Last Updated: January 5th
There are a lot of good TV shows on Netflix (and you can find more with these secret codes). The bread-and-butter of the Netflix service, however, is its original programming. With over 100 Netflix originals — between shows and movies — browsing aimlessly can be daunting. If you’re trying to figure out exactly which original show to watch next, here’s a great place to start with a look at the 48 best Netflix original series right now.
48. Real Rob (2 Seasons, 16 episodes)
Real Rob — based loosely on the everyday life of Rob Schneider and his family — is a very bad sitcom. It’s hard to explain just how bad it is, but describing the opening scene of the series should put it in perspective. The scene sees Schneider’s real-life wife, Patricia Schneider, snipe at her husband for touching her breasts. Why? Because, she says, he touches his testicles a lot, and because she’s breastfeeding, she doesn’t want him to get bacteria from his testicles onto her breasts and infect their baby with his testicle bacteria. After Patricia leaves the room, Schneider then scratches testicles and rubs his hands in his eyes. This is what passes for comedy on this series; it’s the kind of lazy humor one can expect from Real Rob, and that’s just the first scene. It’s all downhill from there, including — in the pilot alone — a joke about his wife sending the “right message” to their infant daughter by installing a stripper pole in the nursery, and a joke at the expense of handicapped people.
47. Disjointed (1 season, 10 episodes)
Disjointed stars Kathy Bates and comes from Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory), and it’s exactly what one would expect from Lorre: A broad, laugh track sitcom that traffics in stereotypes and lame, politically incorrect humor. Kathy Bates plays a disorganized hippie owner of a pot dispensary while her son aims to turn it into a successful business. There are a lot of dumb obvious jokes about potheads, and just as many about “sticking it to the man.” Fans of Big Bang Theory or Three and a Half Men may find something to enjoy about Disjointed, but it’s largely a forgettable, cringeworthy conventional half-hour comedy that doesn’t deserve the talents of Bates.
46. Flaked (2 seasons, 14 episodes)
Flaked is one of the few Netflix originals that never managed to generate any buzz, and it turns out, there was a reason for that: It’s not a very good series. Developed by Will Arnett along with his Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, Flaked follows Chip, a so-called self-help guru who dispenses advice to friends and neighbors in his Venice neighborhood. Chip, however, has problems of his own (he’s in AA, for instance, but he’s still drinking). Much of the storyline revolves around whether Chip will screw over his best friend and begin dating the woman with whom he is smitten, London (Ruth Kearney). Flaked is aimless, dreary and moves like molasses. There’s a decent cast here (Annabeth Gish, Kirstie Alley, and Heather Graham also show up), and a great deal of talent behind the camera. Unfortunately, little of that talent translates into what’s onscreen.