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The best shows to binge watch in 2023 from Netflix, Hulu, Max, and more

These 26 titles will pull you in, and you won't want to step when the credits roll.

Published onJune 7, 2023

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Binging is the new normal for watching TV. Fans can race through entire seasons of their favorite shows as fast as they like. The trend arguably started with DVD boxed sets but really kicked into high gear with the advent of streaming and seasons of Netflix and its competitors‘ original series dropped all at once as opposed to the old weekly rollout. Some shows have really thrived in the binging age, with more new titles launching every week, so it makes sense to ask, which are the best binge shows you can watch?

Read on for our list of the best binging shows to watch all at once.

What makes a show binge-worthy?

We can’t offer a list of the best binge shows without breaking down what actually makes a show bing-worthy. You can binge any show after all, so what makes a show stand apart, specifically?

Some shows just work well on a weekly roll-out model. They’re more episodic, or they’re slow burns that reward taking your time and pondering one week’s events before the next week’s payoff.

Other shows hook you in, keeping you up late on a week night as you blow through episode after episode because you can’t stop watching. It’s not that they’re better. Rather, they just inspire compulsive viewing habits.

The 26 best binge shows

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Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 43-58 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Vince Gilligan
  • Main cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt
  • Genre: Crime/drama
  • Ratings: 9.5 – IMDB / 96% – Rotten Tomatoes

Breaking Bad is about a high school science teacher who starts cooking meth and becomes a career criminal when he’s diagnosed with cancer. The popular AMC drama sees Walter White rising through the ranks of the criminal drug trade while endangering his family in search of glory.

The show is a fascinating example of binging supremacy. While it was a hit on the cable network from day one, its ratings exploded after fans got to catch up (by binging it) on Netflix, in a process Vox calls “The Netflix Effect.” With smart writing, top-notch acting, a distinct visual style, and tons of suspense, the show is hard to stop watching, which is why it benefits from a good binge session. If you like The Sopranos, Ozark, and Weeds, you’re likely to get into it.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Netflix.

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The Sopranos (1999-2007)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 43-75 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: David Chase
  • Main cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli
  • Genre: Crime/drama
  • Ratings: 9.2 – IMDB / 92% – Rotten Tomatoes

The Sopranos follows a member of a New Jersey crime family climbing the ranks as he works with a therapist to figure out what’s missing in his life. The family drama crime show’s episodes flow smoothly into each other and are a pleasure to watch back to back.

One of the prototypical examples of prestige TV, HBO’s mobster mainstay has enjoyed a renaissance as members of Gen Z get hooked on it after 15 years off the air. That’s thanks in no small part to its availability on Max. Unlike fans who watched as it aired week-to-week, new viewers get to binge the whole thing, and it’s very well suited to bulk viewing.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

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Stranger Things (2016-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 42-150 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: The Duffer Brothers
  • Main cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown
  • Genre: Sci-fi
  • Ratings: 8.7 – IMDB / 92% – Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix’s flagship show sees a group of youngsters in a small Indiana town facing off against supernatural forces and a government conspiracy hidden right under their noses. The coming-of-age drama sees the youngsters growing up together as they face off against evil.

The seasons of Stranger Things have come out all at once, giving fans a chance to speed through each one over a weekend. While seasons sometimes come out years apart, the standalone seasons are fun to watch without too many breaks. They’re not particularly episodic, instead telling one big story that’s hard to turn away from until the finales.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Netflix.

The Expanse (2015-2022)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14 and TV-MA
  • Runtime: 42-63 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
  • Main cast: Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar
  • Genre: Sci-fi/drama
  • Ratings: 8.5 – IMDB / 94% – Rotten Tomatoes

Often billed as Game of Thrones in space, The Expanse is set hundreds of years in the future, after Earth has colonized Mars and the Asteroid Belt, with all three civilizations now at odds. The small crew of a non-partisan ship operates at the center of these conflicts, working to establish peace on various fronts as apocalyptic threats loom over them and the galaxy.

