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The 10 most popular TV shows on Netflix right now

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Exploring the thousands of titles on Netflix can be both exciting and overwhelming. Content of all types abounds, from dramas and comedies to reality shows and documentaries. It’s a good thing there’s a list to help narrow your decision by letting you see the most popular Netflix shows. That’s right, every week, Netflix releases its list of the 10 most-watched TV shows over a recent seven-day period.

Ripley, the television adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, is in the top 10 for the first time since its April 4 debut. Unlocked: A Jail Experiment season 1 and Neil Brennan: Crazy Good premiered at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen remains in the top 10 for the sixth consecutive week. Below, we have listed the top 10 shows in the U.S. from April 8 to April 14, along with general information about each show, including genre, rating, cast, and synopsis.

We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime, and the best movies on Disney+. For Netflix fans, also check out the 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now.

10. The Magic Prank Show with Justin Willman season 1 (2024)

10. The Magic Prank Show with Justin Willman season 1
10. The Magic Prank Show with Justin Willman season 1
  • IMDb: 6.6/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Reality, Comedy

  • Cast: Justin Willman, Kimberly Congdon, Simon Taylor

It’s not every day you find a comedian who also doubles as a magician, but that’s exactly the case for Justin Willman, who combines comedy with magic for The Magic Prank Show. Part Impractical Jokers and part magic show, Willman is using his unique skillset to execute some of the most unbelievable pranks.

Willman and his team are helping people settle scores against their loved ones through pranks. One prank comes from a woman who wants to teach her boyfriend about the dangers of texting while driving. Another prank stems from a woman who wishes to scare her sister with a stealing problem. Again, this is not an ordinary prank show, as Willman applies magic tricks to each situation, resulting in several mind-blowing moments.

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9. Baby Reindeer (2024)

9. Baby Reindeer
9. Baby Reindeer
  • Metacritic: 86%

  • IMDb: 8.2/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Richard Gadd, Jessica Gunning, Nava Mau

  • Created by: Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd adapted his award-winning play Baby Reindeer into a seven-episode Netflix series. The dramedy stars Gadd as Donny, a comedian who works as a bartender to pay the bills. During one of his shifts, Donny meets Martha (Jessica Gunning). At that moment, the vulnerable Martha needs a friend, so Donny shows her kindness. This simple act ignites a strange relationship between the two as Martha begins to stalk Donny incessantly.

The obsession disrupts the lives of both Donny and Martha. It forces Donny to explore a previous tragedy he buried within himself. The genius of Baby Reindeer is it never paints Donny as the victim and Martha as the villain. The show provides empathy and compassion for both characters, with plenty of laughs along the way.

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8. The Gentlemen season 1 (2024)

8. The Gentlemen season 1
8. The Gentlemen season 1
  • Metacritic: 67%

  • IMDb: 8.4/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime

  • Cast: Theo James, Kaya Scodelario, Daniel Ings

  • Created by: Guy Ritchie

In his first television series, Guy Ritchie brings his expertise in the comedy/crime caper genre to The Gentlemen, which is based on his film of the same name. While Matthew McConaughey led the movie, Theo James headlines the series as Eddie Horniman, a former soldier who becomes the Duke of Halstead when he inherits his father’s estate.

When he tries to sell the estate, Eddie meets Susie Glass (Kaya Scodelario), who informs the Duke that a sale can’t happen. Below the estate is a massive cannabis farm, which is part of a criminal empire owned by Bobby Glass (Ray Winstone). Susie, Bobby’s daughter, runs the day-to-day operations. Thrust into a new livelihood, Eddie must adapt fast if he wants to continue in the family business.

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7. Ripley (2024)

7. Ripley
7. Ripley
  • Metacritic: 75%

  • IMDb: 8.1/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Drama

  • Cast: Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn

  • Created by: Steven Zaillian

The Talented Mr. Ripley, the iconic 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith, comes to life on the small screen in Ripley. Andrew Scott stars as Tom Ripley, a petty con man living in New York City during the 1960s. Herbert Greenleaf (Kenneth Lonergan), a wealthy shipbuilder, approaches Ripley with a job: travel to Italy and convince his son, Dickie (Johnny Flynn), to return home. If Ripley completes the task, he will be paid handsomely. In need of money, Ripley accepts and heads to Italy.

Ripley’s travels lead him to Atrani, where he finds Dickie living with his girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Dakota Fanning). Ripley is immediately enamored with Dickie and his luxurious lifestyle. Not wanting to return to New York, Ripley does whatever it takes to stay in Italy, which leads him down a path of deceit, lies, and murder.

