‘The Crown’ Hits Netflix’s Top 10 List After Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

The historical drama, The Crown's first season becomes No. 7 on Netflix's Top 10 English-language series chart after Queen Elizabeth ll's death.

Netflix series The Crown’s first season has enters Netflix’s Top 10 list after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Between Sept. 5 and 11, Netflix subscribers streamed 17.6 million hours of The Crown, bringing the historical drama’s first season to No. 7 on Netflix’s Top 10 English-language series chart. However, Netflix recently said in a statement, “HRH Queen Elizabeth II was in the hearts and minds of viewers.”

Other than The Crown, the Top 10 list featured Cobra Kai season 5, Devil in Ohio, The Imperfects, Locke & Key, The A-List, End Of The Road, Stranger Things season 4 and Manifest season 1. The Crown debuted on Netflix in 2016. Based on historical events, the series dramatizes the life story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.

Meanwhile, the first season depicts the early life events of the British monarch up until 1955, including her marriage to Prince Philip and becoming the Queen upon her father’s death. Claire Foy played the role of the Queen in the first two seasons of the series, earning an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series after season 2 in 2018. She also won the Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series in 2021 when she returned to the show for a cameo in the fourth season.

Olivia Colman later assumed the role for seasons 3 and 4, portraying a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth. Like Foy, she was awarded an Emmy in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category in 2021 for season 4 of the show. Verity Russell has also portrayed a younger version of the monarch, playing the role of Princess Elizabeth in childhood flashbacks for seasons 1 and 3. Imelda Staunton is the latest to portray Her Majesty in the show’s fifth and sixth seasons.

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Though Netflix previously announced the series would end after season 5, the streaming service later confirmed in July 2020 that the series would end after season 6 as the creator Peter Morgan changed his mind. While the cast and crew were filming season 6, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth died ‘peacefully’ in her Scottish home of Balmoral Castle at age 96 on Thursday.