If you like rich world-building and complex characters, The Expanse is a perfect binge-watch. It combines the best elements of Star Trek with more grounded political intrigue and conflict. Perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica, Raised by Wolves, or Killjoys.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Prime Video.

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The Flight Attendant (2020-2022)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 37-49 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Steve Yockey
  • Main cast: Kaley Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, T. R. Knight, Michelle Gomez, Rosie Perez
  • Genre: Mystery/comedy/drama
  • Ratings: 7.1 – IMDB / 91% – Rotten Tomatoes

A Hitchcockian mystery about a flight attendant who wakes up after a night of blackout drinking next to the dead body of a man she slept with, The Flight Attendant is full of twists and turns that reward a close viewing and sharp memory.

One of HBO Max’s first original streaming series is also one of its best binge shows, though it’s now been rebranded as a Max original. While The Flight Attendant aired weekly, it really does pay off to go back and watch it faster than that. If you’re a fan of quirky whodunnits like Knives Out or Only Murders in the Building, you won’t want to miss it.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

I May Destroy You (2020)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 28-35 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Michaela Coel
  • Main cast: Michaela Coel, Weruche Opia, Paapa Essiedu
  • Genre: Dark comedy/drama
  • Ratings:  8.1 – IMDB / 98% – Rotten Tomatoes

In HBO’s I May Destroy You, a viral Twitter-celebrity-turned-novelist in her 20s is struggling to meet a deadline on her next novel. Looking to blow off steam, she enjoys a night out with friends. The next morning, thinking back to a blurry night of half-remembered partying, she comes to the disturbing realization that she was raped. She enlists the help of her friends as she backtracks and seeks answers about exactly what happened.

Some viewers will undoubtedly want to space out their experience of I May Destroy You. The dark comedy is certainly not light viewing. Created by Michaela Coel for BBC and HBO, it’s a stunning, smart, and sensitive look at the social dynamics that follow sexual assault, and its loose structure lends itself well to binge-watching.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

The Office (2005-2013)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 22 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Greg Daniels
  • Main cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
  • Genre: Sitcom/workplace comedy/mockumentary
  • Ratings: 9 – IMDB / 81% – Rotten Tomatoes

The show follows the employees of a paper company, going through the boring day-to-day of an office job with an absurdly inept boss. It’s a cartoonishly hilarious portrait of something almost universally relatable.

The Office seems to be one of the premier binging shows. Fans were nearly in mourning when it left Netflix, but it’s now available on Peacock. The Office is a comfort show for many. It’s easy to rewatch. You can put it on before going to sleep and let it play through multiple episodes before conking out. The series is a great compliment to other comedy mockumentaries like Parks and Recreation, What We De in the Shadows, Modern Family, and Arrested Development.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Peacock.

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Only Murders in the Building (2021-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 26-38 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Steve Martin, John Hoffman
  • Main cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez
  • Genre: Mystery/comedy
  • Ratings:  8.1 – IMDB / 99% – Rotten Tomatoes

An irresistible whodunnit, Only Murders in the Building is a mystery comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. The three are neighbors, all addicted to the same true crime podcast. When a murder in their building makes their paths cross, the three hatch a plan to solve the crime and make a podcast about it.

Nearly every episode of Only Murders in the Building ends with a major revelation or cliffhanger, so it’s hard to stop once you get going. If you like recent whodunnits like Knives Out and Confess, Fletch, you won’t want to miss it.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Hulu.

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GLOW (2017-2019)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 26-46 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
  • Main cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Marc Maron
  • Genre: Comedy/drama
  • Ratings: 8 – IMDB / 93% – Rotten Tomatoes

GLOW looks at a group of women in the 1980s who build a women’s wrestling league from the ground up. It’s part sports drama and part workplace comedy, and it’s based on the real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling circuit.

Cancelled too soon, GLOW is one of the best Netflix original series, and it’s among the best binge shows too. Episodes are structured well for sporadic viewing, but the characters are so richly drawn and compelling that you’ll likely want to immediately spend more time with them when the credits roll. Check it out if you enjoyed A League of Their Own, Minx, Physical, or The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Netflix.

