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These are the biggest international shows on Netflix right now

Published Mar 18th, 2022 10:19AM EDT
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Image: Yang Hae-sung/Netflix

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The weekly Netflix Top 10 lists are a treasure trove of data for streaming industry geeks, offering a fascinating high-level (albeit incomplete) look at what content is faring the best with subscribers of the biggest streaming service in the world.

Once a week, Netflix gives us four charts. They cover TV shows and movies, across both English and non-English categories. What’s arguably the best thing about them is not the content on each list, but the audience they represent. This is a compilation of data covering Netflix’s entire worldwide user base. Granted, what constitutes a “view” on the streamer has always been a fungible data point. But this chart lets you see things like:

  • Season 1 of Pieces of Her, for example, is a Top 10 Netflix show in a whopping 85 countries.
  • That the #1 English show Netflix subscribers are streaming the most in Lebanon right now is Vikings: Valhalla.
  • That The Adam Project is a Top 10 Netflix film at the moment in 93 countries.

What is everyone watching on Netflix?

In terms of non-English language content on Netflix, this won’t come as a surprise: Korean content is utterly crushing it on the service globally. In fact, exactly 50 percent of Netflix’s Top 10 ranking of the most-watched non-English shows on the service this week are Korean series. That is to say, five of the latest Top 10 are K-dramas, with the still relatively new Netflix addition Juvenile Justice sitting at #1.

Collectively, the five shows on this week’s list which you can check out below have also spent a collective 17 weeks on the ranking.

Top 10 series on Netflix (Non-English)

The aformentioned Juvenile Justice, per Netflix, “deals with a judge — Eun-Seok — who dislikes juvenile delinquents, later realizing the social troubles children face and how society is also responsible for the children’s malicious behaviors.”

This series is part of what’s been a steady and heavily-resourced ramp-up in Korean content by Netflix. An effort that’s already produced what’s been the biggest TV hit for the streamer to-date (in the form of Squid Game).

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Kim Hye-soo as Sim Eun-seok in the Netflix series “Juvenile Justice.” Image source: Swann Studio/Netflix

Below, you’ll find a link to this week’s list of the Top 10 non-English Netflix shows. With links to their respective landing pages, as well as the total hours they’ve been viewed for the week ending March 13.

  1. Juvenile Justice, Season 1 — 25.9 million hours viewed
  2. Cafe con aroma de mujer, Season 1 — 23 million hours viewed
  3. Lies and Deceit, Season 1 — 20.2 million hours viewed
  4. All of Us Are Dead, Season 1 — 17.4 million hours viewed
  5. Twenty Five Twenty One, Season 1 — 17.1 million hours viewed
  6. Business Proposal, Season 1 — 15.9 million hours viewed
  7. Midnight at the Pera Palace, Season 1 — 14.6 million hours viewed
  8. Forecasting Love and Weather, Season 1 — 12.2 million hours viewed
  9. Yo soy Betty, la fea, Season 1 — 10.3 million hours viewed
  10. The Queen of Flow, Season 2 — 8.4 million hours viewed

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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.

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