Netflix's 'Stranger Things' dethroned Disney's Marvel shows to become this week's top streaming series as buzz builds for season 4

Travis Clark
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"Stranger Things" season three. Netflix
  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.

  • Parrot's list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US. Audience demand reflects the desire and engagement, or overall popularity, of a series.

  • Netflix's "Stranger Things" reclaimed its place at the top of the list this week after stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown teased the fourth season on Instagram.

  • Disney Plus' "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" finally pulled ahead of the other hit Marvel series, "WandaVision," but failed to take the No. 1 spot.

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9. "The Boys" (Amazon Prime Video)

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"The Boys" season 2 Amazon Prime Video

Times more in demand than average show: 22.1

Description: "In a more intense, more desperate Season 2 of THE BOYS, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 97%

What critics said: "Kripke and his writers have produced a show that's genuinely subversive in the way it critiques the superhero genre's big clichés." — Polygon (season 2)

Season 2 premiered on September 4 on Prime Video. See more insights for "The Boys."

8. "The Crown" (Netflix)

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Netflix

Times more in demand than average show: 23.4

Description: "This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 96%

What critics said: "Colman remains a delight, and I could watch her read a phone book." — BuzzFeed (season 4)

Season four premiered on November 15 on Netflix. See more insights for "The Crown."

7. "Titans" (HBO Max)

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DC Universe

Times more in demand than average show: 24.6

Description: "'Titans' follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: "With a bit of time, Titans might end up getting steady on its feet again and returning to being one of the better live-action cape shows, but for the time being, it's definitely showed itself to be a bit more than rusty." — io9 (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe in September, 2019. See more insights for "Titans."

6. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Disney Plus)

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"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Disney Plus

Times more in demand than average show: 27.7

Description: "From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of 'The Mandalorian,' the new 'Clone Wars' episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: "'The Bad Batch' was a very welcome return for The Clone Wars. Its impressive visuals and balance of action and focus on the characters makes it feel as if the series had never left." — Flickering Myth (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21, 2020 on Disney Plus. See more insights for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

5. "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)

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"Cobra Kai" Netflix

Times more in demand than average show: 28.8

Description: "Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the 'Karate Kid' films."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: "Cobra Kai goes out of its way to show us everybody's sides. But it's tough to gauge exactly what it thinks the truth is." — Vulture (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for "Cobra Kai."

4. "The Mandalorian" (Disney Plus)

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"The Mandalorian" Disney Plus

Times more in demand than average show: 36.9

Description: "After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: "Aside from just being watchable TV, The Mandalorian season 2's real strength is that it's great Star Wars." — Polygon (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney Plus on October 30. See more insights for "The Mandalorian."

3. "WandaVision" (Disney Plus)

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in "WandaVision" Marvel Studios

Times more in demand than average show: 40.4

Description: "Marvel Studios' captivating new series 'WandaVision' stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 91%

What critics said: "Marvel and Disney raise the bar for the mini-series VOD world. By far the best thing I have ever seen on an episodic series. Even if it rips my heart out once again." — Indian Country Today (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus January 15. See more insights for "WandaVision."

2. "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" (Disney Plus)

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Daniel Brühl on "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

Times more in demand than average show: 40.6

Description: "Marvel Studios' 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of 'Avengers: Endgame,' team up on a global adventures that tests their abilities — and their patience."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 89%

What critics said: "What's more frustrating at this point is, despite everything raised in the series so far, the emphasis of the show always leads back to the ethical dilemma about how we fight instead of who we fight for." — Polygon (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus on March 19. See more insights for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

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"Stranger Things." Netflix

Times more in demand than average show: 41.1

Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: "Even while some things go a bit too predictably, the last two episodes tie everything and everyone together in spectacular, emotional fashion." — Dallas Morning News (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for "Stranger Things."

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