21 Geeky Shows You Should Binge Watch in 2016
Time is running out
All of these shows are returning very, very soon, so don't waste any time! (With anything other than binge-watching, that is.)
The X-Files - 9 seasons - Netflix
It may not be realistic at this point to finish binge-watching the X-Files before it returns on January 24th, but we would at least suggest that fans watch a few of your favorite episodes for a refresher. If you've never watched it before, you should, and while nine seasons may very well take all year, it's worth it, if only because you get to see lots of Gillian Anderson's withering stares.
Daredevil - 1 season - Netflix
The Netflix Release Date for Daredevil Season 2" href="http://www.outerplaces.com/science-fiction/item/10839-new-trailer-confirms-netflix-release-date-for-daredevil-season-2" target="_blank">newest teaser just confirmed that Daredevil will return for its second season on March 18, so if you haven't finished season one yet, then what are you waiting for? Daredevil is arguably Marvel's most critically acclaimed outing to date, with great performances and flawless fight choreography, and if you catch up before season two, you'll be able to see Jon Bernthal's Punisher and Elodie Yung's Elektra right when it comes out.
The 100 - 2 seasons - Netflix
The 100 may be the most underrated sci-fi show on television right now. While at first blush it looks like just another CW show in which good-looking teenagers who are conveniently without parents have romantic entanglements with each other, it's actually an action-packed, complex, socially conscious post-apocalyptic show that everyone should be watching.
Orphan Black - 3 seasons - Amazon Prime
I can't say anything about Tatiana Maslany's performance that hasn't already been said, but needless to say, this show is worth watching for her embodiment of about a dozen different clones alone. But the show surrounding her is wonderful as well, with plenty of action, twists, humor, and interesting moral dilemmas surrounding human cloning and scientific advancement. It returns in April, specific date yet to be determined, so there's still time to finish all three seasons.
Person of Interest - 4 seasons - Netflix
If The 100 isn't the most underrated sci-fi show on television, it's probably Person of Interest. This well-written, well-acted show started off as a procedural and became one of the most complex and sophisticated fictional dystopias about artificial intelligence. But unfortunately, no one has heard of it, and it's probably going to end after its fifth season. Still no official premiere date yet, but it's scheduled for sometime in midseason, so get cracking!
Shows You can finish in less than a week
Some may take more commitment (read: insanity) than others, but you can binge all of these shows in less than a week.
Jessica Jones - 1 season - Netflix
Daredevil may have been a little more beloved, but I thought Jessica Jones was even better than Daredevil. Unrelentingly dark and featuring fantastic performances from Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, and Mike Colter, I binged the first season in one weekend and didn't regret a single second of it.
The Flash - 1 season - Netflix
The Flash succeeded where so many other DC Comics efforts have failed: it became a perfect, lighthearted superhero show that doesn't take itself too seriously but still has plenty of heart. After a stellar first season everyone was expecting a sophomore slump, but The Flash continues to knock it out of the park. If you're not already watching this show, you should be.
Arrow - 3 seasons - Netflix
Arrow took a little longer to warm up than The Flash, but once it did, it became one of the most enjoyable shows on television. The second season, in particular, is one of the best single seasons of a superhero show ever. So if you can get through the early rough parts, it's well worth watching.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - 2 seasons - Netflix
Like Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a while to find its footing, especially when its plotlines were hampered by holding back reveals that Marvel was saving for the movies. But once Captain America: Winter Soldier came out, S.H.I.E.L.D. as we knew it was blown wide open, and the show was never the same again. Now, it's one of the most consistently entertaining shows on TV, and necessary watching for all Marvel fans.
The Leftovers - 2 seasons - HBO GO
The Leftovers will end after its third season, and if you haven't been watching, you have no idea how sad you should be about that. Damon Lindelof perfected the convoluted craziness from Lost to create an audacious and groundbreaking show, one that is considered by many critics to not only be the best sci-fi show on television, but one of the very best shows on television right now.
The Man in the High Castle - 1 season - Amazon Prime
Amazon is nipping at Netflix's heels with their stellar original series, and The Man in the High Castle may be their pinnacle achievement so far. The pilot was their most-watched and best-reviewed original show ever, even including Golden Globe winner Transparent, and is a more than worthy adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel.
Mr. Robot - 1 season - Amazon Prime
Mr. Robot had a somewhat silly premise and a terrible marketing campaign, but unexpectedly became one of the most acclaimed new shows of last season, making many critics' top ten lists and garnering star Rami Malek many awards, including a surprise Golden Globe nomination.
iZombie - 1 season - Netflix
With humor, heart, snark, lots of zombie gore, and a pitch-perfect performance from a spunky blonde lead, iZombie is like a perfect mixture of Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Walking Dead. What could be wrong with that?
Black Mirror - 2 seasons - Netflix
Black Mirror is one of the most sophisticated sci-fi shows around, deftly exploring the ramifications of burgeoning technologies in wonderfully written self-contained installments. It also features famous and nerdy guest stars like Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jon Hamm. Plus, there are only three episodes per season plus a holiday special, so you'll blow through it quicker than you even want to.
Firefly - 1 season - Netflix
Don't you want to know what all the fuss is about? All of Joss Whedon's shows are on Netflix, and although I would personally argue that Buffy was the best one, Firefly is weirder and more niche, and had the best cast chemistry of any show I've ever seen. Plus, at only 13 episodes and a movie (Serenity, also on Netflix), it's much less of a commitment than Buffy.
Dollhouse - 2 seasons - Netflix
Dollhouse was a flawed show, but I would still say it was vastly underrated, as it was by far Joss Whedon's most ambitious show and often explored the ethical issues associated with personality-wiping technology with nuance and complexity. And similar to Firefly, it's a small commitment at only 26 episodes, so if you're a fan of Whedon or you enjoy watching ethically questionable characters doing ethically questionable things, you should watch this show.
Better Off Ted - 2 seasons - Netflix
Literally no one talks about Better Off Ted, which is a shame, because it's amazing. It's basically a dystopian, sci-fi version of The Office, and its best episode, "Racial Sensitivity," was the most hilarious treatment of race relations I've ever seen (embedded above).
Shows that might take you all year
Game of Thrones - 5 seasons - HBO GO
I might be the only person in the world who still hasn't gotten into Game of Thrones, so that's my binge-watching resolution for the year. By all accounts, anyone else out there who hasn't made time to watch it should join me.
Fringe - 5 seasons - Netflix
Fringe was never quite as good as the X-Files, but it's a great show on its own, featuring fun parallel universe hijinks, some of the most well-done body horror I've ever seen, and an irresistible performance from John Noble.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 7 seasons - Netflix
Everyone should watch Buffy. It will change your life, trust me.
Angel - 5 seasons - Netflix
The first couple of seasons of Angel were good, but not great, and then it randomly became awesome in its third season, culminating in a nearly perfect fifth season and what many critics consider to be the best series finale of all time, bar none.
Lost - 6 seasons - Netflix
I almost feel bad suggesting that anyone start Lost now, since the last couple of seasons and the series finale were such a letdown. But the first few seasons were groundbreaking and classic television, and worth watching if you can let go of all those pesky unresolved plot threads.