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Best Netflix series and shows to watch right now (July 2020)

Best Netflix series July 2020
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In this summer of streaming, the best Netflix series and shows provide cool entertainment relief as many of us continue social distancing. It may feel like you've already watched everything on Netflix these last few months while staying at home, but there's always something else to binge. 

Netflix is one of the best streaming services because of its seemingly endless vault. But navigating its collection of TV shows and original series can be daunting. That's why we do what we do best: highlighting the best shows worth your time. Several new Netflix shows have made it onto our list, including the fresh takes on the beloved books The Baby-Sitters Club and the iconic true crime series Unsolved Mysteries.

In terms of what's next, check out our new on Netflix guide to see the service's offerings for the next month (Umbrella Academy season 2 is just around the corner!). Plus our Netflix hidden gems list is a great place to find shows and movies you may have missed. 

The best Netflix series and shows right now:

The Baby-Sitters Club

Best Netflix series: The Babysitters Club TV show

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This long-awaited series adaptation of the much loved YA book series is sweet, positive, heartwarming — without being cloying or mushy. It takes the familiar story of a group of young teens who start a babysitting service and adds modern elements like social media and smartphones. But the essential themes remain the same: friendship, compassion, loyalty, forgiveness and understanding. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Stars: Sophie Grace, Malia Baker, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph
Seasons on Netflix: 1

Unsolved Mysteries

Best Netflix series: Unsolved Mysteries

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The iconic series is back with 12 brand-new episodes. Netflix's version fuses elements of the original show with immersive and modern filmmaking techniques. There's no host or narration this time, but the stories themselves really do the talking. Each episode focuses on one case of a perplexing disappearance or death. If you're like us, you'll end each one with your own theories about whodunnit.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%
Stars: N/A
Seasons on Netflix: 1

Dating Around

Best Netflix shows: Dating Around

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The dating show genre has gotten kind of stale and predictable. Dating Around puts a refreshing twist on the formula: each episode centers on one singleton who goes on five blind dates, edited to look as if they're happening concurrently, so you watch all of them go through the various stages

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stars: Justin Bigting, Ben Samuel, Deva Mahal,
Seasons on Netflix: 2

Avatar the Last Airbender

Best Netflix shows: Avatar the Last Airbender

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Avatar the Last Airbender arrived on Netflix with a ton of hype, instantly cementing itself as one of the best Netflix series. It follows the adventures of Aang, a tween destined to become the “Avatar” — a magical martial artist who can manipulate all four classical elements.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena
Seasons on Netflix: 2

Never Have I Ever

What to watch this weekend: Never Have I Ever on Netflix

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This funny, sharp, heartwarming coming-of-age dramedy is what we need right now. Co-created by Mindy Kaling and inspired by her own upbringing, Never Have I Ever focuses on the very charming Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian-American high school sophomore who’s trying to have a normal American teen experience.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
Stars: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Ramona Young
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (10 episodes)

Community

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Community is the product of Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty), and focuses on a study group at Greendale Community College that's founded by the slacker lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), who is disbarred from practicing law and trying to get laid. Allison Brie and Donald Glover thrive as Annie and Troy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Stars: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover
Season on Netflix: 6

Dear White People

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If you've wondered where the hilarious satire has gone, you may have let Dear White People fly under your radar. The series focuses on race relations in America, providing view points from a college campus that has a terrible history and is still not where it should be yet — much like this country itself.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Dennis Haysbert
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Ozark

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For us, at first, Ozark suffered from what I like to call "Didn't we just watch this?" Syndrome. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star as "Marty" and Wendy Byrde, who get into the dark, seedy underworld to make ends meet.  While early reviews were mixed, season 3 gives a giant stage for Laura Linney to thrive on screen.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%
Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Tiger King on Netflix

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When this crazy docu-series debuted, the world couldn't stop talking about it for weeks. The show centers on a wildcat collector known as Joe Exotic, an extremely outlandish character who runs a private zoo filled with tigers, who loathes his nemesis, Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist he allegedly put a hit out on.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
Stars: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (8 episodes, including a reunion/aftershow)

