A swoon-worthy, decades-spanning romance, a long-running reality series about romance, and a cartel drama starring Sofia Vergara. What do they all have in common? They’re among the biggest Netflix shows in the world right now, based on the latest data from the streamer’s regularly updated global Top 10 chart — which is dominated this week by the new limited series One Day, a 14-episode British series based on the bestselling novel by David Nicholls that was adapted into a 2011 feature film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess .
As for the rest of the hottest Netflix shows in the world, the latest list is rounded out by other new and new-ish Netflix releases like the Jamie Dornan-led drama The Tourist plus the hit Harlan Coben adaptation Fool Me Once (which has proven so successful that more adapted Coben thrillers are also coming soon). And as we do each week, we’ll take a closer look at all of it below.
Netflix Top 10 (Feb. 12-Feb. 18)
This latest ranking represents the top 10 (English-language) Netflix series in the world right now. To learn more about some of the top series below, you can also go deeper by checking out our coverage of many of the Netflix originals on this list, from the Sofia Vergara-led cartel drama Griselda to the intense true-crime docuseries American Nightmare and Coben’s Fool Me Once — which, by the way, has blown up so much since its release that it’s now the 9th biggest English-language Netflix show of all time.
- One Day — 9.9 million views
- Love is Blind (Season 6) — 6.3 million views
- Griselda — 5.8 million views
- The Tourist (Season 1) — 4.9 million views
- Fool Me Once — 2.3 million views
- Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All — 2.3 million views
- American Nightmare (Season 1) — 2.2 million views
- Warrior (Season 1) — 1.7 million views
- Resident Alien (Season 1) — 1.7 million views
- House, M.D. (Season 1) — 1.7 million views
For now, let’s zero in on the biggest Netflix TV release in the world this week.
One Day — #1 on Netflix
Now in its second week on Netflix’s global Top 10 chart, One Day (from lead writer and creator Nicole Taylor) is an extremely poignant and bittersweet love story built around two characters: Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, two attractive and obviously likable singles who speak to each other for the very first time on their graduation night in 1988.
They form a connection and go on to build a relationship that spans decades, fostering such a deep and lasting bond that fans can’t stop raving about the series — and critics have likewise given it a near-perfect 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The story: Emma and Dex meet for the first time on the night of their graduation from the University of Edinburgh. After hooking up, they open their hearts to each other and talk about their dreams — Emma, for example, is an aspiring writer who wants to change her little corner of the world. Dex, meanwhile, has big dreams of fame and fortune. The next morning, they go on a hike and continue drawing close to each other.
Continues Netflix about the series, which is currently on the global Top 10 in 89 countries: “Back on flat ground, Dex and Em — as they call each other — go their separate ways, but promise to stay in touch. Each episode revisits the duo one year later on this one particular date, as the circumstances in their lives push them together and pull them apart.”