These Are The Highest-Rated Netflix Originals You Can’t Help But Binge Today
Netflix knows how to make a good show. Actually, Netflix knows how to make dozens fo great shows! As expected, with such great content on Netflix, deciding in seconds what to watch next sounds like a mission impossible. Fear not, because we have got you covered!
Here is the list of currently the best 33 Netflix original shows that you should watch while they are still on the platform. So, make yourself comfortable, have favorite juice on hand, and prepare favorite snacks, because it’s time to binge like never before.
33. Altered Carbon
Passionate about the future and how the world might look like in 2384? In that case, Altered Carbon should be on your list. The show has a rather unusual approach when it comes to immortality. A cortical stack is an eerie technological advancement at the base of the neck, that can download a person’s memories and consciousness.
After they die, the stack is placed into a new body. Takeshi Kovacs is the main character, who was given a second chance at life – he only needs to solve his murder. So far, viewers are impressed with the show. Voters on IMDb gave it an impressive score of 8.1. Yes – the show will return for the second season in 2020.
32. American Vandal
American Vandal shows that Netflix has a sense of humor. The show is filmed with the same suspense an any Netflix true-crime documentary. This show follows Dylan, who is expelled from high school because he was found guilty of graffiti a particular body part on every car in the school parking lot.
Dylan claims to be innocent, so a team of young investigative reporters reaches out, intending to help Dylan. In no time, they discover that those graffiti are a small part of the bigger picture. Overall the show was praised for its satirical and subtle humor at modern entertainment. No – future seasons are not confirmed, but there are rumors that CBS TV might take the show.
31. One Day At A Time
One Day At A Time gives a new light on life with PTSD. A divorced Latina veteran with this syndrome needs to deal with various problems in her life on a daily level. Her daughter is rejected by her father because she is a lesbian, her best friend is in AA, while her mom collects guns in their shared apartment. Might sound heavy and dark, but don’t let the topics fool you.
This show is fun and light, with multi-camera, colors, and audience laughing all the time. Sadly, the show was canceled in June 2019. Luckily, Pop TV stepped in. So, in March of 2020, the famous Pop TV will release new 13-episodes as part of season 4.
30. Master of None
Ever heard of the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, this phrase served as an inspiration for this show. In the center of the plot is comic Aziz Ansari. Some light humor is included here, and critics loved the show.
Master of None is considered to be one of the best shows of the decade, with an IMDb score of 8.3. Netflix yet has to confirm the third season.
Atypical follows 18-year-old protagonist Sam Gardner, who is on the autism spectrum. He explores the life, social norms, social life while falling in love with his 26-year-old therapist, Julia.
The show puts the audience inside Sam’s head, like in a popular scene where he has a meltdown. So, the show has a rather unique perspective, mixed with awkward and emotional moments. The announcement is yet to be made by Netflix for Season 4.
Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy (played by Laura Linney) are involved in a money-laundering scheme. The show shows their money-laundering operation and how they are trying to avoid cartel, police, and even local criminal organizations.
Fans even compared the show with the famous Breaking Bad. After all, Marty is a white-collar family man who finds himself involved deeply in the criminal world. Season 3 is expected to start in the mid-2020.
27. Sex Education
Sex Education should be on the top of your list this month if you haven’t watched it yet. The show premiered in January 2019, and from first-episode, people loved it. People loved it so much that is was streamed 40 million times. A high school student as a sex therapist? This show manages to turn any awkward and unusual scene into a funny and heartwarming situation.
Moreover, the show has above average characters, where the jock is highly intelligent and sensitive, and so on. Season 2 kicked off on January 17, 2020.
The same siblings who brought us The Matrix, created Sense8, about eight very different strangers from around the world who are linked. They can share their skills and knowledge before the government organization starts to hunt them. Biological Preservation Organization is on them as they try to figure out what’s happening.
Season 2 had a huge and rather dramatic cliffhanger that provokes rage among fans because the show was canceled after it. However, Netflix decided to produce a two-hour special wrapping up the season. This also means that Sense8 won’t be coming back for Season 3.
Steven Soderbergh is a producer of this no-mans-land TV show. The show is directed by Scott Franks, who directed Minority Report so that you can expect great scenes. The plot: every man in a small town in the Wild Wild West had an accident, and they are all dead.
Since there are no men, ladies are taking over, and the entire plot is about their everyday lives and problems. They also know how to protect themselves. Armed outlaw Frank Griffin threatens their existence. So far, only one season is out, and there are no rumors about season 2.
24. Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin worked together during the 1980s in comedy named, 9 to 5, and people loved their chemistry. Now, they are back, with even more reliable energy in show Grace and Frankie. The show displays two women who are not fond of each other but are forced to live together, once they discover that their husbands are in love with each other.
