(Above: Lenora Crichlow in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror.’ Source: IMDb)
The widely referenced movie and TV database IMDb has released a list of the top 10 shows for 2019 based on rankings of page views on its site.
In a dramatic demonstration of streaming’s growing popularity, Netflix dominates that list with six shows. Add Amazon Prime’s The Boys, and streamers occupy seven of the top 10 spots.
1. Game of Thrones – HBO’s epic mystical fantasy based on George R.R. Martin’s novels ended with its eighth and final season in 2019. The conclusion to the battle for Westeros was hotly anticipated but left many fans feeling left out in the cold. You can stream the series with a $14.99 a month HBO Now subscription. Also, you can purchase individual episodes starting at $2.99 from FandangoNow and other sources.
2. Chernobyl – HBO’s grim and compelling retelling of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown and its environmental, political and personal fallout. Stellan Skarsgård, Jared Harris and Emily Watson lead the excellent cast. Chernobyl is available on HBO Now. Individual episodes sell for $2.99 on Vudu.
3. Stranger Things – Netflix’s supernatural mystery set in the 1980s became a sleeper hit, with a fourth season planned for 2020. The cast includes David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Mille Bobbie Brown and Gaten Matarazzo (pictured below). It’s available only on Netflix, which offers plans ranging from $8.99 to $15.99 a month.
4. The Umbrella Academy – Ellen Page stars as The White Violin, one of a group of six dysfunctional siblings who reunite when their father dies. They must soon solve a mystery surrounding his death, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy is available only on Netflix.
5. The Boys – Amazon Prime’s only entry on the list, The Boys stars juiced superheroes who range from the insecure to sociopathic, as well as the unscrupulous corporation that manages them and the mere mortals out to stop them. Available exclusively on Amazon Prime, which costs $119 annually/$12.99 monthly, with a student plan priced at $59 a year/$6.49 a month.
6. Black Mirror – The science fiction anthology series offers a darkly humorous take on the distant and not-so-distant future. The first five seasons of the show, which premiered on the UK’s Channel 4, are available exclusively on Netflix.
7. The Walking Dead – The never-say-die survivors of a zombie apocalypse have managed to fend off oblivion since 2010. The AMC series returns with the second half of season 10 this February. Meanwhile, you can stream the first nine seasons of the AMC show with a Netflix subscription. You can also buy individual episodes from the first nine seasons for $1.99 from Amazon and other providers.
8. Peaky Blinders – This gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England stars Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson and Helen McCrory. The first five seasons of the BBC series are available with a Netflix subscription. You can also buy individual episodes for $1.99 from Vudu and other sources.
9. Sex Education – This coming of age dramedy about a teenage boy (Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, pictured below to the right) being raised by a sex-therapist mother (X-Files’ Gillian Anderson) is billed as “a contemporary British love letter to American high school TV shows.” Produced by UK-based Eleven for Netflix, the show returns for a second season January 17.
10. You – This romantic drama stars Pen Badgley as a bookstore manager who uses internet savvy to woo the woman (Ambyr Childers) of his dreams. A second 10-episode season launches on Netflix December 26. You can also buy individual episodes for $2.99 from Amazon.
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