The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘Money Heist’ to ‘Lucifer’

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“Lucifer”

  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix’s daily top-10 lists.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
  • “Lucifer’s” final season debuted last week and the show was this week’s biggest Netflix series.
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9. “Money Heist” (Netflix original, 2017-2021)

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“Money Heist.”

Description: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 95%

What critics said: “It looks like the show might have changed genres in its final season.” — Ask (season five)

8. “On the Verge” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Four women — a chef, a single mom, an heiress and a job seeker — dig into love and work, with a generous side of midlife crises, in pre-pandemic LA.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “What comes out is four characters that are less relatable than Delpy likely intended.” — Decider (season one)

7. “Manifest” (NBC and Netflix, 2018-present)

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“Manifest.”

Description: “When a plane mysteriously lands years after takeoff, the people onboard return to a world that has moved on without them and face strange, new realities.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “Manifest’s premiere is confident and declares that it hasn’t lost any of its heart or soul, as the Stone family conquers the new threats that face them more together than ever, even if they’re hundreds of miles apart.” — Tell-Tale TV (season three)

6. “Sharkdog” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Half shark, half dog with a big heart and a belly full of fish sticks! Together, Sharkdog and his human pal Max can take on any silly or messy adventure.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

5. “The Circle” (Netflix original, 2020-present)

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Description: “Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “I’m not even sure the snark of host Michelle Buteau can save season three of The Circle.” — The Spool (season three)

4. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

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Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

3. “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Description: “This unflinching series documents the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from Al Qaeda’s roots in the 1980s to America’s response, both at home and abroad.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “Director Brian Knappenberger’s five-part docuseries … remains an upsetting, enraging, and largely even-handed history lesson about the past two decades.” — Daily Beast

2. “Clickbait” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “When family man Nick Brewer is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist, those closest to him race to uncover who is behind it and why.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 54%

What critics said: “Clickbait wants to send powerful messages about the dangers of social media in the digital age, but the hackneyed writing and unfathomable reveals can’t save the show from the irony of being nothing more than an intriguing title.” — AV Club (season one)

1. “Lucifer” (Netflix original, 2016-2021)

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“Lucifer”

Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%

What critics said: “Over the years, it’s gotten looser, funnier, more sure of itself and more emotionally engaging, all while showing admirable fealty to the building blocks of quality mainstream television.” — Vanity Fair (season six)

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Meet the average Netflix user, a Millennial woman without a college degree living in the American suburbs earning less than $50,000 a year

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  • Netflix has 74 million subscribers in the US and Canada.
  • Its typical user is a woman who lives in the US suburbs and has some or no college education.
  • The average user is also more likely to identify as liberal or a moderate, not republican.
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Netflix is arguably the most ubiquitous streaming service, with 74 million subscribers in North America.

It appeals to viewers of all walks of life, but data from analytics firm Morning Consult shows there’s a typical subscriber to the world’s most popular streaming platform.

Netflix’s average user is a millennial who earns less than $50,000 a year, according to US data prepared for Insider from the firm’s global research platform, Morning Consult Brand Intelligence. Over half a million Americans responded to the survey between June and September.

The average Netflix user is more likely to be female, but only barely. And 68% of Netflix subscribers have some or no college education – about 33% have at least a bachelor’s degree.

They also tend to live in the suburbs and politically identify as either a Liberal or a Moderate – just 34% of Netflix users that answered the survey said they were conservatives. Morning Consult also surveyed Americans who don’t use Netflix and found that they are more likely to be republicans rather than liberals or moderates.

Morning Consult compared the data to that of the average US citizen, per Census data, and came to an interesting conclusion.

“The profile of a Netflix user actually looks very similar to the profile of the everyday American,” Joanna Piacenza, who leads industry intelligence at Morning Consult, told Insider.

For example, the data shows that 68% of Netflix users don’t have a bachelor’s degree, compared to the 69% of US adults that also don’t, according to Census data. And 15% of Americans have an income exceeding $100,000 – 17% of Netflix users are in the same economic position.

