We all have that one phase in our life where we get so bored that we literally do nothing and just want to pass the time. This is the phase of early adulthood (between 18 to 21) during summer vacations or holidays.
We are often misled towards drugs or other bad habits that may ruin our lives during this period. Instead of making our lives more productive, we tend to waste this invaluable phase of our life. We do this because we are lazy; all humans are between these ages.
You can either learn some new skill sets, read some novels, take an internship or waste this time passing the time. But if you are gonna give this time being lazy, I suggest you do it right by watching some of the series I am about to mention here.
While series are the best passive-entertainment material, you can also learn many things from them, which may be helpful in your life someday, and even if it doesn’t, it may help you improve your vocabulary.
Actually, I started watching these series just because I wanted to learn some fancy words which I could use amongst my friends to show off my English.
But when I finished watching a couple of series, it improved my vocabulary and corrected some of the pronunciations that I used to pronounce wrong, but also made me fluent in English.
So apart from providing passive entertainment, you will be better at your vocabulary. That’s something, right?
If I have given you enough reasons to waste… ahem… utilize your time, let’s begin with the top list of the Best TV Series and Netflix Shows.
IMDb Ratings: 9.0/10 (123,848)
Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong.
Storyline: An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written in it.
Japanese anime series have gotten very popular over the years, and the reason behind it is their genius work. Death Note is one such example of their genius work. It is basically a story of a brilliant school student who is the son of one of the most prominent police officers in the city and is obsessed with justice. One day he finds a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written in it. He thinks this is his chance to make everything right that is wrong with this world.
He covers his tracks really well on his crusade to eliminate criminals from the world. But, when the killings go out of control, a private investigator who is as intelligent as he is, tries to find and stop him. The story is very well written and executed really nicely. Death Note is thrilling and entertaining to watch, especially how human consciousness can be subpar when the power gets in their hands. The genius expertise of the writers and screen players made it one of the best tv series of all time.
Game of Thrones
IMDb Ratings: 9.5/10 (1,193,682)
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Storyline: Several Powerful families fight for the control of the Seven Kingdoms in the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, the ancient army of the dead rise against them all to threaten their existence.
With millions of fans and viewership worldwide and a billion dollars per season revenue, I doubt anyone can question the authority of Game of Thrones in the list of best tv shows. It is based on the novel Game of Thrones written by the legendary R. R. Martin. The story starts with the death of the king of seven kingdoms; as he dies, several powerful families try to take control of the land of Westeros.
If you have never watched Game of Thrones but planning to do so, let me give some friendly advice first – “Don’t get too attached to any of the characters.” One of the best things that make watching Game of Thrones so exciting is that you cannot predict the next thing that will happen, no matter how genius you are. Game of Thrones is the most-watched show currently running with over a million dollars budget per episode. The story is well written and executed with a unique set of representations.
IMDb Ratings: 9.2/10 (556,596)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs.
Storyline: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
What will happen if the famous Sherlock Holmes appears in the 21st century? If you wanna know, then you must watch this series. Sherlock is based on the original work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just renovated to match the environment of the 21st century. It is a 4 season series with 3 episodes in each, with each episode nearly an hour and a half long; in other words, they matched the time frame of most Hollywood films.
Benedict Cumberbatch did an excellent job portraying the great Sherlock Holmes with Martin Freeman in the role of Dr. Watson. If you are a fan of detective films and tv shows, this should be the top choice for you. The 2nd season dugs deeper into the psychological fault lines of the Holmes family, excellently done by the incredible Benedict Cumberbatch, while its last season got somewhat low ratings, but it still managed to live up to the reputation of Sherlock Holmes.
How I Met Your Mother
IMDb Ratings: 8.4/10 (470,450)
Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan.
Storyline: A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.
It is another masterpiece that teaches us values about life and friendship. It is basically a story of 5 friends living in the city of New York. While two of them are engaged to one another, one is a wealthy playboy, one is only focused on her career, and the last one is pretty romantic and in search of “the one.” As they grow old, they go through many events, learning the important lessons about friendship, life, and love.
While the series got many fans over the years, the last season wasn’t particularly able to win the hearts of its viewers. In my personal opinion, I think they wrapped up this project pretty quickly; they could have made another one and fit the story neatly. Otherwise, it is an excellent series with excellent narrative and execution, making it very fun and entertaining.
IMDb Ratings: 9.0/10 (513,078)
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry.
Storyline: The story revolves around the six friends living in the city of New York. Over ten years, they go through family troubles, romances, laughs, fights, and surprises, learning what it really means to be a friend.
