Since Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon introduced streaming video services, we’ve redefined the way many of us watch television. The days of waiting each week for a new episode of our favorite show are behind us. Now we watch entire TV series — ahem, seasons — in a matter of days. It’s called binge-watching, and we highly recommend it. Here are 10 television shows available to stream or rent through your favorite service that are perfect for sick days and lazy weekends.
1. Friday Night Lights
Number of seasons: 5
Series status: Complete
What’s more exciting than the daily drama of a small-town high school football team? If we’re talking about the Dillon Panthers, it turns out the answer is nothing. NBC’s Friday Night Lights was never a huge success in ratings, but it caught critical acclaim and a group of passionate fans that kept it on the air for five years.
It starts out as a sports drama but becomes something much more. It’s a story about coming of age, the power of education and mentorship, and what it means to be an adult. The cast features critical darlings Kyle McLachlan and Connie Britton as Coach Taylor and his fearless spitfire of a wife, Tami. If you like drama, realistic characters and situations, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, you’ll love Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.