Anyone who is a fan of watching TV shows will know that there are a ton of them out there. No matter what kind of show someone might be in the mood for, it's really easy to just open Hulu or Netflix and find one that fits exactly what we want to watch. Whether it's a funny sitcom, something more serious, or something right in the middle, there's definitely a show out there for just about everyone's taste. The big problem comes when we finish a show that we've been watching and have to figure out what to watch next!
There are so many shows out there that it seems like it should be easy to find the next show to start watching once we finish one, but anyone who has ever been in this position will know that there are so many, sometimes it can be hard to choose! All those choices can get seriously difficult. Sometimes, it seems easier to stop searching for a new show and just turn on an old favorite to re-watch instead of trying to sort through all the new ones which seem to be coming out all the time.
Who else struggles to pick a new show to watch? Pick or pass on these TV favorites and we'll reveal the perfect show to binge next!
Game of Thrones:
Game of Thrones is a fantasy series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by the author George R.R. Martin. The series premiered in 2011 and will be airing its final season in 2019. The series is set in a fictional medieval setting known as the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and features a massive ensemble cast across three different story arcs. The main story arc follows the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms as the different kingdoms try to battle for or gain independence from the Iron Throne.
The Haunting of Hill House:
The Haunting of Hill House is a spooky Netflix original series which premiered for its first season in 2018 and is based on the suspenseful novel of the same name by famously scary author Shirley Jackson. The series flashes between three different timelines in the lives of a group of siblings who grew up living in a haunted house that their parents were working on flipping, a house that has continued to impact their lives well into adulthood and that they now must confront after they've grown up and apart.
Grey's Anatomy is an emotional medical series that has been airing from 2005 through to present. The series began with the main character, Meredith Grey, as a medical student who just began her residency at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, a hospital where her famous doctor mother, Ellis Grey, used to work. As the series has gone on, it's followed the original group of interns, Meredith, and her friends, as they grow as doctors and their lives take different paths.
The Kids Are Alright:
The Kids Are Alright is a sitcom that premiered in 2018 and was created by Tim Doyle. The series is set in 1972 and is inspired by Doyle's own life growing up with a large family. Tim Doyle narrates the series as an adult and one of the central characters, Timmy Cleary, is inspired by him. The series follows all the members of the Cleary family including mother Peggy Cleary, father Mike Cleary, and their seven sons and their lives living in the California suburbs in the 1970s.
The Office is a comedic series that aired from 2005 to 2013 for a total of nine seasons. This series, as the name would suggest, is set in the office of a company called Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, a fictional office set in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This series is supposed to look like a documentary that follows the lives of the employees working there, meaning that it features a single-camera setup, has "interviews" from the characters, and was not filmed with an audience or laugh track.
Criminal Minds is a suspenseful crime series that has been airing since 2005 and whose final season will be airing in 2019. Criminal Minds is a series that follows members of an investigative unit known as the BAU that is in charge of analyzing the behavior of the unknown suspect of a crime in order to try to narrow down the identity of the suspect in order to help make an arrest. Each episode features a different case and suspects while also featuring storylines about the investigators' personal lives.
Arrow is a superhero-based TV series that began airing on The CW in 2012 and is still airing with its seventh season beginning in 2018. The series is part of The CW's Arrowverse which contains Arrow and their other superhero shows like The Flash and Supergirl which often have crossover episodes with one another. Arrow follows a billionaire named Oliver Queen who is discovered alive five years after being shipwrecked with his father who begins hunting down criminals after his return to his home city.
Modern Family is a mockumentary-style sitcom that follows the lives of a large interconnected family. The series premiered in 2009 and was recently renewed for its 11th and final season. The mockumentary style means that characters often have interview segments or address the camera directly. The series features a huge ensemble cast that spans across three very different families including Jay Pritchett and his second wife Gloria, Jay's children Claire and Mitchell, and each of their families. Pick or pass on this comedic series!
