Where to Watch: Acorn TV What It Is: Bridget Jones meets Agatha Christie in this murder-mystery romp starring Ashley Jensen as a high-flying PR rep who retires early and moves to a sleepy village in the Cotswolds. Soon Agatha finds herself becoming an amateur sleuth to investigate the deceit and mayhem lurking beneath the surface her new home. What Makes This a Good Binge: The first season is only nine episodes, and Season 2 returns with three feature-length mysteries released on Nov. 19, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and a third in late January – perfect for cozy holiday viewing.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Desiree Akhavan, known for “Appropriate Behavior” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” creates, directs, and stars in this series about Leila, who leaves her girlfriend of 10 years to explore her bisexuality. The dramedy skewers stereotypes and the misconceptions of sexuality and dating. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s a quick six episodes at only half an hour each.
Where to Watch: Amazon What It Is: In this historical drama set in the 43 AD, the Roman army is seeking to extend the empire by conquering Britannia, a Celtic land that is ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids. David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Zoe Wanamaker, David Bradley, and Mackenzie Crook star. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s still many more months before the final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres, and this will scratch that itch for family rivalries, betrayals, badass women, violence, and magic. Only nine hourlong episodes.
Where to Watch:Freeform.com, Hulu What It Is: Between “Gilmore Girls” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amy Sherman-Palladino made this gem of a series that unfortunately only lasted one season. Sutton Foster stars as Las Vegas showgirl whose life takes a turn when an impulsive marriage leads her to becoming a ballet teacher in the small town of Paradise. Alex Borstein and Kelly Bishop also star. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s only 18 episodes and can tide you over for rapid-fire dialogue and sassy women until “Maisel” returns for Season 2 in January.
Where to Watch: Starz.com with cable subscription and On Demand What It Is: J.K. Simmons stars as Howard Silk, a low-level UN worker in Berlin who discovers that his agency really oversees a crossing point to a parallel Earth, where his counterpart is a badass agent. The espionage tale gets a sci-fi twist as the doubles turn out to have wildly different agendas. What Makes This a Good Binge: Trying to suss out who to trust is engrossing and bingeing means not having to wait for the next episode when the Big Twist is revealed. Catch up on the first season’s 10 episodes in time for Season 2’s premiere Dec. 9
Where to Watch: CartoonNetwork.com, Hulu Live What It Is: In this animated series created by story editors/writers on “Steven Universe,” young Craig is a middle child who is determined to map the nearby creek, an untamed wilderness where kids rule. The series has been praised for its inclusivity, imagination, and insights into family relationships. What Makes This a Good Binge: The first season’s 29 episodes are only 11 minutes apiece, and Season 2 is on the way.
Where to Watch: TubiTV What It Is: This comedy-drama from Bryan Fuller was an early indicator of his interest in darkness and death, long before “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal.” Teenager Georgia “George” Lass (Ellen Muth) suddenly dies and becomes a grim reaper, who gathered people’s souls right before they die. Mandy Patinkin, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, and Rebecca Gayheart also star. What Makes This a Good Binge: If you’re still holding out for a “Hannibal” return in some form, at least these two seasons will give a taste of that macabre humor.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: David Milch (“NYPD Blue”) created this beloved Western series set in 1870s Deadwood, South Dakota. Inspired by actual journals from the time, the series featured numerous historical figures, including sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), and Wyatt Earp (Gale Harold). What Makes This a Good Binge: With a total of 36 episodes over three seasons, this is a longer binge that can be drawn out for the holidays, but that’s still plenty of time to catch up before the long-awaited “Deadwood” film that will arrive sometime in 2019.
Where to Watch: Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix, Season 3 on Oprah.com What It Is: This is a nighttime soap at its finest, courtesy of executive producer Oprah Winfrey who also has a juicy onscreen role. In the drama, a family with dark secrets owns a megachurch in Nashville, and when one of the grown daughters dies under mysterious circumstances, the long-estranged daughter Grace (Merle Dandridge) returns. The series also stars Lynn Whitfield and Keith David. What Makes This a Good Binge: Top-notch acting, delicious hypocrisies, and story that balances thoughtful character work with melodrama, this is a longer binge worth investing the time. It’s also been renewed for a fourth season.
