In the era of streaming television, no single platform has offered an easier way to watch your favorite shows—including exclusive properties—than Netflix. There’s enough shows on Netflix that you’ll never be able to plow through all of them before something new comes out. In fact, Netflix has made it so easy to watch your favorite content, from crime dramas to stand-up comedy, that the internet entertainment company has invented a whole new term for television on its own: the binge watch. Whether you’re up until 2 in the morning streaming old seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, or you’re spending your weekend watching the newest Marvel superhero crime shows, Netflix has got you covered for all your entertainment.
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But with so many shows streaming on the platform, what should you watch? In this time of peak TV, it’s harder than ever to determine the good from the great—and luckily, we’ve done that for you right here. So settle in for a day of laughing, crying, and keeping your eyes glued to the screen. These are 40 of our favorite streaming shows on Netflix, updated monthly with new suggestions and new shows. And let us know in the comments below about your favorite streaming sensation!
40. Black Mirror
Charlie Brooker might be best known as a presenter and broadcaster on British television, but Brooker is also the creator of one of the best science-fiction shows on television. A modern day Twilight Zone, Black Mirror first started airing in 2011 in Britain, but it wasn't until the series moved to Netflix in 2014 that it began to grow in popularity Stateside. The show, which recently premiered its fourth season, has now hit nineteen full episodes of varying length (ranging from a breezy 41 minutes to a full 89-minute, movie style film), each with different actors, writers, and plot that takes place in a not-so-distant future, exploring our paranoia, our modern society, and how the future of technology might lead us down terrifying paths. Most of the show isn't meant to be watched lightly, typically featuring a sense of cynicism and dark satire, but a few episodes—"San Junipero" in particular—highlight their happy endings in a way that subverts expectations. If you're a fan of science-fiction or anthology series, you'll fall in love with Black Mirror. Definitely check it out.
Romantic comedy fans, rejoice—you aren't out of luck. While Crazy Ex Girlfriend takes the tropes of the classic rom-com and flips them on their head, fans of more traditional, if slightly raunchy, comedy set up by the likes of When Harry Met Sally will fall in love with Lovesick, a British import co-produced by Netflix with three seasons streaming on our favorite service. The show was probably best known for its original name, Scrotal Recall, which picked up a lot of flack when the first season premiered in 2014. Don't let it fool you, though, because the name change was a good way to get new viewers onto this excellent love story about a man going back through his romantic history to figure out where it all gone wrong (and, well, also to let his past lovers know about a certain health concern). Lovesick's third season just premiered on Netflix on New Year's Day 2018, which gives you plenty of time to fall in love with Dylan, Luke, and Evie if you haven't already. Definitely check this one out; it's the definition of a hidden gem.
38. The Punisher
The Punisher has a mixed history on the big screen. The first Punisher film, made in 1989 and starring Sylvester Stallone as Frank Castle, was released to negative reviews and a poor box-office return. In 2004, Thomas Jane stepped into the role for some mild success, though once again, a poor critical reception. A sequel was planned and subsequently cancelled, and the series was rebooted for the silver screen just four years later, with Punisher: War Zone, directed by Lexi Alexander. The film tanked at the box office, and Frank Castle was finally hung up to dry by the studios until 2016, when he was unleashed as a supporting character in season two of Netflix's Daredevil. Now Castle is back with his own show, played by The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal, also recently seen in this summer's sleeper hit Baby Driver. Though not lauded by critics, most agree this is the best adaptation of the character yet, with the 13-episode first season having premiered in November 2017 (following its delay after attacks in Las Vegas). If you're a fan of the Marvel universe or its characters, you'll enjoy the gritty take on Marvel's vigilante. It doesn't quite hit the highs of Jessica Jones, but we're excited to see something new coming from Marvel and Netflix.
