithgow, Jared Harris (Mad Men), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).

2 Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black Season 5 Teaser Trailer Image

With Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan devised a potent concoction of genres. Most people, Emmy voters especially, could not definitively qualify Orange as either a comedy or drama.

It told often tragic stories about complicated characters, but with that acerbic wit that made Weeds, Kohans previous show, a comedy hit.

Though it may have stumbled periodically, when OitNB walked on that razor thin line between comedy and drama, it danced across it with near balletic grace.

Based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, OitNB tells the story of Piper Chapman, a New York socialite who goes to prison for a crime she committed nearly ten years ago.

Once within the confines of Litchfield Penitentiary, Piper meets an eclectic ensemble of characters that still resonate five seasons on.

Orange created opportunities for people of color, trans people, and people of varying sexual preferences, giving rise to actors like Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox.

If House of Cards put Netflix on the map, OitNB plastered it there with superglue.

1 BoJack Horseman

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BoJack Horseman is unlike anything you've ever seen before. While that may sound like a hyperbolic adage that loses validity each time it's spoken, for BoJack it's absolutely true.

A pun-heavy cartoon populated with anthropomorphic characters unassumingly living among regular humans that's also a heart-shattering mediation on celebrity? Surely there isn't a single show, now or ever, that resembles that.

Also, at the center of all this lunacy is a protagonist on equal footing with the best antiheroes Peak TV has to offer. Will Arnett (his talents better served here than in Flaked), stars as BoJack's titular main character.

Once the star of a popular '90s sitcom, BoJack now spends his days overeating, overdrinking, and lounging around his penthous with an unwanted stoner occupant, Todd (played adorably by Aaron Paul).

BoJack searches for happiness in all the wrong places, the whole time followed by Diane (Alison Brie), a ghost-writer hired to pen BoJack's memoir.

That a show so pop-culture obsessed can be so insightful, funny, and devastating, speaks highly of Netflix's most impressive undertaking thus far.


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