Saturday, September 2, 2017

7 TV Shows to Binge-Watch (That Aren’t On Every Other List)

By Katie Porter

Warning: Some shows mentioned in this post contain mature content.

Don’t get me wrong, there are hundreds of lists out there which recommend the best TV shows to binge-watch or the must-see series of the year. However, there are a few diamonds in the rough that get overlooked, hidden gems for you to sit down and binge-watch until you either pass out from exhaustion or finish the entire thing in one day. Here are seven of the best TV shows to binge-watch that you probably won’t find on every other list.

Person of Interest

The lovechild of input from J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, Person of Interest is a crime show with a twist. It follows an ex-CIA operative and a multi-millionaire programmer as they use a system of mass surveillance to intercept and prevent dangerous crimes before they happen. The show has five seasons, with a consistent and exciting narrative, yet plenty of action.

It is worth a watch because it is a cut above your usual crime drama, with genuinely compelling storylines and characters you actually care about. It also asks questions about morality and provokes audience thought about mass surveillance.


This fantasy crime drama has recently come to a close after six hugely popular seasons. It focuses on protagonist Nick Burkhardt, a police detective whom it turns out is a descendant of the Grimm brothers, giving him the ability to see and fight against all sorts of supernatural beings. The show draws heavily from the influence of the Tales of the Brothers Grimm and combines stereotypical fairy-tale elements with a modern crime setting to create a genuinely compelling show, perfect to binge-watch.

American Gods

One of the newest entries on this list, American Gods hit our screens in April 2017. It focuses on a former convict who becomes the bodyguard of a mysterious con artist before things soon escalate into a war between the old gods and the new gods. Created by Hannibal writer Bryan Fuller and Alien: Covenant writer Michael Green, American Gods is definitely worth checking out. It was recently renewed for a second season, so give the first season a binge-watch.

Black Mirror

The brainchild of British comedian Charlie Brooker, this show originally aired on British television before being snapped up by Netflix and added to their large repertoire of high quality shows. Black Mirror is an anthology of different dystopian tales, ranging from a future where humans are forced to do nothing but power treadmills and watch reality television all day to an extreme tale of blackmail gone wrong. Black Mirror is a fresh, inventive, and uniquely horrifying collection of tales.

The Killing (Danish Version)

Before being adapted for US audiences on Netflix, The Killing was a Danish show which originally aired in 2007. It focuses on a police detective who, after planning to move to Sweden, opts to stay in Denmark and solve one last case, a brutal killing of a young girl. Without spoiling too much, one thing leads to another, and the show weaves crime together with politics. The American version isn’t bad, but the Danish original is the perfect one to binge-watch.


Skins is a British TV show focusing on a group of teenagers and their crazy, party-filled adventures, as well as the relationships and bonds between friends and lovers. This show is so entertaining because not only does it provide an insight into the lives of teenagers, it also creates compelling and dramatic story lines throughout all its seasons.

Pushing Daisies

Despite being cancelled after two seasons, Pushing Daisies was a popular American comedy about a pie-maker with the ability to bring the dead back to life with the touch of his hand. After bringing the former love of his life back, he proceeds to solve murders alongside a private investigator and a waitress. However, he has to be careful, as a second touch will kill the person permanently. This is an example of a show that was cancelled way before its time, yet it is a great choice if you’re looking for something to sit back and binge-watch!

Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women's amateur rugby league.


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