The 20 Most Binge-Worthy Series of All Time

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During this pandemic, it’s important to avoid productivity pressure and give ourselves a break. Unfortunately, if you’re totally bored, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy patterns like watching the news around the clock or drinking every day.

Diving head-first into a great binge-worthy series can keep you entertained and give you something to talk about when we’re finally allowed to leave the house again.

Here are 20 of the absolute best series of all time (in no particular order). So, pull out the remote, settle into the couch, and get ready to answer “YES!” every time Netflix asks “Are you still watching?”

Six Feet Under

Available on: HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Six Feet Under is one of the best cult series of all time. Created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (creator of “American Beauty“), this provocative and macabre series is one you won’t forget any time soon.

It covers topics of life and death with dark humor as it follows the dysfunctional Fisher family. The mother Ruth, daughter Claire, and sons Nate and David journey to find their way while running a family-owned funeral home after the death of their patriarch.

Every character on the show is both incredibly real and disturbingly raw and the storylines go to places that no other show has gone before.


Available on: Netflix

With lovable characters, a satisfyingly complex storyline with plenty of unexpected twists, and gripping performances by stars including Jason Bateman, Ozark has definitely earned its spot on this list of binge-worthy series!

This crime drama about a financial advisor-turned money launderer is an intense and gritty adventure from the first episode. Season 3 was released on March 27th, making this series officially binge-able!

Workin’ Moms

Available on: Netflix

Even if you don’t have kids, I promise you won’t be able to turn away from Workin’ Moms. This hilarious series addresses the humanity behind mothers struggling to keep it together — in a very real way. The show’s stars aren’t always likable, are often selfish, and are almost always a mess — and that’s what makes it so great!

This Canadian series, now streaming on Netflix, was Canada’s highest-rated comedy when it first aired in 2017. There are currently three seasons available and a fourth one is due to be released later this year.

Rescue Me

Available on: Hulu

This drama-comedy series co-created and starring Denis Leary is arguably one of the best series of all time. It follows a group of NYC firefighters in a post-9/11 world. Tommy Gavin, played by Leary, is a self-destructive and temperamental alcoholic struggling to keep things together

Full of incredibly powerful plots and hilarious interactions between the cast, Rescue Me is one show that you’re sure to remember years after it’s over. All 7 seasons are now available, making this officially binge-worthy.


Available on: Showtime, Netflix, Amazon Prime

Shameless is an extremely popular and incredibly binge-worthy series that’s part dark comedy and part family drama. It follows the hilariously dysfunctional and down-on-their-luck Gallagher family through years of misadventures and coming-of-age plot twists.

William H. Macy is incredible in his role as the family patriarch and the rest of the cast is just as strong. This series, which started in 2011, is currently in its 10th season.

Sons of Anarchy

Available on: Hulu

There are so many reasons why Sons of Anarchy is FX’s all-time highest-rated show. This gritty crime drama about a fictional outlaw motorcycle club is full of unabashed violence and surprisingly deep characters.

Created by Kurt Sutter and starring an amazing cast including Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Jr., and Ron Perlman this series is absolutely packed with bone-chilling action. Trust me when I say you’ll end up trying to watch all 7 seasons in one sitting!


Available on: Netflix

Starring Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Nealon, Weeds is a comedy-drama about a single mother who’s making ends meet by selling marijuana in the fictional Stepford-like city of Agrestic, California.

What starts as a dirty little secret quickly begins to get complicated and dark. The twists and turns continue for all 8 seasons. This series, directed by Jenji Kohan won multiple awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress given to Mary-Louise Parker.


Available on: Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Michael C. Hall stars as a forensic expert who has a secret — he’s also a serial killer who takes out murderers who have escaped justice. The series, which ran for 8 seasons and ended in 2013, takes the time to really develop all of the characters, which is what makes it so great.

Is Dexter a lovable guy with a twisted sense of right and wrong, or a horrible monster? You’ll have plenty of time to decide!

Breaking Bad

Available on: Netflix

The award-winning series Breaking Bad follows a high-school chemistry teacher turned drug lord trying to make enough money to ensure his family is taken care of before he dies of cancer. As you can imagine, things don’t go as planned (ever!).

From his DEA-agent brother-in-law to his drug-addicted partner, Walter White faces challenges everywhere he turns. The ensuing drama is something you definitely won’t want to miss. All five seasons are currently available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.

