Binge Worthy TV Shows As Told By Me

 

Broad City: Two New York girls are young and exploring the city, enjoying their friendship, dating, and general shenanigans. Enjoy some relatable storylines involving bad roommates, getting high, and horrible first jobs.

Original network: Comedy Central

Number of seasons: 2 (number 3 currently airing)

Where to watch: Hulu*

Things to look forward to: some of the best one liners of your life

Things to look past: a little too much toilet humor

 

Gilmore Girls: A mother and daughter are best friends?? Can that be? Oh yes! A cast full of colorful characters set in fictional Stars Hollow, CT. Love, laughter and drama ensue.

Original network: The WB/CW 

Number of seasons: 7 (more to come!) 

Where to watch : Netflix

Things to look forward to: snappy lines and one of my favorite “will they?/won’t they?” story lines ever…and  um a revival this year!!

Things to look past: Some boring side character plots that pander out

 

Pretty Little Liars: Four girls are forced to solve the murder of their friend after an unknown blackmailer threatens to reveal their long buried secrets.

Original network: ABC Family/Freeform (dumb name btw) 

Number of seasons: 6 (still airing)

Where to watch: Netflix

Things to look forward to: beautiful clothes, an actually intriguing mystery/plot, intricate writing.

Things to look past: you really have suspend your disbelief that these girls are in high school, and buckle down to get past the first few episodes. 

 

Community: Seven different people of different ages and races all have different reasons to be attending Community College but form a study group, and a good friendship. So unappreciated, it’s streets ahead. (you will all get that later) 

Original network: NBC

Number of seasons: 6

Where to watch : Hulu*/Yahoo Screen (season 6 only)

Things to look forward to: a beautiful blend of feels and humor

Things to look past: that there isn’t enough of it

 

Jessica Jones: a former superhero is a now a P.I. who is fighting a man who can control minds, she’s sassy, she drinks, she has super strength. What’s not to love?

Original Network: Netflix (also where to watch)

Number of seasons: 1 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: deep feminist themes and empowerment

Things to look past: dark story lines make it hard to binge

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A young girl is rescued from an underground cult after 15 years and now has to acclimate to life in New York.

Original network:  Netflix (also where to watch)

Number of seasons: 1 (still airing/season 2 on April 15th!) 

Things to look forward to: despite the description it is a comedy, and she is a nanny just like you! and she was kidnapped in Indiana (that’s a place you know!), and a good theme song.

Things to look past: jokes can get a little repetitive

Parks and Rec: A local government employee decides to improve a gross pit in her town (also in Indiana!) with her rag tag team of friends/coworkers.

Original network: NBC

Number of seasons: 7

Where to watch: Netflix

Things to look forward to: Amy Poehler is a treasure, a cute friendship with Rashida Jones, the beginning of Chris Pratt’s career and Aziz Anzari

Things to look past: some of the story lines repeat or go on too long.

 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A chosen girl is given super powers to kill vampires and also still has to graduate high school. There is some good romance, and fight scenes and very clever writing.

Original network: The WB/UPN

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Things to look forward to: Just the best freaking show, she is so tough and awesome and a great supporting cast

Things to look past: it’s a little dated

Veronica Mars: a local high school girl solves crimes in her town for fellow students while also trying to solve the murder of her best friend.

Original Network: The CW

Where to watch: Amazon Prime*

Number of seasons: 3 (and a movie!!)

Things to look forward to: Nail biting mysteries, Kristen Bell and great writing

Things to look past: once again suspending your disbelief that she is in high school

 

Friends: SIx friends in the city, come on now. You know this.

Original Network: NBC

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 10

Things to look forward to: being a part of the rest of America and watching this show

Things to look past: season 9

 

Sex and The City: Four women living in NYC are trying date, talk about sex, love, and friendship while only being a little annoying but mostly funny.

Original Network: HBO

Where to watch: Amazon Prime*

Number of seasons: 6 (and 2 movies!)

Things to look forward to: actually pretty funny/relatable

Things to look past: questionable outfits and a little 90s


How I Met Your Mother: 5 friends living in NYC (sound familiar) following protagonist Ted Mosby while he tells his kids the story of how he met their mother from the future.

Original Network: CBS

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 9

Things to look forward to: Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris! Pretty cute show, you will actually laugh and cry quite a bit, and it’s a very clever show

Things to look past: the last season

 

Scrubs: A team of hospital staff work through personal and career issues at Sacred Heart but it’s also a comedy!

Original Network: NBC/ABC

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 9

Things to look forward to: very very sweet and lots of recurring bits

Things to look past: very medical

 

Glee: a high school glee club is constantly being threatened to be shut down, hopefully they know some covers

Original Network: Fox

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 6

Things to look forward to: pretty good music, and funny lines

Things to look past: inconsistent story lines and regressive characters, but it might be okay if you are on pain killers.

