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Netflix's 13 biggest TV shows of all time, including 'Bridgerton' and 'Ozark'

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The Bridgerton family plays a game of Pall Mall on "Bridgerton" season two.
  • Netflix's Korean-language series "Squid Game" is its biggest TV show ever by a wide margin.
  • Season two of "Bridgerton" recently overtook the first as Netflix's most-watched English-language TV season.
  • Netflix ranks seasons of shows by total viewing hours globally in their first 28 days of availability.
  • For seasons broken into two parts, like the final season of "Ozark," Netflix combines the viewership for each part's first 28 days.
13. "13 Reasons Why" season one — 475.57 million hours
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"13 Reasons Why."

Description : "High school student Clay Jensen lands in the center of a series of heartbreaking mysteries set in motion by a friend's tragic suicide."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 77%

What critics said : "It too often feels artificial, like a very long public service announcement." — New York Times

12. "Ozark" season four — 480.85 million hours
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"Ozark."

Description : "A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 84%

What critics said : "A chilly, thrilling narco saga told from the perspective of the Mob's money launderer, Ozark deserves its place among the very finest TV takes on American dope, crime and corruption." — Empire

11. "The Witcher" season two — 484.3 million hours
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Description : "Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 94%

What critics said : "In the most pleasant surprise of all, the series feels more emotionally effective than it ever has before." — Hollywood Reporter

10. "13 Reasons Why" season two — 496.12 million hours
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Description : "High school student Clay Jensen lands in the center of a series of heartbreaking mysteries set in motion by a friend's tragic suicide."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 28%

What critics said : "'13 Reasons Why' is not fundamentally interested in starting a conversation. It's interested in shocking, and it does not care how cheaply it might go about creating that shock." — Vox

9. "Inventing Anna" (limited series) — 511.89 million hours
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In "Inventing Anna," Sorokin hosts a dinner party with Martin Shkreli.

Description : "Audacious entrepreneur or con artist? A reporter digs into how Anna Delvey convinced New York's elite she was a German heiress. Based on a true story."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 64%

What critics said : "The show certainly provides indulgence (if maybe not enough for my taste). Its failure is in the framing of Delvey's story: It's depicted as a quasi-feminist, girlboss-adjacent revenge fantasy." — Vox

8. "The Witcher" season one — 541.01 million hours
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Description : "Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 68%

What critics said : "In contrast to its halfhearted approach to exposition, the series finds its footing in the graphic depiction of violence." — Slant Magazine

7. "Lucifer" season five — 569.48 million hours
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Description : "Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 81%

What critics said : "This second half feels stronger than the first, in part because it does what Lucifer does best." — IGN

6. "All of Us Are Dead" season one — 560.78 million hours
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Description : "A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 83%

What critics said : "This 12-part South Korean Netflix series about zombies invading a high school is gruesome, thrilling, and highly addictive." — The Daily Beast

5. "Stranger Things" season three — 582.1 million hours
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"Stranger Things."

Description : "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 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

4. "Money Heist" season four — 619.01 million hours
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Description : "Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 80%

What critics said : "We love to see talented people overcome the odds and perform the impossible, even if in this case, they're ripping off the mint and printing stolen money. With Money Heist, we're offered a pleasure-driven, rollicking, charming mix of all of the above." — Globe and Mail

3. "Bridgerton" season one — 625.49 million
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Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset on "Bridgerton."

Description : "The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 87%

What critics said : "Bridgerton gives us everything we're craving right now: extravagant parties, elaborate outfits, salacious gossip, human touch." — Chicago Reader

2. "Bridgerton" season two — 627.11 million hours
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Simone Ashley on season two of "Bridgerton."

Description : "The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 77%

What critics said : "This sophomore run is simply not as effusive a watch ... That said, many of the series pleasures still remain intact." — Rolling Stone

1. "Squid Game" season one — 1.65 billion hours
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Description : "Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score : 94%

What critics said : "Its messages hit like a sledgehammer to the head, yet this vibrant, vicious series holds a surprisingly big heart at its core. A winning blend of spectacle and sentiment." — Empire Magazine

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