Binge watching TV can be the best, or the worst if you can't find any shows that are binge-worthy. Binge-worthy shows have to:
1) Be good enough to want to keep watching
2) Have enough episodes that a binge is possible
3) Be freely available on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, mobile apps or run regularly on cable
When I recently found my binge-watching list empty, I turned to the Mystery Playground Facebook page, to see what you all love to binge watch.
Here are the recommendations:
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - An Australian show that is making waves in the US mystery community
- Murdoch Murders - A Canadian whodunnit
- Any of the Miss Marples - If you love Agatha Christie, and who doesn't?
Bernie recommends Death in Paradise... "A stiff upper lip British Detective gets sent to a laid back Caribbean island, great location, great plots and humour." It's now in its fifth season with BBC One, and available on iTunes.
Cathi also suggests Death in Paradise, Miss Marple and Miss Fisher. And to that list she adds:
- Midsomer Murders
- Last of the Summer Wine - This comedy about three men who go around town having fun. Not a mystery.
- Poirot - A classic and must watch for any mystery lover.
Dru Ann recommends, Angela Lansbury's hit TV show from the 80s and 90s, Murder, She Wrote. Kris agreed with her and added Hart to Hart, where a glamorous rich couple, Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers solve crimes with their butler Max and a god named Freeway.
Julie recommends three shows:
- New Tricks - A unit of retired police detectives solve cold cases.
- NBC's Crossing Lines - A special unit sanctioned by the Internation Criminal Court focuses on international crimes.
- Rosemary and Thyme - This show about a crime-solving gardening loving duo aired on the BBC.
- Columbo - This show started in the early 70s and featured a brilliant detective who hid behind a bumbling exterior.
- Inspector Morse - Excellent ITV series that ran on Mystery for years.
- Prime Suspect - Helen Miran's show, also for ITV in Britain, makes for great entertainment and storylines dealt with racism and sexism. NBC tried a US reboot of this in 2011, but it didn't last long.
- Rumpole of the Bailey - This courtroom ran from 1978 - 1992, and Rumpole helped the lower classes find justice.
And if you want to a mini-binge watch, there's always to new ABC TV show - The Catch. I watched one episode and then watched all five episodes that have aired to date like I was eating potato chips out of a bag. I don't know how they keep this show this fresh, but for now, I'll keep watching.
Now tell us what you like to binge watch...