The Netflix Top 10 list, which tells you which shows and movies are most popular on the platform, is the ideal place to start if you’re trying to decide what to watch next. In the N. 1 on Wednesday September 29, the top 10 list is South Korea’s survival series. Squid, which is still at the top more than a week after its premiere, while Midnight mass, Mike Flanagan’s new horror miniseries, remains at No. 2. The only new addition to today’s ranking is Britney vs. Spears, the latest in a flurry of Britney Spears documentaries.
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 Wednesday, September 29
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: 2)
3. Britney vs. Spears
For fans of: The Britney Spears Guardianship Case | It’s fine?: It is the weakest of all Britney documents so far.
If you feel there has been a lot from Britney Spears documentaries recently, you’d be right. (In particular, Spears not a fan of them.) Netflix’s offer to the conversation is Britney vs. Spears, which has to do with Spears’ much-publicized struggle to escape her father-led guardianship, but the problem with this is that she has nothing new to say in a genre that is rapidly becoming saturated. Even the biggest Britney fans I know are skipping this one, and you can too. (Yesterday’s rank: n / a)
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: 3)
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. 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)
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7. 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 might 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)
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: 7)
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: 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: 10)