With over 50 million viewers of the season 10 finale and averaged 2 million advertising rates for 30 seconds ads, Friends is one of the most popular tv shows worldwide. It was started in 1994 and lasted 10 seasons until 2004. It was one of the most popular tv shows in the 90s. It is basically a story of six friends in their 20s, living in the heart of the city of New York. While they grow up, they go through a series of events like – fights, heartbreaks, romances, troubles, surprises, and love, learning what friendship really means.
Although friends completed almost 13 years ago, it still has lots of fan following, and it is still watched by millions of people around the world. Many people overlook this show for the 2nd and even the 3rd time. If you want my opinion, I think it is one of the best tv series in the world. I have watched it over 3 times, and I never got bored; that is the beauty of this show.
Rick and Morty
IMDb Ratings: 9.3/10 139,652
Cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke.
Storyline: An animated series that exploits the infinite adventures of Rick, a genius alcoholic and careless scientist, with his grandson Morty, a 14-year-old anxious boy who is not so bright but always tries to lead his grandfather with his own moral compass.
First of all, let me tell you what I thought before watching this show – “after watching the poster and some trailers and ads, I thought this looks weird; there is no way anybody is gonna watch this weird shit!”. But, I gotta tell you, this show is charming. Now I know it is strange to say this about a show that looks this weird, but you gotta watch it before making up your mind.
Rick and Morty got me on the hook from the very first episode. Indeed it may not be the funniest show, but its charm and animation will be the significant factors in reeling you to watch, trust me. Rick is Morty’s grandfather, a genius but alcoholic obsessed with science, and Morty, Rick’s grandson, is constantly dragged into Rick’s experiments and endless adventures.
IMDb Ratings: 8.5/10 (352,131)
Cast: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Sarah Wayne Callies.
Storyline: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row, and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison to break the both of them out from the inside.
If you like watching movies that involve some genius guy with his extraordinary cleverness, Prison Break is for you. It is basically a story of breaking out of prison, but it’s not that simple. Due to some political conspiracy, an innocent man got sent to death row. To save him, his brother gets himself in the same prison he helped design to break both of them out.
The story writing is excellent, and the execution is also great. Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller did a good job portraying Lincon and Michael. It is a 4 season series with another one this year. Although the first 4 seasons were excellent, I am not mainly a fan of season 5. The story plot and execution of season 5 just didn’t feel right. If Prison Break is on your watch list, I suggest you ignore the last season; it may change your entire opinion about such a good show.
The Walking Dead
IMDb Ratings: 8.5/10 (702,713)
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan.
Storyline: A sheriff, after getting shot, woke up in the hospital finding the world he knew was gone in the zombie apocalypse. Now, he must survive with his family from zombies, also called the “Walking Dead,” with other survivors’ help and lead them in the right direction.
What would you do if you woke up one day and found the world was gone in a zombie apocalypse? The Walking Dead is based on the famous comic book named “The Walking Dead.” The story is about a police officer who leads many survivors to protect them from zombies or the so-called “walking dead.”
When I first watched the episode of The Walking Dead on tv back in 2010, I liked it, but I also thought – “zombie apocalypse, on tv? Who is gonna watch it?”. But, as the series started to travel further, I began to like it, and so did the other millions of people. The Walking Dead has earned immense popularity over the years and now is one the top most popular tv series currently running.
The presentation and execution are also top of the line. The VFX, zombie makeup, and the cruelness are outstanding, and never seen anything like it in any series or movie. Maybe that is why it is one of the all-time best tv series.
IMDb Ratings: 7.9/10 (148,992)
Cast: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, David Mazouz.
Storyline: The story behind Detective James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.
Wanna see how Batman was as a child and Detective James Gordan as a young man? Watch Gotham. Now, many people might debate whether or not Gotham deserves to be on this list because of its low ratings and all, but come on, it’s Batman! As I happened to be a huge Batman fan, and this list is based on my opinion, Gotham is must-watch series considering my opinion.
Batman, as a child, witnesses the death of his parent in front of his eye and becomes obsessed with justice and saving his city. Gotham shows the growth of Bruce Wayne towards becoming Batman and Detective James Gordan’s rise to prominence in the city of Gotham. The series is pretty popular due to the enormous fan following of Batman. The story, the screenplay, and the execution are pretty good, making Gotham a must-watch tv show of this decade.
IMDb Ratings: 8.6/10 (226,122)
Cast: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater.
Storyline: Elliot Alderson, a cyber security engineer, suffering from depression, works at security firms during the day and hacks felons at night. Panic strikes him when an anarchist hires him to hack the company he works for, the same company that caused his father’s death.
