Netflix’s Top 10 list won’t tell you how many people are watching a show, but it will tell you which shows people are watching the most. The Top 10 list for Tuesday, September 28, finds the reigning No. 1, South Korea’s survival series. Squid, undisturbed for another day, but Mike Flanagan’s new horror miniseries Midnight Mass rises to No. 2. Starling, Melissa McCarthy’s latest film, ranks third, followed by the children’s film My Little Pony: A New Generation and Adam Sandler The adults.
But of Netflix’s Top 10, what shows and movies are really worth watching? We break down the full list of Netflix’s top 10 and walk you through which binges and what to skip. We do the same with the 10 best Netflix TV shows, as well as the 10 best Netflix movies. We also have our list of the 50 best shows and movies to watch on Netflix right now, as well as the best movies to watch on Netflix and the best TV shows on Netflix.
Based on the Netflix Top 10 for Tuesday, September 28
For fans of: Violence, cruelty, cash | It’s fine?: It’s exciting, totally crazy and worth your time.
A group of participants compete in a series of childhood games with deadly consequences: Red Light, Green Light includes a giant robot doll that shoots the competitors if they move, for example, and the last one standing wins the cash prize. It has a mix of Real battle and Running man on it, and you can’t go wrong with that if you’re looking for something completely messy. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)
2. Midnight mass
For fans of: Stephen King, The curse of Hill House, brain horror | It’s fine?: We really love it
After The curse of Hill House and The curse of Bly Manor, creator Mike Flanagan continues what he does best with another winning horror miniseries, only this time he passes the haunted house and heads to an entire haunted island. The seven-episode series takes place in a fishing community 30 miles from the mainland and brings religion to the limelight when a new charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives on the island promising to lead his growing flock to the salvation. As you can guess, it doesn’t quite work that way. Telling him more would be a disservice to the narrative. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)
For fans of: Melissa McCarthy, birds | It’s fine?: It is a failure
I just want Melissa McCarthy to star in things that are worthy of her talent, is that too much to ask? Starling, a movie about two parents (McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd) grieving over the loss of their son, it just isn’t. It’s not the impossible-to-see mess that some of his other recent movies have been (ahem, Thunder force), but it’s just a big, predictable snooze. On the bright side, Timothy Olyphant and Kevin Kline appear in supporting roles. That’s all I have here! (Yesterday’s rank: 2)
Four. My Little Pony: A New Generation
For fans of: Ponies, reboots of beloved childhood estates | It’s fine?: The kid in your life will probably love it.
You remember My Little Pony? That’s it, but now all the ponies look like today’s big-eyed Disney characters and Vanessa Hudgens voices one of them. Specifically, she plays the new pony in town, who wants to help restore magic in Equestria. Hope the bronies are really enjoying this one. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)
5. The adults
For fans of: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider | It’s fine?: It is certainly a movie
This is one of those “Adam Sandler needed some money to add an extra wing to one of his many houses” movies. It’s about four childhood friends (played by Sandler, Rock, Spade, and James) who reunite after their high school basketball coach dies. I haven’t seen him in many years, but the most important thing I remember about him is a scene where Kevin James urinates in a public swimming pool and turns the water blue, so that’s the kind of thing to expect from this one. Did you know The adults came out 11 years ago? Just something to think about. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)
6. Sex education
For fans of: Children Discovering Themselves, British Accents, Gillian Anderson | It’s fine?: It’s one of the best teen shows right now.
The best-dressed British teenagers on television are about to change their look: school uniforms. The Netflix charmer, daring on the outside and sweet on the inside Sex education is shaking life up in Moordale in season 3, which recovers as the students begin a new period. Desperate to reform Moordale’s reputation as the “sex school,” new principal Hope (Girls student Jemima Kirke) takes drastic measures to enforce order, which are going as well as you would expect. Where are Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey) when their teammates need them? Unfortunately, it is still down after a certain voicemail was deleted. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)
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For fans of: Vegetable puree, pacifiers | It’s fine?: For babies, safe
Colorful objects, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger children who spend time in front of the screen. (Yesterday’s rank: 10)
For fans of: Predictable turns, home invasions, did we mention predictable turns? | It’s fine?: No!
Frieda Pinto plays a woman who moves from the big city to an amazing new house in a small town with her husband, but their lives take a turn for the worse when a home invasion ends in death. AND THEN truly predictable things start to happen! If you haven’t predicted what will happen midway through, congratulations on seeing your first movie. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)
9. Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan
For fans of: True crime, Primary fear | It’s fine?: It’s quite interesting
In 1975, Billy Milligan was charged with multiple rapes on the Ohio State University campus. During his psychological evaluation, he was diagnosed with a dissociative identity disorder or multiple personality disorder. Monsters inside it analyzes the exam and your judgment with archived images and re-enactments, and is good for viewers who know very little about the subject, as it explains things from scratch. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)
For fans of: Black mirror, feel bad | It’s fine?: You will never believe the answer (not really)
Adrian Grenier stars in this twisted miniseries as a man kidnapped by a mysterious bad boy. The kidnapper live streams Grenier’s character in captivity, with accusations that he abuses women, leaving his family wondering if they really know him. Meanwhile, your destination is directly related to the number of views the stream gets. Sounds like a click-to-kill situation! (Yesterday’s rank: 9)