The Umbrella Academy was number one on Netflix this month, did you watch it?

Instead of going to the movies or doing other risky activities, most of us are watching streaming shows. Netflix has been releasing their original series over the summer to tide us over. Netflix released its Top 10 list feature earlier in the year and has been revealing how its original shows are performing. Forbes has been tracking that data over the summer and created a list of Netflix’s Top 10 Original Shows. Umbrella Academy, which was released at the end of July, snagged the number one spot in the first 30 days of its release. Here’s more on the story:

Before the streaming service introduced its “Top 10” feature, we had no way of tracking TV and movie performance on Netflix. But thanks to that new daily feature, we’ve been able to assemble a points system that allows us to keep track of which shows are dominating Netflix and rank them accordingly.

So which shows have been the most popular this summer on Netflix? When I sorted out the summer rankings back on August 7, the list looked very different. This time around, there are a few new shows in the mix—including a new #1.

Well, that was fast! In the show’s first 30 days on Netflix, The Umbrella Academy has quickly risen to the top of the summer list. Which is no surprise, considering the program became the first scripted show on Netflix to spend 15 consecutive days in first place on the Daily Top 10. Oh, and the show just broke Netflix’s monthly point total record. Currently, the show easily ranks #1 on the August Top 10.

On the 2020 Top 10, The Umbrella Academy sits in sixth place.


Umbrella Academy is one of my favorite shows on Netflix. I watched the entire second season in a weekend. The characters are compelling and infuriating at the same time. The story is well written and leaves me wanting more. So I can see why Umbrella Academy is at the top of the list. It is a fun series that allows people to escape into a sort of alternate world where humans have powers. Especially now that we have an international pandemic and the resurgence of the BLM movement coupled with increased police brutality making many feel powerless. A show about humans having super powers is relevant in many ways.

I am looking forward to the shows that will be released this fall. I will make sure to have my pantry stocked with popcorn and other snacks like Junior Mints and Sour Patch Kids because as much as I miss going to the movies (movie theater popcorn is the best) there is no way in hell I will be going to a theater until they have a vaccine for COVID. I’ll just wait until the movies are released through streaming.




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  1. Nikki* says:

    I haven’t seen it, and I’m THRILLED to be getting Celebitchy recommendations for good TV. I’m trying to gird myself for Covid winter! 🙁

  2. Holly says:

    I didn’t. I tried to get through the first through episodes and thought wow this is clearly written by someone who consumes very little outside of superhero-related media. Weirdly, I was right.

    • Jordana says:

      I have to say it’s not a type of show or series that I would typically watch….but stick with it! I was hooked after the 2nd episode season 1. I loved season 2 even more. I’m not a superhero movie watcher at all, but I love Umbrella Academy 😊

    • Myra says:

      I tried to watch the first episode a couple of times and almost gave up. At some point, I decided to commit and I honestly don’t regret it. I even prefer Season 2 for some reason.

    • El says:

      Felt the same way, watched 2-3 episodes and never got into it. And I agree with the commenter below who said that Ellen Paige is a terrible actress. It seems like she was sort of central to the story? I quit before I could confirm it. If so, what a poor choice of actor for a major role.

  3. Flamingo says:

    Kate Walsh is EVERYTHING. I have loved her since she was Dr. Addison Montgomery all those years ago on Grey’s.

  4. BlueSky says:

    I’m almost finished with the second season. Ellen Page is such a wooden actress and her character is the one I care for the least. She plays the same character in every movie. Number 5 is so convincingly obnoxious. He’s a better actor than Ellen and he’s only 17. Kate Walsh is killing it as the Handler!

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, I think this is part of why I cant get into it. Ellen Page really brings it down. Aidan and Emmy Raver-Lampman make the show, in my opinion. (and I do like Kate Walsh as well.)

      • Celebitchy says:

        I agree with you Becks Ellen really doesn’t bring much to the show but I like the other characters and agree with BlueSky that Number 5 is great and I love Allison too.

    • Lemons says:

      This is spot-on. Ellen’s character is just plain unlikeable. They tried to add some nuance with her “unconventional” love story (no spoilers), but I still wasn’t feeling it.

      Wished there was more Number 5. He’s hilarious!

    • Léna says:

      Agreed! Five is really good and the second season really allowed the actors to be better IMO. I especially really liked Luther in season 2 and Allison. But Ellen Page is so…. Herself

  5. Becks1 says:

    We are watching it – I’m not sure where we are in the second season, in terms of how many episodes are left.

    I like the second season a LOT more than the first season (the first season reminded me of Legion and I felt it took too long to figure out what was actually going on) but the Dallas storyline is a lot better, IMO. But, I still don’t love it. My husband likes and it watches it and I read and partly tune in to it. I like that its something different though.

