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The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

Updated May 30, 2019 10.0k votes 1.2k voters 30.6k views44 items

List RulesVote 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.
  • 1

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    PremieredJanuary 14, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Fantasy, Action

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a reemergence...  more

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    PremieredSeptember 13, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Horror

    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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  • 3

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 the...  more

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  • 4

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    PremieredDecember 17, 1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Animated

    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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  • 5

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    PremieredMarch 10, 1997

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah Michelle...  more

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  • 6

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    PremieredMarch 24, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 of...  more

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  • 7

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan


    Genres (Tv)Period drama

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  • 8

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father (Enrico Colantoni) is...  more

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  • 9

    Young Sheldon

    Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series. Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) at...  more


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  • 10


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    PremieredSeptember 22, 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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  • 11

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day

    PremieredAugust 4, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and Deandra...  more

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  • 12

    The Good Place

    Kristen Bell, Ted Danson

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) and three other individuals (William Jackson Harper, Jameela...  more

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  • 13


    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    PremieredJuly 5, 1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Seinfeld (NBC, 1989) is an American television sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show...  more

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  • 14

    American Horror Story

    Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton

    PremieredOctober 5, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama, Thriller

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    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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  • 15

    The Gifted

    Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker

    PremieredOctober 2, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Fantasy

    The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the...  more
  • 16

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari

    PremieredApril 9, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 parks...  more

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  • 17

    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne

    PremieredJuly 11, 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 transporting...  more

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  • 18

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his keen...  more

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  • 19


    Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Letterkenny (Crave, 2016) is a Canadian sitcom created by Jared Keeso and developed and written by Keeso and Jacob Tierney, with Tierney as director. Friends Wayne (Keeso) and Daryl (Nathan Dales)...  more

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  • 20


    Naveen Andrews, Nestor Carbonell

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Adventure, Mystery

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work together in...  more

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  • 21

    Arrested Development

    Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi

    PremieredNovember 2, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    PremieredMay 20, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Fashion, Competition reality

    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series create by Tyra Banks. Several women compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model", providing them with...  more

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  • 23


    Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman

    PremieredJune 23, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Law

    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of New...  more

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  • 24

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess

    PremieredMarch 6, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. After being rescued from a doomsday cult, an optimistic young woman (Ellie...  more

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  • 25


    Stephen Amell, David Ramsey

    PremieredOctober 10, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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 stranded on...  more

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