Television is something I've always enjoyed and always been obsessed with. I've searched through the many shows I've seen and narrowed down what you all should binge-walk during winter break (or spring break, or summer, or at 11 pm on a weekday, whatever)
In no particular order, I present the 20 shows you should binge-watch on Netflix.
1. Sherlock (2010-Present)
The cult-classic that launched the career of Benedict Cumberbatch, this is a no-brainer show to binge watch as it is simply the easiest: there are only 9 "episodes" in this mini-series, all which are on Netflix. One of the best shows, with some of the best writing, directing, editing and acting; be prepared to become addicted-then depressed at having to wait for more episodes (the waiting never ends)
Sherlock is Available on Netflix
2. Reign (2013-Present)
Basically The Tudors meets Gossip Girl. This teen show wasn't as risqué as it first sounded, the show is great for those who love period dramas. More drama than action, you never know what could happen, or who could meet their demise.
Reign is Available on Netflix
3. The Fosters (2013-Present)
Definitely the best family show on ABC Family in years and my favorite show of 2013. The story of a blended and diverse family taking in a pair of siblings as foster children is SOOO good. The storylines, the drama, the relationships. One of my favorites.
The Fosters is Available on Netflix
4. How to Get Away with Murder (2014-Present)
Definitely the best primetime drama that's come out in the past two years, HTGAWM is must-see tv; I like it even more than Scandal. The acting, the suspense, the cliffhangers: This show deserves an Emmy or two. Congrats to Shonda Rhimes for creating powerful and must-see television every Thursday.
Although it is not on Netflix, many of the episodes are on ABC.com, hulu and other sites.
5. Once Upon a Time (2011-Present)
Once Upon a Time is a show that doesn't disappoint. The plot has had ups and downs, but it still brings me back each week. The amount of classic characters they can put in the show is astounding and the writers are fantastic. If you are a fan of Disney at all, this is a show to watch.
Once Upon A Time is Available on Netflix
6. New Girl (2011-Present)
I have mixed thoughts about New Girl. For awhile, it was in my top 5 favorite shows on TV.
Seasons 1 and 2 were great. Season 3 and 4, it's kind of fallen off the bandwagon and I've stopped watching. However, I think it's worth the binge as the first few seasons were hilarious.
New Girl is Available on Netflix
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-Present)
I had my doubts about Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I wasn't a huge fan of Andy Samberg's guest role on Parks and Recreation and thought it would be that, but as a show. I was proven wrong. This show is the closest to the style of Parks and Recreation that i've seen and the show is actually funny. Jake + Amy 4EVER.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is available on Hulu Plus.
8. Veronica Mars (2004-2007)
Veronica Mars is a show that most critics believe was gone too soon. A Kickstarter campaign raised over $5 million towards a feature film and there are now webisodes found online as well.
The show has a classic feel, yet feels dated by the technology and styles. A great detective series, Kristen Bell really makes you want to be the smart and resourceful one like her; an updated Nancy Drew. A really smart and well-done show.
Veronica Mars can be found exclusively on Amazon Prime
9. Under the Dome (2013-Present)
Under the Dome is a show that critics love to hate. The idea is absurd; a mysterious dome lands on a town, cutting them off from the rest of the world. There's murder, love, mutiny, supernatural powers; all the good things that come from the mind of Stephen King. Although the end of this season started getting sort of weird, the first season, and beginning of season 2 were really great.
Under the Dome can be found exclusively on Amazon Prime
10. Finding Carter (2014-Present)
I've never been a huge fan of MTV. They seem like they are all over the map, attracting a very different audience from those who watch original programming and those who watch the trash that are "reality shows" (minus Catfish-that show is watchable).
I had been a fan of Teen Wolf until it became too dark and had no real plot.
Finding Carter is a show similar to one you would find on ABC Family or The CW. It's a story of a girl named Carter, who finds out the mother she grew up with is actually her kidnapper. Her real family is shocked and basically the whole first season is her trying to figure out who she really is and to rediscover the life she was taken from. A similar plot as the film "The Face on the Milk Carton", this show really delves into what happens after a kidnapped child returns to her old life.
Although some episodes can be eye-roll inducing, I really found this show compelling, easy to watch and easy to fall in love with both the characters and the story.
Finding Carter can be found on MTV.com
Longer Series (more than 4 seasons) if you have even more time to kill:
11. Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)
One of the best ensembles on television ever. Some episodes fall flat while others I lay rolling on the floor. A Must-See before the final season airs in 2015.
Parks and Recreation is Available on Netflix
12. F.r.i.e.n.d.s. (1994-2004)
A Classic. 10 Seasons. 20 years since it began, 10 since it ended.
And all episodes will be on Netflix starting January 1st!
13. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
A recent addition to Netflix, I was so excited for a new generation of fans to see this quick-talking, caffeine fueled show.
I started watching Gilmore Girls in middle school, got the first 3 seasons on DVD and now it is on Netflix. Hilarious, moving and witty, the first 4 seasons are a must watch (it kind of went downhill after season 4) One of my top 5 favorites of All-Time.
14. Grey's Anatomy (2005-Present)
I'll always have this show in my heart. Although other dramas now take my attention, I'm still caught up. If you like drama and complicated storylines with a lot of time on your hands, this is for you.
Grey's Anatomy is Available on Netflix
15. Criminal Minds (2005-Present)
Currently on season 7. Definitely not for everyone, I've had nightmares after watching this show. However, it's super addicting.
Criminal Minds is Available on Netflix
16. Bones (2005-Present)
Probably another of my top 5 of All-Time. I could watch reruns of this drama anytime. A show that really shows growth and evolves over time, so many great episodes and moments.
17. Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)
So 90s. I started watching this show (too young when it was on) after I visited Wilmington NC where it was filmed back in 2011. Really great drama with heart. A must-see for fans of young adult shows.
Available on Netflix.
18. The OC (2003-2007)
The OC is similar to One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek and Gossip Girl.
This show makes you want to live in California and really sucks you in. Plus Adam Brody isn't bad looking.
Available online at various sites, including CW Seed
19. One Tree Hill (2003-2012)
I would probably call this my favorite show of all time. I mean, I flew to North Carolina to see it being filmed.
If there's one show to watch if you have time, it should be this one. I'm tearing up with memories of watching the show that's how good it is. Don't judge a book by it's cover on this one, I mean it lasted 9 seasons I wasn't the only one who thought so!
Available on Netflix
20. Pretty Little Liars (2010-Present)
Definitely a guilty pleasure, this show is always suspenseful and spectacular. I just watched the Christmas special and forgot how much I loved it. Can't wait for new episodes in January.
Available on Netflix