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20 Most Binge-Worthy TV Shows to Watch Right Now

20 Most Binge-Worthy TV Shows to Watch Right Now

With all the great content that’s come out over the past few years, there are more than enough tv shows to watch on countless different streaming services. Whether you’re into drama, comedy, period pieces or whatever else, there are TV series to binge watch for everyone.

Rather than spend precious binge-watching time searching for your next favorite show, you can check out this list of the most binge-worthy TV shows to stream right now. Below you’ll find 20 fan-favorite TV series that are perfect for anyone looking for a new show to get obsessed with.

Plus, check out the DIRECTV Insider Top 20 Movies to Stream Right Now to find the best new movies that have come to streaming here.


20 TOP TV SHOWS TO WATCH OR STREAM NOW

Here are 20 of the best TV series to get obsessed with right now, according to a number of factors including audience and critics reviews. This list will be updated periodically as series conclude or become available on streaming, to keep you up to date on the most binge-worthy TV series to watch right now.

1. ‘Bridgerton’ (2020-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Drama; Romance
Cast: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton, Phoebe
Dynevor, Rege-Jean Page, Golda Rosheuvel
Network: Netflix
No. of Seasons: 2

With a new season of this royal show just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get on the Bridgerton train. Based off the (also highly bingeable) book series by Julia Quinn, each season of Bridgerton follows one of the Bridgerton siblings as they enter into London’s high society.

From love triangles, secret rendezvous, family drama and countless balls full of fabulous costumes and tons of glitz and glamor, this series is perfect for anyone looking for regency romance. And with the highly anticipated season three coming out this May, you’ll want to be caught up on all the drama before it drops!


2. ‘Hacks’ (2021-Present)

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Rating: TV MA
Genre: Drama; Comedy
Cast: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl
Clemons-Hopkins
Network: HBO
No. of Seasons: 3

With a brand-new season premiering at the beginning of May, now is the perfect time to get into the hilarious and crass, yet heartfelt comedy drama that is Hacks. Starring the impeccable Jean Smart alongside the talented Hannah Einbinder, Hacks tells the story of an unlikely pair that together, form a comedy tour de force the rest of the industry can’t help but notice. Now in it’s third season, the pair’s relationship has progressed, and we can’t wait to see what happens next between them.


3. ‘Evil’ (2019-Present)

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Rating: TV-14
Genre: Crime; Drama; Thriller; Mystery
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi,
Michael Emerson
Network: Paramount+
No. of Seasons: 4

Currently in its fourth season, Evil is a gripping supernatural drama that dives deep into the mysterious intersection between science, morality and religion. The show follows a skeptical psychologist, a seminary student and a technology expert as they investigate the Catholic church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, ranging from demons and exorcisms to miracles and unexplained visions. Alongside this group, TV watchers get the chance to explore the darker complexities of human nature and the unknown.

This mystical crime drama masterfully blends psychological thrills with elements of horror and drama, making it a must-watch for fans of genre-bending series. Its thought-provoking plot and suspenseful storytelling keep viewers on the edge of their seats, eager for answers that lie in the eerie unknown.


4. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (2000-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Sitcom; Improv comedy
Cast: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman
Network: HBO
No. of Seasons: 12

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is the quintessential comedy of cringe. The co-creator of Seinfeld plays a hilariously exaggerated version of himself as he dives headfirst into the absurdities of everyday life, leading to laugh-out-loud moments of chaos and misunderstanding. Larry’s knack for getting himself into awkward predicaments, keeps audiences simultaneously wincing and giggling.

Larry’s blunt honesty and lack of filter make for some seriously uncomfortable, yet undeniably entertaining, encounters. And the best part is, a ton of the dialogue between the stellar cast is improvised! And with twelve whole seasons (with the latest, unfortunately, being the last) you’ll be able to cringe – and binge – your way through all of Larry David’s hilarious misadventures!


5. ‘True Detective’ (2014-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Anthology; Crime Drama
Cast: Jodie Foster, Kali Reis, Matthew McConaughey,
Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Mahershala Ali
Network: HBO
No. of Seasons: 4

Known as one of the best crime dramas of its time, True Detective is an anthology series that follows detectives as they search to find the truth in cases that are anything but simple. Fans and critics alike have long felt that the first season of True Detective is one of the best seasons of television ever made, and while seasons two and three may not have quite lived up to that high standard, redemption may be on the way.
Season 4 of True Detective, Night Country, is currently airing on HBO and Max, and so far it has been dark, twisty and gripping, just like fans of the show were hoping. The creators perfectly mix reality, perception, truth and imagination to make a compelling and downright binge-worthy show.


6. ‘Abbott Elementary’ (2021-Present)

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Rating: TV-PG
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle
James, Chris Perfetti
Network: ABC
No. of Seasons: 3

A new take on the classic mockumentary sitcom style, Abbott Elementary earns an A+ in our book of binge-worthy shows to watch. Following a group of dedicated teachers at Abbott Elementary School in Philadelphia, the show effortlessly balances humor with poignant themes and commentary around the U.S. public schools system.

