Back in May, I wrote a post on 20+ Binge Worthy TV Shows. Now to be honest, I can binge a lot of TV in two months. Though I did not binge all of the shows listed below, some I also remembered I had binged before (though let’s be honest, I did binge a good portion of them). So let’s get to it, binge away folks!
Grace & Frankie
Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan to get married.
This show has such a sweet spot in my heart. It makes you fall in love with each one the characters, plus lots of laughs.
4 Seasons, 52 Episodes. Available on Netflix.
Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, where they obtain supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm.
Good for a laugh + some weird sci-fi action, & also romance?
5 Seasons, 37 Episodes.
Adam, Kai, and Mira are three teenagers who awaken in a room with no memories of themselves or each other; the only clue to their identities are their names written on small slips of paper in their pockets. After emerging from an underground bunker they find themselves in a deep forest and venture forth to discover who they are and how to get home.
I really enjoyed this show. The plot was good with a nice twist. I won’t give it away 😉
1 Season, 10 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. is a private pathologist working in Miami, Florida, in high demand with law enforcement. He inserts himself into investigations and helps solve crimes.
Funny, sexy, action.
2 Seasons, 44 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G.
The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. chronicles the true story of the dual police investigations of Detective Greg Kading and Detective Russell Poole into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
I loved this season so much and learned a lot I didn’t know previously about the lives and murders of these two rap icons.
1 Season, 10 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Queer Eye is a reboot of the original series: Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. This series features the “Fab Five” who each specialize in something different: food, fashion, culture, grooming, and design. These 5 makeover different people’s lives, making a difference with each person.
Prepare to love, learn and shed some tears.
2 Season, 17 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a 2018 true crime docuseries about the murder of Brian Wells, a high-profile 2003 incident often referred to as the “collar bomb” or “pizza bomber” case. Brian Wells was forced to rob a bank with a bomb collar around his neck after harmlessly delivering a pizza.
This was like watching a train wreck that you can’t turn away from.
4 part series, available on Netflix.
Sir Gary Galavant is a dashing knight, who is determined to reclaim his “Happily Ever After” from the evil King Richard, who has kidnapped Galavant’s true love Madalena. On the wedding day, Galavant storms King Richard’s castle and interrupts the ceremony. But, instead of leaving with Galavant, Madalena chooses “fame and fortune” over true love. A heartbroken Galavant is then kicked in the face and knocked unconscious by King Richard and his macho henchman Gareth.
A year later, Galavant is a drunken has-been who is grudgingly waited on by Sid, his squire. To both their surprise, Galavant is approached by Princess Isabella, whose Kingdom of Valencia has been invaded and conquered by Richard. When the Princess explains that Queen Madalena is being abused by King Richard and regrets her choice, Galavant’s joy and purpose in life are restored. He and Sid join Isabella on a quest to save both Madalena and the Kingdom of Valencia.
Singing, laughs, actions, laughs. Easy to watch.
2 seasons, 18 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Former student Mike Ross makes a living illegally taking the Law School Admission Test for others. To pay for his grandmother’s care, he agrees to deliver a case of marijuana for his best friend Trevor, a drug dealer. Mike astutely avoids being arrested in a sting, only to stumble into a job interview with Harvey Specter, known as the best closing lawyer in the city. Mike’s knowledge of the law impresses Harvey enough to win him the associate position, even though Mike doesn’t have a license to practice law. Together they try cases for the firm while maintaining the secret that Mike is a fraud.
If you haven’t already become addicted to this, you need to be. The characters are so witty, the story line is great and the dramatic speeches are even better.
8 Seasons, 124 episodes. 7 Seasons available on Netflix.
The X Files
The series revolves around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a medical doctor and a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder’s discoveries to debunk his work and thus return him to mainstream cases.
If you like watching 90s & 2000s TV as well as crime TV and then, wait for it, science fiction, this is your show.
11 Seasons, 218 episodes, 9 seasons available on Netflix.
ER follows the inner life of the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues faced by the room’s physicians and staff.