Love Is Blind

best Netflix series: Love Is Blind season 2

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Not all of the best Netflix series are high-brow, award-winning fare. This buzzy dating reality show is the love child of The Bachelor and Married at First Sight. Fifteen men and 15 women go on dates with each other to find their match -- sight unseen. You'll find yourself addicted to following the engaged couples up to their tense weddings.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
Stars: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey (hosts)
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (10 episodes)

Schitt's Creek

Best Netflix series: Schitt's Creek

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Take Arrested Development, subtract the nihilism, and add characters who are actually endearing, and you get Schitt's Creek. It took a similar premise — rich family loses their fortune — but actually managed to create characters you'll root for, including two played by its father and son team of Eugene and Dan Levy.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy
Seasons on Netflix: 5

The Witcher

Best Netflix series: The Witcher

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Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia: a roving monster hunter in a dark fantasy world. While Geralt wants nothing more than to ply his trade, he runs afoul of prejudiced townsfolk, ambitious wizards and even foreign royalty. We're already tracking The Witcher season 2 news to see what's next for one of the best Netflix series.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%
Stars: Henry Cavill, Joey Batey, Eamon Farren, Anya Chalotra 
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (8 episodes)

You

Best Netflix shows: You

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It's time to meet You, your next guilty pleasure binge watch. A thrilling drama, You is the talk of social media these days thanks to how much the show plays with our own addictions to Instagram and other apps. It focuses on a bookstore manager named Joe, who falls in love with/stalks the heck out of Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a grad student.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Stars: Victoria Pedretti, Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail
Seasons on Netflix: 2

Riverdale

Best Netflix series: Riverdale

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Somehow, Riverdale defied expectations of audiences with reboot fatigue, and became a cult sensation during its first season. That section of episodes mixed high school drama with a noiry murder mystery (think Veronica Mars with a campy vibe), and then the second season added a cult, the Gargoyle King.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
Stars: KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart
Seasons on Netflix: 4

Sex Education

Best Netflix series: Sex Education

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Yes, somehow we're still getting great shows about pubescent life. Gillian Anderson and a cast of excellent young actors shake up the format, with the former Scully co-starring as the Dr. Jean F. Milburn, a sex therapist and mother of Otis, who's only surviving a sexually-charged high school with the help of his friends.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Seasons on Netflix: 2

American Horror Story

Best Netflix shows: American Horror Story

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Black Mirror isn't the only anthology series out here that's gonna scare the heck out of you. American Horror Story, the product of show-runners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee, Nip/Tuck), spends each season terrorizing audiences with the terrible things that men and women can do to each other, over American history.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Kathy Bates
Seasons on Netflix: 8

Big Mouth 

Best Netflix series: Big Mouth

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Don't sleep on Big Mouth. Born from the mind of comedian Nick Kroll (The League) and his cohorts, this raunchy animated series stands out by actually creating fuller, more fleshed-out characters than South Park ever did. Oh, and it even takes time to educate audiences on depression and other major issues.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Stars: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Gina Rodriguez
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Queer Eye

Best Netflix shows: Queer Eye

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It's practically too perfect that a makeover show got a makeover, and became one of the best reality programs on TV, but that's where we stand with Queer Eye. And while Bobby, Jonathan and Tan all get a lot of credit, there's entertaining moments from Antoni and Karamo, whose contributions are often debatable. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
Stars: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France
Seasons on Netflix: 5

Russian Doll

Best Netflix series: Russian Doll

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The first thing you should know is that Russian Doll is the funny and emotional the series that Natasha Lyonne (its star, co-creator, writer, and director) has long since deserved, as she's spent most of her career as a co-star and not a lead. Its twisting, tricky premise is so good that we won't say anything else.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vázquez
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (8 episodes)

Love, Death & Robots

Best Netflix series: Love, Death and Robots

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What if you took the dystopic futurism of Black Mirror, but made it slightly less depressing and animated it? You'd get David Fincher's new Love, Death & Robots, a new Netflix original anthology series that's comprised of 18 episodes that run about 15 minutes a piece. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%
Stars: Topher Grace, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (18 episodes)

Halt and Catch Fire

Best Netflix series: Halt and Catch Fire

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A fictional version of the dawn of the personal computer era doesn't sound like a must-watch, but Halt and Catch Fire is one of the best Netflix series thanks to fantastic acting and tightly-written dialogue. Seen as the under-appreciated sleeper hit of AMC (it came out alongside Breaking Bad and Mad Men).

