The 10 most popular movies and shows on Netflix right now (2023)

Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.

This week sees The Unforgivable, the 2021 drama starring and produced by Sandra Bullock, ascend to the top spot


To help you navigate the vast swath of Netflix offerings, we’ve gathered our reviews, features, and quick takes on the shows and films that have cracked the top 10 list for the United States, and put them in one easy-to-read place. Read on to find out what people are watching, and see our coverage to help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.

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Polygon updates the Netflix top 10 each Tuesday. The actual top 10 is subject to change between updates.

Netflix’s biggest new releases

10. Twentysomethings Austin

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Netflix’s latest reality dating series Twentysomethings Austin follows — you guessed it — a cast of eight twenty-somethings looking for love in Austin, Texas. The twist? It’s the ‘new normal’ of 2021, baby! Watch these young adults move into gender-specified houses from one another and grow from complete strangers into intimate friends and partners. The series premiered on Netflix this past weekend, which explains why it’s at number 10 on this week’s top 10 list.

9. Cocomelon

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Nothing will ever defeat Cocomelon. The sun will go supernova before Cocomelon is done. Bow to Cocomelon.

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If your kid has to watch something (or possibly you’re tuning in yourself? No judgment here!), the animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-YouTube-channel-turned-Netflix-animated-series is one of the most popular children’s shows on the service this week. It’s amazing — it’s been on the list since fall 2020 and only fell off once, and shows no signs of going away ... ever!

8. Money Heist

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Money Heist, the crime drama heist thriller produced by writer-creator Alex Pina, follows the story of team of eight thieves recruited by a criminal mastermind known only as “The Professor” who orchestrates one of the most elaborate heist in recorded history. Originally intended as a limited series told in two parts, the popularity of Money Heist has spawned three seasons across six parts that follow the crew’s heist of the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain. The final half of season three of Money Heist released on Netflix earlier this month, which explains why the series is at number eight on this week’s top 10 list.

7. Law Abiding Citizen

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F. Gary Gray’s 2009 vigilante action thriller Law Abiding Citizen stars Gerard Butler (300) as Clyde Shelton, a man whose wife and daughter are murdered in a home invasion. Ten years after prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) cuts a deal with one of the killers in exchange for testimony, the killers are found dead and Shelton admits to murdering them. Imprisoned in jail and with nothing left to lose, Clyde offers Nick an ultimatum: release him, or witness more people around him die. Law Abiding Citizen was added to Netflix at the beginning of December, which explains why it’s on the Netflix top 10 this week at number seven.

6. The Witcher

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Netflix’s 2019 fantasy drama series The Witcher returns to the top 10 this week! Based on Andrzej Sapkowski book series of the same name, the show follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a magically enhanced monster killer whose fate is intertwined with Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) and a powerful enchantress named Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra). The highly anticipated second season of The Witcher is set to release this Friday, so it’s no surprise to see it pop up on this week’s list at number six as audiences try to refresh (or catch up) on what happened before the premiere.

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5. Lost in Space

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The third and final season of Lost in Space, which premiered earlier this month, follow Judy, Penny, Will Robinson and their robot companion as they attempt to lead a group of young Colonists on an evacuation of the mysterious planet they’ve been stranded on for over a year. As their parents John and Maureen desperately attempt to reunite with them, they’ll have to face off against a terrifying alien threat the likes of which they’ve never encountered before. From our review,

The season projects “finale vibes” throughout and there’s the sense that anything can happen at any time, perhaps to a fault. The back half of the season feels like a marathon of climactic moments that could be the turning point of the story, but then aren’t. The final episode alone has three such twists before ending on the one that’s the least visually interesting, and the attempt to give every lead character their own shining moment of triumph within a limited time frame diminishes a bit from each. This is the only season that runs eight episodes instead of 10, and it’s possible that COVID-era production complications required the story’s final act to get compressed. While the path to the finish line is a bit jagged, the finale effectively hammers home each of the show’s overarching themes, namely the value of trust and the ability of each person (human or robot) to change their own programming.

4. The Queen of Flow

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Set in Medellin, Colombia, the telenovela drama The Queen of Flow follows the story of Yeimy Montoya, a talented young songwriter framed for drug trafficking and falsely imprisoned, who emerges from prison 17 years later to plot the downfall of the men who betrayed her and thwarted her dream. The 90(!) episode second season of the series premiered on Netflix last month, which explains why it’s holding strong on this week’s top 10 list at number four.

