Hi! I'm Freddie, and I'm on a mission.
Everybody watches Netflix, right? We all have our favorite Netflix shows and movies, and we love finding someone else who likes the same shows we do, right? Well, according to Netflix, you have six shows in common with everyone you meet. So, I'm embarking on a quest to find the people in my life who like the same Netflix shows and movies I'm obsessed with. I'm gonna ask people about their favorite Netflix shows and see how their favorites match up with mine. I'M GOING TO FIND MY NETFLIX SOULMATES!
I started my quest by talking to the people I spend the most time with every day: my coworkers! We talk about what we're watching ALL. THE. TIME. I already know I have, like, a dozen shows in common with all of them. So I asked a few of them to make a list of their favorite Netflix shows. I made my own list at the same time, and then we compared our lists to see how many shows we have in common.
Look at all these beautiful people with their lil' Netflix lists! I LOVE IT! And let me just tell you: When you ask people to talk about their favorite Netflix shows, they will not hesitate to share their opinions! I learned that I have some favorite shows in common with basically everyone I work with! But the coworker I shared the most favorites with was...(drumroll)............(more drumroll).........(really long drumroll).......
IT'S KRISTIN!!! OMG, I KNEW IT! We had four favorites in common just off the top of our heads! This got us talking about other Netflix shows and movies, and of course we had about 20 shows in common. And if you know us, this makes perfect sense.
"When you ask people to tell you about their favorite Netflix shows, they will not hesitate to share their opinions!"
OK, so I have tastes similar to the people I work with and hang out with every single day. I had at least six shows in common with pretty much all of them. This makes sense because we have a lot in common. We all work on the internet, we all keep up with pop culture, and we're always talking about which Netflix shows we're into at the moment. But what about the people who are not my IRL friends but are most definitely my digital friends?
To poll my internet friends, I posted this video revealing my list of favorite Netflix Originals and asked all my followers to comment with their own list of Netflix favorites:
I got SO MANY COMMENTS. People couldn't wait to tell me about their Netflix favorites and see if we had any shows or movies in common. And guess what? We did!
It turns out TONS of my followers like a lot of the same shows I like! And here's the funnest part about it: Sometimes a follower would comment with their list of Netflix shows, and we wouldn't have many in common. And I'd be like, "Hey, that's OK! You do you." But then somebody else would start calling out shows on that person's list, like, "Oh wow, guess what, @cheekymonkey35? We have seven shows in common!" Then they'd start talking about their favorite shows separately from mine. Then other people would chime in on that conversation, and another convo would spark off.
People were finding their own Netflix soulmates! So if you're ever in an awkward situation — in real life, online, on a dating app, or wherever — just ask someone about their favorite Netflix shows. You will for sure find six shows in common with them. It's like a shortcut to instant friendship!
"If you're ever in an awkward situation ... just ask someone about their favorite Netflix shows. ... It's like a shortcut to instant friendship!"
OK, so clearly I have a lot in common with the people who follow me on social media, and that totally makes sense because the internet is just so huge. There's bound to be a lot of people out there with similar tastes.
But what about all the people out there who don't know me at all? The people who aren't my friends, my family, my coworkers, or my followers? Can I find six shows in common with someone I've never even met? Can Netflix bring two complete strangers together through their mutual love of a show? Let's find out by talking to some...
I hit the streets to find some strangers I had six Netflix shows in common with. But where do they hang out? How do I find them? And if I do find them, how will I recognize them? They are strangers, after all. I didn't have the answers to these very important questions, but it turns out I didn't need them, because strangers are literally everywhere!
So I just started asking random people on the street about which Netflix shows they like. One time we didn't speak the same language, which made our Netflix conversation a little bit difficult (but I did add her favorite show, La Casa De Las Flores, to my "Shows I Need to Watch" list 😜).
Eventually, I found a guy who was really excited that a stranger had asked him about his Netflix preferences. It turns out we have six favorite shows in common! We both like GLOW, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Ozark, Atypical, American Vandal, and You!
"I share as many favorite shows with this complete stranger as I do with some of my coworkers."
This is interesting because I share as many favorite shows with this complete stranger as I do with some of my coworkers. My new friend (no longer a stranger, BTW) told me that his girlfriend introduced him to some of these shows. She's a woman (like me) and roughly my age (also like me), so maybe that has something to do with it. But no matter how he discovered them, my new friend and I have six shows in common, just like Netflix said we would!
For the last part of my experiment, I focused on people close to me, like family members and close friends who I know I have a lot in common with. We already like a lot of the same things in life, so we'll probably like a lot of the same Netflix shows as well, right?
I texted my mom, who I am super close with. We like a bunch of the same shows (way more than six), so I figured the lists of our favorite shows would be virtually identical. I gave her my list of favorite Netflix shows, and it turns out we share three absolute favorites.
I talked to a few other close friends and discovered that we have quite a few shows in common as well. And here's the best part of this whole experiment: I turned some of my friends on to shows they hadn't watched yet, and a lot of my friends had shows on their "Netflix Favorites" list that I hadn't watched yet. So now I have some new shows to binge!
In my quest to find my Netflix soulmates, I polled my close friends and family, my coworkers, my online fam, and even some complete strangers. And believe it or not, I managed to find a collection of amazing Netflix soulmates who share several favorite shows with me:
OK, so I only have three favorite shows in common with my mom, but c'mon! I can't not put my mom on my Soulmates list!
I came out of the experiment with a HUGE list of Netflix shows and movies to watch and one super important life lesson that I can use pretty much every day forever: Netflix brings people together.
So no matter who you're with or what situation you find yourself in, you can always start a conversation about Netflix. With anybody. You'll find six Netflix shows or movies that you've both seen, and you'll probably discover a few shows that you both love. And once you have that, friendship is just a conversation away!
"[Y]ou can always start a conversation about Netflix. With anybody. You'll find six Netflix shows or movies that you've both seen, and you'll probably discover a few shows that you both love."