The streaming wars in 2019 took on a new level of intensity with additional services from Disney and Apple joining the fray. Consumers were already busy navigating Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu for what to watch and the choices were already limitless.
According to TV Time, the below 20 shows were the most-watched worldwide this year. Of the series listed, all but one are on Netflix: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Of note, Netflix’s Money Heist (aka La Casa de Papel) did exceptionally well for the streamer. The third season of the Spanish show was the most-watched Netflix series across non-English-language territories with 44 million households watching the show in its first four weeks. Fans cannot wait for season four, which is premiering in 2020.
2. Stranger Things
3. 13 Reasons Why
4. Money Heist aka La Casa de Papel
5. Orange Is The New Black
6. The Handmaid’s Tale
7. Sex Education
10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
11. The Umbrella Academy
12. Black Mirror
14. Marvel’s The Punisher
16. Love, Death & Robots
18. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
19. Big Mouth
20. The Society
Despite the vast amount of competition, Netflix stood out for the high quality of its content, receiving 17 nominations in both the film and television categories for the upcoming 2020 Golden Globes. This also includes the streamer’s first-ever best-picture nomination for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.