One of the most daunting tasks in the life of a millennial is trying to find what to watch on Netflix. Netflixing has taken over our society and has been able to glue people to their phone, computer, or television for hours on end. Luckily for everyone reading this, I have broken down 100 of the most popular and highest rated shows on Netflix and designated them to 5 tiers. This took an excessively large amount of time and I hope everyone reads this gets to the end, but even if you don’t, it’s too late, I already wrote it. So to start things off, I will break down the 5 tiers that I have created for this guide to the galaxy. Also, a little side note, EVERY SINGLE SHOW on this list is a very good show; that is why they are in the top 100 out of the 780 titles that I had to weed through. However, real needs to recognize real and we must agree that some shows are better than others and not every show can be in Tier 5. Moving on:

Tier 1: Netflix Bronze – 20 shows – This tier consists of shows that are very good for watching if you are desperately looking for something to watch and you have exhausted all of your resources in the other 4 tiers. Some of these shows are new and might take off; some of them just know their place as “above average,” and some of them just happened to be outdone by 80% of the field.

Tier 2: Netflix Silver – 25 shows – These are shows that have captivated audiences but also been dismissed by audiences. Tier 2 consists of shows that you could easily watch on the side with an S.O or family member.

Tier 3: Netflix Gold – 25 shows – Netflix Gold is the tier where all of the extremely good shows have been places. Some things that keep the shows in this category from moving up could be a lack of character development, a lack of significant plotlines, or a lack of a diversified following. This category, along with Netflix Silver, is the largest category because Netflix honestly has a great selection of quality shows.

Tier 4: Netflix Elite – 15 shows – These are where all the great shows are located. Both Tier 4 and Tier 5 significantly decrease in numbers because these are where the legends dwell. The only thing keeping these shows from going to the top tier is the fact that the shows in the top tier exist.

Tier 5: Netflix Royalty – 15 shows – These are THOSE shows. The shows that everyone tells you to watch. The shows that everyone tweets about and retweets scenes from. If you haven’t watched any of these shows, you are missing out and I pity you.

So, now that we got the foundation for this piece, let’s get started. (Any italicized shows are my *personal* favorites)

Tier 1: Netflix Bronze

Spotlight: Better Off Ted


IMDb: 8.2/10

Length: 26 Episodes

Storyline: In a science-based company, a manager tries to keep control of his scientists while being pressured by his shrewd boss.

  • The OA
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • The 100
  • One Tree Hill
  • Parenthood
  • New Girl
  • Cheers
  • The Following
  • American Dad!
  • Scandal
  • Top of the Lake
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Frontier
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Revenge
  • Lie to Me
  • Hawaii Five-O

Tier 2: e Silver

Spotlight: The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

IMDb: 8.5/10

Length: 10 Episodes

An anthology series centered around some of history’s most famous criminals, including O.J Simpson.
  • White Collar
  • The Wonder Years
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • Luke Cage
  • Portlandia
  • The League
  • Travelers
  • The Killing
  • Limitless
  • Gotham
  • Longmire
  • Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Sense 8
  • Bloodline
  • American Horror Story
  • Arrow
  • Broadchurch
  • Bones
  • Bates Motel
  • Rectify
  • Master of None
  • Terriers
  • The Fall
  • Ripper Street

Tier 3: Netflix Gold

Spotlight: Criminal Minds

IMDb: 8.2/10

Length: 272 Episodes

Storyline: The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.
  • Better Call Saul
  • NCIS
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Scrubs
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Jessica Jones
  • 30 Rock
  • Flash
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Orange is the New Black
  • That 70’s Show
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Futurama
  • Bojack Horseman
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Shameless
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Last Chance U
  • Family Guy
  • Person of Interest
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Blacklist
  • Prison Break

Tier 4: Netflix Elite

Spotlight: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

IMDb: 8.8/10

Episode Length: 153 Episodes

Storyline: Four young friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Louie
  • House
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Twin Peaks
  • Supernatural
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Archer
  • The X-Files
  • Making a Murderer
  • Luther
  • Daredevil
  • Black Mirror
  • Lost

Tier 5: Netflix Royalty

Sherlock (2010 – TBD)

IMDb: 9.2/10

Length: 15 Episodes

Total: 19 hrs 30 minutes

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch (GOAT I) and Martin Freeman (GOAT II)

Storyline: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

IMDb: 9.5/10

Length: 62 Episodes

Total: 2 days 14 hours

Starring: Bryan Cranston (GOAT III), Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul

Storyline: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.

House of Cards (2013 – )

IMDb: 9.0/10

Length: 65 Episodes

Total: 2 days 4 hours

Starring: Kevin Spacey (GOAT IV), Michael Gill, and Robin Wright

Storyline: A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stranger Things (2016 – )

IMDb: 9.0/10

Length: 17 Episodes

Total: 6 hours 40 minutes

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown

Storyline: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

  • The Walking Dead
  • The Crown
  • The West Wing
  • Mad Men
  • Narcos
  • Friends
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Arrested Development
  • Dexter
  • Firefly


My list of movies you need to watch on Netflix:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Caddyshack
  • Braveheart
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Zootopia (don’t sleep)
  • The Imitation Game ft. GOAT I
  • The Big Short
  • Dope
  • Barry
  • The Jungle Book

Now…go get your Netflix on.