The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows


Binge-Worthy TV Shows, Series, Miniseries & Sitcoms

UPDATED October 2021

The luxury of streaming your favourite TV show, series or sitcom – is that if you fancy watching ‘one more episode’, you can simply press play. Gone are the days of waiting a week for the next episode to air, because once the full season is available to you, you can binge-watch your favourite binge-worthy tv shows till the cows come home.

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The most popular streaming services in Ireland are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney Plus, and NOW TV. But just in case you don’t have a streaming service, to begin with, here are streaming platforms like firestick to get you started on your ‘binge-worthy tv shows’ journey.

And don’t forget about the catch-up streaming services of your favourite TV channels too, for example here in Ireland we have; RTÉ Player, TG4, Virgin Media, All 4 and if you live in the North of Ireland; BBC iPlayer.

For example my some of my highlights from RTÉ Player include these brilliant Irish series; The Young Offenders, Normal People, Pure Mule, Love/Hate, The Tommy Tiernan Show, First Dates, Room to Improve and Home of the Year. But always make sure they have all the episodes available online before you get stuck in!

On the other hand All 4 is the largest and best free streaming and TV catch-up service around – with hundreds of box sets to choose from. And so it rightly deserves to have a number of its shows and series highlighted in this ‘binge-worthy TV shows’ list below.

This ultimate list of over 40 binge-worthy TV shows and series is just a taste of what’s on offer. I’ve tried, tested and thoroughly enjoyed each one, often for very different reasons. From comedy series to crime driven dramas, you are sure to find a show that, like a good book, you won’t want to put down, or in this case turn off!

If reality games and shows are your thing and you’re not too pushed on IMDB ratings, give the following a go:

  1. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
  2. Married at First Sight (UK and Australia).
  3. The Circle UK.

Remember to check in with The Life of Stuff for more TV and Film recommendations. And check back on this guide too – because the more brilliant binge-worthy TV shows I watch the more it’ll be updated!


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on ALL 4


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - It's a Sin (2021)
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It’s a Sin

About: British Drama Serial. “Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends living and loving in the shadow of AIDS.” channel4

Number of Episodes: 5 | Years: 2021 | IMDB: 9.1


Father Ted

About: Sitcom. “Classic sitcom about three dysfunctional priests and their long-suffering housekeeper.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 1995 – 1998 | IMDB: 8.6


Shameless

About: British Comedy Series. “Paul Abbott’s classic drama about the rollercoaster lives and loves of the Gallagher clan.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 11 | Years: 2004 – 2013 | IMDB: 8.6


The Great Pottery Throw-Down

About: British Television Competition. “Twelve of Britain’s best home potters compete to be crowned best at the wheel.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 4 | Years: 2015 – Present | IMDB: 8.5


Black Books

About: British Sitcom. “Bafta-winning sitcom about a foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2000 – 2004 | IMDB: 8.5


Grand Designs

About: British Architectural Homebuilding Series. “Kevin McCloud follows intrepid individuals trying to design and build their dream home.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 21 | Years: 1999 – Present | IMDB: 8.5


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Derry Girls (2018)
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Derry Girls 

About: Northern Irish Sitcom. “Candid, family-centred comedy set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2018 – present | IMDB: 8.4


Queer as Folk

About: British TV Series. “Set in and around the Manchester ‘scene’, this groundbreaking Channel 4 drama, written by Russell T Davies, documents the lives and loves of young gay men Stuart, Vince and Nathan” channel4

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 1999 – 2000 | IMDB: 8.2


Catastrophe

About: British TV Series. “Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney write and star in the multi-award-winning comedy.” channel4

Number of Seasons: 4 | Years: 2015 – 2019 | IMDB: 8.2


The End of the F***ing World

About: Dark Comedy Drama. “Channel 4’s BAFTA Award-winning, darkly comic drama series” channel4

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2017 – 2019 | IMDB: 8.1


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Netflix


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Breaking Bad (2008)
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Breaking Bad

About: American Crime. “A terminally ill chemistry teacher teams with a former student to manufacture crystal meth to secure his family’s future” netflix

Number of Seasons: 5 | Years: 2008-2013 | IMDB: 9.5


Our Planet

About: Nature Documentary with David Attenborough. “Experience our planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope” netflix

Number of Episodes: 8 | Years: 2019 | IMDB: 9.3


Peaky Blinders

About: British Crime. “A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 5 | Years: 2013 – Present | IMDB: 8.8


Line of Duty

About: British Crime Drama. “Drama series following the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.” IMDB

Watch seasons 1-5 on Netflix or RTÉ Player. Season 6 on BBC.

