We know what Netflix shows you watch by where you live
A new map highlights the favorite shows in every state. And, no surprise, Oregon loves 'Portlandia.'
Last year it seemed the entire nation was captivated by the surprise summer hit "Stranger Things" on Netflix. But not every show on the streaming service offers such mass appeal.
A new study recently released reveals the most streamed shows on Netflix by state. "Our team took the top 75 TV shows on Netflix, cross referenced the shows with Google Trends data, and determined which series was most likely to be streamed on devices near you," the researchers wrote.
Not surprisingly, many states prefer shows about their locales. The White House drama "Scandal" is the most-watched show in Washington, D.C. and "Portlandia" was the No. 1 show in Oregon. "Bloodline," which takes place in the Florida Keys, is the most-watched Netflix show in the Sunshine State.
But what about the other 47 states? Take a look at the map below:
We were intrigued to learn that Kansas has a love affair with "Jane the Virgin," the light-hearted nighttime soap opera starring American actress Gina Rodriguez and Israeli actress Yael Grobglas. Savannah Simpson, who's studying journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University, said it's one of her favorite shows to watch. "Although 'Jane the Virgin' is a dramatic comedy, one thing is for sure – the life lessons it teaches you are applicable and relate to everyday life," she explained.
Netflix's original program "Orange is the New Black" is popular across the board, leading other shows in Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
So what makes one show series more enjoyable than the next? Professor Jonathan Cohen of the University of Haifa in Israel studies our psychological attachment to television characters. "Three factors are known to increase enjoyment of TV dramas," he told From The Grapevine. "The first is that a program have a story line, or multiple story lines, that are suspenseful and absorbing so that viewers are transported into the story world.
"Second," Cohen continued, "the main characters need to be relatable so that they induce a desire to identify with them." Finally, Cohen points out, a successful show should seem realistic. "This doesn't mean that it seem real, but that the sequence of events seems like it could potentially happen."
"Orange is the New Black" – with its wide cast of relatable characters and suspenseful storylines – seems to tick off each one of these requirements.
So what does Cohen himself enjoy watching? Showtime's "Masters of Sex" starring British actor Michael Sheen and American actress Lizzy Caplan. "It's just a well-designed story, good acting and motivations that seem realistic," he said.
So did any state choose "Masters of Sex" as its favorite? Well no, at least not yet. "Masters of Sex" is currently only available to stream on Netflix in The Netherlands. But there's always next year.
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