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    Rotten Tomatoes: Netflix's 155 Best Original Shows To Watch In Lockdown

    We all must find ways to entertain ourselves during these strange and scary times, 'COVID-19' and for Netflix subscribers, we’ve got you covered in that regard, with a list of 155 of our favorite movies on the platform right now.
    Netflix offers thousands of movies via its streaming platform. Although the service can be surprisingly accurate with its suggestions, it’s often still tough to find something worth watching amid the deluge of choices.

    If you’re looking for some recommendations, here’s a massive list that Rotten Tomatoes has compiled of the top 155 Netflix original shows, listing every show they consider “fresh” (above a 60% rating). Hard to believe there are a full 155 shows that critics “recommend” on RT, but their TV ratings are usually a bit higher than their movie ratings, so it’s grading on a curve.

    The top 10-20 or so are a little funky because you get to some 100% shows that simply don’t have all that many ratings, hence why they’re up there. But there are some good ones scattered all throughout this list.

    Anne with an E NETFLIX
    155. Anne with an E (60%) - This reimagining of the classic book and film is a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne, a 13-year-old who has endured an abusive childhood in orphanages and the homes of strangers. In the late 1890s, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who live on Prince Edward Island. Anne, who proves to be uniquely spirited, imaginative and smart, transforms the lives of Marilla, Matthew and everyone else in their small town.

    154. Derek (60%)
    153. Bloodline (62%)
    152. Spinning Out (63%)

    The Punisher NETFLIX
    151. Marvel’s The Punisher (63%) – It’s a crime that this is so low. Season 1 of The Punisher was my favorite show the year it debuted, and one of the best seasons of any superhero show on the planet. Season 2 was…less good. I might just skip it, frankly. I am deeply sad that Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle is out of the MCU with the Netflix-Marvel deal over.

    Self Made NETFLIX
    150. Self Made (65%) - A chronicle of the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire. Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker is an American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles, that premiered on March 20, 2020.

    149. Marcella (65%)
    148. Lilyhammer (65%)
    147. Marco Polo (66%)

    Locke and Key NETFLIX
    146. Locke and Key (66%) – Surprised to see this so low, frankly. Based on a graphic novel by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), this is a solid family friendly(ish) fantasy series that everyone I’ve recommended it to seems to like.

    145. Ragnarok (67%)

    The Witcher NETFLIX
    144. The Witcher (67%) – Critics famously didn’t love The Witcher but audiences couldn’t get enough of it. An adaptation of the books with influences from the video games, Netflix’s Game of Thrones competitor is starting out strong and I’d recommend it even to non-fantasy fans.

    Disenchantment NETFLIX
    143. Disenchantment (68%) - After tackling modern times with "The Simpsons" and the future with "Futurama," producer Matt Groening steps into the past with "Disenchantment." The animated fantasy series geared toward adults takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland.
    It follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and personal demon Luci. The oddball trio encounters the likes of ogres, sprites, imps, trolls and human fools along the way. The voice cast features Abbi Jacobson as Bean and includes veteran voiceover artists such as John DiMaggio, Billy West and Maurice LaMarche.

    Dark Tourist NETFLIX
    142. Dark Tourist (70%) - Most tourists like to visit popular sites and attractions, like beaches, stadiums and museums, while on vacation. There is a subset of tourism, however, that involves visiting places that are historically associated with death and tragedy. Journalist David Farrier focuses on that area of travel, known as dark tourism, in this docuseries. In each episode, Farrier travels to a different locale to visit destinations and have experiences that wouldn't be on most vacationers' bucket lists. He embeds himself in a death-worshipping cult in Mexico, sees tourists soaking up radiation left behind in Fukushima, meets vampires in New Orleans, and travels to the most-nuked place on Earth for atomic swimming and fishing.

    Daybreak - NETFLIX
    141. Daybreak (70%) - Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and "Mad Max"-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love.

    Babies - NETFLIX
    140. Babies (71%) - Filmmaker Thomas Balmès criss-crosses the globe to observe and record the first two years in the lives of four infants and their families. Ponijao is the youngest of nine children and lives in a village in Namibia. Bayarjargal's family lives in Mongolia. Hattie is a San Francisco couple's first child, and Mari is the first child of a couple living in Tokyo.

