Right now is a perfect opportunity to tick a few shows off your watch list.
Insider picked 40 shows that are bingeable in a single day, ranging from 2 to 8 hours.
These shows, from "I Think You Should Leave" to "Chernobyl," range in genre, length, and service.
There are two types of TV viewers in the world: those looking for an endless show so they always have something to watch, and those who like the feeling of completing an entire story quickly. This list is for the second type of person.
Insider picked 40 shows from across the TV landscape, from musicals and dramas to true crime documentaries and cooking shows. All are easily digestible in a day, but also can be spread out if need be.
Keep scrolling to find your next favorite binge-watches.
"I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson" is a sketch show by Netflix that will take you 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.
Robinson, a former performer and writer on "Saturday Night Live," took his talents to the streaming giant in April 2019 with a more absurdist take on sketch comedy. The show's second season was expected to drop this year, but due to the pandemic, it's unclear when more episodes will be available.
The show has six episodes, ranging from 16 to 18 minutes long. The Netflix synopsis states: "There is no such thing as an ordinary interaction in this offbeat sketch comedy series that features a deep roster of guest stars."
"Special" is another shorter Netflix original, with a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes.
"Special" has one season with eight episodes, and a second season is on the way — so catch up before season two drops. The show follows Ryan, "a young gay man with cerebral palsy [who] branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants," according to Netflix. Episodes range from 12 to 17 minutes.
"Crashing" is a British comedy streaming on Netflix. Its total runtime is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
"Crashing" is a six-part British series written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of "Fleabag" fame. The episodes are 23 to 24 minutes long.
According to Netflix, "Crashing" tells the story of a "hodge-podge group of 20-something tenants [that] set up residence as property guards in a disused hospital" in exchange for low rent. Predictably, "hilarity ensues."
It'll take 2 hours and 22 minutes to binge British black comedy "This Way Up," which is streaming on Hulu.
"This Way Up" aired on Channel 4 in the UK back in August, and was added to Hulu in the US at the same time. The show was renewed for a season two in May 2020.
According to Hulu, this dramedy is "about moving on, moving forward and trying to find happiness." Aisling Bea stars as "the charming and funny Aine, who is trying to pull her life back together after a 'teeny little nervous breakdown.' Her sister Shona is increasingly worried about both her sister and her own relationship issues with her boyfriend, and the impending question of marriage."
The show is six episodes, all of which are 23 or 24 minutes long.
"Feel Good" is another British comedy that's streaming on Netflix, with a 2 hour, 27-minute-long runtime.
All six episodes of "Feel Good" dropped on Netflix on March 19, 2020, worldwide. The episodes are all 24 or 25 minutes long. It was renewed for a "second and final season" in December 2020.
According to Netflix, the show follows a stand-up comedian named Mae Martin as she "navigates a passionate, messy new relationship with her girlfriend, George, while dealing with the challenges of sobriety."
One of Netflix's originals is "I Am Not Okay With This." It has a total runtime of 2 hours and 36 minutes.
"I Am Not Okay With This" dropped on February 26, 2020. It has seven episodes total, ranging from 19 to 28 minutes long. The show reunites "IT" co-stars Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff. Sadly, it was canceled in August due to the pandemic.
"Angsty Syd navigates high school awkwardness, family drama, and an unrequited crush on her best friend while trying to rein in her budding superpowers," says Netflix's official synopsis.
HBO comedy "Los Espookys" has a runtime of 2 hours and 46 minutes.
"Los Espookys" requires subtitles for non-Spanish speakers, but if "Parasite" taught us anything, it's that dismissing subtitles has kept us away from quality movies and TV — and "Los Espookys" is a good example. The show has been renewed for a second season, so it's the perfect time to binge all six episodes before season two is released.
"Set in a fictional Latin American country, where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life, this series finds four eccentric friends — Renaldo, Andres, Ursula, and Tati — creating a business that brings horror fantasies to life for a variety of clients," according to HBO.