The Leftovers (2014-2017)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 51-72 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
  • Main cast: Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler
  • Genre: Mystery/drama
  • Ratings: 8.3 – IMDB / 91% – Rotten Tomatoes

The Leftoves tells the story of a world coming to terms with loss and grief when 2% of all people mysteriously vanish. The series is beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s also extremely bingeable.

The Leftovers hasn’t achieved the kind of legacy of other HBO shows like The Sopranos or Game of Thrones, but it’s one of the premium cable network’s very best shows, and it has a pretty vocal following. It’s bleak and dark, but if it works for you, you’ll have trouble stopping once you start.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

A League of Their Own (2022-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: 16+
  • Runtime: 46-60 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Will Graham, Abbi Jacobson
  • Main cast: Abbi Jacobson, Chante Adams, D’Arcy Carden
  • Genre: Comedy/sports drama/romance
  • Ratings: 7.5 – IMDB / 94% – Rotten Tomatoes

Based on the 1992 Penny Marshall film, Amazon’s A League of Their Own expands on the basic premise of the baseball classic. During World War Two, women finally have a chance to play professional baseball. The series follows one such team and its colorful cast of players. On the sidelines, Black women excluded from the pro teams also try to carve out a place for themselves in the game.

A League of Their Own tells one continuous story and rewards binge-viewing. It’s also a terrific show, with rich characters and clever writing. Fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and GLOW won’t want to miss it.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Prime Video.

Superstore (2015-2021)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 22 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Justin Spitzer
  • Main cast: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
  • Genre: Workplace comedy
  • Ratings: 7.8 – IMDB / 93% – Rotten Tomatoes

Follow the staff of a Wal-Mart-like department store in this NBC sitcom, one of the best comedy series of the last decade. Rarely leaving the store itself, the series explores dynamics between coworkers and management in hilarious, relatable scenarios.

If you like shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, then be sure to add Superstore to your watchlist. It’s great to watch in small batches, or you can speed through the whole series.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Peacock.

Mrs. Davis (2023)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 48-60 minutes per episode
  • Creator: Damon Lindelof, Tara Hernandez
  • Main cast: Betty Gilpin, Jake McDorman, Andy McQueen, Chris Diamantopoulos, Elizabeth Marvel, Katja Herbers, Tom Wlaschiha
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Ratings: 7.2 – IMDB / 91% – Rotten Tomatoes

A nun teams up with her ex to wage war on a ubiquitous, powerful AI that she believes threatens humanity in this clever satire that explores the intersections between faith and technology.

Mrs. Davis, one of the best shows on Peacock, lends itself to the binging model, despite the streamer’s weekly rollout. The miniseries tells a single, ongoing story that benefits from close attention to detail and rewards a continuous stream. It’s also smart, funny, and action-packed.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Peacock.

Severance (2022-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 40-57 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Dan Erickson
  • Main cast: Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Zach Cherry, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette
  • Genre: Sci-fi/mystery/drama/thriller
  • Ratings: 8.7 – IMDB / 97% – Rotten Tomatoes

A group of employees at a mysterious company have undergone an experimental procedure. Their memories have been split. When they get to work, their home lives disappear. When they clock out, their work leaves from their conscious minds. Things seem to be running smoothly until one employee starts asking question both at work and at home.

A slow-burn sci-fi workplace drama from Apple TV Plus, Severance creates a haunting mood, blending comedy and horror to tell a compelling story that’s rewarding for the binge viewer.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Apple TV Plus.

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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 42-71 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Mike Flanagan
  • Main cast: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel
  • Genre: Horror
  • Ratings: 8.6 – IMDB / 93% – Rotten Tomatoes

The Haunting of Hill House is told across timelines as a family copes with years of trauma associated with their old home. As children, the Crains encountered strange entities. As adults, they continue to search for answers about their pasts and the tragic death of their mother.

