Ranking All of Netflix's Summer TV Shows & Movies So Far — What's Worth the Watch?

by Allie Gemmill
Aug 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Ranking Netflix's summer releases
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Netflix has been bringing us some seriously great content this summer, and its original series really shine. Over the course of the summer of 2017, we've had a vast array of TV shows and films ready for Netflix streaming, and all those choices can be overwhelming when you're trying to choose just one show to watch. Luckily, I've decided to rank all of Netflix's summer releases for you.

If you're in the mood to travel back in time to the '80s, the era of spandex, there's definitely a show for you. Maybe you're feeling a bit more playful and want to see a riff on the classic film Groundhog Day. Or were you in the mood to see a seriously good drama? Guys, it's all here, and it's all ranked for your perusing pleasure. Check it out now, but, fair warning: You're going to be surprised by what makes it to the No. 1 spot.

1 /15: 15. 'Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Brad Paisley Comedy Rodeo'
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1/15 :15. 'Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'

Brad Paisley can tell a joke, but it wasn't enough to make this comedy special stand out.

2 /15: 14. 'Anne'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Anne'
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2/15 :14. 'Anne'

The update on Anne of Green Gables was great for fans but blah for the rest of us.

3 /15: 13. 'Friends From College'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Friends From College'
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3/15 :13. 'Friends From College'

With little to like about the plot or characters in Friends From College, it tough to have much fondness for these friends or their issues.

4 /15: 12. 'Orange Is the New Black'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Orange Is the New Black'
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4/15 :12. 'Orange Is the New Black'

OITNB really felt off the rails with this disjointed fifth season. 

5 /15: 11. 'Naked'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Naked'
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5/15 :11. 'Naked'

What if Groundhog Day starred Marlon Wayans? You can find out when you watch the very average Naked.

6 /15: 10. 'Atypical'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Atypical'
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6/15 :10. 'Atypical'

Despite it's interesting focus on an autistic teen boy navigating love and friendship, Atypical is a problematic family drama.

7 /15: 9. 'To the Bone'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'To The Bone'
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7/15 :9. 'To the Bone'

Anorexia and the struggle to stay in recovery are the focus of this tough, raw and sometimes histrionic film.

8 /15: 8. 'Ozark'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Ozark'
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8/15 :8. 'Ozark'

Jason Bateman is a money launderer for a Mexican cartel on the lam with his family in this serviceable drama. 

9 /15: 7. 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
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9/15 :7. 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Kimmy was predictably lovable and found herself in some oddball yet rote hijinks. Not too shabby for Season 3.

10 /15: 6. 'Glow'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'GLOW'
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10/15 :6. 'Glow'

The '80s are alive and well in Glow, where women buck stereotypes to be their true selves — in the wrestling ring.

11 /15: 5. 'Gypsy'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Gypsy'
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11/15 :5. 'Gypsy'

Naomi Watts' foray into TV was with this excellent psycho-drama focused on a therapist who crossed major boundaries with her clients.

12 /15: 4. 'The Defenders'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'The Defenders'
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12/15 :4. 'The Defenders'

The Defenders united to save New York and gave us all the best bits of their individual franchises while working as a powerhouse team.

13 /15: 3. 'Sense8'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Sense8'
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13/15 :3. 'Sense8'

Despite being canceled, Sense8's second season delivered on action, sci-fi thrills and meaningful, human stories.

14 /15: 2. 'House of Cards'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'House of Cards'
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14/15 :2. 'House of Cards'

House of Cards was in great shape this season as Frank and Claire kept the wolves at bay from all sides. 

15 /15: 1. 'Okja'

Ranking Netflix's summer releases: 'Okja'
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15/15 :1. 'Okja'

Okja is a heartbreaking tale of a young girl who travels the world to save her friend, a genetically modified superpig.