So, what’s everyone been watching this week? Hmmmm?
Just to get a sense of the most popular movies and TV shows people are streaming, we’ve streaming aggregator Reelgood(Opens in a new tab), which gathers viewership numbers from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. Each week, the most streamed watches come down to a few elements — sheer buzz, a big finale, smart marketing, star power, critical acclaim, or word-of-mouth that leads people to finally watch it out of spite.
But just because a lot of people are watching something doesn’t make it…good. Here they are, the 10 most streamed TV shows and movies of the week, where to watch them, and what Mashable critics thought.
Bella Ramsey and Keivonn Woodard in “The Last of Us.”
Credit: Liane Hentscher/HBO
It’s the one to beat, every week. The Last of Us has been the most streamed of the week for five weeks running now. Chernobyl director Craig Mazin and The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann bring the lauded Naughty Dog survival adventure game to the screen, with a deeply moving, stunt-packed, superbly scripted, and powerfully performed television show.
Pedro Pascal takes the lead as Joel Miller, a man living in a post-apocalyptic America in 2023 amidst a pandemic caused by the Cordyceps fungus, which turns regular humans into monsters. He’s tasked with bringing 14-year-old Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, across the country on a mission, but there’s more than monsters that stand between them and their destination. Fans will be especially thrilled to see how HBO’s The Last of Us masterfully weaves in the game mechanics, but they’ll have to keep on their toes for new inclusions, clues, and breadcrumbs. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor
What we thought: Making a TV show that lives up to the source material is always a high bar to clear, but especially so in this case. Luckily for gamers and new viewers alike, The Last of Us leaps over it with room to spare, chasing excellence with the boundless energy of a Clicker hunting its prey. — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: The Last of Us airs at 9 p.m. ET every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max.(Opens in a new tab)
Michelle Yeoh is up for Best Lead Actress at this year’s Oscars.
One of the absolute best movies that 2022 had to offer, Everything Everywhere All at Once boasts a little bit of everything, from a deeply poignant mother-daughter tale to a gleefully silly thread involving a quirky one-hit wonder, to a romantic scene featuring hot dog fingers and a sprawling battle involving butt plugs. It’s the weirdest, most wondrous movie on this list, awing critics and audiences alike to not only earn months-long word-of-mouth buzz and resoundingly positive reviews but also a box office record, becoming A24’s highest-grossing film to date(Opens in a new tab). And it’s nominated for 11 Oscars after two wins at the Golden Globes.
Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka Daniels), Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh in her most exhilarating role yet: a multiverse-hopping mom, dedicated to saving all existence but especially her on-the-edge daughter (the sensational Stephanie Hsu). Having more fun with the multiverse concept than Marvel could dare, this outrageous action-comedy giddily thrusts audiences into wild alternative worlds, brandishing unexpected weapons alongside jaw-dropping fashion and wildly captivating performances from Yeoh, Hsu, and their totally game co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor
What we thought: Everything Everywhere All at Once is a tornado of a movie: dizzying, filled with turns, and peppered with eye-catching elements. Yet at the core of its frenetic swirls of allusions, action sequences, and madcap mayhem, there lies a poignant parable about this ruthlessly overwhelming age. — K.P.
How to watch: Everything Everywhere All at Once is now streaming on Paramount+.(Opens in a new tab)
Joe Goldberg is back.
Joe Goldberg is still outrunning his actions, all the way to London in You Season 4 Part 1, which landed on Netflix early February. Penn Badgley’s anti-hero serial killer has made decisions from New York to Los Angeles and the suburbs outside San Francisco. In this season, Joe becomes…Sherlock? With an eat-the-rich killer on the loose, a long-proven psychopath seems like the person to figure it all out. And with that Part 1 finale, You‘s likely to stay in the top streamed for a while yet. — S.C.
What we thought: Rather than treating this season of You as serious commentary or an extension of the past three seasons, enjoy it for the novelty and fun it tries to offer instead. You can count on some creepy Joe scenes, along with his many hot takes against the world via voiceover, but play along with this season of You like the Cluedo game it intends to be. — Y.H.
How to watch: You is now streaming on Netflix.(Opens in a new tab)
Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale in “Poker Face.”
