What should I watch right now: A binge-watching guide

The top TV series to watch from different streaming services

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In the era of streaming services, choosing what to watch can be both a delightful and overwhelming experience. With platforms like Netflix, Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV+ offering a plethora of options, it’s easy to get lost in the vast sea of content. Whether you’re a fan of gripping dramas, mind-bending sci-fi, heartwarming romance, or laugh-out-loud comedies, there’s something for everyone. In this comprehensive binge-watching guide, we’ll explore the best TV shows across various streaming platforms, helping you navigate the endless possibilities and find your next favorite obsession.

1. Netflix

Let’s start with the behemoth of streaming services – Netflix. With its extensive library and a constant influx of new content, Netflix has become a household name. The platform caters to diverse tastes, from nail-biting mysteries to heartwarming tales of love. Some of the platform’s best shows that have captivated viewers worldwide are the following:

Stranger Things

Some of the young cast members of Stranger Things season 4
Some of the young cast members of Stranger Things season 4

Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things takes us back to the 1980s, blending sci-fi, horror, and a touch of supernatural elements. The cast, including young talents like Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard, has garnered widespread acclaim for their performances. As the show heads into its final season, fans eagerly anticipate the resolution of the mysteries surrounding the town of Hawkins.

Sex Education

A scene from Sex Education season 3
A scene from Sex Education season 3

For those seeking a blend of humor and heart, Sex Education on Netflix is a coming-of-age series that navigates the awkward, hilarious, and poignant moments of adolescence. With a stellar cast led by Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, the show tackles themes of love, friendship, and self-discovery.

Black Mirror

The cast of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
The cast of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is a thought-provoking anthology series that delves into the dark and often dystopian aspects of modern society and technology. Each episode stands alone, presenting viewers with a new and unsettling story that prompts reflection on the consequences of our technological advancements.

The Fall of the House of Usher

For fans of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works, the Netflix adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher provides a modern twist on a classic Gothic tale. The limited series, with its atmospheric cinematography and haunting narrative, pays homage to the timeless themes of madness, decay, and the supernatural present in Poe’s original short story.

The Haunting Anthology

A scene from The Haunting of Bly Manor
A scene from The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting Anthology is an American television anthology series created by Mike Flanagan and produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television for Netflix. The series consists of two installments, each based on a classic work of horror fiction:

  • The Haunting of Hill House (2018), based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Both series explore themes of family, trauma, and the lingering effects of the past. They are also notable for their use of supernatural elements and their exploration of psychological horror.

The Haunting Anthology has been praised for its high production values, its performances, and its ability to create a genuinely unsettling and atmospheric viewing experience. It has also been lauded for its exploration of complex and nuanced characters, its willingness to tackle difficult subjects, and its ability to subvert traditional horror tropes.

The series has been a critical and commercial success for Netflix, and it has helped to solidify Flanagan’s reputation as one of the most respected horror filmmakers of his generation.

Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders
Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders

Set in post-World War I Birmingham, Peaky Blinders follows the Shelby crime family as they navigate the treacherous world of organized crime. Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of Tommy Shelby and the show’s gritty storytelling have garnered widespread acclaim, making it a must-watch for fans of historical dramas and crime thrillers.

Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul

For fans of Breaking Bad, the prequel series Better Call Saul offers a fascinating exploration of the character Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. The show, created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, provides insight into the transformation of Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer, into the morally ambiguous and quick-witted Saul Goodman.

Community

For those in the mood for a comedy-drama that defies expectations, Community is a gem that follows a diverse group of students at Greendale Community College. Led by Joel McHale and Alison Brie, the show’s unique blend of humor, pop culture references, and meta-commentary on the sitcom genre makes it a standout in the world of television.

Mindhunter

Holt McCallany as Bill Tench and Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford in Mindhunter
Holt McCallany as Bill Tench and Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford in Mindhunter

David Fincher, known for his masterful storytelling in films like Se7en and Fight Club, brings his cinematic prowess to the small screen with Mindhunter. This crime thriller, based on the true-crime book Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, explores the early days of criminal profiling at the FBI.

