JM | Oct 14, 2020

‘Safe House’, ‘Riverdale’ leading Netflix’s top 10 trending list in Jamaica this week

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Denzel Washington (left) and Ryan Reynolds (right, out of focus) star in ‘Safe House’, currently the most-trending title on Netflix in Jamaica this week. (Photo: Universal Studios for Collider.com)

US streaming giant Netflix has engrained itself into many Jamaican homes—becoming a staple of entertainment in an increasingly digital world.

So much so, that the company has been constantly updating its top 10 trending offerings, as more Jamaicans stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), seeking to satisfy their day-to-day need for quality movies and television series.

This week, with its latest October offerings, 2012 action-thriller Safe House and ongoing Netflix series Riverdale lead the pack of ten most-trending titles. Out of the hundreds of titles at our disposal, what else is gathering the attention of Jamaicans? 

See the full list below:

1. Safe House 

Now a dangerous traitor, former CIA operative Tobin Frost surprisingly seeks protection from the US in South Africa—but not everyone within the CIA wants him to survive. (Photo: Universal Studios for Collider.com)

Despite being around on Netflix since 2014, Jamaica seems to have joined the party six years later as Safe House has been racking up the views over the last couple of days. The 2012 film, which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the high-stakes world of surveillance and espionage, quickly climbed to the summit of Netflix’s trending section in Jamaica. 

2. Riverdale

Teen angst, love and murder? ‘Riverdale’ has got them all, and them some… (Photo: Netflix.com)

Millenials and Gen Z Jamaicans can’t get enough of American teen drama television series Riverdale, which secured a second-place spot in Netflix’s local trending tab.

The show, based on the characters of Archie Comics, which heads into its fifth season in 2021 currently boasts 76 episodes leading up to the end of season four—plenty of binge-worthy moments after online classes have ended.

3. Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Rio

Start your engines and fasten your seatbelts, it’s sure to get bumpy. (Photo: Netflix.com)

Adrenaline junkies unite! The beloved Fast & Furious franchise has some new life breathed into it with the animated Spy Racers series piloted by Netflix. The second season, Rio, is currently the third-most watched title in Jamaica after being released worldwide last Friday, October 9.

4. The Haunting of Bly Manor

Victoria Pedretti plays American au pair Dani (out of focus) who attends to ten-year-old orphan Miles Wingrave in a scene from ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ (Photo: Eike Schroter for Netflix)

Jamaicans are obsessed with a good ghost story and Netflix is here to satisfy with the ‘perfectly splendid’ new season of its The Haunting franchise.

Well, in many ways it can also count as a love story (you’ll understand why after watching).

Leaving the confines of the US to England, the cast of The Haunting of Bly Manor is deep in the British countryside where an old mansion, though sturdy and charming reeks of dread.

Released globally on Netflix last Friday, The Haunting of Bly Manor has slipped to fourth-trending after initially debuting at number one over the weekend. The slow-burn but captivating nine-episode show is not for the faint of heart (or empaths) but definitely a must-binge.

5. Emily In Paris

Mon dieu! Pas de Français du tout? Well, that’s the predicament for Lily Collins, who stars as Emily Cooper—an American out of her depth in Paris. (Photo: Netflix.com)

Clichés abound in the comedy-drama series but sometimes, a laugh is just what’s needed considering all that’s happening around us. Emily In Paris, a grandiose, swashbuckling series from the mind of Sex In The City’s Darren Star, has been holding steady in the Jamaican trending section since its release on Friday, October 2. 

The show follows Emily Cooper, a young marketing executive who moves from Chicago to Paris for a new job opportunity, despite not being able to speak even basic French. As unrealistic as many of the plot is, Emily In Paris shores up a bucket load of laughs and has not doubt earned its place in as the fifth-most watched title this week.

6. Hubie Halloween

American actors Adam Sandler (right) and Julie Bowen in a scene from ‘Hubie Halloween’. (Photo: Vulture.com)

It’s always a gamble to fuse comedy with horror and Adam Sandler’s latest effort Hubie Halloween does just enought to pull it off. The film, released on last Wednesday, October 7, sees Sandler starring as town’s eccentric, devoted community volunteer, Hubie Dubois, who finds himself in the midst of a real investigation, for a real murderer.

7. The Wedding Ringer 

Don’t have a best man or groomsmen for your big day? Just rent some, as Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart left), owner and operator of Best Man Inc. makes it a profitable business venture! (Photo: Miramax Film Studios)

Five years after its 2015 release, The Wedding Ringer is getting major love from Jamaicans on Netflix this week as the currently seventh-most watched title. The romance-comedy follows a socially awkward Doug Harris, who is just two weeks from marrying his dream girl. There’s just one problem though…out of friends, he doesn’t have any groomsmen for the occasion.

Desperate and running out of time, Doug calls upon Jimmy Callahan, and while the pair try to pull off the con, a bromance unexpectedly blossoms between Jimmy and himself.

8. To The Lake (Outbreak)

If you don’t mind subtitles, ‘To The Lake’ if full of twists and turns to keep you glued. (Photo: ReadySteadyCut.com)

Taking an almost uncanny parallel to our current predicament, there’s no mistaking why To The Lake is attracting so many Jamaicans on becoming the eighth-most watched show this week.

The thriller-drama was released globally by Netflix in late September after much success in native Russia in 2019. 

Faced with a terrifying virus that turns Moscow into a city of the dead, survivors set off on a long, dangerous journey north to find an isolated hunting lodge on a deserted island.

9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Henry Cavill is Napoleon Solo, CIA operative and a dapper assassin in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ (Photo: Netflix.com)

Seems as though spies and espionage are it-theme for Jamaicans this week as Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer get some spotlight as the ninth-trending title in the 2015 Warner Brothers Studio film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The movie follows Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent, and Illya Kuryakin, a KGB operative, who have to set aside their idealistic and political differences and work together to thwart the plans of a criminal organisation that wants to use nuclear weapons.

10. Paw Patrol

Saving Adventure Bay, one rescue mission at a time, go PAW Patrol! (Photo: Nickelodeon for Netflix.com)

Even the kids are getting in on the action! The popular Nickelodeon series, which has three seasons available on Netflix, secures tenth place in the trending section.

Follow Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma and Sky, captained by tech-savvy Ryder, as they work together to accomplish high-stakes rescue missions to safeguard the residents of the Adventure Bay community.


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