February 21, 2024

The way we consume our media has seen a fundamental paradigm shift over the last decade. It happened in incremental steps — TiVo, VOD, the rise of streaming networks; those advances and many more are all pivotal steps in restructuring the way we approach serialized storytelling formats. At the same time came the rise of smartphone and tablet culture, and the opportunity that comes when most people have a screen in front of their faces for the majority of their waking hours. Naturally, soon after came the rise of binge-watching.

This isn’t to suggest, of course, that people haven’t been bingeing television for decades. As long as there have been nerds and a means of recording, people have been mass consuming their favorite TV shows, whether on DVD or self-recorded VHS. But more recently, binge-watching has become not only something people do, but a driving factor that shapes the way some entertainment is formed on a core level. Netflix, in particular, is known for crafting binge-worthy shows in a way that compels viewers to digest the whole narrative in one or two sittings and, as a result, often blurs the lines between film and television story formats.

But whether you’ve been binge-watching your whole life or recently slid into the habit, there are some shows that are just perfect to mainline as quickly as possible. If you’re scrolling through streaming and wondering “What show should I watch?”, the Collider staff has put together handy list of our favorite shows to binge-watch below on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max,Disney+, and Prime Video.

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Editor’s Note: This article was last updated February 2023 to include Fleishman Is in Trouble.

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Mare of Easttown (2021)

Kate Winslet, Evan Peters in HBO's Mare of Easttown
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Creator: Brad Ingelsby

Cast: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart

Grab a hoagie and some water because it’s time to take a trip to Easttown, Pennsylvania. Written and created by Brad Ingelsby, the critically acclaimed crime drama series Mare of Easttownstars Oscar winner Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a jaded, no-nonsense detective sergeant who’s seen it all. Despite being revered by most as a local hero, she’s routinely haunted by a missing persons case she was unable to solve and struggles to keep her personal life from falling through the cracks. The tough (but lovable) detective takes on the murder case of young mother Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and reluctantly works with eager county detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) to uncover more of the disturbing truths that are buried in the quaint town. The series also features stellar performances from Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson, and Angourie Rice. — Emily Bernard

Watch on HBO Max

Fleishman Is in Trouble (2022-present)

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Creator: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Brody, Josh Radnor

Jesse Eisenberg stars in Fleishman Is in Trouble as a divorced man suddenly abandoned, with his two children, by his ex-wife (Claire Danes). Adapted by Taffy Brodesser-Akner from her novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble is a blend of dark comedy and weird drama with a story that evolves from a mid-life crisis to a thoughtful spotlight on mental illness. Although hard to characterize the series, Fleishman Is in Trouble can be commended on the star-powered cast who supports Eisenberg, including Lizzy Caplan, whose character narrates the series, as well as Adam Brody and Josh Radnor (Hunters). – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

That ‘90s Show (2023-present)

Kurtwood Smith & Debra Jo Rupp in That '90s Show
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Creator: Bonnie Turner, Lindsey Turner, Gregg Mettler

Cast: Callie Haverda, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel

A follow-up series to the beloved sitcom That ’70s Show, That ‘90s Show comes from Bonnie Turner, Lindsey Turner, and Gregg Mettler. Once again taking place in Kitty and Red’s cozy home in Point Place, WI, That ‘90s Show reunites Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith, who reprise their roles, while following the life of their granddaughter, Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), and her new friends. All grown up, Topher Grace and Laura Prepon play Leia’s parents and also appear in the sequel series, along with sporadic cameos from original cast members like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher returning to the roles that made them household names. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Netflix

Andor (2022-present)

Stellan Skarsgård and Diego Luna in Andor Season 1
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Creator: Tony Gilroy

