The Best Netflix Original Series To Watch Right Now

We all love Netflix. It’s always there for us after a stressful day at work or a bored weekend at home. But, we can all agree settling on one specific television show to watch can be stressful. The infinite number of ultra-specific categories alone are enough to make your head spin. And, things get even more difficult once you add in the plethora of foreign-language shows as is becoming increasingly en vogue.

To help make the decision process easier, we picked out the absolute best Netflix Original Series ever, because you know those are never leaving the fan-favorite platform. You'll find new shows and old, comedies and dramas, and everything in between. Keep reading to learn what your next great Netflix marathon will be. Happy bingeing!

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The Circle

The premise of The Circle — in which contestants are quarantined in different rooms in the same building and only allowed to communicate through digital profiles they make for themselves — sounds bleak, but somehow it's just wild enough to be not just entertaining, but weirdly endearing as these cast of characters (both real and catfish) win your heart.

The Crown


Around her, history swirls – but Queen Elizabeth stands still. The Crown, Netflix’s most sumptuous original show, looks at the work it takes for a woman to freeze herself into a national symbol. Of course, even though Claire Foy and Olivia Colman render “Lilibet” so vividly we can practically predict her disparaging “hmms,” we’ll never really know the Queen.

That’s the point.

The Crown is an exercise in imagination, opening the locked doors of Buckingham Palace and showing — aside from the Corgi collection — being a queen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Watch: Here.

You


You was originally a Lifetime series that debuted in early fall 2018. Then it arrived on Netflix a few months later and blew up — for good reason.

You is everything a great Netflix series is supposed to be: impossible to stop watching, boundary-pushing, and full of great, unexpected performances. The drama initially follows unhinged stalker Joe (Penn Badgley) as he courts his unawares victim Beck (Elizabeth Lail). Oh, and he murders many people along the way.

The Sera Gamble-created series was so good, Netflix gobbled it up, making it an official Netflix Original from 2019 on.

Watch: Here.

Orange Is the New Black 


Netflix’s prison drama may have lost some of its luster by the end of its seven-season run. But, we can never pretend OITNB didn’t  cement its streaming service home as one of the most powerful — and interesting — television purveyors of the 21st century. We have Orange’s ability to mix oceans of humanity with difficult topics for that success. 

Oh, and don’t forget the magic of women like Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) and Taystee Jefferson (Danielle Brooks). 

Watch: Here.

Money Heist


This show has everything: A complicated heist in which a group of thieves rob the Spanish mint. Narration by a complicated woman. Elite’s Jaime Lorente. An instant Halloween costume in the thieves’ now globally recognized orange jumpsuits and Salvador Dali masks. Hot sex scenes in a vault. A woman lead investigator and hostage negotiator. 
 
Spain is basically kicking everyone’s ass when it comes to intricate heist shows with boss ladies. 

Watch: Here.

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Elite 


Elite is doing what the others cannot. It has the mystery of Big Little Lies season 1, the sexy wealth of Gossip Girl, the sleek luxury of Money Heist, and its own classic, wry verve. Give yourself to this Spanish-language teen thrill ride and it will give you so much decadent joy in return. 

Watch: Here.

BoJack Horseman 


When we look back on Netflix’s first decade of original content, we’ll see that BoJack was one of its best series. The animated series deftly explores substance abuse, depression, and trauma, all with perfectly crafted comedy about the unique strangeness of Hollywoo(d). 

Watch: Here.

Lovesick 


You wouldn't expect show about a man calling his former sexual partners about his STI diagnosis to make you swoon. Yet, Lovesick does. And it makes you cry. And laugh. And root for its eponymous accidentally “love” sick boy, Dylan (Johnny Flynn), along with his fantastic set of friends. If you miss New Girl, Lovesick is the comedy you’ve been waiting for. 

Watch: Here.

The Get Down 


Netflix once had a lovably musical series starring Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Jaden Smith — and it all came from the Oscar nominee who made Romeo + Juliet. Inexplicably, the streaming service canceled the hip hop period piece, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it still. 

Watch: Here.

