At this point, Netflix has more content than most ordinary humans could ever hope to watch. And yet for some reason they keep churning out more. To help you prioritize your streaming time, here's a mostly comprehensive ranking of the dozens of original scripted series Netflix has to offer right now.
54. 'Marvel's Iron Fist'
Netflix's Marvel shows really represent the best and worst of what the service has to offer. This series proved to be a huge disappointment, one marred by several bad casting choices and a painfully drawn-out story. Season 2 was an improvement, sure, but we can't say we were sorry to hear this series has been canceled.
53. 'Marvel's The Defenders'
This series was the big endgame of the first phase of Netflix and Marvel's partnership. It didn't necessarily live up to lofty fan expectations, but it did give us the big superhero team-up we had been waiting for. And at a brisk eight episodes, "The Defenders" didn't overstay its welcome like these series so often do.
We expected much more from a drama headlined by Naomi Watts. The plot alternates between being completely ridiculous and utterly boring. Netflix canceling the series after one season should be considered a mercy killing.
This post-apocalyptic drama targets the YA crowd by introducing a world where a plague has killed off everyone over the age of 21. Lousy performances and generally poor execution mar what might have been an interesting premise.
50. 'The Ranch'
With all the storytelling freedom afforded by the Netflix platform, it's strange that Chuck Lorre would opt to use it to craft such an unremarkable multi-cam sitcom. Even more frustrating is that "The Ranch" occasionally shows moments of greatness, but only when the laugh track dies down and Sam Elliott flexes his dramatic muscles. This should have been a very different sort of comedy.
49. 'Friends From College'
This comedy follows a group of estranged friends reconnecting and getting into mischief as middle age looms. It's the sort of premise that only works when viewers are made to actually care about the protagonists. Unfortunately, "Friends From College" goes out of its way to make you despise these dysfunctional, self-centered losers.
48. 'Hemlock Grove'
"Hemlock Grove" seems to have been Netflix's attempt at courting the "True Blood" and "Vampire Diaries" crowd. But this is one supernatural drama with its fangs removed. The plot is cumbersome and slow to unfold, only really picking up the pace in the truncated final season.
47. 'The OA'
"The OA" boasts some itnriguing ideas, centering around a blind woman who returns after a seven-year disappearance suddenly able to see. But for a series that so hinges on that central mystery, the lack of satisfying payoff is hard to stomach.
How well you respond to "Flaked" mostly depends on your tolerance for the "middle-aged white guy just can't seem to get it together" sub-genre. Will Arnett brings plenty of gravitas and low-key humor to the series, but there's only so much we can take of his self-sabotaging character Chip.
"Sense8" is pretty much what we've come to expect from the post"The Matrix" Wachowski sisters. Namely, stylish visuals and big ideas that fail to truly come together as an effective whole. We're glad Netflix allowed the Wachowski's to properly wrap up this story, but it never lived up to its full potential.
44. 'Fuller House'
"Fuller House" might just be the most "love it or hate it" show in Netflix's massive lineup. If you have intense nostalgia for the original "Full House," this follow-up delivers more of the same. Otherwise, you have just another formulaic and overly saccharine sitcom.
43. 'Santa Clarita Diet'
We're always down for a good zombie comedy. "Santa Clarita Diet" boasts a clever premise and a terrific cast. On the other hand, it doesn't do enough to build on that premise or craft effective satire over the long haul, leaving us to wonder if this would have been better off as a movie.
"Lilyhammer" is Netflix's first real foray into the realm of original content, and as such doesn't quite hold up to a lot of the service's more recent fare. Still, it's an entertaining story about culture clash, with Steve van Zandt basically reprising his "Sopranos" role as he plays an ex-mafioso who retires to Norway .
"Love"succeeds in being a non-romantic romantic comedy, focusing on two characters whose relationship has long since left the honeymoon phase and devolved into toxic melodrama. It's a frank and funny look at two people who really shouldn't be in a relationship. However, oftentimes the two leads are too unlikable for their own good.
"Easy" is an anthology comedy series from "Drinking Buddies" director Joe Swanberg. As with most anthology projects, the quality can vary wildly from episode to episode. But when it lands, it's one of the funniest shows you'll find on Netflix.
39. 'Anne with an E'
"Anne with an E" is a visually lavish and very dramatic interpretation of the beloved "Anne of Green Gables" story. It's probably better off treated as its own thing rather than an adaptation of the books, as sometimes it becomes way too dark for its own good.
The problem some Netflix shows face isn't making a strong first impression, but sustaining that momentum over the long haul. That's the problem with "Bloodline." While superbly acted, this series suffered fro msetadily diminishing quality over the course of its three season.
37. 'The Get Down'
"The Get Down" is exactly what you'd expect from an alliance between Netflix and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. It's flamboyant, visually stunning, messy and wholly unlike anything else on the service. This short-lived series provides a captivating look at the birth of the New York hip-hop scene.
