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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 Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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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 Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's ...more

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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 Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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10,795 5,121
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 The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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7,048 4,024
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 House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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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 Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
analise.dubner added Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
wiabux added House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
alexray111413 added Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
wiabux added Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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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 The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
DaveIanNaranjo added Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in ...more

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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 Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
ChangesDownClub added The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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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 Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Robert Wabash added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
JacksonMay added Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Robert Wabash added Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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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 Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more

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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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
ChangesDownClub added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
wiabux added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith Doctor Who is a 2005 TV series.

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
bojanthebest added The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
StewartLennox added Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Chris Abraham added The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Chris Abraham added Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
William Roberts added 24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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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 Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
DolittleD added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
carlybobarly added Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
DolittleD added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
William Roberts added Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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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 True Detective is an American crime drama television series created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto. The series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States, and ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
ArthikaThirukkumaran added How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
NicoleBatchelor added True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan 30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
AngieDavison added Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch
wiabux added Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more