Heartbreaking Netflix Thiller is Now the Most-Watched Series Across All Streamers This Week

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A strange and heart-breaking Netflix thriller is the most-watched series of the week across all streaming platforms. Created by Abi Morgan, Eric is a grimy story about a man, his missing song, and puppets. It may sound outlandish, but Morgan’s series is a deeply affecting look at humanity and what it means to belong. And the fans agree. According to Variety, viewers watched 1.1 billion minutes of the series from May 31 to June 6.

In Eric, per Netflix, “A desperate father battles his demons on the vibrant, dangerous, and intoxicating streets of ’80s New York in a race to bring home his missing son.”

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Vincent, father to missing child Edgar and creator of the children’s puppet show Good Day Sunshine. His performance is being praised by critics and viewers alike as he embodies a man crumbling and desperately grasping at anything to keep his hope alive.

Cumberbatch told Tudum, “This is a story about people finding their home. Whether it’s a child, a homeless person, a gay Black cop, a wife in an unhappy marriage, or even Eric on the show, it’s all about finding a place.”

McKinley Belcher III also stuns in the Netflix series as the detective searching for Vincent’s missing son. On top of working in the Missing Persons division in the NYPD, he’s also a closeted gay man, hiding his identity, life, and partner.

Cumberbatch and Blecher star in the series with Gaby Hoffmann, Dan Fogler, Clarke Peters, and Ivan Morris Howe.

BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan created the series, with Lucy Hoffman directing. Executive producers Jane Featherstone and Lucy Dyke told Tulum about the series, “When Abi first pitched Eric to us, it gave us goosebumps. It’s an extraordinary piece of writing, inspired by Abi’s experience of New York in the mid-’80s, a city rotten to its core but on the cusp of change.”

When Eric hit the streamer on May 30, 2024, it slowly started gaining steam. Variety reported that, for the week of May 24 to May 30, the show already had 37.7 million minutes watched. Now, after being out on Netflix for a full week, that has exceeded 1 billion minutes. With that many minutes watched has come a wave of Twitter reactions about the series, singing the praises of the acting, the storytelling, and its overall aesthetic.

See what fans are saying about Netflix’s latest hit thriller:


Eric is streaming now on Netflix.

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