TOP 10 TV SHOWS TO BINGE-WATCH

Get comfortable on your couch because you'll be there for a while!


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Remember that time when you said you didn't have time to watch TV? Well, now you do! Thanks to COVID-19 many of us are finding ourselves stuck at home with nothing but time to kill. Luckily, I'm listing my top 10 TV shows to binge-watch.


I’m not talking about watching trashy reality TV because if that’s what you’re looking for then you're in the wrong place. This list is curated by myself with some of my favorites shows ever. We got drama, action, comedy, sci-fi, and cartoons. So gear up and get ready because we’re going to be in our homes for a while!


Buffy the Vampire Slayer


This cult 90s drama is my favorite show of all time. Did you know that Joss Whedon, director of the first two Avengers films, created this hit TV show?


Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped bring vampire shows into the mainstream. So fans of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and True Blood can all thank Buffy.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a supernatural drama about a high school girl named Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who finds out that she’s a Slayer. One in a long line of young women chosen by fate to battle the forces of evil.



As the Slayer, she has mystical powers that grant her increase physical strength, endurance, agility, and accelerated healing. The series starts with Buffy as a reluctant hero who wants to live a normal teenager life and follows her battles as she grows older and learns to embrace her destiny as the Slayer.


If you think the show is just about vampires you’re wrong. Buffy the Vampire Slayer uses demons as a metaphor for all the inner demons we face throughout our lives.



The series spear-headed the female empowered movement which is one of the running themes throughout the show as well as the personal sacrifices one has to make for the sake of the world.



With a richness of innovative story-telling, Emmy-nominated episodes, and an epic supporting cast of actors this show is a must-watch. Get ready for all the feels because I’ve never laughed and cried so much in any series in my life.



Once you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer you’ll find out why this series is constantly listed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Other actors you’ll recognize in the show include Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, and James Marsters.

Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of Korra


This is one of my favorite cartoons ever! I just finished rewatching it for the third time and it’s still epic. If you think this is a children’s cartoon then wait until you see it!


This show has such a deep and emotional subtext and showcases dark subject matters such as genocide and authoritarianism. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, we’re introduced to the four nations of the world based around the elements of water, earth, fire, air.



Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed before the Avatar, an Airbender named Aang, emerges.



The show follows Aang as he struggles with the complete loss of his people and culture, learns to master the elements and brings balance back to the world from the destructive fire nation.


The Last Airbender created such a rich and vibrant world and the conception of bending the elements is completely well thought out and superbly drawn. Each bending style is derived from a specific Chinese martial art form and each nation takes its cues from the physical embodiment of their respective element.


Water-bending is modeled after Tai Chi.



Earth-bending is modeled after Hung Gar.



Fire-bending is modeled after Northern Shaolin.



Air-bending is modeled after Ba Gua.



The show has garnered critical acclaim for its impressive storytelling and praised for being one of the most moving cartoons ever made.



The series even delves into the issues of war, gender discrimination, female empowerment, oppression, and questions surrounding fate and destiny.


Now, how good is this series?



It's good enough that Netflix is currently underway in creating a live-action version for it’s streaming service. FYI, pay no attention to the live-action film that came out in 2010. It’s a disgrace. Shame on you M. Night Shyamalan!


The series became so popular that it spurred a sequel titled The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after The Last Airbender and follows the journey of the new Avatar Korra, who is the female reincarnation of Aang.



The Avatar is cyclically reincarnated amongst the four nations and this time the Avatar is a member of the Water Tribe. The series follows Avatar Korra as she faces political and spiritual unrest in the modernizing world.



Where Aang struggled with the learning of bending elements in The Last Airbender, Korra’s journey through her series is more spiritual with her connecting with what it means to be an Avatar.



The Legend of Korra is even more mature than The Last Airbender. It’s a magnificent masterpiece and addresses spiritual and sociopolitical concerns, loads of character development and world-building, heart-racing action, and is fantastically animated.


Schitt’s Creek


If you’re wanting a more funny sitcom show to watch then look no further than Schitt’s Creek! I originally started watching Schitt’s Creek as a background show. But, I became so enamored with the characters that I had to restart it from the beginning while giving it my full attention.


The series centers around the wealthy Rose Family of Johnny and Moira and their two adult children David and Alexis. In the very first episode, the family loses their fortune after being defrauded and forced to rebuild their lives in a small town called Schitt’s Creek. A town they own solely because it was bought as a joke birthday gift for David.



The hilarity ensues as we watch the Rose family struggle to adjust to living in their two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel and the conflict of their well-to-do attitudes amongst the more provincial people of the town.



The show starts with a lot of fish-out-of-the-water jokes with the Rose Family dealing with their current situation but comes into its own as it builds memorable characters such as the weirdly accented matriarch Moira Rose.



The show was called the best show on TV right now in 2019 by TV Guide and praised for its depiction of the pansexual character of David and how his sexuality is simply accepted without any homophobia. The show features Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy.


Sense8


Sense8 begins when a psychic connection between eight strangers from different parts of the world and cultures is awakened by a woman called Angelica, who kills herself to avoid capture by a nemesis named Whispers.


