20 TV Shows So Addictive, You’ll Forget How to Adult

Are you in for a long weekend? Or traveling for hours by road or train? You might need to have a couple of options ready for yourself to binge-watch because, well, we all agree weekends without plans, and traveling alone can be quite boring and dull.

A Redditor asked for recommendations, and the thread received countless options. We’ve compiled a list of the 20 best tv shows you can binge-watch anytime.

1. Alone

Group shot of participants from Season 10 of The HISTORY Channel's hit survival series "Alone."
Image Credit: A + E Networks.

If you are into reality TV shows and wilderness, this could be one of the best shows to binge-watch if you haven’t already. It comprises everything about survival, wilderness, and reality.

A Redditor says, “It’s a reality show about people surviving completely alone in the wilderness with limited gear and resources and trying to see who is capable of staying there the longest. They are filming themselves.”

The show is available on the internet for free and can be watched without an account. Many other Redditors have recommended it as a perfect watch for reality TV enthusiasts, such as this one “Can confirm. So good. Each season is amazing”.

2. Dark

Moritz Jahn, Jordis Triebel, Lisa Vicari Dark Season 1
Image Credit: Jan Rasmus Voss/Netflix.

A German thriller series based on a family saga and supernatural twist. If you are a fan of thriller and mystery, this could be the perfect binge-watch.

Someone commented, “It’s a German series that will melt your brain. So damn good.” Another Redditor said, “Definitely one of the best shows on Netflix. Watched this a while back, I’ll be rewatching it again. I liked it that much.”.

If people are vouching for it and waiting to re-watch it, it is definitely worth trying!

3. Severance

Britt Lower in “Severance".
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Love watching sci-fi? Watch Severance, an absolute psychological thriller about new-age technology and work-life balance.

A Redditor recommending the show says, “There’s only 1 season, so you can bang it out in a weekend. Season 2 is a year away. If only there was a procedure that can make me not experience the waiting.”.

Another one seconds, “That last episode! Darn.”.

4. Silicon Valley

Martin Starr, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, and Kumail Nanjiani in Silicon Valley (2014)
Image Credit: HBO.

In the words of a Redditor, “It’s a comedy from the creator of King of the Hill; it largely focuses on parodying the app developer industry. What’s great is that it is very realistic to the industry while still leaving room for goofball comedy. And it approaches computer programming from a pretty universal perspective.”

Someone else joined in on the bandwagon and said, “The first few seasons of Silicon Valley are a dream for binge-watchers. Not only are the episodes short, but the seasons are also too, and you become a hardcore fan literally overnight.”.

Hmm, if you are into comedy and technology, this show will be a feast for you.

5. The Leftovers

Carrie Coon in The Leftovers (2014)
Image Credit: HBO.

A cool sci-fi thriller, The Leftovers, is recommended by quite many people for binge-watching.

Some Redditors have been big fans of the show as one of the Redditors describes the liking and said, “I wouldn’t be mentioning it here if it wasn’t good. Whether “you” will like it or not, is the question. It is a bit of weird show. It is darkly funny at times. Made by one of the writers of Lost- it has that mystery vibe. Try a few episodes. I got hooked after episode 1. If you liked Lost you’ll like it.”

Another Reddit user replied, “It was fantastic. It took me 4ever to finally watch it but d***. Not everyone likes it, which is fine since this goes for every other TV show.”

However, a good way to describe it would be the following said by a Reddit user, “I watched season one a few years back and liked it, gotta get around to finishing this show. I find that I need to be in the mood for sci-fi thrillers, but that’s the way it goes for many different genres. It’s funny how that works.”.

6. Hannibal

Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal (2013).
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Another psychological thriller, this TV show, is a horror-thriller television series. It’s a treat for anyone who likes to think and analyze while watching shows – not for someone who enjoys no-brainers.

One Reddit user comments on the show, “Hannibal! Criminally underrated (though critically acclaimed) NBC show that puts a unique spin on the events that preceded Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and really pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable for network television. The cinematography is movie-quality brilliant, and the acting is phenomenal. I wasn’t exactly surprised that it was snubbed for Emmys, but Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen really deserved Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nods, respectively.”

Are you a fan of psychological thrillers?

7. New Girl

New Girl (2011).
Image Credit: Fox.

An American television sitcom about five friends finding their own spot in the world, this TV show is recommended highly by Redditors. One of the Redditors comments on it, “So many people think it’s just Zooey Deschanel being “quirky”. It’s NOT. It’s about ALL of the roommates, and it’s one of the few series that I can watch multiple times without feeling too repetitive.”.

If you enjoy watching light-hearted sitcoms, this can be a great show to add to your me-time list.

8. Outlander

Outlander Cast
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A historical drama TV series, Outlander is worth giving a shot for binge-watching. Not only is it suggested by a good number of Redditors, but it is also a popular fantasy-romance series loved by people across the globe.

Redditors talk about the show in the following words, “I just got all caught up with Outlander. It’s not my usual genre of TV but I loved it!” and “It’s really good. The season finale for the first was tough to watch but I really love the show.”

9. Peaky Blinders

Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders
Image Credit: Netflix.

Hyped and watched by many people everywhere, it is a British period crime drama that excites the inner investigator in you.

A Reddit user appreciated it saying, “Fantastic series, every episode is good and the storylines are fantastic. The number of well known stars in this are great in the parts they play.”.

10. Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica.
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Praised by a Redditor, “Battlestar Galactica (2004-09). I watched the entire series in maybe a week. Excellent series, I regret not watching it when it first aired. Everyone complains about the ending, but in a strange way it all kind of made sense. I was just about crying by the last episode.”

