Not because they are in anyway related to special needs but because all parents need some downtime.

At the end of a long day, there's nothing better than tuning into the latest episode of a favorite TV series and catching up with the exploits of the characters you've been following.

Lately, Netflix has been the place to go for gripping dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies that leave you craving the next installment.

Here are some of the five best series currently available on the streaming service.

1. Stranger Things

If you like TV series that are packed with drama, tension and mystery, you'll love Stranger Things.

Beginning with the disappearance of a young boy, this nostalgic 80s-set show unravels to reveal terrible secrets and strange supernatural forces.

Stranger Things was the most-watched Netflix Original series that debuted in 2016, attracting over 14 million viewers aged 18-49 in its first 35 days.

The second season is due to air sometime in 2017, so now is the perfect time to catch up with its first.

2. Orphan Black

With four seasons available on Netflix as of January 2017, Orphan Black is the perfect show to get into if you're looking for a series that you can build a long-term connection with.

Originally produced by BBC America, this story of sisterhood and suspense enjoys a five-star rating on Netflix.

Lead actress Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy in 2016 for her portrayal of several of the main characters in this series, which tells the story of a group of women who discover they are part of a secret cloning project.

Watch characters grapple with betrayal, loyalty and questions about their own identity in this action-packed thriller.

3. The Crown

Released in 2016, The Crown is Netflix's take on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

The first season follows the young Queen's early years, including the death of her father and the aftermath of the Second World War.

Netflix has spent a fortune on the production of this historical drama, which was rewarded in December 2016 with a Golden Globe Nomination for Best TV Series.

If you're looking for a slow-paced drama with recent historical significance, this is the choice for you.

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Co-created by Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt debuted in 2015 and returned for a hilarious second season in 2016.

The uplifting sitcom follows the story of Kimmy Schmidt, a young woman who is rescued from an underground cult and has to adjust to life in the normal world.

Given its premise, you might expect the show to be dark or depressing, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Kimmy's go-getting optimism and sunny attitude will inspire and uplift you even on the most stressful of days. It's the ultimate feel-good series.

5. House of Cards

If you still haven't seen House of Cards, now is the time to stop putting it off.

According to WGNTV, it's the highest-rated show on Netflix.

The fourth season is every bit as thrilling as the first, which debuted in 2013 with Kevin Spacey playing a gloriously evil politician determined to scheme his way to the presidency.

The show has won numerous awards and is full of strong, complicated characters that you can love and hate in equal measure.

Check it out today, but be warned -- you might end up binge-watching more episodes than you intended.

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