This seriously charming sitcom is not only an easy watch, but its episodes are less than 30-minutes long, making it a breath of fresh air compared to many of the other top series of the day.


7. ‘Yellowstone’ (2018-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Drama; neo-Western 
Cast: Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser,
Luke Grimes
Network: Paramount
No. of Seasons: 5

As one of the most popular shows on cable TV, it’s no surprise Yellowstone is on this list of binge-worthy shows. The series follows the Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in Montana at the time, and their relationships with the bordering Native Tribe, Yellowstone National Park and commercial developers.

Over the course of five seasons, viewers have been enthralled in the Western atmosphere of Yellowstone, which touches on themes around the archetypal American West, including freedom, power, justice (and lack thereof) and the consequences of justice. The first part of Season 5 was released in November 2022 and the second half is slated to be released in November of 2024. 


8. ‘Fargo’ (2014-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Crime; Drama; Anthology
Cast: Jon Hamm, Juno Temple, Kirsten Dunst,
Martin Freeman, Chris Rock
Network: FX
No. of Seasons: 5

Sometimes a movie is so good, you can’t help but want more. The 1996 film, Fargo, was one of those films, and the subsequent anthology series created by Noah Hawley doesn’t disappoint. Each season audiences meet a new cast of characters that are all involved in a murder investigation somewhere in the Midwest. The seasons take place in different times, yet all seem to be a part of the same universe. And if you watch closely, you’ll certainly notice some connections between the stories. One of those connections is the town of Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo is the perfect binge-watching show for anyone looking for a crime drama or anthology.

Learn more about the latest season of Fargo here.


9. ‘Yellowjackets’ (2019-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Drama; Thriller; Horror
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Sophie Nelisse, Sophie Thatcher,
Julliette Lewis 
Network: SHOWTIME
No. of Seasons: 2

When a girls’ soccer team gets stranded in the deep Ontario wilderness after a plane crash, they know they must do everything they can to survive. But what if surviving comes at a cost? Split between two timelines, the plane crash and years later, those who survived must reckon with the choices they made to get there. From cults, dark spirits and cannibalism to typical teenage drama, Yellowjackets will have you glued to the edge of your seat for hours at a time.

There isn’t a release date for the show’s highly anticipated third season, but fans are hoping they get to dive further into the lives of these complicated women in 2024.


10. ‘Sex Education’ (2019-2023)Sex_Education_Netflix .jpg

Rating: TV MA
Genre: Comedy Drama; Teen Drama
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa,
Gillian Anderson
Network: Netflix
No. of Seasons: 4

Netflix has put out a lot of Originals over the past few years, but few have been as culturally impactful for young people than Sex Education. The show consists of four seasons (season 4 just came out, so now’s the time to get into it!) and follows the lives of numerous Moordale High students, touching on gender, sexuality, disability and more.

Highschool isn’t easy for a smattering of reasons, and Sex Education does its best to touch on them all. From relationships and breakups to navigating conversations about sex and sexuality with parents, the show reminds viewers that we all have a lot more in common than we think. The show’s delightful characters learn and grow together, and it feels like you’re learning and growing right along with them. A highly binge-worthy weekend watch, that’s for sure.


11. ‘THE BOYS’ (2019-PRESENT)

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Rating: TV MA 
Genre: Action; Comedy; Drama 
Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Antony
Starr, Chase Crawford 
Network: Prime Video 
No. of Seasons: 3

If you haven’t immersed yourself into the world of The Boys, it’s officially time to change that. With the fourth season of this satirical superhero drama set to be released sometime in 2024, you’ll want to be caught up by the time it rolls around. The Boys follows the lives of a group of regular citizens who have taken justice into their own hands after watching the corrupt Vought Corporation and the selfish and impulsive “superheroes” they manage get away with abusing the system time and time again.

And while this critically acclaimed series may not be for those who get queasy around gore, its storylines, character development and strong writing make it a must-watch for everyone else.


12. ‘Only Murders in the Building’ (2021-Present)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Comedy; Mystery; Drama
Cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez
Network: Hulu
No. of Seasons: 3

The iconic Martin Short-Steve Martin duo has always been a fan-favorite, and that certainly doesn’t change when you add Selena Gomez into the mix. Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building has taken America’s obsession with true crime and turned it into a hilarious and original story that is nearly impossible to stop watching. Following the trio of sleuths, OMITB draws viewers in with clever twists and turns and emotionally engaging character development that you don’t always see in a comedy.


13. ‘Peaky Blinders’ (2013-2022)Peaky_Blinders_Logo.png

Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Historical Fiction; Crime Drama
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy,
Helen McCory
Network: BBC; Netflix
No. of Seasons: 6

It’s just after World War I that the phenomenal series, Peaky Blinders, starts off. Thomas Shelby, played by the incredible Cillian Murphy, leads the Peaky Blinders, a gang comprised of a close-knit family insistent on making their name in Birmingham and beyond. Set in a time of immense cultural and political change, the six seasons touch on topics still relevant today, while portraying complex characters and their development in a fresh way.

