Binge Guide

13 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This October

Riverdale, The Walking Dead, Silicon Valley, Peaky Blinders, Arrowverse series, Supergirl, The Flash, Mr. Robot, and Breaking Bad are among the month's top binge TV offerings.

by | October 2, 2019 | Comments

Fall TV is still in full swing this month, which means more and more shows for your viewing pleasure. While you decide which new ones to tune into, catch up on the 13 series below — all of which are Certified Fresh returnees with zombies, superheroes, and brainiacs to spare. 


Sorry For Your Loss 97% (Facebook Watch)

What it is: Elizabeth Olsen stars as Leigh Shaw, a widow in mourning who, unable to bear living in the apartment she shared with husband, quits her job as a magazine writer and moves in with her mother. What follows is a nuanced character study of those left behind in death’s wake.

Why you should watch it: It’s not easy to make a show on grief, much less sell it. But I’m Sorry for Your Loss is benefited by its thoughtful and thought-provoking scripts from playwright-turned-series creator Kit Steinkellner and nuanced, heartbreaking performances from Olsen, Janet McTeer as her mother, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s Kelly Marie Tran as her sister. Plus, it’s perfectly timed at just 30 minutes per episode. Season 2 premiered October 1 on Facebook Watch.

Where to watch: Facebook Watch

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


Big Mouth 99% (Netflix)

What it is: Co-created by Nick Kroll and featuring the voice talents of comedy heavy-hitters like John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jenny Slate, Big Mouth is a coming-of-age series about awkward teens discovering their sexuality through the raging hormones of puberty.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen plenty of naughty comedies in the past, but none of them excavate the triumphs and traumas of pubescent adolescence quite as fearlessly or uproariously as Big Mouth. Season 3 premieres in full on October 4.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10.5 hours (for the first two seasons, plus a Valentine’s Day special)


Peaky Blinders 94% (Netflix)

What it is: The going’s rough and tough in this BBC and Netflix co-production from creator Stephen Knight. Charting the rise of the notorious Peaky Blinders gang in post-WWI England, the long-running drama is led by a never-better Cillian Murphy as the fearless, cold-blooded leader, Tommy Shelby. 

Why you should watch it: Between its production design, its larger-than-life performances, and airtight writing and direction, this period series takes some big swings and lands each one. Murphy delivers as the icy Tommy, and Helen McCrory is stellar as the series’ hard-as-nails matriarch. Throw into the mix a strong, talent-heavy ensemble — including turns from the likes of Tom Hardy and Aidan Gillen — and Peaky Blinders earns its reputation as one of the best series that you just might be sleeping on. Season 5 premieres on October 4 on Netflix.

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

Commitment: Approx. 24 hours (for the first four seasons)


Mr. Robot 94% (USA Network)

What it is: This decorated, mind-teaser of a series from creator Sam Esmail is at its core the story of Elliot, played by 2018 Oscar winner Rami Malek in a role that nabbed him an Emmy for best actor after season 1. Elliot is a mentally unstable (see: socially anxious, depressed, and drug-addicted) hacktivist recruited into “fsociety” by one Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). Confused? Intrigued? Just watch it.  

Why you should watch it: Over the course of three seasons, Mr. Robot has made it near-impossible to look away. Few other series today make for water-cooler fare at work, but Esmail — with the help of Malek, Slater, and an impressive supporting ensemble cast — taps into the cultural consciousness with a premise as timely as it is ambitious. Its fourth and final season premieres on October 6 on USA Network.

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

Commitment: Approx. 24 hours (for the first three seasons)


Supergirl 88% (The CW)

What it is: Ever wonder what the other surviving Kryptonians (what few of them are left) are up to while Superman is out there saving the world? Well, turns out his cousin, Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) is up to just about the same thing. This is her story.

Why you should watch it: It took until the second season for this DC Comics series to really nail down its tone on the CW with star Melissa Benoist and co., but there’s no doubt that it today ranks as one of the most formidable hour-long outings in the superhero comics-to-screen universe. Season 5 premieres on October 6 on The CW.

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

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first four seasons)


The Walking Dead 80% (AMC)

What it is: Don’t know what The Walking Dead is? You may want to check your pulse…

Why you should watch it: Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard’s post-apocalyptic premise of zombies walking the Earth and ending mankind as we know it, the acclaimed series developed by creator Frank Darabont indulges in gore and “what if” fascinations. These are characters brought to life with bone-deep precision from a stable of some of TV’s greatest talents. You just never know when your favorite will bite the dust, but that’s admittedly part of the fun, too. Tune into this season to catch Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s final outing. Season 10 premieres on October 6 on AMC.

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

Commitment: Approx. 98 hours (for the first nine seasons)


All American 96% (The CW)

What it is: Inspired by the true story of former NFL-er Spencer Paysinger, this drama series from creator April Blair follows a talented high school football player from South L.A. who’s drafted to play for Beverly Hills — and the social and professional tensions that build when two worlds collide.

