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Top 10 most popular streamed shows and movies of the week (April 1)

So, what’s everyone been watching this week? Hmmmm?

Just to get a sense of the most popular movies and TV shows people are streaming, we’ve streaming aggregator Reelgood(Opens in a new tab), which gathers viewership numbers from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. Each week, the most streamed watches come down to a few elements — sheer buzz, a big finale, smart marketing, star power, critical acclaim, or word-of-mouth that leads people to finally watch it out of spite.

And this week, The Last of Us has finally been toppled after a staggeringly impressive nine weeks at the top, with John Wick taking the crown.

But just because a lot of people are watching something doesn’t make it…good. Here they are, the 10 most streamed TV shows and movies of the week, where to watch them, and what Mashable critics thought.

A man holds up a puppy lovingly while sitting on a couch.

Credit: David Lee/Thunder Road/Lionsgate/87eleven/Mjw/Summit/Kobal/Shutterstock

“It wasn’t just a puppy.”

John Wick can’t melee his way back onto our screens fast enough, with the fourth instalment now showing in cinemas. So, it seems everyone’s going back to the start, meeting Keanu Reeves in 2014 in the first film as a hitman jolted out of retirement on a quest for revenge. Justice for Daisy. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

How to watch: John Wick is now streaming on Peacock.(Opens in a new tab)


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2. The Night Agent

An FBI agent sits at a desk at night doing paperwork.

Credit: Dan Power/Netflix

He’s an agent, who works at night. But that’s not all this show is. Based on Matthew Quirk’s novel and created by Shawn Ryan, The Night Agent follows low level FBI agent Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso) who works in a windowless room in the basement of the White House under the command of White House Chief of Staff Diane Farr (Hong Chau). Peter sits around processing paperwork and waiting for hotshot Night Agents to call the secret landline if they’re in need of assistance — and then one call changes it all. — S.C

How to watch: The Night Agent is now streaming on Netflix.(opens in a new tab)

A woman with hot dog-shaped, long fingers holds up one finger in protest.

Michelle Yeoh is up for Best Lead Actress at this year’s Oscars.
Credit: A24

One of the absolute best movies that 2022 had to offer, Everything Everywhere All at Once boasts a little bit of everything, from a deeply poignant mother-daughter tale to a gleefully silly thread involving a quirky one-hit wonder, to a romantic scene featuring hot dog fingers and a sprawling battle involving butt plugs. It’s A24’s highest-grossing film to date(Opens in a new tab) and it swept the Oscars this year, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, and all four acting awards.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka Daniels), Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh in her most exhilarating role yet: a multiverse-hopping mom, dedicated to saving all existence but especially her on-the-edge daughter (the sensational Stephanie Hsu). Having more fun with the multiverse concept than Marvel could dare, this outrageous action-comedy giddily thrusts audiences into wild alternative worlds, brandishing unexpected weapons alongside jaw-dropping fashion and wildly captivating performances from Yeoh, Hsu, and their totally game co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

What we thought: Everything Everywhere All at Once is a tornado of a movie: dizzying, filled with turns, and peppered with eye-catching elements. Yet at the core of its frenetic swirls of allusions, action sequences, and madcap mayhem, there lies a poignant parable about this ruthlessly overwhelming age. — K.P.

How to watch: Everything Everywhere All at Once is now streaming on Paramount+.(Opens in a new tab)

A group of teen girls and two boys stand in the snow in vigil, as if at a funeral.

Credit: Kailey Schwerman/Showtime

Buzz buzz buzz! Showtime’s taking us back into the wilderness to pick up where we left off with the Wiskayok High School Yellowjackets soccer team, lost somewhere in the Canadian wilderness after their plane crashed on the way to Nationals. Season 1 threw plenty of mysteries at us in the past and present, with the show meeting up with the survivors of the crash 25 years later. Who might die in the wilderness in Season 2? What’s the deal with all this cult stuff? Are there clues in the opening credits? Before you jump into Season 2, here’s a recap of everything you need to remember from Season 1, and the burning questions we have. — S.C.

What we thought: Yellowjackets Season 1 was just an amuse-bouche. The excellent kickoff to Showtime’s addictive series hinted at cannibalism and ritualistic sacrifice, but it’s only in Season 2 that we truly get at the meat of what happened to the Yellowjackets in the wilderness. Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter

How to watch: Yellowjackets Season 2 is streaming on Showtime, with new episodes streaming weekly on Fridays(opens in a new tab). Episodes also air every Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.

A football player and two football coaches stand on the side of a pitch during practice.

Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Jason Sudeikis are back for “Ted Lasso” Season 3.
Credit: Apple TV+

Apple TV+’s Emmy-winning comedy Ted Lasso is back for Season 3. All your favourite AFC Richmond players and staff return of course, including the eponymous hero Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster), Isaac McAdoo (Kola Bokinni), Sam Obisanya’s (Toheeb Jimoh), Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernández), Higgins (Jeremy Swift), Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), and Keeley (Juno Temple). — S.C.

What we thought: Just as football continues to be life, so too does Ted Lasso continue to be its charming, heartwarming (and occasionally heartbreaking) self in Season 3. — B.E.

How to watch: Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV+.(Opens in a new tab)

An older man in a business suit looks concerned sitting in a luxurious meeting chair.

Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO

The wait for Succession Season 4 can fuck off. After a diabolical Season 3, the latest and final season of Jesse Armstrong’s award-winning series is here, and the Roy siblings Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) are geared up to challenge their newly estranged father Logan (Brian Vox) in the media game. Everything is on the table this season. — S.C.

What we thought: Jesse Armstrong’s Emmy-winning drama takes no prisoners in its fourth and final season. It’s as unsparing and sharp as its predecessors, yet somehow manages to up the show’s audacity to new heights. — B.E.

How to watch: Succession Season 4, episode 1 is streaming now on HBO Max(opens in a new tab), with new episodes airing weekly on Sundays at 9 p.m.

Two assassins and two dogs wearing bulletproof vests walk through the desert.

Credit: Mark Rogers / Lionsgate

Director Chad Stahelski’s Keanu Reeves-fronted action thriller franchise gets another spot in the most streamed this week, with folks catching up on everything that happened in the instalment before John Wick: Chapter 4. In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, our hero is deemed “excommunicado” for an unauthorised killing of a High Table crime lord. So, he calls in a favour from an old friend and assassin, Sofia Al-Azwar (Halle Berry). There’s plenty of animal involvement here, especially from Sofia’s highly skilled dogs.

How to watch: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is now streaming on Peacock Premium.(Opens in a new tab)

Two journalists in the '60s go through evidence and reporting in an office.

Carrie Coon and Keira Knightley as Jean Cole and Loretta McLaughlin.
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Another day, another true crime adaptation. This time, Kiera Knightley is in the lead as Boston Record American journalist Loretta McLaughlin, who investigated and reported on a string of murders in Boston in the 1960s. McLaughlin broke the story with fellow journalist Jean Cole, played by Carrie Coon. — S.C.

What we thought: Ruskin’s execution of his “inspired by true events” narrative seems less like a feminist historical thriller in the vein of Hidden Figures or She Said, and more a clumsy and ghoulish imitation of David Fincher’s seminal Zodiac. The resulting film is a crime against cinema on several counts. — K.P.

How to watch: Boston Stranger is now streaming on Hulu.(Opens in a new tab)

A man carries an unconscious teen girl wearing a hospital gown.

This sequence tho 😭
Credit: Liane Hentscher/HBO

It’s been the one to beat and no one has until this week. The Last of Us was the most streamed of the week for nine weeks running, right up until the finale.

Chernobyl director Craig Mazin and The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann bring the lauded Naughty Dog survival adventure game to the screen, with a deeply moving, stunt-packed, superbly scripted, and powerfully performed television show.

Pedro Pascal takes the lead as Joel Miller, a man living in a post-apocalyptic America in 2023 amidst a pandemic caused by the Cordyceps fungus, which turns regular humans into monsters. He’s tasked with bringing 14-year-old Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, across the country on a mission, but there’s more than monsters that stand between them and their destination. Fans will be especially thrilled to see how HBO’s The Last of Us masterfully weaves in the game mechanics, but they’ll have to keep on their toes for new inclusions, clues, and breadcrumbs. — S.C.

What we thought: Making a TV show that lives up to the source material is always a high bar to clear, but especially so in this case. Luckily for gamers and new viewers alike, The Last of Us leaps over it with room to spare, chasing excellence with the boundless energy of a Clicker hunting its prey.B.E.

How to watch: The Last of Us airs at 9 p.m. ET every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max.(Opens in a new tab)

A young woman in a party dress smiles while holding tickets to a Ni'Jah concert.

Dre (Dominique Fishback) is a mega fan.
Credit: Prime Video

The new collaboration between creators and executive producers Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, Swarm is a tale of obsessive fandom and murder. The Prime Video series follows Dre (Dominique Fishback), a superfan fan of pop star Ni’Jah, whose life takes a chaotic, dark turn. It’s also Billie Eilish’s acting debut. — S.C.

How to watch: Swarm is now streaming on Prime Video.(Opens in a new tab)

* Asterisks indicate the writeup is adapted from another Mashable article.

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