Top 10 Best Grey’s Anatomy

Don’t get me wrong there are so many amazing characters in this show so narrowing it down to my top 10 is a hard task but here I go.

10. Dr. Preston Burke

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I know what a lot of people would say, I know he really hurt Cristina and everything he did with the Harper Avery without her name was not okay, but he I think he really came back and made it up to her when he gave her the opportunity of a lifetime and that honestly made him look so much better in my eyes.

9. Richard Webber

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I thought Richard would be higher on the list but as I think about it Richard was a big asshole that had a handful of good moments but I do believe that were he never to be on the show it would lack a very important role model for the younger characters to look up to as well as his own personal demons he struggled with added a certain depth to the storyline.

8. Maggie Pierce

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Maggie came in at just the right time in the show, Lexi was gone and we needed something new for Meredith to go through that wasn’t life threatening for a change but, I do like Maggie as a character she’s young, she’s smart and she brings a lot to the table.

7. Jackson Avery

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Jackson is a very pretty face I think he may be one of my favorite male characters on the show, his initial relationship really was my favorite it was truly sad when it ended.

6. Jo Wilson

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Jo is one bad ass girl power type of girl I love how strong she is and how she makes women feel all around love her but kind of wish she would have asked for help with her husband a lot sooner.

5. Arizona Robbins

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All I have to say is that I thoroughly enjoyed happy pre-plane crash Arizona, after the crash when she was mean to Callie and then cheated on her that was not her finest hour but when she starts working under Herman is when I really start to respect her the most.

4. Callie Torres

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Callie is by far the funniest character with the shittiest love life cheated on by both spouses and still kept her humor but honestly I really wish all the drama between Callie and Arizona never would have happened I would have loved for them to remain happy and remain together.

3. April Kepner

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I am not going to lie but I hated April when she first showed up but all she went through really changed her into the kind of person that I look and and just think “wow what an amazing person” even when she joined the Army I didn’t doubt for a second that she didn’t need to be there.

2. Lexie Grey

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Lexi oh man she is number 2 on the list mainly because I needed more time with her, her love story with Mark needed to be explored more and she was gone way too quickly she was played flawlessly and her character progression though the time she was there was beyond outstanding.

1. Owen Hunt

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I love Owen he’s a soft caring and stern simply put he is an all around well rounded character, Owen and Cristina was honestly a missed connection but I really couldn’t imagine an Owen Hunt not wanting children as well as I couldn’t really imagine Cristina wanting children but Owen Hunt 100% best Grey’s Character!

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Grey’s Anatomy: My Favorite Show of all Time!

Grey’s Anatomy is one of my favorite shows of all time. Although I had watched many of the episodes when I would hang out with my sister, I enjoyed starting from the beginning.

The show starts it’s first season introducing five interns at the hospital and follows their journey as they move up the ranks in the hospital. As the interns grow as people, and surgeons, they move up in the hospital and eventually some of them eventually become world-class surgeons. The show takes its audience through a whirlwind of emotions including love, grief, anger, suspense, and sadness. The show is a perfect balance of drama and suspense, as the patients in the hospital fight hard to stay alive. Each episode focuses on a few medical cases. Often times they leave watchers with tears in their eyes as they watch patients battle their own bodies. The surgeons fight their hardest to save each patient and each case allows them to grow into better surgeons. Each episode focuses on a certain problem and ends with the narrator of that episode (always one of the characters) sharing the overall moral of the story. This allows viewers to have a new outlook on life and often left me appreciating what I have.

The show is currently on it’s seventeenth season and is still captivating audiences all over. It took me a couple months to finish the seasons on that are on Netflix, so do not take on this task if you will give up easily. It’s no show for a rookie “binge watcher”. Watching the show from beginning to end will allow you to become very connected to the characters in their lives. I often found myself acting as if I knew them myself.

Grey’s Anatomy is a good show to watch because it is popular and many people have seen it. You are bound to have many friends who have also fallen in love with the show and will talk with you for hours on end sharing their likes and dislikes and honestly there could be some disagreements that you could talk about for a couple more hours.

The show is definitely one of my all-time favorite television dramas and I would highly recommend it to anyone– boys and girls alike. I give this show five stars and am currently watching it over again, because it is just that good.

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90 Thoughts I’ve had while rewatching Grey’s Anatomy

I have watched Grey’s Anatomy so many times so I decided it was about time I share my thoughts when watching Grey’s Anatomy, so please be warned they’re many spoilers ahead. As much as I don’t want you to switch off from my blog, if you’ve not watched every seasons – please click off now. 


