Since its beginnings as a mail-order DVD rental service in 1997, Netflix has evolved into one of the leading producers of television content and has dramatically changed the entertainment industry landscape. The streaming service’s low distribution costs and insight into viewer appetites has allowed it to take creative risks and produce some of the most popular televisions shows today.
Netflix released its first original series in 2013 with “House of Cards.” The company released the full first season in one bulk installment, allowing viewers to watch the entirety of the series in one or two sittings. Following the success of “House of Cards” as well as other early forays into original programming such as “Orange is the New Black” and several stand-up comedy specials, Netflix began to double down on its investment in its own content.
Over the past several years, Netflix has produced a number of successful drama, comedy, action, and animated series, as well as original reality shows, talk shows, and continuations of existing series. In 2017, Netflix received a total of 92 Emmy Award nominations, the most of any network other than HBO. To date, Netflix shows have won a total of 72 Emmy Awards and have been nominated 432 times.
To determine the best Netflix original shows, 24/7 Wall St. created an index ranking based on audience and critic ratings from Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes.