Netflix notoriously doesn't share the exact viewing numbers for its many original shows and movies. But that doesn't mean its subscribers are totally in the dark when it comes to determining how popular its projects are. In fact, Netflix just released the top shows and movies of 2018. Many of them have already become instant classics, but a few might surprise you.
The data for the top Netflix films and shows of the year was gathered from Jan. 1 to Nov. 28, both globally and in the U.S. The top three movies have the highest rewatch rate in that window of time, proving fans hit play on them again and again. The shows had the "highest average watch time per viewing sessions," per Netflix's press release, which I assume means these are some of the most marathon-worthy of 2018.
Netflix also provided their top ten stars of the year by measuring whose Instagram following grew the most since January. Though not all of them appeared in a show or movie on this list, these are all names you're sure to know: the Fab Five of Queer Eye, both Lana Condor and Noah Centineo of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Joel Courtney and Joey King of The Kissing Booth, comedian Hannah Gadsby, Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka, as well as Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente Lopez, and Maria Pedraza of Elite.
Maybe you're already a fan of all of Netflix's top shows and movies of the year, but if not, perhaps this list can help you discover something new.