Cast: Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Stellan Skarsgård

A wonderful addition to the Star Wars universe, Andor is a prequel to the action-packed movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Created by Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy, Andor takes place five years prior to the film, building a rich backstory for an ensemble of characters who would become the Rebel Alliance, including a thief named Cassian Andor, with Diego Lunareprising the role. Rounding out the cast are Kyle Soller,Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, and Stellan Skarsgård(Thor: Love and Thunder), who allow Andor to delve into the formation of the opposition group, as well as the intricacies of the Galactic Empire, thoroughly enriching the expansive Star Wars universe. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Disney+

Emily in Paris (2020-present)

Emily in Paris

Creator: Darren Star

Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Samuel Arnold, Lucas Bravo

Emily in Paris is an addicting series from creator Darren Star (Younger). With decades of experience telling stories about young, professional women, Star’s latest adventure has taken him to Europe with a fantastic cast led by Lily Collins. Emily in Paris follows Emily (Collins), a naive midwesterner working in the social media space who is thrust into the whirlwind world of luxury marketing in the most romantic city on the planet where she doesn’t speak the language. Although Emily in Paris amusingly focuses on Emily’s consistent faux pas, the true highlights of the series are her new friend Mindy (Ashley Park) and her smart, sexy girlboss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu). – Yael Tygiel

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Three Pines (2022-present)

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Creator: Emilia di Girolamo

Cast: Alfred Molina, Rossif Sutherland, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Sarah Booth, Anna Tierney

Three Pines is a mystery series about inexplicable murders in an idyllic Canadian town. Starring Alfred Molina (Spider-man: No Way Home) as the chief inspector, Three Pines explores how an investigator can uncover secrets about his case as well as himself. Co-starring Rossif Sutherland (Reign) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Three Pines has earned critical praise and comparisons to beloved shows like The Killing and Mare of Easttown. With a haunting mystery that unravels over the first season, Three Pines reveals a lot about humanity, as it dives into themes of truth and loyalty. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Prime Video

The Recruit (2022-present)

Owen buttoning up his shirt while looking disheveled in The Recruit.
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Creator: Alexi Hawley

Cast: Noah Centineo, Katharine King So, Alexandra Petrachuk, Vondie Curtis-Hall

From the cleverly creative mind of creator Alexi Hawley (The Rookie: Feds), The Recruit is another action-filled comedic thriller. Starring Noah Centineo (Black Adam) as a CIA newbie, The Recruit follows as the agency lawyer (Centineo) inadvertently stumbles into the high-stakes world of international espionage. Supporting Centineo in The Recruit are Angel Parker (The Rookie), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), and Colton Dunn (Superstore), who flawlessly brings Hawley’s signature comedic style to the screen. Together, Hawley and Centineo build a fun and explosive-filled series that allows the young star to explore his skills in the stunt-heavy world of spy adventures. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Netflix

Bad Sisters (2022-present)

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Creators: Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Sharon Horgan

Cast: Sharon Horgan, Eve Hewson, Sarah Greene, Eva Birthistle, Claes Bang

Surprisingly not created by a couple of sisters, Bad Sisters comes from the minds of Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, and Sharon Horgan (Housebroken), who also stars in the comedy series with Eve Hewson, Sarah Greene, and Eva Birthistle. InBad Sisters, Horgan, Hewson, Greene, and Birthistle play the close-knit sisters who are suspected of murder when life insurance investigators suggest one of them might be responsible for their brother-in-law’s death. Finding humor in the macabre as well as ordinary, everyday situations allows Bad Sisters to shine as a charmingly uproarious female-fronted series. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on AppleTV+

Tell Me Lies (2022-present)

grace van patten and jackson white drinking at a party in tell me lies
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Creator: Meaghan Oppenheimer

Cast: Grace Van Patten, Jackson White, Catherine Missal, Spencer House

Stemming from the suspenseful book by author Carola Lovering, Tell Me Lies stars Grace Van Patten (Nine Perfect Strangers) as the complicated Lucy, whose life and secrets unravel through the series, which spans eight years. At the earliest moments of the series, Lucy is just your average beautiful young woman, but when she begins an intoxicating relationship with Stephen (Jackson White), their complex entanglement leads to twisted and messy secrets. Produced by Emma Roberts, Tell Me Lies is a romance exploring themes of infatuation, obsession, and codependency. With intriguing and dark characters reminiscent of You, Meaghan Oppenheimer (Queen America) creates an addictive mystery with Tell Me Lies. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

