50 best binge worthy shows to watch right now and where to stream them

Daisy Phillipson
Stills from Breaking Bad, The Boys, and Line of Duty

In need of a new TV show to keep you entertained over the weekend? Look no further, as here are 50 of the best binge worthy shows you can watch right now, as well as where to find each series on streaming services. 

Binge-watching wasn’t a thing before the streaming era, but Netflix changed all that. Other than soap opera omnibuses or DVD collections, TV viewing used to consist of waiting a whole week for new episodes to drop—and if you missed it, you missed it.

But amid the rise of Netflix (and other streaming services), the 2010s saw a shift in the way in which we consumed new TV shows. Suddenly, entire seasons of our favorite shows were dropped at once, allowing us to watch episode after episode in succession. 

Though it’s made the week-long-wait seem like an absolute age, there’s no denying the joy of grabbing a bucket of snacks, getting your favorite blanket, and digesting an entire streaming series over a rainy weekend. 

The 50 best binge worthy shows to watch right now

If you’re at a loose end of what to watch, we’ve put together a list of the most binge worthy shows and where to watch them below. 

Alongside the usual suspects, we’ve included a couple of left field options to keep you entertained. As they say, variety is the spice of life. 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present)

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With 16 seasons and counting, It’s Always Sunny is the longest-running live-action sitcom in American history. But what’s even more impressive is its consistency. Set in Philly dive bar, Paddy’s Pub, the series revolves around a group of dysfunctional and narcissistic friends, with each new chapter seeing the gang embark on a number of beer-fueled shenanigans.

Alongside its absurdist humor, Sunny doesn’t shy away from tackling controversial topics, earning itself a loyal following with those who enjoy boundary-pushing jokes. And, at roughly 25 minutes per episode, it’s impossible not to binge watch this one.

Where to stream: Hulu

Ted Lasso (2020-2023)

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Even if you’re not a sports fan, there’s something to love in Ted Lasso. This heartwarming comedy proved to be a comfort when we needed it most, dropping its debut season in 2020. The narrative centers on an American football coach who unexpectedly finds himself leading a struggling English soccer team.

Filled with positivity, humor, and genuine emotion, it’s a feel-good show that celebrates kindness, resilience, and the power of teamwork. What’s more, there’s three seasons of this TV show to binge watch—back of the net. 

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Ozark (2017-2022)

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Although Ozark was initially pitched as the dollar store Breaking Bad, it didn’t take long for perspectives to shift, with the streaming series soon establishing its own seat at the TV table. This Netflix original offers up a darker, gritter take on the drug cartel narrative, as Marty Byrde gets caught up in the criminal underworld to try to protect his family after a failed money-laundering scheme.

The setting plays a significant role in shaping the tone and atmosphere of the show, bolstered by intense performances from its cast, including Jason Bateman and the ever-wonderful Julia Garner. With four seasons to dig into, Ozark is well worth a watch or revisit. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Black Mirror (2011-Present)

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Like The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror captures the zeitgeist of the modern era, its anthology format enabling a diverse variety of thought-provoking narratives, chilling scenarios, and profound social commentary.

Charlie Brooker’s tour de force has solidified its place as a contemporary classic, with six seasons—and a seventh on the way—that never dip in quality. The fact every episode offers something entirely different makes this a must for anyone looking for the best binge worthy shows out there. Plus, who else could get away with depicting a UK Prime Minister f*cking a pig on national television?

Where to stream: Netflix

Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

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If you’re feeling a little jaded from superhero fatigue, why not remind yourself of what superhero content should be with Batman: The Animated Series. Its sophisticated storytelling transcends the typical confines of children’s cartoons, appealing to audiences of all ages while balancing action, drama, and noir-inspired elements.

One of the show’s greatest strengths lies in its character development, not only depicting Bruce Wayne with depth and complexity, but also offering some of the best depictions of certain Gotham villains in the DC world on screen, including the very best Joker actor ever, Mark Hamill.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

The Boys (2019-Present)

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While we’re on the topic of superhero fatigue, The Boys is the perfect antidote. A bloody, irreverent superhero series that explores what the Avengers might be like when the world’s not looking, Eric Kripke’s series delivers a satirical take on the dark side of celebrity and corporate greed.

