Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Crackle all create original movies and TV shows for online viewing. The '80s-tastic "Stranger Things" was one of the year's biggest streaming hits on Netflix.
Netflix bought Channel 4's sci-fi anthology series, "Black Mirror," for more twisted tales of technology that'll leave you shaken -- at least until you pick up your phone again.
The first UK production for Netflix is "The Crown," which tells the story of the British royal family in sumptuous style.
The superpower of Peter Serafinowicz is comedy in "The Tick," one of several pilots streamed on Amazon that were then picked up as a full series.
Baz Luhrman tells the story of hip-hop with lavish musical extravaganza in "The Get Down," a hugely expensive and visually impressive production that somehow didn't get the praise it deserved. Perhaps that's because it landed around the same time as runaway word-of-mouth hit "Stranger Things."
Netflix extends its run of hard-hitting Marvel shows with "Luke Cage," a series entertainingly indebted to blaxploitation classics and boasting a badass hip-hop soundtrack.
The second season of Marvel's "Daredevil" introduces Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, who gets his own show next year.
Sony's Crackle service has streamed a second movie based on the Dead Rising video game series.
Amazon Prime goes high fashion with "The Collection," a glamorous visit to a scandalous Parisian atelier.
Sam Elliott and Debra Winger give strong performances in the cowboy comedy "The Ranch" on Netflix, but the old-fashioned studio sitcom format feels awkward amid the herd of more heavyweight and innovative productions found on streaming services.
Netflix experiments with the chat show format with one led by Chelsea Handler (right), shown here with actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Former "Mythbusters" stars Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci returned with a new science series, "The White Rabbit Project," on Netflix.
There were plenty of troubled women in "Orange is the New Black" when the prison show returned to Netflix for a dramatic fourth season.
Political intrigue-packed "Marseille" was the first French show from Netflix. Zut alors!
Speaking of unsympathetic protagonists, "Narcos" continues the fascinating story of drug lord Pablo Escobar.
He may be an animated horse, but he's one of the most unsympathetic characters on TV. The new season of "Bojack Horseman" on Netflix was still a compelling watch, especially during the clever silent episode.
Netflix goes to Brazil for the dystopian sci-fi series "3%."
Amazon's series sees the muscles from Brussels Jean-Claude Van Damme playing himself, only as a secret agent.
Speaking of larger-than-life protagonists, there is plenty of monkey business from Netflix with "Kong: King of the Apes."
Kids shows are big on Netflix and Amazon. Among the hits, friendship is build brick by brick in "Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship" on Netflix.
Netflix brought a whole slate of established and up-and-coming comics to the stage for comedy specials. Among them was Reggie Watts with his blend of music and laughs.
Online sensation Miranda Sings went from YouTube clips to Netflix show "Haters Back Off."
Plenty of real-life stories were told on streaming services this year. Feature-length drama "Barry" tells the story of a young Barack Obama on Netflix.
Heartbreaking Netflix documentary "Audrie & Daisy" tackles modern attitudes to sexual assault.
Powerful Netflix documentary "White Helmets" confronts the devastation of war-torn Syria.