    139. Bonding (71%)
    138. Troy: Fall of a City (71%)
    137. Safe (71%)
    136. Everything Sucks (71%)
    135. Designated Survivor (71%)
    134. After Life (72%)
    133. Dracula (72%)

    Love is Blind NETFLIX
    132. Love is Blind (73%) – I will at least give a passing comment on Love is Blind, which is sizzling on the Netflix top 10 for a few week snow. It’s fine, but I think other love-based reality shows are better, and other Netflix reality shows are better too. But it’s addicting, I’ll say that.

    131. Wanderlust (73%)
    130. Kill Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (75%)
    129. Requiem (75%)

    The Umbrella Academy NETFLIX
    128. The Umbrella Academy (75%) – This is low key one of Netflix’s most popular shows. It’s a quirky take on superheroism that I can’t say I loved, but I was curious to see more by the time season 1 was over. And season 2 is coming soon.

    127. Lost in Space (75%)
    126. Arrested Development (75%)

    Altered Carbon NETFLIX
    125. Altered Carbon (76%) – I know it’s pretty far down the list, but if we’re judging only season 1 here, this is probably my #2 Netflix original on the entire service, a brutal sci-fi series unlike anything else out there I didn’t like season 2 nearly as much, but it was worth watching all the same. I hope they do a third.

    124. Watership Down (77%)
    123. Seven Seconds (77%)
    122. Love, Death and Robots (77%)
    121. House of Cards (77%)
    120. Collateral (78%
    119. She’s Gotta Have It (78%)
    118. Marvel’s The Defenders (78%)
    117. Chelsea Does (79%)
    116. Black Earth Rising (79%)
    115. Living With Yourself (79%)

    The Circle NETFLIX
    114. The Circle (80%) – I am generally not a reality show person, but the social media-based competition here was something that I found strangely compelling and ultimately very endearing, a rarity in the genre. I’d give it a chance.

    113. Dave Chappellle (80%)
    112. Evil Genius (80%)

    Ozark NETFLIX
    111. Ozark (80%) – Ozark is lower on this list due to its first two ho-hum seasons, but season 3 is absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend investing in this Breaking Bad-adjacent series that is only getting better over time.

    110. The Break with Michelle Wolf (81%)
    109. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (81%)
    108. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (81%)
    107. The Get Down (81%)
    106. Raising Dion (82%)
    105. The Rain (82%)
    104. Wu Assassins (83%)
    103. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (83%)
    102. Marvel’s Jessica Jones (83%)

    Black Mirror NETFLIX
    101. Black Mirror (83%) – I think Black Mirror has lost its way a little bit in recent Netflix-based seasons, but it still contains some of the best one-off sci-fi stories in the genre, and you can watch them in any order. It’s the Twilight Zone for a new generation.

    100. Criminal: UK (84%)
    99. The Fall (84%)

    Making a Murderer NETFLIX
    98. Making a Murderer (84%) – The original Netflix documentary that put this part of the service on the map. It’s no less compelling now than when it came out a few years ago, and a second season sheds further light on the case as time went on.

    97. Wet Hot American Summer (84%)
    96. The OA (84%)
    95. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (84%)
    94. Godless (85%)
    93. Maniac (85%)
    92. Ghoul (86%)
    91. The Stranger (86%)
    90. F is for Family (86%)

    The Society NETFLIX
    89. The Society (86%) – This is an overlooked series about kids dealing with the disappearance of all the adults in their town. I genuinely liked it and have not heard really anything about it. It’s a quick watch, and something I’d recommend in the YA genre.

    88. The Spy (86%)
    87. The Innocents (86%)
    86. Dead to Me (86%)

    I Am Not Okay with this NETFLIX
    85. I Am Not Okay With This (86%) – A new age take on Carrie (without literally being a remake) as a young girl discovers she has telekinetic powers in high school. From the same team that did the End of the F***ing world, further up on this list.

