Ah yes, the savior of quarantine, boredom, and social interaction, Netflix. I have yet to meet someone who has never had an interaction with Netflix or any of its wide library of Netflix-created movies, short films, and television shows. The nearly 28-year-old company has been getting significant attention from the world, especially since 2019,  considering tens of millions of people have joined this subscription streaming service/company in such a small amount of time. Since quarantine has put the world on hold, Netflix is now in the center spotlight for its most top watched shows this year. Social media has been an escape for so many students these past few years, it can be expected that lots of teenagers at our school (and even teachers )are excited about their favorite shows and if it they were the most popular. 

 

Squid Game (TV Series 2021– ) - IMDb

 

 

I think that it comes as no surprise that the show Squid Game is the most-watched show of 2021 Netflix, seeing as how over 50% of Netflix’s users have seen this. At a run time of 142 minutes,  this thriller show is based on the story of how over 400 people, all financially broke, are brought together to play deadly children’s games to have a chance at winning a fortune. 

Jack Blazer, a junior, had responded, “ Personally I don’t watch many shows so Squid Game has to be my default answer because it is one of the only shows I watched all year. The premise of the show was also really interesting so I got hooked right away.” 

 

 

Lupin TV Poster (#1 of 3) - IMP Awards

 

 

The elegant French mystery show “Lupin” was runner up for the second most-watched series of 2021 and to no surprise. This modern-day mystery show captures its more adult audience in the retelling of the classic French story about a world-famous thief who specializes in disguises.

 

Red Notice (2021) - IMDb

 

Though the movie “Red Notice” has only come out this month, it is obvious that its popularity as the most-watched movie of 2021 is incredible, as well as the biggest budget Netflix ever spent on a movie. Featuring a world  full of international crime, an Interpol agent and a con artist workngi together, the plot revolves around the quest to capture the world’s most wanted art thief.

Sage Hardiman, a senior, had answered, “Red Notice – I liked it because it was really funny and entertaining to watch. I also really liked the sudden plot twist at the end”, 

Jordan Hart, a freshman, had responded, “I really like red notice because of all of the plot twists. I would probably give this show a 4 out of 5 stars.” when asked about her favorite film from this past year.

 

Army of the Dead (2021) - IMDb

 

 

The movie, “Army of the Dead” has been highly anticipated for ten years. Clearly many cleared the day to watch this film on May 21, considering it now is the second most-watched film on Netflix to this date. This popular action/horror film had brought in one million dollars at the box office. This film takes place when a zombie outbreak occurs in Vegas, a group of mercenaries ventures into a designated quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. 

 

Other movies however that have come out on Netflix that deserve an honorable mention are Mitchells v.s the machines, Moxie, Bo Burnham: Inside, Tick Tick BOOM!, Yes Day, and The Witcher. 

The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) - IMDbMoxie (2021) - IMDbPoster I made for Inside : r/boburnham

tick, tick...BOOM! (2021) - IMDbYes Day Movie Poster - IMP AwardsThe Witcher (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb

When asked about her favorite film from Netflix of the year, Elle Theobald had said, “-I really liked Mitchell’s Vs. The Machines, it’s a good story about a family in the age of information and it doesn’t fall into the usual theme of “technology is always bad.” I also spent a lot of time watching movies that weren’t American, mostly K-dramas. One of the best shows of the year, in my opinion, was Vincenzo, which I highly recommend”. 

Dallas Brown, a freshman, has responded her favorite was“Probably the new season of big mouth – I like stupid comedy, so it’s different to hear light-hearted fun jokes.”

Personally, I would have to say from this selection I enjoyed the movie Moxie thoroughly, and I recommend it if you are looking for a meaningful, multi-diverse, movie about the teenage life of feminism and activism. 

What are your favorite films/shows from Netflix from this year? Were you surprised by the most-watched list? Leave a reply down below! Remember to stay warm, healthy, and happy holidays!

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