The 50 Best TV Shows on Netflix to Watch Now! (Dec. 2013)

What are the best TV Shows on Netflix?

Netflix is the King of Stream, with hundreds of popular TV shows, and entire seasons available to watch instantly. Netflix is constantly updating their list with Original Series, Emmy Award winning shows, and other popular television series. Here's a list of the best shows to watch instantly that are currently (Dec. 2013) available through the streaming service, along with a short explanation, review, and number of episodes available to watch instantly. This is a general guide of the best shows for all types of Netflix fans.


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Breaking Bad

#1. Breaking Bad

Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher, who's been diagnosed with lung cancer. In order to avoid leaving his family with medical bills, Walt decides to manufacture meth with a former student of his. Walter White becomes one of the most dynamic and transformational characters on TV, and will go to any length to protect his family This Emmy Award winning series is one of the greatest TV Dramas to date. Get wrapped up in the criminal world of TV's greatest anti-hero.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.5 stars (6,134,682 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: AMC


#2. Dexter

Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst, with a dark secret. He's a serial killer. Having the compulsion to kill, Dexter struggles to take his urges out only on the deserving. So, he focuses on killing other serial killers. This Showtime series is intense, and easily one of the top TV shows on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 star (6,096,798 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: Showtime

#3. The Walking Dead

Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to discover the world he once knew, has become overtaken with a zombie virus. It's up to Rick to lead his family and the remaining survivors to safety, while fighting of wards of flesh-eaters.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.5 stars (6,180,591 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3 Seasons, 35 Episodes

Network: AMC

#4. Lost

When a plane crashes on a mysterious island, the survivors find themselves dealing with unexplainable forces. The dynamic group of characters, illusive story-line, and unraveling secrets make this one of the most addicting TV shows to watch on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.8 stars (7,721,227 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Network: FOX

#5. Arrested Development

It's the Emmy- Award winning comedy that's been recently brought back to life with an all new season. This Netflix Original Series follows Michael Bluth and his outrageous family, that's recently lost everything. It's a truly quirky comedy, and easily one of the best TV shows on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (6,322,578 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: A Netflix Original

#.6 How I Met Your Mother

Architect Ted Mosby is on a mission to find his soulmate. In this hit comedy, Ted recalls to his children crazy experiences with dating and friends, leading up to how he met their mother.

This show is full of hilarious antics, and outrageous plot lines.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 stars (4,627,042 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: CBS

#7. Son's of Anarchy

Jax Teller is a member of the Son's of Anarchy, a motorcycle club in Redwood California. As the son of the former leader, Jax struggles to keep the gang in control as they battle rival gangs, law enforcement and internal feuds.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (2,974,130 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: FX

#8. The X-Files

FBI agents Scully and Mulder are some of TV's greatest cult characters in this popular sci- fi series on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4 stars (2,426,956 rating)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: FOX

#9. The Office

Michael Scott is the manager of Dunder Mifflin, a small paper company, in this mockumentary style comedy. He's the world's quirkiest boss and a documentary film crew is there to catch every bit of his outrageous managing style. Each sales member has an equally unique charm, which makes for a great blend of comedy.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (9,995,458 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Network: NBC

#10. Battlestar Galactica

On the edge of the galaxy, lives a human civilization occupying 12 planets, known as the 12 colonies. For years the humans that occupy the colonies have been at war with a robotic race (cylons), who's goal is to exterminate humans. As the Cylons carry out attacks, the humans are forced to flee into space, leaving only one surviving spacecraft carrier, the Battlestar Galactica.

Netflix User's Rating: 4 stars (2,416,799 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: Sci- Fi

#11. American Horror Story

It's not easy sharing a house with the dead. FX has made a truly terrifying series, about a family who lives in a house haunted with the spirits of the dead. If you're into scary movies or shows this is a great Netflix show for you to stream.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (1,177,591 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Network: FX


#12. Orange is the New Black

In this Netflix Original Series, Piper Chapman is sent to a woman's prison for a foolish mistake in her past. This irreverent comedy is a hilarious with an interesting collection of characters.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.5 stars (2,443,898 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Network: A Netflix Original

#13. House of Cards

Netflix Original Series, House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a U.S. Representative, in this political drama about revenge and power. His role is compelling as a master manipulator, who works to take down the politicians who betrayed him.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.5 stars (1,839,266 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Network: A Netflix Original

#14. Mad Men

This AMC drama is set in 1960s New York City, at a growing Ad agency. Donald Draper, smooth talking and debonaire, co operates the firm with a dynamic bunch of characters. Donald is in a constant battle to balance work, and his family, while keeping the secrets of his past hidden from them all. Historical events are often the backdrop to the episodes storyline, which help ad to the over- all interest and cohesiveness of the series.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (3,395,989 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: AMC

#15. Friday Night Lights

In Texas there's nothing bigger than football, and new head coach, Eric Taylor is feeling the pressure. With the Dillon High School Panthers in reach of a state championship, the drama mounts in this addictive series.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (1,410,156 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: FOX

#16. Prison Break

When Lincoln is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, his younger brother Micheal comes to his aid. Micheal is an engineer, with a knack for genius, who uses his wit and expertise to devise a plan to break his brother out of prison

