How Netflix original series are taking over TV

The days of waiting each week for a new episode are long gone. Here’s how Netflix has claimed world domination with its original programmes…

27 Jan 2017



Netflix has, in just a few years, achieved near-world domination.

Tens of millions of people subscribe to it, and its programmes have won prestigious awards like Golden Globes. You can watch Netflix in 190 countries, with viewers streaming 125 million hours of it every day.


The rise of the Netflix Originals

A big reason for the rise of Netflix is the pull of its original shows. Unlike traditional shows that premiere on TV first, these are created exclusively for the streaming service and have enjoyed incredible popularity. 

Royal drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, was among 2016’s biggest shows, winning 3 Golden Globes. While retro sci-fi drama Stranger Things became a true water cooler moment and was named 2016’s 3rd best TV show by the Guardian.

House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and prison drama Orange is the New Black are among other hugely successful Netflix Originals. Both have won Emmy Awards.

House of cards

Series are mostly uploaded all in one go, so you can watch them at your own pace without having to wait for a new one each week. Watch the whole series in true binge-watching fashion, or box it off in a week with a couple of episodes per night. Original programming helped Netflix end 2016 with 93.8 million subscribers.


New Netflix Originals for 2017

Netflix says it intends to produce 1,000 hours of original programming this year after racking up 600 hours in 2016. To do this it says it’ll spend $6bn on original programming in 2017.

So, what can we expect? A 2nd season of The Crown has been confirmed, fresh off the back of winning Golden Globes for Best Drama TV Series, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama TV Series.

On the flip side, Stranger Things’ hotly anticipated 2nd series is set to be released some time in 2017. Even better if you’ve got a 4K TV – the Duffer Brothers’ science fiction thriller has been shot in 4K for a razor-sharp picture, but don’t worry if you’re watching on Full HD, it will still look great.


What else can I watch in 2017?

Returning with a new season:

  • Narcos (Season 3)
  • House of Cards (Season 5)
  • Orange is the New Black (Season 5)

Brand new:

  • Marvel's The DefendersJessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil return with newbie Iron Fist, combining forces to protect New York.
  • Frontier – this historical drama chronicles the North American fur trade in the late 18th century.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket’s best-selling books come to life.
  • Santa Clarita Diet – Drew Barrymore stars in this comedy-horror series set in an LA suburb.

It’s not all about the new, however. In the past we’ve seen cult classics like Arrested Development and Full(er) House get a revival on Netflix, both of which have been renewed for another season.

Plus, there’s also going to be a 4th season of Black Mirror, which Netflix recharged from Channel 4.

How can I watch Netflix Originals?

You can watch Netflix on your TV or your tablet or even your phone.

Today’s Smart TVs have an app for Netflix built in. Or you can buy a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick to plug into the back of your television. If you have a new 4K TV you can watch lots of Netflix content in 4K resolution. And there’s even some content in cutting-edge 4K HDR. What’s on Netflix in 4K and 4K HDR

Enjoy Netflix in super-sharp detail with a 4K TV