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From Lupin to Bridgerton, here are the incredible shows that have made Netflix what it is today

It’s no secret that Netflix’s latest Korean thriller, Squid Game, has been an incredible global sensation with Netflix reporting that 111 million subscriber households have at least sampled the South Korean drama since it premiered.

However, did you know that the show also helped the streaming service to lure an unexpected number of new sign-ups?

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In fact, after seeing a sharp decline in subscriptions in the first half of 2021, Netflix added 4.38 million subscribers from July through September to reach 213.6 million total subscribers worldwide. A large number of these new subscribers can be credited to Squid Game.

When Squid Game debuted on September 17, it quickly became the streaming service’s most-watched original series in its first month. 

It also shot to the top of Netflix viewing charts in 94 countries and inspired a slew of Squid Game related merchandise worldwide. 

Of course, Netflix did not become the world’s largest streaming service simply because of Squid Game. In fact, below, we reveal what the most popular shows of all time are on Netflix so far.

This data comes directly from Netflix’s chief executive officer (CEO), Ted Sarandos who revealed the exciting figures at a Vox Media’s Code Conference recently. 

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1. Stranger Things: Season 3

Number of accounts watched: 67 million

Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror show that was created by the Duffer Brothers.

It has been streaming on Netflix since 2016 and has since had three wildly popular seasons with season four scheduled to premiere in 2022. 

The show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana and focuses on Hawkins National Laboratory which has been doing scientific research for the United States Department of Energy. 

Unfortunately, they also dabble in the paranormal and use human test subjects. When they create a portal into an alternate dimension, the residents of Hawkins begin to get affected in tumultuous ways. 

Watch it here

2. Sex/Life: Season 1

Number of accounts watched: 67 million

Sex/Life is an American drama that was inspired by the popular novel, 4 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton.

It premiered in June this year and focuses on a mother who takes a trip down memory lane and ends up colliding with her wild-child past. 

The first season saw eight episodes and due to its popularity, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. 

Watch it here.

3. The Witcher: Season 1

Number of accounts watched: 76 million

The Witcher is a Polish-American fantasy drama that was based on a book of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski.

The first season was released in 2019 and follows Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg at different points in time. The audience is taken through crucial periods of their lives before it merges the stories into a single timeline. 

Season two of the drama is set to be released this December. 

Watch it here.

4. Lupin: Part 1

Number of accounts watched: 76 million

Lupin is a highly popular French crime thriller that premiered on Netflix early this year. The show follows Assane Diop, a professional thief whose father, Senegal has been framed for the theft of a diamond necklace. 

Devastated, Senegal hangs himself in jail. Now, Diop has set out to get revenge on the family who accused his father of the crime. 

The show takes place in two parts with the second part premiering on Netflix in June this year to much fanfare. 

Watch it here.

5. Bridgerton: Season 1

Number of accounts watched: 82 million

We all know that anything Shonda Rhimes touches does well and Bridgerton, a period drama series based on the novels by Julia Quinn were no exception. 

Bridgerton premiered last year on Christmas Day and had eight episodes.

The show followed an aristocratic family whose daughter, Daphne Bridgerton, was entering her first season to find an eligible suitor. 

When she meets Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, trouble ensues as the pair enter into a mutually beneficial relationship that will get them both out of having to be paraded around and married off. 

The show was renewed for a second season early this year and is expected to also have a third and fourth season, according to the show’s creator, Chris Van Dusen.

Watch it here

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