Since Netflix came into our lives, it has radically changed how people watch TV series and movies. If you’re like us (the kind of person that has trouble choosing what to watch), and don’t want to waste your time devoting it to the wrong series, Netflix lets you choose what you want to watch and when you want to watch it!
After looking up which series people watched the most along with their ratings on Netflix, we’ve put together a list of fifteen series you can watch that we promise, ARE AMAZING. Whether you’re into cheesy romantic comedies or action and science fiction, here are the shows that we think everyone needs to see. From falling in love with Serena Van Der Woodsen’s everyday outfits in Gossip Girl and obsessing over Jessica Lange’s roles in American Horror Story, to hating Justin Foley in 13 Reasons Why and deciding whether or not to keep on watching Grey’s Anatomy (can’t spoil the motives… you’ll have to see for yourselves), these series will keep you entertained for a long time. So next time you have nothing to do, or are in the mood for a TV marathon, make sure you watch one of the following shows.
15. Quantico (2015)
What would you do if suddenly every single person you knew thought you were a terrorist? Would you let everyone know what’s really going on or would you run? This is the dilemma that Alex Parrish faces when her life takes a bad turn as an FBI agent. The first season was a success and is currently airing the second season which has received lots of positive feedback from both viewers and critics. This TV series is both exciting and romantic, and will leave you hanging at the end of every episode to make sure you watch the next one (Anxiety kicking in!!!!).
With an IMDb score of 7.1 (yay), and 22, 43-minute episodes, Quantico is sure to keep you interested and hanging on the edge of your seat. Joshua Safran (director) did such an amazing job at portraying the reality of FBI employees and the rigorous training they go through before becoming successful agents. Alex Parrish, Shelby Wyatt, Simon Asher (sighs), Caleb Haas, Nimah Amin (talk about goddess looks),and hottie Ryan Booth (*drools*) will become part of your life in such a way that you’ll want to be FBI yourself ! Regarding season two, all there is to say is (SPOILER ALERT) that we all hoped Ryan and Alex’s relationship would have a different ending (so far…) let’s see what Mr. Safran has in stores for us *fingers crossed*
14. The O.C. (2003)
If you liked Gossip Girl then it’s a must watch. The O.C. (Orange County) wouldn’t be the same without Marissa Cooper, Ryan Atwood, Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts… or would it? In this TV series, Josh Schwartz (director) taught us that judging a book by its cover is wrong … and we LOVED it! The series revolves around the lives of these teens, their problems, both parental and emotional, and the decisions they make that lead them to where they are in season 4… and of course, while teaching us lessons along the way.
This show got all of us to fall in love with corny, cheesy, bad boy type guys (are you team Ryan or team Seth?) and broke our hearts many (MANY) times… However, it is IMPORTANT that you watch this show, because it literally changed many lives and it can change yours. It has four seasons, the first three with approximately 25 episodes, and the last one with only 16! It does keep us wanting more… SO MUCH MORE. We prayed and prayed endlessly for one more season to come out. And, even when God doesn’t always give us what we want, He did listen… and gave us Gossip Girl in 2007.
13. Gossip Girl (2007)
This series must be a part of your life!!! You can’t just go through life without Blair Waldorf’s love and fashion advice… TRUST ME. The show revolves around the lives of Manhattan’s Elite (*cough cough* sorry Kristen Bell), Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen, Nate Archibald, Chuck Bass, and outsider Dan Humphrey (Lonely Boy), and how their lives are exposed to everyone who owns a cellphone and/or computer in New York City (OMG) by none-other than Gossip Girl. But, who is she/he? That’s one secret I’ll never tell… (When you watch the show you’ll understand all the referencing).
This show isn’t just about its characters’ life problems, we learn about fashion, popular music, and pick up a little French along the way. Blair and Serena acted as our fashion icons for 6 seasons wearing to-die-for outfits in every single episode. It also taught us how important love really is, and how it can change a person. SPOILER ALERT: you will probably fall for Chuck… with every nerve in your body…
Six seasons weren’t enough and they still aren’t, but it will have to do. So, this is an urgent invitation for you to watch this show… and die slowly… or rapidly, depending on how many episodes you watch a day. Thank you, Stephanie Savage, and once again, Josh Schwartz, for gifting us with this miracle sent from heaven.
12. The 100 (2014)
Putting our girly selves aside, who doesn’t love some fiction? Even more so if it seems feasible… Jason Rothenberg captivated us with this TV series that so far has four seasons, each with 13 to 16 episodes.
The story is set in the future, exactly 97 years after a nuclear disaster, and revolves around the end of the world as we know it. It’s about how humans manage to live on a huge spaceship in outer space, trying to lead “normal lives”. They eventually start running out of oxygen, so decide to send 100 teenagers who are considered criminals, back to planet Earth, (which has been affected by radiation), to see if it is safe for all of them to return.
