Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10

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Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10

Netflix has been notoriously stingy with its data. Even directors and showrunners have had a hard time gauging if what they’d put out into the world was reaching its intended audience. With the advent of the Netflix Top 10, though, we can now get at least one little peek behind the curtain. The list of Netflix’s daily Top 10 Most Popular indicates an omnivorous appetite among the Netflix faithful, from reality shows to prestige TV, animated kids shows to docu-series of every stripe. Here are the entries for Sept. 26, 2022, of the five most popular TV shows and five most popular movies on Netflix.

TV Series

1. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Year: 2022
Creators: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
Stars: Evan Peters, Niecy Nash, Molly Ringwald, Michael Learned, Richard Jenkins
Genre: Crime Drama
Rating: TV-MA

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Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer killed and dismembered 17 men and boys. Now he’s also the subject of a Ryan Murphy-led 10-part biopic limited series on Netflix. Evan Peters stars as the infamous serial killer.


2. El Rey Vicente Fernández

Year: 2022
Creators: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: Jaime Camil, Sebastián Dante, Sebastián Garcia, Kaled Acab, Marcela Guirado
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA

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This 36-episode biopic covers the life of legendary Mexican singer, songwriter and actor Vicente Fernández from his humble beginnings busking to the beginnings of a career that spanned 100 albums and 30 movies.


3. The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist

Year: 2022
Genre: Crime Docuseries
Rating: TV-MA

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This Netlix docuseries tells the story of a group of local teenagers who began burglarizing celebrity homes in the 2000s, inspiring a 2013 Sofia Coppola satire.


4. Cobra Kai

Years: 2018-2022
Creators: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Martin Kove
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-14

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Cobra Kai never dies. And thank goodness. The series, which continues The Karate Kid story, survived two seasons in relative obscurity on YouTube, an overwhelmingly successful transition to Netflix and remains, in its fifth season, the rare revival that fans still really want to see. The secret to the show’s success is its loving embrace of its source material—warts and all. The law of diminishing returns was hard at work with The Karate Kid franchise. By the time we got to The Karate Kid Part III things had gone, shall we say, rather astray. And Cobra Kai knows it. The big news about Season 4, of course, is that Thomas Ian Griffith returns to reprise his role as the nefarious Terry Silver, John Kreese’s (Martin Kove) old pal from the Vietnam War. In The Karate Kid Part III we are introduced to Terry as he is signing a plutonium deal and saying things like “For the next few weeks my business is strictly revenge.” Not exactly subtle. But it was the ’80s right? Excess was the name of the game. Now Terry is living in a modern oceanfront mansion, drinking expensive wine, eating tofu and practicing mindfulness. Kreese wants to pull him back into the dojo. Together they can win the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament. Despite my quibbles, I still love Cobra Kai. The show is such an enjoyable romp. I’m happy to spend time with the characters and their karate-loving world no matter how inane the story lines might be. I hope Cobra Kai never dies. —Amy Amatangelo


5. In the Dark

in-the-dark.jpg Year: 2019-2022
Creator: Corinne Kingsbury
Stars: Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer, Brooke Markham, Casey Deidrick, Derek Webster
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Rating: TV-14

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Netflix lists this CW show as a Crime Drama with a single descriptive word, “Ominous,” which overlooks the comic chops of its lead Perry Mattfeld as a misanthropic woman trying to solve the mystery of her murdered drug-dealing friend. The show has been criticized for casting a sighted woman as its blind lead, but it’s mostly been ignored until appearing on the streaming giant, averaging less than half a million viewers per episode in its second season. A fourth season just dropped.


Movies

1. Lou

Year: 2022
Director: Anna Foerster
Starring: Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, Logan Marshall-Green, Ridley Bateman, Matt Craven
Genre: Action Thriller
Rating: R

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Allison Janney gets her Liam Neeson on in this Netflix original thriller about a little girl who’s taken. The Oscar-winning actress stars as the titular Lou, a woman with a complicated past living alone in the woods when her tenant Hannah, played by Jurnee Smollett, reports that her daughter Vee has been kidnapped by the girl’s criminal father.


2. A Jazzman’s Blues

Year: 2022
Director: Tyler Perry
Starring: Joshua Boone, Amirah Vann, Solea Pfeiffer, Austin Scott, Ryan Eggold, Milauna Jemai Jackson
Genre: Drama
Rating: R

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Tyler Perry wrote, produced and directed this historical drama about murder and forbidden love in the Deep South. Perry wrote the screenplay 27 years ago and has finally been able to bring the story of a jazzman and his juke-joint roots to the small screen as part of his broader deal with Netflix.

3. Father Stu

Year: 2022
Director: Rosalind Ross
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Ruiz, Cody Fern
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Rating: R

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First time director Rosalind Ross brings to Netflix the true story of Stuart Long, a former amateur boxer from Montana who moves to L.A. with the dreams of becoming an actor. A drunken motorcycle accident starts him on the path towards ordination in the Catholic church, which is temporarily derailed by a diagnosis of a rare Muscular disease. The film—a passion project for Mark Wahlberg who stars as Long—was released in theaters back in April, garnering lukewarm reviews and grossing just shy of $22 million worldwide before getting picked up by Netflix.


4. Do Revenge

Year: 2013
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Starring: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Rish Shah, Sophie Turner, Austin Abrams
Genre: Teen Comedy
Rating: TV-MA

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Do Revenge stars Camila Mendes as it-girl Drea, outcast from her peers after a private video is leaked to the entire school by her faux-feminist ex-boyfriend. Enter Maya Hawke’s Eleanor, a newcomer at their prestigious private school, who was made a social pariah by a girl who claimed she tried to hold her down and kiss her, turning her into a walking predatory lesbian stereotype. The two hatch a plan to take down those that hurt them and, as the title might suggest, do each other’s revenge. This film, most importantly, is a pastel-painted, glittery good time. The dialogue and comedy are anything but dry (unlike Hawke’s unfortunate wig) and harken back to classic ’90s films like Clueless, but with a Gen Z edge. Following in the footsteps of Bodies Bodies Bodies or Crush, Do Revenge lampoons Gen Z’s unique Internet-age experience, while still remaining sincere enough to not feel like a complete parody. With stunning fashion, a lizard hilariously named “Oscar Winner Olivia Coleman” and a swoon-worthy cameo from one of the pillars of the ’90s teen scene, Do Revenge’s most absurd elements are the funniest, and its sardonic humor lends itself to its twisted irony—all underscored by its killer soundtrack. This film has been billed as Hitchcockian, and it delivers on the implied twists and turns, even if some are a tad predictable. Revenge might be a dish best served cold, but Do Revenge revels in the fiery heat of teenage girlhood, ultimately delivering an angry, messy and cathartic good time. —Anna Govert


5. Minion’s & More 1

Year: 2022
Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Bruno Dequier, Hbib Louati, Thierry Noblet, Frank Baradat
Starring: Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Garth Jennings, Taron Egerton, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms
Genre: Animated Comedy
Rating: TV-PG

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This collection of shorts spun off from the Despicable Me franchise includes “Training Wheels,” “Puppy” and “Yellow Is the New Black.”