Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.
Book of Life director and animator Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s nine-episode animated series Maya and the Three and Adam Randall’s vampire thriller Night Teeth break into the Netflix top 10 this week after releasing on the service last week. The psychological murder thriller series You starring Penn Badgley continues to hold the number one spot following the premiere of the series’ third season two weeks ago, followed the breakout hit Squid Game at number two. This week’s new additions include the second season of the supernatural horror drama Locke & Key, the fifth season of the ongoing teen melodrama Riverdale, and more!
To help you navigate the vast swath of Netflix offerings, we’ve gathered our reviews, features, and quick takes on the shows and films that have cracked the top 10 list for the United States, and put them in one easy-to-read place. Read on to find out what people are watching, and see our coverage to help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.
Polygon updates the Netflix top 10 each Tuesday. The actual top 10 is subject to change between updates.
Netflix’s biggest new releases
10. Night Teeth
Adam Randall’s vampire horror thriller Night Teeth follows Benny (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), a young college student moonlighting as a chauffeur who realizes that his two young female clients are in fact blood-sucking vampires. The film quickly transforms into Collateral by way of Vampires vs. the Bronx, with Benny being forced to drive the pair around as they wreak havoc on their unsuspecting victims. It’s a strange and alluring premise for sure, though one that is very obviously indebted to a whole slew of vampire films that have preceded it. From our review,
Sometimes, challenging cinema is overrated. Sometimes, a mildly trashy film is good enough for a couple hours of distraction, especially if it takes its premise from Blade, Underworld, and numerous other bloodsucking B-movies; its costumes from a burlesque revue of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and its (too-brief) Megan Fox performance from Jennifer’s Body. Night Teeth isn’t genuinely original, substantive, or scary. But as a remix of the vampire thriller’s most lizard-brain-focused qualities, Netflix’s latest Halloween offering is appreciated for how few demands it puts on its audience.
Creator Paul Abbott and executive producer John Wells’ Dark family comedy drama Shameless follows the story of the Gallagher, a blue-collar family of six children living with their alcoholic father Frank (William H. Macy). Led by eldest sister Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the family attempts to navigate the challenges of growing up in Chicago amid the economic recession while staying financially afloat. The first four season of the series, which concluded earlier this year and aired for a total eleven season on Showtime, were added to Netflix earlier this month, which explains its spot on this week’s Netflix top 10.
8. Maya and the Three
Book of Life director and animator Jorge R. Gutiérrez returns with Maya and the Three, an all-new limited animated series following the story of a Mesoamerican warrior princess who must embark on an epic journey to save humanity from the vengeful spirits of the underworld. The series premiered on Netflix last Friday, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 list. From our review,
While Maya and the Three’s plot structure gives it a slightly repetitive start, the dynamic, gorgeous visuals bolster the drawn-out fight sequences, making them brilliantly eye-catching. By the time all the pieces come together, Gutiérrez imbues the show with nuanced approaches to death and defeat, coloring the experience into something memorable.
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Nothing will ever defeat Cocomelon. The sun will go supernova before Cocomelon is done. Bow to Cocomelon.
If your kid has to watch something (or possibly you’re tuning in yourself? No judgment here!), the animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-YouTube-channel-turned-Netflix-animated-series is one of the most popular children’s shows on the service this week. It’s amazing — it’s been on the list since fall 2020 and only fell off once, and shows no signs of going away … ever!
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While initially based on the iconic characters of the popular Archie Comics series, the teen soap opera drama Riverdale has since outgrown its source material over the course of five seasons to become one of the most fascinating and baffling shows airing on television. From Twin Peaks to Rebel Without a Cause, Candyman and American Graffiti, Riderdale has lifted inspiration from dozens of iconic films and show in its relentless quest to reinvent itself up to and beyond the brink of utterly falling to pieces. The fifth season of Riverdale was just added to Netflix last week, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 list.
5. Inside Job
Alright, hear me out on this: What if, hypothetically, every conspiracy theory in the entire world was true? You still with me? Good, okay. Now, what if that was the premise of a workplace comedy starring Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield) and produced by Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch? That’s essentially what Inside Job is, the new orignal adult animated comedy created by Shion Takuchi (Regular Show, Gravity Falls) following the misadventures of Reagan Ridley (Caplan), a socially awkward tech genius trying to climb through the rank of a shadow government organization while uncovering new and even darker secrets than the ones she’s sworn to protect. The series premiered on Netflix last Friday, which explains why it’s on this week’s top 10 list at number five.
Inspired by Stephanie Land’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Molly Smith Metzler’s streaming miniseries Maid stars Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Alex Russell, a young single mother who becomes a housecleaner and maid in order to escape her abusive home life and provide a better life for her daughter Maddy. The series was released on Netflix three weeks ago and has garnered positive reviews, including Vulture critic Jen Chaney who describes the relationship between Alex and her mother Paula (Andie MacDowell) in her review as, “one of the most enriching experiences of the fall TV season.”
3. Locke & Key
Based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez comic series of the same name, Locke & Key follows the story of a family of three siblings and their mother who move into their father’s family home in Matheson, Massachusetts in the wake of his tragic murder. The children soon after discover several mysterious keys throughout the house, each of which capable of bestowing a fascinating— and sometimes terrifying — ability to whoever holds them. When the children are ensnared in the machinations of a demonic entity known as Dodge who covets the power of the keys, they’ll have to work together to uncover the mystery behind their strange origins and how their family is connected to them before it’s too late. Season 2 of Locke & Key just premiered on Netflix last Friday, which explains why the series is at number three on this week’s top 10 list.
2. Squid Game
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The South Korean survival drama Squid Game has remained at the number one spot of the Netflix top 10 for the past four weeks since it premiered, and it’s easy to understand why. The show’s premise resembles a nightmarish Technicolor mashup of Battle Royale and Big Brother, following the stories of seven people who, along with 449 other perfect strangers, are abducted and subjected to a strange series of challenges that resemble schoolyard games like Red Light, Green Light and tug of war in a contest to win $38.5 million. You can probably guess the catch off the top of your head: If any of the participants lose any of the challenges, they’re swiftly executed. The series has only just recently been bumped from the number one on the Netflix top 10 after holding the coveted spot for over a month, but nonetheless is still going strong this week at number two.
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Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, season 3 of You finds serial killer Joe Goldberg and his love interest/accomplice Love Quinn happily married in Northern California and raising their infant son Henry. Everything seems peachy keen in the suburbs, until Joe predictably falls into his old habit of romanticizing yet another woman before plotting to murder her when the reality of who she is doesn’t match with the idea of her he’s created in his own mind. Naturally his wife, who’s just as crazy as him, is not gonna tolerate any of this shit. The third season of You premiered earlier this month, which explains why it’s number one on the Netflix top 10 this week.
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