Netflix has focused on diversifying its content offering to appeal to children, teens, and adults, with genres ranging from action and horror to family-friendly.

The streaming platform’s big draws include “Bridgerton” and “The Witcher,” shows that people can watch only on Netflix. But the company’s competitors, like HBO Max and Disney+, have taken a similar approach, which has attracted new viewers and helped the newer streamers catch up to Netflix in the market.

Netflix is no longer the only fish in the sea.

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From Tesla to Netflix: These are the companies that look set to join the ‘$1 trillion club’ in the next 5 years

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Tencent, Netflix, Berkshire Hathaway, and Visa are among companies headed towards the trillion-dollar stock market valuation, a study shows.
  • The study compared the market cap of the 50 biggest public companies along with their average annual growth.
  • Estimates for Chinese firms do not factor in Beijing’s most recent regulatory crackdowns.
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Tesla, Netflix, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway are among 16 companies in the race to hit the $1 trillion mark within the next five years, according to a recent study by cloud-based procurement solutions provider Approve.com.

Facebook became the fifth US company to join the $1 trillion club in late June this year, joining other tech leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google parent Alphabet to achieve that milestone. Oil producer Saudi Aramco is the only non-US company in the exclusive club.

Approve.com analyzed the market caps of the 50 biggest publicly-listed companies alongside their average annual growth to find which ones could hit the 13-digit mark the quickest. The analysis, published in July, showed that even more tech companies are set to dominate the trillion-dollar zone.

Projections made for Chinese-based companies in this study are based on annual growth rates, and don’t include the impact of the recent regulatory crackdowns. These companies have had a turbulent year, ever since Beijing began to tighten its grip on services that were abruptly presented with new compliance challenges.

Here are the 16 companies on track to reach a $1 trillion-dollar valuation by 2026:

1. Tesla

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Market Cap: $754 billion
Sector: Automotive (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2022
Average annual growth rate: 123.87%

2. Tencent

Tencent

Market Cap: $569 billion
Sector: Technology (China)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2022
Average annual growth rate: 97.04%

3. Comcast

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Market Cap: $263 billion
Sector: Telecommunications (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2023
Average annual growth rate: 186.93%

 

4. Meituan

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Market Cap: $179 billion
Sector: E-commerce (China)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2023
Average annual growth rate: 115.74%

5. Nvidia

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Market Cap: $555 billion
Sector: Technology (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2024
Average annual growth rate: 48.27%

6. Kweichow Moutai

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Market Cap: $317 billion
Sector: Alcohol (China)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2024
Average annual growth rate: 48.6%

7. Netflix

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Market Cap: $257 billion
Sector: Entertainment (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2024
Average annual growth rate: 74.16%

8. Alibaba Group

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Jack Ma.

Market Cap: $433 billion
Sector: Technology (China)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2025
Average annual growth rate: 19.16%

9. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

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Market Cap: $620 billion
Sector: Semiconductors (Taiwan)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2025
Average annual growth rate: 16.05%

10. Visa

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Market Cap: $492 billion
Sector: Financial Services
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2025
Average annual growth rate: 22.32%

11. Mastercard

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Market Cap: $342 billion
Sector: Financial Services (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2025
Average annual growth rate: 32.15%

12. PayPal

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Market Cap: $332 billion
Sector: Financial Services (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2025
Average annual growth rate: 43.71%

13. Berkshire Hathaway

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Market Cap: $635 billion
Sector: Investment (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2026
Average annual growth rate: 10.49%

14. Samsung

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Market Cap: $444 billion
Sector: Technology (South Korea)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2026
Average annual growth rate: 19.24%

15. LVMH

LVMH

Market Cap: $372 billion
Sector: Luxury Goods (France)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2026
Average annual growth rate: 22.78%

16. Salesforce

Salesforce San Francisco

Market Cap: $250 billion
Sector: Software (US)
Estimated year to hit $1 trillion: 2026
Average annual growth rate: 40.67%

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Apple drops, Netflix and Spotify pop after judge rules in favor of Epic Games in lawsuit targeting in-app purchases

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  • A ruling in the Apple vs. Epic Games lawsuit sent shares of the iPhone maker down as much as 3% on Friday.
  • The ruling said Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases that would not be subject to a commission paid to the company.
  • While shares of Apple fell, companies that rely on the app store to generate business surged, including Netflix, Spotify, and Roblox.
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Shares of Apple fell as much as 3% on Friday after a judge ruled that the iPhone maker must allow other forms of in-app purchases for app developers and their customers.

