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! The Circle
The premise of
— 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.
Around her, history swirls – but Queen Elizabeth stands still.
, 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.
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.
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
didn’t cement its streaming service home as one of the most powerful — and interesting — television purveyors of the 21st century. We have
’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
: A complicated heist in which a group of thieves rob the Spanish mint. Narration by a
. 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 . Elite Elite
is doing what the others cannot. It has
the mystery of Big Little Lies season 1
, the sexy wealth of
, the sleek luxury of
, 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
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,
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
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
— and it all came from the Oscar nominee who made
Romeo + Juliet
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,
uses that premise to explore grief, regret, love, and mental health with so many perfect jokes along the way.
It deserves your heart.
Since Netflix series are made to binge, so many originals have forgotten the art of a great single
, 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
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
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
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.
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
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
, a Latinx writer.
The coming-of-age dramedy juggles love triangles, quinceañeras, gang crises, hidden treasure, blue humor, and pot-smoking
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.
Before Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a multi-Emmy winner,
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.
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?
The End of the F***ing World
had a sibling, it would
. Both Netflix series grapple with the pain of growing up and the comedy of it.
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,
is the only newbie that could give
a run for its money. As a German-language noir about a little-talked about period in European history (
the short-lived Weimar Republic
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
, which culminate in an unforgettable musical number, and tell me it’s not totally addictive.
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
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.
Derry Girls Derry Girls
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.
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 “
” never happened, okay?
While most of those aforementioned Marvel-Netflix collabs might sag towards the end,
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.
Middle school is a nightmare.
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.
, 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
'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.
While the lows of
might be so very low — the “
” of the world, say – the highs more than make up for it. The TV landscape is the better for having “
” and “
” in them, as is the
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
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.