15 Binge-Worthy Shows to Watch This Summer

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Binge watching shows on Netflix has become a sort of sport to some people. Seeing how many episodes of a show you can marathon before fall asleep or have actual plans is a challenge to today’s generation.

However, it can be hard to find the perfect show  If you’re at a loss for a new show to watch though, don’t worry, Smart Girls Group has you covered.


Sitcom: These shows will have you laughing so hard you don’t even notice that it’s four in the morning and you’ve been watching for 6 hours:

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  • Gilmore Girls: With fast-paced wit, a dynamic duo, and seven seasons on Netflix, you will quickly find yourself addicted to Lorelai, the independent young single mother and her ivy league bound, daughter Rory. After a few seasons of Gilmore Girls, you will find yourself speaking in the hilarious quotes and wanting to leave your life to live in Stars Hollow.
  • How I Met Your Mother: This show is a series of flashbacks as Ted tells his children how he met their mother. The story takes a full nine seasons with hilariously failed relationships and four other beloved characters: Lily and Marshall, the gross couple everyone wants to secretly be, Robin, who enters the group late and quickly finds her place and Barney, the legend-wait for it- dary best friend and wingman.) When this show ends, you will find yourself looking for your own yellow umbrella.
  • Friends: This show is a classic. You’ve probably watched it at some point in your life, but there’s nothing like watching every single episode in a row to make you realize how much you truly love this show. It follows the lives of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross and Joey, our favorite 20-somethings living in Manhattan.
  • Orange is the New Black: This show is a Netflix phenomenon. It’s about Piper Chapman, a young women in her 30’s sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of transporting money to her drug dealer girl friend. When she gets locked up in an all women’s prison, hilarity ensues.
  • Young and Hungry. Emily Osment was at the core of most of our childhood’s, and she is even more amazing in this show than she was in Hannah Montana. Young and Hungry is about Gabi is a young chef hired to be the personal chef for Josh Kaminski, a young tech entrepreneur. These two, along with a hilarious cast, find themselves in a variety of awkward situations throughout the show. Warning: There are only 2 seasons, and you will fly through them.


Suspense/crime: These shows will have you on the edge of your seat, or couch and checking to make sure all your doors are locked and your showers are sans serial killers.

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    Criminal Minds: This show follows a group of elite criminal profilers at the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI. The crew is more of a dysfunctional family than a professional team, however, and you find yourself feeling like one of them as they catch a myriad of serial killers.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This classic show follows Buffy, a teenage vampire as she kills vampires, demons, and a variety of paranormal demons with the help of her friends as she also struggles with balancing her slayer life with her high school, and eventually college life.
  • Dexter: Dexter Morgan works as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami a Police Department by day. When he’s not catching the bad guys at work, though, he hunts down and kills the criminals that manage to slip through the justice system.
  • House of Cards: This political thriller is the story of a congressman and his wife enacting revenge on the people they think have wronged them. This lists includes many high ranking officials, even including the president of the United States.
  • NCIS: I admit that this series can sometimes be more of a comedy than a crime show. It follows the Naval Crime Investigative Service’s Washington DC response team. It follows the main cast of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Anthony DiNozzo, Abby Sciuto and Dr. Donald Mallard as they solve all types of crimes that occur in the Navy.


Drama: There’s nothing like a good dramatic series to make you thankful for your relatively calm life, and these shows are the absolute best.

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  • Grey’s Anatomy: Who knew doctors could cause so much drama? This show is centered around the professional and not-so-professional lives or the surgical unit of Seattle-Grace hospital. It’s centered around Meredith Grey as she rises through the ranks as a doctor in her hospital, starting with her as an intern.
  • Gossip Girl: When you’re a rich teen living in the upper east side of Manhattan, your life is never private. This is only made worse by the illustrious Gossip Girl, a ruthless and all-knowing blogger keeping an eye on Manhattan’s elite. (In case you were wondering, yes, Smart Girls Group DID do a 3 part series on this which can be found parts here, here and here!)
  • One Tree Hill: Lucas and Nathan Scott may only be half-brothers, and may not live in the same house, but the rivalry they share is more intense than even them most competitive siblings. This show chronicles the lives of them and their close friends in the small and not-so-quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.
  • Skins (UK): This show is actually awful, honestly. Too much happens in too little time, the cast does a complete rotation every 2 seasons, and sometimes the British slang a little hard to understand. The problem, though, is that it is absolutely addictive.
  • Breaking Bad: Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Breaking Bad. Follow Walter White, a high school teacher with late stage lung cancer and his former student and partner Jesse Pinkman and they cook and deal premium blue meth.
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Faith Gravemann

Faith Gravemann is an editorial intern at Smart Girls Group. She attends University of Missouri- Columbia (Mizzou) and is majoring in journalism. She enjoys reading, writing, watching NASCAR, spoiling her cat and independent bookstores.