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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 30.2k 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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

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

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Science fiction, Mystery

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Mystery

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

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

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Mystery, Drama

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery, Neo-noir

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
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Premiered: 1989

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

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Period drama

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

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

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Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Black comedy

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy comedy

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Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

Premiered: 2017

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

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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