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Every State’s Favorite Netflix Show in 2020

Netflix continues to dominate the streaming service scene, with 193 million viewers and over $20 billion in revenue (as of 2019).1 To keep growing, Netflix planned on adding as many as 113 new Netflix shows in 2020. With so many streaming choices, the temperatures cooling down, and more people staying in, we had to find out what America was watching in 2020.

Every State's Favorite Netflix Show in 2020

The Umbrella Academy is America’s most popular Netflix show

For the second year in a row, the most popular Netflix show in America was The Umbrella Academy, which picked up the most search volume in seventeen states.

The Umbrella Academy was nominated for two Emmy’s and has won or been nominated for dozens of other awards.2 On Rotten Tomatoes, the show earned an 82% critic’s score and an 87% audience approval.3 And fans watched over 3 billion minutes of the superhero series during the first week of the season 2 release. So, if you still haven’t seen The Umbrella Academy, hop on the bandwagon. This superpowered show adapted from Gerard Way’s comic books is more than okay (we promise!).

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Netflix Originals took over

Americans searched for The Umbrella Academy, Black Mirror, and Orange Is the New Black more than any other shows, which proves Netflix Originals have taken over.

Although Black Mirror started as a BBC original, Netflix bought the rights for season 3 and beyond. Peaky Blinders, which was the favorite in Massachusetts, also first premiered on BBC but was later picked up by Netflix.

Only four non-Netflix Originals made the top-search for states: Breaking Bad from AMC won in New Mexico, where Walt and Jessie reigned as chemical kings. Oregon searched for Community from NBC, New Hampshire likes New Girl (FOX), and Georgia’s feeling peachy searching for Schitt’s Creek (CBC).

Tiger King isn’t going away anytime soon

Joe Exotic and Carole Baskins are still stealing the show in Kansas and Oklahoma, seven months after the release of Tiger King. But should we be surprised that such a chaotic and popular show is still making waves?

With more spin-offs coming out in the future—seemingly more for entertainment than preservation awareness—will we ever see real justice for the animals these people claim to love?

GLOW can no longer go

One of the most popular shows, GLOW, has been canceled during the pandemic due to filming restrictions.6 The women’s wrestling show was the favorite in five states, but, unfortunately, it looks like it’s been knocked out of the ring permanently.

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America’s Favorite Netflix Shows of 2020

StateNetflix show
AlaskaThe Umbrella Academy
ArizonaThe Umbrella Academy
ArkansasThe Umbrella Academy
CaliforniaBlack Mirror
ConnecticutBlack Mirror
DelawareUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
District of ColumbiaUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
FloridaThe Umbrella Academy
GeorgiaSchitt’s Creek
HawaiiThe Umbrella Academy
IdahoStranger Things
IllinoisBlack Mirror
IndianaThe Umbrella Academy
IowaThe Umbrella Academy
KansasTiger King
KentuckyOrange Is the New Black
LouisianaThe Umbrella Academy
MarylandBlack Mirror
MassachusettsPeaky Blinders
MichiganThe Umbrella Academy
MississippiOrange Is the New Black
NebraskaOrange Is the New Black
NevadaThe Umbrella Academy
New HampshireNew Girl
New JerseyBlack Mirror
New MexicoBreaking Bad
New YorkBlack Mirror
North CarolinaThe Umbrella Academy
North DakotaOrange Is the New Black
OhioThe Umbrella Academy
OklahomaTiger King
Rhode IslandOrange Is the New Black
South CarolinaThe Umbrella Academy
South DakotaMindhunter
TennesseeThe Umbrella Academy
TexasThe Umbrella Academy
UtahStranger Things
VermontThe Haunting of Hill House
VirginiaThe Umbrella Academy
WashingtonThe Umbrella Academy
West VirginiaGLOW
WisconsinOrange Is the New Black


To determine each state’s favorite Netflix show, we analyzed the most popular shows using Google Trends data to discover which ones people in your state showed the most interest in during 2020. To improve the results, we gauged popularity in the Arts & Entertainment category. Our initial list of Netflix shows came from Digital Trends.


  1. Amy Watson, Statista, “Netflix – Statistics & Facts,” February 6, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020.
  2. IMDb, “The Umbrella Academy – Awards,” Accessed October 13, 2020.
  3. Rotten Tomatoes, “The Umbrella Academy,” Accessed October 13, 2020.
  4. Google Trends, Accessed October 5, 2020.
  5. Nick Perry, Christine Persaud, Blair Marnell, Digital Trends, “The 50 Best Shows on Netflix Right Now,” October 1, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020.
  6. Joe Otterson, Variety, ‘GLOW’ Season 4 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic,” October 5, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020.

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Trevor's written professionally for five years for editorial publications and retail/e-commerce sites. He lives in Salt Lake City and enjoys photography and making music in his spare time, or you can catch him on your local dance floor bustin' a move.

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Cara Haynes has been editing and writing in the digital space for seven years, and she's edited all things internet for for five years. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in editing from Brigham Young University. When she's not editing, she makes tech accessible through her freelance writing for brands like Pluralsight. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span.