This is bound to be a long post, so shall we get started? 


1. YOU DON’T REALISE HOW IMPORTANT RICHARD INTERN SPEECH REALLY IS.
“Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty, five of you will crack under the pressure, two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play, that’s up to you”


2. MIRANDA BAILEY IS A QUEEN. 


3. OH BOY THESE RELATIONSHIPS ARE TOXIC AS HELL. 


4. I DON’T THINK I SHIP MERDER IN THE FIRST 5 SEAONS, SEASON 6 IS THE SEASON FOR THEM.

 5. QUITE FRANKLY DEREK IS ABIT OF AN ASS. 


6. BUT MER SAYING PICK ME, CHOOSE ME, LOVE ME’

7.  WHEN ADELE SAYS ‘THAT’S NOT THE SHE HE WAS LOOKING FOR’


8. THE EPISODE WITH THE BOMB IN THE CHEST IS INTENSE. 

9. AW WHEN GEORGE HELPS BAILEY GIVE BIRTH. 

10. BUT HIM AND IZZIE GETTING TOGETHER WAS WEIRD. 

11. WOW, ACTUALLY THOSE TWO ARE REALLY ANNOYING AS A COUPLE.

 12. I’M NEVER READY FOR THE EMOTIONS I FEEL WITH DENNY DUQUETTE.

13. WHY DO ALL THEY KILL OFF THE GOOD ONES (this is a recurring thought fyi)


14. 007 – WHEN THEY REALISE THEY’RE TRYING TO SAVE GEORGES LIFE, OH.

 
15. OMG, I FORGOT ABOUT THE HOSPITAL MERGER 


16. THE SHOOTING EPISODE REALLY HITS DIFFERENTLY THOUGH.

 
17. THE MUSICAL EPISODE DOESN’T GET THE RECOGNITION IT DESERVES.

 
18. HOW DID I MISS MARK SLOAN DATING TEDDY???

 
19. BUT WHEN THE RESIDENTS TAKE CALLIE TO SEE HER BABY, OW MY HEART. 


20. BREAKS MY HEART WHEN ADELE IS DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S & THAT MEREDITH RUINS HER CLINICAL TRIAL TO HELP HER. 


21. OH AND AROUND THE SAME TIME STEALS ZOLA – THIS FELT SO RANDOM. 


22. TEDDY MARRYING HENRY TO GIVE HIM HEALTHCARE, CRAZY.

 
23. WHEN HE NEEDS LIFE SAVING SURGERY BUT REFUSES TO LET CHRISTINA KNOW IT’S HIM, POOR CHRISTINA. 


24. WHY DO THEY ALWAYS DO THE DIRTY TO OWEN – I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO LOVE OR HATE HIM.

 
25. I HATE THE FACT FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON LEXIE & MARK AREN’T TOGETHER – AND THEN THEY DIE. I’LL ALWAYS BE ANGRY AT THIS.

 
26. BUT AW, THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BOARDS WHEN THE APRIL & JACKSON LOVE STORY BEGINS. 


27. HONESTLY DON’T GET ME STARTED ON MY THOUGHTS ON THE PLANE CRASH, TOO MANY EMOTIONS. 


28. OR THE FACT WE WERE LEAD TO BELIEVE MARK WAS GOING TO SURVIVE IT… 


29. BAILEY LEAVING HER WEDDING TO HELP SAVE ADELE’S LIFE. I REALLY APPRECIATE HER & WEBBER’S RELATIONSHIP AT THIS POINT. 


30. MY HEART WHEN JACKSON SUGGESTS RENAMING THE HOSPITAL GREY SLOAN MEMORIAL, SO MANY TEARS. 

31. MATHEW DOING A FLASH-DANCE TO PROPOSE – SO FRICKIN’ CUTE. 


32. THEY REALLY SHOW HOW MEREDITH IS A BAD-ASS WHEN SHE HAS HER C-SECTION IN THE POWER OUTAGE. 


33. JEEZH I FORGET HOW INTENSE THIS SHOW IS.

34. ARIZONA & APRIL GETTING DRUNK IN THE SUPPLY CLOSET IS THE START OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP.

