This Was the Most Popular Show on Netflix in 2020

Richard Evans
·3 min read

Let's face it: We all streamed a lot more television than usual this year. And who can blame us? The horrors of 2020 were unending, and the fact that so much of the year revolved around us being confined to our homes meant there was a serious uptick in Netflix usage. Thankfully, there were a lot of great series to stream. In fact, a look at the most popular shows on Netflix in 2020 reveals just how eclectic the platform's offerings are.

Wondering what series people were streaming the most? As Variety reported, streaming tracker Reelgood compiled data of Netflix's regularly updated top 10 list of most watched titles, which they used to determine Netflix's most popular shows of the year—some of which are Netflix Originals, some are classics people rewatched, and some are new shows from other networks. Reelgood documented not only the number of times a title was in the top 10, but also what position it was in, and created an algorithm to assign each show a score. They then ranked them, and the end results offer a surprising look at what we've spent the year streaming.

Read on to see if your favorite offering on Netflix made the list, and for the best of the platform's original content, discover The 50 Best Netflix Shows Ever, According to Critics.

50

World's Most Wanted

world's most wanted
world's most wanted

Reelgood score: 98

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49

Dark Desire

still from dark desire
still from dark desire

Reelgood score: 102

48

The Last Kingdom

the last kingdom
the last kingdom

Reelgood score: 104

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47

On My Block

the cast of on my block
the cast of on my block

Reelgood score: 108

46

Grand Army

grand army
grand army

Reelgood score: 109

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45

Hollywood

still from hollywood
still from hollywood

Reelgood score: 110

44

Virgin River

virgin river
virgin river

Reelgood score: 110

43

Altered Carbon

Anthony Mackie in "Altered Carbon" season 2.
Anthony Mackie in "Altered Carbon" season 2.

Reelgood score: 113

42

Evil

still from evil
still from evil

Reelgood score: 114

41

Money Heist

money heist
money heist

Reelgood score: 120

40

Riverdale

still from riverdale
still from riverdale

Reelgood score: 123

39

Waco

still from waco
still from waco

Reelgood score: 124

38

Too Hot to Handle

too hot to handle
too hot to handle

Reelgood score: 124

37

Never Have I Ever

never have I ever
never have I ever

Reelgood score: 125

36

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

jurassic world camp cretaceous
jurassic world camp cretaceous

Reelgood score: 127

35

The Legend of Korra

the legend of korra
the legend of korra

Reelgood score: 127

34

Sweet Magnolias

sweet magnolias
sweet magnolias

Reelgood score: 131

33

Warrior Nun

warrior nun
warrior nun

Reelgood score: 137

32

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

down to earth with zac efron
down to earth with zac efron

Reelgood score: 145

31

The Order

still from the order
still from the order

Reelgood score: 150

30

Cursed

still from cursed
still from cursed

Reelgood score: 150

29

The Last Dance

the last dance
the last dance

Reelgood score: 178

28

Space Force

still from space force
still from space force

Reelgood score: 179

27

Lucifer

still from lucifer
still from lucifer

Reelgood score: 181

26

Away

still from away
still from away

Reelgood score: 185

25

The Great British Baking Show

great british baking show
great british baking show

Reelgood score: 187

24

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

the trials of gabriel fernandez
the trials of gabriel fernandez

Reelgood score: 190

23

Dead to Me

still from dead to me
still from dead to me

Reelgood score: 191

22

The Crown

still from the crown
still from the crown

Reelgood score: 199

21

Shameless

still from shameless
still from shameless

Reelgood score: 201

20

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

jeffrey epstein filthy rich
jeffrey epstein filthy rich

Reelgood score: 202

19

Floor Is Lava

floor is lava
floor is lava

Reelgood score: 202

18

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

the boss baby back in business
the boss baby back in business

Reelgood score: 207

17

Emily in Paris

emily in paris
emily in paris

Reelgood score: 207

16

13 Reasons Why

Reelgood score: 225

15

Ratched

still from ratched
still from ratched

Reelgood score: 228

14

The Haunting of Bly Manor

the haunting of bly manor
the haunting of bly manor

Reelgood score: 241

13

Schitt's Creek

schitt's creek
schitt's creek

Reelgood score: 253

12

All American

still from all american
still from all american

Reelgood score: 266

11

Avatar: The Last Airbender

avatar the last airbender
avatar the last airbender

Reelgood score: 295

10

Love is Blind

still from love is blind
still from love is blind

Reelgood score: 297

9

Cobra Kai

cobra kai
cobra kai

Reelgood score: 299

8

Unsolved Mysteries

unsolved mysteries
unsolved mysteries

Reelgood score: 310

7

The Umbrella Academy

the umbrella academy
the umbrella academy

Reelgood score: 320

6

Outer Banks

still from outer banks
still from outer banks

Reelgood score: 344

5

Ozark

laura linney and jason bateman on ozark
laura linney and jason bateman on ozark

Reelgood score: 377

4

Tiger King

tiger king
tiger king

Reelgood score: 382

3

The Queen's Gambit

the queen's gambit
the queen's gambit

Reelgood score: 431

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2

The Office

The Office
The Office

Reelgood score: 438

1

Cocomelon

still from cocomelon
still from cocomelon

Reelgood score: 572

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