Did you know there is an actual way for you to go to your Netflix account and review your watch history of everything you’ve ever seen on Netflix since you started your account?! I was like geeze I’ve been paying for and watching Netflix since December of 2012! Not that I’m complaining because I think Netflix is a GREAT investment (for me at least) but it’s just crazy to realize it’s been THAT long. I can say, without hesitation, that I watch something on Netflix almost every day. Some might think that’s a sad thing, but it’s true and honestly I’m not ashamed. I use what I pay for, sue me? #Unbothered
I have complied a list of my all time favorite shows I’ve ever watched throughout the last 4 ½ years of having a Netflix account. Most of my selection are not Netflix Originals and are shows that have usually come on a network at one time or another BUT if I have started or finished the series on Netflix then I included it.
So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Favorite Shows to Watch on Netflix:
10. House of Cards
While the first 3 seasons of House of Cards were pure gold, I found myself being less and less interested as Season 4 and 5 arrived. Claire and Francis Underwood are THE most ruthless and almost-heartless characters I’ve ever encountered but they have provided me with the best drama and suspense I could ever hope for from a TV Series. I would have ranked HoC higher but like I said, I’m just not as engaged anymore (sad face).
9. Stranger Things
When this series started I didn’t know what to expect but like many other things I decided to try it and boy when I tell you… this show is sci-fi meets little acting geniuses. I swear the actors make the show. They are so cute but super smart and play their characters so well! If you haven’t watched this show yet, I really recommend it. The second season is in the works and is expected to be much deeper and darker than the season before (clutches pearls!). I didn’t rank this show higher because it’s just starting out. We’ll see if the writers and producers can keep up the momentum.
8. How to Get Away with Murder
This is the most recent series I’ve finished on Netflix. Anything Shonda Land is genius but I didn’t start out really gung-ho for this series. I didn’t like the back and forth (“One week later”,” 30 days in the future”,” 2 years ago”) every episode had and I couldn’t keep up. Well that all changed when I decided to give it another whirl on Netflix and I can proudly say that I like it MUCH better after watching the episodes back to back. The overall flow of the show makes more sense and the suspense and drama is incredibly more intense for me. I’m excited for the next season!
7. Daredevil / Jessica Jones / Luke Cage
Marvel has shown up and shown out with their new superhero shows. Okay maybe not superheroes… they’re more like super humans. Yeah, that’s better. They all have these super abilities but the show doesn’t feel all Batman/ Superman-ish. It’s rather chill with a Hell’s Kitchen bad ass vibe to it. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all hold the number 7 rank together because the shows are similar and kind of connected. There is a fourth connected show called Iron Fist but I didn’t like it at all and couldn’t even finish it, unfortunately. No worries though, soon there will be another Marvel show that will have all four of the super humans in Hell’s Kitchen using their abilities to fight crime. I can’t wait to see how the show does and if it will be of the same quality as each characters individual series.
6. Prison Break
Michael Scofield. If you don’t know that name stop reading this post, get on Netflix, and watch Prison Break right now. Prison break was one of those shows that I really didn’t plan to like or even wanted to like. I thought it was going to be like the other shows about prisons and rough criminals and actual real, bad people (Yeah, those shows scare me) but luckily to my surprise it was totally scripted and had a nice little plot to go along with it. I love Michael’s mind and how intense every season is. If you missed it, the 5th (and I think final, but don’t quote me) season aired earlier this year and just wrapped a couple of weeks ago. It gave the ending of the series and nice completed feel. I <3 Prison Break.
Hmm, how did I get into Lost? Honestly, it was so long ago I don’t even remember. I do remember the series though and this was one of the first, kind of, long series I ever watched on Netflix. TV shows that I know have more than 4 seasons almost always hook me in because I know they’ll take me some time to finish and it’ll be a while before I’m depressed again because my show ended (not real depressed but fake depressed). Lost was one of those shows for me with six complete seasons. I found myself really invested with the characters, for some reason, and the mystery of the island and everything that was happening really pulled me in. I will say that the ending of the series was totally unexpected and I’m still low-key confused by it.
4. Friday Night Lights
HOOOOMAGAWDDDD. Friday Night Lights was THE FIRST whole series I ever watched on Netflix, way back when. In high school I remember I use to sit in our field house training room (I was a sports trainer) watching this show. I love this show because it is so relatable. We follow a family (well many families) for years as they grow up in this Texas town where football is the holy grail of the city. The characters were gold and the love story was just so cute and down to earth. Ugh, I get butterflies just thinking about the show. I will definitely say that FNL is a classic in my Netflix Archives, for sure.
3. The Blacklist
I started the first season of The Blacklist on Netflix and was instantly hooked. At the time, the second season was already underway and I couldn’t catch up because I couldn’t find the new episodes online! I searched high and low and after sometime I had to revert to some very illegal things to get them (eww, not what you’re thinking). I was a fiend and couldn’t get enough, and still to this day as the fourth season wrapped a couple of weeks ago I’m still hooked! The writers of the show don’t get enough credit because just when you think you know…you really don’t. James Spader and his character’s humor completely make the show. He’s a Sassy x Bad Ass x World Class Criminal all mixed in one and it’s so bomb. I wish I could have ranked this higher BUT…
2. Law & Order SVU
This is the show I will sit at home and watch all day (even though I’ve seen all 410 episodes, yes I said 410) and not get bored or tired or even feel bad about it. I will say that I was so upset and took a brief hiatus from watching the show after Elliott left but I forgave and I’m slowly trying to move on. Law & Order shows aren’t for everyone but the SVU series is my personal favorite and the only one that’s still going after all these years. As of now, only a few of the later seasons of Law & Order are on Netflix but the show can somewhat stand on its own, relative to seasons, and each episode is a new crime story the detectives have to crack. SVU is so good if you’re in to that stuff but if not, it’ll be a bore.
1. Grey’s Anatomy
Yes, Grey’s Anatomy is my ALL TIME favorite show I’ve ever watched on Netflix! I started watching the series when there were 13 seasons to catch up on and I finished the whole series in less than 6 months. Grey’s Anatomy spoke to me on many levels even though I probably could never be a nurse, let alone a surgeon. All in All, I love Shonda Land and the empire she gives us every Thursday Night. Even though it’s my highest ranked and favorited show, I feel like it should end sometime soon. All of my favorite OG characters are gone and the feel of the new characters aren’t the same for me (I don’t like change). I don’t know if this is the plan for Shonda but we’ll see what the series does in the future.
And that’s it, now you know my favorite shows on Netflix! If you’ve seen any of them or want to try a few, YAY! Let me know in the comments below! I’m a lover of all things Netflix so let’s chat!
Until Next Time –