Supernatural is a series that began airing in 2005 and is currently still airing with its 14th season premiering in 2018. The series follows a pair of brothers named Sam and Dean Winchester who have a pretty interesting family history. There are plenty of families that share the same profession from generation to generation but the fact that Sam and Dean followed in their father's footsteps is made pretty interesting by the fact that he, like Sam and Dean are now, was a demon hunter!
The Good Place:
The Good Place is a comedic fantasy series that follows a woman named Eleanor, played by Kirsten Bell, who wakes up and finds herself in the afterlife. When she wakes up there, she's told that she's in "The Good Place," a place like Heaven that's highly selective of who gets in and is basically a utopia for the people who are there, all of whom were morally upstanding people in their lives. Unfortunately, Eleanor realizes pretty quickly that she was sent there by mistake.
Shameless is a series that premiered in 2011 and is currently in its 9th season which premiered in 2018. According to Wikipedia, the fact that it's been on so long actually makes it Showtime's longest-running series! Pretty cool, right? Shameless follows the incredibly dysfunctional Gallagher family, made up of single father Frank Gallagher and his six children of varying ages. The show follows the lives of the family members and the way their father's struggles and their own issues impact their lives.
Black Mirror is a science fiction anthology series that has been pretty popular among Netflix lovers for the past few years. Each episode in this series is a completely separate story that is set in a universe where everything seems like it's mostly normal except the fact that something is slightly off. This series is inspired by the old anthology series The Twilight Zone and it definitely has the same spooky feeling. Pick or pass on this sci-fi TV series.
Atlanta is a comedic TV series that began airing in 2016. The series is created by and stars actor and rapper Donald Glover, also known by his stage name of Childish Gambino. In the series, Glover plays a young Atlanta resident named Earn who dropped out of college and therefore has no money and goes between living with his parents and his girlfriend. After he realizes his cousin, Alfred or Paper Boi, is about to get famous for being a rapper, Earn tries to get closer to him.
BoJack Horseman is a Netflix original adult animated series that premiered in 2014 and is still airing, with the sixth season being announced recently. BoJack Horseman follows the life of the main character, BoJack, who is an anthropomorphic horse that used to be on a sitcom in the 1990s but has since fallen off to the wayside of Hollywood and is no longer as famous as he once was, which is something that he struggles with. Pick or pass on this dark comedy series!
The Goldbergs is a sitcom that began airing in 2013 and follows the Goldberg family in the 1980s. This series is based on the life of Adam F. Goldberg, the show's creator, as he was growing up in the 1980s. Much of the series has reenactments of Goldberg's childhood that he filmed when he was younger and Patton Oswalt narrates the series as a grown-up version of Adam, beginning each episode by saying it's "1980-something" without ever specifying a year.
Mr. Robot is a suspenseful thriller series that premiered in 2015 and will be airing its fourth and final season will be airing in 2019. The series stars Rami Malek as a man named Elliot Anderson who works for a cybersecurity company. Because of the fact that Elliot has social anxiety, he connects to other people around him by hacking them. His hacking skills grab the attention of a mysterious figure known as Mr. Robot and he joins a group of hackers.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom that premiered in 2013 and currently on its sixth season. The show was canceled on its original network after five seasons but was picked up by another network the following day for a sixth season. The series is set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. The series follows a variety of detectives who work in the precinct, including the main character Jake Peralta, an immature detective whose slacker lifestyle is put in jeopardy after the stern new Captain Holt joins the precinct.
Stranger Things is a Netflix original series that aired its first season in 2016. The third season is set to air in 2019. The series is set in the 1980s in a small town called Hawkins, Indiana. The first season of Stranger Things is focused on a strange, seemingly supernatural, disappearance in Hawkins that happened in the middle of a lot of other unusual events going on in the small town. The subsequent seasons are set after the events of the first season and follow the same characters.
