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The biggest TV shows right now on Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Max, and Peacock

Published Apr 1st, 2024 4:41PM EDT
3 Body Problem on Netflix
Image: Ed Miller/Netflix

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Netflix’s epic alien invasion series 3 Body Problem, from the same showrunners behind HBO’s Game of Thrones, is one of the biggest TV shows in the world right now across every major streaming platform. Despite mixed reviews, it’s still riding high a little more than a week after its release, along with other series like Guy Ritchie’s Netflix gangster romp The Gentlemen and FX/Hulu’s Shogun, a brutal saga about feudal Japan that feels like a spiritual successor to Thrones.

According to the latest data from the streaming search engine Reelgood, those are some of the most popular TV shows right now across all of the major streamers — from Netflix to MaxApple TV+Hulu, Disney+, and Peacock.

Reelgood Streaming Charts monitor 20 million viewing decisions each month across every streaming platform in the US. For the 7-day period that ended on March 27, the 10 shows that topped Reelgood’s latest TV chart are as follows:

  1. 3 Body Problem (Netflix)
  2. Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV (Max)
  3. Shogun (Hulu)
  4. The Gentlemen (Netflix)
  5. Palm Royale (Apple TV+)
  6. Apples Never Fall (Peacock)
  7. X-Men ’97 (Disney+)
  8. Manhunt (Apple TV+)
  9. Resident Alien (Peacock)
  10. The Regime (Max)
The Gentlemen on Netflix
Martha Millan in Netflix’s “The Gentlemen.” Image source: Christopher Rafael/Netflix

As I pointed out last week, this collection of shows continues to be quite a mixed bag. Titles like Max’s The Regime and Peacock’s Apples Never Fall have proved, at least to me, a disappointment and mostly boring, while The Gentlemen has been quite a successful and entertaining crime drama for Netflix — and Shogun will almost certainly end up on every critic’s Best TV shows of 2024 list.

To continue with the divergent level of quality on this list, I’m at a loss to explain why a show like Apple’s Palm Royale exists (it’s meandering and not really funny, even though it purports to be a comedy) while 3 Body Problem is an adaptation of a celebrated series of sci-fi novels from Chinese author Liu Cixin that were once thought to be un-adaptable.

I didn’t love the Netflix series, but I did think it was pretty decent. The main things I’d nitpick about it, such as its thinly drawn characters like the Oxford Five, are, I suspect, mostly a function of having just eight episodes over the first season. That’s a pretty standard length for Netflix TV shows these days, but it does mean the plot and other elements of the story are sometimes rushed as a result. At any rate, here’s hoping for a 3 Body Problem Season 2 announcement any day now.

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.