The ruling – which came in the Apple vs. Epic Games lawsuit – means Apple can’t restrict app developers use of external links when directing customers to sign up for a service. Apple forced app developers to restrict sign-ups to within the app store, allowing the company to collect a percentage of the revenue generated from subscription signups and in-app purchases.

The ruling led to a Friday afternoon pop in shares of companies that rely on the app-store to generate business. Shares of Netflix, Spotify, Roblox, Bumble, and Match.com all popped following the ruling, with some shares up as much as 5%.

The ruling said Apple is “permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.”

But the ruling also favored Apple in some aspects, and the judge said that “the court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws.” That could represent relief for some investors who are concerned about the ongoing anti-trust investigations into Apple.

Apple said in a statement: “As the Court recognized ‘success is not illegal. Apple faces rigorous competition in every segment in which we do business, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world.”

The company plans to appeal the ruling. If the ruling does stand, Apple’s revenue generated from its app store could fall significantly, as the company warned late last year.

The Apple vs. Epic lawsuit stems from Apple’s decision in August of 2020 to remove the popular video game Fortnite from its app store after Epic developed its own in-app payment system to circumvent Apple’s 30% commission rate.

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Hulu will raise the prices of its basic and ad-free streaming plans by a dollar starting in October

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Hulu president Kelly Campbell during Disney’s Investor Day presentation on December 10.

  • Two of Hulu’s on-demand streaming memberships will get more expensive in October.
  • The price for Hulu and Hulu with No Ads will respectively cost $6.99 and $12.99 per month.
  • Prices for Live TV and Disney Bundle packages will not be affected.
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Hulu’s basic membership plans will get one dollar more expensive starting October 8, the company said.

The price for Hulu will increase from $5.99 to $6.99 per month, while Hulu with No Ads will go from $11.99 to $12.99 per month. Plans that include Live TV or are bundled with Disney+ and ESPN+ will remain the same.

Users logging into their accounts online were met with a splash page notifying them of the increase, and a footnote was added to the service’s plan-selection page for new customers.

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The Disney-owned company counts 42.8 million people among its subscribers in the US, and offers more than 70,000 TV episodes and movies, along with more than 75 live television channels.

By comparison, Disney+ has 116 million paid subscribers, while Netflix has 208 million. More than 91% of Hulu’s subscribers have the on-demand service only, while less than 9% pay for the Live TV option.

Last year, Hulu raised the price for its Live TV package by $10, upsetting many cord-cutters who were unhappy with seeing a monthly cost of as much as $70.99 that compared with a traditional cable bill.

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The most watched shows on Netflix last month, including ‘The Chair’ and ‘Manifest’

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“The Chair.”

  • The streaming search engine Reelgood compiled for Insider a list of the TV shows that were most prominent on Netflix’s daily top-10 lists in August.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
  • “Manifest,” which NBC canceled in June, was among the most watched shows on the streamer last month. Netflix recently revived the series for a fourth and final season.
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9. “The Chair” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Sandra Oh stars as Ji-Yoon Kim, the newly appointed chair of the English Department at the fictional Pembroke University.Pembroke

Description: “At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 85%

What critics said: “The best reason to sit through the anemic first four episodes is for the series’ deepening portrayal of a Korean American woman in situations seldom explored in pop culture.” — Washington Post (season one)

8. “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix original, 2015-present)

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Description: “They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: “These four episodes go by too fast and leave you with a taste for the rest of the season, which will be released in 2022.” — Jerusalem Post (season seven)

