travel The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane  

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List Rules Vote based on how engaging and entertaining it would be to marathon each series during a long airplane flight, making the time fly

So, you've got a long plane ride, or multiple plane rides. Or maybe you're not on a plane at all, and you're taking an Amtrak across the country. No matter the transportation method, you've got a lot of downtime while you're in transit. And since we're living in the golden age of television, there are plenty of great series out there that you probably haven't watched yet! So when you ask yourself, "What should I watch on a plane?", this list has all the answers you could ever need! These are the best shows to watch on an airplane. 

This list is full of series that are high quality, great for binge watching, and, most importantly, TV shows you can watch in public. Obviously, the graphic violence of The Walking Dead or the frequent sexposition of Game of Thrones wouldn't fly here, but you've probably seen those shows, anyway. Also, the last thing you want to do is become an emotional wreck, so shows make you cry should be left off the list as well. Even with these stipulations, there is still an incredible number of shows that you can watch on airplane. Imagine it! Catching up on television while sitting in a chair in the sky! What a world! 

So when you're looking for television for when you're on a plane, this list will take care of it. Whether you're flying cross country or international, these shows are sure to make the time fly. Which shows have you binge watched on a plane? Add them here if they aren't already listed.
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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
lloydc added Gypsy Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy 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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
liplip 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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
liplip 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Vasco Almeida added 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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
konstantinos20142 added The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
aria2000 added American Horror Story Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. Crime scene investigator ...more

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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more

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Catfish: The TV Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
carlybobarly added Catfish: The TV Show Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph, Bettina Kenney Catfish: The TV Show is an American reality-based docu-series television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating. The series is based on the 2010 film Catfish and is ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
The Last Man on Earth Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, and Mike Henry for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centers ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Carly Kiel added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Community is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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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The Grinder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis The Grinder (Fox, 2015) is an American single-camera legal comedy television series created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. After his long-running TV series ends, actor Dean Sanderson, Jr. (Rob ...more

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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
bigcraig added House of Lies Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle House of Lies is an American comedy-drama television series created by Matthew Carnahan. The show, which premiered on Showtime on January 8, 2012, is based on the book, House of Lies: How ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more