"Salt Fat Acid Heat" is a four-part Netflix miniseries with a runtime of 2 hours and 49 minutes.
While you're at home, "Salt Fat Acid Heat" will take you around the world, from Italy to Japan to Mexico to California. The series, based on the book of the same name, follows chef and food writer Samin Nosrat as she "travels the world to explore four basic keys to wonderful cooking, serving up feasts and helpful tips along the way."
"Don't F--- With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer" is a three-part true crime miniseries on Netflix. It'll take just over 3 hours to watch.
"Don't F--- With Cats" is about a "twisted criminal's gruesome videos [that] drive a group of amateur online sleuths to launch a risky manhunt that pulls them into a dark underworld." It's a true story — but don't look up the end. The twists and turns have to be seen to be believed.
Episode one is 65 minutes, two is 57 minutes, and three is 63 minutes.
"Pick of the Litter" on Disney Plus is 3 hours and 13 minutes of pure puppy love.
"Pick of the Litter" is one of the docuseries available on Disney Plus, though it's one of the shorter offerings, with six 27- to 35-minute episodes.
According to Disney Plus, "'Pick of the Litter' documents the ups and downs of an adorable group of six dogs on their fascinating and surprisingly suspenseful quest to become guides for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Meanwhile, the series showcases the people who love, train, and are paired with these dogs."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% (audience)
"Dash & Lily," based on the book "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares," is a holiday series on Netflix that is only 3 hours and 22 minutes long.
Based on the beloved book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (the duo behind "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and "Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List"), "Dash & Lily" is seven episodes of New York City-at-Christmastime perfection. Each episode ranges from 23 to 27 minutes long. It was released on November 10, just in time to get you in the holiday spirit.
"Opposites attract at Christmas as cynical Dash and sunny Lily trade messages and dares in. a red notebook they pass back and forth around New York City," according to Netflix.
"Russian Doll" is a Netflix original that will take you 3 hours and 28 minutes to binge.
"Russian Doll" only has one season available, though it was renewed for a second season in June 2019. The show, which stars Natasha Lyonne and is produced by Amy Poehler, tells a "Groundhog Day" type of story throughout its eight episodes. The episodes range from 24 to 30 minutes long.
"Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday. She's trapped in a surreal time loop — and staring down the barrel of her own mortality," writes Netflix.
Paul Rudd's Netflix show "Living With Yourself" takes 3 hours and 35 minutes to complete.
"Living With Yourself" debuted on Netflix back in October 2019. The eight-episode comedy follows Miles, played by Rudd, as he "undergoes a strange procedure at a strip mall spa — and wakes to find he's been replaced by a better version of himself."
Each episode ranges from 21 to 35 minutes.
"Everything Sucks!" is a Netflix original with a cult following. It'll only take 3 hours and 58 minutes to join in on the fun.
"Everything Sucks!" was canceled after one season, but it still has a dedicated fanbase. The show has 10 half-hour episodes, and takes place in the town of Boring, Oregon, in 1996, "where high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era." It was especially praised for its LGBTQ+ representation.
"Forever" only lasted for a season on Amazon Video, but it's worth the binge. It'll take you just under 4 hours.
"Forever" had very good reviews, but was unable to find its audience back in 2018, and it was canceled before its time. Good news: It's only eight episodes, and each is around 30 minutes long.
Amazon's synopsis goes as follows: "Married couple June and Oscar live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban California. For years, they've had the same conversations, eaten the same meals, and taken pleasant vacations at the same rented lake house. But after June talks Oscar into shaking things up with a ski trip, the pair suddenly find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory."
HBO Max's "It's a Sin" will also take you just under 4 hours to complete - 3 hours and 59 minutes to be exact.
"It's a Sin" spans five episodes and 10 years, ranging between 47 to 49 minutes long, and stars Years and Years singer Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer, a gay teen who moves to London to realize his dreams of becoming an actor. After airing in the UK, the series was released on February 18 on HBO Max for Americans.