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
Seasons on Netflix: 4

Supergirl

Best Netflix series: Supergirl

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The cure for Zack Snyder's dour and gritty murderverse of DCEU movies, Supergirl tells the tale of Kara Danvers, a plucky employee of the CatCo media empire. Of course, Kara's got something in common with her cousin Clark Kent, as her real name is Kara Zor-El. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
Stars: Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks
Seasons on Netflix: 5

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson

Best Netflix series: I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson

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Critics are raving about this new sketch comedy series from Tim Robinson (Detroiters), which pushes cringe-comedy to new heights. His characters manage to stretch jokes out far longer than you'd expect, and the show's tone is so over-the-top that you'll find yourself laughing so hard you'll need a chance to pause and breathe. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Tim Robinson, Andy Samberg, Ashleigh Nicole Johnson
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (6 episodes)

Grace and Frankie

Best Netflix shows: Grace and Frankie

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An excellent odd-couple comedy, Grace and Frankie gives Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starring roles with a lot of great one-liners. The series begins with a life-shattering moment as Frankie and Grace (Tomlin and Fonda) discover that their husbands are leaving them. Soon, the natural enemies slowly become friends.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen
Seasons on Netflix: 6

Mindhunter

Best Netflix series: Mindhunter

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Thought we had enough crime dramas? Think again. Mindhunter brought cinema-quality visuals and strong character development to the genre, and took us back in crime to the 1970s as police began to track serial killers. Excellent acting and moody writing help make it one of the best Netflix series. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Great British Baking Show

Best Netflix series: The Great British Baking Show

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Competitive reality TV doesn't have to be a backstabbing mess. The Great British Baking Show (which is called The Great British Bake Off when it originally airs in the U.K.) subverts that trend with contestants who have a surprising amount of camaraderie as they produce plentiful amounts of pastries and cakes.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Producers: Anna Beattie, Richard McKerrow, Letty Kavanagh
Seasons on Netflix: 7

Peaky Blinders

Best Netflix series: Peaky Blinders

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The first five seasons of Peaky Blinders has spanned a decade of crime drama in Birmingham, England. The series, driven by Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later) starring as the upwardly criminal Tommy Shelby, started off slow but currently moves at a breakneck pace. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Tom Harper, Iddo Goldberg
Seasons on Netflix: 5

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Best Netflix series: She-ra and the Princesses of Power

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For once, a modernized update isn't a lifeless, gritty reboot, as She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the best new animated series on Netflix and a ton of fun. Sure, it might start in a dark place — as protagonists Adora and Catra did grow up as orphaned child soldiers — but it doesn't live in that despair. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Stars: Aimee Carrero, Amanda Michalka, Marcus Scribner
Seasons on Netflix: 5

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Best Netflix shows: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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What if you took everything people love about the hit show Riverdale, but added horror sensibilities and made it funnier? That's what you get with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which has an excellent lead in Kiernan Shipka. Yes, Sally Draper's taking everything she learned on Mad Men and bringing it to a weirder world.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Chance Perdomo
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Best Netflix series: Salt Fat Acid Heat

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This series adapts chef Samin Nosrat best-selling book into a joyous adventure breaking down the essential elements of great-tasting food. Not only does the beautifully-shot show encourage audiences to believe in their ability to cook, but it educates audiences on the cultures that spawned these culinary marvels. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Star: Samin Nosrat
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (4 parts)

Tuca & Bertie

Best Netflix series: Tuca and Bertie

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Tuca & Bertie provided an animated take on the complications of adult friendships. A proper successor to Broad City, the show centers around a brash toucan named Tuca (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) and the anxiety-riddled songbird named Bertie (Ali Wong), who meet through living in the same apartment building. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
Seasons on Netflix: 1 (10 episodes)

Glow

Best Netflix series: Glow

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Women's wrestling —  heck, all pro wrestling — has historically been laughed at, and called a side-show. Netflix original Glow looks to flip the script on how this predetermined spectacle is viewed, by showing how a group of misfit actors and wanna-be celebrities went from nobodies to superstardom.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Stars: Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin
Seasons on Netflix: 3

The Office (U.S.)

