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 Friday, Dec. 3, the top 5 is completely unchanged from yesterday, with the sci-fi show Lost in Space, which just premiered its final season, still at No. 1, Kevin Hart's drama series True Story at No. 2, Jane Campion's latest film The Power of the Dog at No. 3, and The Queen of Flow and Selling Sunset rounding it out in fourth and fifth. The only new addition today is Netflix's latest Christmas romantic comedy, Single All the Way, which comes in at No. 7.
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 Friday, Dec. 3
For fans of: Robots, the phrase "Danger, Will Robinson" | Is it good?: It's somewhere between a B and a B-
The third and final season of Netflix's family-oriented sci-fi hit finds the Robinson family scattered to the far corners of the universe and trying to get back together before the evil alien robots capture Will (Maxwell Jenkins). The best thing about this show is the special effects, which remain as impressive as ever. (Yesterday's rank: 1)
For fans of: Comedians doing serious roles, Cain and Abel | Is it good?: It isn't good, but it isn't boring, either
Kevin Hart makes his TV drama debut in this crime thriller limited series from Narcos creator Eric Newman. He plays The Kid, a famous comedian from Philadelphia, a character bio that makes True Story seem like it will be semi-autobiographical. But as far as we know, Kevin Hart never woke up next to a dead woman and turned to his career criminal brother (Wesley Snipes) to cover it up, leading to a life-threatening situation involving some very bad people who want a piece of him. Snipes is great, but there's an off-putting bitterness to Hart's performance. The uneven writing and tone make the show feel out of control, usually in a bad way, but every now and then in an exciting, unpredictable way. (Yesterday's rank: 2)
For fans of: Tension, Benedict Cumberbatch being a big ol' meanie | Is it good?: It's fantastic
Jane Campion's first film since 2009 heads out on the range with one mean cowboy in Benedict Cumberbatch. The 1925-set Western quickly reaches a boil and holds it as a rancher (Jesse Plemons) gets a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) whom his brother (Cumberbatch) takes a strong disliking to. It's a masterclass of simmering tension and spellbinding acting, but if you're here for shoot 'em ups, this Western ain't it. (Yesterday's rank: 3)
For fans of: Soapy TV, music, murder | Is it good?: It's overdramatic and insane, but maybe that's what you like!
This telenovela — which clocks in at a staggering 80+ episodes per season — is as dramatic as they come: After being falsely imprisoned for the murder of her family, a musician seeks justice against the men who framed her. (Yesterday's rank: 4)
For fans of: Luxury real estate, workplace gossip | Is it good?: It's pretty addictive
The reality series about the personal and professional drama of a group of high-end real estate agents in Los Angeles is back for Season 4, and the drama is just as messy and poorly handled as ever. These people all seem very emotionally unwell! This remains Netflix's answer to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (Yesterday's rank: 5)
For fans of: When Eddie Murphy or Martin Lawrence puts on prosthetic makeup | Is it good?: It's pretty underrated
Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence provide laughs and pathos in this sad comedy from 1999. They play two men from New York City who are sentenced to life in Mississippi state prison for a murder they didn't commit. Rejecting the misery of prison life, they make numerous efforts to escape over the years. Murphy and Lawrence find humor in the darkest situations — this is a "laugh to keep from crying" comedy, and there's some heavy stuff in it that will make you think about the injustice Black people face in the justice system. Life wasn't a hit when it came out — though it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup thanks to the old age makeup Murphy and Lawrence wear in the second half of the film — but it's a worthwhile rediscovery, even if some of the humor hasn't aged well. (Yesterday's rank: 7)
For fans of: Christmas movies, gay icon Jennifer Coolidge | Is it good?: It's very sweet
Single All the Way is Netflix's first gay Christmas rom-com, and it's delightful. Michael Urie plays Peter, a perpetually single man whose family is always pressuring him to get into a relationship. In order to avoid those conversations this Christmas, he convinces his best friend, Nick (Philemon Chambers), to pretend to be his boyfriend. You can tell where this is going. It's nice that the characters' sexuality is not mined for conflict. It's a totally traditional Christmas rom-com, with the blessed addition of Jennifer Coolidge, taking a victory lap after The White Lotus, as Peter's Aunt Sandy. (Yesterday's rank: n/a)
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: n/a)
For fans of: Baking competition shows | Is it good?: If you like looking at wild desserts, sure
Just when you thought the market couldn't support another fancy dessert competition show, Netflix floods the zone again. School of Chocolate is a little different from the usual dessert show in that it's about chocolatiers, not bakers, but otherwise it's the same formula. If you like saying "how did they do that?" to a pterodactyl made of chocolate, this show is for you. (Yesterday's rank: 8)
For fans of: Hallmark vibes, real estate | Is it good?: What is "good" when it comes to this type of movie, really?
Netflix's latest Hallmark-style Christmas movie has a premise genre fans should find as familiar and comfortable as a Scotsman's favorite kilt. After flopping and getting canceled, a famous author (Brooke Shields) decides to shake her life up and buy a castle in Scotland that has personal significance to her family. But there's a catch: The castle's current owner, the stuck-up Duke of Dunbar (Cary Elwes, doing his best burr), will continue to live in the castle alongside her until the escrow period ends on Christmas. He's planning to make her so miserable she leaves, after which point he'll keep her deposit and the castle. Of course, they develop real feelings for each other during their forced cohabitation. And of course, there are complications before the inevitable happy ending. Because if there's one thing Cary Elwes knows about, it's true love! (Yes, that's a Princess Bride reference.) (Yesterday's rank: 10)