What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on October 9

By | October 9, 2020

Aside from asking everyone you know what they’re watching, Netflix’s self-reported Top 10 rankings are pretty much the only way to tell how popular a Netflix show or movie is. Friday, Oct. 9 is a unique day on the list: For the first time since we started tracking the daily Top 10, the list is identical to the previous day’s list. There was no movement. No. 1 remains Netflix’s latest Adam Sandler movie Hubie Halloween, which is exactly what it sounds like: A Halloween-themed Adam Sandler movie. True crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door is at No. 2, followed by Emily in Paris at No. 3, Schitt’s Creek at No. 4, and American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules at No. 5, just like yesterday.

But of the Netflix Top 10, which of these shows and movies are actually worth watching? We break down the entire Netflix Top 10 list and guide you through what to binge and what to skip.

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Based on Netflix’s Top 10 from Friday, Oct. 9

1. Hubie Halloween

For fans of: Sandler at his silliest | Is it good?: Honestly…yes

Adam Sandler plays a weird, easily scared guy named Hubie who’s Salem, Mass.’ self-appointed “Halloween monitor,” which means he annoys everyone and everyone ignores him. But then spoOoOky stuff starts happening, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween. If you go into it expecting to have a lighthearted good time, you will. [TV Guide review(Yesterday’s rank: 1)

2. American Murder: The Family Next Door

For fans of: Very sad true crime | Is it good?: It’s a chilling true crime story told in a unique way

This documentary is about the murder of a woman named Shannan Watts and her two children by her husband Chris. It’s a searing and painful exploration of domestic violence, and shows the stark difference between the personas we put online and the truth of our real lives through footage directly from the Watts family, police body cams, and Shannan’s social media posts. (Yesterday’s rank: 2)

3. Emily in Paris

For fans of: Sex and the City, Younger, Ze French | Is it good?: It’s a rom-com, for better and worse                             

Taking off to Paris sounds like a dream given the current circumstances, so watch Emily do it in this romantic comedy about a young Yank who takes a job in the City of Light to lend an American perspective — perhaps too aggressively American — to a French marketing firm. And as one does in Paris, she joneses for some looooove. [TV Guide review / More shows like Emily in Paris(Yesterday’s rank: 3)

4. Schitt’s Creek

For fans of: Good vibes, Arrested Development, Catherine O’Hara | Is it good?: It’s simply the best

Following a night to remember at this year’s Emmys, the critics’ comedy darling brings its final season to Netflix, the service it owes for much of its rejuvenated success following a much less-seen run on Pop TV. It’s a busy season, with its characters heading to complete their arcs, but it never loses touch with its warmth. [TV Guide review] (Yesterday’s rank: 4)

5. American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules

For fans of: Direct-to-DVD-quality reboots of long-dormant franchises | Is it good?: LOL

The American Pie teen sex comedy film franchise seemed to have been put to rest with 2012’s American Reunion, but now it’s back, with a group of girls instead of guys. It has a couple of former Disney Channel stars in the cast, and is directed by straight-to-video sequel specialist Mike Elliot, who seems like an interesting guy. (Yesterday’s rank: 5)

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6. Evil

For fans of: The X-Files, canned margaritas | Is it good?: We say it’s the fourth best show on television

Season 1 of this CBS procedural is now on loan to Netflix to build interest in the show before Season 2 premieres later this year. It uses the tried-and-true premise of a skeptic (a forensic psychologist played by Katja Herbers) and a believer (a priest in training played by Mike Colter) investigating inexplicable occurrences, in this case possible demonic possessions on behalf of the Catholic Church’s, how should we say, exorcism department. Since it comes from The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King, it has an uncommon amount of intelligence, ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, and off-kilter humor. Highly recommended. (Yesterday’s rank: 6)

7. Ratched

For fans of: American Horror Story, Hollywood | Is it good?: Depends on how much you like Ryan Murphy‘s schtick 

Sarah Paulson stars in this psychological thriller origin story for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest‘s Nurse Ratched. Some of the storytelling is shaky, but you might be able to overlook it while you enjoy the gorgeous visuals and Paulson’s performance. [TV Guide review(Yesterday’s rank: 7)

8. Cocomelon

For fans of: Singalongs, nursery rhymes | Is it good?: Little kids can’t get enough of it

The other day I met someone who works for the company that makes Cocomelon, and she gave me some context about how it got so big on YouTube that other companies started licensing it in order to get a piece of the Cocomelon pie. It’s one of those things that if you’re not regularly around little kids, you might not ever hear about it, but if you are, it’s all you hear about. (Yesterday’s rank: 8)

9. Colombiana 

For fans of: La Femme NikitaLéon: The Professional | Is it good?: The action scenes are

Zoe Saldana stars as an assassin seeking revenge on the people who killed her family in this action flick written and produced by French action maestro Luc Besson. It features performances by two men who would at separate times go on to be the male lead of Fear the Walking DeadCliff Curtis and Lennie James(Yesterday’s rank: 9)

10. Big Daddy

For fans of: Adam Sandler | Is it good?: If you’re a Sandfan, it’s one of his best

Hey zoomers, wanna see what Riverdale‘s Cole Sprouse was like as a little kid? I have to assume it’s Bughead stans watching this early-period Sandler classic, where a slacker adapts a 5-year-old boy played by Cole and his twin brother Dylan, because they weren’t yet born when this movie was a big deal. (Yesterday’s rank: 10)

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