37. Stranger Things
Stranger Things is both a loving tribute to 1980s science-fiction and horror, while also telling the story of four children growing up in the '80s who find their town hides supernatural secrets. The story begins when Will, one of the four boys returning home after a night of playing Dungeons and Dragons, goes missing without a trace, leaving behind a lost girl with a shaved head in his place. With twists and turns, gruesome murders, and a mystery as thrilling to solve as it is to watch play out, it's no wonder Stranger Things was a breakout hit when it first premiered in the summer of 2016. Featuring outstanding performances from Winona Ryder and David Harbour as Will's mother Joyce and the town's police chief Jim Hopper, respectively, plus breakout stars Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard (who you may recognize from 2017's Itadaptation), Stranger Things is a must-see piece of entertainment. Season two dropped in October of this year, and a third season is already under pre-production and a season four renewal all but guaranteed. We'll stop short of calling the show a masterpiece, but if you're in the mood for some good, old-fashioned fun, there's plenty to be found here.
If you're into crime and serial killer dramas, Mindhunter just might be your newest obsession. This Netflix original series premiered in October and is based on the nonfiction book of the same title, detailing the profession of John Douglas, a legendary figure in the FBI's Serial Crime Unit. Douglas was previously the model for Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs, and with Mindhunter on Netflix, we finally get to see some of his stories and tales adapted for the small screen. Jonathan Groff portrays Holden Ford, a special agent for the FBI in the 1970s working for that very same Serial Crime Unit, trying to solve serial killers by delving into the mind of some of the worst murderers in the United States. The cast also includes Anna Torv, previously seen on Fringe, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, and Colton Smith. Produced by Charlize Theron and David Fincher, the latter of whom also directed four episodes of the series, his second Netflix show after previously working on season one of House of Cards. No official announcement has been made, but it does sound like Mindhunter will be back for a second season in 2018.
35. American Vandal
Over the last few years, the true crime genre has seen something of a renaissance in popular culture. Though true crime has been around for decades as both a film and literary art form (think Helter Skelter or Capote's In Cold Blood, of which the latter has spawned three different film adaptations), both season one of Serial--a weekly podcast covering the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee--and Netflix's own Making a Murderer have brought new fans to the genre. It was only time until someone stepped up to parody the tropes of a true crime series, and that's exactly what American Vandal intends to do. Shot as a mockumentary, Vandal tells the story of a high school prank gone wrong, with several faculty cars tagged and vandalized. The series plays its subject matter straight-faced, with a sophomore from the school investigating whether the accused senior was responsible. American Vandal spawned from two creators who previously worked on Funny or Die and CollegeHumor, so if you're in the mood for a full satire of the true crime craze, it's a perfect show to binge. An eight-episode season one is currently streaming on Netflix, and you can watch the trailer for the upcoming season two here.
34. BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman is set in an alternate reality where humans and anthropomorphic animals co-exist together. BoJack is the washed-up star of a '90s sitcom titled Horsin' Around, a show similar to Full House in nearly every regard. Though early episodes deal with his plan to return to stardom and relevance by writing an autobiography, BoJack Horseman isn't just another animated adult sitcom. This show focuses on celebrity culture, drug abuse, anxiety and depression in a way no other show has quite managed to do. Though we're living in a golden age of dark comedies (see also: You're the Worst, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), BoJack Horseman stands out not just as the best of the bunch, but one of the best Netflix original series to date. Despite a slow start in early episodes, the back half of the first season one sees the BoJack team find their footing, and season two onwards is must-watch television. The fourth season of this Emmy-nominated show just premiered on Netflix, and all four seasons are currently available for streaming, with a fifth on its way in 2018.
33. Big Mouth
Don't let the cartoonish-look of the show fool you—Big Mouth is very much an adult-animated sitcom about growing up as an awkward tween and teen. Created by comedian Nick Kroll (best known for The Kroll Show on Comedy Central) and writer Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy), along with Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the show is based loosely on Kroll and Goldberg's experiences growing up together in the suburbs of New York. Kroll plays Nick Burch, while close contributor and fellow comedian John Mulaney steps in to play Andrew Glouberman, along with an all-star cast of comedians and voice actors, including Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Jessi Klein, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jordan Peele. The show has received critical acclaim for dealing with teenage issues in a realistic matter while simultaneously not shying away from the gross parts of growing up. A ten-episode season one is currently airing on Netflix, and a second season has been ordered for some time in 2018.
32. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
A few minutes watching the pilot of this musical-dramedy and you'll be hooked. This incredibly original series was written by screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and sketch-comedy and YouTube star Rachel Bloom, who stars as Rebecca Bunch in a role that has garnered Bloom a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2016. Rebecca leaves an amazing career in New York after she runs into an ex-boyfriend, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who she went to summer camp with when she was 16. Convinced her happiness lies with Josh in West Covina, California, she leaves behind a promotion at her New York law firm to follow Chan back to his hometown. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has won over millions of fans online, with a killer soundtrack and the ability to make you laugh and cry all at the same time. Make no mistake—this is one of the best shows on television right now. Seasons one and two are streaming on Netflix, with season three currently airing on the CW (or premiering weekly on Netflix in all other countries outside the United States).
31. The Good Place
One of the hottest new series from last fall, NBC's The Good Place tells the story of Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who's woken up to find she's dead and in heaven—or rather, "The Good Place," as it's called. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor, a woman who finds herself in a place she doesn't deserve to be. Also starring is Cheers' alumni Ted Danson as Michael, the creator of "The Good Place," a man trying to make his residents as happy as possible in the afterlife. This series comes from creator Michael Schur, fresh off co-creating both Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn-99. Any fans of his previous work—he also wrote and acted on The Office, where he played Dwight's cousin Mose Schrute—will find plenty to love here. Just don't read too much into the plot online—serious spoilers abound. Season one is currently streaming on Netflix, and season two just premiered on NBC this past September.
You might remember the long-running Archie series of comics from your childhood, featuring the titular character and his friends Betty, Veronica, and Jughead shopping, studying, dating, and playing in their band. Riverdale invites you back to the world of Archie as you've never seen it before. Falling somewhere between Degrassi and Twin Peaks, Riverdale begins when one of Archie's classmates is found murdered over summer break, causing the town of Riverdale to change in ways never presented in the comics. It turns out everyone—especially the adults—has something to hide. The show takes a bit to start up, devoting a bit too much time in its early episodes to a misguided plot involving one of Archie's teachers, but once the show refocuses itself around episode four, you'll be hooked from beginning to end. Don't sleep on this one: season one is currently streaming on Netflix, and season two is currently airing on the CW (and premiering weekly outside the United States on Netflix).
And now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one man who had no choice but to keep them all together. No, it's not Arrested Development—it's Ozark, a new crime drama from Netflix starring Jason Bateman. He plays Marty, a self-employed financial adviser who lives with his family in Chicago. While there, he and his partner begin laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. Marty is forced to relocate his family to the Missouri Ozarks after one of his money laundering schemes goes south. The show isn't perfect, and has drawn its fair share of comparisons to Breaking Bad (especially with Bateman, a comedic actor, taking on a dark dramatic role, as Bryan Cranston did before him), but with some excellent performances and incredible cinematography, any fans of Bateman, Breaking Bad, or crime thrillers won't want to pass up this excellent Netflix original. Season one is currently streaming; the show was recently renewed for a second season.
28. The Defenders
With solo series out of the way for Marvel's four Netflix heroes—including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist—it's time for them to take on their biggest roles yet. The Defenders see the four superheroes team up for an Avengers-style crossover, and early word of mouth seems to indicate a positive improvement over the problematic and slow Iron Fist that premiered back in March. If you're a fan of Marvel's edgier Netflix shows, and you're ready to see your four favorite fighters team up to defend New York against Sigourney Weaver, The Defenders is perfect summer-popcorn fare on the small screen. Season one just became available for streaming this month.