Gotham is a crime-based series that shows the lives of younger versions of characters in the Batman franchise, including a young Bruce Wayne, Commissioner Jim Gordon when he was only a new recruit to the Gotham Police Department, and other characters like The Penguin, Selina Kyle, The Riddler, and Harvey Dent, among other iconic Batman characters who fans of the comics or movies will definitely be familiar with. The series follows the life of Jim Gordon and many Batman Villains.
This Is Us:
This Is Us is a series that began airing in 2016 and is still airing to this day. This Is Us is a series that follows the lives of the three main characters who are siblings known as the Big Three and are named Kevin, Kate, and Randall as well as the siblings' parents, Jack and Rebecca. The episodes are set in the present day and follow the family's lives while having flashbacks to their lives growing up during certain points in the episodes.
A Series of Unfortunate Events:
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Netflix original series that is based on a novel series by the same name, written by Lemony Snicket. The series follows the lives of three young children named Klaus, Violet, and Sunny who recently lost their parents and are now being put into different foster homes, all while being tracked by the series' villain, Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who wants to take the Baudelaire children's fortune that their parents left behind for himself.
The 100 is a science fiction series that began airing in 2014 and has since been renewed for a sixth season that is set to premiere in 2019. The series is a post-apocalyptic series that is set nearly 100 years after the Earth became uninhabitable and humans left to live on space stations. At the beginning of the series, 100 people were sent back to Earth to test the viability of living there once again after the space station they live on has gotten past its capacity for people.
Black-ish is a sitcom that follows the life of the Johnson family. This series premiered in 2014 and is currently on its fifth season with a spin-off series, called Grown-ish that focuses on the oldest child of the family. Even though this series is definitely a comedy and a lot of the storylines in the series are comedic, the series still has some serious moments within the Johnson family. The family consists of Dre, an advertising executive, his wife Bow, a doctor, and their children, Zoey, Junior, Jack, Diane, and Devante.
Fargo is a dark comedy anthology series that has been airing since 2014 through the present and is based on the movie of the same name. Each of the three seasons that have been released so far has a different story and have been set in different times: 2006, 1979, and 2010, respectively. Each season has a mostly separate story as it follows a different crime that happened in a different year and slightly different location but the seasons do have a slight overlap.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a comedic series that has been airing since 2005. The series follows a group of friends known as "The Gang" who owns a struggling and slightly run-down venue in Philadelphia. The Gang, which includes Charlie, Dennis, Mac, Dee, and the biological father of Dennis and Dee, Frank, are all people who aren't exactly great people and the series often follows their misadventures as they try to gain something selfishly through questionable means.
The X-Files is a science fiction series that aired its original run from 1993 through 2002 and spawned two movies. The series returned in 2016 for a tenth season and again in 2018 for an eleventh season. The series follows two investigative agents named Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Fox Mulder is the head of a small department that focuses entirely on small cases that Mulder believes to be paranormal or supernatural in nature. Dana Scully is assigned with following him to investigate these cases.
The Big Bang Theory:
The Big Bang Theory is a sitcom that aired from 2007 to 2018 for a grand total of 12 seasons. The series began with a central cast of five characters who are living in California and working as physicists and engineers in the same apartment building. In that same apartment building, a character named Penny who works as a waitress who is often featured in the series. Over time, the characters were promoted to different jobs and new characters were introduced, but the show kept the same feel.
Riverdale is a series on The CW that began airing in 2017 and is based on the Archie comics. The series follows the life of the characters from this comic series, including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, and others, and the things that happen to them in the mysterious fictional town of Riverdale. The third season of the series premiered in 2018. The series stars KJ Apa as Archie and other actors and actresses like Cole Sprouse as Jughead.
The Magicians is a series that airs on Syfy and is based on a novel by the same name. Syfy first premiered this series in 2015 and recently renewed it for a fifth season. The series is currently airing its fourth season. The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater, a young student who recently enrolled in the Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy in order to learn to be a magician. There, he discovers that magic is actually very real and has to use it to try to save himself and those around him.
