100 Best Shows on Netflix Sorted By TheTVDB Rating

41. Luther

First Aired: 2010-05-04 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 60
Starring: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Warren Brown, Indira Varma, Paul McGann
Top Attributes: Cop Show, Character Focus, Detective, Strong Male Lead
Similar Shows: Detroit 1-8-7, Life (2007), Homicide: Life On The Street, The Unusuals, Criminal Minds
Description: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.

42. Peep Show

First Aired: 2003-09-19 | Network: Channel 4 | Runtime: 25
Starring: Sophie Winkleman, David Mitchell, Rachel Blanchard, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Darkness, Awkward Situations, British
Similar Shows: The Office (UK), Extras, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Episodes, You're the Worst
Description: Essentially, a take on the 'odd-couple' sitcom, Peep Show revolves around the lives of two twentysomethings, Mark and Jeremy, who share a flat. Mark is an office worker, with a bleak outlook on life. who obsesses over his co-worker, Sophie. Jeremy in contrast, is a lazy, shallow guy trying to make it in the music industry. A unique twist that immediately sets the show apart form other sitcoms is the use of the first person view point [nb. the original show title was POV], where we get to see from the characters own eyes. We also get to hear internal thoughts and opinions which reveals stuff they wouldn't say out loud.

43. 30 Rock

First Aired: 2006-10-11 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Comedy, Strong Female Lead, City Setting
Similar Shows: New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, The Office (US), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Description: Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme in New York City. Liz's life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.

44. Arrow

First Aired: 2012-10-10 | Network: The CW | Runtime: 60
Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne, Willa Holland
Top Attributes: City Setting, Superheroes/Superpowers, One Man/Woman Against the World, Crime
Similar Shows: Marvel's Daredevil, Person of Interest, Revolution, Gotham, Ray Donovan
Description: Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks. His father doesn't survive. Oliver survives on an uncharted island for five years learning to fight, but also learning about his father's corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city.

45. Criminal Minds

First Aired: 2005-09-22 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 60
Starring: Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster
Top Attributes: Detective, Drama, Cop Show, Crime
Similar Shows: The Mentalist, Bones, Lie to me, Monk, Cold Case
Description: Special Agents Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) and Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) head up the FBI's most elite profiling team - experts in analyzing criminal minds. Each team member has their specialty. There's Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), who has a background in sexual offences; Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), who focuses on obsessional crimes; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), the smart-but-socially-challenged genius; and Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook), the rookie. With each mind-blowing case, they put their lives on the line as they match wits with the most ruthless criminals on earth.

46. Eureka

First Aired: 2006-07-18 | Network: SciFi | Runtime: 60
Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Niall Matter, Frances Fisher
Top Attributes: Science Fiction, Nerdiness, Cult Hit, Science
Similar Shows: Alphas, Warehouse 13, White Collar, Person of Interest, The Leftovers
Description: The sleepy Pacific Northwest town of Eureka is hiding a mysterious secret. The government has been relocating the world’s geniuses and their families to this rustic town for years where innovation and chaos have lived hand in hand. U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) stumbles upon this odd town after wrecking his car and becoming stranded there. When the denizens of the town unleash an unknown scientific creation, Carter jumps in to try to restore order and consequently learns of one of the country’s best kept secrets.

47. Lie to me

First Aired: 2009-01-21 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Monica Raymund, Brendan Hines, Jennifer Beals
Top Attributes: Workplace, Drama, Psychology, Crime
Similar Shows: Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Medium, Saving Grace, Numb3rs
Description: The service offered by The Lightman Group is truly unique. Simply stated, they can tell if you're lying. It's not the words you speak that give you away, it's what your body and face have to say. Dr. Cal Lightman and his team are experts at reading micro-expressions, the fleeting tics that express, non-verbally, what we are really feeling. With their finely honed interviewing and investigating skills, they have an uncanny ability to dig up the truth.

48. Parks and Recreation

First Aired: 2009-04-09 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones
Top Attributes: Comedy, Single Camera, Workplace, Awkward Situations
Similar Shows: Happy Endings, The Office (US), The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio, Party Down
Description: The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.

49. The Inbetweeners

First Aired: 2008-05-01 | Network: E4 | Runtime: 30
Starring: James Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison,
Description: A series about four hopelessly awkward or ignorant teenagers growing up in suburbia. Basically, they just want to get laid. Previously enrolled at a private school where he picked up some snobbish tendencies, Will (Simon Bird) now attends a public school and desperately latches on to a new set of friends, Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), none of whom are that cool.

50. Spooks

First Aired: 2002-07-22 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 60
Starring: Matthew MacFadyen, Peter Firth, Richard Armitage, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones
Description: Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid.

