100 Best Shows on Netflix Sorted By TheTVDB Rating

61. Prison Break

First Aired: 2005-08-29 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Cress Williams, James Hiroyuki Liao
Top Attributes: Mainstream, Diversity, Interwoven Storylines, Ensemble Cast
Similar Shows: Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, Detroit 1-8-7, Hawaii Five-O, Hawaii Five-0
Description: After getting himself incarcerated in Fox River State Penitentiary to free his wrongly accused brother, Lincoln Burrows, Michael Scofield is now on the loose along with his brother and six other convicts.

62. Star Trek

First Aired: 1966-09-08 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 60
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei
Top Attributes: Nerdiness, Geekiness, Ensemble Cast, Interwoven Storylines
Similar Shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary
Description: Star Trek was an influential science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that followed the adventures of the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. The show began with the production of the 1964 pilot "The Cage". "The Cage" featured Jeffrey Hunter as Enterprise captain Christopher Pike. The pilot was rejected by NBC executives as being too cerebral. In order to demonstrate the action-adventure potential of the series, another pilot entitled "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was produced. Replacing Jeffrey Hunter as Enterprise captain was William Shatner who starred as Captain James T. Kirk. The new pilot also starred Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock who was the only character to return from the original pilot after NBC's rejection of "The Cage". Response to the second, action-oriented, pilot was good and NBC gave the go ahead to the series. The series premiered on NBC on Thursday, September 8, 1966 in the 8:30-9:30 PM timeslot with the episode "The Man Trap". Critical response to the series was mixed and rating were lower than expected. In its second season, reoccurring guest star DeForest Kelley was added to the series' starring cast and the show was moved to Friday at 8:30. A decline in the ratings, however, prompted NBC to attempt to cancel the series after its second season, but a letter writing campaign by die hard fans of the show saved it from cancellation. An additional season of episodes were produced, but ratings continued to decline most likely due to the quality of the third season episodes and a bad 10:00 PM Friday night time slot. Despite another letter writing campaign, the series was finally cancelled after its third season. The last new episode "Turnabout Intruder" was shown on June 3, 1969. After its three year run Star Trek began running syndication where it was discovered by legion of new fans and became a phenomenon. The show inspired six features films, an animated series, and four additional spin-off television shows. Other spin-off's include novels, comic books, merchandise and an enormous amount of fan-fiction based on the series. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history. Aside from its three main stars, Star Trek featured a large cast of reoccurring guest stars that includes James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney. Other notable guest stars include Diana Muldaur, Gary Lockwood, Ricardo Montalban, Sally Kellerman, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, John Colicos, Roger C. Carmel, William Campbell, Ted Cassidy, Michael Ansara and Elisha Cook, Jr. Notable writers for the series include Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon, George Clayton Johnson, Jerry Sohl, Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, and D.C. Fontana.

63. Leverage

First Aired: 2008-12-07 | Network: TNT | Runtime: 60
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Aldis Hodge, Beth Riesgraf
Description: Meet Nathan Ford, a former insurance investigator who spent his professional career dedicated to the company that refused a potentially life saving medical procedure for his son. Unemployed and teetering on the edge, Nate enlists the help of the best thieves and grifters in the business, and with their help, he steals from the rich and gives to the poor to help balance the crooks in high power positions. He and his team help provide... leverage.

64. The Office (UK)

First Aired: 2001-07-01 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Lucy Davis, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Ralph Ineson
Top Attributes: British, Workplace, Single Camera, Comedy
Similar Shows: The Office (US), Extras, Party Down, Happy Endings, The IT Crowd
Description: A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is?

65. Gilmore Girls

First Aired: 2000-10-05 | Network: The WB | Runtime: 60
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Matt Czuchry, Sean Gunn
Top Attributes: Constant Dialogue, Family, Strong Female Lead, Lightness
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Big C, Cougar Town, 7th Heaven, Better With You
Description: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone. Gilmore Girls was the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund. An initiative between some of the nation's top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong and loving mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family.

