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30 best Netflix shows for binge watching over the holidays

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    30 best Netflix shows for binge watching over the holidays

    It’s that special time of year again. As the holidays approach, people across America are taking the next week to slow down and be thankful for precious time with loved ones, family, and friends.

    But once all the presents have been unwrapped and the festivities have faded, many Americans will be curling up on their couch to enjoy a new digital tradition: binge watching television shows. 

    To help prospective watchers discover their next series, we picked out the top 30 Netflix shows based on IMDb rating and ordered them by time commitment (i.e., the time it takes to watch the entire first season). Each show on our list is a success in its own right—carrying IMDb ratings above 8.5 and widespread critical acclaim—so proceed with caution. We don’t want to be responsible for you getting called out by Netflix for watching too much TV this holiday break.  

    So it’s time to put down your New Year’s Resolutions list, kick back with some eggnog, and tune out the annoying in-laws. Here’s our list of binge-worthy TV shows deserving of your precious holiday free time.

  • NBC
    2/ NBC

    #30: Parks and Recreation

    Total binge time: 2 hours and 6 minutes
    Season 1: 6 episodes
    Released: 2009-2015
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

  • NBC
    3/ NBC

    #29: The Office

    Total binge time: 2 hours and 11 minutes
    Season 1: 6 episodes
    Released: 2005-2013
    IMDb Rating: 8.8
     

  • Comedy Central
    4/ Comedy Central

    #28: Archer

    Total binge time: 3 hours and 29 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2009-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • BBC
    5/ BBC

    #27: Sherlock

    Total binge time: 4 hours and 25 minutes
    Season 1: 3 episodes
    Released: 2010-present
    IMDb Rating: 9.2
     

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    #26: The Joy of Painting (Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere)

    Total binge time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 1983-1994
    IMDb Rating: 9.4
     

  • Sony Pictures
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    #25: Breaking Bad

    Total binge time: 5 hours and 45 minutes
    Season 1: 7 episodes
    Released: 2008-2013
    IMDb Rating: 9.5
     

  • ABC
    8/ ABC

    #24: Twin Peaks

    Total binge time: 6 hours and 11 minutes
    Season 1: 8 episodes
    Released: 1990-1991
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

  • Netflix
    9/ Netflix

    #23: Stranger Things

    Total binge time: 6 hours and 38 minutes
    Season 1: 8 episodes
    Released: 2016-present
    IMDb Rating: 9.0
     

  • Netflix
    10/ Netflix

    #22: Better Call Saul

    Total binge time: 7 hours and 49 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2015-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • Netflix
    11/ Netflix

    #21: Arrested Development

    Total binge time: 7 hours and 58 minutes
    Season 1: 22 episodes
    Released: 2003-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

  • Netflix
    12/ Netflix

    #20: Narcos

    Total binge time: 8 hours and 13 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2015-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

  • Netflix
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    #19: Mindhunter

    Total binge time: 8 hours and 16 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2017-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • NBC
    14/ NBC

    #18: Friends

    Total binge time: 8 hours and 46 minutes
    Season 1: 24 episodes
    Released: 1994-2004
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

  • Warner Brothers
    15/ Warner Brothers

    #17: Shameless

    Total binge time: 8 hours and 50 minutes
    Season 1: 57 episodes
    Released: 2011-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • Netflix
    16/ Netflix

    #16: The Crown

    Total binge time: 9 hours and 36 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2016-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • FX Productions
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    #15: Sons of Anarchy

    Total binge time: 10 hours and 2 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2008-2014
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

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    #14: Making a Murderer

    Total binge time: 10 hours and 8 minutes
    Season 1: 10 episodes
    Released: 2015-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • Lionsgate
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    #13: Mad Men

    Total binge time: 10 hours and 13 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2007-2015
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

  • Showtime
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    #12: Dexter

    Total binge time: 10 hours and 46 minutes
    Season 1: 12 episodes
    Released: 2006-2013
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

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    #11: House of Cards

    Total binge time: 11 hours and 7 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2013-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

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    #10: Spartacus

    Total binge time: 11 hours and 20 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2010-2013
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

  • Netflix
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    #9: The Punisher

    Total binge time: 11 hours and 25 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2017-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.9
     

  • Ixtlan Productions
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    #8: The Untold History of the United States

    Total binge time: 11 hours and 31 minutes
    Season 1: 12 episodes
    Released: 2012-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • ABC
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    #7: Daredevil

    Total binge time: 11 hours and 49 minutes
    Season 1: 13 episodes
    Released: 2015-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.7
     

  • DreamWorks Television
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    #6: Freaks and Geeks

    Total binge time: 13 hours and 14 minutes
    Season 1: 18 episodes
    Released: 1999-2000
    IMDb Rating: 8.8
     

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    #5: Forensic Files

    Total binge time: 14 hours
    Season 1: 40 episodes
    Released: 1996-present
    IMDb Rating: 8.8
     

  • CBS
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    #4: The Twilight Zone

    Total binge time: 14 hours and 58 minutes
    Season 1: 36 episodes
    Released: 1959-1964
    IMDb Rating: 9.0
     

  • Warner Brothers
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    #3: The West Wing

    Total binge time: 15 hours and 48 minutes
    Season 1: 22 episodes
    Released: 1999-2006
    IMDb Rating: 8.8
     

  • CBS
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    #2: Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Total binge time: 19 hours and 31 minutes
    Season 1: 25 episodes
    Released: 1987-1994
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

  • KTMA
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    #1: Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Total binge time: 30 hours and 58 minutes
    Season 1: 20 episodes
    Released: 1988-1999
    IMDb Rating: 8.6
     

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