Binge Guide

12 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This February

This month, catch up on Altered Carbon, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Outlander, Better Call Saul, Narcos: Mexico and more.

by | February 3, 2020 | Comments

Does February have you feeling lonely with its upcoming card-company holiday? Trust us when we say that Better Call Saul’s Saul Goodman, Kidding’s Mr. Pickles, Homeland’s Carrie Mathison, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jake Piralta go down as easy as a box of chocolates. Or if you’re more into beards and other kinds of treats, High Maintenance’s delivery guy might be more your speed. Regardless, this month has 10 returning series worth your time and your bingeing. 


Manhunt 96% (Spectrum Originals)

What it is: When it first premiered on Discovery in 2017, creators Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, and Tony Gittelson’s Manhunt promised a factual, fuss-free deep-dive on the FBI’s investigation and ongoing search for the terrorist Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber). What we got was absolutely engrossing cat-and-mouse action with little-known, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twists along the way.

Why you should watch it: Having switched from Discovery to Spectrum Originals’ streaming platform, the new installment of Manhunt again follows the FBI, this time as they search for the bomber behind the 1996 Atlanta Olympics attack and deal with the notorious controversy surrounding security guard Richard Jewell that followed. (Clint Eastwood’s 2019 feature film Richard Jewell dealt with the same topic.) Season 2 premieres on February 3 on Spectrum.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)


Brooklyn Nine-Nine 95% (NBC)

What it is: This hit comedy series from creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur is a workplace sitcom featuring some very distinct personalities — the aloof and gregarious Detective Jake Peralta (Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg), his fictional precinct’s dry commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), and the rest of the motley crew of the Nine-Nine.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen fan-initiated primetime resuscitations before, but rarely do they happen as swiftly as Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s after its unceremonious cancellation at Fox. The online outcry had barely begun before Universal Television began shopping the sitcom around, and it was scooped up by NBC just a day later — with good reason. Now that we’re a season into that “reboot,” it’s clear the series should’ve never left in the first place. Season 7 premieres on February 6 on NBC.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 47 hours (for the first six seasons)


The Sinner 89% (USA Network)

What it is: This anthological crime thriller from creator and showrunner Derek Simonds (and executive producer Jessica Biel, who starred on season 1 and earned her first Emmy nomination for the performance) takes the traditional whodunit thriller and turns it on its head into a whydunit. We know the titular culprit from the get, but there are unknown layers as to why they committed the central crime. The series has been a huge hit for USA Network and follows different crimes each season. Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is the thread that holds them all together.

Why you should watch it: The Sinner is a spin on a classic trope, and it’s executed with top-notch acting, production, and nail-biting scripts. What’s not to love? Season 3 follows Matt Bomer and Chris Messina as college buddies with a dark, secretive past. A fatal tragedy upon their reunion brings Ambrose on the case. Catch up before its February 6 premiere.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours (for the first two seasons)


High Maintenance 98% (HBO)

What it is: From co-creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance began as a hit web series starring Sinclair as a traveling weed deliveryman living in New York City. HBO picked it up to series in 2016 and largely retained the comedy’s original format while simply making its episodes longer.

Why you should watch it: While there are plenty of primetime programs that paint a great snippet of present-day NYC, few get the full picture the way High Maintenance does. That’s because each episode features various characters who — whether they’re hosting a swingers party, rebelling against their ultra-religious parents, or sitting home alone collecting cans of La Croix — are from such disparate walks of life that they end up inadvertently highlighting the similarities between so many dwellers of the concrete jungle. (And we promise those similarities go beyond enjoying the green.) Season 4 premieres on February 7 on HBO.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 12.5 hours (for the first three seasons)


Homeland 85% (Showtime)

What it is: Homeland has gone a lot of places — some better than others — over the course of its twisty seven seasons, but it all started with the Emmy-winning combination of Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). The former has just returned from Iraq after being missing in action; the latter suspects that his allegiances have been turned to the enemy. Let the cat-and-mouse games begin.

Why you should watch it: Homeland — led by a career-best Danes as an agent with bipolar disorder — is a masterclass in taut, edge-of-your-seat spy drama. Even when the series goes off the deep end, Danes has you simultaneously rooting for her and holding your breath. Season 8 premieres on February 9 on Showtime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 60 hours (for the first seven seasons)


Kidding 88% (Showtime)

What it is: Kidding follows a Mr. Rogers–esque children’s show host named Mr. Pickles through a divorce and into a downward, existential spiral. But at its heart, it’s just about a kindhearted guy trying to find himself while piecing his life back together.

