Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Bingeworthy TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies (The new fall TV season is starting up this month, so let’s talk about what shows everyone should watch when they’re not reading!)

I guess what will become pretty obvious right away by looking at my list is that I’m major Netflix and Chill kind of girl.  I don’t have many shows at all that I actively watch on cable or network TV.  The only exceptions to that right now are The Good Place, The 100, and Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which I do watch as they air on NBC, the CW and ABC, respectively.

You’ll also see that there are a lot of comedies on my list.  Like reading, TV is an escape for me so when I binge, I tend to binge shows that are going to make me laugh and forget about whatever has made me feel like I need an escape.  There’s also a healthy dose of science fiction in there too, again because I find it an escape from reality.

Netflix is perfect for me because just as I’m a mood reader, I’m also a mood television viewer.  And there are endless shows on Netflix to fit my every mood.  Below are some of my current favorites for bingewatching.

 

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Top 10 Bingeworthy TV Shows

 

 

WHEN I’M IN THE MOOD FOR COMEDY:

 

 

 

GRACE and FRANKIE

Synopsis:  For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This Netflix original re-teams Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5”) as Grace and Frankie, respectively, bringing their chemistry to the small screen. It’s a casting reunion on a grand scale, as Tomlin is reunited with her co-star from “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen, who plays Grace’s husband, Robert. And Fonda is back with Sam Waterston, her co-star from “The Newsroom,” who plays Frankie’s husband, Sol.

 

 

 

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Synopsis:  Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.

 

 

 

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Synopsis: This Netflix-original comedy-drama is inspired by Norman Lear’s 1975 series of the same name. This time around, the series follows the life of Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Now a nurse, Penelope is raising two strong-willed children. When faced with challenges, Penelope turns to her “old-school” mother, and her building manager, who has become an invaluable confidant. The series offers a contemporary take on what life looks like in both good and bad times, and how loved ones can help make it all worthwhile.

 

 

 

THE GOOD PLACE

Synopsis:  When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

 

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WHEN I’M IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING OVER THE TOP

 

SHAMELESS

Synopsis:  Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher, a single father of six who spends much of his free time drinking at bars. The Gallagher children — led by oldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who takes on much of the child-rearing responsibility due to her mother’s absence — manage to raise themselves in spite of Frank’s lack of parenting and unusual parenting style when he does choose to act like a father. The drama is an adaptation of the BAFTA Award-winning British show of the same name.

 

 

 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Synopsis:  Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

 

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WHEN I’M IN THE MOOD FOR SCIENCE FICTION & BADASS CHARACTERS

 

 

MARVEL:  AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Synopsis: Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, reprising his role from “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” ) heads an elite team of fellow agents with the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as SHIELD (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division), as they investigate strange occurrences around the globe. Its members — each of whom brings a specialty to the group — work with Coulson to protect those who cannot protect themselves from extraordinary and inconceivable threats, including a formidable group known as Hydra.

 

 

 

THE 100

Synopsis:  When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on a space ark of linked stations see their resources dwindle and face draconian measures established to ensure humanity’s future. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. Having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but with the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.

 

 

 

LOST IN SPACE

Synopsis:  “Danger, Will Robinson!” The rest of the Robinson clan should be on the lookout for danger, as well, because they are facing challenging times. It’s 30 years in the future and the family has been chosen to start a new life in a space colony. On the way to what they believe will be a better world, the Robinsons’ ship is abruptly thrown off course and they are thrown into a dangerous alien environment. Now light-years from their original destination, they must forge new alliances and work together to survive. Stranded with the Robinsons are unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith and inadvertently charming Don West, two outsiders who are thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception.

 

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WHEN I’M FEELING NOSTALGIC FOR MY SCHOOL DAYS

 

 

GILMORE GIRLS

Synopsis:  Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated by an eclectic mix of dreamers, artists and everyday folk, this multigenerational drama about family and friendship centres around Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory. Lorelai owns the town’s bed-and-breakfast, the Dragonfly Inn, with best friend/chef Sookie, and contends with weekly dinners with eccentric, well-off parents Richard and Emily Gilmore (who always have something to say about their daughter’s life). After high school, Rory attends Yale University but frequently returns to Stars Hollow to visit her mom.

 

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What are some your favorite bingeworthy TV shows?  Do we share any favorites?

46 replies
  1. Diana
    Diana says:

    I also have Orange is the New Black and Shameless on my list. I only watched the first two seasons of 100. I think I am now a season behind but its a series that I hope to catch up on. Great list!

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  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    Netflix is the best, I don’t know what I’d do without it, since I don’t have cable now. I mean no commercials and so many shows! Love it! And I didn’t know there was a new version of One Day At A Time- how fun!

    Yay for The 100 of course! 🙂 And I started Orange is the New Black a while ago, then got sidetracked, and now I’m watching Wentworth (which I love) which I guess is an Australian version although the circumstances are quite different.

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  3. Sara Strand
    Sara Strand says:

    I fully agree on Grace & Frankie!! I have to also add The Office and Parks & Recreation. Oh! And Schitt’s Creek. I have watched every season of all of these far too many times. Just kidding- I can never have enough! 😉

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  4. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    I love One Day at a Time! It’s such a breath of fresh air that I’ve really enjoyed and can’t wait for the next season. The Good Place is also incredible! I think I’ve enjoyed that show more than I’ve enjoyed any comedy in a while. Gilmore Girls is also a classic favorite that I am always open to re-watching anytime. Great list!

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  5. Alexis
    Alexis says:

    YAS Shameless – I love it so much. I am in the middle of whichever season was just added to Netflix. Did you see that the girl playing Fiona has decided to leave the show? Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

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  6. Angie Elle
    Angie Elle says:

    The only show on your list that I’ve watched is Gilmore Girls. I did watch The 100 (just the first episode) a while back. And it was really good. I’m just not typically a tv person. But I am binging Lost Girl right now, and I really like it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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