Number of Seasons: 6 | Years: 2012 – Present | IMDB: 8.7


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Stranger Things (2016)
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Stranger Things

About: American Horror. “Strange things are afoot in Hawkins, Indiana, where a young boy’s sudden disappearance unearths a young girl with otherworldly powers.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2016 – Present | IMDB: 8.7


House of Cards

About: American Political Thriller. “A ruthless politician will stop at nothing to conquer Washington, D.C., in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning political drama.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 6 | Years: 2018 – 2018 | IMDB: 8.7


Cobra Kai

About: American Action Fiction. “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the “Karate Kid” films..” netflix

Number of Seasons: 4 | Years: 2018 – Present | IMDB: 8.6


Queen’s Gambit

About: Drama. “In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.” netflix

Number of Episodes: 7 | Years: 2020 | IMDB: 8.6


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Schitt's Creek (2015)
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Schitt’s Creek

About: Canadian Sitcom. ‘After their business manager loots their family fortune, the Rose family relocates to the town of Schitt’s Creek’ netflix

Number of Seasons: 6 | Years: 2015 – 2020 | IMDB: 8.5


The Office (UK)

About: ‘Cult’ Comedy Series. “Set as a dysfunctional paper company, this caustic British mockumentary follows the day-to-day troubles of the firm’s uninspired desk jockeys.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2001 – 2003 | IMDB: 8.5


After Life

About: Comedy, Drama. “Struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death, a writer for a newspaper adopts a gruff new persona in an effort to push away those trying to help.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2019 – present| IMDB: 8.4


RuPaul’s Drag Race

About: American Reality Competition Series. “Queens compete for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar in this Emmy-winning show hosted by the mother of all drag mothers, RuPaul.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 13 | Years: 2009 – present| IMDB: 8.4


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Ozark (2017)
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Ozark

About: American Crime Drama. “A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2017 – present | IMDB: 8.4


Homeland 

About: Political Thriller. “A U.S. Marine returns home after spending eight years being held prisoner by Al Qaeda, while an unstable CIA agent suspects him of being a terrorist.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 8 | Years: 2011 – 2020 | IMDB: 8.3


Squid Game

About: South Korean Survival Drama Series. “Hoping to win easy money, a broke and desperate Gi-hun agrees to take part in an enigmatic game. Not long into the first round, unforeseen horrors unfold” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2021 | IMDB: 8.3


Bodyguard 

About: Political Thriller. “After helping thwart a terrorist attack, a war veteran is assigned to protect a politician who was a main proponent of the very conflict he fought in.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2018 | IMDB: 8.1


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Unorthodox (2020)
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Unorthodox

About: German-American Drama. “A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage and is taken in by a group of musicians — until her past comes calling.” netflix

Number of Episodes: 4 | Years: 2020 | IMDB: 8


Sweet Tooth

About: American Fantasy Drama. “On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who’s half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2021 – Present | IMDB: 7.9


The Sinner

About: American Crime Mystery. “In a small New York town, a haunted detective hunts for answers about perplexing crimes while wrestling with his own demons.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2017 – present | IMDB: 7.9


Midnight Mass

About: American Supernatural Horror Miniseries. “The arrival of a charismatic young priest brings glorious miracles, ominous mysteries and renewed religious fervor to a dying town desperate to believe.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2021 | IMDB: 7.8


The Alienist

About: American Period Crime Drama. The Alienist series is based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Caleb Car. It can be pretty gruesome so not for the faint hearted.

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2018 – 2020 | IMDB: 7.7


Bridgeton

About: Period Drama. “The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2020 – present | IMDB: 7.4


Emily in Paris 

About:  Comedy Drama. “After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.” netflix

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2020 – present | IMDB: 7.1


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Amazon Prime Video


The Boys

About: Superhero TV Series. “THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and their formidable Vought backing.” primevideo

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2019 – Present | IMDB: 8.7


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Fleabag (2016)
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Fleabag

About: Comedy Drama. “Meet Fleabag. She’s not talking to all of us – she’s talking to you. So why don’t you pop your top off and come right in?” primevideo

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2016 – 2019 | IMDB: 8.7


This is Us 

About: American Drama. “From the writers and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love, comes a smart, modern, dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know” primevideo

Number of Seasons: 5 | Years: 2016 – present | IMDB: 8.7


The Handmaid’s Tale

About: American Dystopian Tragedy. “The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss and based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel about life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States” primevideo