Why you should watch it: Hailed by the Hollywood Reporter the best new broadcast network drama of 2018, All American bears ingredients from some of our favorite teen and sports dramas of yesteryear while managing to stand out from the pack thanks to its central performances: newcomer Daniel Ezra as the recruited football star Spencer James and Taye Diggs as the NFL star-turned-Beverly Hills coach who sees a future in him. Season 2 premieres on October 7 on The CW.

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

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours (for the first season)


The Flash 89% (The CW)

What it is: Grant Gustin is crime scene investigator–turned–crime scene vigilante Barry Allen (aka the Flash), a lightning-enhanced fastest man alive. The story follows Barry’s crime-fighting adventures alongside a group of friends with their own special abilities.

Why you should watch it: You don’t gain an adoring following like that of The Flash without bringing edge-of-your-seat comic-book action and suspense, lovable characters and story arcs, and pitch-perfect performances week to week. Equal parts charming and high-octane in all the right ways, this DC Comics offering keeps us coming back for more. Season 6 premieres on October 6 on The CW.

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

Commitment: Approx. 82 hours (for the first five seasons)


Riverdale 80% (The CW)

What it is: Riverdale is the latest TV adaptation of the beloved Archie comics of yore — only this time, it gets the CW treatment as a murder mystery–thriller with hot, live-action high schoolers played by KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse. This is not your mom and dad’s Archie.

Why you should watch it: We’ll say it: Riverdale ranks among the best teen dramas to come out of primetime since Gossip Girl, and it deserves the viewership and brand ubiquity to match. It’s the classic Archie we know with a heaping serving of sex appeal and a dash of True Detective. What’s not to love? Season 4 premieres on October 9 on The CW. 

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

Commitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first three seasons)


Breaking Bad 96% (AMC)

What it is: Walter White is a high school chemistry professor who, after a terminal cancer diagnosis, begins cooking and selling methamphetamine to pay off his mounting medical bills and take care of his family. With that, what starts as a compelling enough premise in Vince Gilligan’s genre-defining character study builds to become one of the greatest series ever to grace the small screen.

Why you should watch it: As played by Bryan Cranston (who won a whopping five Emmys for the role), Walter White is one of the most iconic television characters of the 21st century. Meeting him mark for mark is Emmy winner Aaron Paul as his delinquent co-conspirator and cook, Jesse Pinkman. To watch the two of them play off each other while diving deeper into the underbelly of drugs and crime in New Mexico is about as good as TV gets. Binge all five groundbreaking seasons before its much-anticipated feature film bookend, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, premieres on October 11 on Netflix. 

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

Commitment: Approx. 46.5 hours (for all five seasons)


Castle Rock 88% (Hulu)

What it is: Set in the fictional, titular Maine town and drawn from the expansive works of Stephen King, this anthology series from creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason uses characters both classic and new to re-imagine the author’s best works for the small screen. Season 1 was largely inspired by The Shawshank Redemption, while the second outing looks to pull from Misery.

Why you should watch it: With executive producers like King himself and blockbuster filmmaker J.J. Abrams at the helm, you know you’re in for some tricks along with your treats. And with Halloween right around the corner, the return of this hit horror series is sure to get you in the appropriate holiday spirit. Season 1 features standout performances from the likes of Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Bill Skarsgård (himself a King-universe vet thanks to his Pennywise role in the record-breaking It films). Lizzy Caplan promises to light up the screen in season 2, which serves as something of a prequel or origin story for Misery’s demented nurse Annie Wilkes. Get a taste of the King-inspired mayhem before the new season’s October 23 premiere on Hulu. 

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HuluMicrosoft, Vudu

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


The Kominsky Method 93% (Netflix)

What it is: Chuck Lorre knows TV, but we’ve never seen The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men mastermind tackle something quite like The Kominsky Method, a half-hour, single-cam comedy that follows an aging acting coach and his agent in contemporary Hollywood. Both a stinging comedy on the industry’s lasting truths and a revealing, humorous look at men of a certain age, the series racked up two Golden Globes earlier this year, including Best Musical or Comedy Television Series.

Why you should watch it: Few things have been more satisfying over the last few years than watching Hollywood heavy-hitters deliver career-best work on the small screen. Among them are Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as the central Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent and friend Norman Newlander, respectively. The pair’s rat-a-tat everyman rapport goes down easy, even when they’re not on their best behavior. Season 2 premieres on October 25 on Netflix. 

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)


Silicon Valley 94% (HBO)

What it is: This acclaimed HBO comedy from creators John Altschuler, Mike Judge, and Dave Krinsky is the story of wunderkind coder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) as he and partner Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) struggle to get their startup off the ground during Northern California’s tech boom.

Why you should watch it: Few shows pack as many laughs-per-episode as Silicon Valley. Through its hilarious portrayal of a company on the rise, it also taps into the real-world “brotopia” of the West Coast’s tech industry in more than just name with an assortment of memorable (and in the case of Middleditch, Emmy-nominated) performances across the board. Its sixth and final season premieres on October 27 on HBO.

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

Commitment: Approx. 23 hours (for the first five seasons)


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

Tag Cloud

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