For one, it’s one of the best examples of successfully depicting complex women in television. Plus, the family’s Irish-Romani background brings a unique look at religion during the early 20th century. We have two suggestions: first, go watch the show. And second, you may want to put on subtitles, as the Brummie accent (Birmingham dialect) can be hard for US fans to understand.


14. ‘Ted Lasso’ (2020-2023)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Comedy; Drama; Sports
Cast: Jason Sudekis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple,
Brett Goldstein
Network: Apple TV+
No. of Seasons: 3

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of the inspirational Coach Lasso these days. This football (soccer, for us Americans) dramedy was the perfect anecdote to the lonely days of the early pandemic. And to think the premise of the show came from a commercial from the 90s! Ted Lasso is one of the most bingeable shows of this era. And while some fans weren’t totally pleased with the way season 3 went down, the show itself remains a fantastic mix of humor, sport and teary moments that everyone can enjoy.


15. ‘Barry’ (2018-2023)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Dark Comedy
Cast: Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan,
Henry Winkler
Network: HBO
No. of Seasons: 4

Dark comedies can sometime be a hit or miss. Whether they’re a little too dark or a little too comedic, viewers can usually tell something isn’t right. Barry, on the other hand, has the perfect recipe for a tragic comedy, balancing darkness and absurdity with thoughtfulness and clever humor.

Barry follows a low level, depressed hitman as he travels to Los Angeles and realizes a new calling: acting. His journey of self-discovery is hilarious, intense and often pretty sad. The talent of Bill Hader combined with the stellar writing of the show make all four seasons a pleasure to watch, even with the violence and brutality that comes with a show about a hit man.


16. ‘Succession’ (2018-2023)Succession.jpg

Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Drama; Tragic Comedy
Cast: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook,
Kieran Culkin
Network: HBO
No. of Seasons: 4

Ending earlier in 2023, Succession has been critically acclaimed as one of the best TV shows in recent years. The show follows the Roy family as they battle for their father’s business empire and the money, power and fame that comes with it. What makes people love the show so much is also what stops some watchers from getting into it: the characters are so incredibly unlikeable, there’s rarely a time you’re actually rooting for them.

The actors, led by Brian Cox, and the stellar writing are what truly makes this show shine. The show hyperbolically – and humorously – depicts what life at the top of America’s capitalistic society is really like, and what power will do to a family if you let it.


17. ‘Halo’ (2022-Present)

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Rating: TV MA 
Genre: Action; Sci-fi 
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac,
Olive Gray 
Network: Paramount+ 
No. of Seasons: 2

 

Halo, now in its second season, brings to life the world of the iconic video game of the same name. The series takes place in the 26th century and follows Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier, as he attempts to defend humanity from aliens. The show’s first season struggled somewhat to find its footing, but the raving reviews of season two make the slow start well worth it. Described as “pulse-pounding and intense,” fans of the action drama will love this bingeworthy show, whether they’ve played the game or not.


18. ‘Happy Valley’ (2014-2023)Happy_Valley_(TV_Series)_title-card.jpg

Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Drama; Police Procedural
Cast: Sarah Lancashire, James Norton,
Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Rhys Connah
Network: AMC+
No. of Seasons: 3

US television has more than enough investigative and police procedural TV shows to watch, and after watching a few dozen of them, they might get a bit boring. Lucky for US viewers, Happy Valley is a UK crime drama that brings a fresh take on the genre.

The show’s three seasons follow a West Yorkshire Police Sargeant, Catherine Cawood, as she works to balance her scrambled personal life with her professional career. And after a seven-year long hiatus from filming, 2023’s season 3 is everything fans could have asked for and more. And for those who didn’t have to wait those seven long years, now is the perfect time to binge the show’s three seasons. 


19. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ (2017-2023)

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Rating: TV-MA
Genre: Comedy; Drama
Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein,
Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle
Network: Prime Video
No. of Seasons: 5

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tells the story of a 1950s housewife turned stand-up comic as she defies the odds that others have set for her. Not only are the five seasons of the show witty and charming, but they also encapsulate the day-to-day drama of life in a compelling way.

There are countless reasons to love this series, from Miriam “Midge” Maisel’s charming and encapsulating personality to the fantastic midcentury fashion, décor and customs. If all that wasn’t enough to convince you, the performances of Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein will be more than enough.


20. ‘Billions’ (2016-2023)

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Rating: TV MA
Genre: Drama
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Corey Stoll,
David Costabile, Dola Rashad
Network: Showtime
No. of Seasons: 7

Showtime’s drama, Billions, has all the right components to be a binge-worthy series. Imagine a TV series that is a mix of Succession and SuitsBillions is pretty much that. The series gives viewers a look into the world of the rich and ruthless in the NYC finance industry, which provides more than enough high stakes drama. But what makes it even better is the opposing sides of the two main characters. Fans won’t be able to stop watching as lawyer Chuck Rhodes and hedge fund executive Bobby Axelrod go head-to-head in a game of white-collar cat and mouse.


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