Netflix Reveals Exactly Which Episodes Got Viewers Hooked

'Stranger Things,' 'Making a Murderer,' and 'Narcos' all had a point of no return.


Netflix has crunched the numbers and determined the exact episodes that get viewers obsessed. The streaming platform studied viewer habits for 30 series to see at what point they went from casually interested to total fan. They even gave it a spiffy name: “hooked episodes.”

According to Netflix: A hooked episode is when 70 percent of viewers who watched that episode went on to complete season one of the same series.”

Netflix identified the episodes over a period of 19 months from a 20-country pool where the service was available and then averaged the hooked episodes from country-to-country to create a worldwide point of being completely infatuated with a particular series.

So how long does it take you to get completely immersed into shows like Stranger Things, Narcos, and even Gilmore Girls?

Viewers latched onto Stranger Things very quickly: “Chapter 2: The Weirdo On Maple Street” was the point of no return:

They got addicted to some sweet and illegal Pablo Escobar action in Narcos by Episode 3, “The Men of Always”:

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They saddled up to the Stars Hollow growing pains of Lorelai and Rory in Gilmore Girls by Episode 7:

How many episodes did it take for you to become hooked on other shows like Making a Murderer, American Horror Story, or The Fall?

See where you stack up with the worldwide average below:

Netflix found out what episodes made you slavishly devoted to content. 


This is an fascinating, if not, self-serving move on Netflix’s part. For one, it drives home the idea that people are fanatical about the wide range of programming they shell out to the masses all over the world. The data means that the viewing behaviors and fandom of streaming viewers are universal up to a point.

Regardless of whether you’re in the United States, Japan, or the United Arab Emirates, you decided that Stranger Things was going to be awesome just two episodes after pressing play for the first time. There’s something pretty fulfilling about staying hooked together.

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