 

Arrested Development: a wealthy family is in financial peril but the most responsible son has to step in to save the family and company.

Original network: Fox

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 4 (4 was a revival)

Things to look forward to: great characters! so funny! so clever! Most underrated show on television.

Things to look past: short seasons

 

Weeds: a single soccer mom takes up dealing weed to pay the bills.

Original network: Showtime

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 8

Things to look forward to: so addicting, Nancy Botwin is the antihero of your dreams.Good music, same writer from Orange is the New Black

Things to look past: the second half of the show

The Office: The original mocumentary. A camera crew following around employees of a paper company for 9 years.

Original network: NBC

Where to watch: Netflix

Number of seasons: 9

Things to look forward: Very funny, great character based show, the “will they/won’t they?” of this show is the one of its generation.

Things to look past: takes a little bit of a dip in the middle but pulls itself back together in the opinion of this reporter.

Girls: 4 girls living in NYC (more specifically Brooklyn) who are basically the millennial’s anthem.

Original network: HBO

Where to watch now: Amazon Prime

Number of seasons: 5

Things to look forward to: strong first season, relateable, the right amount of dark, very good soundtrack,Raunchy if that’s your thing. Judd Apatow is a producer. Elijah (wait and see).

Things to look past: wanting to punch Hannah Horvath in the face, and mostly Marnie and mostly Jessa. You do your thing Shosh.

Daria: Animated sitcom about a teenage girl moving to Lawndale (state unknown at least to me) and pretty much being the most cynical person in history.

Original network: MTV

Where to watch now: Hulu

Number of seasons: 5

Things to look forward to: Daria is a dry humor that makes you sometimes want to applause her apathy and commentary. Plus the other characters balance out her stoicism.

Things to look past: Her monotone voice makes it hard to binge.

Angel: A Buffy spin off, where her vampire ex-boyfriend moves to LA to become his own super hero but is also searching for redemption to make up for his past sins.

Original network: The WB

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 5

Things to look forward to: He’s a vampire with a soul! A champion fighting for justice.A little more dark/adult than Buffy. Also his Scooby gang of sidekicks is charming AF(I’m looking at you Charisma Carpenter).

Things to look past: Hard to watch without being a Buffy fan first but a little research and you can skip ahead to his show.

United States of Tara: A mom in Kansas has DID (multiple personality disorder) and her family has to make due with sharing their mom/wife to these other personalities.

Original network: Showtime

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 3

Things to look forward to: Toni Collette deserves a tiara for her performance. It’s funny and sad, some good LGBT characters. The beginning of Brie Larson, and Aiden from SATC is in it! Same writer from Juno (Diablo Cody).

Things to look past: Ends very abruptly.

Family Guy: Do I have to describe it? Hilarious animated sitcom that is more or less a rip off from The Simpsons but we all love it. Some great social commentary buried underneath a lot of fart jokes.

Oringal network: Fox

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 14

Things to look forward to: Funny and quotable, easy to marathon.Some actually great social commentary. Not as you stupid as you think it is.

Things to look past: can cross a line now and again

Orange Is The New Black: Privileged Piper Chapman goes to jail in upstate New York. She learns the ropes of prison life.

Original network: Netflix (also where to watch)

Number of seasons: 3 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: Amazing supporting cast! They really make the show, there are so many characters you are bound to have a favorite. Same writer as Weeds (Jenji Kohan). Great LGBT characters and diversity.

Things to look past: Piper is not really that great of a protagonist but you’ll connect to someone else.

Six Feet Under: A family loses their patriarch and two sons and their widow mother have to keep their family’s funeral home business going and there is a snarky teenage daughter who hangs out.

Original network: HBO

Where to watch now: Amazon Prime

Number of seasons: 5

Things to look forward to: Artsy and just the right amount of pretentious. Very good acting by Michael C. Hall (pre Dexter). Dramatic and the seasons are short so the story moves along. Good finale too.

Things to look past: None of the protagonists are too likable, you don’t root for anyone too much.

Heroes: People with abilities from different parts of the world try to live their lives while dealing with their powers.

Original network: NBC

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of Seasons: 5 (plus a miniseries)

Things to look forward to: Great first season, captivating story line and well written with good special effects.

Things to look past: Season 3 and on.

30 Rock: Liz Lemon is a late night sketch comedy show producer and it’s all about her struggle. She is your beautiful introverted spirit animal.

Original Network: NBC

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Things to look forward to: Tracy and Jenna! Jack Donaghy. A myriad of guest stars, awesome writing, so many Emmys and Tina Fey as Liz Lemon is just what life is about.

