Netflix is on a mission to bring down the “pilot” system of television, in which a TV show lives or dies on the success of its first episode.
And now Netflix has some hard data to back up its position. Netflix has done some analysis on which episode of a TV series actually gets us hooked, and it varies series by series, according to The Verge. The data point Netflix focused on was the one special episode after which 70% of people kept watching until the end of the season — in other words, the episode that got them addicted to the show.
Some shows took longer to grab viewers, like “How I Met Your Mother,” whose pivotal episode was number 8 (“The Duel”). Others bewitched the audience from the start: “Sons of Anarchy” and “Breaking Bad” both took just until episode 2.
Below you’ll find 25 of the most popular Netflix shows — in alphabetical order — along with their respective “turning point” episode and accompanying Netflix description of the episode.
Oliver trains Helena to be his ally. Later, her pursuit of vengeance leads Helena to kill the leader of the triad.
Hero (from IMDB, not available to stream on Netflix):
Jimmy makes a bold move against Hamlin in an effort to attract potential clients.
The family adjusts to Danny's new role at the inn. John and Marco discover a burned boat connected to their murder case.
Live Fast, Diane Nguyen
A business trip for BoJack and Diane takes a detour; Todd runs a scam that gets him in trouble.
The Cat's in the Bag:
Their first aborted drug deal forces Walt and Jesse to dispose of a pair of corpses. Meanwhile, Skyler suspects that her husband is up to no good.
When the body of another Ice Truck Killer victim turns up at a hockey rink, Lt. Laguerta has the department focused on capturing a night watchman.
Blair uncovers scandalous information about Serena that may not remain a secret much longer.
Emotions run high when a funeral throws Grace, Frankie, Robert, and Sol together in public for the first time since the split.
Lily moves in with Marshall and Ted, and when Ted suspects that he's being edged out of the apartment, he and Marshall decide to settle it like men.
Marco begins a dangerous relationship with the beautiful Blue Princess as tensions grow between Kublai and Xiangyang's cunning chancellor Jia Sidao.
World On Fire:
Fisk moves forward with plans that threaten to rip Hell's Kitchen apart. Murdock and Foggy take on a case helping tenants victimized by a slumlord.
Lesbian Request Denied:
Targeted for romance by a fellow prisoner, Piper finds that subtlety is an ineffective approach to letting her suitor down.
Smart Money is on the Skinny Bitch:
With many of the Sensate's lives becoming more complicated, their newfound gift -- while still a mystery -- proves vital for survival.
Errors and Omissions (from IMDB, not available to stream on Netflix):
Harvey discovers that the judge in his patent case has a personal vendetta against him, while Louis tries to blackmail Mike in order to get his help bringing in a valuable client.
Gina Zanetakos (No. 152):
Eager to clear Tom's name, Liz turns him in to the FBI -- but she soon discovers that he's involved with a corporate terrorist.
The murder investigation begins as Linden and Holder question Rosie's parents, her friends and City Councilman Darren Richmond.
Rick unknowingly causes a group of survivors to be trapped by walkers and must confront an enemy far more dangerous than the undead.
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