But with so much content and so little time, it can be easy to find yourself spending half of your evening just figuring out what you want to watch in the first place. So we're here to help. Whether your tastes lean toward fun-but-frightening sci-fi anthologies or laugh-out-loud absurd comedies, here are the 50 TV shows we're binge-watching right now—all of which run for more than a single season sorry, Firefly and Freaks and Geeks —so that you've got more to watch, and all of them just a click away.
Hulu With his tack-sharp introductions and tightly-plotted morality plays, Alfred Hitchcock —already renowned for his feature film work—became the prototype for Rod Serling with the debut of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. If the stark black and white cinematography looks familiar, you have a good eye: Amazon To their neighbors in a sleepy D.
But to anyone who gets in their way including FBI agents , these undercover Russian spies are quick, efficient, and deadly. Hulu, Netflix This smart, snarky series follows the riches-to-rags story of the Bluths, a dysfunctional Orange County family that loses their real estate fortune after the SEC begins investigating the family business for fraud.
After the family patriarch, George Bluth Sr. Jeffrey Tambor , goes to prison, his son Michael Jason Bateman is left to grudgingly hold the family together. A fifth season is currently in the works. Though, deep down, Jimmy clearly cares about people—well, some people—he cares about winning more, and proving to his brother that he's matured since his day of running scams back in their hometown of Cicero, Illinois, where he was known as "Slippin' Jimmy.
Netflix OK, full disclaimer: Do not attempt to binge-watch Black Mirror all in a day. With just 13 episodes spread out across three seasons plus a Christmas episode , you could physically do it—but mentally, you need more breathing room. Though the anthology series has been compared to The Twilight Zone due to its twisty, technology-themed tales, at its heart, Black Mirror is a reflection of society. Netflix In this animated series, Bob Belcher voiced by H.
Jon Benjamin and his family run a struggling burger joint in a seaside town where one of their only regular customers is the mortician next door. Its musical interludes—enough to put together into a song album —fart jokes, and regular burger-themed puns put a hilarious spin on what is, underneath it all, a sweet show about a deeply loving family.
Breaking Bad follows Walter White Bryan Cranston , a down-on-his-luck high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Desperate to provide for his family before his death, White teams up with a former student and small-time drug dealer Aaron Paul to cook and sell crystal meth. Breaking Bad brims with dark secrets, surprising humor, and a pulsing humanity that renders this gritty drama all too believable.
Like a less strange version of Twin Peaks, the series follows two newly partnered detectives David Tennant and Olivia Colman tasked with solving the murder of a year-old boy in a tiny seaside town where everyone knows each other, and everyone is a suspect. In addition to being a phenomenal crime procedural that keeps you guessing until the very end, Broadchurch is not afraid to take its viewers into the darkest corners of the human psyche, yet still maintains a message that tells us we have the power to bounce back from even the worst tragedies.
American boy meets Irish girl while traveling for business, boy and girl have a fling, boy gets girl pregnant, boy and girl decide to have the baby. Netflix The most embarrassing day of your life has nothing on a normal day for Tracey Gordon. The first episode of this laugh-until-you-feel-sick series opens with its adorable and painfully inept year-old protagonist trying desperately to lose her virginity, and it just gets more awkward from there. Michaela Coel created and stars in the BAFTA-winning show, which makes ample use of her astonishingly expressive face and talent for physical comedy.
Amazon Like many of the prestige dramas that HBO aired in the wake of The Sopranos's success, David Milch's Deadwood managed to attract a small but rabid fan base that has only grown with time, as new generations get the chance to discover the series via streaming networks like Amazon.
And while it includes all of the fun tropes we've come to expect of a great western—including gunfights, gold rushes, and fun-filled brothels—the series, which ran for just three seasons, is really about the evolution of civilization and how we build communities out of chaos.
And with a lot of f-bombs dropped mostly from McShane. Amazon, BritBox Originally making its debut in , Doctor Who is the kind of sci-fi juggernaut that can seem a bit daunting to non-hardcore fans of the genre.
While the earlier incarnation which you can watch on BritBox has a definite sense of humor, the reimagined version of the series—which made its triumphant return in —offers loads of kitschy fun.
The series follows a time-traveling alien who travels through space and time to help save the world with the help of his trusty and ever-changing companion.
Though the reboot kicked off with Christopher Eccleston playing the Ninth Doctor, part of the fun is that regeneration is canon—so while The Doctor is technically always the same character, he can regenerate into a new face and body every time an actor leaves the show.
So in addition to getting her married off to some well-to-do gentleman who will keep her social status intact, they need to track down the stranger who will end up inheriting their beloved estate and the bulk of their fortune.
Amazon First things first: Even the clip above could be considered NSFW. Before he was getting nasty in 50 Shades of Grey and its sequel, Jamie Dornan played a masochist of a different kind in The Fall as Paul Spector, a family man and bereavement counselor who just so happens to have a penchant for stalking and murdering women. Hulu Making the jump from movie to television screen has rarely turned out to be a great idea see the small-screen versions of: But Fargo is an absolute exception to this rule.