Upon their arrival, they run into many harrowing situations and which they mostly manage to escape throughout the four seasons. This TV show has a score of 7.9 in IMDb (yay) and is both thrilling and sometimes weird. Eliza Taylor and Eli Goree always keep you wanting more answers, which is reason enough for you to watch this show.
11. How To Get Away With Murder (2014)
HTGAWM for short, is a drama, crime and mystery show (What more could we ask for?) that introduces us to the life of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis… babe), a good-looking, middle-aged law professor who changes the lives of five of her students by recruiting them to be her “pupils”. The story takes a turn when the students, Wes, Laurel, Connor, Michaela and Asher get mixed up in a crime and have to apply what they’ve learned in class to erase their tracks. Doing this all whilst practicing their duties in courts alongside their professor.
Who is dead? Who killed him/her? Why did he/she kill him/her? (You’re welcome for not spoiling) are all questions that pop up in episode one, season one. The amazing thing about this show is that it is told in the past and present, so you will always know what happened, but not why. It is for you to uncover in the next 15 episodes. Seasons 2, and 3… well, they just keep getting better. It’s a must to watch. Viola Davis rocks this show so don’t delay. Get watching!
10. American Horror Story (2011)
Okay, we admit this one’s a tad creepy… but even when you need courage to binge watch (best watched during day if you’re easily scared), it is worth it every step of the freaky way. With only six seasons, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have managed to creep us out in a way The Exorcist and The Conjuring hasn’t been able to.
The best thing about this show is you DON’T HAVE TO WATCH IT IN ORDER… and you don’t need to watch every season, because, if being creepy wasn’t twisted enough, Mr. Murphy decided to make each season an independent story with different characters… PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTORS!!! (Now that’s different! And sometimes difficult). According to reviews, Asylum is the scariest season of them all (so watch at your own risk). But we think IT’S THE BEST out of the six, so please, PRETTY PLEASE watch it.
- Season 1 (Murder House) tells the story of a family that moves into a haunted house. Of course, they don’t know (or don’t care) that it’s haunted.
- Season 2 (Asylum) is set in the past and exposes the lives of patients at Briarcliff sanatorium (enough said).
- Season 3 (Coven) tells the present story of the witches of Salem (including Emma Roberts!!), and how they’re faced with the challenge of finding a next Supreme.
- Season 4 (Freak Show) is self-explanatory… It is also set in the past, around the 50s. The season focuses on a dying circus (belonging to Elsa Mars) and its struggles to stay alive. However, this circus isn’t the kind where you find monkeys on a monocycle; if you attend Elsa Mars’ show, you’ll be in for a treat. This season features Emma Roberts as well!
- Season 5 (Hotel) is centered around the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California, because it becomes subject of an investigation led by a crime detective. What’s he looking for? It has traces of the Ten Commandments killer… who justifies his crimes with the bible, and the Addiction Demon. You’ll have to watch to find out how. The season features both Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer (hottie!! Maybe?).
- Season 6 (Roanoke) revolves around the lives of people living in a colony and how their lives are affected by physical and psychological events. A family (once again) goes to live there and faces many horrors.
The show’s directors have said that the seasons will somehow all be connected. How they will do that? No one knows yet, but speculating is keeping us up at night. You can speculate too, but first you should watch this show. GO GO GO!
9. 13 Reasons Why
This TV series talks about a very important topic: suicide. Unfortunately, suicide is still a problem and numbers are on the rise. 13 Reasons Why goes through the events leading up to Hannah Baker’s suicide. Hannah, played by the beautiful Katherine Langford, is already dead at the beginning of the series, but manages to leave seven cassettes behind (to the people she deems responsible for her decision) that contain the 13 reasons why she killed herself.
The series exposes the ruthless and sour truth about life in high school, touching on bullying, sex, drugs, etc. This subject matter is dealt with in a way that makes us uncomfortable, but also makes us understand just how awful reality is. The series has received tons of amazing feedback. However, this TV show is for adults; some of the episodes contain graphic scenes that can be painful to watch. Still, we do invite you to watch it since Netflix does an amazing job at creating series and this one is no exception!
8. The OA (2016)
Another Netflix original (way to go Netflix!)! Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij entertain us non-stop with this eight episode series. Starring Brit Marling herself, the OA (Original Angel) tells the story of Prairie Johnson, an adopted, blind, Russian girl, who suffers a NDE (near death experience) and resurfaces seven years later surprising her adoptive parents with her newfound ability to see.
OA, as Prairie calls herself, can’t tell the FBI or even her parents where she’s been for the past seven years or how she regained her sight because she fears they’ll think she’s crazy. So, she seeks out the help of others and asks them to help her meet up with her friends, who are according to Prairie, in an alternate dimension.
I know this all sounds a bit crazy… but that’s what fiction is about, isn’t it? Once again, Netflix succeeds with this show. You will agree once you watch it. This mysterious, supernatural drama is filled with so much madness you’ll end up having an existential crisis (just kidding… hopefully). If and when you watch the OA, make sure to keep Mr. Batmanglij and Ms. Marling in your prayers so that they bless us with a 2nd season soon. Peace out, angels!
