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The Top 10 Most Popular Shows and Movies on Netflix This Month

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We’re mere hours away from Stranger Things dropping the final two movies — uh, sorry, I meant episodes of its fourth season. In preparation for that, the series has risen to the No. 3 spot on Netflix’s list of the Top 10 Most Popular Shows and Movies, though The Umbrella Academy still sits at No. 1, which is right where it’s been since the end of last week. The only new addition today is Season 2 of the family sitcom The Upshaws, which comes in at No. 6.

But of the Netflix Top 10, which shows and movies are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix’s Top 10 TV shows, as well as Netflix’s Top 10 movies. We also have recommendations for the best movies on Netflix and the best TV shows on Netflix to watch right now. 

Based on Netflix’s Top 10 from Thursday, June 30

1. The Umbrella Academy

Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy left off on a major cliffhanger when the gang time-traveled from the ’60s back to an alternate version of 2019 in which Hargreeves (Colm Feore) had trained seven different superpowered babies into becoming the Sparrow Academy. In Season 3, the series is picking up right where it left off, and the Umbrellas will have to deal with the apocalyptic event potentially caused by their timeline jumping. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)


2. Sing 2

If I know anything about the kids’ movies of today, it’s that they all seem to be built around covers of popular songs. That trend continues in Sing 2, an animated jukebox musical about a bunch of singing animals — voiced by incredibly famous people like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and Pharrell — who have to convince a rock star (voiced by Bono) to join their musical extravaganza. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)


3. Stranger Things

Now that the kids are older, Season 4 of Netflix’s ’80s-style sci-fi megahit embraces full-on horror in a way it hasn’t done before (the biggest influence on this season is A Nightmare on Elm Street). It also goes supersized with the episode runtimes, which leads to some bloat. It’s not the best season of the show, but it’s still one of the most entertaining shows on TV. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)


4. The Man From Toronto

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson form an unlikely friendship when Hart’s bumbling character, Teddy, gets mistaken for Harrelson’s notorious assassin, known only as the Man From Toronto. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)


5. The UnXplained with William Shatner

This show hosted by William Shatner tries to explain the unexplainable phenomenons of the world. Season 3, which just hit Netflix, digs into the deep sea, King Arthur, and the Missing Link. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)


6. The Upshaws

The Upshaws evokes all the older family sitcoms you loved — think Family MattersRoseanneMarried… with Children — except it’s, you know, modern. The show, which just released its second season, is about a working class family living in Indiana, and it’s complete with a laugh track and a sister-in-law character (Wanda Sykes) who is constantly on the dad’s (Mike Epps) nerves. It’ll probably bring you right back to the ’90s. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)


7. Legacies

This Vampire Diaries spin-off is set at a private school for the supernaturally gifted, focusing on the life of Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell). Season 4 just landed on Netflix. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)


8. Snowflake Mountain

On this reality show, a group of young people with, as the official Netflix description puts it, “zero life skills” get stuck on a mountain and are forced to fend for themselves. OK! (Yesterday’s rank: 6)


9. All American

The very popular CW high school sports drama, which was inspired by former NFL player Spencer Paysinger’s life, follows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), an aspiring football star balancing ambition and everyday teenage drama as he moves from his neighborhood to become MVP at a new school in Beverly Hills. Its fourth season just hit Netflix. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)


10. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy will probably outlive us all, something I welcome. Season 18 has hit Netflix, and it deals with the aftermath of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) surviving COVID, the return of some beloved characters, and all the usual victories, hookups, and heartbreaks around Grey Sloan Memorial. (Yesterday’s rank: 10)

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