3. Back to the Outback

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Remember Madagascar, the 2005 Dreamworks animated film about eccentric zoo creatures escaping captivity to return to the wild? Well imagine that, but with different animals, and you’ve basically got Back to the Outback. Netflix’s original children’s adventure comedy stars Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Guy Pearce, and more as a group of cuddly Australian creatures attempting to make it back home while pursued by a zookeeper who acts and sounds suspiciously like Steve Irwin. Back to the Outback premiered on the service last weekend, which explains why it’s on this week’s Netflix top 10 list at number three.

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2. The Shack

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Based on William P Young’s 2007 novel of the same name, the 2017 Christian drama The Shack stars Sam Worthington (Avatar) as Mack Phillips, a happily married family man whose life is shattered by the death of his child. Embittered by this loss, Mack retreats into isolation and anger until he receives a mysterious invitation to return to the shack where his daughter’s body was found. There he enters a hidden dimension and meets God (Octavia Butler), Jesus Christ (Aviv Alush), and the Holy Spirit (Sumire Matsubara), prompting him to reconcile his loss of faith and discover a renewed resolve to live. The film was added to Netflix just this past weekend, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 at number two.

1. The Unforgivable

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Based on Sally Wainwright’s 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven, Sandra Bullock stars in The Unforgivable as Ruth Slater, a former convict who attempts to rebuild her life in the aftermath of a brutal crime. As she struggles to acclimate back to a life in a place that no longer feels like home, Ruth will have to confront those who aren’t willing to forgive her for what’s she done and will stop at nothing until her sins are repaid in blood. From our review,

Despite a deep ensemble led by a transformative Bullock, Unforgivable moves at a turgid pace, lacking the urgency and pathos required in a redemption narrative with any hopes that the audience will pull for its damaged protagonist. Similar to Kidman in Destroyer, Bullock’s appearance oscillates from strained and ragged in present-day scenes, to bright, in-full-make-up in sequences set in the past. Bullock portrays Slater as terse, strained at the jaw, and always at the edge of eruption. Slater tries to keep a low profile. She’s often guarded — she’s served her time, but her reputation as a cop-killer will always follow her around. It’s why when a coworker at the fish-packing plant, the kind, generous Blake (Jon Bernthal, still sporting his King Richard mustache) falls for her, she initially seems hesitant to pursue the first tiny shred of kindness given to her. Slater doesn’t believe she deserves redemption.


What is the most watched on Netflix 2022? ›

TOP TV Shows on Netflix in 2022
1.Stranger Things63,759
3.Inventing Anna34,388
4.Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story33,967
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What are 5 most watched Netflix? ›

Watched for 42.36 million hours this week. Watched for 33.33 million hours this week.
Most Popular TV (English)
#TV (English)Hours viewed in first 28 days
1Stranger Things 41,352,090,000
2DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story856,220,000
3Bridgerton: Season 2656,260,000
4Bridgerton: Season 1625,490,000
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What is number 1 movie on Netflix? ›


What are the top 3 most watched shows on Netflix? ›

Most watched Netflix shows
  • Lucifer season 5: 569.5 million hours.
  • All of Us Are Dead season 1: 560.8 million hours.
  • The Witcher season 1: 541 million hours.
  • Inventing Anna: 511.9 million hours.
  • 13 Reasons Why season 2: 496.1 million hours.
  • Ozark season 4: 491.1 million hours.
  • The Witcher season 2: 484.3 million hours.
3 days ago

What is the most watched series 2022? ›

1. House Of The Dragon
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama.
  • Year Running: 2022.
  • IMDb Rating: 9.0/10.
  • Did You Know? This time around, HBO's showrunners will be Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik. The pair step in for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who were sharply criticized for the final seasons of GoT.
4 days ago

What is the longest number 1 show on Netflix? ›

TOP 10 on Netflix in the World with the longest streak
1.Squid Game53 days
2.The Queen's Gambit46 days
3.Stranger Things44 days
4.Bridgerton39 days
5.Money Heist37 days
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Which is the No 1 series in Netflix 2022? ›

TOP TV Shows on Netflix in 2022
1.All of Us are Dead1,107
2.Stranger Things1,087
3.Business Proposal814
4.Money Heist709
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What should I watch in 2022 so far? ›

The 30 Best TV Shows of 2022 (So Far)
  • Interview With the Vampire. IGN Movie Trailers. ...
  • The Rehearsal. HBO. ...
  • Derry Girls. Channel 4 Entertainment. ...
  • Andor. Star Wars. ...
  • Tell Me Lies. Hulu. ...
  • The Bear. Movie Coverage. ...
  • Never Have I Ever. Netflix. ...
  • What We Do in the Shadows.
2 Nov 2022

