The 20 Best TV Shows on Netflix, Ranked

The 20 Best TV Shows on Netflix, Ranked

Over the last two decades, Netflix offered and spread its services covering many areas in the world, the increasing excellent service had given its consumers many special and unique features.

For example “Netflix Originals” are exclusive products of the network, with more than 100 TV shows and films available to watch.

The original idea of Netflix is to watch your favorite show/movie whenever you want, and not only limited to their showing dates.

Also on the recent years, watching a show on Netflix is not limited only to TV, as a Netflix`s user you can watch your favorite show on your TV, PC, Tablet device, and even on your Smartphone. Watching a show is available as long as you have a screen and a subscription of internet service.

Choosing a TV series to spend a good time watch is not easy as it sounds, there are hundreds of recommendations all over the internet which covers specific genres, and various types of users.

Therefore Netflix produced an algorism which offers recommendations to its user based on his views` history and ratings, the users` ratings are variable and differs from one user to other, which give every user an almost unique set of recommendations specialized for him.

So on this article we have picked best 20 TV shows based on general rankings by users and critics, and these shows are available for you anytime to watch, if you are a Netflix user. Also the list contains of “Netflix Originals” along with other productions, and it comes with various genres, to be suitable for every user taste:

  • Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013):

One of the most all time High ranked TV series, it consists of 5 seasons, a series you won`t regret watching.

Plot: After discovering his illness with lung cancer, a high school chemistry teacher decides to manufacture drugs, in order to secure his family’s future.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Comedy, and Drama.


  • The Walking Dead (2010 – Ongoing Series):

A Horror TV series based on the comics by the same name, if you like the idea of zombies’ Apocalypse, you will definitely love this series, and you can watch its trailer here:

Plot: A Sheriff Deputy wakes up from a coma to discover that zombies are everywhere!

Genres: Horror and Drama.

  • Sherlock (2010 – Ongoing Series):

A modern adaptation of the famous British character Sherlock Holmes, this is a must watch series if you are a crime & thriller fan, you can have a look at the trailer:

Plot: Weird enigmatic character Sherlock, describes himself as a consulting detective, solves mysterious crimes with his unique ways, along with his friend Dr. John Watson.

Genres: Crime, Thriller, Drama, and Mystery.

  • Arrested Development (2003 – Ongoing Series):

A comedy series available to watch exclusively on Netflix, consists of many famous American comedians just like Jason Batman and Michael Cera, you can watch the trailer here:

Plot: the life adventure of Michael Bluth, who is taking charge of his family business, while his father is imprisoned. On the same time; he discovers a lot about his family`s issues which make his life more complicated than he thought.

Genres: Drama and Comedy.

  • Friends (1994 – 2004):

A must watch series, in case of you did not watch it before, one of the most high rated and popular TV comedies of all time, you can have a look at top 10 moments from Friends here:


Plot: a sitcom about 6 close friends who meet on regular basis. They face Love, life situations, and friendship issues. Many humor is presented through the series, a 10 seasons TV series you would never forget!

Genres: Comedy and Drama.

  • Friday Night Lights (2006 – 2011):

A Family and Sports Drama started in 2006, aired for 5 seasons, and had been received with excellent ratings and high views from audience, it was based on a book named “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream” by H.G. Bissinger.

Plot: The story of the High school football team and their coach through the journey of their competitions and life issues.

Genres: Drama, Sports, and Family.

You can watch the first season trailer here:

  • Mad Men (2007 – 2015):

Set in the rival business world in New York at 1960s, this series was successful enough to win 5 golden globes, you can watch trailer here:

Plot: following the life story of Don Draper, the ad executive in one of the biggest agencies in New York City during the 60s, with his family life and career journey.

Genre: Drama.

  • Orange is the New Black (2013 – Ongoing Series):

A Netflix Original, a Comedy and Drama series set in prison, it was based on “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” memoir by Piper Kerman.

Trailer is available here:

Plot: The story of a woman who spend 18 months in prison, and how she reacts toward her new life, a fine mixture of Drama and comedy.

Genres: Drama and Comedy.

  • Scrubs (2001-2010):

An American Medical Comedy, with 9 seasons to watch, if you are engaged somehow with the hospital and healthcare branch, you will really enjoy watching this series.