Russian Doll



Natasha Lyonne tests the bounds of Netflix comedy with her sci-fi-tinged series Russian Doll. Technically, the Lyonne-led-and-starring series is about a woman who can't stop reliving her 36th birthday party. But, Russian Doll really uses that premise to explore grief, regret, love, and mental health with so many perfect jokes along the way.

It deserves your heart.

Watch: Here.
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GLOW 


Since Netflix series are made to binge, so many originals have forgotten the art of a great single episode. GLOW, about a group of women wrestlers in the 1980s, doesn’t suffer from that problem.

You should watch the entire dramedy, if only to enjoy the sexy, touching, and relentlessly smart episode that is, season 3’s “The Libertines.” Along the way, you’ll find a great chapter about abortion, a fantastic show-within-a-show episode, and 42 minutes that may just make you want to go camping. 

Watch: Here.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 


Sorry, Sabrina the Teenage Witch — things are about to get very dark, and very sexy. Netflix's spin on the Archie Comics character takes the sultry darkness of Riverdale (its television sibling) and adds some true Spooky Season flavor.

Are you prepared to get in touch with your devilish side?

Watch: Here.

Chambers



Netflix gives us horror through a lens we rarely see: the indigenous experience. Chambers tells the story of Sasha Yazzie (Sivan Alyra Rose), a teen girl who is haunted by her brand new heart transplant. It's a trippy teenage tale of body horror, the dangers of cribbing Native spirituality, and so many crystals.

And don't even get us started on that shocking, series-changing, finale.

Watch: Here.

On My Block



Teen shows often have no idea how to portray young people of color. Just ask Riverdale. But, young comedy On My Block, which takes place in South Central Los Angeles, doesn't suffer from that problem, especially since it hails from co-creator Eddie Gonzalez, a Latinx writer.

The coming-of-age dramedy juggles love triangles, quinceañeras, gang crises, hidden treasure, blue humor, and pot-smoking abelitas with ease, all well telling a tight, 10-episode story. There is no way On My Block won't find its way into your heart.

Watch: Here.

Bodyguard



Netflix's BBC collab Bodyguard is so good, it helped Richard Madden finally shake his perma-Robb Stark connection (and pick up a Golden Globe along the way). Once you watch the riveting six-part series, about countless British political conspiracies and possible terrorist threats, you'll never see the Scottish actor as the OG King In The North again.

In Robb's place will be Madden's David Budd, the tireless veteran and, well, bodyguard driving Bodyguard's action with the sheer power of his jawline.

Watch: Here.
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Crashing



Before Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a multi-Emmy winner, 007 writer, and Killing Eve mastermind, she was the creator/star of Crashing, a very lovable British comedy set in non-traditional living space (it's an abandoned hospital). To understand the true majesty of Waller-Bridge's genius, you have to fall in love with her inaugural group of TV weirdos first.

We promise, it's not difficult all.

Watch: Here.

The Order



If you desperately miss Teen Wolf and The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, Netflix made a brand new series just for you. The Order mixes werewolves, witches, and secret societies for the B-movie-styled supernatural teen show of your dreams.

But, get ready to flip a table over its controversial finale.

Watch: Here.

The End Of The F***ing World



This wonderful, weird surprise continues to stand as the best new show of 2018. The crime-filled comedy starts one terrifying way — with self-described possible “psychopath” James (Alex Lawther) plotting to kill new girlfriend Alyssa (Jessica Barden) — before turning into a poignant, perfect, and still crime-filled love story, complete with a fantastic soundtrack.

If you haven’t watched The End Of The F***ing World, what are you waiting for?

Watch: Here.

Sex Education


If The End of the F***ing World had a sibling, it would Sex Education. Both Netflix series grapple with the pain of growing up and the comedy of it. Sex Education is just a little bit more obvious in its humor.

The fellow Brit series follows Otis (Asa Butterfield), a budding high school sexpert with his own bedroom problems, his crush Maeve (Emma Mackey), a genius with a working class background, and his best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), as they deal with the obstacles of teenagedom. 

Watch: Here.