HBO Max itself calls the show "a poignant drama" that "charts the thrilling and emotional journey of a tight-knit group of friends living in London during the 1980s, a decade forever changed by the AIDS crisis."
"Little America" is a comedy anthology series available on Apple TV Plus, and runs 4 hours and 10 minutes long.
"Little America" is an anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon of "The Big Sick," with Alan Yang of "Master of None." In other words, comedic geniuses. The show was released on Apple TV Plus in January 2020, and has a total of eight episodes, ranging from 29 to 34 minutes long. It was renewed for a second season in December 2019, before it even premiered.
The show "observes the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America," according to Apple.
Amazon Video's "Modern Love" was renewed for a season two, so catch up on its first season now. It has a runtime of 4 hours and 13 minutes.
"Modern Love" was renewed for a second season just a few days after season one was released in October 2019. The anthology is based on the New York Times column of the same name, and features a star-studded cast, including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott, John Slattery, Andy Garcia, Brandon Victor Dixon, and more.
Its eight episodes range from 29 to 35 minutes.
"An unlikely friendship. A lost love resurfaced. A marriage at its turning point. A date that might not have been a date. An unconventional new family. These are the unique stories about the joys and tribulations of love, each inspired by a real-life personal essay from the beloved New York Times column 'Modern Love,'" writes Amazon.
Netflix's animated comedy "Tuca & Bertie" takes 4 hours and 14 minutes to complete - or at least, it will until Adult Swim's new episodes are released.
It's the perfect time to catch up on "Tuca & Bertie's" 10-episode season because, while Netflix sadly canceled it after just one season, Adult Swim announced in 2020 that it had picked up the show for new episodes! Each episode is either 25 or 26 minutes long
"Free-spirited toucan Tuca and self-doubting song-thrush Bertie are best friends — and birds — who guide each other through life's ups and downs," writes Netflix.
Hulu's four-part miniseries on Hillary Clinton, "Hillary," takes 4 hours and 17 minutes to watch.
Hulu dropped the docuseries on March 6, 2020. Each episode is just over an hour long, with the two longest being 65 minutes.
"A remarkably intimate portrait of a public woman, 'Hillary' interweaves revealing moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage with biographical chapters of her life. Featuring exclusive interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, friends, and journalists, the series examines how she became at once one of the most admired and vilified women in the world," according to Hulu.
"Bonding" is a new type of Netflix show - the episodes are just 13 to 21 minutes long. In total, its two season-runtime is 4 hours and 20 minutes.
"Bonding," a surprising new comedy show, premiered on Netflix in April 2019, and its second season dropped in January 2021. At the moment, the show has 15 easily bingeable episodes.
"A New York City grad student moonlighting as a [spoiler] enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant," says the Netflix synopsis.
Netflix's adaptation of "The Baby-Sitters Club" takes 4 hours and 24 minutes to binge.
The 10-episode series was released on Netflix on July 3, 2020. The episodes range from 24 to 28 minutes — an easy binge. It was renewed for a season two in October.
The show is based on the Ann M. Martin's books of the same name and gives the series "a modern update," as it "follows a group of girlfriends and their homegrown babysitting business," according to Netflix.
Mindy Kaling's Netflix series "Never Have I Ever" will set you back 4 hours and 25 minutes.
"After a traumatic year, an Indian-American teen just wants to spruce up her social status — but friends, family and feelings won't make it easy on her," according to Netflix. The show has one season with 10 episodes ranging from 22 to 30 minutes long — for now. It was renewed for a second season in July 2020.
Peacock's "Saved by the Bell" reboot is 10 episodes long, or 4 hours and 25 minutes.
In Peacock's reboot/sequel to the original beloved "Saved the Bell," both the original cast and a new group of Bayside High students appear to make Gen-X, millennials, and Gen-Z laugh. The 10 episodes range from 24 to 31 minutes long.
