You have most likely been consuming more television than usual. To do our part to help stop the spread of Covid, we have had to stay home more and television has been an escape. Good TV shows and movies have a way of transporting you to their world and out of your own. That was never needed more than in 2020. Luckily, there is a plethora of bingeworthy shows available to watch and we have some of the best here.
We previously wrote about lighter, upbeat shows in our post 50 BingeWorthy Shows to Make you Smile. This list is a little different. This list contains shows with a little heavier content and more drama and/or violence. That’s not to say they can’t still be funny and light at times, but they tend to be more dramatic in nature in general. Depending on your mood, we have you covered with these two lists.
The bingeworthy list is in alphabetical order because you can’t rank them – they are just too good for that. So get comfy, put your feet up, make a selection and let the binge-a-thon begin.
(Please note all summaries taken from IMDb unless otherwise noted)
A – D
- American Crime Story: An anthology series centred around America’s most notorious crimes and criminals.
- American Horror Story: An anthology series centring on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp.
- Atlanta: Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.
- Ballers: A series centred around a group of football players and their families, friends and handlers.
- Better Call Saul: The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Billions: U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures.
- Black Mirror: An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
- Breaking Bad: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.
- Californication: A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women.
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
- Dear White People: At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.
- Dexter: By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.
- Downton Abbey: A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.
E – K
- Fargo: Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
- Friday Night Lights: A drama that follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation’s best high school football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor.
- Game of Thrones: Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.
- Get Shorty: The adventures of a mobster-turned-movie producer in Hollywood. TV show based on Elmore Leonard’s bf novel and subsequent film.
- Gilmore Girls: A dramedy centring around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
- Homeland: A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.
- The Imposters: A dark comedy/drama that focuses on a female con artist who marries people and then disappears with their money.
- Kingdom: A retired MMA fighter turned trainer juggles keeping his mixed martial arts gym running and keeping his family united.
L – P
- Little fires Everywhere: Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, “Little Fires Everywhere” follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
- Lucifer: Lucifer Morningstar has decided he’s had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles – the City of Angels.
- Mad Men: A drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
- Monk: The series follows Adrian Monk, a brilliant former San Francisco detective, who now consults the police as a private consultant who battles with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- The Newsroom: A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.
- Orange is the New Black: Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
- Outlander: An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.
- Ozark: A financial advisor drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder money to appease a drug boss.
- Pose: Pose is set in the world of 1987 and “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.”
Q – T
- Queen of the South: Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas she looks to become the country’s reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover’s murder.
- Shameless: A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.
- Six Feet Under: A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.
- Succession: The Roy family is known for controlling the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. However, their world changes when their father steps down from the company.
- Supernatural: Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as hunters, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons and gods that roam the earth.
- Survivors Remorse: Through a combination of God-given talent and Boston grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither could have imagined growing up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Boston. But success comes with its own challenges, and the cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love, and occasionally, the guilt of having “made it.”
- The Affair: A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.
- The Americans: At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.
- The Crown: Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
- The Handmaids Tale: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
- The Originals: A family of power-hungry thousand-year-old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.
- The Sopranos: New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counselling.
- The Umbrella Academy: A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world.
- The Vampire Diaries: The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.
- The West Wing: Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.
- The Wire: The Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
- True Blood: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
U – Z
- Unbelievable: Based on the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed the path to the truth.
- Veronica Mars: After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.
- Walking Dead: Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.
Well that concludes this bingeworthy shows list. This is not a complete list as that would be impossible to produce. But this is a very respectable place to start. Which shows on this list have you already seen and which ones do you intend on watching? Which ones do you think are sorely missing from our list? Let us know in the comments.