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List Rules Only series available for streaming online or on DVD / Blu-ray. Vote not just on show quality but also if the nature of the show lends itself to viewing marathons.

Bored? Not anymore! These are the best TV shows for binge-watching. The greatest television shows in the world are ranked here as a sort of TV guide for marathoning shows. And the best TV shows of all time don't just have to be watched on, well, television.

Binge-viewing is the way all the cool kids watch TV these days, as Netflix and Hulu and HBOGo take us away from our remote controls and onto our computers. And if these must-see TV shows aren't on the web, this list contains the best television series available on DVD or Blu-Ray. These are the best shows to marathon during a weekend or all summer long. From classic comedies to Emmy-nominated dramas, this list of the greatest TV shows in history not only answers the question "What are the best shows on Netflix?" but also "What shows should I watch this summer?"


From the best late night comedy shows to the greatest dramas on TV, these are the series you should be binging on this summer. The best shows to marathon will keep you clicking episode after episode -- just don't forget to eat and sleep while you do it.

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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2
+ - 14,485 3,663
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

3
+ - 8,662 5,068
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

4
+ - 10,086 4,717
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

5
+ - 6,675 3,699
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

6
+ - 6,877 2,982
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

7
+ - 8,261 4,049
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

8
+ - 6,218 3,948
Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

9
+ - 5,728 2,987
House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

10
+ - 6,018 2,700
Friends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

11
+ - 3,765 2,574
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

12
+ - 4,777 2,564
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

13
+ - 5,128 2,500
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

14
+ - 4,523 2,661
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

15
+ - 3,380 2,423
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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16
+ - 3,344 2,150
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

17
+ - 5,179 2,199
The Office is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

18
+ - 3,455 2,531
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

19
+ - 3,507 2,243
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

20
+ - 3,514 2,306
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

21
+ - 4,490 2,040
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

22
+ - 3,638 2,321
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

23
+ - 3,593 2,452
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

24
+ - 2,852 2,174
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

25
+ - 4,426 2,081
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

26
+ - 3,306 2,088
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

27
+ - 5,579 2,560
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

28
+ - 3,352 2,281
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

29
+ - 3,812 677
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard

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+ - 3,301 1,969
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

31
+ - 3,115 2,208
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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+ - 3,428 2,153
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

33
+ - 3,177 1,760
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

34
+ - 3,054 2,156
24 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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+ - 2,447 1,803
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

36
+ - 4,139 2,036
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

37
+ - 2,130 1,750
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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+ - 1,820 1,570
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

39
+ - 1,770 1,694
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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+ - 1,622 1,750
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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+ - 3,019 2,171
South Park is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

42
+ - 2,631 1,591
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

43
+ - 1,565 1,484
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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+ - 1,950 1,702
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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+ - 3,581 1,692
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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+ - 1,697 1,571
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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+ - 1,822 1,778
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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+ - 2,677 1,520
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

49
+ - 2,964 1,270
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

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+ - 2,422 1,401
Suits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle