Everything you need to know about Netflix Originals
What Netflix Original really means, plus all the ones you can watch today.
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What does the word Original really mean to Netflix?
Well, it's a little confusing. You have original-originals -- shows created and driven by Netflix, like "House of Cards," and the upcoming "Daredevil."
Then, there are also continuation properties, ones Netflix picked up from cable TV and made additional seasons of, like "Trailer Park Boys" or "Arrested Development." Finally, there are exclusive shows of which Netflix is the sole distributor within the US, like "The Fall."
Basically, if it's branded as Original, Netflix paid a lot of money so you can't watch it anywhere else. Here's a current list of all the Originals you can watch right now (and some you'll see later this year).
Editors' Note, March 23, 2014: Shows and comedy specials added to Originals available now.
Netflix original shows of 2015 and beyond (pictures)