In the show, now-grown Zack Morris is California governor and closes low-income high schools. It means that students must enroll at the state's richest school, Bayside, instead. "The new students give the oblivious Bayside kids a much-needed reality check," according to the summary.
"Julie and the Phantoms," a Netflix musical series, also takes 4 hours and 35 minutes to binge.
"Julie and the Phantoms," released in September 2020, is your perfect feel-good binge. Its nine episodes range from 24 to 38 minutes long, and feature at least one bop per episode (sometimes more). With Kenny Ortega executive-producing, you know you can't go wrong.
"Julie lost her passion for music when she lost her mom. But when three ghostly guys appear and lift her spirits, they decide to start a band together," Netflix writes. It may sound cheesy (and it basically is), but the chemistry that the band has together is magic.
"Gentefied" is one of Netflix's newer dramedies. It has a runtime of 4 hours and 53 minutes.
"Gentefied" was released on Netflix in February 2020. The show has 10 episodes of approximately 30 minutes each — but it's time to catch up, as it was officially renewed in May.
The show follows a family, the Morales cousins, as they "scramble to save their grandfather's taco shop — and pursue their own dreams — as gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood," according to Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
"When They See Us" is a four-part limited series on Netflix based on a real criminal case and controversy. It takes 4 hours and 56 minutes to finish.
Yes, this is a heavier binge, but is the definition of must-see TV. The show is based on the real-life Central Park 5 case. "Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on a true story," writes Netflix.
The episodes are more like mini-movies, with runtimes between 64 and 84 minutes (1 hour, 4 minutes to 1 hour, 28 minutes).
Watching Netflix's latest hit "Behind Her Eyes" will take 4 hours and 58 minutes.
"Behind Her Eyes" is based on the 2017 novel of the same name, and stars Eve Hewson (Bono's daughter!), Simona Brown, Tom Bateman, and Robert Aramayo. As Netflix describes it, "A single mother enters a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while secretly befriending his wife." The six episodes range from 46 to 53 minutes long.
It dropped on February 17.
One of Apple TV Plus' comedies, "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" is a quick 5 hours of comedic content.
"Mythic Quest" is one of Apple TV Plus' best-reviewed comedies, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The show was already renewed for a second season ahead of its nine-episode first season, which dropped in February of last year — plus a 25-minute quarantine special that was released in May. The episode lengths range from 25 to 37 minutes.
"Meet the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all time. But in a workplace focused on building worlds, molding heroes, and creating legends, the most hard-fought battles don't occur in the game — they happen in the office," reads Apple's official synopsis.
Hulu series "High Fidelity" was released on Valentine's Day. It'll set you back 10 episodes and 5 hours.
"High Fidelity's" exact runtime is 4 hours and 59 minutes — and sadly it'll stay that way, as it was shockingly canceled in August.
The Hulu original follows Rob, a record store owner, as she "revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love." It's based on the 1995 novel and 2000 movie of the same, but gender-swaps the main character Rob, originally played by John Cusack, for Zoë Kravitz.
The episodes range from 27 to 33 minutes each.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning comedy "Fleabag" is available on Amazon Video. The total runtime is just over 5 hours.
"Fleabag" has a total of 12 episodes, two seasons of six episodes each. The episodes range from 23 to 27 minutes long.
According to Amazon, "Fleabag" is "a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London." Phoebe Waller-Bridge created and stars in the show as Fleabag, "an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along."
HBO's limited series "Chernobyl" takes 5 hours and 23 minutes to complete.
"On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion. This gripping five-part miniseries tells the powerful and visceral story of the worst man-made accident in history, following the tragedy from the moment of the early morning explosion through the chaos and loss of life in the ensuing days, weeks and months," writes HBO.
The episodes range from 59 minutes to 1 hour, 12 minutes.
Another HBO limited series, "The Undoing," takes 5 hours and 37 minutes to binge.
