When the weather forecast for the weekend is straight up HOT, crank your a/c, grab a cocktail, and turn on the television. Today I’m sharing the best tv shows to binge watch, each series has been a personal favorite. I’ve watched a lot of t.v. in the wee hours of the night since I had kids who don’t sleep. Plus, I’m easily guilty of falling into the black hole of a good t.v. series. Here are the best tv series you should binge watch (if you haven’t seen them already).
Funny TV Shows
- PEN15 – The hilarious story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade best friends dealing with teenage awkwardness during late 1990s/early 2000s – 1 season (Prime Video)
- Orange is the New Black – Award winning drama comedy about ladies in prison, very mature topics – 7 seasons (Netflix)
- Workin’ Moms – Four very different thirty-something working mothers try to balance life, lots of crass humor – 2 seasons (Netflix)
- Dead to Me – A widow befriends a free spirit with a shocking secret, lots of laughs and tears – 1 season (Netflix)
- The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – Adventures of a wealthy housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a stand-up comic after her husband leaves her – 3 seasons (Prime Video)
Suspenseful TV Shows
- The Handmaids Tale – Imagine a dystopian world in which women are subjugated to live in a heavily patriarchal society. It’s a total thriller, but can be disturbing – 3 seasons (Hulu)
- Stranger Things – American science fiction horror show based ona missing boy and a scary unexplainable force/monster – currently 3 seasons (Netflix)
- The Fall – Chilling murder mystery series with Jamie Dornan from 50 Shades of Grey. The show has been cancelled, but it’s totally worth binge watching – only 3 seasons (Netflix)
- True Detective – American anthology crime drama television series with each season telling different story by a different cast – currently 3 seasons (HBO)
- Big Little Lies – Based on the best-selling book, “Big Little Lies.” This comedy drama follows the seemingly perfect lives of upper-class mothers brought together by a prestigious elementary school and murder – 2 seasons (HBO)
- Gilmore Girls – The dramedy centers around the relationship between a thirty-something single Mom and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, CT. The town is based off of my hometown! There are 7 seasons, plus a 4 episode revival (Netflix).
- Riverdale – Ever hear of Archie from the comic books? Riverdale is about Archie and his gang solving Riverdale, their town’s mysteries, all while navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family. There are 3 seasons (Netflix).
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – A grown up version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, lots of sex, bad words, and scariness, but so good. There are currently 4 seasons (Netflix)
- The Society – A modern take on “Lord of the Flies” set in the CT suburbs, it’s definitely a YA show with enough adult content so all can enjoy it. There is 1 Season out, Season 2 on the way in 2020 (Netflix)
- Gossip Girl – Privileged teens on the Upper East Side can’t hide their secrets, romances, and scandals from society when a blogger, Gossip Girl, is always watching. One of my fav shows, discontinued after 6 seasons, but rumors of a revival are swirling. (Netflix)
More Shows to Watch
- Game of Thrones – So much more than medieval fantasy, highly recommend – 8 Seasons (HBO)
- Parenthood – Realistic drama with comedic moments. Follow the lives of the Braverman Family, told through everyone’s point of view – 6 Seasons – (Netflix)
- Breaking Bad – Imagine if you discovered your Chemistry high school teacher was making Meth with to pay for his lung cancer treatments? Really intense, lots of violence, but amazing show – 5 seasons (Netflix)
- Mad Men – Focusing on the most mysterious but extremely talented ad executive, Donald Draper at New York’s most prestigious ad agency during the 1960s – 7 seasons (Netflix)
- Sopranos – Drama about an Italian Mob Boss and his family – one of the best shows of all time – 6 seasons (HBO)
Don’t have cable? Not a problem. We haven’t had cable for a year, but stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO and Showtime.
Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.