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Fifteen Of The Top TV Shows To Binge Watch

Fifteen Of The Top TV Shows To Binge Watch

For many of you, it’s the university holidays, so we all know what that means. Netflix and chill. Probably with your cat. If you have big plans for revising for your finals, throw them out the window because I’ve got fifteen of the best TV shows to binge watch here for you today. Some are new, some are old, but all make for essential watching.

Still airing

  • House of Cards

House of Cards was Netflix’s first, and probably most successful, original series. The first 13 episodes were released on Netflix back in 2013 and now here we are four seasons later with a  fifth on the way. TV’s hottest power couple is undoubtedly Frank and Claire Underwood and they’re the current big bad wolves on screen. With only 13 episodes per season, it’s not too late to catch up.

Watch House of Cards on Netflix here.
Watch House of Cards on Amazon Prime here.

  • The 100

The only reason I started The 100 back in 2014 is because I read the YA book by Kass Morgan and thought it was pretty good. Season 1 was alright but nothing to shout about really, but fast forward to season 2 and suddenly The 100 is the show that everyone is talking about. Season 3 has already aired too so there’s plenty to get stuck into.

Check out my review of The 100 by Kass Morgan

  • Game of Thrones

Does Game of Thrones really need any explanation? George R.R. Martin’s show picked up a huge following when it debuted on HBO in 2011. This man is notorious for killing his main characters off so don’t get too attached to anyone. After the shocking finale to season 5, fans are desperately awaiting season 6, which is due to air on April 24th 2016. People are asking whether Game of Thrones will have the same legacy that Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings left behind so this is certainly not one to miss.

Watch Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime here.

  • Orange is the New Black

Another of Netflix’s original series and original it certainly is! Orange is the New Black follows the lives of female inmates at Litchfield prison. The series got off to a great start, had a bit of a shaky middle but I still have high hopes for the subsequent series. There’s such a wide array of characters in this series and sometimes the randomest of plot lines, but this really is very good. Expect lesbian scenes and humour.

BUT. You might want to consider: 10 Reasons Why Orange is the New Black Season 3 Sucks

  • Sherlock

BBC adaptions are usually rather excellent but Sherlock is exceptionally so. Never have I seen a more exhilarating, confusing and mind-bogglingly brilliant show. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, two amazingly talented actors, this show has only gone from strength to strength and will no doubt continue to do so. Each episode is around an hour and a half so it’s almost like watching a film series that never ends (almost). This is not the sort of show you can dip in and out of on a Sunday afternoon, it requires concentration and attention to detail or you’ll never keep up.

p.s. Who remembers Martin Freeman in the Ali G movie? Not many people do but give it another watch and he’s Ali G’s right hand man! (Check out his IMDB credentials if you don’t believe me..)

  • Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been running for a very long time and it has had its up and downs. The modern revival of this family show has been very successful so far with David Tenant and Matt Smith’s series being particularly spectacular, in my opinion. Now we’ve moved onto Peter Capaldi, which I was a little nervous about, but the series is still moving from strength to strength and he fits the role of an eccentric Doctor perfectly. Each week you’re treated to a new monster, some of which are really, very scary. Weeping Angels for example. This episode aired almost ten years ago and I still have nightmares. This is one for all the family so get the kids down and start watching.

  • Suits

I’ve got to be honest here, the only reason I started watching Suits was because of the eye candy. Harvey Spectre is one of the sexiest characters on television right now but you kinda have to watch Suits to find out why. This show follows the story of Mike, a young guy that accidentally lands a job with one of the biggest law firms in NYC. Without a background in law, this is 100% illegal so you get two plots running side by side: firstly, Mike trying not to get caught; secondly, Mike and Harvey being kick-ass lawyers. This show is intelligent and funny so don’t be put off by the law aspect.

TV Review: Suits Season 2
TV Review: Suits Season 1 

Recently ended

Ok by recently I mean a good few years but lots of people are still picking up these shows and giving them a watch. Most importantly, all three of them can be found in their entirety on Netflix so you’ve really got no excuses.

