Last Updated: August 3rd
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. 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 27 best Netflix original series right now.
37. 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.
36. Gypsy (1 Season, 10 Episodes)
Given Netflix’s impeccable track record with quality, bingeworthy television, it’s a complete mystery as to why the streaming network picked up Gypsy, from first-time television writer Lisa Rubin. Aside from a top-notch cast — Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup — there is little worthwhile in this clunky, insipid series. The show sees a 40-something therapist (Watts) bored with her marriage turn to her clients’ problems for adventure, including flirting with a same-sex relationship with a singer/barista, a relationship the series wrongly believes is risqué in 2017. Watts does her best in the series, but there’s very little she can do to salvage the undercooked writing. It’s a bad show, but more than anything, Gypsy is boring — there’s nothing in the series to compel viewers to click the next button after each episode.
35. Hemlock Grove (3 seasons, 33 episodes)
Executive produced by Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove was one of Netflix’s first original series. It was also one of the first to end its run. Buoyed by interest in a horror series and Netflix’s new bingewatching model, the first season of Hemlock Grove was popular worldwide, but poor reviews and the slow pacing led to dwindling interest. Hemlock Grove follows the investigation of two brutally murdered teenage girls into the secrets of a town in Pennsylvania (chief among them, the town’s werewolf population). There’s plenty of gore in the series to keep horror hounds satiated, and there is the occasional spark of life. Unfortunately, the interesting moments are few and far between, and what’s left in between is an inscrutable mystery, disjointed storylines, and far too many loose ends. It’s a ridiculous mess, but not ridiculous enough to be consistently entertaining.