Best TV shows on Netflix: Our favorites

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From Netflix originals "Making a Murderer" and "Stranger Things" to other TV series favorites we love ("Arrested Development," "Gilmore Girls"), plenty of options are available on the streaming service.

OZARK

Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial
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Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial planner by day and money launderer to Mexican drug lord Del Rio (Esai Morales) by night. To avoid being killed for his partner's theft, he creates a plan to move to Ozark, Missouri, in an attempt to launder $8 million in three months.

CASTLEVANIA

Adult animation action based on the same-named '80s

Adult animation action based on the same-named '80s Konami video game finds monster hunters (Richard Armitage, James Callis) battling the evil forces of Dracula (Graham McTavish). Four episodes.

THE RANCH

Season 2 return of hometown sitcom with family
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Season 2 return of hometown sitcom with family members Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott. Ten episodes.

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Cultural biases, racial injustice and social activism are
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Cultural biases, racial injustice and social activism are just a few recurring themes in the Netflix original drama series "Dear White People." The series, which follows a 2015 movie of the same name and was recently confirmed for a second season, follows students of color at a predominantly white Ivy League university.

TURN

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"Turn: Washington's Spies" is an AMC Studios series based on the Culper espionage ring of the Revolutionary War. Three seasons available for streaming.

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

The Baudelaire orphans must face the evil Count
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The Baudelaire orphans must face the evil Count Olaf to unlock sacred family secrets in this Netflix original. Season one available for streaming.

MAD MEN

In 2015,
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In 2015, "Mad Men" officially came to an end, but the drama series, which won five Golden Globes and 16 Emmys, is still available to stream on Netflix.

DOCUMENTARY NOW

Fred Armisen, left, and Bill Hader star in
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Fred Armisen, left, and Bill Hader star in "Documentary Now!," which spoofs celebrated documentaries.

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HOUSE OF CARDS

Kevin Spacey slides down the depravity scale each
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Kevin Spacey slides down the depravity scale each season of Netflix's "House of Cards." In the newly released season 5, his lies begin to corner him.

RIVERDALE

From left, KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse
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From left, KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart star in "Riverdale," the TV adaptation of the "Archie" comics. All 13 episodes in season 1 are available now.

ZOO

When waves of violent animal attacks suddenly begin
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When waves of violent animal attacks suddenly begin sweeping the planet, one group must race to stop humanity's extinction. Two seasons available for streaming.

THE OFFICE

NBC's hit show
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NBC's hit show "The Office" has nine seasons of mockumentary style comedy. Stars Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak and more.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Season 3 has 13 more episodes, in which
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Season 3 has 13 more episodes, in which guest stars Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin and Maya Rudolph join previous favorites Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles and Amy Sedaris.

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ANNE

Head back to Green Gables in this
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Head back to Green Gables in this "re-imagined" family series, with young Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson, from "Breaking Bad" writer Moira Walley-Beckett ("Flesh and Bone").

GIRLBOSS

How to build a fashion empire online, as
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How to build a fashion empire online, as adapted from the bestseller. Starring Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle"). 13 episodes.

LOVE

Judd Apatow-produced series with (wild) Gillian Jacobs and
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Judd Apatow-produced series with (wild) Gillian Jacobs and (nice) Paul Rust starts its second season of intimacy-fear and commitment-phobia.

INTO THE INFERNO

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"Into the Inferno," deep-diving into craters in Iceland, Ethiopia, other global locales.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Five seasons in, one of the site's first
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Five seasons in, one of the site's first original series (only "House of Cards" came before) still ranks among its best.

THE IVORY GAME

Leonardo DiCaprio produced
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Leonardo DiCaprio produced "The Ivory Game," an undercover look at ivory trafficking.

FIVE CAME BACK

Top directors from '40s Hollywood shot World War
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Top directors from '40s Hollywood shot World War II action and found themselves changed forever. Those masters (John Ford, Frank Capra, more) are profiled by modern filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, more). Also streaming: 13 World War II documentaries.

