You did it! You’ve finished your exams and now it’s time to curl up in bed with some snacks and head over to your favourite streaming website. But wait… didn’t you accidentally binge that show that you’ve been saving for during one of your ‘study break’? Oops, too specific? Worry not, my friends, if you can’t decide which show to binge next, I am here to help you find your new favourite show. These are some of the freshest, funniest, most intense, and most enjoyable new shows out there.

 

The Haunting of Hill House

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Look, I don’t usually do horrors but I have to say this is probably one of the best show I’ve ever watched. The Haunting of Hill House is not your average horror show. Created and directed by Mike Flanagan, this show is the TV adaptation of the novel under the same title written by Shirley Jackson. It follows the Crain siblings who have to confront the ghosts of their childhood home (literally and figuratively) due to an unfortunate event. Told in a nonlinear fashion, flashing between the past and present, this series is guaranteed to keep you on edge and curious for more. Also, keep an eye out for hidden ghosts lurking in the background. If you’d like to give this show a shot but horror isn’t exactly up your alley, I’d definitely recommend watching this with friends. Plus, you can have a group crying session once you’ve finished the show.

Network: Netflix
No. of season(s): 1
No. of episodes: 10
Total binge time: 8 hours 20 minutes

 

Sharp Objects

NewYorker

While we are still on the topic of going home and confronting the past, Sharp Objects is another brilliant show that you should definitely binge. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the author of the critically-acclaimed film Gone Girl, Sharp Objects tells a story about Camille Preaker, a reporter who was sent back to her hometown to investigate unsolved murders of young girls. Unfortunately for Camille, coming home means she had to reunite with her oppressive mother and relive traumatic memories of her dead sister. This show is a slow burn, but the amazing performance by Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Eliza Scanlen offers a gripping yet beautiful viewing experience. Plus, it was recently nominated for three Golden Globes and if that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will.

Network: HBO
No. of season(s): 1
No. of episodes: 8
Total binge time: 6 hours 40 minutes

 

Big Little Lies

Spoiler TV

Ah yes, the three M’s: mums, mysteries, and murder! Based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies premiered its first season back in 2017 and has won four Golden Globes as well as eight Emmys. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, this dark comedy show has star-studded casts including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Zoë Kravitz. Set in a small town of Monterey, the arrival of a single mother and her son eventually leads to a bullying scandal, lies being unraveled, and ultimately the murder of a parent on a school trivia night. Tackling issues such as domestic violence, marriage, parenting, and friendship, Big Little Lies is not your usual whodunit show. It does not tell you who is going to murder whom until the last episode which means you had to keep watching and observe the characters’ interactions to find out.

Network: HBO
No. of season(s): 1 (season 2 coming 2019)
No. of episodes: 7
Total binge time: 7 hours

 

Maniac

A.V. Club

Enough with novel adaptations, let’s get on with the originals. Maniac is a trippy original show on Netflix that I absolutely adore. Visually stunning with fresh narrative, this is series is almost like a palate cleanser. Owen (Jonah Hill) and Annie (Emma Stone) are strangers who met during a mysterious drug trial. The pharmaceutical company claims that the drug, which consists of three sequential pills (A, B, and C), can cure the mind from everything – including mental illness. Although participants were assured that there will be no side effects, things did go sideways. Thus, we embark on a journey down fictional universes in Annie and Owen’s shared subconscious while they were under the influence. So if you’re up for a mind-bending adventures that cross time and genre, Maniac is your show.

Network: Netflix
No. of season(s): 1
No. of episodes: 10
Total binge time: 6 hours 27 minutes

 

The Good Place

The Conversation

Forget heaven and hell, the cool kids now have the good place and the bad place — same concept, different name. When you die, you will go to the good place if you’ve done mostly good things and vice versa; it’s all been calculated by a system. But what if the system confuses you with someone else with the same name and ends up sending you to the wrong place? Well, that’s what happened with Eleanor (Kristen Bell) when she woke up in the good place. Knowing she was not a good person when she was alive, Eleanor tried to fix her behaviour to blend in with the rest of the resident of the good place so that she won’t be sent to the bad place. This NBC comedy show isn’t exactly new, in fact, it premiered back in 2016 and has gained so many praises for its concept and execution. With average runtime of 22 minutes per episode, The Good Place is light, well-paced, and super fun to binge.

Network: NBC, Netflix
No. of season(s): 3 (season 4 coming 2019)
No. of episodes: 35
Total binge time: 18 hours

 

There you have it, five great shows handpicked for you. I hope you enjoy them and have a great summer! Don’t forget to take breaks between binges!

 


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