Only one Marvel show makes Netflix’s Top 20 'binge-raced' shows

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Jun 21, 2018, 5:50 AM EDT (Updated)

Come on, Marvel fans, you can do better!

That’s our initial reaction to Netflix’s announcement of its Top 20 ‘Binge-Raced’ Shows. Understandably, out of marketing necessity, the streaming giant also simultaneously announced the definition of binge-racing: “To speed through an entire season within 24 hours of its release and to be the first to finish.”

Our second reaction to the announcement? A lot of people spend an unhealthy amount of time watching television. 8.4 million people to be exact. According to usually data-secretive Netflix, that’s how many folks have binge-raced a full season of their favorite show upon release. And of all those top-streaming seasons consumed, just one of those came from Marvel: The Defenders.


Here’s the full list:

1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2. Fuller House
3. The Ranch
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
5. The Seven Deadly Sins
6. Trailer Park Boys
7. Santa Clarita Diet
8. F is for Family
9. Orange is the New Black
10. Stranger Things
11. Friends from College
12. Grace and Frankie
13. Wet Hot American Summer
14. Atypical
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
16. House of Cards
17. Master of None
18. Luther
19. GLOW
20. Arrested Development

Perhaps The Defenders place at the top of Marvel’s Netflix shows makes sense, considering all the momentum going into the first season, thanks to the successes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. But it is rather surprising that none of the individual street-level heroes broke the Top 20. (Okay, maybe Iron Fist isn't all that surprising).

Despite the seemingly pervasive popularity of genre shows, as far as binge-racing goes, they really aren’t very well represented, certainly not in comparison to comedies. Besides The Defenders, there’s only the Japanese animated manga series The Seven Deadly Sins, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant’s horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet, and Stranger Things, which will likely climb a bunch of spots when Season 2 debuts at the end of the month.

Of course, comedies typically have shorter run times, so they're a little easier to digest within 24 hours. But still, c'mon superhero fans. There's street cred on the line, here.

Are you a binge-racer? Let us know why in the comments below!

(via USA Today)

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