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Squid Game, the Korean survival drama from writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk, has continued to reign supreme at the number one spot of Netflix’s top 10 most popular movies and shows since the series was released three weeks ago. There’s probably some comparison to make between the show’s longevity and the characters fighting their way through a gruesome set of games, but we wouldn’t want to be gauche.
Additional to Squid Game’s continued popularity, Mike Flanagan’s limited horror series Midnight Mass continues to hold strong at number four on the Netflix’s top 10. There’s tons of other shows new to Netflix showing up on this week’s most popular movies and television, including the hit sitcom Seinfeldfor which they paid more than $500 million. The Duff starring Mae Whitman, James Cameron’s epic romance disaster drama TitanicAnd much more
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.
Each Tuesday, Polygon provides the Netflix top 10, which is updated by Polygon. Between updates, the actual top 10 may change.
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James Cameron’s 1997 epic romance disaster film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed lovers from radically separate social classes who met aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. Filled with intense drama, heart-wrenching romance, and dramatic practical special effects which pushed the film’s final production budge to over $200 billion, making it the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, Titanic sits as the undisputed crown jewel of James Cameron’s entire career; a high for which the director has been doggedly chasing ever since then. The film was added to Netflix’s service this past Friday, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 list.
9. My Little Pony: New Generation
Look I’m not gonna pretend I’m a big My Little Pony fan, but it’s enough of a cultural phenomenon that I’d be remiss as a professional culture writer to not at least be curious about it. My Little Pony: The New Generation marks the fifth incarnation of the My Little Pony franchise — see, I didn’t even know there were “incarnations” of My Little Pony, let alone Five of them — set many years after the events of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicThe series follows a group of ponies friends on an epic journey to bring back magic in Equestria, and to reunite ponykind. It’s got Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Kimiko Glenn (Orange is the New BlackJames Marsden (WestworldIt. The new show was released on Netflix last Friday rather than in theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which explains why it’s on this week’s Netflix top 10.
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If your kid has to watch something (or possibly you’re tuning in yourself? This is not a judgement!), 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 last fall and only fell off OnceIt is a strong and unwavering leader in the field of enabling people to live happily ever after. Every day!
What’s the Get Deal With SeinfeldWhat is your opinion? No really, I don’t know: I was a child in the ’90s during the show’s cultural apex and my taste in television back then skewed closer to the animated adventures of Spider-Man. Maybe it’s finally time for me to suck it up and behold the sitcom shenanigans of a fictitious comedian Jerry Seinfeld (played by the actual comedian Jerry Seinfeld) and his kooky group of adult friends. Netflix paid over $500 million dollars for the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to the series, so maybe I’ll finally get around to watching a full episode of the series now that I’m an adult. The series was added to Netflix last Friday, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 list.
Mae WhitmanWallflowers have many perks) stars in Ari Sandel’s 2015 teen comedy The Duff as Bianca, a benign high school whose sense of self esteem is radically upended when she learns that the student body knows her as the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend,” or “Duff” of the popular girls. Enlisting the help of her charming jock classmate Wesley (Robbie Amell), Bianca reinvents herself in a bid to challenge the school’s reigning mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) and assert her own worth. The film was just added to Netflix this past Friday, which is why it’s on this week’s top 10.
5. Midnight Mass
Midnight Mass, Mike Flanagan’s long-gestating follow-up to 2018’s Haunting of Hill House and 2020’s Haunting of Bly HouseIt is a supernatural mystery-thriller about Crockett island, a small fishing village on the edge of collapse. The mysterious appearance of a priest who has a dark secret, ignites long-standing animosities and causes them to become more fervent. Our review:
Midnight Mass feels like Flanagan’s most challenging work so far, both for him and for his audience. It has been in the works for a decade, and it’s an intensely personal story for Flanagan. That’s hardly new for him — Hill House And Doctor SleepFlanagan skillfully explored the topic of addiction and rehabilitation through horror. Flanagan spoke out about his experience with sobriety, and how that shaped him. Midnight MassYou should read the entire thing. That vibrantly personal exploration — Flanagan worked on the scripts for all seven episodes, including the four co-written with his brother James — is what makes the show so feel so potent and alive, but also what presents some of its hardest-to-parse moments.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty as Joe Baylor, a LAPD officer-turned-emergency call operator trying desperately to a save the life of a caller as the city is wracked by a deadly forest fire. Not everything is as it seems however, as Joe must turn to unconventional means in order to come to his caller’s aid and uncover the truth behind their encounter. Gyllenhaal’s role is far cry from the unhinged derangement of his performance in 2014’s Nightcrawler, but the tone of trailer feels remarkable similar in its implicit insidiousness. Written by True Detective writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto, The Guilty It’s as exciting and engaging as any Fuqua or Gyllenhaal film in the past. Our review:
Though Fuqua’s films haven’t shied away from the misdeeds of law enforcement — recall the showy, malevolent character that won Washington his Training Day Oscar — they’re usually juxtaposed with innocent, honest police. The Guilty only really has one “real” cop on screen at all; the rest are voices on the other end of the phone, or officers who aren’t irritated about their full-time work at the call center The phone-only cast is impressive: Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Ethan Hawke, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Paul Dano all call in, as if this were a supersized episode of Frasier.
Inspired by Stephanie Land’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Molly Smith Metzler’s streaming miniseries Maid stars Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers() plays Alex Russell, a single young mother who is forced to become a maid and housecleaner in an attempt to provide for Maddy. The series was released on Netflix last Friday and has already garnered positive reviews, including Vulture critic Jen Chaney who describes the relationship between Alex and her mother Paula (Andie MacDowell) in her review as, “one of the most enriching experiences of the fall TV season.”
This is the fourth and final season. On My BlockThe coming-of-age teen comedy-drama Awkward showrunner Lauren Iungerich, was released on Netflix earlier this week, which explains why it’s at the number two spot of the top 10 list this week. Sierra Capri, (starring an ensemble cast)American Skin), Jason Genao (Logan), Brett Gray (We are there for them), Diego Tinoco (Teen Wolf), Jessica Marie Garcia (How to Escape MurderThe series is about a group of teenage friends who navigate the difficulties of growing up in Los Angeles’ Freeridge neighborhood. The season concludes with the friendships graduating high school together, and then deciding on their future together.
1. Squid Game
Drama about South Korean survival Squid Game soared to the top spot of the Netflix top 10 this week following its premiere earlier this month, and it’s easy to understand why. The show’s premise resembles a nightmarish Technicolor mashup of Battle RoyaleAnd Big BrotherThis documentary follows the story of seven individuals who are taken captive and put to strange challenges with 449 others. The contest is for $38.5 million. You can probably guess the catch off the top of your head: If any of the participants lose any of the challenges, they’re swiftly executed. The series is as bizarre and hyperviolent as it sounds, and Netflix says it’s currently on track to become the service’s most watched series of all time.
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