Wednesday (2022-present)

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday in Netflix's Wednesday
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Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane

The Addams Family has been through many iterations, from a TV show in the 60s to popular family films in the 90s to a musical in 2010. The newest take on this timeless kooky family is Wednesday, which centers on a teenage Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega). The show sees her attend her parents’ alma mater Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts. Though Wednesday would rather be anywhere else, she soon finds herself on a mission to look into the mysterious murders happening around campus, using her wit, deadpan delivery, and new supernatural visions to solve the crimes. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Netflix

House of the Dragon (2022-present)

Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and John MacMillan as Laenor Velyaron in House of the Dragon with their children Jacaerys and Lucerys, accompanied by Ser Qarl Correy
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Creators: Ryan J. Condal, George R.R. Martin

Cast: Rhys Ifans, Matt Smith, Fabien Frankel, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke

Explore the rich Game of Thrones mythology created by author George R.R. Martin as he and Ryan J. Condal dive deep into the Targaryen family with House of the Dragon. Set nearly 200 years before the birth of Game of Thrones’ breakout Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen (ACTRESS), House of the Dragon explores the traditions and turmoil of the family during the height of their reign. Highlighted by an incredible cast of talented actors, including Rhys Ifans (The King’s Man), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and negroni sbagliato with prosecco advocates Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, House of the Dragon elevates the fantasy genre with complex lore drenched in relationships, politics, and suspense. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on HBO

Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

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Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena

Gilmore Girls is one of the coziest, funniest, and all-around best shows of all time. The show centers around Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), a sarcastic and witty young mom raising her academically talented daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel). When Rory needs money for a private school, however, Lorelai must get back into contact with her rich but strict parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann). In addition to the lead performances, Gilmore Girls has some of the best supporting characters of all time, including Melissa McCarthy as Lorelai’s best friend Sookie and Liza Weil as Rory’s demanding classmate Paris. There are also the eclectic townspeople of Stars Hollow and several love triangles that are still highly debated to this day. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Netflix

Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022)

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Creators: Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy

Cast: Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, Niecy Nash

Although highly controversial, Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a thorough retelling of the horrifically tragic killing spree perpetuated by serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Critically acclaimed, though triggering to some victims’ families, Dahmer, created by Ian Brennan and anthology series royalty Ryan Murphy (American Crime Story), stars a magnetic and enigmatic Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as the titular monster. Infused with a slew of star-power and dramatic license, Dahmer is a fascinating attempt to salaciously capture the terror caused – and perhaps even reveal a sliver of humanity in the inhumane. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Netflix

The White Lotus (2021)

The White Lotus Staff on a beach

Created by: Mike White

Cast: Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario

An Emmy-winning anthology series, The White Lotus is a truly wild ride from start to finish. The first season follows various guests and employees of a fictional resort – all of whom find themselves entangled in complex relationships with one another. From Armond (Murray Bartlett), the manager who’s struggling to stay clean, to Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge), an eccentric guest grieving her mother’s death, demanding newlywed Shane (Jake Lacy) to cynical college student Olivia (Sydney Sweeney), the group is ripe with conflict. It makes for endless compelling TV. – Taylor Gates

Watch on HBO Max

Ms. Marvel (2022)

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Created by: Bisha K. Ali

Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman

Ms. Marvel is an excellent addition to the MCU. Featuring breakout star Iman Vellani as its first Muslim superhero, the show sees Kamala Khan both deal with the typical trials and tribulations of high school as well as the decidedly atypical fact that she’s a superhero. Vellani’s performance has gotten well-deserved rave reviews, as she grounds the series with the perfect blend of youthful wonder and refreshing confidence. Ms. Marvel masterfully combines a relatable coming-of-age tale with the grand suspense and action we’ve come to expect from Marvel. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Disney+