"The Undoing" finished its six-episode season on November 29 — and suddenly, it seemed like everyone on Twitter had been watching the show. Each episode ranges from 50 to 67 minutes long.
The mini-series, which is based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel "You Should Have Known," is about a successful couple, Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who "are living the only lives they ever wanted," according to the HBO summary. But after the death of a young woman, Jonathan is accused of her murder, and "Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family."
The Hulu series "Normal People" will take approximately 5 hours and 41 minutes to finish.
"Normal People," based on the Sally Rooney novel of the same name, "is an exquisite, modern love story about how one person can unexpectedly change another person's life and about how complicated intimacy can be. It follows Marianne and Connell over several years — both from a small west of Ireland town, but from very different backgrounds — as they embark on an on-again/off-again romance that starts at school and continues through college, testing their relationship as they explore different versions of themselves," according to Hulu.
The show is one season long, with 12 episodes. They range from 22 to 33 minutes long.
"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" on Disney Plus also takes 5 hours and 41 minutes.
Fans of the original "High School Musical" and newbies alike can find something to love in Disney Plus' "HSMTMTS," which will set you back 10 episodes and almost six hours – but it's six hours of musical bliss!
The premise, which can be a bit complicated, essentially goes like this: The show follows a group of kids that attend the school that "High School Musical" shot at, as they put on a school production of "High School Musical." It's shot like a mockumentary, and has plenty of musical numbers of both classics from the original, and new songs.
It was renewed for a season two in October 2019, before the first season even premiered, and a holiday special was released in December. The show was in the headlines in the beginning of 2021 as star Olivia Rodrigo released record-breaking smash hit "Drivers License," which is rumored to be about her co-star and alleged ex Joshua Bassett. If you want to be kept in the loop, binge "HSMTMTS."
Streaming both seasons of "The End of the F------g World" on Netflix will take you 5 hours and 42 minutes.
"A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel," according to Netflix's summary of the show. The show has two seasons, lasting eight episodes each. The episodes last anywhere from 19 to 25 minutes.
Aidy Bryant's Hulu series "Shrill" will take 5 hours and 46 minutes to binge in its entirety.
"Shrill's" two seasons have six and eight episodes apiece, each ranging from 21 to 29 minutes. The body-positive show dropped its second season in 2020 and it was renewed for a season three in May, (which was announced to be its final season January 2021) in amaking it the perfect time to show your support and watch the show.
According to Hulu, "Shrill" is "a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss."
One of Netflix's most binge-worthy miniseries is "The Queen's Gambit," which is 6 hours and 33 minutes long.
"The Queen's Gambit" has seven episodes ranging from 46 minutes to 67 minutes long, and stars Anya-Taylor Joy as a chess prodigy living in the '50s and 60s. Or, as Netflix puts it, "In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction." It was released on October 23, 2020.
The critically acclaimed HBO comedy "Barry" will take 8 hours and 17 minutes to catch up on.
The Bill Hader-led show has two seasons, with eight episodes a piece. It was renewed for a third season back in April 2019. Each episode is around 30 minutes long, give or take a few minutes either way. While 8 hours may seem like a lot, you can always break it up into a few sittings over the course of a day.
According to HBO, "Barry" is a dark comedy that "focuses on a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest (Hader, in the title role) who falls in love with acting while on a job in LA."
Those looking for a break from modern-day American politics should look no further than HBO's 2008 miniseries "John Adams." It's a quick 8 hour, 25 minute binge.
If nothing else, this will keep you off your phone for an entire day — and you'll learn more about our second president, John Adams, played brilliantly by Paul Giamatti.
The seven episodes range from an hour to an hour and a half in length, and follow Adams throughout his entire political career.
"He is one of America's least understood and most underestimated Founding Fathers, the second President of the US, John Adams. From HBO Films comes this Emmy-winning, seven-part miniseries starring Paul Giamatti as the man who played a pivotal role in fostering the American Revolution and building a republic," writes HBO.
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