20 Binge-Worthy Series For Streaming Satisfaction
The ultimate 'to watch' list for your TV marathon needs.
One of the best feelings is when it’s time to unwind. The worst is when you’re browsing the home page trying to decide what to watch next. We all know the feeling. So grab your snacks peeps, sit back and hit play with these binge-worthy series.
STRANGER THINGS [NETFLIX]
With the recent release of season 3, Stranger Things is a captivating binge-worthy series that’s just waiting for you and the remainder of your spare time. A supernatural drama that starts with the disappearance of a young boy that leads to unveiled small town mysteries. Secret experiments, chilling supernatural forces, and a strange little girl. With a compelling soundtrack, amazing performances, mysterious creatures and nostalgic feel, this ‘80s genre throwback is just the thing for a weekend of nothing but TV snacks, PJs and your best friend (yes, we’re talking about Netflix). Get on that.
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE [NETFLIX]
Who doesn’t love procedural cop shows with a sense of humour? With season 6 finished and season 7 on the way, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still going strong with fans all round. Jake Peralta (Andy Sandberg), talented but immature NYPD detected, has the best arrest record and has never followed the rules too closely. When commanding officer Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) comes into the picture, Peralta must be on his best behaviour. A series that follows the day to day life of the detectives as they compete with each other, fall in love and showcase their dry humour and wit. With realtable characters, multiple awards in areas such as ‘Best Television Series’, acting and ‘Stunt Coordination for a Comedy’, and a good number of seasons, this is the perfect show for when you want to turn off and have a laugh.
THE 100 [NETFLIX]
Imagine what the world would be like if a nuclear war destroyed everything, civilisation included. Imagine living in a spaceship with the only survivors for 97 years. Would you even want to know what’s come of the earth during that time? Whether it’s liveable again or if it’s somehow been destroyed beyond measure. When 100 juvenile delinquent prisoners are sent to back to earth to see if re-population is possible, they have to find a way to live together on the ground while also doing whatever they can to survive. With powerful women, great character development and interesting plots, this ongoing series may just be the perfect binge.
Vikings warriors, badass characters and a plot that doesn’t shy away from the brutality of Viking warfare, with a side of family and community love, power and betrayal. The show completely transports you to the world of the Vikings, following Ragnar Lothbrok – a warrior and farmer – who desires exploration (and maybe a bit of raiding) the lands across the ocean. With intense but insanely good action, a look into the Norse Legends, great cast and stunning visual and sound effects, why would you want to miss this History Channel goldmind?
Out of time. Literally. That tends to happen when time travel is involved. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novel series, Outlander follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she’s transported out of her life and her new husband in 1945 and finds herself in 1743. A bit of a culture shock. With her freedom and life are suddenly in danger, she marries Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Scots warrior who has a complicated past (who can say no to a character with a complicated past?). Which will Claire choose? Her husband or… or husband. Caught between two different men in two different lives. With plenty of seasons to watch and more on the way, you could be in for a ride with this.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK [NETFLIX]
Found and convicted after a decade, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is sentenced to a women’s prison for the transportation of drug money to her ex-girlfriend. Ever wondered the messed up things that happen behind bars? Well you got it, with a side of drama, dynamic characters and relationships and well-timed humour. Plus, plenty of episodes to spend binging in your free time!
GAME OF THRONES [FOXTEL NOW]
Time to set up your own Iron Throne (or maybe the couch will do) and get this started. With the final season complete, you’re in for a weekend (okay maybe a bit longer) of adventure, drama and action as the nine noble families fight over the rights to control the seven Kingdoms of Westeros and an ancient enemy returns in the throes. Based on George R.R Martin’s bestselling novel series, this series will have you on the edge of your seat (throne) hitting next episode before you even realise. Do try to remember you have work during the week.
Who doesn’t love a good crime thriller? These two FBI agents from the 1970s interview serial killers and get into their minds to solve open cases. Based on a book written by former agents as they present facts behind the crimes. Think you’ve got what it takes to catch the bad guys? Watch and find out. Can you solve it before they can?
THE CROWN [NETFLIX]
Ever been curious as to what it’s like to be a royal? The Crown takes you into exactly that, following the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the drama and rivalries of the royal family, while enjoying the casting, elaborate and amazing costumes and settings. Perfect for those days you want to binge and learn at the same time.
