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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Netflix unveils its daily Top 10.
ALSO: Parasite makes its way to streaming.
There are two types of subscriber to Hulu in the US - there are those who get it with advertising and those who can afford the ad-free option. Thankfully, the streamer only has ads before movies and not during them, so everyone can come together and watch Parasite when it debuts on April 8.
There’s no word yet on international streaming dates.
Also coming to Hulu is Love, Victor, a TV series take on the film Love, Simon. This is noteworthy as the series had been commissioned for Disney+.
Recent Hulu series High Fidelity had similarly been commissioned for Disney+ before moving it over to Hulu where it was just adult enough to make it completely inappropriate for the Disney-branded streamer (it has a very small amount of sex, partial nudity, and a whole lot of drinking).
What I really like about Netflix as a platform is that it’s somewhat of an equalizer. It’s not like broadcast TV where you know what the popular shows are, but the Netflix user-interface encourages people to track down the shows that speak most directly to them. It isn’t about building a perceived community around what you think people might be talking about at school/work.
Well, that comes to an end with Netflix now announcing its Top 10 shows on platform in your country.
In addition to the overall top 10 list, you’ll also be able to see the top 10 most popular series and top 10 films when you click on the movies and TV shows tabs.
Shows and films that make these lists will also have a special “Top 10” badge, wherever they appear on Netflix. That way you can easily see what’s in the zeitgeist, whether you’re browsing by genre or through your personal list - or when searching for specific shows or films.
It’d be interesting to know whether the top 10 list is completely genuine or if there’s a bit of goosing the list with curation.
There’s a new hunt for the Zodiac killer by way of a new docuseries for FX: The Most Dangerous Animal of All.
Based on The New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the series explores Gary L. Stewart's search for the father who abandoned him, Earl Van Best. Jr. During that search, Stewart learns that Van Best not only resembled the Zodiac killer — one of the most obsessed-over serial killers in American history — but that he might have actually been him.