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The 20 Most Watched Netflix Shows

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Netflix has everything you are looking for. Over the years, Netflix releases a wide assortment of incredible shows. From uproarious comedy to a pulse-pounding thriller to an insightful documentary, Netflix does it all.

Additionally, there are also great action, horror, and superhero shows. All these are worth watching. Instead of wasting time flipping on Netflix’s endless row looking for what to watch, here is the list of the best shows ranked in descending order.

20. Raising Dion - 4,394 Points

This is a superhero drama series with a sense of the reality of how hard it is to process racism and grief. The story line centers on a woman (Nicole Warren) who is mourning the death of her husband. She is struggling to raise her son (Dion Warren), who has supernatural powers. The show portrays the struggles of a single mother who keeps her son’s gift a secret and protects him from people who want to exploit him.

19. Locke & Key - 4,571 Points

This is yet another adventurous horror drama based on a comic book series. The show is about an old haunted house containing many mysterious keys to open various doors in magical ways. The series will keep you hooked since it has a lot of suspense, secrets, twists, and turns throughout the episodes. Netflix released its third season in August 2022, giving its viewers a unique, thrilling experience. “Locke & Key” has 143 million hours of viewership, emerging as one of the most watched shows.

18. The Circle - 6,575 Points

“The Circle” is a reality show based on the British TV series of the same name. Netflix has launched a France and Brazil version of this show. This series is incredibly entertaining as it gives a splash of what people go through on social media and profound insight into what youth face daily. The suspense and drama in this reality show are satisfying. Critics positively received the show; however, it was criticized and compared to the American reality show Big Brother.

17. Never Have I Ever - 6,764 Points

This series conveys a perfect blend of family, love, friendship and school life of an Indian-American teenage girl who is dealing with the sudden death of his father. The show reflects on the childhood experiences of the actress Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. “Never Have I Ever” is a fantastic series to watch with a lot of moral lessons to learn from as it resonates with teen viewers. Netflix has successfully released three seasons and has renewed the series for the fourth and final season.

16. Love is Blind - 9,371 Points

“Love is Blind” is a dating reality show that gives singles a unique way to meet, mingle and get to know each other. This is done without the distraction of family, work or social media. With the hope of finding love, these singles spend time learning about each other, going on dates and perhaps getting married. The show first premiered in February 2020 and has three seasons, and seasons four and five have been renewed. It's a great reality show as participants show their bravery by willing to put their hearts on the line. Critics have reviewed the show as addictive and entertaining.

15. Emily in Paris - 11,002 Points

Anyone who has relocated to another country would easily relate to this series. The show conveys the challenges encountered as one adjusts to the new environment. We find the sweet and friendly Emily relocating to France for work; however, she faces a lot of opposition and struggles to adjust to the new workplace. Regardless of all that, Emily never gives up and continues to be herself. It's a great series to watch as it incorporates Paris, art, food, fashion and French culture and is favorably received by critics. However, it was criticized and condemned in France for stereotyping French people.

14. Anatomy of Scandal - 11,621 Points

“Anatomy of Scandal” is a show that conveys the consequences of marital affairs. However, it was criticized for its overdone plot on men's adultery in high-profile jobs. The story line is about a wife (Sofie Whitehouse) who discovers that her husband (James Whitehouse) has been having an affair with a coworker, causing shame and blowing up their family. James Whitehouse is further accused of rape and facing court trials. The show is interesting, with great features and cinematography. The show has an average rating of 7.0/10.

13. Peaky Blinders - 12,614 Points

“Peaky Blinders” is a crime drama series that reflects on the repercussions of the First World War. The series is about a young street crime gang of the same name who returned to Birmingham after serving in the British Army during World War I, led by fierce boss Tommy Shelby. This series has six seasons and has been acclaimed universally for its stylish cinematography and charismatic performance. Critics have given the series an average rating of 8.8/10.

12. Sandman - 13,903 Points

“Sandman” is a phenomenal show based on a 1989-1996 comic book by Neil Gaiman. The show is unbelievably great as it gives a tale of Morpheus, the titular Sandman. It's a great series with a masterfully written story line and a fantastic choice of actors. The series was released in August 2022 and received positive reviews for its great adoption of comics.

11. Vikings: Valhalla - 14,731 Points

This show is a sequel to the historical drama series Vikings, marking the beginning and end of the Viking Age. The storyline picks up a hundred years after Ragnar left off; the Vikings start an epic journey to England to fight Christians at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and beyond for their survival and glory. In this version of Viking, Ragnar's sons avenge the death of their father as the fight between Christians' and Pagans' beliefs continues. However, the show was a success, and it met viewers' expectations and garnered 265 million hours of viewership within 30 days of release. Critics gave this series an average rating of 7.0/10.