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2017 – present | IMDB: 8.4


Goliath

About: Legal Drama. “Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of the massive law firm he helped to create, Billy and his ragtag team uncover a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting them all in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath” primevideo

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2016 – present | IMDB: 8.2


Nine Perfect Strangers

About: American Drama Miniseries. “”Nine Perfect Strangers” follows nine very different people who arrive at Tranquillum House, a mysterious wellness retreat that promises “total transformation”. Once there, the guests fall under the spell of the enigmatic Masha, who will stop at nothing to heal them. As the days unfold, however, Masha’s unorthodox methods threaten to push this combustible group over the edge.” primevideo

Number of Episodes: 8 | Years: 2021 | IMDB: 7.1


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Disney Plus


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - The Mandalorian (2019)
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The Mandalorian

About: American Space Western. “After the fall of the Galactic Empire, lawlessness has spread throughout the galaxy.” disneyplus

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2019 – present | IMDB: 8.8


Hostile Planet

About: Nature Documentary. “Hosted by survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls, “Hostile Planet” zooms in on the world’s most extreme environments to reveal the animal kingdom’s most epic stories of survival on this fast and continuously changing planet.” disneyplus

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2019 | IMDB: 8.3


Gordon Ramsay Uncharted 

About: Travel, Culture and Cuisine. “Gordon Ramsay travels the globe on an epic adventure in search of culinary inspiration.” disneyplus

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2019 – present | IMDB: 7.9


WandaVision

About: Marvel Comics Miniseries. “Marvel Studios presents “WandaVision,” a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems” disneyplus

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2021 – present | IMDB: 7.6


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on NOW TV


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Chernobyl (2019)
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Chernobyl

Type: Historical Drama. “Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard star in a powerful Sky original about those who sacrificed it all to save Europe from disaster” nowtv

Number of Episodes: 5 | Years: 2019 | IMDB: 9.4


Game of Thrones

About: Epic Fantasy Drama. “The all-conquering, multi-Emmy-winning adaptation of George R R Martin’s rich yet brutal fantasy saga.” nowtv

Number of Seasons: 8 | Years: 2011 – 2019 | IMDB: 9.3


True Detective

About: Crime Drama. “HBO’s critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning crime anthology series. Hollywood heavy hitters star in captivating crime narratives, featuring some of the finest production values on television.” nowtv

Number of Seasons: 3 | Years: 2014 – 2019 | IMDB: 9


Dexter

About: Crime Drama. “Crime drama about a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami police force who’s the ultimate nice guy – and also a serial killer. The series follows Dexter as he balances his twin lives.” nowtv

Number of Seasons: 8 | Years: 2006 – 2013 | IMDB: 8.6


Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Apple TV


Ted Lasso

About: Comedy Drama Series. “Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.” appletv

Number of Seasons: 2 | Years: 2020 – Present | IMDB: 8.8


The Ultimate Guide to Brilliant Binge-Worthy TV Shows - Earth at Night in Color (2020)
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Earth at Night in Colour

About: Nature Documentary. “Narrated by Tom Hiddleston and filmed across six continents, this docuseries uses cutting-edge camera technology to capture animals’ nocturnal lives, revealing new behaviors filmed in full color like never before.” appletv

Number of Episodes: 6 | Years: 2020 | IMDB: 8.3


Defending Jacob

About: Crime Drama. A family’s lives are irreparably disrupted when the son is accused of murdering a fellow classmate in this dramatic legal thriller. Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaedan Martell star in the adaptation of William Landay’s bestselling novel.” appletv

Number of Episodes: 8 | Years: 2020 | IMDB: 7.9


Home Before Dark

About: American Mystery Drama. A mystery inspired by the reporting of a real nine-year-old journalist. When a young girl and her family move back to the small town her father left behind, her pursuit of the truth leads to the unearthing of a long-buried cold case” appletv

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2020 – present | IMDB: 7.5


Dickinson

About: American Historical Comedy Drama. Hailee Steinfield stars as Emily Dickinson. Poet. Daughter. Total rebel. In this coming-of-age story, Emily’s determined to become the world’s greatest poet.” appletv

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2019 – present | IMDB: 7.3


The Mosquito Coast

About: American Drama Series. “Adapted from the best selling novel, “The Mosquito Coast” is a gripping adventure and layered character drama series following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government..” appletv

Number of Seasons: 1 | Years: 2021 – present | IMDB: 7.0


Feature photos by Erik Mclean

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