From Upside Down to Dystopian Worlds: The 17 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch This Weekend!


| LAST UPDATE 07/17/2023

By Scarlett Adler
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Unlock the door, grab the popcorn, and dim the lights—it's time to embark on an epic television journey like no other. In this era of streaming and binge-watching, the world of television has become a playground of storytelling, where captivating narratives and unforgettable characters come to life. Whether you crave heart-pounding suspense, laugh-out-loud humor, or thought-provoking drama, we've assembled a carefully curated list of TV shows that will hook you from the first frame and refuse to let go. So settle in, because this is your passport to a world of exhilarating adventures, jaw-dropping twists, and unforgettable moments. Get ready to lose yourself in the magic of television.

Better Call Saul (2015-2022)

Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating universe of Jimmy McGill, a.k.a. Better Call Saul! Brace yourself for laughter and legal battles as this struggling lawyer hustles his way to the top. This thrilling prequel to the iconic "Breaking Bad" series will take you on a roller-coaster ride through the legal landscape of Albuquerque, packed with colorful characters and morally murky decisions.

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Watch in awe as Jimmy transforms into the infamous lawyer, Saul Goodman - it's a journey that's as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. If you're a fan of complex characters and clever storytelling, Better Call Saul is your ultimate binge-worthy experience!


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Manifest (2018-2022)

Manifest is an exhilarating mashup of sci-fi and drama that'll have you clinging to your seat (and laughing your socks off). Imagine this: Montego Air Flight 828 touches down after a turbulent trip, only for the passengers and crew to be gobsmacked by the fact that five years have zoomed by on the outside.

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Talk about a mind-bender! And as if that's not enough, they're also treated to a slew of peculiar phenomena. Brace yourself, because if you were captivated by the enigma of shows like Lost or The Twilight Zone, Manifest is guaranteed to reel you in. Trust us, you won't know what's hit you!.


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The Sopranos (1999-2007)

Step into the fascinating world of Tony Soprano, a mob boss from New Jersey who juggles hit orders and therapy sessions. The Sopranos is an innovative drama that seamlessly blends domesticity with danger, showcasing Tony's double life as a family man and a criminal mastermind.

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Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of complex characters, witty writing, and an unfiltered portrayal of the elusive American dream. Brace yourself, because The Sopranos is a television masterpiece that continues to captivate audiences with its timeless charm and irresistible allure.


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Never Have I Ever (2020-2023)

Never Have I Ever is an absolutely charming and totally relatable coming-of-age comedy series that will not only tug at your heartstrings but also leave you in splits of laughter. Created by the brilliant Mindy Kaling, the show revolves around the life of Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian-American teenager trying to navigate the hilarious and sometimes challenging world of high school.

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From her awkward crush on the popular guy to her amusing struggles with her cultural identity, Devi's journey is sure to keep you entertained and emotionally invested. If you're in the mood for a show that will have you laughing out loud while also offering some heartfelt moments, Never Have I Ever is an absolute must-watch.


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Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Winter is totally coming, and with it, there's this incredible feast of amazing dragons, crazy political intrigue, and enough unexpected deaths to make a haunted house jealous. Believe me, there are more plot twists and turns in this fantasy epic than you can shake a stick at!

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It's like a wild and crazy chess game played by some serious medieval warriors, you know? So who's gonna emerge victorious in this epic game of thrones? You'd better grab a big old bowl of popcorn, settle in, and get ready for a binge of epic proportions!


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Stranger Things (2016-present)

Get ready to experience a binge-worthy show that blends nostalgia and the supernatural in the most epic way possible. You'll be taken on a journey filled with '80s vibes, exciting adventures in other dimensions, and childhood friendships that will fill your heart with joy.

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Grab your bikes, walkie-talkies, and a bowl of popcorn while you are at it. The talented young cast and the monster scarier than your math teacher will keep you on the edge of your seat, screaming "Demogorgon!" Don't forget to raid your closet for a box of Eggos and settle in for the ride of your life!


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Friends (1994-2004)

Hey, welcome to Central Perk, the spot for great coffee and even better misadventures with six really quirky friends. With Ross and Rachel's roller-coaster romance and Joey's signature "How you doin'?" line, you'll laugh until it hurts.

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This iconic sitcom is like comfort food with belly laughs and heartwarming moments. Gather up your gang and make yourself at home, because after a few episodes, you'll start wishing you had an apartment in NYC just like them.


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The Office (US version) (2005-2013)

Get ready to clock in for nine-to-five hilarity with this amazing mockumentary-style sitcom that takes you on a hilarious paper-pushing journey through the absurdity of office life. You'll surely have a good time watching the painfully awkward yet lovable antics of Michael Scott and the pranks and power struggles of the Dunder Mifflin staff.

