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 anyhow. This is the phase of early adulthood (between the age of 18 to 21) during summer vacations or holidays.
In this period we often are misled towards drugs or some other bad habits which may ruin our lives. 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 human beings are between this ages.
You can either learn some new skill sets, read some novels, take an internship or waste this time in passing the time. But if you are gonna pass 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 a great 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 can use amongst my friends to show off my English.
But when I finished watching a couple of series not only 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 the passive entertainment, you are gonna 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 into it.
Japanese anime series has gotten very popular over the course of years and the reason behind it is their genius work. Death Note is one of such example of their genius work. It is basically a story of a brilliant school student who is a son of one of the most prominent police officer in the city and is obsessed with justice in the world. One day he finds a notebook which is 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.
On his crusade to eliminate criminals from the world, he covers his tracks really well. But, when the killings go out of control, a private investigator who is as smart as he is, try to find and stop him. The story is very well written and executed really nicely. Death Note is very thrilling and entertaining to watch, Especially to see – how a human consciousness can sub par 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 Seven Kingdoms in the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, the ancient army of the dead rise against them all to threaten their existence.
With over millions of fans and viewership all over the world 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 tries to take control of the land of Westeros.
If you have never watched Game of Thrones but planning to do so, let me give a friendly advice first – “Don’t get too attached with any of the characters”. One of the best things that makes watching Game of Thrones so much exciting is – No matter how genius you are, you cannot predict next thing that is going to happen. Game of Thrones is the most watched show that is currently running with over a million dollars budget per episode. The story is very well written and executed with an extraordinary set of representation.
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 in an environment of the 21st century. It is a 4 season series with 3 episodes in each, with each episode nearly an hour and half long, in other words, they matched the time frame of most of the 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 then this should be the top choice for you. The 2nd season dugs deeper into psychological fault lines of Holmes family, excellently done by the great Benedict Cumberbatch, while it’s last season got somewhat low ratings, but it still managed to live up to the reputation of Sherlock Holmes.
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 the course of 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 season 10 finale and averaged 2 million advertising rates for 30 seconds ad, Friends is one of the most popular tv show around the world. It was started in 1994 and lasted over the course of 10 seasons until 2004. It was one of most popular tv shows in 90’s. It is basically a story of six friends who are in their 20’s, living in the heart of the city of New York. While they grow up, they go through 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 watch this show for 2nd and even for 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 for over 3 times and I never got bored, that is the beauty of this show.
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 who teach 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 rich 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 series of 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 wrap up this project pretty quickly, they could have made another one and fit the story neatly. Otherwise, it is a great series with excellent story and execution, which makes it very fun and entertaining to watch.
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 smart, 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 the show that looks this weird, but you gotta watch it before making your mind.
From the very first episode, Rick and Morty got me on the hook. Indeed it may not be the funniest show, but its charm and animation will be the major factors in reeling you in to watch, trust me. Rick is Morty’s grandfather, a genius but alcoholic who is obsessed with science, and Morty, Rick’s grandson who 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 in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
If you like watching movies which involve some genius guy with his extraordinary cleverness, Prison Break is for you. It is basically a story of breaking out of prison, but wait, it’s not that simple. Due to some political conspiracy, an innocent man got sent to death row. In order 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 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 particularly 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 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 the world he knew is gone in the zombie apocalypse. Now, he must survive with his family from zombies also called “Walking Dead” with the help of other survivors and also lead them in the right direction.
What will you do, if you woke up one day and find the world is gone in a zombie apocalypse? The Walking Dead is based on the famous comic book named “The Walking Dead”. The story is basically about a police officer who leads the bunch of survivors to protect them from zombies or 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 series started to travel further, I started to like it and so the other millions of people. The Walking Dead has earned immense popularity over the years and now is the one the top most popular tv series currently running.
The series presentation and execution is also top of the line; the VFX, the zombie makeup, the cruelness is great and never seen anything like it in any series or even in a movie. Maybe that is the reason that 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 the Batman was as a child and Detective James Gordan as a young man? Watch Gotham. Now, lots of people might debate over – 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 the 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 huge fan following of Batman. The story, the screenplay, the execution is pretty good which makes Gotham a must watch tv shows 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 at day and hack felons at night. Panic strikes him when an anarchist hires him to hack the company he works for, the same company that caused the death of his father.
