Stranger Things and the 13 most streamed Netflix shows of 2022

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Joe Keery as Steve Harrington and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Joe Keery as Steve Harrington and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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After its longest hiatus yet, Stranger Things returned in 2022 and quickly proved to the world once again why it’s one of the best shows on television. The fourth season of the Netlfix original series was more than worth the wait, delivering some of the show’s best episodes and character arcs yet as it began to lay the groundwork for the show’s final season.

Upon its return, everyone was watching the series and it quickly rose to the top of Netflix’s Top 10 as well as weekly streaming reports. For this reason, it’s likely no surprise to the show’s loyal and passionate fans that the show has now been named the most streamed show not just on Netflix in 2022, but the most streamed show of the year period!

Nielsen’s 2022 streaming chart has arrived and Stranger Things has officially been crowned the most-streamed TV show overall in the U.S. last year. Across 2022, Stranger Things racked up an astounding 52 billion minutes streamed which Neilsen reports is the highest streaming total for a show since The Office amassed 57.1 billion minutes back in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic.

It’s likely no surprise that Stranger Things was among the most streamed Netflix shows of 2022, but the other shows on the list might surprise you.

Most streamed Netflix shows of 2022

  1. Stranger Things – 52 billion minutes streamed (No. 1 overall in Neilsen’s Top 15)
  2. Ozark – 31.3 billion minutes streamed (No. 4 overall in Neilsen’s Top 15)
  3. Wednesday – 18.6 billion minutes streamed
  4. Cobra Kai – 16.7 billion minutes streamed
  5. Bridgerton – 14 billion minutes streamed
  6. Virgin River – 13.6 billion minutes streamed
  7. Dahmer – 13.4 billion minutes streamed
  8. Love is Blind – 13.1 billion minutes streamed
  9. Inventing Anna – 12.9 billion minutes streamed
  10. The Crown – 12.7 billion minutes streamed
  11. Great British Baking Show – 10.6 billion minutes streamed
  12. The Umbrella Academy – 10.5 billion minutes streamed
  13. The Last Kingdom – 10.4 billion minutes streamed

Needless to say, Stranger Things had the biggest year by far among Netflix Originals, with more than 20 billion minutes more than the second most-streamed show of 2022.

Many veteran shows also enjoyed strong showings with their latest seasons including Ozark, Cobra Kai, and Bridgerton which round out the Top 5 most-streamed Netlfix shows of the year.

2022 was a big year for new series with Wednesday, Dahmer, and Inventing Anna all securing a place on the list of the most streamed Netflix shows of the year with Wednesday enjoying the biggest success of the year.

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