Because Netflix is 25 years old, we list the 25 best Netflix Originals for you. Is your favorite among them?
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These are the 25 best Netflix Originals
Netflix is 25 years old. Although the first real Netflix Original was only introduced in 2013 with House of Cards, hundreds of series have appeared since then. Because it’s a party, we’re taking this opportunity to list the 25 best Netflix Originals.
25. House of Cards
House of Cards is the very first Netflix Original, starring Kevin Spacey as an American politician who is not averse to a murder here and there to achieve his goals. The series has won a lot of awards, but has fallen considerably since Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct. The actor was therefore no longer seen in the last season.
24. Queer Eye
This reboot of the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series follows a group of exuberant personalities who put the lives of the troubled back on track. With, among other things, a new look, new furnishing of their house and above all a renewed self-confidence. The ultimate feel good television you can’t watch without tears rolling down your cheeks.
23. Master of None
In this series, you delve into the mind of Aziz Ansari, who shares his passions in aesthetically pleasing episodes. After Ansari has been discredited for sexual misconduct, he took a place behind the camera in the final season of the series. The result is a wonderful season about a marriage between two women and a possible child.
22. Santa Clarita Diet
One trend in this list is that series ends too early — and that’s definitely the case with Santa Clarita Diet. This comedy series is about a couple of real estate agents (Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore) with a secret: she is a zombie. An original, super funny series that unfortunately ends with a cliffhanger.
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling consists of a group of women who put on wrestling shows in the 1980s. Glow is a special series that combines good humor and strong drama with unique characters.
Not everyone understands what exactly happens in Dark. This extraordinary Netflix series follows different timelines and a confusing mystery. If you’re bothered to try and understand any of it, Dark is a series that will stick with you for a long time to come.
19. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Just for the catchy intro song, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt deserves a spot on this list. This hilarious comedy series follows an innocent young woman who escapes from a bunker where she was held captive by a pastor. Now she suddenly has to live in a world she doesn’t understand at all.
From the brains of the makers of The Matrix comes this special series about eight people, who are in contact with each other in a special way. They can skills take over in the fight against those who bother them. Sense8 is a beloved series with fantastic characters, which unfortunately ended too soon.
17. Umbrella Academy
A group of kids with superpowers are being trained by a strange man. When that man dies, the now-aged superheroes must reunite to stop the end of the world. In every season a new apocalypse awaits, but you also learn more and more about how the world really works.
Netflix was allowed to make a series of series that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, culminating in Daredevil. Particularly through the work of Charlie Cox as the superhero and Vincent D’Onofrio as the villainous Kingpin. This is the only series on this list that is no longer available on Netflix, as Disney has taken back the rights and put Daredevil on Disney Plus.
15. The OA
The OA follows a young woman who returns after being missing for seven years. This woman gathers a group of students and a teacher to help her with a special mission. The OA is a unique series like you’ve never seen before, which desperately needed a third season after the cliffhanger in the second season.
14. Grace and Frankie
Two older women (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) find out that their husbands are actually in love with each other. The ladies have completely different personalities, but still have to make do with each other now that they are alone. A nice, funny series that gets better every season.
The beloved series Narcos is about the rise of Pablo Escobar, told from the agents who hunt him for his cocaine trade. Wagner Moura as Escobar in particular is an amazing performance. Narcos is an exciting series that surpasses itself every season.
Financial advisor Marty Byrde moves with his family to the Ozarks, where he has to launder 500 million dollars within five years for a Mexican drug lord. There he and his family come into contact with the local criminals. The comparison with Breaking Bad is not only because of the storyline, but also because of the high quality of this series.
11. One Day at a Time
This delightfully old-fashioned sitcom is mainly set in a single apartment, but deals with modern topics in its own way. The series tells the story of a Cuban-American family with a mother who is a veteran who suffers from PTSD.
One Day at a Time is a series that mainly makes you laugh a lot, but when heavier topics are discussed, it is always sincere and emotional.
Omar Sy masterfully plays Assane Diop in this series, a man inspired by the books about master thief Arsène Lupine. In the smooth, French series you see how Diop outsmarts everyone around him, and sometimes also you as a viewer.
This historical, romantic series about a wealthy family in the 19th century, with children who are all looking for a partner, is a feast for the eyes. Intrigue, plot twists, men with white shirts falling into the water and romantic tension that makes you fall off the couch. With a surprisingly diverse cast.
8. The Queen’s Gambit
Who would have ever thought that a series about chess could be so exciting. Anya Taylor-Joy stars in this miniseries as young Beth Harmon, who is exceptionally good at the board game while battling a drug addiction. The Queen’s Gambit is a very smooth series, which is a joy to watch because of how it’s filmed and played.
7. Orange is the New Black
Piper Chapman is a young woman who had a decent life, but made the wrong choice. That’s why she ends up in a women’s prison where any move could be the wrong one.
However, as a viewer, you soon come to love all the other characters in prison, each of whom ended up there for their own reasons and built new relationships. An outrageous series with a diverse cast, many of which have had strong careers since Orange is the New Black.
6. BoJack Horseman
That a cartoon about a depressed horse can be so good. BoJack used to be a famous sitcom actor, but now he has fallen into a deep hole. There he tries to climb out again with the help of the people around him. Hilarious full of little jokes in the background, but sometimes also unexpectedly intense.
5. Russian Doll
One of the actresses we already saw in Orange of the New Black and who now has a strong own series, is Natasha Lyonne. In Russian Doll she can go all out and that is good news for the viewer.
In this show Natasha plays Nadia who is in a time loop. Every time she dies, she starts all over again. That sounds familiar from other films and series, but Russian Doll rises above it by being infinitely charming and innovative.
4. Squid Game
Who would have thought that a strange series from Korea would break all records on Netflix. In Squid Game, people with money problems play life-threatening games for the chance to win a huge amount of money.
The series is very exciting, so you can do nothing but binge. Soon, Squid Game turned into a cultural phenomenon that everyone was talking about, and rightly so.
3. Sex Education
A series about young people at a school who talk a lot about sex doesn’t sound very original, but Sex Education has completely blown us away. It’s the fun characters, beautiful style, humor and captivating storylines that leave us eagerly looking forward to the next after the end of each season.
2. The Crown
The Crown is a production like we’ve never seen before. Basically, this series tells about the life of Queen Elizabeth and the people around her, from when she first started as Queen to now. But the series does this with so much style and suspense that you are completely engrossed.
The sets are grand, the clothing is down to the last detail and the casting is excellent, with new actors in the roles after every two seasons as the characters have aged.
1. Stranger Things
While Stranger Things can’t compete with Squid Game’s record, this series from the Duffer brothers is the best Netflix has to offer. Stranger Things tells the story of Eleven, a young girl with superpowers who escapes from a laboratory where she is being experimented with. She ends up in the small town of Hawkins. There she makes friends, who she then has to protect from a dark dimension that leaks into the normal world.
Stranger Things has a cast to love, cleverly adding new characters each season that you instantly accept as part of the whole. The series is one big ode to the eighties, but also very much its own thing. The upcoming fifth season concludes the series. That’s a shame, of course, but it’s good to stop at your peak.
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