Streaming services have come to stay. In fact, we have many more of them by the year right now. However, none of them have been able to take down Netflix as the most popular binge-watching platform thus far.

Still, it feels like, despite the thousands of documentaries, TV shows, movies, and even now reality shows, there’s nothing to watch. We can spend hours scrolling through the categories and then just give up and watch our favorite movie for the 100th time.

Imagine how much time you’d save if you just actually knew what to watch right away. That’s why today, we’re going to create the ultimate ranking of the 25 best Netflix original shows, so you finally make the most of its platform.

25. Kingdom

Kingdom is directed by Kim Seong-Hun - Netflix

Seasons: 2 (As of 2020)
Kingdom is Netflix’s first Korean series, and perhaps that’s the only reason why it’s not ranked higher on this list. Don’t get me wrong, it's must-watch television, but language barriers have always been difficult to overcome.

This series is an adaption from the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods and tells the story of the struggles of Crown Prince Lee Chang vs. a mysterious plague that brings people back from the death and political turmoil from his enemies. 

24. Master Of None

Ansari broke out for his role in Parks and Recreation - Netflix

Seasons: 2 (As of 2020)
You know you’ll be in for a laugh when Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang are behind a project. Master of None is no exception to that rule, as they constantly find the way of making the most of otherwise ordinary situations to bring people to tears of laughter.

Master of None tells the story of Dev Shah, an actor in his thirties trying to find love and become a marquee name in show business. In typical Ansari fashion, he’s got to deal with his own insecurities to get by the online dating world. Jack of all trades, master of none.

23. American Vandal

The series was created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda - Netflix

Seasons: 2
American Vandal isn’t for the average viewer, as it pretty much mocks true crime documentaries in hilarious fashion, so dark humor is advised. More specifically, it mocks Serial and Making a Murderer.

It pretty much tells the story of a school prank that sees dozens of cars vandalized with penis-shaped images on them. Netflix canceled this hilarious parody after two seasons but the show is believed to be relaunched on a different platform.

22. Love

Its final season premiered on March 9, 2018 - Netflix

Seasons: 3
Perhaps the name doesn’t exactly make you think that this show’s worth binge-watching but don’t judge a book by its cover. Love will make you laugh your butt off for hours as it tells you stories most of us can relate to.

The premise of the show is simple, a “down to earth look at dating”, with the misfortunes of Mickey Dobbs and Gus Cruikshank as they try to find their significant others. It features great acting and is a lighthearted comedy show to watch and chill.

21. Tiger King

They did a special after-show hosted by Joel McHale - Netflix

Seasons: 1
Tiger King became one of the biggest successes of the year for Netflix, as nobody could stop binge-watching this bizarre and cringe-worthy story. This 8-episode documentary tells you the story of Joe Exotic, a zookeeper obsessed with the idea of killing Carole Baskins.

Baskins is a conservationist and advocate for the rights of tigers determined to take Joe’s zoo, so he retaliates in every possible way. You’ll see plenty of guns, country music, toothless people and obviously, a lot of very big cats. 

20. The End of the F***ing World

Its first episode premiered on Channel 4 in the UK - Netflix

Seasons: 2
The End of the F***ing World holds one of the most bizarre and hilarious plots we’ve seen in years. It tells the story of James, a kid that’s convinced of being a psychopath that’s used to killing animals. As he grows up, however, he wants to take it up a notch and kill a human.

That’s when Alyssa comes in. She wants an adventure out of her upper-middle-class life, so she convinces him to run away together and have sex, while he’s hoping to find the perfect opportunity to kill her. Needless to say, things go south quickly enough and the 17-year olds have to sort plenty of troubles.

19. Sex Education

The show stars Asa Butterfield in the leading role - Netflix

Seasons: 2 (As of 2020)
Sex Education found plenty of success right away, with over 40 million viewers not so long after being released. That comes as no surprise given its explicit name and original plot, which focus on the misfortunes of Otis Milburn, a shy teenager trying to run a sex advice clinic.

Otis tries to deal with everybody else’s issues in bed while trying to have a sex life of his own. Ironically, Otis’ mother is a highly-coveted sex therapist obsessed by her son’s sexuality, which makes this teen comedy series even more hilarious.

18. Dear White People

The show is written and directed by Justin Simien - Netflix

Seasons: 3 (As of 2020)
Dear White People tells the story of some black college students on an Ivy League college as they have to deal with the burden of racial prejudice and discrimination that comes with being an African-American.