Picture an earlier version of Grey’s Anatomy but focused on the ER department instead of the surgeons.
15 Seasons, 331 episodes.
The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth. Over 2,400 survivors live on a single massive station in Earth’s orbit called the Ark, built by connecting surviving pre-apocalypse smaller stations and spacecraft. After the Ark’s life-support systems are found to be failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are sent to the surface in a last attempt to determine whether Earth is habitable. They discover not all humanity was destroyed and some survived the apocalypse: the Grounders, who live in clans locked in a power struggle; the Reapers, another group of Grounders who have become cannibals; and the Mountain Men, who live in Mount Weather, descended from those who locked themselves away before the apocalypse. Under the leadership of Bellamy and Clarke, the 100 attempt to survive the harsh surface conditions, battle hostile Grounders, and establish communication with the Ark.
A lively drama, with sharply defined conflicts and characters who aren’t always all good or all evil. Naturally, there is also romance, mean girls and obnoxious hot-body guys.
5 Seasons, 69 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.
New technologies that, when you see them, you’ll wish we actually had them now, but by the end of most episodes, you’ll definitely regret that feeling. This show is so dark, but in all the right ways. Prepare yourself.
4 Seasons, 19 episodes. All available on Netflix.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts
A dozen home cooks hit the kitchen to show Zumbo who they are as dessert makers.
Yes, this is another baking reality TV show. But the desserts are absolutely exquisite, something out of a Willy Wonka dream.
1 Season, 12 episodes. Available on Netflix.
The series begins with the return of Upper East Side teenage “it” girl Serena van der Woodsen from a “mysterious absence.” Gossip Girl reveals that Serena has been away at boarding school but not everyone welcomes Serena back to Manhattan with open arms. Blair Waldorf is the queen bee of Constance Saint Jude prep school’s social scene; she also happens to be the childhood “best friend” and occasional rival of Serena van der Woodsen. The story also follows scholarship student and aspiring writer Dan Humphrey , who lives in Brooklyn and is a self-described “outsider.” Nate Archibald , the so-called “golden boy”, who was Blair’s childhood sweetheart and first love, and Chuck Bass, the womanizing, “bad boy” heir who is part of “Manhattan’s elite” and “the king of their chess game.” Other characters of the turbulent Manhattan scene include Dan’s childhood best friend Vanessa Abrams; Jenny Humphrey, Dan’s rebellious adolescent sister who the ‘Queen B’ dubs as ‘Little J’; Lily van der Woodsen, Serena’s mother and heiress; Rufus Humphrey, former 90s band ‘Lincoln Hawk’ frontman and Lily’s former lover, and Dorota, Blair’s maid. Rufus is Dan and Jenny’s father and primary guardian.
Think, One Tree Hill set in New York city with a bunch of rich kids.
6 Seasons, 121 episodes. Available on Netflix.
How I Met Your Mother
The series concerns the adventures of Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) narrating the story of how he met the mother of his children. The story goes into a flashback and starts in 2005 with a 27-year-old Ted Mosby living in New York City and working as an architect; the narrative deals primarily with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin, womanizing-playboy Barney Stinson, and news reporter Robin Scherbatsky. The lives of all characters are entwined in each others. The series explores many storylines, including a “will they or won’t they” relationship between Robin and each of the two single male friends, Marshall and Lily’s relationship, and the ups and downs of the characters’ careers.
Watch the show for the amazing one liners. Plus you’ll be dying to know who the “mother” is through all nine seasons.
9 Seasons, 208 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Prison Break follows a man, Michael Scofield, on his mission to break his brother out of prison. Michael is convinced that his brother, Lincoln Burrows, is innocent of the crime for which he was committed, which was the murder of the vice president’s brother. Burrows is on death row, and scheduled for execution within the month. Scofield must make connections on the prison block that will aid him in his escape, but enemies are sure to make slow work of Michael’s plans.
