The Top 10 Shows You Should Be Binge Watching
Grounded For Life
If you watched Fox or the WB (now the CW) growing up as a 90/2000s kid, this show will be your swan song. Donal Logue and Megyn Price star as a couple who got pregnant and married. 14 years and 3 kids later you see what happens during their day-to-day life. One of my two favorite things about this binge is all the celebrities you see guest staring in minor roles before their big breaks (Ashley Tisdale, Jerry Ferrara, Miranda Cosgrove, Jim O’Heir). I also love the way the stories are told. The episodes typically start in the middle of a story and one character tells others what’s happening in a series of flashbacks. Perfect half hour sitcom for a quick laugh.
The Vampire Diaries
I know a number of people who avoid anything about vampires post 2004 (when the world said goodbye to the amazing Joss Weadon Buffy/Angel universe). Typically I do too, but this show is my exception. The characters are complex, interesting and frankly, addictive. Everyone is beautiful! At any point in time I am rewatching The Vampire Diaries. I watch the current season and in my free time rewactch it on Netflix or with my DVDs. (Don’t tell me I need a life lol Vampire Diaries is life lol jk)
Once Upon a Time
I binge watched the first 3 seasons in 1 month…. All 66 episodes! While the current 4th season has been my least favorite, the first 3 are amazing. I could tell you about the clever way the creators re-imagine the stories of your favorite fairy tales but you should just get it together and watch.
Switched at Birth
I think this has been one of the most ground-breaking shows in the past decade. The story follows Daphne Vasques and Bay Kennish, two teenage girls who discover at the age of 15 they were switched at birth. As if that wasn’t enough Daphne contracted meningitis and lost her hearing at the age of 3, and has spent most of her life deaf. A lot of the scenes involve ASL (American Sign Language) if not performed only in ASL. You get the insight not only into a family drama but the world of the deaf community. The two girls have lived very different lives and the effects the switch had on everyone involved is captivating.
Arguably one of the greatest comedies of all time. If you’ve been living under a rock ….the Office (the U.S. version) is a scripted show about a “documentary” following the staff at a small branch of a paper company. The characters are hilarious, loveable and totally relatable. You will be hooked! (Not to mention one of the greatest love stories of all time! #JimandPamForever)
Parks and Recreation
If you’re like me you are still mourning the February series Finale of this show. So you probably already know the only way to heal the wound is by rewatching your favorite episodes on Netflix. Much like The Office (same creators) the show is based on a documentary style format following Leslie Knope (Amy Pholer), a loveable and enthusiastic government employee of the parks and recreation department and her coworkers. The first few episodes didn’t draw me in, but by episode 5 I was a fan. A few things you’ll love, action star Chris Pratt as the sweet and dopey Andy is too cute to miss. Aubrey Plaza as everyone’s inner bitch… seriously I could talk about every actor and every character so I’ll stop but Treat Yo Self and watch it!
…. because it’s Friends.
Gilmore girls is one of the best written, best casted television shows ever. There I said it. Amy Sheman- Palladino and the people at the WB (seriously can we bring it back!) picked everyone perfectly, to the point where you can’t imagine anyone else in these iconic roles. Plus the late Edward Herman, a young Jared Palenski, an unknown Melissa McCarthy and a fresh-faced Alexis Bledel …how can you not?
Hart of Dixie
Bright colors, cute accents, Summer Roberts all grown up! Yes, please. I will be the first to admit Season 3 was not the best but season 4 brought us back to the sweet quirky Bluebell. Hart of Dixie follows Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) who leaves New York City to take a job at a smaller family practice in Bluebell, Alabama. While Rachel Bilson may be the most fashion-forward doctor I’ve seen, the show’s real charm comes from the town’s offbeat supporting characters. The quirky sheriff, the former NFL star town mayor, the towns “it” girls affectionately referred to as the Bells, who are led by Jamie King’s character, Lemon. The small town antics, the charming characters and wacky love triangle will make you fall in love.
While this show is too raunchy for some (especially after its move from Fox to TBS), I cannot get enough. Roger is without a doubt the greatest cartoon character in adult cartoons. He says all the messed up shit we all wish we could and so much more. The other characters aren’t necessarily likeable but it works, you enjoy them because they are offbeat and self-righteous.
That’s my list of top 10 shows to watch on Netflix.
Edited by M.L. Scarbrough