The eight eventually discover they form a group called a cluster of Sensates which are human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked, can sense and communicate with each other, and can share knowledge, language, and skills.



This show takes the theme we’re all the same and connected to such a higher level of action and drama. It’s filmed across the entire globe with sensates being in Nairobi, Seoul, San Francisco, Mexico City, Mumbai, London, Berlin, and Chicago.



This show was truly ahead of its time even for the streaming giant Netflix. Although the show’s critical reception was positive, Netlfix ending up axing the show after the second season. But fanfare took to the Internet to demand Netflix bring back the show. Which it did with a two hour special to give the series a proper closing.



Sense8's diverse characters and creative intersections between the stories make it a visually and emotionally compelling show. The power of the show lies in the Sense8’s ability to empathize for one another even though they are from different parts around the world. Its themes of diversity and tolerance are prevalent throughout.


Westworld


This sci-fi western series is based on the 1973 film of the same name. The story takes place in Westworld, which is a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West theme park populated by human-like androids called hosts.



The park caters to wealthy guests who enter Westworld to indulge in their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are programmed not to harm humans.


The narrative of Westworld is complex enough to keep you enthralled and ready to watch the next episode immediately. It’s an intelligent drama that’s brilliantly addictive and set against a crazy future of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.



The mystery and reveals in Westworld are some of the best I’ve seen in any series. The acting in this show is perfect and the cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and Luke Hemsworth.


Don’t F*ck With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer


I stumbled upon this true-crime documentary and ended up staying up until 3 AM to finish it because that’s how addictive it is.


This limited series follows a group of internet-savvy people who use social media to launch a manhunt for a killer who gained international notoriety in 2010 for sharing a graphically violent video online of himself killing two kittens. If you think he stopped at kittens well then you have another thing coming.



This documentary is addicting because you can see how your "average Joe" can use social media to become a sort of detective and track this killer using images and videos in a bloody game of cat and mouse.


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Game of Thrones


If you haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet now would be a great time to do it. Binge-watching this series back to up will help you remember the plethora of characters and plotlines that are intertwined in this series.



Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama based on the books by George R. R. Martin and is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The series chronicles the violent clashes between each noble family’s kingdom for the crown of the Iron Thorn while other families struggle for their independence from the crown. But besides battling each other they face additional threats from the Icy North.



The series has such a high production value and a fully realized world and compelling characters. The vivid storytelling and introduction of a vast array of characters make it easy for everyone to find someone to relate to. It also makes it just as horrifying because the inclusion of so many characters means that it’s easier to get rid of some characters with a gruesome death and Game of Thrones 100% plays on the shock value of killing off main characters at a minute’s notice.



Now, get ready because this series starts exceptionally strong! I believe at some point around season 4 or 5 it dipped a little in the sense of being a bit slow in comparison to prior seasons.

Additionally, get ready for the final season which to this day is still hated by fans, including me. The creators of the show decided to cut the season in half, rush all their plotlines, and give one of the most unsatisfying endings to a beloved series ever!


The cast includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, and many more.


The Mandalorian


You don’t have to be a knowledgable in the Star Wars films to appreciate this amazing series. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the journey of a warrior and bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.



You've probably seen all those Baby Yoda memes across the internet. Well, this is where they come from.



This action-packed space-western series benefits from the established Star Wars universe but at no point relies on any of the main characters from the film to carry the story. The pacing and story-telling of this series are expertly crafted and you will be wishing that you could have your own Baby Yoda.


Legion


As a huge X-Men fan, I’ve never liked any of the live TV shows that have come from the X-Universe except this one!


Legion is the story of David Haller, who happens to be the son of Professor Charles Xavier. David, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was placed in a psychiatric hospital. But after an encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the fact that there may be more to his illness and is possibly one of the strongest mutants in existence.



I’ve never seen a show like Legion before. The series is told from the unreliable point of view of David and mixes 1960s design with modern-day elements while incorporating stunning visuals to convey David’s distorted view of reality.


Legion is an intelligent show and a visual masterpiece. One of the things I always hated about the X-Men films is they never showed audiences the Astral Plane.



The Astral Plane is a dimension where psychics can travel with their mind outside the physical world and where the power of their thoughts become reality.


Don’t expect David to stand there with an intense look in his eyes as we’ve seen Professor X and Jean Grey do in the X-Men films The series cleverly uses the Astral Plane for some visually arresting effects and properly showcases the power levels of psychics.



The cast includes Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart.


The Handmaid’s Tale


Get ready to fear the end of the world because watching The Handmaid’s Tale will have you realizing how fragile the state of the world is and how we’re one major event away from a dystopian future like this show.


The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian tragedy series based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.



The series takes place following a second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called handmaids, into child-bearing slavery.



The Handmaid’s Tale is a haunting and engrossing show that's perfectly paced, suspenseful, and visually brutal. You’ll find yourself holding your breath and worried about how something like this could happen and then fearful that it isn’t such a reach.



The social commentary of the series is profoundly relevant and focuses on themes of power, sexuality, feminism, the power of language, and gender conflict. The cast features some exquisite acting by Elizabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joseph Fiennes.


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