A guide to binge-watching

Binge watching: watching several hours of a television show either on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or some other means.

For those of you who have never binge watched a television show, I highly suggest it. Although you feel like a lazy bum for watching over six hours of the same show in one day, you will quickly forget that if you are captivated by a compelling show.

So fire up your computers, Apple TVs or Rokus, because here are my top picks for shows to binge watch on Netflix:

10. “Grey’s Anatomy”

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Photo courtesy of abc.com

If you haven’t watched this medical drama, you better start soon because season 10 starts this fall. Seasons one through eight are available on Netflix. Anyone will be captivated by the drama that surrounds Seattle Grace. Don’t watch too many episodes at once because you may begin to think you have all of the strange ailments that the characters on the show do. Well, at least that happened to me.

9. “Weeds”

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After the death of her husband a suburban mother is forced to deal marijuana to support her family. Seasons one through three are great — clever and captivating. After that the show ventures outside of the suburbs and goes downhill a tad, but still makes for a fun ride most of the time.

8. “Mad Men”

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I am currently binge watching this show. “Mad Men” is more of a show that makes you think, chuckle and say to yourself “did they really drink and smoke that much in the 60s?,” as opposed to a show that overloads the violence and drama. This makes it a good show to binge watch because while you are intrigued, episodes don’t end with a cliffhanger so you don’t need to watch the next episode right away. This really preserves your social life.

7.  “90210”

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This CW show just wrapped up its final season. The first three seasons are the best because the characters are still at Beverly Hills High School but if you are in the mood for some brainless, teen drama this show will serve its purpose.

6. “White Collar”

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The adorable Matt Bomer plays a debonair con man turned FBI consultant. However, Bomer’s character conceals an ulterior motive, making for an entertaining ride.

5. “Dawson’s Creek”

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Throwback! This show originally aired in the late 90s, making most of us current college students too young to watch it so it’s perfect for us to catch up on the original teen drama now.

4. “Downton Abbey”

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Even if you are not a fan of period pieces, you will be captivated by the drama of the Crawley family and their servants. Season one is available on Netflix and all seasons are available on Amazon Prime, which students can get a free six-month subscription to with their university e-mail address.

3. “House of Cards”

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This was the first series created exclusively for Netflix. The series boasts a stellar cast (Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara just to name a few) and interesting plotline. You will never look at Washington DC the same after watching this series.

2. “Lost”

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Lost is my favorite television show of all time. I did not binge watch this show, but I believe that everyone should get “Lost”. I actually wish that I could experience binge watching “Lost” because when “Lost” was actually on TV I could not wait for Wednesday nights. Binge watching will allow the viewer to see all the intricacies of “the island” and pick up on all hidden clues in the narrative.

1. “Friday Night Lights”

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Why did no one watch this show when it was actually on television? Because it is truly one of the best shows I have ever seen. I binge watched this show at the end of last summer and I went through serious “Friday Night Lights” withdrawal. If you must binge watch one show, watch this one. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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