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Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ is everything broadcast TV should be

7 June, 2021

Netflix’s Lupin quickly became the most-watched show in France and Italy following Part I’s release January 8. Soon, it was trending in the top three in the United Kingdom and became the first French series to chart in Netflix’s Top 10 in both the U.S. and Brazil. The streamer announced in April that the stylish heist drama accrued 76 million views over its first 28 days of availability. This would tie it with The Witcher as Netflix’s second most-watched original series ever if the streamer’s numbers are to be believed.

Now, Part II is set to arrive on the streamer June 11 and follow up its predecessor’s smashing success with another highly entertaining five-episode run. In watching Part 2, what stands out most—aside from Omar Sy’s star-powered lead performance, gorgeous Parisian setting, and wonderfully elegant exaggeration of it all—is how Lupin provides a blueprint to adapting familiar IP and concepts by modernizing it for contemporary audiences. More specifically, Lupin represents everything broadcast television (NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and sometimes The CW) should be striving for as they desperately attempt to ward off increasing irrelevance in the digital age.

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