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What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on May 17

The Woman in the Window is having a moment

Allison Picurro, Kelly Connolly
Amy Adams and Julianne More, The Woman in the Window

Amy Adams and Julianne More, The Woman in the Window


The Netflix Top 10 list won't tell you how many people are watching a show, but it will tell you which shows people are watching the most. On Monday, May 17, the Amy Adams thriller The Woman in the Window takes the No. 1 spot, while the new family sitcom The Upshaws comes in at No. 2. Rounding out the rest of the top 5 are the superhero series Jupiter's Legacy, the anthology Love, Death & Robots, and the animated film The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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 movies, as well as Netflix's Top 10 TV shows.

The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in May 2021

Based on Netflix's Top 10 from Monday, May 17

1. The Woman in the Window

For fans of: Shady characters, great actors giving questionable performances | Is it good?: Not even a little

Amy Adams gets a Rear Window of her very own with this claustrophobic thriller, which finally debuts after a long delay, due first to re-edits and then to the pandemic. Adams plays a child psychologist with agoraphobia who keeps tabs on the seemingly perfect family across the street from her New York City brownstone — and winds up witnessing a brutal crime. (Friday's rank: n/a)

2. The Upshaws

For fans of: Family sitcoms of the past | Is it good?: If you like family sitcoms of the past, you'll like this

The Upshaws evokes all the older family sitcoms you loved -- think Family Matters, Roseanne, Married... with Children -- except it's, you know, modern. The show is about a working class family living in Indiana, and it's complete with a laugh track and a sister-in-law character (Wanda Sykes) who is constantly on the dad's (Mike Epps) nerves. It'll probably bring you right back to the '90s. (Friday's rank: 1)

3. Jupiter's Legacy

For fans of: Superheroes, Josh Duhamel's hair | Is it good?: There are better superhero shows out there, but it's a fun watch

Based on Mark Millar's graphic novels, Jupiter's Legacy is a throwback to the pulp comics of the old days, following a team of superheroes with strong morals and ideas of what America should be, but who also butt heads with a younger generation of superheroes -- some of whom are their children -- who have their own ideas about being a superhero. At the heart of their conflict? The use of lethal force; the kids love it, the grown-ups aren't so hot on it. (Friday's rank: 2)

4. Love, Death & Robots

For fans of: Creepily realistic animation | Is it good?: It's fun!

David Fincher and Tim Miller's animated anthology series is most notable for the fact that each episode is animated by different crews from all over the globe. It often looks a little bit like a hyperrealistic video game, and its genres range from sci-fi to horror to fantasy. (Friday's rank: n/a)

5. The Mitchells vs. the Machines

For fans of: Recognizing celebrity voices, families saving the world | Is it good?: It's pretty cute

It's a safe bet that there's probably no other movie you've seen recently that has an internet famous dog in its cast. That honor belongs to the The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which centers around a family who find out they have to save the world while they're on a road trip. The dog in question is Doug the Pug, and his much less famous co-stars include Maya RudolphDanny McBrideAbbi JacobsonOlivia ColmanEric Andre, and Fred Armisen(Friday's rank: 4)

6. Halston

For fans of: The twisted mind of Ryan Murphy | Is it good?: It's extremely Ryan Murphy

Ewan McGregor and caftans are a match made in heaven in Halston, a new limited series about an iconic fashion designer who defined his era. The decadent autobiographical drama tracks Halston's (McGregor) meteoric rise to fame and his subsequent attempts to keep from unraveling while partying hard alongside celebrity pals, including Liza Minnelli (Krysta Rodriguez). The fingerprints of executive producer Ryan Murphy are all over this one. (Friday's rank: n/a)

7. I Am All Girls

For fans of: Unsettling crimes | Is it good?: It's an effectively thrilling thriller

A cop and a serial killer find unlikely common ground as the hunt to bring down a sex trafficking ring intensifies. (Friday's rank: n/a)

8. StartUp

For fans of: Realizing a whole Adam Brody show happened without your knowledge | Is it good?: Let's not go that far

Adam Brody, Martin Freeman, Edi Gathegi, and more star in this drama for people who understand Bitcoin. Brody plays a swindler who invests his money in a digital currency startup with the help of some unlikely conspirators. Freeman is the crooked FBI agent trying to take them down. (Friday's rank: 3)

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9. Jungle Beat: The Movie

For fans of: The Madagascar movies, because this is sort of the same thing | Is it good?: It's cute

This animated film tells the story of a group of forest animals who suddenly gain the ability to speak. (Friday's rank: n/a)

10. 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. (Friday's rank: 6)

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