We all know the feeling, right?
It’s Sunday evening, you’re tired, winding down from the weekend, all you want to do is get into a REALLY good Netflix series…
BUT…you’ve literally seen all of them.
You can’t agree on anything to watch–one of you wants a suspenseful thriller, you want something funny and lighthearted.
What do you do!?
After YEARS of repeating this process over and over again, I decided to ask–who else–you guys–what lesser known, under the radar shows to watch when you THINK you’ve watched them all! I knew this would be a perfect topic for our next GG Reader Roundup–and honestly, it might be my favorite one yet ?
So whether you’re binging on a relaxing Sunday night, planning a romantic night in, or just hanging with your friends, the list of binge-worthy shows is bound to last us all a while.
First thing’s first, here are a few of MY personal favorite shows (both to watch with your guy, and by yourself or with girlfriends!) to binge on Netflix, Amazon, and beyond!
My favorite Netflix and Amazon shows to binge:
Neal and I both absolutely love Catastrophe on Amazon and can’t wait for the next season to come out! It’s funny and heartfelt, realistic, and at times, raw and tragic–Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in this R-rated comedy about a one-week stand between a Boston ad exec and a London schoolteacher that leads to an accidental pregnancy. When Rob moves to the UK to help figure things out, cultures clash and hormones flare as these two realize they don’t know the first thing about each other.
Probably the cutest, most heartwarming show on Netflix right now–I am SO EXCITED that they’ve decided to make a new Queer Eye–(a re-boot of the original Bravo series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) it’s with an all-new cast where the new Fab Five make over both straight AND gay men. We flew through all of the episodes and Neal texted me out of the blue the other day saying, “I wish there were more episodes of Queer Eye ?”
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:
I honestly do NOT know what draws me to this Netflix show, because on one hand it is SO CHEESY and stupid, and on the other it is so funny, joyful, and charming. It follows the main character, Kimmy, who was kidnapped as a teenager and forced to live among a doomsday cult in an underground bunker. She is finally rescued more than a decade later, and the show follows her trying to rebuild her life in New York–absolutely clueless about the world around her. This is usually my go-to when I want to watch something lighthearted without Neal around. (He thinks it’s the dumbest show he’s ever seen ?). It was co-created by Tina Fey though, so you know that deep down, under that cheesy facade, it’s actually comedic genius.
Okay, I almost didn’t include this Netflix hit because I thought EVERYONE knew what it was already, but apparently not! (You told me so on Instagram stories!) It would be a CRIME to miss out on Peaky Blinders!
I think this is honestly our favorite collective show to watch together. It follows an English gang in Birmingham England, run by Tommy Shelby and his brothers in 1919. The show follows the twists and turns that come along with their rise to power to control the streets of England. The character development and storyline are absolutely brilliant–you really fall in love with the main characters. You’ll laugh, cry, and be on the edge of your seat–it’s one of the few shows that your guy will like as much as you will.
Grace and Frankie:
This is probably one of my favorite shows of all time. Another I thought everyone knew about, but when I asked you guys on Instagram stories, 60% of you had never watched it! My mother in law actually turned me onto it, and it stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. It’s. So. Funny. For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This is a show that women of all ages will fall in love with.
Neal and I just started this Amazon show, and we really like it so far! A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, “reuniting” with Pete’s estranged family, a colorful, dysfunctional group that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he’s trying to escape – and, just maybe, give him a taste of the loving family he’s never had.
Bingeworthy GG Reader Favorites to Watch Next:
I took to Instagram stories to ask you guys what YOUR favorite shows are, and this is what I found out! There are so many good ones (most of which I’ve never even heard of!) that I can’t wait to add to our list. Seriously, you guys have changed our Sunday nights for a LONG time. Grab your pinot and your popcorn because you’ve got a LOT of binging to do.
Updated disclaimer: GUYS these are quotes from readers! I did not fact check them so please don’t yell at me if they state facts that are incorrect like when a certain thing was filmed or where a show is based ?
A Sci-Fi thriller similar (think Stranger Things) but with a very different storyline. Meg simply describes it as, “SOOO good. They’re filming a second season now!”
Mindy Kaling’s new show. According to Dorothy, “there aren’t a ton of episodes yet but it’s about two brothers who own a gym and one finds out he has a teenage son who just got into a drama/art school nearby. It’s a good lighthearted show to mix in with Handmaids Tale, GOT, ETC!”
Mozart in the Jungle:
Sucn an interesting perspective on the lifestlyes and challenges of professional musicians–Grace
Same director as Bloodline–dark/mysterious but not very gruesome. Rose Byrne and Glen Close star in it, and it has a crazy good plot! – Karley
Taste of the Country:
Tegan describes this Netflix show as “weirdly addictive and soothing.” From the Netflix description, it kind of sounds like Pinterest turned into a Netflix series ? Special-event planner Danielle French hosts memorable moments at her idyllic farm, where guests enjoy fresh local ingredients and handcrafted decor.
Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses, and Jackie’s own indiscretionsI as a hospital nurse. “I was addicted to the show and it’s funny. Not as super serious as the Neftlix bio makes it seem” says Madison
“I highly recommend it! It’s a thriller and confronts a lot of current issues and cahllenges you to think! It’s really good”–Amanda
“An excellent English drama. The wife is a doctor who thinks she is in a healthy marriage but lot’s of clues unravel it. It’s only 6 episodes in each of the 2 seasons, season 1 is the best, but both are great!” – Molly
“A Brazilian dystopian thriller on Netflix–based on the mainland of Brazil, which essentially a giant slum–there is an island offshore that has resources and is well off, and when the characters in the show turned 20, they go through what is essentially the hunger games–only 3% of kids make it to live on the island.” – Sara
“It’s weirdly so funny and always one of my go-to’s when I need a pick me up,” says Kelly. A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.
“It’s in Spanish (with subtitles of course) but really great! It’s about a fashion company. There’s an epic love story that isn’t possible because the company is going under and the guy can save it but it requires leaving the love of his life for someone else. It’s like upbeat and fun but also slightly heart breaking. I’m trying to be very vague so I don’t give it away” ?–Cice
“About these “good guys” chasing the “bad guys” around to different points in time because the bad guys want to alter history. It’s SO good, especially if you’re a history nerd!” –Sarah
“About a Berlin Charity Hospital in 1888. Sounds depressing, but it’s excellent if you don’t mind subtitles.” –Molly
La Casa De Papel:
“A money Heist in the US. It’s seriously so addictive I finished it in one weekend. It’s like breaking bad and narcos but even better!” – Gloria
“A suspenseful mystery–I loved the main characters! (Plus, it’s based in the UK so I loved the accents ?)”–Libby
“A bit more dramatic and suspenseful than The Crown. It’s about Louis XIV “the Sun King” in France. My husband and I both really liked it!” –Priya
The Cable Girls:
(Several of you recommended this one!) “A Spanish show set in the 1920’s. A group of women get jobs for the national telephone company, and it’s about their loves, loves and friendships! I love that they touch on women’s rights and different topics, like sexuality. So good!” –Veronica
“Each episode is kind of it’s own isolated story, but there are characters that overlap between each. It’s about a bunch of different people in Chicago and just offers a glimpse into a lot of different types of lives. It also reminds me a lot of Master of None.” –Erin
“About a boy with autism and his family. It’s so real. Funny, sad, and awkward. Really makes you feel the feels. Highly recommended!” –E
“About a really genius forager/art theif who gets caught by the FBI and then is allowed to spend his prison sentence helping them solve crimes. Matt Bomer plays the criminal, so, swoon, and it’s a really clever show!” –Amelia
The Let Down:
Many of you recommended this Australian show that follows a new mom who is struggling to keep up with the baby and her life around her. “Its a comedy but really sweet and heartfelt at the same time.”
The John Mulaney Kid Gorgeous Special on Netflix:
Too many of you messaged me that “IT’S HILARIOUS” but failed to mention a description. I don’t even know who John Mulaney is but apparently we all need to watch it because it’s the funniest thing anyone has heard in a really long time. ?
Another SUPER popular suggestion! “An English crime drama about a little boy who turns up dead. It definitely feels more like a good old school detective novel rather than a thriller. I especially loved the character development in the show,” Amy describes. Emily adds, “it’s UNREAL!”
If you like psychological thrillers, this is amazing! It’s set in Belfast and all the actors are great,” says Sarah. Jessica adds, “It’s a bit scary but also really well made with a strong female lead!”
Sarah says this is the show she got into right after Peaky Blinders! “It stars Ryan Phillipe (YES!) who is an ex Marine spiner wrongly framed for a crime he did not commit. The show is about him trying to clear his name. It was a movie first, in the 90’s with Mark Wahlberg, but the stories are a bit different!”
Okay this is the #1 most recommended show that EVERYONE and their mother is demanding I watch. I will admit, I’ve watched the first three episodes and it didn’t wow me but maybe I don’t have the right sense of humor? ? It’s a very dry comedy about a suddenly broke, the formerly filthy-rich family that is is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek.
Call the Midwife:
“So funny and heartwarming but good history too. Sort of Downton Abby but not stuffy.” – Sarah
The Good Doctor:
Recommended by ANOTHER Sarah (there are so many Sarah’s ?) this show is about this brilliant young autistic surgeon with a troubled childhood who takes a job at a prestigious hospital, but struggles to connect with those around him.
“It’s basically a spoof on a true crime series (like Making a Murderer) about this high school journalist making a documentary trying to find out who vandalized teachers cars by spray painting penises on them. It sounds pretty stupid, and it might not be everyone’s type of humor, but I thought it was hilarious and it really seemed like a real documentary the way everyone acts in it. Give it a shot!” –Kristen
Man in the High Castle:
“Takes place in 1960’s in the US as if Germany and Japan won WWII. It’s addicting.” –Sarah
“Set in a women’s prison in Australia. You might be thinking Orange is the New Black, but it’s nothing like that. It’s dark, but the story lines are brilliant. You follow the characters through five seasons and the storylines weave throughout. It’s not like most shows where each season has a different story. I’ve recommended this to my best friend, aunt, and a coworker, and everyone raves about it!” –Erica
Hatfield’s and McCoys:
“About a family rivalry that took place on the West Virginia/Kentucky border after the civil war. It’s SOO good. It’s like a real life Romeo and Juliet. It’s a drama though, not a documentary.” –Amelia
I’m sure I missed some–what are they!? Would love to know what else to add to this list!