Binge-watching: To watch an entire series of a programme in a short time period. Usually only pausing for tea and toilet breaks.
I am a massive binge watcher, more so pre-Aidan, obviously! That being said, when Aidan goes to bed me & Clayton have been known to have the 1am ”One more episode” conversation on many an occasion (and regretting it at the following mornings 6am wake up call). I love finding a series that gets me hooked and makes me want to just watch one more, and one more, until I run out (and sometimes weep). Netflix is heaven for binge watchers because it homes all the episodes of your favourite series in the one place, and even does the work of putting the next episode on when you finish watching one. Amaze-balls. Here is my Netflix binge-watch list which I have bitter-sweetly binge watched the entirety of.
1. Orange is the new Black
Set in a womens prison, OITNB sees Piper, a privaledged New Yorker, end up serving time for her past. With so many different characters, inter twining story lines and comical moments it is no surprise that Orange is the new Black has been so popular. Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Netflix now with Season 3 airing on June 12th – I cannot wait!
2. Pretty Little Liars
After the death of their best friend, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily begin to receive messages from someone threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. The blackmailer seems to know things only their deceased friend Alison should know. It is a murder mystery type series which will have you on the edge of your seat.
3. Gossip Girl
I was very late to this one, but after seeing everybody talk about it I finally decided to give GG a go. I think I had watched the entire 6 seasons in a week. It is based around New Yorks elite, full of cliques, cat fights and Christian Louboutins. ‘Gossip girl’ narrates the series and is never far from any drama or scandal. (*may contain some serious eye candy*)
A remake of the original Beverly Hills, 90210. It centres around siblings Annie & Dixon who move to a new state and therefore a new school. 90210 is filled with romance, heartbreak and lots of cliff hangers. It has been a while since I have watched this and think that I will rewatch it again this summer (at least that way I will experience some sunshine).
Dexter, a blood splatter analyst by day murderer by night. Dexter’s victims are people who have killed and somehow escaped justice, but how long can Dexter escape justice? Will his night time antics be discovered? I watched all 8 seasons of this in my third year in college – it may have meant that some school work suffered but it was totally worth it!
Based on the Coen Brothers film Fargo, this series adaptation is a different approach to ”true crime”. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman among many other familiar faces. It is a true story which makes it even more shocking but definitely one to watch.
7. Breaking Bad
If you haven’t heard of Breaking Bad by now where have you been?! Probably one of the most talked about series of all time. Hal, a terminally ill chemistry teacher, joins forces with a former student to cook crystal meth and begin their own ‘dealership’. With many a cliffhanger and plot twist Breaking Bad is sure to be a series you won’t forget in a hurry. (Better Call Saul the spin-off series is also now showing on Netflix)
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy is rescued from a cult, who believed that the world had ended in the 90’s, and ends up in New York city. With no idea of mobile phones or that Whitney Houston had died, Kimmy and her room mate Titus along with many other unforgettable characters will have you laughing out loud. I got through this series in two days and I am sitting, fingers crossed for a second season.
I have definitely saved the best for last. Truth be told I originally watched this series as it aired on BBC, meaning I had to wait 18 months between seasons (it was worth the wait every time). I have re-watched it all again on Netflix and it is still as good the second (and third) time around. Sherlock, is a modern day version of the classic Sherlock Holmes tales of Arther Conan Doyle and stars the fantastic Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes (like the man can do no wrong! Has he ever disppointed? Exactly!) and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson.
What have you been binge-watching? What should I watch next?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a years subscription to write reviews, updates and such about Netflix. As always these are my own honest opinions. I had purchased my own personal Netflix subscription prior to joining the Stream Team.