Netflix: What Romanians watched in 2020

Oana Vasiliu 10/12/2020 | 15:13

Netflix recently announced which type of content Romanians watched on their platform. With the pandemic crisis and no to little travel, stories crossed borders and united people with similar tastes, thoughts and emotions. The company released the results of Romania’s preferences as a full spectrum of the moods we all shared.

Escape other worlds

Romanians enjoyed the occasional explosions, fights and car chases, with Extraction, The Old Guard and Project Power as some of the most popular action packed movies this year. The popular series La Casa de Papel reached the Romanian daily top 10 section on the Netflix service for 42 days (similar to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and Philippines).

The world of Fantasy also helped many Romanians escape into lands of magic, with the genre recording the biggest increase compared to last year (almost four times more minutes of fantasy watched compared to 2019). Arthurian legend inspired series Cursed, and the wonderful Locke and Key were at the top of the preference list in the category. And since the Romanians love fantasy, they will certainly be happy to find out that the second season of The Witcher is in production.

Escapism was also reflected by the need to watch content from different parts of the world. Here comes the theme that united not only Romanians all over the country, but also everyone all over the globe. Netflix believes that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere and members truly agree. Some of the most beloved productions around the globe this year were Money Heist (Spain) which reached the daily  top 10 section on the Netflix service in 92 countries, Barbarians (Germany) in 91 countries, Lost Bullet (France) in 89 countries and The Platform (Spain) in 88 countries, all including Romania.

Crying and laughing

Miracle in Cell No. 7  was watched and talked about in Romania and all over the globe, recording a peak in searches on Netflix from March to April. Rebecca was also a popular drama choice, together with hit titles such as The Queen’s Gambit and Enola Holmes.

Miami Bici was one of the most appreciated comedies in Romania, with 24 days spent in the top 10 section of the Netflix platform in Romania. Romanians also enjoy American comedies, so there is no surprise to see Holidate, Emily in Paris: Season 1 and The Wrong Missy in the list of beloved titles.

Expand our horizons

This year Romanians also watched diverse documentaries. Money Heist: The Phenomenon was appreciated by the fans of hit series La Casa de Papel. Flavours of Romania: Season 1 helped us all discover more about our homeland and The Social Dilemma was one of the most talked about Netflix documentaries.

Romanians were eager to experiment with new genres this year and the list of breakouts is quite fun. Fantasy, Musicals, Anime, K-Dramas were some of this year’s biggest discoveries and, even though they didn’t surpass long standing genres like Drama, Action and Thrillers, they painted an interesting portrait of the diverse tastes of Netflix members. Netflix members in Germany, Croatia, Canada,  Hungary, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, The UK and The US had similar revelations.


Connected to stories about love and family 

Romanians loved romantic stories three times more than last year, according to the increase in the number of minutes watched. And together with romance, also Christmas themed stories: Operation Christmas Drop and The Princess Switch: Switched Again were both hits in Romania as well as Love, Guaranteed, The Kissing Booth 2 and Sex Education: Season 2.

Complex (fictional) family dynamics were also highly appreciated by Romanians this year. The Crown S4, The Queen’s Gambit, Enola Holmes and The Umbrella Academy S2 were among the most popular titles built around families this year. Over the Moon and The Willoughbys were two beloved titles that were most probably watched together with the family.

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