Top 10 “First Binges” for South Africans


The habit of Bingeing is one that has evolved over time - becoming immensely popular amongst South Africans. In fact it only takes South African Netflix members 5 days to have their first binge, while the rest of the world takes two weeks (well, 12 days to be exact).

The shows that people tend to fall in love with first seem to include a variety of bad boys (and girls). Narcos is the show that people binged first in South Africa, with Breaking Bad, The 100 and Suits not far behind. 

South Africans are also falling for shows that leave us hanging, like Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why. While shows that aren’t afraid to push boundaries, like Grace and Frankie, Shooter and Marco Polo round out the Top 10.

Here is the list of the Top 10 “First Binges” on Netflix for South Africans:

  •  Narcos
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Stranger Things
  • Breaking Bad
  • Shooter
  • Grace and Frankie
  • The 100
  • Gossip Girl
  • Suits
  • Marco Polo

And while Walter White reigns supreme over time globally, he hasn’t always been the top target of our affection (although we’ll always appreciate a good cook) - 13 Reasons Why stole our hearts in 2017. The one show that’s always by our side is Gossip Girl, which ranked as one of the top first binges in past years.

Incase you wanted to compare what Netflix viewers are watching globally - here's their "first binge" list:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Walking Dead
  • Stranger Things
  • Narcos
  • House of Cards
  • Prison Break
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • American Horror Story
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