Where to Watch: Amazon Prime What It Is: This is not for Agatha Christie purists, but Sarah Phelps’ adaptation has a grim and bleak charm that is intriguing in its own way. John Malkovich is a haunted, has-been Poirot who’s pulled into solving a series of murders in which the victims are chosen alphabetically. What Makes This a Good Binge: The three-part miniseries keeps the pace thrilling once the first victim dies, and the killer cast includes Eamon Farren (“Twin Peaks”), Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter”), and Shirley Henderson (“Okja”).
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: In this Colombian drama, 17th-century witch Carmen must escape being burned at the stake by time-traveling to the present, which creates the expected fish-out-of-water moments while real danger lurks just around the corner. Despite the horrifying slavery past, it’s refreshing to see a black, Spanish-speaking lead in a show that would fit right in with the supernatural dramas on The CW. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s 10 magical episodes at less than 45 minutes each.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Chances are, if you’re a Stephen King fan, you may have checked out this streaming series, which melds known characters, events, and settings from the fictional universe he created. But there’s plenty of fresh storytelling that’s both unsettling and haunting to please any horror aficionado. What Makes This a Good Binge: Who doesn’t want to spend an epic 10 episodes in the Maine woodland?
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: This is not the usual reality dating show that is intended to shock, embarrass, or titillate. Instead, it’s a well-produced, somewhat natural look at what the dating scene is like for people of varying ages, genders, and sexualities today. Each episode follows one person as they go on a series of five dates, which are all edited together in a compelling way that allows the viewer to compare and contrast the experiences. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s lightweight, almost meditative – with the exception of one really tense scene – and only six half-hour episodes.
Where to Watch: Hulu, Acorn TV What It Is: Mackenzie Crook wrote and stars in this low-key comedic gem about a couple of friends – Lance (Toby Jones) and Andy (Crook) – who use metal detectors to discover things in a field in Essex. It feels sweet and authentic, a real hidden treasure among the streaming crowd. What Makes This a Good Binge: Three seasons, six 30-minute episodes each (plus a bonus Christmas special). Its gentle vibe is a perfect fit with Johnny Flynn’s beautiful theme song.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime What It Is: In this sci-fi series, mankind has colonized the solar system, but since we can’t just have nice things, tensions have mounted between those on Earth, on Mars, and in the asteroid belt. Interplanetary politics, inclusive casting, and smart character development make for an experience well worth diving into. What Makes This a Good Binge: Amazon saved this series after Syfy canceled it, so now is a great time to catch up on all three seasons while the fourth currently being made.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: This delightful British-Canadian animated series stars Bella Ramsey (the precocious Lyanna Mormont of “Game of Thrones”) as the voice of the blue-haired Hilda, a young adventurer who’s more at home in the outdoors and talking to strange, wild creatures than she is in the city of Trolberg, where she just moved. What Makes This a Good Binge: The 13 22-minute episodes are easily consumed but pack in plenty of humor and heart in its odd story. A second season has already been ordered, so this is a good time investment.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: This joint production from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay stars Leonardo Sbaraglia as Dr. Arenas, the titular hypnotist who has great influence on people and even greater insomnia. Sumptuous, creepy, strange, and dreamlike – this is a series that is part period drama, part magical realism, and part sideshow. There are enough “mysteries” that Arenas must solve using his skills to offer satisfying endings episode-to-episode, while slowly uncovering what’s haunting him. What Makes This a Good Binge: Two seasons of only eight episodes each, with the episodes well under an hour apiece.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime What It Is: This docuseries from Neil Berkeley follows seven comics as they vie for a coveted slot at the New Faces showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. This fascinating and eye-opening series uncovers the unexpected path that some people take to achieve their dreams. What Makes This a Good Binge: If you miss “Mrs. Maisel,” these fascinating six episodes will scratch that standup itch.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: Set 500 years into the post-apocalyptic future, this series follows a warrior and a young boy as they try to survive in a bloody world ruled by combative barons who’ve put their people in servitude. The show has been praised for its badass martial arts-inspired fight scenes and homage to classic Samurai stories. What Makes This a Good Binge: AMC releases the back half of its third season later in March, but until then, the first 16 episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 will provide enough action and backstabbing to keep you occupied.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: This sweet and funny adaptation of a telenovela follows Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) on her journey from virgin birth to finding love and happiness. Its goofy premise and melodramatic roots make for delightful and action-filled moments, but it has a strong beating heart and conscience as well. What Makes This a Good Binge: Four seasons may seem like a lot, but the lighthearted tone and many twists make this a highly watchable show. Its upcoming fifth season will be its last, and so now is the time to get a refresher before concluding Jane’s story.
Where to Watch: Netflix (Seasons 1-3), Acorn (Seasons 1-2, plus more: see below) What It Is: This Australian mystery romp stars Essie Davis as the irrepressible Phryne Fisher, a modern 1920s lady who indulges all of her appetites, carries a revolver, and drives fast cars. The cases of the week offer satisfying endings, and Phryne has a hefty dose of chemistry with the dashing Det. Jack Robinson (Nathan Page). What Makes This a Good Binge: Seasons 1 and 2 only have 14 episodes apiece, with Season 3 clocking in at eight. Get prepped for Acorn’s movie “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” coming later this year and the 1960s spinoff series about Phryne’s niece, who also solves mysteries
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: Four friends in South Central LA enter high school and deal with the peer pressure and neighborhood dangers in this sweet comedy that quickly becomes dangerous. This is one of Netflix’s edgier teen offerings, not meant for anyone under 14. What Makes This a Good Binge: The 10 episodes are only a half hour each, and with Season 2 coming sometime in March, this is a good time to catch up or re-binge.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: The cringe-worthy British comedy follows Sally (Catherine Shepherd) as she realizes that her ill-advised engagement to her dull boyfriend is at risk when she suddenly has a flying with the sexy and exciting singer Emma (Julia Davis). What Makes This a Good Binge: The seven half-hour episodes will go by in a flash of alternating waves of bleakness and brilliance.
Where to Watch: Showtime What It Is: LeBron James is an executive producer on this documentary series that explores the changing role of athletes in America’s changing cultural and political climate over the decades. The title is a reference to conservative TV host Laura Ingraham’s comment that the should dispense with the political opinions and “shut up and dribble.” What Makes This a Good Binge: The three-part series is a fascinating look at an ongoing topic that can’t be escaped.
Where to Watch: Hulu and CBS All Access (Seasons 1-5), Netflix and Amazon Prime (All except Season 4) What It Is: Rod Serling’s critically acclaimed anthology series broke new ground with its surreal tales mixing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and morality. It was also a showcase for the biggest stars of the day and emerging talent who’ve now become household names. What Makes This a Good Binge: The taut, creative storytelling of this “Black Mirror” ancestor makes each 22-minute episode fly by. Prep for Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” by watching this.
Where to Watch: YouTube Premium with the first twoepisodes free What It Is: Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders’ futuristic anthology comedy takes place in the city of Weird which is literally divided by a wall named The Line. Those who live above it have it all, while those below have nothing. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s goofier, happier “Black Mirror” with only six episodes that run under 30 minutes apiece.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Engaging British actors pal around and sip wine while also purportedly learning about how it’s made. Season 1 features the Matthews – both Rhys and Goode as co-hosts. In Season 2, James Purefoy joins Rhys in hosting and toasting, while Goode drops in occasionally with wine gadgets. What Makes This a Good Binge: This saucy show’s information is well decanted and provides a heady mix of Anglophilic charm, cheerful acidity, and robust puns.