Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: Animated comedy about the universal confusion that comes with puberty, including bodily changes, embarrassing urges, and exploring sexuality. A hilarious all-star voice cast makes this a must-watch. What Makes This a Good Binge: The first season is a breezy 10 half-hour episodes, easily bingeable before the show returns for Season 2 on Oct. 5
Where to Watch: Showtime Anytime, Sho.com What It Is: Lena Writhe created this series, which gives a beautiful yet unblinkered look at the people who are the beating heart of Chicago. This complex yet loving take on the city is well-balanced and features a killer soundtrack. What Makes This a Good Binge: Its 10-episode first season builds out the city as the episodes roll along. Season 2 is already in the works.
Where to Watch: DirecTV, DirecTV Now (free trial!), AT&T U-verse, or the first two episodes for free online What It Is: This adaptation of “Three Days of the Condor” for TV will fill that “Jack Ryan”-shaped hole in your heart. Young CIA analyst Joe Turner (Max Irons) is pulled into the fray when he stumbles upon a diabolical plan that puts millions in danger. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s an action-packed 10 episodes, and Season 2 has already been ordered, so the fun will continue.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: This German-language spy drama set in the 1980s follows young East German spy (Jonas Nay), who goes undercover in the foreign intelligence arm of West Germany’s Stasi. Betrayals and confused loyalties result, set to an awesome soundtrack. What Makes This a Good Binge: Only eight episodes, and the sequel “Deutschland 86” will be coming to SundanceTV on Oct. 25.
Where to Watch: Amazon or BBC America’s 13-day marathon beginning Sept. 25 What It Is: A time-traveling alien joins up with some very game humans to jaunt through space and time to have adventures and occasionally save the world. What Makes This a Good Binge: Although there have been 10 seasons in the new era of this long-running British sci-fi series, how you binge is easily customizable. You can watch based on who’s playing the Doctor or companion, Christmas episodes-only, or just the introduction/regeneration episodes to prepare for Thirteen, the first-ever Doctor to be played by a woman (Jodie Whittaker).
Where to Watch: Amazon What It Is: In this gorgeous comedy-drama, a 1930s single mother and her four kids move to the Greek island of Corfu where they experience a whole new culture and define who they are and want. Based on the autobiographical books by naturalist and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, so expect lots of animals in the mix. What Makes This a Good Binge: Lighthearted, funny, and with a breathtaking backdrop, the first two seasons are also only six episodes apiece. Season 3 comes to PBS on Sept. 30.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie play fictionalized versions of themselves – a two-Kiwi band in the Big Apple who seek fame and success with lots of hilarious musical interludes. Taika Waititi directed and wrote several episodes. What Makes This a Good Binge: There’s only 22 episodes total over two seasons. Watch now to prepare for HBO’s London concert special airing on Oct. 6.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: Janitor Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson) is recruited by two characters (Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson) from his favorite video game to save the world from the real “Biotic Wars.” The series also features Paul Scheer, Haley Joel Osment, and “Crazy Rich Asians” actress Awkwafina. What Makes This a Good Binge: Only 13 half-hour episodes in the first season. Series has already been renewed for Season 2.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: This spinoff of “Black-ish” follows the Johnsons’ eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahid) to college. As is fitting with Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” this is another young comedy that has a social conscience without sacrificing the humor. What Makes This a Good Binge: It has only 13 half-hour episodes in its first season, and there are a ton of fun references to ’80s teen comedies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: In 18th century London, two brothels duke it out for supremacy, all the while dealing with rapacious men and an unfair society. The series stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, and Jessica Brown Findlay in elaborate costumes and sticky situations. What Makes This a Good Binge: Two seasons. Eight episodes each. It’s feminist, angry, and at times wickedly clever.
Where to Watch:Acorn TV What It Is: Guy Pearce stars as the former lawyer-turned debt collector who gets roped into becoming a private investigator in this Aussie series based on the detective novels by Peter Temple. What Makes This a Good Binge: Action, seedy criminals, and sly humor make this an easy watch, in addition to the fact that each of the two seasons are only six episodes each.
Where to Watch: Amazon What It Is: In this dystopian alternate history series, the Axis powers won WWII, which means we see the Nazi and Japanese now rule the United States. In this 1960s-America, ordinary people get pulled into the resistance, double agents abound, and trust is a luxury no one can afford. What Makes This a Good Binge: The first two seasons are only 10 episodes each, and a third is on the way on Oct. 5.
Where to Watch: HBO Go What It Is: An updated take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed series featuring two women in the roles of Holmes and Watson. This time, the oddball private investigator has a killer sense of style and plays the cello. What Makes This a Good Binge: Part procedural, part J-drama, the series features satisfying conclusions to bizarre mysteries and an amusing animosity between Holmes and Watson. Only eight episodes.
Where to Watch:Online at TBS.com with cable subscription. What It Is: In this dark comedy series, Dory (Alia Shawkat) and her self-absorbed friends are pulled into a web of murder, lies, and intrigue when seeking out their mission friend. What Makes This a Good Binge: The show is a quirky and stealthy joy to watch. Each of the show’s two seasons are only 10 episodes each, easily consumed before the upcoming third season.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: In this clever update of the Pygmalion/“My Fair Lady” story, marketing image guru Henry Higgs (John Cho) helps social media star Eliza Dooley recoup from a publicity disaster and learn how to deal with people IRL. What Makes This a Good Binge: This comedy was tragically canceled after only 13 episodes. And now that “Searching” is a hit movie, let’s revisit #StarringJohnCho when he was an Asian rom-com lead way before “Crazy Rich Asians” became a sensation.
Where to Watch: Netflix What It Is: In this Aussie series, Julia Belchy’s world is rocked when her dad, an in vitro fertilization pioneer, makes a deathbed confession that he often swapped in his own sperm during treatments. As a result, Julia discovers dozens of brothers but only two sisters she never knew she had. What Makes This a Good Binge: Seven episodes!
Where to Watch: Starz or Starz.com with subscription What It Is: Alternative timeline thriller in which the United Kingdom is occupied by Nazi Germany during WWII. Douglas Archer, a Scotland Yard homicide detective, just wants to cooperate with his German superiors, but is pulled into working with the Resistance. What Makes This a Good Binge: Based on the novel of the same name, this is a five-episode series.
Where to Watch: HBO Now, HBO Go What It Is: A vulgar, satirical, pitch-black comedy-drama in which the Roy family members fight for control of their global media conglomerate as its patriarch’s health begins to fail. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s a solid 10 episodes in its first season, with a second in the works.
Where to Watch: Hulu What It Is: From the creator of “Castle,” this follows that same, will-they-won’t-they formula in which a fresh-from-rehab former star of a cop series (Rachel Bilson) teams up with a real-life P.I. (Eddie Cibrian) as research for her next role. Chemistry ensues. What Makes This a Good Binge: It’s a lighthearted 13-episode procedural that doesn’t tax your brain or emotions.