Mike Flanagan has become a one-man horror brand, with films like Hush and Gerald’s Game, and a slew of horror miniseries including the excellent Midnight Mass and the upcoming The Midnight Club. While you’d be well served by any of these titles, perhaps his best outing yet is The Haunting of Hill House. The limited series keeps you on the edge of your seat, and it’s hard to stop once you start.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Netflix.

Yellowjackets (2021-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 56-58minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
  • Main cast: Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Ella Purnell, Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis
  • Genre: Horror/mystery/survival/teen
  • Ratings: 7.9 – IMDB / 100% – Rotten Tomatoes

One of the most electrifying new shows of 2021, Yellowjackets follows a girls soccer team that crash lands in the wilderness on the way to a tournament. Jumping back and forth between the stranded girls in the 90s and the adult surVivors in the present day, the show offers up an enticing mystery. What happened in the woods? Who survived? What happened to those who didn’t make it? Will the surVivors be able to keep their secrets?

You’ll probably race through season one and be eagerly waiting for season two of this bingeable horror hit. If you like Lost, The Wilds, or Manifest, don’t sleep on this brilliant, spine-tingling thriller.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Showtime.

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Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 41-54 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
  • Main cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss
  • Genre: Drama
  • Ratings: 8.4 – IMDB / 90% – Rotten Tomatoes

With a fictionalized look at the home computing boom of the 80s and 90s, Halt and Catch Fire follows a group of characters who work together (and sometimes at odds with each other) throughout the two decades.

For fans of shows like Mad Men, Minx, and For All Mankind, Halt and Catch Fire offers a similar spin on history. The show is a fascinating and engaging look at a defining period in American history, and it’s one of the best binge-worthy shows you’ll find.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right on AMC Plus.

Reacher (2022-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 42-54 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Nick Santora
  • Main cast: Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald
  • Genre: Action/mystery
  • Ratings: 8.1 – IMDB / 92% – Rotten Tomatoes

A former soldier enjoying an early retirement wanders across America. He’s held up in a small town when a body turns up dead and he’s the prime suspect. Now caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, he has to work with the only two people he can trust to clear his name and stop the bad guys.

Amazon’s take on Jack Reacher, based on the bestselling novels of Lee Child, is one of the best shows on Prime Video, and it’s a solid binge show. If you like shows like Justified, Jessica Jones, or The Bodyguard, you should give it a try.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Prime Video.

Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 22 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy
  • Main cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Ratings: 8.5 – IMDB / 93% – Rotten Tomatoes

Schitt’s Creek follows a rich family brought down and forced to start fresh in the small town of Schitt’s Creek, where a fish-out-out-water farce soon becomes a touching tribute to family and belonging.

Much like Breaking Bad, Schitt’s Creek is a show that enjoyed a huge boost in ratings when it hit Netflix. And specifically American Netflix, as the CBC comedy series was initially only available in Canada. The feel-good series, from father/son team Eugene and Dan Levy, takes a few episodes to find its feet, but when it does, good luck pausing between episodes.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Hulu.

Hawkeye (2021)


What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: 40-62 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Jonathan Igla
  • Main cast: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Tony Dalton, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox
  • Genre: Action/superhero
  • Ratings: 7.5 – IMDB / 92% – Rotten Tomatoes

In this MCU series on Disney Plus, Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye, has to face his past, specifically his crimes during the five-year blip between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. All the while, he works with a young archer in trouble who might be able to help him. Oh, and it all takes place during the holidays in New York. What’s not to love?

The series is a great addition to the Marvel canon, and it’s one long story that benefits from some obsessive binge-viewing.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Disney Plus.

Succession (2018-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 56 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Jesse Armstrong
  • Main cast: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, J. Smith-Cameron, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun
  • Genre: Drama/comedy
  • Ratings: 8.8 – IMDB / 94% – Rotten Tomatoes

Succession is among the very best HBO shows of all time, and it’s certainly a top candidate for binge watching too. The black comedy drama about a rich family fighting over who will take over a media empire when their father retires or dies is a fascinating and irresistible skewering of American capitalism.