Best Netflix series: The Office

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Every day, somebody's born who hasn't seen The Dundees yet. Whether that's the greatest episode of the American adaptation or not is something we can argue about 'til the beets at Schrute Farms ripen, but it's hard to argue the significance of this series in the cultural landscape.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski 
Seasons on Netflix: 9

Stranger Things

Best Netflix series: Stranger Things

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One of the biggest and best Netflix shows takes audiences to Hawkins, Indiana for the retro adventures of Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Will, Max and Eleven, who keep finding themselves in the center of supernatural predicaments. Laugh at the dry wit of police chief Jim Hopper, find the joy in Winona Ryder's over-the-top performance.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown
Seasons on Netflix: 3

The Good Place

Best Netflix series: The Good Place

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What if you woke up in heaven, but knew you didn't deserve to be there, and had to hide your imperfections? That case of impostor syndrome is at the root of the critically-praised The Good Place, which has crackling chemistry, sharp and clever jokes and an existential education that make it is one of the best Netflix shows.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Stars: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Master of None

Best Netflix show: Master of None

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While Aziz Ansari got famous for being a tonedeaf wanna-be lothario on Parks & Rec, his Netflix original series takes a much more grounded approach at the insanity that is dating in the era of apps. The series has brought Dev and his friend Arnold (Eric Wareheim) from New York to Italy, to repeated success.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Stars: Aziz Ansari, H. Jon Benjamin, Eric Wareheim
Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Crown

Best Netflix series: The Crown

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) garnered praise from critics and audiences alike for their portrayals of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip the Duke of Edinburgh in the first two seasons of The Crown that made it a must for our list of best Netflix shows. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Olivia Colman, Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Marvel's Jessica Jones

Best Netflix series: Jessica Jones

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Even superheroes can fall for the wrong man. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) works as a private eye, but her full-time profession might as well be "alcoholic" after an abusive relationship with a manipulative supervillain known as the Purple Man (David Tennant). 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, David Tennant
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Marvel's Daredevil

Best Netflix series: Daredevil

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Daredevil represented the dark side of the Marvel movies. While the Avengers take down supervillains and win glory, it's folks like Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who fight for the little guy. Lawyer by day and masked crime-fighter Daredevil by night, Murdock takes on dirty cops, murderous vigilantes and even mystical ninjas.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll
Seasons on Netflix: 3

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Best Netflix shows: Crazy Ex Girlfriend

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Musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Nora Bunch: a NY lawyer who moves to California, only to find her first love living nearby. The songs aren't just hilarious, they have real emotional depth, turning what seems like a silly rom-com much more and making this one of the best Netflix shows.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Stars: Rachel Bloom, Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald
Seasons on Netflix: 4

Better Call Saul

Best Netflix series: Better Call Saul

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Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul focuses on slick, shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Both sequel and prequel to the show that inspired it, Better Call Saul reveals Saul's sordid past as two-bit con man Jimmy McGill. It's not easy to stand up to the excellence of Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul perhaps exceeds it.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks
Seasons on Netflix: 4

Arrested Development

Best Netflix series: Arrested Development

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We all love to see rich people fall, and Arrested Development scratched this itch well, while showing us how dumb the 1% can be. Of course, you might find a way to sympathise with Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his son George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera), who are trying their best to fix the business. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor
Seasons on Netflix: 5

BoJack Horseman

Best Netflix shows: Bojack Horseman

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BoJack Horseman is a hilarious and profound meditation on the nature of depression that just happens to be about an anthropomorphic horse. BoJack (Will Arnett) is a washed-up Hollywood TV star with plenty of money but no real goals or joy left in his life. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Stars: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris
Seasons on Netflix: 6 (plus a Christmas special)

Portlandia

Best Netflix series: Portlandia

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If you don't know where "the spirit of the 90's is alive," then you should take a detour to Portlandia. In this sketch-comedy series, SNL alum Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein spent 8 years poking fun at the culture of Portland, Ore, where eccentricity gets pushed beyond all reasonable boundaries.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Chloë Sevigny
Seasons on Netflix: 8

Orange Is the New Black

Best Netflix series: orange is the new black

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Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) realizes she can't escape the mistakes of her past when she winds up in a minimum-security women's prison on a drug smuggling charge. Granted, it's not all bad, as she befriends the quirky inmates and reflects on the bizarre backstory that brought her there. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Stars: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew
Seasons on Netflix: 7

House of Cards

Best Netflix series: House of Cards

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A remake of the popular UK series of the same name, House of Cards is all about the inner workings of federal politics and just how dirty and deceitful they can get. Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood: an amoral American congressman who will do absolutely anything to gain political power. 

