Whether you’re popping in a DVD of your favorite HBO show in HD or streaming a new Netflix-original series on your laptop, you’re probably watching or talking about one of these shows. Don’t suffer from major FOMO (fear of missing out) and make sure to catch the latest episode of these popular tv series!
10. Dr. Phil
You don’t have to go far back into the reaches of tv history to know that Dr. Phil has always been a classic staple of American television. His broadcast on CBS has touched people all over the world with his sagely advice and sappy stories. His series can get a bit emotional and melodramatic, but that’s why audiences love him. As far as tv doctors go, Phil is at the top. This may be an old show, but it is a classic standby.
Before there was tv binge watching, there was addiction to reality tv, and that all started with everyone’s favorite reality series Survivor. Life just wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t show up at work to hear everyone trying to recap last night’s must-see episode. With special all star seasons and new settings, people are still buzzing about the CBS hit in 2015. It’s no wonder host Jeff Probst has won the Emmy Award for reality tv hosting four times. If you don’t want to get voted off the island, it may be in your best interest to tune in.
Before she was the selfie queen, Ellen Degeneres was the queen of daytime television – that is, after Oprah renounced the throne. Ellen interviews actors, reality tv stars, musicians, YouTube sensations, hilarious kids, famous Viners and more on her NBC show. And don’t forget the dancing: Ellen loves to dance on tv so much that she guest-hosted on So You Think You Can Dance. If you can’t get tickets to enjoy it in person, set your DVR to record it daily so you don’t miss the fun.
7. American Horror Story
Some say that tv today is not what it used to be, and that’s hard to argue with when watching a shocking drama series like American Horror Story on FX. This show churns out major television and film stars from its cast like Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and more. With every new season hosting a different story and setting – next fall promises a spooky hotel setting for Season 5 – it can be hard to keep up, but it won’t be long until you’re a true fanatic.
6. The Walking Dead
Don’t let the fact that it’s based on a comic book – er, graphic novel – fool you, this AMC series is incredibly dark and dramatic. Photos of the cast have revealed that the upcoming season 6 will be even more violent and intense as the past. That’s not the only thing fans have to look forward: plans for a much-hyped spin off series are in the works.
5. Modern Family
Though every episode is a hilarious laugh-fest, Modern Family is also known for its sweet, emotional stories and buzz-worthy season finales. This ABC comedy series has garnered tons of awards from Golden Globes to Emmys because of its balance of jokes and sincere storylines. Whether it’s hijinks from Haley (actress Sarah Hyland) or Gloria’s (actress Sofia Vergara) accented humor, there’s always a good reason to watch this hit series, now coming on its 7th season.
4. True Detective
If the deep and brooding theme song doesn’t clue you in, then the shadowy images and acting should let you know that True Detective is the darkest and most cinematic show on television. It boasts a cast full of high-profile actors like Matthew McConaughey, as well as Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams in the the much-anticipated and mysterious Season 2. With an all new cast and plot in its second season, this hit HBO series will have people buzzing for sure.
It’s not just the ratings that tell you how popular this scandalous series is, but the number of people talking about it, too. You can’t go two seconds on Facebook or Twitter without seeing someone talking about or hashtagging the latest that Olivia Pope (actress Kerry Washington) is up to on this ABC drama series. The most recent series finale “A Few Good Women,” revealed something wild about character Mellie Grant (actress Bellamy Young). There’s sure to be much more to reveal in the upcoming Season 5 this fall.
2. Orange is the New Black
What the award-winning Netflix series Orange is the Black lacks in accuracy it makes up for in fun. Few shows can compare to Orange is the Black when it comes to tv addiction, especially since it’s such a guilty pleasure for so many to binge watch. Originally based on the book by author Piper Kerman, the show has since taken on a mind of its own, winding the wide cast of characters along a roller coaster, especially the ups and downs of the romance between Piper (actress Taylor Schilling) and Alex (actress Laura Prepon). This is one show you definitely want to have streaming on your computer.
1. Game of Thrones
You’ve never met a true tv fanatic until you’ve met someone with a serious addiction to the HBO series Game of Thrones. As Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation exclaims, “It’s a crossover hit!” You may get overwhelmed with the amount of characters and storylines going on, which is why it’s always good to have a book on hand to crack open to get the full details and take a look at the expansive map of Westeros. The Game of Thrones books may be addicting too, but the series, now looking forward to its 6th season, is easily the most popular show on television today.