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Must-watch TV series on Netflix streaming

We pick the very best TV series on Netflix's online streaming service.

We're big fans of Netflix's online streaming service, but with tons of content to sift through, it can be hard to find stuff worth watching. That can be especially true for television series, where new shows and seasons are constantly being added or taken away. It doesn't help that the Netflix browsing experience isn't the best, and it's often inconsistent from platform to platform.

To help you dig through the thousands of streaming titles available on Netflix, we asked CNET staffers to pick their favorite currently available shows. For this roundup, we're restricting ourselves to television series; in a follow-up, we will pick our favorite movies.

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One of the things we love about TV shows on Netflix is the instant gratification. Watching shows at the rate of one episode per week usually leaves the anxious viewers hanging, especially at the end of a season. On Netflix, you can just go from episode to episode on your own schedule.

Check out our personal picks here, which range from newer hits to obscure classics. Note that Netflix adds and takes away shows all the time, but all of our selections are currently available as of today. If you have any favorite Netflix TV shows you'd like to share, or a program you'd like to see it add, let us know in the comments section below.