The 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Acting Performances In Netflix Originals

The nominations for the upcoming Emmys was recently released. Netflix is definitely going to be happy, as their original programming landed them 91 different nominations. Included was the recognition that Netflix is allowing some of the best actors in the world to truly shine, as well letting other actors become household names through the success of their original content.

Below we have 10 of the best actors that you can currently see work their magic, included several who are nominated at this upcoming Emmys. While there are many different shows that have made our cut, several shows were strong enough to warrant multiple mentions.

But if we're being fair, Netflix is also no stranger to misses; including one series costing them upwards of $200 million. And for that, we also take the time to highlight the 5 worst acting performances so far.


15 Best - David Harbour For Stranger Things

There is no denying that all of the children actors that are involved with Stranger Things do a tremendous job. But they also have some outstanding actors with more experience to help learn from. That includes the gorgeous Winona Ryder, but credit absolutely needs to go to David Harbour.

In fact, Harbour has recently been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Regardless on if Harbour is successful in his bid or not, it's definitely a fantastic milestone to put on his resume.

You'll be able to see Harbour in a very different role as he takes on the role of Hellboy in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen which is scheduled for 2018.

14 Best - Uzo Aduba For Orange Is The New Black


The Netflix series Orange is the New Black may have started out as a series centered around Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, but the series has continued to evolve as viewers got to know the other inmates.

One of the most intriguing was Crazy Eyes, who is brilliantly portrayed by Uzo Abuda. She previously took home an Emmy in 2015 and it was recently announced that she will also be nominated for this upcoming award show.

The role has led to several opportunities for Uzo, including allowing her to try her hand at becoming a voice actor. She will help bring to life the character of Queen Novo in the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie.

13 Worst - Bill Nye For Bill Nye Saves The World

When you were in elementary and high school one of the most exciting things may have been when the teacher rolled in the teacher rolled in the television set and popped on an episode of Bill Nye The Science Guy. Many people were on the edge of their seat with anticipation for the return of Bill on a regular basis with Bill Nye Saves The World.

And while the series may have been renewed for a second season, many people feel that it lacks the ability to remain engaging and that the material doesn't talk about the issues with a serious enough nature.

That being said we can never get enough education out in the world, so perhaps it's still a great thing that Nye isn't done educating us through Netflix quite yet.

12 Best - Robin Wright For House Of Cards


One of the most successful films of this past summer has been Wonder Woman. When looking at why the film was such a huge hit, many people are quick to jump to the performance of Gal Gadot. But it was Robin Wright who also helped steal the scenes at the start of the film.

Wright is no stranger to stealing scenes, as she does it on a regular basis on House of Cards. Wright became the first actress from a Netflix series to take home a Golden Globe for her performance.

She gets the chance to add to her hardware this year after being nominated for an Emmy. It's nothing new to Wright though, as she has been nominated every year since 2012.

11 Best - Ellie Kemper For Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

There are plenty of fantastic characters on the television series The Office. While many people feel the show had a drop in quality following the departure of Steve Carell, the latter few seasons did allow Ellie Kemper to get more screen time.

It's clear that people love watching Kemper in the leading role as her Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was recently renewed for its 4th season. While the show has received recognition in a variety of areas, Kemper must be over the moon to receive a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the upcoming Emmys.

Whether or not Kemper takes home the award, it's a huge sign that she is continuing to grow as a comedic actress which only bodes well for the series.

10 Worst - Adam Sandler For Sandy Wexler


There are several movies out there that prove that Adam Sandler is a terrible actor. There are also some, where he proves he can act when he tries. But his stint on Netflix definitely seems to include a lot of Sandler just phoning in the performance.

Many people literally could not get more than a few minutes of his character in Sandy Wexler. The film was panned by critics earning a score of 28%. This is by far not the worst movie that Sandler has done, at least according to critics, but it is another example of how far he can miss the mark with what he thinks will be a funny character.

It won't be the last venture between Netflix and Sandler, so we hope they can learn from their mistakes.

9 Best - Millie Bobby Brown For Stranger Things

You wouldn't be the only person if once you started watching Stranger Things if you were not able to stop. There are countless reasons as to why the show was such a huge hit, but you aren't going to list reasons for long before getting to Millie Bobby Brown. Still only 13 years old, it's clear that Brown was meant to be an actress!

