10 Binge Worthy Shows

Updated: Sep 9

If you're like, well, anyone really these days, you're spending more time at home. The following is a countdown of shows that'll almost make you glad to be trapped inside.


THE COUNTDOWN


10. Hannibal

Loosely based on the Silence of the Lambs film series, the program follows Doctor Lecter prior to his imprisonment. While it's a well crafted show, and fun to watch, there is a downside in that it doesn't stay true to the Lambs storyline. That particular downside is, in all honesty, something that really bugs me about the series and it's why it only hit number ten on the list.


9. Tales from the Crypt

If you grew up in the 90's, no doubt that this series is familiar to you. Based on the comic book series, each episode focuses on a different tale of horror as told by your old pal, the Crypt Keeper. Going back and watching the episodes again really brings a sense of nostalgia; however, accessing the series may cost you a pretty penny. (If you're "frugal" like me, I suggest watching the show on YouTube.)


8. House

There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of television medical dramas out there, but House is definitely a cut above the rest. The cast is absolutely phenomenal, the storylines are gripping, and the wisecracking Dr. Gregory House always has me in stitches. (I had to go for the obvious pun. I'm a dad. That's what we do.)


7. Letterkenny

The Canadians are no slouches when it comes to comedy gold; however, Letterkenny is by far the funniest show to come from our neighbors to the north. It stacks up against Boys in the Hall any day of the week and makes Trailer Park Boys look like amateur hour. The best part is, the further you get in the series, the bigger the payoff as each season proves to top the previous.


For those of you who've never heard of Letterkenny before, the premise is pretty straight forward. It follows several characters in a rural Canadian farming community - small but greatly diverse. No matter what you like or what kind of comedy you enjoy, Letterkenny has something for you. As a writer (and retired English teacher), the unique use of language on Letterkenny is my favorite aspect.


There's also an animated spin-off called Littlekenny, which follows characters as children. While it doesn't quiet measure up to the genus of Letterkenny, it's worth a watch.


6. Mr. Bean

You might be surprised to find this one in a countdown from a horror writer, but here it is. For those of you unfamiliar with this British gem, it stars Rowan Atkinson as an odd, awkward single fella living in London. The brand of comedy is unlike anything else I'm familiar with, and the character truly seems to be a child in a man's body. What makes the show so hilarious to watch isn't the dialogue (of which there is very little), but rather the situations, schemes, bizarre behavior, and on-screen antics are taken to a place where only Bean would dare to go. Although I've seen all the episodes on a number of occasions, it's still a go-to when I'm looking for a little pick-me-up. As for the two movies, however, you should go ahead and skip those as they both really miss the mark and fail to deliver on what makes the show so special. There's also an animated version of the series which is fun to watch if you're high as f', but otherwise, not so much.


5. The Twilight Zone

There are few shows that are iconic or widely referred to as The Twilight Zone, and for good reason. The series was groundbreaking and touched on universal themes that are still relevant to this day. It's no wonder why it inspired a film and no less than three reboots: 1985, 2002, and 2019. Still, in my humble opinion, the original episodes with Rod Serling are the best. Whatever incarnation you decide to watch, however, you're in for a rare treat.


4. The X-Files

I'm surprised as you are that this isn't at number one. Seriously? How could anything be better than Agents Mulder and Skully investigating the most bizarre cases the FBI has ever been faced with? And the short answer is, it can't. Unfortunately, Mulder is almost absent from Season 8 (due to differences between actor David Duchovny and Fox executives), and the episodes are almost unwatchable. Still overall, this is an incredible show which spawned two movies and two reboot seasons.


3. Vikings

(*singing) If I had a heart, I could love you. If I had a voice, I'd sing.

From the catchy theme song to the end credits, this show has me on the edge of my seat. I don't even care that's it's produced by the History Channel, but isn't historically accurate. The point of the show is to give an idea of what life was like for the Vikings, and it delivers. (And, if we're going to be really honest, the point of the show is to entertain and draw in revenue.)


2. Fargo

It should be no surprise that one of my favorite all-time flicks is Fargo. I mean, the movie has everything: great cast, gripping story, and flawless execution. So, my expectations were pretty high when it came to the television series, and I was not disappointed. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, Fargo is an anthology show with each season focusing on another story. (Personally, my favorite is still Season One, but they're all great.)


1. Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul

Yes, I'm aware that these are two different shows, but they take place in the same universe. So, close enough. Truth be told, I didn't see Breaking Bad while it was on the air. Didn't get AMC and wasn't onboard with the streaming services just yet. That being said, the delay hasn't stopped me from enjoying the series. Seen it three times completely through, and each time I find something different. I guess that's because of how great and rich the storylines are. Well written and brilliantly executed.


When it comes to Saul, I wasn't too sure at first. There was that whole Slippin' Jimmy storyline and the strained relationship with his accomplished older brother. It's fair to say; however, after a couple of episodes, I was fully hooked. And now I await each episode like a seven-year-old waiting for the McDonald's delivery. What can I say? I'm lovin' it.


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