Beyond Binge Watching: Make Your Perfect TV Line-Up
November 01, 2017
Outgrown binge watching, but also hate wasting time searching aimlessly through titles, wondering what to watch next? We’re here to help you plan your own personalized fall line-up! We paired some of our favorite series — new and old, American and International, broadcast and premium — to help craft your go-to viewing line-up for the months to come.
Line-up 1: High-Quality Family Time
This trifecta will keep you laughing and crying with three of television’s most famous families — each made in their own special way.
Will and Grace (NBC)
This is Us (NBC)
Line-up 2: Screwball, with a Twist
Emotional, hilarious, outrageous: this combo is perfect for a night of zany fun with a heart. These takes on the modern ‘screwball comedy’ push their characters to delve deep and partake in high-stakes shenanigans worthy of their raucous forebearers.
You’re the Worst (FX)
Younger (TV Land)
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (Bravo)
Line-up 3: The Female Gaze
Shake-up your genres with three incredible shows that place women front and center. Claire, Alicia and Sam B. may be separated by time (and fiction!) but you can’t help but think they are pop culture kindred spirits.
The Good Wife (CBS)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Line-up 4: Learning Annex
Expand your world view with a line-up of Emmy-Award winning programs which take you inside the worlds of sports, international planning and current events like no other series on television.
30 for 30 (ESPN)
Years of Living Dangerously (Nat Geo)
Charlie Rose (PBS)
Line-up 5: Coastal Comedy
New York City & Portland serve as rich territory for these irreverent shows, but at the heart are no-holds-barred comedians exploring the funniest parts of being lost.
Search Party (TBS)
Broad City (Comedy Central)
Line-up 6: The Odd-Duck
The men at the helm of these shows provide a compelling through-line: the unconventional TV hero. Once you start watching, you can’t get enough of these unexpected and complex characters.
Detectorists (On Demand)
Manhunt (Discovery Channel)
Line-up 7: Parent & Teen Approved
In some ways, these shows combined are “Quantum Leap” for the millennium. Saving the world, leaping into the unknown and being part of something bigger than one’s self – powerful themes for a solid night of viewing, especially if you are searching for just the right show to watch with your teen.
Kevin Saves the World (ABC)
Line-up 8: The Unexpected Turn
Two domestic comedies and an irreverent detective dramedy underscore the maxim that the most interesting things happen when life doesn’t turn out as you planned.
Playing House (USA Network)
The Mick (Fox)
Line-up 9: O! M! G!
Sometimes, the bigger shock, the better — and you can be guaranteed that each episode in this line-up will have you gasping in disbelief and, most likely, shouting at your TV! (Go ahead, we won’t tell.)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Line-up 10: Modern Laugh
Quick, witty, diverse — this line-up is not only fun and funny, but each show plays with its well-established genre, ultimately re-shaping the contemporary comedy landscape.
Better Things (FX)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Line-up 11: It’ll All be OK
Enjoy a night of self-care television and delve into three of the most comforting shows around. Everyone needs some viewing that seems like an encouraging hug from a good friend; and who wouldn’t want a hug from Mary Barry?
The Great British Bake-off (PBS)
Jane the Virgin (FOX)
Golden Girls (Hallmark)
Line-up 12: The Adventure Club
Explore territories unknown with three action-packed forays into the wild. (Warning: Your wanderlust will either be fully sated or stimulated to the point of jetting off to the Amazon.)
Naked and Afraid (Discovery)
River Monster (Animal Planet)
Wild West (BBC America)
Choose your line-ups and say farewell to unnecessary binge watching. With all this great television at your fingertips, you’ll always know what to watch.