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10. Black Mirror
Created by British TV mastermind Charlie Brooker, the disturbingly prescient and tech-savvy anthology series Black Mirror really found its audience on Netflix, which recognized that and ponied up the money for more episodes. The first six debuted in 2016 and were (mostly) every bit as great as the original imports, especially the romance-turned-sideways installment "San Junipero." Rarely can a piece of fiction turn satire into something as horrifying as the final five minutes of _ (just pick one). With great performances from actors like Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbel, Kelly MacDonald and more, Black Mirror is what The Twilight Zone would be like if Rod Serling were an android gone sinister.
9. House of Cards
The monolith that started it all, House of Cards is Netflix's scripted anchor, and stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are still perfect in their respective roles of Frank and Claire Underwood. The storytelling is often more soap opera than political exposé, but considering our newsfeeds these days are somewhat needlessly filled with real-life politics, it's nice to watch a Washington D.C. where the stakes are heightened only while the TV is on. With its large and stellar cast, combined with big twists spicing up Frank and Claire's sometimes straightforward path to success and failure, House of Cards is popcorn drama that you can't help but give your TV vote to.
All shows on TV should be jealous of the cast and writing that Bloodline boasts, since few series have the white-knuckle tension that this Netflix drama oozes at every step. Bloodline centers on the skeleton-hiding Rayburn family - made up of Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard - and the implosion that kicks off once Mendelsohn's black sheep brother Danny comes home and gets back into his old habits. Season 1 works almost like a deconstructed murder mystery, while Season 2 is an increasingly complex game of cat and mouse. At least its Florida Keys setting offers lovely sights to complement your nervous cringes.
7. Master of None
As Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari played someone who thought he could do everything, and often fell short. With Master of None, Ansari plays actor Dev Shah and surpasses Tom by proving he can do everything, alongside co-creator Alan Yang. Like another entry on this list, Master of None brazenly walks down the rom-com path, with the pitch-perfect Noël Wells as Dev's significant other-lead Rachel, while offering plenty of diversions that buck the label's stereotypes. Highlights includes everything, but especially the skilled writing and the acclaimed supporting cast, including Lena Waithe, Eric Wareheim and Kelvin Yu as Dev's awesome friends and Ansari's real parents playing Dev's parents.
As the first modern Marvel TV series outside of broadcast networks, Daredevil was a revelation for anyone who thought comic books on the small screen could never live up to their cinematic cousins. Over the course of its first two seasons, Daredevil delivered not only a handful of the greatest fight scenes in television history, but also two of the most effective comic-to-live-action adaptations in Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk and Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle, who's getting his own spinoff. It was and is a magnificent way for Netflix to have kicked off its street-tough universe set to culminate in The Defenders miniseries, and Daredevil set a high bar for all comic-related TV to come after.
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After two wide-eyed and innocent seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it should be made into law that TV should never go a whole calendar year without at least one show from Tina Fey airing. Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess make for an unpredictably perfect comedy duo bolstered by Carol Kane's eccentric madness and Jane Krakowski's...also eccentric madness, which is weighed down with financial privilege. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fills its screen time with hilarity as its titular ray of sunshine balances the ridiculous horrors of her life as a Mole Woman with the ridiculous horrors of modern day New York City. It would be worth watching for the multitude of cameos alone.
4. Jessica Jones
With Jessica Jones, Marvel showed just how much more nuanced its small screen universe is than its feature side, with Krysten Ritter shining as a hard-drinking and self-dismissive private detective (with insane strength) who finds herself once again the target of a devious mind-controlling bastard named Kilgrave, played with wicked glee by David Tennant. Through Kilgrave's unpredictable and seemingly all-powerful nature, as well as creator Melissa Rosenberg's approach to these comic characters' dark histories, Jessica Jones stands out as a one-of-a-kind drama whose female-heavy cast list is more than welcome. Plus, it served as a winning introduction for another entrant on this list, Mr. Luke Cage.
3. Orange is the New Black
It might, but shouldn't, surprise you to know that one of Netflix's most popular shows is the female-fronted Orange is the New Black, which boasts an ensemble cast overflowing with diversity. (And if you can't ever get Regina Spektor's theme song out of your head after watching, you're not alone.) Though things initially center on Piper, the story gloriously shifts around to give most recognizable characters intriguing backstories, complicated situations and logical motivations. This year's fourth season was particularly powerful, jumping headfirst into a plot that took on different sides of police brutality and how frustrating and heartbreaking such power struggles can be. We all need some Taystee and Black Cindy in our lives.
2. Making A Murderer
Netflix has amassed an excellent assortment of unscripted programming, especially those chef-based ones, but the crown glory of them all is the fascinating true crime docs-series Making a Murderer, which went from being a weekend binge-watch to a legitimate cause for legal action. The show takes on the case of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years behind bars on a wrongful conviction and had his life as a free man cut short when he was arrested and charged for murder. The murder case is anything but cut and dry, and show creators Laura Ricciardo and Moira Demos supply an overwhelming amount of footage and evidence to draw out viewers' own opinions. And you will have every single opinion imaginable.
1. BoJack Horseman
Not since South Park has a TV series been able to make adult cynicism as colorful and pointed as BoJack Horseman, the consistently surprising series in which Will Arnett voices the titular boozed-up horse still clinging to his glory days as a 1980s sitcom star. ("Now that's a horse of a different...cruller?") From its poignant looks at depression and addiction to its hyper-clever world of talking animals to its baffling list of guest voices, BoJack Horseman is a series that likely never would have lasted on linear television for its entire full first season. Which would have been a gull-damned tragedy, considering the show has only gotten smarter and more effective since, shining brightest with this year's stunning gem,"Fish Out of Water." It's the smartest and deepest series Netflix has going for it, and it definitely deserves top honors here.
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