Babylon Berlin



Speaking of Netflix’s best new show of 2018, Babylon Berlin is the only newbie that could give TEOTFW a run for its money. As a German-language noir about a little-talked about period in European history (the short-lived Weimar Republic), Berlin might sound like a tough sell, but it shouldn’t be.

There are secret BDSM sex clubs! And winding mysteries! And Volker Bruch’s very handsome and endearing face! Watch the first two episodes of Babylon Berlin, which culminate in an unforgettable musical number, and tell me it’s not totally addictive.

Watch: Here.
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Mindhunter



Some Netflix Originals suffer from storylines that drag on for far too long thanks to season orders that are much bigger than their storylines necessarily demand (looking at you, 90% of Marvel properties). The David Fincher-produced Mindhunter is not one of those series thanks to its lean 10-episode structure.

The taut psychothriller, inspired by the first FBI agents to seriously investigate and study serial killers, is the twisty binge that will have you begging for more.

Watch: Here.

One Day At A Time



There’s a lot of darkness on Netflix, but One Day At A Time breaks up all the brooding with lots of uplifting, incisive, and heartfelt family humor. All reboots should aim to be as necessary as this dearly depared Latinx, LGBTQ+ take on the 1970s Norman Lear classic.

If only Netflix hadn't canceled ODAAT after its stellar third season.

Watch: Here.

Derry Girls 


Derry Girls is one of Twitter’s favorite’s shows — and for good reason. The teen comedy, set in 1990s Ireland, understands the stress of the time (the country was in the midst of the political Troubles), but never loses the tenacious optimism only young people can possess. Prepare to love the Wee English Fella (Dylan Llewellyn) like he was one of your own. 

Watch: Here.

Stranger Things



Stranger Things is one of the few blockbuster behemoths that manages to live up to the original iteration with its sequel. Stranger 2 builds on the thrills of its predecessor by giving Will Byers (the wildly, secretly talented Noah Schnapp) a big dramatic arc, creating a new beloved, doomed Barb-like figure in Bob Newby (Sean Astin), and leaning on the natural chemistry of cast members like Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery.

We’ll all just pretend “Lost Sister” never happened, okay?

Watch: Here.

Jessica Jones



While most of those aforementioned Marvel-Netflix collabs might sag towards the end, Jessica Jones only gets more powerful. So much of that strength is owed to Krysten Ritter, who flawlessly portrays the super-powered private investigator, who grapples with her history of sexual assault throughout season 1 of her titular series.

Watch: Here.
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Big Mouth 


Middle school is a nightmare. Big Mouth can at least make you laugh about memories of your changing body, first-time crushes, and every flailing moment slouching towards adulthood. 

Watch: Here.

Queer Eye



This reality show revival is the salve you didn’t know you need for the bonkers year known as 2018. Queer Eye, now without the “For The Straight Guy” modifier of the original, is unapologetically sincere, sweet, and well-meaning. Even with the critiques that come naturally to a makeover show like this, there’s not a mean bone in Queer Eye's metaphorical body.

And don’t let anyone tell you food and wine expert Antoni Porowski can’t cook. Here's all the proof you need to the contrary.

Watch: Here.

Black Mirror



While the lows of Black Mirror might be so very low — the “Crocodiles” of the world, say – the highs more than make up for it. The TV landscape is the better for having “USS Callister” and “San Junipero” in them, as is the Black Mirror viewer.

Watch: Here.

Dear White People



To be honest, I’m still upset Dear White People, with its award-winning creator pedigree and striking, often-haunting storylines, didn’t get any Emmy love. But, at least we got one of the best illustrations of what it means to be a young person of color today with Justin Simien’s DWP.

Watch: Here.

American Vandal



This beloved, now-canceled true crime parody is simply the greatest show in history to ask, Who drew the dicks?” That question might sound ridiculous, but American Vandal will, no questions asked, suck you into its central mystery.

Watch: Here.
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Grace And Frankie



Grace And Frankie, about two ex-wives (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) forced to live together after their respective husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) come out and announce their decades-long romance, is one of the best buddy comedies television has ever gifted the world.

Plus, it proves stars Fonda and Tomlin are only getting better with age.

Watch: Here.
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