Netflix isn’t the only place you can park for a long night of binge-watching, but it’s definitely one of the best. After all, before they came along, “Netflix and chill” didn’t even exist. It’s crazy to think about. “Are you still watching?” Um, yes Netflix. Stop judging.
There are plenty of shows and movies on Netflix to capture your attention and keep it for countless hours. But perhaps the most binge-able content are those shows created by Netflix for Netflix. It’s clear that they’re putting plenty of talent and creativity toward creative new programming. Sorry, HBO, there’s a new darling in town.
Ahead, check out the best Netflix originals available right now.
1. The Crown
It’s true – people are obsessed with Queen Elizabeth II and the entire British royal family. This series proves it, and provides insight behind the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Judd Apatow knows how to make a romantic comedy that has a dash of drama and a generous serving of relatability. LOVE is just another feather in Apatow’s cap. The story follows two people who probably shouldn’t be in a relationship but are trying to make it work anyway. Isn’t that true for most of us?
You don’t have to be a fan of professional wrestling to enjoy this series. It’s got enough girl-power to appease the feminist in you and enough a**-kicking to keep the actual wrestling fans happy, too. Alison Brie is fantastic in this Netflix original that’s worth bingeing any day.
4. Altered Carbon
Picture this: It’s 300 years in the future and everything sucks. People don’t die anymore (or if they do, they’re brought back to life) and everyone is greedy. It’s a statement on the eventual state of capitalism if it remains unchecked.
The story follows Takeshi Kovacs who is brought back to life to solve a crime. It’s just weird and sci-fi enough to hold your interest – and make you wonder if it’ll ever happen.
5. Wild Wild Country
You may think “I would never!” when you think about cults. But then again, you never know. This series follows Indian religious leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his group of red-robed followers in the Oregon wilderness. He’s trying to make a self-sustaining city based on love and sharing that’s devoid of capitalist greed.
It has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing at every moment. For a documentary, this is about as good as it gets.
6. Stranger Things
If you haven’t heard about 80s themed sci-fi series Stranger Things yet, then surely you haven’t been paying attention. The retro aspect makes it undeniably cool, the storyline is compelling, and Winona Ryder’s performance (is she acting?) is impressive. It’s also easy to watch as the episodes are short and action-packed. Don’t be too shocked when you find yourself devouring a whole season in one session.
There’s something so watchable about a Western-themed show set in a New Mexico mining town. This seven-part series is dark and gritty with moments of extreme tension that keep the story moving. Jeff Daniels as sheriff is sure to delight.
8. The OA
So many sci-fi Netflix shows, so little time. This Stranger Things-esque show may not be as popular in pop culture, but the mix of fantasy elements makes it unique and intriguing. It’s definitely different, and not for everyone, but the people who love it REALLY love it.
9. Orange is the New Black
What’s there to say about this series that hasn’t already been said? This show relies on revealing the deeper motivations of characters who all happen to be incarcerated women. Their stories will shock, delight, and perhaps even horrify you… just don’t be surprised when you find yourself relating to these women more than you originally imagined.
10. House of Cards
This political thriller had its share of ups and downs, especially with the whole Kevin Spacey fiasco. One thing you can’t deny? House of Cards is probably the best Netflix original series of all time.