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So, sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh, cringe, and question if your own workplace is really that different because this show will surely give you all the good vibes you need. And, oh! Don't forget to bring a beet salad for the annual Dundie Awards!


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Sherlock (2010-2017)

Hey, come and check out this amazing modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes's stories. You can grab your favorite magnifying glass and pull out your inner detective to solve these thrilling mysteries! I promise they are so captivating that you'll even feel smarter watching them.

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With Benedict Cumberbatch aces as the consulting detective and Martin Freeman as his most loyal companion, this cleverly crafted series will have you on the edge of your seat. Trust me, before you know it, you'll be saying, "Elementary, my dear Watson"!


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The Crown (2016-present)

Get ready to be majestically entertained as this utterly regal and royal drama takes you behind the gilded curtains of the British monarchy. With absolutely impeccable performances, extravagantly lavish costumes, and an unforgettable whirlwind of scandals, politics, and family drama that's perfect for an intimate peek into the Queen's diary.

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Starting from young Elizabeth's ascension to the throne and taking you through to the modern era, you will witness power struggles and palace intrigue fit for a grandiose royal feast. Wearing of the crown is optional, but highly recommended.


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Black Mirror (2011-present)

Get ready to brace yourself for a seriously chilling, thought-provoking exploration of our deep, uneasy relationship with technology. If you're brave enough to delve into this anthology series, be prepared to embark on a journey into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind.

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With episodes that cover everything from social media nightmares to virtual reality gone wrong, each standalone work of genius will leave you questioning where humanity begins and technology ends. And hey, don't forget to keep your phone on silent - because once you enter this brave new world, you might never want to leave.


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Narcos (2015-2017)

Come on, it's time to pack your bags and grab your passport to enter the dangerous world of drug cartels - a place ruled by the notorious Pablo Escobar and his cohorts. This gripping Netflix original series is going to hook you faster than a bag of white powder, blending thrilling action with a dose of gritty realism.

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With compelling performances from the cast and a cat-and-mouse game of law enforcement versus criminals, Narcos delivers a high-octane binge-watching experience that's undeniably addictive in all the right ways. So, what are you waiting for? Join the ride!


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The Handmaid's Tale (2017-present)

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know about this really chilling series that'll take you to a dystopian nightmare where fertility is prized, women are oppressed, and red is the color of rebellion. This show, based on Margaret Atwood's novel, is a thought-provoking blend of oppression and resistance that'll really make you think.

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And with a powerhouse performance by Elisabeth Moss, it's a haunting exploration of gender, power, and the fight for freedom that'll take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. So brace yourself for an unforgettable journey as you witness the indomitable spirit of those trapped within the walls of Gilead.


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Peaky Blinders (2013-present)

How about donning your flat cap and stepping into post-WWI Birmingham's gritty underworld? There, the ruthless Shelby family reigns supreme with iron fists and fierce style. This crime drama, Peaky Blinders, has it all: immersive period setting, razor-sharp writing, and the magnetic presence of the notorious Tommy Shelby played by the one and only Cillian Murphy. I

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t's incredibly addictive; brace yourself for the clash of gangs, high-stakes heists, and the unmistakable charisma of the Peaky Blinders. So, what are you waiting for? Binge it all, by order of the Peaky Blinders!


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Mindhunter (2017-2019)

Step into the minds of the most twisted criminals out there, as two FBI agents embark on a journey into the murky depths of serial killer psychology. This gripping psychological drama, based on true and terrifying events, offers a truly chilling yet utterly captivating exploration of the darkest recesses of the human psyche.

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With its expertly crafted, atmospheric setting, and top-notch performances, this show takes audiences on a thrilling and suspenseful cat-and-mouse game between the agents.


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Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

Get ready for an absolutely mind-blowing chemistry lesson as this show cooks up an energetic and wickedly addictive blend of thrilling and captivating storytelling, unforgettable and relatable characters, and more plot twists than a pretzel factory could ever dream of producing.

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It's going to be a wild and exhilarating ride - taking you from the humble beginnings of Mr. Chips to the dark and twisted underworld of Scarface, with just the right amount of dark humor to keep you laughing throughout the journey while your jaw consistently drops in amazement.


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Succession (2018-2023)

Succession is a captivating tale that takes you into the universe of the wealthy Roy family who rule a global media empire. The story effortlessly blends corporate dominance with the dysfunctional dynamics of a deeply complicated family. As the selfish Roy siblings battle for control of their father's empire, loyalties shift and alliances are tested.

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With despicable yet compelling characters, Succession offers intense family drama and a rollercoaster ride that will leave you hooked from the first episode. Join the saga of Succession today and discover why it's an unstoppable force you won't be able to resist.


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