Top 10 TV Shows to Binge-Watch
Binge-Watch (verb, informal): to watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming. In a recent discussion with a fellow sick person, we came across the very familiar topic of TV. Specifically, TV shows that you can binge-watch, in Australia.
When you spend most of your time stationary, you end up binge watching a whole lot of TV. The alternative is to stare at the ceiling, which isn’t exactly the most riveting activity on the planet.
It’s a surprisingly hard thing to find – decent TV, for free, that isn’t wildly illegal (sorry Limewire). It’s even more difficult to find when you’re looking for something that’ll last you more than a week.
After a little banter about what classified as ‘good’ binge-watching material, we came up with a list. TV shows that I’d seen, that she’d seen and that we both had on our list. The criterion was a decent storyline, a hot lead, and more than five seasons.
This TV Series started in 2003 and follows the Washington DC’s Naval Criminal Investigation Services as they solve Naval related crimes. For 15 seasons, this show has followed Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his witty yet brilliant team through all chapter of their lives.
If you don’t know NCIS, then you probably need to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living under and get onto it. For the bonus round, spin-offs NCIS: LA and NCIS: New Orleans have a combined 9 seasons between them – binge-watch galore!
If you don’t know Greys by now, I would please like to know where you’ve been. With 14 seasons, plus a Private Practice Spin-Off, this is a must watch for any sick person. This series, started in 2005, will simultaneously let you into the world of medical terminology, and take your heart and smash it in two.
The IMBD bio suggests that this is a ‘drama’ series focussing on the lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors. However, I would like to counter that the series is an obsession in which director Shonda Rhimes likes to toy with our emotions. Nonetheless, bring tissues for your binge-watching pleasure.
Game Of Thrones
Though a little more honest about it than Grey’s Anatomy, this series has a history of killing people off. Only started in 2011, there are around 7 seasons (the last one is due in 2019), with 62 hours and 48 minutes of episodes to watch. This, however, does not include the amount of time that you’ll need to recover from every single episode.
If you are going to venture into the GoT fandom, I would suggest that you seriously consider whether you’re ready for a little soft porn, a whole lotta violence and lifelong trauma. This is a serious MA15+ series, if not R. My only other advice would be to never underestimate any character and maybe don’t get attached.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It’s a little 90’s, it’s a little outdated and it’s a whole lot of fun – that’s right kids, I’m talking about Buffy. Running from 1997-2003, this is a must watch for any 90’s baby. With 8 seasons, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz (in case you’ve not made the connection, that’s Daphne from Scooby Doo, Lily from How I Met Your Mother, and Booth from Bones), this show is a WINNER.
Seriously, this 5’4 blonde chick with a sassy mouth and a love of pink sparkles and a penchant for burning down schools and authority figures is just what your heart was asking for. Plus, you can binge-watch 8 seasons of young David Boreanaz.
Another of those medical terminology stories, that’ll make you a little sad that there isn’t a real Doctor House coming to save your chronic illness. Running from 2004-2012, there are 8 seasons and 176 episodes of the eccentric house and his very patient team.
House is hilarious, sarcastic, and dealing with Chronic Pain in his leg. For anyone that’s a fan of sarcasm on a major scale, plus medical terminology to bamboozle your doctors, this series is a chuckle-worthy binge-watch.
Gilmore Girls ran from 2000-2007 and has recently made a seasonal appearance on Netflix in 2016, just to tear our hearts out. The 154 episodes of hilarity follow Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a 30something single mother and her teen daughter, through the perils of home business, high school, love and family.
It sounds super daggy, but between Rory’s love of books and Lorelai’s love of coffee, this is a show to watch for WHENEVER you’re feeling crappy. Gilmore Girls is a classic, crappy and easy binge-watch.
Kids, hold onto your hats. Gossip Girl was the PLL of 2009, though it started in 2007. This was the IT show when I was in high school. Starring Blake Lively and Leighton Meester as the IT girls of New York City, the anonymous internet gossip named Gossip Girl (xoxo) chronicles their scandalous lives and affairs.
Filled with fabulous and iconic fashion, poised social assassinations and so much friendship sass you cannot let this one go.
Law and Order
19 SEASONS AND COUNTING KIDS. Law and Order is basically the American version of Neighbours – anyone who is worth anything has been on this show – even Justin Bieber made the cut. With 20 years of amazing and arresting drama, this one has at least 2 weeks of viewing in it.
Plus, Olivia Benson is a badass and the rest of the cast, writers and directors take an amazing approach to the concept of Special Victims Unit. If you’re looking for an ultimate binge-watch, this one is for you.
Depending on how far back you want to go, be it into the 10 seasons since 2005, or the whole damn fandom that’s been around 1963, you really can’t go wrong with this one. From Peter Capaldi to Matt Smith, this series is fearless and downright weird. Plus, the new Doctor is Jodie Whittaker which is going to be HILARIOUS
Think hilarious sass, time travel and very, very sassy companions. 100% should watch. (Plus, 168 episodes for you to binge-watch).
- FriendsThis is the best and first show that you should think about binge-watching. Iconic, hilarious and really, really stupid, Friends is hilarious and cathartic. Instead of giving you a description, I’m just going to leave this nice long picture here.
Honourable mentions go to: How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, Heroes, CSI, Parks and Rec, and the Netflix Marvel short series (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders)
Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments below.