Grace and Frankie is a show highly praised by critics and fans, who just love the script and actors. So, Netflix decided to run the show for one more season. Sadly, the seventh season will also be the final one. This is also one of the longest-running Netflix originals.
23. Narcos: Mexico
Netflix series Narcos is focused on the rise of narcotics, while Narcos: Mexico is focused on the growth of modern trafficking as we know it. Narcos: Mexico shows how Mexican gangs were created, how united they were, and how they have created n organized group known as the Guadalajara Cartel.
Two main characters are Felix (Diego Luna), the man in charge of the Guadalajara Cartel, and his foil Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (Michael Peña), the DEA agent that tries to take him down. So far, the show is well accepted by fans and critics.
22. The Punisher
The Punisher is entirely focused on Frank Castle, played by Jon Bernthal. In the show, Frank is a special forces commander who decides to take matters into his own hands, after this entire family was killed. His only mission is to find those who killed them and deliver justice to their doorstep.
The show was much praised, especially that is was a perfect transition from the comic book to the small screen. The entire show is dark and rough, while fans loved how Frank was in a constant battle if his actions are moral or not. IMDb voters gave The Punisher an astonishing 8.5., and the show was canceled after the second season.
Unbelievable tackles one of the most sensitive topics in modern society – abuse. Series stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever bring to life a terrible story of a serial attacker who harms women between 2008 and 2011.
Unbelievable is praised both by critics and fans. The show also shows the mental side that victims need to go through after a trauma. After only 30 days, 32 million people streamed the show. Fans are now waiting for the studio’s green light and summer 2020 for more episodes.
Mindhunter is based on a famous true-crime book named Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The series premiered in October 2017 and received positive reviews from the audience and critics. In a nutshell: this is a psychological crime drama based in the late 1970s and early 1980s when profiling in the FBI was in the early days.
However, the show is significantly different when compared with the book. Mindhunter takes place in actual crimes that took place in the States, and questions how our connection with a crime is. Moreover, the show demonstrates how humans are, at the same time, amused and mortified by crime. Netflix has yet to confirm Season 3 officially, but according to rumors, this show will be continued.
19. BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman is about to end, and you should binge it before it’s over. This is probably one of the most original Netflix series ever! After all, it’s about Hollywood, talking horse, who is also a full-time actor, and who struggles on a daily level.
BoJack Horseman was praised for its storyline, views on social and mental health issues, next to the philosophical and hilarious human experience. The final season, Season 6 was released on October 25, 2019.
18. Marvel’s Daredevil
Marvel’s Daredevil had a real good run, until Disney+ stepped into the streaming world. Since Disney owns the rights to the Marvel Cinematic Universe now, the show was canceled after the third season.
Still, this a must-watch show. Great cast, interesting plotline, fantastic villain, and great fight scenes are just some of the reasons not to miss this show. This show was so dynamic that it was described as “fresh and unpredictable.”
17. Love, Death & Robots
Love, Death & Robots is not your average Netflix show. Moreover, this show comes with serious animation and storyline. The show is put together by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Deadpool director Tim Miller.
The entire show is actually 18 short series, where each episode is a stand-alone and follows minimum one and maximum three different of the title elements. This show is not recommended for children because it contains themes and images for the grown-ups. There are no rumors yet about Season 3.
16. The Haunting of Hill House
Netflix knows how to make a good horror show, and The Haunting of Hill House proves it. This show premiered in October 2018, and its a real mix of horror and family drama.
The nightmare-inducing show is one of the highest-rated Netflix shows that manage to score 93 percent on Rotten Tomato, an 8.1 on IMDb. If you still have your doubts about this show, you should know that even horror-expert Steven King was impressed by the show. The Haunting of Bly Manor si the title of Season 2 that will be released with different characters and story, in 2020.
According to critics, Dark is most similar to famous, also Netflix’s, show Stranger Things. Dark was also described as compelling and hard to watch. Still, people can’t turn it off. This sci-fi thriller keeps people engaged and inspired them to solve the puzzle.
The show takes place in the fictional German town of Winden, where children started disappearing. As the story develops, time travel conspiracy is born over three generations. The show is officially renewed for a third and final season, but there is no official release date yet.
14. The Crown
The Crown is, at the moment, one of the most popular Netflix original series. The writers, actors, and the entire crew did a fantastic job that even Queen itself had only positive words on the show. The show begins with her marriage to Greek prince and future Duke of Edinburgh, Philip Mountbatten, and grows over many historical moments and national events that made Elizabeth one of the most famous women on Earth.
Once season two premiered in 2017, an exciting thing happened. Queen Elizabeth II’s Wikipedia page became the third most-visited English-language entry of that year. Also, performances by John Lithgow and Helena Bonham Carter only add up to the show’s popularity. The show will have a total of three seasons.