13 REASONS WHY

Young-adult drama series tracks a teen (Dylan Minnette,
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Young-adult drama series tracks a teen (Dylan Minnette, "Awake") investigating why his crush ended her own life. With Kate Walsh, Brian d'Arcy James. From producer Selena Gomez, "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy. 13 episodes.

THE GET DOWN

Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann's '70s NYC portrait
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Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann's '70s NYC portrait finds a new beat in the Bronx. With Shameik Moore, Justice Smith and Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash. five episodes.

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE

They're back: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, in
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They're back: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, in four 90-minute chapters moving through the seasons. Other WB returnees include Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena.

FRONTIER

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"Game of Thrones" favorite Jason Momoa dominates a gritty new drama of 1700s renegades trying to muscle in on North America's fur trade. (Already renewed for season 2.) Six episodes.

BLACK MIRROR

Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the
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Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the six new episodes of this dark, adult, anthology thriller.

THE FALL

Season 3 with Gillian Anderson's homicide detective hunting
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Season 3 with Gillian Anderson's homicide detective hunting a serial killer. Six new episodes, with Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi.

THE CROWN

Series from
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Series from "The Queen" movie writer Peter Morgan dramatizes the earlier life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), starting with her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith).

MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE

Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from
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Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from "Jessica Jones" into his own adventure series. With Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Frank Whaley, Sonia Braga.

EASY

Sex, tech and culture intersect in a Chicago-set
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Sex, tech and culture intersect in a Chicago-set half-hour anthology from filmmaker Joe Swanberg. With Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Malin Akerman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hannibal Buress.

BEING MARY JANE

With Season 3 just added, fans can catch
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With Season 3 just added, fans can catch up to all of this smart BET drama series, tracking the complicated life of a TV news anchor (Gabrielle Union).

HATERS BACK OFF

Totally untalented star pursues her big-time dreams in
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Totally untalented star pursues her big-time dreams in eight-episode comedy from YouTube favorite Colleen Ballinger. With "Office" star Angela Kinsey, "Eastbound & Down" dude Steve Little.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

A mid-'00s classic comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz,
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A mid-'00s classic comedy from Mitchell Hurwitz, "Arrested Development" was as funny, original and odd as anything most viewers had ever seen on a major TV network. Its influence remains wide and deep, and, in fact, the series has been born again on Netflix.

STRANGER THINGS

If you haven't seen it, you've heard about
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If you haven't seen it, you've heard about it: Netflix's runaway success of summer 2016 is jam-packed with '80 nostalgia. Winona Ryder plays the mom whose son's disappearance is at the center of simultaneous investigations involving the police, his friends and a mysterious girl with unusual powers.

BETTER CALL SAUL

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"Breaking Bad's" spinoff, "Better Call Saul" is a 10-episode drama series that follows the life of little-known attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), as he transforms into a big-time criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in Albuquerque, N.M.

BOJACK HORSEMAN

Season 3 for this critically acclaimed adult cartoon:
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Season 3 for this critically acclaimed adult cartoon: Our boozing humanoid horse (voice of Will Arnett), once a sitcom has-been, now achieves movie stardom. Does BoJack still hate Hollywood? With Amy Sedaris' Persian cat, Paul F. Tompkins' Labrador retriever, Aaron Paul's human slacker.

PEAKY BLINDERS

Global gangster intrigue in new Season 3 of
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Global gangster intrigue in new Season 3 of acclaimed drama set in 1920s. Starring Cillian Murphy ("Dark Knight" trilogy's Scarecrow).

BLOODLINE

Season 3 wraps up this Florida Keys family
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Season 3 wraps up this Florida Keys family thriller with Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz. 10 episodes.

LADY DYNAMITE

Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman
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Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman finding herself, with Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley Jr., Ana Gasteyer.

