A Netflix Year in Review – The Best & Worst of Binge-Watching

2017 in review

Happy holidays. Happy year end. Happy binge-watching.

You know what’s great about having your own blog? You can write whatever you want and rank things in the exact order you want. No group or team to please. No algorythms to follow. Just what I think.

With 2017 coming to an end, I thought it would be fun to look back at my Netflix viewing history and rank the 10 best things I watched over the past 12 months.

As a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam it’s easy to get buried in kid’s programming and what I should be looking out for as a parent.

But let’s be real. Every parent needs their own time and their own shows to binge-watch when that precious amount of time becomes present. As you all know, time to watch TV can be a real battle, so Netflix has been a God Send for creating your own viewing schedule. No waiting a week for the next episode. How did parents of previous generations do it?

So, let’s stop with the formalities and get to the year in review and of course my overall Top 10 rankings.

Netflix Year in Review

Favourite Movie
13 Hours
Runner up – Deadpool

Favourite Comedy Special
Jerry Before Seinfeld
Runner up – Dave Chappelle Collection 1

Favourite New Netflix Feature
Skipping the intro
Runner up – The birthday shorts for kids

Favourite TV Show
Master of None S2
Runner up – Friends from College

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Most Binge-Watched Show
Ozark
Runner up – Mindhunter

Most Disappointing Show
House of Cards S5. Not for the actual show, but for what happened with Kevin Spacey. Doesn’t make me want to watch again.
Runner up – Bloodline S3

Favourite Documentary
Where to Invade Next
Runner up – What the Health

Favourite Show I Watched With Wife
Narcos S3
Runner up – Atypical

Show I wanted to like more
Marvel’s The Defenders
Runner up – Flaked S2

Worst Movie
Assassin’s Creed
Runner up – Why Him

Worst TV Show

Bloodline S3
Runner up – White Gold

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Overall Top 10

1. Ozarks
2. Master of None
3. Mindhunter
4. Friends from College
5. Jerry Before Seinfeld
6. Narcos S3
7. Where To Invade Next
8. Dave Chappelle Collection 1
9. Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust
10. 13 Hours

That’s my wrap. Discuss. Disagree. What’s your list? What are you looking forward to in 2018? I can’t wait for more Ozarks and having time to watch The Punisher.

Also even though I feel like everyone already has Netflix, if you know someone who doesn’t, it makes for a great Christmas gift. Check out their website for more.

More of Netflix in 2017

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A look back at the shows Canadians watched (and watched again) that defined our year

What a difference a year makes. We learned how to launder money (Ozark) and profile serial killers (MINDHUNTER). That life is better with wrestling (GLOW) and just as crazy without Pablo (Narcos). And once again, that Eleven is not to be messed with (Stranger Things). The only thing we didn’t learn… who drew the dicks (American Vandal).

2017 brought a lot of learning and also, A LOT of watching. Netflix members around the world watched more than 140 million hours per day.

Canadians started the year off bingeing with Sunday, January 1 being the most popular streaming day (1). This trend continued throughout 2017 as Canada ranked second globally for having the most members to binge Netflix every single day. Amongst these dedicated Netflix users was one Canadian that watched The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 361 times in 2017!

There’s much to say about what we watched, but how we watched was also intriguing. Though bingeing was standard in 2017, not all series were enjoyed in the same way by Canadians…

The Shows We Devoured in 2017 (2)

We took an escape from reality in 2017 by devouring (watching more than two hours per day) drama series likes of Greenleaf, Suburra: Blood on Rome and Ingobernable. The question of ‘whodunit’ (and didn’t do it) in The Keepers and The Confession Tapes also had us watching with might.

Greenleaf
American Vandal
Suburra: Blood on Rome
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Ingobernable
The Keepers
The OA
The Confession Tapes
Cable Girls
The Mist

The Shows We Savoured in 2017 (3)

We needed a laugh this year and found that solace by savouring (watching less than two hours per day) shows like Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Friends from College and Big Mouth. We also took care to enjoy the splendor of The Crown (it is a visual feast fit for a queen after all).

The Crown
Neo Yokio
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
Ozark
A Series of Unfortunate Events
GLOW
Friends from College
El Chapo
Atypical
Big Mouth

The Shows That Got Us Cheating in 2017 (4)

We couldn’t resist the thrill of a thrill and shamelessly watched ahead of our significant others on Narcos, Ozark, Black Mirror and more (don’t tell Marty).

Orange is the New Black
Stranger Things
Narcos
Ozark
Riverdale
13 Reasons Why
Marvel’s The Defenders
Grace and Frankie
The Crown
Black Mirror

The Shows That Brought Us Together in 2017 (5)

Whether for the adventure, Chief Hopper or bromance (#DadSteve), Netflix members ranked Stranger Things as the top show to watch together as a family. Nostalgia also scored top points for family watching via Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Stranger Things
Riverdale
13 Reasons Why
Fuller House
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
Chef’s Table
Atypical
Trollhunters
Ultimate Beastmaster

Methodology:

1 Popularity based on the average daily viewing hours per member between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017
2/3 Series viewed less than two hours per day were identified as ‘savored.’ Series viewed more than two hours per day were identified as ‘devoured.’ Data was inclusive of new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only. Additional information on the Netflix Binge Scale here.
4 Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows as a couple in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only.
5 Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows with their family in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only.

 

Michael Cusden
Michael is the creator of Like A Dad and uses his daily experiences of being a parent and a marketing dude as his content. Always looking to connect with other parents and bloggers.

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