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The top 10 shows on Netflix so far in 2021

Published Jan 8th, 2021 9:09PM EST
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  • Our list of the most-watched Netflix shows right now is once again topped by the new Shondaland drama Bridgerton.
  • Netflix says it projects that Bridgerton will have been seen by an estimated 63 million households during its first four weeks of being available on the streamer.
  • Our list of the 10 most-watched shows on Netflix right now comes from the streaming search engine service Reelgood.

Covering all the most-watched Netflix shows from one week to the next as we do here is a great way to get a sense of what’s hot on the world’s biggest streamer at any given moment in time, but it’s also easy to forget that this is still an imperfect gauge of Netflix’s immense size and scale. For example, the team at the streaming search engine service Reelgood each week shares with BGR a rundown of the streaming series that its users are bingeing the most at the moment. And the latest top 10 list of the most-watched Netflix shows from Reelgood is at the bottom of this post, with the new Shondaland Regency-era drama Bridgerton once again crushing all rivals.

But what exactly does that mean? Well, Netflix itself recently shared some additional data along these lines that helps put this into even better context. No wonder Bridgerton tops our list yet again, when you consider the fact that, per Netflix, the show will have been watched by an estimated 63 million households in its first four weeks of streaming (it was added to Netflix on Christmas Day).

That is an eye-popping statistic, and provides some additional context for our newest list of shows from Reelgood, covering the week of December 30 through January 5.

Bridgerton, according to the official Netflix description of the series, “follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market.” It’s been described as sort of like Jane Austen meets ABC’s Scandal.

My own streaming tastes lean more towards the #2 Netflix original series this week, however, another that everyone has surely heard of by now — The Queen’s Gambit. Anya Taylor-Joy shines in this one as chess prodigy Beth Harmon, and if for some reason you haven’t watched this one yet or were put off by the focus on chess, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. It was easily, unquestionably one of the top TV shows in all of 2020.

If you need some suggestions of what to stream next on the world’s most popular streaming service, you can check out our previous post listing the 49 new original movies and series coming to Netflix this month. You can also check out our latest list of the 10 most-watched shows on Netflix right now, courtesy of Reelgood, for some additional suggestions:

  1. Bridgerton
  2. The Queen’s Gambit
  3. The Office
  4. Cobra Kai
  5. Schitt’s Creek
  6. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  7. Equinox
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Outlander
  10. The Crown
Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.