Brilliantly crafted, the show is technically designed as an anthology series though there are connections between each of its three—and hopefully counting—seasons. Martin, Game of Thrones is a brilliantly realized power struggle that pits various factions against each other for the fate of the land of Westeros. Multiple plot threads are woven together to form a tapestry of violence, deception, and infighting, with a colorful army of characters that will either delight or disgust you or maybe a bit of both.
Weiss have no problem killing off even the most beloved characters. Netflix Enter the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut and follow Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham and her daughter Rory Alexis Bledel as they drink coffee, talk fast, and tackle the challenges of life.
Gilmore Girls explores themes of friendship, romance, generational problems, and class issues in fast-paced episodes packed with fantastic dialogue. The show has many distinctive characters that will have you coming back and singing the theme song along with each episode.
A Year in the Life! Lecter manipulates both Graham and the FBI as he continues to kill—and serve up killer human-based meals to unsuspecting dinner guests. You will frequently ask yourself how this show ever aired on network TV. At a criminally-short three seasons, Hannibal is easy to devour; the last episode of season three was filmed before the show was cancelled, and its post-credit cliffhanger will leave you hungry for more.
And if Fuller has anything to do with it, a fourth season that delves into Silence of the Lambs territory will be dished up soon. As one of the first series to debut on a streaming network in this case, Netflix , it almost begged to be consumed in one sitting—and not just because all 13 episodes in its first season dropped at one time, but because it was impossible not to be seduced by Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey , a South Carolina Congressman and Democratic House Majority Whip who vows revenge when newly elected POTUS Garrett Walker Michael Gill reneges on his promise to appoint Frank as Secretary of State.
The more havoc Underwood wreaks, the more powerful he grows—aided by his equally cunning wife Claire Robin Wright. Because greed and incompetence—and Danny DeVito—have made the show a cult classic. Netflix Jane the Virgin follows Jane Villanueva played by Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez as she navigates the aftermath of her accidental artificial insemination. Amazon On its surface, Justified looks and feels like your standard cop procedural: Displaced lawman Raylan Givens Timothy Olyphant returns to his Kentucky hometown to face old demons and an oppressive supervisor.
Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, Justified has an ear for dialogue that approaches music, with Givens trading verbal jabs as easily as he exchanges bullets. The fictionalized tale of Uhtred is set against the backdrop of the rise of Alfred the Great David Dawson , the real-world King of Wessex in the 9th century who fought off Viking invaders, promoted literacy and education, and helped build toward a unified England.
Amidst all the history lessons, the series features a twisting plot, complex characters, and plenty of sword-and-shield warfare. This gang of NFL uber-fans who put together a hyper-competitive fantasy football league is full of characters who are deeply offensive, completely incorrigible, and a delight to watch.
The fast-paced, crass show was created by husband-and-wife team Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, who modeled the semi-improvised series after Jeff's own obsession with fantasy sports. They run their own league with the cast, giving the show an extra boost of realism. Amazon Renaissance man filmmaker Steven Soderbergh directed and shot this two-season Cinemax series, which is not for the faint of heart. The drama is set in a New York City hospital in the early 20th century, and features gory and historically accurate surgical techniques.
Edwards, the brilliant Europe-educated African-American surgeon who joins the Knick as assistant chief of surgery, to objections from other surgeons on staff; and Eve Hewson daughter of U2's Bono is Lucy Elkins, a young nurse at the Knick caught between her religious morals and her torrid affair with Thackery.
Netflix For just about as long as there have been cop shows there have been conflicted cops starring at the center of them, and this gritty British crime series is no different. What makes it stand out is Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, a detective who regularly finds himself on the wrong side of London's most unhinged criminals. But Luther will stop at nothing to make sure he gets the bad guy—even if he has to bend the law, or befriend a sociopathic genius Ruth Wilson who murdered her parents, to do it.
Even the most deranged criminal is no match for Elba's hulking intensity. With just 15 episodes over the course of four seasons, you've got plenty of time to catch up on Luther before Elba returns for a fifth season.
The show has a little jazz, a little romance, and plenty of shootouts. Oh, and a lot of great flapper fashion. Netflix With all due respect to Greg Daniels's American version of The Office which is also available on Netflix and worth your time , when it comes to the fine art of awkward comedy, there's no more talented a practitioner than Ricky Gervais.
Whereas Dunder Mifflin's Michael Scott is a sort of sweet social misfit who just wants to be liked, Wernham Hogg's David Brent is more of a self-centered jerk who regularly tries, and desperately fails, to command respect from those around him.
And when things don't go Brent's way, he unleashes the childish beast inside—and those are the series's finest moments. His attempt to out-dance his immediate superior, who has everything David wants, is the kind of thing you'll want to rewind and re-watch. Especially to witness that Martin Freeman has a perfect facial response to every situation. Amazon You want great sci-fi? The Canadian breakout hit Orphan Black raised the bar for storytelling, cultural commentary, hair and makeup design, and unparalleled acting.