Most Addictive, Bingeworthy, Marathonable TV Shows

There are certain shows that even if you wanted to stop, the end of each episode has other plans. In some cases, the show may even have other plans for your daily meals and shower. This is the best of the best in terms of cliffhangers, mysteries, suspense, and overall addictive qualities. The list is all dramas as I feel comedies are typically so short (20-25 minutes) that they are more “easy to watch” versus leaving you on the edge of your seat, which is what the list is attempting to encompass.

Feel free to leave anything we have may forgotten in the comments section.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Should be no surprise to see this on here. Netflix releases their seasons all at once, making them the first to cater the creation and structure of their shows to marathon/binge-watching.

Prison Break

Prison Break

Certainly not the "best" of the bunch in terms of quality, but it keeps you hooked. I mean the whole premise of the show is that a bad ass prison break is looming. Add in dynamic killer inmates and a high ranking, global conspiracy and it is a recipe for a 3 AM, "Holy shit I have to go to bed" revelation.

24

24

Just like "Prison Break," FOX created a show where, by nature, the premise is addictive. Jack Bauer has 24 hours to save the day. Each episode of a season depicts a one hour block of time.

Lost

Lost

The first two seasons of Lost caused many lost jobs, failed classes, and neglected children. It is a puzzle-the-viewer style of addictive ("I have to keep watching to find out WTF is going on,") but also combines that with crazy cliff hanger endings to episodes. Starting out, watching it is basically like taking Walter White's blue meth, but it does start to lose some steam in the later seasons as it gets just a little too puzzling/insane/far fetched.

Scandal

Scandal

Each episode peels back another layer of soapy DC politics, and just when you think you've reached a plateau either someone dies or someone falls in love.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

A little more subtle with its cliff hangers and slower pace, it sucks you in via the world it creates (Westeros) and because you know shit could go down at any moment.

Spartacus

Spartacus

"Spartacus" will have you speaking in its strange Latin derived dialect before you even realize you've knocked out half a season. It packs as much violence and sex as it possibly can into 3 seasons of episodes (13, 10, and 10) and one prequel of 6.

Homeland

Homeland

Like "Lost," it does a fantastic job of creating suspense by hiding information from the viewer. It does this through the ambiguity surrounding rescued prisoner of war Sergeant Brody's intentions and back story.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

I don't really remember exactly why this was so addictive, but I do remember watching an unhealthy amount in a row. I was skeptical at first because it is a cartoon and on Nickelodeon, but it is both mature and outstanding.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

It featured the original "mysterious small town" setting that gets copied all the time now. Part murder investigation, part supernatural, part soap opera, full David Lynch being the man. A great whodunit type of addictive with lots of mysterious subplots and fascinating characters.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

A scene in the IFC comedy "Portlandia" shows perfectly what happens to those who start to watch Battlestar Galactica (and pretty much any show on this list). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQttrkzWOo4

 

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