I absolutely love binge watching a new TV show. Anyone else find it so frustrating now to wait each week for a new ep (mega #firstworldproblems, right?!)? We were recently looking for a new show to dive into, and you all responded big in our Facebook group, Savvy Squad, with some awesome recommendations! I’ve heard of some but I can’t get over how awesome so many of these shows sound… thank you for this.
Based on everyone’s recommendations, I thought it would be fun to share the top 35 best TV shows to binge watch right now under four sections: my current favorites, dramas, comedies & classic favorites you might have missed the first time around. You’ll notice I’ve really been into fun comedies… I love being able to watch a light, fun show and that you can crank out a few in a night!
So use this as your reference, and let’s dig in! Miss one? What are you currently watching? Comment below and share. This list should hopefully keep you busy for a while.
MY TOP FIVE BEST TV SHOWS TO BINGE WATCH
Schitt’s Creek: obsessed! An ultra-wealthy family winds up suddenly completely broke and is forced to move to a motel in Schitt’s Creek, a town the dad bought as a joke years earlier. The comedy is written by and stars Eugene Levy (American Pie, etc) and his son, Daniel, who play father/son in the show. I want to pick a favorite part of the show but the dynamic of the kids (Daniel’s one-liners and Alexis’ hand gestures!) might be my favorite.
Younger: Suddenly divorced mom, Liza, quickly realizes she needs a job and ageism is a real thing. She lies about her age to get a job as an assistant in a publishing house, meets a hot young tattoo artist named Josh, becomes instant work besties with her colleague, Kelsey (Hillary Duff), has a super hot boss, Charles, and is basically living a double life. The show is a couple of seasons in on TV Land but trust here; you can get through the episodes quick and the eye candy coupled with the awesome show dynamics makes it a must watch.
Bold Type: I just mentioned this show about three career-driven besties who work at Scarlet Magazine and through it all — men, women, career drama, you name it — they remain loyal to each other. I love seeing 20-somethings fight for their career, still go after love and yet, always stay true to their girl crew. It’s a fun show!
Queer Eye: if you want feel good, get in on the new version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The guys are awesome, and the stories of the men they’re helping can bring you to tears.
Marvelous Ms. Maisel: It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — husband, kids, fancy place in the Upper West Side — and then some stuff happens. Along the way, she discovers her hidden talent for stand-up comedy. Watch this outspoken, hilarious young mom along her journey to smokey nightclubs and finding her voice.
SAVVY SQUAD REPORTS: THE BEST TV SHOWS TO BINGE WATCH
The Crown: the British show everyone is obsessed with! This Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern time.
This is Us: get the tissues! This must-watch show chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to present day with their 37-year-old triplets. So much goodness here.
Outlander: Based on the historical time travel Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the show follows a married World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743.
Ozark: this one featuring Jason Bateman is on the top of our list; it features a financial planner who suddenly relocates his family to a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong.
Fauda: the Israeli thriller follows a top Israeli agent who comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he’d killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion.
Handmaid’s Tale: Based on the dystopian novel originally published in 1985 by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, it’s set in a near-future New England in a totalitarian state and focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred.
Riverdale: I have so many friends who love this teen drama series that provides a subversive take on the characters of Archie Comics, exploring small town life, including the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Shameless: featuring William H. Macy, this dramedy is based on a British series that centers on siblings in a dysfunctional Chicago family who struggle while coping with their alcoholic father.
Broadchurch: After a young boy is murdered in the small seaside town of Broadchurch (it’s a British drama), local detectives Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy are assigned the mysterious case.
Big Little Lies: a must watch!! The seven episode first season stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley and focuses on these three emotionally troubled women in Monterey, California, who become embroiled in a murder investigation.
UnReal: if you love the Bachelor and reality TV, you must watch this scripted show based on the behind-the-scenes drama — and there’s plenty of it — on a faux Bachelor show called Everlasting.
Sharper Objects: Based on the debut novel of the same name by writer Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), the eight-episode series Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to investigate mysterious, unsolved crimes.
Sneaky Pete: Giovanni Ribisi plays Marius, a con man who tries to leave his old life and a vicious gangster behind by assuming the identity of his cell mate, Pete, even reuniting with his estranged family.
Peaky Blinders: The Peaky Blinders were a criminal gang in England in the early 1900s, and the stars Cillian Murphy as the leader of this family/gang as he deals with the business and avoids a relentless detective.
Killing Eve: a must watch! This BBC documentary debuted last season and stars Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, a desk-bound MI5 officer, who begins to track down a talented psychopathic assassin, where both women become obsessed with each other.
The OA: Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission.
The Fall: A detective superintendent battles her own personal demons as she tries to get inside the head of a serial killer hiding behind a family-man facade
The Affair: This Showtime series explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart after they casually meet at the diner where Alison works.
Orange is the new Black: Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
Succession: this brand-new show that also features Will Ferrell as an executive producer follows a dysfunctional family who control one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.
Mind Hunter: In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters
Glow: this comedy set is in the 1980s follows a crew of misfits in LA who reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). How am I just hearing about this gem??
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitdt: When a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City, she must navigate a world she didn’t think even existed anymore. The first season is candidly the best (IMO) but I absolutely love Kimmy’s wide-eyed innocence and incredible enthusiasm… oh and Jane Krakowski’s absurdities along the way.
IF YOU MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME AROUND:
If you’re looking to go old school beyond Friends or Seinfeld, here are a handful of shows that I know that I and so many of you love.
Friday Night Lights: I watched two summers ago — this story about Texas high school football (and so much more!) is so good. Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose!
Breaking Bad: on our list… this five-season critically acclaimed show follows a high school chemistry teacher dying of cancer who teams with a former student to secure his family’s future by manufacturing and selling crystal meth.
Gilmore Girls: mother/daughter drama about the fiercely independent single mom Lorelai who raises gifted, Ivy League-bound daughter Rory amid a continual stream of quick-witted repartee.
Parenthood: a must-watch about a big family who talk over each other and love fearlessly. One of my favorites.
Grey’s Anatomy: yup, there are a few tough times, but who doesn’t love a good, juicy medical drama? In in this one to the end.
Mad Men: Set in 1960s New York City, this award-winning series takes a peek inside an ad agency during an era when the cutthroat business had a glamorous lure.
Suits: now in its 8th season with many featuring now the Duchess of Essex, Meghan Markle, the show follows brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, who finds himself working as a law associate for Harvey Specter, one of NYC’s best lawyers.
The Office: A hilarious mockumentary that features an amazing cast and a look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5.
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