66. Angel

First Aired: 1999-10-05 | Network: The WB | Runtime: 45
Starring: David Boreanaz, J. August Richards, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, Glenn Quinn
Top Attributes: Serial, Magic, Detective, Supernatural
Similar Shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pushing Daisies, Supernatural, FlashForward, Being Human
Description: Angel, a 240-year old vampire cursed with a conscience, haunts the dark streets of Los Angeles alone. But after he meets a half-demon with mysterious visions, Angel realizes his true purpose: to help those in danger with the hope that he may have a chance to redeem himself and save his own soul. With Cordelia and Doyle at his side, he forms Angel Investigations. He is soon joined by Wesley, Gunn, Lorne and Fred, and he will need all their expertise to fight the growing forces of evil, and the supernatural law firm of Wolfram and Hart.

67. Touch (2012)

First Aired: 2012-01-25 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Maria Bello, Lukas Haas, Said Taghmaoui
Description: The show follows a group of unrelated characters. One of these is Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and a single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his mute and severely autistic 10-year-old son, Jake. Martin has tried everything he could do in order to reach his son, but at no success. To spend his time, Jake has cast-off cell phones, disassembling them and manipulating the parts. This allows him to see the world in a different way entirely.

68. Malcolm in the Middle

First Aired: 2000-01-09 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Erik Per Sullivan, Justin Berfield, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson
Top Attributes: Comedy, Lightness, Suburban Life, Stand Alone Episodes
Similar Shows: Black-ish, The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, Everybody Hates Chris, Family Matters
Description: Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning writer Linwood Boomer, this inventive half-hour series is seen through the eyes of MALCOLM (Frankie Muniz), a regular high school kid trying to navigate his way through life despite the various obstacles thrown in his way a complete misunderstanding of girls, the constant burden of masterminding plans to get himself and his brothers into or out of trouble, and a miserable job at the Lucky Aide not to mention a severe case of teen angst. Although Malcolm has a genius IQ, he can't seem to make sense of the opposite sex, much less his embarrassing family. LOIS (Jane Kaczmarek) is the outspoken, opinionated mom, who still manages to rule the roost even though her boys are growing wise to her crafty ways. HAL (Bryan Cranston), a dad who is just a bumbling, big kid at heart, often finds himself creating more chaos than his five boys combined. REESE (Justin Berfield) has mastered the art of a perfect blank stare, and makes up for hi

69. Heroes

First Aired: 2006-09-25 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 45
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, James Kyson Lee, Cristine Rose
Top Attributes: Superheroes/Superpowers, Drama, Ensemble Cast, Interwoven Storylines
Similar Shows: Lost, Revolution, FlashForward, True Blood, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Description: Heroes is a cult serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. Not only are they discovering what having superpowers means to them but also the larger picture of where those powers come from and what they might mean to the rest of the world.

70. Jericho (2006)

First Aired: 2006-09-20 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 60
Starring: Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Kenneth Mitchell, April D. Parker, Clare Carey
Top Attributes: Drama, Action, Darkness, Tragedy
Similar Shows: The Walking Dead, Rubicon, Burn Notice, FlashForward, Spartacus
Description: When Jake Green returns to his Kansas small-town home Jericho, where his dad Johnston is mayor, everyone is preoccupied with petty private business and family matters, but that changes drastically after a completely unexpected explosion. It soon becomes clear there has been a nuclear attack, but neither by whom nor on which scale. Suddenly life in Jericho, and as the inhabitants gradually discover all over the disintegrating USA, becomes a more primordial struggle for survival, where unexperienced dangers, primitive as well as technological, have to be weighed against pressing primal needs, such as food, fuel and self-defense against plunderers, invaders and even each-other. Jake, whose private story like that of other main characters slowly becomes disclosed to us, proves extremely resourceful and a smart hero, while his father's mayoral authority and even that of the only available medical professionals is soon challenged and undermined, criminal potentials are tapped into by circumstances and good people must rise to the daunting occasion assertively or perish. Even when contact is made with neighboring surviving towns, desperate rivalry soon cancels out solidarity.

71. My Name Is Earl

First Aired: 2005-09-20 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples, Nadine Velazquez
Top Attributes: Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Strong Male Lead, Voiceover Narration
Similar Shows: Running Wilde, Raising Hope, Cougar Town, Two and a Half Men, Better With You
Description: Earl Hickey's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, and upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning lottery ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, thanks to Carson Daly, who attributes his success to doing good for others. A light bulb goes on in Earl's dim head, and he sets out to right every wrong he has done, starting with a geek he tormented in grade school.