Mr. Robot’s story revolves around Elliot Alderson, a cyber security engineer addicted to drugs but is a brilliant-minded hacker suffering from bipolar disorder. As a child, he suffers his father’s death due to some Evil corporation. An anarchist hires him to hack the same company that caused the end of his father.
The story writing and plot are excellent. Rami Malek, who plays Elliot in the series, did a fantastic job acting; he even got Grammy for his superb acting in Mr. Robot. I would see no other man better suited to play Elliot in Mr. Robot. If you love thrillers, hacking, and thoughtful planning in movies or series, this should be your first choice.
House of Cards
IMDb Ratings: 9.0/10 (370,095 )
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright.
Storyline: Frank Underwood, a congressman appointed as secretary of state. Along with his wife, he sets on a quest to gain the most incredible power in the world – the President of the United States and crush those who get in his way.
The story of a congressman, Frank Underwood, appointed as a secretary of state, and his wife, set on a quest to achieve the most incredible power in the world – to become President of the United States. He is ruthless, cold, and doesn’t hesitate to crush anyone who stands in his way. As he climbs up the ladder, he faces many problems and people who stand in his way to achieving the most incredible power in the world.
Some people might think this series is about politics and its deep dark secrets – it’s about politics, so it must be tedious; that’s what I thought before watching this show. But, when I started watching it, I noticed that this series is actually perfect. I really liked it; it is entertaining, the story is fascinating, and Kevin Spacey did an excellent job portraying ruthless and cold Frank Underwood.
IMDb Ratings: 8.7/10 (261,024)
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle.
Storyline: On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers.
It is a story of Mike Ross (Patrik J Adams), a brilliant college dropout who remembers everything he has ever read, and Harvey (Gabriel Macht), one of New York city’s best lawyers. Looking for competent associates like him, Harvey hires Mike as his new associate. Still, due to his firm’s policy of only hiring associates from Harvard, Mike has to pretend he went to Harvard.
The show’s tone is pretty light, though it possesses a lot of snappy dialogues, catchy quotes, and moral ambiguity. In my personal opinion, I think it is a great show, the writing is excellent, and the cast did a great job on screen. So, it must be on your watchlist.
IMDb Ratings: 8.9/10 (326,875)
Cast: Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard.
Storyline: The story takes place in a small Indiana town in 1983, where Joyce Byers and her 12-year-old son live. When Will, Joyce’s son, goes missing, she starts to investigate along with local authorities. As they search for answers, Will’s friends also try to find him. They unravel a unique set of mysteries involving supernatural forces, secret government experiments, and an unusual little girl.
Do you love to watch movies and tv shows that involve thrillers, creepy things, and sci-fi terminologies? The Stranger Thing falls under such a category. Basically, it is a story of 4 school kids, one of them goes missing. As they search for him, they unravel a set of mysteries involving mysterious supernatural forces and secret government experiments and an unusual little girl who possesses magical abilities.
My overall impression of this series is pretty good. This series is aimed toward a family audience, but it may be frightening for younger children. I liked the characters in the series, especially the younger kids. If you are interested in such a creepy sci-fi horror thriller, you should head to Netflix and watch it.
The Vampire Diaries
IMDb Ratings: 7.8/10 (238,357)
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham.
Storyline: The vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore live everyday lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition and leaving before noticing their non-aging. They are back in the town where they first became vampires and where Elena lives. On her first day at school, she meets Stefan and feels connected with him. Stefan falls in love with her, but she has an uncanny resemblance to the Salvatore brother’s old love, Katherine.
If you like watching Vampire movies with a love twist, you definitely want The Vampire Diaries. It is an excellent show with lots of drama, action, and a good storyline. In my opinion, it is much better than Twilight. If you haven’t watched it yet, I encourage you to go and watch it; I promise you will most definitely like it.
But allow me to warn you first, the first few episodes might feel sluggish, so don’t make up your mind immediately, give it a chance; after some episodes, you will like it. It might not be as good as the book series, but I think it beats Twilight.
IMDb Ratings: 8.7/10 (260,902)
Cast: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson.
Storyline: Blinded in a car accident as a child, Matt Murdock, an attorney at law, fights crime in a day as a lawyer and uses his superhumanly enhanced senses to fight criminals in the streets of New York at night.
Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive waste in an accident while trying to save a stranger as a child. Now, he uses his other heightened senses to fight crime in his city. Daredevil is based on Marvel comic Daredevil; as a child, I read several Daredevil comics but was never a huge fan of Daredevil.
