It’s hard to believe Netflix was once a humble mail-order DVD company sending out those familiar red envelopes. But from those beginnings has risen one of the most powerful hit-making studios in entertainment, churning out a seemingly endless supply of smart original programming. This year has already seen some great material, including The End of the F***ing World, One Day at a Time and Dear White People, and we’re only halfway through.
The rest of the year will see the return of a few favorites and even more opportunities to find a new streaming gem. This year, Netflix has expanded its reach globally, ordering at least six new European series and continuing its mix of documentary, comedy and drama in both films and series. It’s been one of the most successful original programming models in recent memory, and we’ll keep showing up and hitting that play button as long as Netflix keeps bringing us this kind of quality.