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The Top 10 Most Popular Shows and Movies on Netflix Today, January 26

It's Ozark vs. Archive 81 again

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Mamoudou Athie, Archive 81

Mamoudou Athie, Archive 81

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The Netflix Top 10 list, which tells you which shows and movies are most popular on the platform, is a good place to start if you want to watch something everyone's talking about. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Ozark and Archive 81 are still holding on to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. (People like feeling unsettled!) Everyone's also clearly still watching Too Hot to Handle, The Royal Treatment, and Cheer, since they don't seem to be moving from their spots in the top 5. The almost unbelievably popular kids' show Cocomelon is back up near the top, though, claiming the No. 6 spot today. Good for those big-headed babies.

But of the Netflix Top 10, which shows and movies are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip. We do the same for Netflix's Top 10 TV shows, as well as Netflix's Top 10 movies. We also have our list of the 50 best shows and movies to watch on Netflix right now, as well as the best movies to watch on Netflix and the best TV shows on Netflix.

Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Wednesday, Jan. 26


1. Ozark

For fans of: The color blue, money laundering | Is it good?: It is the perfect show for people who love this type of show

Jason Bateman plays a normal seeming guy who moves his family to, you guessed it, the Ozarks after he gets in too deep with a money laundering scheme and a drug cartel. It's Netflix's blue tinted answer to Breaking Bad, and the final season is here. (Yesterday's rank: 1)


2. Archive 81

For fans of: Stylish mysteries, feeling an overall sense of dread | Is it good?: It'll definitely suck you in

An archivist (Mamoudou Athie) is tasked with restoring old tapes that were salvaged from a fire, and gets sucked into the world of the grad student (Dina Shihabi) who appears in the footage — and the mysterious cult she was investigating. The show jumps back and forth between two timelines, which helps make this an extra twisty, extra scary mystery. (Yesterday's rank: 2)


3. Too Hot to Handle

For fans of: Bikinis, hot people | Is it good?: Did you like the first two seasons? Then you'll probably like this one too

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

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What is left to say about Too Hot to Handle that hasn't already been said? Somehow, this reality series about hot people who really want to have sex with each other but aren't allowed to if they want to win a bunch of money is now on its third season. If nothing else, you can really turn your brain off while you watch this one. Watch the trailer on YouTube(Yesterday's rank: 3)


4. The Royal Treatment

For fans of: New Yawk accents, monarchies, fictional countries | Is it good?: No, but who cares?

A hairdresser from New York (and you know that because of Laura Marano's insane approximation of an accent) gets hired to do the hair for an upcoming royal wedding (sure!) in Lavania (you will never be Genovia) and obviously immediately falls for the prince (Mena Massoud) who is, of course, marrying for duty rather than love. (Yesterday's rank: 4)


5. Cheer

For fans of: Sports docuseries, watching the human body do unreal things, facing controversy head on | Is it good?: It's so good

Producer Greg Whiteley is one of TV's Midases, a man whose golden touch makes hits out of any sports docuseries he creates (see: Last Chance ULast Chance U: Basketball). But Cheer, which follows college cheerleading powerhouse Navarro College, might be his best. Following a Season 1 that won three Emmys, Cheer returns for Season 2 with its world upside down and dealing with celebrity, both the good and bad. Season 2 also deals with controversy — Season 1 star Jerry Harris was charged with sexual abuse of a minor and child pornography — head on, in addition to coronavirus and the brutal storms that hit Texas last winter. But the heart of the season is still the competition, which is magnified as cameras also follow Navarro's rivals, Trinity Valley, and the collision course of both teams in Daytona. (Yesterday's rank: 5)


6. Cocomelon

For fans of: Mashed vegetables, pacifiers | Is it good?: For babies, sure

Colorful objects, preschool songs, and big-headed babies make this catnip for toddlers and younger kids who get screentime. (Yesterday's rank: 7)

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7. Cobra Kai

For fans of: '80s nostalgia, well-choreographed karate scenes | Is it good?: It's pretty delightful

Cobra Kai's revolving door of rivalries and treaties stops spinning on Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) being friends in Season 4, with the longtime enemies teaming up to take down the Cobra Kai dojo and Kreese (Martin Kove) once and for all (or at least until the next season). By now you know the formula: Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, everyone punches each other, there's a misunderstanding, and there's a huge, awesome fight at the end. Predictability, in the case of Cobra Kai, is comforting. (Yesterday's rank: 6)


8. Munich — The Edge of War

For fans of: Espionage movies, alternate history | Is it good?: Yes

This spy thriller is set in 1938, just before the start of World War II. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons) doesn't want war. It falls to a British civil servant named Hugh Legat (George MacKay) and a German diplomat named Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner) to obtain a document that will expose Hitler's plans and hopefully avert the war. Spoiler alert: It doesn't work. Knowing the outcome aside, this is a well-made espionage drama, with a typically charismatic performance from Jeremy Irons. (Yesterday's rank: 10)



9. The Witcher

For fans of: Henry Cavill, serious fantasy | Is it good?: Yes

This epic fantasy series is one of Netflix's biggest. So big, in fact, that the first season, which came out two years ago, has cracked the Top 10 as fans prepare for the release of Season 2 on Friday. If you're looking for other great fantasy shows like The Witcher, check this list out. (Yesterday's rank: 8)



10. That Girl Lay Lay

For fans of: Imaginary internet friends come to life | Is it good?: For kids, sure!

This Nickelodeon show follows a kid whose self-confidence is so low that she joins a personal affirmation app (are the children OK?), and somehow wishes the little avatar that exists inside the app to life, gaining a hype woman and a best friend all at once. (Yesterday's rank: 9)

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