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For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

It’s official: you really, really, really love Stranger Things. For the third year in a row, the retro sci-fi series dominated the top spot across all age groups and gender demographics as Rotten Tomatoes users’ favorite Netflix original series. A massive 48 percent of respondents — 44 percent of women and 52 percent of men — named the Spielberg-inspired ’80s-set drama their favorite original Netflix show.

But there are two new entries in the top 5: comic book drama The Umbrella Academy at No. 2, and novel adaptation The Witcher at No. 4. Marvel’s Daredevil makes the top 5 yet again (dropping down a spot to No. 2), with moody drama Ozark coming in at No. 5 (replacing last year’s moody No. 3 drama, Mindhunter).

While men and women alike are mega-fans of Stranger Things, the next-most-popular show among women was The Umbrella Academy, and among the men it was Daredevil. Younger folks tended to go for the genre-friendly series (superheroes, sci-fi, etc.), while the 55 and up demo prefer more down-to-earth series (Ozark, The CrownGrace and Frankie).

Some big titles that made the list last year — The OA, Big Mouth, Peaky Blinders, Making a Murderer, Iron Fist, A Series of Unfortunate Events — didn’t make it in 2020, leaving room for newcomers like The Haunting of Hill House, Sex Education, Dead to Me, and more.

We allowed survey participants to vote for multiple titles — read on to find out which came out on top overall.

BoJack Horseman (2014)

Synopsis: A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a... [More]

Sex Education (2019)

Synopsis: Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance... [More]

Master of None (2015)

Synopsis: Comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang are the creators of this Netflix-original comedy, which is loosely based on Ansari's... [More]

Space Force (2020)

Synopsis: A group of people are tasked with establishing the U.S. Space Force.... [More]

Synopsis: This adaptation of the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the... [More]

Altered Carbon (2018)

Synopsis: More than 300 years in the future, society has been transformed by new technology, leading to human bodies being interchangeable... [More]
Directed By: Laeta Kalogridis

Russian Doll (2019)

Synopsis: Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Lyonne stars in this comedy-drama series as Nadia, a young woman who is on a journey to... [More]

House of Cards (2013)

Synopsis: U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production.... [More]

Lost in Space (2018)

Synopsis: "Danger, Will Robinson!" The rest of the Robinson clan should be on the lookout for danger, as well, because they... [More]

Synopsis: An exploration of big cat breeding and its bizarre underworld, populated by eccentric characters.... [More]

Synopsis: Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father,... [More]

Lucifer (2016)

Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Grace and Frankie (2016)

Synopsis: For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt,... [More]

Synopsis: Four of Marvel's biggest heroes are each working individually but have one common goal in mind -- to save New... [More]

Synopsis: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to... [More]

Synopsis: Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where... [More]

Dead to Me (2019)

Synopsis: Jen's husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime. Optimistic free spirit... [More]

GLOW (2017)

Synopsis: Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the '80s. Wilder finds an unexpected... [More]

Marvel's Luke Cage (2016)

Synopsis: This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man with super strength and unbreakable skin... [More]

Synopsis: This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on... [More]

Mindhunter (2017)

Synopsis: Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's... [More]

The Crown (2016)

Synopsis: Based on an award-winning play ("The Audience") by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen... [More]

Synopsis: After exacting revenge on the people responsible for the deaths of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy... [More]
Directed By: Steve Lightfoot

Synopsis: A chronicle of the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts... [More]

Black Mirror (2011)

Synopsis: Featuring stand-alone dramas -- sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia -- "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The... [More]

Ozark (2017)

Synopsis: Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner... [More]

The Witcher (2019)

Synopsis: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove... [More]

Marvel's Daredevil (2015)

Synopsis: The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, "Daredevil" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and... [More]

Synopsis: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)

Synopsis: Mysteries unravel in a small Midwestern town in the 1980s, involving supernatural forces, secret experiments and one strange girl.... [More]

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