Nowadays everyone is binge-watching something. And I'm definitely binge-watching a show every chance I get. At the moment, its Bates Motel. If you're like me and you're always looking for a new show to start or to maybe take up your boring weekend, here are 15 shows you should definitely binge-watch.
*1. Once Upon a Time
The story, or should I say stories, are based on fairy tale characters. They get cursed by the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) and are forced to live in a modern-day town called Storybrooke. There are more curses and tons of your favorite characters, with a bunch of twists.
This series has three full seasons and is almost finished with its fourth. Its perfect for just buckling down for a couple of days and wasting hours reminiscing your favorite fairy tales...while watching them do things that they probably normally wouldn't do. Not according to Disney, anyway.
*2: Game of Thrones
Brought to us by the talented George R.R. Martin and presented on the (sort of) big screen by HBO, Game of Thrones is definitely binge-worthy. Though the beginning is a little slow (and I'm only talking about the beginning of the damn episode, because I suck), the stories of all the characters suck you in and make you demand to know what happens next.
Following the lives of several different families, all fighting for the Iron Throne, it's easy to decide who your favorites are. Who you want to see succeed and who you want to die. And you've probably heard all the hype about Martin killing off main characters, and its true. So don't get too attached. But also, don't let that sway you. The show is a hit. And addicting. Also, it follows the books until the fifth season, where HBO starts going they're own way with things.
Game of Thrones has just started its fifth season on April 12th.
*3: True Blood
Vampires, werewolves, fairies. Kings, queens, sheriffs. Love, sex, murder. If you like gore, you'll be excited for all the death and the exploding vampires. Yes, you heard me right: exploding vampires. If you like sexy werewolves, you'll be excited for Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello). If you like Alexander Skarsgard, you'll just be plain excited.
For those of you who read the books, prepare for something almost completely different. But a good different, in my opinion. Sure, there at the beginning, things are kind of the same, but after season one, as with most book-to-show instances, things veer away from the original story. With True Blood, I think that was a good thing. HBO, you've done it again.
True Blood has seven seasons and is completed.
Lost is a roller coaster ride and a half. Ask anyone who's watched it. Every episode has you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. I binge-watched this in just a few days. There are six seasons and from the very beginning, you're hooked. Add in a mysterious island, a bunch of other secrets I'm not going to spill and a lot of death, and you've got yourself a good weekend. Probably longer.
Lost has six seasons and is completed.
*5: The Vampire Diaries
Another instance where the books and the series are almost totally different. Season one stays with L.J. Smith's original story, but after that, things change. Again, in my opinion, I think its better that Julie Plec decided to veer away from the original story. I like this one better.
Nina Dobrev (who recently announced her departure from the show after season six wraps up) portrays Elena Gilbert, a normal high school student who recently lost her parents. Vampires come into play, along with werewolves, hybrids, doppelgangers, and a bunch of other things.
We're sad to see you go, Nina. But don't let the main character's departure stop you from watching. There's still Ian Somerhalder (who also has a role in Lost), Paul Wesley, and Candice Accola. Great reasons to watch.
Though I'm sure the show will probably wrap up soon, that's even more reason to binge.
The Vampire Diaries is getting ready to wrap up its sixth season and has been renewed for a seventh season.
*6: The Originals
Joseph Morgan. If that's not reason enough, then I don't know what to tell you. But in all seriousness, if you watch (and enjoy) The Vampire Diaries, then you should obviously check out The Originals, which is a spin-off. In The Vampire Diaries, Klaus is first introduced in season two, along with his siblings and his parents. There's a lot of family drama there, enough for a whole new show.
The Originals is getting ready to wrap up its second season.
*7: The Following
Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy star in this crime drama about cults and murder. Its some pretty intense stuff. If you're like me and you apparently have a thing for psychotic murderers, you'll fall in love with both Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon/the "good guy") and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy/the "bad guy"). The show isn't lacking in suspense and it definitely isn't lacking in death. Every episode, at least one person dies. So, there's that.
