Top 10 Best Shows to Binge Watch

Published: December 11, 2014

So you've got a weekend or five to spare? Well grab your Doritos and curl up next to your handy remote control, because this is beyond a doubt a list of the very best shows any human being could ever hope to waste their free time on.

  1. Sons of Anarchy

    Sons of Anarchy follows Jax Teller and his band of likeable renegade motorcycle frat buddies as they go around generally having a great time blasting anyone that gets in their path. A bit (lot, really) violent at times, but just generally truly awesome, and may even make you want to get a massive tattoo on your backside.

  2. Hell's Kitchen

    Actually, I probably could have entitled this category "Anything with Gordon Ramsay." Because what could be better than watching three star Michelin chef Gordon Ramsay verbally lambast hapless chefs for slightly overcooking scallops. As a bonus, he will sometimes throw the food down in disgust or rub his temples maniacally, probably to keep his head from imploding. Quality entertainment that never gets old with 14 seasons to wade through.

  3. Breaking Bad

    The grand kahuna of all binge watching shows. Called by some "the perfect show," Breaking Bad follows the descent into "badness" of cancer stricken chemistry teacher Walter White. This is the show that everyone who watches it tells you to watch it too, and you'd be crazy not to follow their advice.

  4. Dexter

    Bloodspatter forensics analyst by day, serial mass murder by night, Dexter is a man with a big secret and it's always fun seeing how he handles balancing his role as father, worker, and mass murderer. At least he has a code that he lives by so he remains funny and likeable. Highly recommended to waste all your free time on.

     

  5. Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones is one of those shows that just defies explanation. The storyline is so great that you just have to see it to believe it. Also has one of the catchiest opening sequences out there as an extra special bonus. Game of Thrones is great because it isn't afraid to break all the taboos and isn't afraid to kill off a main character or five every now and then.

     

  6. The Walking Dead

    Ok, I'll confess... I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with The Walking Dead these days, because the whole concept of a world being overrun with slow moving creepy zombies is just so cool, but unfortunately as of late it's been marred with slow moving plots and endless navel gazing, and annoying characters running around doing dumb stuff to get themselves killed. But if you can get over the 80% of the boring and frustraing parts, every now and then The Walking Dead will surprise you, and it makes all the watching investment completely worth it. A challenging show, to be sure, but still makes the list - because when it's good, it's REALLY good.

     

  7. Orange is the New Black

    What can I say about this show that hasn't been said before? This show is pretty much a reason in and of itself to get Netflix, if you don't already have it. Who knew that women in prison would make for such a funny and interesting storyline? If you haven't seen this show, it's time to get on it, pronto.

     

  8. Mad Men

    I happen to work in advertising by day, but if I knew how cool the ad industry was in the 1960's, I think I would have asked my parents to have me earlier. Mad Men may be possibly the best written show on TV, and it's currently (as of this writing), on a year long break between the first and second half of the last season. Torture for all of us loyal Mad Menners, but a great opportunity to catch up if you haven't seen it before. 

    Special warning: The fashion on the show is really great - and has in fact inspired a whole Banana Republic Mad Men collection, but really, do your best to resist the urge to dress up like it's the 1960's all over again. Unless you are extremely genetically blessed, you aren't Don Draper (who happens to look perfect in a suit), and you won't look good in a Fedora.

     

  9. Suits

    Probably the best show you've never heard of. Follows the careers of Rainman-esque non-lawyer lawyer genius Mark Ross and his mentor Harvey Specter, the only man on the planet who can give Don Draper a run for his money looking good in a suit. A binge watching classic that falls a little under the radar, but worth an investment of a good portion of your life to get up to date.

     

  10. 24

    24 follows super agent Jack Bauer as he goes around being 12 steps ahead of the rest of the intelligence community on various threats to presidents and the nation at large. But no matter how many times Jack Bauer saves the day, everyone always seems to forget all the good he did and then decides to hunt him to the edge of the earth. It's this edge that Jack lives on that makes the show so interesting. Finally, one of the best things about 24 is that you have about 9 seasons to enjoy, so make sure to savor every moment of it.

     

In sum, binge watching shows is one of the healthiest recreational activities you can engage in. In addition to lowering stress, it also reduces your risk of skin cancer since you won't be out in the sun all that often.

Last but not least you might ask if there was just one show to pick as the best, which would it be? While these are all worthy contenders, I think most people would agree that in the end they all bow down to the awesomeness that is Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad truly is the perfect show, and achieves the extremely rare feat of never losing quality from episode to episode. One of the few shows in the list above that would be worth watching more than just once.