There are plenty of excuses to start watching and get addicted to popular television shows. It may be due to the weekends, because of a rainy day, or just because it’s time for some Netflix and chill. However, the fear of missing out is quite real. According to Handy, you should definitely watch these television shows and addiction to them is an obvious follow-up.
- The Office (American TV series) (2005 – 2013) – The Office is a mockumentary on the everyday life of typical office workers, where the day has everything from inappropriate behavior to ego clashes. The Office was the brainchild of British actor, director, and comedian Ricky Gervais. After its successful seasons in the UK, it was licensed and released in America with an American take.
One of the revolutionary moves brought on by this series on long-running comedies is probably the ditching of the laugh track. While other popular comedy television shows use laugh tracks to bring you on board, the Office used innovative zoomed close-up shots and tight scriptwriting to make the audience laugh.
- Black Mirror (2011 – ongoing) – Another series that debuted in the UK back in 2011 and later had both the US and global audience entranced on the show. There is no continuous storyline and each episode stands on its own foundation with topics that have a major focus on technology, politics, existentialism, and more.
It is one of the rare series that may be inappropriate for binging. Each episode will leave you exhausted and make you reflect on yourself, humanity, society in general. However, you will be hooked from the first episode and a new season will leave you in great anticipation.
- The Wire (2002-2008) – The Wire may seem like a generic cop show on the first episode. However, it is much more than that. The series doesn’t pull punches. It is raw and a social commentary on the state of education, unions, gang politics, and the urban government. You would become invested in the characters that are far from perfect. They are flawed, epic, and complicated with human qualities that help you form a deeper connection.
Season 1 may start a bit slow, but as you transition into season 2, you get hit by a successive flow of mack trucks.
- Breaking Bad (2008-2013) – Breaking Bad is probably the series that gave birth to the binge-watching phenomenon. Through its five seasons, you are taken through the meteoric rise and fall of Walter White. A chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who turns to crystal meth maker and then dealer to get enough money for his treatment and family. However, this agenda and Walter’s life goes through drastic changes and the series becomes a glorious masterpiece with brilliant supporting characters and switches from dark humor to violent horror if you blink at the wrong time.
According to Handy, there are plenty of shows to binge on various streaming platforms. However, these few will get you addicted and make you revisit them even after years.