The Following is midway through its third season.
*8: The Fosters
The story mainly follows Callie Jacobs (Maia Mitchell), who has moved from foster home to foster home with her little brother, Jude. They finally move in with the Fosters and find a place to call home. Then enters all the troubles, both romantically and otherwise. This is a family show and definitely will hit you right in the feels, if you know what I mean.
The Fosters just finished season two and has been renewed for a third season.
*9: The Flash
Growing up, the Flash was always my favorite superhero. And if you watched the 1990 series, you'll be happy to know that the guy who played that version of the Flash is also in the 2014 series. John Wesley Shipp portrays Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) father, Henry Allen.
Even if you're usually not into superheroes and the like, this show is plenty full of drama. Give it a go and if you're still not interested, I'll give you a cookie. Not really, because if I had a cookie, I'd eat it myself.
The Flash is almost finished with season one and has been renewed for season two.
Saving people, hunting things. The family business.
If you haven't heard of Supernatural, you're either living under a rock or you're lying. Supernatural follows the lives of two brothers, Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) who hunt things that go bump in the night. Vampires, werewolves, wendigos, fairies, and just about anything else you can think of.
As the seasons progress, the story line goes from just hunting monsters to the apocalypse to even darker and crazier things. If you haven't given this show a chance (and you have a lot of time on your hands) then I think it's about time you lock the doors, close the blinds, grab a bunch of snacks, and hunker down. It's gonna be a long ride.
Supernatural is almost finished with its tenth season and has been renewed for an eleventh.
*11: Pretty Little Liars
The story follows four girls: Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) whose best friend goes missing. They start receiving texts from a mysterious person who calls themselves 'A' and things just go downhill from there.
If you're anything like me, you'll get frustrated because they don't tell you who 'A' is and then you'll say that you're totally done with the show, but always start watching the next season. And if you're not like me and you get tired of waiting, 'A' was only just revealed, so you could look it up. But that would make you a party pooper.
Pretty Little Liars just finished its fifth season and has two more seasons until completion.
*12: The 100
97 years after the nuclear apocalypse, 100 delinquents are sent to the ground to see if its survivable. Did I mention they've been living on a spaceship for almost a century? Or that they're running out of oxygen? Or that the delinquents are accused of all kinds of crimes, including murder? Yeah, imagine sending a hundred regular teenagers, let alone a hundred criminals.
While The 100 has its romantic moments, it doesn't have many. The main focus of the story is survival and who you're willing to become to survive. There are enemies on the ground, such as Grounders and other strange things. Not to mention the lack of food. But their biggest enemy is themselves.
The 100 recently wrapped up season two and has been renewed for a third season.
Starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and a bunch of other great cast members, Empire is focused on Lucious Lyon and his record company, Empire Entertainment. When his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P.) gets out of prison after doing 17 years, and Lucious finds out that he has ALS, things get rocky.
The show's ratings are amazing and the views increased every week, something that's never been done before. So, if Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson don't get you, maybe that will.
Empire just wrapped up its 12-episode first season and has been renewed for a 22-episode second season.
*14: Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany portrays several characters in this series. Cosima, the scientist; Alison, the organized wife; Rachel, the bitch (in my opinion); Helena, the religious sometimes-psycho; Sarah, the criminal. And then some.
Only a few of the clones know about each other, after extensive research. Sarah just happens into it all by accident, but decides to help her sisters find out the truth. There's a lot of drama and some sex and even some drugs. Not to mention murder. Its enough to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Orphan Black's third season begins April 18th at 9pm on BBC America.
Scandal stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, owner of Olivia Pope & Associates, a crisis management firm. The "fixers." The story also follows that of President Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn), Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) and Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young).
This is one of my favorite shows. I binge-watched this for hours and hours at a time. Once you start, you simply cannot stop.
Scandal is almost finished with its fourth season.
So, in conclusion, I've watched a lot more TV than this, but there are still some amazing shows I'm sure I've missed. What are your favorite shows to binge or otherwise? Something great I've missed? Leave it in the comments!