October 7, 2019

The 30 Best Shows to Binge Watch Right Now [Infographic]

From shows that you can binge watch in a day to series in which you need to invest days of watching to complete, these are the very best shows to binge watch in 2019. We have comedies, dramas, mockumentaries, thrillers, dystopias, SFs, superheroes, and everything in between. Here’s how long it would take you to watch them!

30 Best Shows to Binge Watch This Year

1. Everything Sucks!

This parody of mid-1990s teen culture follows a couple of drama and AV club misfits that live in a town in Oregon called Boring. The typical teen drama ensues, on topics such as sexuality, friendship, and mental health.
Genre: Coming-of-age‎; ‎Comedy-drama
Watch it in: 4 hours, 10 minutes

2. Castlevania

Inspired by the games Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, this animated web series follows the adventures of vampire hunter Trevor Belmont as he struggles to save Wallachia from Dracula and his army.
Genre: Animated sitcom; Fantasy; Black comedy; Off-color humor; Medieval fantasy
Watch it in: 4 hours, 48 minutes

3. Aggretsuko

This Japanese anime musical comedy tells the story of Retsuko, the Red Panda, who struggles with her tedious office job, and decides the best way to deal with her frustrations is by doing death metal karaoke in her spare time.
Genre: Japanese anime musical comedy
Watch it in: 5 hours

4. Norsemen (Vikingane)

Norsemen is a hilarious Norwegian comedy series that takes place in 790 in Norheim. The Vikings living there have to bear the brunt of daily struggles and conflicts. However, they do so without taking themselves too seriously.
Genre: Comedy
Watch it in: 6 hours

5. Maniac

Two strangers bond while involved in a messed up pharmaceutical trial, which promises no side-effects or complications, while simultaneously solving their problems for good. Suffice it to say things are not as they seem.
Genre: Comedy-drama; Dark comedy; Psychological drama; Science fiction
Watch it in: 6 hours, 40 minutes

6. American Vandal

One of the best shows to binge watch for mockumentary fans, American Vandal is a parody of true crime documentaries that looks at the aftermath of a high school prank involving the vandalization of 27 faculty cars.
Genre: Comedy-drama; Mockumentary; Satire; Teen drama
Watch it in: 9 hours, 20 minutes

7. Disenchantment

Bean is not your typical princess. She is rebellious and likes to drink way too much. Bean is a pain in the king’s ass, as she and her friends, Elfo, the elf, and Luci, the demon, get into all sorts of trouble in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland.
Genre: Animated sitcom, Fantasy, Black comedy, Off-color humor, Medieval fantasy
Watch it in: 9 hours, 20 minutes

8. Altered Carbon

Based on the eponymous novel by author Richard K. Morgan, this is a dystopian science fiction cyberpunk series that follows the return to life in a new body of a prisoner who has been trapped in ice for 250 years. He has to solve a murder to gain his freedom.
Genre: Cyberpunk; Science fiction; Action thriller; Neo-noir; Crime drama
Watch it in: 10 hours

9. Rick and Morty

One of the most celebrated adult animated science fiction sitcoms, Rick and Morty follows a mad scientist called Rick and his grandson, Morty, while they go on interdimensional misadventures. Naturally, hilarity ensues.
Genre: Animated sitcom; Science fiction
Watch it in: 11 hours, 22 minutes

10. Mindhunter

Two FBI agents interview serial killers in the 1970s to try to solve open cases, as well as learn more about the psychology of murder, in this crime drama web series. In the process, they often get too close to these killers for comfort.
Genre: Crime drama; Psychological thriller
Watch it in: 15 hours, 50 minutes

11. Dark

Four families go on a hunt sparked by the disappearance of two children. Viewers often compare this German science fiction thriller series to Stranger Things, but it has its own brand of mystery and supernatural to get you hooked.
Genre: Science fiction; Thriller; Drama
Watch it in: 15 hours, 54 minutes

12. Sherlock BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most loved Sherlocks of all time. The star of this British crime drama series, he has to solve crime in 21st century London with the help of his trusted companion, Doctor John Watson. One of the best shows to binge watch for Conan Doyle fans.
Genre: Crime drama
Watch it in: 18 hours

13. Broadchurch

Another British drama, this time a serial crime one, Broadchurch puts local detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller to work when a young boy is murdered in the city of the same name. The series has received critical acclaim due to the excellent writing, character development, and cinematography.
Genre: Crime drama‎; ‎Mystery drama‎; ‎Serial drama
Watch it in: 18 hours, 24 minutes

14. A Series of Unfortunate Events

While the books need no introduction, this Netflix black comedy-drama web series starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf is perfect for binge-watching lovers. Its third and last season was bigger and better than ever.

Genre: Gothic fiction; absurdist fiction; mystery; comedy-drama; children’s fiction; black comedy
Watch it in: 18 hours, 45 minutes

15. Black Mirror

This British anthology science fiction series has been the talk of the town for a while now, especially after the release of the standalone interactive film Bandersnatch. As a whole, the series explores themes like technology, modern society, and the consequences of humanity’s darkest impulses.

Btw, I’ve binge watched Black Mirror for 15 hours for science’s sake. So if you want to know how it went before you attempt it yourself, check out my experiment.

