The rise of web series in 2018 had a profound impact on the Indian entertainment industry, offering a fresh and diverse approach to viewers who were tired of the conventional Hindi film formula. However, with so many options available on platforms like Netflix, TVF, Amazon, SonyLIV, and Hotstar, it can be difficult to decide which web series to watch, especially if you have a particular genre preference and can’t rely on reviews alone. To help you choose, we have compiled a list of the top 10 most-watched web series across various genres, without revealing any spoilers.
|1||Game of Thrones||2011–2019|
|3||The Walking Dead||2010–2022|
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Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Game of Thrones is a television series based on the storylines of A Song of Ice and Fire. The series is set in the fictional Westeros Seven Kingdoms and the continent of Essos. It chronicles the violent dynastic struggles of the kingdom’s noble families for the Iron Throne, while other families fight for independence from it. The series premiered on April 17, 2011, and ended on May 19, 2019. The show was adapted from A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, and its music was composed by Ramin Djawadi. The first episode of the series aired on April 17, 2011. The series was written by David Benioff, George R. R. Martin, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, Jane Espenson, and Dave Hill. Mark Mylod, Alex Graves, David Nutter, and more directed the series. The show’s popularity continued to grow each season, with the number of viewers increasing from 9.3 million for season 1 to 46 million for season 8. The show was highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and TV Guide.
Stranger Things (2016)
Stranger Things is a television series that first aired on Netflix in July 2016. The show’s story revolves around a boy who goes missing, and a small town learns about secret experiments, terrifying supernatural powers, and a strange little girl. Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, and more wrote the show, and Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer created it. The show’s genres include horror, horror fiction, thriller, drama, mystery, supernatural, and historical drama. The show was highly rated on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Season 1 was watched for a total of 45.22M hours, Season 2 for 41.11M hours, and Season 3 for 36.59M hours. The show became a huge international hit, with season four having already clocked up 1.15 billion hours of watch time, making it Netflix’s second most-watched season ever.
The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
The Walking Dead is a television series that first aired on AMC on October 31, 2010. The story revolves around police officer Rick Grimes and a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home after a zombie apocalypse sweeps the United States. The show’s network is AMC, AMC Networks, and Fox, and it is based on The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The show’s genres include horror, serial drama, and zombie apocalypse. The show had an average audience of 4-6 million viewers in season 1, and that number continued to rise through season 2. However, the show reached its peak in season 5 in 2014, when the season premiere drew 17.3 million viewers, becoming the most-watched series episode in cable television history. After season 5, viewership would steadily decline, with a sharp drop between the season 7 premiere and the season 8 premiere.
Money Heist (2017–2021)
Money Heist is a Spanish heist crime drama that began streaming on Netflix on May 2, 2017. The show’s story revolves around eight robbers who lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain, taking many hostages. The criminal mastermind puts pressure on the police to execute his plan. The show’s language is Spanish, and its spin-off is La casa de papel: Corea. The show was highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. Netflix revealed
Mirzapur is a Hindi web series that first premiered in 2018, with season 2 being released two years later. The series revolves around power, love, and anger, making it a fan favorite. After the success of the first season, the second season broke records, becoming the most-watched show on Amazon Prime Video in India within just seven days of its release. Fans now have high hopes for season 3.
The Squid Game (2021)
The Squid Game is a Korean-language web series released on Netflix in September 2021. It tells the story of contestants who participate in a children’s game to win lucrative prizes. However, the game’s stakes are deadly. The series quickly became the most popular show in Netflix history, ranking number one in 94 countries worldwide and receiving over 111 million viewers.
Vikings is a TV series that premiered in 2013, with a total of six seasons. The story is centered around the legendary Norse hero, Ragnar Lothbrok, and his rise from a mere farmer to a fearless warrior and commander of the Viking tribes. Despite receiving high ratings, the final two seasons of the series received notably lower ratings.
Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Breaking Bad premiered in 2008 and ran for five seasons until 2013. The show follows Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, as he starts a meth-production business after learning he has cancer to pay off his medical debt. The show is one of the most successful TV series of all time and was named the most critically acclaimed series of all time by Guinness World Records in 2013.
Lucifer is a comedy-drama web series that premiered in 2016 and ran for six seasons until 2021. The show revolves around a demon named Lucifer who returns from Hell and takes up residence in Los Angeles. He soon gets involved with the local police and helps them solve criminal cases. The series became the number one original streaming show in Nielsen’s US rankings with 18.3 billion minutes watched across its full library of 93 episodes.
Prison Break (2005–2017)
Prison Break premiered in 2005 and ran for five seasons until 2017. The show centers around an innocent man sent to death for a crime he did not commit due to a political conspiracy. The show has won awards and received critical acclaim for its serial drama, crime drama, and action thriller elements.
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