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The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane 

Logan Rapp
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Updated May 30, 2019 9.8k votes 1.1k voters 30.1k views 44 items

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: NBC

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

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
liplip added Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction, Political drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, + more

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, + more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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

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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: ABC

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

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Comedy, + more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: ITV

Genres (Tv): Drama

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: FXX

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Superhero

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