Amazing news, TV lovers of the world: Since we first published this story in 2013, there have been leaps and bounds in the number of streaming platforms offering hours upon hours of programming to binge-watch whenever the mood strikes. In the interest of equal opportunity, we’ve decided to broaden the scope of this slideshow to look beyond the options available on Netflix Instant. There’s a whole wide world of streaming options out there and you deserve to know everything that’s available. Consider this the one-stop menu we'll be updating every week for your continued viewing pleasure.
We've been there. You've exhausted your Netflix queue, flipped through your entire spectrum of TV channels (twice), and seen every season of
30 Rock. It's tough, but don't despair. There's still uncharted territory out there! In fact, there's oodles of fun to be had from the comfort of your laptop this weekend. You just have to know what to look for.
These are our
favorite finds on Netflix Instant Watch. Never heard of 'em? Good! Heard the word, but haven't gotten around to it yet? Now's the time.
Love This Is Us?
While you wait for the NBC family drama to return, check out Freeform's sentimental, schmaltzy show about a diverse, blended family. When the show starts, Stef and Lena have built a family with Stef's son and their adopted twins. Then, Lena meets a girl named Callie, who's been living in and out of foster homes. They bring her in under the assumption it's a temporary move, and Callie changes everything for their family.
Love Orange is the New Black?
From OITNB creator Jenji Kohan comes GLOW, another rollicking comedy with a large all-women ensemble cast. The show focuses on Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, and the 12 other L.A. misfits who are cast to be part of the first season of the
Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a women's wrestling extravaganza. More
Tired of paying rent?
Fleabag's Pheobe Waller-Bridge in another British comedy. Crashing is about a group of 20 and 30-somethings who become property guardians of an abandoned hotel to avoid rent. At six episodes, Crashing is the perfect weekend binge-watch. More
Love '90s, nostalgia, and your lost childhood?
Then why haven't you seen
Fuller House yet? Set in the same house as the original '90s sitcom, Fuller House features the same cast of characters (minus Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen) doing mostly the same thing. Only this time, DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is the single parent.
After her husband is killed during his line of work as a fireman, her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) move in to help raise DJ's three sons. DJ's three dads tag along for the child-rearing, too.
Love The Real World?
Check out its far more polite and adorable Japanese version,
Terrace House. The premise is one we're familiar with: Six strangers move into a lavish home. From there, though, prepare to have your expectations for the "strangers in a lavish house" reality TV model to be subverted. All the cast members are friendly and genuine; there's no talk of being there for the "right reasons." In the show's calm environment, we watch as friendships build and relationships stew. Terrace House is also a fascinating lens into Japan's dating culture. More
Can't get enough of true crime stories?
Then you'll love
The Keepers, the new true crime documentary series from the makers of Making a Murderer and Amanda Knox. In 1969, a 26-year-old nun was murdered. The case remains unsolved to this day, but we might be closer than ever.
In 1992, an anonymous source came forth with allegations of a horrific sex ring operating at Archbishop Keough High School, where Sister Cathy Cesnik taught. Maybe Cesnik knew something, and was killed for it.
Love intelligent, sharp commentary on race in America?
Dear White People is just the show for you. Set in a predominantly white Ivy League school, Dear White People looks at the aftermath of a fraternity's offensive Halloween party through the eyes different Black students on campus. This satire hits every target, and stares you right in the eye while doing so. It's essential viewing. More VIDEO
Loved Boy Meets World?
Journey back to a simpler time with
The Wonder Years, the classic coming-of-age show narrated by a man looking back onto his childhood. More
Love The Walking Dead and Desperate Housewives?
Weird combination, we know. But Netflix's
The Santa Clarita Diet appeals to both the gore aficionado and suburban drama-monger within. In the show, Drew Barrymore plays Sheila, a California woman who develops an insatiable appetite for humans. Instead of being repelled, her family rallies behind her. The family that kills together, stays together. Saeed Adyani / Netflix More
Love Downton Abbey? Try The Forsyte Saga. Featuring Homeland 's own Sgt. Nicholas Brody (a.k.a. British actor Damian Lewis), this show about a stuffy English family through the generations has all the period-piece drama of Downton, presented in a far more engrossing, realistic manner. Don't be thrown off by the massive time jumps in the first few episodes — once this show falls into place, it's unbelievably hard to turn off. Photo: Courtesy of WGBH. More
have to add Arrested Development, one of the most critically-acclaimed comedies since Seinfeld, to your list. Michael Bluth moves back to California near his absolutely bonkers family, only to realize that he might be just as crazy as his magician brother, Never Nude brother-in-law, martini-sipping mother, and self-centered twin sister. By episode three, you'll be fully embedded in the series' running inside jokes and Easter eggs galore. More
Wish you had a cool job?
Check out Netflix's newest documentary series,
Abstract. Like Netflix's other show, Chef's Table, each hour-long episode spotlights a different pioneer in his or her field. You'll peer inside the work day and creative mind of New Yorker illustrators, Air Jordan shoe designers, and the Danish architect designing utopias one city block at a time. Barbara Nitke/Netflix More
Missing The Hunger Games? Then the 3%, a sci-fi Netflix original, might sate your craving. Taking place in a dystopian future where most of the world lives in a dismal abyss of poverty, this Brazilian TV show takes socioeconomic inequity to an extreme level. But after your 20th birthday, you person has a chance to get out of poverty by passing a series of difficult team-building and individual tests called the Process. Only 3% of test-takers pass, and are granted access to the Offshore: a technologically-advanced utopia. The show offers a refreshingly diverse cast of likable characters, pushed to their psychological limits. Pedro Saad/Netflix More
If you like House of Cards... Then HBO's latest buzzy show The Young Pope needs to be on your radar. While House Of Cards is a sultry Washington-based political series, Pope is like a more high-brow, decadent — and shady! — version of Cards. Plus, it's got a surprisingly great soundtrack and some iconic moments from the legendary Diane Keaton.
Premieres this Sunday on
HBO Go. More
Love Downton Abbey? If diving into period dramas is your thing, then the based-on-history Versailles, which tells the story of France's King Louis XIV, is up your alley. But we should warn you: Things get much steamier in Versailles than Downton. Like, so steamy that there was quite a bit of controversy in the UK early this year about the show's many, many sex scenes being too raunchy. But luckily for us Americans, the whole scandalous first season is on Netflix now.
Love Stranger Things? Then Netflix's latest series, The OA, belongs in your queue. The streaming service's latest original show is similar in that it centers on someone who mysteriously goes missing from a small town. But warning: This show is much darker — and way creepier.
Netflix. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix. More