What is the biggest Netflix hit? ›

You (season 2) -- 457.4 million hours. Stranger Things (season 2) -- 427.4 million hours. Money Heist (part 3) -- 426.4 million hours.
Netflix's most watched TV series, ranked
  • 13 Reasons Why (season 2), a controversial teen drama -- 496.1 million hours.
  • Ozark (season 4), a crime drama series -- 491.1 million hours.
22 Nov 2022

What series is trending now? ›

TV Series (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Wednesday (2022– ) TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Family. ...
  • 1899 (2022– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery. ...
  • The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  • Andor (2022– ) ...
  • The White Lotus (2021–2022) ...
  • The Crown (2016– ) ...
  • Yellowstone (2018– ) ...
  • Dead to Me (2019–2022)

What movies are trending right now? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) 93% 89% ...
  • #2. Strange World (2022) 74% 39% ...
  • #3. The Menu (2022) 89% 76% ...
  • #4. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) 84% 85% ...
  • #5. Spirited (2022) 69% 81% ...
  • #6. Bones and All (2022) ...
  • #7. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) ...
  • #8. The Wonder (2022)

What film should I watch on Netflix tonight? ›

The 20 best Netflix movies to stream right now
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) 147m. ...
  • Don't Look Up (2021) new. ...
  • Mank (2020) ...
  • Extraction (2020) ...
  • The Mitchells vs. ...
  • The Hateful Eight (2015) ...
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) ...
  • Marriage Story (2019)
11 Nov 2022

What is the most ever watched show? ›

Most Watched TV Finales of All Time, Ranked
  • 8/11 All in the Family (40.2 Million)
  • 7/11 The Cosby Show (44.4 million)
  • 6/11 Magnum P.I. (50.7 million)
  • 5/11 Friends (52.5 million)
  • 4/11 Seinfeld (76.3 million)
  • 3/11 The Fugitive (78 million)
  • 2/11 Cheers (80.4 million)
  • 1/11 M*A*S*H (105 million)
6 days ago

What show on Netflix has the most series? ›

Netflix Original Shows With The Most Episodes
  • Grace and Frankie. Number of Seasons: 7. Number of Episodes: 94 (when the final season concludes in 2022) ...
  • Orange is the New Black. Number of Seasons: 7. Number of Episodes: 91. ...
  • The Ranch. Number of Seasons: 8 (labeled as parts) ...
  • 3 Early Dreamworks Shows. Number of Episodes: 76.
21 Feb 2022

What Netflix show has 7 seasons? ›

Although it is coming to an end, Grace and Frankie is the longest-running Netflix Original Series with seven seasons under its belt.

What should I watch on April 2022? ›

You May Also Like
  • “Slow Horses” Stream on Apple TV+ on April 1.
  • “The Hardy Boys” Stream on Hulu on April 6.
  • “Woke” Stream on Hulu on April 8.
  • “Killing It” Stream on Peacock on April 14.
  • “The Kardashians” Stream on Hulu on April 14.
  • “Anatomy of a Scandal” Stream on Netflix on April 15.
  • “Outer Range” ...
  • “Russian Doll”
1 Apr 2022

What is releasing on Netflix in 2022? ›

Popular on Tudum
  • SERIES. Firefly Lane. 2021.
  • FILM. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. 2022.
  • SERIES. Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields. 2022.
  • FILM. The Swimmers. 2022.
  • SERIES. Our Universe. 2022.
30 Aug 2022

What is the 1 movie right now 2022? ›

2022 Worldwide Box Office
RankRelease Group%
1Top Gun: Maverick51.8%
2Jurassic World: Dominion62.4%
3Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness57%
4Minions: The Rise of Gru60.7%
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What are the top 3 movies of 2022? ›

Domestic Box Office For 2022
RankReleaseRelease Date
1Top Gun: MaverickMay 27
2Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMay 6
3Jurassic World: DominionJun 10
4Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverNov 11
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Who is the best movies in 2022? ›

Here we are: somehow it's December already, 2022 has flown by at Mach 10 speed, and it's already time to tot up the very best movies of the year.
The Best Movies Of 2022
  1. Everything Everywhere All At Once.
  2. Top Gun: Maverick. ...
  3. The Banshees Of Inisherin. ...
  4. The Worst Person In The World. ...
  5. Aftersun. ...

