Top 10 biggest Netflix movies and shows right now (March 2 2021)
Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.
It’s the first week of March. The snow is melting, the clouds have begun to part, the sun’s peeking out to say hello, and Netflix has inadvertently fumbled into the Sauron-like sight lines of Taylor Swift fans (“Swifties,” as the youths call themselves nowadays) on account of a throwaway line slipped into the final episode of their new original series, Ginny & Georgia.
We’ll get to that in a bit, but first: the rest of this week’s top 10 most-watched movies and TV shows on Netflix this week include a new Biggie Smalls documentary, a French animated family comedy about the pains of growing up as the son of the world’s most famous cryptids, and a documentary series focused on the feudal turmoil and bloodshed of 16th-century Japan. To help you navigate the gluttony of Netflix offerings, we’ve gathered our reviews, features, and quick takes on the shows and films that have cracked the Top 10 list for the United States, and put them in one easy-to-read place.
Read on to find out what people are watching, and get coverage to help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.
Polygon updates the Netflix Top 10 each Tuesday. The actual top 10 may is subject to change between updates.
Netflix’s biggest new releases
10. Firefly Lane
Netflix’s Firefly Lane, based on the popular book by Kristin Hannah, follows the story of Tully and Kate, played by Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, two lifelong friends who meet on Firefly Lane and go on to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence and adulthood across 30 years of friendship.
If your kid’s got to watch something (or possibly even you, no judgement!), the YouTube-animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-channel-turned-Netflix animated series is one of the most popular children shows on the service this week.
8. Good Girls
Are you a fan of Weeds or Hustlers? Jenna Bans’ crime comedy-drama Good Girls will be right up your alley. Now in season 3, Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman star as a three suburban mothers who, strapped for cash and with few other options, attempt to rob a supermarket and quickly find themselves in an even more precarious situation when one of them is recognized by the store manager.
If you thought you couldn’t be anymore terrified of Rosamund Pike after watching Gone Girl, think again! Netflix’s dark comedy thriller courtesy of director J Blakeson (The 5th Wave) stars Pike as Marla Grayson, an unscrupulous con woman who makes her ill-gotten living by asserting herself as the legal guardian of wealthy elders before involuntarily detaining them and selling off their assets. The grift works … until she becomes embattled with the Russian mob boss son of her latest victim, played by Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage. From our review,
There’s a meanness to I Care A Lot’s premise that is arresting and never far from the audience’s mind — in Marla’s spacious office, for example, she sits at a desk across from a wall where she hangs photos of her victims — or as the law now considers them, her wards. For brief moments, usually when Wiest’s character, Jennifer, is on screen, the film seems like it’s going to confront them head-on. But it always stops short. In these moments, however, I Care A Lot, is at its most compelling — when Jennifer looks directly at Marla and recognizes precisely the sort of creature she is.
6. Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan
Netflix’s original documentary series Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan focuses on the warring kingdoms of 16th-century feudal Japan, told through reenactments focused on the lives of several daimyo (‘warlords’) who vie for the power and title of shogun (‘absolute ruler’) of Japan. One of these figures is Date Masamune, the infamous samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon’ whose iconic helmet would go on to inspire the equally iconic helmet of Star Wars’ Darth Vader.
The first two seasons of teen sitcom iCarly, which ran from 2007-2012 on Nickelodeon, were added to Netflix earlier this month, amassing enough effusive support among fans of the series to secure it’s number 2 spot on Netflix’s most popular shows this week. Somewhere, Paramount Plus executives weep.
4. Behind Her Eyes
Behind Her Eyes, Netflix’s latest British drama series from Hannibal and Marvel’s The Punisher executive producer Steve Lightfoot, stars a single mother (Eve Hewson) who is entangled in an affair with her new boss, psychiatrist David Ferguson (Tom Bateman). The affair takes a turn from sordid to disturbing when Louise (Simona Brown), David’s mysterious stay-at-home wife grows suspicious of the affair and forcefully befriends David’s new lover. A dark and knotty psychological thriller with a subtle supernatural bent that’s sure to stay with you long after it’s over.
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, the new Emmett Malloy-directed documentary focused on the life and death of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace, attempts to offer a compelling new take on the New York rapper’s story and influence, only to end up reciting the same old tune off-key. From our review,
I Got a Story to Tell is a movie without a clear audience. It’s too thin for fans who’ve heard every beat of this story told over and over again, and too narrow to be a good introduction to anyone who’s less familiar with Biggie’s work and his role in New York City hip-hop history. It’s less a movie to watch, and more of something to play in the background at a party thrown to reminisce about the good old days. It’s a party with a small guest list, because most everyone you could invite knows those days were never so good, and never that simple.
2. Bigfoot Family
The sequel to 2017’s Son of Bigfoot (which as of this writing is not available on Netflix), Bigfoot Family follows genetically-altered father Jim “Bigfoot” Harrison as he fights to save a a wildlife reserve from an unscrupulous oil tycoon. But when Bigfoot mysteriously vanishes, it falls to his teenage son Adam, his wife Shelly, and a talking bear and raccoon to come to both his and the forest’s rescue.
If you happen to be terminally online, you’ll most likely recognize Ginny & Georgia as that new Netflix original series that’s got everyone buzzing and hollering and tweeting about that Taylor Swift line and the subsequent backlash the show has faced since it first premiered. For everyone else: Ginny & Georgia follows the shenanigans and challenges of the eponymous 15-year-old Ginny Miller and her emotionally immature mother Georgia as they adapt to their new life in Massachusetts. It’s currently sitting firm at the #1 spot on Netflix’s Top 10 list, so if you want to know what all the commotion is about, now’s as good as any time to check it out.