    84. Sense 8 (86%)
    83. Atypical (87%)
    82. Lucifer (87%)
    81. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (87%)
    80. Marvel’s Luke Cage (87%)
    79. Narcos: Mexico (88%)
    78. Longmire (88%)
    77. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (88%)

    The Pharmacist NETFLIX
    76. The Pharmacist (89%) – The heartbreaking tale of one man who lost his son to the drug epidemic in America, and then went on a crusade to shut down opioid distributors in his town. Compelling and stunnig.

    75. W/ Bob and David (89%)
    74. Grace and Frankie (89%)
    73. Narcos (89%)
    72. Santa Clarita Diet (89%)

    The Crown NETFLIX
    71. The Crown (89%) – I would not have thought a dry British drama about the monarchy would catch my interest, but the performances are too good to ignore, and the show is heading into a unique place having to recast its leads as time presses on.

    70. Queen Sono (90%)
    69. Easy (90%)
    68. Wormwood (90%)
    67. The Kominsky Method (90%)

    66. You (90%) – Netflix rescued this show from Lifetime where no one was watching it, and turned it into one of its best original thrillers. Season 2, in the Netflix era, is even better than the first, and Joe is a new age horror villain for our time.

    65. Orange is the New Black (90%)
    64. The Devil Next Door (91%)
    63. Gentefied (91%)
    62. I Think You Should Leave (91%)
    61. The Last Kingdom (91%)

    Queer Eye NETFLIX
    60. Queer Eye (91%) – The show has evolved from its original premise to become less about just new clothes and haircuts and more about total life transformations. One of the most feel-good series on Netflix, which we all need right now.

    59. Rhythm and Flow (92%)
    58. Medical Police (92%)
    57. Dating Around (92%)
    56. Sacred Games (92%)
    55. Peaky Blinders (92%)

    Daredevil NETFLIX
    54. Marvel’s Daredevil (92%) – While I hate season 2, Season 1 is stellar and season 3 might be tied with Punisher season 1 as the best superhero string of episodes in history. Another huge loss for the MCU that this deal fell through and these characters are on ice.

    53. GLOW (92%) – Cannot recommend this series about female wrestling in the ‘80s highly enough. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are stars and this is absolutely worth your time whether you have any interest in pro wrestling or not.

    52. Carmen Sandiago (93%)
    51. Our Planet (93%)
    50. Last Chance U (93%)
    49. Castlevania (93%)
    48. Bodyguard (93%)
    47. The End of the F***ing World (93%%)

    The Haunting of Hill House NETFLIX
    46. The Haunting of Hill House (93%) – It’s all the way up here at #46, but this is my favorite Netflix original by quite a wide margin. It’s a horror series, but more about family and than ghosts, and a deeply emotional, important journey. Cannot speak highly enough about it.

    45. Bojack Horseman (93%)

    Stranger Things NETFLIX
    44. Stranger Things (93%) – Surprised to see Netflix’s iconic sci-fi series with so many other titles still above it, but I maintain that the show keeps getting better and better with every new season.

    43. The Staircase (94%)
    42. On My Block (94%)
    41. Dark (94%)
    40. Love (94%)

    Sex Education NETFLIX
    39. Sex Education (94%) – Probably Netflix’s best comedy when all is said and done, it’s raunchy enough to be entertaining, but heartfelt enough to be touching. It’s been great so far and I expect it to last a while longer. No pun intended.

    38. Flint Town (95%)
    37. Unorthodox (95%)
    36. Bobby Kennedy For President (95%)
    35. Dear White People (95%)

    Kingdom NETFLIX
    34. Kingdom (96%) – One of the best pieces of zombie fiction ever made, set in feudal Korea. Season 2 was just released and somehow managed to be even better than a stellar first season. Between this and Train to Busan, Korean zombies are the best zombies.
    The deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread; the prince must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.

    33. Special (96%)

    Cheer NETFLIX
    32. Cheer (96%) – I knew nothing about cheerleading heading into this documentary but it is hard not to be shocked and amazed by everything it contains. You will have deep respect for cheerleaders after this, I promise you that.