35. MAKES ME SAD WHEN MEREDITH & CHRISTINA ARE FIGHTING

36. I KNOW I SHOULDN’T BUT I TOTALLY SUPPORT JACKSON STOPPING APRILS WEDDING WITH MATHEW.

37. LITTLE GUTTED WE DON’T SEE A PROPER WEDDING FROM THEM THOUGH.

38. SEEING CHRISTINA & OWEN’S ALTERNATIVE ENDINGS & HAVING TO ACCEPT THAT THEIR RELATIONSHIP BEING OVER IS FOR THE BEST, REALLY BREAKS MY HEART.

39. BUT MEREDITH & OWEN SURPRISING CHRISTINA  TO SUPPORT HER AT THE HARPER AVERY AWARDS IS SUCH A PURE MOMENT.

40. BUT THE POLITICS BEHIND HER NOT BEING ABLE TO WIN, UGH.

41. OH SHIT, I FORGOT BURKE RETURNS & ASKED CHRISTINA TO RUN A HOSPITAL FOR HIM.

42. EVEN WHEN THEY FIRE MURPHY BUT SHE RETURNS TO HELP WITH A HUGE TRAUMA ANYWAYS – KINDA LOVE THIS GIRL.

43. HE IS NOT THE SUN, YOU ARE. ALREADY MISS YA CHRISTINA x

44.  HOW? DID? ELISE GREY? HIDE? A? PREGNANCY?

45. IT BREAKS MY HEART TO SEE APRIL & JACKSON LOOSE SAMUEL.

46. OH SHIT, I FORGOT ABOUT DR HERMAN – SHE’S A BADASS AND I KINDA LOVE HER.

47. I NEED TO ADOPT AMEILA SHEPARDS SUPERHERO POSE FOR FUTURE POSI-VIBES

48. I KINDA HATE HOW THEY SEND DEREK OFF FROM SEASON 11, ONLY TO BRING HIM BACK FOR HIM TO BE KILLED OFF.

49. I LOVED DEREK THIS TIME ROUND OMG, I’M STILL HEARTBROKEN ABOUT THIS.

50. SERIOUSLY THEY MAKE DEREK A HERO AT THE CAR CRASH AND THEN KILL HIM…NOT THAT I’M BITTER.

52. OH AND THEN IT’S LIKE HE’S BEEN COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.

53. BUT YAS TO CHIEF BAILEY!

54. RICHARD WEBBER HELPING ARIZONA PICK UP DATES IN THE BEST

55. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I CRIED OVER THE FIREFIGHTER WHOS HEART YOU COULD SEE BECAUSE OF BURNS, OW 😦

56. MY HEART WAS RACING SO MUCH WHEN MEREDITH GETS ATTACKS, THAT WHOLE EPISODE I WAS SO TENSE.

57. ‘YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH FAMILY’.. THE MOMENT ALEX SAYS ‘EVERYONE IN THIS DAMN ROOM IS HER FAMILY’ – THE TEARS MAN..

58. I CAN’T DECIDE WHO’S RIGHT/WRONG WHEN IT COMES TO JACKSON AND APRIL GETTING DIVORCED – THAT FLASHBACK EPISODE I WAS SO TORN

59. BUT OMG WHEN BEN HAS TO DO HER C-SECTION ON MEREDITHS KITCHEN TABLE.

60.  I FORGOT THAT ALEX BEAT DELUCA

61. ALSO HATE THAT THIS WAS THE SAME EPISODE I NOTICED HOW I LOVE ALEX & MEREDITHS RELATIONSHIP.

62. MAJORITY OF SEASON 13 HAS BEEN ABOUT GETTING RICHARD WEBBER FIRED (I THINK?) AND I’M SO BORED OF IT.

63. LIKE MINICK, YOU BORE ME. SORRY HUN.

64. SO MANY TEARS WHEN MAGGIE’S MOM DIES

65. BUT OMG I LAUGHED SO MUCH WHEN MEREDITH EXPLAINS THAT ELISE’S ASHES WERE POURED DOWN THE SINK IN OR 2.

66. THE PLANE EPISODE WHEN MER & NATHAN HAVE TO SAVE LIVES WHILE IN THE AIR.

67. THE EMOTIONS I FEEL WHEN EDWARDS IS CAPTURED BY THE RAPIST, BUT ALSO SETS HIM ON FIRE AND SAVE THE LITTLE GIRLS LIFE. THE TEARS MAN.

