netflix The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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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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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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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

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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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

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

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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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

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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24 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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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

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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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

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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

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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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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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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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 46 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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard