Way back in the day, I imagine couples probably spent time together by, IDK, reading actual books? Or calling up friends on their landlines to invite them over for a rockin’ round of board games? Or (*gasp*) just sitting there having an uninterrupted, face-to-face conversation!?! Well, now, thanks to the glorious magic of streaming services, couples don’t have to participate in any of that nonsense anymore! Every couple you know is definitely out here binge-watching Netflix shows together, because, really, are you even a couple if you don't have a show that your S.O. will yell at you for watching without them? Methinks not!
Now, choosing which show the two of you are going to devote hours of your life to can be a tricky process. It’s gotta be something that you’ll both like (duh) but that means either knowing your own preferences super-super well (like, are you more of a true-crime couple? Or a trashy reality TV couple? Or maybe a workplace comedy couple?) or you can go for a show that’s pretty much universally beloved.
Well luckily for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting your next show to binge-watch and have brought you a list of 28 straight fire shows that you won’t want to turn off, even at 3 am! So, grab your bae and your cosiest blanket, get nice and snuggled up on your couch, and smash that play button because you’ve got hours upon hours of extremely binge-worthy content coming at you.
This show's got everything: supernatural powers, a creepy government lab, dark secrets, awesome 80's style, and a group of lovable kids. After Will Byers goes missing from his Indiana town and a young telekinetic girl shows up nearby, his friends, family and the local police search for answers, but quickly find themselves in the midst of a top-secret government experiment.
Love is Blind
If you're looking for something that'll immediately make you feel better about your own relationship, this it. This reality show is based on the premise that singles will speak to, develop relationships with, and get engaged (!!!) to each other without ever meeting face-to-face. It's as addicting as it is WTF-worthy.
The suddenly broke (but formerly loaded) Rose family finds themselves having to take up residence in the, shall we say, quirky Schitt's Creek — a town they once purchased as a joke. You'll be LOLing watching Johnny, Moira, and their two adult children, David and Alexis, try to navigate life without money.
If you haven't seen all of the Tiger King memes by now, what is you doing!? This show has one insane turn after another that has people saying "what the actual f*ck!?" It focuses on the stories of roadside zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) and his sworn enemy, sanctuary owner Carole Baskin. It's got animal rights issues, creepy cult-like relationships, wildly unsafe working conditions, an insane presidential campaign, and a possible murder. Need I say more??
If Criminal Minds was your jam back in the day, you'll love, love, LOVE Mindhunter. It tells the (mostly) true story of how the FBI developed its serial killer profiling technique by interviewing some of the country's most infamous killers, from Ed Kemper to Charles Manson. The casting in this show is so eerily spot-on that you'll feel like you're watching the actual OG interviews with the killers.
Newlywed 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth has a lot going on, like, you know, taking over the most famous monarchy in the world. It delves into all the drama that the royal family had going on — and trust, there's plenty of it — that you probably had no idea about.
It's the '60s in New York City and the womanizing Don Draper is an extremely talented executive at a prestigious advertising agency. The show follows Draper's heavy-drinking, chain-smoking antics as he deals with people in his personal and professional lives.
When high school chemistry teacher Walter White develops stage 3 lung cancer, he and his former student Jesse Pinkman start cooking and selling crystal meth to secure his family financially before he dies. It's five straight seasons of non-stop drama, suspense, and a little humour that's honestly a must-watch for any couple.
Adult cartoons may not usually be for everyone, but this show totally is. You've got Nick Kroll and John Mulaney playing a pubescent boy who is hilariously tryna figure out their bodies and stuff, and Maya Rudolph as a sassy hormone monstress navigating some of the pre-teens lives'. What more could you want?
If you're dating someone who doesn't think cheerleading's a "real" sport, they'll promptly change their minds after watching Cheer. The Navarro cheer team is one of the best college teams in the country, and they take their sport seriously, enduring intense practices, pushing through painful injuries, and abiding by their coach's strict rules. If nothing else, you'll fall in love with Jerry's infectiously positive "mat talk."
Great British Baking Show
If you want something light, wholesome, and uplifting for a change, there's nothing better than the Great British Baking Show. You can watch all of the aspiring bakers try their hardest to nail each of the competitions. Plus there are seven seasons of it on Netflix, so you'll have plentyyyy to watch.
