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These Are The Very Best Netflix Original TV Shows Of 2019 (So Far)

Aka the reason I have canceled most of my plans this year.
PHOTO: (LEFT) You/Netflix, (RIGHT) The Umbrella Academy/Netflix

Netflix is kinda like Burger King in the sense that I will literally try anything they throw on the menu. Like, I was skeptical about chicken fries, but I've always trusted Burger King to give me greatness, so I tried (and loved) them. The exact same thing is true for literally any Netflix Original TV show. I'm like, Oh? Netflix is serving me a new original show? Let's binge it as quickly as humanly possibleExcept instead of having to unbutton my pants at the end, I end up spending hours scrolling through Reddit fan theories. are the very best Netflix Original TV shows we've seen so far in 2019, which is a pretty long list, considering the year is almost over.

The Society

A group of high schoolers get stranded in a world that looks just like home...but really, really sucks. They have to totally fend for themselves because there are no adults, Wi-Fi, or cell phone data. (A world with only green text bubbles is a true dystopian nightmare.)

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Russian Doll

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is stuck in a loop where she keeps dying and waking back up at the exact same moment of her own birthday party. It's so dark...but SO funny.

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Black Mirror

Black Mirror, aka the show that makes you want to move to a deserted, technology-free island, dropped its fifth season this year. Obviously, it was equal parts amazing and horrifying. (Wait...speaking of a tech-free you think The Society has any vacancies?)

When They See Us

Ava DuVernay's limited series about the true story of the Central Park Five is really difficult to watch. But it's also really important to watch. Seriously, stream this one ASAP.

Dead To Me

Dead To Me is right up your alley if you're into dark comedies about murder. are. Because we all are. This is basically a perfect television show, and it is not up for debate.

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The Umbrella Academy

Besides the fact that The Umbrella Academy is based on a graphic novel by Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, this show is filled with tons of ridiculous surprises you won't be able to stop talking about. It's about a bunch of kids who are randomly born to women who showed zero signs of pregnancy until the day before (uh, nightmare?) and then adopted by a bajillionaire who trains them into superheroes.

Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Uh...this was some of the creepiest television I have ever watched. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes took hours of unreleased footage of serial killer Ted Bundy and blew our minds with tons of brand-new information about his terrible case.

Sex Education

Honestly, Sex Education should be required viewing for every living human because A) it's hilarious and B) it will teach you about all the things you really should have learned as a high school student and probably still want to know about now!

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Queer Eye

The third season of Queer Eye is essentially a ray of sunshine just beaming out through your TV screen. Somehow, this show gets better every season. I think my eyes are still kind of puffy from crying over the Jones Sisters episode?

Derry Girls

The first season of Derry Girls dropped at the very beginning of the year, and thank god the second dropped in the summer. This show is the best thing to come out of Ireland in IDK how long, but these Catholic school girls will make you laugh your ass off. Promise.


Okay, yes, this technically started as a Lifetime show, but it went viral once it hit Netflix under the original umbrella. It's creepy and suspenseful, and it will make you question your sexual attraction to Penn Badgley's character. And great news, there's a second season on the way.

Dating Around

You better believe that when Netflix turns out a dating show, it's going to be good. Dating Around shows men and women going on blind dates in New York City, and it's equal parts thought-provoking and entertaining. You're gonna love it.

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Workin' Moms

This Canadian show hit Netflix US at the end of February, and it follows a group of, you guessed it, working moms who are trying to navigate all the stuff that comes with that. The episodes are super short (and hilarious), making it highly bingeable. There are three seasons on Netflix so far. Have fun!

The Politician

Ryan Murphy's first show for Netflix is absolutely as good as you’d expect. It follows a high schooler named Payton as he tries to win his student body election, but it’s the most extreme set of circumstances you have ever seen. The best news? They’re already working on the second season.


If you're in the mood for something that's going to make you think, try this. It's about a girl who is accused of lying about her rape and two female detectives who investigate that together.

End Of The F***king World

Okay, so technically, the second season of this show is the one that's new, but if you haven't watched the first, catch up!! It's about Alyssa and James, two teenagers who become their own version of Bonnie and Clyde.

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An extremely polarizing honorable mention:


What/If is either the best show Netflix has ever given us...or the worst show Netflix has ever given us. I really can't decide. Either way, it...exists and is something you should maybe watch.


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