Credit: Sara Shatz / Peacock
If you’re thirsty for more mystery-solving after Knives Out and Glass Onion, dive right into Poker Face, created by Rian Johnson. Natasha Lyonne plays Charlie, whose uncanny ability to tell if someone is telling the truth or not sees her hitting the road to solve different cases. — S.C.
What we thought: Poker Face cements itself as a gem in its own right. Its effective mystery-of-the week format scratches any itch you may have for puzzly goodness (and for guest stars), all while introducing a phenomenal new case-cracker in Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie Cale. — B.E.
Where to watch: Poker Face is now streaming on Peacock.(Opens in a new tab)
Margot Robbie stars in “Babylon.”
Credit: Paramount Pictures
Damien Chazelle’s opulent Oscar nominee has hit streaming, and audiences are smashing that play button. The director’s early Hollywood epic starring Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Brad Pitt, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, and Jean Smart delves into the excesses of 1920s Los Angeles.
What we thought: Brace yourself for Chazelle’s about-face, because Babylon is a ghastly, sticky, indulgent mess of a movie, slinging shock value in lieu of anything interesting to say. — K.P.
How to watch: Babylon is now streaming on Paramount+.(Opens in a new tab)
Wesley Kimmel as Jack and Reese Witherspoon as Debbie in “Your Place or Mine.”
Credit: Erin Simkin / Netflix
Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher play BFFs who swap houses in Your Place Or Mine, Netflix’s big name rom-com. Debbie and Peter have a one-night history back in the 2000s, but they’ve moved on to years of long distance friendship. When Debbie needs to go to New York, where Peter lives, he decides to house swap with her to take care of her son, and they’ll get a new perspective on themselves and their connection. There’s a solid supporting cast with Jesse Williams, Zoë Chao, Wesley Kimmel, Tig Notaro, and Steve Zahn. — S.C.
How to watch: Your Place or Mine is now streaming on Netflix.(Opens in a new tab)
Jason Segel and Harrison Ford in “Shrinking.”
Credit: Apple TV+
Ted Lasso creators Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence have a hit with their Apple TV+ dramedy Shrinking, following grieving therapist Jimmy (Jason Segel) who has trouble keeping his own thoughts about his clients to himself. Getting but not always following advice about compassion fatigue from his colleagues Gaby (Jessica Williams) and Paul (Harrison Ford), Jimmy begins to make some questionable ethical decisions in his life. — S.C.
How to watch: Shrinking is now streaming on Apple TV+.(opens in a new tab)
Julianne Moore and Justice Smith in “Sharper.”
Credit: Apple TV+
Apple TV+’s new psychological thriller comes with a stacked cast and a pile of truths to uncover in New York City. Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, Briana Middleton, and John Lithgow star in this drama that sees characters competing for power and money, each trying to con the other. Director Benjamin Caron, who worked on Andor and The Crown, sets a stage of greed and lust in Sharper, promising to keep you guessing until the end.
How to watch: Sharper is now streaming on Apple TV+.(Opens in a new tab)
Taylor Sheridan’s western drama won’t be beat.
Kevin Costner-led Western Yellowstone has one of the most loyal audiences around, making the most streamed list every single week. Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Lindan, the drama follows John Dutton (Costner) and his family of ranchers in Montana. The show hasn’t always been beloved by critics (the first season, in particular, got a very mixed reception(Opens in a new tab)) but it is undeniably popular(Opens in a new tab). — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor
How to watch: Yellowstone(opens in a new tab) is streaming now on Peacock.(opens in a new tab)
Viola Davis leads the charge in “The Woman King.”
Credit: Sony Pictures
Viola Davis’s reign as The Woman King continues into streaming, despite Oscar snubs. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s upcoming historical epic tells the story of the Agojie, an all-female regiment in the Kingdom of Dahomey, located in present-day Benin. Led by General Nanisca (Davis), the Dahomey Amazons were a formidable force in Dahomey’s fight against European colonizers. The Woman King also stars John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.* — B.E.
What we thought: Gina Prince-Bythewood has once more created an astonishing action movie, which dazzles with ferocious fight sequences but hits hardest because of its heartfelt storytelling. — K.P.
How to watch: The Woman King is now streaming on Netflix.(Opens in a new tab)
* Asterisks indicate the writeup is adapted from another Mashable article.