A certain kind of anxiety comes with picking a show to watch on Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max or Amazon Prime: There are approximately five billion options, but who’s got the time to sort through them all to pick out the gems? We do. Without further ado, 50 binge-worthy TV shows, all streaming on one of the above-mentioned sites.
50 Binge-Worthy TV Shows & Where to Watch Them
- Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden
This high school drama follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation's best football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor. And yes, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose,” will become your new life motto.
2. The Crown
- Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies
As if we need an excuse to watch anything royal-related, this Netflix drama follows the political rivalries and romances of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Pretty much all of our favorite royals make an appearance, including Princess Di.
- Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
In this Emmy award-winning comedy, Jerry Seinfeld provides a laugh-out-loud look at life as a single adult in the '90s. And has a TV show ever been so perfectly cast?
- Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven
Loosely based off of actor and producer Mark Wahlberg’s real life (we’re serious), the show follows film star Vinny Chase as he navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty (yet, neurotic) agent.
- Cast: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, Shelley Long, Kirstie Alley
All eleven season of this sitcom take place in the Boston bar "Cheers," where regulars share their experiences and lives with each other. Unrelated: Ted Danson was a total fox.
- Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Julia Garner
A financial advisor drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks (which turns out is a real place), where he must launder money to keep from being murdered by his drug boss.
7. Gossip Girl
- Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chase Crawford, Kristen Bell
Of course, we can’t forget about this early 2000s CW drama which gives viewers a look “into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.”
8. This Is Us
- Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley
This heartwarming and emotional story follows a unique set of siblings, their individual struggles and the stories of their lives growing up. Spoiler alert: You’ll need tissues for this one.
- Cast: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson
Thirty-two-year-old single mom, Lorelai, lives with her teenage daughter, Rory, in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. But with their unique relationship, the trials and tribulations of everyday life are made a little bit easier.
10. The Walking Dead
- Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins. He, as well as other survivors, must band together to wage a fight for their own survival.
11. The Simpsons
- Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner
Perhaps one of the most popular animated series in television history, the show follows the satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. And with 34 seasons, this guy will definitely take you some time.
12. The Brady Bunch
- Cast: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams
The half-hour comedy series follows the misadventures of a family united when single mother Carol marries single father Mike. This group’s shenanigans pretty much proved our family was so booooring.
- Cast: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
Easygoing Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie are at the center of this nostalgic look at Mayberry, a small town filled with lovable characters. Somewhat homogenized, yet innocent and with a young and adorable Ron Howard.
- Cast: Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts
This anthology series includes a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, a slasher summer camp and more. With rather dark themes and mature content, we’d keep this one for the adults.
- Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero
This ensemble comedy follows a talented-but-carefree detective, a by-the-book police captain and their colleagues at Brooklyn's 99th precinct. There’s just nothing quite like watching SNL’s Andy Samberg as a cop. LOL.
16. The Office
- Cast: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak
This mockumentary focuses on a group of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company employees as they try to get through a day uninterrupted by the hi-jinx of their immature (and socially-unaware) boss, Michael Scott.
17. I Love Lucy
- Cast: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
A quirky woman (and her husband) strives to become a star and gets herself in some pretty chaotic situations. Pretty unheard of in 1951. The show was ahead of its time, and not just because it tackled the then-taboo subject of pregnancy. *Faux gasp*
- Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, James Marsden
Characterized as science fiction Western (yes, we guess that’s a thing), this dystopian television series is based on the 1973 film of the same name and is set in a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts.” Pay close attention to this one, because things can get complicated.
- Cast: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito
Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Sweet Dee and Frank own and operate Paddy’s Pub in Philadelphia, where their big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes manage to get them into some pretty sticky situations.
20. Modern Family
- Cast: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland
ABC's half-hour comedy takes an honest and often uproarious look at the composition and complexity of today’s (you guessed it) modern family.
21. Twin Peaks
- Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook
An eccentric FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
22. 30 Rock
- Cast: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski
Follow along as Liz Lemon tries to run a successful television show while dealing with a new boss and an arrogant TV star. Of course, hilarity ensues.
23. Game of Thrones
- Cast: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey
This fantasy drama focuses on nine noble families fighting for control over the lands of Westeros. It’s got politics! It’s got dragons! It's got zombies that rise from the ice! Apart from season eight, this shows has it all (even Jason Momoa for a short period of time).
- Cast: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their jobs and build friendships as they struggle for success in love and life. Oh, and Danny DeVito, plays their tyrannical boss.
