The Creativity of Netflix: a List of All Netflix Original Series

Truthfully, it’s hard to make a list for this category, as what really constitutes as an original or an exclusive? A lot of Netflix Originals are offshoots of preexisting content. Or they might also be only airing in one country on actual television, only to have Netflix give them mass appeal on their streaming service. We editorialized a bit below to determine what belongs on this list, feel free to disagree in the comments!

Below, we explain the originality of each series, source material and other fun tidbits about each show in the order of which they were released on Netflix:

Lilyhammer

Is this a remake or based on other material?: No, this is an original series

Lilyhammer fell mostly on deaf ears in the United States on it’s release date. With a cult following, especially in it’s host country of Norway, the series certainly has plenty of reason to come back for a second season on Instant Stream, and Netflix has announced it’s intentions to release season two here in the near future; but with no date set.

House of Cards

Is this a remake or based on other material?: Yes, a UK television series of the same name

House of Cards is based heavily off of the 1990 UK series of the same name. Aired over four episodes on the BBC, the British version is considered to be one of the best UK television shows of all time. The Netflix version expands greatly on the UK version, and has been signed for a second season, slated for release in spring 2014. It is currently nominated for multiple Emmy awards as well.

The Problem Solverz

Is this a remake or based on other material?: Yes, an earlier aired television show of the same name and cast

The Problem Solverz released on Cartoon Network after an animated short garnished viewership back in 2006. In 2011, Cartoon Network agreed to air the show, only after negotiations to turn it from an “Adult Swim” themed show into a more trimmed down regular CN cartoon. Season two was then produced but never aired. Netflix then soon picked up the second season and released it exclusively.

Bad Samaritans

Is this a remake or based on other material?: No, this is an original series

Of almost all the Netflix originals, Bad Samaritans is the one you most likely didn’t know about, but at only five episodes running 30 minutes each, it’s definitely a quick and dirty viewing to see if it’s up your alley. We think it shows promise and are looking forward to future developments in this comedy series.

Hemlock Grove

Is this a remake or based on other material?: Yes, a horror/thriller book of the same name by Brian McGreevy

Hemlock Grove, produced by one of the best recent horrormen, Eli Roth, suffered the “released around the same time as Arrested Development” fate. Most people talking about original content on Netflix were screaming about the impending release of Arrested Development’s fourth season.

Don’t be too quick to pass on Hemlock Grove; while it hasn’t attracted much praise from critics, it is signed for a second season, implying there is a decent fan following. It has also been nominated for two Emmy awards in 2013.

Arrested Development

Is this a remake or based on other material?: Yes, an earlier aired television show of the same name and cast

Based off of the spectacular first three seasons, Arrested Development returned to it’s loyal following all at once when Netflix released the entire fourth season in mid-2013. Will Arrested Development be back? Definitely. On Netflix? We’re not sure yet (fingers crossed). The newest season of Arrested Development has been nominated for several Emmy awards.

Orange is the New Black

Is this a remake or based on other material?: Yes, a drama/comedy memior of the same name by Piper Kerman

Had OITNB released a few months earlier around the time of House of Cards and Arrested Development, we guarantee it would have quickly found itself in the running for multiple Emmy nominations itself. Orange is the New Black has quickly amassed a loyal following and will be back for a second season

9 Responses

  1. Matthew Colman
    Matthew Colman September 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Reply

    I literally cannot wait for this netflix to make more original series and shows. I hope they also start making netflix original movies as well.

    This is definitely the future of content delivery

    1. Bob
      Bob November 1, 2013 at 6:07 am · Reply

      I cannot wait as well, but only figuratively.

    2. Mary
      Mary February 10, 2014 at 12:53 am · Reply

      Finally I can justify the expense of Netflix!
      oh course you know now what Netflix will do?
      Raise their prices. Just a matter of time

  2. beajai
    beajai December 16, 2013 at 9:42 am · Reply

    I love all of nexflix shows, but I have to say Hemlock Grove is the best of the bunch. Please give us a 2nt season.

  3. FireFly
    FireFly January 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm · Reply

    Netflix originals are usually pretty darn good. I LOVED Hemlock Grove and Orange is the New Black! But I also love the concept of resurrecting canceled shows and making new episodes. Firefly, V, Lucky 7, and Jericho would be great candidates ^_^!

    P.S. Being a fan of the show Firefly has nothing to do with my name XD.

  4. Jeremey
    Jeremey January 6, 2014 at 5:17 am · Reply

    Netflix original series are the best, they are going to take over HBO in no time I bet

  5. Tonya
    Tonya February 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm · Reply

    hurry up hemlock Grove I need more, now! I cant get over how amazing this is.

  6. Rafal
    Rafal March 23, 2014 at 7:41 am · Reply

    Lilihammmer is the best!!!

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