The Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch During Lockdown
Are you fed up with being stuck at home all day? Join the club. To help anyone currently locked down due to COVID-19, we have compiled a list of the best shows to binge-watch on a range of streaming platforms.
Let’s kick off with a virus-themed show. ReGenesis is a Canadian series that ran for four seasons in the 2000s. The story follows a scientific research lab in Toronto as it investigates bioterrorism, diseases, and environmental changes across North America.
2. The Office US
The Office US is always worth watching thanks to its neverending stream of comedy gold.
But more aptly, but for the millions of office workers around the world who are stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown, the series serves as a timely reminder of what they’re missing out on (or happily avoiding!).
You can watch all nine seasons of this binge-worthy show on Netflix.
A show based in a prison draws obvious parallels with the current lockdown we’re all going through.
But for fans of classic British comedy, Porridge is a must-watch. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms ever and stars one of the UK’s most talented comedians of all-time, the late Ronnie Barker.
The show ran for three seasons in the mid-70s. It is available to stream on Britbox.
4. The Last Dance
The Last Dance has been one of the big hits of the quarantine period. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not a basketball fan—this documentary about Michael Jordan is one of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix right now.
It includes interviews with a litany of sports stars and celebrities; everyone from Dennis Rodman to Carmen Electra gets screen time.
Watch The Last Dance on Netflix.
5. El Chapo
This co-production between Netflix and Univision is a crime drama about the life of fallen Mexican drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Once the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, El Chapo now sits in a supermax federal prison in Colorado. This show tells the story of how he got there.
You can stream El Chapo on Netflix.
6. Game of Thrones
Has there ever been a more binge-worthy show than Game of Thrones? Over the course of its eight seasons between 2011 and 2019, the show grew into a cultural phenomenon. Only one season failed to earn a score of more than 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Game of Thrones is available to stream on HBO GO.
7. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
This Netflix Original documentary, released with uncanny timing in January 2020, explores how humans could tackle a serious virus if faced with a global pandemic.
The six episodes explore influenza outbreaks, vaccines, new viruses, and more. Several leading scientists are interviewed throughout.
You can watch Pandemic on Netflix around the world.
8. Peaky Blinders
Is Peaky Blinders the best TV series to come out of the UK in the last decade? You could certainly make the case.
The show is based on the real-life story of the Peaky Blinders. They were a British street gang operating in Birmingham between 1890 and 1930.
And if you’re looking for good shows to watch and you still haven’t ticked this one off your list, stop reading the article, go and watch every episode on Netflix right now, then come back.
Suits is another of the best shows to binge-watch during lockdown. The drama tells the story of the relationship between college-dropout-come-legal-protégé Mike Ross and a senior partner at his law firm, Harvey Specter.
The show offers solid storylines, a healthy dose of comedy, and a motley mix of supporting characters.
You’ll need an account with Amazon Prime Video to stream all eight seasons.
10. Tiger King
Who could have predicted that a TV show about a dispute between a zookeeper and the CEO of an animal sanctuary would become one of the best series to watch during the coronavirus crisis?
35 million people tuned in within 10 days of Tiger King’s release, making this Netflix show one of the company’s most successful series to date.
You can watch Tiger King on Netflix right now.
11. Sunderland ‘Til I Die
Anyone who’s missing their fix of soccer should try watching Sunderland ‘Til I Die. The sports documentary runs for two seasons as it follows the fortunes of English football side, Sunderland FC.
The club was relegated from the English Premier League in 2017. The series has unprecedented access to the chairman and manager as they try to fight their way out of the second division at the first attempt during the 17/18 season.
Sunderland’ Til I Die is available to watch on Netflix.
12. The Simpsons
With 31 seasons, 700 episodes, and a feature film, there’s enough material in The Simpsons’ back catalog to keep you busy until Christmas.
And hey, if quarantine does last that long because of the dreaded “second wave,” what better way to spend your time than watching the longest-running American sitcom in history?
All 31 seasons are available on Disney+.
13. Breaking Bad
Many people claim Breaking Bad is the best TV show of all time. Making it a shoe-in for our list of the best shows to binge-watch.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the story follows the life of Walter White, a terminally ill chemistry teacher who moves into the meth business to protect his family’s financial future.
The show can be streamed on Netflix.
14. Mad Men
The advertising industry of the 1960s played a prominent role in driving the cultural changes that took place across the US and Europe throughout the decade. Yet the industry itself was also in a state of flux, as old pre-war attitudes were swept away for a sexier and more sophisticated image.
Mad Men, which picked up 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes over its seven-season run, tells the story of the 60s through the eyes of one of the largest ad agencies on New York’s famed Madison Avenue.
You can watch Mad Men right now on Netflix.
We end with one more show about pandemics. Between was a joint production between Netflix and Canada’s Citytv network.
The story follows a small village that’s under attack from a deadly virus, with only the young surviving. The government issues a strict quarantine around the town, leaving the inhabitants to work the rest out for themselves.
You can stream the series on Netflix right now.
More of the Best Shows to Binge-Watch
If our list of the best shows to binge-watch during lockdown has left you wanting more, be sure to also take a look at our articles listing the best science TV shows to watch on Netflix and the best food documentaries to watch on Netflix.
You should also check out the A-Z of shows to binge-watch on Netflix .