Best TV shows on Netflix: Our favorites
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.
BLACK MIRROR(Credit: Netflix / Laurie Sparham)
Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the six new episodes of this dark, adult, anthology thriller.
MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE(Credit: Netflix / Myles Aronowitz)
Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from "Jessica Jones" into his own adventure series. With Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Frank Whaley, Sonia Braga.
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(Credit: BET / Daniel McFadden)
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(Credit: Netflix / Carol Segal)
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(Credit: Fox)
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(Credit: Netflix / Curtis Baker)
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(Credit: Sony Pictures Television / Ursula Coyote)
"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(Credit: Tornante Company, ShadowMachine Films)
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(Credit: Netflix)
Global gangster intrigue in new Season 3 of acclaimed drama set in 1920s. Starring Cillian Murphy ("Dark Knight" trilogy's Scarecrow).
BLOODLINE(Credit: Saeed Adyani/ Netflix, 2014/ Saeed Adyani)
Family secrets come back to bite Kyle Chandler in new Season 2 of Florida keys drama from the producers of "Damages." With Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek.
LADY DYNAMITE(Credit: Netflix/Doug Hyun)
Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman finding herself, with Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley Jr., Ana Gasteyer.
THE RANCH(Credit: Netflix)
Ashton Kutcher comedy finds a failed footballer returning to his Colorado ranch clan (Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott, Debra Winger).
HANNIBAL BURESS: COMEDY CAMISADO(Credit: Comedy Central)
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(Credit: Netflix)
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(Credit: AP / Morry Gash; Eric Young)
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(Credit: Netflix / Melissa Moseley)
"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(Credit: AP / Tyler Golden)
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(Credit: TNT / Richard Foreman)
"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(Credit: Netflix / KC Bailey)
"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(Credit: Netflix / Myles Aronowitz)
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(Credit: Netflix / Saeed Adyani)
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(Credit: AP / Danny Feld)
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(Credit: TNS / Netflix)
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(Credit: Fox)
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.
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT(Credit: NBC / Virginia Sherwood)
An edgy drama following police investigating the most twisted of crimes. Even Seth Rogen can't turn it off, confessing on Twitter recently, "There is no limit to the amount of Law and Order: SVU I can watch in a single sitting." Same, Seth, same.
ROSEANNE(Credit: ABC / Edie Baskin)
The perfect casting, the witty writing, the depictions of blue-collar life that so many Americans can relate to -- there's just so much to love about "Roseanne." Fans will likely have one gripe: Netflix is currently featuring a "collection" of episodes, rather than full seasons. But a sampling of the Conner clan is better than nothing!
CALIFORNICATION(Credit: AP / Scott Gries)
Follow David Duchovny who plays Hank, the dissolute sybarite Princeton educated former egghead who went to Hollywood, had great success and a couple of personal issues of his own along the way. The dramedy is available now on Netflix.
THE BLACKLIST(Credit: NBC)
The hit drama stars James Spader as a terrorist helping the U.S. nab other baddies for reasons unknown. Newcomers can catch up with the entire first season on Netflix.
TURBO FAST(Credit: Netflix)
A bunch of street smart, reckless and fearless snails come together to form the Fast Action Stunt Team after Theo, or Turbo's, victorious Indianapolis 500 win. Together, the crew takes Turbotown by storm.
GILMORE GIRLS(Credit: The WB / Jeffrey Thumher)
Those who adore mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore can relive the show's famous quick banter, pop-culture references and kooky moments.
COPPER(Credit: BBC America)
The BBC America show follows an Irish immigrant detective (Tom Weston-Jones) patrolling the treacherous Five Points section of Manhattan and his good friend, a black doctor (Ato Essandoh). The Tom Fontana (the series' creator) stagecraft is in abundance, notably in dialogue that seems about as effortless as breathing, and a fully realized Five Points that is so squalid, so detailed in its destitution that the only touch missing is the rats skittering away into the darkness. First two seasons available.
A&E's western detective series "Longmire" arrived in 2012 as silently as a dust devil kicked up by a high wind on the Wyoming plains.