68. OMG AND THE MOMENT WHEN NATHAN HEARS THAT MEGANS ALIVE AND MEREDITH SAYS ‘IF THIS WERE DEREK, ID HAVE ALREADY LEFT’. I CAN’T STOP CRYING.

69. AMELIA BRINGING BACK SUPERHERO POSE BEFORE HER OWN BRAIN SURGERY.


70. UGH THE MAGGIE & JACKSON STORY LINE BORES ME FROM THE BEGINNING.

71. BUT MEREDITH BEING NOMINATED FOR A HARPER AVERY, MY LIL HEARTS IS SO PROUD. 


72. AW BUT THE 300TH EPISODE HAVING BABY IZZIE, GEORGE AND CHRISTINA. CUTE LITTLE NOD TO THE ORIGINAL CAST. 


73. UGH MY BODY GOES SO COLD WHEN JO’S HUSBAND FINDS HER. 


74. I AM HEARTBROKEN BY THE EPISODE WHEN THE BLACK TEENAGE BOY IS SHOT TRYING TO GET INTO HIS HOUSE. THE FACT THIS IS REALITY AND THIS IS THE WORLD THAT WE’RE LIVING IN.  


75. I CAN’T STAND OWEN AND TEDDY…


76. MY HEART ACHES FOR APRIL WHEN SHE’S STRUGGLING WITH HER FAITH AND WHATS HAPPENING IN HER LIFE. 


77. IT’S SO SWEET THAT JACKSON IS TRYING TO HELP HER. 

78. AND THE TEARS, WHEN SHE’S SPEAKING WITH ELI AND PRETENDS TO BE HIS WIFE BEFORE HE PASSES AWAY. BUT HE GETS TO SAY GOODBYE AND FEEL THAT PEACE AND MY HEART. 

79. OH BUT DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE HARPER AVERY SCANDAL – ALTHOUGH I WAS REALLY MOVED BY THE CHANGING THE FOUNDATION NAME TO THE CATHERINE FOX FOUNDATION! UGH MY HEART! 


80.  I WAS ALWAYS SO ANGRY THAT THEY WROTE ARIZONA AND APRIL OUT THE SHOW – BUT HOW THEY CLOSED THEIR STORIES WAS AMAZING! 


81. WATCHING APRIL AND MATHEW GET MARRIED – AND WITH JACKSON BY HER SIDE WAS, UGH HOW CUTE! 


82. THE EPISODE WITH THE DAY OF THE DEAD & THEY NOD TO EVERYONE WHO’S PASSED AWAY, I AM CRYING! 


83. MEREDITH AND DELUCA CONFUSES ME… 

84. AND SO SAD WHEN CATHERINE IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.   

85. MEREDITH SPENDING THE FINAL MOMENTS WITH THATCHER IS SO SWEET.


86. BETTY’S PARENTS TRYING TO TAKE LEO AWAY FROM OWEN MAKES ME SO SAD. 

87. WATCHING JO FIND HER MOM 😦 


88. BUT THE WAY SHE HELPS THE LADY WHO WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, AND HOW ALL THE EPISODE FOCUSED JUST ON THE WOMEN & THEM HELPING THE LADY, MY HEART. 

  89. I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS SCHMIT IS MY FAV INTERN EVER

90. AND SEEING HIM BE THE HERO TO HELP LUCAS RIPLEY – I LOVE HIM

89. THE LITTLE BOY WITH THE GOLDEN BLOOD, OW. 

90. LOL HOW TYPICAL THAT AMELIA HELPS TEDDY DURING LABOUR.

 
91. I LOVE THE STORYLINE WITH THE LITTLE GIRL, BUT I’M SO PISSED THAT DELUCA TAKES THE FALL FOR MEREDITH… 


Grey’s anatomy is a wild ride let me tell you, But woah, re-watching these seasons gave me a whole lots of feelings, reminded me on some seriously questionable storylines and reminded me of my most emotional television deaths. Let’s not forgot it made me realise how annoying half the cast can be, but I’ve still cried for hours when the character was cut out the show.

blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio

Things I Just Do Not Understand

There are many things in life that are just unexplainable to me, people can try to explain these things to me but I’m not mentally ever going to be able to wrap my head around these couple things.

How people can hack things

It is probably some advanced computer software but my brain thinks it is just people sitting at computers just using peoples street names or their animals names. I am unable to access my Facebook account without changing my password every single time.

