20 Binge-Worthy TV Shows to Watch in Lockdown

Contrary to my previous blog posts, which may have painted a picture of me as making the most of every single lockdown day, we all have our off days and mine have definitely been off this Easter weekend. I’ve been laying in till 10 am, staying in my pyjamas for half the day, re-watching old DVDs, and generally being a bit of a slob. Now whilst this lifestyle doesn’t feel very good in the longterm, sometimes it’s nice to indulge. And with that in mind, I thought I’d give a rundown of some of my personal favourite TV shows.

Whether its Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+ or BBC iPlayer, it’s never been easier to access old and new TV. Whether you’re ready to make the most of that 10-second countdown until the next episode plays or just want something new to watch at the end of the day, this list is a collection of TV shows I’ve watched and re-watched over the years.

In no particular order, they are…

1. Heroes (2006 – 2010)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 4

The series which inspired this blog post! This past week my younger brother dug through our old DVD collection and found this old gem and I got sucked in again. Heroes is based in modern-day America and follows the lives of several special individuals who are all connected by what they can do. With interesting characters and an increasingly layered plotline, each episode of Heroes grips you in a new way, with each twist and turn completely unpredictable leaving you breathless for more. You’ll become hooked on the characters and addicted to the suspense. Go watch season one now and thank me later.

2. Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 8

One I’m sure many of you have already watched, but for those who haven’t this might be the little push you need! There’s a reason for its record viewership and awards, Game of Thrones is unlike any other show I’ve watched. Set in the fictional world of Westeros the show centres around the Iron Throne, aka the power to ruling the seven kingdoms which are spread across Westeros. Its complex characters and exhilarating plot line carry the show, as well as its violence and bloodshed, family dynamics and fantasy elements. Resembling the era of 15th century Europe, the show’s success is down to George R. R. Martin, author of the books who took inspiration from historical events such as the War of the Roses. Just as you’ve made up your mind about a character and what will happen next, the directors spin you in a completely different direction, keeping you guessing all the way through its eight seasons.

3. Prison Break (2005 – 2017)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 5

Back to reality again, and back to America. Prison Break follows the main character Michael Scofield, a successful engineer whose life is turned upside down when he finds out his brother has been framed for murder. Believing he’s innocent, Michael gets himself imprisoned with a plan to get him and his brother out. Michael’s incredibly sharp mind and good moral conscience are put to the test in prison as he frequently faces new obstacles along the way. Each episode is a small adrenaline rush as you come to root for the Fox River Eight and the brothers’ quest for the truth.

4. One Tree Hill (2003 – 2012)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 9

A more lighthearted drama that follows the lives of Tree Hill’s residents, or more specifically the lives of half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott as they compete for a place on the school’s basketball team. More complicated than it sounds the show makes up for its small, hometown setting with its large baggage of drama that seems to follow the lives of its characters and their relationships. The mix of sport, sex, crime and teen-romance has produced a show which ran successfully for nine years. Did I also mention that one of the main characters is played by Chad Michael Murray?? Just something to think about…

5. Suits (2011 – 2019)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 9

Set in New York, Suits follows Mike Ross, a college dropout whose dream is to be a lawyer. He finally gets his chance when he showcases his brilliant mind and photographic memory to Harvey Spectre, the best lawyer in the city. The series centres on these two seemingly swanky businessmen who fight cases like their batman and robin whilst trying to maintain their personal lives, and most importantly Mike’s secret – that he has never been to Harvard and doesn’t even have a law degree. Suits has all the drama and entertainment you’d expect from an upscale New York law firm, whilst also offering feisty characters armed with sharp wit and a sense of humour.

6. Gavin and Stacey (2007 – 2010)


Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
Seasons: 3 (plus two Christmas specials)

Speaking of humour, how could I not mention the well-loved Gavin and Stacey? One boy, and one girl, both in love with the other – what could go wrong? As with all relationships, a lot of it comes down to family and friends, and the couple soon run into trouble when their two worlds collide. By world’s, I mean Wales and Essex. Gavin and Stacey derives much of its humour between this cultural split. Two regions, both with big personalities, the lovebirds soon find that this is a bigger hurdle than they thought. Hilariously funny in its normality, with truly loveable characters and even better accents!

7. This is Us (2016 – Present)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 4

Love, tragedy, family and comedy. This is Us is one of the most uplifting American dramas you could watch. It will make you smile giddily at its characters best moments and ugly cry at their worst. The plot revolves around two parents and their children switching between past and present as they all struggle with different issues in their lives – from abandonment, weight loss, relationships, careers and general life, making it an incredibly relatable and intriguing drama.

8. Peaky Blinders (2013 – Present)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 5

Wow, where to begin. Peaky Blinders is a show which has taken the nation by storm. With incredible acting, complex characters, tense fight scenes and unpredictable outcomes, Peaky Blinders is really one of a kind. Set in Birmingham just after the first World War, the show follows gangster family, known as the Peaky Blinders on their rise to fame, money and power, led by the infamous Tommy Shelby. You’ll quickly come to love their brash nature and Brummy accents as you come to realise that this is a family who have been through a lot and no longer care about the risks they must take to reach the top.

9. Friends (1994 – 2004)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 10

The ultimate comfort watch! Friends will forever be the show I whack on when I need something to cheer me up or relax me at the end of the day. Six friends living in Manhattan, New York, all with their own unique and loveable personalities going about their lives the best way they can. We see their ups and downs in the most entertaining way possible, making us laugh at our own habits and insecurities, whilst maintaining the all-important emphasis on friends and their importance in our lives.

