Today, Netflix announced the Top 10 Movies, TV shows and unscripted programs that everyone watched on the popular streaming service in 2019. It highlighted movies like Murder Mystery with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as the Most Watched Movie, and shows like You: Season 2 and Stranger Things 3 in the TV category.
Netflix, who is no stranger to the criticism that they never release real data tied to their announcements, went so far this year as to add more context to just what makes something popular here in good ‘ol 2019. In a nutshell, these are the “most watched” programs or movies, which clock a view from you, the general viewer, when you watch at least two minutes of said program, movie or food-related competition show. That’s right. Just…two…minutes.
Did you get that? Let that sink in. When Netflix says that a program got 40 million views, that could be 40 million people watching the opening two minutes and then turning it off. That counts. That’s a view. A view of Terrace House: Tokyo is equivalent to the time it took you to flick a piece of dead skin off the edge of your mouth after burning it on that deep dish pizza last night. A view of Bird Box, which didn’t even end up on the Most Watched List of 2019, is the equivalent of you noticing a piece of fuzz on the plate next to your Hot Pocket and you blowing it off the plate and onto the carpet. A view of Black Mirror: Choose Your Own Adventure Edition is the equivalent of you taking a deep breath, then exhaling it, in an attempt to quell the holiday anxiety you always feel this time of year.
But that’s not the story…really.
The story we’d like to cover today, on the heels of Netflix announcing their most watched of 2019, is for us to go ahead and do the same. We’ve used the same methodology that Netflix does, with specific attention being paid to the programs that we only watched for two minutes; which clearly counts as a legitimate view according to Netflix.
We had everyone here at The Story is Not The Story make a list of the Top 10 things they watched for only two minutes in 2019, then combined all those titles into one aggregated list, which we’ve provided below. We can only hope that by providing you this list of the Most Popular two-minute shows or programs we viewed, that you, too, can make smart choices this New Year’s Eve in making educated choices yourself.
SNTS’ Top 10 Most Watched Netflix Movies of 2019
(Things we only watched for two minutes)
10. The Laundromat
09. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
08. Terrace House: Tokyo
07. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
06. Nailed It: Holiday Edition
05. Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!
04. 6 Underground
03. The Witcher
01. Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up