ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

If you're curious about how many TV shows and movies are available on Netflix — whether as a perspective consumer or a frazzled researcher — you're not alone. Netflix makes a point to withhold the exact number of titles available for streaming at any given time. It's a cruel trick that prevents people from putting too much stock in the quantity of material available, and instead forces us to focus on the quality, which — you have to admit — is generally pretty high.

But that hasn't stopped a number of third parties from scrounging up that information anyway. According to Allflicks.net, Netflix offered a grand total of 1,197 TV shows and 4,335 movies as of March 2016. That number is down since January of 2014, when they boasted 1,609 TV shows and 6,494 movies. Netflix itself warns to be wary of the exact numbers, however, since they are constantly adding and removing content from their collection.

An April article from Business Insider reported that Netflix offered a total of 7,008 titles (4,563 shows and 2,445 movies), and came in third in comparison to Amazon Prime Video (20,386 titles) and Hulu (10,244) (but again, the accuracy of these numbers is questionable).

You would think that the site with the most streamable content would be the best investment for your monthly fees, right? Well if quantity is what you're after, you can stream zillions of videos for free on YouTube. Despite a 31% drop in available content over the last two years, Netflix has opted for the quality over quantity approach, and it's been working.

How Many Original Series Does Netflix Have?

Probably the biggest reason for Netflix's continual drop in available content is the shift away toward more content for which they hold the exclusive rights. Particularly, all of their growing original content.

Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is The New Black

So just how many original series does Netflix have? According to a tally of the titles listed on Netflix itself under "Original," that number is 133, as of today (25 May 2016). In addition to the standard scripted TV shows, this includes kid's programs, stand-up comedy specials, documentaries and feature films.

And they are:

  • A Very Murray Christmas
  • AJIN: Demi-Human
  • Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
  • All Hail King Julien
  • Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy
  • Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts And prayers
  • Arrested Development
  • Atelier
  • Aziz Ansari live
  • Aziz Ansari Buried Alive
  • Beasts Of No Nation
  • Between
  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way
  • Bloodline
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Bojack Horseman Christmas Special
  • Borgia
  • Care Bears & Cousins
  • Chef's Table
  • Chelsea
  • Chelsea Does...
  • Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me
  • Chelsea Peretti: One Of The Greats
  • Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible
  • Chris Tucker: Live
  • Club De Cuervos
  • Cooked
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny
  • Cuckoo
  • Danger Mouse
  • Dawn Of The Croods
  • Degrassi Next Class
  • Demetri Martin Live
  • Derek
  • DinoTrux
  • Doug Dynasy
  • Dragons Race To The Edge
  • E-Team
  • Ever After High
  • Dragon games
  • F Is For Family
  • Flaked
  • Fuller House
  • Glitter Force
  • Grance and Frankie
  • H2O Mermaid Adventures
  • Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado
  • Happy Valley
  • Hemlock Grove
  • Hot Girls Wanted
  • House Of Cards
  • Im Brent Morin
  • Iliza Schlesinger: Freezing Hot
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
  • Jim Jefferies: Bare
  • Jimmy Carr: Funny Business
  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
  • Keith Richards: Under The Influence
  • Knights Of Sidonia
  • Kong King Of The Apes
  • Lady Dynamite
  • LEGO Bionicle: THe Journey To One
  • LEGO Friends: The Power Of Friendship
  • Lilyhammer
  • Longmire
  • Lost & Found Music Studios
  • Love
  • Making A Murderer
  • Mako Mermaids
  • Marco Polo
  • Marco Polo One Hundred eyes
  • Marseille
  • Daredevil
  • Jessica Jones
  • Aziz Ansari: Master Of none
  • Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal
  • Mission Blue
  • Mitt
  • My Beautiful Broken Brain
  • My Own Man
  • Narcos
  • The Characters
  • Nick Offerman American Ham
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Pee-Wee's Big Holiday
  • Pompidou
  • Popples
  • Print The Legend
  • Project MC2
  • Puffin Rock
  • Ralphie May: Unruly
  • Ricardo O'Farrill: Abrazo Genial
  • Richie Rich
  • RIver
  • Russel Peters vs. The World
  • Russel Peters: Notorious
  • Scrotal Recall
  • Sense 8
  • Some Assembly Required
  • Southcliffe
  • Special Correspondents
  • Swearnet Live
  • Team Foxcatcher
  • Terrace House: Boys & Girls In The City
  • The Adventures Of Puss In Boots
  • Battered Bastards Of Baseball
  • The Fall
  • The Killing
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • The Other One
  • The Ranch
  • The Ridiculous 6
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • The Short Game
  • The Square
  • Theo Von: No Offense
  • Tig
  • Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • Trailer Park Boys: Live At The North Pole
  • Trailer Park Boys: Live In Fuckin Dublin
  • Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In Austin
  • Turbo Fast
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • VeggieTales In The House
  • Virunga
  • W/Bob & David
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
  • What Happend, Miss Simone?
  • Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul

