Want to know what TV shows people watched this week? Then you’ve come to the right place.
With so much TV out there, it can be useful to see what’s resonating with others before you pick something for yourself. Perhaps looking at this week’s most-streamed TV shows can help you find your next favorite show, or nudge you toward finally checking out the series everyone’s been recommending.
We’re used streaming aggregator Reel Good, which pulls viewing figures from streaming services in the U.S. and UK, to break down the top 10 most popular shows of the past week. Let’s jump into it with a piece of news that may not be all that surprising: Marvel is back on top with…
1. Moon Knight
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Marvel embraces the chaos with Moon Knight, which sees Oscar Isaac deliver a heroic performance as both mild-mannered gift shop worker Steven Grant and tough-as-nails mercenary Marc Spector. Steven and Marc share the same body, which Marc uses to deliver justice on behalf of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy also star in this series, which brings the MCU places it’s never been before. The finale may already have aired, but we’ll never forget Steven and Marc. Laters, gators!
What we thought: Despite (and because of) its lack of tethering to the greater MCU, Moon Knight stands out as an original and entertaining TV show that could equally delight hardcore fans and those who just want to know what TV show everyone’s going to be talking about. Moon Knight has elements of Fight Club, Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Doctor Who, all rolled up into a sleek and beautifully shot package that’s all but guaranteed to become social media’s newest obsession. —Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter
2. Outer Range
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A sci-fi Western starring Josh Brolin, Outer Range remains one of the most popular new shows of the week. Brolin plays Royal Abbott, a rancher who discovers a strange black hole on his land. What’s the deal with the hole? Who’s mysterious drifter Autumn (Imogen Poots)? And what happened to Rebecca, Royal’s missing daughter-in-law? The answers to all these questions are one binge away: All eight episodes of Outer Range are streaming on Prime.
3. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Strap in, we’re heading back to the final frontier. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest Star Trek spin-off, only this one takes place in the decade before the original series. Climb aboard the USS Enterprise alongside Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and more as they travel to the titular “strange new worlds” found throughout the galaxy.
4. The Staircase
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The Staircase is the first of many true crime dramas on this list. This one revisits the already well-documented murder of Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette) at the hands of her husband, novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth). Depicting scenes of family life with the Petersons before Kathleen’s death to the trial and its aftermath, The Staircase’s buzzy subject matter and starry cast launched it up the most-watched list.
What we thought: To call The Staircase a “true crime classic” is to accurately describe the total dehumanization process that every single real-life person connected to this awful death underwent during their decades in the public eye. But the HBO Max dramatization feels like the final stage of this tragedy-exploitation machine. It not only reduces Kathleen, Michael, and their kids (one of whom is played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) into literal fictional characters for our entertainment consumption, but even adds colorful new personalities like real-life prosecutor Freda Black (portrayed by the inimitable Parker Posey). —Jess Joho, Culture Reporter
5. Under the Banner of Heaven
Another true crime miniseries, this one based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven stars Andrew Garfield in his first foray into prestige TV. Garfield plays Jeb Pyre, a detective investigating the murder of a mother (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby that may have involved the Mormon Church.
6. Bosch: Legacy
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Bosch may be over, but former LAPD detective Hieronymus Bosch (Titus Welliver) is still kicking. Bosch is now working as a private investigator, occasionally doing work for defense attorney Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers). The show also follows his daughter Maddie’s (Madison Lintz) time as a rookie officer in the LAPD.
Now that the last episodes of Ozark are streaming on Netflix, the saga of the Byrde family is officially at an end. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner close out the final season with a bang, as we discover the fates of Marty, Wendy, Ruth, and all the criminals they’ve tangled with over the years.
Did someone call for more true crime on this list? Apparently so, because Hulu’s Candy also follows a real-life murder case. Jessica Biel plays Candy Montgomery, who was accused of murdering her friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) by striking her with an axe 41 times.
9. Better Call Saul
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If you missed Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), you’re clearly not alone. The Breaking Bad prequel, now in its sixth and final season, remains one of the most-watched shows of the week. Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, and Jonathan Banks remain excellent, as do the rest of the cast. Plus, Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are confirmed to appear this season, so it feels like the gang’s really getting back together.
What we thought: For several key players, the stakes have never been higher. Reputations, relationships, and lives are on the line, and mounting tension in the first two episodes alone exposes seldom-seen sides of characters we thought we had all figured out. —Nicole Gallucci, Senior Editor
10. The Pentaverate
Who would have thought that Mike Myers would make a whole TV series based on one joke from his 1993 comedy So I Married An Axe Murderer? Well, he did it, and now people are clearly watching it. The series — which sees Myers playing eight different characters — follows the titular secret society, a powerful organization that runs the world.