This article was last updated on September 30th, 2016.
After ranking all of the HBO shows ever, I got a lot of feedback. "You're very dumb," some said. "You have the taste of a homeless kite enthusiast," others pointed out. "Your obsession with Deadwood is as boringly predictable as it is troubling," said my mom. Thanks to those positive affirmations, I decided it was time to rank the original offerings of another prestige outlet: Netflix.
Yet again, I did this based on my very personal and specific biases, and according to some simple, if extremely arbitrary, rules. First, this ranking includes only series that Netflix commissioned from scratch, like Orange Is the New Black (as opposed to revivals and continuations -- sorry, Arrested Development and Fuller House); shows co-produced with partners, like Lilyhammer and Between (but not the independently produced Real Rob); and international acquisitions heavily identified with Netflix, like Derek, The Fall, and Peaky Blinders. To further compare apples to things resembling apples, I weeded out sketch comedy (e.g., W/ Bob and David), anime (Glitter Force, et al.), docuseries (Making a Murderer and Chef's Table), teen/kids stuff (like Richie Rich), and foreign-language shows (apologies, Atelier).
Finally, when assessing the resulting 31 shows, I required myself to watch at least three episodes (but usually binged them in their entirety), and then I factored in originality, writing, pacing, arc, and at least one other thing I can't remember. Got it? Good. Now go off, and judge me as I have judged the following Netflix shows.