In 2016, Netflix has a budget of a whopping $6 billion to be spent on content — this will include 600 hours of original programming. After the breakout success of TV hits like Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards, they'll also try their hand at movies. According to Variety, 5% of that $6 bil will go toward original films. Later in 2016, you'll be able to stream Brad Pitt's handsome face in the Netflix original satire, War Machine. And they've already blocked off $90 million for a Will Smith action movie, Bright, from the director of Suicide Squad, David Ayer, due in 2017.

How Can You Get More Movies On Netflix?

Remember way back in 2000, when Netflix and chill meant you had to go online, select from a pretty limited (less than 1,000) library of movies, and then literally wait for the DVD to show up in the snail mail? Well, believe it or not, Netflix still offers that option. Want to know how you can get more movies on Netflix? For just an extra $4.99 per month (US users only?) you can have access to the extended Netflix library, which includes new releases like The Revenant, The Martian, Spy, Trainwreck and more, delivered directly to your mailbox. How nice would it be to get something other than bills and Bed Bath And Beyond coupons for a change?

The Top 100 list of titles available from the Netflix DVD service includes:

  • The Martian
  • San Andreas
  • Jurassic World
  • Bridge Of Spies
  • Spy
  • Intern
  • Trainwreck
  • Game Of Thrones
  • U.N.C.L.E.
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Ant-Man
  • Tomorrowland
  • Inside Out
  • The Big Short
  • Spectre
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • The Age Of Adaline
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Homeland
  • Vacation
  • Room
  • Ricki And The Flash
  • A Walk In The Woods
  • The Gift
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  • Max
  • Southpaw
  • Black Mass
  • Minions
  • Hot Pursuit
  • Pixels
  • Burnt
  • Everest
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Furious 7
  • Cinderella
  • No Escape
  • Woman In Gold
  • Creed
  • Ted 2
  • Selfless
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Aloha
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • Downton Abbey
  • Pan
  • Insurgent
  • Ex Machina
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Fantastic 4
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Walk
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Concussion
  • Far From The Maddening Crowd
  • Trumbo
  • Better Call Saul
  • Brooklyn
  • House Of Cards
  • Grandma
  • In The Heart Of The Sea
  • I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Love & Mercy
  • Behind Every Code Is An Enigma
  • American Sniper
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Interstellar
  • American Ultra
  • The Water Diviner
  • Carol
  • Goosebumps
  • Entourage The Movie
  • Truth
  • Dad vs. Stepdad: Daddy's Home
  • War Room
  • The Longest Ride
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
  • Hitman Agent 47
  • Our Brand Is Crisis
  • Get Hard
  • Fargo

...and many more.

Why Can't I Watch My Favorite Netflix Shows And Movies Outside The US?

For most Americans attempting to use Netflix outside the US, it might come as a shock to learn that many titles (Friends, Grey's Anatomy, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Twilight Zone, Xena: Warrior Princess, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Charlie's Angels, Hercules and Grease, just to name a few) aren't available on all foreign Netflix accounts. This is due to the fact that licensing laws vary across countries, and Netflix can't (or won't) be everywhere at once.

Until recently, many international users enjoyed access to every collection Netflix had to offer through the use of proxy servers. But this year, Netflix cracked down on that option, making it virtually impossible to cheat the system.

What Shows Should I Start Watching On Netflix?

With so many continuously changing options, where's a binge-watcher to begin?

Here are a few lists of the top 10 TV shows, 5 original series and movies to start streaming on Netflix ASAP.

What are your favorite TV shows and movies to stream on Netflix?

Sources: AllFlick, THR, Netflix

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