The top 9 streaming shows of the week are ruled by sci-fi, fantasy, and superheroes

  • 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 anime series “Castlevania” is back in demand after its final season debuted last week.
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9. "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 27.4

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’s electric first three seasons have done the Miyagi-verse proud — but one more battle royale ought to be just enough to make sure it goes out on a high.” — NME (season 3)

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

8. "Castlevania" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 27.5

Description: “A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.” 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 100%

What critics said: “Season 4 delivers the proper finale the series deserves, deftly working through a great deal of material and giving every major character a clear ending. It’s safe to say the upcoming spinoff series will have very big boots to fill.” — IGN (season 4)

Season 4 premiered on May 13 on Netflix. See more insights for “Castlevania.”

7. "Shadow and Bone" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 28.7

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: “Starring newcomers Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux and Freddy Carter, it flies by over the course of eight episodes of magic, espionage, violence and romance — in other words, all of the necessary ingredients to satisfy a fantasy fan.” — Time (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+)

Times more in demand than average show: 31.4

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): 88%

What critics said: “Since the conclusion of ‘Endgame,’ each Phase 4 project has dealt with loss, recovery, or filling the void in some way. The latest MCU entrant is no different.” — The Ringer (Season 1)

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

5. "WandaVision" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 32.3

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: “Marrying spectacle and emotion for a show that does credit to both its format and its franchise.” — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 1)

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

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

Times more in demand than average show: 32.5

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

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 66%

What critics said: “In spite of all those shortcomings, The Handmaid’s Tale remains one of the most beautifully shot and directed shows right now. And perhaps, that, along with the performances from the actors, is enough to keep you hooked this season.” — Film Inquiry (Season 4)

Season 4 premiered April 28 on Hulu. See more insights for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

3. "The Mandalorian" (Disney+)

Times more in demand than average show: 35.2

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+ on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

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

Times more in demand than average show: 36.0

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: “If you’re already a fan of The Clone Wars, this initial return suggests a finale that fulfills the promise of everything that’s come before. It’s beautiful, action-packed, and rich in themes and emotion.” — ComicBook.com (season 7)

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

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

Times more in demand than average show: 45.7

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: “The final episode of Stranger Things 3 is a flawlessly executed, truly beautiful piece of television. But there’s a problem. To watch the final episode of Stranger Things 3, you first have to watch the preceding seven episodes of Stranger Things 3. And, oh boy, are those a slog.” — Guardian (Season 3)

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

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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