  • Mad Men

I’m still only on Season 3 on Mad Men but I can already see why this show won so many awards. You both love and hate protagonist Don Draper for being so darn good great at his job but also being the biggest dick. This period drama follows the employees, mostly Don, of an advertising agency in New York in the 60s. It is widely regarded as one of the best television dramas of all time so if you’re going to watch any of these shows, make it Mad Men.

  • Breaking Bad

To be honest I didn’t really get the hype surrounding Breaking Bad. It never appealed to me that much but after some persuasion from my friends, I decided I’d give it a go. I gave myself a challenge: I could only watch it in the uni gym. Let’s just say I went to the gym a lot in second year. Whilst the first few season are good, they’re not that special, but by the time you get to season 4 and 5, you’re more addicted to Breaking Bad than Jesse’s favourite prostitute is addicted to crystal meth. (If you didn’t get the reference then you clearly haven’t seen Breaking Bad and you need to re-evaluate your life decisions)

  • How I Met Your Mother

This show has always been said to be a copy of the infamous Friends but really I think How I met Your Mother has a place of its own at the table of American sit-coms. This show follows the lives of Barney, Ted, Lily, Marshall and Robin, five unforgettable characters who all come together to make one of the funniest shows out there. At twenty minutes an episode, this is the sort of thing you can play in the background whilst you’re doing something else and still keep up.


Oldies but goodies

  • Gossip Girl

When I was in secondary school Gossip Girl and 90210 were the two big shows at the time. I watched both religiously but only one of them is still remembered. Years later people are still watching Gossip Girl and teenage girls idolise Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. The slogan WWBD (What Would Blair Do) is still widely used which just goes to show how iconic some Gossip Girl characters are. Set in NYC, this show follows Manhattan’s elite. A mysterious ‘Gossip Girl’ sends out regular updates about the elite’s lives so there’s no such thing as a secret in NYC. Don’t be fooled by their perfect and preened exteriors, these are some of the most intelligent and conniving teenagers you’ll ever meet.

  • One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill was my all-time favourite American drama back in the day. It sounds like your typical American high school drama (and to be honest, it is), except it’s really quite gripping and the acting isn’t atrocious. This series ran for a whole nine seasons so we watched the Scott brothers and their friends grow from gangly teenagers to real adults. Full of heartbreak and continual plot twists, I’d highly recommend One Tree Hill.

  • Gilmore Girls

As you guys will know, I’m a massive booknerd. And who is the ultimate bookworm of the all? Rory Gilmore (perhaps with the exception of Hermione Granger). Gilmore Girls may not be that well known anymore but it’s still regularly aired on TV and has a very loyal fanbase. This show follows *drum roll* the Gilmore girls Lorelai and Rory, mother and daughter, and you watch them both grow up over the course of the seven seasons. Lorelei is a single mother and a bit of a disaster (but still lovable) and Rory is incredibly intelligent, almost too much so. There are rumors of Gilmore Girls reunion so evidently producers haven’t forget this and neither should you. A very funny and heartwarming drama for the ladies.

  • The OC

The OC is a bit old even for me but for some reason I got really into it when I was a teenager. There are four main characters: Seth, Ryan, Summer and Marissa and I’m not sure I need to explain any more really. Set in California, The OC is about these high school teenagers as they navigate school (then uni), first love, family drama – the works.

  • Friends

If you haven’t seen Friends then what have you been doing with your life for the past twenty years? Friends will never get old and it was a sad, tragic day when E4 announced that it would no longer be airing its daily episodes of Friends anymore. If you’ve got Comedy Central you can still get your fix there, alternatively, all ten seasons are on Netflix. At only 20 minutes per episode you’ll absolutely breeze through these and there are so many pop culture references that come from Friends, you simply cannot miss this.
And one wild card…

What NOT to binge watch

Pretty Little Liars

Please for the love of God do not get into Pretty Little Liars. People will tell you it’s good, they’ll tell you it’s addictive. One of those statement is true, one of them is not. After six seasons I finally came to the sad realisation that we’re never going to find out who A is that there was no way I could get back the 65 hours I had already wasted on this show. Just face it, ABC have been giving us the run around for the past SIX years and God knows why they decided to continue airing it on Freeform because this show is only headed in one direction: down into the gutter.

