Frank & Claire. Walt & Jesse. Pinot noir and caviar. Some things are better together, and it turns out TV and movies are one of those pairings. According to research from Netflix*, a new trend in watching has emerged with more than 30 million Netflix members around the world weaving film into their binge routines.
After finishing a series, a majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause, usually lasting three days, before committing to a new show. During that break, more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive, like pairing the whimsical The Princess Bride to the delightfully quirky Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or the criminally comedic Horrible Bosses 2 to the dramatically comedic Orange is the New Black.
“It’s interesting that in this golden age of television, movies are consistently in demand on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “What we’ve come to figure out is that movies are really an important part of people’s viewing routines and complementary to the way they watch and enjoy TV.”
When looking globally into what movies most often followed some of the today’s top series, unusual pairings emerged. After watching House of Cards, some members moved to Beasts of No Nation swapping politics for war but keeping a narrative deft with uncompromising and ruthless leaders. Key West and New York may not seem an obvious pair, but stories that unearthed secrets and lies took members from the balmy coast of Bloodline to the greed of Wall Street in The Big Short. Vince Gilligan’s cinematic nod to Tarantino in Breaking Bad didn’t go unnoticed with watchers moving on to Pulp Fiction after Mr. White bid his final adieu. Meanwhile, fast talking fans of Gilmore Girls keep their pop culture references fresh with Clueless and Mean Girls.
Members also turned to documentary films to fuel their post-binge craving. After watching Narcos, viewers fueled their cartel curiosity with Cartel Land and Narco Cultura. Watchers of Marvel’s Luke Cage continued the pursuit for justice with 13TH while fans of Black Mirror saw the real consequences of technology in Hot Girls Wanted. Interestingly, while most viewers of BoJack Horseman trotted to stand-up specials, some took a break from the path of self-destruction with a little self-help from Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.
An exception to this pattern – comedy. When watchers are in the mood for a different entertainment rhythm, they tend to choose comedy as their series pair. This stands especially true for horror series where viewers of the frightful most often turn to comedy before moving to the next nailbiter. For instance, fans of Stranger Things turned to Ghostbusters to help l’eggo of the thrills while watchers of Scream traded serial killers for serial laughs with Ride Along.
According to the research, here are some popular series-movie pairings:
|Bates Motel||22 Jump Street, Dirty Grandpa|
|Better Call Saul||Catch Me If You Can, Captain Phillips|
|Black Mirror||Inception, Hot Girls Wanted|
|Bloodline||The Big Short, Bridge of Spies|
|BoJack Horseman||Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra|
|Breaking Bad||Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction|
|Fuller House||Inside Out, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days|
|Gilmore Girls||Mean Girls, Clueless|
|Gossip Girl||Mean Girls, Sex and the City: The Movie|
|Grace & Frankie||August: Osage County, Tammy|
|Grey’s Anatomy||Sleeping with Other People, Couples Retreat|
|House of Cards||Ant-Man, Beasts of No Nation|
|How To Get Away With Murder||Still Alice, About Time|
|Making A Murderer||Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, The Seven Five|
|Marvel’s Daredevil||The Punisher, The Matrix Reloaded|
|Marvel’s Jessica Jones||V for Vendetta, The Hunger Games|
|Marvel’s Luke Cage||Deadpool, 13TH|
|Master of None||Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden, That Awkward Moment|
|Narcos||Scarface, Cartel Land, Narco Cultura|
|Orange is the New Black||The Fundamentals of Caring, Horrible Bosses 2|
|Pretty Little Liars||Hush, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones|
|Scream||Ride Along, Friends with Benefits|
|Sense8||Ex Machina, Tron: Legacy|
|Stranger Things||Ghostbusters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|Suits||Now You See Me, Ocean’s Twelve|
|The Crown||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Queen|
|The Ranch||The Ridiculous 6, RED|
|The Walking Dead||The Martian, The Do-Over|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||13 Going on 30, The Princess Bride|