'Murder Mystery,' 'Stranger Things' among Netflix's most popular releases for 2019

Erin Jensen
USA TODAY

Netflix is closing the year by shedding some light on its most popular projects in the U.S. for 2019

A crime/comedy feature film starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, "Murder Mystery," tops the service's list of most popular releases, followed by the third installment of the sci-fi series "Stranger Things." Dave Chappelle's "Sticks & Stones" leads the list of most popular comedy releases. 

The popular streaming service has been routinely cagey when it come to viewership data in the past, often selectively releasing numbers via social media. It's important to note that, regarding the following lists, this information has not been verified by an outside measurement service like Nielsen, and is based on the number of accounts who viewed at least two minutes of a title within the first 28 days it appeared on Netflix. For titles that have been on the streaming service for less than 28 days, predictions have been used.

Here's what we watched:

Top 10 most popular releases 

1. "Murder Mystery"

2. "Stranger Things 3"

3. "6 Underground"

4. "The Incredibles 2"

5. "The Irishman"

6. "The Witcher"

7. "Triple Frontier"

8. "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"

9. "The Umbrella Academy"

10. "The Highwaymen"

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Top 10 most popular series releases 

1. "Stranger Things 3"

2. "The Witcher"

3. "The Umbrella Academy"

4. "Dead to Me"

5. "You" Season 2

6. "When They See Us" Limited Series

7. "Unbelievable" Limited Series

8. "Sex Education"

9. "13 Reasons Why" Season 3

10. "Raising Dion"

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler starred in "Murder Mystery" released in June.

Top 10 most popular movie releases 

1. "Murder Mystery"

2. "6 Underground"

3. "The Incredibles 2"

4. "The Irishman"

5. "Triple Frontier"

6. "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"

7. "The Highwaymen"

8. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

9. "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2"

10. "Secret Obsession"

Top 10 most popular nonfiction releases

1. "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"

2. "Jailbirds"

3. "Rhythm + Flow"

4. "You vs. Wild"

5. "Nailed It!" Season 3

6. "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed"

7. "Awake: The Million Dollar Game"

8. "Sugar Rush Christmas"

9. "Prank Encounters"

10. "Sugar Rush" Season 2

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Top 10 most popular documentary releases

1. "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes" Limited Series

2. "Our Planet"

3. "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened"

4. "HOMECOMING: A film by Beyoncé"

5. "Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer" Limited Series

6. "Abducted in Plain Sight"

7. "The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann"

8. "The Family" Limited Series

9. "Street Food: Volume 1: Asia"

10. "Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up"

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Top 10 most popular comedy releases

1. "Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones"

2. "Kevin Hart: Irresponsible"

3. "Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias: One Show Fits All"

4. "Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho"

5. "Amy Schumer Growing"

6. "Bill Burr: Paper Tiger"

7. "Aziz Ansari: RIGHT NOW"

8. "Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself"

9. "Wanda Sykes: Not Normal"

10. "Mike Epps: Only One Mike"