Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10

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Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10

Netflix has been notoriously stingy with its data. Even directors and showrunners have had a hard time gauging if what they’d put out into the world was reaching its intended audience. With the advent of the Netflix Top 10, though, we can now get at least one little peek behind the curtain. The list of Netflix’s daily Top 10 Most Popular indicates an omnivorous appetite among the Netflix faithful, from reality shows to prestige TV, animated kids shows to docu-series of every stripe. Here are the entries for June 27, 2022, of the five most popular TV shows and five most popular movies on Netflix.

TV Series

1. The Umbrella Academy


Creators: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater
Stars: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: TV-MA

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As a fan of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic book, I was a little skeptical of Netflix’s adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. I assumed it’d flatten out the comic’s esoteric edges in an attempt to make it more like other superhero shows. The first episode almost immediately calms those fears, though, revealing a series as weird and idiosyncratic as the comic. Imagine if Wes Anderson directed a Grant Morrison adaptation, complete with a mansion-spanning sad-superhero dance break to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.”. —Garrett Martin


2. Stranger Things

Year: 2022
Creator: The Duffer Brothers
Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Rating: TV-MA

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Stranger Things Season 4 comes back with huge ambition and cinematic visuals that continue to elevate the overall scale and scope of the series. There’s perhaps an overabundance of ‘80s horror nostalgia, but that doesn’t negate the genuine scares and the appreciated push towards a more mature tone for the year. But in trying to give everyone in the extra large ensemble a worthy storyline, the middle episodes of Vol. I get bloated and stalls the momentum coming out of the fourth episode. Luckily, the writing and directing gets more focused and picks up the pace again in the last two episodes, with some major reveals, unexpected twists and a cliffhanger that will have fans antsy for the July 1 conclusion. —Tara Bennett


3. Snowflake Mountain

Year: 2022
Genre: Reality
Rating: TV-MA

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A bunch of young adults compete to see who can perpetuate the stereotype of entitled Millennials and Zoomers the most in this incredibly dumb reality show from Netflix.


4. The Unxplained with William Shatner

Year: 2022
Stars: William Shatner
Genre: Docuseries
Rating: TV-14

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William Shatner hosts this 10-part docuseries examining everything from prophesy to the afterlife.


5. Legacies


Creator: Julie Plec
Stars:: Danielle Rose Russell, Aria Shahghasemi, Kaylee Bryant, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Peyton Alex Smith, Matt Davis, Chris Lee
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: TV-14

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Legacies is a hybrid spin-off of two different long-running Julie Plec series, The Vampire Diaries (eight seasons) and The Originals (five), and it was in those series that the mythology driving the character arcs/motivations of Legacies’ most central leads, Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), was developed. After spending a cumulative 13 seasons not just telling stories on television, but telling stories on television from this specific world, Plec’s ability to set efficient narrative groundwork under fast-moving vampire feet is nothing if not masterful. Legacies is set at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, which is the school for young witches, werewolves, vampires, and Hope that was funded by Hope’s (dead) dad and is located at/on the Salvatore family’s Virginia estate, just outside Mystic Falls. All the moody opulence of Damon and Stefan’s TVD homebase, all the zingy, angsty tropes of great Teen TV. More than just being a fun setting, though, the Salvatore School gives Legacies a chance to sprawl out and complicate the consequences of being a teenager consigned to eternity as part of the supernatural world. The teens at the story’s core need, first and foremost, to find a way to come to terms with their own inhumanity, and what it means to be good as they define it. In other words: Julie Plec, still running wild supernatural stories turned up way past 11. —Alexis Gunderson


Movies

1. The Man From Toronto

Year: 2022
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Ellen Barkin, Jasmine Mathews, Kaley Cuoco, Jencarlos Canela
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13

