10 Great Shows to Stream Now That You’ve Burned Through All of Your Obvious Choices

10 Great Shows to Stream Now That You’ve Burned Through All of Your Obvious Choices
You’ve watched everything on your list and you need something new to dive into. We've got you covered.

Tiger King: Check. Caught up on Westworld: Yep. Let’s be honest: You’ve already binged everything on your “want to watch” list and now you need something else to stream. But you just can’t decide on anything new! We’re here to help. There are plenty of excellent original shows streaming right now, each of which captures a compelling flavor of all the shows you’ve loved before while also giving you a brand new rabbit hole to fall down.

Counterpart

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime

Number of seasons: 2

Here’s the setup: a career pencil pusher at the United Nations discovers that there is actually a second, parallel Earth and a portal to it, right under his office. And though the two planets started off as identical in the 1980s, they are now very different and let’s just say, there is some friction between the two populations. Basically, this is a tense sci-fi TV show about a thrilling Cold War between two different Earths in alternate dimensions. Plus it stars JK Simmons. How are we all not watching this already?

Binge bit: everyone should be aware that a non-spoilery piece of plot information which distinguishes the two earths involves a deadly worldwide pandemic having decimated the alternate Earth in 1996. So if you’re trying to avoid the current news by streaming something fictional and virus-free, this may not be the best choice at the moment.


Big Mouth

Where to stream it: Netflix

Number of seasons: 3

Like any self-respecting animated show centered around kids going through puberty, Big Mouth is juvenile, gross, and awkward. But it’s also smart, clever, thoughtful, and unexpectedly empathetic while being incredibly funny — not an easy combination to achieve.

It’s a show that pulls legitimate laughs out of even the smallest moments and reminds you of your most embarrassing teenage years but if your most embarrassing teenage years were populated with a fantastic roster of comedic talent (including John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen).

Binge bit: The show was recently renewed for a fourth, fifth, and sixth season so once you burn through the first three years, you can join the rest of us in eagerly anticipating heaps more of history’s greatest animated show about adolescence.


Mindhunter

Where to stream it: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

Chronicling the birth of behavioral analysis and criminal profiling at the FBI in the 1970s, Mindhunter distinguishes itself from similarly themed shows like Dexter or Criminal Minds by using stories based in reality and slowing down the familiar police procedural to focus not on bloody carnage but on the men and women exploring the then-burgeoning cerebral aspect behind law enforcement. You will be creeped out but also desperate to see what happens next.

Binge bit: With a majority of the show’s episodes directed by David Fincher, Mindhunter feels less like a Netflix series and more like a series of spinoff movies based on award-winning films like Se7en, Gone Girl, and Zodiac (all directed by Fincher).


High Maintenance

Where to stream it: HBO

Number of seasons: 4

After beginning life as a web series based on the simple premise of “a nameless man sells weed to a new customer each episode,” High Maintenance has now become an HBO staple that is more an anthology of thoughtful, interesting short films than a standard TV show. Delivering new, well-crafted, succinct character portraits every week, the show provides endlessly positive, funny, compassionate, and interesting energy which makes it perfect for both bingeing and sporadic viewing.

Binge bit: High Maintenance started as a self-produced web series in 2013 but the following year, it became the first-ever show to receive funding from Vimeo as original programming.


The Outsider

Where to stream it: HBO

Number of seasons: 1

Based on the 2018 Stephen King novel of the same name, The Outsider starts off as a well-executed murder mystery but slowly reveals itself to be a mythical tale dripping with classic King supernatural spookiness. If you’ve been looking for something that combines the ominous crime drama vibes of the first season of True Detective with the chilling moodiness of the 2017 film version of the King’s classic It, definitely give The Outsider a watch.

Binge bit: Jason Bateman plays one of the lead characters (Terry) and also directed the first two episodes, something he previously did on both Ozark and Arrested Development (two more excellent shows which you should binge right now, if you haven’t already).


The Imagineering Story

Where to stream it: Disney+

Number of seasons: 1

If you’ve ever been interested in the design, engineering, and logistics of the Disney theme parks (all the way from the original Disneyland up to and including things like the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge), this is the perfect choice for you. Hypnotizing in its educational detail and full of eclectic and eccentric personalities, The Imagineering Story combines remarkable archival footage, intellectually engaging interviews, and soothing narration from Angela Bassett to deep-dive into the attractions and imagination which have helped create (some of) “the happiest places on Earth”.

Binge bit: The series is directed by acclaimed documentarian Leslie Iwerks, who is a third generation “Disney brat” — her father was legendary camera technician Don Iwerks and her grandfather was Ub Iwerks, animator and co-creator of Mickey Mouse.


Dark

Where to stream it: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

If you have been searching for something to fill the hole left in your heart by landmark mysterious sci-fi series like Twin Peaks and Stranger Things, look no further. Also, do you like time travel? Because Dark is a bizarre, tense, existential, and fascinating family saga based around time travel. And yes, it can get dark.

Binge bit: This was the first German-language Netflix original series so, be ready for elegant subtitles. You can watch it with an English dub, but the subtitles are less distracting in our opinion.


High Fidelity

Where to stream it: Hulu

Number of seasons: 1

Whether or not you are a fan of the original Nick Hornby novel and the cult film starring John Cusack (and Jack Black in his breakthrough role), 2020’s High Fidelity is a worthy successor to both. Blending a love for music and romantic comedies with modern sensibilities, this new Zoe Kravitz-led series is charming, artistic, emotional, and legitimately funny for the entirety of the season. Plus, the music alone is reason enough to stream all ten episodes right now.

Binge bit: Zoe Kravitz’s mother, Lisa Bonet, played musician Marie DeSalle in the 2000 film and in honor of that character, one of the preferred hangout spots for the characters in the Hulu series is named “DeSalle’s”.


Ducktales (2017)

Where to stream it: Disney+

Number of seasons: 2

The new Ducktales is everything you would want in the rebooted version of a beloved animated show from your childhood. It's absolutely funny (for both adults and kids), engaging, energetic, has a distinct visual style, and boasts a voice cast that is unimpeachably awesome (just as a sample: Scrooge McDuck is played by Doctor Who himself, David Tenant).

Binge bit: The original Ducktales is also on Disney+ in full, if you ever want to jump back into one of the cornerstones of your childhood’s weekday afternoon cartoon lineup.


Happy Endings

Where to stream it: Hulu

Number of seasons: 3

[Categorize this one as an “underappreciated classic”, as it has been off the air since 2013.]

If you’ve always wanted to get into Friends but found it too dated or not quite funny enough or overwhelming in its scope (236 episodes is a lot, no matter who you are), you’re in luck — Happy Endings is here. A show which was cancelled too early, Happy Endings slipped through the cracks because it was never quite as generic as How I Met Your Mother, never quite as conceptual as Community, and never quite as quirky as New Girl. But it is as funny as any show from this century and represents one of the few modern ensemble sitcoms where every performer has lethal comic timing and no character is dead weight. To put it simply: the jokes are relentless and the friend group actually seem to genuinely like and care about each other — why didn’t we get 236 episodes of this?

Binge bit: The Russo Brothers (also known as, “the guys who directed the two best Captain America movies and the two best Avengers movies”) served as executive producers on the series, and directed multiple episodes.

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