Why you should watch it: Something about filmmaker Michel Gondry and star Jim Carrey’s creative relationship sparks magic; Kidding doesn’t just mark a grand reunion of the two artists after 15 years, but it features Carrey’s best dramatically-tinged performance since their shared Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Add in the auteur’s trademark visual flare, and Kidding will win just about anyone over. Season 2 premieres February 9 on Showtime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)


Narcos 89% and Narcos: Mexico 90% (Netflix)

What it is: Critically-acclaimed Spanish- and English-language Netflix original started with Narcos, taking a closer look at formidable and feared Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) and his criminal contemporaries. In 2018, Netflix launched companion series Narcos: Mexico – originally intended as season 4 of the original show – which dove into the roots of the modern drug war and the true-story rise of the cocaine trade led by the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s. 

Why you should watch it: The Narcos franchise is riveting and entertaining television, boasting fine performances and equally engaging scripts — not to mention a little-seen precision in documenting the history of the drug trade that still plagues the world today. In the Mexico seasons, Michael Peña stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena alongside Diego Luna as cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. Narcos: Mexico season 2 premieres February 13 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 35 hours (25.8 for three seasons of Narcos and 8.5 hours for season 1 of Narcos: Mexico)


Outlander 89% (Starz)

What it is: Based on the hit fantasy novel series from author Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of World War II nurse Claire (Caitriona Balfe), who is inexplicably transported back in time to 18th-century Scotland and quickly swept up in the drama and romance of Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) — despite being a married woman in her own time to Frank (Tobias Menzies).

Why you should watch it: There’s little to dislike about this lavish Starz series. Expertly-crafted performances and, ahem, titillating character arcs have consumed audiences in the kind of “who will she choose” debate unseen since Twi-hards of yore. This series, from Battlestar Galactica reboot mastermind Ronald D. Moore, has the scripts, direction, and overall production value worth fawning over, too. Season 5 premieres on February 16 on Starz.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 55 hours (for the first four seasons)


Better Call Saul 98% (AMC)

What it is: Ever wonder how, exactly, Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman got to be so darn slimy? AMC’s acclaimed spin-off, Better Call Saul, is here to help. The companion series satisfyingly builds on the original Vince Gilligan drama, while also coherently etching an identity of its own for viewers of all proclivities.

Why you should watch it: The series takes a character we think we know — the Saul Goodman whom Breaking Bad’s Walter White eventually meets in that Albuquerque, New Mexico, strip mall — and breaks him down to his nuts and bolts, starting at Jimmy McGill. Played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk in what could become his career-defining (certainly career-changing) role, Saul/Jimmy and his uneasy partnership with Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut make for must-watch hours for any lover of prestige TV, Breaking Bad die-hard or not. Season 5 premieres on February 23 on AMC.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle PlayMicrosoftNetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 32 hours (for the first four seasons)


Altered Carbon 75% (Netflix)

What it is: Altered Carbon is a sci-fi epic for our time: it’s often brutal and sometimes confusing. Set in a distant dystopian future in which an individual’s consciousness can be downloaded and stored digitally to be later uploaded into a new body, otherwise known as a “sleeve,” life and death have little meaning in this world. But this advancement in technology allows only an elite and wealthy few to actually live their lives for hundreds of years, while those less fortunate only degrade, descending further and further into destitution.

Why you should watch it: This Netflix adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s acclaimed 2002 novel from creator Laeta Kalogridis received mixed reviews upon its 2018 premiere, but was a hit with genre fans new and old alike. While Joel Kinnaman was absolutely killer as the latest incarnation of the mysterious time-jumping hero Takeshi Kovacs, these new episodes give Takeshi Kovacs a new sleeve: Anthony Mackie. Season 2 premieres on February 27 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)


Babylon Berlin (Netflix)


What it is: A sexy look at a turbulent time, Babylon Berlin is a crime drama that unfolds during the Weimar Republic, a time of great transition and facing the rise of National Socialism. Party girl Greta (Liv Lisa Fries) pairs up with police detective Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) when he uncovers and investigates an underground porn ring.

Why you should watch it: Netflix brought the first two seasons of the lavish German series to U.S. audiences in 2017. Together, the seasons are Certified Fresh at 100% for painting a head-spinning tableau of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking that tests the young inspector’s sense of loyalty and dedication to the truth. Season 3 launches on February 28 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Thumbnail image: JoJo Whilden / ©Showtime Network, © Fox, Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures

Tag Cloud

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