In the era of streaming content, many of us (myself included) spend our downtime watching television shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. If you are an avid television watcher, then you are most definitely familiar with the term “binge-watching”. Binge-watching is when you turn on an episode of a television show, and find yourself three days later still watching that show while trying to remember the last time you slept, ate or spoke to another human being. It is an addiction. And it is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. Here is a list of some of the most binge-worthy television shows available on streaming services right now:
1. Friday Night Lights
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. This show is about a high school football team from a small town in Texas looking to win the state championship under the leadership of new head coach, Eric Taylor. Nothing in television beats Coach Taylor’s words of wisdom about life and no one is more of a lovable underdog than backup quarterback Matt Saracen. TEXAS FOREVER!
2. Prison Break
What would you do if someone you loved was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for life? This drama is about a man who breaks into prison to help his wrongfully convicted brother escape. Sounds easy right? Also, it was recently revealed that Prison Break will be returning to FOX this fall with a limited revival season of 9 episodes, so you have that to look forward to!
3. The Vampire Diaries
Although the vampire craze has started to fade, this is a great show to watch if you love anything in the realm of vampires, werewolves and magic. There is a lot of mythology and history that is intricately woven together to tell a complex and fascinating story with no loose ends. There is also a lot of shocks, twists and turns along the way. And no vampire story would be complete without the dreaded cliché love triangle – in this case between the main protagonist Elena and two vampire brothers Stephan and Damon.
4. Orphan Black
Orphan Black is unlike any other show that is on TV right now. If you like sci-fi then this is a MUST see. Nothing is creepier than cloning and this show is proof. Also, Tatiana Maslany’s acting is incredible. She plays multiple characters with completely different personalities and you immediately forget they are being portrayed by the same person.
5. House of Cards
If you haven’t heard of House of Cards then you live under a very large rock because everyone and their mom have seen and are obsessed with this show. It is a terrifying political thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a power hungry politician trying to forge his way into the White House and he doesn’t let anything or anyone get in his way. I am not lying to you when I say I watched all four available seasons of this in 9 days. It is THAT good.
6. The Walking Dead
This is one of my favorite shows. I rarely watch episodes of television as they actually air (I usually stream them later on) but with this show I make an exception. ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE. Enough said.
7. The Mindy Project
In most cases, comedy shows don’t usually fall into the binge-worthy category because they don’t have intricate multi-episode arcs like dramas that keep you wanting more but The Mindy Project is so fun and relatable that you won’t be able to stop watching. Mindy Kaling plays a single doctor living in NYC. The pilot episode begins with her getting wasted and giving a super embarrassing speech at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, stealing a bicycle and crashing it into a random person’s pool, need I say more?
8. Game of Thrones
This has to be the most talked about and spoiler-y television show of all time. Even if you have never watched the series before, you most likely know all of the most significant plotlines and character deaths from people losing their minds on your Facebook newsfeed every week. The one thing that truly sets this show apart from others is that it will kill anybody off in the blink of an eye, and I mean ANYBODY. It does not matter if you are literally the main character of the show and your face is on all of the show’s merchandise. NO ONE is safe. If you love fantasy and watching multiple characters fight to the death (literally) to rule the world then you’ll like this show.
In my opinion, this is one of the best Netflix original series out right now but it doesn’t really get the attention it deserves. The show focuses on the Rayburn family which owns and runs a beachside hotel in Florida. When the oldest brother, also the black sheep of the family, returns home trouble arises. If you think your family is dysfunctional, just watch one episode of this and you will feel much better, I promise you.
10. You’re the Worst
This show takes a modern and hilarious approach to portraying relationships in this day and age. The two main characters are in/not in one of the most ridiculous but relatable relationships you’ll see on television. If you don’t laugh at every episode and relate to it on some level then YOU’RE THE WORST.
11. Breaking Bad
A chemistry teacher is having financial trouble and decides to make and distribute meth with the help of a former student. This show is F-ed up in the best way possible. You will route for the unstable yet lovable Jesse Pinkman until the last scene and if you don’t then there’s something wrong with you.
12. American Horror Story
AHS is the best scripted horror series on television. Each season is a completely different story with brand new characters, however the same actors return every season to reprise different roles. After a couple of seasons it was also revealed that even though each season takes place in a different time and place they are all connected in some way. In order the seasons are Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow and Hotel. Personally, my favorite is the first season Murder House. I was genuinely freaked out and surprised by the events that unfolded during that season. Asylum by far is the most disturbing if you’re looking to really be horrified.
13. Sons of Anarchy
A crime drama following the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating out of California. The main character, Jax Teller, begins questioning his own morals as well as the club’s as their criminal escapades escalate. This is a show where all of the main characters are pretty much horrible people but you cheer for them anyway. Although, as the series comes to a close its hard to justify any of their actions or cheer for them to succeed.
14. The Following
This was one of my favorite shows but unfortunately it was cancelled last year after it’s fourth season. Kevin Bacon plays an alcoholic FBI agent in the pursuit of a serial killer that has a cult following killing on his behalf. This show is truly creepy and incredibly disturbing but if you can stomach it, it is definitely worth the watch.
15. The Tudors
If you are a history nerd like me or like period dramas then this is a great show to watch. It chronicles the life of King Henry VIII, as well as all of his wives and the kingdom and country as a whole during that time period. Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives a powerful and at times terrifying portrayal of the famous man possibly known best by most for beheading his wives.
This show depicts the lives of the Gallagher family living in Southside Chicago. The father Frank is an absolute nightmare of a human being and the show is pretty much about his kids learning how to take care of themselves in his absence. The things that happen on this show are absolutely ridiculous. This series make the most F-ed up situations and circumstances hilarious. It is probably the only show on television that can make you laugh at murder or taking advantage of people with cancer. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!
A political drama that follows Olivia Pope, a woman known for being the best “fixer” in Washington DC. She helps big time clients cover up scandals and hide secrets no matter the cost. She is also incredibly close to the White House and the President. And I mean incredibly close. Cough, cough.
18. The 100
This show has been kind of a sleeper hit for the CW. It takes place years into the future when earth has been destroyed by a catastrophic nuclear war. Before the earth was destroyed, a fraction of the population was sent into space to live on a group of space stations. Decades later, as the space stations begin to run out of oxygen, 100 teenagers are sent back down to earth to see if the planet is no longer radioactive and can be reinhabited by humans. Little do they know, not everyone on the planet died and there are immediate threats once they land. This show isn’t afraid to kill off their main characters either.
This is a great show about a group of friends trying to make it big in LA. It was created by Mark Wahlberg and is supposed to be a loose representation of his life when he moved to LA with his friends at the beginning of his career. Jeremy Piven is narotic, mean and hilarious as agent Ari Gold.
One of the most popular shows in recent history, LOST is about a group of strangers that end up marooned on a mysterious island after their plane crashes. The show straddles the line of reality and fiction which makes it all the more fascinating and at times confusing. There wasn’t a single person in America not waiting with baited breath to see who was in that god damn hatch. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Also, every character ends up being connected in bizarre ways, which is one of the most interesting plot devices used on the show.
I feel like a lot of people don’t know this but the History channel has really great scripted television series and this is probably the best one. It is inspired by the life of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best known legendary Viking heroes. He is famous for his sagas and invasions of England and France.