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 stars (3,129,660 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: FOX

#17. Firefly

In this futuristic sci- fi series, the crew of spaceship Serenity are willing to take on any job in the galaxy. Check out this short lived but wildly popular show on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (3,276,954 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Network: FOX


#18. Fringe

Paranormal activity is investigated by the Fringe Division of the FBI, in this drama series.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (1,224,196 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: FOX

#19. Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope is an enthusiastic Parks Department employee in this mockumentary style comedy.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (2,402,052 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: NBC

#20. Scandal

It's a full time job covering up the scandals in Washington D.C. but lawyer, Olivia Pope is perfect for the job. She leads a team of lawyers who secretly cover up lies and corruption in this political drama series.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.4 stars (849,889 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: ABC

#21. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's funny to be politically incorrect in Philadelphia. This is an outrageous and irreverent comedy about a group of friends who own Paddy's, a run down bar.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (2,104,992 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Network: FX

#22. The Killing

A dark murder mystery ensues after a local girls body shows up in a quiet town.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 stars (723,881 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Network: AMC

#23. Weeds

A show about a hot widowed mother, who sells weed to maintain her families upper class suburban lifestyle.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (7,731,148 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: Showtime

#24. 30 Rock

Tina Fey's Emmy Award Winning Comedy is about a group of wacky and incompetent writer's, who fumble their way through creating "TGS with Tracy Morgan," a fictional reality show.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.8 stars (4,833,979 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Network: NBC

#25. Grey's Anatomy

Another Emmy Award Winner, Grey's Anatomy is a popular drama about a group of interns and doctors working in Seattle Grace Hospital.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (4,750,861 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Network: ABC

#26. Trailer Park Boys

When Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles aren't in jail, they're usually at home in the trail park growing pot, or coming up with some ridiculous scheme. Check out this Canadian comedy on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (1,141,449 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Network: Showcase

#27. The League

This comedy is about a group of friends who get together every year for fantasy football. It's a hilarious series, and easily one of the best comedies on Netflix. The fourth season was put on Netflix September 2013.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 stars (1,421,557 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: FX

#28. Desperate Housewives

Sex, Lies, and Wives. This steamy drama is about a group of housewives, who are always at the center of the drama with secret affairs, murder, and betrayals.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.6 stars (2,229,755 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: ABC

#29. Portlandia

Fred and Carrie are your "stereo-typical" Portland, Oregon residents, in this popular sketch comedy on Netflix. They satirize the free-range chicken eating, bike riding, hipsters and other quirky characters.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.7 stars (1,086,500 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Network: IFC

#30. Heroes

This sci-fi drama series, intertwines the lives of different characters with extraordinary powers. These heroes include a cheerleader who can't get hurt, a man who hears others thoughts, and a time traveler. Discover all the Heroes on Netflix Instant Watch.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.8 stars (6,808,233 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 4

Network: NBC

#31. Wilfred

Ryan's depressed and Wilfred is his only friend. Unfortunately, Wilfred is his neighbors dog, who he sees as a man in a dog suit. And you thought you had problems. This raunchy comedy has 2 seasons to watch on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4 stars (911,318 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network:FX

#32. 24

When the world needs saving, you call Jack Bauer. 24 is an Emmy winning action series about a government agent who take on terrorists, kidnappers, and national security threats. Each episode is an hour of time in this real-time action series, available on Netflix Instant watch.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (4,181,285 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: FOX


#33. Revenge

So young, pretty, and oh-so deadly. Emily has a score to settle and nothing will stop her from getting her revenge.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (944,780 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: ABC

#34. Kitchen Nightmares

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey helps failing restaurants, that are barely staying in business.

Netflix User's Rating: Seasons on Netflix: 4stars (240,039 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: FOX

#35. Damages

Glenn Close stars in this legal drama, as a lawyer who dominates in the New York City Court Rooms.

Netflix User's Rating: 4 stars (911,880 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Network: FX

#36. Burn Notice

After being outed as a spy for the CIA, ex agent, Michael Weston is determined to find out who blacklisted him and froze his assets.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.2 stars (1,702,126 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Network: USA

#37. Glee

The Glee Club has never been so much fun! At Mckinley high school, all the pop, rock, and drama make this show truly entertaining. The musical performances make it on of the most upbeat tv shows to watch on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.8 stars (3,533,268 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Network: FOX

#38. United States of Tara

Tara is a wife, a mother, and an artists who struggles with dissociative identity order. A disorder where she can't keep her four eccentric personalities straight.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (977,081 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Network: Showtime

#39. Pretty Little Liars

When a popular high school girl goes missing, her friends have some serious secrets to hide.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (1,539,403 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 3

Network: ABC

#40. Frasier

Frasier Crane is a psychiatrist with his own radio show in Seattle. When Frasier's father moves in with him, he must adapt to living with some new company.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.8 stars (1,121,336 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 11

Network: NBC

#41. Freaks and Geeks

Popular actors Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jason Segel star in this comedy about the social outsiders of a high school in the 1980s.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.4 stars (705,784 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Network: NBC