Severance (2022-present)

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Creator: Dan Erickson

Cast: Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower

Produced by Ben Stillerand created by Dan Erickson, Severance is a wild, entertaining, and mysterious science fiction series set in a world where employees can go to work severed from their outside life. Adam Scott stars as Mark, a man who separates his life as a grieving husband from his position as a stellar and friendly employee. After a mysterious man approaches Mark in his personal life, claiming to be a coworker, Mark questions the truth he’s being told and investigates his workplace. Severance is a wonderfully clever series full of thrilling puzzles perfectly cast with comedic actors, like Zach Cherry (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Britt Lower (Future Man), in unexpected subtle roles. – Yael Tygiel

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Ted Lasso (2020-present)

Ted Lasso, Higgins, Roy Kent, Nate, Coach Beard group huddle

Creators: Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence

Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt

Starring Jason Sudeikis and based on a character the Saturday Night Live alum played in a commercial, Ted Lasso is a heartfelt comedy about an earnest American football coach who is hired to manage the AFC Richmond soccer team. While Ted Lasso doesn’t require any knowledge of soccer – and the titular character doesn’t seem to have any – the series provides a comforting presence with warm and well-rounded characters, making for a highly charming watch. Creators Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, and Bill Lawrence(Scrubs) blend comedy with heart, offering a positive outlook and genuinely kind perspective. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Apple TV+

Squid Game (2021-present)

Ali, Sang-woo, Gi-hun and Sae-byeok togetherin the naptime riot

Creator: Hwang Dong-hyuk

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Hoyeon

Squid Game is a frighteningly fascinating Korean series that examines systemic societal failures through an exaggerated lens. Squid Game focuses on a group of people who find themselves competing in deadly high-stakes children’s games for survival and a cash prize. Featuring captivating characters played by Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo, Squid Game broke language barriers by presenting relatable, believable, and terrifying circumstances. Squid Game quickly ascended to become an international phenomenon, with audiences praising the mesmerizingly horrific visuals, uniquely specific costumes, and hauntingly relevant storyline about class inequalities. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Netflix

The Bear (2022-present)

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Creator: Christopher Storer

Cast: Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri

The Bear has taken social media by storm – and for good reason. The critically acclaimed show is one of the best new dramedies of 2022. The series centers around Carmy Berzatto (ShamelessJeremy Allen White), an award-winning chef. After his brother commits suicide, he trades in his fine-dining kitchen for his family’s struggling beef sandwich restaurant. The chemistry between the kitchen staff, including ambitious Sydney (standout Ayo Edebiri), lovable Marcus (Lionel Boyce), and Carmy’s rough-around-the-edges “cousin” Richy (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), is off the charts. The series immerses viewers in the setting, both in terms of Chicago and the restaurant industry. The show will have you yelling phrases like “corner!” and “yes, chef!” in your day-to-day life. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

The Umbrella Academy (2019-present)

Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane and Cazzie David as Jayme in The Umbrella Academy

Creator: Steve Blackman

Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda

The Umbrella Academyis set in a world where 43 women simultaneously gave birth on October 1, 1989, even though none of the women showed signs of pregnancy before that moment. Seven of those children were adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) and trained to become superheroes under his guidance. The series begins with the estranged siblings reunited as adults in the present day after Hargreeves’ unexpected death. Not only do they have to finally unpack some of the trauma Hargreeves caused with his incredibly strict “parenting” style, but they also have to find a way to stop the apocalypse from happening in eight days while avoiding the wrath of a top-secret time travel agency whose goal is to protect their version of the timeline. You know, totally normal family issues. The Umbrella Academy’s story maintains its uniqueness in a world saturated with on-screen heroes, and the series will have you coming back for episode after episode to see what chaos the dysfunctional Hargreeves crew find themselves in next. – Brynna Arens

Watch on Netflix

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