What is the top 10 best movie? ›

Best movies of all time
  • The 400 Blows (1959) Film. ...
  • Star Wars (1977) Film. ...
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Film. ...
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Film. Action and adventure. ...
  • Alien (1979) Film. Science fiction. ...
  • Tokyo Story (1951) Film. Drama. ...
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) Film. Drama. ...
  • The Truman Show (1998) Film. Fantasy.
20 Sept 2022

What should I watch on Netflix in May 2022? ›

Here are the Netflix originals coming in May 2022
  • Available May 2. Octonauts: Above & Beyond: Season 2.
  • Available May 3. Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive.
  • Available May 4. 40 Years Young. ...
  • Available May 5. Blood Sisters. ...
  • Available May 6. Along for the Ride. ...
  • Available May 8. Christina P: Mom Genes.
  • Available May 9. ...
  • Available May 10.
28 Apr 2022

Which is No 1 Web series in World 2022? ›

Game of Thrones is considered the magnum opus of web series. GOT stands irreplaceably on the list of top web series in world.

What will be on Netflix in 2022? ›

Popular on Tudum
  • SERIES. Firefly Lane. 2021.
  • FILM. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. 2022.
  • SERIES. Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields. 2022.
  • FILM. The Swimmers. 2022.
  • SERIES. Our Universe. 2022.

What did Netflix do in 2022? ›

The streaming company reported Tuesday that it notched 2.4 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2022 — a number that far exceeded expectations of 1 million subscribers.

What was on Netflix 2022? ›

Highlights from the month's new arrivals include animated feature Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, season 2 of Alice in Borderland, the streaming premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin, and a new, holiday-themed episode of Murderville titled Who Killed Santa?

What is the most viewed series of all time? ›

Most Watched TV Finales of All Time, Ranked
  • 8/11 All in the Family (40.2 Million)
  • 7/11 The Cosby Show (44.4 million)
  • 6/11 Magnum P.I. (50.7 million)
  • 5/11 Friends (52.5 million)
  • 4/11 Seinfeld (76.3 million)
  • 3/11 The Fugitive (78 million)
  • 2/11 Cheers (80.4 million)
  • 1/11 M*A*S*H (105 million)
6 days ago

Which is the number one trending series? ›

1. House of the Dragon (2022– ) An internal succession war within House Targaryen at the height of its power, 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen.

Which is the most watched web series? ›

  • Most viewed web series – Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
  • Most watched web series – Stranger Things (2016)
  • Most viewed web series – The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
  • Most viewed web series – Money Heist (2017–2021)
  • Most viewed web series – Mirzapur (2011–2019)
  • Most viewed web series – Squid Game.
3 days ago

What is going off Netflix in March 2022? ›

Animated departures include “Kung Fu Panda,” “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2,” “Happy Feet Two,” a handful of “Pokemon!” movies and series, and meme culture favorite “Bee Movie.” There are also several live-action family classics leaving Netflix in March as well, including “Hook,” “Jumanji,” “The NeverEnding Story ...

What is coming to Netflix in November 2022? ›

Here's Everything Coming to Netflix in November 2022
  • November 1: Gabby's Dollhouse: Season 6.
  • The Takeover.
  • Young Royals: Season 2. Attack on Finland.
  • The Bad Guys. The Bodyguard. Dennis the Menace. ...
  • The Little Rascals. The Little Rascals Save the Day. ...
  • The Pink Panther. The Pink Panther 2. ...
  • November 2: The Final Score.
  • Killer Sally.
31 Oct 2022

What came to Netflix February 2022? ›

The most anticipated TV and movie titles coming to Netflix in February 2022 include Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, Will Arnett's celebrity-stacked improvisational comedy Murderville and Shonda Rhimes' Inventing Anna, a miniseries take on the real-life con-woman Anna Delvey.

What did Netflix add April 2022? ›

Anatomy of a Scandal, an adaption of Sarah Vaughan's best-selling novel, premieres on April 15, and an interactive trivia game starts April 1. New seasons of Russian Doll and Better Call Saul also hit the streaming platform this month.

Why are people dropping Netflix? ›

“They are losing subscribers in the US and Europe because of competition, recession, inflation, and general fears about the economy.” said Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. He said that Netflix will continue to grow as people cut the cable cord and as they offer a cheaper ad-supported option.

What is coming to Netflix in January 2022? ›

  • Jan. Action Pack.
  • Jan. Four to Dinner. Rebelde.
  • Jan. The Club: Part 2. The Wasteland.
  • Jan. Hype House. Johnny Test: Season 2.
  • Jan. Undercover: Season 3.
  • Jan. Dear Mother.
  • Jan. How I Fell in Love With a Gangster.
  • Jan. Brazen. Chosen. The Journalist. Photocopier.
3 Jan 2022

What to watch in December 2022? ›

The 5 Most Anticipated Movies of December 2022
  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
  • Violent Night (2022)
  • Babylon (2022)
  • The Whale (2022)
  • Emancipation (2022)
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