#42. Comic Book Men

Jay and Silent Bob's Kevin Smith stars in this reality series, where Kevin and his friends discuss comic books in the Secret Stash comic book emporium.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (130,792 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: AMC

#43. Bones

Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth investigate bones and other evidence to solve some of the most difficult cases.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (3,785,193 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: FOX

#44. Supernatural

Dean and Sam are brothers, who travel the country fighting off supernatural forces as paranormal investigators.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (2,494,478 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 8

Network: CW

#45. Hell on Wheels

Cullen Bohannon is a former Confederate soldier on a mission to find his wife's killer. This AMC series takes place in post Civil War America and is another great action drama to stream on Netflix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (811,411 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: AMC

#46. Scrubs

This is a goofy comedy about attending physician J.D. and his crazy antics with the other doctors and patients.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (3,678,188 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Network: ABC

#47. Twin Peaks

When High School Student, Laura Palmer is murdered, a small Pacific Northwest logging community, finds the case is anything but clear-cut. FBI agent, Dale Cooper is left to piece together the case with his strange personality, and cast of shady characters.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (889,451 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: ABC

#48. Psych

Shawn Spencer is the son of a retired police officer, who's been trained in keen observational skills. In this USA Network comedy Shawn and his friend Gus start a psychic service, to assist law enforcement in solving murders. The two have a hilarious chemistry as they go to any unconventional way to get their guy.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.1 stars (2,518,956 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Network: USA

#49. Rescue Me

This is a post 9-11 drama about New York City Firefighter Tommy Gavin. Tommy, his family and crew struggle to cope with the aftermath of the deadly attacks.

Netflix User's Rating: 3.9 stars (1,203,900 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Network: FX

#50. New Girl

When Jessica moves into an apartment with three guys, she learns she'll have to adapt to a new way of living. This light-hearted comedy is one of the best shows on Netlfix.

Netflix User's Rating: 4.3 stars (1,087,427 ratings)

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Network: FOX

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Shows That Should Have Made the List

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  • Sherlock
  • Doctor Who
  • Derek

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S Leretseh 11 months ago

Should add 'Grand Hotel'. Riveting plots and sub plots . It's a period piece. Characters are extremely well developed. You literally can't wait to watch the next episode. It's in Spanish with English sub-titles.


stephen 19 months ago

Good list, lots of variety but i would add "lie to me" to this list as well.


minda caron 19 months ago

nice collection, thank you for sharing,If possible also list some top tv episodes of AMC network it would be wonderful , by the way here is the web site foe streaming TV shows online free http://bestv.ch

thank's again


Shannon wallace 19 months ago

Love love love sons of anarchy , prison break is great, burn notice should have been higher up on your list ! :)


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healthylife2 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Great hub and agree with many of these choices. I will be going on an 11 hour flight to Hawaii soon so am going to pick something off this list to download for the trip. I think I need to give Breaking Bad one more chance.


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LVidoni5 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

your*


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LVidoni5 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Aww... I'm sorry to hear that Moms. Yeah, at least you and you're little girl are safe.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida

Yes. Gotta say that I don't like all surprises but no real harm done.


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LVidoni5 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Dang! That's really too bad. Someone broke into your house?


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida

My backlogged tv time will only get worse now... someone stole my smart tv... poop! Guess I will have to remember your list in a few months.


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LVidoni5 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey Moms, Yeah I've been watching a little Dexter lately. I still haven't seen the second season yet though. I love The Walking Dead though. AMC does such a great job.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida

Clearly, I don't watch enough tv and I have netflix. I LOVED Galactica, Walking Dead, and Once upon a time which I watched with my daughter. Now watching Dexter.


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Lee Rui 2 years ago

classic dramas.full of love~~thank you for sharing!


mk1gti 3 years ago

Don't Trust the B* In Apartment 23.

Just found this one last week, VanDerBeek!

But seriously, very funny, very well written, hilarious show that was canceled before it's time due to network scheduling hoohaa. . .

I couldn't pull myself away from it, watched three or more episodes at a time it was so engrossing.


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

No problem Redfive. I agree, I think Glee and New Girl are next on the chopping block to be replaced.


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redfive 3 years ago from California, USA

Love everything, except Glee (and lately, New Girl).

Thanks for writing this hub :) Voted up!


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

vdd, I admit I shied away from CW shows, but based on the rating perhaps it should replace something on the list.


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

elemenopy, appreciate the recommendation, I've actually never seen it. I'll have to watch a few episodes this weekend

and thank you!


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elemenopy 3 years ago from Oneonta, NY

West Wing! If you haven't watched it, it is my recommendation to you. It would be my number one on this very helpful and thoughtful list.


vdd 3 years ago

The Vampire Diaries


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey Thanks Mike! No problem.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Very informative hub!! Thanks a lot


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Glad to hear Kevina! I tried to include a little of something for everyone.


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the comment Alphadogg16, Suits is a great show but it's no longer available to stream on Netflix.


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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

Nice hub, a lot of good shows, Sons of Anarchy should definitely be higher, & I didn't see Suits on the list which is also one of my favorites.


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Kevina Oyatedor 3 years ago

Love them all!

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