You probably have already read a Bored Panda article on Netflix movies, but how could we possibly not talk about Netflix original series? After all, binge-worthy TV shows are something we all can appreciate. And oh boy, does Netflix deliver on that! 

Netflix created its very first TV series in co-production with a Norwegian TV channel, NRK1. It is called Lilyhammer and tells the story of an American underboss living in a witness protection programme in Norway. Raise your hands in the comments if you’ve seen it!

With streaming services firmly establishing their place in the entertainment market, Netflix took the whole production thing very seriously, and over the years, made tons of popular new shows. Quite often, they release the whole season in a batch – perfect for those who are dying to know what happens in the next episode and have no patience to wait for an entire week. Hey, no judgment, we’ve all been there, done that.  

So if you are trying to think what to watch tonight and don’t feel like going through all Netflix shows to find something to match your mood, we’ve narrowed it down for you a bit with a list of 80 Netflix original series to choose from. Don’t forget to share your opinion!

#1

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

2016 | Seasons: 4

The idea of alternate dimensions, evil corporations doing evil stuff, monsters from the other side, and a protagonist with superpowers they didn’t really ask for has been well explored and rehashed multiple times, but Netflix took all that and managed to create a fresh and original show that is both entertaining and nostalgic. Stranger Things will make you remember your childhood, even if you weren’t around in the 80s, and give you ideas for popular Halloween costumes for several years. Often praised for its well-structured storytelling, engaging plot, and great performances, it is rightfully considered one of the best shows on Netflix.

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#2

Ozark

Ozark

Ozark

2017 | Seasons: 4

Marty Byrde is a financial advisor. Sounds pretty mundane, except for a tiny detail. His client is a Mexican drug cartel. Also, the money laundering scheme Marty proposed to the cartel went terribly wrong, and that’s bad not only for your resume but also life expectancy. In an attempt to rectify his mistake, Marty suggests an even bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region. He then relocates his family there, and this is when they get entangled with the local criminal gangs. Not only is Ozark entertaining to watch, the creators made sure they knew what they were talking about and invited an FBI agent specializing in financial crimes and a hedge fund specialist to consult on the script. It also cleverly plays with details, like the opening credits. Each episode, pay attention to the graphics in the name of the series, they will give you some hints as to what the episode has in store.

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

TL;DR Suburban family gets dragged into a drug cartel, misadventures ensue whilst trying to raise two kids. Lots of take-your-breath-away shocks and surprises. Highly recommended.

#3

Mindhunter

Mindhunter

Mindhunter

2017 | Seasons: 2

Criminal psychology studies the behaviors, thoughts, actions, and reactions of criminals to help not only find them, but sometimes even prevent their next step. It is a fairly modern science that first started being used by law enforcement officers in the 1970s. Mindhunter follows two FBI agents and a psychologist who work in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy, as they launch a research project to interview serial killers, understand their psychology, and apply this knowledge to solve other cases. Both seasons include characters of real-life infamous serial killers.

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Mirt
Community Member
2 months ago

So upset it got canceled.

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#4

The Haunting Of Hill House

The Haunting Of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

2018 | Seasons: 1

Sometimes running away from evil doesn’t help. Sometimes, no matter how many years pass, the horrors of the past will keep haunting you. The Crain family thought their nightmare was over in 1992 when they fled the Hill House after encountering a sinister force that turned their lives upside down. But today, as all five Crain siblings have become adults, the terror has not stopped. The Haunting of Hill House is often praised for creating great suspense and tension, with equally amazing payoffs.

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Betty Vanderhooven-SchmaaSchmaa
Community Member
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this series along with The Haunting of Bly Manor.

#5

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy

2019 | Seasons: 3

Seven estranged siblings gather in their childhood home after their adoptive father dies under mysterious circumstances. Not your run-of-the-mill situation, but not entirely strange. Except all siblings were born on the same day by women showing no signs of pregnancy. And they have superpowers. And their father seems to have been murdered. And also one of them has just returned from the future to warn his brothers and sisters about the inevitable apocalypse. Other than that, pretty normal. As much as they hate the prospect, the Hargreeve siblings now have to put their differences aside and uncover the secrets of their father’s life and death, while also trying to reverse the apocalypse. First planned as a feature film adaptation of comic books, The Umbrella Academy was later developed as a TV series for Netflix and became its third most viewed show in 2019.

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Agron54
Community Member
2 months ago

Started out great and fizzled fast

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#6

Hellbound

Hellbound

Hellbound

2021 | Seasons: 1

In the past decade or so, Korean TV series have been gaining increasing popularity. Following the trend, Netflix produced several of them for its streaming platform, and Hellbound is one of the most recent examples. After its release, it became the world's most watched Netflix series, taking this title away from Squid Game. Hell literally breaks loose in Korea, when a supernatural entity called an angel starts appearing in front of people to deliver the time when each particular individual will be transported to hell. When the time comes, three giant monsters attack the condemned person, practically destroying their bodies. A cult and a gang join forces to prey on people’s fears.

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Not as good as Squid Game but Hellbound had a love story.

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#7

The Punisher

The Punisher

The Punisher

2017 | Seasons: 2

The Punisher is not your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If stopping a crime means taking the life of a criminal, he will have no hesitations. And the fact that he used to be a Force Recon Marine before becoming a vigilante means he is very well trained to execute his goal. Frank Castle used to have a family he loved and a job he enjoyed. But when gangsters took everything from him and he realized the law is not always omnipotent, he took matters in his hands. Starting as a spin-off to another Marvel character show, Daredevil, the show got mixed reviews from critics, yet was nominated for several awards.

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Yubo
Community Member
2 months ago

And Daredevil AND Luke Cage!