    31. She-Ra and the Princess of Power (96%)
    30. When They See Us (96%)
    29. A Series of Unfortunate Events (96%)
    28. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (96%)

    The Keepers NETFLIX
    27. The Keepers (97%) - Netflix's docuseries tackles the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. After disappearing on Nov. 7, 1969, Cesnik's body was found nearly two months later -- but to this day, the killer remains unnamed. In the '90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cesnik's former students accused the high school's chaplain of sexual abuse, and claims that she was taken to Cesnik's then undiscovered corpse and threatened. Director Ryan White pieces together the story through conversations with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens, hoping to uncover the truth.

    26. Elite (97%)
    25. Five Came Back (97%)
    24. Lady Dynamite (97%)
    23. Russian Doll (97%)

    Mindhunter NETFLIX
    22. Mindhunter (97%) – Pound for pound, maybe the highest quality “prestige” Netflix series that exists, which is why it’s such a shame that it’s on indefinite hiatus after season 2. Based on the real life formation of the FBI’s serial killer unit, it’s gripping and haunting all at the same time.
    Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's the job of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. They attempt to understand and catch serial killers by studying their damaged psyches. Along the way, the agents pioneer the development of modern serial-killer profiling. The crime drama has a strong pedigree behind the camera, with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron among the show's executive producers.

    21. Lovesick (98%)
    20. Tiger King (94%)
    19. Tuca and Bertie (98%)
    18. Wild Wild Country (98%)

    Happy Valley NETFLIX
    17. Happy Valley (98%) – There are many British crime shows that Netflix calls their own, but I can attest that Happy Valley is one of the best (besides Broadchurch, which isn’t listed a Netflix original). Happy to see it so high up here.
    Police sergeant Catherine Cawood deals with personal tragedy while investigating drug cases in Calder Valley, a small town in West Yorkshire.

    16. Unbelievable (98%)
    15. American Vandal (98%)
    14. Alias Grace (98%)

    One Day at a Time NETFLIX
    13. One Day at a Time (99%) - This comedy-drama is inspired by Norman Lear's 1975 series of the same name. This time around, the series follows the life of Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Now a nurse, Penelope is raising two strong-willed children. When faced with challenges, Penelope turns to her "old-school" mother, and her building manager, who has become an invaluable confidant. The series offers a contemporary take on what life looks like in both good and bad times, and how loved ones can help make it all worthwhile.

    12. Sex, Explained (100%)
    11. Beastars (100%)
    10. Crazyhead (100%)
    9. The Confession Killer (100%)

    Dirty Money NETFLIX
    8. Dirty Money (100%) - Dirty Money is a Netflix original television series which tells stories of corporate corruption, securities fraud and creative accounting. All six one-hour long episodes began streaming on Netflix on January 26, 2018. The show's executive producers include Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.

    7. Giri/Haji (100%)
    6. Ugly Delicious (100%)
    5. Chewing Gum (100%)
    4. Feel Good (100%)
    3. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (100%)

    Big Mouth NETFLIX
    2. Big Mouth (100%) – Was not expecting Big Mouth to be number two here, but the animated series about puberty really is one of the most clever things Netflix has put out for years now.
    Even for a cartoon character, going through puberty isn't easy for a young person. Andrew is learning that first hand as he experiences the nightmare that is growing up in this animated series geared toward adults. Along for the ride are friends Nick and Jessi, who develop a budding romance along the way. The comedy veterans who lend their voices to "Big Mouth" include John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and Jordan Peele.

    Master of None NETFLIX
    1. Master of None (100%) – Aziz Ansari seems to be taking his time making more of this, but it’s clear critics could not get enough of the first two seasons. Comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang are the creators of this Netflix-original comedy, which is loosely based on Ansari's real-life experiences. Ansari plays the role of Dev, a New York-based actor who is struggling to identify what he really wants, both personally and professionally. The series reveals glimpses of Dev's younger years, and explores current aspects of his life, including modern etiquette (regarding texting and social media), and being young and single in the city. Other important people in Dev's life are featured, including Dev's parents, played by Ansari's real-life mother and father, Fatima and Shoukath.
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