Netflix releases list of the most popular shows and movies of 2022

Pictured: Stranger Things and the Gray Man

As part of its Tuesday drop in the top 10 new figures on Netflix, the streamer released four top 10 lists looking at its biggest hits of 2022. Let’s go through all four lists and see what the most popular Netflix movies and series of 2022 are.

In addition to these top 10 lists, Netflix also released a few other stats, including the fact that “Netflix members watched an average of six different genres per month” and that the service dominated the Nielsen charts saying they “had #1 original series 46 out of 48 weeks.” So far this year, nearly half of the first-weekly movie sites are on streaming.”

Below, we’ll look at the most popular TV shows and movies for all of Netflix plus using hourly data sourced from the top 10 Netflix sites that we use in our handy tool.


The most popular English language movies on Netflix in 2022

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The Gray Man – Image: Netflix

The Russo Brother’s big-budget action movie appears to have paid off with a theatrical release and subsequent streaming release that was the biggest of the year.

  1. gray man
    • 6 weeks in the Top 10 – 265,980,000 hours between July 17th and September 4th
    • Now listed as the fourth biggest blockbuster movie of all time – 253,870,000 hours in 28 days
  2. Adam Project
    • 8 weeks in the global top ten – 260,520,000 hours between March 6 and May 1
    • It now lists as the fifth-biggest of all time – 233,160,000 in 28 days.
  3. purple hearts
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 240,480,000 hours between July 24 and September 4
    • It now lists as the seventh biggest blockbuster of all time – 228,690,000 in 28 days.
  4. Accelerates
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 198,310,000 hours between June 5 and July 17
  5. Tinder scammer
    • 5 weeks in the global top ten – 172,130,000 hours between January 30 and March 6
  6. sea ​​monster
    • 7 weeks in the global top ten – 190,150,000 hours between July 3rd and August 21st
  7. Enola Holmes 2
    • 4 weeks in the global top ten – 158,030,000 hours between October 30 and November 27
  8. Graduation Year
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 167,600,000 hours between May 8th and June 19th
  9. The man from Toronto
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 170,820,000 hours between June 19 and July 31
  10. Rosy day
    • 4 weeks in the global top ten – 149,810,000 hours between August 7 and September 4

The most popular non-English Netflix movies of 2022

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Norwegen movie troll stripped off blood red sky It became the most watched non-English language Netflix movie in the first 28 days.

  1. troll
    • 4 weeks in Top 10s* – 152,350,00 hours between November 27th to December 25th
    • Now listed as the biggest movie of all time – 152,350,000 hours in 28 days
  2. All Quiet on the Western Front
    • 5 weeks in the global top ten – 103,420,000 hours between October 23rd to November 27th
    • Now listed as the fourth-biggest movie of all time – 101,360,000 hours in 28 days
  3. black crab
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 97,230,000 hours between March 13 and April 24
  4. through my window
    • 13 weeks in the global top ten – 114,050,000 hours between January 30 and June 26
  5. removal
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 82,270,000 hours between May 1 and June 12
  6. Adult love
    • 7 weeks in the global top ten – 72,720,000 hours between August 21 and October 23
  7. Carter
    • 4 weeks in the global top ten – 64,040,000 hours between July 31 and August 28
  8. My name is Vendetta
    • 4 weeks in the top ten* – 67,290,000 hours between November 27 and December 25
  9. Insomnia
    • 5 weeks in the global top ten – 60,420,000 hours between February 20th and March 27th
  10. angry
    • 4 weeks in the global top ten – 50,530,000 hours between April 3 and May 1

The most popular English Netflix series of 2022

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In terms of net hours, Stranger Things season 4 is the number one spot on Netflix’s all-time list (although Wednesday wins using CVE numbers – more on this later) which isn’t surprising considering it was a monster summer hit released over two parts and with ample runtimes.

  1. Stranger Things (season 4)
    • The fourth season spent 19 weeks in the top ten, logging 1.87 billion hours between May 22 and October 9.
    • Now it ranks first globally of all time with 1.35 billion hours logged in 28 days.
  2. Wednesday (season 1)
    • 5 weeks in the top ten* – 1,314,690,000 hours between November 20th and December 25th
    • Now it ranks second in the world with 1.237 billion hours spent in 28 days.
  3. Dahmer
    • 7 weeks in the global top ten – 962,470,000 hours between September 18th and November 6th
    • Now it ranks third in the world with 856,220,000 hours spent in 28 days.
  4. Bridgerton (season 2)
    • 11 weeks in the global top ten – 775,240,000 hours between March 20 and June 5
    • Now it ranks fourth in the world with 656,260,000
      an hour in 28 days.
  5. Anna innovation
    • 10 weeks in the global top ten – 654,560,000 hours between February 6 and April 17
    • It now ranks 9th in the world of all time with 511,920,000
      an hour in 28 days.
  6. Ozark (season 4)
    • Season 4: Part 2 spent 8 weeks in the top ten worldwide with 282,710,000 hours between January 16 and March 6.
  7. observer
    • 5 weeks in the global top ten – 395,030,000 hours between October 9 and November 13
  8. hypnotist
    • 7 weeks in the global top ten – 393,140,000 hours between July 31 and September 18
  9. The Umbrella Academy (season 3)
    • 5 weeks in the global top ten – 301,850,000 hours between June 19 and July 24
  10. Virgin River (season 4)
    • 6 weeks in the global top ten – 304,790,000 hours between July 17 and August 28

The most popular non-English Netflix series of 2022

We are all dead are the most popular Netflix series

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We are all dead It took first place in the list of non-English series, being dominated by seasons of premieres with only one exception, elite.

Netflix also boasted of its dominance in the K Drama space saying, “60% of our members watched a Korean title and Netflix had 6 of the top 10 most searched K-Dramas in Korea.”

  1. We are all dead (season 1)
    • 11 weeks in the global top ten – 659,510,000 hours between January 23 and April 10
    • It now ranks fourth on the list of most popular of all time with 560,780,000 hours spent in the first 28 days.
  2. Extraordinary Deputy Wu (season 1)
    • 21 weeks in the global top ten – 662,090,000 hours between July 3 and December 4
    • It now ranks sixth on the all-time most popular list with 402,470,000 hours spent in the first 28 days.
  3. The Marked Heart (season 1)
    • 7 weeks in the top 10 worldwide – 272,750,000 hours watched from April 17 to June 5
  4. Till Money Do Us Part (Season 1)
    • 10 weeks in the Top 10 Seconds* – 321,110,000 hours watched between October 16th and December 25th
  5. The Elite (season 5)
    • 5 weeks in the top 10 worldwide – 172,640,000 hours watched from April 3 to May 8
  6. High Hit (Season 1)
    • Six weeks in the top ten worldwide – 178,860,000 hours watched between August 14th and September 25th
  7. Empress (season 1)
    • 5 weeks in the top 10 worldwide – 159,800,000 hours watched from September 25th to October 30th
  8. Business proposal (season 1)
    • 13 weeks in the Top 10s – 279,110,000 hours watched between March 6th and June 5th
  9. Wrong Side of the Tracks (season 1)
    • 5 weeks in the top 10 worldwide – 148,060,000 hours watched between May 15th and June 19th
  10. Welcome to Eden (Season 1)
    • 5 weeks in the top 10 worldwide – 140,340,000 hours watched between May 1 and June 5

Any watches marked with an asterisk mean they are expected to be in the top 10 of other lists.

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What is your favorite movie or series in 2022? Let us know in the comments.


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