Harry & Meghan

For those intrigued by real-life drama, the documentary series Harry & Meghan follows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from their courtship to their decision to step back from their royal duties. The series features interviews with Harry, Meghan, and their friends and family, as well as archival footage and never-before-seen photos.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a delightful series created by and starring Jerry Seinfeld. The show features Seinfeld driving vintage cars and engaging in casual conversations with fellow comedians, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy. The series premiered on the digital network Crackle on July 19, 2012, then moved to Netflix for its last two seasons.

2. Max

Max is synonymous with high-quality programming, featuring some of the most iconic shows in television history. Two of the best series currently streaming on the service are:

Game of Thrones

L-R: Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in season 8 of Game of Thrones
L-R: Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in season 8 of Game of Thrones

Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones is a fantasy epic that gripped audiences with its complex characters, political intrigue, and jaw-dropping plot twists. While the show concluded with its eighth season, its legacy lives on, making it a must-watch for fans of medieval fantasy.

Insecure

The cast of Insecure
The cast of Insecure

Created by Issa Rae, Insecure follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of two Black women, Issa Dee (Rae) and Molly Carter (played by Yvonne Orji), as they navigate their careers, relationships, and personal growth in Los Angeles.

The show is known for its authentic and honest portrayal of Black womanhood, its sharp humor, and its complex and relatable characters. It has been praised for its exploration of social and racial issues, including colorism, gentrification, and the pressure to succeed.

3. Disney+

Disney+ brings the magic of the House of Mouse to the small screen, offering a treasure trove of exclusive original content. Two of its must-watch shows are as follows:

The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian's Chapter 14: The Tragedy
Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian‘s Chapter 14: The Tragedy

Set in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian follows the journey of a lone bounty hunter known as Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal. With its captivating storyline and groundbreaking visuals, this series has redefined the Star Wars experience for a new generation.

Loki

Tom Hiddleston in Loki
Tom Hiddleston in Loki

The series follows Loki as he is sent on a time-traveling mission by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that monitors and protects the timeline. The series explores themes of identity, free will, and the nature of time. Starring Tom Hiddleston in the titular role, Loki has been praised for its performances, writing, and direction. It has also been praised for its exploration of complex themes and its visual effects.

4. Hulu

Hulu has carved its niche in the streaming landscape by offering a diverse array of content, including exclusive original series. Its standout shows include:

The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale explores a dystopian world where women are subjugated and stripped of their rights. Elisabeth Moss leads a stellar cast in this thought-provoking and harrowing tale, making it a compelling watch for those who appreciate socially relevant narratives.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story title card
American Horror Story title card

American Horror Story takes the anthology format to a new level, presenting standalone seasons that explore a variety of horror sub-genres. With its diverse narratives and unsettling tales, this series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

5. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has a vast library of content, including both original shows and licensed movies and TV shows. Two of its best original shows are as follows:

The Boys

Karl Urban in The Boys (2019-Present)
The Boys series (2019-Present) starring from left: Laz Alonso (Mother’s milk), Karl Urban (Billy Butcher) and Tomer Capone (Frenchy).

The Boys is a superhero satire set in a world where superheroes are treated as celebrities and are often more interested in fame and fortune than in helping others. The series follows a group of vigilantes who set out to take down the corrupt superheroes.

The Expanse

Wes Chatam as Amos in The Expanse season 5
Wes Chatam as Amos in The Expanse season 5

The Expanse is a science fiction space opera set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system. The series follows a group of characters from different factions who must work together to solve a mystery that threatens the future of humanity.

6. Apple TV+

Apple TV+ offers a curated selection of high-quality original content that is not available on any other platform. Its expanding lineup of standout shows includes:

Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is a comedy-drama about an American college football coach who moves to England to coach a professional soccer team. It is a heartwarming and hilarious series that is full of positive messages and feel-good moments. It is a must-watch for fans of comedy and sports

Severance

Adam Scott in Severance
Adam Scott in Severance
A must-watch for fans of sci-fi and thrillers, Severance is about a company that has developed a way to sever employees’ work memories from their personal memories. It is a suspenseful and thought-provoking series that explores themes of identity, work-life balance, and corporate ethics.
All the six streaming services mentioned above require a streaming subscription for a certain amount of money. If you are looking for a free yet great alternative, you can always sign up for Crackle and Redbox. Both platforms offer a great selection of movies and TV shows free of charge.
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