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The days of having to wait to see what happens next are over. Whether you subscribe to a streaming service like Netflix, have on demand content from your TV service provider or just set your DVR and wait until the season is over, you know that there is nothing more satisfying than watching episode after espisode of your favorite series.
I remember the first time I binge-watched a show. It was Game of Thrones on HBO. The third season had just started and my husband and I had made the decision that we needed to watch this show. However, we needed to catch up.
Via the magic that is HBO GO, we breezed through the first two seasons. Every time an episode ended, we would look at each other and say, "Do you want to watch one more?"
What happens when you are all caught up or you finished the series? You start a new one of course. Here is my list of some shows to look for:
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Game of Thrones is based on the best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It has action, deception, manipulation, dragons...wha's not to love. However, this show is not for the faint of heart. There were a few times I had to close my eyes.
If politcal drama is your thing, be sure to add House of Cards to your binge watching list. The show is stacked with amazing actors like Kevin Spacy and Robin Wright and the writing draws you in and keeps you coming back for more.
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If you love science fiction, you are going to love Battlestar Galactica. It only aired for four seasons on Syfy, but in its short time, won many prestigous awards and made Time Magazine's list of top 100 shows of all time.
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This series is currently in its second season and the first season is not linked to the second season. Different characters, different story but still has great writing and big time stars. I just started watching season one and I can't wait to start episode four. If you like suspenseful crime shows, you will love True Detective.
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Netflix revived Arrested Development years after the series had ended. You may notice that this is the only comedy on my list. I find that dramas tend to lend themselves to be more binge-worthy because of cliffhangers, like "is she going to make it out alive?" Comedies don't usually have those kinds of endings, but Arrested Development keeps the laughs rolling so we keep on watching. It is also nice to have something funny to watch after hours of a stressful show.
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In 2013, Breaking Bad was entered into the Guinness Book or World Records for the highest rated show of all time. It is the story of a struggling high school chemistry teacher who finds out that he has cancer. To ensure financial stability for his family before he dies, he enters in a life of crime selling crystal meth with a form student of his. Unfortunately, I already know how this ends but that does not make watching it from the beginning any less interesting.
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Through six seasons, Lost kept audiences guessing. Survivors of a plane crash that left them stranded on an island that holds a lot of mysteries. Each of the survivors also possess their own secrets. This show will definitely keep you guessing.
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Two FBI special agents investigate the unexplainable case known as the X-files. The X-Files ran for nine seasons on Fox. The last episode aired in 2002. The cool thing about watching this show now is that Fox is bringing it back for a six-episode series event that is scheduled to begin this summer.
The Walking Dead is a wildly popular zombie apocalypse series on AMC, which recently wrapped up season five. It sounds like a lot to catch up on but you will find yourself hooked and ready to talk about season six with your coworkers in no time. This one made the list based on what others say. While I am not afraid of zombies, they do give me nightmares.
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I chose Twin Peaks because, like the X-Files, it is also getting a reboot. Twin Peaks aired for two seasons on ABC. The show centers around the murder of a young woman, Laura Palmer. The show is a little strange but intriguing. Showtime is set to do a reboot in 2016.
Can't wait to get started on your next series? Me neither.