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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."

Got it?

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.

Available now

Originals

  • House of Cards (2013)
  • Hemlock Grove (2013)
  • Orange is the New Black (2013)
  • BoJack Horseman (2014)
  • Marco Polo (2014)
  • Richie Rich (2015)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
  • Bloodline (2015)

Exclusives

  • Ever After High: S1 (2013)
  • Peaky Blinders (2013)
  • Happy Valley (2013)
  • The Fall (2013)
  • Derek (2012)
  • Southcliffe (2013)
  • Lilyhammer (2012)
  • Turbo FAST (2014)
  • All Hail King Julien (2014)
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015)
  • VeggieTales in the House (2014)
  • Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure (2013)
  • Knights of Sidonia (2014)
  • Borgia (2012)

Continuations

  • Arrested Development: S4
  • The Killing: S4
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: S6 (distribution rights, not produced by Netflix)
  • Trailer Park Boys: S8 and 9

Comedy Specials

  • Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same (2012)
  • Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013)
  • Craig Ferguson: I'm Here to Help (2013)
  • Marc Maron: Thinky Pain (2013)
  • Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2013)
  • Russell Peters: Notorious (2013)
  • Russell Peters vs. The World (miniseries; 2013)
  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)
  • Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014)
  • Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014)
  • Doug Dynasty (2014)
  • Jim Jefferies: Bare (2014)
  • Nick Offerman: American Ham (2014)
  • Aziz Ansari: Live from Madison Square Garden (2015)
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot (2015)
  • Ralphie May: Unruly (2015)

Documentaries

  • Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland (2012)
  • Hank: 5 Years From the Brink (2013)
  • The Short Game (2013)
  • The Square (2013)
  • The Zen of Bennett (2012)
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)
  • E-Team (2014)
  • Mission Blue (2014)
  • Mitt (2014)
  • Print the Legend (2014)
  • Virunga (2014)
  • My Own Man (2015)

Coming soon

Scheduled

  • Trailer Park Boys: S9 (March 27)
  • Inspector Gadget (March 27)
  • Derek Special (April 3)
  • Daredevil (April 10)
  • Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible (April 17)
  • Grace and Frankie (May 8)
  • Jen Kirkman: I'm Going to Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (May 22)
  • Sense8 (June 5)
  • Orange is the New Black: S3 (June 12)
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (June 26)
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 17)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (August 28)

Expected in 2015, but unscheduled

  • Between
  • BoJack Horseman: S2
  • Chef's Table
  • Club de Cuervos
  • F is for Family
  • Hemlock Grove: S3
  • Knights of Sidonia: S2
  • Longmire: S4
  • Marvel's AKA Jessica Jones
  • Narcos
  • Pompidou
  • Popples

If these aren't what you want to watch, check out what's coming to Netflix and Amazon next, or maybe download some free TV episodes at iTunes while you can.