10 Most Popular Shows on Netflix in 2019

At the end of 2019 Netflix released details on their most popular programming ever. The other day we had a look at what Netflix Original Movies we should be adding to our list, according to popular opinion. Today, let’s take a look at which shows we should consider binging while stuck in quarantine, according to viewers throughout 2019.

We can’t wait for the verdict on the most popular shows in quarantine. Will audiences be as discerning?

Dead to Me

The black comedy starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini. They are both grieving women, having recently lost people they love. They find a connection despite their approach to grieving being very different. As they get to know each other, we learn about their secrets. Season two of the show is landing on Netflix in May.


Popular Spanish teen drama set in a posh private school. Three less well-off students find themselves there on scholarship. The kind of drama they get up to is much more than most teenagers, with murder and blackmail. New Spanish show Control Z arriving in May is said to be Elite meet Gossip Girl.

La Casa de Papel

Another popular Spanish thriller that traces two long-prepared heists at the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain. The final episodes of part three landed on Netflix in April. A new show, White Lies, from the makers of La Casa de Papel is arriving in May and will be set in party-hot Ibiza.

Our Planet

Top-quality nature documentary series narrated by the king of the nature documentary himself David Attenborough. More than just showing us the world, the show dives into issues of conservation and the human impact on the planet and the other animals with which we share it.

Sex Education

Comedy-drama about an awkward teen (Ncuti Gatwa) that is the son of a sex therapist (Gillian Anderson). He is convinced by a popular girl at school (Asa Butterfield) to become the sex therapist for the class. The second series landed right at the start of 2020, and it has already been renewed for a third season.

Stranger Things

This one will be no surprise, just like La Casa de Papel, it has been a television phenomenon. It is set in the 1980s small town and starts with the disappearance of a young boy, which turns out to be linked to supernatural events. This plunges our protagonists into a new world that they never imagined existed.

The Umbrella Academy

Young mutants learning how to use their powers for good. Check. But rather than just being sent off to school, our protagonists are a group of adopted siblings. They have been estranged for a number of years, but come back together to investigate the death of their “father”, and of course foil an upcoming apocalypse.


Gripping miniseries about a young girl who reports her rape, but is not believed by the police and suddenly becomes the criminal. At the same time, we see two other detectives investigating similar cases which suggest that there is a serial rapist on the loose. Will they catch him before he strikes again?

When They See Us

Another gripping miniseries based on real-life events. Four young black boys were imprisoned for raping a white woman in Central Park. We watch their arrest, conviction, and how they manage the horror of prison. But were they guilty, and why was the system so determined to point the finger at them for this crime?


A psychological thriller, Penn Badgley plays a bookstore owner who meets a girl and falls for her. But it turns out that Badgley is a starker and a serial killer, and that he has found his latest target. Interesting perspective as we see the crime from the perspective of the killer.

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