8 Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

With the exception of a few shows, there’s not much to watch during the summer season on TV. So naturally, summer is my biggest Netflix/Amazon Prime binge watching time of the year. While I’m still trying to figure out which shows will be on my binge-list this summer, I’ve compiled a list of 8 that I’ve watched and can vouch for, for your list. Check them out below!

1 // Orange is the New Black – Season 3 hits will be available to stream this Friday! Woo! Based on a true story (but stretched for entertainment purposes), this show

2 // Scandal – Seriously suffering from #TGIT withdraws. Just when you think this show is only going to go downhill, you’re sucked back in with more craziness. Love me some Scandal!

3 // Gilmore Girls – Believe it or not, I still haven’t seen this series in its entirety (just random episodes out of order)! This is one I definitely want to start from the beginning at some point this summer.

4 // Sherlock – This show is brilliant! If you’re into Sherlock Holmes, British things, mystery, and/or Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s for you. Each episode is 90 minutes (more like a movie) and there are only 3 per season.

5 // House of Cards – This Netflix original is heavily infused with politics and can be hard to follow if you’re not paying full attention. But with Kevin Spacey and Robin Penn, the acting is top notch, and OH the drama of Washington DC!

6 // Downton Abbey – I’m in the middle of this one now, and am loving it so far! I’ll admit it was a bit hard to get into at first, but likely because I’m a multi-tasked and you can’t multitask when watching this show! Set in the early 1900s, the show follows a family and their servants in the English countryside. The amount of drama in this show is nuts!

7 // Orphan Black – This is one of my favorite shows on TV today! It’s kind of difficult to explain the complicated storyline, but basically there are clones. And they’re just starting to find out what they are and who their fellow clones are. And they’re being targeted and offed one by one.

8 // Homeland – This one was on my binge list last year and it was very intense! Focused on CIA operations both in the country and out, you’ll be on the edge of your seat quite a bit with this show!

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What shows will you be binge watching this summer?

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  • I just started Gilmore Girls (I had never seen it before) and it’s great! I’m only 5 episodes in but am loving it.

    • Oh, good! Glad I’m not alone :) I thought I was the only one that hadn’t!

  • I just started Gilmore Girls (I had never seen it before) and it's great! I'm only 5 episodes in but am loving it.

  • You should also check out Bloodline and Friday Night Lights!

    • I’ve heard the Friday Night Lights rec a lot! I’ll have to give it a shot. I need to re-watch Bloodline too – I had it on in the background doing other things and completely missed major plots!

  • You should also check out Bloodline and Friday Night Lights!

  • I am so excited for OITNB! Especially because I heard season three is more like season one. I agree about Friday Night Lights comment below. I spent last summer binge-watching that!

    • I hope it is! The binge watching just goes too quickly on it :( I think I’ll give Friday Night Lights a try – I’ve heard all great things!

  • I am so excited for OITNB! Especially because I heard season three is more like season one. I agree about Friday Night Lights comment below. I spent last summer binge-watching that!

  • Monica L

    Some of my faves! I am super excited for OITNB and I love love Scandal!

    • Yes! So happy we have OITNB in the summer and then Scandal back in the fall!

  • Monica L

    Some of my faves! I am super excited for OITNB and I love love Scandal!

  • Oh, good! Glad I'm not alone :) I thought I was the only one that hadn't!

  • Great list!! #1, 2, and 4 are already on my list, but I think that I want to give House of Cards a shot, too.

    • You def should! Sounds like you have a lot of TV watching to do this summer :)

  • Great list!! #1, 2, and 4 are already on my list, but I think that I want to give House of Cards a shot, too.

  • OITNB, House of Cards, and Downton Abbey are my favs :-D

    • They’re so great! Netflix has a ton of original series coming out, I hope they’re just as good!

  • OITNB, House of Cards, and Downton Abbey are my favs :-D

  • Crystal H

    I love Scandal and Sherlock. I used to watch Downton Abbey but stopped somewhere along the line when I was busy. I keep hearing that I need to watch Gilmore Girls. Maybe soon. :)

    • Those are both so great! I’m early on in S2 with Downton still, but I know it gets pretty crazy. So glad there are other people who haven’t watched Gilmore Girls in its entirety!

  • Crystal H

    I love Scandal and Sherlock. I used to watch Downton Abbey but stopped somewhere along the line when I was busy. I keep hearing that I need to watch Gilmore Girls. Maybe soon. :)

  • I can’t wait for OITNB to return!! I’ll definitely be binge watching that one!

    • Yes, me too!! And then I’ll be sad when it’s over and we have to wait another year :( the binge-watching cycle continues!

  • I can't wait for OITNB to return!! I'll definitely be binge watching that one!

  • Laurajj Jacobson

    Oh sounds like a GREAT list! I actually have only watched two of them! I have some shows to check out this summer! So excited for Scandal!

    • I can’t wait for Scandal to come back either! I hope you like the shows on the list!

  • Laurajj Jacobson

    Oh sounds like a GREAT list! I actually have only watched two of them! I have some shows to check out this summer! So excited for Scandal!

  • I've heard the Friday Night Lights rec a lot! I'll have to give it a shot. I need to re-watch Bloodline too – I had it on in the background doing other things and completely missed major plots!

  • Yes! So happy we have OITNB in the summer and then Scandal back in the fall!

  • I hope it is! The binge watching just goes too quickly on it :( I think I'll give Friday Night Lights a try – I've heard all great things!

  • Yes, me too!! And then I'll be sad when it's over and we have to wait another year :( the binge-watching cycle continues!

  • I can't wait for Scandal to come back either! I hope you like the shows on the list!

  • They're so great! Netflix has a ton of original series coming out, I hope they're just as good!

  • You def should! Sounds like you have a lot of TV watching to do this summer :)

  • Those are both so great! I'm early on in S2 with Downton still, but I know it gets pretty crazy. So glad there are other people who haven't watched Gilmore Girls in its entirety!

  • CDG

    All girl shows except Homeland. You should recommend what your Dad would dig . . . like Sons of Anarchy;-)

  • Great list – Orphan Black is on my list and I’m currently watching Gilmore Girls. Everything else I watch/watched!

  • victoria67

    sherlock and downton are awesome!! gilmore girls is a classic,but I felt that the last season was horrible lol.

    on my Summer binge list: true detectives,the last couple of seasons of Parenthood.