What Went Right in 2013: Based on all available indicators, the streaming service's high-profile entry into original programming was a near-unqualified success this year, with the David Fincher-produced "House of Cards" winning critical raves and nabbing a whopping nine Emmy nominations (it won three). Perhaps an even bigger success story was the come-from-nowhere women-in-prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black," which not only grew into a bona fide social-media sensation but made numerous end-of-the-year Top 10 lists and placed second in HitFix's second annual TV Critics' Poll. And while the long-awaited fourth season of "Arrested Development" was considered something of a disappointment by a number of fans and critics, it nevertheless helped raise the profile of Netflix's original programming slate even further and scored a trio of 2013 Emmy nominations, including Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Bateman.
What's Ahead in 2014: New seasons for "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black" and the Eli Roth-produced "Hemlock Grove," in addition to an abbreviated fourth season for newly-revived AMC crime series "The Killing." Also on tap: a new "adult sci-fi" series entitled "Sense8" from the Wachowskis, Pablo Escobar drama series "Narcos" from "Robocop" director Jose Padilha and an untitled psychological thriller series from "Damages" creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. Beyond that, 2015 will see the launch of the service's highly-anticipated Marvel-branded series beginning with "Daredevil."
- Chris Eggertsen