7. “Bake Squad” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Expert bakers elevate desserts with next-level ideas and epic execution. Now the battle is on to win over clients in need of very special sweets.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “While the friendly competition on ‘Bake Squad’ makes for less-than-interesting TV, the results that the four bakers produce is amazing enough to make this show something you can pop in on between episodes of more serious fare.” — Decider (season one)

6. “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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(L-R) Sal Magluta and Willy Falcone in “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami”

Description: “Two childhood friends go from high school dropouts to the most powerful drug kingpins in Miami in this true story of a crime saga that spanned decades.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “Corben lets the people involved tell their stories, and he gets amazing ones from all sides of this incredible tale, including criminals, authorities, and even a few of the jurors.” — RogerEbert.com (season one)

5. “Hit and Run” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “A man searching for the truth behind his wife’s death becomes caught up in a dangerous web of secrets and intrigue stretching from New York to Tel Aviv.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%

What critics said: “Whatever momentum ‘Hit & Run’ builds in the early episodes — and it builds a tremendous amount — basically dissipates due to increasingly dumb narrative developments.” — Hollywood Reporter (season one)

4. “Manifest” (NBC and Netflix, 2018-present)

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“Manifest.”

Description: “When a plane mysteriously lands years after takeoff, the people onboard return to a world that has moved on without them and face strange, new realities.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “‘Manifest’s’ premiere is confident and declares that it hasn’t lost any of its heart or soul, as the Stone family conquers the new threats that face them more together than ever, even if they’re hundreds of miles apart.” — Tell-Tale TV (season three)

3. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

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Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

2. “All American” (The CW, 2018-present)

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Description: “Culture clashes and brewing rivalries test a teen football player from South Los Angeles when he’s recruited to the Beverly Hills High School team.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 96%

What critics said: “‘All American’ is an easily digestible series dealing with real-world issues primarily through a teenage lens, even if it has forgotten its initial purpose.” — TV Guide (season three)

1. “Outer Banks” (Netflix original, 2020-present)

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Description: “On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 78%

What critics said: “The real draw of ‘Outer Banks’ is its sense of fun and outlandish adventure-like an older ‘Goonies’ with more death-defying stakes attached. As someone once said, stupid things have positive outcomes all the time.” — AV Club (season two)

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The most watched movies on Netflix last month, from ‘Sweet Girl’ to ‘The Losers’

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“Sweet Girl.”

  • The streaming search engine Reelgood compiled for Insider a list of which movies were most prominent on Netflix’s daily top-10 lists last month.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
  • Jason Momoa’s critically reviled Netflix original movie, “Sweet Girl,” was among the most popular movies in August.
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9. “The Loud House Movie” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “With his parents and all 10 sisters in tow, Lincoln Loud heads to Scotland and learns that royalty runs in the family in this global musical journey!”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

8. “Resort to Love” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “Reeling from a broken heart and career meltdown, a singer takes a gig at a swanky island resort — where her ex-fiancé happens to be getting married.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 59%

What critics said: “‘Resort to Love’ offers a cute love story starring attractive leads, but it has the look and feel of a vacation on a budget.” — RogerEbert.com

7. “Aftermath” (2021)

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Description: “Desperate to save their marriage, a young couple takes a deal and moves into their dream home, but disturbing events reveal the house’s troubled history.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “This horror movie comes close to being decent, but sadly is too long, too unsurprising, and too unrealistic.” — Common Sense Media

6. “The Losers” (2010)

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Description: “After a search-and-destroy mission leads to betrayal, an elite black ops squad seeks revenge. But they must remain deep undercover to even the score.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 48%

What critics said: “How dumb is it? You might actually kill a few million brain cells just watching it. Some groups may even want to consider inviting a designated driver to sit in the lobby and eat popcorn till it’s over.” — Washington Post

5. “Sweet Girl” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “He lost the love of his life to a pharmaceutical company’s greed. Now his daughter is without a mother, and he’s without justice. For now.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 18%

What critics said: “The film’s true stars are the stunt and fight coordinators who render these clashes in visceral, mostly realistic fashion, although they eventually lose impact through their sheer repetitiveness.” — Hollywood Reporter

4. “Major Payne” (1995)

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Description: “A hardened Marine is given his marching orders and must now lead a disorderly group of mismatched cadets into a junior ROTC competition.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 33%

What critics said: “Although the plot of the movie is a familiar formula, the dialogue and performance are not; it’s a smart, funny job of poking fun at all those movies where sadistic drill instructors terrorized their green recruits.” — Chicago Sun-Times

3. “The Kissing Booth 3” (2021, Netflix original)

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Jacob Elordi and Joey King in “The Kissing Booth 3.”