Things to look past: nothing, anyone who speaks ill of 30 Rock is not your friend, but also season 1 is not that good.

Shameless: A remake of a British show about a young girl named Fiona who has an alcoholic father (played wonderfully by William H. Macy) and an absentee bipolar mother and has to raise her 5 siblings in South Chicago.

Original network: Showtime

Where to watch now: Hulu (if you add Showtime)

Number of seasons: 6 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: The perfect amount of drama and comedy, these kids love stealing, sex, drugs, getting by but also look out for each other.Joan Cusack as a shut in. The schemes are always enjoyable, progressive LGBT characters. The show is often run by seasons (literal ones not TV ones). The winter seasons are always more depressing and the summer ones are more playful.

Things to look past. Some of the characters can get frustrating or feel like they have regressed. Also the show can be a major bummer at times.

Teen Wolf: I know what you are thinking, that it’s just some lame supernatural show but you are only half right. It’s not lame. Teen Wolf is a captivating show with some original characters and cool cinematography.

Original network: MTV

Where to watch now: Amazon Prime

Number of seasons: 5 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: A decent amount of shirtless men, quippy characters, Dylan O’Brien in general. Good twists and a generally good heroes journey.

Things too look past: Plot can get confusing especially with all the names, and too much CGI.

 

American Dad!: Often dismissed as a lame spin off/side project of Family Guy but it’s actually better in a lot of ways. Similar family dynamic but more plot driven than relying on cutaways like Family Guy. Francine Smith is much more charming than Lois and the 14 year old son Steve Smith is reason enough to watch.

Original network: Fox (now TBS)

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 14

Things to look forward to: Clever show, less toilet humor than it’s counterpart Family Guy.

Things to look past: Very rough beginning seasons, I would honestly start at like season 4.

Sense8: Eight strangers are psychically connected and live all over the globe. Their connection is just emerging and they are also being hunted because of their connection.

Original network: Netflix (also where to watch)

Number of seasons: 1 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: Beautiful cinematography around the world, strong LGBT characters, compelling love stories, action, steamy sex scenes and a touching rendition of 4 Non Blondes “What’s Going On?”

Things to look past: A little too serious at times, and can be confusing because things are laid out very well.

Scream TV Series: A sort spin off from the Scream franchise from the 90s. It’s based around a cyerbully/murderer in a fictional town of Lakewood. Obviously they are targeting sexy teens and there was a series of similar murders about 20 years ago. What’s the connection? Good luck audience. Think a more gory Pretty Little Liars .

Original network: MTV

Where to watch now: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: Wes Craven was the executive producer before his death and his story telling is phenomenal. The teens are kind of basic but you can’t help but root for them and the action/horror is very nail biting.

Thing to look past: not enough connection to the original franchise and being frustrated with teens running upstairs instead of outside.

Switched at Birth: Two girls find out they were switched at birth. One girl is a rich, cynical artist and the other is poor, deaf and has a heart of gold. The two families decide to live together and get to know their respective child.

Original network: ABC Family/Freeform

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 4 (still airing)

Things to look forward to: it’s very interesting to learn about deaf culture and sign language. The notion is pretty original and it’s compelling watching the two families want to know their biological child while also trying to protect their relationship with the child they raised.

Things to look past:the plot can move very slow, and I know it’s ABC Family but sometimes I even thought it could use a little more edge at times.

Nurse Jackie: Where to start? She’s a brazen nurse from Queens, NY who is also addicted to pain killers.  She spends most of the time being a very talented nurse and hanging out in the bathroom snorting pills and being shady AF.

Original network: Showtime

Where to watch now: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Thing to look forward to: Nurse Zoey Barkow is reason enough to watch. She is the light, sweet, funny counterpart to Jackie’s snark. Also Thor the male nurse might be my spirit animal. Jackie is like a very difficult kind of bitchy character who you don’t necessarily root for but can’t stop watching.

Things to look past: Jackie is endlessly frustrating and I won’t pretend there is an amazing pay off at the end.

 

 

There are some shows that did not make the list because there is no where to binge them (True Blood, Modern Family, The Simpsons).

 

Also there are three shows I am working on so stay tuned for Rob Reviews of:

-Master of None

-Daredevil

-Love

-Bojack Horseman

All Netflix orginals, eh?

 

*If you are not an Amazon Prime or Hulu user, you can sign up for the 30 day trial for both. Perfect chance to binge out these shows and cancel. I’m assuming we all have Netflix. 

Also I did include if some shows were Hulu and Amazon Prime or Hulu and Netflix, so if you have one service but not the other be sure to verify.

 

Happy Binging!

 

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