7. Grey’s Anatomy (2005)
Back to our obsession with men in uniforms, or in this case, scrubs. It’s important you watch this thirteen-season (so far) TV series that is bound to break your heart in ways you and your ex probably didn’t think possible. The narrative, the characters and the lessons are sure to keep you interested; the longevity of the series is a testament to that. The show is about Seattle Grace Hospital’s interns and how they survive daily life in the hospital as they strive to become successful doctors.
We can assure you that both McDreamy and McSteamy will have you drooling from season one onward. Let’s not forget the amazing friendship between Meredith Grey and Christina Yang. While it is easy to fall in love with this show, it can be really hard to stopping binge watching it. And not exactly a spoiler alert, but keep a box of tissues nearby in case you need it. (SPOILER ALERT: you will).
6. Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Marlene King really does enjoy driving us crazy. Don’t believe us? WATCH PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (PLL for short) and we promise, you will quickly understand what we’re talking about. She also has awesome taste in men, considering all the hotties that star in the show (new party game: drink one shot every time you see a hot guy in PLL).
The show centers around the lives of four girls and the lies they’ve told, as they try to expose an Anonymous Antagonist who keeps blackmailing them. This all takes place after the mysterious disappearance of their best friend.
After seven seasons, we still have no idea who AA is, which drives the girls and the viewers insane. The show isn’t all mystery, it has a bit of romance and fun in it too, and did we mention cute boys? The liars (as they call each other in the series) are played by actresses Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings) and Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis).
5. Stranger Things (2016)
Of course, this one had to make the list. It’s safe to say that Stranger Things made a huge impact last year when it was first released. Everyone was talking about it. Everyone was watching it; there’s a good reason for that. IT’S AWESOME! Who doesn’t love a bit of horror mixed with science fiction? They come together perfectly in this series.
After a little boy disappears in a town in Indiana, his mother seeks help to find him. His friends, who are also looking for him are helped by a psychokinetic girl they meet along the way. Crazy right? With just two seasons (so far), Stranger Things has been the topic of many discussions and has received amazing feedback from its audience. Don’t even get us started with season two.
4. Scandal (2012)
And Shonda Rhimes is back at it. Breaking our hearts while making us decide on very important things, like whether we’re team Jake or team Fitz. This series, however, is about GIRL POWER. Olivia Pope (aka girl boss and lawyer) works for the White House, solving problems that could lead to -hence the title- scandals. The irony of the show is that she is involved in the biggest scandal of them all and nobody knows about it… until now.
You will have to watch to find out. Trust us, it is WORTH the reveal. Shonda is always finding ways to keep us glued to our screen, which is fine by us when it comes to Scandal! With a score of 7.8 on IMDb, this drama series has won 26 prizes and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
3. Black Mirror (2011)
This is the show where things get weird. This three-season series has been getting a lot to talk. Mostly because people are confused… really confused. Have you ever had one of those dreams where you wake up and realize nothing makes sense?
Created by Charlie Brooker, this British satire of modern society has gotten people talking about whether we really are the way Brooker portrays. Like American Horror Story, this show doesn’t require the viewer to watch the seasons in order. But the Brits have taken it to the next level… now you don’t even have to watch the episodes in order either. Why? Each episode is independent and tells a different story. They also vary in length (from 44 to 89 minutes long). Now, if you work, or have a lot going on in college, we strongly suggest you at least watch the following episodes (because we promise you: they are LIFE CHANGING):
- Season 1
- The Entire History Of You
- Season 2
- Be Right Back
- White Bear
- Season 3
- Playtest (OH MY GOD!! Favorite much??)
- San Junipero
2. Reign (2013)
Reign is physically and visually pleasing. The beauty of the landscapes, the scenes and the costumes in this TV show are truly mesmerizing. Besides, haven’t you ever dreamed of being born in another century in another time?
This series gives you a preview of just that; from the drama to the sexual tensions, it follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.
With only four seasons, viewers are glued to their seats as they watch the episodes non-stop. And let’s talk about the cast! Adelaide Kane, wow! Talk about goals. And let’s not forget Torrance Coombs (*drools*). This is definitely a show you NEED to watch.
1. Game of Thrones
Why SHOULDN’T you watch this show? There just aren’t any valid reasons not to… Game of Thrones is literally EVERYTHING.
Even though there may be a lot going on that you don’t quite understand, (we know it’s a lot to keep track of) this show is still AMAZING. And, truthfully, you have to watch every season to sort it all out. In GoT, there are a multitude of interesting characters, some even have special powers, who are all fighting over land. There are even dragons in this six-season (soon to be seven) fantasy series that based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, “A Song of Ice and Fire”.
Some scenes in this show include sexual intercourse, violence and profanity, so it is highly recommended that minors don’t watch this series unsupervised.