Binge Guide

8 TV Shows You Should Be Binge-Watching This Month

Isn't it time you finally caught up on Mad Men and Game of Thrones?

by | March 13, 2015 | Comments

Water-cooler shows Game of Thrones and Mad Men return to the air next month so now is the time to catch up if you don’t want to feel left out on Monday mornings. Already caught up? Then we have some other shows for you to binge this month too!


Mad Men

What it is: AMC’s breakout hit shows the ins and outs of a 1960s ad agency in New York City helmed by the mysterious, philandering, booze-swillin’ Don Draper (Jon Hamm).

Why you should watch it: This year Mad Men ends forever and the last batch of episodes starts on Sunday, Apr. 5. If you’ve noticed the rise of retro over the past decade, then you’re already aware of Mad Men‘s cultural influence. With acclaimed performances by Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, and Christina Hendricks, Mad Men has been a critics’ darling over its seven-year run.

Where to watch: Seasons one through six are on Netflix and the first half of season seven will drop March 22. Every episode is also available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, and XBox.

Commitment: 70 hours.


Game of Thrones

What it is: George RR Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice fantasy novels come alive in HBO’s four seasons of blood-spurting, sibling-bedding, dragon-breathing action, set in a fictional, highly political, medieval world.

Why you should watch it: With season five returning to HBO on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 9 pm, this is your chance to get in on the conversation. Immersing you in the world of Westeros, Game of Thrones has many well-developed characters whose arcs take shocking turns. Certified Fresh for all four seasons, the show is also incredible to look at with big-budget production values that rival any blockbuster film.

Where to watch: Seasons one through four are available on HBO Go, DVD, and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 40 hours.


Gotham

What it is: In this Batman prequel set in the corruption of Gotham City, Detectives Jim Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, while running up against a number of villains from the Batman universe.

Why you should watch it: Currently on hiatus until Apr. 13, you have time to catch up on Fox’s Monday night drama that often successfully blends the fun of the comic books with a gritty police procedural. Plus, any episode featuring Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot is a win.

Where to watch: Catch all of season one on Vudu,

iTunes,

Google Play, and

Amazon.

Commitment: 18 hours.


Outlander

What it is: Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married WWII nurse who finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 where she meets an irresistible Scottish warrior (Sam Heughan).

Why you should watch it: In addition to bringing two separate historical time periods to life, the Certified Fresh Outlander will win you over with its heroine Claire, whose sexy, feisty nature is anything but dated. Season one returns with new episodes on Saturday, Apr. 4, on Starz.

Where to watch: All eight episodes of season one are available on Starz Play.

Commitment: 8 hours.


Marvel’s Agent Carter

What it is: Hayley Atwell, who made appearances as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has her own show on ABC set in post-WWII America. By day, Peggy holds down a routine office gig, but by night, she is a special agent for Howard Stark.

Why you should watch it: The season one finale aired last month, so now you can watch all the episodes without having to wait a week in between, which — with the number of cliffhangers in the critically acclaimed first season — is a very good thing.

Where to watch: All eight episodes of season one are available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 8 hours.


The Returned

What it is: In this French TV series brought to the U.S. by SundanceTV, a handful of residents materialize after being dead for a number of years. No one is really sure whether to celebrate or run for the hills.

Why you should watch it: Although the American reboot on A&E is a decent version (this week’s debut was Fresh at 66 percent), the Certified Fresh original is a superior alternative for people who don’t mind subtitles. Totally creepy and engrossing, the French version also has a superb cast who gives these undead some je ne ce quoi!

Where to watch: Watch season one of the French version of The Returned on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and iTunes.

Commitment: 8 hours.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

What it is: Ellie Kemper plays Kimmy Schmidt, who after living as a “mole woman” in an Indiana cult for 15 years, escapes to a new life in New York City in the Netflix original from Tina Fey.

