The Top 10 Most Popular Shows and Movies on Netflix Today, April 21

Natasha Lyonne and Annie Murphy, Russian Doll


Today, Netflix’s top 10 list of the most popular TV shows and movies includes a whole lot of crime. The eerie docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes leads today’s ranking at No. 1, with Anatomy of a Scandal following it at No. 2. Then there’s the Colombian telenovela The Marked Heart (No. 6), about a man whose wife is murdered by organ harvesters (!), followed by Better Call Saul (No. 7) and Queen of the South (No. 9). I guess there’s not very much crime in Bridgerton, today’s No. 5, though you could make a case for calling the fashion police on all those empire waist gowns.

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 recommendations for the 50 best movies on Netflix and the 50 best TV shows on Netflix to watch right now. 

Based on Netflix’s Top 10 from Thursday, April 21

For fans of: True crime, clowns | Is it good?: It’s great if you like learning about serial killers

This three-part true crime docuseries about John Wayne Gacy is the follow-up to 2019’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and if you liked that one, you’ll probably like this one too. Using previously unheard audio from interviews with Gacy, it doesn’t exactly provide any new information, but it does effectively bring you deeper inside the inner workings of the mind of a serial killer. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

For fans of: Bad husbands, the British legal system | Is it good?: It has a great cast and will hold your interest

This miniseries follows the media circus that springs up after news goes public that a member of the British Parliament (Rupert Friend) has had an affair, which leads to the exposure of even darker secrets. The show comes from David E. Kelley, who gave us Big Little Lies and therefore knows his way around stories about people with things to hide. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)

For fans of: Partner swapping, schadenfreude, loose rules | Is it good?: It’s an addictive mess

Netflix’s new plan to finally make some money is to cancel your favorite shows and produce as many cheap reality shows as it can. Proof that the streamer is signing off on any and every dating show is The Ultimatum, which sees couples with one person ready for marriage and the other not swap partners with other couples with the same problem to test run marriage and see if it’s for them, or something. The rules break down pretty quickly, and people yell at each other! Then they propose to each other. What is this show? And why can’t I stop watching? (Yesterday’s rank: 2) [The Best Dating Reality Shows to Watch]

For fans of: Crazy people, weddings | Is it good?: It’s actually pretty great

If The Ultimatum isn’t insane enough for you, how about Married at First Sight? This reality series throws together two total strangers who agree to get married on the same day they meet for the first time. The show keeps up with them in the aftermath as they actually get to know each other, and after a few weeks, they decide whether or not to stay together. Much like other shows of this nature, it’s impossible to look away from once you start watching. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

For fans of: Period romance with a modern sensibility | Is it good?: Absolutely

Netflix’s megahit offers two full seasons of Regency-era romance, gossip, and gowns, given the golden touch by producer Shonda Rhimes. The 1800s London-set drama is told in season-long chapters, each covering a romance of one of the high society Bridgerton siblings, with Season 1 following Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her coupling with the reluctant duke Simon (Regé-Jean Page), as well as their steamy on-screen sexploits that gave the show much of its popularity. Season 2 moves on to Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and the woman he cautiously falls for, Kate (Simone Ashley), and while there’s less doin’ it, the push-and-pull romance is a blast to watch. Here’s our review. (Yesterday’s rank: 4) [Shows Like Bridgerton]

For fans of: Soapy plots, revenge | Is it good?: It’s perfect for anyone who loves D-R-A-M-A

This Colombian telenovela has everything: murder, revenge, organ harvesting. It follows a man out for vengeance against the shady organization that killed his wife and stole her heart (literally, they cut it out of her). You don’t just see that kind of drama everywhere. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

For fans of: Breaking Bad, lawyers trying their best, Cinnabon | Is it good?: It’s one of the best shows on TV

After a long, long wait, Better Call Saul Season 5 has finally hit Netflix ahead of the premiere of its sixth and final season on AMC. The Breaking Bad prequel series gives us the origin story of Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in the early 2000s, when he was still known as Jimmy McGill and was struggling to get his career off the ground. A bunch of familiar faces show up, like Jonathan Banks’ Mike and Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus, and plenty of new ones that are just as dynamic, as is the way of the BBCU (Breaking Bad cinematic universe). This show rules, plain and simple. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)

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: 10) 

For fans of: When women break bad, crime | Is it good?: It’ll keep you interested

This crime series centers on a woman (Alice Braga) who falls in love with a drug cartel member and is then forced to flee her home in Mexico after he’s murdered. In America, she starts her own drug empire and becomes wildly rich, but makes a ton of enemies in the process. (Yesterday’s rank: 9)

For fans of: Time travel, Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” | Is it good?: It’s great

Russian Doll has returned for Season 2, and now it’s about time travel. While the first season followed Natasha Lyonne’s Nadia Vulvokov as she tried to escape a time loop, the second is about her getting on a train that allows her to visit the past, at which point she gets stuck inside her mother’s body. All roads lead back to generational trauma. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

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