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As far as great shows go, Netflix is so much more than a one-hit wonder. Here are all of the great original series and specials you should be watching on the streaming service

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Stranger Things

Many fans are already anxiously awaiting the third season of this hit sci-fi '80s series. In the meantime, the first two seasons full of terrifying jumps, nostalgia and a great soundtrack are always streaming on Netflix.

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GLOW

Another Netflix series filled with '80s nostalgia, this show follows a group of misfits who become badass fighters. GLOW is based on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling TV program, and Season 2 premieres in June.

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The Crown

The Golden Globe-winning series is a biographical look at Queen Elizabeth II's reign from the late 1940s through today.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on the best-selling books, this mysterious series follows the lives of three orphans as they investigate their parents' tragic deaths.

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Marvel's Luke Cage

Marvel's Luke Cage follows a former con with super strength who fights crime. Fans of Jessica Jones and Daredevil will get into this series.

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Marvel's Jessica Jones

Speaking of Jessica Jones... Krysten Ritter absolutely slays as the badass protagonist with a dark past. The first two seasons are streaming now.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show follows Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) through her adventures in New York. Oh, and it should be mentioned that Kimmy has spent the last 15 years locked underground. The show was created by comedic geniuses Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and Seasons 1-3 are streaming now.

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13 Reasons Why

The first season of this dark and often uncomfortable adaptation of Jay Asher's young adult novel is available to stream. Executive-produced by Selena Gomez, the show follows a teenager's pursuit to figure out why his classmate committed suicide.

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One Day at a Time

Netflix's comedy, a reboot of the Norman Lear classic, centers around three generations of Cuban-Americans living in one household. The show was renewed for a third season in March 2018.

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Grace and Frankie

When frenemies Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) find out their husbands are leaving them for each other, comedy somehow ensues. The performances have earned SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Tomlin, and a SAG and Emmy nod for Fonda.

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House of Cards

The eight-episode final season, lead by Robin Wright, isn't here yet, but you can binge-watch the first five seasons before it premieres.

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She's Gotta Have It

A contemporary update on Spike Lee's 1986 film of the same name, this Netflix original series centers around a 20-something Brooklyn artist (DeWanda Wise) and her three lovers.

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The End of the F***ing World

This dark comedy is based on an award-winning comic book series and centers around teens James (who is convinced he's a psychopath) and Alyssa as they go on a road trip to find Alyssa's father. No second season has been announced just yet.

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Love

Gillian Jacobs (Community)and Paul Rust co-star in this refreshingly honest original romantic comedy series about modern-day dating, created by Judd Apatow.

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Wild Wild Country

This gripping Netflix documentary tells the story of the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his community in the Oregon desert.

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Degrassi: Next Class

If you're a Drake fan, you've most definitely watched Aubrey Graham in the original version of this teen high school drama. Now, the show is back with a new cast of tech-savvy characters that today's hormone-riddled high school students will find ultra relatable.

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On My Block

From the creator of Awkward comes a hilarious and touching coming-of-age comedy series that follows four friends experiencing adolescence (and the pain that comes with it) in South Central Los Angeles.

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Master of None

The second season of Aziz Ansari's comedic series takes place in Italy and New York, and continues to follow his experiences in love and life.

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Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant headline this fresh take on a zombie series. Members of a family living in suburban Los Angeles find their lives turned upside down when Mom accidentally develops a taste for human flesh.

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The Punisher

A former Marine (Jon Bernthal) seeks revenge on his family's killers and uncovers a military conspiracy in this must-watch Marvel series.

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Mindhunter

The crime series revolves around FBI agents interviewing serial killers to gain insight into ongoing cases. In late 2017, it was announced that the series will return for a second season.

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The Fall

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan star as a headstrong cop and a conniving serial killer at odds in this chilling crime drama. As of 2016, there is potential for a fourth season but nothing has been confirmed.

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Easy

A star-studded rom-com anthology series set in Chicago, Easy features big names, including Orlando Bloom, Emily Ratajkowski and Dave Franco.

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

All your favorite characters return to Stars Hollow for a Gilmore Girls follow-up season that's 15 years in the making.

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Marvel's Daredevil

Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock, who becomes Daredevil. The Netflix original based on the Marvel comic is an action-packed ride.

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The OA

Brit Marling's fantastical supernatural thriller will have you guessing every step of the way. She's also the show's producer and star.

