Revealed: The most binged shows on Netflix UK within 24 hours
Staff Reporter | On 18, Oct 2017Reading time: 7 mins
First came box sets, then came binge-watchers and now come binge-racers, people who watch an entire season with 24 hours of a show’s release. That’s the term Netflix has come up with for the most eager viewers.
Accomplishing in a day what takes others weeks to achieve, a total of 8.4 million members have “binge raced” during their Netflix lifetime, and the only thing faster than their rate of watching is the speed at which this behaviour continues to grow. Between 2013 and 2016, the amount of people who finished a series on the same day as launch increased more than 20 times over.
And before you assume that racers are just living house bound couch potatoes, know that for these super fans, the speed of watching is an achievement to be proud of (looking at you, Anastasia).
The social pride and fear of missing out (FOMO) is also a factor, as viewers are keen to be part of the conversation – many make the most of their commute, embracing lunch breaks, treadmill pass-times, or settling down on the sofa.
“There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from being the first to finish a story — whether it’s the final page of a book or the last, climactic moments of your favourite TV show,” says Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series. “Netflix allows you to watch in a way you never could before, and there’s nothing better than seeing a show engage our members and ignite a passion for viewing.”
Shows of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats are binge raced across the UK. Sure 30-minute comedies like Drew Barrymore’s Santa Clarita Diet and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and adult animations like F is for Family and BoJack Horseman are raced through with ease and speed, but hour-long thrillers, such as Stranger Things, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, are also gobbled down by fans.
Here are the UK’s top 20 most binge-raced shows:
1. Marvel’s The Defenders
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil AKA Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist AKA Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who reluctantly realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life includes four 90-minute chapters, each spanning one of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
3. The Seven Deadly Sins
When a kingdom is taken over by tyrants, the deposed princess begins a quest to find a disbanded group of evil knights to help take back her realm.
4. Santa Clarita Diet
Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.
5. Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is the outrageous and critically-acclaimed series from Emmy® Award-winner Jenji Kohan about a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison.
Crime drama series starring Idris Elba as Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
7. F is for Family
From comedian Bill Burr and EmmyⓇ award-winner Michael Price, F is for Family transports viewers back to the 1970s, a time when political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary, let alone the norm. Featuring the voices of Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell and more.
8. Trailer Park Boys
The Canadian mockumentary series follows Ricky, Julian and Bubbles on their misadventures around Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City.
10. The Ranch
Set in present day on a Colorado ranch outside Denver, this multi-camera family comedy series stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. The show follows Colt’s (Kutcher) return home after a brief and failed semi- pro football career to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Winger stars as Colt’s and Jimmy’s mother, Maggie, who runs the local town bar. The series also features Elisha Cuthbert (Abby), and fellow That 70’s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama (Umberto).
Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny yet emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?
12. Stranger Things
A love letter to the 80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Love follows nice guy Gus (Paul Rust) and brazen wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other things they were hoping to avoid. Love is an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships. Love is created, written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust.
14. BoJack Horseman
Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback…
15. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia.
16. Wet Hot American Summer
Welcome to Camp Firewood! From the filmmakers that brought the original 2001 cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is the hilarious prequel to the film starring the entire original cast in addition to an all-star lineup of new cast members.
17. House of Cards
Netflix’s political drama stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other’s strongest allies, show cracks in their relationship.
Inspired by the real story of the 1980’s female wrestling league, the series — set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams — will be the fictionalized story of an out of work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.
19. Grace and Frankie
In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.
20. Marvel’s Daredevil
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.