There are so many good shows out there right now, and with so much content being thrown at your every day, we’ve compiled a list of the best binge-worthy shows to watch while you’re stuck at home. (Is it really self-isolation when you have Damon Salvatore to keep you company?)
1. Gilmore Girls
It doesn’t matter if you need to laugh or cry, Gilmore Girls is the show for you. Lorelai Gilmore gave birth to her daughter, Rory, at 18 years old, after leaving her high-society life and moved to the sleepy town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The mother-daughter duo face all kind of life’s challenges together, and in a town full of eccentric characters, life is never dull. As the manager of the local bed-and-breakfast, Lorelai spends her days working with best friend and chef, Sookie; except for when she has to attend weekly night dinners with her well-off parents, Richard and Emily Gilmore, who can’t keep their opinions to themselves, especially when it comes to their granddaughter. All the while, Rory begins her school year at a new prep school, facing the classic mean-girls and romance woes. With Lorelai and Rory, these witty, charming, coffee-addicts will keep you company for all 7 seasons. This multi-generational drama will appeal to everyone in your family so you can watch this binge-worthy show together. (Can be found on Netflix).
If you’re looking for a care-free show that will give you a good laugh, this is it. The main character, Detective Jake Peralta, is a talented but immature cop, who has never had to follow the rules or work too hard to achieve the best arrest record in the precinct. That is until the new captain arrives. Captain Raymond Holt is a no-nonsense leader, who has his own ~flare~. Not to mention Peralta’s extremely competitive college, Amy Santiago, and their ongoing bet to see who can make the most arrests. And there’s no way you can forget about best friend Detective Charles Boyle, a self-proclaimed food connoisseur who idolizes Jake. Other members of the precinct include Sargent Terry Jeffords, a family man played by Terry Cruz, Rosa Diaz, one of the most intimidating people ever, and office manager Gina Linetti, who simultaneously cleans up everybody’s messes by getting involved in everyone’s business. An absolutely perfect binge-worthy show. (Found on NBC, Hulu, and YouTube TV).
3. The Vampire Diaries
If you love drama, romance, and maybe just a little bit of the supernatural, you need to watch The Vampire Diaries, an American supernatural teen drama based on The Vampire Diaries book series written by L.J. Smith. Set in the historic (yet fictional) town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, the supernatural origins stretch back to the founding families of the 18thcentury, and some of them are still around… The series focuses on the life of Elena Gilbert, a teenage girl, who lost both of her parents in a car accident, before she falls for a 162-year-old vampire: Stefan Salvatore. Though the relationship is not without its turmoil, coming in the names of brother Damon Salvatore, and doppelgänger Katherine Pierce, creating multiple life-threatening scenarios and even love triangles. Subplots follow the other inhabitants of the town including Elena’s family, classmates, and other supernatural creatures. (Found on Netflix).
4. Cable Girls
A Spanish period drama set in the late 1920s, a perfect watch if you’re a fan of drama, romance, glamour, and mystery. This Netflix original follows a telecommunications company based in Madrid and the lives of four young women operators whose lives change when they begin their first day of work. With the drama of families, romantic partners, or hidden identities, they become best friends fast. The show highlights the importance of women’s fight for independence in a male-dominated society. This show offers you romance, long-lost love, family drama, with a touch of business. (Found on Netflix).
The best American crime drama. I said it. Set in Miami, protagonist Dexter Morgan is a forensic technician who specializes in bloodstain pattern analysis for the Miami Metro Police Department who harbors one secret: he’s a serial killer, hunting down the murderers that the police have failed to catch. Orphaned as a young boy, Dexter was adopted by Miami police officer Harry Morgan. Upon realizing Dexter’s sociopathic tendencies, Harry taught Dexter to channel his anger and bloodlust into catching the bad guy, only killing the worst or the worst. While it may be a tad gruesome, watching Dexter navigate his double life and pretend to feel ‘normal’ emotions (through hilarious narration) is something you can’t tear yourself away from. (Found on Netflix).
6. The Crown
This Golden Globe winner and historical drama will teach you so many things you thought you already knew by looking through a new lens at the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Beginning with the marriage of Queen Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the dramatic life and tumultuous engagement of Princess Margret, the first season will have you hooked. The Crown shows the Queen facing numerous challenges and threats. You’ll fall in love with the poise and realness of royal life, and you have 5 seasons to keep you occupied. This is a must-watch. (Found on Netflix).
7. The Good Place
If you’re feeling philosophical, and in need of a good laugh, this is the show for you. The Good Place is an American comedy series created by Michael Schur (also known as the creator of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn 99, ever heard of him?!). The series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop, played by Kristen Bell, who dies and is welcomed into “The Good Place” by afterlife architect Michael, played by Ted Danson. “The Good Place” is a highly selective place to be, designed as a reward for living a righteous, virtuous, and selfless life. However, Eleanor did not lead any such life. After realizing she was put there by mistake, she recruits the help of an ethics professor and moral philosopher, Chidi. Attempting to teach Eleanor ethics so she isn’t removed from “The Good Place”, Eleanor and Chidi have their work cut out for them. Other residents of the neighborhood include Tahani, a pompous socialite, Jason, a monk (or maybe just a guy from Jacksonville), and Janet, an all-knowing not-girl guide. (Found on Hulu and Netflix).
8. The Umbrella Academy
If you’re a fan of superheroes and dysfunctional families, this is the show for you. The Netflix original is based on the comic book series of The Umbrella Academy by Dark Horse Comics. Following the severely dysfunctional family of adopted superhero siblings, you can watch them come together to try and solve the mystery surrounding their adopted father’s death, not to mention the threat of the nearing apocalypse. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number Five, Ben and Vanya work to fight crime, and sometimes each other. The estranged siblings only come together for the funeral of their father but begin to uncover the secrets surrounding their family. Their personalities and abilities clash, but they’re still family. (Found on Netflix).
9. Grace and Frankie
An absolutely hilarious show. This comedy stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the roles of Grace and Frankie, an unlikely pair brought together after their husbands announce that they are gay, and plan to divorce Grace and Frankie and marry each other. Grace, a businesswoman who retired from her own company, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, end up living together in a shared beach house their husbands bought. The women, who didn’t like each other from the start, are forced into a friendship that might just help them through this difficult time. With family drama and facing the trials of old age, these ladies will have you laughing for hours. (Found on Netflix).
10. The Office
Do I really need to go into it? If you haven’t seen The Office, watch it! If you’ve seen it, watch it again! This show will make you laugh, cry, and sometimes cringe. A binge-worthy show if there ever was one. (Found on Netflix).
These are 10 binge-worthy shows that will keep you laughing, crying, and entertained for as long as you want. It’s never a bad time to begin a new show, especially one of these!
These binge-worthy shows should keep you busy for a while. Please leave any other suggestions you have below! As well as any questions or comments 🙂
I’m from Long Beach, CA and I’m currently a student at Villanova University, pursuing a major in Communications with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish. I started writing articles in the fall of 2019 and fell in love with writing, hopefully, you’ll enjoy my articles just as much as I do!