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The Most Streamed Shows on HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video

Streaming has made watching TV better than ever before in terms of widespread availability and the sheer quantity of shows. Millions of people are logging in to their streaming services daily, but you might be surprised to know what they’re watching!

Our team at conducted an online survey to discover the best shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and HBO. Read on to see the most-popular shows by streaming service, age group, and gender.

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Dramas led the way across the board when it came to popularity, with only Hulu’s The Mindy Project (a romantic comedy), and Netflix’s Fuller House (a sitcom) mixing things up. Furthermore, The Walking Dead and Vikings are the only winners not produced by the streaming service that offers them, making for an impressive array of original shows at the top of the ranks.


Sorting our data by age groups, we start to see a much wider range of preferences. Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and HBO®’s Game of Thrones are the only shows appreciated across the whole range of age groups.

In the 18-24 age range, survey respondents often preferred shows with an element of comedy, such as Shameless, Rick and Morty, Girls, and Sex and the City. Their taste was also the most individualized, with six shows at the top of their list that showed up in no other group’s list.

The next age range, 25–34-year-olds, also listed many comedies, including Shameless, The Mindy Project, and Ballers. And it’s no surprise to see they enjoyed the nostalgia of Fuller House, a reboot of a childhood favorite sitcom.

Respondents from the 35–44 age range showed an overwhelming preference for dramas, including the old favorite The Sopranos. They also showed the most appreciation for shows with a fantastical element, like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Man in the High Castle, and True Blood.

Finally, the 45–54 age range showed eclectic tastes, including simple pleasures like America’s Got Talent and The Big Bang Theory, crime dramas Narcos and Bosch, musical drama Empire, and science-fiction dramas like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and The Man in the High Castle.

Favorite Netflix Shows by Age Range

Favorite Hulu Shows by Age Range

Favorite Amazon Video Shows by Age Range

Favorite HBO NOW® Shows by Age Range


There was wide variation in favorite shows by gender, with only Orange Is the New Black and Game of Thrones showing up in the top three for both men and women.

Women showed more interest in shows like Fuller House, Orphan Black, and The Handmaid’s Tale, which are all primarily lead by women. On the other hand, men showed more interest in gritty sci-fi shows like The Walking Dead, West World, and The Man in the High Castle.

Favorite Netflix Shows by Gender

Favorite Hulu Shows by Gender

Favorite Amazon Video Shows by Gender

Favorite HBO NOW® Shows by Gender

Are you surprised by the lineup of the top shows to stream online, or was it what you expected? Share your reactions in the comments below.

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