Sometimes all you want to do is curl up in bed and binge watch a show for hours on end. For many people, delving into a long television show is a way to let off steam and relax. As you practice some social distancing during this trying time (we certainly are as we write in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic), here are our very own favorite shows to binge watch. All of these are conveniently available for streaming right now on Netflix.

1. Queer Eye

 

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The “Fab Five” are back in action and on a mission to help total strangers on their much-needed lifestyle makeovers. This means revamping a number of areas in people’s lives, including personal hygiene, home design, fashion, and so much more. A both comedic and emotional reality series, Queer Eye delivers advice that is both relevant and inspirational to viewers.

2. Dexter

 

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A chilling crime series, Dexter follows forensic technician Dexter Morgan. In an ironic twist, the child victim turned sociopathic vigilante has embarked on a killing spree. Instead of killing strangers, however, he targets the Miami murderers that got away. This dark and thrilling drama is also eight seasons long, so be warned that you will inevitably come across some fairly graphic content.

3. The Office

 

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A mockumentary, The Office is easily one of the most popular must-watch TV series on our list. This cult classic follows a group of average office workers as they grow in their careers and personal lives. The somewhat cringey comedy will have you rolling with laughter sometimes while other times on the verge of tears. Watch as the group interacts and bonds over utterly bizarre experiences, all in the midst of keeping the company and their jobs afloat.

4. Love Is Blind

 

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That’s the question: is love blind? A social experiment, Love Is Blind puts the age old question to the test. In a short period of time, single men and women have the opportunity to find true love and get engaged, all without seeing one another. Or will societal pressure and judgment taint the relationship before they can say “I do”? While the first season was only recently released, reality television and romance fans alike are already eager for more.

5. Peaky Blinders

 

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Following the Shelby crime family in a post-World War I society, Peaky Blinders tells the story of one gangster family’s journey to the top of the social chain. A dark period crime drama, the intense five season show gives viewers a gritty glimpse into the underbelly of early 20th century England. Peaky Blinders is a great choice for anyone looking for a period film with a somewhat violent twist.

6. Sex Education

 

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The son of a sex therapist, Otis is roped into a school sex-therapy clinic by the rebellious Maeve. Together, the two launch a profitable underground business that causes just as much trouble as it does good. As awkward as they are dramatic, all three seasons of Sex Education will keep you glued to your screen and wanting more.

7. The Circle

 

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A “social media competition”, The Circle is an experiment where contestants utilize a social platform to propel themselves to popularity. To achieve this goal, they can either choose to be true to themselves or become someone of their own creation. The strategy lies in their ability to remain popular in the eyes of their peers or otherwise be dubbed a social outcast and get booted from the group. In the end, the winner will walk away with $100,000.

8. American Horror Story

 

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A pretty unique show, American Horror Story appeals to a wide range of viewers. With eight seasons in total, you will be surprised to find that no two seasons are alike. Each one has its own plot, characters, and setting but always includes a scary facet. It is widely debated as to which season is the best, which means you will have to watch them all and decide for yourself!

9. The Great British Baking Show

 

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If you love competitive cooking shows, The Great British Baking Show will be your new favorite. A group of 12 amateur British bakers put their skills and creativity to the test for the chance to be the winner of a prize of glory plus a cake stand. While still a competition, this show is much more light and uplifting than most cookoffs. Watch all seven seasons, and you’ll feel confident enough to try your own hand at one of Mary Berry’s complex recipes.

10. Sherlock

 

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A modern version of the beloved story, Sherlock follows a “consulting detective” from Scotland Yard. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Watson embark on a longhaul hunt for the villainous Moriarty. Witty and dramatic, the pair use their keen senses and forensics to solve crime like no other. While a relatively short four series show, each episode of Sherlock is a lengthy 88 minutes long. 

11. Grey’s Anatomy

 

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One of the most popular and longest running medical dramas, Grey’s Anatomy will keep you busy for not hours or days but weeks. With 15 seasons consisting of 24 episodes each, you will follow the “dark and twisty” life and career of one Meredith Grey. If you’re looking for a show with characters you can get emotionally attached to (and can withstand some TV-appropriate gore), this is the pick for you.

12. Criminal Minds

 

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If you’re looking for a long-running show that will take months to get through, 15 seasons of Criminal Minds should do it. This popular mystery crime series follows the F.B.I.’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.) as they strategically profile and hunt down perps. Thrilling and emotional, this critically acclaimed show is one of CBS’s most-watched cable shows for good reason.

13. That ‘70s Show

 

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A coming of age series, That ‘70s Show is a parody of middle-class life in the ‘70s. Set in Wisconsin, the series follows a group of best friends as they tackle high school and impending adulthood. With eight seasons, this hilarious show will have you howling with laughter as you relate to their rambunctious teenage nature and juvenile mishaps.

14. New Girl

 

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With seven seasons, New Girl is a lighthearted show to binge when you’re in need of a laugh. Jess Day, played by Zooey Deschanel, moves in with three single men following a rough breakup. One part comedy and one part drama, this show features a ragtag group turned dysfunctional family who bond over their relationship and career woes.

15. Stranger Things

 

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When Will Byers suddenly disappears, his family and friends will stop at nothing to bring him home. In the meantime, Russian agencies and other dark forces converge on a small town, wreaking havoc on the inhabitants in the process. There are currently just three seasons available of this fantasy horror series, but they’ll definitely leave you wanting more.

16. Black Mirror

 

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A series of prophetic stories, Black Mirror is a daunting look at what could lie in store for the world. Relating directly to modern society, nightmares come to life as technology advances far beyond our own reckoning. In every episode of the five season show, there are completely unique characters, settings, and plots. A satirical drama, we guarantee Black Mirror will keep you on the edge of your seat.

And that’s it! We hope our list of staff favorites give you a solid selection of shows to binge watch on Netflix for any reason of your choosing. Let us know which show you are most excited to watch or even if you have a favorite show that we left out!