10. Scrubs (2001 – 2010)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 9

Perhaps the lesser-known comedy next to Friends, but in no way lacking in humour. Scrubs follows the life of medical intern John Dorian (‘JD’) and his colleagues, as he must quickly rise to the task of long hours, strict mentors, and difficult patients. Despite the show’s serious setting, Scrubs uses its hospital environment and quirky characters to its advantage, creating funny scenes and jokes that continue to be quoted and remembered today.

11. Homeland (2011 – 2020) 


Where to watch: Netflix or All 4
Seasons: 8

If you want something a bit more gripping with no sci-fi or fantasy elements, then you should try Homeland. It centres around CIA operative Carrie Mathison, an expert in her field and incredibly motivated in stopping Al-Qaeda. When she gets inside information that an American prisoner of war has been “turned”, her focus turns to Nicholas Brody, a US Marine who is released from hostage after missing for eight years, presumed dead. An excellent cast and overall production, making this an addictive watch.

12. 13 Reasons Why (2017 – Present)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 3

A powerful teen-drama that I would argue is appropriate for teens and adults alike thanks to its mature handling of dark, but very real, subject matter. The audience watches the events unfold through the eyes of Clay Jensen who is left heartbroken after his crush, Hannah Baker, commits suicide. Struggling to understand, Clay and the audience soon learn the reasons behind Hannah’s death after a box of cassette tapes are left on his doorstep, all recorded by Hannah. Thanks to its relevant material, unique approach, and amazing acting 13 Reasons Why is a gripping and eye-opening watch that I would recommend to everyone.

13. Pride and Prejudice (1995)


Where to watch: Available on the BBC
Seasons: 1

This is a quick and easy watch, which I know might not be for everyone, but what can I say, I’m an English student! So much better than the Keira Knightly film, this BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice stays true to the book and does Austen justice. With only six episodes, I’d encourage anyone who is a fan of period dramas to give this a go. Not only does it feature a young Colin Firth in all his glory it gives the perfect balance of fun, wit, energy and drama. This is the series which made me fall in love with Austen as I finally understood what she was trying to do in her books, which made reading her works all the more enjoyable.

14. 90210 (2008 – 2013)


Where to watch: All 4
Seasons: 5

Time for some more lighthearted teen-drama. A revamp of the original 1990s show, 90210 follows the lives of wealthy high-school students at West Beverly Hills High. Newcomers, Annie and Dixon Wilson, soon discover that there is more to the extravagant lives of their classmates as scandals begin to unfold and closet skeletons reveal themselves. An easy and addictive watch with memorable characters and plenty of love-triangles. Go binge!

15. Line of Duty (2012 – 2019)


Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
Seasons: 5

The most popular drama series broadcasted on BBC Two, Line of Duty is different from other detective series in that its focus isn’t on outside forces, but instead on investigating corruption within the police. Drama, suspense and action summarise this hard-hitting show which owes much of its success to its accurate research and unpredictable plot twists.

16. Outlander (2014 – Present)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 5

An all-time favourite of mine. I stumbled across Outlander on TV one afternoon and fell in love with the plot and its characters. From a war-ridden Britain in 1946 to a divided Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall’s life takes us from one lifetime to another. More than a time-travellers tale, Outlander is an ode to Britain’s brutal history, the Scottish highlands and a love between strangers. Be prepared for a lot of nudity, violence and excitement! A mix which brings a hugely refreshing story that’s hard to tear yourself away from.

17. Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – Present)


Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 15

You’ve got plenty to binge when it comes to this much-loved, long-standing show. It follows a group of surgical interns on their journey to becoming doctors, as they navigate their professional career and their adulting lives. With the two often overlapping, however, can the group stay together and make their relationships last? And more importantly…are you team McDreamy or team McSteamy? Moments of light-relief mixed with very real-life situations and heartache make Grey’s a comforting and entertaining watch.

18. You (2018 – Present)


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2

I know that when I think of this programme in future it will make me think of my third and final year at university, where this show had me and my housemates glued to our sofa for hours on end. Would not recommend watching close to exams!! This psychological thriller will have you questioning how far we will go to excuse ourselves of our means to an end. Unassuming and charming bookshop owner Joe is the last person you’d expect when it comes to acts of murder and obsession. But You shows us that you should never judge a book by its cover.

19. Killing Eve (2018 – Present)


Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
Seasons: 3

Finally! A show with two incredibly complex, smart, driven women at its centre – Jodie Cromer and Sandra Oh – need I say more? Okay, I will, a little. One is an MI5 spy desperate to put her sharp instincts and intelligence into action. The other is a rather unhinged, but talented killer who lives for the materialistic things in life. Both are just as obsessed with the other and the audience watches on the edge of their seats waiting for the ultimate showdown between the two. Surprisingly humorous, and marvellously refreshing. Enjoy!

20. Gossip Girl


Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 6

A reputation which precedes it. Gossip Girl is a show which thrives off its characters’ petty scandals and relationship drama. I’d call it more of a guilty pleasure than a TV phenomenon. However, I have watched all of its 121 episodes, so it deserves a place of this list even if I can’t quite pinpoint what it is that makes it tick. It’s teen romances, juicy scandals and mystery surrounding gossip girl make this series an easy watch that doesn’t take too much of your energy or concentration.

And that’s my list of top 20 binge-worthy TV shows!

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