With its subversive spin on the genre, graphic violence, and sharp social commentary, it’s a thrilling and provocative series that pushes boundaries and keeps viewers guessing. We cannot wait for The Boys Season 4 to continue this story.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Arrested Development (2003–2019)

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There’s never a bad time for banana stand, blue man action. One of the many appealing qualities of Arrested Development is its call backs and running gags, earning it a cult following over the years. From “I’m afraid I just blue myself,” to Lucille’s saucy wink, not to mention the Bluths’ inexplicable chicken dance – there are just too many to mention. Over the course of five seasons, the hilarity never lets up, making this a sitcom that’s well worth revisiting.

Where to stream: Netflix

The Bear (2022-Present)

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It’s no surprise The Bear won big at this year’s awards season. The show, about fine dining chef Carmy who returns to his home in Chicago to run the family sandwich shop after a tragic death, perfectly encapsulates the chaos of kitchen work.

But beyond the “yes, chefs!” is the veritable Pandora’s box of emotions caused by grief, expertly brought to the screen by leads Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri. You’ll smile, you’ll cry, and your tummy will rumble. With two seasons and a third on the way, we urge you to give this a viewing if you haven’t had the chance. 

Where to stream: Hulu

Girls (2012–2017)

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Lena Dunham controversy aside, Girls is a polarizing yet undeniably hilarious investigation into millennial culture, exploring the lives of four young women living in New York City. Sure, their friendships are toxic, and the characters are as clueless as they are entitled—but there’s a case to be made that some of the best comedy characters are insufferable.

Though it might not have been the most accurate representation of the city’s bright young things, Hannah herself admits, “I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least a voice of a generation.”

Where to stream: Max

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present)

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On the topic of insufferable comedy characters, we can’t overlook Larry David’s portrayal of himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm. We’re not throwing shade—in fact, you can’t help but side with the Seinfeld writer as he navigates through the intricacies of everyday life with his trademark neuroticism and hilariously awkward encounters. There have been 11 seasons so far, with a 12th currently airing, and so far they’ve been pretty, pretty, pretty good. 

Where to stream: Max

Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

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Following its debut in 2011, Game of Thrones—based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’—became a cultural phenomenon. Not afraid to push the boundaries and forge its own path, the HBO series unflinchingly dispensed even the most beloved of characters—we’re still not over the Red Wedding.

With its epic scope, intricate storytelling, and richly developed characters, GoT left an enduring legacy in the annals of fantasy television. Sure, Season 8 did a lot of damage, but the franchise still has plenty of life in it yet thanks to spinoff House of the Dragon, which is set to get a second chapter

Where to stream: Max

Yellowstone (2018-Present)

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Taylor Sheridan’s neo-Western has established itself as one of America’s most popular TV shows to binge watch, and for good reason. The complexity of the Dutton family and their power struggle makes for a violent, dramatic, and wildly entertaining viewing experience. Kevin Costner is nothing short of perfect as the Dutton patriarch, leading a talented cast and their morally ambiguous characters.

As we’re still a way off from the finale in Season 5 Part 2, now is the perfect time to revisit Yellowstone before it’s taken to the train station. 

Where to stream: Paramount Plus

Succession (2018-2023)

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There are few creators in the TV landscape who could eke out one power struggle between one family across four long seasons and maintain momentum. Not only did Jesse Armstrong achieve it, but he created arguably one of the most compelling dramas of the past decade. The dialogue is so fast-paced, satirical jokes and cynical one-liners are easily missed, making Succession the perfect show to watch again and again. 

Where to stream: Max

The White Lotus (2021-Present)

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Holidays from hell never looked as entertaining as they do in The White Lotus. There aren’t enough good words to say about Mike White’s deliciously dark satire, which follows the interconnected lives of various entitled guests at the eponymous hotel, alongside its long-suffering staff.

An honorable mention goes to the ensemble cast, with Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya being a particular highlight. Season 1 of this binge worthy show took us to Hawaii, examining issues of colonialism, while Season 2 is set in Italy and places gender dynamics under the microscope. Until the long-awaited third season arrives, why not give the first two a rewatch.

Where to stream: Max

Barry (2018–2023)

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Bill Hader’s impeccable dramedy follows a disillusioned hitman who discovers a passion for acting while on a job in Los Angeles. As Barry navigates the worlds of contract killing and community theater, he grapples with his moral conscience and struggles to reconcile his violent past with his newfound artistic aspirations.

Season 4—sadly, the final chapter—was Barry’s darkest yet, closing the curtain on a show marked by standout performances, complex characters, and compelling storytelling. This is a TV gem you don’t want to miss out on. 