A nice long promo for the series here:

Plot: the story of the young doctor John Dorian, who learns his way on medical life, along with other hospital staff.

Genres: Comedy and Drama.

  • Daredevil (2015 – Ongoing series):

A series based on the Marvel`s character DareDevil, started in 2015, and received good critical ratings, also a Netflix Original.

You can watch the trailer here:

Plot: Following the life and adventures of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer, who has a double identity as a Superhero who fights crime at night.

Genres: Superhero, Action, Drama, and fantasy.

  • 30 rock (2006-2013):

A Comedy TV Sitcom, a winner of 6 golden globes, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Plot: following the life and career journey of Liz Lemon, and how she deals with her life, friends, and co-workers to run a successful TV show, this series has one of the most exciting performances of actress Tina Fey.

Trailer is available here:

Genres: Comedy and Drama.

  • The X-files (1993 – Ongoing Series):

If you are one of the conspiracy theory lovers, then you are in the right place to watch this mystery series!

First season Trailer is here:

Plot: FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are investigating mysterious cases with scientific methods, two different characters have their own theories towards events and crimes. This series is one of the most famous Sci-fiction, mystery and crime T Shows of all time.

Genres: Sci-Fiction, Mystery, Crime, and Drama.

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016 – Returning Series):

This series expected to be launched and returned on the 25th of November 2016, a continuous story of the original series “Gilmore Girls”, a Netflix Production and exclusively available to watch on the network, this series expected to be released as a min series consists of 4 episodes, and awaited by a lot of fans.

You can have a look on the trailer here:

Plot: a young woman is raised by a single mom, the series following their journey in life.

Genres: Drama and Comedy.

  • The West Wing (1999 – 2006):

One of the most successful Political Drama in the history of the American Television, consists of 7 seasons and won 2 golden globes.

Plot: a further look into the lives of the White house`s west wing staff, following American President Josiah Bartlet and his senior staff, on their dealing with political issues and interferes.

Season 1 Trailer is available here:

Genres: Political Drama.

  • Firefly (2002 – 2003):

A Primetime Emmy award winner, a Sci-fiction Series which has a lot of action and visual effects for Fantasy and Sci-fi fans.

You can watch the trailer here:

Plot: set in the future on the year 2517, a spaceship crew travels through a new discovered star system, going through series of adventurous events and stories.

Genres: Drama, Western, Sci-fiction, and Fantasy.

  • Luther (2010 – 2015):

A British Crime Drama consists of 4 seasons, starring Idris Elba, the series is a Golden Globe winner, and produced by BBC, you can have a look at the trailer here:

Plot: Following the adventures of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, and his special ways of solving crimes, especially he is adopting psychological methodology to do so.

Genres: Crime, Drama, and Mystery.

  • House of Cards (2013 – Ongoing Series):

Also a Netflix Original series, and available to watch only on Netflix, another Drama centered on politics and its world, a 2 Golden Globes winner, starring by modern drama legend Kevin Spacey, the U.S. version of the British drama that goes by the same name. First season trailer is available here:

Plot: following the story of Congressman Francis Underwood who take a journey into Political world with power, motivated by revenge and high ambition.

Genres: Political Drama.

  • Lost (2004 – 2010):

One of J.J. Abrams signatures in TV world, a breathtaking adventure and a mystery series, one of the most successful TV series of all time, first season trailer is available to watch here:

Plot: a mystery Island, a plane crash survivors, and a mysterious scientists group, follow their own steps in life after and before the plane crash, besides the unknown mysteries sides of characters’ lives, the journey shows that every possible link and action in life, could lead to unpredictable destinations.

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fiction, and Thriller.

  • How I met your Mother (2005 – 2014):

A comedy and drama series, consists of 9 seasons, following the lives of 5 friends and their journeys toward happiness and family making.

Plot: Ted is a successful architect, who has unusual interests, and he is searching for a true love through his life, every episode starts with the voice of older Ted, telling his children a different story about his adventures with his close friends on the path of finding how he met their mother.

Genres: Comedy and Drama.

You can watch the show promo here:

  • Louie (2010 – Ongoing Series):

A TV show created, written and acted by actor Louis C.K, shows the life of a fictional character with the same name.

Trailer is available here:

Plot: Louie is a comedian actor who lives with his kids in New York City, the show presents his life in a humor and black comedy theme.

Genres: Comedy and Drama.

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