Apple TV+ has a big hit on its hands with Severance. The weird workplace drama tops Reelgood’s list of the most-streamed series of the week.
The show debuted in February and the fifth episode premiered Friday. The first four were enough to push the series to the top of the chart.
Severance becomes huge (mind-bending) hit for Apple TV+
Movie and TV search engine Reelgood ranks Severance as the top series on its list of the most popular titles on any streaming service during the week of March 2 to 9. Severance ranked in the top 10 for the last three weeks. However, this marks the first time the Apple TV+ show has made it to the top.
While Apple boasted the most popular series, the movie Free Guy from Disney+ and HBO Max nabbed the spot for most-streamed title overall. These two are followed by The Dropout on Hulu, Euphoria on HBO Max and West Side Story on Disney+ and HBO Max.
Reelgood bases its Top 10 ranking on streams and engagement on the platform among millions of users in the United States across all streaming video services.
JustWatch, which runs a video recommendation service, put Severance at No. 4 on its most-watched list for the week of February 28 through March 6. Estimates from companies like JustWatch and Reelgood are necessary because streaming services don’t reveal how many people watch their offerings.
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In Severance, Mark Scout (played by Adam Scott) leads a team of employees who’ve undergone a severance procedure that surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Scout finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work … and of himself.
Ben Stiller serves as both executive producer and director of the Apple TV+ series. The creator and writer of Severance is Dan Erickson.
In addition to Scott, other stars in the show include Patricia Arquette and Oscar-winner Christopher Walken.
The series currently earns a 97% approval score on review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. The Cult of Mac review says the show “takes pointed satirical swipes at modern workplace culture, but ultimately offers a deeper look at the meaning of life.”
The first five episodes of Severance are available to watch on Apple TV+ now. The service comes with a $4.99-per-month subscription that also brings access to an array of other original series and films, including thrillers, comedies, sci-fi, documentaries and more.