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Netflix Reveals What Shows People Binge-Watch First

Dave Parrack 08-02-2018

Netflix has released a list of the shows which people have binge-watched first. To be honest, there are very few surprises on the list, but it is a good excuse to get everyone checking their viewing activity to find out what their own “first binge” was on Netflix.


While binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More was a thing before Netflix even existed, the two have now become inseparable. Because while people did used to binge-watch their way through DVD box sets, Netflix almost made it the default option by playing the next episode as soon as the previous one ended.

The Top 10 First Binges on Netflix

To prove the point, Netflix has revealed the 10 shows which most people binge-watched first. Netflix considers a binge being when you watch “at least one season of a show within 7 days of starting.” However, it has only focused on people joining Netflix within the last five years.

According to Netflix, the top 10 “first binges” globally are:

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Stranger Things
  5. Narcos
  6. House of Cards
  7. Prison Break
  8. 13 Reasons Why
  9. Grey’s Anatomy
  10. American Horror Story

There are an inordinate number of Netflix Originals 10 Awesome Netflix Originals You've Probably Never Heard Of Alongside the headline-making shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, there are countless Netflix originals that may have passed you by. Read More on that list. Possibly as a result of those being the shows people have signed up to watch, and possibly as a result of Netflix promoting them heavily every time you open the app. Either way, this is good news for Netflix.

How to Check Your Netflix Viewing Activity

To check all of the shows and movies you have watched on Netflix:

  • Open Netflix in your web browser.
  • Hover over your profile picture in the top right-hand corner.
  • Click Account.
  • Click Viewing Activity.
  • You can then scroll down your list of viewed content in chronological order.

You can do this for all of your profiles by clicking on “Manage profiles”.

What Was Your First Binge on Netflix?

People’s viewing habits on Netflix are fascinating. Having scrolled all the way through my Viewing Activity I discovered that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was my “first binge”. But then I’ve been a subscriber so long that was before Netflix started throwing money at original content Netflix Raises Prices to Fund More Original Content If you're currently subscribed to Netflix then you should prepare yourself to start paying more for the privilege. Because Netflix is raising the price of two of its three plans in several countries. Read More .

What was the first show you binge-watched on Netflix? Are you a serial binge-watcher or do you prefer to take your time? Do you worry that Netflix is turning us all into square-eyed couch potatoes? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. CA5CA5
    February 12, 2018 at 12:41 am

    although not a Netflix show but i think "24" was the one the show that kickstarted binge watching

  2. Scott N Wallace
    February 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    My first Netflix binge watch was Making a Murderer, just couldn't stop, every episode pulled you so strongly into the next one.