Netflix Knows Which Episode Took You From a Casual to Committed Viewer

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Netflix can pinpoint the episode that gets you hooked on a show — that is, the episode that kept 70% of viewers watching through a first season’s end. In doing so, Netflix discovered viewing behavior is quite universal. Regardless of whether they live in Argentina or Japan, members are not only getting hooked on similar episodes, but identifying with similar storylines.

Fear of the unknown turned watchers upside down for STRANGER THINGS (Where’s Will, where’s Barb and what’s a Demogorgon?!; episode 2) and had them bewitched with AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MURDER HOUSE (The dead roam freely on All Hallows’ Eve; episode 4). The underworld of political corruption, whether it’s Pablo Escobar’s thirst for power in Colombia or Robert Taro’s fight to keep it in France, had members addicted to both NARCOS and MARSEILLE by episode 3. The curiosity of criminality had members arrested to THE FALL (Paul Spector proves murder is not a spectator sport; episode 2), PRISON BREAK (Michael finds staying alive in prison is harder than breaking out; episode 3) and MAKING A MURDERER (Brendan Dassey is interrogated; episode 4).

However, not all hooked moments were dark or deadly. Love was the key to get viewers falling for GILMORE GIRLS (Rory’s first kiss!; episode 7), JANE THE VIRGIN (Jane rekindles an old flame, episode 7) and GREY’S ANATOMY (Meredith gets steamy with McDreamy in an elevator; episode 2).

“We’ve always known there is a universality to great stories. The Internet allows us to share these stories with a global audience and what we see from the data is how similar our members watch and respond,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “The hooked findings give us confidence that there is an appetite for original and unique content all over the world, which is why we’re excited to deliver variety in stories to our members, whether they’re political dramas from France or musical dramas from the Bronx.”

According to the research, here are the global episodes where members got hooked:

Show

Global Hooked Episode

Global Hooked Episode – Synopsis

Canadian Hooked Episode

Between

3

Tensions escalate as a power outage cuts off communication with the outside world; a text suggests Ronnie is involved in something sinister.

4

Club de Cuervos

4

Chava battles with Coach Goyo. Meanwhile, Isabel struggles to do business with a sexist sponsor.

5

Fuller House

4

Jackson tries to help Ramona at school but that lands them both in trouble and leads to a disagreement between DJ and Kimmy over parenting styles.

4

Gilmore Girls

7

Rory shares a romantic moment with Dean, but doesn’t tell Lorelai. When Lorelai hears about it from Mrs. Kim, she invites Dean over for movie night.

5

Gotham

7

Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin’s life.

6

Grey’s Anatomy

2

Meredith puts her career on the line to save a newborn in the hospital nursery.

2

How to Get Away With Murder

3

A soccer mom arrested for a petty crime turns out to be a terrorist; Annalise represents a college football star linked to Lila’s disappearance.

5

Jessica Jones

4

A new case demands attention as Jessica tries to find out who’s spying on her for Kilgrave. Trish’s radio show yields unexpected consequences.

4

Love

3

Gus faces a make-or-break situation at work, while Mickey navigates a dicey new dynamic with her boss.

3

Making a Murderer

4

An unexpected confession casts doubt on Steven’s role in the murder case, but the new suspect gives conflicting accounts of what occurred.

4

Marseille

3

Mysterious messages put Taro on edge as he seeks a shortcut back into the race. Rachel struggles to come to terms with her new future.

3

Master of None

4

Dev has a series of eye-opening experiences after he encounters some casual racism in TV auditions.

4

Narcos

3

Murphy encounters the depths of government corruption when he and Peña try to derail Escobar’s political ambitions by proving he’s a narco.

3

Prison Break

3

Michael encounters problems bringing Abruzzi and Sucre into his plan. Meanwhile, Lincoln considers having a family member attend his execution.

5

Scream

3

Just as the killer challenges her to a dangerous game, Emma learns that her mother has been keeping more secrets.

3

Stranger Things

2

Lucas, Mike and Dustin try to talk to the girl they found in the woods. Hopper questions an anxious Joyce about an unsettling phone call.

3

The 100

2

Having discovered that Jasper may still be alive, Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia, Finn and Monty set out on a mission to locate their friend.

3

The Fall

2

Gibson’s worst fears are realized as Spector’s murder spree in Belfast continues and a reckless decision has her facing some very real consequences.

2

The Get Down

2

The guys seek spiritual advice from a grandmaster. Mylene’s future might be in the hands of her father and politically powerful uncle.

3

The Good Wife

6

Alicia agrees to a conjugal visit with Peter to get information from him because her client was convicted during his regime as state’s attorney.

5

The Last Kingdom

2

Caught between his scheming uncle Aelfric and pitiless Viking warlord Ubba, Uhtred goes on the run and seeks out Alfred, the man who would be king.

2

The Ranch

3

Colt comes to a realization after his ego puts him in hot water; Beau’s doctor wants him to switch from steaks to salads.

3

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