HANNIBAL BURESS: COMEDY CAMISADO

Chicago comic Hannibal Buress takes center stage in
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Chicago comic Hannibal Buress takes center stage in a Netflix comedy special. Buress recently starred on the popular TV show "Broad City," as well as the newly released film, "Daddy's Home." He also co-hosted "The Eric André Show," and publicly shamed entertainer Bill Cosby by calling him a rapist. Cosby was charged late in 2015 with felony sexual assault.

FULLER HOUSE

The much-anticipated sequel to
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The much-anticipated sequel to "Full House" returns with single mom D.J. and her sister, Stephanie, and friend, Kimmy, moving in together to help raise the kids. All Tanners are back with the exception of Michele, played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

MAKING A MURDERER

If you've been able to resist the hype
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If you've been able to resist the hype (and the plethora of spoilers) surrounding the Netflix true crime documentary, what are you waiting for? The 10-part series is extremely dense, and while it can be slow at times, stick with it for the curveballs. "Making a Murderer" will satisfy fans of "The Jinx" (HBO's six-parter about Robert Durst) -- so long as they don't expect that level of production value and are prepared for their heads to spin.

GRACE AND FRANKIE

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"Grace and Frankie" stars two veteran actresses, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, as women blindsided by the news that their husbands are gay and planning to marry each other. This 13-episode series was created by Marta Kauffman (who co-created "Friends" with David Crane) and veteran comedy showrunner Howard J. Morris. Both Kauffman and Morris co-created the early '90s HBO comedy, "Dream On," and its star, Brian Benben, makes a cameo in their new show.

JANE THE VIRGIN

In
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In "Jane The Virgin," Gina Rodriguez stars as a virgin determined to wait until marriage... until her doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her, mistaking her for the wife of the manager at the hotel where she works. That's when the complications begin.

LEGENDS

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"Legends," based on the Robert Littell novel, stars Sean Bean of "Game of Thrones" as Martin Odum, an undercover FBI agent uncovering domestic terrorism who also happens to have multi personality disorder. The drama's big question here is: If everything about Odum is a lie, then what exactly is the truth?

MASTER OF NONE

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"Parks & Recreation's" Aziz Ansari stars in his own series as Dev, a struggling 30-year-old actor in New York City. Mike Schur of "Parks and Rec" is an executive producer. Fans of "Parks & Rec's" Tom -- and by extension, Aziz -- will find his show very, very funny.

MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

Krysten Ritter shines as a tough but lonely
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Krysten Ritter shines as a tough but lonely private eye on "Marvel's Jessica Jones." While Jessica Jones is a popular character in the Marvel universe, her superpowers are almost an afterthought in this show that our critic describes as a "psychological thriller." All episodes premiered on Netflix on Nov. 20.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP

A prequel to the cult film, Wet Hot
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A prequel to the cult film, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp debuted July 31, 2015. With a ridiculous amount of stars -- Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper, pictured, plus David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo and many more -- the series actually improves on the movie. It's funnier, crazier and has a slightly broader appeal.

FRIENDS

The Internet collectively lost its mind when the
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The Internet collectively lost its mind when the complete adventures of Joey, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler, Ross and Rachel became available on Netflix on Jan. 1, and with good reason. How better to ring in 2015 than by binging on one of the best sitcoms of all time?

SENSE8

Netflix scores with
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Netflix scores with "Sense8," the first TV series from famed Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana, of the "Matrix" trilogy and "Cloud Atlas." Max Riemelt and Tuppence Middleton appear, as does Daryl Hannah, who plays a dead woman whose death mysteriously binds eight people from around the world.

THE FOLLOWING

Kevin Bacon is a former FBI agent returning
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Kevin Bacon is a former FBI agent returning to duty to track down a serial killer who has earned a dangerous cult following. If you're not yet hooked on this suspenseful crime drama, start now by watching the first two seasons on Netflix before season 3 premieres March 2 on Fox.

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