Netflix has been on a steady climb since it was founded in 1997, and the popular streaming service looks to keep that growth going in 2015. Evidence: The company will be debuting 17 original series this year.
To help get people excited to binge-watch these upcoming hits, below is a rundown of each original series fans can look forward to in the new year.
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots,” Jan. 16
Based on the Antonio Banderas-voiced character from the “Shrek” movies, “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” will see the famous feline swordsmith travel solo to a magical land with a spell cast on it that protects its people from the outside world. When Puss accidentally breaks the spell, he must become a legend in order to protect the populace and fix his mistake. According to Variety, the first five 22-minute episodes of the show will debut on Netflix on Jan. 16.
"Ever After High: Spring Unsprung," Feb. 6
Based on the popular line of toys by Mattel, this series focuses on the lives of a very unique group of high school kids. "Ever After High" is the go-to school for the sons and daughters of famous fairy-tale characters, like Apple White (the daughter of Snow White) and Raven Queen (the daughter of the Evil Queen). Netflix is hoping to add to its library of shows and movies just for kids with this exciting new take on fairy tales. The first 12 episodes will drop Feb. 6.
“Mako Mermaids”: Feb. 13
A spinoff from the Australian TV show “H20: Just Adds Water,” this series follows the adventures of three young mermaids who trade in their lower halves in favor of legs. Variety reported on the first trailer for the show, which dropped quietly along with "Orange Is the New Black" in 2013. Netflix is launching the 12-episode second season of this teen-leaning hit on Feb. 13.
“House of Cards,” Feb. 27
Netflix hit it big in 2013 with the release of its political drama “House of Cards." Now the series is hoping to keep the magic going by releasing a third season all at once on Feb. 27. When last we left Frank Underwood, he’d deceived his way into the presidency, leaving a trail of lies and bodies in his wake. Now, with the unlimited power that comes from being the president, there’s no telling what he’ll do to hold onto the seat.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” March 6
From Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this comedy, set for a March 6 release, centers on a woman who decides to completely restart her life after escaping a doomsday cult. Starring Ellie Kemper of “The Office,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" will air on the streaming service as part of a two-season deal with the network, according to Variety.
“Bloodline”: Mar. 20
Boasting an all-star cast including Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men"), Sam Shepard ("The Right Stuff"), Jamie McShane ("Sons of Anarchy") and more, this show focuses on the lives of a family in the Florida Keys and the delicate tapestry that is their relationship. According to IGN, the family’s secrets are revealed when their black-sheep brother returns to town. “Bloodline” hits Netflix March 20.
“Daredevil,” April 10
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Daredevil” will kick off a series of five new shows all centered on the adventures of Marvel’s street-level superheroes. Daredevil, also known as Matt Murdock, is a blind lawyer by day and the defender of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen by night. He's teamed with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist for a new superhero foursome called The Defenders. The series starts April 10 with the release of 13 one-hour episodes, according to Marvel.
“Grace and Frankie,” May 8
Helmed by “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this 13-episode Netflix Original comedy about two women forced to deal with the impossible. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) are bitter rivals who become involuntary friends when they discover that their husbands are in love with each other. On the north side of 50 with no one but each other, the two take on life as single ladies once again. It will be available for streaming on May 8.
With an all-star cast of internationally known actors and actresses, this science-fiction thriller centers on eight people from around the world who become linked after a tragic death. Not only are the people connected, but also Deadline reports they can talk to each other from wherever they are in the world and they’re automatically privy to each other’s deepest darkest secrets.
“Orange Is the New Black”
A lot has happened to the ladies of Litchfield since we began hearing their stories in 2013. Netflix is keeping the popularity train running in 2015 by giving the people yet another season of its powerful prison dramedy. With the villainous Vee out of the way and the prison returning to some kind of harmony, there’s no telling what the inmates, guards and their loved ones have in store for Season 3. Netflix has yet to announce a release date, but considering when the previous two seasons aired, fans should expect more from the inmates in the summertime.
The first season of this odd animated comedy ended up being a surprise hit for Netflix. Now in 2015 it will premiere its second season, about a former Hollywood actor who is trying to make a comeback after 18 years off the air… Oh, he’s also a horse/human hybrid – because, why not? Will Arnett stars as the voice of BoJack in this irreverent comedy. The first season premiered in August, so it’s possible Season 2 will be staggered by a year.
Netflix picked up this live-action, modern-day adaptation of the popular cartoon series about the richest boy in the world. According to Deadline, after inventing a useful green technology, a young boy has more than $1 trillion to spend. The series will debut 21 episodes sometime this year, following the boy as he engages in new business ventures and meets a slew of interesting people.
“F Is for Family”
Created by stand-up comedian Bill Burr, this half-hour animated comedy focuses on a family in the 1970s. According to TV Line, the show will draw heavily from the generational jokes found in the differences between raising children in 2014 versus 1970. Burr will voice the family’s father, Laura Dern the mother, and Justin Long the oldest son. “F Is for Family” will debut sometime later this year.
From director Jose Padilha, this crime-drama will depict the true-story of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug Cartel. Netflix will premiere 10-episodes of the show some time in 2015. Starring Wagner Moura, the show will tackle the true-crime drama behind how cocaine became such a problem for the United States and Europe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marking Netflix’s first partnership with a Canadian television network, “Between” is a survivalist thriller about a town that’s undergoing an epidemic. The disease seems to be killing off everyone who is older than 21. According to Deadline, Nickelodeon’s Jennette McCurdy stars as the protagonist in a town left to fend for itself after the government quarantines everything within a 10-mile radius. The first six episodes will prmiere at once on Netflix in 2015.