Netflix since its inception has invested heavily in its original productions, seeing audience loyalty to its brand and multiple critical acclaim as a result. Yet, nearly ten years after the start of this successful trajectory, the era of series like Orange is the New Black (2013-2019) and House of Cards (2013-2018), its first original series, seems to be over. The truth is that renewal is necessary and the audiovisual colossus has continued (almost always) to maintain its commitment to serial quality, coming out of its sleeves, with each new season, programs ready to be brought to its taste. monstrous audience around the world. .
It’s also clear that not all series slated to be the new phenomenon of the plaza are not reaching their audiences in some way, and many die on the beach, ending up being canceled – this was the case with the recent O Legado de Jupiter, created to be Netflix’s response to Amazon’s The Boys, canceled this year after just one season. Obviously, Netflix wanted to have a new stage in making their own (in the superhero genre), but in the end, it’s the audience that dictates what will and will not succeed. And just like the box office of a movie in the cinema, if the number of views on the platform for a given series is not satisfactory, which justifies your expenditure, it will eventually be canceled.
In this case, however, we’ll be dealing with the flip side: a more positive side. Here, the subject will be precisely the most watched series on the number 1 streaming platform in the world. Recently, Netflix released its Top 10 to celebrate the massive success of Round 6, a South Korean production that has lived to become the most watched program in streaming. We already know who was in first place, but check out below for other successful series in the rankings.
In tenth position, we have a curious case. Sweet Tooth did not generate such agitation to be considered a fever. Despite this, the show quietly in its first season, which premieres June 4, 2021, has gained enough views on the platform to secure it No. 10 on the list, being watched by 60 million accounts. This is the screen adaptation of the eponymous DC Comics comic book, which is part of their adult line Vertigo, created by Jeff Lemire. Interestingly, behind the Netflix production is Robert Downey Jr., the Iron Man of rival Marvel. The creator of the program is Jim Mickle, a name known for heavy movies, see Stake Land (2010), We Are What We Are (2013) and Julho Sangrento (2014). The plot features a hybrid boy between human and deer, living in a futuristic post-apocalyptic reality. A second season, of course, is already confirmed.
Winning for 2 million accounts, comes a production that, unlike Sweet Tooth, hasn’t left people’s mouths, permeating the internet like a flood, whether through memes or serious recommendations. What stands out in O Gambito da Rainha, released on October 23, 2020, are the “hits” of praise the production has received from critics and pundits in general. Despite the use of the “boring” chess game as a backdrop, the message of the series is much broader and speaks of obsession, talent, commitment, happiness and chasing our dreams. Plus, of course, strong feminist content – with women ahead of their time. Unlike the rest of the list, O Gambito da Rainha is a miniseries, with a beginning, middle, and end, and despite its success, it won’t have a second season. The work has served to elevate the status of protagonist Anya Taylor-Joy and has been viewed by 62 million accounts.
Another different series makes the list, this one, however, a documentary program. The story of Joe Exotic, a gay redneck who owns a tiger zoo and who calls himself the king of tigers, is so surreal that it quickly became the most talked about topic in the world. This disaster-worthy fame, which we never stop watching, reached Brazil, where the series was equally successful. Even star Sylvester Stallone jumped on the bandwagon alongside his family (wife and three daughters) appearing dressed as the show’s “characters”. Indeed, fiction productions on the subject have started to emerge from the image, one of them starring Nicolas Cage as Joe. The Tiger Mafia debuted at the very start of the pandemic on March 20, 2020, and has been viewed by 64 million accounts. Which guaranteed a second season for November 2021.
