ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'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 TV series to watch online to make the most of all of that top Netflix original programming. Including a mix of the most popular Netflix originals and the more critically acclaimed good Netflix original series that you must see, you need never waste another moment trawling through that intimidating Netflix catalogue ever again.

Oh, and if you were wondering, all of the following Netflix original series' are currently streaming as of May 2017.

20. 'Bloodline' (Season 3, 10 Episodes)

  • Creators: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler & Daniel Zelman
  • Cast: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn & Linda Cardellini
  • Premiered: March 20, 2015

Following the Rayburn family who run a beachfront inn down in the Florida Keys, 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.

19. 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' (Season 3, 13 Episodes)

'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Robert Carlock & Tina Fey
  • Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess
  • Premiered: March 6, 2015

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, 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.

18. 'Santa Clarita Diet' (Season 1, 10 Episodes)

'Santa Clarita Diet' [Credit: Netflix]
'Santa Clarita Diet' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Victor Fresco
  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant & Liv Hewson
  • Premiered: February 3, 2017

From the creator of Better Off Ted and Andy Richter Controls the World comes this off-beat horror-comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant who play a discontent couple living in a suburb of L.A. called Santa Clarita. However, Sheila (Barrymore) goes through a rather unusual change, and ultimately becomes a zombie who needs to feed upon human flesh to survive. Occasionally criticized for it's graphic scenes, the Santa Clarita Diet has overall been warmly received.

17. 'Jessica Jones' (Season 2, 13 Episodes)

'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]
'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Cast: Krysten Ritter, Rachel Taylor & Eka Darville
  • Premiered: November 20, 2015

Dark, tortured, unassuming Marvel superhero , 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.

16. 'BoJack Horseman' (Season 4, 13 Episodes)

'BoJack Horseman' [Credit: Netflix]
'BoJack Horseman' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris & Alison Brie
  • Premiered: August 22, 2014

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

15. 'Lady Dynamite' (Season 2, 8 Episodes)

'Lady Dynamite' [Credit: Netflix]
'Lady Dynamite' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Pam Brady & Mitchell Hurwitz
  • Cast: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Fred Melamed & Maria Bamford
  • Premiered: May 20, 2016

Slipping in and out of reality and fantasy at a pace which is barely comprehensible, 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.

14. '3%' (Season 1, 8 Episodes)

'3%' [Credit: Netflix]
'3%' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Pedro Aguilera
  • Cast: João Miguel, Bianca Comparato & Michel Gomes
  • Premiered: 25 November, 2016

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%.

13. 'Marvel's Daredevil' (Season 3, 13 Episodes)

'Marvel's Daredevil' [Credit: Netflix]
'Marvel's Daredevil' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Drew Goddard
  • Cast: Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D'Onofrio & Charlie Cox
  • Premiered: April 10, 2015

While belonging to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel's Daredevil almost operates completely independently from the colossal superhero franchise. Sticking very closely to the original comic, this Netflix Original provides us with a more violent, complex and twisted version of its movie counterpart — and it's all the better for it.

  • Why It's Brilliant: One of the standout features of Marvel's Daredevil is the dialogue; the script is a work of genius, and when combined with its stunning cinematography, and standout performances, it proves to be a real contender. Oh, and that's not even mentioning the wonderfully three-dimensional characters, both hero and villains alike — which makes the distinction between the two increasingly ambiguous.

12. 'The OA' (Season 1, 10 Episodes)

'The OA' [Credit: Netflix]
'The OA' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling
  • Cast: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs & Scott Wilson
  • Premiered: 16 December, 2016

Combining science fiction, fantasy, the supernatural and good old fashioned gritty drama, was one of Netflix's most talked about Original Series of last year. Following the plight of Prairie Johnson who has suddenly reappeared in the town from where she went missing seven years previously, going by the name of of The OA and being able to see, whereas before she had been blind, The OA created so much hype that it's been renewed for a second season.

