100 Best Shows on Netflix Sorted By TheTVDB Rating

81. Alias

First Aired: 2001-09-30 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Ron Rifkin, Victor Garber, Amy Acker
Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, Science Fiction, Drama, Plot Twists
Similar Shows: Revolution, Nikita, Westworld, Dollhouse, Terra Nova
Description: Sydney Bristow, an agent who has been tricked to believe she is working for the U.S. government is actually working for a criminal organization named the Alliance of Twelve. Upon learning this, Sydney becomes a double agent for the real CIA.

82. Raising Hope

First Aired: 2010-09-21 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 20
Starring: Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Gregg Binkley, Shannon Marie Woodward
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Stand Alone Episodes, Family, Comedy
Similar Shows: Running Wilde, Sons of Tucson, Samantha Who?, Mike & Molly, Better With You
Description: At 23 years old, Jimmy Chance is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his parents and his cousin, Mike. Jimmy's life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with Lucy goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he discovers Lucy gave birth to their baby, who he is now charged with raising.

83. MacGyver

First Aired: 1985-09-29 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 50
Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Michael Des Barres,
Description: MacGyver follows the adventures of the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent Angus MacGyver. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution whenever possible and refuses to carry or use a gun. MacGyver works as a problem solver for the Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Utilizing his education as a scientist and his experience as an operative in the Department of External Services (DXS), he is able to solve a range of problems usually with the help of his ever-present Swiss Army knife.

84. Rescue Me

First Aired: 2004-07-21 | Network: FX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Denis Leary, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Diane Farr
Top Attributes: Family, Strong Male Lead, Workplace, Drama
Similar Shows: In Treatment, Nurse Jackie, Dirty Sexy Money, Men of a Certain Age, Mad Men
Description: From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a drama/comedy that centers on the inner workings of Ladder Company 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses Tommy Gavin, the senior fire-fighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former fire-fighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job. The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with.

85. Shameless

First Aired: 2004-01-13 | Network: Channel 4 | Runtime: 60
Starring: David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff, Jody Latham, Chris Bisson, Dean Lennox Kelly
Description: Blisteringly funny, offbeat drama following the rollercoaster lives and loves of an anarchic family from Manchester. Meet the Gallaghers. Mum went AWOL years ago, Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle. And sometimes the kids... The real head of the family is big sister Fiona (20), who looks after Carl (11), Debbie (9) and baby Liam (3). She is occasionally helped, more often hindered, by reluctant virgin 'Lip' (16) and the actively gay, but very private, Ian (15). Welcome to a hectic world of sexual adventures, triumphs, love, scams and a fair bit of crime on a rough Manchester housing estate, where wheel-less cars are the norm and the moving ones are stolen.

86. The Boondocks

First Aired: 2005-11-06 | Network: Adult Swim | Runtime: 20
Starring: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Jill Talley, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough
Top Attributes: Voiceover Narration, Animated, Family, Suburban Life
Similar Shows: Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Everybody Hates Chris, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, American Dad!
Description: The Boondocks is based on the satiric Aaron McGruder comic strip of the same name. The show follows the adventures of two black boys, Riley and Huey Freeman, who experience a culture clash when they move from southside Chicago to the "boondocks" to live with their grandfather.

87. Pretty Little Liars

First Aired: 2010-06-08 | Network: ABC Family | Runtime: 60
Starring: Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Tyler Blackburn
Top Attributes: Single Camera, Drama, High School, Character Focus
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, My So-Called Life, Dawson's Creek, Life Unexpected, Beverly Hills, 90210
Description: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew. The show stars Lucy Hale and Holly Marie Combs

88. CSI: NY

First Aired: 2004-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 60
Starring: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Sela Ward, Carmine Giovinazzo, Robert Joy
Top Attributes: Mainstream, Drama, Science, Stand Alone Episodes
Similar Shows: CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles
Description: The third edition of the "CSI" franchise sets up shop in the Big Apple, where taciturn Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his partner, Detective Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), lead a crime-solving team. Like his counterparts in Las Vegas and Miami, Taylor knows that people may lie, but the evidence rarely does.

89. Grey's Anatomy

First Aired: 2005-03-27 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson
Top Attributes: Drama, Hospital, Strong Female Lead, Mainstream
Similar Shows: Private Practice, Mercy, ER, Chicago Hope, Three Rivers
Description: Meet Meredith Grey, a brilliant first-year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Together with her fellow residents-in-training, Meredith navigates her way through the daily traumas and social land mines of the life inside the hospital and out in the real world. Grey's Anatomy is a smart and witty look at young people struggling to be doctors and doctors struggling to be human.

90. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

First Aired: 2013-09-24 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Clark Gregg, Nick Blood , Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton
Top Attributes: Superheroes/Superpowers, Budget, Drama, Lightness
Similar Shows: Heroes, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Revolution, The Librarians (2014)
Description: The series sees S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson putting together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. In the first season, Coulson and his team investigate Project Centipede and their leader, "The Clairvoyant", eventually uncovering that Project Centipede is backed by Hydra, and they must deal with Hydra's infiltration of, and the destruction of, S.H.I.E.L.D. In the second season, Coulson and his team look to restore trust from the government and public following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapse.

91. The Blacklist

First Aired: 2013-09-23 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 60
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra
Top Attributes: Strong Male Lead, Crime, Drama, Cop Show
Similar Shows: Blue Bloods, White Collar, Hannibal, Person of Interest, Justified
Description: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last two decades, he's made a list of criminals and terrorists that matter the most but the FBI cannot find because it does not know they exist. Reddington calls this "The Blacklist". Reddington will co-operate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.

92. Blue Mountain State

First Aired: 2010-01-11 | Network: Spike TV | Runtime: 20
Starring: Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Gabrielle Dennis, Samuel L. Jones
Description: "Blue Mountain State," from Lionsgate and Robbins' Varsity Pictures, is a half-hour scripted comedy in the vein of "Animal House." The project follows three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State who must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing. Written by Kimberly Nordyke - Hollywood Reporter

93. The Glades

First Aired: 2010-07-11 | Network: A&E | Runtime: 60
Starring: Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Corbin Bernsen, Carlos Gomez, Clayne Crawford
Description: This Crime series follows Matt Passmore as Jim, a Chicago cop who gets kicked off the force after being shot and wrongfully accused by his ex-captain of having an affair with his wife. After receiving his payout, Jim decides to moves to a small Florida town to join the state police.

94. Damages

First Aired: 2007-07-24 | Network: FX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden
Top Attributes: Psychology, Crime, Workplace, Drama
Similar Shows: Lie to me, The Whole Truth, The Closer, Raising the Bar, The Good Wife
Description: Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.

95. Freaks and Geeks

First Aired: 1999-09-25 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 60
Starring: John Francis Daley, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, James Franco, Samm Levine
Top Attributes: Cult Hit, Family, Geekiness, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: Hung, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, My So-Called Life, Gary Unmarried, Skins
Description: Freaks and Geeks tells the stories of two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 1980s. The show follows Lindsay Weir as she rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").

96. Hell on Wheels

First Aired: 2011-11-06 | Network: AMC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy, Christopher Heyerdahl, Jake Weber
Description: Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.

97. Royal Pains

First Aired: 2009-06-04 | Network: USA Network | Runtime: 60
Starring: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Campbell Scott
Top Attributes: Hospital, Strong Male Lead, Stand Alone Episodes, Character Focus
Similar Shows: Hart of Dixie, House, Franklin & Bash, Suits, Togetherness
Description: ROYAL PAINS centers on a young E.R. doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for a patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes the reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the attractive administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town's less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.

98. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

First Aired: 1999-09-20 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 60
Starring: Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Christopher Meloni
Top Attributes: Drama, Stand Alone Episodes, Mainstream, Law
Similar Shows: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order, CSI: Miami
Description: This hard-hitting and emotional companion series from NBC's Law & Order franchise chronicles the life and crimes of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department.

99. The Chicago Code

First Aired: 2011-02-07 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jennifer Beals, Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Todd Williams, Devin Kelley
Top Attributes: Drama, City Setting, Cop Show, Political Intrigue
Similar Shows: Life (2007), In Plain Sight, Detroit 1-8-7, The Unusuals, The Closer
Description: Jarek Wysocki is a local legend and larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Like the city of Chicago, Jarek is razor blades and brass knuckles wrapped in politeness and egoless charm - a man who throws away partners the way others throw away tissues. Teresa Colvin arrived at the pinnacle of the Chicago Police Department in a short period of time. She's determined to implement changes before the mud that is Chicago politics clogs her office. As a result of Teresa's difficult choices, she has made some powerful enemies along the way, including two street gangs, the police officers' union and a city alderman who proves to be a dangerous adversary.

100. Terra Nova

First Aired: 2011-09-26 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 60
Starring: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Stephen Lang, Allison Miller, Mido Hamada
Top Attributes: Budget, Science Fiction, Drama, Ensemble Cast
Similar Shows: Westworld, Revolution, Falling Skies, The Librarians (2014), Alias
Description: Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

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