So there are my top TV shows to binge watch! If watching TV on a tiny screen doesn’t really appeal, pick up a HDMI cable for around Β£3 on Amazon here and then you can connect your laptop to your television.

What series would you recommend binge watching? I’m sure there are many other fantastic shows that I’ve missed off my list so if you’ve got a recommendation, I want to hear it!

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*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. Anyone that knows me can vouch I’m a true binge watcher.

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  1. 15th March 2016 / 6:00 PM

    You have picked out some of my favorites on here I love 90210, Gossip Girl- umm hello Chuck Bass is reason enough- Game Of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black ( was not a fan of last season though) and as for PLT I was over that 5 seasons ago lol.

  2. 15th March 2016 / 6:05 PM

    oh I am going to make of these a must to watch

  3. 15th March 2016 / 7:15 PM

    We, well my husband watches a lot of these and I watch if I am about, have got quite into House of Cards x

  4. Tori Gabriel
    15th March 2016 / 8:06 PM

    I’ve seen a few of these and by far the best is Sherlock. I’m a huge fan of the books so when I heard it was set in modern day I was worried but they have done a brilliant job and there are plenty of little nods to readers of the original Canon.

  5. Ickle Pickle
    15th March 2016 / 8:50 PM

    LOL – my daughter totally got me addicted to PLL and I loved it – we are still watching this season too! I must give House a Cards a go too. Kaz x

  6. Rhian Westbury
    15th March 2016 / 9:18 PM

    Some great shows there. I need to watch Orange is the New Black, but if you need a new show then watch Dexter or House, they’re two of my favourites x

  7. Rebecca Phillips
    15th March 2016 / 9:22 PM

    I absolutely LOVE Breaking Bad, Friends, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Orange Is The New Black and How I Met Your Mother! I am currently binge watching Pretty Little Liars *runs and hides* I absolutely love it. I am so addicted to it! I recently watched the entire first series of How To Get Away With Murder and loved it. I think they’re only airing the second in the USA now I’ve gotta wait!

  8. Angela Milnes
    15th March 2016 / 10:16 PM

    I love suits and I like to watch shows too! i’m actually about to chill out to a show after doing my commenting and visiting blogs πŸ™‚

  9. Laura
    16th March 2016 / 12:56 AM

    See, I must disagree, I LOVE Pretty Little Liars!! I really like Bates Motel too and Orange Is The New Black xxx

  10. 16th March 2016 / 8:35 AM

    I love House of Cards. I have finished the new season and it was fab. Also finished all seasons of Breaking Bad and OITNB.

  11. Elizabeth
    16th March 2016 / 8:38 AM

    I watched two seasons of HoC but I really couldn’t get into it. Loved Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad. I’d add Vikings and Black Sails to this list. πŸ™‚

  12. tracey bowden
    16th March 2016 / 10:01 AM

    There are so many shows here I need to watch although I am currently watching all things DC, the flash is my current favourite. I also love Once Upon a time on Netflix too

  13. Cassandra Mayers
    16th March 2016 / 10:30 AM

    Obviously seen friends, and i love orange is the new black but not watched the rest. Been meaning to watch game of thrones for ages.

  14. Natasha Mairs
    16th March 2016 / 11:13 AM

    I can’t believe I have only actually seen one of these and that is Friends. I have heard of all of them, but just not watched them

  15. 16th March 2016 / 11:46 AM

    I agree with all the oldies but goodies. God, if I only had time, I would rewatch Friends, OTH and Gilmore Girls every year. But OTH only until its 4th season because from there on it got a little bad. And well, I haven’t seen or finished watching most of the other ones so I don’t really want to rewatch the ones I’ve seen. And now that I’ve read the list, I kind of want to rewatch Gossip Girl too.. damn it.

