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Top 10 biggest Netflix movies and shows right now (August 3 2021)

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Welcome to our guide of the most popular new releases on Netflix, a full breakdown of the biggest shows, based on who’s watching what.

This week, a whole swath of new and exciting shows floods to the top of the Netflix Top 10! From the action adventure teen drama series Outer Banks, new seasons of the CW superhero series The Flash and the high school football drama All American, to Netflix originals like Love is Blind: After The Altar and Resort to Love, there’s plenty to watch and catch up on this week while longtime favorites such as Manifest, Virgin River, and the indomitable Cocomelon continue to hold strong.

To help you navigate the vast swath of Netflix offerings, we’ve gathered our reviews, features, and quick takes on the shows and films that have cracked the Top 10 list for the United States, and put them in one easy-to-read place. Read on to find out what people are watching, and get coverage to help you choose which of Netflix’s most popular hits meet your needs or personal tastes.

Polygon updates the Netflix Top 10 each Tuesday. The actual top 10 may is subject to change between updates.

Netflix’s biggest new releases


10. Manifest

Photo: Warner Bros. Television

Manifest, the NBC supernatural drama starring Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) and Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), was canceled this week following the conclusion of its third season, which explains why it’s shot up to number one on the Netflix Top 10. Executive produced by Jeff Rak (The Tomorrow People, Beauty and the Beast), the premise of the series resembles a mashup of Lost and The 4400, following the crew and passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 who land following a turbulent flight, only to discover that nearly five years have passed since they took off. Did they fly into the Bermuda Triangle? Were they abducted by aliens? Is this just some elaborate series of backdoor pilots to yet another reboot of the Twilight Zone? We may never know, but this is as good a time as any to catch up on the series and see what all the fuss is about.

9. The Flash

Barry Allen and The Speedster face off in The Flash

Photo: The CW

Based on the DC Comics’ character of the same name, The Flash follows the story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a crime-scene investigator who gains the power of superhuman speed following an explosion. Donning the persona of “the Flash,” Barry fights crime as a masked superhero while managing the existential fallout of the blast that gave him his powers. The seventh season of the hit series just dropped on Netflix follow its conclusion last month, which explains why it’s on this week’s Netflix Top 10.

8. Cocomelon

CG babies and anthropomorphic cats wearing nametags in Cocomelon.

Photo: Moonbug Entertainment

If your kid has to watch something (or possibly you’re tuning in yourself? No judgment here!), the YouTube-animated-nursery-rhymes-and-songs-channel-turned-Netflix animated series is one of the most popular children shows on the service this week. It’s amazing, it’s been on the list since last fall and only fell off once, and shows no signs of going away … ever!

7. Virgin River

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Based on Robyn Carr’s series of romance novels of the same name, Virgin River tells the story of Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Brekenridge), a woman who moves to the remote Northern California town of Virgin River from Los Angeles in response to a job ad to become a midwife and nurse practitioner. While attempting to make peace with her traumatic past, Mel finds a new life through a budding romance with local bar owner Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson), a relationship complicated by Jack’s own troubled past. The third season of Virgin River released last Friday, which explains why it’s at the top of Netflix’s Top 10 this week.

6. Love Is Blind: After The Altar

Lauren & Cameron from Love Is Blind: After the Altar.

Photo: Netflix

One of many bizarre dating show scenarios produced by Netflix, Love Is Blind is a reality matchmaking drama where 30 men and women pair up with one another in hopes of finding their soul mate. Here’s the catch: none of them sees each other’s face until one of them proposes to the other. Before that, they’re only means of communication is through these isolated “pods” where they can talk to one; so it’s like that other weird Netflix show The Circle except without the dystopian Black Mirror-esque undertones. The show recently released Love Is Blind: After the Altar, a three-episode post-mortem show that reunites the couples from the show two years later to see how their marriages have faired, which explains why it’s on this week’s Top 10.

5. Resort to Love

Sinqua Walls as Caleb King, Christina Milian as Erica Wilson in Resort to Love.

David Bloomer/ NETFLIX © 2020

Director Steven Tsuchida’s romantic comedy Resort to Love stars Christina Milian as Erica, an aspiring pop star in the midst of a career crisis who accepts a gig as the musical entertainment at her ex-fiance’s wedding at an illustrious island resort. While trying to keep her past relationship a secret from the expectant bride-to-be, Erica inadvertently finds herself drawn back to her ex (Jay Pharoah). With the day of the wedding fast approaching, she’ll have to choose what it means to follow her heart: whether that means a life with her former lover or her career as a singer.

4. The Vault

Freddie Highmore, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and Sam Riley in The Vault.

Photo: Netflix

Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) stars in the action adventure heist thriller The Vault as Thom, a genius engineering graduate who devises a plan to break into seemingly impenetrable vault in the Bank of Spain when that houses the legendary treasure of Sir Francis Drake. Together with a team lead by charismatic art dealer Walter (Liam Cunningham), Thom will have to pull off the heist of a lifetime at the height of the final game of the 2010 Football World Cup … all under 105 minutes.

3. The Losers

Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Columbus Short, Idris Elba, and Oscar Jaenada in The Losers.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Based on Andy Diggle and Mark “Jock” Simpson’s Vertigo comic series of the same name, The Losers stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), and others as an elite black ops team who are left for dead and subsequently mount a campaign to take revenge on their traitorous former handlers. Joined by Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a mysterious agent with her own agenda, the group go deep undercover to strike back at Max (Jason Patric), a ruthless power broker bent on embroiling the world in a global conflict.

2. All American

Daniel Ezra as high school football star Spencer James in All American.

Photo: The CW

Inspired by the life of Spencer Paysinger, All American is a sports drama following the life of Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a rising high school football player who is recruited to play for the illustrious Beverly Hills High. Under the mentorship of his coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs), Spencer must navigate the trials and tribulations both on and off the field as he charts his future. Season three of the CW series was released on Netflix this past weekend, hence why its place on this week’s Netflix Top 10.

1. Outer Banks

MADELYN CLINE as SARAH CAMERON and CHASE STOKES as JOHN B in episode 201 of OUTER BANKS

JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX

Set in a costal town along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the action adventure teen drama Outer Banks follows the “Pogues,” a local group of working-class teenagers attempting to find out what happened to the father of John B (Chase Stokes), the group’s ringleader. As their search leads them to on the trail of a fabled treasure connected to John B.’s father’s last known whereabouts, the group become in embroiled in a feud that threatens not only their future but their very lives. The second season of the Netflix Original series landed on the service last weekend, hence why it’s at the top of this week’s Top 10.

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