When Michael Peterson's wife mysteriously dies, he says she fell down the stairs and hit her head. But some investigators think Michael may have been responsible. So what actually happened? That's for you and your boo to decide.
Dead to Me
Recently widowed Jen is trying to come to terms with the death of her husband — killed by a hit-and-run driver — by attending a group therapy session, where she meets Judy. Judy is there grieving for her fiancé, who died of a heart attack, but she also has a deep dark secret that could change everything (dun dun dunnnn).
Each season follows Detective Harry Ambrose as he investigates a different case. In season 1, Ambrose looks into the past of a very troubled woman (Jessica Biel) to figure out WTF made her stab a man to death at the beach. And in the second season, he heads to his hometown after a young boy confesses to poisoning a couple, and he starts to learn about the secrets the townies are trying to keep buried.
Imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and telling you your wife has kept up a massive lie (I'm talking life-changing, here) for years. And then finding out that she's disappeared. And THEN finding out you're not the only one this same stranger has visited with a crazy revelation. Well, that's exactly what happens to Adam Price. With mystery, thrills, and British accents, The Stranger really has it all.
The Good Place
What do you get when you mix Kristen Bell with Ted Danson? The forking greatest show ever. When Eleanor Shellstop wakes up in the afterlife, she's in the utopia-esque "Good Place." There's just one itty bitty problem though... she was definitely sent there by mistake.
People who've never even seen Scandal still know the name Olivia Pope. So here's the deal: she's a former White House Communications Director who opens up a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. For the rich, the powerful, and even the freakin' President, she makes problems go away before anyone even knows about them.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
Another quick fix for those true crime junkie couples out there, this docuseries investigates the horrifying death of an 8-year-old California boy who suffered unspeakable abuse from his mother and her boyfriend and looks at the broken systems that failed to save him. Basically, it's one of those too-horrifying-to-look-away binges.
Archie comics meets murder mystery meets serial killer meets who knows what else in this adaptation that gets weirder and weirder each season. If you can really suspend your sense of reality, this is deffs going to be your shared guilty pleasure watch.
Parks and Recreation
If you've already watched The Office more times than you can count (it's ok, we've all been there) let me introduce you to a little show called Parks and Rec. It's a similar ensemble cast workplace mockumentary about the Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana. With Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, and Rashida Jones taking over your screen, there's really nothing you can't love
If Game of Thrones used to be your show, you'll definitely love The Witcher since it's got a very similar vibe. It follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a lone monster hunter who's trying to find his place in a world where the people are often more evil than the beasts he hunts.
A miniseries that explores the incredibly dark and fucked-up side of life and technology. That might not sound immediately intriguing to you, but the quality is so high and the plots so mesmerizing that you won't be able to look away. If you two want something to discuss for hours, this is a show that'll immediately spark discussion and debate. Plus, it's just damn entertaining.
The Office (U.S.)
If you missed it the first time around or you're just about to jump in headfirst, you're going to love every second of this subtle yet wacky sitcom. One of you will love the Jim and Pam romance, and one of you will fall in love with the insane yet human sidekicks. Or you'll both love both. You might both love both. You will probably both love both.
It's a murder mystery so good that the season two plot was being protected by "unprecedented measures." I can say no more. Once you start, you will not stop. Clear your joint Google calendar, get a cosy blanket to snuggle under and grab a handle of whiskey. You're in for one helluva ride!
Orange Is the New Black
If you want to feel better about the state of your relationship, all you need is a quick dose of Piper and Larry's dysfunctional coupling. Seriously, three episodes in and I was giving my boyfriend a massage and thanking him for not being in prison.
If one of you really wants to watch something superhero and one of you wants some romance and lovey dovey-ness, Arrow is for you. It's fast-paced, kind of goofy, sweet, and filled with kick-ass hijinks. Best of both worlds.
It has classic whodunit for him and a Benedict Cumberbatch for you.
I repeat, Benedict Cumberbatch. That is all.
If you haven't watched David Lynch's classic crime drama, you are in for a real treat. Log Lady 4 lyfe. You can take bets on who murdered Laura Palmer and whoever guesses correctly can win something. Might I suggest a snack prize that you can eat during your next binge-watch!