‘The Witcher’ Is To Netflix What ‘The Mandalorian’ Is To Disney+

The Witcher follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a monster hunter traveling through a place called the Continent looking for work. During his travels, he meets many people such as his love Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), his adoptive daughter Ciri (Freya Allan), and his friend Jaskier (Joey Batey). The show is rather popular, and was renewed for a second season before the premiere of season 1. This risky move seems to have paid off for Netflix, at least so far.

Only time will tell how season 2 is received, but overall fan reactions to the first season are quite positive.  But what is it that makes The Witcher so successful for Netflix? What is it that makes The Mandalorian so successful for Disney+? It might be the same factors for both shows. 

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ and Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’: Recipes for success?

Henry Cavill of Netflix's The Witcher: the show is being compared to Disney+'s The Mandalorian
Henry Cavill at the premiere of The Witcher (Wiedzmin) in Poland | Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix

Before finding out why The Witcher is to Netflix what The Mandalorian is to Disney+, it’s crucial to know what both shows are about. Knowing this will help you to understand why both shows are successful for their respective streaming platforms. The Witcher, as is mentioned above, tells the tale of Geralt of Rivia. The official Netflix summary reads, according to Esquire, that the show “is an epic tale of fate and family.”

“Geralt of Rivia,” the Netflix summary continues, “a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.” The show is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The books also inspired a series of video games, created by CD Projekt Red.

That’s Netflix’s The Witcher, now it’s time for Disney+’s The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian, according to the summary on Disney+ is about “a lone gunfighter [making] his way through the outer reaches [of the galaxy], earning his keep as a bounty hunter.” The show takes place in the same universe as the Star Wars movies, happening according to the Disney+ summary, “after the fall of the Galactic Empire.” 

The secrets to the success of both streaming shows

What is it that makes these shows so successful, The Witcher on Netflix and The Mandalorian on Disney+? Is it the fact that both shows are about solitary fighters becoming not as solitary? Is it the presence of the word “the” in the title followed by a sci-fi/fantasy world word? We aren’t sure if it’s either of those, though of course they could be factors.

However, Business Insider may have the answer. The site has analyzed data from Parrot Analytics, which gives Business Insider information on the demand for different streaming shows. According to the site, Parrot Analytics’ data shows that the stories that take off have similar content to each other. These shows include The Mandalorian on Disney+ and The Witcher on Netflix but also shows like Stranger Things on Netflix and The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video. 

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Most of these shows given to Business Insider by Parrot Analytics fit into the sci-fi/fantasy genre.  A lot of them also have elements of adventure to them and tell stories of discovery.  Often, these stories are based on some already existing stories that come with preexisting fan bases.  For example, with The Witcher, it would be the fans of the books and the video games that would be watching the show.

With The Mandalorian, it would be fans of the Star Wars movies.