5 Best Netflix Original Series to Binge on This Summer

Feeling the urge to binge on a great new show this summer? Check out our picks for the top five best Netflix Original series!
If you want to get the most out of your membership, Netflix Original series are where it’s at. Sure, Netflix has a TON of movies and shows from pretty much every network or studio, but it’s their original programming that really stands out.  The best part? You can binge like crazy on entire seasons the day they come out. No waiting until May to find out how they wrap up that big mystery from the premiere or forgetting what happened during a long winter hiatus. Check out our favorites that just beg to be binged on this summer!

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Best Netflix Original Series

1- House of Cards

House of Cards is a political drama television series that premiered on February 1, 2013, with season 5 released on May 30, 2017. It is based on the UK television 4-episode series of the same name and the 1989 book of the same name by Michael Dobbs. House of Cards showcases the lives of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), congressman-turned Vice President-turned President, and his wife Claire (Robin Wright), Second Lady-turned First Lady-turned Vice President-President.


2- Luke Cage

Luke Cage is a television series that features action, crime, drama and superhero. It is based on the character, of the same name, from Marvel Comics. Luke Cage premiered on September 30, 2016 and has been renewed for season 2, set to be released in early 2018. The series focuses on Luke Cage (Mike Colter), an escaped convict, serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, and now fights crime with his superhuman strength.


3- Narcos

Narcos is a biographical crime drama television series that premiered on August 28, 2015, with season 2 debuting on September 2, 2016. Netflix has renewed Narcos for season 3 and 4. Narcos tells the story of Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), a Columbian drug kingpin, who made billions producing and selling cocaine.


4- Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is a comedy drama television series that is based on the 2010 memoir titled Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, by Piper Kerman. It premiered on July 11, 2013, with season 5 to be released on June 9, 2017. Netflix has renewed the series for seasons 5, 6 and 7. The series centers on Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her trials and tribulations at Litchfield Penitentiary, where she is serving a 15-month sentence for transporting drug money.

5- Stranger Things

Stranger Things is a sci-fi, horror television series that premiered on July 15, 2016, with season 2 set to debut on October 31, 2017. Stranger Things tells the story of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), who mysteriously vanishes from his home in Hawkins, Indiana. His mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), the town’s police chief, Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and Will’s friends, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), start a search for him, facing mysterious and terrifying forces along the way.


Of these 5 best Netflix Original series, I think Stranger Things is my favorite. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d like it so much! A friend recommended it and I was hooked by the middle of the first episode. I watched the entire first season in two days (not as impressive as it sounds, there are only 8 episodes). I can’t wait until October to find out what happens next.

Do you have any favorite Netflix Original series? Share below!

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19 thoughts on “5 Best Netflix Original Series to Binge on This Summer

  1. These are all awesome suggestions! I plan to spend an entire day next week catching up on the new season of Orange is the New Black.

  2. I am binge watching OITNB right now. I am on episode 7 already! I need to watch Stranger Things again. It was so good and I am sure I missed a lot the first time I watched it.

  3. Netflix gets me through my gym routine. I am currently viewing Riverdale, and OITNB is next! I can’t wait!

  4. Great list! I am so pumped to see the new OITNB! I am so hooked on this show! I have also been meaning to watch House of Cards. It looks so good and everyone talks about how great it is. I might have to clear a weekend to watch it.

  5. I started to watch house of cards a while back but stopped for some reason. Guess I will have to get back into it!

  6. Stranger things is such a good series. I can’t wait for the second season.

  7. Great list! Orange Is The New Black is my favorite, closely followed by Stranger Things.

  8. Orange Is The New Black is one of my favorite binge shows. I love that show. I know it has come back for the year and I cannot wait to watch it.

  9. I’ve heard so much about Luke Cage and it’s on my list of shows to watch. This is awesome, thanks for the recommendations!

  10. I’ve always wanted to watch Stranger Things! I better get right on it before the second season starts!

  11. I love Stranger Things! Keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. I would also need to catch up on Orange is the New Black. I missed a few episodes!

  12. I love watching Netflix! There are so many fun programs you can enjoy!

  13. Thanks for this list. I am looking for a new series to enjoy!

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