I’m not sure I’ve ever dethroned a person before for one Netflix Top 10 tracks, but occasionally we see comedy specials make it to the top. And once again, Dave Chappelle has done it with his new stand-up special The Dreamer, which climbed to the #1 spot for a few days.
Now, Chappelle’s Dreamer has been displaced by another Harlan Coben series, which Netflix has plenty of at this point, this one being Fool Me Once, about an ex-soldier who sees her murdered husband on a nanny cam. Ah, weird, okay.
It has a half-assed 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, but despite being widely watched by audiences, it has a pretty dismal 45% audience rating, meaning viewers didn’t like how the mystery unfolded, I guess.
Chappelle, meanwhile, continues his turn to often right-wing comedy that this time pokes fun at transgender and disabled people. Dreamer attracted less controversy than its first Netflix special, but it still does the same concept, it seems.
In third place is “You Are What You Eat,” which I thought was a cooking reality show, but instead is an interesting experiment about identical twins trying two different diets to see the results. Then in fourth is Tacoma FD, a Reno 911 spoof that Netflix has licensed from somewhere. Old hits Money Heist: Berlin and My Life with the Walter Boys are at #5 and #6.
I think the show on the list I’m most interested in is The Brothers Sun, starring Michelle Yeoh, off to a good start and about a trio member who goes to Los Angeles to protect his family. It has received good reviews from critics (80%) and Really good audience reviews (97%!), although not many. I will give it a try.
At the bottom of the list are Young Sheldon, The Crown and The Manny, the latter of which is a Mexican sitcom about a woman who hires a cowboy to look after her children(?). Well.
Looking ahead, I just don’t see too many major Netflix shows on the horizon for January, at least none that are big hits that we can predict other than possible Love is Blind spin-offs. Lift is a new heist show led by Kevin Hart, so it might do well given its popularity. I’m not entirely sure this is a comedy, as Hart seems to have wanted to do more serious roles lately. But yeah, it might be a pretty empty month and you might be better off watching Echo on Disney Plus or True Detective on HBO.