As 2017 drew to a close, Netflix’s variety of original shows, throwbacks, and shows currently airing on TV makes their science somewhat reliable in measuring audience preferences. They have ranked their shows into several categories including: shows devoured, shows savored, made us cheat, brought us close, and shows that became a family affair.
As avid TV watchers, and the actual human beings behind the numbers, we know that not every show on Netflix is watched, liked, or even familiar to the general public. Once in while though, you find that show that temporarily ruins your life it’s so good; Netflix has allowed for the era of binge-watching to begin, and 2017 was no exception. Here’s our take on the top rated, binge-worthy shows now on Netflix.
The show is a fictional, yet somewhat historical, account of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian drug wars. The story moves along at an upbeat, energetic pace that draws viewers in; enough to keep them hooked and give a history lesson at the same time. Narcos made our list for the over 5 million demand expressions and for making Netflix’s list of shows so good viewers couldn’t wait to watch with their significant others. No Netflix cheating allowed with this show, or you’ll have to answer to patrón.
House of Cards
This show is the Netflix spin on a political thriller that has many people hooked. The Underwoods are a power hungry couple who will stop at nothing to gain control of the White House. This show takes playing the game of politics to the next level; a seemingly endless loop of scandal and cunning will keep you coming back for more, and more, and more.
Orange is the New Black
The show follows a middle class woman, Pepper, and her time in jail in a way we have never experienced a prison drama before. Far removed from Oz and Prison Break elements, it balances the right amount of comedy with heavy subject matter. An award-winning cast, and a plethora of seasons available makes for the perfect show for a Netflix and chill session.
This show is one of those classic TV dramas recommended for everyone. Set in the 60’s and early 70’s, it tells the story of the advertising industry and the American dream in that era. If you need a lesson on how to be dapper, look no further, Don Draper will teach you everything you need to know.
The storytelling in this show has had fans captivated long after the series finale aired. Although not as fast-paced as expected for a drug drama, the characters are relatable and the plot endearing. This show makes the list for the almost cult like following it has seen, from day one fans and people just catching up now.
There’ never a dull day in the office with Harvey Specter and Mike Ross. The two expertly solve cases in this legal drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a witty, bad-ass, binge-worthy show, look no further; all you need is Suits.
13 Reasons Why
This show comes with a mental health warning and will literally have you in your feels. Although meant for the young adult category, it is relatable across generations because we have all been through high school. Following this young girls journey through those hard times that eventually led her to suicide reminds us of the yearnings and aches of our adolescence. The shows compelling actors and mysterious storyline ensure you are bingeing through it because it almost feels like an experience you have to get through. Watch with caution to know just how addictive this show really is.
Dear White People
This show takes social commentary on the technological age and pop culture and runs with in ways audiences didn’t expect to enjoy so much. Since each episode differs from the last, the show creators have something special going by being able to capture audience attention with no cliffhanging storyline to pull them to consecutive episodes. This show makes the list for having viewers waiting at the edge of their seat for season 4.
Master of None
Dating in your 30’s in New York is always a comedic goldmine. But throw in unique cultural perspectives and comedian Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation fame and you have this show. It makes this list for relatable plots as well as characters.
This is Us
Sterling K. Brown’s Golden Globe win and his co-stars many nominations almost gives away just how impactful the show has been so far. Just in its second season, there is a general consensus that it has reached TV family drama gold status; there is literally something for everyone, to the surprise of many. The well-written mix of relatable adult and family issues makes for an engaging and highly emotional plot, which keeps viewers, sucked in and ready for more.
This show manages to be a reminiscent throwback to the 80’s mixed in equal parts with real life issues of that time and sci-fi. This show made the list for the unexpected way it captivated viewers and had many anticipating the second season.
These vary widely from themes and settings but all contain the necessary element of appeal that has viewers binge watching and re-watching. What makes them top 10 list worthy is not just the plot line or characters but how uniquely these stories are told. But don’t take my word for it check them out for yourself!