Favourite TV shows to binge watch

A cosy night in with Netflix or Sky box sets, and some snacks (can’t forget snacks!), is one of my favourite ways to unwind after a stressful day. Whether that’s discovering a new TV show or watching one of my favourites (Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my go to when I need cheering up). I love getting invested in the lives and storylines of various characters. Maybe a little too invested in some cases!

So, with that in mind, here are some of my favourite tv shows and some I’ve been binge watching recently.

Favourite TV shows to binge watch

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Top of the list (and already mentioned) is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I’ve been a fan of since it first aired on BBC in 1999. In fact I wrote a post celebrating Buffy’s 20th anniversary which you can read here (if you’d like).

Buffy dealt with a lot of real life issues such as addiction (Willow’s addiction to magic), loneliness (Marcie Ross – the girl who feels invisible on the show becomes invisible), consent, the death of a loved one and sexuality. All while the main characters battle vampires, demons and the forces of darkness.

Angel

I couldn’t mention Buffy without it’s spin off show Angel now could I? The themes in Angel took a much darker tone to Buffy which I found very refreshing.

The show deals with Angel trying to find redemption in Los Angeles by “helping the helpless”. I especially loved the cross over episodes with Buffy.

Firefly

If you’ve watched Firefly you’ll know it’s ~12 hours of great television followed by years of longing. The show was cancelled before it really found itself.

The storylines are well thought out and the writing is full of well placed humour. My favourite character is Kaylee, she’s quirky and a very strong female role model.

Bones

Based on the Kathy Reichs novels, Bones follows the life of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan and her parent FBI agent Seeley Booth.

If you like crime shows Bones would be a great addition to your list, with the loveable characters, interesting antagonists and ‘monster of the week’ style side plots. It had me hooked from day one.

Stargate SG1

If I’m honest when SG1 first aired, I didn’t like it! But years later, when my dad bought the DVD boxset, I gave it a second chance and ended up loving the show.

It’s interesting and humorous. I like the idea that there could be gateways to other worlds and that the government are hiding this from us. It’s a conspiracy theorists dream! 😉 I also enjoy the inclusion of Egyptian mythology in the show.

Doctor Who

Admittedly I haven’t seen every episodes of “old Who” yet but I’ve all of the new seasons. Doctor Who is one of those shows that every British person seems to have watched in some form. My earliest memories of Doctor Who were watching Sylvestor McCoy play him.

With so many different story arches, monsters of the week and of course the Doctor’s main nemesis the Daleks, it’s definitely a show you can become invested in. Though I’m still torn between David Tennant or Matt Smith as my favourite Doctor from the new seasons.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

From alternate time lines to outerspace Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a show that keeps you guessing. There are so many twists in the phone that you’re left pining for the next episode and more so if they have a mid season break. 😢

The main characters are loveable and the villains have been greatly developed. I’m always happy to see the return of Hydra on my screen and enjoy the little references to the Marvel movies (such as Captain America).

I’m looking forward to seeing what they bring to the show later this year.

Pretty Little Liars

I was hooked on this show from the first episode and binge watched the first season in less than week! Yes it’s a bit adolescent in some cases but I enjoy “who dunnit” storylines and Pretty Little Liars has plenty of them. I guarantee you’ll spend most of your time theorising who ‘A’ is.

Stranger Things

I binge watched the first two seasons last year (2018) and can’t wait for the 3rd season. It’s a great nerdy show with some dark themes which so right up my alley! With a bunch of 80s references and great a antagonist, it’s definitely becoming one of my favourites.

Game of Thrones

Admittedly I was a little late watching Game of Thrones and binge watched the first 5 seasons before 6 aired. But I haven’t looked back, it’s a great show with many twists and turns underneath all the blood and gore, ugh and sex scenes!

The Walking Dead

Another one I was late to the party on. The Walking Dead has some great early seasons and a mix of good and bad middle seasons. But I feel it’s found it’s feet again with season 9a and I’m looking forward to 9b later this month.

What are some of your favourite, binge-worthy TV shows? Let me know in the comments. 😊

25 thoughts on “Favourite TV shows to binge watch

  1. Jordanne / Ofaglasgowgirl says:

    YEs to all of these! I adore Stargate, I loved cuddling up with my mum to sit down at watch that at night before going to bed and I was obsessed with Buffy and Angel! I could watch them over and over.

    Jordanne // Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  2. Lauren says:

    I have heard of some of these, I like stranger things and PLL. I like to watch law and order svu, s.w.a.t, greys anatomy and blindspot to name a few. Thank you for sharing your favourite shows you like to watch! Of course snacks are a must, as well as cosy blankets!

    • Kim says:

      If you like law shows I really do recommend Bones. It’s a bit more macabre than some of those but the writing is great. I’ve heard great things about Greys Anatomy but haven’t had chance to watch it yet.

  3. Jenny in Neverland says:

    The only one of these I’ve watched is Stranger Things – absolutely loved it. I’m not really into a lot of these. I did start The Walking Dead and made it a few series in then got bored. If you like Stranger Things then I’d always recommend Dark – it’s a German Sci-Fi Thriller which just blew my mind.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  4. Roger says:

    Love Game of Thrones, Stranger Things., and Firefly. I haven’t seen the others. I will check them out! I need another show to binge watch.

    • Kim says:

      Awh Smallville! I used to love that show and I have fond memories of watching Voyager with dad. Janeway is a great character.

  5. Sarah says:

    What a great list of shows. Admittedly, I have only seen Game of Thrones, and only the first 3 seasons, and a few episodes of Buffy and Angel. Otherwise, this list is full of shows I have never watched but want to at some point. Perhaps I have a few binge-watching sessions coming my way.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment Sarah. I hope you enjoy the shows, especially Buffy and Angel – they’ve been two of my favourites for the past 20 or so years.

  6. Ruth says:

    I completely agree about Pretty Little Liars and Stranger Things! Although, I did lose interest in Pretty Little Liars after a few seasons, because I felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. I was hooked during the first few, though, and couldn’t turn it off!

    • Kim says:

      I know what you mean about the middle seasons of Pretty Little Liars – but it does pick up again. Thanks for your comment Ruth. x

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