The top Netflix shows Australians binged in 2017

Olivia Harris 1 December 2017 NEWS

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Netflix: Australian audiences and what we watched this year

Netflix has released a whole bunch of research on Australian audiences in the year 2017 and the shows that had us hooked. The results are surprising and recap 2017 with the biggest shows we binged, bonded over, saved for a rainy day and cheekily watched behind our partner’s back.

Binging Netflix is nothing new and by now we have become efficient at it. A single weekend can be utilised to knock out a few seasons or 10 before work on Monday. These are the shows we couldn’t put down, that we avoided spoilers for and sunk into our most comfortable spot in the house to devour. More than a few times we had to remind Netflix that yes we were in fact STILL watching. Interestingly, Australia is ranked 8th globally for binge watching in the world, meaning we are the 8th fastest to dump our responsibilities and devour the latest show online.

The shows that we devoured:

Greenleaf
American Vandal
Suburra: Blood on Rome
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
13 Reasons Why
Anne with an E
Riverdale
The Keepers
The OA
Cable Girls

Some shows are like a nice full-bodied glass of wine: they need to be savoured and swirled around before putting back the rest of the bottle. Whether it was due to the hour-long episode times or the intense content, we watched these shows in stages, allowing for time to discuss them over the water cooler and find out where everyone else was at.

The shows that we savoured:

The Crown
Neo okai
You Me Her
Ultimate Beastmaster
ASOUE
GLOW
Friends from College
El Chapo
Ozark
Atypical

We claimed that we would watch it together but our schedules just kept getting moved around and people keep posting spoilers online. Most people are guilty of cheating on their significant other, friends or family by watching ahead on a show without them. The temptation was just too strong or the cliffhanger was just too thrilling; either way, you gave in and watched on.

The shows we cheated with:

Orange is the New Black
Narcos
Stranger Things
13 Reasons Why
Riverdale
Sense8
Star Trek Discovery
The Crown
Ozark
The Good Place

Many couples watch shows together and if you are strong enough not to watch on without them it can be a great bonding experience. This year Australia cuddled up together and marathoned through some amazing shows, making sure to hit pause when the other person went to the bathroom or to get more snacks.

The shows that we watched together:

Stranger Things
13 Reasons Why
Riverdale
ASOUE
Star Trek Discovery
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The Good Place
Fuller House
Anne with an E
Trollhunters

Furthermore, the biggest streaming day of the year for Netflix was not Halloween like you might think but 1 January. In classic Aussie style, we all decided to lounge about, hungover from New Year's activities and watch some shows or movies online.

Interestingly none of the top shows watched in Australia were Marvel’s big shows of the year, with Defenders, Iron Fist and The Punisher all releasing in 2017 but none making it into the top 10.

Australians love their streaming services, despite our terrible bandwidth, and 2018 should be no different with big names and shows coming to Netflix in the new year.

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