Netflix reveals the most watched shows and movies of 2020


Netflix NZ has released a list of the top shows and movies of 2020. If you've missed some shows this year and want to catch-up over the break, here's a good starting point!

Here’s the most popular Netflix movies and TV series of 2020 in New Zealand by genre: 


Movie: Extraction

TV Series: The Umbrella Academy S2


Movie: Holidate

TV Series: Emily in Paris


Movie: The Social Dilemma

TV Series: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness


Movie: Enola Holmes

TV Series: The Queen's Gambit


Movie: Ghosts of War

TV Series: The Haunting of Bly Manor


Movie: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

TV Series: Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous S1

Reality TV 

TV Series: Too Hot to Handle


Movie: The Princess Switch: Switched Again

TV Series: Dash & Lily


Movie: Spenser Confidential

TV Series: Ozark S3

Here are the key 2020 trends for New Zealand: 

Trend #1: Female heroes

The leading ladies of Enola Holmes and The Queen’s Gambit had them on the most popular lists on Netflix for weeks. 

Trend #2: Travel restrictions didn’t stop Kiwis from “travelling”

While travel came to a halt for most part of the year, Kiwis turned to armchair travel and escapism through stories, settings and characters as Emily in Paris and Extraction trended. Kiwis also enjoyed discovering great stories from other parts of the world, as non-English content saw an over 60% increase in New Zealand compared to 2019. 

Trend #3: Anime was loved across New Zealand and the world 

In 2020, the love for anime got stronger. In nearly all Netflix countries around the world, there was a jump in viewing of anime in 2020 compared to 2019: In New Zealand, view hours of anime titles more than doubled. 

Trend #4: Our love affair with K-Drama continued 

Kiwis cannot get enough of Korean content (and K-pop), as viewing went up more than 80% YOY in New Zealand (compared to 2019).