Where to stream: Max

Inside No. 9 (2014-Present)

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While Black Mirror comes to mind in the context of anthology series with dark twists, Inside No. 9 is well worth your time. Created by and starring The League of Gentlemen icons Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, each episode tells a unique story combining horror and humor elements, culminating in a jaw-dropping twist. When you get round to watching it, be sure to keep an eye out for the various number nine Easter eggs peppered throughout. 

Where to stream: BBC iPlayer

Line of Duty (2012–2021)

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Line of Duty is one of those series that’ll have you hooked from the first episode, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best TV shows to binge watch. This British police procedural series is set in the fictional AC-12 anti-corruption unit, following a team of investigators as they meticulously uncover and confront “bent coppers” within their own ranks.

Through intricate plotlines and nail-biting suspense, Line of Duty explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the blurred lines between right and wrong, with its gritty realism and attention to detail making it an enthralling watch. 

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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Widely considered to be the first TV show of the binge-watching era, it would be rude to not include Breaking Bad on this list. Bryan Cranston’s turn as the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White earned him the reputation as one of the great actors of our time.

And the show’s gripping narrative builds in magnitude over the course of its five seasons, leaving many hailing it the best series ever made. Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, there’s no denying there’s never a bad time to give Breaking Bad a revisit. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Dexter (2006-2013)

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For anyone who loves a good true crime streaming series, Dexter should be top of the watch list when it comes to binge worthy shows. The titular character is a literal killer, the narrative centers on a forensic technician for the police department who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer, targeting heinous criminals. If you enjoy morally ambiguous characters and exploring darkness within the human psyche, this one’s for you. 

Where to stream: Hulu

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

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Here is your reminder to go and rewatch (or start watching) the epic mobster series The Sopranos. Though it’s been more than 20 years since the world was first introduced to Tony Soprano, the show is still considered to be one of the greatest TV achievements of all time, having changed the landscape by putting a mob boss front and center as he juggles organized crime, personal relationships, and psychological struggles. Bada bing, bada boom.

Where to stream: Max

Killing Eve (2018-2022)

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From Episode 1, we knew Killing Eve would be different. A truly subversive spy thriller, this show has everything: style; sex appeal; stunning scenery; shocking violence; laugh out loud humor; and some of the best character development of the decade. 

Villanelle is nothing short of an icon, and her cat-and-mouse game with Eve is addictive to watch. Okay, so they fudged the ending, but that aside, there’s never a bad time to revisit Killing Eve and remind yourself why you fell in love with Jodie Comer’s appealing assassin from the moment she knocked ice cream into a little girl’s lap. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Stranger Things (2016-Present)

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The Duffer Brothers’ genre-bending saga is a global phenomenon and for good reason; the show’s fusion of captivating storytelling, nuanced character development, and irresistibly retro aesthetic make Stranger Things an entertaining ride. It made stars out of its young cast, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. 

But best of all is its ability to seamlessly weave together elements of horror, science fiction, and coming-of-age drama, helping to propel Stranger Things to worldwide fame ever since the first journey to the Upside Down in 2016. Sadly, the upcoming Season 5 will be its last, but before then, why not give its first four installments a revisit. You know you want to. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Outer Banks (2020-Present)

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Some binge-able TV shows are just easy entertainment, and Outer Banks proved to be exactly that when it debuted back in 2020, blending nostalgia and romance with adventure and action. Set against the scenic backdrop of the North Carolina coast, the Netflix series centers on two groups of local teens: the haves (nicknamed the “Kooks”) and the have-nots (aka the “Pogues”).

If characters to root for and an action-packed hunt for gold sounds like your bag, Outer Banks is for you. Especially with Season 4 on the way.

Where to stream: Netflix

Virgin River (2019-Present)

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Soapy melodrama, beautiful scenery, and sickly sweet romance — Virgin River is pure escapism, and sometimes that’s all you need after a long day at work. Based on Robyn Carr’s books of the same name, the Netflix series centers on Jack and Mel’s love story, but they’re far from the only characters to get hooked on. 

The eponymous town is full of interesting residents, all of which carry their fair share of drama. With five seasons and a sixth on the way, Virgin River will keep you entertained for hours. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Yellowjackets (2021-Present)

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Cannibalism and the occult, two things you would never associate with a high school football team. But Yellowjackets melds these themes to create a deliciously dark (and wildly entertaining) drama show. 

Over the course of its two seasons so far, the series has darted between two timelines, uncovering the sinister case of a group of teenage girls crash landed in the Ontario wilderness. Although they were eventually rescued, the 19 months they spent stranded (and the things they did to survive) continue to reverberate in their lives today. It’s a thrilling ride, one that’s ideal if you’re a fan of conspiracy-fuelled horror. 

