There is always a price to be paid for ill-gotten gains and the dirty deeds it takes to get them. But oh, what fun it is to watch those clean getaways. The viewer teeters on the edge of those sharp-edged cliffs, Bonnie and Clyde-style. We remain alongside our favorite characters as they attempt to get away with the goods, wondering, could we do it? Would we get away with it if we did?
The viewer follows along, waiting to see if the mastermind criminals will get caught. Often, we root for them to keep the loot and live their lives on some gloriously exotic island in the middle of nowhere.
It’s fun and sure beats the doldrums of everyday life. We escape through entertainment, and for Netflix, the heist genre is one of the streamer’s most popular. It’s fair to say that viewers love a good heist based on Netflix’s “Most Popular Lists,” which look at the all-time most popular titles in each category based on views within the first 91 days on the platform.
The heist genre is hugely successful in the streamer’s Top 10 Most Popular Non-English TV List, with Lupin and Money Heist making up 50% of the list of foreign hits. Across seasons, these are two of the streamer’s top series of all time. Lupin is the current hit for the heist genre, and following the October release of Part 3, all seasons of the crime heist series secured spots on the Top 10 Non-English TV list.
Within the last few weeks, Part 3 came in second with 4.7 million views, and Parts 1 and 2 took sixth and seventh place, respectively, with two million views each. Part 3 catapulted the French series into the Netflix Top 10 in 91 countries,
Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, a fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise created by French author Maurice Leblanc in 1905, Lupin Part 1 ranks No. 3 of all time on the list, and Lupin Part 2 is No. 6.
When Part One premiered, the Omar Sy-helmed action thriller broke viewing records and became the first French series to make the U.S. Top 10 list. It was the most-watched title on the streamer in the first three months of 2021 and set a global record, topping previous record-breakers The Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton.
The second season was projected to be watched by more than 70 million households in its first 28 days. Still, it surpassed the streamer’s expectations when Part Two was binge-watched by 76 million member accounts worldwide. Throughout its 17-episode three-season run, the French heist thriller has garnered over 655 million hours of view time.
As for Money Heist, Parts 3, 4, and 5 are on Netflix’s Top 10 Non-English list, with more than 2.1 billion hours viewed for those seasons alone. The five-season, 48-episode crime thriller has become a worldwide phenomenon. Viewers also loved the spinoffs Money Heist: Korea (12 episodes) and Money Heist: From Tokyo to Berlin (two seasons with one episode each).
Netflix has another Money Heist spinoff premiering before the end of the year. Fans cannot wait for the highly-anticipated upcoming release of Berlin, which will be released in the U.S. on December 29. Here’s how Netflix describes the synopsis: Only two things can brighten a dark day. The first is love. The second is stealing a fortune.
Knowing how much subscribers love the genre, Netflix has an incredible line-up of old and new original titles for fans looking for the next great heist.
In addition to Lupin, Money Heist, and the upcoming Berlin spinoff, subscribers can binge-watch the scripted heist series Kaleidoscope and the limited series The Great Heist.
Heist lovers can watch Army of Thieves, Army of the Dead, Big Nunu’s Little Heist, Red Notice, and The Out-Laws on the film side.
As for docuseries in the heist genre, fans can binge-watch real-life crimes with This is a Robbery. This four-episode series details the world’s biggest art heist, which took place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 1990. Legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others worth over half a billion dollars were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This investigation remains unsolved.
There’s also The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, a three-episode series about the notorious Bling Ring burglaries committed by teenagers who broke into celebrities’ homes in the Hollywood Hills in a case that gripped the nation more than a decade ago.
Another great true crime documentary series is Heist. This six-episode series chronicles three of the biggest heists in modern American history, as told by those who committed the crimes.