It also lends itself to concentrated viewings, as episodes build up to terrific finales in a linear way that makes it hard to wait for more if you have a choice.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Game of Thrones

What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 50-82 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
  • Main cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner
  • Genre: Fantasy/drama
  • Ratings: 9.2 – IMDB / 89% – Rotten Tomatoes

HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones follows many characters across a fictional kingdom. When the throne ois vacated, several parties compete for control, and a bloody, years-long conflict ensues.

Thrones was one of the last major examples of appointment viewing, with millions tuning in every Sunday night to watch and discuss on Monday mornings. As such, it may seem like an odd addition to this list. But Thrones weaves a complex web of interconnected storylines, with convoluted backstories, politics, and characters. As such, it benefits from a rewatch, or if you’re new to it, it’s a ton of fun to race through, as the wait from week to week was always at least a little hard to bear.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Max.

Andor (2022-ongoing)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-14
  • Runtime: minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Tony Gilroy
  • Main cast: Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Stellan Skarsgård, Denise Gough, Genevieve O’Reilly, Faye Marsay
  • Genre: Sci-fi/drama
  • Ratings: 8.4 – IMDB / 96% – Rotten Tomatoes

A prequel to Rogue One, Andor follows Cassian Andor and his introduction to the rebellion. Radicalized by increasingly oppressive institutions, Andor finds himself up against the Empire in this gripping Disney Plus series.

Andor is the best Star Wars series so far and among the best Star Wars titles overall. It lends itself to bing-viewing. The mature, smart subject matter isn’t hard to follow, but it’s dense enough to benefit from a continuous sitting.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Disney Plus.

Sense8 (2015-2018)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 46-151 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski
  • Main cast: Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith
  • Genre: Sci-fi/action
  • Ratings: 8.2 – IMDB / 86% – Rotten Tomatoes

From the Wachowski sisters comes a Netflix original series about eight strangers who suddenly find themselves connected telepathically. Now, they have to escape a shadowy agency that means them harm by working together from around the globe.

Cancelled far too soon, Sense8 consists of two seasons and a feature-length finale. That means its easy to binge in a few sittings. It’s also full of heady ideas and interesting themes that reward careful viewing. If you liked the Wachowskis’s The Matrix and its sequels, you’ll likely fall in love with Sense8.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Netflix.

For All Mankind (2019-ongoing)

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Apple TV Plus

What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 46-82 minutes per episode
  • Director/Creator: Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi
  • Main cast: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Wrenn Schmidt, Sonya Walger
  • Genre: Drama/sci-fi/alternate history
  • Ratings: 8 – IMDB / 90% – Rotten Tomatoes

What if Russia had beat NASA to the moon in 1969? That’s the starting point of For All Mankind. The series follows an alternate American history, in which the space race continued far beyond the moon, and the two global superpowers developed along very different paths.

If you like Ronald D. Moore’s previous series Battlestar Galactica and its blending of sci-fi and political intrigue, or other alternate history series like The Man in the High Castle, you won’t want to miss For All Mankind, the best original series on Apple TV Plus.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Apple TV Plus.

Servant (2019-2023)

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What you need to know:

  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Runtime: 24-36 per episode
  • Creator: Tony Basgallop
  • Main cast: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint, Nell Tiger Free, Phillip James Brannon, Boris McGiver, Tony Revolori
  • Genre: Drama/horror/mystery
  • Ratings: 7.4 – IMDB / 84% – Rotten Tomatoes

A Philadelphia couple mourning the loss of their infant son, Jericho. With the help of a life-life doll, Dorothy Turner has managed to block out the death and pretend Jericho is still with her. But when the Turners hire a nanny, Jericho mysteriously returns, alive, sending Sean Turner down a rabbit hole to find out what’s happening.

If you’re looking for quick resolution, Servant won’t give it to you, but this Apple TV Plus original series from producer M. Night Shyamalan maintains a consistent mood of dread and intrigue that is very rewarding. And a binge-watch will get you to some chilling answers much faster. If you’re a fan of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and Get Out, you’ll want to add Servant to your watchlist.

Ready to watch? You can find the show right here on Apple TV Plus.

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