For the last decade or so, the geek culture has dominated the mainstream culture (in the least five years, every single Marvel movie released made at least $150 million at the box office), and for those who’ve been geeks for a while, all of this might be weird. But while this crossover to the mainstream might have been awkward to, you cannot deny that everyone loves all of the geek shows and movies studios are rolling out seemingly every month. Now, with so much shows available, it sometimes may be hard picking the ones you should watch first. So here you have top 10 shows you should binge watch during the next couple of lazy weekends.
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
2. Stranger Things
The Duffer Brothers’ throwback to the 1980s, and a love letter to the early movies of Spielberg and Carpenter feels both new and familiar at the same time. And just like the blockbuster of the early ‘80s, it’s PG horror, but if you’re not really familiar with Amblin’s catalogue, Stranger Things might not be as appealing.
While Wachowski brothers’ sisters’ siblings’ post-Matrix filmography left many people wondering how the hell they even made their 1999 master-piece, they’ve undoubtedly hit a homerun with their first foray into television. Once the series establishes its characters, there is at least one profoundly moving moment in every episode.
4. BoJack Horseman
The first animated show on our list is a Netflix original starring Will Arnett about a washed-up 90s sitcom star. Also, maybe we should point out that our main character is horse, but’ trust us, it’s not really a big deal. And even though the show often very funny, it has its serious moments, and sometimes, it can an incredibly profound look at deeper themes.
5. Black Mirror
This modern take on The Twilight Zone might not have a lot of episodes, but that’s just how they roll in the UK. Of course, the few episode the series has will definitely shock you and blow your brain in just the right way. What’s more, the show was so popular that Netflix ordered 12 episodes – the single biggest order the series has ever received.
6. Jessica Jones
Unlike the cinematic universe, which mainly focuses on well-known, recognizable characters, Marvel’s first Netflix original show focuses on a little-known, alcoholic, super-powered private eye. But armed with a great trailer (with a Luke Cage cameo), the series managed to create a lot of hype. So much so, that people in countries like Vietnam and Portugal were using VPN services just to watch the show the day it dropped. And while Melissa Rosenberg is great in the title role, the man who steals the show is none other than the (arguably) the most popular Doctor, David Tennant who portrays the main villain – Kilgrave.
7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you’re a Tina Fey fan, you you’ll be delighted with Kimmy – it is as irreverent and dense as 30 Rock, and it also includes a lot of unexpected celebrity cameos. With its fast pace, and ton of pop-culture references, this is probably the easiest Netflix-original to binge watch.
If we ignore The Simpsons (yeah, it’s maybe a stretch), Archer may just be the greatest animated sitcom of all time. I can easily describe the show in three simple words – fast, funny and smart. The humor is delightfully dark, and while it may take an episode or two to adjust to the brand of comedy but once you adapt, Archer becomes incredibly addictive and even more quotable.
9. Being Human
If you ever wanted to see the best show about a werewolf, vampire and a ghost being roommates (and I’m sure you did) – Brits got your back. The premise might sound silly, but if you watch any one of the five glorious seasons, you’ll see that the show is deadly serious. And just a friendly piece of advice – don’t get too attached to the main cast too much.
Last but not least, we have Daredevil – unquestionably the best superhero show of all time. The dark adventures of Matt Murdoch and company have the addictive qualities of the MCU, but the show is way more intense than of those movies. Fight sequences are brutal and unforgettable, the cast is excellent (especially D’Onofrio and Bernthal) and while it’s not a 100% faithful, it perfectly nails the tone of the source material. And trust, after the last episode of season 1 is over, you’ll be pumped up for season 2 in a matter of seconds.
This list may not be perfect for you, as we excluded some more obvious shows (like any of the Star Trek series) and some of the newer ones (Luke Cage was released just a few days ago), but don’t worry, we guarantee that you’ll have fun watching these. So grab some popcorn, grab a bottle of something unhealthy, sit back in front of your screen and waste a few hours of your life having fun.