9 Shows Worth Binge-Watching This Summer

It's summertime, and the living is oh, so easy.

Not sure how to spend your long and lazy days? That's what Netflix was made for.

Now that you have ample couch time, we have nine series that will entertain you from start to finish. Throw on your sweatpants, grab your fave junk food and prepare for your best binge-watching sessions yet.

1. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-7

Why it's worth bingeing: With all the buzz around the Gilmore Girls revival last year, the original series should definitely already be on your radar. If you haven't at least begun watching the Emmy-Award winning series, it centers around a mom and daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, living in the small, cookie-cutter town of Stars Hollow. It's a fun, quirky show about their unique bond and all that goes on in their crazy lives. If your mom has time to join you in watching it, she totally should.

Gilmore Girls watching a movie

(Gilmore Girls via Warner Bros. Television)

 

2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-Present)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-3

Why it's worth bingeing: After being trapped in an underground bunker for 15 years, Kimmy Schmidt is finally released out into the real world and begins a fresh start in New York City. Kimmy's adventure begins when she finds a confident Broadway-singing roomie, Titus, and a new job working for the filthy rich Voorhees family. If you're looking for a comical, sweet and totally addicting series, this is it. And because it only currently has three seasons, you can binge-watch it in no time. 

Scene from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt via Netflix)

 

3. Arrow (2012-Present)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-5

Why it's worth bingeing: If you're looking for an action series, Arrow could be just the show for you. Based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow, the show follows Oliver Queen and how he has transformed since spending five years shipwrecked on an island. The show has loads of flashbacks that hint at how his time on the island shaped him into the valiant vigilante he truly is. Poster for the CW's Arrow

(Arrow via The CW)

 

4. The Wonder Years (1988-1993)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-6

Why it's worth bingeing: This classic show is a bit of a throwback, but the plot line is still totally relatable. The series takes place during some bumpy times in the late 1960s and early '70s and centers around the lovable Kevin Arnold. Adult Kevin narrates the whole story, recounting both the good and bad times of growing up, falling in love, etc. This series should take you some solid time to plow through considering there are six seasons. 

Screen shot from The Wonder Years

(The Wonder Years via ABC)

 

5. Stranger Things (2016-Present)

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Why it's worth bingeing: Okay, if you haven't seen this series, what are you waiting for?! This sci-fi, drama, mystery is everything you could wish for in a summer show. When 12-year-old Will goes missing, his mom and friends go on a quest to uncover where he has disappeared. Along the way they uncover some pretty spooky evidence involving shady government experiments and discover a young, unusual girl. 

Screen grab from Stranger Things

(Stranger Things via Netflix)

 

6. Lost (2004-2010)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-6

Why it's worth bingeing: Adventure-seekers, we've got just the show for you—Lost. After Oceanic Flight 815 crashes onto a mysterious island, the survivors are forced to work together to stay alive in this strange and supposedly deserted land. Prepare for hours of sitting on the edge of your couch with this six-season series. Screen grab from Lost

(Lost via ABC)

 

7. Friends (1994-2004)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-10

Why it's worth bingeing: You've heard of and seen a handful of episodes of Friends, we're sure, but you'll feel a real sense of pride if you watch all ten seasons from start to finish this vacay. Trust us, by the end of season ten, you'll feel like you know Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe ten times better than you thought possible. 

The characters from Friends sitting in Central Perk

(Friends via Warner Bros. Television)

 

8. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-5

Why it's worth bingeing: Before you shrug off this show because you think it's all about sports, wait just one minute. This show is so much more than that. This drama-filled series is about the ups and downs of small-town Texan football players, their coaches and their friends and fam. I hear once you start watching, you just can't stop… which is a good thing because you have five seasons to binge!

Cast of Friday Night Lights

(Friday Night Lights via NBC)

 

9. The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

Seasons on Netflix: 1-8

Why it's worth bingeing: If you had a thing for Twilight, then get ready for The Vampire Diaries, because it's about 1,000 times more entertaining. This supernatural drama centers around Elena Gilbert and her constant struggle to make a decision between two brothers who also happen to be vampires. Juicy, huh? Gear up with loads of popcorn and Diet Coke, you've got eight seasons to binge. 

Poster for The Vampire Diaries

(The Vampire Diaries via The CW)

 

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