36. 'Altered Carbon'
"Altered Carbon" may well be the closest we ever get to a "Blade Runner" TV series. The execution sometimes falters, but there's a lot to be said for a series that works so hard to combine elements of detective noir and cyberpunk sci-fi.
35. 'Lost in Space'
The bar was set pretty low for the "Lost in Space" franchise following the disastrous 1998 reboot. Thankfully, Netflix did a far better job of updating the classic TV series for modern audiences. It has some characterization problems, but it's a heartfelt and visually stunning take on an old favorite.
The performances are the big selling point in this "fish out of water" drama about a couple who move to the Midwest under murky circumstances. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney both deliver mesmerizing work in this dark drama.
33. '13 Reasons Why'
"13 Reasons Why" may be the most unpleasant Netflix series that you won't want to stop watching. The first season paints a very rich, gut-wrneching portrait of a teen girl's suicide and her friend's struggle to understand the full story. Unfortunately, the series should ave been left at that, with Season 2 doing little but diluting the original.
32. 'Marvel's Luke Cage'
At its best, "Luke Cage" is as good as anything else we've seen from the Netflix/Marvel alliance. It's definitely the most stylish and dynamic branch of this shared TV universe. But that hasn't stopped the series from hitting some major bumps in the road, particularly during the frustrating second half of Season 1.
31. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return'
Not every revival manages to capture the energy and spirit of the original, but "MST3K" is every bit as goofy and entertaining as the cult-favorite original. This revival strikes a balance between old and new, reusing the old formula but shaking things up with a new cast of characters.
30. 'On My Block'
Like many teen-focused shows, "On My Block" is frequently compared to "Stranger Things." Which we suppose makes sense if you swap out the supernatural monsters and oddities for inner city hardships. It's a coming of age drama that finds a balance between despair and humor.
29. 'Marvel's The Punisher'
"The Punisher" isn't necessarily what you'd expect from a show about a Marvel anti-hero notorious for being a mass-murderer. It's a surprisingly thoughtful look at the trauma fueling Frank Castle. Perhaps it could use a few more gunfights to keep the excitement level up, but this is by far the most compelling version of Frank we've seen in live-action.
28. "House of Cards"
"House of Cards" has done as much as any series to put Netflix on the map when it comes to prestige TV dramas. It succeeds on a combination of intense performances and dramatic political theater. But with everyone suffering from political overload in real life (not to mention the disturbing revelations about star Kevin Spacey), the series has definitely run its course now.
27. 'Alias Grace'
While it may be overshadowed by Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," "Alias Grace" shows that other networks are perfectly capable of doing justice to Margaret Atwood's novels. It's a historical drama with plenty to say about the plight of women in the modern era.
26. 'Grace and Frankie'
With a lesser pair of leads, we don't know how much "Grace and Frankie" would actually stand out amid a sea of terrific comedies on Netflix. But when you have two stars as talented as Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin playing a pair of women dealing with mutual heartbreak, suddenly it's a whole different story.
25. 'W/ Bob & David'
This sketch comedy series is basically a "Mr. Show" sequel in all but name. It features the same clever writing and hilarious comedy from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It's just a shame we only got four episodes out of this one.
24. 'The End of the F***ing World'
If you like your humor as black as can be, this is the series for you. It's a bleakly hilarious look at two disaffected teens who forge a bond as they try to escape their crappy personal lives.
23. 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
This popular book series never quite found its footing on teh big screen, but Netflix proved it probably should have gone the TV route from the beginning. This series deftly captures the whimsically bleak tone of the Lemony Snicket books, with Neil Patrick Harris at his very best as the demented Count Olaf.
"Narcos" offers a gripping account of the rise and fall of drug kingpin Pablo Escoba, with a unifromly terrific cast making that story all the more compelling. The series has only improved with time, which gives us hope that the momentum will continue even as the fourth season shifts the series in a very different direction.
21. 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'
Like "Riverdale" before it, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" takes a very dark and subversive approach to a formerly squeaky clean comic book icon. The result is a unique blend of horror and comedy, though the inconsistent performances can often hinder the overall impact of the series.
20. 'Arrested Development'
Sometimes it's hard to recreate a winning formula, even when you have all the same pieces in place. "Arrested Development" is still a hilarious look at the massively dysfunctional Bluth family, but the Netflix revival doesn't pack quite the same punch as the original Fox series. However, it has improved, especially now that Season 5 features more of the main cast members together in one place.
19. 'Lady Dynamite'
Netflix may have become the new home of "Arrested Development," but it's actually "Lady Dynamite" that does a better job of capturing the zany tone of classic "Arrested Development." Maria Bamford is a delight in this comedy based loosely on her own life. It's wacky fun, but also a frank look at a performer grappling with mental illness and trying to put her life back on track.
18. 'Big Mouth'
This animated sitcom manages to capture the pangs of adolesence i na way that probably wouldn't be possible in a live-action format. Its crude animation and gross-out humor are a mask for a deep, heartfelt look at the struggles of puberty.
