Here are the Most Popular Shows on Netflix Around the World

Published August 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm


Netflix has completely transformed the way people across the globe watch TV shows and movies over the past decade, and while you might be satisfied with binge-watching Stranger Things from your room in Mississauga, this global phenomenon prompts important questions: what are the most popular Netflix shows in the world, and are you watching them?

There is indeed a most popular show on Netflix in the world, in Canada, and in the over 190 countries with access to Netflix globally.

According to a recent study of the most popular shows in 91 of the countries with access to Netflix by, there are five clear winners in the popularity category.

Drumroll, please!

The study found that BBC’s Emmy award-winner Sherlock is the most popular Netflix show in the world.

Second place for most popular show in the world on Netflix goes to the classic American sitcom, Friends.

Political drama House of Cards takes third place while crime drama Narcos takes fourth, two Netflix original shows.

Capping off the top five most popular Netflix shows in the world is New Girl, a quirky comedy that’s been nominated for five Golden Globes and five Primetime Emmys.

Those are the five most popular shows in the world, but can you guess Canada’s favourite show on Netflix?

It’s Bates Motel, a psychological horror drama that aired for five seasons from 2013 until earlier this year.

As for the most popular shows in other countries, to name a few at random from the study, Brazil’s is Pretty Little Liars, Hong Kong loves Black Mirror, and Zimbabwe’s watching Scandal.

Overall, Netflix is has the most subscribers in the U.S., where 53 per cent of the service’s whopping 70.5 million global subscribers reside, according to

Canada also makes the list of countries where Netflix is most popular, among the remaining 47 per cent of subscribers.

While the most popular shows might change in a few years, it seems like Netflix is here to stay!

For a complete list of the most popular shows in the world, click here.

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