With Riverdale, Jane the Virgin, 13 Reasons Why and Once Upon a Time over for several months, and PLL over for good, chances are you’re looking for a new TV series to binge-watch when the weather isn’t so nice. Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve listed my favourite addictive shows below for you to whiz through next time it rains and you don’t have any other plans:
I love Gossip Girl! It’s the perfect show to watch if you like the bitchy/gossipy side of PLL & Riverdale – plus it’s free to watch if you have a Netflix subscription. Set in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Gossip Girl is based on a book series & follows Manhattan’s elite as they go about their daily lives and subject to their secrets being exposed by an anonymous website.
If you’re from the UK, chances are you watched Skins as a teenager. It’s like mandatory. For those of you who aren’t so familiar with Skins, it basically follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol as they come of age. Skins is probably the most realistic portrayal of teens on a TV show, although the partying and drug side is a bit exaggerated.
Awkward is a hilarious comedy about a teenager called Jenna Hamilton and her daily struggles. The show is really silly, but you’ll be able to relate to the embarrassing situations Jenna gets herself into.
If you haven’t already watched Gilmore Girls (seriously, where have you been?!), I urge you to do so. Now. Lorelai and Rory have the perfect mother-daughter relationship, and Kirk, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) and Michel are hilarious. It’s hard not to fall in love with Gilmore Girls, and you’ll definitely want to move to Stars Hollow after watching it.
Like Gilmore Girls, Miranda is the kind of series you can watch with your mum. Laugh out loud at Miranda’s klutzy behaviour and crush on her love interest Gary (Tom Ellis). Miranda only has 20 episodes (spread out over 3 seasons) so you’ll easily finish it in a couple of days.
Waterloo Road is a school-based drama that is suitable for the whole family. I discovered it while I was studying for my A Levels and was hooked straightaway!
Every episode of Glee will literally have you singing and dancing along. It focuses on a group of teenagers at William McKinley High School who join an after school singing club that enables them to escape their lives. Each week the club chooses a different theme to sing about – my favourites include Madonna and Britney Spears. Unfortunately, Glee isn’t on Netflix, but I’m sure you can pick up the box sets from eBay and charity shops for a reasonable amount.
Degrassi: Next Class
Degrassi: Next Class is a continuation of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but you can watch it on its own. The show may still be on air but there are only 4 seasons (with 10 25-minute episodes each), so you can easily devour it before the next season comes out next summer. Degrassi: Next Class is centered on a group of high schoolers from a town in Canada who each have their own problems. Issues covered in the show include homophobia, depression, mental illness, racism, and most recently, terrorism.
So those are my fave binge-worthy shows! Have you watched any of these shows? What would you add to this list?