Where to stream: Paramount+

Euphoria (2019-Present)

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Listen, there’s much to be said about the controversy surrounding Sam Levinson (and the development hell of Season 3). But there’s no denying Euphoria is the Skins of Gen-Z; it captured the zeitgeist with its simmering style, while candidly dealing with so many issues facing young adults today, from sexual assault and drug addiction to sexuality and gender identity. 

The series wouldn’t be half as good if it weren’t for the talented Euphoria cast, with the lineup including the likes of Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, and the late Angus Cloud. Whether Season 3 goes ahead or not, this soon-to-be-relic of YA TV is a great one to binge-watch if ever you’re feeling bad about the life choices you’ve made. 

Where to stream: Max

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-2023)

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Tits up! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is here to remind you to follow your dreams, appreciate the art of stand-up comedy, and remember that nothing in life turns out as you want it to, so you might as well have a few laughs along the way. 

This unique period dramedy follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a New York housewife in the 1950s who discovers a hidden knack for stand-up. A lot happens across its five seasons, the last of which was the show’s swan song. If you want to find out how the show took its bow or you simply want to relive all of the best bits, every episode is available for your binge-watching pleasure. 

Where to stream: Prime Video

Young Sheldon (2017-2024)

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Bazinga! Young Sheldon has returned for its seventh and final season. Though it didn’t (and couldn’t) run for as long as its parent show The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon has proven to be one of the best sitcom spin-offs of all time. It’s ridiculously watchable, very wholesome, and benefits from a great cast led by Iain Armitage. Next time you’ve sat down for dinner and are at a loss of what to put on, look no further — Young Sheldon’s ya boy.

Where to stream: Netflix

Lost (2004-2010)

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Lost is often considered to have the most divisive TV show ending of all time — and this isn’t its only problem. But while it’s not perfect, the long-running saga gave everything, from supernatural and sci-fi plots to character-driven drama. 

The story itself centers on the survivors of a plane crash; as they struggle to survive on a mysterious island, they uncover dark secrets and face unimaginable challenges. With its intricate plot twists and undeniable legacy, Lost is a must-watch for fans of genre fiction.

Where to stream: Hulu

From (2022-Present)

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While we’re on the topic of genre TV, this sleeper hit is well worth your time. With a compelling mystery at the center of it, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had as the From cast battle terrifying creatures while attempting to escape the town in which they’re trapped. 

With Season 3 on the way, what better time than to binge-watch the first two chapters and enjoy (or revisit) all of the thrills From has to offer. (Hopefully we’ll get some of those questions answered in the third chapter.)

Where to stream: MGM+ via Amazon Prime

Only Murders in the Building (2021-Present)

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If you love crime-mystery capers mixed with comedic beats, streaming Only Murders In the Building is the perfect way to spend an evening. The series follows three true crime-obsessed strangers, played by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, who find themselves wrapped up in a real-life case that unfolds in their New York City apartment building. 

Alongside witty writing, the series boasts engaging plot twists, not to mention solid chemistry between its three leads. Even better, Only Murders In the Building Season 4 is on the way!

Where to stream: Hulu

The Umbrella Academy (2019-Present)

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As one of the best superhero TV shows, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy won over the hearts of fans when it debuted in 2019. Based on Gerard Way’s comic book series of the same name, the story centers on a dysfunctional family of adopted siblings with extraordinary abilities who reunite after their father’s mysterious death. 

They must work together to unravel the secrets of their past while preventing an impending apocalypse. No biggie. The good news is Season 4 is dropping this summer; the bad news is it’ll be the last. But that at least gives you a good excuse to binge-watch the lot before the final chapter arrives. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Dead To Me (2019-2022)

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If you like your comedy dark and your protagonists flawed, Dead to Me is for you. This Netflix series sees Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini strike up an unlikely friendship as two women seemingly grieving a major loss, not realizing how closely tied they are in real life. 

Themes of grief, guilt, and forgiveness are touched upon as the women’s lives become  increasingly intertwined and complicated by hidden truths. But first and foremost, Dead to Me is funny as hell thanks to its whip-smart writing and compelling performances. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Invincible (2021-Present)

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Amazon Prime Video’s TV show adaptation of Invincible turned Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name from an acclaimed yet niche publication into a global phenomenon — and it’s not hard to see why. 

