These 7 thrillers were among the most-watched Netflix shows in 2023
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 13, 2023 - 06:41PM
Breaking Bad is still pulling in the viewers – a decade after its release (Picture: Ben Leuner)

has unveiled its most-watched shows of 2023 and we’ve gone through and picked its – so you don’t have to.

The global streaming platform continues to dominate the cultural landscape, having pumped out megahits from the , the documentary and

But as the December nights grow darker, well, so do our TV tastes and we’re all for a rush of adrenaline after watching a thriller, if only to punctate our evenings lying comatose on the sofa.

As it reflects on the year, Netflix has produced a handy guide of its most-watched programmes from January until June this year based on hours watched.

We’ve gone through the very comprehensive lists and selected its top thrillers from that period so, if you’re at a loss what to watch this festive season and are sick of Love Actually, look no further.

The Night Agent

The Night Agent was Netflix’s biggest release of Q1 in 2023 (Picture: Netflix)

The Night Agent was not just the most-watched thriller, but the most-watched show on for the first six months of this year, notching up more than 812,000,000 hours viewed.

The synopsis reads: ‘While monitoring an emergency line, a vigilant FBI agent answers a call that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House.’

Starring Gabriel Basso and Luciane Buchanan, the series is based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quirk – and a second season is due in 2024.

The Glory

The Glory was Netflix’s second most-watched show for the first half of the year (Picture: Netflix)

Coming in third place on Netflix’s most hours viewed ranking, behind comedy-drama Ginny & Georgia, is South Korean web series The Glory.

The drama follows Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye-kyo), a student who has been tormented by her classmates, as she decides to finally get revenge on her bullies.

As well as being a hit with audiences, The Glory went down a storm with critics and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award among other accolades.


Penn plays serial killer and psychopath about town Joe in (Picture: Netflix)

Murdering psychopath Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) fails yet again to have a healthy perspective on women and satiate his killing desire in the

This time, having , from New York to LA, he has based himself in London and is working as a professor before it all goes awry.

You is returning for the fifth season in 2024, however, that will be confirmed the series was drawing to a close.


Netflix fans were left confused by how to watch new series Kaleidoscope (Picture: Netflix)

Kaleidoscope when it was released as they decided which order to watch the episodes in.

Created by Matchstick Men author Eric Garcia – landed on the streaming service on January 1 and takes place over 25 years.

The series follows a group of thieves led by Leo Pap, portrayed by  star Giancarlo Esposito, in their attempt to pull off an elaborate heist


Bloodhounds follows a group of friends trying to take down a ruthless loan shark (Picture: Netflix)

146,700,000 hours of Bloodhounds was watched at the start of the year – an impressive feat – beating the likes of Black Mirror.

The gripping thriller follows three friends working for a benevolent moneylender, who band together to take down a ruthless loan shark who preys on the financially desperate.

A South Korean drama, Bloodhounds stars Mad Dog and Save Me actor Woo Do-hwan and Once Again’s Lee Sang-yi.


Triptych is inspired by a real-life case involving three identical triplets (Picture: Netflix)

Mexican drama Triptych follows a forensics agent whose life becomes endangered after finding out she’s an identical triplet.

Triptych is based on a real story, and while the creators haven’t revealed exactly where they sourced their inspiration, it’s believed to be the documentary Three Identical Strangers.

In the documentary, three men who live in different parts of the US coincidentally bump into each other and are shocked to discover they are identical triplets.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is one of the most influential TV shows of all time (Picture: AMC)

It may have been a decade since , widely considered to be the , ended but it’s still pulling in the viewers.

Season 2 specifically of the thriller, which and Aaron Paul, raked in 116,200,000 hours watched for Netflix this year.

For those who have been living under a rock, the drama as he is diagnosed with cancer but learns that his insurance won’t cover his treatment and subsequently plunges into the wild world of crime.