Netflix says they know which episode of 'Stranger Things' got you hooked


If you're a fan of "Stranger Things," it was probably the second episode that got you hooked.

That's according to Netflix – the streaming network has released new research on viewing behavior.

They examined 30 popular shows to pinpoint the "hooked episode," aka the one that got 70 percent of people to finish the first season of a TV series.

Their research revealed that most people from around the world are getting hooked on the same episodes and fall in love with similar storylines.

Netflix says things that are universally-loved in an episode include first kisses, fear of the unknown, family drama, and crime and corruption. Oh, and puppies – duh!

“We've always believed there is a universality to great stories. The Internet allows us to share these stories with a global audience and what we see from the data is how similar our members watch and respond,” Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix said in the release.

How did they do it?

Here's a handy explanation from none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy:

But in all seriousness – they looked at member accounts from more than 35 countries who started watching season one of the selected series within the same time frame.

They identified hooked episodes first by country, then averaged to create the global hooked episode. The hooked episode did not have anything to do with total views.

Here's the episode of some of the most popular series that Netflix says turned casual viewers into superfans:

“The hooked findings give us confidence that there is an appetite for original and unique content all over the world, which is why we’re excited to deliver variety in stories to our members, whether they’re political dramas from France or musical dramas from the Bronx," Holland said.

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