Aside from asking everyone you know, Netflix's self-reported Top 10 rankings are pretty much the only way to know how popular a Netflix show or movie is. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door is still holding on to the top spot, while Emily in Paris, a new romantic comedy from Sex and the City‘s Darren Star, has so far topped out at No. 2 since its debut on Friday. The whole Top 4 is the same as it was yesterday, with Schitt's Creek at No. 3 and Ratched at No. 4. There's a new No. 5, though, with Evil jumping all the way from No. 9, showing strong word-of-mouth growth.
And with Evil‘s gain, we must say goodbye to Enola Holmes, which slid from No. 6 yesterday to off the chart today after nearly two weeks on, peaking at No. 1.
But of the Netflix Top 10, which of these 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.
Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Tuesday, Oct. 6
1. American Murder: The Family Next Door
This documentary is about the murder of a woman named Shannan Watts and her two children by her husband Chris. It's a searing and painful exploration of domestic violence, and shows the stark difference between the personas we put online and the truth of our real lives through footage directly from the Watts family, police body cams, and Shannan's social media posts. (Yesterday's rank: 1)
Taking off to Paris sounds like a dream given the current circumstances, so watch Emily do it in this romantic comedy about a young Yank who takes a job in the City of Light to lend an American perspective — perhaps too aggressively American — to a French marketing firm. And as one does in Paris, she joneses for some looooove. [TV Guide review / More shows like Emily in Paris] (Yesterday's rank: 2)
For fans of: Good vibes, Arrested Development, Catherine O'Hara | Is it good?: It's simply the best
Following a night to remember at this year's Emmys, the critics' comedy darling brings its final season to Netflix, the service it owes for much of its rejuvenated success following a much less-seen run on Pop TV. It's a busy season, with its characters heading to complete their arcs, but it never loses touch with its warmth. [TV Guide review] (Yesterday's rank: 3)
For fans of: American Horror Story, Hollywood | Is it good?: Depends on how much you like Ryan Murphy‘s schtick
Sarah Paulson stars in this psychological thriller origin story for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest‘s Nurse Ratched. Some of the storytelling is shaky, but you might be able to overlook it while you enjoy the gorgeous visuals and Paulson's performance. [TV Guide review] (Yesterday's rank: 4)
For fans of: The X-Files, canned margaritas | Is it good?: We say it's the fourth best show on television
Season 1 of this CBS procedural is now on loan to Netflix to build interest in the show before Season 2 premieres later this year. It uses the tried-and-true premise of a skeptic (a forensic psychologist played by Katja Herbers) and a believer (a priest in training played by Mike Colter) investigating inexplicable occurrences, in this case possible demonic possessions on behalf of the Catholic Church's, how should we say, exorcism department. Since it comes from The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King, it has an uncommon amount of intelligence, ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, and off-kilter humor. Highly recommended. (Yesterday's rank: 9)
6. Big Daddy
Hey zoomers, wanna see what Riverdale‘s Cole Sprouse was like as a little kid? I have to assume it's Bughead stans watching this early-period Sandler classic, where a slacker adapts a 5-year-old boy played by Cole and his twin brother Dylan, because they weren't yet born when this movie was a big deal. (Yesterday's rank: 10)
7. The Outpost
For fans of: The troops, well-made war movies | Is it good?: Yes
After a successful run on video on demand, director Rod Lurie's dramatization of the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan in 2009, when a small force of American and Latvian soldiers defended a combat outpost against the Taliban, is now on Netflix. It stars Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Orlando Bloom, and has been praised by veterans of the battle for its realism and its respect. (Yesterday's rank: 5)
Zoe Saldana stars as an assassin seeking revenge on the people who killed her family in this action flick written and produced by French action maestro Luc Besson. It features performances by two men who would at separate times go on to be the male lead of Fear the Walking Dead, Cliff Curtis and Lennie James. (Yesterday's rank: N/A)
For fans of: Singalongs, nursery rhymes | Is it good?: Little kids can't get enough of it
The other day I met someone who works for the company that makes Cocomelon, and she gave me some context about how it got so big on YouTube that other companies started licensing it in order to get a piece of the Cocomelon pie. It's one of those things that if you're not regularly around little kids, you might not ever hear about it, but if you are, it's all you hear about. (Yesterday's rank: N/A)
10. Yogi Bear
For fans of: Slapstick humor, saying “Hey Boo-Boo!” | Is it good?: No
Dan Aykroyd is the voice of the pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear and Justin Timberlake is his little sidekick Boo-Boo in this (otherwise) live-action 2010 update of the classic cartoon from the '60s. it's not even good by the low standards of cynically repurposed IP, but if you're reading this, you're probably an adult, which means it's not for you anyway. (Yesterday's rank: 7)