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6. Bad Dinosaurs season 1 (2024)

6. Bad Dinosaurs season 1
6. Bad Dinosaurs season 1
  • IMDb: 8.1/10

  • Rated: TV-Y7

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Comedy, Animation, Kids

  • Created by: Alex Mallinson, Joel Veitch, David Shute

Netflix is looking for the next hit children’s series to join the likes of CoComelon and Gabby’s Dollhouse. Perhaps that show could be Bad Dinosaurs. Originally created as an online short, Bad Dinosaurs is now a series that follows the adventures of a family of Tyrannosaurus Rexes during a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

While the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are frightening, the animals in Bad Dinosaurs are silly and playful. At the center of the series is a mother T. rex and her three babies. Like many babies, the young T. rexes often get into trouble, forcing the mama T. rex to intervene. Bad Dinosaurs plays like a slapstick comedy, as these “terrible” dinosaurs continuously find themselves in awkward situations.

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5. Parasyte: The Grey (2024)

5. Parasyte: The Grey
5. Parasyte: The Grey
  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama

  • Cast: Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, Lee Jung-hyun

  • Created by: Yeon Sang-ho

Parasitic life forms wreak havoc on Korea in Parasyte: The Grey. The series is based on Hitoshi Iwaaki’s bestselling manga Parasyte. Jeon So-nee stars as Su-in, a young woman infected with a parasite on her hand. Su-in begins an enigmatic cohabitation with the mysterious life form after the parasite fails to steal her brain.

Other characters include Seol Kang Woo (Koo Kyo-hwan), a gangster searching for his missing sister who teams up with Su-in, and Choi Jun-kyung (Lee Jung-hyun), the leader of a group whose mission is to eliminate the parasites. As the parasites gain more hosts, the humans fight back, waging an all-out war against the powerful creatures. Parasyte: The Grey features some of the most visceral visuals and exciting action scenes on TV.

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4. 3 Body Problem season 1 (2024)

4. 3 Body Problem season 1
4. 3 Body Problem season 1
  • Metacritic: 71%

  • IMDb: 7.8/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery, Drama

  • Cast: Jovan Adepo, Rosalind Chao, Liam Cunningham

  • Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo

In their first show since Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss team with Alexander Woo to create 3 Body Problem, a sci-fi mystery drama based on Liu Cixin’s popular novel. During China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, astrophysicist Ye Wenjie (Zine Tseng as a teen and Rosalind Chao as an adult) witnesses her father get beaten to death.

One day, Ye will make a “fateful decision” that affects the past, present, and future. A group of scientists and a detective in the present day must work together to combat other beings attempting to conquer Earth. The eight-episode series also stars Jovan Adepo, John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Eiza González, Jess Hong, Marlo Kelly, Alex Sharp, Benedict Wong, and Jonathan Pryce.

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3. Files of the Unexplained season 1 (2024)

3. Files of the Unexplained season 1
3. Files of the Unexplained season 1
  • IMDb: 5.4/10

  • Rated: TV-14

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Documentary, Crime, Mystery

  • Cast: Tijuana Ricks

Files of the Unexplained is for paranormal junkies. How do you explain ghosts, disappearances, and mysterious blobs? The docuseries Files of the Unexplained does its best to provide answers to these seemingly impossible questions. Each of the eight episodes investigates an unexplained issue that will make you “start second-guessing everything.”

Episodes include an alien abduction in Mississippi, the appearance of strange blobs in a Washington town, a man-made lake haunted by ghosts, and a whistleblower’s decision to expose the government’s investigation into unidentified objects and lights. Through witness testimonies and jaw-dropping evidence, Files of the Unexplained is a chilling docuseries that conspiracy theorists will adore.

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2. Neal Brennan: Crazy Good (2024)

2. Neal Brennan: Crazy Good
2. Neal Brennan: Crazy Good
  • IMDb: 7.4/10

  • Rated: R

  • Duration: 53m

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Stars: Neal Brennan

  • Directed by: Neal Brennan

Neil Brennan is a comedian best known for co-creating and co-writing Chappelle’s Show, the iconic Comedy Central sketch show starring Dave Chappelle. Since Chappelle’s Show ended in 2006, Brennan has been a touring standup comedian, director, and writer. Brennan is back with his third special for Netflix, Neal Brennan: Crazy Good.

Filmed at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, Crazy Good sees Brennan riff on crypto, relationships, documentaries, and millionaires. Brennan has been very open about mental health in his previous specials, 3 Mics and Blocks. True to form, Brennan discusses his mental health in Crazy Good, but this time, he’s exploring the “upside” of bad mental health.

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1. Unlocked: A Jail Experiment season 1 (2024)

1. Unlocked: A Jail Experiment season 1
1. Unlocked: A Jail Experiment season 1
  • IMDb: 7.3/10

  • Rated: TV-MA

  • Seasons: 1

  • Genre: Reality

  • Cast: Eric Higgins

What would happen if a prison turned its power over to the inmates? Unlocked: A Jail Experiment takes that hypothetical question and puts it to the test. Arkansas Sheriff Eric Higgins had a radical idea for the prisoners at Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility in Little Rock, Arkansas: give them more freedom.

In the experiment, inmates are allowed out of their cells for six weeks. The prisoners are in charge of the structure of their days, which hopefully will create more camaraderie and a sense of community. Unlocked also focuses on rehabilitation, as the inmates are instructed on how to stay out of prison and live a crime-free life.

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