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Alias Grace

Fans of Hulu's award-winning series The Handmaid's Tale need to stream this new six-episode miniseries based on Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace. A psychiatrist debates whether a poor immigrant convicted of murder should be released.

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Bill Nye Saves the World

Everybody's favorite "science guy" tackles topics from climate change to space exploration in this fascinating Netflix original series.

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Black Mirror

Fans of The Twilight Zone will love these sci-fi standalone features, which tap into the dangers of technology. In March 2018, a fifth season was announced.

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Godless

Get your Western fix with Netflix's new six-episode limited series about a criminal and his gang of outlaws. The series stars Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery.

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Wet Hot American Summer was a cult classic that catapulted the careers of Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper. Then Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp reunited the cast. Now, stream the hilarious sequel to both the original film and the 2015 prequel series.

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Orange Is the New Black

Your favorite incarcerated ladies have five seasons of hilarity streaming on Netflix.

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Narcos

Want to brush up on your cartel knowledge? Narcos is a Golden Globe-nominated drama series based on the life and crimes of Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and the Medellin Cartel. It chronicles the crazy, bloody war that actually happened between the cocaine cartels and law enforcement.

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Fuller House

The Tanner family is back in this sequel to the '90s sitcom starring most of the original cast. Good news: Kimmy Gibbler's wardrobe hasn't changed much since 1995.

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BoJack Horseman

Will Arnett voices the equine title character in this animated comedy that spoofs the fickle Hollywood fame machine and celebrity "reality" TV. Bet on this pony.

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Ozark

This dark and gritty show centers around financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), who must uproot his family to the Ozarks from Chicago after a money laundering plan goes terribly wrong. Laura Linney also stars in the drama, which was picked up for a second season.

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The Ranch

Ashton Kutcher's character returns to Colorado after a semi-pro football career to help his dad and brother run the family ranch. Tensions run high as the trio attempts to build a life together.

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Dear White People

A diverse group of students at a predominantly white Ivy League school struggle with various iterations of racism and daily discrimination in this groundbreaking comedy series inspired by the movie of the same name. Season 2 premieres May 4.

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American Vandal

This true-crime satire from Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda is so good that, at times, it's easy to forget it's a comedy.

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Arrested Development

Netflix brought one of TV's favorite families back together. Stream to see what the Bluths have been up to.

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Real Rob

Being an A-list celebrity is tough. Being Rob Schneider, even tougher. Watch as the veteran comedian juggles family life and the business of staying famous in Real Rob.

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Peaky Blinders

Big stars (Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Tom Hardy) anchor this stylish '20s-era gangster series set to a moody rock soundtrack. At its best, this Brit crime drama surpasses Boardwalk Empire. At its worst, it's just as good.

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F Is for Family

Comedian Bill Burr and Michael Price, of Simpsons fame, are responsible for the next big cartoon that is so not for kids. The show is about a family trying to make it in the 1970s, with voice work by Laura Dern, Justin Long and others.

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Travelers

Will & Grace's Eric McCormack stars in this Netflix original sci-fi series about operatives from the future who are sent back in time to save the world.

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Sense8

The Wachowski siblings, who brought us The Matrix, teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to bring Sense8 to Netflix. The show follows eight strangers who, after a tragedy, find that they are actually connected. Although it was canceled in 2017, a two-hour series finale will premiere in 2018 due to fan support and demand.

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Marseille

Set in the titular French port city, this show follows the life of Mayor Robert Taro as he deals with corruption and uses his power to continue to lead for more than two decades.

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Chef's Table

One of the most exciting culinary shows in recent times, Chef's Table explores the lives of the world's top chefs by going inside their homes.

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Cuckoo

Netflix reworks an existing hit with Cuckoo, a British show about a girl who returns home with a bohemian boyfriend named Cuckoo.

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Knights of Sidonia

Fans of sci-fi like Battlestar Galactica will appreciate the realistic elements in Netflix's first original Japanese animated series. Anime fans, consider this emotionally grounded space opera the next Attack on Titan.

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Happy Valley

Look beyond the cheesy-sounding title and check out this refreshingly gritty British drama. Sarah Lancashire shines as a police sergeant battling her town's drug problem and her own torment over her daughter's untimely death.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6

This animated series started elsewhere but finished its strong run with a sixth season available only on Netflix. Officially considered part of the Star Wars movie canon, these final episodes are must-sees for any Force-sensitive fan.

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Making a Murderer

This gripping documentary dives into the story of Steven Avery, a man wrongly accused of murder (or was he?) and targeted by the very people who swore to serve and protect.