5 Must-See Shows to Binge Watch Next

5 Must-See Shows to Binge Watch Next
Craving a new favorite? These are our picks for your new obsession.

Stranger Things

Stream it: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Netflix's just released Stranger Things captures you from minute 1, with all of the best parts of old Spielberg movies like ET and The Goonies, and the character tension only a streaming show can provide. Beautiful 80's style cinematography, music, and title sequence are so well done they don't feel like an homage but a modern version using the best elements of the period. I blew through the 8 chapter season in a day and a half. A must-see.

Mr. Robot

Stream it: Season 1 – Amazon Prime and for purchase / Season 2 – Hulu
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

Winner of the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Drama and nominated for 6 Emmy's, Mr. Robot is an exceptionally done critique of modern democracy in America, the surprising weaknesses in our cyber structure, both personal and national, and a welcome peek into how real hackers exploit their prowess. An AMC-style show that you'll never believe lives on USA.  Strong characters with real flaws and simple hacking techniques will have you strapped to your TV while you attempt to delete your own internet footprint.


Stream it: Hulu
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Based on Stephen King's novel and produced by JJ Abrams, 11.22.63 tells the story of a high school teacher who has discovered a time-traveling “rabbit hole” that drops him in 1960, three years before the Kennedy assassination. He may come and go as he pleases, but every time he re-enters the rabbit hole, it undoes any changes he made the last time. With a conviction that he can stop the assassination and prevent the lasting repercussions of Kennedy's death, Jake heads into the rabbit hole with the plan of using the 3 years to determine the true forces behind the events in Dallas and stopping them. The acting can be hit or miss, ultimately 11.22.63 is a fun combination of Quantum Leap and the conspiracy theories in Oliver Stone's JFK.

The Night Of

Stream it: HBO
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

An exquisitely developed 8 part series that focuses on the criminal investigation and legal proceedings of a murder in New York. HBO has created a dark and gritty world, full of tension, long scenes and an attention to detail. An addicting noir mystery, and satisfying in ways only HBO shows can.

The Night Manager

Stream it: AMCAmazon (Prime later this year)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of a former British soldier propelled him into the colloquial running to be the next James Bond. Based on the popular novel by John Le Carre, Hiddleston's Jonathan Pine is recruited by MI6 to infiltrate the inner circle of a massive arms trading ring led by Hugh Laurie's Richard Roper. To gain access, Pine must become a criminal himself. Laurie provides a performance unlike those we've seen from him before, and the high production of the cinematic spy world makes this mini-series a favorite among critics.

Do you have a favorite series to recommend? Keep the list going in the comments!

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  • Reply July 17, 2016

    Justin Lao

    These are all fantastic shows. Rami Malek is a freakin’ beast, arguably the best performance on TV in the past year imo.

  • Reply July 17, 2016


    Feed the Beast on AMC. I’m biased seeing as I’ve spent time in
    2 of the professions depicted in the show and currently work in the meat business. Regardless, a solid piece of television.

  • Reply July 18, 2016


    they’ve been out for a couple seasons now, but Peaky Blinders and Penny Dreadful are pretty good

  • Reply July 18, 2016


    AMC Preacher

  • Reply July 18, 2016

    Eric Davis

    I’d highly recommend Aziz Ansari’s Master of None on Netflix. At only 10 thirty minute episodes it’s a quick watch. It deals mainly with life and dating as a young guy in modern times, but also touches on some heavy topics in light-hearted ways.

  • Reply July 19, 2016


    Stranger Things and Mr. Robot are both so frekkin’ incredible!!! Haven’t watched the others yet, but I’ll definitely look into those, looks awesome 🙂

  • Reply July 20, 2016


    The second season of Mr. Robot can also be watched for free from the USA Network site http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot 🙂

    • Reply July 20, 2016


      Oh nice, thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply July 21, 2016


    Don’t forget Preacher on AMC

  • Reply July 21, 2016

    tim r

    Love Mr. Robot and my wife and I were absolutely enamored with The Night Manager. I can absolutely see Tom Hiddleston waltzing into Daniel Craig’s shoes after he retires from the bond role. Other notable binge worthy shows:
    1. The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
    2. Flaked – Netflix
    3. Californication (yes an older show but not any less worthy) – Showtime
    4. Billions – Showtime

  • Reply July 29, 2016


    One of the most underrated shows but worth binge watching is Kingdom. It is based on mma background, but has an intense storyline that will have you gripping the seats and an amazing cast, such as Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas (The guy exceeded my expectations), Johnathan Tucker (this man deserves an oscar for the performance he puts up). Definitely one of the manliest shows I’ve seen. On par or even better than californication.

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