4 TV Shows to Binge Watch

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I don't know about you, but all of the shows I watch are currently on break, and it's making me sad. The two times a year this happens (summer and winter) is usually when I start looking for new ones, and binge watching them. You would think I would try to pace myself, make sure I don't run out of stuff to watch again, but no. First of all, if the show is good, I'm too impatient to find out what's next, but also the internet is dark and full of spoilers—I try to get through the episodes before anyone spoils some major recent event for me. Anyways, I figured some of you may be in the same situation, looking for shows to watch, and I have a few suggestions.

Shockingly, my all-time favorite show Game of Thrones is not on this list. I thought I've talked about it enough already, and you know by now that if you're not watching it I'm worried about your priorities. But here are four other shows I think you should check out:

Vikings

OK, more people need to know about this one. I think it doesn't get enough buzz because it's on the History channel, and people dismiss it based on that. Trust me, this show is so well made, the actors are great, the setting is beautiful, AND it's historically accurate. Obviously, this show is about Vikings, but particularly Ragnar Lothbrok—a legendary Norse ruler. There are a lot of fun and strong characters in the show, and you can read about all of them elsewhere, but beware of spoilers—the show follows legends and historical findings very closely. I started watching this show to have something to hold me over until Game of Thrones comes back on, but ended up marathoning though both seasons in a little over week. Now I need something to hold me over until Vikings comes back as well...

Orphan Black

I don't really know how much to tell you about this one. Basically, it's about a young woman named Sarah, who sees another woman jump in front of the train. Sarah manages to see her face, and realizes they look exactly the same. After the incident, she decides to look through the woman's purse, and investigate who she was and what kind of life she led. Along the way, Sarah realizes that she may have more "twins". I'm going to leave it at that. If you don't know what the deal is—just go with it. If you've heard what the show is about—don't worry, there is plenty more to discover. Orphan Black has it all: great writing, great acting, interesting characters, and a fascinating plot. I can't wait for it to come back on this spring!

House of Cards

I've already mentioned this show in a TV show favorites post last year, but I have to say, the closer it gets to season 3 the more excited I am. If political dramas are your thing—you must check this out. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright deliver powerhouse performances, and the show has so much intrigue—I just can't get enough of it. It's definitely a show that builds towards the later episodes, but the buildup itself is brilliant. This show alone makes my Netflix subscription worth the money. Season 3 is scheduled to be released on February 27th, and you best believe I'm not available for social interactions that weekend.

Hannibal

Have you seen The Silence of the Lambs? Yup, it's about THAT guy, but a younger version of him. The show centers around Will Graham, who is an FBI investigator, and Dr. Hannibal Lecter—a brilliant forensic psychiatrist. Think of a darker, more twisted take on Dexter. This show is a very suspenseful psychological thriller that doesn't need to rely on withholding information from the audience. You know what's happening, you know where this is going, and that makes it even more interesting—the writing is excellent. The show's eerie ambiance adds to the suspense, and if you didn't think Mads Mikkelsen was creepy enough in Casino Royale, you're in for a treat. I haven't watched the second season yet, but I can't wait to marathon through it before season 3 starts this summer. 

Have you watched any of these? What are your favorite shows to binge watch?