- Cast: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn
Things get crazy when the survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly (emphasis on seemingly) deserted tropical island. It had a wildly unsettling ending, but boy were we hooked in the early aughts.
- Cast: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe
Amy Poehler plays one of Pawnee’s public officials, Leslie Knope, whose absurd antics often get in the way of her (and her team’s) ability to make their city a better place. We never thought a parks department could be so entertaining.
- Cast: Hal Fryar, Curley Myers, Larry Vincent
This slapstick comedy follows the antics of three friends: Larry, Moe and Curley. Both ridiculous and entirely enjoyable—in small doses.
28. Sons of Anarchy
- Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates
SOA tells the story of a notorious outlaw motorcycle club that operates both illegal and legal businesses in the small town of Charming. But in all honesty, we started watching for Charlie Hunnam.
29. The West Wing
- Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
In the now-crowded genre of overly earnest political dramas, President Bartlet’s White House stands above the rest.
30. Schitt’s Creek
- Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy
When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family lose everything, they’re reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke—Schitt's Creek.
- Cast: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan
After the mysterious suicide of their neighbor and friend, four suburban housewives living on Wysteria Lane uncover secrets and lies about those closet to them.
- Cast: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations and never did we think a single show could creep us out in so many different ways.
- Cast: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson, John James
The absolutely absurd plot follows two feuding oil-rich families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, in Denver, Colorado. Not to be confused with the reboot series starring Liz Gillies (which is also binge-worthy).
- Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar
By day, quiet Dexter Morgan is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department. But at night, he takes justice into his own hands as a serial killer who targets other murderers.
35. Grey’s Anatomy
- Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Justin Chambers, Kevin McKidd, Patrick Dempsey
Intern (and eventual resident) Meredith Grey finds herself caught up in personal and professional passions with fellow doctors at a Seattle hospital. There are some pretty unrealistic situations in this medical drama—but Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy help keep us distracted.
- Cast: Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman
Pee-wee Herman brings his stage show to the masses with this innovative live-action kids series that invites viewers to join in on his quirky, imaginative fun. And despite its creator’s legal transgressions, Pee-wee’s Playhouse made it totally OK to be kind of a weirdo.
- Cast: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax
Based on the characters created by Charles Addams, the series introduces us to Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley and Wednesday, who manage to keep their neighbors at bay with their spooky ways of living.
38. The Wire
- Cast: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy
The drug-ridden streets of West Baltimore, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
- Cast: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, William Christopher
This fast-paced and fun-filled series features the staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War as they find that laughter is the best way to deal with their current situation. A “dramedy” long before Orange Is the New Black and Transparent, M*A*S*H lasted a few seasons too many, but remains some of the best TV of all time.
- Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie
It’s an American sitcom about a TV writer doing his best to juggle the responsibilities of life, both at work and at home. Guys, the chemistry between van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore is downright smokin’.
- Cast: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson, Ray Romano
Slightly similar to This Is Us, the series revolves around three generations of one family: the patriarch Zeek Braverman, the matriarch Camille Braverman and the families of their four children Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia.
- Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera
It's the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that loses everything. Level-headed son Michael takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned and desperately tries to hold the family together.
- Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
Bringing their trademark slapstick, puns and gimmicks to the small screen, The Abbott and Costello Show features two out-of-work actors and roommates staying at Mr. Field's Hollywood boarding house. Admit it: “Who’s on first?” will never not be funny.
44. Mad Men
- Cast: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks
Set in 1960s New York City, this award-winning series takes a peek inside one of Manhattan’s prestigious ad agencies, specifically focusing on the firm's most mysterious (and handsome) executive, Donald Draper.
- Cast: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
A situational comedy about the lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.
- Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LaBlanc, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry
The clever sitcom showcases the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. And while we are a tiny bit disappointed by the finale, there aren’t many other shows we’d be happy to rewatch literally any time ever.
- Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski
Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced into sexual servitude and struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society. Things get intense, to say the least.
- Cast: Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Charnele Brown
A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college. Sure, Lisa Bonet leaves after one season, but guest stars like Halle Berry, Tupac, Lena Horne and Whoopi Goldberg ease the sting.
49. Breaking Bad
- Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt
Walter White, a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher, gets diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. So, naturally, he turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. Oh, and there’s a follow up movie so be sure to add that to the queue.
50. The Sopranos
- Cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli
Created by David Chase, The Sopranos follows Tony Soprano—husband, father and mob boss—whose stresses of professional and private life land him in the office of his therapist.