I’ve binged many TV series since the arrival of Netflix. Hell, even before Netflix I used to binge Gilmore Girls on DVD and seasons of the Challenge and Survivor online. Sometimes there’s just nothing better than settling into a big pile of blankets with a jug of water, some popcorn, and a binge-worthy tv show.
And if there’s anything I know for sure, it’s that I still have a ton of TV shows and movies to watch. There are just so many stories out there. And I’m sure there are a lot of great ones that I haven’t gotten to yet. (*Note – I’m always open to suggestions).
But there are also a lot of great ones that I have watched, thought were fantastic, and are worth telling everyone else to watch too. So here they are:
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin is an American telenovela about a girl who gets her life flipped upside down after an unfortunate “routine” visit to the clinic. I cannot stress enough how much more there is to this show than the title might have you believe. From the title alone I was never that interested, but after watching one episode on Netflix I was hooked.
The scenario’s in the show become more and more insane and dramatic until Jane’s life is basically a telenovela. In this show – great acting is mixed with telenovela plot lines – and it. is. so. good. On top of that – the narrator of the show basically addresses the ridiculousness of the scenarios as the show goes on. And this narration adds an additional layer of comedy to the whole thing. It’s all so clever and the added animations are amazing. Trust me, you want to give this one a shot.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black has gained a lot of buzz over the years. It’s one of Netflix’s first original series to really take off in popularity. And I think that buzz is completely deserved. The show is raw, and funny, and serious – and all the characters draw you in with their stories.
It can get a little intense as it tackles some more serious issues such as sexual assault, drugs, suicide, depression and the like. So if you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted this may not be the one to jump into. But the storylines are so well done and interlaced with comedy and wit that if you’re looking for a new drama-filled show this is for sure one to consider.
Honestly, Baby Daddy surprised me with how funny and lovable it is. After Ben’s ex leaves a baby at his doorstep he is left to raise the baby with his roommate, brother, friend Riley, and his mother. Everyone on the show has great timing and line delivery – and the comedy sometimes catches you off-guard.
Without expecting too much when I watched the first episode, this sitcom quickly cemented its place in my list of favorite binge-worthy tv series on Netflix.
Parks and Recreation
After you get to know the personalities of everyone in the Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana you won’t ever want to say goodbye to them. Between Tom and Donna’s ‘treat yourself’ mentality, Andy’s lovable goofball self, Ron’s tough guy anti-government persona, and Leslie’s kickass motivation to do good, the show always puts a smile on my face.
(I will say I needed to watch a few episodes before I was really into it. It takes 3 or 4 episodes to really get to know the characters and love their personalities. But it’s worth it.)
Lie to Me
I feel like Lie to Me never received the marketing and advertising it deserved while on it was on air because it is such a good show – but so few people have ever heard of it. It wasn’t until it was put on Netflix that it even got a slice of the attention it deserved. It follows Dr. Cal Lightman, a leading deception researcher who can catch a lie from a mile away, as he uncovers the truth and gets to the bottom of crimes.
While there are only two seasons on Netflix (3 in total), the two seasons are filled with crime-solving and deception that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Black Mirror is a complete and total mind twist. It consists of a bunch of independent episodes about how technology could potentially evolve and take over in the future. All of the episodes are pretty trippy. And, honestly, with where technology is now, some of them don’t seem that out there.
Again, they’re all stand alone episodes so while this show is totally binge-worthy it’s also easier to pause the binge-session if you only have time for an episode or two.
Pretty Little Liars
Okay so I’ve actually watched Pretty Little Liars from the beginning old school style – week by week at 8/7c. (With hiatuses and all). But considering every episode ends in a cliff-hanger it is definitely a better show for binge-watching!
I mean these four girls just can’t catch a break from their hidden tormentor(s). And as much as it can be a little ridiculous, it’s always gripping. Also, now that the series is ending
(finally) you won’t have to wait seven years for the answers!
Also while making this list I discovered that two of my favorite Netflix bingeing-shows have been taken off the site! I was so disappointed – these shows were the epitome of bingeable. Those two shows being:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Both of these shows are definitely worth bingeing! Psych is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever watched, and it’s humor is mixed with the thrill of crime solving. And Buffy is scary, funny, bad-ass, and an overall epic showcase of the 90’s. If anyone knows another way to binge these shows,
- Do it.
- Please let me know!
What else is worth binge-watching on Netflix? I’m currently looking for a new series!
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