ByElle McFarlane, writer at Creators.co
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

It happens to the best of us. As we snuggle down with a host of calorific snacks, our favorite PJ's and perhaps a romantic other, we smile as we prepare for a relaxing evening of #Netflix and chill. Fast forward one hour and we find ourselves surrounded by calorific snack wrappers, wearing stained PJ's and becoming increasingly aggravated by our romantic other as we experience what is commonly known as 'Netflix Indecision Overload.'

Well fear not, because we've got the perfect antidote. Here is a list of all the best Netflix Original Series that you can watch right now, ranked, so you need never waste a further moment trawling through that intimidating Netflix catalogue ever again.

You and your PJ's are so very, very welcome.


15. 'Bloodline'

Following the Rayburn family who run a beachfront inn down in the Florida Keys, #Bloodline could at first glance seem idyllic. But dig a little deeper and it soon becomes apparent that all is not well within the family, especially after renegade brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to the fold and a murder mystery is set in motion.

14. 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

With Jane Krakowski, TIna Fey, Jon Hamm and Tituss Burgess all winning Emmy's for their performances, and Tina Fey billed as one of the Show's co-creators, #TheUnbreakableKimmySchmidt was Netflix's breakout hit of 2015. Focusing on the eternal optimist, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), a recent cult deserter, we soon begin to realize that she dealing both with adapting to a world she's not had much exposure to, and PTSD.

13. 'Jessica Jones'

Dark, tortured, unassuming Marvel superhero #JessicaJones, when not downing whisky or cultivating a rather moody aura around herself has, like all superheroes, some super-villains to defeat. Be that in the form of mind-control expert Zebediah Killgrave (a.k.a. Purple Man) or in the form of battling her own dizzyingly low self worth.

12. 'BoJack Horseman'

Following the life of an ex-celebrity horse who's turned to alcohol in the aftermath of his fading fame, #BoJackHorseman takes place in a universe in which humans and human-like-animals live peacefully together.

11. 'Lady Dynamite'

Slipping in and out of reality and fantasy at a pace which is barely comprehensible, #LadyDynamite is the brain child of Pam Brady (South Park) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), and consequently, it packs lots of left-field laughs. The Show follows the life of Maria Bamford, a bi-polar stand-up-comedian who is recovering from a breakdown and trying to get back into the entertainment business.

  • Why It's Brilliant: Unlike your usual try-hard comedy shows, Lady Dynamite takes greater risks with its comedic satire, often using comedy to point to bigger issues such as the place of middle aged women in Hollywood. Creating complex jokes which often take place across the entire Season (similar to Arrested Development), Lady Dynamite is a Show that keeps on giving, you've just got to be alert to catch all of the punchlines.

10. '3%'

Netflix's first fully Brazilian Series, 3% is set in a dystopian universe where the vast majority of people are living way below the poverty line, and are being purposefully ignored by the powers that be. However, a chance for a better life is presented to the masses in the form of being chosen as one of the "3%" who are selected, once candidates reach the age of 20, to be re-homed to the supposedly perfect life of the "Offshore."

  • Why It's Brilliant: Directed by Cesar Charlone (City of God), 3% is masterfully put together and like Black Mirror, poses us with a version of our world which could conceivably be our rather dark future. Quite clearly shot without a huge budget, what 3% may lack in the sheen of other Netflix Originals, it makes up for in grit and masterful guerrilla style storytelling. The real question though is whether you'd have what it takes to join the 3%.

9. 'The Crown'

What could be more delightful than a Show following the life and times of Great Britain's most iconic monarch, Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Marking Season 1 with Elizabeth's ascension to the throne following the rather sudden death of her father, we trace the early life of the Queen as she cuts her teeth on those glittering crown jewels in preparation for Season 2.

8. 'Sense8'

As far as mildly trashy, sci-fi, character driven TV Shows go, #Sense8 is up there with the best of them. Directed by the Wachowski's (Matrix, Bound), Sense8 follows a group of (shocker) 8 individuals who discover that they are all emotionally and mentally linked to each other after Darryl Hannah dramatically spawns them into their interconnective existence in the pilot Episode. With a Christmas Special airing just a few weeks ago, Season 2 also looks like it's back on the cards.

  • Why It's Brilliant: It forces us to examine what it means to be human in a completely refreshing, bold new way. While it loses its edge somewhat by focusing primarily on hooking up a vast majority of the "eight" and therefore distracting the characters from what could otherwise have been a truly fascinating Show, it's also incredibly easy to binge. Don't miss the truly iconic orgy scene set in a Berlin based swimming pool to feast your hungry eyes upon.

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7. 'Narcos'

With a life as full, complicated and morally ambiguous as Pablo Escobar's, trying to portray it in all it's rich complexity on the screen could prove to be a near impossible task. However, Netflix have not only managed to bring (their version) of the great "Tsar of Cocaine" to life, but they've also brought with it a thoroughly gripping Show in #Narcos.

6. 'Chef's Table'

It may seem a little strange including a series all about master chefs and the mind bogglingly delicious food they create in the upper echelons of this list, but #ChefsTable is a cut way above the average 'foodie' TV Show.

Why It's Brilliant: The premise is simple, but effective. Each Episode features a particular master chef, and a food critic (or two) who discuss what it is that makes their particular approach to food so fascinating. Couple this with some absolutely mouth watering cinematography and you have an original Series which is both captivating and informative. Warning, do not watch when hungry or prepare to devour everything in sight and find it very, very disappointing by comparison.

5. 'Making A Murderer'

Following the case of Steven Avery who was released after, apparently wrongfully, serving 18 years in prison for the rape and murder of victim Teresa Halbach, #MakingaMurderer is gripping documentary making at it's best.

4. 'Master Of None'

One of the leading stars of #ParksandRecreation, Aziz Ansari has proven not only to be an incredibly talented actor, but also a gifted comedy screenwriter as demonstrated in his Netflix Original, #MasterofNone.

3. 'Stranger Things'

Netflix's viral sensation of 2016, a fusion of '80s nostalgia, terrifying demogorgons and Winona Ryder, #StrangerThings was argued as being not only the best Show on Netflix, but as being the best Show of 2016.

2. 'House Of Cards'

When you combine Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the sordid spectacle of underhand White House politics, you know you're in for a treat.

  • Why It's Brilliant: With our protagonist Frank Underwood (Spacey) being so delightfully corrupt in his furious pursuit of power, we're forced to deal with the darker sides of humanity that, for better or for worse, exist within us all. #HouseofCards is masterfully shot, is incredibly pacy with twists, shocks and storylines so complex you'll need to debrief after each Episode. Providing Netflix with its first Emmy and having President Obama as a diehard fan, House of Cards is just that bit better than the rest.

1. 'Orange Is The New Black'

With Season 5 set to return in June of this year, Netflix's breakout female-prison dramady boasts a loyal, and rapidly growing fan base.

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