Some of the most-watched TV shows worldwide are:
- Game of Thrones1: A fantasy drama series based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, set in a medieval world where several noble families vie for the Iron Throne. It ran for eight seasons from 2011 to 2019, and became one of the most acclaimed and popular shows of all time, winning 59 Emmy Awards and attracting an average of 44.2 million viewers per episode in the final season2.
- Stranger Things3: A science fiction horror series created by the Duffer Brothers, set in the 1980s in a small town where a group of kids encounters supernatural phenomena and a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers. It has four seasons so far, with a fifth one in production, and has received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including six Emmys and four Golden Globes. It has also become a cultural phenomenon, with an estimated 64 million households watching the third season in the first four weeks of its release4.
- The Walking Dead5: A post-apocalyptic horror series based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, following a group of survivors who struggle to stay alive in a world overrun by zombies and hostile humans. It has 11 seasons so far, with a 12th and final one planned, and has spawned several spin-offs and web series. It is one of the most-watched cable shows in history, with an average of 17.4 million viewers per episode in the fourth season.
- The Crown: A historical drama series created by Peter Morgan, depicting the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II from 1947 to the present day. It has four seasons so far, with a fifth and sixth one in development, and has received widespread acclaim and recognition, winning 11 Emmys and eight Golden Globes. It is also one of the most expensive shows ever made, with a budget of $13 million per episode. It has an estimated 73 million households watching the show as of November 2020.
- Money Heist: A Spanish crime thriller series created by Álex Pina, following a group of robbers who execute elaborate heists on various institutions, led by a mysterious mastermind known as the Professor. It has four parts so far, with a fifth and final one coming soon, and has become one of the most popular and successful non-English shows on Netflix, with an estimated 65 million households watching the fourth part in the first four weeks of its release. It has also won several awards, including an International Emmy for Best Drama Series.