100 Best Shows on Netflix Sorted By TheTVDB Rating

21. Sons of Anarchy

First Aired: 2008-09-03 | Network: FX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Mark Boone Junior
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Mafia, Drama, Murder
Similar Shows: The Shield, Prison Break, Brotherhood, Detroit 1-8-7, The Sopranos
Description: The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club with many charters in the United States and overseas. The show focuses on the original and founding chapter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, referred to by the acronym SAMCRO or Sam Crow. This nickname is also reflected in the original title of the show, Forever Sam Crow. The Redwood chapter is headquartered in (the fictional town) Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop. Led by President Clay Morrow, and Vice President Jax Teller, the club protects and controls Charming through close community relationships, bribery, and violent intimidation. In early seasons they are particularly vehement about keeping "hard" drugs, and drug dealers, out of Charming.

22. Supernatural

First Aired: 2005-09-13 | Network: The CW | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Jim Beaver
Top Attributes: Serial, Supernatural, Mystery, Drama
Similar Shows: Sanctuary, FlashForward, Rubicon, Reaper, Angel
Description: Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

23. The IT Crowd

First Aired: 2006-02-03 | Network: Channel 4 | Runtime: 30
Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Chris Morris
Top Attributes: British, Multi Camera, Nerdiness, Workplace
Similar Shows: Spaced, Extras, The Office (UK), NewsRadio, The Big Bang Theory
Description: At the UK company Reynholm Industries, their corporate high-rise towers are full of beautiful happy people with one success story after another. Well, except for the employees that work in the basement - the IT department. While their colleagues work in fantastic surroundings, Jen, Roy and Moss must work below ground in the dark and horrible basement, struggling to make it into normal society. The IT Crowd is a playful and somewhat surreal look at what it's really like to be the underclass of every company - the IT Department.

24. The Walking Dead

First Aired: 2010-10-31 | Network: AMC | Runtime: 45
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus
Top Attributes: Drama, Science Fiction, Tragedy, Serial
Similar Shows: Jericho (2006), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, V, The 4400, Revolution
Description: Based on the comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead tells the story of a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

25. The X-Files

First Aired: 1993-09-10 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Plot Twists, Science Fiction, Supernatural
Similar Shows: Fringe, V, FlashForward, The Event, Nikita
Description: The X-Files focused on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonization of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humorous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world's most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993.

26. Skins

First Aired: 2007-01-25 | Network: E4 | Runtime: 60
Starring: Hannah Murray, Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Sean Teale, Jessica Sula
Top Attributes: School, High School, Ensemble Cast, Targeted to Young Demographic
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, 90210, Beverly Hills, 90210, My So-Called Life, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Description: Fast-paced and full of angst-ridden fun, this British drama may be based on teenage characters and aimed at a teenage audience, but its content is strictly adult. Watch as eleven teens struggle with highly-charged issues of race, religion, sexuality, drugs, and food disorders. With a solid set of good actors, expect the drama to consist of a lot of well-played emotional ups and downs.

27. House of Cards (US)

First Aired: 2013-02-01 | Network: Netflix | Runtime: 55
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Ben Daniels, Sandrine Holt
Top Attributes: Political Elements, Strong Male Lead, City Setting, Political Intrigue
Similar Shows: Scandal (2012), The West Wing, State of Play, The Newsroom (2012), Mad Men
Description: House of Cards is an American political drama series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip, who, after getting passed over for promotion to Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. The series also stars Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll in lead roles.

28. M*A*S*H

First Aired: 1972-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Larry Linville
Description: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

29. The Venture Bros.

First Aired: 2004-08-01 | Network: Adult Swim | Runtime: 30
Starring: Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Lisa Hammer, Doc Hammer
Top Attributes: Family, Crime, Mafia, Animated
Similar Shows: Archer (2009), Frisky Dingo, Firefly, Futurama, Chuck
Description: Hank and Dean Venture, with their father Doctor Venture and faithful bodyguard Brock Samson, go on wild adventures facing megalomaniacs, zombies, and suspicious ninjas, all for the glory of adventure. Or something like that.

30. White Collar

First Aired: 2009-10-23 | Network: USA Network | Runtime: 60
Starring: Matthew Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Hilarie Burton, Sharif Atkins
Top Attributes: City Setting, Cop Show, Drama, Strong Male Lead
Similar Shows: Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Elementary, Fargo, Suits
Description: A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman.

31. Trailer Park Boys

First Aired: 2001-04-01 | Network: Netflix | Runtime: 30
Starring: Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay, Patrick Roach, John Dunsworth
Description: Ricky and Julian are two guys whose lives were shaped by their experiences growing up in the Trailer Park. Their childhood was typical of most trailer park kids - stealing, fighting, smoking, drinking, scamming and listening to Van Halen. The Boys have had their share of trouble with the law and spend a large portion of their adult lives behind bars.

