Netflix recently announced that over 8 million people have raced through an entire original series within 24 hours of it being uploaded. They defined the term as “binge racer” and if you’re one of them, at least you know that you aren’t alone. Along with releasing that information, Netflix also revealed which of their original shows are most prone to being binged.
While some comedies may make for easier marathons, there are some shows like Stranger Things that it may have been a stranger thing if you started it and didn’t end up binging it! Though as you’ll see, it’s the power of nostalgia that powered several of our entries including Netflix’s top 2.
For some instances it appears Netflix was taking into account people who binged entire seasons in one day but considering one season of House of Cards is upwards of 13 hours, that’s still seriously impressive….Is impressive the right word? But if you’re American you may also need to step your game up, as Canadians edged you out as being the best country at binge racing.
Some shows may surprise you with their placement or if some of your favorites don’t make the cut, but don’t argue with us! These are just the hard facts as reported and ordered by the biggest media streaming giant in the world.
20. Master Of None
Master Of None may be the 20th show according to research, and thus needed to lead off our list, but by no means is it the worst show Netflix has to offer. Far from it. Starring (and created) by the hilarious Aziz Ansari, the show has won several prestigious awards. This includes an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
The general premise is a story that follows Aziz’s character, Dev, throughout his life experiences including both professionally (he’s an actor) and romantically.
19. Chewing Gum
Of all the shows on our list, we wouldn’t blame you if Chewing Gum is the one that you may recognize the least. But our 19th spot is a tremendous British comedy is the work of the talented Michaela Cole; who created, writes for and stars in the series.
The show is set around Cole’s character, Tracey, who plays a restricted and religious virgin who has aspirations to learn more about the world as well as get her booty bumping on (if you know what we mean!).
Netflix has used their massive bankroll to help bring in some of the biggest and most recognized actors in the world into their projects. In the case of GLOW, it’s the gorgeous and charming Alison Brie that was drawn to the brand.
Set around the world of women wrestling, the first season earned rave reviews including a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.
Season one was released featuring 10 episodes and it was announced in August that season 2 will also feature 10 – though a release date is not known. As you’ll see, just like many Netflix shows, GLOW also isn’t light on the birthday suit wearing, including Alison Brie for the first time.
While some Netflix shows may get you interested in the talent on the screen, it’s the involvement of Judd Apatow that may have your interest piqued for Love. Which Apatow said would be a “down-to-earth look at dating”.
Apatow has had several huge winners in the past including the series Freaks and Geeks and the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Trainwreck.
Gillian Jacobs steps into the leading role opposite Paul Rust. Netflix clearly has confidence in the series, having given it the green light for their third season before the 2nd season had aired.
16. House Of Cards
You had to know House Of Cards was going to show up on our list, but are you surprised it’s at #16? Though we suppose after you see some of the actions go down, you may want to take some time away. You know, maybe hug your dog and those you love close and be glad you aren’t involved in politics.
The series stars the manipulative (at least character wise!) Kevin Spacey whose performance is perhaps second only to that of his wife Robin Wright. With 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, there is no question you’re setting yourself up for some quality television if you can get invested.
Given the length of the series, we imagine Netflix is considering those who complete an entire season within the parameters! As it currently stands, there are 5 seasons and 65 episodes of the series.
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt definitely has a morbid plot as it opens up with the discovery of several “mole women” who were kidnapped and held in a bunker for 15 years. But the actual series has a much more upbeat tone, helped largely in part by the energetic Ellie Kemper (who plays Kimmy).
Fans of The Office should recognize Kemper from her role as the receptionist Erin. The series has also earned praise for the performance of Tituss Burgess who is Kimmy’s best friend and roommate after she gets rescued.
The series is created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock who previously came together to create 30 Rock. Jane Krakowski, who starred in 30 Rock, also stars in the series.
14. Wet Hot American Summer
Nostalgia is a powerful tool, something that Netflix is well aware of. Several entries from here on out involve making you feel reminiscent of your childhood including our next one with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
Both of which were beloved by the same people who helped make the 2001 film one of the biggest cult classics of all-time. Many prominent actors pop up in the series including Bradley Cooper in the first “season” and Adam Scott lending his talents for the 2nd.
13. Grace And Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are two of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood and they’ve perhaps never been better than in Grace And Frankie. While neither won, both were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress at this past year’s Emmys and we’re sure they’ll bring their A-Game for the 4th season.
It was reported in 2015 that over 60 million people suffer from Autism. It’s a topic that we are starting to see explored more in media, including the new television series from Netflix Atypical.
The show stars Keir Gilchrist, an 18-year-old who is autistic and has aspirations to explore the world of adulthood and dating. Fans of the series Friends may also find it amusing that Michael Rapaport, who played Phoebe’s short-term lover Gary (the cop that shot a bird), plays Gilchrist’s father.
11. Friends From College
Keegan-Michael Key may be best recognized when he is standing alongside his long-time buddy Jordan Peele, but he is plenty funny when he steps into his own projects too. Friends From College is one of his most ambitious projects and also stars Cobie Smulders who you may best recognize from her time on How I Met Your Mother.