Better Call Saul:
Better Call Saul is a suspenseful crime series and a spin-off series of the show Breaking Bad. The show features Walter White's lawyer from Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman, and shows what his life was like prior to becoming the lawyer he was in the series as he goes from being a small-time defense lawyer to having more serious clientele and attempts to overcome the large shadow that his older brother, a former lawyer himself, has cast over Saul with his reputation.
True Detective is a suspenseful anthology crime series that premiered in 2014 and is currently on its third season. Each different season of the show follows a separate case with different characters and are not related to one another. The first season stars Matthew McConaughey and takes place in Lousiana as investigators track a 17-year long spree. The second takes place across the country in California while the third is set in the Ozarks during three different periods of time.
A.P. Bio is a comedic series that premiered in 2018 with its second season coming sometime in 2019. A.P. Bio is a series that follows the main character, Jack Griffin, who recently lost out on his dream job to his long-term rival. He's forced to move to Toledo, Ohio where he's able to find a job as an Advanced Placement Biology teacher at a high school. After he takes the job, he makes it clear to his students that he has no interest in teaching the class and he quickly realizes he can use the students to exact revenge on his rival.
The Vampire Diaries:
The Vampire Diaries is a supernatural series that aired on The CW from 2009 to 2017 and is based on a novel series of the same name by author LJ Smith. The Vampire Diaries is a series that is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, a town that has a long history of having vampires living there. The series follows a high school student named Elena Gilbert who recently lost her parents and had her aunt Jenna move in with her and her brother. Her life changes when she meets and falls in love with a vampire.
Friends is a classic sitcom that aired from 1994 to 2004 for a total of ten seasons. The show featured an ensemble cast of actors and actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer as a large group of friends in their 20s and 30s who live in New York City. The series begins when Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, leaves her fiance at the altar and moves in with her childhood friend Monica, played by Courteney Cox.
The Masked Singer:
The Masked Singer is a singing competition series in which different celebrities wear animal costumes and go on stage to perform a song of their choice, without the judges having a clue who they are. The costumes completely disguise them and, outside of minor hints they give when they introduce themselves and the song they'll be performing, their identity is a secret to the judges and viewers. Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger are the judges. Pick or pass?
House is a TV series that aired from 2004 through 2012 and followed the title character, Dr. Gregory House, as he worked to solve different medical anomalies that came through the doors of the teaching hospital at which he worked throughout the series. Each episode of the series features a patient with a mysterious medical issue and follows as the deeply sarcastic Dr. House and his team work to try to figure out how to treat the patient, sometimes with unusual means.
Good Girls is a crime-based comedy that premiered in 2018 and is set to air a second season in 2019. The series follows three mothers living in the suburbs of Detroit who are struggling financially. In order to help themselves out with their money troubles, the three of them come together and decide to take matters into their own hands. Together, they plan to rob a grocery store but unfortunately for them, things don't exactly work out the way that they had planned.
Sherlock is a suspenseful TV show based on the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. A total of 13 episodes of the series aired between 2010 and 2017 with an additional special episode that aired in 2016. With the exception of one episode, the season is set in modern times, unlike the stories that they're based on. The series follows Sherlock Holmes as a consulting detective who works to solve various cases around London with his flatmate and close friend, Dr. John Watson.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an Amazon exclusive series which premiered in 2017 on Amazon's streaming video service. The series' main character, who the show is named after, is a woman named Midge Maisel who is a housewife living in the 1950s in New York City when she realizes she's pretty funny and enjoys doing stand-up comedy. After Midge and her husband's marriage comes to an end, Midge decides to pursue stand-up comedy. This series is currently in its second season with a third announced.
Rick and Morty:
Rick and Morty is an adult animated sci-fi series that premiered in 2013. The third season ended in 2017 but fans will be excited to hear that according to Wikipedia, the series was picked up for an additional 70 episodes although the number of seasons that the 70 episodes will span wasn't specified. The series follows a scientist named Rick Sanchez and his grandson, Morty Smith, who go together on adventures through time and space with the help of Rick's inventions.