Based on the homonymous 2014 film, the show focuses on a different character in every single episode. They look to push the boundaries and buttons of the American race relations with their rebellious ‘Dear White People’ radio show. 

17. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show premiered an interactive special on May 12, 2020 - Netflix

Seasons: 4
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock put together a comedic masterpiece on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show tells the story of Kimmy, a girl rescued from a doomsday cult trying to get her life back on track after 15 years in captivity.

Kimmy leaves her old town behind to move to New York City, where she befriends a gay struggling actor, a conspiracy theorist, and a socialite. Her positive attitude is often challenged by the demands of modern America, so this show’s definitely worth watching if you’re in for a laugh.

16. Sense8

Sense8 won one GLAAD Media Awards - Netflix

Seasons: 2
Sense8 has one of the most original, yet complicated plots you’ll find. It tells the story of the ‘Sensates’, eight people from all over the world that are mentally and emotionally linked to each other and can communicate and share their skills among them.

However, they’ll be forced to run and fight for their lives as Whisper, a high-ranked sensate is trying to hunt them down. The show was polarizing and had as many advocates as haters, so Netflix shut it down after a 2-and-a-half hour finale.

15. Atypical

The final 10 episodes will premiere in 2021 - Netflix

Seasons: 3 (As of 2020)
Atypical tells the story of Sam Gardner, an 18-year old who has autism spectrum disorder and is trying to deal with the perks and demands of finishing high school and entering college. It also focuses on his family and the way they deal with his diagnose.

This show does a great job of normalizing autism by providing a message of inclusion. Combining humor with facts and real-life situations teenagers must deal with, Sam continues to pursue his independence, find a girlfriend, and try to figure out the social rituals most people with autism just don’t care about.

14. Love, Death & Robots

The series is produced by Tim Miller, Joshua Donen, David Fincher, and Jennifer Miller - Netflix

Seasons: 1 (As of 2020)
Sometimes we don’t have enough time or attention to watch a full-hour episode and that’s when Love, Death & Robots comes handy. This sci-fi animated series features stand-alone episodes of 6 to 17 minutes produced by different casts and crews.

Needless to say, the show will have plenty of the three elements forming its name, as it’s a re-imagining reboot of sci-fi film Heavy Metal. Love, Death & Robots features top-notch storytelling and a revolutionary concept that’ll keep you hooked. Make no mistakes, though, despite its look, this show isn’t for kids.

13. The OA

The OA was produced by Plan B Entertainment Anonymous Content - Netflix

Seasons: 2
The OA has gotten plenty of mixed reviews but still, it’s been one of Netflix’s biggest successes. Its combination of supernatural and fantasy elements with a dark aesthetic made him an intriguing and binge-able show throughout its first season.

It tells the story of Prairie Johnson, a blind girl that went missing for seven years. All of a sudden, she’s back in town and isn’t blind anymore and starts referring to herself as ‘The OA’. The show has a lot of ups and downs and a controversial finale, but it’s definitely worth watching for sci-fi enthusiasts.

12. Unorthodox

You can watch the entire miniseries in less than 4 hours - Netflix

Season: 1
It won’t take long before Unorthodox find its way to your heart. This four-episode miniseries based on Deborah Feldman's memoirs defies arranged marriage, religion, and empowers our main character as it lives her life to the fullest.

Esty, a 19-year old woman from an orthodox Jewish family, decides to escape from her community in New York and travel to Berlin to run away from her unhappy marriage. It’s the first Netflix series primarily in Yiddish.

11. Russian Doll

Its first season received 4 Emmy award - Netflix 

Seasons: 1 (As of 2020)
How would you feel if you kept dying and reviving on an endless loop? Well, that’s what happens in Russian Doll. The show follows the story of Nadia Vulvokov, a game developer trying to figure out why she dies and relives the very same day.

Nadia is supposed to attend her 36th birthday party, where she continues to die and reappear on the very same moment every single time. Featuring Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler, this dark-comedy show will keep you guessing for hours.

10. Maniac

Maniac was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga - Netflix

Seasons: 1
Maniac is a psychological thriller and dark comedy series that tells the story of two people that volunteer for a drug testing experiment that doesn’t go as expected, as the two end up mind-bended.

The series takes the stars to the darkest places of their minds, it shows their traumas, fears, and deepest desires. Also, Jonah Hill and Emma Stone starring in a miniseries? That’s a blockbuster hit in the making, for sure.

