12 Long-Running TV Shows To Binge Watch On Netflix Over Spring Break

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Spring Break season is starting up, and a lot of students are already getting a week off to do whatever it is people do on Spring Break.  I’m not an authority, having spent most of the Spring Breaks of my youth at home. That was before I was introduced to my significant other Netflix. If I’d had Netflix back then, Spring Break would translate to “binge watch.” There’s nothing better than marathoning a great TV show, but I’m always hesitant to start anything too long because I’m afraid I won’t have the time to devote to it and it’ll take me months. That’s what vacation is for.

If you’re lucky enough to have both a Spring Break and Netflix, and you’re not into partying or going to the beach or leaving the house in general, I have a few suggestions for you. These are twelve amazing shows that have five or more seasons available on Netflix streaming that you can catch up on over a week’s vacay. Sure you might have to pull an all-nighter or two, but won’t it be worth it when you’re all caught up and haven’t seen sunlight for nine days? Spoiler alert: It will. These also apply to non-students who are taking time off work or unemployed people or people who go to jobs every day but want to spend every spare minute watching TV. Make sure to stock up on snacks, and godspeed. Oh, and if short series are still more your style, here are some handy suggestions.

1. Mad Men

Seasons on Netflix: 5

The seventh and final season of this show premieres on AMC April 12. You don’t want to be in the dark about all of Don Draper’s many affairs when that day rolls around, do you? Catch up on the first five seasons, find a way to watch the sixth (perhaps by kidnapping your friend’s DVDs or something), and finally watch an episode live. Isn’t that just the best feeling?

2. Gossip Girl

Seasons on Netflix: 6

I know from personal experience that this show is best binge watched with a friend, because there are so many moments where you’ll need to turn to someone like “Oh no she didn’t!” and “Ugh they’re so perfect for each other.” Then get back to me with an answer to this question: Chair or Dair? (I’ll just tell you right now the answer is Chair.)

3. Breaking Bad

Seasons on Netflix: 5

You know how Breaking Bad was all anyone could talk about a few months back? And you know how you were relieved it was over so you didn’t have to feel left out anymore? And you know how you still feel left out anyway because people are still talking about it? Yeah, it’s time to fix that.

4. 30 Rock

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Binge watching dramas can be a little exhausting, so if a comedy is more your speed, look no further than 30 Rock. It’s great because the episodes are only about 20 minutes long, meaning you can take frequent snack breaks. And also it’s the funniest show ever.

5. Parks and Recreation

Seasons on Netflix: 5

Speaking of comedies, it’s about time you got acquainted with this one. The first season was a little iffy, but luckily it was very short so it won’t take you long to get to the good stuff. Then after you’ve laughed yourself silly and declared your undying love for the characters, you can start the current season and feel “meh” about it. The circle of life.

6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Everyone has at least one friend who’s obsessed with this show and references it constantly. Or is that just me? Either way, it’s probably time you experienced it.

7. The Office

Seasons on Netflix: 9

Sure, it got a little rough after Steve Carell left, but things picked up towards the end. And anyway, no show that lasts all those seasons is without flaws. Except Friends. Friends is perfect. But sadly it is not on Netflix.

8. Lost

Seasons on Netflix: 6

Another case where you should accept that there will be rough patches. Also that there’s a good chance you’ll be disappointed by the ending. But honestly, the ride to get there is so effing awesome that I just have to recommend it. And then you’ll actually be able to have an informed argument about why the ending sucked/didn’t suck instead of just smiling and nodding.

9. Friday Night Lights

Seasons on Netflix: 5

If you’re in the mood to cry and care about football more than you would have expected, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. And Connie Britton’s hair is there, which is all the reason you need, really.

10. How I Met Your Mother

Seasons on Netflix: 8

If the Mother turns out to have been dead the whole time like people are speculating, you’re gonna want to be there to scream about it when the finale airs. So race through the existing episodes and sit down for the finale March 31. Seriously, that’s in a couple of weeks. GET WATCHING!

11. The West Wing

Seasons on Netflix: 7

Political shows are all the rage now. If you’re all caught up on House of Cards and Scandal, it’s time to enjoy their precursor. And if that’s not enough for you, check our some of our other House of Cards-inspired Netflix suggestions right here. You’re welcome.

12. Family Guy

Seasons on Netflix: 11

I’m a die-hard Family Guy fan. I know it’s controversial, and I know it’s often very very stupid, but I love it so damn much. Even if you haven’t seen every episode, odds are you’ve caught one or two here or there on TV (since it’s on pretty much every channel 24/7). If you liked what you saw, go to Netflix spend your Spring Break laughing your ass off.

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I’m so glad someone else talked about being a Family Guy fan, I always feel so guilty about loving it despite its many, many flaws. The rest of this list is awesome, though I used to be Team Dair, all the way, until the character assassination of Dan Humphrey that took place sometime between Season 4 and 5.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I’m the same about Family Guy! I just can’t quit it. And that sounds like a good estimate for when Dan became intolerable. That hair he had towards the end didn’t help.

      • Kaitlin Reilly

        Oh my God, right? Penn Badgley either stopped trying to care about his hair or the show was really trying to play up the whole tortured writer thing.

    • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

      I need to get myself on a binge STAT!

    • Alyssa

      I feel like I can’t watch Lost now because “This is 40″ ruined the ending.

    • Quinny

      Clear eye, full heart, can’t lose!
      Friday Night Lights is like a personal journey, and only one other TV couple rivals Coach and Tami Taylor as the most realistically and imperfectly perfect couple ever (Cory & Topanga)…Texas Forever!

    • CaitlinCorsetti

      Might I add One Tree Hill to this list? I definitely just watched all nine seasons in like a month…

    • Lauren

      Don’t forget Dexter!

    • Ginny

      I have to add McLeod’s Daughter’s to the list. Excellent. It’s an Australian show with 8 seasons on Netflix. Seasons 1-3 are amazing; the rest are kind of ehh, but it’s worth it. So, so worth it.