Boxers in pants

How the hell is anyone comfortable with baggy type shorts under lets say skinny jeans, don’t they bunch up it seems like too much fabric. I’ve worn shorts under sweatpants before and trust me when.

How NASCAR drivers don’t cry while driving

I can’t even drive in the snow without wanting to burst into tears, like how can you remain calm while going 200 MPH around a track like if you want to die, just say that.

Bluetooth

How do you select an object with your phone or whatever you may be using and it connects to that device and that device only for however long you decide to use it like it blows my mind that this exists. Like we literally have devices like Alexa and google homes that can add items to a shopping list on your phone just for asking.

Netflix originals

How can Netflix afford to make million dollar movies for a dying streaming service that only costs $8 a month.

Oh and Electrons…

I failed science class

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How Netflix Uses Analytics To Select Movies, Create Content, And Know What You Want To Watch Next.

In 2006 Netflix announced the Netflix Prize, a competition for creating an algorithm that would “substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone is going to enjoy a movie based on their movie preferences.” There was a winner, which improved the algorithm by 10%. However, Netflix never did implement the algorithm, saying:

“We evaluated some of the new methods offline but the additional accuracy gains that we measured did not seem to justify the engineering effort needed to bring them into a production environment.”

But Netflix didn’t shun all algorithm and data efforts.

To the uninitiated, it may seem that Netflix’s analytics go only as far as views. They may also think that the show House of Cards was chosen because Netflix “thought subscribers might like it.” But the truth is much, much deeper. The $100 million show wasn’t green-lighted solely because it seemed like a good plot. The decision was based on a number of factors and seemingly almost entirely on data.

The reality is that Netflix is a data-driven company. Saying that Netflix chooses new content based on “whoever they can get a license with” is a very thin and vague statement. Netflix does need licenses from studios, but they don’t just pick movies and television shows at random.

Read on to learn more about the future of television programming and how analytics is helping Netflix become a better business and service.

Analytics at Netflix

The core job of analytics is to help companies gain insight into their customers. Then, the companies can optimize their marketing and deliver a better product. (Without analytics, companies are in the dark about their customers.) Analytics gives businesses the quantitative data they need to make better, more informed decisions and improve their services.

So how does Netflix use analytics?

“There are 33 million different versions of Netflix.”

– Joris Evers, Director of Global Communications

As of July 2018, Netflix has 130 million worldwide streaming subscribers. Having this large user base allows Netflix to gather a tremendous amount of data. With this data, Netflix can make better decisions and ultimately make users happier with their service.

Traditional television networks don’t have these kinds of privileges in their broadcasting. Ratings are just approximations, green-lighting a pilot is based on tradition and intuition. Netflix has the advantage, because being an internet company allows Netflix to know their customers well, not just have a “persona” or “idea” of what their average customer is like. Let’s look at an example.

If you’re watching a series like Arrested Development, Netflix is able to see (on a large scale) the “completion rate” (for lack of a better term) of users. For example, the people at Netflix could ask themselves “How many users who started Arrested Development (from season 1) finished it to the end of season 3?” Then they get an answer. Let’s say it’s 70%.

Then they ask “Where was the common cut off point for users? What did the other 30% of users do? How big of a ‘time gap’ was there between when consumers watched one episode and when they watched the next? We need to get a good idea of the overall engagement of this show.”

They then gather this data and see user trends to understand engagement at a deep level. If Netflix saw that 70% of users watched all seasons available of a cancelled show, that may provoke some interest in restarting Arrested Development. They know there’s a good chance users will watch the new season.

But the data gets deeper than that. Here’s a look at some of the “events” Netflix tracks:

  • When you pause, rewind, or fast forward
  • What day you watch content (Netflix has found people watch TV shows during the week and movies during the weekend.)
  • The date you watch
  • What time you watch content
  • Where you watch (zip code)
  • What device you use to watch (Do you like to use your tablet for TV shows and your Roku for movies? Do people access the Just for Kids feature more on their iPads, etc.?)
  • When you pause and leave content (and if you ever come back)
  • The ratings given (about 4 million per day)
  • Searches (about 3 million per day)
  • Browsing and scrolling behavior
  • Netflix also looks at data within movies. They take various “screen shots” to look at “in the moment” characteristics. Netflix has confirmed they know when the credits start rolling; but there’s far more to it than just that. Some have figured these characteristics may be the volume, colors, and scenery that help Netflix find out what users like.