10. Marked Heart - 15,581 Points

This show is a Colombian thriller drama that will have you glued to each and every episode. The chemistry among the actors is impeccable as they bring the storyline to life by complementing a well-written script. However, the show is about a desperate husband (Simon Duque) seeking vengeance for the death of his wife (Camila Duarte), who was murdered. “Marked Heart” was released in April 2022 and was favorably received by critics for its well-thought storyline.

9. The Umbrella Academy - 17,073 Points

This interesting and captivating show centers on a dysfunctional family of seven superheroes who come together to solve a mysterious death. However, the children face more challenges and danger while trying to stop the apocalypse. “The Umbrella Academy” is an entertaining show that has received positive reviews from critics and six Emmy Awards nominations. Additionally, it's one of the most streamed shows of the year, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The acting of this series is top-notch as one can easily relate to the characters' personalities.

8. The Lincoln Lawyer - 19,521 Points

This series is for you if you enjoy law shows with epic courtroom moments. “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a legal drama series based on the novel The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly. However, the show was released in May 2022 0n Netflix. However, it centers on a defense attorney Mickey Haller who solves mysterious cases alongside a great team of lawyers. The show received positive reviews for its enchanting storyline and has been renewed for a second season.

7. Business Proposal - 20,454 Points

“Business Proposal” is a hilarious business romance and South Korean comedy released in April 2022 on Netflix. However, it is based on the comic Webtoon and the show tells a story of an employee who accepts a blind date on behalf of her friend; to her surprise, she finds out the date was her boss. Each actor plays their role amazingly well; you will enjoy watching the show. This show is one of the top three Korean drama shows released this year and is yet to renew its season two.

6. Ozark - 23,767 Points

This crime drama series is named after a series of mountains in rural Arkansas and Missouri that has made an indelible impression on viewers worldwide. The show is masterfully crafted as it talks about a financial advisor Marty Byrde. He relocates with his family to the Lake of Ozarks, where he launders money for the famous Mexican drug cartel. “Ozark” is an enjoyable and captivating show with four seasons favorably received by critics, rating it at 8.5/10.

5. All Of Us Are Dead - 26,811 Points

This overwhelming South Korean zombie series was released on Netflix in January 2022. It occurs at a high school after a failed science experiment. However, upon release, the series was a commercial success, with over 474 million hours of viewership within 30 days of release. This show was acclaimed for its beautiful storyline and twists and turns. You will enjoy watching this show.

4. Bridgerton - 30,151 Points

“Bridgerton” is the first Shondaland romance based on Julia Quinn’s collection of novels rewritten for Netflix. This show has two seasons; the second season is the most watched and garnered 656.12 million hours of views within 28 days of release. The storyline is about British social seasons where marriageable youths of nobility and gentry social class like the legendary Bridgerton family were introduced to the society. However, the scenes of royal families are brilliant, making it a wonderful series to watch.

3. Manifest - 31,344 Points

“Manifest” is a mysterious show to watch because it is full of unexpected twists. The supernatural drama first premiered in September 2018 and is a success because of its baffling plot and intense drama. However, the series is about an airplane that suddenly reappears after going missing for five and half years. This show will keep you at the edge of your seat as you anticipate what happened to the passengers and the crew from airplane 828. Unfortunately, the series is over after three seasons. Hopefully, Netflix renews it for its fourth and final season.

2. Inventing Anna - 33,888 Points

“Inventing Anna” is based on the true story of Anna Sorokin, a fraudster who impersonated a wealthy heiress to access the upper social class. Julia Garner stars as the title character. She has upper-crust members of New York believing she is a German heiress. She fools them into believe she has a fortune and invested thousands of dollars into her project of opening an exclusive art-themed club. Anna managed to con her investors' out of a lot of money as well as goods and services.

1. Stranger Things - 59,351 Points

“Stranger Things” is one of the greatest and most watched shows on Netflix for its distinctive plot, thrilling scenes and great characters. This science-fiction and horror show has four seasons, with the first season released in July 2016 and the final season in May 2022. It is easy for the audience to love the characters. They've gone through a dramatic change since the first season. The last season was a commercial success and is positively received by critics for meeting audience expectations and recording 1.3 Billion hours of viewership. However, the show is about a fictional town where supernatural events and mysterious things happen, facing a crew of adorable, nerdy pre-teens.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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