Top 10 TV Shows on Netflix

We can give Netflix most of the credit for changing the way that viewers are watching TV. With 33.42 million subscribers in the United States alone, Netflix is the largest online streaming service in the world, with the largest content library.  It should come as no surprise, then, that we were so excited to put together this list of the top 10 TV shows on Netflix. Because Netflix doesn’t release ratings, or tell us which of its many TV shows are being streamed the most, we decided to profile 10 shows on Netflix that you didn’t already check out when you read up on the Top 10 TV Shows on Hulu, and the Top 10 TV Shows in the World. These are some of the best shows streamers are binge-watching on weekends, tuning in to for an hour before bed, and talking about on Twitter.

Hemlock Grove
It’s exciting to see a few familiar faces on the screen when tuning in to this Netflix original horror series, including  Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, and X-Men’s Famke Janssen. The show combines drama, mystery, and supernatural elements to add to a complex plot that is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name. After the Rumancek family moves to the small town of Hemlock Grove, a sequence of unsolved murders shakes the community. Netflix partnered with Gaumont International Television to produce the show’s two seasons.

Breaking Bad
Even those unfamiliar with Breaking Bad have undoubtedly heard some of the buzz over Bryan Cranston’s incredible performance as Walter White. After the show premiered for 5 seasons on AMC, Breaking Bad became one of the most talked about TV shows out there. It should come as no surprise that the show made our list, as fans are streaming the series online and delving into the world of Walter White – a cancer-ridden high school chemistry teacher that uses his knowledge of science to manufacture and sell meth in order to pay the bills.

Mad Men
AMC’s period drama is centered on the life of Don Draper, a Creative Director working at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in the 1960s. Mad Men’s historical authenticity and its exploration of gender roles, racial tension, alcoholism, and 1960s counterculture has resulted in the series gaining critical acclaim. Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and January Jones make up some of the show’s award-winning cast.

Set in Washington D.C., this political drama TV series stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, the leader of a crisis management firm that specializes in doing damage control for the powerful and the elite. Scandal’s plot moves fast – intertwining Pope’s cases with her personal life and the background stories of her employees. Fans of Scandal are left on the edge of their seat at the end of each episode, as the series is filled with cliff-hangers and surprises.

Pretty Little Liars
Our blog on The Dual Screening Experience touched upon Pretty Little Liars’ devoted fan base. The show has been known to produce mass hysteria amongst viewers because of the many shocking twists it has undergone in its 4 seasons. After a local girl is murdered, four of her friends begin to receive threatening messages from a figure only known as “A.” Pretty Little Liars is now in the midst of its 5th season on ABC Family, and was renewed for a 6th in 2015.

Since it began airing on FX in 2010, Louis has been one of the most loved comedies on television. The show stars Louis C.K., who portrays a semi-autobiographical version of himself. The show features Louis C.K.’s standup comedy routines and several segments of C.K.’s life, although the show’s storyline does not flow consistently. Louis has been nominated for several Emmy Awards, and the show been renewed for a 5th season in 2015.

The CW’s take on DC Comic’s Green Arrow features Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen – a wealthy crime-fighter who is struggling with the after-effects of being stranded on a deserted island. The show’s two seasons have featured Queen reconnecting to his loved ones by day, and assuming the role of masked vigilante by night. Fans of the Green Arrow are tuning in to the show on Netflix, but the show’s action-packed plot and emphasis on the development of Queen as a character enable the show to attract a broad audience on its own.

Michael C. Hall plays blood-spatter analyst Dexter Morgan in this thrilling and horrifying crime drama. Dexter works for the Miami Police Department, alongside his adoptive sister, Debra. Unbeknownst to Debra or to those closest to him, Dexter is a sociopathic serial killer, and is driven by an innate desire to commit terrible crimes. In an effort to live a moral life despite his homicidal urges, Dexter channels his energy into tracking down and killing serial killers that he believes have evaded the justice system.

The Walking Dead
This post-apocalyptic series follows former Georgia police officer Rick Grimes, who awakens in the hospital after the world has been overrun with zombies. Grimes sets out to find his missing family, eventually banding together with a group of survivors in order to stay alive. We’ve seen the zombie apocalypse plot pan out so many times in other TV shows and movies, but The Walking Dead’s storyline keeps viewers entertained, and the show’s use of special effects make it one of the most well-done of its genre.

American Horror Story
This horror anthology series terrified fans for three seasons, and viewers are now eagerly awaiting a fourth. Despite each season’s changing cast, several award-winning stars have filled roles in this series, including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto. Each season in the anthology has been set in a different location, and has focused on an entirely new chilling theme: a Haunted house, an asylum, and a New Orleans witch coven have been the show’s prior settings. While American Horror Story is enjoyable because its cast delivers truly convincing performances – the show intrigues Netflix viewers because it is one of the few truly disturbing and finely crafted TV shows in existence.

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