What Movie & TV Genres Perform Well in the Netflix Top 10s?

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The Netflix top 10s will soon be having their first birthday and have become a great data point in gauging what’s hot on Netflix around the world. Below, we’ll be diving into the genres that have dominated the lists around the world breaking it down by TV series and movies.

With thanks to Flixpatrol for helping to provide this data. They monitor the top 10s for major streaming services and VOD services around the globe who has helped us put together some key insights below.

Now before we dig in, a few quick caveats on this data. Sometimes, titles can cross genres which isn’t reflected well in this data. The top 10s can also be heavily reliant on what library is available in the respective countries too. In the US, for example, it may not have access to as many animated titles compared to other countries so that’s why the number could be lower. So in conclusion, this should be more indicative as to what genres do well as opposed to being a scientific measurement.

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United States Netflix Top 10 Genre Insights

We’ll begin with the United States where comedy movies seem to dominate the top 10s the most. That genre likely extends to romantic comedies which Netflix has in heaps. Animated titles (particularly licensed) did well throughout the year with Despicable Me dominating the top 10s throughout most of the year for example.

On the TV side, documentaries perform very well in the United States whereas individual movies perform less well. That’s probably down to the subject matter of docu-series given most cover gruesome murders.


  • Comedy – 22.1%
  • Animation – 19.2%
  • Drama – 10.4%
  • Action – 9.5%
  • Thriller – 8.1%
  • Romance – 7.4%
  • Sci-fi – 4.9%
  • Other Genres – 18.4%

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TV Series

  • Drama – 20.2%
  • Documentary – 16.4%
  • Comedy – 15%
  • Animated – 10.9%
  • Reality – 9.6%
  • Fantasy – 6.2%
  • Superhero – 4.9%
  • Other Genres – 16.8%

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United Kingdom Netflix Top 10 Genre Insights

In the UK, docu-series reign supreme on the top 10 TV lists while comedy movies, just like the US, do very well too.


  • Comedy – 23.9%
  • Animation – 14.1%
  • Action – 9.7%
  • Thriller – 9.6%
  • Sci-fi – 7.6%
  • Drama – 7.2%
  • Crime – 4.6%
  • Horror – 4.2%
  • Other Genres – 19.1%

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TV Series

  • Documentary – 17.9%
  • Drama – 16.6%
  • Crime – 12.5%
  • Comedy – 12%
  • Reality – 8.9%
  • Animated – 9.9%
  • Adventure – 4.8%
  • Sci-fi – 3.5%
  • Action – 3.4%
  • Other Genres – 28.4%

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Other Global Top 10 Insights

Rather than going through every region as intrinsically as we have above, we thought we’d look and document some of the other interesting tidbits we’ve seen while looking at the genre data.

  • In Japan, animation rules supreme. 43.6% of the TV top 10 includes animated titles (mostly anime series) whereas less than 10% of the movies are animated.
  • Comedy movies generally are the most popular movie genre globally whereas drama series tend to be the most-watched on the TV side.
  • Horror movies and TV series tend to be very low down the genre lists with it averaging around 3-7% depending on the country on each respective list.
  • India is one of the few countries that has a heavy bias to romance movies with 16.7%.
  • Luxembourg’s movie list is heavily dominated by comedy movies with over 40% of the titles in its top 10.
  • The Irish are the most partial to a good docu-series close to 20% of their top 10 TV series list dominated by documentaries.

We’ll be doing more insights into the top 10s overtime right here on What’s on Netflix but let us know if you’re surprised with any of the revelations above in the comments down below.

What Movie & TV Genres Perform Well in the Netflix Top 10s?

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Founder and webmaster of What's on Netflix. Based in Norwich in the United Kingdom, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for a decade having started the site in 2013. Contact: [email protected]