Well, I can’t say I expected Anatomy of a Scandal, a six-episode, and not particularly commendable miniseries, to stay in Netflix’s top 10 for very long. And after a few days he lost his throne. Although I can’t say it’s something I expected.
Netflix’s new number one series is Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes. The series is a three-episode short documentary series about the notorious serial killer, Netflix’s latest reality-based programming topping the charts, though I’m guessing the opposite of its recent romance contest series. Every once in a while we see one of these peaks, the last time it was the worst roommate ever, talking about murderous or psychopathic roommates.
Are these shows really good? I guess it depends on who you ask, but nothing seems to have had such an impact on Making a Murderer. Or I guess Tiger King was basically a detective series. I don’t expect the Gacy documentary to last more than a few days, and we all know what will soon be show #1, the second half of Ozark’s final season, which airs in a week at starting today April 29th. .
I just noticed that Netflix now separates its Top 10 Movies and Top 10 TV Shows into two separate lists. Guess that makes sense, considering you often clicked on something and didn’t know if you got a show or a movie, and that’s how every other Netflix category works now. On the list of films, we surprised, another documentary in the lead, this one on Abercrombie and Fitch. Elsewhere in the top 10 list we have… all three Shrek movies and for some reason How It Ends, a 2018 Netflix-branded apocalypse film that I swear I watched elsewhere a long time ago. I don’t know why it would be #3 on the list right now.
As for the former reigning champ, Anatomy of a Scandal isn’t a series you have to wait to see if it gets renewed. It was based on a book, its story is told, and the show was meant to be a limited series. Just another piece of gear in Netflix’s endless, bubbling content machine that we’ll probably never think about again.
It was an extremely terrible week for Netflix which lost subscribers for the first time in years, and 35% of its stock price as a result. A common complaint is Netflix’s growing lack of quality control and the things that end up on Netflix’s most popular list are far worse than its competitors. And then sometimes the things that hit #1 that are the good ones still get killed regardless, like Archive 81 more recently, for some reason. Strange times.
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