  16. 16th March 2016 / 2:44 PM

    I’ve got to watch Gilmore Girls. I keep hearing good things about it! Right now I’m binge watching Parenthood and love it so much!

  17. TheRainStorm
    16th March 2016 / 3:56 PM

    This list has all of the great shows, The big bang theory isn’t there in the list. A series called vikings is also relatively good

  18. Bex Smith
    16th March 2016 / 4:00 PM

    Some great TV shows here – I am still not happy about the HIMYM end though!

  19. Adina Mera
    16th March 2016 / 4:45 PM

    Yes!!! Suits is amazing. and Breaking Bad was pretty great and I kind of wish it didn’t end, but all good things must come to an end lol

  20. dominika
    16th March 2016 / 6:30 PM

    Ahh thanks for reminding me I still need to catch up on Orange is the new black!


  21. Kerry O'Byrne
    16th March 2016 / 6:42 PM

    Thanks for the advice on pretty little liars, I’ve been told tons of times to watch it but I will be staying away now. I’ve binge watched sex in the city a thousand times and it never gets old, just like friends.

  22. 16th March 2016 / 7:50 PM

    Love this list! I’m still waiting to watch Game of Thrones as want to read all the books first although thinking I can start series 1 at least now…

  23. Alison Bergstrom Grant
    16th March 2016 / 8:21 PM

    I love these tv series and watch many of them but I love Pretty Little Liars. Yes, they could get to the point quicker but I still love it!

  24. 16th March 2016 / 9:48 PM

    I love House of Cards, I have watched season 4 in just 2 days. And the ending…. wow! You should also add on your list Dexter! I loved that series and I know a lot of people did. It’s a brilliant show πŸ™‚

  25. Eloise Maoudj-Riley
    17th March 2016 / 2:04 AM

    I love Friends, binged watched the heck out of that show on sick days! breaking bad is good too! AND How I met your Mother… all awesome!

  26. 17th March 2016 / 8:14 AM

    I love this article only because House of Cards is on the first position! Love this serie!!
    When I’ll finish it, I’ll start Sherlock πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing

  27. Hannah Malanga
    17th March 2016 / 9:16 AM

    Friends is the only one from this list I have watched! My sister in law has recommended a couple of the others but I just haven’t got around to them yet. They are on my Netflix watch list

  28. Ty Swint
    17th March 2016 / 1:54 PM

    While I’ve heard of all of these shows, I’ve only watched Game of Thrones and Friends. I might have to check out Suits. A few people have suggested I see it. πŸ™‚

  29. 17th March 2016 / 7:38 PM

    I love PLL! It is good AND addictive! Great shows to watch on this list! Sad that I have seen every episode of every show listed….???

  30. 18th March 2016 / 8:31 AM

    This is must-to-watch Netflix list – Suits, House of Cards – the best two!
    “When people tell me they don’t know who Harvey Specter is” – TOP!

  31. Gecca Francisco
    19th March 2016 / 2:32 AM

    How I met your Mother is my all time favorite! I’m happy that this is on your list! Gonna check out other TV series.. πŸ™‚

  32. Brittany Lockwood
    19th March 2016 / 8:39 PM

    Lately I’ve been binge watching Criminal Minds! It’s one of my favorite shows.

  33. Anupam Saikia
    21st March 2016 / 12:05 PM

    How i met your mother is my favorite..!!! πŸ˜€

  34. Vanessa Robertson
    28th March 2016 / 6:40 PM

    Bloodline on Netflix is great and series two (allegedly) starts soon!

  35. Anupam Saikia
    4th April 2016 / 5:37 PM

    How i met your mother, Sherlock and Doc who and GOT is my favorite πŸ˜€ Will try the others. Thanks for sharing.

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