Much like The Boys, it’s another successful entry to the anti-hero phenomenon. It’s gory, hilarious, and emotional when it needs to be, while Invincible’s ongoing success shows there’s still plenty of demand for adult-centered superhero shows.  

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

The Office (2005-2013)

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As a Brit, it’s hard not to recommend Ricky Gervais’s UK original, but the Steve Carrell-fronted iteration wins in terms of volume and is widely regarded to be one of the best sitcoms of all time. 

As well as there being nine seasons to enjoy (and a spinoff in the works), The Office is the kind of show you can watch again and again. Thanks to its relatable characters and memorable moments, this is one you can always rely on if you’re looking for some easy escapism. As Michael Scott himself would say, sometimes it feels good to run away from your responsibilities. 

Where to stream: Peacock

Veronica Mars (2004-2019)

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Long before The Good Place dropped, “marshmallows” knew Kristen Bell as the epic high-school-student-turned-private-eye. Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is a neo-noir drama in which Bell’s eponymous character tackles both personal and professional mysteries, ranging from class conflicts to murder cases. 

Although it’s geared towards teens, its snarky humor and intricate plotting make it ideal for TV lovers of all ages, as evidenced by its cult classic status. Despite running in the 00s, Veronica Mars was revived for a fourth season in 2019, with Bell proving she’s still got it. 

Where to stream: Hulu

True Detective (2014-Present)

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Listen, nothing will ever beat True Detective Season 1, and Season 2 is not worth your time. However, the third and fourth chapters managed to encapsulate some of the dark magic of their predecessor, showing there’s still life in this series yet. Each installment of the anthology crime drama series features a new cast and storyline, with Season 4 seeing Jodie Foster and Kali Reis mimicking Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s mismatched detective duo. 

Known for its complex characters, philosophical themes, and atmospheric storytelling, True Detective has set itself apart from other crime dramas (aside from, of course, Season 2, which OG creator Nic Pizzolatto even admits was rushed due to HBO’s demands). 

Where to stream: Max

Mad Men (2007-2015)

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Mad Men might make you feel the opposite of nostalgia, lifting the veil on a world in which women are degraded, the workplace is cutthroat, and everyone smoked a 20-pack a day. Of course, it’s also one of the reasons this show is so watchable. 

Set in the advertising world of 1960s New York, Mad Men follows Don Draper, a talented but troubled ad executive, as he navigates the changing social and cultural landscape. Widely considered to be one of the hallmarks of the Golden Age of Television, the series is well-structured, well-written, and well worth your time, best enjoyed with a freshly-made Old Fashioned. 

Where to stream: AMC+ via Amazon Prime

Swarm (2023)

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Donald Glover expanded his unofficial Gambino universe with Swarm, a mind-bending journey into the dark side of fandom and celebrity culture. The show follows a young woman’s (Dominique Fishback) obsessive devotion to a pop star (undeniably based on Beyonce), leading her down a dangerous path of psychological and physical transformation. 

Swarm is praised for its intense, unsettling atmosphere and its commentary on the extremes of fan behavior and identity. Its bold storytelling and striking visuals complement Glover’s Atlanta; in fact, why not make it a double bill and remind yourself of the creator’s unrivaled skill at blending stark social commentary and realism with surrealist mayhem. 

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Bridgerton (2020-Present)

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With Season 3 Part 1 proving to be just as steamy as everyone had hoped (and Part 2 just around the corner), now is the perfect time to dive back into the world of Bridgerton. Based on Julia Quinn’s book series of the same name, Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix iteration similarly bases each season of the show on one of the Bridgerton siblings as they navigate England’s Regency-era high society, romance, and scandal. 

It’s everything you could hope for in a period drama, still managing to tackle modern-day issues. Plus, its addictive, soap-opera style and vibrant characters keeps us coming back for more. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Fleabag (2016-2019)

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Killing Eve isn’t the only Phoebe Waller-Bridge series to add to your watchlist, with Fleabag well worth a revisit whenever you feel like laughing and crying in one sitting. The dark comedy series follows the titular character, a deeply flawed yet bitingly witty woman, as she navigates life, love, and loss in London. 

Known for its raw, honest portrayal of complex emotions, for breaking the fourth wall, and for kicking off the “hot priest” phenomenon (which we can also thank Andrew Scott for), Fleabag is a standout in modern TV.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

The Walking Dead (2010-2022)

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Look, we’re all well aware of The Walking Dead’s infamous downfall. But there’s no denying the post-apocalyptic horror series changed the game for the zombie genre forever. And even if you’re not a fan of the final chapters, the earlier seasons are fun to revisit if you’re looking for some good old fashioned undead escapism. 

Especially given the various Walking Dead spinoffs on the way, not to mention Rick Grimes and Michonne’s return in the surprisingly decent release of The Ones Who Live.

Where to stream: Netflix

The West Wing (1999-2006)

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Aaron Sorkin’s political drama is often ranked among the best TV shows of all time, and for good reason. Depicting the inner workings of the White House during the fictional presidency of Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing offers an idealistic yet realistic look at American politics, tackling issues ranging from international crises to domestic policy. 

It’s best remembered for its sharp dialogue, smart humor, and fast-paced storytelling, with plenty of drama to keep you hooked. And with seven seasons to enjoy, it’s a world you can escape into for a solid period of time.

Where to stream: Max

Severance (2022-Present)

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If you could create the perfect work-life balance, even if it meant forgetting anything and everything about your life outside of work the minute you clocked in, would you? This was the question posed in Severance, Dan Erickson’s sci-fi thriller that surprised audiences when it dropped in early 2022. 

As each episode unfolds, the suspense picks up, culminating in a cliffhanger ending, with impeccable performances from its cast, including the core four: Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, and John Turturro. Why not give the first chapter a watch (or a revisit) while you wait for Severance Season 2.

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Slow Horses (2022-Present)

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Gallows humor, thrilling twists, espionage, and Gary Oldman — yes, there’s a lot to love in Slow Horses. Despite earning critical acclaim, the series, based on the Slough House novels by Mick Herron, has flown under the radar. If this rings true, here is your sign to give it a go. 

Focusing on a team of disgraced MI5 agents exiled to a department known as Slough House, led by the irascible Jackson Lamb (Oldman), they find themselves embroiled in dangerous conspiracies (despite their status). It’s a truly refreshing take on the espionage genre, combining gritty realism, intricate plotting, and bitingly sharp humor. 

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Suits (2011-2019)

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Suits is based on a great premise: Mike Ross, a college dropout with a photographic memory, lands a job at a prestigious New York law firm despite lacking a law degree. Mentored by the firm’s top lawyer, Harvey Specter, Mike must navigate legal challenges while keeping his secret. 

But even so, no one could have predicted the unprecedented success it enjoyed in summer 2023, when the first eight seasons of the legal drama landed on Netflix and became the show everyone was talking about — four years after it finished for good. 

The Suits phenomenon demonstrated that audiences crave long-running shows, embracing the  character development that unfolds in the traditional TV format. With Season 9 set to land in July 2024, now is the perfect time to delve into this world once more. 

Where to stream: Netflix

Peaky Blinders (2012-2022)

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By order of the Peaky Blinders, it’s time to watch the historical crime drama again. Especially now we know Cillian Murphy will be returning for a new Peaky Blinders movie. Across six seasons, Steven Knight told the story of the eponymous gang in post-World War I Birmingham, England. 

Murphy starred as the ambitious and cunning Tommy Shelby, leading the family as they expanded their criminal empire. Its blend of historical context and dramatic storytelling, along with a killer soundtrack and stylish cinematography, earned it critical acclaim, with Peaky Blinders now considered to be one of the best British TV shows of all time. 

Where to stream: Netflix

All of Us Are Dead (2022-Present)

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All of Us Are Dead breathed new life (or death, should we say) into the zombie genre by masterfully blending two genres: balls-to-the-wall horror with coming-of-age high school drama. What resulted is an impeccable debut season, which dropped on Netflix in 2022 and has a Season 2 on the way. 

As well as some truly terrifying zombie thrills, All of Us Are Dead masterfully weaves in social commentary, as a group of Gen Z Hyosan High School students are made to grow up fast as they fight for survival amid an undead outbreak. What’s more, the series boasts a strong cast, including Park Ji-hu, Yoon Chan-young, Cho Yi-hyun, and Lomon.

Where to stream: Netflix

Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)

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Another series that is the ultimate comfort watch is Schitt’s Creek, with the quirks of the Roses and the residents of the eponymous town making them feel like a real family. The story itself, created by Dan Levy, centers on the wealthy Rose family who lose their fortune and are forced to live in the rundown Schitt’s Creek town they once bought as a joke. 

As they adjust to this new life and the endearing locals around them, the series presents some genuine laughs, particularly as the in-jokes start to kick in. Alongside Levy, the cast includes the likes of Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O’Hara, who bring humor and charm to their roles. 

Where to stream: Hulu

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