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The top 9 streaming TV shows of the week, including Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’

"Shadow and Bone" on Netflix.

  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Parrot's list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US. Audience demand reflects the desire and engagement, or overall popularity, of a series.
  • Netflix's "Stranger Things" remained on top as anticipation for season four builds and the new fantasy series "Shadow and Bone" debuted on the list.
  • Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" grew in demand as its fourth season continues.
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9. “Lucifer” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 24.6

Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 82%

What critics said: “I can not wait to see what else Lucifer has in store after a season so full of twists and turns.” — The Beat (Season 5)

Season 5B premieres on Netflix on May 28. See more insights for “Lucifer.”

8. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.4

Description: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the ‘Karate Kid’ films.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: “Even with its flaws in season three, Cobra Kai hasn’t just honored the Karate Kid way of storytelling, but mastered it.” — RogerEbert.com (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for “Cobra Kai.”

7. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix)

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Ben Barnes and Jessie Mei Li as Alina and Alexander Kirigan in "Shadow and Bone" on Netflix.

Times more in demand than average show: 28.0

Description: “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 87%

What critics said: “Starring newcomers Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux and Freddy Carter, it flies by over the course of eight episodes of magic, espionage, violence and romance — in other words, all of the necessary ingredients to satisfy a fantasy fan.” — Time (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on April 23 on Netflix. See more insights for “Shadow and Bone.”

6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney+)

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"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" season 7

Times more in demand than average show: 30.2

Description: “From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the new ‘Clone Wars’ episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: “This is one of the biggest contributions that The Clone Wars brings to the Star Wars franchise. While the series rehabilitates the weaker parts in the Prequel trilogy, it breaks away from the light-vs.-dark dichotomy that defines the franchise.” — Polygon (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21, 2020 on Disney+. See more insights for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

5. “The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

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Boba Fett last appeared in "The Return of the Jedi" in his armor.

Times more in demand than average show: 34.0

Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: “It’s no small feat to create a character who is well-rounded and sympathetic, while mostly hidden behind an expressionless mask. But all the credit goes to Pascal for imbuing the man, also known as Din Djarin, with layers of ever-present depth.” — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney+ on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

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Times more in demand than average show: 34.9

Description: “A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 67%

What critics said: “An especially grim grind.” — Newsday (Season 4)

Season 4 premiered April 28 on Hulu. See more insights for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

3. “WandaVision” (Disney+)

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Josh Stamberg and Elizabeth Olsen on episode eight of "WandaVision."

Times more in demand than average show: 37.1

Description: “Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision’ stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 92%

What critics said: “It’s unlikely that this show, with this focus, could ever have been successful without Elizabeth Olsen’s indelible central performance.” — NPR (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney+ January 15. See more insights for “WandaVision.”

2. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+)

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Sebastian Stan on episode six of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

Times more in demand than average show: 40.1

Description: “Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ team up on a global adventures that tests their abilities — and their patience.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 89%

What critics said: “This is not only a highly engaging action-adventure series about who will be the next Captain America superhero, it also offers an informed discussion about symbolism, race, American history, heroism and image.” — Baltimore Sun (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney+ on March 19. See more insights for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

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"Stranger Things 2."

Times more in demand than average show: 41.6

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Season 3 balances good-natured laughs with charming nostalgia through likable characters doing battle against looming horrors. Yet it feels like it’s propping up its past to justify its present.” — Observer (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for “Stranger Things.”

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