Summer beach weekends are behind us, and the chilly air is setting in, so one thing is for sure: we’ll be spending most of our upcoming weekends indoors!
And you know what that means… it’s time to find a few new shows to binge.
Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and all the other streaming services out there, there’s certainly no shortage of shows to watch on TV.
Go put on your comfy pants and pop some popcorn. Grab your bestie or significant other, grab a blanket, and cozy up on the couch. You're about to watch more TV than you’ve watched in the past six months…and you’re going to love it!
Here are 15 binge-worthy TV shows to watch now that it’s cold outside.
TV Shows on Netflix
Between the money laundering, attempted murders, and drug trafficking, Ozark is the equivalent of going down a rabbit hole. Of everything you never want to be involved in. Yet somehow Jason Bateman’s dry sense of humor and snarky wit add just the right amount of humor. The episodes are dark and deep, and the soundtrack is pretty awesome too.
2. American Horror Story
Series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk tap into your every nightmare (waking and sleeping) with their nine (and counting) seasons of AHS. From haunted hotels to killer clowns. To wicked witches, each season stands on its own with a different cast of characters. But once you get to season eight you’ll realize that they all tie together.
3. Mad Men
Don Draper is, perhaps, one of the most iconic television characters to have ever graced the small screen. Chronicling a decade in the life of a drunken, corporate, cheating husband and ad exec, Mad Men is more than a great show. It’s also a bit of a history lesson on the 1960s, in the most interesting way possible.
4. 13 Reasons Why
Though it’s centered on a group of high school friends, 13 Reasons Why is so much more than a teenage show. With three binge-worthy seasons so far, this show focuses on some incredibly serious themes. Yet, somehow presents them in a way that’s controversial, cringe-worthy, and sensitive all at the same time.
5. Bates Motel
If Psycho is one of your favorite movies, you need to watch Bates Motel. It tells the story of the notorious shower-stabbing-movie-villain Norman Bates and his mother Norma. All set in the infamous roadside Bates Motel where people check-in and, sometimes, check out.
6. Arrested Development
If you think your family is dysfunctional, watch Arrested Development, and you’ll feel so much better about your clan. Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, and Portia de Rossi are geniuses. In this ensemble cast of an off-beat family that has lots to prove and very little integrity while doing so.
TV Shows to Binge on Hulu
7. Handmaid’s Tale
Based on Margaret Atwood’s book, the Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian depiction of a terrifying society. In which fertile women are forced into slavery for one purpose: to bear children. Elizabeth Moss and Ann Dowd are fantastic, and they have the Emmys to prove it.
8. The X-Files
You don’t have to be a sci-fi fan or believe in aliens to enjoy The X-Files. This ‘90s throwback still has clout as one of the strangest, most mysterious shows to have ever been broadcast on TV. If you’re into government conspiracies, you’ll love how special agent Fox Mulder refuses to let anything get in his way of the truth. Because, as we all know, the truth is out there.
9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you don’t love Sarah Michelle Gellar, there may be something wrong with you. If you missed out on Buffy when it was on TV, watch it NOW. If you watched it weekly back in the day, now is the perfect time to relive the Buffy/Xander/Willow/Angel drama.
A plane crashes on a deserted island. The survivors encounter a smoke monster, a sci-fi research center, an underground bunker, and men who can travel back and forth in time without ever aging. To enjoy Lost, you have to pay attention! It’s a twisted, beautiful mess of sci-fi and supernatural impossibilities. Ending after six seasons, with questions still unanswered.
11. New Girl
Zooey Deschanel is beyond charming as Jessica Day in New Girl. But it’s the ensemble cast that makes this show a hilarious and oh-so-watchable binge-fest. It’s sort of like a modern-day take on Friends, where there’s lots of loving, laughing, breaking up, making up, and everyone has their quirks. At thirty minutes each, the 146 episodes go by in the blink of an eye.
TV Shows to Binge on Amazon Prime
Since so many are just catching onto Fleabag now, we won’t spoil it for you…so we’ll say this: watch it now. The character Fleabag, played by writer and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is smart, reckless, and, let’s say…complicated. Love her or hate her, there’s a little bit of Fleabag in all of us…
Transparent is a unique look into the life of a transgender parent (hence the name). It’s the story of Maura, formerly known as Mort, living a brand new life as a trans woman. But, it’s also the story of her family now learning how to navigate life with a new parent.
14. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
If you appreciate a period piece, you’ll love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (if only for the costumes alone). Rachel Brosnahan is superb as the title character, a 1950’s housewife who learns she has a knack for stand-up comedy.
15. The Sopranos
From 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos was THE show to watch. Maybe you watched it weekly on HBO back in the day. Perhaps you’ve never seen a single episode. It doesn’t matter…this cold winter is the perfect time to catch up with Tony, Carmela, Junior, Big Pussy, and Paulie.
What Are the Best TV Shows to Binge?
With so many ways to stream and enjoy TV these days, there is no shortage of amazing shows to watch. So we have no choice but to end this list with a few honorable mentions
In a ‘90s mood? Binge on Friends, Twin Peaks, Charmed, or Freaks and Geeks.
Want something a bit more current? We will always love Gilmore Girls, The Office, and Breaking Bad.
Feeling like you need to get up to date on a show that's still happening? Settle in for hours upon hours of The Walking Dead or Stranger Things (though we assume you’re already watching that).
The point is this: whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, or cringe, there are plenty of binge-worthy shows to suit every mood. Just do one thing before you settle in with season 1 episode 1 on Friday night: set an alarm on your phone so you’re not late for work on Monday.