Why you should watch it: Currently Certified Fresh at 95 percent, critics agree that Kemper shines as Kimmy, whose spirit cannot be broken by the challenges of life in the five boroughs. Add 30 Rock-style humor from a hilarious cast that includes Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane, and this is one binge that will leave you smiling all weekend.

Where to watch: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is only available on Netflix.

Commitment: 6 hours.


The Escape Artist

What it is: David Tennant stars as a hot-shot barrister with a knack for defending the guilty who finds himself haunted by his own guilt in this three-part PBS Masterpiece Mystery from last year.

Why you should watch it: Anyone watching Broadchurch season two on BBC America will no doubt want something to fill the void from Wednesday to Wednesday and this self-contained British mystery not only thrills but also captures the emotional fallout of unspeakable crimes.

Where to watch: The three episodes of The Escape Artist are available on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.

Commitment: 3 hours.


Which of these shows would you recommend to a friend? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tag Cloud

Comedy Central Trailer a nightmare on elm street high school award winner Television Academy BET Awards Awards Tour FXX elevated horror Brie Larson BAFTA Crunchyroll composers franchise TIFF Bravo screenings die hard mutant toronto true crime Sneak Peek Apple TV+ Captain marvel Awards Sundance Now stoner Dark Horse Comics obituary scene in color film series Paramount Pictures casting mob comic VOD Turner Classic Movies Television Critics Association kaiju revenge Comic-Con@Home 2021 cinemax free movies Endgame interviews worst movies blockbuster binge Elton John cooking films BBC America crime Paramount Song of Ice and Fire jurassic park target Broadway laika sitcom classics james bond USA golden globe awards name the review WarnerMedia suspense documentary Academy Awards 79th Golden Globes Awards First Reviews Mary Poppins Returns biopic Mary poppins doctor who zombie The Academy cancelled television wonder woman GIFs psychological thriller 2020 Discovery Channel adventure Film Festival football cats screen actors guild comedies Britbox Best Actress australia Rocky Nominations E3 Walt Disney Pictures Box Office TCA 2017 Women's History Month TCA Awards SundanceTV cults godzilla renewed TV shows Pacific Islander Crackle docudrama Mary Tyler Moore comiccon criterion Star Wars unscripted Vudu popular Disney+ Disney Plus Showtime movies IMDb TV cars kong stop motion critics sopranos international ABC USA Network Tubi scene in color series TCA El Rey RT21 talk show independent anime 2015 TV transformers ghosts Election game of thrones dexter See It Skip It police drama SXSW 2022 superman boxing japan Oscars 2016 Lucasfilm comic book movies dceu YouTube Premium action-comedy young adult richard e. Grant christmas movies LGBTQ IFC razzies hispanic heritage month science fiction Creative Arts Emmys CNN The Walking Dead trailers spinoff royal family halloween tv Anna Paquin VICE nbcuniversal 2021 73rd Emmy Awards Pixar dogs scary A24 hollywood aapi YouTube Red streaming movies DC streaming service Video Games zombies medical drama psycho all-time American Society of Cinematographers GLAAD summer TV dark witnail GoT Instagram Live Toys SDCC technology Oscar Trophy Talk Marvel Studios Stephen King 45 ABC Family 007 south america concert festival french Amazon Studios The Arrangement Musical historical drama facebook TNT OneApp discovery YouTube black romance Podcast CMT docuseries Spectrum Originals political drama 93rd Oscars what to watch Country Comedy RT History HBO travel Biopics Starz Netflix Christmas movies Arrowverse Emmys Super Bowl reboot Lifetime game show twilight MGM comic book movie canceled obi wan PBS Tomatazos Baby Yoda IFC Films Reality monster movies Epix anthology Amazon BET Infographic diversity 2018 strong female leads 90s Mindy Kaling versus ID Ghostbusters politics