Fans of the small screen are never short of TV series to watch. Across the generations, US viewers are just as fond of new series as they are of older productions, it seems. But one series, in particular, seems to have proved an unanimous hit. Among the TV shows currently airing in the US, Stranger Things is a hot favourite among both Generation Z and Millennials, according to the latest report from YPulse, titled Media Consumption Monitor*.

This result is perhaps not surprising, since the show’s fourth season has earned its place as the second most-watched series of all time on Netflix and the top English-language series on the platform. The show has clocked more than 1 billion hours of viewing. Plus, Stranger Things even inspired a Kate Bush comeback with the song “Running Up That Hill,” which featured prominently in the show’s fourth season.

stranger things favourite tv show
A scene from Stranger Things, which is a favourite TV show among both millennials and Gen Zs. (Image: Netflix/ IMDb)

Apart from Stranger Things as a hot favourite, what other shows are popular among millennials and Gen Zs?

As a whole, younger viewers are more likely to list an animated series as their favourite, such as Family Guy, The Simpsons or even Rick and Morty, which comes third in the Gen Z ranking. According to the survey results, 35% of Generation Z respondents watch cartoons weekly or more often, compared to 21% of Millennials. The 18-24 year olds also favour series with characters closer in age to their own, such as Euphoria, Outer Banks and Cobra Kai.

Among Millennials, fantasy and sci-fi series are doing well. If Stranger Things comes first, House of the Dragon, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale are all popular. This group also seems to be more attracted to drama series, which 32% of them watch regularly, compared to 21% of Generation Z.

Finally, Netflix is once again the big winner of the poll, even managing to win over viewers with DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story — which has just been renewed for two more seasons — despite the controversy surrounding the miniseries.

While new shows such as House of the Dragon have clearly appealed to audiences, viewers also remain loyal to older shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and The Walking Dead, across all generations.

Favourite currently airing TV series among US viewers age 13-39

1. Stranger Things

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. House of the Dragon

4. Cobra Kai

5. Family Guy

6. Rick and Morty

7. The Walking Dead

8. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

10. The Handmaid’s Tale

Favorite currently airing TV series among Gen Z viewers

1. Stranger Things

2. Cobra Kai

3. Rick and Morty

4. Outer Banks

5. The Walking Dead

6. Euphoria

7. Grey’s Anatomy

8. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

9. The Simpsons

10. Family Guy

Favorite currently airing TV series among Millennials

1. Stranger Things

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. House of the Dragon

4. Family Guy

5. Cobra Kai

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

7. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

8. The Walking Dead

9. The Handmaid’s Tale

10. Rick and Morty

Watch 'Stranger Things' Here

*Survey of 1,500 Americans between the ages of 13 and 39, conducted in October 2022.

This story was published via AFP Relaxnews

(Main and featured image: Netflix)

written by.

Augustman Malaysia

Here's where you can read the latest news and stories from Augustman and our sister titles Lifestyle Asia and PrestigeOnline, curated from all of our editions in the region.

Subscribe to the magazine

Subscribe Now
Never miss an update

Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates.

No Thanks
You’re all set

Thank you for your subscription.