The Best Netflix Shows You Have to Binge Watch to Fully Appreciate

Sometimes, the best way to enjoy a show is to cancel all your plans, call into work sick, and just binge on the best dramas Netflix has to offer. Some shows are just better watched in one long run.

If you’re looking to veg-out, we have a list of the best shows you have to binge watch to fully appreciate.

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5. ‘House of Cards’

This political thriller stars Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a Democrat Congressman from South Carolina and his wife, Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.

House of Cards is set in Washington DC and follows the pair as they try to obtain power by a series of deals, manipulation, and betrayal. An exploration of the perverse underworld of the political elite, the storyline focuses on themes of greed, sex, and corruption.

Why you need to binge on ‘House of Cards‘: This show is amazing in its complexity, but that also means it’s easier to follow when watched in fewer sittings. Wait too long between episodes, and you risk forgetting those minor details that make the show so powerful.

4. ‘Sherlock’

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, Sherlock Holmes, comes to life in this modern adaptation of the classic. Sherlock is the story of a consulting detective, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, solving mysteries in modern-day London.

In this version, his sidekick, Dr. John Watson, is played by Martin Freeman, and has just returned from military service in Afghanistan. Watson writes a blog documenting their adventures, and this turns Sherlock into a reluctant celebrity.

Why you need to binge on ‘Sherlock’: Instead of the classic 60-minute format normally followed by dramas, in Sherlock, each 90-minute episode is set up like a movie. This makes watching large chunks at a time easy. Plus, we guarantee that when one ends, you won’t be able to stop yourself from hitting the next episode.

3. ‘The Walking Dead’

Led by former police officer, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, a group of average Americans must face the world in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse.

The show is known for its elaborate “walkers,” the term used in the show for zombies. The group must stay constantly on the move, in order to stay safe from the dangerous walkers. The Walking Dead is a gritty look at how people behave when faced with the worst situations.

Why you need to binge on ‘The Walking Dead’: The show has such tense situations that there’s no way you’ll be able to watch just one episode. As soon as an episode ends, you’re going to be itching to find out what happens next. Waiting would be unacceptable.

2. ‘Dexter’

Played by compelling actor, Michael C. Hall, the character of Dexter Morgan is fascinating. A crime scene, blood splatter expert by day, and a serial killer by night, Dexter takes us behind the scenes and into the mind of a murderer.

Somehow, after watching Dexter struggle through his life, in his job, with his relationship with his sister and in his dating life, it’s impossible not to care for the character and want the best for him. Dexter makes a killer seem just like any one of us.

Why you need to binge on ‘Dexter’: Because Dexter is an emotional rollercoaster. Seriously- this show will give you all the feels. Watching in large quantities means that you’ll become more invested, and able to feel the complex emotions more strongly than if you were to take time between episodes.

1. ‘Breaking Bad’

This is the story of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer. When Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, thinks his life can’t get any worse, he’s diagnosed with cancer.

At that point, he’s got nothing to lose, and when one of his students provides an opportunity to begin using his chemistry skills to manufacture methamphetamine, he takes it. So begins a journey of learning to navigate through the criminal world.

Why you need to binge on ‘Breaking Bad’: Well, first of all, there’s a reason Breaking Bad is number one on our list. According to Time, the show is the most binge-watched show ever. That’s pretty big, but also it’s easy to see why so many people just can’t turn it off. Breaking bad gives us a glimpse into a gritty underworld that we’re all curious about.

Isn’t there a part of all of us that sometimes just wants to do something bad? Well, Walter actually makes that leap and it’s fascinating to watch.

There you have it- the top five shows to binge watch on Netflix. Sorry to say, your summer isn’t going to be filled with beaches and volleyball games. You’re going to be sitting on your couch, chilling out to these top rated shows. And really, you wouldn’t want it any other way.