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Director Patrick Hughes (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) returns for another action-oriented comedy with The Man from Toronto, similarly featuring an unlikely (if endearing) central duo that’s tasked with defeating a nefarious criminal force. While the Netflix Original film manages to sneak in a few genuinely funny moments, it’s not nearly as action-packed, suspenseful or humorous as it aims to be. For a film that’s largely about a fearsome globe-trotting assassin, it lacks guts. It flinches from the violence that defines its title character, then fails to make up for this underwhelming lack of tension with compelling action sequences or pyrotechnic flair. It’s also guilty of leaning on tired tropes, particularly when it comes to reductive depictions of women. In an attempt to orchestrate an elaborate birthday getaway for his wife Lori (Jasmine Mathews), struggling fitness entrepreneur Teddy (Kevin Hart) drops her off at a day spa in Onacock, Virginia while he gets a nearby cabin rental ready for their weekend stay. However, the confirmation email he physically printed out (in 2022…) is smudged. As it turns out, the goon who answered the door mistook Teddy’s identity. In reality, he was expecting The Man from Toronto (Woody Harrelson), an assassin notorious for his brutal torture methods that always get political captives to spill their confidential intel. As a breezy, popcorn-compatible streaming selection, The Man from Toronto delivers a tried-and-true buddy comedy formula that is far from revelatory, but reduces the unlikely duo trope to its most likable qualities—a feat that’s only pulled off due to the competence of its leads. —Natalia Keogan


2. The Man From Toronto

Year: 2022
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Ellen Barkin, Jasmine Mathews, Kaley Cuoco, Jencarlos Canela
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13

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2. Sing 2

Year: 2021
Director: Garth Jennings
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Bono
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Rating:PG

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Bono joins the Sing franchise in its second feature film, portraying Buster Moon, a global-rock-icon-turned-recluse who happens to also be a lion. Matthew McConaughey returns as the ambitious manager who must coax Buster out of retirement in order to save his outfit of would-be stars (played by an array of actual stars—the film’s cast also includes Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Bobby Cannavale, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, Letitia Wright and Eric André). Garth Jennings, who directed the delightful indie film Son of Rambow, helms this sequel, which has won over two-thirds of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 98% of audiences.


3. The Mist

Year: 2007
Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Genre: Horror
Rating: PG-13

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A lot of the monsters and ghosts that terrorize a large and diverse group of protagonists in King’s work are excuses to deliver deft sociological studies on how easily members of a “civilized” society can toss out their polite and calm pretensions and let their reptilian brains, infused with fear and paranoia, take over in order to do horrific shit in the name of individual survival. From The Stand all the way to sub-par material like Trucks, there are many examples of this approach, but none are executed as efficiently and satisfyingly as Frank Darabont’s take on The Mist, King’s tale of a bunch of normal townsfolk gradually turning into a death cult when they’re trapped inside a grocery store after a mysterious mist that harbors a bunch of not-so-friendly monsters covers their town. The leader of the cult is the crazy, bible-thumping zealot played by Marcia Gay Harden, who’s mocked by others as she spews a bunch of apocalyptic bible verses but becomes a more and more credible voice, much to the chagrin of the more logic-based intellectual minority, as the creatures slither closer and closer to annihilating everyone. Thus a microcosm of our contemporary world is intricately mirrored, with a majority of weak minds ruled by fear, and the minority of levelheaded individuals powerless to stop the madness. Even if we were to take out the societal symbolism of the story, The Mist would still work as a terrific 1950s style monster flick that would have made William Castle drool. The shocking ending is a big plus or minus, depending on how much you like being traumatized by a work of fiction. —Oktay Ege Kozak


4. Backtrace

Year: 2018
Director: Brian A. Miller
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Modine, Ryan Guzman, Christopher McDonald
Genre: Drama
Rating: R

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This action-crime drama features Matthew Modine, who, after seven years in a psychiatric hospital with amnesia, escapes and tries to piece together the bank robbery-gone-wrong that put him there, all while staying one step ahead of Detective Sykes (Sylvester Stallone).


5. Love & Gelato

Year: 2022
Director: Brandon Camp
Stars: Susanna Skaggs, Tobia De Angelis, Marie-France Arcilla, Alex Boniello,
Genre: Drama
Rating: R

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This rom-com doubles as a love letter to Rome, where Lina (Susanna Skaggs) promises her dying mother that she’ll spend her summer before college.