One Dozen of the Best Shows to Binge Watch
There is too much good TV. So, with winter breaks and spring breaks and Easter breaks and all the breaks coming up, I thought I'd compile a binge-watching list with the help of my TV addict friend Lena. Thanks Lena.
Lately, Joe and I have been working our way through X-Files on Netflix. We've never seen it and are hooked. We also recently watched Chelsea Does. Have you watched that? It's a 4-episode docu-series by Chelsea Handler. I'd like to watch The Wire next, since I've never seen that and it's considered some of the best-ever television.
Below: six must-watch comedies to discover or revisit, and six addictive dramas.
I was excited to find out that Seinfeld in it's entirety is now available on Hulu! Favorite Episodes (aside from, you know, "The Contest"): "The Rye" Season 7, "The Fusilli Jerry" Season 6.
Difficult People is a Hulu original produced by Amy Poehler that centers around two self-centered but vaguely lovable best friends with comedic ambitions. Favorite Episodes: "The Children's Menu," "Premium Membership."
I was surprised by Catastrophe on Amazon. I hadn't heard of it and watched it on a whim, but it's delightful! It follows an American man and an Irish woman who meet and create a situation for themselves in London. Favorite Episodes: "Episode 1," "Episode 3."
Aspiring actors and outsiders all working together at an LA catering company. Party Down is a riot with Jane Lynch, Lizzie Caplan, and Adam Scott. Favorite Episodes: "James Rolf High School Twentieth Reunion" Season 1, "Constance Carmell Wedding" Season 2.
F is for Family is the only animated show on the list. It is an adaptation by Bill Burr of his father and his family when he was growing up. It's heartwarming and ridiculous. Favorite Episodes: "The Bleedin' in Sweden," "O Holy Moly Night."
I'm sure you've seen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (the show with that incredible theme song) by now, but it is too good to leave out. Peeno noir, midsize car. Favorite Episodes: "Kimmy Goes to School!," "Kimmy Makes Waffles!"
The Peaky Blinders are a post-WWI Birmingham, England gang who got their name from sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps to blind rivals. Highlight: Tom Hardy joins in Season 2!
I think Shameless might be one of the best binge-watching shows. There are a good amount of seasons and eps, there is superb acting, and it moves so fast! Plus: Dermot Mulroney. Highlight: Joan Cusack's arc.
Black Mirror is an anthology show where each episode is a totally new story revolving around the dark possibilities of technology in our modern world. Highlight: The episode "The Entire History of You" Season 1.
Firefly is a sci-fi classic that was ended too soon. But, it's an entertaining rewatch! Highlight: The action-packed episode "Ariel."
I wasn't 100% sure if I should file it under drama since Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff, is also so darkly humorous. Highlight: Mike's origin story in the episode "Five-O."
My favorite sassenach, Clare Randall, gets pulled mystically from 1945 Scotland while vacationing with her husband to find herself in 1743 amidst savage redcoats and charming but brutal clansmen. Outlander is the slower-paced, sultrier, more historical, time-traveling cousin of Downton Abbey & Game of Thrones that caters to the "female gaze." Highlight: Jamie & Clare consummating their marriage in "The Wedding" Season 1.