You’ll fall in love with Michael, his love for his brother, his smarts, and, well, his hot body 😉
5 Seasons, 90 episodes. Available on Netflix.
The show takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch in the fictitious small town of Garrison, Colorado; detailing the life of the Bennetts, a dysfunctional family consisting of two brothers, their rancher father, and his divorced wife and local bar owner.
Country, comedy for easy laughs.
Some country “That’s 70s Show” vibes.
3 Seasons, 50 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Marcella Backland, a former London detective who returns to work to investigate an open case from 11 years ago involving an unidentified serial killer who appears to have become active again. Marcella also has to deal with a hectic home life, where her husband, Jason, has made the decision to leave her and take their two children into his custody.
Everyone loves a moody, relatable female protagonist.
2 Seasons, 16 episodes. Available on Netflix.
The Walking Dead
Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, awakens from a coma discovering a world overrun by zombies, commonly referred to as “walkers”. Grimes reunites with his family and becomes the leader of a group he forms with other survivors. Together they struggle to survive and adapt in a post-apocalyptic world filled with walkers and opposing groups of survivors, who are often more dangerous than the walkers themselves. Much of the series takes place in and around Atlanta, Georgia, and later Alexandria, Virginia.
What would you do if you woke up to a zombie apocalypse? Find your family & be a bad ass, moody, zombie killer. Don’t get too attached to any one character.
8 Seasons, 115 episodes. 7 Seasons on Netflix.
Fear the Walking Dead
Set initially in Los Angeles, California and then later in Mexico, the series follows a dysfunctional, blended family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher fiancé Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, her drug addict son Nick, Travis’s son from a previous marriage, Chris, Chris’s mother Liza Ortiz, and others who join their group at the onset of the apocalypse. They must reinvent themselves, learning new skills and adopting new attitudes in order to survive as civilization collapses around them.
Emotional family drama + oh look, a zombie apocalypse has started.
4 Seasons, 45 episodes.
True Detective, an American anthology crime drama television series. As an anthology, each True Detective season has its own self-contained story, following a disparate set of characters in various settings.
Probably one of the grungiest crime dramas around.
2 Seasons, 16 episodes.
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the Irish War of Independence leading to the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the British general election of 1923, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.
If you like some historical fiction in your life, well, here it is.
6 Seasons, 52 episodes. All available on Netflix.
Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with reviewing investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast. As time passes Stella’s team works tirelessly to build a case, but they are met with complications both inside and outside the PSNI.
This isn’t another “whodunnit” show, which is why it’s so good. You know exactly who the killer is from the start and every time Stella gets close to catching him, he slips away.
3 Seasons, 17 episodes. All available on Netflix.
The Frankenstein Chronicles
This show follows Inspector John Marlott, a river police officer who uncovers a corpse made up of body parts from eight missing children and sets about to determine who is responsible.
Grungy, dark, keeps you on your toes.
2 Seasons, 12 episodes. All available on Netflix.
In a post-apocalyptic future, thousands of special operatives are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as “travelers”, have their consciousnesses sent back in time and transferred into the body of present-day individuals who would otherwise be moments from death, to minimize unexpected impact on the timeline. The transfer requires the exact location of the target, made possible by twenty-first century smart phones and GPS. Prepared using social media and public records concerning their targets, each traveler must maintain the host’s pre-existing life as cover for the rest of their lives, while carrying out missions in teams of five. These missions are dictated by the Director, an artificial intelligence in the future that monitors the timeline, aimed at saving the world from a series of catastrophic events. One method by which the Director communicates with travelers is via pre-pubescent children used as messengers; unlike adults, any child can safely be taken over for a few minutes and then released from control without risk of killing them. All travelers are required to behave according to certain protocols to protect the timeline. As the series progresses, however, travelers affect the present and future in unanticipated ways. The protocols are as follows:
The mission comes first.
Never jeopardize your cover:
Do not call each other by future names—”Leave the future in the past.”
Do not use future knowledge for personal gain.
Don’t take a life; don’t save a life, unless otherwise directed.
Do not reproduce.
In the absence of direction, maintain your host’s life.
