10 Netflix original TV shows that are better than ‘Stranger Things,’ according to critics

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Check out 10 Netflix original series that are better than “Stranger Things,” ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes critic scores.

10. “On My Block”

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Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 96%

Netflix description: “In a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, four smart, funny and streetwise teens find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school.”

What critics said: “On My Block is so much fun, and has such an assured momentum, that when a dramatic scene thuds or a joke clangs … we forgive the show, because we know there are five more things waiting around the corner.” — Vulture

9. “American Vandal”

Netflix

Critic score: 94%

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 89%

Netflix description: “A high school is rocked by an act of vandalism, but the top suspect pleads innocence and finds an ally in a filmmaker. A satirical true crime mystery.”

What critics said: “Like season one, American Vandal has crafted a shockingly complex, genuinely intriguing mystery that it unpacks in equally clever ways.” — Collider

8. “The End of the F—ing World”

Netflix

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 90%

Netflix description: “A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel.”

What critics said: “It’s a show that makes viewers care about its screwed-up, unlikable leads, and it depicts teenage misanthropy and being on the cusp of adulthood in a thought-provoking way.” —The Verge

7. “One Day at a Time”

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Netflix

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 91%

Netflix description: “In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the ‘help’ of her old-school mom.”

What critics said: “The show frequently smuggles some growth into its longer arcs, even when they’re built by those familiar resets.” — Slate

6. “Dear White People”

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Netflix

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 63%

Netflix description: “Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as ‘post-racial’ as it thinks.”

What critics said: “Season 1 saw the characters relating differently to being black, while Season 2 delves further into other parts of who they are — Coco’s ambition, Joelle’s pride, and for Sam, her whiteness in addition to her blackness.” — Mashable

5. “Alias Grace”

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Netflix

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 87%

Netflix description: “In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity. Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel.”

What critics said: “Sarah Polley’s script makes for a thrilling domestic mystery.” — Film School Rejects

4. “Tuca and Bertie”

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Netflix

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 70%

Netflix description: “Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through life’s ups and downs.”

What critics said: “Tuca & Bertie is raucous, heartfelt, surreal, and distinctly female.” — AV Club

3. “The Order”

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Netflix

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 73%

Netflix description: “Out to avenge his mother’s death, a college student pledges a secret order and lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic.”

What critics said: “The show has its tongue planted firmly in cheek, and its sense of humor is a frequent source of amusement. Between the laughs is a fun, twisty narrative and a game cast to tie it all together.” — The Daily Dot

2. “Big Mouth”

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Netflix

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 79%

Netflix description: “Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.”

What critics said: “Big Mouth finds moments to be brutally honest and occasionally poignant. Don’t watch this with your kids. Or your parents.” — TV Guide

1. “Master of None”

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Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

Netflix description: “Dating, career, finding a great taco — it’s all hard. But becoming a mature adult is a whole other degree of difficulty.”

What critics said: “Season two of Master of None is expanding its comprehension of what it can be, the depth of its many side characters and, most importantly, continuing to be unpredictable and true to itself.” — Hollywood Reporter

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