Long before streaming led audiences to binge-watch entire series in a single weekend, there was just plain old primetime-television-watching bliss—and fan favorites kept fans glued to their sofa’s week after week, year after year, to find out what would happen next.
Now that we have a multitude of streaming services at our fingertips—Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, etc., —and can watch TV anytime, anywhere, the content has become even richer and more diverse, pleasing both fans and critics alike.
Here is a list of must watch TV series (part 1 – because a single list just isn’t enough to cover them all!).
The first season of the retro science-fiction series ‘Stranger Things’ arrived with little hype and quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation.
One of the biggest and best Netflix shows takes audiences to Hawkins, Indiana for the retro adventures of Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Will, Max and Eleven, who keep finding themselves in the center of supernatural predicaments.
This story of geeky Indiana teenagers fighting off an invasion of extra-dimensional creatures from the ‘Upside-Down’ has the look and feel of a big summer blockbuster that you just can’t get enough of.
How I Met Your Mother
This hugely popular sitcom ran for nine seasons beginning in the mid-2000s, introducing its unique narrative style and blend of humor and romance to millions.
In the future, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children how he met their mother when he was younger and living in New York City with his friends (Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Neil Patrick Harris), experiencing the typical and atypical highs and lows of twentysomethings.
This goofy cop show stars former SNL cast member Andy Samberg as a juvenile and irreverent detective who’s forced to shape up when a strict new commanding officer (Andre Braugher) takes over his precinct.
Critics praised the show’s easygoing humor along with Samberg’s charming performance, and following its debut season ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ clinched Golden Globes for best series and best actor in the Musical/Comedy category.
Applauded by critics for its fresh writing and eclectic characters, ‘Modern Family’ adds second marriages, gay relationships, and large age gaps between partners into the mix to shake up the old nuclear family sitcom formula.
The show has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writers Guild of America Awards, making it one you just cannot miss!
A hotshot Manhattan lawyer hires a talented college dropout despite his lack of a law degree, forging a secret between them.
While some critics dismissed the show as inessential, others found the sharp dialogue and lead chemistry sufficient to give this show an edge in the crowded legal drama genre.
It begins slow at first, and picks pace so quickly that you are bound to get hooked onto it.
When Joey, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, and Phoebe—played by the unforgettable ensemble cast of Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Lisa Kudrow—got together in ‘Friends’, it was television magic.
One of the most popular sitcoms of all time, the show earned 62 Primetime Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002. It launched the TV and film careers of all of its cast members.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective comes to life when Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He then takes a room with the brilliant but antisocial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Chemistry and intricate plotting make ‘Sherlock’ one of the best shows of all time.
The show has received praise from critics and fans alike, winning three Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actor for Cumberbatch.
‘Money Heist’, or ‘La Casa del Papel’ as it’s known in Spanish-speaking countries, is a thrilling heist drama about a group of criminals brought together by an enigmatic figure called The Professor to rob the Royal Mint of Spain.
When a team of nine criminals launch the audacious heist, they are convinced that their meticulous plan has every eventuality covered.
But things start to unravel when the enigmatic mastermind behind the heist starts getting close to the police detective in charge of securing the safe release of the 67 hostages.
With dense characterization, big twists and career-making performances, this is an unusual and clever heist show that’ll grip you right away.
The Queen’s Gambit
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is about a chess prodigy who struggles with addiction and self-doubt while rising through the international ranks in the 1960s.
Anya Taylor-Joy plays the young master, who has a tough childhood she finds hard to shake, even as she’s clobbering her competition.
This seven-episode miniseries is the latest great Netflix show – and while the subject of chess might not sound exciting, the series manages to weave it together making it stylish, compelling and intensely watchable.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ is one of the most joyful shows on all of television. The Canadian sitcom tells the story of a wealthy family who loses everything when they’re defrauded by their business manager.
They go from living in a mansion to sharing two rooms in a rundown motel – and the sitcom derives its charm from them slowly adjusting to their new surroundings over the course of the seasons.
The show is hilarious, witty, slow-paced and sweet, much like life in a small town making it the perfect show for when you need a pick-me-up