Good Girls

Available on: Netflix, NBC, Sling TV

The perfect blend of comedy, drama, and action, Good Girls features killer performances from a well-known cast of leading ladies, including Mae Whitman, Retta, and Christina Hendricks.

You’ll love following along as these three suburban wives take on risky endeavors in an attempt to get out of some desperate situations. This series might not always be completely believable, but it’s certainly entertaining!


Available on: HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime

This comedy-drama series starring Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Fererara follows a group of friends through the ups and downs of Hollywood life.

It’s well known that this series, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, is loosely based on his life. Once you finish watching all eight seasons, don’t miss the cast’s appearance on the big screen in Entourage the movie!

The Sopranos

Available on: HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Tony Sopprano, played by late actor James Gandolfini, is a New Jersey based mob boss with difficulties in his home life and his criminal organization.

The series, which is widely regarded as one of the best of all time, also stars Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Siegler, and many others. The pilot first aired in 1997 and ran for six season. During that time, it won a ton of awards, including 5 Golden Globes, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, and 2 Peabody Awards.

The L-Word

Available on: Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime

When it first aired in 2004, The L Word was a groundbreaking series for the LGBTQ community. Featuring an ensemble cast including Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Mia Kirshner, and more, this series follows a group of gay and bisexual women living in West Hollywood. The series is touching, funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, and truly unforgettable.

After you’re done watching all six seasons, you’ll definitely want more. Fans were thrilled earlier this year when The L Word Generation Q finally debuted. t’s currently available on Showtime, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Queer as Folk

Available on: Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV

Years before The L Word, Queer as Folk brought gay life front and center in an unforgettable way. This series, based on the British series of the same name, follows five gay best friends living in Pittsburgh.

It takes a raw look into their lives, with plenty of sex, drugs, adventure, friendship, and real love. If you have an open mind and want to get pulled into a drama you can’t turn away from, this is it!


Available on: Hulu

Definitely a “dirty little secret” type of show, but it’s also incredibly binge-worthy. Nip/Tuck is graphic, gaudy, controversial, shocking, and wildly entertaining. It’s directed by Ryan Murphy of the American Horror Story and Glee fame, and is one of his best and most underrated series. You won’t be able to peel your eyes away from this darkly funny, over-the-top show.

Follow hotshot plastic surgeon Christian Troy and best friend Sean McNamera through unbelievable twists and turns that get more bizarre and unhinged in each of the six seasons.

Big Love

Available on: HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime

The HBO series Big Love, starring a top-rated cast including Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Gennifer Goodwin, follows a fundamentalist Mormon family practicing polygamy in the state of Utah.

From trying to keep their lives a secret from the mainstream world to dealing with members of the fundamentalist compound, there’s no shortage of drama in this series. In the five seasons that it ran, Big Love was nominated for a number of awards including Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and more.

Dead to Me

Available on: Netflix

A fairly new player, Dead to Me, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, explores an unlikely friendship between a widow determined to solve her husband’s hit-and-run murder and an optimistic free spirit who is also dealing with her own loss. As the two begin to bond, this looks like a typical “feel-good series” — but don’t get too comfortable! There are plenty of dark twists and turns coming.

The first season aired in May of 2019 and season 2 has just started. Trust me when I say you’ll want to keep up with this one!

Gossip Girl

Available on: Netflix

Gossip Girl may be a teen drama, but it’s interesting enough to pull in adults as well. This lighthearted series follows a group of privileged teens living in New York City’s Upper East Side whose secrets are exposed by a ruthless blogger who always seems to be watching.

This indulgent drama stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, and more. You’ll love all six seasons and definitely won’t want to stop until you get to the very end.

The United States of Tara

Available on: Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV

Toni Collette will completely blow your mind in her role as Tara, a suburban mother coping with multiple personality disorder. John Corbett, who plays her husband, also gives an incredible performance.

This series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, is totally unique and always unpredictable.

The Affair

Available on: Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV

Rounding out our “Top 20” list is Showtime’s original series The Affair, which explores the emotional effects brought on by an extramarital relationship. Many episodes are broken into two halves, each being told from the point-of-view of a different character.

Part drama, part mystery, and part psychological thriller, all five seasons bring new twists and turns that will keep you engaged until the final credits roll.

The Most Binge-Worthy Series of All Time

There you go — a full round-up of the most binge-worthy series of all time. Which of these are your favorites? What’s missing? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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