Hi, guys! So fun fact about me, I love to binge. I could be a professional binger if there was such a thing. I tend to watch way more TV around the holidays and I know a lot of other people do too, so chances are you might be running out of stuff to watch. Never fear
the professional binger Emily is here! Here are some TV shows and movies I love(d) to watch. Please note some of these are TV-MA so it might be best to do some research on them before watching as they can be offensive/too dark/etc. P.S., these are in no particular order. P.S.S., I am not great at describing shows/movies, so please excuse that.
1.) Ugly Betty. Comedy/Drama. All 4 seasons on Hulu.
“A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only problem is that it’s hard for a slightly less attractive woman to find her beauty surrounded by tall skinny models at a fashion magazine but Betty doesn’t let this stop her or her positive attitude towards her work.” from IMDb.com
Oh my gosh, I love this show so much. I think it’s my favorite of all time and the first that came to mind while writing this. Betty is so interesting and fun to watch.
2.) The Real Housewives (any franchise). Reality-TV. Some seasons on Hulu.
The Real Housewives is a reality tv show that follows successful women, documents their lives/relationships and all the drama that goes with it.
I think it is entertaining to watch and at the very least, very funny. The Real Housewives have quite a few different locations but I like New York and Beverly Hills the best so I would recommend trying those out.
3.) Parenthood. Comedy/Drama. All 6 seasons on Netflix.
Parenthood is a tv show about the lives of the Braverman family. It focuses on four siblings, their chrildren and parents.
Parenthood is such an amazing show. It’s a bit hard for me to describe but it’s just an amazing show about family, mistakes and how they deal with the cards they have been dealt.
4.) Riverdale. Mystery/Drama. 1 of 2 seasons on Netflix, season two is currently airing.
“A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.” – from IMDb.com
This show is fairly cheesy and at times hard to follow but it is a good show. The first season is really good, I would recommend waiting for season 2 to be on Netflix instead of moving onto it after finishing season one. It’s harder to follow watching episode to episode, and there are a lot of cliffhangers. Also, the girls’ fashion is amazing.
5.) Gilmore Girls. Comedy/Drama. All 7 seasons on Netflix.
“A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.” – from IMDb
Gilmore Girls is just such a good show and the characters are so relatable. If you’ve already seen it, it is great to rewatch or check out Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
6.) Grey’s Anatomy. Drama/Romance. 13 of 14 seasons on Netflix, season 14 is currently airing.
“A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.” – from IMDb.com
Watch a few episodes and try not to fall in love with Meredith and Derek. They are such well-written characters and it’s just such a good show. It has 14 seasons which are all good, but I really love seasons 1-5 and recommend them most.
7.) Project Runway. Game Show/Reality-TV. Seasons 9-14 on Hulu. Season 16 just finished.
“Heidi Klum hosts a reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Each week, a designer is eliminated from the competition after exhibiting their work in front of a judges’ panel. ” – from IMDb.com
I think most people have seen or at least heard of this show but it is amazing to binge watch. Tim Gunn completely makes this show. They also have a few different spin-offs such as Project Runway All Stars.
8.) 90 Day Fiance. Reality-TV. All 5 seasons available to buy on Amazon. Season 5 is currently airing.
90 Day Fiance is a show that documents the 90-day engagement visa process and the couples that go through it.
This is such an interesting show. It documents the process of couples from different countries getting married, with the 90-day engagement visa. They have 90 days to get married or the person that came to the United States has to leave. It’s interesting to see the process but there’s a ton of drama too! *grabs popcorn*
9.) Sex and The City. Comedy/Drama/Romance. All 6 seasons on Amazon, free for Prime members.
Carrie Bradshaw is such a funny, interesting character as are all the ladies. I think this show is timeless and is good to watch at any time, even if you’ve already seen it. Sex and The City (movie) is a great movie, too!
10.) Life in Pieces. Comedy. Season one of three is on Netflix, season three is currently airing.
“A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.” – from IMDb.com
I’ve never seen a show like this but they tell the story of a family in four different parts, one for each couple/family member. It’s incredibly funny and just a really good show.
11.) Big Little Lies. Crime/Drama. Season one is free with HBO or available for purchase on Amazon.