27. Grey's Anatomy
At this point, Grey's Anatomy has almost become the ultimate binge experience. With 293 episodes streaming over thirteen full seasons, Grey's is something of a legend at this point. The show takes place at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, following the life and career of Meredith Grey from her time at the hospital as an intern, who eventually becomes a resident and rises through the ranks through the hospital. The show is filled with with drama, crushing life choices, and dozens of characters who come and go. Grey's isn't a perfect show, occasionally diving a bit too-much into saccharine plotlines and a lot of character deaths. But the show is well made, with great performances from nearly every actor. Plenty of the cast has gone onto bigger and better things after leaving Seattle Grace, and Shonda Rhimes, the creator and showrunner, has found massive success following the creation of Grey's Anatomy. Overall, it may not be a show for everyone, but it's probably the binge-iest show on the platform today. Season fourteen just premiered on ABC at the end of September, so you have plenty of time to watch the first thirteen before the newest season is added to Netflix.
This Netflix original thriller follows a dysfunctional family of hotel owners in Monroe County, Florida. When Danny, the black sheep of the family, comes home, no one is happy to see him. Skeletons will be brought out of closets, and family will consider unthinkable crimes. The series stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame, which earned him an Emmy nomination for his performance in season one. The series, which just closed out its third and final season, also stars Ben Mendelsohn (who also received an Emmy nom) and Linda Cardellini of Freaks and Geeks fame.
This Netflix original series traces the rise and fall of real-life drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and the U.S. and Colombian authorities who worked to bring him down. The series has a documentary sensibility, and is very true-to-life when the showrunners must have been tempted to sensationalize things. The show doesn't have many sympathetic characters, but the tense writing and strong performances will keep you invested. Two seasons were previously streaming, and a third recently released on September 1st. If you're new to the show, be careful to avoid spoilers!
24. The Get Down
This musical drama chronicles the birth of hip-hop and the death of disco, set in the South Bronx in 1977. The show was created by Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, whose specific art design and style has won over fans of his aesthetic worldwide. Though the series initially suffers from a slow burn, the show is both creative and visually-inspired, with a diverse cast led by Jaden Smith and Jimmy Smits. The show finished airing after two "parts," making it a perfect weekend binge for fans of musical dramas and R&B alike.
A romantic comedy developed by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, Love is a down-to-earth look at dating that explores the nature of romantic relationships through a variety of characters. Stars Rust and Community's Gillian Jacobs are forced to navigate their newly-formed relationship. The series isn't perfect—it suffers from a number of problems we've seen with other Apatow productions, including an overlong pilot—but if you're in the mood for some dark romantic comedy in the vein of You're the Worst or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you'll find plenty to love here (no pun intended). Two seasons are currently streaming, with a third and final season coming in 2018.
22. Grace & Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play the titular characters in this hilarious show, who form an unlikely friendship after their husbands announce they are in love with each other. While the two women have never particularly liked each other, they try their best to set aside their differences as they enter the next phase of their lives, moving in with each other when they have nowhere else to go. After a critically-mixed season one, seasons two and three received critical acclaim for their renewed focus on comedy and a faster overall pace. The show also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Seasons one through three are currently streaming, with a fourth on the way for 2018.
21. The Ranch
Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt. Now he’s helping his dad and brother keep the family ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family. With a heavyweight cast including Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger, The Ranch has gained a reputation for sensitivity and strong performances, as well as a focus on red-state situational comedy. This also marks the second time Kutcher and Danny Masterson have shared the screen together, following their performances as Kelso and Hyde on That 70's Show. The Ranch has aired two full seasons, with a third season split into two parts on its way in 2018. After the first part of season three, Masterson will depart the show.
DC Comics has had better luck with its TV shows than its big-screen adaptations lately (at least until Wonder Woman came out), and Arrow is one of their strongest offerings. Wealthy scion Oliver Queen returns home with incredible archery skills and a desire to fight crime, in many ways representing a small-screen Batman. Arrow has all the makings of great binge-watching, from a brooding protagonist to colorful, melodramatic plotting, and fun secondary characters who absolutely steal the show. Five seasons are currently streaming on the platform; season six will start airing on the CW this fall, and presumably will appear on Netflix following the season's conclusion.