Description: “Determined to make the most of her final summer before college, Elle plans the ultimate bucket list as she navigates what comes next with Noah and Lee.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 25%

What critics said: “(Joey) King’s charm isn’t enough to save the series, but it’s sure as hell the lone silver lining of a franchise that finally, blessedly, is coming to an end.” — Indiewire

2. “The Vault” (2021)

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Description: “A genius engineer and his crew of amateur thieves plot a scheme to seize a legendary lost treasure hidden in a fortress beneath the Bank of Spain.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 58%

What critics said: “The film misses the opportunity for a suspenseful interweaving of sports spectatorship and its characters’ high-stakes gambits.” — Slant Magazine

1. “Vivo” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87%

What critics said: “A warm, colourful, family-friendly tribute to all things Cuban directed by Kirk DeMicco.” — BBC

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Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph said the ‘glorification of entrepreneurship’ has set up a mistaken perception of what it takes to launch a business

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Marc Randolph.

  • Many aspiring founders misunderstand what running a company takes, said Netflix’s co-founder.

  • Marc Randolph said the availability of startup education had ‘glorified’ the idea of running one.
  • He said it’s a often a much more repetitious, grinding and disappointing career choice.
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Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph says that the “glorification of entrepreneurship” has given many aspiring entrepreneurs a mistaken perception about the true reality of building a company.

Randolph spoke to aspiring entrepreneurs at the Qatar Foundation and was asked whether the explosion of resources and education available to prospective founders over the last decade was helpful, or whether he felt that entrepreneurship was a skill that could not be taught.

“One of the downsides of this glorification of entrepreneurship is people have this mistaken belief [in] what it really means to do this,” said Randolph.

“They think it’s all pitching, going to parties and launches – it is not. It’s a very, very repetitious, grinding, scary and sometimes disappointing career, where you’re doing things that don’t work over and over and over again,” he added.

Overall, the increase of resources is a positive thing, said Randolph, because it has made it easier to become an entrepreneur and helped to build a community. It becomes problematic however, when people start to believe that this education alone is sufficient to launch a business.

He said it’s the equivalent to people thinking they can learn how to play golf simply by watching YouTube videos and reading books.

“Anyone who’s ever played golf before realises that’s a very poor substitute for actually going out and swinging a club,” he said.

Randolph instead encouraged anyone seriously thinking of becoming an entrepreneur to “just do it.”

Because growing a business is an all-consuming experience, he said it’s important that anyone considering starting a company does so for the right reasons. However, he added that for those “intensely curious” about how to make things work, like him, it’s an amazing career.

He recommended starting small – by launching a website, selling something or making a single product – instead of going out and thinking that you’re going to raise millions and employ hundreds of people overnight. “That is the only way that you will internalise the skills,” he said.

Randolph cofounded Netflix, which has a market cap of over $240 billion, as a dvd-by-mail service with Reed Hastings in 1997. He left in 2002 and went on to successfully found over half a dozen companies.

He published his memoir, “That Will Never Work,” in 2019, detailing his time and lessons from the early years of Netflix.

Earlier in his talk, he explained to an audience of founders that all successful entrepreneurs share the same three traits: focus, an ability to triage, and a predisposition for action.

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From Netflix to Revry, these are the best streaming services for watching LGBTQ movies and shows in 2021

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If you want to watch movies and TV shows created for LGBTQ audiences, you now have more streaming services than ever to choose from. Some mainstream platforms, like Netflix, feature queer entertainment as part of their larger catalog, and other platforms, like Revry, primarily focus on LGBTQ programs.

