In the last decade, the way we consume information has fundamentally changed. It came in small increments – TiVo, VOD, the growth of streaming networks; all of these developments and many more have been instrumental in reshaping the way we view serial narratives. At the same time, smartphone and tablet culture increased, as did the opportunities that come from spending most of our waking hours in front of a screen. Of course, binge-watching became popular shortly after.
Of course, that’s not to say that people haven’t been watching TV en masse for decades. People have been consuming their favorite TV shows en masse since freaks and recording options, whether on DVD or home-recorded VHS tapes, have existed. Recently, however, binge-watching has become not only a popular pastime, but also a driving force in the development of various forms of entertainment. Netflix, in particular, is known for producing binge-worthy episodes in a way that forces viewers to consume the entire story in one or two sittings, blurring the lines between cinema and TV stories.
Whether you’ve been binge-watching for years or just starting out, there are some series that are made to be consumed as soon as possible. If you’re wondering what program should I watch while navigating the streaming services, below the Collider crew has compiled a helpful list of our favorite series to binge watch.
It’s time to pack a bun and some water for a trip to Easttown, Pennsylvania. Mare of Easttown, an acclaimed crime drama series from Brad Ingelsby, starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a cynical, no-nonsense cop who’s seen it all. Though considered by many to be a local hero, she is constantly tormented by a missing persons case she couldn’t solve and struggles to maintain her personal life.
The tough (but charming) detective takes on the murder investigation of Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and involuntarily teams up with enthusiastic District Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) to uncover more of the city’s troubling mysteries. Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson and Angourie Rice all deliver excellent performances on the series. Emily Bernard says
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The Age of Resistance in The Dark Crystal (2019)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance caught us by surprise. The critically acclaimed fantasy series that was canceled after one season is a gem. In a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film, the series returns to the planet Thra, where three Gelflings are waging a rebellion against the utterly diabolical Skeksis. The puppet design and the cast, which include Taron Edgerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel, surprise one. You get emotionally drawn into the lives of the poor, downtrodden Gelflings and feel just as hurt as the puppets when one of them gets hurt. A full fledged fantasy epic written with love, care and attention to detail.
(2017-) The Sinner
Divided into four seasons, The Sinner each follows a murder committed by an unlikely criminal under even stranger circumstances. Cora, played by Jessica Biel, in a fit of rage, stabs a man on the beach and has no idea why. Detective Ambrose, played by Bill Pullman, is tasked with uncovering the incredibly horrifying circumstances that led to her breakout.
Succession manages to live in the present while being in its own bubble universe. This dualism arises because the Roy family created their own universe. This powerful family controls a multi-billion dollar media and entertainment conglomerate that makes them obscenely wealthy. They have tremendous power in the outside world, but so much of the series focuses on their family relationships and dysfunctions that it’s hard to believe such a world exists.
Succession’s characters are messy, messy, and selfish, but that’s what makes the drama so compelling. When their father Logan (Brian Cox) retires, the Roy siblings all want to run the company. It’s difficult to know who to support and who to hate as their loyalty to each other and to their father changes from season to season as they are not decent people (except maybe cousin Greg). No one can identify with the problems of bad, wealthy people who can’t trust their own relatives, but Succession doesn’t try to be sympathetic. It’s drama for drama’s sake and once you’re hooked it’s hard to stop watching. Arens, Brynna
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The Witcher series
8.2 IMDb User Rating
The popular Netflix fantasy series The Witcher is about monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) and his fate, which is linked to Princess Ciri (Freya Allan). The eight-episode first season, based on the novels of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, delighted dark fantasy lovers (as well as fans of the 2007 role-playing game) and drew large audiences, even if Cavill’s laudable performance met the mostly mediocre reviews of the Series could not equalize. The show received several Saturn Award nominations, including one for Cavill for Best Television Actor.