While we're sure she is going to continue being outstanding in the 2nd season, Brown is also working on the upcoming sequel to Godzilla.

Brown is also getting recognition for her performance on Stranger Things, having been nominated this year for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.


8 Best - Kevin Spacey For House of Cards


Kevin Spacey is no shortage to receiving critical acclaim for his roles. He was unbelievable in The Usual Suspects which won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He may have been even better with American Beauty which saw him win for Best Actor.

Spacey has been nominated for an Emmy throughout his career, including this year, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but perhaps 2017 will be his year.

If you want to check Spacey out, outside of Netflix be sure to go and see him in his recent film Baby Driver which is currently sitting at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

7 Worst - Finn Jones For Iron Fist

There was an extreme amount of anticipation that went into the series Iron Fist. It was going to be the last of the 4 main Netflix superhero series to round out The Defenders, but fans were definitely left wanting more.

Especially from Finn Jones who many people had high hopes for following his time in Westeros. Jones is going to get another crack at the character with the upcoming Netflix series based on The Defenders and hopefully, with less of a load to carry, he'll be able to let his talents shine.

The 8 episode series is scheduled to be released in August and will also include Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage).

6 Best - Krysten Ritter For Jessica Jones


There aren't many people out there who have watched the series Jessica Jones and wishes they could get that time back. In fact, its score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes should make it clear that it's not only one of Netflix's best shows, it's one of the best shows out there period.

We're sure you can't wait for the 2nd season, especially because we're sure Ritter is going to continue kicking some serious ass in the main role. While Ritter has yet to get recognition from many major publications for her portrayal, that definitely shouldn't discourage her as she's a huge part as to why the show is as successful as it is.

While season 2 won't premiere until 2018, you'll be able to check Ritter (and Jessica Jones) in August with The Defenders.

5 Best - Lily Tomlin (And Jane Fonda) For Grace and Frankie

When it comes to the next series we're going to include not one, but both of the lead actresses on the series Grace and Frankie. It seems only fitting, after all, both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are nominated this year at the Emmys for Best Comedy Actress. It's clear the two have tremendous chemistry between one another and either one of them would be well deserving of taking home the coveted prize.

The series has currently run for 39 episodes and will have a 4th season coming back in 2018 that is expected to have 13 episodes. We're sure both of the ladies will also bring their A-game yet again and help deliver an unforgettable performance, regardless of how the awards season wraps up.

4 Worst - Adam Sandler For The Ridiculous 6


Do you need to spend part of your day watching The Ridiculous 6? Let's let the critical consensus from Rotten Tomatoes sum it up,

"Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion."

We'll pass! The film holds the astonishingly low score of 0% on the site. On top of that, the film received controversy after various extras walked off the set citing the material was insensitive to the Apache culture.

3 Best - Alison Brie For GLOW

Netflix is seemingly churning out new original content on a weekly basis. While some of their projects may fall flat, they've landed on their feet again with GLOW. Set around the world of female wrestling, Netflix was able to wrangle in the gorgeous Alison Brie to play one of the leading roles.

Brie lends both her talents and her body to the role, as it marks the first time that Brie has acted in her birthday suit. When talking about it, Brie talked about how she was a nudist in college and that the experience on set made her remember those days.

The series will surely be back for a 2nd season meaning that we perhaps aren't done getting a full look at Brie.

2 Best - Aziz Ansari For Master Of None


Aziz Ansari not only does a fantastic job acting in Master of None, but he's also the main creative force behind the hit series. His efforts are being recognized on several fronts at the Emmys this year, including Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Writing.

The series definitely keeps Ansari busy, as he does not have any other projects on his immediate horizon. That being said, we're sure Netflix pays him more than enough to keep him happy.

In the past, you may have loved Ansari for roles such as on the television series Parks and Recreation and his various stand-up routines.

1 Worst - Lorenzo Richelmy For Marco Polo

You can imagine the idea of having a huge epic similar to Game of Thrones may have been incredibly appealing to Netflix. They shelled out a ton of funds to try and get Marco Polo off the ground but ultimately had to cut their losses after 2 seasons. And it was quite the loss to take, with it being reported that the company may have lost up to $200 million.

While it's impossible to blame the failing on any one particular aspect, it didn't help that people weren't blown away by the lead actor, Lorenzo Richelmy.

Unfortunately, the series may have cost Richelmy his career in North America as both of his upcoming projects are both foreign films.

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