12 of the Most Addicting Shows to Watch, According to Fans

Whether it involved staying up all night binge-watching or counting down the days to the next episode we’ve all found ourselves totally addicted to a TV at some point or another. Fans online were asked, “what’s the most addicting show for you?” – these are some of the best answers.

Yes, TV show love is subjective. But if you’re looking for a new show to hyperfixate on these are some solid choices!

True Detective

True Detective: Night Country | Jodie Foster, Kali Reis
Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO.

The first of a few HBO series on this list, True Detective manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the season. Yes, it’s something a good detective show should do, but in true HBO fashion this show is so much more. Definitely binge worthy!


Dark Season 1.
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If you haven’t braved into foreign TV show territory on Netflix this is your sign to check some of the amazing German language shows on there. (Don’t worry – most have dubs if you don’t like subtitles.) While I won’t give away too much, just know that this show’s set over a tight 3-season run that involves a community-wide mystery, puzzles, and plenty of unexpected twists.


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If you caught Lost while it was airing you already know how addictive this show was during the heyday. Since streaming wasn’t around yet I remember carefully tracking when the next would be on so we wouldn’t miss it! If you missed it, though, Lost is still a great show to binge watch even now.

The Queen’s Gambit


This miniseries was perfectly paced to keep you enthralled from beginning to end. They also released the entire thing at once and so many of us binge-watched it that same weekend. If didn’t catch The Queen’s Gambit yet it’s worth checking out.

Ash vs Evil Dead

This series managed to perfectly recreate the vibe of Evil Dead. Fun and always unexpected, it’s no wonder fans got addicted to this cult classic when it came out.

Stranger Things

(L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, and Eduardo Franco as Argyle in STRANGER THINGS
Image Credit: Netflix.

I admit that I didn’t watch Stranger Things for several years after it came out, but after checking it out I’m totally addicted. Stranger Things is rarely predictable, but it also has a way of keeping you invested in the characters that other shows lack.

Sherlock (BBC)

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (2010).
Image Credit: Masterpiece.

Another show so many fans (myself included) couldn’t wait to come out each week. Sherlock was fun and witty, but also super interesting with the stories it followed. While many folks didn’t love the ending there’s something special about uncovering the mysteries on this show alongside Sherlock and Dr. Watson.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan
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It’s not often anime series enter the mainstream, but Attack on Titan became such a phenomenon when it was airing that a wide range of people checked this series out. Waiting each week to see if characters would live or die, and what mysteries the Titans held, was painstaking – especially if you didn’t read ahead in the manga.

Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke HBO Game of Thrones Season 8 - Episode 4.
Image Credit: Photograph by Helen Sloan/HBO.

Say what you want about the later Game of Thrones seasons or the ending, the first season of this show was nothing short of addicting for most of us. I would argue it left such an impression that it kept us all on the hook even through the dry bits… So definitely an addicting show for fans!

The Good Place

Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, and D'Arcy Carden in The Good Place (2016)
Image Credit: NBC.

I see The Good Place come up a lot in fan discussions and I think too many folks missed this clever series as it aired. I remember that feeling of being hooked on each episode while learning exactly what was going on through the eyes of the characters. If you missed it or dropped off after a few episodes, The Good Place is a great option for a binge if you like funny, weird shows.


Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal (2013).
Image Credit: NBC Universal.

A lot of folks lament Hannibal’s ending; the show was just too expensive to justify the cost based on viewership numbers. Those who loved it, though, found the show totally addictive. Believe me when I say: this show is full of gruesome surprises.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
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I was pretty stoked to see fans suggest one of my favorite guilty pleasure shows: Downton Abbey. Since most of us caught this series on streaming services it was super easy to binge watch. While the plot isn’t especially gripping, you quickly get invested in the characters and setting that you can’t help wanting to see what happens next.

12 TV Shows That Started Off Amazing but Became Unwatchable

Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 6.
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Sometimes shows start off great but then, for whatever reason, change their format. We wanted to know what people felt were the worst culprits for TV shows that started off amazing but became unwatchable later on. As always, the internet’s answers didn’t disappoint.

12 TV Shows That Started off Amazing but Became Unwatchable

12 TV Shows That Are Often Called “The Best TV Show Ever”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC.

This is such a subjective topic. While I’d love to share my thoughts on the best TV show ever, I thought it would be better to scour the internet to find out what, in your opinion, is the best show ever from a variety of fans.

12 Shows Often Called “The Best TV Show Ever”


Binge-Worthy Bonanza: The 13 Best Netflix Shows With At Least 3 Seasons

Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror
Image Credit: David Dettmann/Netflix.

Ever started watching a show on Netflix only to be disappointed because there were so few seasons or it was canceled? Here are some great shows that have at least three seasons so you can really get your binge on!

Binge-worthy bonanza: The 10 best Netflix shows with 3+ seasons

12 Cancelled Shows That Fans Are Still Upset About

Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet.
Image Credit: Lara Solanki / Netflix.

Sometimes a show being canceled can be completely gut-wrenching, especially when you’re really into a series! Here are the best answers to the question, “Which TV so cancellation are you still frustrated about?”

12 Cancelled Shows That Fans Are Still Upset About 

10 Overrated Netflix Shows That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

Outer Banks. Rudy Pankow as JJ in episode 303 of Outer Banks

Ever watched a show that was so hyped up but you thought was terrible? The show everyone was talking about and watching and you just couldn’t see the appeal? That was the question posted on Reddit, “Which Netflix show is overrated?”

9 Most Overrated Netflix Shows



Everett has been writing about media, technology, and parenting since 2014. His work has been featured on MIT Technology Review, HuffPost, and various blogs. When not writing or binge watching TV shows, you'll find him playing video games or spending with with his kids.