Binge watch– defined as the act of bingeing on a TV show and ignoring daily responsibilities, showers, and social interaction. Also known as Netflixing.
The video below demonstrates it SO well.
You may be binge watching on a plane, in the car, at home in bed with the flu, or simply because you want something amazing to watch. You may be stuck indoors (again) this winter.
Whatever the reason for binge watching. I have a list of 20 TV shows you can binge watch available on Netflix, Hulu or HuluPlus, and Amazon that will take you from frozen tundra with a side of flu to another place where there is drama, comedy, or both.
Since not everyone loves the same thing I made a list with lots of options and categorized them into three simple categories. Unlike Netflix who wants to show me categories like “Independent Films with a Strong Female Lead,” or “Critically-acclaimed Quirky Dramas that no one really likes.” Ok, the second one isn’t for real, but it totally could be.
The main reason I created this list is not only so you find binge-worthy content, but so that you can cut the cable cord and instead spend a fraction of the cost on streaming content on services that are inexpensive, can be used for a free trial period, or free!
20 Shows to Stream
4. The Killing—
Season 1 -3 are available on Amazon and Netflix. Netflix has picked up The Killing for Season 4 (the final season) after it was cancelled by AMC.
5. The Walking Dead—
6. House of Cards—
House of Cards is a Netflix original series is amazing. Kevin Spacey is amazing in his role as Frank Underwood a scheming congressmen from South Carolina. While most of the drama unfolds on screen without commentary his character occasionally breaks the ‘fourth wall’ and speaks directly into the camera. His wife played by Robin Wright (who won a Golden globe for her performance) is his steely partner in life. Underwood is a power player that schemes his way into better political position throughout the season.
Season 1 is available in full on Netflix. Season 2 will be available on February 14th in full. Netflix releases the series in a way that makes binge watching easy.
7. American Horror Story–
Season 1 & 2 are available on Netflix and Amazon. Season 3 (current season) is only available on FX or the FX app.
8. Breaking Bad—
Season 1-5 available on Netflix and Amazon, though the second half of season 5 (truly the last ‘season’ of the show) is not yet available.
9. Orange is the New Black—
Another Netflix original series Orange is the New Black is a drama centered on the life of Piper Chapman who ends up in prison after giving herself up to authorities on charges of drug running in the past. Piper is our main character and you start with her journey to prison, but we’re soon introduced to a multitude of the characters in the prison where she is housed. The cast of this series is AMAZING with some of the most complex female characters on TV. It’s part comedy, part drama-and it does both extremely well. The show takes you behind the scenes of prison life and brings to life characters that inhabit the prison with personal stories that are moving, sad, and above all entertaining.
Season 1 is available on Netflix. Season 2 is currently in post-production set to be released sometime in Spring.
10. How I Met Your Mother—
Season 1-8 are available on Netflix and Amazon. The current season, Season 9, just wrapped up on CBS.
11. Bob’s Burgers—
Seasons 1 & 2 are on Netflix and Amazon. Season 3 is currently airing on Fox and can be found on Fox’s apps.
Seasons 1-3 on Netflix and Amazon.
13. Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23—
Seasons 1&2 on Amazon.
15. Fraggle Rock—
Available on Netflix and Amazon.
Available on Netflix, Amazon, and current season is available on Discovery.
17. Phineas & Ferb—
Available on Netflix or via the Disney Channel app, new episodes and repeats are available on Disney Channel.
18. Avatar:The Last Airbender—
Find it on Amazon.
19. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu—
We love LEGOs and when LEGO added the now defunct Bionicle series to their toys and added books and movies they found a new market. The Ninjago series ties in with both their toy line and a series of books expanding a simple set of LEGOs into a story that captivates young kids and LEGO fans alike.
Available on Amazon and Netflix.
20. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes–
The Avengers go from big screen to small in this cartoon series that includes all your favorite Marvel superheroes. The series follows our favorite heroes as they battle all kinds of villains. This show captures the fun and action for your littlest superhero fans.
Available on Netflix.
It should really go without saying but if you aren’t already a Who-vian, you should be. Doctor Who is an excellent show, especially in recent seasons. Watch it on Netflix.
Where to Watch
- Netflix–Start your Netflix FREE trial today and get 1 month free
- Hulu Plus–sign up here for a free week
- Amazon Prime
- PBS.org–view online for free, use a streaming device like Google Chromecast to stream from your computer
- Nick.Com or Nick’s app
- Disney.com or Disney’s app
What are some of your favorite shows to stream?
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