Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Glenn Howerton is jaded ex-Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin who is slumming it as a high school A.P. Bio instructor. And by all metrics, even his own, he is a bad teacher. That’s because he doesn’t care about his brainy students or anything else in life except to get revenge on his nemesis. What Makes This a Good Binge: Wickedly and unapologetically funny, this is one of NBC’s many excellent new comedies. With only 13 episodes in its first season, it’s a super easy-breezy binge that you can catch up on in plenty of time before Season 2 returns in the fall.
Where to Watch: HBO, HBO GO, HBO Now What It Is: The Rock does what The Rock does, but this time as a retired NFL player who is now the financial manager of other NFL players. We’re not saying he’s the most electrifying financial manager on TV, but he’s The Rock, so you do the math. Rob Corddry also stars. What Makes This a Good Binge: Each season comes in 10 easily digestible 30-minute episodes and is reminiscent of “Entourage” in tone and high-flying social interactions.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Single mom and therapist Valerie (Michaela Watkins) lives with her teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) and brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) in this sex-positive comedy about finding intimacy and connection in this crazy world. What Makes This a Good Binge: The show just ended its stellar four-season run, and to be honest, we miss it already.
Where to Watch: Amazon What It Is: If you’re going through “Killing Eve” withdrawal, Phoebe Waller-Bridge masterminded another comedy that is as brash, sexy, and funny as you’d expect. More domestic in scope but more devastating, “Fleabag” is about the eponymous, irrepressible single London woman (Waller-Bridge) whose libido knows no bounds and whose monologues break the fourth wall. The stealthy takes the viewer unawares into realms of hilarity and heartbreak. What Makes This a Good Binge: You know how British series are super short? This takes you on quite the ride in only six episodes, and it worth the price of the subscription.
Where to Watch: HBO, HBO GO, HBO Now What It Is: This docuseries, now in its 13th season, follows an NFL team through its training camp and covers the team’s preparation for the upcoming football season. What Makes This a Good Binge: Obviously with a dozen seasons in the can, one may not want to binge the whole shebang, but since each season focuses only on one team, that allows you to pick and choose who to watch. This is the perfect way to get you in the mood for the season.
Where to Watch: On Demand or Starz.com with cable subscription, Starz App What It Is: Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan adapts the E.M. Forster novel for this lush and surprisingly frothy miniseries about the progressive but sometimes misguided Shlegel siblings Meg (Hayley Atwell), Helen (Philippa Coulthard), and egghead youngest brother Tibby (“The End of the F***ing World’s” Alex Lawther) in turn-of-the-century England. What Makes This a Good Binge: With only four parts to this miniseries, it’s great to stretch over two to four evenings, like a satisfying dessert. Although the series deals with gender and class inequality and dreary societal mores, it moves at rapid pace and is great deal of fun thanks to stellar performances (Matthew Macfadyen) is a scene-stealer) and the clever, energetic dialog.
Where to Watch: HBO, HBO GO, HBO Now What It Is: Two single black women (Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji) in Los Angeles deal with dating and work woes in this exploration of the modern female black experience. What Makes This a Good Binge: Each season is only eight episodes each, and the third season kicks off on Aug. 12, so this is the perfect time to catch up.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: Finally, this hit Canadian comedy has crossed the streaming borders to tell the story of the Kim family, the Korean father and mother (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon) who run the titular convenience store in the Moss Park neighborhood in Toronto, their aspiring photographer daughter Janet (Andrea Bang), and their estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). What Makes This a Good Binge: With episodes topping out at 22 minutes and only two 13-episode seasons, this is an easy watch. Plus, it can join the ranks of great original stories that give an authentic view of what it means to be an Asian immigrant in contemporary North America.
Where to Watch: Netflix for Season 1, USANetwork.com for Season 2 What It Is: This anthology adaptation of the German crime novel stars Jessica Biel in her Emmy-nominated turn as Cora Tannetti, who stabs a complete stranger to death without provocation at the beach. Det. Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) won’t rest until he finds out why she was driven to murder. What Makes This a Good Binge: Season 1 is a brisk eight episodes with some killer twists and a fantastic musical hook to the story. Season 2 stars Carrie Coon and is currently airing. The first two episodes can be viewed for free here.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: Think “The Real World” but set in Japan but with really, really nice people, who have earnest and polite conversations, take a zillion years to even they may like each other, and eat a lot of carbs. A six-person panel offering commentary on the action are entertaining themselves in how invested they get rooting for the housemates to fall in love. What Makes This a Good Binge: There are three seasons on Netflix, with the third still in progress, and thus creates a bit of drama as we see whether the female ice hockey player and male model can make their sweet friendship bloom into romance. It is the ultimate in soothing TV.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: A young producer (Shiri Appleby) returns to “The Bachelor”-like dating reality show she had left to help make great television, which involves manipulating circumstances and people to create drama. It’s a scathing behind-the-scenes dramatization of how the reality sausage gets made, but one that also emphasizes what women have to do to get ahead in the industry. What Makes This a Good Binge: The fourth and final season just dropped on Hulu, so this is a recently completed series. It’s great one to burn through over the summer — not too heavy, not too light – and Constance Zimmer deserves all the awards for playing a ruthless boss.
Where to Watch: On Demand or Starz.com with cable subscription, Starz App What It Is: Starz’s original royal miniseries and its sequel may not have any time travel, but they will more than fill the gap for gorgeous period trappings, scheming, warfare, and bodices left by “Outlander’s” hiatus. Told through the point of view of women, “The White Queen” is set during the backdrop of the War of the Roses, while “The White Princess” follows directly after with the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer, long before she played “Killing Eve” assassin Villanelle). What Makes This a Good Binge: At 10 and eight episodes, respectively, each miniseries a taut and complete. They also serve as the first two courses in a royal feast because Starz is also in production on a third miniseries in the Philippa Gregory adaptation franchise, “The Spanish Princess.”