Top 10 TV shows of 2023 (JustWatch popularity score)

2023 was an absolutely phenomenal year for television. While many people complain about the rising price of streaming services and the overwhelming number of choices they now have, the reality is that the streaming era has given birth to some fantastic TV shows. From quirky, niche hits like Peacock’s Twisted Metal to Disney+’s Star Wars series Ahsoka, and returning favorites like Only Murders in the Building, 2023 has undeniably been a fantastic year for fans of television, and streaming in particular. Six of the top 10 shows watched this year are streaming-exclusives that never aired on cable or network TV.

In fact, not a single series on the list aired on network television, and only one show on the list aired on cable - Paramount’s hit western Yellowstone, which ranked at #2. Instead, 2023 saw the dominance of premium cable networks and streaming services. HBO scored with hits like The Last of Us and Succession, taking the #1 and #6 spots, and streaming giant Netflix continued to influence pop culture thanks to hit shows like Wednesday, which scored the #5 spot.

Every major streaming service aside from Peacock has at least one show on the list. Apple TV+ even scored the #3 spot thanks to its breakout phenomenon Ted Lasso, which sadly had its series finale this year. Want to know who else made the Top 10? Read on to discover the most popular TV shows of 2023. 

Methodology: 

We ranked our top 10 TV shows based on how many user interactions each series had. Anytime a user clicked on a streaming option, added a show to their watchlist, or marked a show as watched, it counts as an interaction. From there we crunched the numbers to find out which 10 series had been interacted with the most between January and December 2023.

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Disney Plus
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Hulu
Crunchyroll
fuboTV
Max
Max Amazon Channel
MGM Plus Amazon Channel
Crunchyroll Amazon Channel
Peacock
Peacock Premium
Kocowa
Amazon Video
Google Play Movies
YouTube
Paramount Plus
Paramount+ with Showtime
Paramount Plus Apple TV Channel
Starz Apple TV Channel
AMC Plus Apple TV Channel
Britbox Apple TV Channel
Starz Play Amazon Channel
Paramount+ Amazon Channel
Discovery+ Amazon Channel
AMC+ Amazon Channel
Funimation Now
The Roku Channel
Showtime Roku Premium Channel
Paramount+ Roku Premium Channel
Starz Roku Premium Channel
AMC+ Roku Premium Channel
Showtime Amazon Channel
AMC+
MGM Plus Roku Premium Channel
YouTube Premium
YouTube Free
The CW
Hoopla
CW Seed
Vudu
VUDU Free
Starz
Criterion Channel
Showtime
PBS
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FXNow
Tubi TV
Comedy Central
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ABC
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Crackle
AMC
AMC Theatres
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History
A&E
Lifetime
Shudder
Screambox
Acorn TV
Sundance Now
Popcornflix
GuideDoc
BritBox
MUBI
Netflix Kids
Boomerang
Urban Movie Channel
History Vault
Eros Now
Yupp TV
Magnolia Selects
MyOutdoorTV
WWE Network
Noggin Amazon Channel
Smithsonian Channel
Laugh Out Loud
Pure Flix
PBS Kids Amazon Channel
Lifetime Movie Club
Boomerang Amazon Channel
Cinemax Amazon Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Amazon Channel
PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel
Viewster Amazon Channel
MZ Choice Amazon Channel
Spamflix
Pluto TV
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VIX
Night Flight Plus
Topic
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Retrocrush
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OVID
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Shudder Amazon Channel
MUBI Amazon Channel
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Screambox Amazon Channel
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Adult Swim
USA Network
Fox
Bet+ Amazon Channel
FlixFling
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Darkmatter TV
TCM
Bravo TV
TNT
Food Network
BBC America
IndieFlix
TLC
AHCTV
DIY Network
HGTV
Investigation Discovery
Science Channel
Destination America
Animal Planet
Discovery Life
Discovery
Motor Trend
Travel Channel
Cooking Channel
Paramount Network
Here TV
TV Land
Logo TV
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DreamWorksTV Amazon Channel
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AsianCrush
FILMRISE
Revry
DOCSVILLE
Rooster Teeth
OXYGEN
Spectrum On Demand
Hi-YAH
tru TV
DisneyNOW
WeTV
ARROW
Plex
Plex Live TV
Plex Player
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
The Oprah Winfrey Network
Filmzie
MovieSaints
Dogwoof On Demand
True Story
Martha Stewart TV
DocAlliance Films
KoreaOnDemand
Hoichoi
iQIYI
Metrograph
Public Domain Movies
Freevee
Kino Now
Cultpix
Eventive
FilmBox+
aha
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Bet+
Takflix
Klassiki
Starz Amazon Channel
Netflix basic with Ads
Cohen Media Amazon Channel
Popflick
Viaplay
ViX Premium Amazon Channel
Runtime
Fandango
Telemundo
Discovery+
Reveel
FilmStruck
Ovation TV
Angel Studios
Cineverse
AD tv
Midnight Pulp
FYI Network
Xumo Play
National Geographic
Atom Tickets
Shahid VIP
DistroTV
myfilmfriend
Cinemark
Outside Watch
Cinepolis USA
Full Moon Amazon Channel
Citytv
Univer Video
GlewedTV
Toon Goggles
Noggin Apple TV Channel
A&E Crime Central Apple TV Channel
Acorn TV Apple TV
ALLBLK Apple TV channel
UP Faith & Family Apple TV Channel
Topic Apple TV Channel
Tastemade Apple TV Channel
Sundance Now Apple TV Channel
Shudder Apple TV Channel
Showtime Apple TV Channel
ScreenPix Apple TV Channel
OUTtv Apple TV Channel
MotorTrend Apple TV channel
Lifetime Movie Club Apple TV Channel
Hallmark Movies Now Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
CuriosityStream Apple TV Channel
Cinemax Apple TV Channel
BBC Select Apple Tv channel
BET+  Apple TV channel
Carnegie Hall+ Apple TV Channel
IFC Films Unlimited Apple TV Channel
HISTORY Vault Apple TV Channel
CBS
HISTORY Vault Amazon Channel
Carnegie Hall+ Amazon Channel
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  1. The Last of Us

