These are the most-watched Netflix shows and movies of all time

The results are in, and you're going to want to grab some popcorn

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Need marathoning inspo? The most-watched Netflix shows and movies of all time have been calculated, just in time for the cold front to swoop in. (Blankets and snacks are highly encouraged!)

The subscription service has been indulging in a statistical state of mind as of late. Using data to uncover people's greatest interests, the company has just gifted us with Netflix's most-watched series of 2021, which has subsequently altered our queues. 

Now, the beloved platform has decided to take its findings one step further to uncover the series and films that broke records since its inception. When you think about it, there have been plenty of hits...

If you're looking for some steaminess in Regency England, need to indulge in some sci-fi or want to be transported back to your teenage years, there are plenty of selections that will do the honors. 



The most watched Netflix shows of all time

The top 10 results have been calculated according to the number of hours viewed in the first 28 days. 

1. 'Bridgerton' season 1 (625,490,000 hours) 

The romance novels-turned TV show put everyone in a sensual state of mind. We fell hard for Daphne and the Duke of Hasting's love story, and can't wait to see what unfolds in Bridgerton season 2, though different characters will be at the forefront of the series. 

2. 'Stranger Things 3' (582,100,00 hours)

It seems like a lifetime since we parted ways with Eleven and the gang. Where will the story take us next? Stranger Things season 4 is on its way in 2022, and it looks Mike and Eleven will meet up during spring break. Sound fun? Well, everything seems to go haywire. uʍop ǝpᴉsdn ǝɥʇ uᴉ llɐ,ʎ ǝǝs. 

netflix season 3 cast: Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin

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3. 'The Witcher' season 1 (541,010,000 hours) 

For fantasy fans, Monster hunter Geralt's quest to make sense of the world proved to  be one of the most engaging series on the platform. If this is one of your TV binges, you might want to also bookmark Shadow and Bone season 2.

4. '13 Reasons Why' season 2 (496,120,000 hours) 

Not for the faint of heart, this YA series follows a teen in high school who sadly takes her own life. It's raw, emotional and will definitely inspire frank conversations about mental health. 

5. '13 Reasons Why' season 1 (475,570,000)

Tackling even more serious subjects, 13 Reasons Why season 2 delivers similar raw content, but viewers were hooked on the story.

6. 'Maid' limited series (469,090, 000 hours) 

A young, single mom struggles to make ends meet and decides to start cleaning homes to make a better life for her daughter. However, it's an uphill battle, considering her child's father is struggling with alcohol abuse and her mother suffers from an extreme mental behavior disorder. 

7. 'You' season 3 (467,830,000 hours) 

Who doesn't love Joe Goldberg, right? The bookstore worker-turned killer has kept us on the edge of our seats since day 1. Just because he and his wife move to suburbia in season 3 doesn't mean his evil tendencies will stop. It's the same Joe, different locale. We're excited (/terrified) to see what he gets up in Paris for You season 4...

ENN BADGLEY as JOE GOLDBERG in episode 301 of YOU

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8. 'The Witcher' season 2 (462,500,000 hours)

Fans and critics agree—you're going to speed through those eight episodes. 

9. 'You' season 2 (457,370,000 hours) 

Our love and obsession with the murderous Joe really cranked up a notch in the sophomore installment. If you weren't aware, the series is based on a bestselling series: here's how to read the You series in order

10. 'Stranger Things 2' (427,440,000 hours)

Eleven is simply irresistible, and those 427,000+ hours of streaming are proof. 

The most watched Netflix movies of all time

1. 'Red Notice' (364,020,000 hours) 

An Interpol agent sets sights on the world's most notorious art thief in this Ryan Reynolds flick. Oh, and did we mention Ryan Reynolds? 

2. 'Don't Look Up' (321,520,000) 

 Netflix's apocalyptic dark comedy has an impressive lineup that you won't want to miss—all of your favorite crushes are in it! (Hello, Leo!) 

Kid Cudi and Ariana Grande in Don't Look Up Netflix

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3. 'Bird Box' (282,020,000 hours) 

Although most of society is wiped out from a dismal force, one woman and her two children attempt to survive in the wake of it all. 

4. 'Extraction (231,340,000 hours)

A black-market mercenary's task of rescuing the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord is nearly made impossible when so many other factors come into play. 

5. 'The Unforgivable' (214,690,000)

Ruth attempts to get her life back together upon her release from prison, but her reemergence into society isn't terribly seamless. 

6. 'The Irishman' (214,570,000 hours)

A typical Scorsese crime movie, The Irishman follows a truck driver's entanglement with a Pennsylvania crime family in the 50s. 

7. 'The Kissing Booth 2' (209,250,000 hours) 

It's not easy crushing on your best friend's brother. But what happens when you end up in a relationship with said brother...who's on his way to Harvard? 

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8. '6 Underground' (205,470,000)

A tech billionaire pretends to kick the bucket in order to assemble a team of international operatives to bring down a horrific dictator. And yes, this is another film with Ryan Reynolds.

9. 'Spenser Confidential' (197,320,000 hours)

Boston's criminal underbelly is exposed in this thriller. As you might've suspected, Mark Wahlberg is the lead. 

10. 'Enola Holmes' (189,900,000 hours) 

Enola has a lot on her plate: the teen is in search of her missing mother and needs to help a runaway lord in the process, all while trying to outsmart her big bro, Sherlock. 

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