Top TV Shows to Binge Watch

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    Posted on Monday, Oct 02, 2017
    Have you ever found yourself on a TV streaming site idly flipping through their list of shows to watch? Have you ever felt like you have already watched everything and that there is nothing else you could possibly watch that will hold your interest? Did you then look to the internet to search for which show you should watch next? So have I! Internet lists are so helpful when I’m on a new quest for a TV show to watch, and, lucky for you, I have created yet another list of shows you should binge watch immediately. It’s pretty likely that you’ve already seen a lot of these, but I hope you find at least one new show.
     
    Note: When listing where to watch these shows, I will not include places where you have to buy each episode individually. I am only including subscription-based sites. Many of these shows are also available on iTunes and Amazon (not on Prime).
    So, here we go:
     
    1. Game of Thrones
    Game of Thrones (if you somehow haven’t heard of it) is a fantasy drama based off of George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. It takes place in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos and tells the stories of multiple people and their tactics for claiming the Iron Throne to become the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. It is an amazing show with breathtaking cinematography. Each episode basically has the budget of a theatrically released movie. The final season is supposed to be released in 2019, so you have plenty of time to catch up!
    Where to watch: HBO, HBO Go/Now, Amazon Prime (with HBO), Hulu (with HBO)

    2. The Office
    The Office (American Version) is a mockumentary comedy following the everyday lives of office workers. It’s incredibly funny and you’ll find a character to relate to in just about every episode. There has never been an episode I absolutely hated. With each episode only a little over 20 minutes long, it is so easy to get through a lot of episodes in one sitting. I, personally, have watched the entire series three times through. Trust me when I say it’s amazing.
    Where to watch: Netflix
     
    3. How I Met Your Mother
    How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is a dramedy about Ted Mosby recalling all the events that led him to meeting the mother of his children. Ted narrates every episode as he recalls each memory to inform his children of the incredibly lengthy process. The show has many laugh-out-loud moments as well as moments that will make you cry. This crazy journey is worth every episode.
    Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu
     
     4. Avatar: The Last Airbender
    I know what you’re thinking – a cartoon? Really? Yes, really. If you did not watch this show as a child, you need to go watch it now. Avatar is about the journey of a young boy named Aang whose quest is to master all four elements (air, water, earth and fire) and fulfill his destiny as the Avatar. He is the only remaining Airbender in the world after they were all wiped out by the fire nation. It is up to Aang and his friends to get him the training he needs in order to defeat Fire Lord Ozai and bring peace back into the world. It is a story that is fun for all ages.
    Where to watch: Nick.com, Amazon Prime
     
    5. Parks and Recreation
     Parks and Recreation focuses on the Parks and Recreation department of the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. The show presents the eccentric Leslie Knope as the heart of the department and is an easy character to love along with everyone else. It is difficult to choose a favorite and may vary from episode to episode. This show was created by the same people who worked on The Office, so I always recommend it to anyone who is an Office fan.
    Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

    6. Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley is a comedy series focusing on five young men and their startup company Pied Piper. The writing is creative and the story engrosses you more than you would think. It may even make you reconsider your current major and making the switch over to Computer Science (but probably not). I often find myself chuckling throughout every episode.
    Where to watch:  HBO, HBO Go/Now, Amazon Prime (with HBO), Hulu (with HBO)
     
    7. This Is Us
    This Is Us is a unique story about the intertwining paths of different people. The show is full of incredibly touching moments and plot twists. It is so easy to get lost in this show and feel like you are just as invested in these characters as the people in their lives are.
    Where to watch: NBC (with a TV provider), Hulu
     
    8. The Good Place
    The Good Place is small town where you are sent after you die if you have been good (more so than bad) throughout your entire life. When Eleanor ends up here, she quickly realizes this is not where she is meant to be and has been mistaken for someone else. When she realizes the town is literally falling apart from her presence, Eleanor decides to change her ways and try her best at being good. I watched the entire first season in ONE DAY. It is so good and season two is quickly approaching!
    Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu
     
    9. Anne with an “E”
    Anne with an “E” is a Netflix original series based on the book series Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and takes place on Prince Edward Island in Canada. The show focuses on a young orphan girl, Anne, who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert when they sent word to the orphanage for a boy to help out around the farm – Green Gables. Anne faces many trials both before and after arriving at the farm. The show is inspiring and you will be in awe of how Anne handles each situation.
    Where to watch: Netflix
     
    10. Stranger Things
    Stranger Things tells the story of a peculiar missing child’s case in Hawkins, Indiana. When a boy goes missing, it is up to those closest to him and strange new girl to find him. This show is incredibly suspenseful and I did not want to give anything away in my summary.  Just trust me when I say WATCH IT.
    Where to watch: Netflix
     
    By Andra Corrieri, College of Education and Human Development
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