This was followed by popular support from other Reddit users, who added, “This was my first binge, and it was awesome,” and, “this tv show is too good for binge-watching.”

11. Taskmaster

Taskmaster Series 15 Promo Picture.
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As it sounds, this TV show is all about managing multiple tasks within time constraints.

Recommended by a Redditor, “Found this on YouTube, and it’s pretty great fun. Contestants have to try to achieve tasks in the least amount of time possible. Helps it’s British and everyone can give and take a good ribbing.”

This show is a good watch for a relaxed binge-watching session. You should be warned this might awaken your inner perfectionist, multitasking yet doing every task in the best possible way.

12. Falling Skies

Noah Wyle and Scarlett Hefner in Falling Skies (2011)
Image Credit: TNT.

A Reddit user described the storyline: “Falling Skies is my favorite show I’ve ever watched. About an alien invasion, and the main character are a family named the Masons. They fight aliens and band with other people to try to survive. Genuinely one of the most underrated shows on earth.”

Just over a decade old, this tv show can be of immense thrill and excitement if you are into sci-fi.

13. RuPaul’s Drag Race

(L-R) Michelle Visage, host RuPaul, Ross Mathews and Raven in RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 8, episode 1 streaming on Paramount+, 2023.
Photo Credit: World of Wonder/Paramount+.

It is thought to appeal to a certain audience; however, if you are into comedy, this could be your show.

A fellow Redditor critically said, “Rupaul’s Drag Race – very specific niche but it’s basically a mashup of project runway and America’s Next Top Model but for Drag Queens, it’s really funny and campy and endlessly entertaining (I’d just suggest not starting with season one cuz it’s low budget as heck).”

14. Steven Universe

Steven Universe.
Image Credit: The Cartoon Network.

If you like watching animated TV shows, this ageless fictional story of aliens will excite you to unimaginable levels. Liked by children and adults alike, this is a great show for binge-watching.

One of the Redditors believes that “The first five or six episodes are really f****** weird, but there is a pretty d*** good story throughout the rest of the series.”

While another fellow Redditor agreed by saying, “I used to watch this with my brothers all the time!”.

15. The Handmaid’s Tale

Austin, Texas / USA - Jan. 20, 2017: Women dressed in "Handmaids Tale" costumes participate in a reproductive rights march from city hall to the state Capitol.
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Based on a book, The Handmaid’s Tale is a popular TV show that has drawn much attention.

A Redditor describes its engaging aspects as, “I recommend Handmaid’s Tale all the time but I specifically make the point “It is NOT entertaining, it’s Engaging” because if you send someone in thinking they’re gonna have a good time, they won’t finish.”

Another one seconds by adding, “I haven’t watched seasons 4 and 5, but the first three definitely put Atwoods dystopian ideology into perspective. It made me angry to watch, actually. I enjoyed studying both the TV show and the book, but the TV show goes into more depth, in my opinion.”.

If you want to engage while watching, this has to be on your list!

16. Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke HBO Game of Thrones Season 8 - Episode 6
Photograph by Courtesy of HBO.

Winning by the popular support for the show, Game of Thrones is easily one of the most-watched shows across the world. With mystery, thrill, and romance, it is undoubtedly a perfect show for binge-watching.

One Redditor agrees to this by saying, “Game of Thrones. I’ve never binged on anything to that level. No other show I’ve watched has such a consistent drive to find out what happens next.”

17. UnREAL

Gentry White and Jessica Sipos in UnREAL (2015).
Image Credit: Lifetime.

Shedding light on what life looks like in the media industry, UnREAL is about unveiling the truths.

As an eye-opener, this show is worth binging as told by a Redditor, “UnREAL. It’s a TV show about a TV show that does not exist but exists. Ok, let’s make this simpler. It’s about “The Bachelor,” but it’s not. The producer of UnREAL  worked at The Bachelor and it seems like they found a way to explain the insanity going on on set, how people are exploited etc. But, they refuse that it is about the Bachelor. Expect some unexpected stuff. Worked in the media industry myself. I approve.”

18. Hip Hop Evolution

Hip Hop Evolution.
Image Credit: Netflix.

Do you like watching documentaries? This could be a great watch if you are into music and history.

It delicately combines both and produces a groundbreaking documentary, as claimed by a Redditor, “I really love Hip Hop Evolution on Netflix. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, it’s a great documentary about rap’s history, and it’s cultural impact. The interviews are fascinating.”.

19. The Shield

The Shield
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Fox Television Studios.

For people who like watching series inspired by true events, The Shield is a great watch for them. It takes its inspiration from The Rampart Division scandal and shows a different reflection of police lives.

A Redditor explains it as, “About a dirty cop and his crew in LA, inspired by the Rampart Division scandal. In the very first episode a fuse is lit. Over the rest of the series, this fuse is constantly burning while the cops in question keep digging themselves into a deeper hole…. eventually, the fuse runs out, and the results are sad but not what you expect. Also there are many other side plots and amazing characters. A real highlight is one scene in particular where you get to see Anthony Anderson and Glenn Close go at it in an interrogation scene; they may be some of the most powerful acting ever.”

20. Benidorm

John Challis and Sherrie Hewson in Benidorm (2007).
Image Credit: ITVX.

Benidorm is your go-to watch if you want to watch something you can relate to.

You would be able to kind of find yourself in the series as one of the Redditors did, “it’s about people on holiday, and it’s actually a good show until season 5. After season 5 it becomes just about the staff and not the actual people on holiday. But if you’re looking for something to watch its actually good. its some-what relatable.”

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