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According to recent management comments, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) will spend about $5 billion on content next year. Meanwhile, the company is stepping up its investment in original series from 10% of its total content budget to as much as 50% in coming years.

Netflix original series are seen as a way to set the service apart from a sea of competing entertainment options.

Dive into the slideshow below for a quick overview of three Netflix original series (OK, two series and a movie -- but Netflix is likely to make many more cinema-style films, so it's a matter of semantics) that are proving the value of this cash-intensive strategy.

3 Netflix Original Series Worth Every Penny from The Motley Fool.