No inter-team/deep web communication except in extreme emergencies.
The show focuses on one team of five travelers, starting from their transfers of consciousness.
A new and exciting twist on time travel and trying to save the world.
2 Seasons, 24 episodes. 1 season available on Netflix.
Shark Tank shows aspiring entrepreneurs as they make business presentations to a panel of five “shark” investors, who then choose whether to invest as business partners.
Watch it for the comedy, the cool products, & especially the cringe-worthy moments.
9 Seasons, 199 episodes. 2 seasons on Netflix.
Ultimate Beastmaster is an American competition reality show. The show differentiates itself from other obstacle course competition shows by showcasing not only international talent, but by producing six localized versions, featuring select television hosts, actors, comedians and athletes as commentators from the six countries competing in the show. Reactions from all countries’ hosts appear in each localized versions, especially during course clearing victories. Each season consists of 10 episodes, released simultaneously on Netflix worldwide.
A more serious and athletic “Wipeout.”
2 Seasons, 20 episodes. All available on Netflix.
Sex and the City
Set and filmed in New York City and based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name, the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes are the four main characters., the quirky series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues such as sexuality, safe sex, promiscuity, and femininity, while exploring the difference between friendships and romantic relationships. The deliberate omission of the better part of the early lives of the four women was the writers’ way of exploring social life—from sex to relationships—through each of their four very different, individual perspectives.
Imagine if the women from Friends or Charmed had their own show and it was all about their sex life. 90s & 2000s fashion, life & sex.
6 Seasons, 94 episodes + 2 movies.
In the first episode, the series focuses on the rivalry of Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Rayna Jaymes is the established “Queen of Country Music”. However, her latest album is not selling well and her tour is playing to half empty venues. Her record label suggests that she open for Juliette Barnes, the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country pop. However, Juliette, seeing Rayna as privileged, purposefully alienates her. Rayna, who dislikes Juliette’s style of music, rejects a joint tour out of hand. The two women come into conflict as each tries to get guitarist Deacon Claybourne, Rayna’s bandmate and former lover, to sign on to their tour. Rayna’s life is further complicated when her estranged father, millionaire businessman Lamar Wyatt, convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad, to run for Mayor of Nashville.
For later episodes through season four, the series follows the lives of country musicians, focusing on three female leads: country superstar Rayna Jaymes, rising problematic star Juliette Barnes, and newcomer singer-songwriter Scarlett O’Connor.
I don’t even like country music but the music alone is reason enough to watch.
6 Seasons, 124 episodes. 5 seasons available on Netflix.
GLOW is an American comedy web television series. The series revolves around a fictionalization of the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW) created by David McLane. Set in Los Angeles in 1985, Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress, auditions along with many other women in a fledgling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). She is at odds with GLOW’s director Sam Sylvia due to her tendency to overact. When Ruth’s former best friend, retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan, arrives at the ring, their confrontation promises to either make or break the show.
Alison Brie is always a delight and this show just makes it’s way into your heart as you end up relating to and loving her character.
2 Seasons, 20 episodes. All available on Netflix.
The series follows three suburban Detroit mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of having everything taken away from them so they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket, only to discover that they’re in for more than they bargained. Their successful robbery attracts the attention of the store manager after he recognizes one of the women, but for a different reason altogether tied to the money.
Just watch it. Thank me later.
1 Season, 10 episodes. Available on Netflix.
Wentworth is set in modern-day Australia and focuses on Bea Smith when she first enters prison after being charged with the attempted murder of her husband. Bea is separated from her daughter and sent to Wentworth on remand, where she lives in “an uncertain limbo” until she is sentenced. Starting at the bottom of Wentworth’s hierarchy, Bea is forced to learn how to survive in prison.
A gritty and more serious version of Orange is the New Black.
6 Seasons, 64 episodes, 5 seasons available on Netflix.
If through all that, plus the post from May, you can’t find something to binge, I can’t help you.
I hope you found something to fall in love and binge, binge, binge away!