In seventh place we have the most successful Spanish series on Netflix. And here we are again in the presence of a curious case. It turns out that La Casa de Papel, which chronicles a masterfully planned theft of currency from Spain, debuted on the platform on December 25, 2017 and gradually generated its hype, while conquering a legion of followers over time. Soon Salvador Dalí’s masks used by criminals, between men and women, all named after cities around the world, began to appear in all kinds of places, such as smocks and paintings. Oh yes, not to mention the song Bella Ciao, which has become an anthem. The climax of the program, which is here on the roster, however, came with the fourth season on April 3, 2020, watched by 65 million accounts. The fifth has already debuted on September 3, 2021 and who might know how to get into the rankings when the roster is updated.
Here we have the oldest series on the list, which shows its strength while still being among the most watched. This is Netflix’s hugs Stranger Things, its first big phenomenon, including the generation of an entire program about it shown by SBT. The ’80s vibe has been brilliantly rescued by the series which mixes up-and-coming comic youth, with supernatural elements of horror and fiction. The perfect recipe to please Greeks and Trojans. The series premiered on July 15, 2016, and on October 27, 2017 took place the second season. With its popularity only increasing, nothing is fairer than the third season, released on July 4, 2019, to be the most watched, watched by 67 million accounts. Recalling that the fourth should be released in 2022.
A dramatic and romantic production, with heavy doses of eroticism, the program is one of the newest on the list, having premiered on June 25, 2021. Starring the beautiful Iranian descendant Sarah Shahi, who in 2012 starred Sylvester Stallone’s daughter in the action flick Double Target – featured in the Netflix collection. The series uses the beauty and sensuality of the brunette to her advantage in the role of Billie, married woman and mother of two children in a monotonous life, which will make her current reality collide with her savage past. The series excels in the actor’s sex scenes and nudity, particularly popular with women seeking spice in their marriage, as well as in the Fifty Shades of Gray franchise. The program has been watched by 67 million accounts, on par with Stranger Things.
We return to the realm of fantasy, here yet bathed in the medieval genre that was so successful in The Lord of the Rings and others. Many may believe that The Witcher is based on the famous hit game, which has a legion of fans, because that’s where the story got popular. However, before moving to the screen in the form of advanced graphics, the plot originated in 1986 in the form of Polish books. Longtime franchise fan star Henry Cavill, the film’s last Superman, struggled to bring this universe to the screen and found a home on Netflix to do so. Arguably the assault was worth it since the mystical The Witcher is the fourth most watched series on Netflix, watched by 76 million accounts. The first took place on December 20, 2019, the second on December 17, 2021 and a third is already confirmed.
The third most watched series on Netflix is a French production, starring the charismatic Omar Sy – who had a previous career in Hollywood as well. The character of Arsène Lupine was created in 1905 as a thief gentleman and master of disguise by author Maurice Leblanc. And here we have the current modernization of those stories, with Sy. The series is recommended for those who like wild heist plans – as part of the La Casa de Papel program. Lupine made his debut on January 8, 2021, the second on June 11 of the same year and a third promised. The program also had 76 million views on subscriber accounts.
It’s curious not to see the most expensive The Crown among the most watched on the platform – and it is believed to be among the twenty most watched. Fans of period drama and romance have nothing to complain about, we have a worthy replacement here. Bridgerton takes on wealth, lust and betrayal at the British court, seen through the eyes of the mighty title family. Absolute phenomenon, which, no less, has the finger of Shonda Rhimes (responsible for hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) in production. The series premiered on December 25, 2020 and has had 82 million views on subscriber accounts. Therefore, a second season is already confirmed for 2022.
Also known as Squid Game, Netflix’s most watched series came from South Korea, demonstrating the country’s strength in today’s audiovisual market. Recently, the fantastic Parasite (2019) broke the barriers by being voted best film of the year at the Oscars, and Round 6 arrives to confirm this global “favoritism”. Accessible by 111 million accounts worldwide, Round 6 was the only house series to surpass the 100 million view mark and in its plot mixes elements of Battle Royale (2000) and Parasite itself. In the story, poor and indebted people receive an unusual offer: to participate in children’s games for money. Arrived in a mysterious place, they discover that there are many more risks, like their own life. Season 2 is only a matter of time.
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