Before the advent of streaming, we used to actually have to get off our couches and drive to the video store to rent seasons of our favorite shows. Factoring in gas, insane charges (at my local store it’s like $5 for one part of a season), and you could probably be doing something better with your time instead of running around, Netflix has become the lazy day’s saving grace. I don’t know about you but my weekends are spent binge watching something on Netflix (currently Bones), and just chill out for the entire day. No matter if you are just looking for something to watch while you game, something to pass the time before you have to head out for the night, or just be one with your lazy self, here are the top ten best series to binge-watch on Netflix this weekend.
Hells Kitchen is known for its legion of famous actors, a myriad of ethnic cuisine, and the lawyer-turned-crimefighter Daredevil. One of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe’s tv series and a Netflix original, this visits Matt Murdock a lawyer with heightened senses who saw the decline of his beloved home and started to clean up organized crime. However, if there are any Frank Castle/Punisher purists in the house, be careful of the second season. Jon Bernthal’s performance leaves something less to be desired.
Recommended Seasons: Both if you are not an FC purist. Otherwise please try to choke down the season and enjoy it.
2.The Walking Dead
So if waking up straight from a coma in a derelict hospital isn’t bad enough, try going out into the world with brain eating zombies, slightly delirious, and wondering what in the world was in those painkillers. But alas, you’re not hallucinating and the world has hit the apocalypse. To add insult to injury, your wife slept with your partner and got knocked up, and you have a merry band of misfits you lovingly watch over with them ever so slowly becoming like family. Add in a crazed mayor (governor?), some cannibals, and the fact everyone has this damn infection, and you just nailed down your plans for Sunday.
Recommended Season: In my personal opinion all of two, part of three and four, and all of five. Revenge, murder, babies, and love sweet love. What’s more to want?
What do you get when you mix two former soldiers, a merc, a preacher, a brother/sister duo of a doctor and troubled yet dangerous teenager, a giddy mechanic, a beautiful companion, and a smart-ass pilot?
The shiniest crew in the whole ‘verse, that’s what.
Taking notes from old westerns and mixing with modern day sci-fi, in space, Firefly defies the cancellation odds with a cult-like following and possibly the best damn season to binge. However, just to warn you, you may feel a sudden urge to go buy a hat after watching the series is one of those shows that likes to disappear on Netflix, so be careful.
Recommended season: The lonesome one. Then curse that it’s been canceled. Immediately play Serenity (sequel movie) afterward.
Besides being hosted by the deliciously evil mastermind Alton Brown, Cutthroat Kitchen is a must binge series if you are interested in cooking, honing your evil “take over the world” talents, or just enjoy in the misery the chefs must feel after receiving Aunt Mabel’s gloves. Other sabotages include making a Concrete (a frozen flurry like dessert) in an actual concrete mixer, having a delightful breakfast in bed, made by yourself in said bed, to forcing a Master Chef and all around Food Network judge Geoffrey Zakarian use a kitchen the size of my three-year-old in order to cook.
Recommended Seasons: Three, four, five, and nine. Insane sabotages, toddler sized kitchens and Alton Brown. What more could we ask for?
Ever wonder what it’s like to be frozen for 1,000 years or how the life of an idiotic but lovable delivery boy who can never seem to get a single break ever in his life? Besides sounding like our day job and for a show that was continuously axed by Fox multiple times since the late ’90’s, Futurama will leave you dying on your floor laughing. Highly infectious with the lovable idiot Fry and the rest of the Planet Express crew, you will be addicted from the first episode. If you’re a pop culture junkie, you will be delighted in the many pop culture references thrown in the series. Since this is a show by Matt Groening expect a few Simpsons references.
Recommended Seasons: All of them. Seriously. A show like this that has met the guillotine so many times deserves to be watched in its entirety.
Now, this isn’t a definite list of all the great shows on Netflix that you can zone out to. Some last minute titles are House of Cards, iZombie, The Ranch, Hell on Wheels, and a ton more. Sound off in the comments with your favorite Netflix (or if you’re a Hulu/Amazon Prime person) shows or ask for some more recommendations.
When she isn’t waiting to see if her coffee chooses to use its power for good or evil today, Starr is a Chicago based freelance journalist and photographer with a penchant for gaming, technology, and geek based news. In her spare time she can be found with her head buried in a dystopian novel or lighting kitchens on fire.