To help make finding inclusive titles easier, we rounded up the best streaming services for LGBTQ movies and shows while highlighting the major programs you can watch on each. The titles we selected all focus on LGBTQ experiences and relationships, or feature queer characters or LGBTQ reality TV performers in prominent roles.

The best streaming services for LGBTQ movies and TV shows:

Netflix

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“Fear Street Part One: 1994” on Netflix.

Netflix features a large selection of LGBTQ titles, including several original shows and movies.

Featuring a vast catalog of movies and TV shows to satisfy all tastes, Netflix is easily one of the best streaming services for LGBTQ entertainment.

Netflix’s array of LGBTQ-related options includes everything from lighthearted sitcoms like “Schitt’s Creek” to Oscar-winning movies like the “The Danish Girl.” 

The service has a particularly great selection of original titles with many exclusive films and series that feature queer themes and characters, including “Sense 8” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Horror fans can also tune into the new “Fear Street” trilogy. The movies include plenty of gore and revolve around a lesbian romance. 

Netflix also gives you access to movies featuring transgender stories like “The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson,” “Disclosure,” and “Super Deluxe.”

You can easily find LGBTQ content on Netflix by searching for “LGBTQ” in the Netflix app. Below, we rounded up some of the best LGBTQ movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix right now:

LGBTQ movies on Netflix

  • “The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson”
  • “Monsoon”
  • “Circus of Books”
  • “I Care a Lot”
  • “Disclosure”
  • “Alex Strangelove”
  • “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado”
  • “What Keeps You Alive”
  • “I Am Divine”
  • “A Single Man”
  • “The Danish Girl”

LGBTQ shows on Netflix

  • “Pose”
  • “Sense 8”
  • “Elite”
  • “American Horror Story”
  • “Special”
  • “Queer Eye”
  • “Haunting of Bly Manor”
  • “Feels Good”
  • “Orange Is the New Black”
  • “Dating Around”

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HBO Max

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“True Blood” on HBO Max.

HBO Max is home to a versatile library of queer titles, ranging from documentaries to prestige television.

Despite HBO Max’s catalog not being as extensive as what Netflix offers, the overall quality of HBO Max’s content still makes it one of the top streaming services for LGBTQ entertainment.

With a huge array of films and plenty of exclusives, HBO Max gives you access to dynamic series that are not available elsewhere, like “The White Lotus,” “Legendary,” and “Hacks.” The service features documentaries as well, including titles like “The Times of Harvey Milk” and “Transhood.” 

HBO is also known for prestige releases, and its LGBTQ library is full of award winners like “Angels in America,” the 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play.

You can pull up a selection of queer titles on HBO Max by searching for “LGBTQ” in the app. Here are some of the best LGBTQ movies and TV shows you can stream right now on HBO Max:

LGBTQ movies on HBO Max

  • “The Times of Harvey Milk”
  • “Transhood”
  • “The Birdcage”
  • “Bessie”
  • “Happy Together”
  • “Wig”
  • “The Case Against 8”
  • “The Normal Heart”
  • “Gia”
  • “Kajillionaire”

LGBTQ shows on HBO Max

  • “Veneno”
  • “True Blood”
  • “The White Lotus”
  • “Angels in America”
  • “Hacks”
  • “It’s a Sin”
  • “Legendary”
  • “Betty”
  • “We’re Here”
  • “Gossip Girl”
  • “Looking”
  • “Euphoria”

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Hulu

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“Booksmart” on Hulu.

Hulu‘s LGBTQ lineup features a ton of new and classic network shows, as well as a handful of originals.

Hulu is another mainstream service with a catalog full of TV shows and movies targeted towards LGBTQ viewers.

Though its collection of original titles isn’t as large as Netflix’s, Hulu is the only place to watch series like “Love, Victor” and movies like “Happiest Season.” The service also features plenty of classic network and cable shows focused on LGBTQ themes and characters, including trailblazing series like “Will & Grace” and “The L Word.”

