Well, it finally happened, and it took another juggernaut to knock Season 4 of Stranger Things off the top spot on Netflix’s Top 10 list after nearly a month stuck there.
That would be Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s hyper-successful non-Marvel or DC superhero series about a strange group of siblings who face time travel paradoxes upon their return.
stranger things season 4 almost lasted at No. 1 until July 1, when Part 2 of the season airs with the final two episodes, which will no doubt propel it to No. 1 for quite some time. Right now, the series is slowly closing in on Squid Game’s ratings record, but it’ll need these last two episodes to be even better than the previous seven if it hopes to catch it.
Either way, Season 4 of Stranger Things set all sorts of English language records for the service, and while Netflix often sees conversations about its series fade away after a week or weekend, it doesn’t. really didn’t happen with Stranger Things, given the short gap between Part 1 and Part 2, and “cultural moments” created from the first seven episodes, like how Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill is now world No. 1 after more than 30 years due to its use in one of the best moments of the season.
As for The Umbrella Academy, HBO has DC, Disney has Marvel, Amazon has The Boys and Invincible, and Netflix has those misfits. But unlike Netflix’s failed Jupiter’s Legacy experiment, The Umbrella Academy turned out to be a great, a highly-watched series for the past three years, and given its insta placement at #1 after its debut, that suggests more of the same from season 3 here, as the gang is forced to take an edited version from their own team timeline, the Sparrow Academy. I’m only three episodes in, but it’s been great so far.
The Umbrella Academy is quietly one of Netflix’s most successful shows, consistently ranking in the top 10 for its annual English-language offerings. The Umbrella Academy doesn’t have a pre-lit season 4, but it seems likely the series will go on for as long as it wants, a rare opportunity for Netflix’s most successful shows. Stranger Things, as we know, will end at the request of its showrunners in season 5.
Prior to that, Stranger Things picked up several comers who never topped second place like, All American, Keep Sweet, God’s Favorite Idiot, and First Kill. I figured it would take something big to move it, and yes, The Umbrella Academy certainly qualifies as that. I’m only three episodes into the 10-episode season, but it’s as fantastic as ever so far. I expect it to stay on top until Stranger Things returns for Part 2.
Follow me on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and instagram. Subscribe to my free weekly content newsletter, God rolls.
Pick up my sci-fi novels Herokiller Series and The Earthborn Trilogy.