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

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Nothing can take down stranger things, which is still at the top of the list of the Top 10 Most Popular Shows and Movies on Netflix, and might just remain there until it returns for the final two episodes of its fourth season in July. Chris Hemsworth’s dystopian sci-fi thriller spider-head comes in at No. 2, followed by the Stephen King adaptation Item at No. 3, the CW high school sports series All-American at No. 4, and the Melissa McCarthy-Ben Falcone comedy God’s Favorite Idiot at No. 5.

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

Based on Netflix’s Top 10 as of Tuesday, June 21

For fans of: stranger things | Is it good?: It’s so fun

Now that the kids are older, Season 4 of Netflix’s ’80s-style sci-fi megahit embraces full-on horror in a way it hasn’t done before (the biggest influence on this season is A Nightmare on Elm Street). It also goes supersized with the episode runtimes, which leads to some bloat. It’s not the best season of the show, but it’s still one of the most entertaining shows on TV. (Yesterday’s rank: 1)

For fans of: Chris Hemsworth in glasses | Is it good?: It’s smarter than Netflix dystopian thrillers usually are

This dystopian sci-fi thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as the warden of an experimental prison where mysterious pharmaceuticals are tested out on the prisoners, who include Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett). Jeff and Lizzy form a special bond, which leads to them getting infected with some mind-bending, darkly funny psychological thrills. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)

For fans of: Stephen King, ragtag groups of kids, clowns | Is it good?: It’s so great

This adaptation of the first half of Stephen King’s classic novel follows a group of dorky kids who spend their summer being terrorized by the titular It, a shape-shifting monster who emerges from the sewer to kill children. If you watched stranger things and wanted more of that general thing, this is the perfect movie to watch next. (Yesterday’s rank: 3)

For fans of: Sports, high school, the city of Los Angeles | Is it good?: It’s a solid teen drama adults can enjoy too

The very popular CW high school sports drama, which was inspired by former NFL player Spencer Paysinger’s life, follows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), an aspiring football star balancing ambition and everyday teenage drama as he moves from his neighborhood to become MVP at a new school in Beverly Hills. Its fourth season just hit Netflix. (Yesterday’s rank: 7)

For fans of: Melissa McCarthy, dumb humor | Is it good?: It’s disappointingly bad

Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone star in this comedy series about an average joe who gets chosen by God to be His messenger on Earth. It’s not as funny as it could be. (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

For fans of: True crime documentaries, being afraid of the internet | Is it good?: It’s pretty messed up, but the series isn’t great

This docuseries explores various internet-based crimes and their physical-world consequences, like SWATing, sextortion, and right-wing extremism. It will make you want to smash your phone with a hammer and then melt down the pieces. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)

For fans of: Adam Sandler: Serious Actor | Is it good?: It is!

In Uncut Gems, the game of basketball is essentially second billed, right behind Adam Sandler himself. Sandler’s famously a huge basketball fan in general, so it was only a matter of time before he made a movie about it. Another reminder to the world that Sandler is a solid dramatic actor, hustle is a sports drama that stars Sandler as a washed-up scout who makes it his mission to recruit a talented street ball player from Spain into the NBA. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

For fans of: Cooking competitions | Is it good?: If you like this type of show, you’ll probably love this one too

Iron Chef is back, baby. Quest for an Iron Legend challenges chefs to go up against culinary icons in a battle to see who will become, you guessed it, the Iron Legend. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)

For fans of: british crime shows | Is it good?: It got glowing reviews in the UK

In this four-part limited series that first aired on the BBC last year, a young man accused of a crime uses his closing argument in his trial to try to explain what really happened. It’s a lot of flashbacks, innit. He’s representing himself, and he’s not wearing those silly wigs British lawyers wear. I can’t believe they still do that. (Yesterday’s rank: n/a)

10. Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

For fans of: cults | Is it good?: It’s horrifying in a way you can’t turn away from

Netflix’s latest foray into true crime pulls back the curtain on an even darker subsect of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. The four-part docuseries tells the story of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, its leader and self-professed prophet, Warren Jeffs, and the extreme mistreatment of young women within the cult he created. (Yesterday’s rank: 9)

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