  • Why It's Brilliant: Raising more questions then it answers, The OA has generated a veritable hub of conspiracy theories, and delves into complex subject matter the like of which is rarely brought to our screens. If you're into having your mind completely bamboozled, and enjoy musing about the philosophical nature of our universe, you're in for a treat.

11. 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' (Season 1, 8 Episodes)

'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' [Credit: Netflix]
'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Mark Hudis & Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)
  • Cast: Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes & Presley Smith
  • Premiered: January 13, 2017

With it's all-star cast including the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman and Todd Freeman, A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the children's novel Series of the same name. Boasting a huge budget which can be seen in its high production values, we follow the plight of the three Baudelaire orphans whose cruel guardian, Count Olaf, is hellbent on claiming their inheritance.

10. 'The Crown' (Season 1, 10 Episodes)

'The Crown' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Crown' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Peter Morgan
  • Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith & Vanessa Kirby
  • Premiered: November 4, 2016

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.

9. 'Sense8' (Season 2, 11 Episodes)

'Sense8' [Credit: Netflix]
'Sense8' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski
  • Cast: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton & Tina Desai
  • Premiered: June 5, 2015

As far as mildly trashy, sci-fi, character driven TV Shows go, 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.

8. 'Narcos' (Season 2, 10 Episodes)

'Narcos' [Credit: Netflix]
'Narcos' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato & Doug Miro
  • Cast: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura & Boyd Holbrook
  • Premiered: August 28, 2015

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 .

7. 'Chef's Table' (Season 3, 6 Episodes)

'Chef's Table' [Credit: Netflix]
'Chef's Table' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: David Gelb
  • Cast: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura & Bill Buford
  • Premiered: April 26, 2015

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 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.

6. 'Making A Murderer' (Season 1, 10 Episodes)

'Making A Murderer' [Credit: Netflix]
'Making A Murderer' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos
  • Cast: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery & Ken Kratz
  • Premiered: December 18, 2015

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, is gripping documentary making at it's best.

5. 'Master Of None' (Season 2, 10 Episodes)

'Master Of None' [Credit: Netflix]
'Master Of None' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang
  • Cast: Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells & Lena Waithe
  • Premiered: November 6, 2015

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

4. 'Black Mirror' (Season 3, 6 Episodes)

'Black Mirror' [Credit: Netflix]
'Black Mirror' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Charlie Brooker
  • Cast: MacKenzie Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard & Kelly MacDonald
  • Premiered: December 11, 2013

With Seasons 1 and 2 originally being commissioned for the UK's Channel 4, Netflix honed in on this delightfully dark science fiction anthology series and commissioned the third season of for last October. This consequently opened up a whole new audience to the satirical genius of Black Mirror, especially in America, and has inspired legions of new fans.

  • Why It's Brilliant: With universal critical acclaim, Black Mirror's genius comes from its ability to conceptualize our current reality but with a certain area of our everyday lives being cranked up a few notches, usually to disastrous effect. For example, it asks questions such as: What would the world be like if our social media ranking dictated where we lived, ate and worked? Or, what if we were able to upload our consciousness to "the cloud"? While not always easy watching, Black Mirror is certainly compelling, and asks the questions that we often too frequently shy away from.

3. 'Stranger Things' (Season 1, 8 Episodes)

'Stranger Things' [Credit: Netflix]
'Stranger Things' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
  • Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour & Finn Wolfhard
  • Premiered: July 15, 2016

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

2. 'House Of Cards' (Season 4, 13 Episodes)

'House Of Cards' [Credit: Netflix]
'House Of Cards' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Creators: Beau Willimon
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill & Robin Wright
  • Premiered: February 1, 2013

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. 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' (Season 4, 13 Episodes)

'Orange Is The New Black' [Credit Netflix]
'Orange Is The New Black' [Credit Netflix]
  • Creators: Jenji Kohan
  • Cast: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks & Taryn Manning
  • Premiered: July 11, 2013

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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