TWIN PEAKS(Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin)
Get ready for the Showtime version in 2016 with both seasons of the David Lynch series, definitely one of the scariest shows to ever air.
WEEDS(Credit: Getty Images / Jason Merritt)
Lucky fans of this Showtime hit that wrapped in 2012 can now watch reruns of all eight seasons. About a suburban mom (Mary-Louise Parker) with a pot-dealing side business, the show was Jenji Kohan's first success, before "Orange Is the New Black."
FRASIER(Credit: AP / Reed Saxon)
"Frasier": Binge-watch all 11 seasons of the "Cheers" spinoff and you'll remember why it's so beloved. The chemistry is just right between uptight brother psychiatrists Frasier and Niles Crane (Kelsey Grammer, right, and David Hyde Pierce) and their working class dad (John Mahoney).
Sexy, soapy and set in The Hamptons -- what more can we ask of a TV show? Emily VanCamp plays a young woman who plays her wealthy socialite neighbors like a deck of cards in order to exact her family's, yes, revenge.
GOSSIP GIRL(Credit: AP / The CW)
Equal parts "Sex & the City" and "Dynasty," the teen nighttime soap, which ended in 2012, had more high fashion and back-stabbing than even most Upper East Siders could handle. All six seasons available.
This romp through the great discoveries of modern science, hosted by smooth-voiced astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, was unlike anything Fox had ever done before, noted our critic Verne Gay upon its network premiere in March 2014. He dubbed it "one of the finest series on television this year" when the season wrapped a few months later.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY(Credit: AP / FX)
The first two seasons, each complete unto themselves, are available. In the inaugural season, the Harmon family (Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga) moves into a house occupied by more than a few dead people. Jessica Lange plays the creepy next-door neighbor with Southern Gothic verve. Lange returns in season two as an evil nun working in a psychiatric home.
AMERICAN DAD(Credit: FOX)
"American Dad!": Seth MacFarlane's animated series is generally a more clever send-up of American culture than "Family Guy," with the best zings often from Klaus, the former German Olympic skier now trapped in the body of a goldfish, and Roger the alien. Also stuffed into the sitcom house are patriarch Stan Smith, who works for the CIA, wife Francine and their two kids. First eight seasons available.
BATES MOTEL(Credit: AP, A&E / Joseph Lederer)
A&E's series that serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic, "Psycho," is suspenseful and layered, making it worthy of a marathon. Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman (Freddie Highmore) are dark, complex characters that never cease to surprise -- as they should. Netflix has the first of two seasons.
SUPERNATURAL(Credit: The CW / Michael Courtney)
Eight seasons of Eric Kripke's ghosts-demons-and-monsters (oh my) smash have finally landed at Netflix, and hard to say where bingers should begin -- except at the beginning! (But if memory serves -- and it often doesn't -- the second season was even better.) That's the one where Sam and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki) are grappling with their father's death. Quick series overview: Sam 'n Dean travel the country, hunting down demons, and exploring "urban legends ..." But of course it's vastly more complex than that.
FRINGE(Credit: FOX / Craig Blankenhorn)
The series ended in January of 2013 but not before creating one of the most beguiling and bewildering series in the history of modern TV. This treasure was putatively about the Fringe Division, which investigated peculiar events around the globe -- events, by the way, that often seemed to involve follically challenged characters known as Observers. Mostly, however, it was about brilliant and utterly mad scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble, in a singularly great role) and his journey, so to speak, to a parallel universe. "Fringe" is far too complicated to explain in a brief recap of course, but one of the best binge projects you will ever undertake. All five seasons available.
HEMLOCK GROVE(Credit: Netflix)
This Netflix original is the hangover to the site's "big, history-making party" that was "House of Cards," our critic said in his review of the first season, which premiered in April 2013. "It's a high-concept, low-budget genre-busting gothic horror soap that's full of non sequiturs, loose ends, dead ends and split ends" -- indigestible, but perfectly binge-worthy.