After watching this series, I have to say that it was a great experience. Charlie Cox did an excellent job portraying Daredevil and even better portraying Matt Murdock. The combat scenes are directed excellently, and his suit is also pretty good. This series is fantastic and proves real potential for such stories to tell on smaller screens.
IMDb Ratings: 9.0/10 (202,471)
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris.
Storyline: Westworld is a futuristic amusement park made for rich people that allows its users to live their most primal fantasies with the robot hosts. No matter how noble/depraved a human being is, watch their appetite indulging when there is no consequence. However, the park runs into chaos when robots grow an artificial consciousness similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness.
What will you do if you get a chance to fulfill your most primal fantasies, no matter how good or dark it is, without any consequences? If you ask me – Hell Yeah! I will do it without any second thoughts. Westworld is such a futuristic park where people can go and fulfill their fantasies with robot hosts, and of course, no matter what you do, there will be no consequences.
First of all, I am a fan of sci-fi themes, and I think the idea of such a unique story is really great and the production team did a fantastic job turning it into the screen. The story is vivid and intriguing, the visuals are beautiful, and the acting is incredible. Basically, it is a must-watch modern-day classic.
IMDb Ratings: 8.7/10 (250,772)
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig.
Storyline: The story of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to rise up to the pages of history from Norse legend. As he rises up to become a fearless warrior and king of the Viking tribe, he embodies his ancient traditions and devotion to the gods.
The series takes us back to the era of Vikings, the world of Norseman and Oarsman. The story of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Norseman to appear on the pages of history, and his Viking tribe, known to be the most fearless, ruthless, and skilled worriers.
The series has been very well written and charming. The most intriguing thing about this series is its epic battle scenes; they are outstanding and well-executed. Travis Fimmel did a good job portraying Ragnar; it totally suits him. A physical and intense character, with that spice of humor, is the Viking trademark of the sagas.
Many people have been comparing it to the Game of Thrones, but in my opinion, Viking has its own thing going on. It’s way simpler with a more straightforward approach.
IMDb Ratings: 8.4/10 (252,694)
Cast: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend.
Storyline: Carry Mathison, a bipolar CIA officer, becomes convinced an American prisoner of war has been turned by Al-Quaeda. While Nicholas Broady, who has been in captivity since 2003, gets rescued and re-enters the country as a war hero, Carry suspects he is the one.
If you love top to watch gripping thrillers with incredible characters, you must protect Homeland. This show with an excellent and talented cast that makes your time watching it much more worthwhile. Claire Denes plays an intense CIA officer who is unstable but believes that an American prisoner of war has been turned by Al-Qaeda, who is basically a recently recovered P.O.W. (Demian Lewis). But, due to her unstable condition, people find it hard to believe her.
This show is really good with a beautiful script and a very talented cast, making it very intriguing to watch.
IMDb Ratings: 7.8/10 (336,755)
Cast: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne.
Storyline: A billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, and his father are presumed dead after their yacht goes missing in the sea. Unfortunately, his father dies, but Oliver survives on a deserted island, “Lian Yu.” After five years, he returns home as a changed man with only one goal in his mind – “to save his city.”
Based on the famous DC comic “Green Arrow,” Arrow is one of the best action-based tv series I have watched. If you are an action lover (who isn’t?), then you are gonna like this very much. A billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, gets lost on a boat with his father and is presumed dead. After five years, he returns home as a changed man and fights crime in his city with a bow.
It is basically an action-packed version of its comic with excellent storytelling in both present time and flashbacks of the past about how the billionaire playboy turns into a hooded vigilante. Overall, the series is perfect, with a talented cast and great action scenes.
IMDb Ratings: 8.1/10 (224,712)
Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh.
Storyline: A forensic scientist, Barry Allen, works at CCPD. One day he gets struck by a lightning bolt due to an accident in Star Labs particle accelerator. Coming out of a coma 9 months later, he finds that he possesses the ability to move at superhuman speed. But, he isn’t the only one with superhuman abilities in his city. With the help of his friends at Star Labs, he must use his power to fight crimes and metahumans to save his city.
It is also another tv show based on DC’s comic “The Flash,” which airs on the CW network. If you have read or know about The Flash character, you know he is a metahuman who can move quickly. Even before this series was made, the Flash was a viral character, making the series famous.
Grant Gustin did an outstanding job portraying The Flash character. The storytelling, the action scenes, and the portrayal of characters are excellent. The only thing that bothered me was the VFX. In some action shots, you can notice the poor job done by the CG team. Otherwise, it is a good and one of the best tv series I have watched, and if you are a Flash fan, you are definitely going to like it.
Now this list is entirely based on my opinion. What do you think? Do you know any better tv series that deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comment section down below.