Pride Month joker E! TCM Food Network Fantasy BBC One italian 1990s video on demand cancelled Lionsgate Animation Character Guide Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Universal Pictures Christmas Horror Pirates NBA blockbusters 20th Century Fox 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards DC Comics Alien Reality Competition crossover TV renewals Holidays Fox News Fall TV Photos marvel cinematic universe archives parents Black Mirror Funimation Fargo festivals Interview Winners movie serial killer HFPA nature television Sundance ratings OWN Holiday period drama TV Land documentaries trophy tv talk broadcast biography TLC ESPN video mcc History feel good AMC Plus Film Extras comic books Cannes aliens 71st Emmy Awards spain cartoon cancelled TV shows Universal target scene in color Travel Channel genre Quiz rt labs critics edition slashers Sci-Fi FX on Hulu Grammys PlayStation TV movies Rock scene in color Rocketman finale WGN hidden camera Kids & Family Year in Review Certified Fresh Summer spanish 2017 robots child's play 24 frames Indigenous lord of the rings Red Carpet mockumentary Paramount Plus Valentine's Day HBO Go war live action vampires Apple TV Plus kids Best Picture series PaleyFest singing competition superhero worst Martial Arts Superheroe sag awards Geeked Week DC Universe Native rotten movies we love Acorn TV prank ABC Signature Fox Searchlight Superheroes Classic Film Rom-Com harry potter art house MSNBC new york ITV disaster TruTV summer preview rt labs New York Comic Con book king kong Sony Pictures Prime Video streamig NYCC Logo crime thriller justice league breaking bad Shondaland Turner DirecTV Comic Book Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Premiere Dates king arthur Watching Series Black History Month hist Netflix japanese AMC sports venice golden globes Tokyo Olympics pirates of the caribbean TCA Winter 2020 olympics CW Seed new star wars movies universal monsters spy thriller X-Men VH1 romantic comedy The Walt Disney Company The Witch posters Adult Swim scorecard National Geographic dreamworks Schedule Heroines Teen telelvision spider-verse chucky jamie lee curtis Best Actor Marvel FOX canceled TV shows vs. indiana jones directors Opinion Nat Geo 94th Oscars adaptation Apple news boxoffice Marvel Television book adaptation gangster hispanic quibi Hulu Tumblr Avengers teaser Image Comics spanish language The CW adenture green book marvel comics 2019 Marathons Tags: Comedy Winter TV San Diego Comic-Con satire Sundance TV debate children's TV Wes Anderson critic resources sequel blaxploitation Shudder Warner Bros. Family leaderboard natural history Set visit Trivia Columbia Pictures Ovation CBS All Access stand-up comedy Nickelodeon remakes fresh based on movie Disney Channel rotten The Purge Writers Guild of America Tarantino legend best spider-man LGBT Disney streaming service Music Calendar animated miniseries supernatural Exclusive Video halloween Action dramedy Syfy TBS asian-american Countdown live event Spring TV Hollywood Foreign Press Association foreign Best Director Pet Sematary CBS indie Sony Cartoon Network ViacomCBS Musicals mission: impossible 4/20 dragons A&E SXSW heist movie Neflix cops rt archives women summer TV preview space werewolf Disney Plus toy story social media TV One Disney fast and furious Emmy Nominations First Look Cosplay NBC President Amazon Prime Mudbound Western Spike Hear Us Out HBO Max Comics on TV Lifetime Christmas movies 72 Emmy Awards Masterpiece Mystery Star Wars Celebration Pop reviews scary movies streaming new zealand Polls and Games Binge Guide cancelled TV series Ellie Kemper Freeform Star Trek latino FX 99% thriller black comedy Best and Worst South by Southwest Film Festival Focus Features MTV Hallmark MCU rom-coms APB know your critic 21st Century Fox Legendary batman DGA Drama dc Amazon Prime Video sequels Pop TV comics nfl Hallmark Christmas movies crime drama emmy awards zero dark thirty Paramount Network BBC slasher Thanksgiving Chernobyl basketball Peacock theme song Esquire deadpool YA saw