Where to Watch: Syfy.com with cable subscription What It Is: Christopher Meloni is ex-cop Nick Sax, who’s now a boozer with nothing to lose, which is when he of course befriends an imaginary winged unicorn named Happy, voiced by Patton Oswalt. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s a twisted and dark comic tale that’s perfect for anti-holiday viewing for all the Scrooges. With only eight episodes in its first season, it’s easy to catch up before Season 2 arrives.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: The opening minutes of TruTV’s “I’m Sorry” uses the word “vagina” no less than 10 times, and that’s one of the best indicators of how raunchy and fearless this comedy is by writer/producer/star Andrea Savage, who plays a dramatized version of herself navigating life in LA as a working comedian. What Makes This a Good Binge: Ten half-hour episodes, with Season 2 on the way.
Where to Watch: Seasons 1-4 on Hulu, Season 4 and beyond on Acorn TV What It Is: “Bodyguard” creator Jed Mercurio crafts this taut police procedural that delivers corruption, action, suspense, and plenty of twists. In Season 4, Thandie Newton joins the team to hunt down a serial killer. What Makes This a Good Binge: Although it’s four seasons’ worth of episodes, these are short British TV seasons, only 23 episodes total. That’s an easily digestible amount before the fifth season premieres on Acorn TV.
Where to Watch: CBS All Access What It Is: Cops are stuck in an unmarked cruiser to keep an eye on the hideout belonging to a drug cartel. They wait and wait and wait and talk to each other in this simple and yet clever comedy that rests on the talents of its performers: Tim Meadows, Patrick Brammall, Amy Sedaris, Jesse Plemons, Jason Mantzoukas, Sunita Mani, and hilarious guest stars. What Makes This a Good Binge: Only eight episodes, and Season 2 kicks off on Nov. 22.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: It’s “Vikings” meets “The Office” in this goofy and irreverent English-language comedy set in the eighth-century Norwegian town of Norheim where a conflict arises with a rival tribe. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s lightweight and oddly unhinged at times, which will keep viewers on their toes. Only 12 episodes over two seasons.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: USA Network’s drama traces the path of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) from poor woman in Sinaloa, Mexico to running the biggest drug cartel in the Western hemisphere. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s basically “Narcos” but with more estrogen and includes plenty of double-crosses and action to keep things interesting. Season 4 is on the way.
Where to Watch: Showtime.com with subscription, Showtime Anytime What It Is: Based on Frankie Shaw’s short film of the same name, the comedy stars Shaw as a single MILF Bridgette, a Southie who is mom to Larry Bird. Rosie O’Donnell plays her mother Tutu. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s a comedy with a realistic edge about single motherhood with very few resources. Only eight episodes with Season 2 on the way in late January.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: The Time Team (Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter) fight to stop a mysterious organization from changing the course of American history through time travel. NBC’s sci-fi drama was notorious for having been canceled and then saved through fan campaigning. What Makes This a Good Binge: Just two seasons to get through before the final wrap-up movie airs on Dec. 20.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: This Canadian sci-fi series also includes time travel but not to our past. Instead, travelers from a dystopian future have journeyed to our present in order to change enough events in order to save humanity from its bleak fate. Eric McCormack stars as the lead traveler. What Makes This a Good Binge: Only 24 episodes over two seasons, and Season 3 is coming on Dec. 14.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: The Nic Pizzolatto anthology crime drama deserved all the praise for its first season directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga starting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two former homicide investigators who revisit their past partnership in relation to a killer who may still be at large. Season 2 was less successful and starred Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. What Makes This a Good Binge: Each season is only eight episodes, and the highly anticipated Season 3 – starring Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Scoot McNairy, and Mamie Gummer – arrives on Jan. 13.
Where to Watch: Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix, Season 3 on Syfy.com with cable subscription What It Is: Based on the comic books by Beau Smith, this sci-fi series with a Western twist imagines Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano) as the great-great-granddaughter of lawman Wyatt Earp. With her ancestor’s Peacemaker revolver, she takes on revenants, reincarnated outlaws that Wyatt killed, and other supernatural beings. What Makes This a Good Binge: Plenty of action makes this a fun and exciting adventure, ideal for escapist viewing with strong performances. It’s a good investment also since the series has been renewed for a fourth season.
Where to Watch:YouTube Premium (first two episodes are free) What It Is: YouTube sensation Anna Akana plays teen trendsetter Farrah in this high school comedy drama that is “Heathers” meets “Pretty Little Liars.” What Makes This a Good Binge: Only eight half-hour episodes with plenty of soapy, bitchy machinations and scandals.