  6. serena says:

    I did and, honestly, I didn’t expect the second season to be that good but it is.

  7. BeanieBean says:

    Anybody ever watch ABC’s Once Upon a Time? It’s on Netflix & I was thinking of trying that since I missed it the first go-round (several years’ worth, apparently!).

    • CJW says:

      Just finished it, I liked it, some dull moments, but for the most part is was a good series. Although it ends on 9/6 and moves to Disney+ on 9/16.

    • EB says:

      The first couple of seasons of OUAT are good and then it gets more mediocre. It’s a fun show to put on while cooking or doing chores. The spin off series is not worth it. I could barely get through half of the season. It only lasted for one anyway.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Thanks, EB. I like shows for all kinds of reasons, including something to have on whilst doing chores.

    • Case says:

      It starts out really strong and gets messier and more outlandish as the seasons go on.

  8. CJW says:

    Watched it straight thru, loved it!

    • a reader says:

      Same here…. burned through season 2 in roughly 48 hours. It’s such a wackadoodle show and I LOVE IT.

  9. Laura says:

    Umbrella academy is ok but if we’re going for something to watch in the super hero genre (which I do not like to begin with) it’s the Boys because they make the superhero’s the ones you don’t root for.

  10. Lindy says:

    My 11yo watched this over at his dad’s and is now obsessed with it. I haven’t seen it–he wants to rewatch it with his stepdad and me and I’m willing. Just hoping it’s not inappropriate for an 11yo. He’s pretty thoughtful and well-read, but I never know what his dad is going to allow him to do. I’m glad to know so many of y’all enjoy it, though!

    • Victoria says:

      There’s a lot of murder but nothing graphic.

    • Becks1 says:

      There’s some violence but a lot of it is SO over the top that it doesn’t really bother me – its kind of like watching a Marvel movie or something along those lines. There’s not really any sex in it either, besides one scene with Ellen Page (you don’t see anything, its just implied). If your son has watched the Marvel movies I think he’ll be fine with this.

  11. Stacey says:

    I loved both seasons of Umbrella Academy. I feel the series is more about dis-functional family dynamics but it is set in a dystopian, sci-fi backdrop. I find the humour and character development is excellent. I died laughing when Diego and Luther were looking up Oga for Oga in the phone book.

  12. Case says:

    I know I’d like it, but I haven’t watched it yet.

  13. Elizabeth M says:

    Robert Sheehan is amazing and UNBELIEVABLY HOT. His American accent is surprising good too.

  14. SM says:

    Yes!!!!!!. Thanks to the people on this site, I have watched both seasons in what seems a heart beat. So addictive with diverse characters and multiple plot lines and generally you just never know what’s next scene is going to bring out, it’s like crazy on top of crazy but in a good way. I enjoyed it so much I convinced my husband to watch it and we are rewatching it together as the first time I watched it I was away from home with the kid in the countryside. I immensely enjoy humour there which at times is just putting stress on the mundane things and aspects of life in the middle of some intense scene dealing with apocalyptic end of the world scenario. The acting is on point too.

  15. Chris says:

    I watched the first season and then half the second, but stopped. I just kind of lost interest because the general plot of both seasons is the same, save the world, but none of the siblings want to. I also think a couple of the characters/actors shine and the others are meh to watch. Allison, five, ben and klaus are the only siblings who I find interesting. Also, Kate Walsh is so entertaining. I might take another crack at it eventually, but I only have so much mental space for heavily plotted tv shows and I’m LOVING lovecraft country, so that’s my show for now.

  16. Veronica S. says:

    I liked the second season. Plot wise, it wasn’t as strong as S1, but it definitely utilized that to do more intense character focus. Splitting them up wound up working really well because it allowed each character to address their neuroses individually and explore them outside of their relationships to each other. It was also wise, IMO, to push the character Klaus into the background a little since the actor is just so good and knows how to eat up scenery when he’s on camera. That allowed the others to shine a little bit more.

  17. Mei says:

    I love this show! The second season I thought was better, maybe because it had a clearer goal? Whereas the first season had to spend time getting to know the characters so they had less time to build out the world and the plot. Also we got to see more of Ben which was so lovely, and their dad which was great too (!!). Loved Raymond too, such a great character. I’m so psyched for the next season after that cliffhanger!! Can you call it a cliffhanger if you expect it because it was kind of obvious it would happen?

    Number 5’s acting blows me away, it’s wild how well he can act when he’s so young. I forget on numerous occasions that he’s just a teenager.

  18. Suzz54 says:

    We have watched seasons 1 & 2- 3 times and are not family that rewatches things. #5 is a seriously great actor!

  19. Penny says:

    I have to admit, Klaus is my favorite. I would watch Robbie Sheehan do anything!