Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.
This week, the comedy-drama Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart leaps to the top of Netflix’s Top 10 after premiering last Friday. The Spanish teen drama Elite joins this week’s most popular shows on Netflix following the release of its fourth season, along with other new additions in the form of the zombie apocalypse drama Black Summer, Catherine Reitman’s maternal sitcom Workin’ Moms, the Netflix original anime series Record of Ragnarok, and more!
To help you navigate the vast swath of Netflix offerings, we’ve gathered our reviews, features, and quick takes on the shows and films that have cracked the Top 10 list for the United States, and put them in one easy-to-read place. Read on to find out what people are watching, and get coverage tot help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.
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Netflix’s biggest new releases
10. Record of Ragnarok
Based on Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui’s ongoing manga series, Record of Ragnarok is a Saint Seiya meets Mortal Kombat-esque fantasy epic centering on a martial arts tournament orchestrated by a pantheon of Gods to decide the fate of the human race. Pitting 13 humans from across history, including the likes of the Biblical Adam (yes, that Adam) and the Spartan king Leonidas against 13 Gods including Zeus and Thor, humanity must win seven victories or be exterminated from existence. To spice things up even more, the humans can summon the assistance of Valkyries to conjure powerful weapons tailored to their individual fighting styles. It sounds absolutely nuts, hence its popularity on this week’s Top 10.
9. The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals
It’s summer, The pandemic is over (sorta), and people naturally want to travel around and do stuff! Netflix’s travelogue series The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals spells it out right there in the title plain as day, taking audiences through a whirldwind trek across the globe to some of the world’s most exotic vacations destinations. From cozy treehouses to exclusive private islands, feed that FOMO and pop this one on if you’re itching to get out of the house and start relaxing it up!
8. Workin’ Moms
Catherine Reitman’s maternal sitcom Workin’ Moms stars herself, Jessalyn Wanlim, Dani Kind, and Juno Rinaldi as a group of friends dealing with the challenges of returning to work following the end of their maternity leave. A new season of the series is currently in production and slated to release sometime late next year, so you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on all five seasons of the show that are currently streaming on Netflix of this very FX-like sitcom.
7. Black Summer
Netflix’s zombie apocalypse series Black Summer takes place six weeks after the collapse of civilization where a troupe of refugees travels across the barren wastes of North America in search of refuge from the undead hordes that stalk them. Among them is Rose (Jaime King), a mother separated from her child during the early days of the pandemic who holds out hope of finding her daughter again someday. The second season premiered last week, hence why it’s on this week’s Top 10!
If your kid’s got to watch something (or possibly even you, no judgement!), the YouTube-animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-channel-turned-Netflix animated series is one of the most popular children shows on the service this week. Amazingly, it’s been on the list since last fall and shows no signs of going away … ever!
Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona’s Spanish thriller teen drama series Elite follows the story of Samuel, Nadia and Christian; three working-class kids who are seemingly given the opportunity of a lifetime after they receive scholarships to Las Encinas, one of Spain’s most illustrious magnet high schools. But when one of their classmates turns up dead, their passing sets into motion a series of consequences that will rock the entire establishment to its foundation. The fourth season of the series premiered last weekend, which is why it’s popped up on this week’s Top 10.
4. Wish Dragon
Netflix’s American-Chinese animated fantasy comedy Wish Dragon stars Jimmy Wong (John Dies at the End, Mulan) as the voice of Din, a working-class college student unlucky in love with his lost childhood friend Li Na (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), now a famous debutante. Things quickly take a turn in his favor when he unleashes a magic wish-granting dragon named Long (John Cho) who aids him in his transformation into a suave moneyed man about town. Along the way, Din is forced to face the hard decision of what really matters in life, and whether affection born out of deception can ever fully mature into love. From our review,
Netflix’s animated film Wish Dragon starts with that rags-to-riches Aladdin formula, then transports the story to modern-day Shanghai. It actually isn’t as a direct copycat as it might seem, though drawing from a similar fairytale formula means it’s bound to mimic certain tropes. But when Wish Dragon doesn’t directly lean on those familiar elements, director Chris Appelhans (illustrator on Laika’s Coraline) manages to tell an updated, modern fantasy story with unique and specific humor. A lot of the plot elements feel overly familiar, but in the few moments where the movie transcends those trappings, it’s a fun, memorable romp.
3. Sweet Tooth
Adapted from Jeff Lemire’s comic series of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic fantasy drama set in the aftermath of a deadly global pandemic that occurs simultaneously with the birth of a new species of human-animal hybrids. The series follows Gus (Christian Convery), a young boy with deer features, who unexpectedly befriends a gruff loner by the name of Jepperd (Nonso Anozie). Together, the two embark on an adventure across the remains of the American heartland in search of Gus’ mother and answers to the larger question of why the world ended and where humanity goes from here. From our review,
Co-showrunners Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz have crafted a fairly loose adaptation of Lemire’s comics, improving on them in every way. For instance, the Animal Army of the comics is a generic Mad Max-style cult led by a psychopath with a pack of dog boys. In Netflix’s version, the group is another example of the recent trend of comic-book adaptations telling stories of generational strife. The tribe of teenagers have vowed to protect hybrids from the adults they blame for ruining the world, and they lead violent raids from their base in an abandoned theme park. They dress in stunning costumes inspired by their favorite animals, and their aesthetic and behavior feels like a combination of the Lost Boys of Hook and the vampires from 1987’s Lost Boys.
Manifest, the NBC supernatural drama starring Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) and Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), was canceled this week following the conclusion of its third season— which explains why it’s shot up to number one on the Netflix Top 10. Executive produced by Jeff Rak (The Tomorrow People, Beauty and the Beast), the premise of the series resembles a mash-up of Lost and The 4400, following the crew and passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 who land following a turbulent flight only to discover that nearly five years have transpired since they took off. Did they fly into the Bermuda Triangle? Were they abducted by aliens? Is this just some elaborate series of backdoor pilots to yet another reboot of the Twilight Zone? We may never know, but at the very least this is as good a time as any to catch up on the series and see what all the fuss is about.
In Fatherhood Kevin Hart stars as Matt, a recent widower who must raise his new baby daughter alone as a single parent. As a comedian by trade, it’s seldom if outright unprecedented for audiences to see Hart tackling a more serious and emotionally charged role, but from the looks of the trailer, the drama — from About a Boy director Paul Weitz — is shaping up to be an heartwarming and emotional story with a few classic gags thrown in for good measure.