Why does Netflix want to know when the credits roll? They probably want to see what users do afterward. Do they leave the app or go back to browsing? Notice how Netflix now offers movie recommendations (they have personalization algorithms that aim to accurately predict what users will watch next) soon after credits start (or, for television shows, they automatically play the next episode).

Because if users leave the app after watching a show, that may mean they are more likely to cancel. Allow me to explain:

Through their analytics, Netflix may know how much content users need to watch in order to be less likely to cancel. For instance, maybe they know “If we can get each user to watch at least 15 hours of content each month, they are 75% less likely to cancel. If they drop below 5 hours, there is a 95% chance they will cancel.”

So now that they have this data, they can ask themselves “How do we help users watch at least 15 hours of content per month?” One idea: enable post-play, which automatically plays the next episode of a TV show unless the user opts out. For movies, show movie suggestions (based on the rating of the movie just watched) right after the credits start rolling and allow users to press play right from that screen. Netflix can add this feature to their web and mobile apps and, again, through analytics, see the results.

This is only a theory of how Netflix came to the decision to implement post-play and an example of how analytics can help Netflix make decisions. I don’t have any inside information.

So all of this data and the large user base allow Netflix to quickly see trends and formulate opinions. Later, we’ll get into the factors that made them green-light House of Cards.

The Recommendation Algorithm

As part of the on-boarding process, Netflix asks new users to rate their interest in movie genres and rate any movies they’ve already seen. Why do they do this right up front? Because helping users discover new movies and TV shows they’ll enjoy is integral to Netflix’s success.

If people run out of movies they want to watch and have no way to find new movies, they’ll cancel. It’s important that Netflix puts a lot of focus on making sure they have an accurate algorithm for this rather than having users rely on outside sources to find new movies.

Is the recommendation algorithm accurate and successful?

Since 75% of viewer activity is based on these suggestions, I’d say it works pretty well for them.

But now that more users are moving to streaming, what they actually watch is more important than ratings. When it was DVD-by-mail, Netflix users had to wait, and the rating was a “thought process.” Netflix engineers Xavier Amatriain and Carlos Gomez-Uribe explain:

Amatriain:

“When we were a DVD-by-mail company and people gave us a rating, they were expressing a thought process. You added something to your queue because you wanted to watch it a few days later; there was a cost in your decision and a delayed reward. With instant streaming, you start playing something, you don’t like it, you just switch. Users don’t really perceive the benefit of giving explicit feedback, so they invest less effort.”

Gomez-Uribe:

“Testing has shown that the predicted ratings aren’t actually super-useful, while what you’re actually playing is. We’re going from focusing exclusively on ratings and rating predictions to depending on a more complex ecosystem of algorithms.”

As we can see, the algorithm is evolving. There are entire teams (Netflix has over 800 developers in total) working on it. It’s not static because user behavior and the Netflix product are changing.

The New Thumbs Up/Down Rating System

In April 2017, Netflix debuted a new rating system. Previously, users would rate movies and TV shows on 1-5 stars. But after their product teams ran some tests, they found a new, simpler “thumbs up-thumbs down” test beat the original star-based rating system. In their Q1 2017 Letter to Shareholders, Netflix wrote:

As always, our product team has dozens of tests running in the endless quest for even higher member satisfaction. One test that won conclusively last year and has now been rolled out to all members is our new “thumbs-up thumbs-down” feedback model, replacing the 5-star model we have had from our DVD days. The amount of usage we get with this new approach is over twice as many ratings. With this additional personal input, we’ll be able to improve personalization, making your front screen on Netflix even more relevant.

How Big Data Factored into House of Cards

In 2011 Netflix made one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever make. It wasn’t anything material, but rather it was about content. They outbid top television channels like HBO and AMC to earn the rights for a U.S. version of House of Cards, giving them 2 seasons with 13 episodes in each season.

At a cost of $4 million to $6 million an episode, this 2-season price tag is over $100 million. Netflix has undoubtedly made other big money investments before (shipping centers, postage costs, etc.), but nothing like this on the content side. So why did they make such a big bet, and how did analytics factor into the decision? Let’s get into it.

Pre-Green-light

Before green-lighting House of Cards, Netflix knew:

  • A lot of users watched the David Fincher directed movie The Social Network from beginning to end.
  • The British version of “House of Cards” has been well watched.
  • Those who watched the British version “House of Cards” also watched Kevin Spacey films and/or films directed by David Fincher.