From epic tales of stardom in “Rocketman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to the intimate relationships in “Ammonite” and “Beach Rats,” LGBTQ viewers will find an abundance of movies to stream on Hulu. The Hulu catalog also has “Pride,” a miniseries about the Civil Rights movement, and six seasons of “Rupaul’s Drag Race.”

Hulu subscribers can find recommendations for queer entertainment by searching for “LGBTQ” in the app. To help narrow down your options, we compiled some of the best LGBTQ movies and series you can watch on Hulu right now:

LGBTQ movies on Hulu

  • “Booksmart”
  • “Breaking Fast”
  • “Supernova”
  • “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”
  • “Rocketman”
  • “Beach Rats”
  • “Ammonite”
  • “Happiest Season”
  • “Cowboys”
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
  • “I Love You Phillip Morris”

LGBTQ shows on Hulu

  • “Difficult People”
  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • “Will & Grace”
  • “Love, Victor”
  • “The L Word”
  • “Please Like Me”
  • “Killing Eve”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (seasons 2-7)
  • “Pride”
  • “Queen Sugar”
  • “Steven Universe”

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Paramount Plus

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” on Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus has a smaller catalog of queer titles, but it’s an ideal fit for fans of LGBTQ reality TV.

Paramount Plus is the best streaming service for LGBTQ audiences who crave reality television. You can watch seasons 1-12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and every season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” Three seasons of “Untucked,” a behind-the-scenes look at the drag competition, are available to stream as well.

In the ’90s, MTV’s “The Real World” was a cultural phenomenon and popularized many structural tropes for reality TV that remain to this day. Twenty seasons of the show are available to stream on Paramount Plus. The catalog includes season three with AIDS activist Pedro Zamora and season 15 with Karamo Brown, who is now a member of the Fab Five on Netflix’s “Queer Eye.”

The service is also home to a few movies and series that feature LGBTQ themes, but the selection of narrative titles isn’t as robust as Netflix, HBO Max, or Hulu.

Unlike a lot of other platforms, searching for “LGBTQ” on the Paramount Plus app does not pull up the service’s selection of queer entertainment. To help you find LGBTQ titles on Paramount Plus, we listed a few of the best programs you can stream right now:

LGBTQ movies on Paramount Plus

  • “Gay Chorus Deep South”
  • “Thelma & Louise”
  • “Rocketman”

LGBTQ shows on Paramount Plus

  • “The Real World”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”
  • “Survivor”
  • “Big Brother”
  • “Star Trek: Lower Decks”

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Revry

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“Queer as Folk” on Revry.

Revry is a streaming service specifically designed for LGBTQ content.

Revry is a unique streaming service with a catalog of movies, TV shows, and originals specifically curated for the LGBTQ community. Certain content is free to stream with ads and more entertainment options are unlocked with a Premium subscription that costs $7 a month. The service offers live and on-demand viewing options.

Perhaps most notably, the first three seasons of “Queer as Folk” are available to stream on Revry Premium. You may not recognize many titles for other shows available in the Revry catalog, but LGBTQ viewers seeking entertainment options outside of the mainstream may enjoy titles like “Miseducated,” “My Trans Life,” and “Lip Service.”

To give you a glimpse of what this LGBTQ-focused streaming service has to offer, we rounded up some of the best movies and TV shows you can watch on Revry:

LGBTQ movies on Revry

  • “Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You”
  • “Our Love Story”
  • “Jack & Yaya”
  • “A Dog Barking at the Moon”
  • “Something Round”

LGBTQ shows on Revry

  • “Queer as Folk”
  • “Lip Service”
  • “Them”
  • “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills”
  • “Miseducated”

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WOW Presents Plus

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“Canada’s Drag Race” on WOW Presents Plus.

WOW Presents Plus is a subscription streaming service dedicated to drag entertainment.

WOW Presents Plus is a streaming service for LGBTQ titles from the production company originally behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This is a particularly great option for viewers who want supplemental drag entertainment. 

Although Paramount Plus is the better streaming service for US seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” international seasons of the franchise are available to stream on WOW Present Plus. Licensed spinoffs are hosted around the globe in Canada, Australia, Spain, Holland, United Kingdom, and Thailand.

