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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. You can binge watch past seasons of programs currently airing to catch up to speed. You can also binge watch recently ended television programs to experience the entire show without the wait between seasons. 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 the top TV shows these days, as Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo and Disney+ 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 TV series available on DVD or Blu-Ray. These are the best shows to marathon during a weekend or all summer long, good shows that keep us clicking "Yes, I'm Still Watching." From classic comedies to Emmy-nominated dramas, this list of the greatest shows in history and best shows to binge watch not only answers the question "What are the best TV 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. The best shows to marathon will keep you clicking episode after episode -- just don't forget to eat and sleep while you do it. Now, check out the TV shows to watch below.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
StewartLennox added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
JaidenDalBello added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Mystery

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary

The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
alexray111413 added Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
ChangesDownClub added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
100Colleges.com added Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Neo-western

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
ArthikaThirukkumaran added Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Romantic comedy

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Mike Filliben added Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Dark comedy, Police procedural

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
sfg4life515 added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
wiabux added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An antisocial maverick doctor (Hugh Laurie) who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Military, Adventure film, + more

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
bojanthebest added Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
JacksonMay added Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
AngieDavison added Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced for a something he did not commit, and ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Jmoff added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of ...more

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