Social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancelation of nearly every major sport, the delay of numerous blockbusters, the closing of Broadway and a mass shift to people working from home amid office closures. Thankfully, we’ve still got streaming services – especially Netflix.
Let’s start with what Netflix claims to be the 10 most popular movies its subscribers are watching right now. Leading the pack is the Netflix original Spenser Confidential, the Mark Wahlberg action-comedy that debuted on the platform last week. Based on the character created by author Robert B. Parker, the film co-stars Winston Duke and Alan Arkin is the latest collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg.
The other films in the top 10 are library titles, a mix of romantic comedies, kids’ movies, and a pair of timely thrillers: Outbreak, the 1995 drama starring Dustin Hoffman, and Freaks, a 2018 thriller about a telepathic young girl who has been kept isolated for her entire life. The full list:
According to Netflix, the most popular television shows at the moment include On My Block, reality breakout Love Is Blind, animated series Paradise P.D., and, of course, The Office. Other new releases still generating strong viewership totals, at least according to the platform, include Cheer, I Am Not Okay With This, Bojack Horseman, Grace & Frankie, and Ugly Delicious.
Netflix has a ton of random children’s programming most people have maybe never heard of, and while it lacks in offering the kind of powerhouse animated films that Disney+ has to offer, there are plenty of options with which to keep a child home from school occupied. We hazard to make any recommendations here—beyond finding something your kid likes—but here’s one, especially for toddlers: Llama Llama, based on the books by Anna Dewdney and featuring Jennifer Garner as the voice of Mama Llama.
Author – Christopher Rosen, Vanity Fair