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Sebastian Arcelus
Seasons on Netflix: 6

Black Mirror

Best Netflix series: Black MIrror

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Black Mirror plays with all of our worst fears about technology and privacy. While its first episode, the sexually explicit "The National Anthem" pushed at social networks, later episodes — such as "Fifty Million Merits" and "White Christmas" — rip apart  future advances in in-app purchases, reality TV and privacy filters.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%
Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Michael Kelly
Seasons on Netflix: 5

Sherlock

Best Netflix series: Sherlock

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective comes to life when Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He then takes a room with the brilliant but antisocial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Chemistry and intricate plotting make Sherlock one of the best Netflix shows of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves
Seasons on Netflix: 4

Parks and Recreation

Best Netflix shows: Parks and Recreation

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Perpetually chipper and driven, even in the face of her supremely apathetic co-workers, Leslie Knope's desire in life is to keep the parks in suburban Pawnee, Indiana, running in ship shape. A little rough out the gate, by season 2 Parks and Rec is inarguably one of the best Netflix series.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari
Seasons on Netflix: 7

Breaking Bad

Best Netflix series: Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad is a story about disease, drugs, family, profit, power and much, much more. High school chemistry teacher Walter White needs money for his cancer treatment, and realizes he can profit from scientific know-how by cooking meth. Breaking Bad is not just one of the best Netflix shows, but one of the top series ever.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul
Seasons on Netflix: 5

Skins

Best Netflix series: Skins UK

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If you're looking for another great teen drama, check out Skins, a hit series from across the pond. The show's early seasons shocked many, by showing risque view of youth culture that many fear. Later seasons may not have kept us all on the hook, but continued to push the envelope.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodelario, Dev Patel, Hannah Murray
Seasons on Netflix: 7

The IT Crowd

Best Netflix series: The IT Crowd UK

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If you've ever tried to explain a simple piece of technology to someone who just doesn't get it, you know how Roy Trenneman and Maurice Moss feel. On The IT Crowd, the two best friends work in the IT department of a big company under their clueless boss, Jen Barber, with hilariously bad results.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%
Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
Seasons on Netflix: 5

Supernatural

Best Netflix series: Supernatural

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Now the longest-running American fantasy series of all time, Supernatural is the story of Sam and Dean Winchester. This pair of brothers fights the paranormal, and battles both heaven and hell for a living. There's an argument to be made that their '67 Chevy Impala is the true star of the show.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Seasons on Netflix: 15

The West Wing

Best Netflix series: The West Wing

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Being the president of the United States is arguably the toughest job in the world, unless you’ve got some good friends. In The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his affable senior staff confront problems both great and small, which concern both the American public and their own lives.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
Stars: Martin Sheen, John Spencer, Steve Ryan
Seasons on Netflix: 7

Twin Peaks

Best Netflix series: Twin Peaks

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Who killed Laura Palmer? This mystery lies at the heart of Twin Peaks, a small-town drama from visionary filmmaker David Lynch. Kyle MacLachlan plays FBI investigator Dale Cooper, who's brought in to investigate. One of the best Netflix shows you can watch, Twin Peaks is clever and eerie, and features Lynch's humor and surrealism.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn
Seasons on Netflix: 2

Star Trek

Best Netflix series: Star Trek

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Join Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the starship Enterprise as they boldly go where no man has gone before. Star Trek is a groundbreaking science-fiction adventure that had profound things to say about such concepts as exploration, war, racism and cultural differences.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Celia Lovsky
Seasons on Netflix: 3

The Twilight Zone

Best Netflix series: Twilight Zone

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Love Black Mirror? Take a look at the series inspired it. Yes, Netflix is streaming The Twilight Zone, the original TV series with seriously thrilling stories, introduced by the stern Rod Serling. Must-see episodes include the shocking and tragic "Eye of The Beholder," which has been referenced in popular culture for decades.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
Stars: Rod Serling, John Anderson
Seasons on Netflix: 4