51. That '70s Show

First Aired: 1998-08-23 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 25
Starring: Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Tanya Roberts
Top Attributes: Multi Camera, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Lightness
Similar Shows: Two and a Half Men, Malcolm in the Middle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, 8 Simple Rules
Description: Set in the Wisconsin suburbs of the United States, Eric Forman lives under the authority of his parents, Red and Kitty. Next door is his girlfriend/neighbor, Donna Pinciotti and her parents Bob and Midge. The rest of the gang includes Jackie, and her sometimes boyfriend, Kelso, Hyde, a conspiracy theorist and Fez, a foreign exchange student. The gang mostly likes to spend their time in Eric's basement, pondering their lives, parents, and their futures, while getting into many funny mishaps and adventures in their teenage lives along the way.

52. The Twilight Zone

First Aired: 1959-10-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Rod Serling, , , ,
Description: The Twilight Zone was a popular American anthology series. The series was a collection of various tales that range from the tragic to the comedic. They may be scary or just thought-provoking. Most episodes have unexpected endings and a moral lesson. But, no matter what, it's "a journey into a wondrous land, whose boundaries are that of the imagination."

53. Friday Night Lights

First Aired: 2006-10-03 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 45
Starring: Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, Scott Porter
Top Attributes: Sports, Drama, Serial, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 7th Heaven, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, Life Unexpected
Description: Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book "Friday Night Lights," this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together -- and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.

54. Twin Peaks

First Aired: 1990-04-08 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Sheryl Lee, Catherine E. Coulson, Heather Graham
Top Attributes: Interwoven Storylines, Cult Hit, Serial, Psychology
Similar Shows: Rubicon, The Leftovers, Dexter, The Following, Burn Notice
Description: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

55. Agatha Christie's Poirot

First Aired: 1989-01-01 | Network: ITV1 | Runtime: 100
Starring: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran,
Description: Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot lives in London with Captain Hastings. Together, they range about Europe encountering murder mysteries. The series has strong story lines, good production and acting, and an unmistakable flavor of the pre-war years.

56. Midsomer Murders

First Aired: 1997-03-01 | Network: ITV1 | Runtime: 120
Starring: John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon, Jason Hughes, Jane Wymark, Daniel Casey
Description: This charming English crime series, based on books by Caroline Graham, follows Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) , a laconic, down-to-earth detective who faces many ingenious and remarkable murders amid the eccentric denizens of a ficticious 'Middle England' county (Midsomer).

57. Columbo

First Aired: 1968-02-20 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 120
Starring: Peter Falk, , , ,
Description: Many criminals made the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide investigator with a crumpled trench-coat and a beat-up car, who certainly acted as an incompetent bumbler. But he was so polite to every suspect, and he talked so much about his wife (who we never got to see on any episode, but who many believe later had her own show, starring Kate Mulgrew, later of Star Trek: Voyager fame) that he lulled even the shrewdest murderer into a false sense of security. And although the audience had witnessed the murder in the beginning of each episode, it was still a surprise to see what mistakes the killers had made during the seemingly perfect murder.

58. American Dad!

First Aired: 2005-02-06 | Network: TBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes
Top Attributes: Animated, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Aliens
Similar Shows: Archer (2009), Family Guy, The Boondocks, The Cleveland Show, Futurama
Description: C.I.A. Agent Stan Smith is constantly fighting off terrorists who threaten the safety of the USA (sometimes causing more harm than good). His wife Francine is an average house wife with two kids, Hayley, Stan's only daughter, an average rebellious teenager and Steve, Stan's only son, a geek who enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, gaming and comic book conventions. Then there's Roger, the home's illegal (space) alien who the Smith's are keeping protected. Last but not least, there's Klaus, the Smith's wisecracking talking fish (swapped from his human body years ago by the CIA).

59. Bones

First Aired: 2005-09-13 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, John Francis Daley, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne
Top Attributes: Mystery, Science, Drama, Murder
Similar Shows: Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY
Description: F.B.I. Agent Seeley Booth is teamed up with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes ever. Booth depends on clues from the living, witnesses and suspects, while Brennan gathers evidence from the dead, relying on her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the bones of the victims.

60. Burn Notice

First Aired: 2007-06-28 | Network: USA Network | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Coby Bell
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, One Man/Woman Against the World, Voiceover Narration, Drama
Similar Shows: Life (2007), Dexter, Detroit 1-8-7, Jericho (2006), The Chicago Code
Description: Covert intelligence operative Michael Westen has been punched, kicked, choked and shot. And now he's received a "burn notice", blacklisting him from the intelligence community and compromising his very identity. He must track down a faceless nemesis without getting himself killed while doubling as a private investigator on the dangerous streets of Miami in order to survive.

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