Genre: Science fiction; Satire; Psychological thriller; Anthology
Watch it in: 19 hours, 15 minutes

16. Master of None

Aziz Ansari’s Netflix comedy-drama web series has him star as Dev Shah, a New York-based actor who juggles his professional and romantic life, while also dealing with cultural prejudices and barriers. If you loved Ansari in Parks and Rec, this is one of the best shows to binge watch.
Genre: Comedy-drama
Watch it in: 20 hours

17. Stranger Things

Following the disappearance of a young boy, the city of Hawkins becomes the setting of a secret, mysterious experiment. Supernatural forces, a strange girl called Thirteen, and unlikely friendships are the highlights of this science fiction-horror series.
Genre: Science fiction; Horror; Supernatural; Period drama
Watch it in: 20 hours, 50 minutes

18. Legion

Based on the Marvel character Legion (David Haller), this cable television series stars Dan Stevens as Haller, a schizophrenia diagnosed young man who is a mutant. He is an unreliable narrator with a distorted view of reality.
What I particularly like about this show is how uniquely it deals with mental illness, which is a topic I’m very much interested in.
Genre: Science fiction; Psychological thriller; Psychological horror; Drama; Superhero fiction
Watch it in: 22 hours, 30 minutes

19. Travelers

The action of this Canadian-American science fiction TV series is set several hundred years in the future when some humans discover the secret to sending consciousness back into 21st-century people.
Genre: Science fiction
Watch it in: 1 day, 1 hour, 30 minutes

20. The Last Kingdom

This British historical fiction series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s series of novels, The Saxon Stories. The action is set in 872, when many kingdoms have been conquered by Danes, leaving the kingdom of Wessex to ward off the threat.
Genre: Historical drama
Watch it in: 1 day, 2 hours

21. BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is a gold mine for people who like adult animated comedy-dramas that deal with serious topics like trauma, depression, addiction, racism, sexism, or self-destructive behavior, all the while making you laugh out loud. Add this to your best shows to binge watch list if you like Rick and Morty.
Genre: Adult animation; Animated sitcom; Black comedy; Comedy-drama; Satire
Watch it in: 1 day, 7 hours, 40 minutes

22. Marvel’s Daredevil

Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer that fights injustice at his day job, but he is also a vigilante that fights crime at night under the name Daredevil. An acclaimed show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Genre: Action; Crime drama; Legal drama; Superhero
Watch it in: 1 day, 9 hours, 48 minutes

23. Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Another show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this follows Jessica Jones, a former superhero whose career ended quite tragically. As a result, she opens a private detective agency in an attempt to get her life back on track.
Genre: Detective; Neo-noir; Psychological thriller; Superhero
Watch it in: 1 day, 9 hours, 48 minutes

24. Archer

Archer is an adult animated sitcom that follows the lives of a group of secret agents, such as the main character, Sterling Archer. Espionage is the least of the show’s concerns, though, with raunchy humor and meta-comedy taking the lead.
Genre: Animated sitcom
Watch it in: 1 day, 15 hours, 14 minutes

25. Riverdale

Teenager Archie Andrews (based on the Archie Comics character) and his friends navigate life in a small town, with all that it entails, while also becoming involved in a dark and strange mystery, in this teen drama series.
Genre: Teen drama; Mystery
Watch it in: 1 day, 21 hours

26. Breaking Bad

Upon being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, starts making and selling crystal meth with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, to ensure his family will have a stable future.
Genre: Crime drama; Thriller; Neo-Western; Black comedy
Watch it in: 1 day, 22 hours, 30 minutes

27. iZombie

A medical resident turns into a zombie, which doesn’t end up being the worst thing in the world. She can now use her “talents” to help the police solve crimes. Oh, and she also often visits the morgue to eat brains.
Genre: Comedy-drama; Crime; Horror; Procedural
Watch it in: 2 days, 5 hours, 15 minutes

28. Gotham

Detective James Gordon rises to prominence in Gotham City by fighting crime and corruption to avenge Bruce Wayne’s parents’ murder. This TV series is based on DC Comics characters that appear in the Batman franchise. One of the best shows to binge watch for DC fans.
Genre: Action; Crime; Police procedural
Watch it in: 2 days, 23 hours, 40 minutes

29. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Based on the Marvel Comics organization Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), this American TV series explores the missions and unusual cases of the agency.
Genre: Action; Adventure; Drama; Science fiction; Superhero
Watch it in: 3 days, 16 hours, 9 minutes

30. The Flash

This American superhero TV series is based on the DC Comics character Flash (Barry Allen). A spin-off from Arrow, it follows the fight against crime of a crime scene investigator who wakes up from a coma with super-human speed.
Genre: Superhero; Drama; Action
Watch it in: 3 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes


Now, all you need to do is put together a binge watching survival kit and press play. How many of these best shows to binge watch have you watched? Which ones did you add to your Netflix queue for your next binge-watching session? Leave me a comment below!

Andreea Voicu

Executive Editor

If you were to look for me most days of the week, you would find me either in front of my laptop watching TV shows, or reading a book with my cats beside me.

I enjoy keeping up-to-date with TV shows and movies that strive to provide positive and accurate representations of different aspects of society and groups of people. Moreover, I am a geek at heart when it comes to franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars. If you think I own too many Harry Potter bits and bobs, you’re definitely right.

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