The top 9 streaming TV shows of the week, as 'Star Wars' overtakes Marvel

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"Stranger Things." 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" maintained its lead in audience demand this week thanks to the recent release of a new teaser for season four.

  • Disney+'s "Star Wars" series, "The Mandalorian" and "The Clone Wars," got a boost from the debut last week of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," which didn't crack the top nine yet. 

  • Disney+'s Marvel shows "WandaVision" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" fell in demand this week.

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8. "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.7

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%

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What critics said: "When the second half of the season finally seems to settle a bit and have some focus, the remaining storylines end abruptly, which is quite frustrating as viewers spend 10 episodes waiting for a climax that doesn't arrive." — Bangkok Post (season 3)

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

7. "Shadow and Bone" (Netflix)

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Jessie Mei Li as Alina in Netflix's "Shadow and Bone." David Appelby/Netflix

Times more in demand than average show: 28.9

Description: "Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 86%

What critics said: "[Shadow and Bone] transcends familiarity thanks to the commitment of a pitch-perfect cast, well-stylized fight sequences, and intentional character development that makes these relationships feel nuanced and history-laden." — Guardian (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on April 23 on Netflix. See more insights for "Shadow and Bone."

6. "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" (Disney+)

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Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie on episode six of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." Marvel/Disney

Times more in demand than average show: 32.4

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): 87%

What critics said: "It's far from a perfect show, but it had moments of emotion and connection that have often been lacking in the MCU as a whole." — Polygon (Season 1)

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

5. "WandaVision" (Disney+)

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Marvel Studios

Times more in demand than average show: 33.0

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): 92%

What critics said: "The action, emotions, and drama all make this a must-see show, and Wandavision has rightfully been praised for its strong themes related to grief, love, and family." — Bust Magazine (Season 1)

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

4. "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu)

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Elisabeth Moss stars on "Handmaid's Tale." Sophie Giraud/Hulu

Times more in demand than average show: 33.1

Description: "A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 64%

What critics said: "'Handmaid's Tale' ran out of creative runway after using up much of the novel's material in season one. Yet for three more seasons, it has refused to call it a blessed day." — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 4)

Season 4 premiered April 28 on Hulu. See more insights for "The Handmaid's Tale."

3. "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Disney+)

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Disney Plus

Times more in demand than average show: 37.6

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 animation is better than ever, the spirit of the series-a more character-based version of the stories told between 'Attack Of The Clones' and 'Revenge Of The Sith' are as compelling as ever." — The Playlist (season 7)

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

2. "The Mandalorian" (Disney+)

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"The Mandalorian" Disney Plus

Times more in demand than average show: 37.7

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: "We're in an age of TV where so much money can be thrown around and it doesn't work. This is throwing a lot of money at something and it does." — BBC (Season 2)

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

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

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"Stranger Things." Netflix

Times more in demand than average show: 51.3

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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