‘Unlocked: A Jail Experiment‘ Dethroned In Netflix’s Top 10 List By A New Show
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‘Unlocked: A Jail Experiment‘ Dethroned In Netflix’s Top 10 List By A New Show

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Netflix seems to have found a new reality hit in the form of Unlocked: A Jail Experiment, an eight episode series where a sheriff implements a policy that gives jail inmates much more freedom to see what happens. An odd concept, but an effectively appealing one, as the show has stayed on top of Netflix’s top 10 list since its April 10 release, only being knocked down to #2 today.

Its replacement? That would be Baby Reindeer, which has been hovering around #2 since its debut, but finally surged above Unlocked as perhaps word of mouth started to spread about it. An article I wrote about it just cracked a million views, so clearly there’s some interest there. As a refresher, that series is the true story of a man who was stalked relentlessly by a woman, but he has his own demons to face at the same time. The show still has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as more critic reviews roll in, but I still remain floored only 11 critics in the entire industry have reviewed what is now the #1 show in the country. Plus it’s like four hours to watch it. What are we doing here?

The rest of the list is fairly ordinary. The Upshaws has new episodes and has debuted at #3. The sixth season of The Circle has arrived at #4, perhaps not Netflix’s most popular reality series, but it still does pretty well and is probably the cheapest thing the entire service produces, given that it’s filmed in like, six rooms.

Moving down the list, the arrival of Killing Eve and Black Sails on Netflix have been good, not great, as they are at #5 and #8 respectively. Specifically, I cannot recommend Black Sails enough, the stellar pirate series that is easily the best in TV history, even with limited competition. It’s fantastic and everyone should watch it.

OJ’s Made in America is at #7 and is no doubt being widely watched in the wake of his recent death. The end of the list has Jimmy Carr’s stand-up special and Bad Dinosaurs, the new Netflix kids animated series. Going to see if my son will like it. He loves dinosaurs, but bad dinosaurs? I don’t know about that.

I am curious how long Baby Reindeer will stay there, but it’s a great series and if you have a strong stomach, you should check it out.

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