15 of the best TV shows to binge-watch during lockdown

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just ignoring the news entirely, you’re probably aware that the world is essentially at a total halt right now. The coronavirus pandemic has seen workplaces close, universities move online and even made RuPaul do something as awful as a virtual reunion and finale for season 12 of Drag Race. So, as we wait for the world to get back to some form of normal, here are some of the most bingeworthy television shows (in no particular order) to occupy the endless amount of time on your hands right now.


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Will there ever be a show as good as Desperate Housewives? Probably not, which is all the more reason to use the lockdown to watch all eight seasons of it. The ladies of Wisteria Lane were involved in everything from covering up murders to scandalous affairs, and every second if it was iconic. The show balances comedy and drama perfectly, and watching it will truly change your life for the better.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

LOST

Few shows manage to be as divisive as Lost was during its six season run. Some found the storyline to be ridiculous and others thought it got boring after season two. But, if you stick with this one it’ll deliver some of the biggest twists and turns you can imagine. It’s one of those ones you only truly appreciate once it’s over because in hindsight you realise how smart the storyline really was, so give it a chance during lockdown as you might never have the time to again.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

REVENGE

Revenge follows Amanda Clarke as she looks for, well, revenge on the people who framed her dead father for a crime when she was a child. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seats and is consistently amazing throughout all four of its seasons.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

HOMELAND

Homeland ended its eight season run this year and solidified its position as one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking shows to ever air. It revolves around Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer with bipolar disorder who suspects a prisoner of war is planning a terrorist attack against the United States. It has arguably the best ending of any television show, but I’ll let you see that for yourself when you finish watching it. For those of you that stopped watching after season three, you missed out on some seriously good shit.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Who doesn’t love a legal drama, especially one starring Viola Davis as the main character? How to Get Away with Murder follows a group of students taking a class of the same name by esteemed lawyer Annalise Keating. If you couldn’t tell by the title though, things start to go wrong and some people die along the way. Its sixth and final season came to an end just over a week ago, and the ending was one to remember. It also gets a lot of bonus points for an exceptional amount of LGBTQ+ representation.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

SCREAM QUEENS

Scream Queens is about a group of sorority girls who begin to be hunted by a serial killer, and it’s hilarious. There’s no doubt you’ve seen a GIF or meme of this show online at some point, as it’s responsible for some of the funniest one-liners in television history. There could also be a season three coming soon, so why not be ready by watching the first two now?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

THE PURGE

Based on the movies of the same name, The Purge takes what the films did well and does it better. Set in an alternate universe where one night a year all crime is legal in America, it follows a group of people who prepare for and live through those brutal 12 hours. If you enjoyed the movies, you’ll love both seasons of this.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

Pretty Little Liars follows a group of secretive girls being stalked and threatened by a mysterious persona named ‘A’ following the death of their friend. I’m warning you up front, trying to figure out who ‘A’ is does get old right around season three. Nonetheless, Pretty Little Liars keeps you guessing constantly (we’ll pretend it’s not because the writers didn’t seem to have much of an idea of what the fuck was going on anymore than the viewers did), and is one of the best to binge on because you don’t have to commit years to its complex storyline like you would if you were watching it real time. Aside from its drama and mystery, this show is worth the watch simply because it features one of the best characters in television history – the icon and legend, Alison DiLaurentis.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

UGLY BETTY

If you haven’t already seen every episode of Ugly Betty, then close this page right now and don’t come back until you have. It follows Betty Suarez, a stereotypically “ugly” girl who gets a job at a fashion magazine. Featuring some of the best characters in television history (Wilhelmina Slater and Amanda Tanen, I’m looking at you), it can make you laugh and cry in the same episode. It’s a must watch on a good day, let alone during a lockdown.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

THE WALKING DEAD

You’ve probably already heard of this post-apocalyptic drama, but you may have been put off watching by the mixed reviews it often gets. It focuses on a group of survivors throughout the zombie apocalypse as they battle with the undead, as well as the living. The reality is, you’re either going to like this show or you’re not as horror and gore isn’t for everyone. That said, it can be really enjoyable and features some really interesting and dynamic characters. Do the deaths often feel unnecessary? Yes, but it’s a show about the zombie apocalypse, so not every element of it is going to be wrapped in meaning. If you go go into it with an open mind, you’ll enjoy The Walking Dead a lot more.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

SURVIVOR

If you’re looking for something to really fill the time until the world gets back to its new normal, then Survivor is the show for you. Not only is it one of the most exciting and unique reality shows out there, there are 40 seasons of it ready and waiting for you to stream. Each season sees a group of cast members stranded on a beach with virtually no essentials at their disposal as they vote each other out round by round. Once you’ve watched enough of it, there are also some great seasons featuring returning players which are usually Survivor at its best.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

prison break

If the title didn’t give it away, this show is about a man trying to break his brother out of prison. But despite the premise being so simple, the show never takes the easy way out with its storylines and will keep you guessing until the very end. Each episode has enough packed into it to be a thriller movie and somehow isn’t overwhelming. It also has Wentworth Miller in it so there’s that to enjoy too.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

the good wife

The Good Wife opens with a slap heard around the world as Alicia Florrick is faced with the aftermath of her husband’s affair and political scandals, forcing her to return to her law career. It’s witty, funny and serious all at the same time and will likely have you hooked from the first episode, making all seven seasons the perfect show to binge on right now.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

THE GOOD PLACE

The Good Place is one of the best things to watch at a time like this as it really puts your problems into perspective, given that all of the characters are literally dead. It follows a group of people who make it to “The Good Place” after dying, only for one of them to realise they made it there by mistake. It’s the ideal show for a lockdown as the episodes are only 20 minutes or so long, meaning it won’t take you long to get through all four seasons.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

bad girls club

This is not a show for the faint of heart, but who doesn’t love a bit of trash TV now and then? The concept is essentially that a group of “unruly” women live in a house together and are allowed to do what they want for the most part – and that they do. There’s a fight almost every episode, or at least a heated argument. It also has some truly iconic moments and created some of social media’s most viral GIFs and memes. At 17 seasons, it’ll keep you occupied until it’s time to go back to work.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

15 of the best TV shows to binge-watch during lockdown


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