Drama, comedy, sci-fi, crime-shows – I love them all. Thanks to websites like Netflix, Hulu and Youtube, almost every television show that has ever been created is accessible at the touch of a button. However, scrolling through hundreds of choices can be overwhelming to say in the least. If you're in need of a little assistance picking your next binge-worthy show, look no further.
1. Stranger Things
I have to admit, I was not eager or anxious to jump on the bandwagon and join the massive hoards of people raving about this show. But after watching the first episode, I was hooked and finished the whole series in three days (I know, I have a problem). Seriously though, guys, watch this show. It's the perfect mixture of nostalgia, science fiction, horror and humor to attract every kind of audience. Not to mention, the brilliant casting and top-notch script keep you on the edge of your seat.
The twelfth season came out this fall and although the last few seasons could be described as a little shaky, the boys are back stronger than ever. And if you scare easy, don't worry, you'll get used to the monsters, ghosts, demons and things that go bump-in-the-night after the first couple seasons (it doesn't hurt that the actors are easy on the eyes).
This show is one of the rare few I can watch over and over and over and still laugh out loud the third time over. If you don't find sarcasm funny, this show may not be the one for you. However, there's a reason this comedy lasted 10 seasons (team Jim and Pam forever).
4. Parks and Recreation
Yet another show that will make you laugh until your sides hurt. Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Rob Lowe are just a few of the all-star cast of comedians to grace the screen in this seven season sitcom.
In case you couldn't tell, I really love comedies. "Friends" aired its last episode in 2004, but you'd be lying if you said it's old-hat humor. Stop delaying the inevitable and gain some new friends (see what I did there).
I'll admit I am not the biggest fan in the world of Orange is the New Black, but I do have to say the most recent season was one of it's best. This Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning comedic drama can definitely be considered out-there for some of the more conservative viewers, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, pre-The Hobbit, portray a modern Sherlock Holmes and John Watson flawlessly. And, with only three episodes per season (thanks, Stephen Moffat), you can finish the series in no-time and suffer the agony of waiting for new material, which might come out next year or in 2021.
8. The West Wing
Arguably one of the best television shows of all time, The West Wing is a witty and fast-paced political drama that deserves your attention. Not to mention, it has an impressive cast list and will teach you a decent amount about American politics. Rest assured, this is a smart show that will keep you on your toes.
Marvel's first Netflix television show is some of the best material they've filmed. Instead of being subjected to learn about a superhero's entire life in 20 minutes, you get an in-depth view into the mind of Matthew Murdock – a blind lawyer who can knock any bad guy into oblivion – and encounter darker, more realistic villains. If you need any further reason to watch the show, know that Jon Bernthal plays The Punisher in season two.
10. Peaky Blinders
This is another one of those, "I'll only watch one more....whoops I've finished all 10 episodes and it's 5 a.m." shows. Peaky Blinders is based on a real-life, terrifying gang who hid razor blades in their hats (hence the peaky blinders name) and is set post-World War I in Birmingham, England. Cillian Murphy is spot-on in his portrayal of Tommy Shelby, the gang-leader with a fierce sense of loyalty and a cunning mind. With plenty of cliffhangers and unpredictable twists, this miniseries will undoubtedly keep you pining for more.