With the rainy and rather cold un-summer-like weather we’ve been having lately, it seems like staying indoors is only going to consume more and more of our time as we head into winter—which is when I tend to hole myself up and turn on Netflix for hours.
My name is Erin, and I’m a television addict. I binge-watch…a lot. The bf doesn’t understand how I can watch so many hours of the same show all at once, but if it’s the right show, watching the same characters for hours and hours and not having to wait until next week to know who lives, who dies, who gets arrested or even who gets slapped in the face is pure heaven.
So, based on my experience, here are some TV shows made for binge-watching:
5) Mad Men
Soon entering the second half of its last season, Mad Men will keep you binge-watching for some time—with 85 episodes having aired and another seven to go. But if you find you can’t get enough of dapper Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) or ever-determined Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), then you may want to invest in some extra-comfy couch cushions and a month’s supply of food.
From Mad Men‘s Trudy to Community‘s Annie, Alison Brie can serve as your semi-segue from the drama front to comedy here. News of Community’s resurrection by Yahoo has me ecstatic. I’ve binged on this show through Netflix so many times. It’s over-the-top and makes community college look cool, so it’s a perfect departure from everyday reality.
3) American Horror Story
The anthology series has been nominated for quite a few Primetime Emmys and recently announced that its fourth season, Freak Show, will be based on a traveling carnival, with returning actors including the always-fabulous Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Kathy Bates.
American Horror Story has always had a strong female cast, which gives it my Cinefilles stamp of approval. For those who feel guilty spending too much time on the couch on weekends, this one may be a little easier to handle. With each season having a separate storyline, there are some midway points to take a clean break.
2) Arrested Development
With a fifth season confirmed for this resurrected comedy, Netflix is scoring quite a few loyal followers. Now a Netflix exclusive, Arrested Development’s fourth season didn’t completely hold up to fans’ expectations, with most of the blame being pitched on the busy schedules of the shows main actors and actresses. Nevertheless, this is a show for binge-watching—more than once. And that’s the key. Watching it through the first time, you catch onto recurring jokes; the second time, you’ll catch jokes that foreshadow later events. It’s just a masterpiece of writing and the casting is perfect. Just binge it; you won’t regret it.
1) Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad may no longer be airing, but the Emmys haven’t forgotten—though, really, who could forget? The series has been nominated for five Primetime Emmys, plus three Creative Arts Emmy noms for editing alone with Skip MacDonald taking home the prize, his first-ever Emmy, for his editing on the series finale.
If you didn’t jump on board during the last season of Breaking Bad, I am ridiculously jealous of you. With all five seasons on Netflix, too, it’s the perfect show to binge-watch.
It’s rare that a show creates an actual audible reaction from me—I’ll love a sit-com, but rarely literally laugh out loud; I’ll quietly sob if someone dies and I’m feeling particularly emotional that day; but no show has actually had yelling at the TV and running to cower behind a door because I was so equally frustrated and scared—except for Breaking Bad. Not having to wait seemingly eons for the next episode is a very good thing for your mental health here.
The acting is superb, the story line is perfect, and it comes to an end when the time is right. This show isn’t afraid to kill off characters or go with the flow of the story. Best of all, this show isn’t afraid to leave some little loose ends; you get closure, while some characters are left with a little mystery.
But if you don’t believe me, then just consider the fact that it’s the highest-ranked TV series on IMDB.
Honorable mentions: Archer, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Mindy Project, Parks and Rec, Suits, Sherlock…I could go on for a while, so just cut me off there…