Mr. Robot’s story revolves around Elliot Alderson, who is a cyber security engineer addicted to drugs but is a brilliant minded hacker who is suffering from bipolar disorder. As a child, he suffers the death of his father due to some Evil corporation. Grown up as a man, an anarchist hires him to hack the same company that caused the death of his father.
The story writing and plot is excellent, Rami Malek who plays Elliot in series did an excellent job in acting, he even got Grammy for his excellent acting in Mr. Robot. There is no other man I would see who is better suited to play Elliot in Mr. Robot. If you love thrillers, hacking, and brilliant planning in movies or series then 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 a quest to gain the greatest power in the world – the President of United States and crushing those who get in his way.
The story of a congressman, Frank Underwood, who is appointed as a secretary of state, along with his wife he sets a quest to achieve the greatest power in the world – to become President of the United States. He is ruthless, cold, and don’t hesitate to crush anyone who stands in his way. As he climbs up in the ladder he faces many problems and people who stand in his way to achieve the greatest power in the world.
This series is about politics and its deep dark secrets, now some people might think – it’s about politics, so it must be boring, that’s what I thought before watching this show. But, when I started watching it, I noticed, this series is actually really good. I really 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 lawyer. Looking for brilliant associates like him, Harvey hires Mike as his new associate, but 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 took place in small Indiana town in 1983 where Joyce Byers and her 12-year-old son lives. 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. Along the way, they unravel an extraordinary set of mysteries involving supernatural forces, secret government experiments, and an unusual little girl.
Love to watch movies and tv shows which involve thriller, creepy things, and sci-fi terminologies? The Stranger Thing falls under such category. Basically, it is a story of 4 school kids, one of them goes missing. As they search for him, they unravel set of mysteries involving very strange supernatural forces and secret government experiments and an unusual little girl who possesses supernatural abilities.
My overall impression of this series is pretty good. This series is aimed towards a family audience, but it may be frightening for younger children. I ended up liking the characters in the series, especially the younger kids. If you are interested in such creepy sci-fi horror thriller then you should head to Netflix right now and watch it.
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.
As a child, Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive waste in an accident trying to save a stranger. Now, he uses his other heightened senses to fight crime in his city. Daredevil is based on Marvel comic Daredevil, as of a child, I read several Daredevil comics, but never a huge fan of Daredevil.
That being said, after watching this series, I have to say, 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 great and proves there is 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 allows their 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 that is 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 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 unique story is really great and the production team did an amazing job turning it into the screen. The story is vivid and intriguing, visuals are beautiful, 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 Viking tribe, he also embodies his ancient traditions and devotions 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, who are known to be most fearless, ruthless, and skilled worriers.
The series is been very well written and charming. The most intriguing thing about this series is its epic battle scenes, they are really good and well executed. Travis Fimmel did a really good job portraying Ragnar, it totally suits him. A physical and intense character, with that spice of humor that is the Viking trademark from the sagas.
Now, lots of 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 straight forward 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-enter in the country as a war hero, Carry suspects he is the one.
If you love top to watch gripping thrillers with incredible character, then you must watch Homeland. This is a show with an incredible and very talented cast that makes your time watching it much more worth. Claire Denes plays an intense CIA officer, who is unstable but believes that an American prisoner of war has been turned by Al-Quieda, 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 very talented cast which makes it very intriguing to watch.
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 have been living the normal lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition and leaving before their non-aging is noticed. They are back in the town where they first became vampires and also where Elena lives. On her first day at school, she meets Stefan and feels the connection with him. Stefan falls in love with her but, she has an uncanny resemblance to the Salvatore brothers old love, Katherine.
If you like watching Vampire movies with a bit of love twist in it, then you definitely like The Vampire Diaries. It is a very good 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 your mind immediately, give it a chance, after some episodes, you will like it. It might not be as good as book series, but I think it beats Twilight by far.
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, with his father 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 so far. 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 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 a very good storytelling in both present time and flashbacks of the past about how the billionaire playboy turns into a hooded vigilante. Overall, the series is very good with a talented cast and great action scenes throughout.
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 lightning bolt as a result of 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 CW network. If you have read or know about The Flash character, then you know he is a metahuman who can move at really really fast speed. The Flash is a very popular character even before this series was made, which in turn made the series popular.
Grant Gustin did a very good job portraying The Flash character. The story telling, the action scenes, the portrayal of characters are really good. The only thing that bothered me is the VFX, in some action shots you can notice the poor job done by the CG team. Otherwise, it is a really good and one of the best tv series I have watched and if you are a Flash fan, then you are definitely gonna 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.