72. Torchwood

First Aired: 2006-10-22 | Network: BBC Three | Runtime: 60
Starring: John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Eve Myles, Naoko Mori, Burn Gorman
Top Attributes: British, Aliens, Historical Elements, Animated
Similar Shows: Warehouse 13, Misfits, Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Eureka
Description: Captain Jack Harkness is a man from the 51st century trapped in the past who leads the last remnants of the Torchwood Institute, a top secret British agency outside the government whose job it is to investigate alien goings on in the world, act in mankind's best interest, and, if needed, be the Earth's last line of defense.

73. The Vampire Diaries

First Aired: 2009-09-10 | Network: The CW | Runtime: 60
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Matthew Davis, Michael Trevino
Top Attributes: Mainstream, Drama, Supernatural, Romance
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Melrose Place, True Blood
Description: As the school year begins, Elena Gilbert is immediately drawn to a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Elena has no way of knowing that Stefan is a vampire struggling to live peacefully among humans, while his brother Damon is the embodiment of vampire violence and brutality.

74. Warehouse 13

First Aired: 2009-07-07 | Network: Syfy | Runtime: 60
Starring: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, CCH Pounder
Top Attributes: Science Fiction, Cult Hit, Supernatural, Mystery
Similar Shows: Eureka, Alphas, The Librarians (2014), Wonderfalls, Stranger Things
Description: After saving the life of an international diplomat in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S. Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the U.S. Government has collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve some of the missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.

75. Weeds

First Aired: 2005-08-07 | Network: Showtime | Runtime: 30
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Alexander Gould, Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon
Top Attributes: Drugs, Strong Female Lead, Family, Suburban Life
Similar Shows: Revenge, The Big C, Orange Is the New Black, Californication, Shameless (US)
Description: Is the grass really greener on the other side? Yes, and it smells better, too! So when Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) faces both sudden widowhood and poverty, she's determined to do anything to keep her kids in suburbia, including taking a job as the neighborhood pot dealer. Subversive, satirical and hilarious, the first season of this groundbreaking Showtime hit is guaranteed to spark laughter!

76. American Horror Story

First Aired: 2011-10-05 | Network: FX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett
Description: American Horror Story is a horror-drama television franchise created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle and end".

77. Once Upon a Time (2011)

First Aired: 2011-10-23 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle
Description: Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bonds collector, has always been a fiercely independent person since being abandoned as a baby. Her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption years ago, finds and tries to convince Emma that she is Snow White's missing daughter. Henry shows Emma that in the fairytale, Prince Charming and Snow White sent her away to protect her. Emma doesn't believe him and takes Henry back to Storybrooke...

78. Merlin

First Aired: 2008-09-20 | Network: BBC Three | Runtime: 60
Starring: Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, Anthony Stewart Head
Description: Merlin is a drama series based around the legends of the mythical wizard and his relationship with Prince Arthur. Set in the early days of their relationship, it shows the development of each in his respective field, finding his way on the path to future greatness. Humour, danger and excitement abound, accompanied by mythical creatures, magic and of course much medieval swashbuckling.

79. Continuum

First Aired: 2012-05-27 | Network: Showcase | Runtime: 60
Starring: Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Hugh Dillon, Magda Apanowicz
Description: Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a Vancouver City Protective Services officer, is transported from the year 2077 to 2012 when eight ruthless terrorists, known as Liber8, attempt to escape execution through time travel. With the help of 17 year old tech genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) and VPD officer Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster), Kiera must survive in our time period, and capture Liber8 before they can alter the course of history and change the future.

80. Revenge

First Aired: 2011-09-20 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Emily VanCamp, Christa B. Allen, Nick Wechsler, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann
Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, Beautiful People, Tragedy, Drama
Similar Shows: Ringer, Scandal (2012), Weeds, Hart of Dixie, The Big C
Description: Emily Thorne rents a house in the Hamptons for the summer, seemingly intent on nothing more than enjoying a break in the popular resort. But it soon becomes clear that there's more to her visit. Her real name is Amanda Clarke and her father was framed for a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison for life and she has come to the Hamptons to seek revenge against the people who betrayed him and saw him sent to jail.

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