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What are Kids Watching Around the World?

Updated 2 March 2021

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Author avatar Daniel Booth

Daniel is our primary content producer here at TheToyZone. He is a big kid at heart and a self confessed geek. His mission is to find toys that kids will treasure, researching and writing about toys he wants to play with himself.

Netflix may have revolutionized TV for us oldies, but for generation alpha it’s normal to have all their favourite shows at a click of a button. With a world that seems so united by online services, have you ever wondered if they’re all watching the same thing? Or does geography dictate their viewing habits? 

Budget Direct Home Insurance decided to find out if the popularity of different Netflix Original children’s shows were the same in households across the globe. Using the wizardry of Google data, these TV geeks looked at the most searched shows from the past year and plotted a map using icons relating to each show, along with the amount of times it was searched. The result is a fascinating look into not only what is hot, but where it’s hot.

KIDS Every Countrys Favorite Netflix Original

Here’s the top 5 shows and the amount of times they were searched world wide:

From the map you can see that the family superhero drama Raising Dion reigns supreme in 61 countries, being most popular in North America and Australia but also extremely on trend in Africa. It wasn’t an easy race as interactive TV series Minecraft: Story Mode has “built” a winning fanbase in 59 countries including a huge following in Eastern Europe and Asia. The rest of Europe seems to be California dreamin’ with their love of Greenhouse Academy while the Middle East leans towards the macabre, captivated by A Series of Unfortunate Events. Meanwhile, across the pond, those Brits are a nostalgic bunch infatuated with Danger Mouse which first aired in 1981! (Obviously not on Netflix mind you).

Here’s what Budget Direct Home Insurance had to say:

“The most searched Netflix Original in both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is Minecraft: Story Mode. This “five-episode interactive narrative series” is based on the sandbox video game of the same name. Viewers ‘play’ the show by making choices for the characters as they watch, creating their own version of the series.”

Those are the facts people. For the most part kids everywhere seem to be into the same stuff thanks to the ingenuity and overall scale of Netflix providing streaming services across the world. It goes to show that there’s something in these shows that children can relate to on a universal level, surpassing language, race or religion. 

The power of giving children the opportunity to watch shows from across the planet should not be overlooked. A child connecting with a show set thousands of miles away will teach them a valuable lesson and understanding that we’re not so different from each other regardless of geography.

If you want to find out which other types of shows are popular in different countries or if your favourite show made the cut, click on the link and scroll through the different maps in this article. It makes for a very interesting read and piqued our interest here at The ToyZone.