9. When They See Us

It received 11 Emmy award nominations - Netflix

Seasons: 1
If you’re a sensitive person, just don’t watch this. When They See Us tells the heartbreaking and outrageous story of the 1989 Central Park jogger case when the NYC Police Department was determined to pin a crime on innocent black teens. 

The documentary explores the lives of the five innocent suspects that actually served time for a crime they didn’t do. This is a sad and infuriating story perfectly told by Ava DuVernay, who leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice and exposing the rotten, corrupt, and biased legal system.

8. Mindhunter

The third season is currently on hold - Netflix

Seasons: 2 (As of 2020)
Mindhunter will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, this show will try and take you to the deepest corners of the mind of a sociopath.

FBI agents Holden Ford, Bill Tench, and psychologist Wendy Carr interview serial killers to try and develop a psychological profile that could help the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit understand the minds of criminals. David Fincher walks us through this psychological thriller in outstanding fashion and you’ll always ask for more.

7. House Of Cards

House Of Cards was produced by David Fincher - Netflix 

Seasons: 6
House of Cards was actually Netflix’s first original show, although it was based in a BBC miniseries. This show takes place in the aisles of Washington DC, where Frank Underwood walks you through the ruthless and backstabbing world of American politics.

Frank can’t trust anybody, not even his wife, mostly because he’s not trustworthy either. But hey, that’s how you climb the ladder and become the leader of the free world. Notably, Kevin Spacey’s recent controversies forced the producers to fire him right before its final season.

6. Narcos

There's also Narcos: Mexico - Netflix

Seasons: 3
Narcos provides a completely new way to take a look at Pablo Escobar’s story as this time, it’s told by the DEA agent trying to get him. As you can tell by its name, there’s plenty of action involved in every single one of its episodes.

If you’re a fan of fact-checking, then we wouldn’t encourage you to watch this series, as it drives away from what really happened from time to time. Still, its combination of actual facts and Hollywood-ish fiction makes it just so addictive, which is ironic considering Escobar was a drug kingpin.

5. BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg - Netflix 

Seasons: 6
It’s kind of ironic to see that a cartoon horse could impersonate depression and struggles with addiction better than most actors have ever done it and that’s one of the many reasons why BoJack Horseman is such a comedic masterpiece.

The show follows the memoirs of BoJack, a has-been sitcom star that’s trying to revive his career by publishing an autobiography. It perfectly portrays the self-destructive behavior and trauma most humans can experience through life, and its top-notch voice cast makes it one of the greatest adult animated series of all time.

4. Stranger Things

The series was originally called Montauk - Netflix

Seasons: 3 (As of 2020)
Stranger Things was poised to be a massive success from its very beginnings. It combined the nostalgia of the ‘80s with some adorable kids trying to beat a demon from another dimension, which seemed like the perfect formula to make a lot of money. 

The show tells the story of the disappearing of Will Byers in Hawkings, Indiana. His friends and family start looking for him, just to unravel a series of supernatural mysteries involving secret government experiments. You’ll love it’s constant pop-culture references.

3. Ozark

Jason Bateman has received two nominations for his role as Marty Byrde - Netflix

Seasons: 3 (As of 2020)
Ozark tells the story of Marty Byrde, a seemingly harmless financial advisor with a dirty secret: he launders money for a Mexican drug cartel. So, when his life and his family are threatened because of his business partner’s wrongdoings, he must do whatever it takes to survive.

The Byrdes leave Chicago and move to the Ozarks in Missouri to set up a money-laundering operation for the cartel in hopes they spare their lives, only to get involved in even more problems as they have to deal with local criminals, landlords, politicians, the Kansas City mafia, and even the FBI.

2. Orange Is The New Black

OITNB was produced by Tilted Productions and Lionsgate Television - Netflix

Seasons: 7
Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, OITNB tells the story of Piper Chapman, an upper-middle-class New York girl sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security facility, for transporting a bag full of drugs. Once she’s there, everything takes a turn for the worst.

This hilarious series tells the story of dozens of women who made poor choices or just weren’t lucky enough to beat the system. Gangs, drugs, racial discrimination, same-sex marriage, and plenty of laughs will be guaranteed.

1. Dark

The third season will be the final - Netflix

Seasons: 3
Dark is one of those shows that are so good that people completely ignore the language barrier. This German sci-fi thriller has paved the way for endless conspiracy theories and truth to be told, they’ll always keep people guessing with their complicated twists and turns.

The show follows the story of the aftermath of missing children, which leads to investigations that leave more questions than answers as they keep unraveling mysteries. It combines conspiracy theories, experiments, and a time-traveling incident that spans four generations.