‘Spy x Family’ Scores A Big Win Against ‘Stranger Things’ On Netflix

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Nick Davis

Stranger Things Season 4 has been gradually releasing new episodes on Netflix recently. It’s possibly the biggest show the platform has ever put out. Since its first season in 2016, Stranger Things has been a flagship for Netflix. So it should obviously be the top show on the platform around the world right now. Right? Wrong.

Stranger Things is not the number 1 show on Netflix around the world right now. And what is the show responsible for keeping Stranger Things from that illustrious spot? None other than one of Japan’s very own. Spy x Family. It’s popularity simply won’t allow it to be taken down a notch by any other show.

Stranger Things vs Spy x Family

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A shot of two of the main characters in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Stranger Things is currently the top show in the United States. But, in Japan, Spy x Family still firmly maintains its hold as the top show. Stranger Things is actually only number 1 is 83 of Netflix’s 93 available countries. That’s still not bad, by any metric. But it shows the power of Spy x Family as much as the possibly waning relevance of Stranger Things. Although Season 4 has been getting a lot of praise for its horror elements and solid writing.

Japan is a country that doesn’t let other countries’ media hold its attention very often. But it does happen. Squid Games is the most recent Netflix show to go number 1 in every single country where Netflix is available. That’s an extremely impressive feat that Stranger Things just couldn’t reach. Not with how wildly popular Spy x Family is right now, both in Japan and everywhere else in the world.

Out With The Old In With The New?

For many, Stranger Things is feeling like a show that’s lost the plot. They’re falling into the classic problem of their actors aging much faster in real life than they are in the show. There are even rumors that Season 5 of the show, which we already have confirmation is coming, may include a time jump to the actors current real-life ages. This would be a step in the right direction. However, many still feel that the show’s initial charm was in its young cast. Them becoming adults has meant it not feeling the same for many. Still, the show is wildly successful. And Season 4 has been receiving a lot of praise.

Stranger Things Season 4 has eight of its nine episodes out right now. Spy x Family currently has 9 episodes of what is said to be 25 episodes out right now.

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