32. Frasier

First Aired: 1993-09-16 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves
Top Attributes: Multi Camera, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Psychology
Similar Shows: Rules of Engagement, Cheers, The King of Queens, Whitney, Friends
Description: After many years spent at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) moves back home to Seattle after his policeman father Martin Crane (John Mahoney) gets shot in the hip on duty. After Martin struggles with living alone after the incident, he moves in with Frasier in his luxury apartment at the Elliot Bay Towers along with his dog Eddie (played by Moose and later Enzo). Hired by Frasier, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) also moves in as Martin's personal physiotherapist. Also living nearby is his younger brother Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), who is also a Psychiatrist.

33. Chuck

First Aired: 2007-09-24 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Bonita Friedericy
Top Attributes: Science, Action, Geekiness, Nerdiness
Similar Shows: Nikita, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Bored to Death, The Librarians (2014)
Description: This high-concept action comedy follows Chuck Bartowski as the Buy More computer geek turned secret agent. When Chuck unwittingly downloads a database of government information and deadly fighting skills into his head, he becomes the CIA's most vital secret. This sets Chuck on a path to become a full-fledged spy, assisted by the stoic Colonel John Casey; Chuck's best friend, Morgan Grimes; and the CIA's top agent (now Chuck's wife) Sarah Walker. With the help of this unlikely team and his unorthodox techniques, Chuck is ready to take Operation Bartowski freelance. Chuck's spy abilities will be put to a new test when he and his team must save mankind without the help of the CIA. Instead, they'll use the cover of the Buy More electronics store to fund their own operations, leading to new missions, new stakes and new obstacles. With Chuck and Sarah as newlyweds and his family in on his secret, it has never been harder for Chuck to separate his spy life from his personal life.

34. Fringe

First Aired: 2008-08-26 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown
Top Attributes: Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery, Science
Similar Shows: The X-Files, V, The Event, Dollhouse, The 4400
Description: The series follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation "Fringe Division" team based in Boston. The team uses unorthodox "fringe" science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, some of which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe.

35. Mad Men

First Aired: 2007-07-19 | Network: AMC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Drama, Historical Elements, Workplace
Similar Shows: Pan Am, Rescue Me, In Treatment, Magic City, Dirty Sexy Money
Description: Set in 1960 New York, MAD MEN reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age”, where key players make the art of the sell while their private lives get sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper (Golden Globe®-winner Jon Hamm), the biggest ad man – and ladies man in the business.

36. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

First Aired: 1993-01-03 | Network: Syndicated | Runtime: 45
Starring: Avery Brooks, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Terry Farrell
Description: When the Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space-station Terok Nor was left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the provisional Bajoran government, Starfleet stepped in to oversee the rebuilding and day-to-day operations of the newly christened Deep Space Nine. DS9 soon became a center of travel and commerce thanks to a newly found stable wormhole leading to the largely unexplored Gamma Quadrant.

37. Star Trek: Voyager

First Aired: 1995-01-16 | Network: UPN | Runtime: 60
Starring: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, Robert Duncan McNeill
Description: Star Trek: Voyager, the third spin off in the Star Trek franchise, follows the adventures of the Federation starship Voyager, under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Voyager is in pursuit of a rebel Maquis ship in a dangerous part of the galaxy when it is suddenly thrown thousands of light years away into the Delta Quadrant. With much of her crew dead, Captain Janeway is forced to join forces with the Maquis to find a way back home...

38. Louie (2010)

First Aired: 2010-06-29 | Network: FX | Runtime: 25
Starring: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, ,
Top Attributes: Single Camera, City Setting, Awkward Situations, Stand Alone Episodes
Similar Shows: Portlandia, Togetherness, Happy Endings, Atlanta, Silicon Valley
Description: Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself; a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.

39. Better Off Ted

First Aired: 2009-03-18 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jay Harrington, Andrea Anders, Portia de Rossi, Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin
Top Attributes: Workplace, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Science
Similar Shows: The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, The Office (US), Running Wilde, Raising Hope
Description: As the head of research and development at Veridian Dynamics, Ted Crisp must deal with nutty scientists, crazy coworkers and hazy ethical boundaries.

40. The Killing (US)

First Aired: 2011-04-03 | Network: Netflix | Runtime: 60
Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Julia Sarah Stone, Cate Sproule, Bex Taylor-Klaus
Top Attributes: Mystery, Detective, Serial, Plot Twists
Similar Shows: Hannibal, Fargo, The Leftovers, Homeland, True Detective
Description: From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.

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