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From Squid Game to Bridgerton, These Are Netflix’s Most-Watched Shows Ever

Laura Sanders

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From Squid Game to Bridgerton, These Are Netflix’s Most-Watched Shows Ever

We can all agree that Netflix has gotten us through lockdown over the last year and a half. Tiger King, Bridgerton and Emily in Paris will all be part of that moment in our lives when all we could do was binge-watch TV.

More recently, Squid Game has taken the internet by storm. Squid Game is the first K-drama to ever reach the top of the US charts on the streaming platform - and its popularity didn't stop there. It's now officially the most-watched show on Netflix, having overtaken Bridgerton.

Sex/Life starring Adam Demos and Sarah Shahi is also high up on the list - there's clearly a correlation here between lockdown and shows with steamy sex scenes.

So what else has made the list? Find out below.

The top ten most-watched Netflix series of all time

From K-drama to romcoms and true crime docs to sci-fi fantasies, these are the official favourite Netflix originals of all time according to reports.

10) Emily in Paris

Emily in Paris. (Credit: Netflix)
Emily in Paris. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

From the creators of Sex and the City, Emily in Paris is the lighthearted, entertaining, easy-watch romcom we all desperately needed come December 2020 - aka the year of the Christmas lockdown. The first season racked up 58 million views shortly after making its debut and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Emily in Paris season two is due to be released in December 2021.

9) Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth. (Credit: Netflix)
Sweet Tooth. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who's half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector."

This sci-fi fantasy is based on Jeff Lemire's comic book series of the same name and is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr (aka Iron Man) and his wife Susan Downey.

The first season had people hooked, racking up 60 million views on the platform and it's been confirmed that a second season is in the making.

8) The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit. (Credit: Netflix)
The Queen's Gambit. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.

This astounding series won 11 Emmys and two Golden Globes for Best Actress and Best Limited Series. It was viewed by 64 million households.

7) Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Tiger King. (Credit: Netflix)
Tiger King. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

We all love a good true crime documentary, and everybody was talking about Tiger King during lockdown. The true crime documentary series garnered 54 million views and nabbed six Emmy nominations, including one in the Best Documentary category.

Season two is landing on Netflix on 17th November 2021.

6) Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)

Money Heist. (Credit: Netflix)
Money Heist. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

This 2017 Spanish series from Netflix has enjoyed a revival in popularity in recent months, as season five was released.

Money Heist season four got 65 million views on the platform, so it's hoped there will be a season six coming.

5) Tie: Stranger Things and Sex/Life

Stranger Things and Sex/Life. (Credit: Netflix)
Stranger Things and Sex/Life. (Credit: Netflix)

Stranger Things and Sex/Life have tied in fifth position for the most-watched Netflix original. Both have amassed 67 million views.

Describing Stranger Things, Netflix said: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl." The series made its debut on the streaming platform in 2016 and season four is officially on the way in 2022.

Equally, Sex/Life has earned itself a place in the top ten. New in 2021, the steamy drama series is described as follows: "A woman's daring sexual past collides with her married-with-kids present when the bad-boy ex she can't stop fantasising about crashes back into her life."

4) Tie: The Witcher and Lupin

The Witcher and Lupin.  (Credit: Netflix)
The Witcher and Lupin. (Credit: Netflix)

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's epic books, sci-fi fantasy series The Witcher starring Henry Cavill has earned itself 76 million views, as did Lupin season one.

Describing The Witcher, Netflix said: Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Season two of The Witcher lands in December 2021 and several spin-offs are currently in the works too.

Released in 2021, Lupin is directed by Emmy winner Louis Leterrier and stars Omar Sy.

Describing the series, Netflix said: Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.

2) Bridgerton

Bridgerton. (Credit: Netflix)
Bridgerton. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels.

Bridgerton was, up until recently, Netflix's most-viewed show, as viewers escaped the pandemic and watched as Daphne's romance with the handsome Duke heated up.

The series has garnered a whopping 82 million views and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Season two is on it's way, but unfortunately, Rege-Jean Page won't be in this next one.

1) Squid Game

Squid Game. (Credit: Netflix)
Squid Game. (Credit: Netflix)

Description: Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits - with deadly high stakes.

Squid Game has pathed the way for K-drama and knocked Bridgerton off the top spot with its 111 million views in the first few days of its debut.

In fact it's become so popular, Halloween costumes inspired by the series are flying off the shelves.

Fans all over the world are now eagerly awaiting the official announcement of season two.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Laura Sanders
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