Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.
As February winds down, the enigmatic French EDM duo Daft Punk have announced they will no longer be playing at anyone’s house. Everyone’s shouting and scratching their heads over what to make of the latest WandaVision reveal, and Death Stranding creator / professional cinephile Hideo Kojima’s got a new book coming out in October. Everybody just chill okay, it’s only Tuesday!
This week, Netflix’s 10 most-watched movies and TV shows at the moment includes everything from James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 and Jenna Bans’ crime comedy-drama Good Girls to intriguing new Netflix originals like Behind Her Eyes and I Care a Lot. To help you navigate the list, 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 get coverage to help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.
Polygon updates the Netflix Top 10 each Tuesday. The actual top 10 may is subject to change between updates.
Netflix’s biggest new releases
10. The Crew
Netflix’s The Crew certainly has one of the most unique workplace sitcom premises to come along in awhile. Kevin James stars as Kevin Gibson, the crew chief of a NASCAR Racing Team who finds himself butting heads with his former boss’ daughter played by Jillian Mueller and her staff of tech-savvy millennial technicians.
If your kid’s got to watch something (or possibly even you, no judgement!), the YouTube-animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-channel-turned-Netflix animated series is one of the most popular children shows on the service this week.
8. Tribes of Europa
Netflix’s German sci-fi series is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a massive blackout has crippled society, cleaving the continent of Europe into factions dubbed “tribes” vying for supremacy and survival in a harsh new world. Siblings Liv (Henriette Confurius), Kiano (Emilio Sakraya), and Elija (David Ali Rashed) are separated from one another and must fight with the aid of a mysterious and powerful artifact sought after by a malicious empire. If you’re looking for Hunger Games by way of Game of Thrones (and yes, it gets that bloody), Tribes of Europa might be perfect for you.
7. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
Netflix’s new original true-crime docuseries, which recounts the story of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old woman from Vancouver who disappeared in 2013 while staying at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California, is the most popular show on the service this week. The hotel, known for its sordid past for harboring such infamous serial killers as the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger, is a much a living principal character as any the investigators and talking heads attempting to unravel the circumstances and ultimate fate of Elisa Lam in this in this dark and gripping miniseries.
6. The Conjuring 2
The second installment in director James Wan’s (Saw, Aquaman) ever-expanding haunted-house series sees paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) traveling to the North London countryside. Together they aid a single mother whose family is beset by a malevolent presence haunting their home. Yes, that is “The Nun” from The Nun. It all started here, folks.
5. Firefly Lane
Netflix’s Firefly Lane, based on the popular book by Kristin Hannah, follows the story of Tully and Kate, played by Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, two lifelong friends who meet on Firefly Lane and go on to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence and adulthood across 30 years of friendship.
The first two seasons of teen sitcom iCarly, which ran from 2007-2012 on Nickelodeon, were added to Netflix earlier this month, amassing enough effusive support among fans of the series to secure it’s number 2 spot on Netflix’s most popular shows this week. Somewhere, Paramount Plus executives weep.
3. Good Girls
Are you a fan of Weeds or Hustlers? Jenna Bans’ crime comedy-drama Good Girls will be right up your alley. Now in season 3, Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman star as a three suburban mothers who, strapped for cash and with few other options, attempt to rob a supermarket and quickly find themselves in an even more precarious situation when one of them is recognized by the store manager.
2. Behind Her Eyes
Behind Her Eyes, Netflix’s latest British drama series from Hannibal and Marvel’s The Punisher executive producer Steve Lightfoot, stars a single mother (Eve Hewson) who is entangled in an affair with her new boss, psychiatrist David Ferguson (Tom Bateman). The affair takes a turn from sordid to disturbing when Louise (Simona Brown), David’s mysterious stay-at-home wife grows suspicious of the affair and forcefully befriends David’s new lover. A dark and knotty psychological thriller with a subtle supernatural bent that’s sure to stay with you long after it’s over.
1. I Care a Lot
If you thought you couldn’t be anymore terrified of Rosamund Pike after watching Gone Girl, think again! Netflix’s dark comedy thriller courtesy of director J Blakeson (The 5th Wave) stars Pike as Marla Grayson, an unscrupulous con woman who makes her ill-gotten living by asserting herself as the legal guardian of wealthy elders before involuntarily detaining them and selling off their assets. The grift works … until she becomes embattled with the Russian mob boss son of her latest victim, played by Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage. From our review,
There’s a meanness to I Care A Lot’s premise that is arresting and never far from the audience’s mind — in Marla’s spacious office, for example, she sits at a desk across from a wall where she hangs photos of her victims — or as the law now considers them, her wards. For brief moments, usually when Wiest’s character, Jennifer, is on screen, the film seems like it’s going to confront them head-on. But it always stops short. In these moments, however, I Care A Lot, is at its most compelling — when Jennifer looks directly at Marla and recognizes precisely the sort of creature she is.