With devilish charm and a lot of daddy issues, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) decides to take a holiday. Away from Hell and into the City of Angels. Once a servant of Hell turns exclusive nightclub owner, turns to… LAPD consultant. One might say an odd job for the devil. A procedural cop show with puns and innuendos at every turn, badass women and a side of a will-they-won’t-they romance. With the fifth and final season around the corner, this comic-based series is one of the must watch series.
Wrong place, wrong time. Running from a drug bust, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) smarts his way into a job working under Harvey Spectre (Gabriel Macht), big hotshot lawyer in NYC. A job he has absolutely no credentials for. What could possibly go wrong? Follow the drama of the law firm and how keeping the secret might be harder than first thought. Add in a little Meghan Markle pre-royal, witty humour, scandals and ongoing episodes, and you’ve got yourself a binge-worthy series right here.
QUEER EYE [NETFLIX]
Follow the new Fab Five as they set out to Atlanta to give selected people a much needed lifestyle makeover. There’s food and wine specialist in Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk with interior designer, grooming consultant with Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and Karamo Brown the culture expert. They’re lovable, quirky and fun, and while the show is light-hearted it still takes the time to make social commentary in between awesome styling tips and sassy humour.
BIG LITTLE LIES [FOXTEL NOW, HULU]
Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestseller novel of the same name, and stars like Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies is a must. Follow the three mothers as their seemingly perfectly normal, upper-class lives unravel. A seemingly chick-lit series turns murder mystery. What really goes on behind the perfect façade of these women and their families? Guess you’ll just have to watch and find out.
PEAKY BLINDERS [NETFLIX]
A BBC drama based in 1919 around the Peaky Blinders, a gangland family who ruled the streets and sewed razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Even more interesting, said gangland family is part of real history. A story with badass gangsters, incredible actors, amazing music and multiple awards. With 31 episodes with more on the way, this could be one of those shows that just keep on playing without you noticing (when aren’t we all doing that though?).
THE OA [NETFLIX]
Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and produced by Brad Pitt, a story that will have you gripping the edge of your seat. After being missing for seven years, a once blind girl, Prairie (Marling), returns with her sight miraculously restored calling herself the OA. The show, like Prairie past, is a mystery that will leave you wanting more and clicking ‘next episode’ before you can try to convince yourself you should stop procrastinating. The best kind of show is one that stays with you even after you finish, wouldn’t you agree?
KILLING EVE [ABC iVIEW]
Two women: one a smart, but bored MI5 security officer who’s stuck on a desk job, the other an unpredictable talented killer who loves the luxuries of her job. A game of cat and mouse. What more could you want? A thrilling series with Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as leads, this will keep you enthralled and wanting more.
BLACK MIRROR [NETFLIX]
An anthology dystopian fiction series that explores what a high-tech driven society could be with the perils of technology, some shady government thrown in along with ideas on human nature in general. Like a mirror to society. Pick and choose the episodes you want to watch and explore the world through this dystopian lens.
THE HAUNTINGS OF HILL HOUSE [NETFLIX]
Enjoy a good scare? How about family drama? Add in some mystery and you’ve got Haunting of Hill House. Flicking between past and present, this family must confront the ghosts of their past and chilling events that caused them. A good mystery to keep the next ep button company.
JESSICA JONES [NETFLIX]
Everybody loves a good Marvel, and Netflix is no different. After the tragic end of her superhero days, Jessica Jones has to have a career change. What better place for an ex-superhero than a private investigator. Better yet, one that deals with those with some special abilities of their own. Badass female lead, David Tennant gone dark side and great writing. We’d say a good combination for a binge-fest.
HANDMAID’S TALE [STAN]
Based on Best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, this series needs to go on your list. A dystopian society, environmental disasters, plummeting birth rates. Foundations of a thrilling drama, wouldn’t you say? In a society that treats women as property, follow Offred as she tries to survive and find her daughter, all while navigating the cruelty of those around her.
Marathons are usually hard, but these binge-worthy series make it so easy. Get your PJs on and hit the screens. Next ep, are you still watching? Just one more…
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