For years, only a handful of streaming services released original content. Netflix topped the competition by performing exceptionally on both the quality and quantity fronts, while Amazon Prime and Hulu were never far behind. Between them, they produced recognizable shows like Stranger Things, Fleabag, and The Handmaid’s Tale, not to mention films that have gone on to receive wide acclaim.
Original content ensures you’re getting your money’s worth when you subscribe to a service, and thankfully it’s something that’s almost become a prerequisite in the streaming world. Apple TV+ is fast becoming a contender in prestige TV, Showtime is the go-to place for thoughtful documentaries, and small-timers like Revry, Viki, and Britbox make the grade by providing niche content for those seeking out LGBTQ, Asian, and British-specific shows, respectively.
There are plenty of services out there that provide in-house films and shows, and we rounded up the best of them in the list below.