“The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder.” – from IMDb.com
This show is absolutely amazing. It is very dark but written impeccably and it has an amazing cast. It was a mini-series but due to fan response/awards, it’s been renewed for season 2!
12.) Breaking Bad. Crime/Drama. All 5 seasons on Netflix.
“A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.” – from IMDb.com.
Another dark show, but the actors and writing are great. It just gets better and better by episode.
13.) Girlboss. Comedy. The only season is on Netflix.
“Sophia, a misfit, discovers a passion for fashion, becoming an unlikely businesswoman in the process. As her business grows, however, she has to learn to cope with life as her own boss. This show is loosely based on the true story of Nasty Gal Founder, Sophia Amoruso.” – from IMDb.com
This show is so underrated. It was canceled but in my opinion, it more than deserved a second season. Sophie is a really unique character and you just want to watch her grow and succeed. #girlpower.
14.) Seinfeld. Sitcom. All 9 seasons on Hulu.
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. – from IMDb.com
A classic. It’s just so funny and has great writing.
15.) Mary Kills People. Drama. Season one on Hulu. Season two starts in January.
“Single mother Mary Harris is an ER doctor by day, but by night she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death who help terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms.” – from IMDb.com
This show is so dark, I am shocked it has been renewed for a second season because of how controversial it is. It’s very well written, so different and original.
16.) Downward Dog. Comedy. The only season is available to buy on Amazon.
Downward Dog is a show following a dog, Martin, (who narrates the episodes) and his owner Nan.
This is probably the cutest show ever. Martin is such a cute dog and he narrates the episodes like how you think a dog would think. I’m so sad that it didn’t get renewed for a second season because it is such a good show, perfect for the family.
17.) Gossip Girl. Drama/Romance. All 6 seasons are on Netflix.
“Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.” – from IMDb.com
So. Good. Whether or not you’ve seen it, it is amazing to watch.
18.) The Mindy Project. Comedy. All six seasons are on Hulu.
“A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.” – from IMDb.com
This show is very funny and Mindys fashion is amazing. I really only liked the first three seasons, but there’s six to watch!
1.) Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60. Documentary. On Netflix.
“Emmy-winning comedy legend Dana Carvey returns to the stage with a routine that blends pitch-perfect impressions of big personalities with so-true-it-hurts stories about being a dad of millennials, the joys of aging, and pharmaceuticals.” – from IMDb.com
If you don’t like Dana Carvey, you probably won’t like this but I think it is so funny.
2.) Gaga: Five Foot Two. Documentary. On Netflix.
“This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.” – from IMDb.com
I have never really listened to Gaga’s music but I’ve always thought that she’s a very kind, interesting person and this documentary is just so interesting to watch. You see her music, everyday struggles with chronic pain, and what went into the making of her latest album. It’s a really amazing documentary.
3.) You’ve Got Mail. Comedy/Drama/Romance. Available for purchase on Amazon.
“Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.” – from IMDb.com
One of my favorite films of all time. It starts to take place in fall but I always watch it around this time of the year and it’s just so good.
4.) La La Land. Comedy/Drama/Musical. Free with HBO. Available for purchase on Amazon.
“While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.” – from IMDb.com
Another one of my favorites. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (how’s the weather there?) you have definitely heard about this movie. It is definitely as good as people say and I just love it. Did I mention Ryan Gosling? If you don’t like musicals you might not like this but I think it’s still worth a shot cause, ya know, Ryan Gosling.
5.) The Shallows. Drama/Horror. Available for purchase on Amazon.
“A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.” – from IMDb.com
This movie is so intense. I am not one for shark movies, but this one is so well done. Highly recommend. Plus, Blake is amazing.
6.) 47 Meters Down. Drama/Horror. Available for purchase on Amazon.
Yes, I said I’m not into shark movies, yes I added another one to this list. But this is so good too! Two sisters go to Mexico and met some guys that take them to a really sketchy shark “exhibit” where you go into the tank and can see sharks. Anyway, the tank ends up going to the bottom of the ocean (47 meters down). It’s a fine/good movie but then you see the ending and it becomes amazing. Seriously, watch it.
Feel free to put addition suggestions in the comments, I’m always looking for something to watch!
Disclaimer: Information (such as where to watch these shows) is current as of at the time of posting. These may not be available outside of the United States. Some summaries have been used from IMDb.com.