It's hard enough finding a video game adaptation that's merely passable, much less truly great. That's the rare appeal of "Castlevania." this series doesn't just capture the gory supernatural action of the games, but weaves as cast of rich, nuanced characters and makes even Dracula himself a sympathetic, tragic figure.
16. 'One Day at a Time'
This reboot of the beloved '70s-era sitcom proves that sometimes lightning really can strike twice. Great performances and heartfelt storytelling elevate what might otherwise have been a very straightforward sitcom. Justina Machado and Rita Moreno are the standouts in an all-around stellar cast.
The Western tends to be a very male-dominated genre, which is one reason why this female-centric Wild West drama stands out so much. The strong performances, gorgeous cinematography and blood-soaked violence certainly don't hurt, either.
14. 'Orange Is the New Black'
Easily one of Netflix's most popular original series, "Orange Is the New Black" is still going strong after all these years. What began as a look at one privileged white woman's struggle in prison has grown into a rich, ensemble drama about the evils of the prison-industrial complex.
Turn David Fincher loose on a long-from crime drama series and you're bound to get great results. This series doesn't necessarily reinvent the wheel, but it's a dark, dramatic, visually stunning look at the early days of the FBI's criminal profiling unit.
12. 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'
Teh first season of "Jessica Jones" is easily the best Marvel prject to come out of Netflix, with a compelling lead heroine villain and a villain who may well be the best in all the MCU. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the second season failed to recreate that appeal, but this is still a must-watch for any Marvel fanatic.
This German sci-fi series is often billed as a cross between "Stranger Things" and "Twin Peaks." It may never truly escape the shadow of its inspirations, but the result is still a stylish, darkly compelling thriller that leaves a lasting impression.
10. 'The Crown'
"The Crown" dramatizes the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II" to terrific effect. Not only is it a lavish account of the British monarchy during a tumultuous period, it featuires top-notch performances from the likes of Claire Foy, John Lithgow and Matt Smith.
This isn't necessarily the follow-up project we expected from Alison Brie after "Community" and "Mad men," but it's a risk that pays off. "GLOW" is a goofy but also very earnest look at a group of wrestlers trying to make a name in a sport dominated by men. The series is a lot more satisfying to watch than the actual pro wrestling content on the air these days.
8. 'American Vandal'
Everyone seems to be in love with the true crime genre these days, whether in TV or podcast form. "American Vandal" manages to lampoon the genre to terrific effect. This mockumentary takes a melodramatic look at the hunt for deranged criminals and winds up saying a lot about the complexity of modern teen life in the process.
7. "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more sublimely hilarious comedy on Netflix. "Kimmy Schmidt" has a wacky sense of humor and a supremely likable lead. That said, in most episodes it's really costar Tituss Burgess who steals the show.
6. 'Marvel's Daredevil'
While the first season of "Jessica Jones" may capture Netflix's Marvel Unievrse at its best, only "Daredevil" has shown an ability to stay consistently great over the course of multiple seasons. Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock is a compelling, perpetually tortured superhero, and his rivalry with Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk is a highlight of the MCU as a whole. The terrific third season cements this series as the all-around best Marvel series on Netflix.
5. 'Dear White People'
Writer/director Justin Simien already had a winner on his hands with the 2014 feature film, but he perfected that formula with this TV adaptation. This is a hilarious and biting satire of race relations in modern America, one that centers around a group of black students grappling with life at a prestigious Ivy League college.
4. 'Master of None'
"Master of None" is easily one of Netflix's biggest succes stories to date. Star Aziz Ansari brings a great deal of authenticity to the table as Dev, an actor and comedian navigating his way through life i nNew York. The series rarely tries to be laugh-out-loud funny, instead opting for a combination of quiet absurdity and deep characterization.
3. 'Stranger Things'
If you crave a concentrated dose of '80s nostalgia while still experiencing something wholly new, "Stranger Things" is just what the doctor ordered. This supernatural drama pays homage to everything from "E.T." to "It," cramming in plenty of '80s atmosphere and a cast of very engaging preteen leads. It's as good a reason as any to keep the Netflix subscription active, even if the wait between new seasons seems interminable.
2. 'The Haunting of Hill House'
This lavish horror series is easily the most pleasant TV-watching surprise of 2018. It's a genuinely terrifying ghost story that succeeds equally well as a dark family drama.
1. 'BoJack Horseman'
We may well be living through the golden age of adult-oriented animated sitcoms right now, especially with the explosion of new services opening up all sorts of doorways. And at the moment, "BoJack Horseman" is the king of that crowded hill. We're forever fascinated by this bizarre universe where ordinary people bump elbows with anthropomorphic animals. And at the center of it all is Mr. Horseman hismelf, a fading celebrity whose absurd misadventures are matched only by his crippling psychological issues. This show is bleak and hilarious in equal measure, and it's pretty much the best thing you'll find on Netflix.