Binge material

Today, I asked my husband: what shows are in your top 3? Top 5? Top 10? We tried to narrow down our own favorites — we could consider a series in its entirety, or even a single season of a series. It’d be hard to choose from all the shows I’ve ever watched, so I’m limiting this list to dramas I’ve watched in the past five years.

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. The Americans
  3. The Leftovers (mainly season 2, which we recently finished; season 1 is notable, but it’s hard to say I “liked” it — it was incredibly bleak and very hard to watch at times)
  4. Homeland (definitely season 1, but I also got back into it in season 5, set in Berlin)
  5. True Detective, season 1
  6. Game of Thrones
  7. Carnivale (so unique — it’s a shame there were only 2 seasons)
  8. Westworld (absolutely love the premise, but in season 1, I didn’t like some of the forced exposition in parts)

I’ll stop there. I’ve enjoyed other shows, but they don’t necessarily belong on the list:

  • The Night Of
  • Mr. Robot, season 1 (couldn’t get into season 2)
  • Orphan Black (mainly season 1 — after that, it pretty much loses its freshness)
  • Boardwalk Empire

Any recommendations for what to binge on next? Black Mirror, Stranger Things? Try to watch The Wire (again)? While these are all dramas, I’m open to comedy, too (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Peep Show are my favorites.)

 

10 thoughts on “Binge material”

      1. Grew up in Seattle, and Twin Peaks was supposed to take place in the region, so we were all into it when it originally came out. Watched it again a few years ago and it was still great. I basically binged all 6 season of Lost in a two week period, 4 years ago. Was like losing friends when it was over. Somehow you could really connect with those characters even though the show was so wild.

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    1. I watched an episode of Top of the Lake a few years ago when we were staying at my mother-in-law’s — I was intrigued but we never followed up on continuing it when we returned home. My husband also mentioned Man in the High Castle yesterday as an option to watch, so thanks for the upvote — maybe we’ll watch that next!

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