19. Gilmore Girls
Though the show's been off the air for more than a decade now, Gilmore Girls still stands strong as an incredible series for anyone in love with sharp writing and a spot-on mix of comedy and drama. The show follows the titular girls, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, whose lives are changed forever when Rory is accepted to a prestigious private high school. When Lorelai can't afford to cover the payment and enrollment fee to the school, she returns to her parents, from whom she's been estranged since becoming pregnant with Rory at sixteen. Her parents, Emily and Richard, agree to help on one condition: they must be allowed back into the lives of their daughter and granddaughter. Gilmore Girls' first three seasons make up some incredible drama, and while the back of the show doesn't quite hit the highs of Rory's life at high school, it's still a show worth bingeing. Bonus: Netflix brought the show back for a four episode reunion last year, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
The first of many Marvel-Netflix partnerships, Daredevil follows the adventures of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and masked vigilante by night. As Murdock fights crime in his spare time in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, he faces down organized crime and eventually more supernatural threats. Daredevil set the bar for Marvel's Netflix offerings, with strong performances, visual style to spare, and impressive martial arts action. Two seasons of the show are currently available to watch, with season three coming to the service sometime in the future.
17. Terrace House
Terrace House isn't a series for everyone. If you have any sort of reservations about watching a show with subtitles, or you aren't a fan of reality television, this might not be the series for you. Yet it's worth a mention because this show is the ultimate binge watch. First airing in Japan over eight seasons from 2012 to 2014, Terrace House was rebooted and co-produced by Netflix for a new series in 2015, titled Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City. The show follows six Japanese young adults as they move into a house together, a similar premise to dozens of American reality shows. But where shows like Jersey Shore or Big Brother would make a spectacle out of it, this show simply follows their standard lives without making big deals out of the drama that follows the adults. It's ostensibly a show "about nothing," but both Boys and Girls in the City and the follow-up, Aloha State (which just released its second part at the end of September), are unquestionably addictive, inspiring, and at times a bit heartbreaking. These are ordinary people with big dreams, and where other reality shows may stage fights or false drama, the cast of Terrace House unquestionably cares for each other—even when they disagree. This show isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for a comfort blanket of a reality show, this is the one for you.
16. Luke Cage
Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is an ex-con with unbreakable skin and super strength who also made an appearance on Jessica Jones as a short-term love interest. This is Marvel's third Netflix series, and it stands out with both a thoughtful focus on its largely African-American cast, and a self-aware 70s-Blaxploitation aesthetic. Luke wants to live a quiet life, but his determination to right wrongs makes him a reluctant hero of Harlem--and a target for local gangsters with big plans. Cage reappears in The Defenders, and has a second season on its way for 2018.
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This sitcom was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and stars Ellie Kemper (of The Office) in the title role. 29-year-old Kimmy was rescued from a Doomsday Cult after spending 15 years as an underground hostage, held by the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (played by Jon Hamm). She moves to New York to begin her life as an adult, and we get to follow her as she discovers our weird modern world with enthusiasm and zany naivete. Any fans of Fey and Carlock's previous show, 30 Rock will find plenty to love here, including actress Jane Krakowski, who played Jenna Maroney on Fey's previous sitcom. The show has three seasons currently streaming on Netflix, and has been renewed for a fourth season.
14. The Magicians
The Magicians takes an adult, intensely cynical look at the tropes of some famous children's fantasy books. Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) is a graduate student addicted to a Narnia-type book series, who discovers the world of the books is more than just escapism. He ends up at an elite school for young magicians (sound familiar?), makes a bunch of misfit friends, and ends up transported to the universe of his favorite fantasy novels. Meanwhile his childhood friend Julia (Stella Maeve) breaks into the world of magic by less traditional means. Season one is currently available for streaming, with season two expected to hit the service sometime next year.