The series is a look at a group of Harvard graduates and their attempts to navigate their dating and professional lives in New York City. Let’s just hope Ted Mosby doesn’t stop by!
10. Stranger Things
You had to know it was only a matter of time before Stranger Things was going to be making an appearance. But maybe you think it’s strange it didn’t even crack the top 5! The show seemingly came out of nowhere to capture viewers attention, which may have had an impact on people’s watching habits. That being said, it is absolutely on everyone’s radar now.
You can expect the 2nd season which is scheduled to be released at the end of October will be devoured by fans. There are several great performances in the series including younger actors like Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown but also Winona Ryder and David Harbour.
9. Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is The New Black may have perhaps gained some of their notoriety to the steamy scenes that happen between several of the female inmates – including Laura Prepon who you may know from That ’70s Show – but there is more depth to the show than just the nudity.
Several actors have been recognized for their performances, perhaps most notably Uzo Aduba who won an Emmy for her role of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Like House Of Cards, Netflix may be considering fans who binge-watched the newest seasons within 24 hours to get their ranking.
8. F Is For Family
You’ve come across your first, but not your last, animated project that Netflix has given the green-light to.
Bill Burr is a tremendous stand-up comedian but after the success of F Is For Family it’s clear his only talent isn’t standing with a mic in his hand. Burr created and stars in the series which currently has 16 episodes and 2 seasons (6 in season 1).
The series is set in 1973 and follows Burr and his dysfunctional family, which also includes Justin Long. It currently has a score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes meaning that while the family may have some problems, the actual series is clearly full of some smooth writing!
7. Trailer Park Boys
It’s with a heavy heart that we write about our next entry. Trailer Park Boys is far from the classiest show out there, but John Dunsworth who portrayed Jim Lahey was one of the nicest actors around. Dedicated to his fans and his craft, the world would be better off with more people like Dunsworth.
Sadly, Dunsworth passed away on October 16th. He had been a vital part of the series and will be missed.
The show currently has 11 seasons and 95 episodes as well as various specials. A 12th season that has finished filming; though it’s not clear on Dunsworth’s role in it.
6. Santa Clarita Diet
There are no shortage of shows out there that deal with zombies, but Santa Clarita Diet definitely tries to their best to take perhaps the funniest take on the genre. Though to be fair, Drew Barrymore‘s character isn’t exactly a zombie, she’s just all about that human flesh action. While you may recognize Barrymore for several of her prominent movie roles including The Wedding Singer and Never Been Kissed, it’s tremendous to see her in a sitcom.
Timothy Olyphant has also been understandably praised for his role as Barrymore’s husband. A 2nd season of the show is going to be premiering in 2018, but as of now fans have 1 season and 10 episodes to get through to be ready.
5. The Ranch
Fans of That ’70s Show may be a huge fan of Orange Is The New Black which features Donna doing some actions that definitely wouldn’t have flown in Point Place. But if you don’t want nudity to bring you back to the series, how about you watch Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher pal around again? Let’s be honest, Hyde and Kelso were the best part of the series anyway!
The series is set around a dysfunctional family (seemingly a common Netflix theme!) and also stars Sam Elliot and Elisha Cuthbert. In perhaps a weird twist, The Ranch was given 20 episodes in season 1 before being dialled back to 10 in season 2.
4. The Seven Deadly Sins
Let’s be honest, did you think that The Seven Deadly Sins would be cracking the top 5? Did you even know what this show is? Based off the popular Japanese manga, the series has exclusive streaming rights through Netflix and currently consists of 2 seasons but while season 1 is 24 episodes, season 2 is only 4.
For those curious about the plot, the series follows a distressed princess who seeks to reunite a group of former evil knights to try and take back her kingdom. While the show and style might not appeal to everyone, it’s clear that those who enjoy it are a huge fan. So for that, we definitely have to give the show some credit!
3. Marvel’s The Defenders
We’re going to give you a small spoiler about the last 2 spots on our list. Neither show is involved in the Marvel umbrella. That, however, isn’t the case for #3 which brings in several of the Netflix Marvel projects for The Defenders. And while Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones were well-received, it’s apparent that people chose to take their time with them. As for Iron Fist…let just not talk about that!
While it may feel ambitious to have to watch the other Netflix Marvel shows to get a true appreciation of The Defenders, at least you know the project with all 4 of them was well-received.
2. Fuller House
From 1987-1995, one of the most wholesome and lovable families on TV could be found on Full House. And while some people may have rolled their eyes when a spin-off to the series was announced, the fact that it’s #2 on our list means that fans at the very least couldn’t get enough of the show once they started playing it.
The show has currently split up its 3rd season into two parts, but as it stands there are 35 episodes. It is reported that the 2nd half (which will have 9 episodes) will come out in December, which means you may want to get caught up!
1. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
Whoa! Talk about a double dose of nostalgia to wrap up the whole list. Don’t get mad at us though if you aren’t happy with the results. We didn’t make the research, we just reported it! And while my lovely girlfriend was not a fan of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life despite being a huge fan of the original series, let’s hope you were.
The revival consisted of 4 episodes that varied from 88-102 minutes in length. Though fans of the original series will be more than happy to tell you that there are over 150 episodes of Rory/Lorelai goodness for you to take in.
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