The Most-Streamed Show of 2019 Isn’t ‘Stranger Things’. Here’s What it is And Why You Should Watch

If you had to toss out your most educated guess on which show was the most streamed for 2019, what would it be? Stranger Things? The Handmaid’s Tale? The Mandalorian? Money Heist? Each of them generated lots of buzz this year and many of these shows are still giving us something to talk about. But another contender quietly came on the scene and scored big in binge sessions, making it the most-streamed series of 2019.

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‘Stranger Things’ cast (L-R) Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, and Noah Schnapp | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

The most streamed show of 2019 is a supernatural joyride on Netflix

Drumroll … Lucifer took over the world for the year! According to Forbes, TV Time calculated which series had the most streams worldwide, and came up with a list of the top 20. With the exception of The Handmaid’s Tale, all of them are on Netflix, and Lucifer is number one.

Satan is at his finest in this hit which stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, the famous fallen angel who decides to take a long sabbatical from Hell to hang out on Earth. How Netflix acquired the series is sort of an underdog story.

Fox cancelled the show after three seasons, but fans raised a ruckus to save the show and Netflix swooped in to bring Lucifer back from the brink of eternal damnation.

Thus, season four was produced and subsequently released on May 8, 2019, luring in the show’s loyal fans and creating new ones. Due to its success, Lucifer was renewed for a fifth season which is set to drop in 2020.

Why you should check ‘Lucifer’ out if you’re uninitiated

Based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, the fantasy dramedy follows Lucifer’s life and antics after he leaves Hell to party and live on Earth among humans. He finds himself falling into a job as a consultant with the Los Angeles Police Department after being a witness to a crime. His gift? Tapping into people’s deepest, darkest desires. It’s a tool that comes in handy.

The charismatic Lucifer uses his charm and powers to help his partner—a detective named Chloe—solve her cases. But the police procedural is balanced out with a dive into Lucifer’s personal life, which includes therapy, partying, lusty dalliances with whomever, and messy relationships with his celestial family.

His most trusted sidekick is a demon named Mazikeen who looks like a model and fights like an assassin, and he has friends in Heaven, Hell, and on Earth. The show has crime, suspense, and a wittiness that is best delivered by the devil.

The other part? There’s a connection to the Arrowverse thanks to Lucifer being buds with Constantine (in the comics) and his appearance in The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” With Lucifer’s move from primetime television to Netflix, fans believe the rules of censorship are a bit more relaxed too.

What’s known about season five of ‘Lucifer’

Right now, you can stream the first four seasons of Lucifer on Netflix. Season four has 10 episodes, but season five is the final installment and will consist of 16. The show will air in two halves in 2020.

Catch up now and be ready to wrap up Lucifer’s story along with Detective Decker, their families, friends, and enemies. You’ll be hooked.