13. Better Call Saul
In this spin-off/prequel to Breaking Bad, we see the early-2000s origin story to Saul Goodman, the skeezy lawyer Walter White used in the original show, played by Bob Odenkirk. Though a follow-up series to Breaking Bad about Odenkirk's comic-relief character seemed like an odd decision when the show was first announced, three seasons in, some critics have argued the show surpasses its predecessor. We wouldn't go that far: the two shows, despite sharing a creative team and the same DNA behind the camera, are incredibly different. While the first show chronicled the downfall of family man Walter White, this show is far more comical, with a focus on Goodman's—here still known as Jimmy McGill—law practice, and his relationship with his brother. Mike Ehrmantraut, played by Jonathan Banks, also returns from the original show. While the tone of Better Call Saul varies wildly from its Bad origins, Saul is a must-watch for fans of the first show. Seasons one and two are streaming in the United States, while all three seasons are streaming in other territories, marketed as a Netflix exclusive. Season four will arrive on AMC in 2018.
12. Freaks and Geeks
This hilarious 1999 high-school dramedy was created by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), executive produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Trainwreck), and featured a soon-to-be all star cast—and yet the show only ran for a single season, with its cancellation considered to be one of the greatest injustices in modern pop culture. It stars Linda Cardellini (Scooby-Doo, Mad Men) as Lindsay Weir, and John Francis Daley (Bones, writer of Spider-man: Homecoming) as her younger brother Sam, following them as they try to find and fit in with their school cliques. The cast also features Seth Rogen (Neighbors), James Franco (127 Hours), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), and Becky Ann Baker (Girls). All 18 episodes are currently streaming.
11. The Crown
The Crown follows the early life of Queen Elizabeth II, first beginning as she marries Prince Philip in 1947, and intends to cover the entirety of the Queen's life before the show wraps up. Based partially on the 2006 film The Queen, Peter Morgan (writer of the 2006 film) creates a world that covers the drama and intensity of ruling in the aftermath of World War II. The series has been acclaimed for its production value and performances, as well as its immaculate cinematography. Each season seems ready to cover about a decade of time in total, with plans in place for both season two and three. Claire Foy (Rosewater) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) play Elizabeth II and Philip, respectively, and are joined by John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. Seasons one and two are currently streaming, with season three set to premiere sometime in 2018, complete with new, older actors jumping into the series.
Eight strangers from around the world find that they are psychically linked to each other's minds, experiencing whatever the other seven feel. This strange but promising premise comes courtesy of the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas). It shuffles a diverse, interesting cast in creative ways, making for lots of intriguing, unexpected developments. Despite the complicated plot, the fanbase grew a cult following over its first two seasons of production. The show was unexpectedly cancelled after those two seasons, but public outcry from the show's massive fan base led to the greenlighting of an upcoming two-hour Netflix original movie in 2018 to wrap up the show's plotlines.
9. Master of None
Master of None represents the culmination of much of Aziz Ansari's stand-up, which focuses primarily on relationships and dating in the 21st century. Ansari, who also co-created and writes the show along with Alan Yang, stars as Dev Shah, an actor living in New York who hasn't seen much success over his career. In the first moments of the show, we find him hooking up with a girl named Rachel, an incident that ends with a trip to the drug store for Plan B. The show revolves around Dev's relationships with both his friends and women, including Rachel, and see him exploring career options, trying new things, and even travelling the world. With some incredible cinematography, acting, and specific standalone episodes like the Emmy-winning "Thanksgiving" or "New York, I Love You," Master of None represents a must-watch. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix; no word on a third season yet, but if it does arrive, it won't be until 2019 or later.
A cult-classic, Shameless offers some of the best entertainment to be had on television today. It’s about the Gallaghers, a family of six kids raised by the oldest, Fiona (Emmy Rossum). Dad Frank (William H. Macy) is a hopeless alcoholic, Mom Monica (Chloe Webb) split, and the kids have to use their heads to survive as they straddle the law and their own morality. The extremely gifted ensemble includes Cameron Monaghan as Ian, the gay son who comes out in the pilot. The entire family are super-industrious and the show never ceases to surprise. Seven seasons are currently available for streaming, and the eighth season premiered on Showtime back in November.
7. The Walking Dead
This hit show, based on Robert Kirkman's comic series by the same name, follows a group of survivors through a bleak and violent zombie apocalypse. Deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is our protagonist, swinging between hero and antihero as he tries to protect himself, his son, and the group that forms around him. The show is at its best when the characters manage to find moments humanity in spite of all the carnage—although some of the carnage makes for great TV, too. The first seven seasons of this hit show are streaming on Netflix, with the seventh arriving for subscribers on September 8th. The eighth season just premiered on AMC in October, but you have plenty of time to rewatch the series in-between weekly episodes.
6. Penny Dreadful
Starring a cast of heavyweights, the show takes place in London of the 1890s. It's a shameless mashup of 19th-century monster stories: Dracula, Dorian Gray, werewolves, and Frankenstein and his monster all play major roles. The core cast consists of Timothy Dalton as an aging adventurer, the brilliant Eva Green as a woman locked in a battle for her own soul, and Josh Hartnett as her tough American bodyguard (another Victorian-era cliche Penny Dreadful plays to the absolute hilt). The show came to an unexpected close after the season three finale, and you can find the entire series available for streaming on Netflix.
5. Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders tells the story of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy, of Batman Begins and Inception), the brilliant leader behind the Peaky Blinders, an Irish-Gypsy gang in 1920s England. World War One casts a fascinating shadow over this show, as everyone was damaged in some way by the war, and the criminal underworld is still returning to "normal" after the men have come home. Shelby climbs the ranks of Birmingham's underworld, making big plays while evading a police inspector (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) dispatched by Winston Churchill himself to clean up the town. Tom Hardy (Inception, Dunkirk) joined the cast in season two, and Adrian Brody (The Pianist, The Grand Budapest Hotel) is slated to join the upcoming fourth season. The first three series of the show are streaming currently, with a fourth and fifth already ordered by the BBC.
4. Breaking Bad
Often considered one of the best television shows ever made, Breaking Bad follows a supposedly mild-mannered chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and decides to make some quick money by putting his chemistry knowledge to good use: cooking meth. The show features incredible performances from the lead actors, amazing cinematography and direction, and some tough questions about human nature. Bryan Cranston, then fresh off his comic turn on both Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, starts as Walter White in a shocking performance. The entire series is currently streaming.
3. Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones is Marvel's second comic-based series on Netflix. Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is a super-powered private eye who mostly wants to be left alone. The one person who won't leave her alone is the villainous Kilgrave, an eccentric psychopath with the power to control minds, played by a terrifying David Tennant. Of the four Marvel-based shows on Netflix, Jones might be the easiest to get into: Ritter is wonderful as the lead character, and Tennant shows a side of himself that Doctor Who fans won't recognize. If you only watch one Marvel show, make it this one—oh, and The Defenders, which sees the return of Jones fighting alongside Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist in a war for New York. Fans of Jones's solo adventures need not fret either; the show's been renewed for a second season due out on March 8th.
2. Orange is the New Black
Piper Chapman has been sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being ratted on by an ex. Now she must leave her fiancé and life behind and learn to adapt in women’s prison. Orange is the New Black has become one of Netflix’s most-watched original series. It’s also won many awards, and is the only television series to have won Emmys in both the Comedy and Drama categories. OitNB has five seasons streaming currently, with a sixth coming sometime in 2018 and a seventh sometime thereafter.
1. Mad Men
Starring Jon Hamm as ad-man Don Draper, Mad Men is Matthew Weiner's tale of corruption and sex throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s at an advertising firm. The series is filled with drama, intrigue, and romance, and tells the story of a man who has it all, and still finds himself unhappy and self-destructive. Actors Elisabeth Moss and January Jones made names for themselves through this show, as did original network AMC. Often called one of the best television shows ever made, any lover of drama or period pieces will find plenty to love here. The entire series is streaming on Netflix.