    The Last of Us

    2023

    IMDB 8.8 (499k)

    #1

    Twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed, Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival.

  2. Yellowstone

    Yellowstone

    2018

    IMDB 8.7 (210k)

    #2

    A ranching family in Montana faces off against others encroaching on their land.

  3. Ted Lasso

    Ted Lasso

    2020

    IMDB 8.8 (337k)

    #3

    American college football coach Ted Lasso heads to London to manage AFC Richmond, a struggling English Premier League soccer team.

  4. Yellowjackets

    Yellowjackets

    2021

    IMDB 7.8 (83k)

    #4

    A wildly talented girls high school soccer team become the unlucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Canadian wilderness.

  5. Wednesday

    Wednesday

    2022

    IMDB 8.1 (352k)

    #5

    Wednesday Addams is sent to Nevermore Academy, a bizarre boarding school where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships.

  6. Succession

    Succession

    2018

    IMDB 8.8 (263k)

    #6

    Follow the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.

  7. The Mandalorian

    The Mandalorian

    2019

    IMDB 8.7 (579k)

    #7

    After the fall of the Galactic Empire, lawlessness has spread throughout the galaxy. A lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches, earning his keep as a bounty hunter.

  8. The Bear

    The Bear

    2022

    IMDB 8.6 (197k)

    #8

    Carmy, a young fine-dining chef, comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop. As he fights to transform the shop and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.

  9. Beef

    Beef

    2023

    IMDB 8.0 (128k)

    #9

    Two people let a road rage incident burrow into their minds and slowly consume their every thought and action.

  10. The Summer I Turned Pretty

    #10

    A love triangle between one girl and two brothers. A story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer.