Netflix Original Shows, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Netflix churns out content at an impressive rate. Just when you think you’ve caught up on all of your shows, there seems to be another new Netflix original series dropping. Doesn’t Netflix understand how busy we are? It’s exhausting to keep up with all these shows!

If you’re like me and you feel like you’ll never be able to watch everything, don’t panic. Yes, there are a lot of options, but you don’t have to watch everything. This is why lists like this exist – for your TV-binging reference and pleasure. Scroll along and decide what your next go-to Netflix watch should be.

Make sure to read the whole list to find out which Netflix original holds the coveted #1 spot!

30 – Insatiable

With a meager score of 25 from Metacritic and immense backlashInsatiable was off to a rocky start when it premiered on Netflix back in August 2018. The show follows Patty (played by Debby Ryan), who, after losing a ton of weight, goes on a revenge spree to get back at everyone who ever wronged her.

29 – Fuller House

It’s really no surprise that the reboot of Full House has a Metacritic score of 35. Sure, there’s an element of nostalgia, but the cheesy factor is over-the-top in this ridiculous reboot.

28 – Marvel’s The Punisher

Netflix may have canceled all of its Marvel TV shows, but they’re still available to stream on the platform. Though Jon Bernthal is great as Frank Castle, the show only has a score of 55 from critics.

27 – The Ranch

Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger star in this multi-cam dramedy, which has a less-than-impressive score of 56.

26 – Grace and Frankie

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda star in this quirky comedy that, despite having a score of 58, is beloved by its loyal fans. I mean, really, anything starring these two is worth the watch. The next show is super fun and nostalgic…

25 – Everything Sucks!

Chock full of ’90s angst and nostalgia, Everything Sucks! is delightful, funny, and poignant. This Netflix original takes place in Bend, Oregon.

24 – The Umbrella Academy

If you were depressed about Netflix giving all of its Marvel shows the axe, The Umbrella Academy might be just the show for you. It’s the perfect comic book-turned-TV show series to binge.

23 – The OA

Brit Marling’s mysterious sci-fi TV show has a critic score of 63, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

22 – 13 Reasons Why

The divisive drama is well-received by critics, but it has met its fair share of criticism and controversy. The show follows the aftermath that a high school student’s suicide has on the community and relationships she left behind.

21 – Ozark

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in this dark, violent, and horrifying show about a couple who moves from Chicago to The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. If you’re still depressed that Breaking Bad has ended, this is your next gritty crime show to binge. The next show is so good…

20 – Sense8

Show me a TV show that has fans more loyal than Sense8. I dare you. The sci-fi series was abruptly canceled, and fans were outraged. Netflix had the good sense (see what I did there?) to bring the show back for a two-and-a-half hour special to wrap up the series.

19 – Atypical

This coming-of-age comedy is heartwarming and sweet. If you’re a fan of shows that pull at your heartstrings and make you feel, as the kids say, “all of the feels,” then this is the show for you.

18 – On My Block

This coming-of-age comedy follows the lives of kids who are growing up in South Central Los Angeles. It’s incredibly charming and a delight to watch. Do not sleep on this show, y’all.

17 – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

You have to know that a Riverdale spin-off is going to be insanely juicy, dramatic, and addicting. This comic book adaption starring Kiernan Shipka is everything you could ever want in a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show. And it’s nothing like the Melissa Joan Hart version, FYI.

16 – YOU

Gossip Girl fans will become obsessed with this wickedly addicting show, though be warned: Penn Badgley plays a character who is nothing like Dan Humphrey. Well…that’s not entirely true… I won’t say much about this show for fear of spoiling all of the twists and turns. Just know that if you love ridiculous characters and juicy drama, you’ll be obsessed with this creepy show. The next show is truly special…

15 – American Vandal

It is a travesty that Netflix canceled this perfect show. American Vandal is such a good satire of true crime documentaries that at times it’s just as harrowing and disturbing as the real thing. Run – do not walk – to your TV and binge the two available seasons ASAP.

14 – Narcos

Stories about drug lords and violence might not be your thing, but Narcos is one of Netflix’s best. The biographical drama follows the exploits of Pablo Escobar and the men who try to capture him.

13 – Stranger Things

All those in favor of Stranger Things continuing on forever and ever, raise your hands. (I’m raising mine, FYI.) This ’80s horror and sci-fi series is everything good about the genre: it’s sweet, it’s scary, it’s poignant, and there are moments that are relatable. If you haven’t watched it yet, you still have time to catch up before the third season drops on July 4.

12 – Orange is the New Black

How can one show be so gutwrenching, frustrating, horrifying, funny, and beautiful? I don’t know. All I know is Orange is the New Black will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, so you better buckle up.

11 – BoJack Horseman

I know, you wouldn’t think a show about a cartoon horse would be as weirdly moving, hilarious, and clever as it is. But BoJack Horseman is all of these things, and more. Get ready for the next show, because it’s a good one…

10 – Alias Grace

Adapted from the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, Alias Grace tells the tale of an Irish immigrant in 1843, who is accused of murdering her employer and housekeeper. The mystery will keep your eyes glued to the TV, and when Netflix asks if you’re still watching Alias Grace, you won’t be able to click “yes” fast enough. It’s also inspired by actual historical events.

9 – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

If you’re like me, then you were obsessed with these dark and delightful books when you were a kid, but were depressed at the movie adaptation in 2004. But Netflix’s take on Lemony Snicket’s sardonic books is wonderful and can be enjoyed even (maybe especially) as an adult.

8 – One Day at a Time

The multi-cam show inspired by the ’70s series of the same name centers around a Cuban-American family as they deal with the rollercoaster of life. In 2019, Netflix canceled the show, but its loyal fans and brilliant creators are fighting for it to live somewhere else.

7 – The End of the F***ing World

This offbeat, dark comedy is based on the graphic novel by Charles S. Forman. If British dramedies are your thing, you do not want to miss this strangely wonderful show.

6 – Sex Education

Any show with Gillian Anderson is a show worth watching, but especially a show where Gillian Anderson plays a sex therapist. This show is hilarious and awkward and you won’t be able to stop watching.

5 – GLOW

The outfits and stellar performances are two of the many reasons why you should be watching GLOW. It will also make you wish that you lived in 1985 and were a pro-wrestler.

4 – The Crown

The Crown is like a master class in acting and costume design. Seriously – Claire Foy should win all of the awards forever because of her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in this show. History lovers, do not miss out on The Crown.

3 – Big Mouth

Big Mouth is the show you wish you had when you were going through puberty. From comedian Nick Kroll, this hilarious animated series is vulgar, uncomfortably relatable, and downright poignant.

2 – Dear White People

Based on Justin Simien’s film of the same name, Dear White People is arguably one of the best shows on Netflix. It’s also one of its most highly rated on Metacritic. If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you doing with your life? Get on it!

1 – Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne is captivating in this new Netflix original, which follows a woman who is forced to re-live the same day over and over again, in which she goes to a party and dies at the end of the night. Ready to binge? Stay tuned for what’s coming (and leaving) Netflix this October!