The WOW Presents Plus catalog also features interesting LGBTQ documentaries like “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

To help give you an idea of what you can stream with WOW Presents Plus, we gathered a few of the best LGBTQ movies and TV shows subscribers can watch right now:

LGBTQ movies on WOW Presents Plus

  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
  • “When the Beat Drops”
  • “Freedia Got a Gun”

LGBTQ shows on WOW Presents Plus

  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK”
  • “Canada’s Drag Race”
  • “Drag Race España”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under”
  • “Drag Race Holland”

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How Netflix is changing the global entertainment industry

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  • Netflix is writing the playbook for global entertainment.
  • The streaming company reshaped the market for content and transformed its business in the process.
  • It’s exploring areas including video games as its next potential frontier.
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Since Netflix first began its worldwide expansion in 2016, the streaming service has rewritten the playbook for global entertainment – from TV to film, and soon, to video games.

Global hit series and movies were once nearly all made in Hollywood and exported internationally. Now, thanks to Netflix’s investments in international TV and film, programming from Spain, India, Brazil, and Korea is finding massive audiences around the world.

Netflix figured out that to thrive on an international stage it needed both mass-market programming like “Stranger Things,” as well as local content like “Lupin,” “Money Heist,” and “Sacred Games” that could grab viewers in specific markets.

Read more about how Netflix’s strategy for buying international TV shows is changing, according to producers who have worked with the streamer and its rivals

The strategy helped the streaming service grow its customer base to 209 million paid subscribers globally, as of June.

Its momentum is also reinvigorating production in places like Germany, Mexico, and India, as companies like Disney, WarnerMedia, Apple, Amazon follow Netflix’s lead.

Read more about how Netflix’s global focus is changing international production markets

Netflix has reoriented its leadership around its new global model.

The streaming company, cofounded by tech entrepreneur Reed Hastings, promoted content chief Ted Sarandos to co-CEO in 2020, which cemented the importance of content within the organization. Meanwhile, Bela Bajaria, who had been in charge of international non-English TV, took the reins of the overall TV business, and product chief Greg Peters took on additional duties as COO, including streamlining how global teams work together.

View our full interactive chart of Netflix’s top leaders

The company has also formed an elite team of 23 interdisciplinary execs to help make its biggest decisions. Known internally as the “Lstaff ” – the “L” stands for leadership – the group sits between the company’s officers and its larger executive staff of vice presidents and above, who are called the “Estaff.”

Read more about Netflix’s elite ‘Lstaff’ of 23 execs that helps the company make its most important decisions

Netflix’s is searching for its next frontier

Still, Netflix is facing more competition than ever from an influx of rivals that are learning to play its game.

Nearly every major media company, from Disney to WarnerMedia, now runs a streaming service. Their platforms are stockpiled with tentpole movies and TV shows that used to only be found in theaters or on linear TV, and their libraries now rival Netflix’s.

The competition is pushing the streaming giant to continue to evolve.

Netflix recently expanded its efforts into podcasting and even started pedaling merchandise for series like “Lupin.”

In July, the company confirmed plans to offer video games on its subscription service.

It hired Mike Verdu, the former head of Facebook Reality Labs, as its vice president of game development and is currently hiring for video-game-related jobs.

Read more about what Netflix’s video-game roles reveal about its strategy

Netflix plans to approach gaming like it did movies and TV shows. It’ll start off slowly, commissioning and licensing titles based on existing franchises like “Stranger Things” or “Bridgerton.” Then, it will begin to experiment with other kinds of video-game storytelling, like it did with its original series.

“Maybe someday we’ll see a game that spawns a film or a series,” Peters told investors in July. “That would be an amazing place to get to and really see the rich interplay between these sort of different forms of entertainment.”

Here’s a list of our recent coverage of how Netflix is disrupting facets of the entertainment industry:

The Netflix effect on global TV:

On filmmaking:

On video gaming:

Netflix’s evolving business model and corporate structure:

Netflix’s growth trajectory:

Working at Netflix:

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