If you love drama, nail-biting moments, and real-life based stories, then you can’t go a day longer without watching Narcos. The show is about the famous kingpin, Pablo Escobar, who battles to run his business in Medellín, Colombia.
The show is nothing similar to Scarface-vibe but shows a more realistic side of running a business, fighting police, showing how corruption works, and how Escobar built his name. Initially, the show has three-season, while season four is a reset as Season 1 of Narcos: Mexico.
12. House of Cards
House of Cards perfectly demonstrates how it is to have political power, and how people work to get it. The show follows the story of power couple Frank and Claire Underhill, who are ready to do anything to reach the top in Washington, D.C.
Authority, cruelty, drama, speculation, destruction, this show has it all. After Season 6, the show was canceled, after lead actor personal scandal.
11. Peaky Blinders
After the Wolrd War I, one family decided to go down the road and built personal wealth on cards and healthy drinks. In no time, they became known as the Peaky Blinders. The Shelby family shows how it was to re-built values after a global disaster, and how every action has a specific reaction – not necessarily a good one.
Birmingham, England is the hotspot of this show, that received several British Academy Television Awards. Season 6 is definitely on, while green light is not yet given for Season 7. The show is also praised for its fantastic soundtrack.
10. Stranger Things
Nostalgic about the 1980s? If so, you must binge Stranger Things: bike rides, colorful clothes, and mysterious forces – all in this mega-popular show.
The show is based around a mysterious girl, Eleven, and her friends while they are fighting off dangerous forces. The next season, Season 4 will be the final one, so jump on board as soon as possible.
9. When They See Us
When They See Us is based on a real-life story, on the infamous 1989 “Central Park Five” case. During this massive legal battle, five young African-American boys were bullied into making false confessions about their attack on a jogger in Central Park.
Many described this show as challenging to watch, stating that it was raw and painful. The show received a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 9.0 on IMDb. This mini-show covered everything from this case in only four episodes.
8. Dear White People
Series is based on the original Dear White People movie. Dear White People is an insightful, sharp, and smart television adaptation that tackles racial politics on a college campus, where white students are the majority. It’s an eye-opening show about still current social matters that are active within both communities.
This show is not about black people vs. white people. It’s about working within the system, about those who wake against those who aren’t waking. The show brings the modern form of communication, traditional beliefs and presents how an Ivy League college can be transformed.
7. Marvel’s Iron Fist
Danny Rand comes back to the present time after 15 years. He was presumed dead, and almost everyone forgot him. But, he comes back stronger than ever with a little support of superhuman powers, to reclaim his past.
The power of the Iron Fist will help him to fulfill his mission. The development of the movies is still ongoing, but in the meantime, you can watch this 2-season show on Netflix.
This show proves that old saying – Revenge is the dish best served cold. A bullied teenager makes a massive turn in life and goes the extra mile to get her revenge and win beauty pageants.
A disgraced coach helps her get her habits, lifestyle, and revenge. However, when everything bursts, the coach finds himself in a mess that goes over his head.
5. Girl Boss
Girl Boss is one of those series that you can easily connect with. Sophia is rebellious and completely broke. Her life becomes an adventure when she decides to create an online business and learns how to be the boss.
Loosely based on a real event, Girl Boss shows the struggle of creating and running your own business. After all, it’s inspired by the best-selling memoir.
4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
This Sabrina Spellman is different than any Sabrina before her. The character is more dramatic, while the scenery has a darker vibe and colorful characters. Sabrina presents the collision of magic and mischief that, at the same time, tries to fight with one or the other.
Sabrina navigates, less or more, successfully between her two sides, and her two worlds: mortal, regular teen life and her family’s legacy that is open towards the Church of Night.
3. 13 Reasons Why
Netflix felt some heat from this show. People were accusing them that the show glamours adolescent suicide. “13 Reasons Why” is about a girl named Hana, who committed suicide in her family’s house. She left behind her 13 different types, each one addressed to a specific person, to someone she knew or loved.
Each tape leads to new events and unfolds some in the past, for viewers to learn that everyone has a secret and that everyone gets what they deserve, even the main character. Or do they? The show was just renewed for a final and fourth season.
2. Black Mirror
“Black Mirror” is currently into the top 10 most popular Netflix shows. Each episode is a new experience as an entirely new cast is set in a story. The cast is set in near-future settings, which are nothing less but terrifying. If you love sci-fi vibe, you’ll love this show.
This show is full of potentially catastrophic technology that pops up in each episode. This show delivers. If you dislike it at any moment, it just means that you have to find the right episode.
1. Arrested Development
This is one of the shows that Netflix dusted off. It’s also one of Netflix’s oldest original shows. It follows a wealthy American family of comically terrible people, which meets the end since the family patriarch is arrested.
The show created some memorable characters and more than 100 life-long famous quotes. The series has a documentary-style, voice-over moments and overall a fast-paced vibe.