Each of these 3 synergistic factors had to contain a certain volume of users. Otherwise, House of Cards might belong to a different network right now. Netflix had a lot of users in all 3 factors.

This combination of factors had a lot of weight in Netflix’s decision to make the $100 million investment in creating a U.S. version of House of Cards. Jonathan Friedland, Chief Communications Officer, says “Because we have a direct relationship with consumers, we know what people like to watch and that helps us understand how big the interest is going to be for a given show. It gave us some confidence that we could find an audience for a show like House of Cards.”

In an interview with Gigaom, Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, expands:

“We have a high degree of confidence in [House of Cards] based on the director, the producer and the stars…. We don’t have to spend millions to get people to tune into this. Through our algorithms, we can determine who might be interested in Kevin Spacey or political drama and say to them ‘You might want to watch this.’”

Swasey says it’s not just the cast and director that predict whether the show will be a success. “We can look at consumer data and see what the appeal is for the director, for the stars, and for similar dramas,” he says. Add this to the fact that the British version of House of Cards has been a popular DVD pick for subscribers. Combining these factors (and the popularity of political thrillers) makes it seem like an easy decision for Netflix to make. The only question was how much they were willing to invest. We’ll get into the early ROI numbers a little later.

After the Green Light

Now that Netflix has made the $100 million investment, they are in part responsible for promoting it. And with the data they have, they can make a “personalized trailer” for each type of Netflix member, not a “one size fits all” trailer. Let me explain…

Before a movie is released or TV show premiers, there’s typically one or a few trailers made and a few previews selected. Netflix made 10 different cuts of the trailer for House of Cards, each geared toward different audiences. The trailer you saw was based on your previous viewing behavior. If you watched a lot of Kevin Spacey films, you saw a trailer featuring him. Those who watched a lot of movies starring females saw a trailer featuring the women in the show. And David Fincher fans saw a trailer featuring his touch.

So now that the first season has run, let’s look at some of the early metrics. These won’t determine immediately whether the House of Cards investment can be considered successful, but rather the trajectory that it’s on.

What do you think the average success rate is for new TV shows? In other words, if a television network green lights a new TV show, what are the chances it will be profitable or won’t be cancelled after a couple of seasons?

Your guess?

The answer is 35%, on average.

When a network green lights a show, there’s a 35% chance it succeeds and a 65% chance it gets cancelled. At the time of this writing, Netflix has 7 TV shows, of which 5 have been renewed for another season. If this rate can continue for years, the Netflix success rate will be about 70%.

So why does Netflix renew shows at a higher rate than conventional television networks? Does the data make the difference? Is the success rate legitimate or can you not compare an Internet television network to conventional TV networks?

Has House of Cards been a success? It has brought in 2 million new U.S. subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, which was a 7% increase over the previous quarter. It also brought in 1 million new subscribers from elsewhere in the world. According to The Atlantic Wire, these 3 million subscribers almost paid Netflix back for the cost of House of Cards.

And what about current subscribers? Does having House of Cards make them less likely to cancel their subscription?

Yes, for 86% of them.

A survey showed that 86% of subscribers are less likely to cancel because of House of Cards but only if Netflix stays at the $7.99 price point. While this may seem impressive, you should take this survey with a grain of salt. As the author points out:

“The sample size is small. Only 346 of the 1,229 U.S. consumers surveyed on February 12-13, 2013 are Netflix customers, although another 223 are classified as non-subscribers who have access to a Netflix subscription. About 10% of subscribers and those with access to Netflix viewed at least one episode of House Of Cards in the first 12 days after it became available. The average person who tuned in watched six episodes over that period, but 19.4% watched all 13.”

What can be safe to say is that House of Cards gives all Netflix subscribers one less reason to cancel. How big or how small the reason is arbitrary.

Orange is the New Black

Weeds was a pretty popular show on Showtime. It also has been streaming on Netflix for quite some time and has been one of their most viewed shows, according to their “Popular on Netflix” section. So when creator Jenji Kohan had the idea for a new TV show, Netflix knew they had to jump in. To be able to get a series with the popularity and quality of Weeds would be a big hit, especially in a lineup next to House of Cards. Early metrics show that Orange is the New Black is getting off to a more successful start than Arrested Development and even House of Cards.

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The Top 10 Netflix Shows of ALL TIME

I went through the deep web and found the top 5 shows on netflix from every year since it became an official streaming site in 2007 and put together a list of the 10 that show up the most in the top 5’s so here it goes.