#8

Daredevil

Daredevil

Daredevil

2015 | Seasons: 3

The idea of a vigilante crime fighter is a recurring theme in comics and their adaptations. What makes Daredevil a very unlikely candidate to fight crime in the streets is that he is blind. And yet, he turns it to his advantage. When he lost his vision, his other senses heightened, and now they are his tools for finding and fighting criminals. But another rather controversial thing about Daredevil as a superhero is that by day he is a lawyer called Matt Murdoch, someone who is supposed to follow the law, not take it in his own hands to exercise justice. In the past, there were several attempts to launch Daredevil on screen, with none of them being particularly successful. This one, however, earned critics’ approval and even won several awards.

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Bored Dev
Community Member
2 months ago

Best superhero tv series ever made. Too bad it got cancelled because of Netflix and Disney rights issues

#9

Atypical

Atypical

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Huddo's sister
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this show!

#10

The Witcher

The Witcher

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#11

You

You

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

I wanted to like "You". Great premises but too wordy, too many little scenes that felt like filler. Their version of suspense was more like a delay tactic.

#12

Narcos

Narcos

Narcos

2015 | Seasons: 3

The notorious figure of Pablo Escobar, a drug lord who made billions on cocaine production and distribution, was always an interesting character for filmmakers of all formats. Not only did he make a fortune on illegal activities, but he also avoided any repercussions from law enforcement for many years. After Columbian cocaine swarmed the American market, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent its people down to apprehend Escobar and put an end to his drug empire. Narcos, set and filmed in Escobar’s native Columbia, follows the drug kingpin’s rise and fall from the earlier years, when he first got engaged in drug distribution, to when he was finally taken down, as his people’s loyalty declined and the rival Cali Cartel became stronger.

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#13

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

2018 | Seasons: 2 

In the 24th century, people finally found a means to live pretty much forever. A device placed at the back of one’s neck is used to store human memory and consciousness and can be replaced into a different body, giving one a practically unlimited lifespan. The only real threat to life is to destroy the storage device. However, in the new world order, only the wealthiest can afford to change their bodies limitlessly, without ever dying of old age. Once upon a time there was a rebel group who tried to oppose the existing world structure but were defeated, and all but one of them died. This sole survivor, Takeshi Kovacs, is brought back to life from prison by one of the wealthiest people in the world, Laurens Bancroft. Bancroft needs Kovacs’ skills to help him solve a murder – Bancroft’s own. Adapted from a novel of the same name, Altered Carbon received accolades for being a great example of the cyberpunk genre.

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Yubo
Community Member
2 months ago

Poe is my favorite!!

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#15

The End Of The F***ing World

The End Of The F***ing World

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Dino (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

I watched the entire first season in one night. The second season isn’t quite as good, though.

#16

The Defenders

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#18

Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black

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#19

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet

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Yubo
Community Member
2 months ago

Just couldn't get into it.

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#20

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

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#21

The Oa

The Oa

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

Shame this was cancelled.

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#22

Dead To Me

Dead To Me

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Kelsey Kennedy
Community Member
2 months ago

So good! So funny! So thrilling! This show has everything and more!

#23

Arrested Development

Arrested Development

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Dino (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this. It’s just so chaotic.

#24

Travelers

Travelers

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Marisol L. Banks
Community Member
2 months ago

This show was better than I expected, and with a satisfying conclusion.

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#25

Anne With An E

Anne With An E

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alex cosgrove
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate this was canceled!!! WTH 😣

#26

Love, Death & Robots

Love, Death & Robots

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Justin Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this show!!

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#27

Squid Game

Squid Game

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Squid Game was amazing! Based on childhood games with the fragile, adult, human condition on full display. Don't let the foreign language deter you. 'Real life' scary in a twisted way. Would you play the game?

#29

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I thought Midnight Mass was going to be a small town, weird religious cult thing. I was pleasantly surprised! Much deeper, much darker than expected. Excellent watch for horror fans.

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#30

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

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Linda Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

I watched A Series of Unfortunate events. I thought the lightning was bad. -not like too dark so you can't see anything but like, Oh, if I turn up the brightness I could see the details in the room and maybe become more interested. Did they not want us to actually see it? Could they not pull it off? It could have been great.

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#31

Locke & Key

Locke & Key

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Stacey Rae
Community Member
2 months ago

Also canceled

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#32

I Am Not Okay With This

I Am Not Okay With This

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Daphne
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2 months ago

Why is tis series cancelled? Why?

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#34

Hemlock Grove

Hemlock Grove

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KimB
Community Member
2 months ago

This show was like a car crash happening in front of your eyes...part of you wants to look away and part of you is just too curious not to look

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#35

Shadow And Bone

Shadow And Bone

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#36

Dark

Dark

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Marisol L. Banks
Community Member
2 months ago

This was a gripping show that you had to watch closely. Better to watch in its original language with subtitles. The ending was a mind-f*ck. Not for light viewing, but worth it.

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#38

Grace And Frankie

Grace And Frankie

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Huddo's sister
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a really funny show.

#39

Money Heist

Money Heist

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#40

The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method

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Vonny
Community Member
2 months ago

This was funnier than I thought it was going to be. I liked it. :-)

#41

Lost In Space

Lost In Space

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#43

Master Of None

Master Of None

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#44

Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer

Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer

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#45

House Of Cards

House Of Cards

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Marisol L. Banks
Community Member
2 months ago

That last season just went off the rails. It was laughable.

#46

Russian Doll

Russian Doll

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Marisol L. Banks
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this show. Love this actress. Love the premise. Eminently bingeable.

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#47

Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks!

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#49

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Dino (she/her)
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this so much! Lilian was my favorite character!

#50

The Ranch

The Ranch

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Step
Community Member
2 months ago

A very cute show. Also relatable.

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