The Ultimate Guide to Binge-Watching on Netflix & Hulu

Don’t act like you don’t do it… it’s everyone’s guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure. With the convenience of sites like Netflix and Hulu, it’s impossible to watch just one episode at a time. Here’s a list of awesome shows on both Netflix and Hulu in case you don’t know what to watch next.  As if we couldn’t further enable your laziness – this list is also organized by genre. You’re welcome.

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Netflix

Comedy

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Recently rescued Indiana mole woman relocates to NYC for a fresh start.  Her gay, black roommate named Titus Andromedon is also a main character (and quite honeslty deserves his own show).

Arrested Development

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Millionaire CEO goes to prison for fraud and his family subsequently goes broke. It’s up to Michael, the only son with his shit together, to pull the company out of deep water.  Side note: I named my first car (a baby blue ’04 Chevy Malibu) after Tobias – a secretly gay ex-therapist who is pursuing a position in Blue Man Group.

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Grace & Frankie

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Two elderly women move in together after their husbands confess to being gay for each other (no seriously, that’s the synopsis).

Orange is the New Black

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Rich white girl goes to jail.

Master of None

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The life of hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari.

A Different World

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The personal ups-and-downs of students at HBCU Hillman College.

The Office

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Daily life in a branch of the paper company Dunder Mifflin.  Half ridiculous, half real-life office problems. Also home to the best memes/gifs for work life.

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Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) is the director of an Indiana Parks and Recreation office. Also featuring Aziz Ansari as Tom aka my spirit animal who is addicted to social media and wears children’s clothing.

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The Ranch

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Ashton Kutcher and the other guy from That 70s Show (also on Netflix) play as brothers that live on a Colorado ranch.

Drama

House of Cards

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Frank Underwood runs Washington, DC – and makes us all even more paranoid about the corruption of our federal government.

One Tree Hill

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High school friends with insanely crazy drama still have insane crazy drama when they move on to the real world.

House

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Dr. Gregory House diagnoses patients with rare and unknown diseases all whilst dealing with his painkiller addiction.

Science-Fiction

Sense 8

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8 strangers from all around the world are connected telepathically.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Girl named Buffy slays vampires.  This show is known to have a cult following so it must be pretty good – I was terrified of this show as a kid so could never get into it.

Angel

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A continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her ex-boyfriend, Angel.

Crime

Jessica Jones

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This super-hero drama follows Jessica Jones, a PI with super strength.

Dexter

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Dexter is a secret serial killer that kills serial killers.

Luther

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IDRIS ELBA. Do you need to know more? Okay. Idris Elba with his native British accent.  That should be enough.

Breaking Bad

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A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with cancer and sells meth to pay for his treatments.

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Hulu

Comedy

The Mindy Project

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Mindy Kaling is an OBGYN but also naturally hilarious.

Black-ish

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The life of a suburban black family – this show toes the line on the conversation of being “black enough.”  Hilarious while still touching on the issues that matter to black families all around the country

Drama

Empire

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I’m still convinced this is a spinoff of Hustle & Flow.  Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are the heads of a recording artist dynasty (or empire).  You might have even heard a few of the show’s hit singles on the radio!  You’ve undoubtedly read the show’s blow-by-blow on Twitter/Facebook.

The Family

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The young son of a politician goes missing, but suddenly returns 10 years later. Suspicions arise about his true identity and what happened to him over the last decade. A must watch if you’re into crime mysteries.

Nurse Jackie

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Jackie is an ER nurse/painkiller addict/adulterer.  #outtacontrol

Scandal

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Olivia Pope is DC’s fixer – her team covers up politician’s scandals. Nevertheless, Olivia can’t seem to cover up her own, as she’s sleeping with the President of the United States AND this guy (who is fine enough to have his own show).

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Reality

Real Housewives of Atlanta (and also any other Real Housewives Edition)

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There’s a fight almost every episode.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

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This show also features a fight every episode.  I can tell which season I’m watching based on Kim’s love interest and sometimes based on the size of Kylie’s lips.

MTV’s Real World

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Seven strangers are thrown in a house in a new city.  Endless drama.

Catfish

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This documentary-style TV show follows couples who are dating online but have never met in person.  9 times out of 10 one person in the relationship is a “catfish” – a new term to describe a person who poses as someone else online using strangers’ pictures and pseudo-names.

Every episode is virtually the same and equally cringeworthy, but you can’t really stop watching.  For example (spoiler alert), in one episode, a girl thought she was dating Bow Wow but it turned out to be a girl posing as Bow Wow.

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This is Bow Wow.

Intervention

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This show follows the stories of drug or alcohol addicts whose families are begging them to seek guidance.

Cartoons

Hey Arnold

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90s kid classic – episodes about football head boy named Arnold and his best friend Gerald who both live in NYC.

Daria

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Daria is smart and sarcastic – and also feels like an outsider in her high school.

Bob’s Burgers

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This show centers around the life of Bob and his family-owned burger restaurant. Family Guy style setup.

Crime

How to Get Away with Murder

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Law school professor Annalise (or Anna Mae depending on your mood) Keating mentors students outside the classroom by allowing them to work in her private law firm.  Shit hits the fan – you just have to watch.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler help rape victims seek justice by locking up their perpetrators.

Many of these shows cross over to other platforms, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have both Netflix and Hulu. Worried about how many days you’ll have to call in sick to watch each show?  Check out the handy infographic below.

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Here’s a Nielsen chart to show you just how long it’d take you to binge watch some of these shows.

Happy Binging [I mean watching].

 

 

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