If there’s one thing I know, it’s television. I am a TV junkie. Even if I don’t watch the show, chances are I know enough about it to have an opinion. Now I’d like to share this talent with you! Summer is everyone’s favorite binge season, so if you are looking for a new TV obsession to fill your late PM/early AM hours, look no further!
Disclaimer: If you don’t have a Netflix account, a HuluPlus account, or are willing to spend money on iTunes…have fun living under a rock. (I kid…kind of. Quick, borrow a friend’s account!)
*These one-season gems are all easily binge-able in a weekend with 13 episodes each.
Family drama, a tremendous cast (Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini), dark secrets, and a swoon-worthy location (Florida Keys)…no wonder this Netflix show has gotten tons of praise. I’ll be binging right there with you!
This show was watched by more subscribers on its release day than any of Netflix’s other shows, so that should tell you something. Behind the crime-fighting Daredevil mask is a blind lawyer with heightened senses, but any superhero fan can tell you that because they’ve already binge-watched it twice. Your turn!
Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) have been rivals for a long time, but when their husbands fall in love with each other and want to get married, the two ladies have no one to rely on but each other. It’s definitely an unusual plot, but it has been garnering some rave reviews, including from Miley Cyrus, who apparently got it renewed for a second season.
*For those who are looking for quick, funny shows with some diversity.
Three reasons to watch this show: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne. The rest is just icing on the cake. It’s charming and hilarious and exactly what television needs. (1 season, HuluPlus)
Another hysterical ABC show that I’m sure you’ll love. By the time you finish the first season, you will be simultaneously fearing Constance Wu and wishing she was your mother. (1 season, HuluPlus)
FOX better be kicking themselves for canceling this gem created by Mindy Kaling. I could go on for hours about how perfect this show is, but you just need to check it out for yourself. Thank God Hulu picked it up for a fourth season! (3 seasons, HuluPlus)
*Because they’re available and you’re feeling a little nostalgic.
I’ve been working through Friends since it became available January 1, and now I can’t imagine my life without it (it’s my first time seeing it all the way through, OKAY). But for those who haven’t been living a sheltered life like me, make yourself a coffee and hang out with your old friends once more (pun intended, always). (10 seasons, Netflix)
With all the rumors of a revival, now is the perfect time to re-watch this series. Travel back to Stars Hollow and fantasize about hanging out at Luke’s Diner all day. (7 seasons, Netflix)
If you didn’t get enough of Mariska Hargitary in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, how about sixteen seasons of her? That’s what I call justice served. (16 seasons, HuluPlus)
Basically your parents’ version of How I Met Your Mother. Seinfeld gave us Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Festivus, and so many catch phrases. Get ready to binge starting June 24 and make sure you have some tissues handy in case you cry from laughter (like your parents probably used to). (9 seasons, on HuluPlus June 24)
*For those who have had enough Kardashians but still feel the need to spy on people.
You’ve probably heard a ton about Robert Durst, but were wondering what exactly his deal is. This mini-series investigates the disappearance of Durst’s wife in 1982 as well as two deaths in the early 2000s, which he (spoiler alert) confesses to off-camera in the final episode. (1 season, HBO)
Yeah, it sounds insane, but just hear me out, okay? It’s crazy and sweet all at the same time, and two of the three couples from season one chose to stay married, so it can’t be that ridiculous. (2 seasons, currently airing, iTunes)
Catch Up Before Season 2
*Because I did the honor of watching (basically) every show that premiered last fall and now I can confidently tell you which ones are the crème de la crème.
Bow down to Cookie. If you love family drama and great music, this show is right up your alley. There’s sickness and secrets and hidden relationships and amazing cameos and just SO MUCH DRAMA. The ratings don’t lie, people. Get on board! (12 episodes, HuluPlus)
This show kept me on my toes every Tuesday. Grant Gustin is adorable, the story will keep you guessing, the cast has impeccable chemistry, and it’s about a superhero. What’s not to love?! (23 episodes, iTunes)
Shonda Rhimes did it again. The title rings true — there is a lot of murder and people getting away with it — and along the way there are hookups, scandals, exams, and a slew of questions with each episode. The pilot introduced the murder of Lila Stangard and the finale revealed her killer…and a few other things. Buckle up for this one. (15 episodes, iTunes)
Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globe Award was so well-deserved; check out this show and you’ll see why. She plays the adorable, sunshine-filled Jane who is accidentally artificially inseminated during what was supposed to be a routine visit to the OB/GYN. Every girl’s favorite recurring nightmare, am I right? (22 episodes, iTunes)
The transgender community is getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to OITNB’s Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, as well as this show from Amazon, starring Jeffrey Tambor. He plays Maura (born Morton) who opens up to her family about identifying as a woman. Whether you are a trans advocate or have a hard time understanding how all this works, Transparent is a great outlet of education on such a sensitive topic. (10 episodes, Amazon)
And that’s it for me! If I missed a show that you think I should be watching, please let me know. I’m always down for a binge-athon. Also, if you check any of these out, share your thoughts here!
– xo, A