Number 10: Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer is taking last place on this all time list because it had only appeared in the list of top 5’s twice, once in 2012 where it was placed at number 5 and again in 2015 where it had been placed in the number 5 slot yet again… 5 plus 5 equals 10 sorry Lilyhammer.

Number 9: Marvel’s Daredevil

Daredevil has a very special place in my heart but just not on my list, when the show came out in 2015 it started off mid top 5 at number 3 but slowly died out by showing up in the number 5 slot the next year and was never to be seen again in the top 5’s after that.

Number 8: Supernatural

Supernatural is very well known TV show for it’s dreamy cast and it’s storyline that will just hook you, the show first showed up in the top 5’s in 2007 at number 5 when netflix had just begun streaming but it grew in fame taking the number 3 slot the next year. 10/10 would recommend.

Number 7: 13 Reasons why

Don’t get me wrong 13 reasons why is an amazing show and has an amazing message not to mention super popular with the teenage crowd it made the top 5’s in 2017 at number 2 and for it being the first season coming out that year the number 2 spot is a win but in 2019 when the third season had dropped so had it’s spot on the top 5’s coming in at number 4.

Number 6: The Umbrella Academy

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The Umbrella academy is one of my personal favorites having watched both seasons I can say it really should have been higher in the top 5’s coming in at number 2 in 2018 and then number 4 in 2020 this action packed show has so many twists and turns it will keep your attention until you realize you’ve watched the whole season in 1 whole day.

Number 5: Lucifer

Lucifer has a very big fan base mainly teenage girls but still there are so many of them in 2019 Lucifer hit the top 5’s at number 2 then only dropped to number 3 the following year not a bad run but you know someone probably sold their soul to get that high up on the list.

Number 4: Heart Land

Some may be mad that this is higher on the list than others but let me just explain two years in a row (2007, 2008) this show was number 1 in the top 5’s crazy to think about how hard it has to be to get number 1 and stay number 1 for two years, I don’t personally know much about this show but it was good in 07 and 08.

Number 3: Arrested Development

Arrested development showed up on the top 5’s three times 2007 and 2008 at in the number 2 slot then again in 2015 at number 4 when the show was brought back with an all new cast.

Number 2: Orange is the new Black

This show was crazy popular showing up on the top 5’s 4 times in 2015 and 2016 at number 1 then 2017 at number 4 then finally in 2019 at number 3 the effort people have to put in to watch a show so much that it is in the top 5 for almost 4 years in a row and also number 1 twice, crazy.

Number 1: Stranger Things

Stranger Things takes number 1 on the all time list because it showed up in the top 5’s four years in a row taking the number 2 spot in 2016, number 3 in 2017, and number 1 in the year 2018 and 2019. It takes a really good show to never drop below 3 four years in a row.

Well there you have it the top 10 netflix shows of all time here is the top 5’s chart if you were curious what didn’t make the cut.

As Always,

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Top 5 Crime TV Shows on Netflix and Hulu in 2020

We are Streaming like never before due to staying at home because of the virus. Well, here at Style’s Rebel Radio we got your back for some fresh content you may have not of seen on the world’s top streaming sites.

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NCIS on Netflix

#5 Number 5 on our list is a classic drama crime show. It shows the crimes from the naval aspect. and the team who investigates these crimes Know as NCIS. Lead by Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) and his team find and help the U.S navy fend off crime each week with a twist and turns along the way this is one show to check out.

CRIMINAL MINDS on Netflix

#4 on our list is another crime show that was a hit showing the mindset of a major FBI profile task force who’s job is to track down some of the evilest serial killers the world has seen. with over 12 seasons and twist along the way. This show is one worth binge-watching over a weekend. 

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The Blacklist on Netflix

#3 on our list is the Blacklist a show based around the knowledge of a notorious criminal. A connection to the criminal underworld he has which is valuable to the FBI task forces whose job now is to track and find everyone on the blacklist. 

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Longmire on Netflix

#2 on the list is the view of a tough but fair lawman from a small town in Wyoming. After the tragic death of his wife it”s time to go back to work for Longmire a Tough, Witty lawman who’s world has changed a lot in a year one thing that has not is the criminals he’s chasing.

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Prison Break on Hulu

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Finally, #1 on our list is Prison Break A show that is about how far a brother will go to protect is family. The only trouble is getting in prison to save them was easy. Getting them out will be the hard part.

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