The top 9 streaming shows of the week on Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu

  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Parrot’s list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US. Audience demand reflects the desire and engagement, or overall popularity, of a series.
  • Netflix’s “Castlevania” continued to climb in audience demand thanks to the recent debut of its final season.
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9. "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 25.3

Description: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the ‘Karate Kid’ films.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: “One: immediately after finishing season three, I rewatched it despite all of my qualms. Two: I desperately want to know when to expect season four. Three: COBRA KAI NEVER DIES.” — Black Nerd Problems (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for “Cobra Kai.”

8. "Shadow and Bone" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 25.5

Description: “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 87%

What critics said: “[Shadow and Bone] transcends familiarity thanks to the commitment of a pitch-perfect cast, well-stylized fight sequences, and intentional character development that makes these relationships feel nuanced and history-laden.” — RogerEbert.com (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on April 23 on Netflix. See more insights for “Shadow and Bone.”

7. "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 27.7

Description: “Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ team up on a global adventures that tests their abilities — and their patience.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 88%

What critics said: “It seems that Marvel is taking giant and safe steps to get the audience to forget Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.” — Cine Premiere (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney+ on March 19. See more insights for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

6. "Castlevania" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 29.1

Description: “A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.” 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 100%

What critics said: “The fidelity to the source material in Castlevania proved rather beside the point. You can be faithful to the letter of these things, or more productively you can be faithful to the imaginative spirit.” — The Ringer (season 4)

Season 4 premiered on May 13 on Netflix. See more insights for “Castlevania.”

5. "WandaVision" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 29.7

Description: “Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision’ stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 91%

What critics said: “WandaVision is a welcome return to watercooler TV.” — Lainey Gossip (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney+ January 15. See more insights for “WandaVision.”

4. "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu)

Times more in demand than average show: 32.8

Description: “A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 66%

What critics said: “Female heroines can be in short supply on screen, but Moss has a knack for making them real, no matter the stakes.” — Sydney Morning Herald (Season 4)

Season 4 premiered April 28 on Hulu. See more insights for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

3. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 35.5

Description: “From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the new ‘Clone Wars’ episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: “The Clone Wars ends by reminding us that Star Wars is, at its core, a story about war. And the casualties that follow.” — Film Inquiry (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21, 2020 on Disney+. See more insights for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

2. "The Mandalorian" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 37.3

Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: ‘”This is the Way’ is a fitting catch phrase, because The Mandalorian really is the way Star Wars should excite you, surprise you, and keep you wanting more.” — Mad About Movies (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney+ on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 41.7

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Even while some things go a bit too predictably, the last two episodes tie everything and everyone together in spectacular, emotional fashion.” — Dallas Morning News (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for “Stranger Things.”

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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